IndyCar Not many people leave a Las Vegas casino a million dollars richer than when they arrived. Two-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon will walk away with at least that after collecting his $1 million bonus check for winning the 2008 IndyCar Series championship. Dixon and Firestone Indy Lights champion Raphael Matos - along with other drivers, teams and manufacturers – were recognized during the Indy Racing League Championship Celebration at The Palms resort. Photos
by Mark J. Cipolloni After fellow Australian Will Power dominated most of the race weekend but crashed out of the race while leading easily, Ryan Briscoe took command of the Nikon Indy 300 race in Surfers Paradise, Australia and then held off a charging Scott Dixon of New Zealand to become the first Australian to ever win on his home turf. American Ryan Hunter-Reay finished third ahead of Canadian Alex Tagliani and Spaniard Oriol Servia. Press Conference
IndyCar Moderator: We are joined by race winner Ryan Briscoe, a couple of facts for everybody, Ryan is the first Australian to win this event, he is the 17th different winner of this event in 18 times the race has been run and the only previous win by a team Penske driver in Australia was in 1992 by Emerson Fittipaldi. Ryan if you would tell us about your run out there today?
IndyCar Will Power has re-written history at day three of the Nikon Indy 300, becoming the first driver to win three pole positions on the Gold Coast (2006, 2007, 2008) and the only one to secure the pole spot in three consecutive years. Second and third fastest went to Power’s fellow ‘Down Under’ drivers – Brisbane-born Kiwi Scott Dixon and Sydney’s Ryan Briscoe, while Dario Franchitti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves rounded out the fast six.
IndyCar Down Under Will Power made a strong statement that he will be a contender to win in his home country by leading both Oct. 24 practice sessions for the Nikon Indy 300 on the streets of Surfers Paradise. The Team Australia driver was quickest overall with a best lap of 1 minute, 34.8084 seconds (106.130 mph) on the 2.795-mile, 12-turn circuit. Team Penske's Helio Castroneves was second quick (1:36.1609; 104.637 mph) and Dario Franchitti, making his debut in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, was third (1:36.1712; 104.626).
Tagliani and Bell get ready to take off at Surfers
IndyCar IndyCar Series drivers Alex Tagliani and Townsend Bell prepared themselves for take off at this week’s Nikon Indy 300 by taking in the Q1 Flight Experience in Surfers Paradise this afternoon. Tagliani, who is a two-time podium finisher at the Gold Coast Event, was thrilled with the experience of piloting the 747 simulator through the sky.
IndyCar Team Australia IndyCar driver Will Power has revealed one of his secret weapons in his hometown of Toowoomba, Queensland today in the lead-up to next week’s Nikon Indy 300. Despite racing in the United States since 2006, Power has maintained the same fitness trainer for the past three seasons while racing with Team Australia – Toowoomba sporting identity Troy Morgan.
IndyCar Possibly the strongest open-wheel field ever assembled for the streets of Surfers Paradise has been confirmed for next week’s Nikon Indy 300, October 23-26. A total of 24 drivers - including three former Gold Coast race winners, 10 2008 IndyCar Series race winners, five Indy 500 champions and the famous racing families of Rahal, Andretti and Foyt – will hit the track next weekend to form the biggest Surfers Paradise field since 2001.
Unification Spurred Ultra-Competitive IndyCar Season
IndyCar The quest for the 2008 IndyCar Series championship was one of the most difficult in series history. Drivers such as Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Dan Wheldon, who had previously won IndyCar Series championships, learned in late February that they would be competing against the likes of Champ Car race winners Bruno Junqueira, Will Power, Oriol Servia and Justin Wilson.
IRL announces '09 TV sked, Miami race date changed
IndyCar The IndyCar Series enters 2009 with a new television package that will continue to feature long-term partner ABC while introducing VERSUS as the new cable television partner. VERSUS will open the season on April 5 and will air three consecutive races before ABC kicks off its five-race coverage, beginning May 24 with the 93rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. The entire 2009 IndyCar Series television package will be available in high-definition (HD) television.
