Chevrolet Unveils Two '08 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Cars
Ethanol E85 version introduced Known for their charismatic designs and superior performance, the pack-leading pace cars share a special place in Indianapolis 500 lore. History will be made at the 2008 Indianapolis 500 when a pair of distinctive yet highly differentiated Corvette models will serve as the official pace cars.
by Tim Wohlford The scene was pathetic, even by post-Split Indy standards – a dashing young driver, in a new bright-red driving suit, standing next to a beautiful woman in a nearly-empty IMS press room moments after his greatest victory. As I walked into the press room, I met Alex Lloyd, the Indy Pro Series driver who’d just dominated the Carb-day race at Indy, who would soon be signed by Chip Ganassi’s IndyCar team.
Indy Racer trumps the Celebrities in Dancing with the Stars Helio Castroneves, with the help from his dancing partner Julianne Hough, and some heavy hitters from racing, has won this season's ABC Dancing With The Stars competition. It all came down to a "dance-off" between Castroneves and Spice Girl Melanie Brown to determine the winner of the mirror ball trophy. As expected, both received perfect 30 scores from the three-judge panel. The viewer vote broke the tie.
Champ Car and IRL can learn from the SIRIUS/XM Merger
Mark J. Cipolloni In a brief note previewing the upcoming earnings announcements for XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio, Cowen analyst Tom Watts asserts that there is a “70%-plus chance” that the proposed merger of the two companies wins government approval; Maybe the Champ Car World Series and Indy Racing League should again take a look at what the two satellite radio companies are doing; There are a lot of things that are common in both cases.
IndyCar Season finale Dario Franchitti will have a head start of a few feet in his attempt to wrap up the IndyCar Series championship. The points leader secured his third earned AAMCO Transmissions Pole Award of the season with a lap of 214.646 (25.4931 seconds) on the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway oval in qualifications for the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean.
IRL Tony Kanaan kept his hopes for a second IndyCar Series title alive, winning a crash filled Detroit Indy Grand Prix at the Raceway at Belle Isle. Kanaan stayed on the track while most of the leaders pitted during a late-race caution and was in front when IndyCar officials declared the race a timed event rather than its scheduled 90 laps due to all the crashes.
irl Helio Castroneves completed a clean sweep for both races at Belle Isle this weekend, a race his boss Roger Penske has resurrected. Ryan Briscoe won the ALMS pole yesterday and Castroneves did the same for the Indy Car race today. Dario Franchitti will start 2nd and points leader Scott Dixon third.
by Tim Wohlford Over the past year I've asked former Indy drivers about their struggles in NASCAR. Most refused – some pointedly – to be quoted on the subject. This week, in the wake of Jacques Villeneuve's announced that he was starting a NASCAR career, with rumors swirling that Scott Speed was joining Team Red Bull, I started updating last summer's article. Today's Indy (CART, IRL, CCWS) drivers have a more difficult time running NASCAR races than the greats of the past.
Scott Dixon takes points lead as Franchitti chokes
Dario makes mental error as Dixon capitalizes Andretti Green's Dario Franchitti had Sunday's Motorola Indy 300 presented by Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel race easily won at Infineon Raceway having led almost the whole way, but he made a brain head move and tangled with his teammate Marco Andretti with 11 laps to go taking out Andretti and damaging his own car.
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