IndyCar Paul Leonard Newman (PLN), eighty-three, one of the most warmly admired and universally loved figures in motion pictures, motorsports and philanthropy, died Friday after a long battle with cancer at his farmhouse home near Westport, Connecticut. His death was as private and discreet as the way he had lived his life, a humble artist who never thought of himself as "big," surrounded by his beloved family and the close circle of friends that had supported him through his last days.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Helio Castroneves drove the race of his life from last to first in the PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, but it wasn't enough to keep Scott Dixon from winning his second IndyCar Series championship. Castroneves started 28th due to a penalty during qualifying and raced his way through the field to take the lead on Lap 78.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Prior to Sunday's IndyCar race at Chicagoland we caught up with Bill Bergofin, Senior Vice President Marketing and Promotion for Versus and, Marc Fein, Executive Vice President Programming Production and Business Operations for Versus to find out some more details of the new IndyCar TV deal with Versus.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Penske Racing's Ryan Briscoe was the last car to qualify for Sunday's Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland but he knocked provisional top dog and championship point leader Scott Dixon off the pole. Dixon will start 2nd ahead of Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti. Helio Castroneves was disqualified and he was moved to the back of the grid.
IndyCar The race for the 2008 IndyCar Series championship will come down to two of the league's top heavyweights at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend: Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves. After 16 races and 2,660 laps of intense competition, the 2003 IndyCar Series Champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Dixon leads two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Castroneves by 30 points (606 to 576) entering the PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 – the final points-paying race of the season.
IndyCar IndyCar Series points leader Scott Dixon, 2007 series champion Dario Franchitti and Firestone Indy Lights championship contenders Raphael Matos and Richard Antinucci were guests on today’s Indy Racing League teleconference.
by Tim Wohlford Helio Castroneves drove hard, raced smart, and even blocked to protect his lead, but nothing could prevent Justin Wilson from winning the 2008 Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle. Helio finished second, followed by Tony Kanaan and Oriol Servia. Points leader Scott Dixon finished fifth, but failed to clinch the points championship. Wilson noted that the win was the biggest of his career to date. Post-Race Press Conference
by Mark J. Cipolloni The only two drivers still eligible to win this year's IndyCar title, Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves, went at it again in an effort to claim pole position on the hard to pass on 2.07-mile Detroit Belle Isle circuit. Scott Dixon prevailed by nearly 1/2-second. Oriol Servia was third, Justin Wilson 4th and Ryan Briscoe rounded out the top 5.
Detroit: Castroneves, Dixon 1-2 in Friday practice
IndyCar The two contenders for the IndyCar Series championship aren’t backing down. Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon topped the opening day of preparations for the Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park. Castroneves led the 26 drivers around the 14-turn, 2.07-mile temporary street circuit with a best lap of 1 minute, 13.2059s
by Mark J. Cipolloni Polesitter Helio Castroneves won the Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Grand Prix of Sonoma County at Infineon Raceway from pole Sunday, 5.3 seconds ahead of his Penske teammate Ryan Briscoe. Tony Kanaan came home third for the AGR team. Castroneves gained some valuable points toward the championship on Scott Dixon who finished 12th.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe will start 1-2 Sunday for the Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County Indy Car race after topping the final fast-6 qualifying session on Saturday. Castroneves and Briscoe were the only drivers to break into the 1m16s bracket, both finishing 1/100th of a second apart. KV Racing Technology's Will Power will line up 3rd ahead of Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon and Oriol Servia.
by Mark J. Cipolloni To most people, the new IRL TV deal is a complete and utter disaster because it takes the IRL off of the #1 channel for sports fans and places it on a channel that only the most dedicated IndyCar fans will bother to watch. If TV ratings drop because of the deal, the concern is that sponsors will flee, engine manufacturers won't sign on and the league as a whole will lose more money than the $12 million they saved by switching to VERSUS for 13 of 18 races. However, let's try to put a more positive spin on things.
IndyCar Transcript THE MODERATOR: Thank you for joining us for today's Indy Racing League teleconference. We have several guests joining us today. Starting the call with us is Firestone Indy Lights driver Dillon Battistini and the executive director for Firestone Indy Lights, Mr. Roger Bailey. Joining us in a few minutes will be IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal. Good afternoon, gentlemen.
IRL needs to keep momentum going Honda has dominated Indy Car racing since 2004, when it powered 14 of 16 race winners, swept the Indianapolis 500 and claimed the first three spots in the drivers’ championship. It only got worse for the competition and, by 2006, there was no engine manufacturer left to try and challenge the Big H. So, Honda has been the lone engine competing in the Indy Racing League for the past three seasons, but that’s not what Honda Performance Development is all about. In a roundtable hosted by IndyCar officials, big hitters like Audi, BMW, Fiat, Volkswagen, Mazda and Chevrolet came to Indy to explore the possibility of joining the IndyCar Series. Engine builders Cosworth, John Judd, Ilmor, Speedway Engines and AER were also in attendance.
by Mark J. Cipolloni When you're hot you're hot and everything seems to fall your way. Scott Dixon certainly is hot. Helio Castroneves and his Penske crew gambled to stretching his fuel load but came up short by about 1/2-mile as his Honda engine coughed, starved for fuel, in turn 4 of the final lap as Scott Dixon swung high and beat Castroneves to the line by just 0.5532 seconds to win the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
IndyCar Scott Dixon took another step toward the championship by winning the pole today for the Meijer Indy 300 presented by Pepsi and Edy's at sold out Kentucky Speedway. Dixon earned his fifth PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award of the season (sixth pole start overall based on entrant points at Iowa Speedway) with a four-lap cumulative time of 1 minute, 37.3293 seconds (218.968 mph average) on the 1.5-mile oval to deny Vitor Meira of his first pole start since June 2004.
IndyCar With just four races remaining in the 2008 IndyCar Series championship chase, Brisbane-born Kiwi Scott Dixon heads to this weekend’s Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway 65 points clear of second-placed Helio Castroneves. Dixon has held the points lead after 10 of 13 races this season, and has held it consecutively since winning the 92nd Indianapolis 500 in May.
With ABC and Versus The Indy Racing League, the sanctioning body for the IndyCar Series in DIRECTV HD and Firestone Indy Lights, today announced multi-year media partnerships with ABC and VERSUS. The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race will remain on ABC, continuing one of the longest partnerships in television sports, while the move to VERSUS, home to the National Hockey League, the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, college football, Davis Cup and Tour de France, will give the IndyCar Series a new cable television partner beginning in 2009. Teleconference Transcript
Q&A: Angstadt, Barnhart, Savoree, Michaelian and Gray
On 2009 IndyCar Schedule Present at today's IndyCar media conference to talk about the 2009 schedule were Terry Angstadt, president of the commercial division of the Indy Racing League, Brian Barnhart, president of competition and operations for the Indy Racing League, Curtis Gray, president of Homestead Miami Speedway, Jim Michaelian, president of Grand Prix of Long Beach and Kevin Savoree, co-owner of Andretti Green Promotions, which promotes the street races in St. Petersburg and Toronto.
IndyCar The IndyCar Series in DIRECTV HD today announced its 2009 schedule featuring 18 races, including two new destinations, bookend dates for the state of Florida marking changes to the season-opening and closing venues, and expanding the season-long championship by a month.
Tracy hopes Edmonton performance opens doors in '09
Walker Racing and Paul Tracy prove they belong The Edmonton IndyCar race is the only one slated for Walker Racing and Paul Tracy for 2008. However their performance this past weekend proved they belong. Tracy is hopeful the group can put together a program for 2009 and here he talks about the weekend and what he hopes comes out of it. "I'm excited for Derrick and I'm excited for Tony's team. I think the equipment they've got, we've shown them what the level is, where they're at. Hopefully, we can continue."
by Mark J. Cipolloni Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon continued his incredible season Saturday by winning the Rexall Edmonton Indy race at City Center Airport, his fifth win of the year, but first on a road course. At the finish of the caution filled race, Dixon was 6-seconds up on Helio Castroneves and Justin Wilson. Dixon, one of the physically strongest drivers on the IndyCar circuit manhandled his Honda powered Dallara to the front.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Before a big Friday crowd in Edmonton, Ryan Briscoe nipped his Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves by 1/10th of a second to win the pole position for Saturday's Rexall Edmonton Indy. KV Racing Technology's Oriol Servia will start 3rd and points leader Scott Dixon alongside in 4th. Rounding out the top-6 were Will Power and Justin Wilson.
by Mark J. Cipolloni KV Racing Technology teammates Will Power and Oriol Servia ran 1-2 in practice Thursday for Saturday's Rexall Edmonton IndyCar race. Power's lap of 1m02.3404s in his Aussie Vineyards sponsored car was just barely faster than his teammate who ran an almost identical 1m02.3900s time. Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe followed.
by Mark J. Cipolloni On Saturday Helio Castroneves nipped his Penske teammate Ryan Briscoe by the slimmest of margins to win the pole position. On Sunday Ryan Briscoe turned the tables and won the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a comfortable 7-second win over Castroneves. Points leader Scott Dixon finished third right behind Castroneves.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Helio Castroneves will start from the pole position in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance after just beating his Penske teammate Ryan Briscoe by 0.017sec. Castroneves, driving the No. 3 Team Penske car, topped the Firestone Fast Six session with a lap of 1 minute, 07.2480 seconds (120.878) on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
IndyCar Andretti Green Racing's Marco Andretti turned the fastest lap in practice Friday afternoon for Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. His teammate, Tony Kanaan, was right behind in 2nd ahead of Team Penske's Helio Castroneves. Ryan Briscoe was 4th ahead of Scott Dixon and Justin Wilson.
IndyCar Series announcement On Tuesday in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway press room, Tony George announced that he, along with Walker Racing, will field a third car for Canadian driver Paul Tracy to drive in this year's Rexall Edmonton IndyCar race with backing from Subway sandwich shops. The three of them along with Mark Bamford answered questions from the media gathered for the announcement.
IndyCar Target Chip Ganassi Racing team managing director Mike Hull gambled by keeping the Nos. 9 and 10 cars on the track while other contenders pitted under a moisture caution on Lap 148 and it worked as the race was called early because of heavy rain. Scott Dixon tied an IndyCar Series record with his third consecutive victory at Nashville.
IndyCar Helio Castroneves will start from the pole in the Firestone Indy 200 on the Nashville Superspeedway. The Team Penske driver recorded a four-lap average of 204.519 mph (1 minute, 31.5320 seconds) on the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway to unseat Danica Patrick and pocket his second PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award presented by Auto Zone of the season.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Ryan Hunter-Reay took advantage of a spin by Scott Dixon that also took out Ryan Briscoe and then pulled away from Darren Manning and Tony Kanaan to win his first Indy Car race at Watkins Glen International Raceway. The win was a long time coming and much deserved for both Hunter-Reay and the Rahal Letterman team. Buddy Rice and Marco Andretti rounded out the top-5.
by Mark J. Cipolloni When it comes to saving costs for the race teams, Champ Car had it all over IndyCar. AutoRacing1.com has learned that the cost to race in IndyCar is far higher than it was in Champ Car. Champ Car got it right when they moved to the new Panoz chassis, locking the car down so the teams could not make modifications to aerodynamic and mechanical pieces in order to gain an advantage. A new car in the IndyCar series costs a whopping $675K when you add up all the costs.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe waited until the last lap to just nip Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing's Justin Wilson for pole position for Sunday's IndyCar race at Watkins Glen. Team Rahal's Ryan Hunter-Reay was third ahead of Scott Dixon, Oriol Servia and Tony Kanaan. Briscoe was fastest in the morning practice but it looked like Wilson had beaten him for pole until Briscoe pulled it out on his last lap.
Indy Car Tony Kanaan kept the No. 11 7-Eleven car clear of the many accidents that turned Richmond International Raceway into a crashfest to claim his first victory since Belle Isle last September and his first on an oval since Kentucky in August. The pole sitter held off Team Penske's Helio Castroneves and Ganassi's Scott Dixon. Post-race press conference
IndyCar Three 10-thousanths of a second. That's the difference separating pole sitter Tony Kanaan and Andretti Green Racing teammate Marco Andretti after four laps of qualifying on the .075-mile Richmond International Raceway. Kanaan posted a four-lap cumulative time of 1 minute, 04.333 seconds (167.876 mph average) in garnering the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award presented by Advance Auto Parts.
Indy Car This weekend’s SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway, race nine of the IndyCar Series of which Australia’s Gold Coast Indy 300 is a part, just might offer a glimpse of the 2008 IndyCar Series champion. Of the past seven SunTrust Indy Challenge winners, four have gone on to claim the championship that same year (Sam Hornish Jr 2002, Scott Dixon 2003, Hornish Jr 2006, Dario Franchitti 2007).
IndyCar Danica Patrick, was in Richmond last week to test. That was something that she has had an opportunity to do a lot of this year. Will it give her an advantage this weekend? She said she hopes so at today's Danica Patrick press conference in Richmond. She also was asked about Scott Dixon's comments from last weekend's race saying that Danica is just a menace on the race track.
IndyCar MODERATOR: Thank you for joining us for today's Indy Racing League teleconference. We have several guests joining us today.
Starting the call with us is IndyCar Series driver John Andretti and Richmond International Raceway President Doug Fritz. And in a few minutes we'll be joined by Indy Racing League presidents Terry Angstadt and Brian Barnhart.
IndyCars at Richmond Saturday night The IndyCar Series makes its eighth visit to Richmond International Raceway but several changes are in place. Twenty-six cars are entered, more than any previous IndyCar Series race at the short oval. Twenty-two cars competed at Richmond from 2002-05. Two other changes include the addition of 50 laps to the race and the introduction of four-lap qualifying.
by Tim Wohlford Iowa needed a break - a break in the weather, a break in their luck, a break from flooding and tornados. They got it on Sunday, with a magnificent race run under bright blue skies in the Iowa Corn 250. Target Chip Ganassi driver Dan Wheldon held off Andretti Green teammates Heideki Mutoh and Marco Andretti to win the Iowa Corn 250 in a hard fought final 60 laps.
Interview: Prendeville, Buhl, Taylor and Hunter-Reay
IRL weekly media conference On today's IRL media conference were Firestone Indy Lights driver Andrew Prendeville, Robbie Buhl and Kirk Taylor from Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, and Ryan Hunter-Reay from Rahal Letterman Racing. Surprisingly none of the journalists present had the nerve to ask the real hard question - what does he think about Marco Andretti right now after the two crashed at the end of the Texas race two weeks ago?
IndyCar THE MODERATOR: We are now joined in the media center by tonight's third‑place finisher, Ryan Briscoe. It's his second straight podium finish, best finish at Texas Motor Speedway. Ryan, you had an up‑and‑down night tonight. Talk about your night. RYAN BRISCOE: Crazy stuff going on out there tonight, but I'll tell you, third almost feels like a victory for me tonight. It was a really hard‑fought race.
Indy Car Scott Dixon won the Bombardier Learjet 550k under caution after the cars driven by Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay made contact with five laps remaining. Helio Castroneves finished second and his Team Penske teammate, Ryan Briscoe, was third. Press Conference
Indy Car The heat and the wind were once again present in Texas when qualifying for the Bombardier Learjet 550k got underway today. Scott Dixon, driving the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, topped the record-tying 28-car field to win the PEAK Motor Oil Pole on the high-banked 1.5-mile oval.
Indy Car Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Scott Dixon, driving the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, topped the speed chart in the first practice session – 90 minutes under the lights on the high-banked 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval – with a quick lap of 213.837 mph (24.4953 seconds) in preparation for the Bombardier Learjet 550k.
by Tim Wohlford Ryan Briscoe, rumored to be driving for his job, took the lead on lap 177 of the 2008 ABC Supply / AJ Foyt 225 en route to winning his first Indy car race. Dodging a late-race crash involving Marco, Ed Carpenter and Vitor Meira, he held off Scott Dixon, who dominated the first half of the race.
by Tim Wohlford In what is shaping up as a battle of the two biggest names in IndyCar Racing - Andretti and Rahal - for this weekend's ABC Supply-AJ Foyt 250 Milwaukee Mile IndyCar race, Marco Andretti thrilled the crowd by nipping Graham Rahal to win the pole position on Saturday. Andretti strung together 4 laps at an average speed of 168.079 mph to top Rahal's 167.654 mph.
by Scott Morris I attended the Indy 500 as a fan today. Over the years, I have to admit that I have only attended perhaps two race events as a spectator that I can recall. This Indy 500 I was determined to attend in any capacity, as I felt it important to support the "unified" series. All in all, the place looked full and I did not hear a negative word among anyone about the merger.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Brisbane, Australia-born Kiwi Scott Dixon became the 19th driver to win from the pole position Sunday by winning the 92nd running of the Indy 500 over Vitor Meira and Marco Andretti. For Dixon it was sweet revenge after losing the 2007 championship to Dario Franchitti on the last lap of the race when he ran short of fuel. Quotes Winners Press Conf | 2nd, 3rd and Rookie Press Conf.
Indy 500: Vitor Meira, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay
Press Conference Welcome again to the Economaki Press Conference Center. When we ask questions, we also use the microphone. We'll have a visit from Ryan Hunter-Reay quickly. Marco Andretti comes in with another quality finish at Indianapolis. Marco, you were pushing at the end and came up short, but it was a really great run.
IndyCar We are delighted to bring to the Economaki Press Conference Center the winning team, the winning owner, a gentleman who also is involved in making these plans and executing them and giving the driver the opportunity to be in a position to win. It doesn't always happen when you have the best car and I think everyone is coming here to acknowledge the best car won the race. Chip, I can't imagine, it's got to be a deep feeling of satisfaction to win the Indianapolis 500. Congratulations.
IndyCar VITOR MEIRA (#4 Delphi National Guard, finished second): (No one expected you to lead. How did that happen?): “Nobody but me and the Delphi National Guard crew. We really, really prepared the car, and everything was according to plan. But things didn’t really happen our way. We finished second, but you know what, this is a very good result compared to the struggle we had last year and at the beginning of this season. Definitely, Panther Racing is back, and the big three better watch out.”
IRL to hold engine roundtable to entice manufacturers
IndyCar With the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the cusp of celebrating two significant centennials, and the unification of open-wheel racing in North America complete, the IndyCar Series today announced plans to define its next generation of technical competition rules package with the ultimate goal of encouraging new manufacturer participation within the series.
2nd Generation stars I'm sure each of you always gets a lot of questions about your family's history, especially this time of the year at the Indianapolis 500. I won't try to dwell on that too much. But, of course, we have to ask that a little bit. Graham, I want to start with you. This is your first Indianapolis 500. It's a place where your father won, but he did that before you were born. What kind of memories do you have of Indianapolis? What does it mean to you to get your first opportunity to race here on the oval?
by Tim Wohlford Okay, let's be honest here... AutoRacing1.com hasn't always been a fan of ethanol fuels for any vehicles, much less our race cars. However, perhaps there is a method to the madness, and maybe, just maybe, ethanol – and other “green” efforts -- will not only make a better world, but give auto racing a new legitimacy.
IndyCar Three of the five fastest drivers during today's practice session made contact with the first-turn wall, including front-row qualifier Ryan Briscoe. Polesitter Scott Dixon again was the fastest as Target Chip Ganassi Racing worked on race setup. Dixon clocked a best lap of 223.713 mph (40.2301 seconds) to top the speed chart.
IndyCar Today at the Indy Speedway the two men who will fire off on the front row for this year's Indy 500, polesitter Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon - already a winner of the Indianapolis 500. Scott you were the quickest in limited time yesterday, you obviously have good cars. The rain is hampering the practice. One line of thought would be, We've got the best car, so what, let's let it rain till race day and fire off. Any sentiment like that?
Indy Car Indy Racing League founder and CEO Tony George fielded questions about a variety of topics - from the 92nd Indianapolis 500 and the recent unification of open-wheel racing under the IndyCar Series banner - on Pole Day.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Proving that the car is nearly 100% of the game in the IRL, Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon will start 1-2 for this year's Indy 500 by running 100% throttle for four laps resulting in almost near identical lap times. Underscoring the 100% throttle effort, Penske teammates Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves were 3rd and 4th ahead of three Andretti Green Racing teammates Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti.
IndyCar DAN WHELDON (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "It was just a lot of hard work and effort by everybody at Target Chip Ganassi Racing, and that is a relatively good run." ( You have never started on the pole here. How important would that be for you?): "The Indianapolis 500 is the biggest race in the world, and I would certainly take the race win over the pole, but, at the end of the day, it is something to be proud of. I have been fortune enough to win a championship and a Indianapolis 500, I won Honda's first race in Japan, so the pole would be nice, but I am not taking the pole if it takes away from the race stuff. I would much rather win the race."
IndyCar PAT SULLIVAN: Well, Scott Dixon was here, and he will be here shortly. I know what he would say, and he's absolutely correct. It's a team effort to win a pole, a very important accomplishment for the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500. By the way, this is the third pole for Chip Ganassi at Indianapolis, also winning with Arie Luyendyk in 1993 and Bruno Junqueira in 2002. I would point out this is the first Indianapolis 500 pole for Scott Dixon.
Ahead of Indy 500 We'll get started with the morning media availability. Joined by Bobby and Graham Rahal. Bobby is the winner of the 1986 Indianapolis 500, actually here this month with two cars, his full-time team with driver Ryan Hunter-Reay and an entry with Alex Lloyd in a partnership with Chip Ganassi for a second car. Graham is here making his Indy 500 debut. Graham, I guess we'll start with you. You've been on the track now three days. Talk about your experience here thus far.
by Jason Peters A few days ago I received a phone call from the Motorsports Manager from a major company who is currently putting in a lot of effort into sponsoring a car in NASCAR. The reason for the phone call was to discuss the possibilities of a sponsorship in Indy Car. Needless to say it was a very short phone call.
Indy Car Dan Wheldon became the first repeat IndyCar Series winner at Kansas Speedway in eight races, winning the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 by 2.1778 seconds over Tony Kanaan. Wheldon, driving the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, last won on the 1.52-mile oval. Wheldon inherited the lead on Lap 152 when teammate Scott Dixon pitted and got caught by the pace car. Press Conference
IndyCar THE MODERATOR: We're joined by our second- and third-place finishers, Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon. We'll start with Tony. This is your best finish of the year. Talk to us a little bit about how your year's been going and how the race was today?
TONY KANAAN: Well, after the day that we had yesterday, only putting like 10 laps overall all day, I think it was a pretty good result.
IndyCar at Kansas Speedway Scott Dixon, who won the season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway from the pole, earned the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award at Kansas Speedway with a four-lap average speed of 213.956 mph (1 minute, 42.3014 seconds). Dixon, driving the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, will share the front row with teammate Dan Wheldon, the defending race winner, for the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 on the 1.52-mile oval.
In Long Beach after first Indy Car win in Motegi Danica Patrick won the rain delayed Japan Indy 300 at Motegi Sunday, a first for a woman, and then, helped by the international date line and 16-hour time difference, took an overnight flight from Japan to Long Beach in time to take in the Champ Car Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Afterward she answered question from the room full of media gathered.
Will Power wins final Champ Car race in Long Beach
by Mark J. Cipolloni On a day that was full of emotion for the many people that made Champ Car such an exciting series for so many years, Team Australia/KV Racing's Will Power beat everyone on Sunday to win the last-ever Champ Car race in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Forsythe Racing's Franck Montagny was 2nd 5.094 seconds back. Mario Dominguez was third for Pacific Coast Motorsports. Rookie Enrique Bernoldi and Oriol Servia rounded out the top-5. Photos
IndyCar at Motegi, Japan She only led 3 laps, but it was the most important 3. Danica Patrick became the first female to win a major auto racing event at Twin Ring Motegi Sunday. Patrick, who turned 26 three weeks ago, won in her 50th IndyCar Series start after the three race leaders had to stop for a splash and go with 5 laps to go. Post-Race Press Conference
IndyCar THE MODERATOR: We're joined by third place finisher in the Indy Japan 300 Scott Dixon. We'll ask Scott to give a brief opening statement and then we'll take questions.
SCOTT DIXON: Today the car was real good. Secondly, the guys in the target pits, the No. 9 car, were fantastic. They got into the lead, I think on our first or second portion, and we just ‑‑ they had good strategy all around. The car was real good. It was a whole day of strategy and wondering whether we should save fuel or go fast or let the other guys catch a little bit. It was just one of those days where you pretty much knew you were a sitting duck.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Justin Wilson turned the fastest lap on his last qualifying lap to win the pole position for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. After securing the top spot in Friday's provisional pole qualifying, Wilson was the only driver to get down into the 1 minute 6 second bracket with a 1m06.902s lap to top 2nd fastest qualifier Alex Tagliani and Franck rookie Franck Perera. Will Power and veteran Paul Tracy rounded out the top-5.
by Mark J. Cipolloni With the sun shining, temperatures in the 70s and an impressive crowd on hand, McDonald's driver Justin Wilson has won the provisional pole position for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach by turning the fastest lap in the first qualifying session on Friday afternoon. KV Racing's Oriol Servia was 2nd followed by Walker Racing's Alex Tagliani.
Indy Car Helio Castroneves will lead the field to the green flag on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval based on being the entrant points front-runner after qualifications for the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award were rained out. It's the third year in a row that he'll start from the pole in the No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the 200-lap race. Under similar weather circumstances in '06, Castroneves was awarded the pole based on entrant points. He led 184 laps en route to the 6.3-second victory over Dan Wheldon.
Indy Car Three drivers, representing the past four race winners at Twin Ring Motegi, were stashed in the top five of the speed chart as preparations began for the Indy Japan 300. With a forecast of rain that could wash out final practice and qualifications, Tony Kanaan grabbed the top spot with a quick lap of 27.2453 seconds (200.842 mph) in the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven car.
Indy Car Today's Indy Racing League teleconference included IndyCar Series drivers Enrique Bernoldi and Franck Perera as well as Firestone Indy Lights driver Sean Guthrie. Enrique and Franck are both rookies in the IndyCar Series, driving for Conquest Racing. Enrique (right) comes to the IndyCar Series following a successful career in Europe that includes two seasons in Formula One. His transition to the IndyCar Series has included an 18th-place finish on the oval at Homestead-Miami and a fifth on the streets of St. Pete.
by Mark J. Cipolloni In stick and ball sports rivalries get fans excited, they take sides and root for the favorites. It creates passion, sometimes to the point that even fans come to blows. Blood sometimes boils over. However, the IRL and some of its drivers are trying to squash any rivalry between its established drivers and those coming over from Champ Car so the fans lose interest.
Indy Car Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chief Executive Officer Tony George gave an overview of the past and a look to the future April 8 during the opening day of the Media Tour for the 92nd. The IndyCar Series and Champ Car World Series unified under the IndyCar Series banner Feb. 22, with the season opening March 29 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Rahal outruns Helio to win the GP of St. Petersburg
by Mark J. Cipolloni In his very first IndyCar start, ex-Champ Car driver and now IndyCar rookie Graham Rahal easily held off Indy Car veteran Helio Castroneves to win the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Castroneves, winner of the last two races on the streets of St. Petersburg, had nothing for the teenage rookie from Ohio despite a late race caution that closed the field up.
Indy Car Andretti Green Racing's Tony Kanaan, who has finished either second or third in the previous three races on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street course, will start from the inside of the front row for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Kanaan, driving the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven car, prevailed in the 10-minute Firestone Fast Six session with a best lap of 1 minute, 02.5322 (103.627 mph).
NASCAR Sprint Cup Dale Earnhardt, Jr. scored his eighth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole on Friday when he turned the fastest lap in qualifying for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Earnhardt Jr. turned a lap of 190.907 mph in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to earn his first pole of the 2008 season.
IndyCar Helio Castroneves, the two-time defending winner of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, staked an early claim at becoming a three-time winner. The Team Penske driver topped 2 ½ hours of IndyCar Series practice on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit with a fastest lap of 1 minute, 3.3068 seconds, 102.359 mph.
Indy Car As this weekend’s St. Petersburg’s second round of the unified IndyCar Series approaches, the winner of the past two races at St. Petersburg and the winner of America’s “Dancing with the Stars” last November, Helio Castroneves, hopes to return to the Victory Lane for a third consecutive season. The affable South Florida resident has led 135 laps at St. Petersburg the last two seasons.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Polesitter Scott Dixon won the GAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Saturday night in his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda. He goes down in the record books as the first driver to win an IndyCar race after the merger of Champ Car and the IRL. It was Dixon's 11th career Indy Car win. Press Conference
IndyCar THE MODERATOR: We'll get started with Oriol Servia, who I've been told is now called the transition driver. But you're the top finishing transition driver who finished 12th in tonight's race. Oriol, talk a little bit about the race tonight.
ORIOL SERVIA: Well, it was a long race, a long day at the office, which has good and bad things. Good because we definitely wanted to do the full race and gather as much data and information of the car and the ovals as we could. But it was long because we were so slow. It's so much longer than a 500-mile race I ever done.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Scott Dixon sweated out close runs by Vision Racing teammates Ed Carpenter and AJ Foyt IV to win the pole for Saturday night's 2008 IndyCar season opener at Miami Homestead Speedway. While Vision Racing was the big surprise of the night, the other surprise was that Dan Wheldon lost control and slammed the wall after being fastest in practice.
George, Barnhart and Angstadt talk about IRL's future
by Mark J. Cipolloni Indy Racing League's top brass - Tony George, Brian Barnhart and Terry Angstadt met the press Friday afternoon in Homestead Florida to answer key questions with regard to the unified open wheel racing series and their answers give us some good insight into the future of the league.
IndyCar in Miami The new era in open-wheel racing – of which Australia’s own Gold Coast Indy 300 is a part - will begin on March 29 with the 2008 season opener of the unified IndyCar Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The GAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300 will reunite former competitors such as Helio Castroneves and Bruno Junqueira, renew family rivalries with next-generation drivers Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal.
Indy Car Eleven drivers, including nine who are transitioning to the IndyCar Series from the Champ Car World Series, recorded 1,071 laps during five available hours on the 1.5-mile oval with a persistent and brisk westerly breeze (the two-day total reaching 1,669 laps). KV Racing Technology (Oriol Servia, Will Power), Conquest Racing (Enrique Bernoldi, Franck Perera), Dale Coyne Racing (Bruno Junqueira, Mario Moraes) and Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson) made use of every minute.
Indy Car Everyone in the Homestead-Miami Speedway driver meeting room listened intently as Brian Barnhart stressed patience for the first of two testing days on the 1.5-mile, high-banked oval. “Let’s focus on familiarity,” the president of the competition and operations divisions for the sanctioning Indy Racing League said. Nine drivers who are transitioning to the IndyCar Series from the Champ Car World Series, many of whom had not driven more than a passenger car on an oval racetrack, wouldn’t argue the
Champ Car teams on track with IRL cars at Sebring - PM
With Photos At KV Racing Technology, 30 crew members combined to work 5,460 hours in the 14-day period from when they took delivery of their IndyCar Series Dallara chassis and when the team's truck departed for Sebring International Raceway. The hard work paid off as drivers Oriol Servia and Will Power were fastest on the first day of testing.
Champ Car teams on track with IRL cars at Sebring - AM
With Photos Most of the Champ Car teams making the transition over to the Indy Racing League are at the Sebring International Raceway Wednesday morning to shake down their new Indy Cars and AutoRacing1.com is happy to bring you some highlights as well as some early photos.
Champ Car, IRL Work Together To Form IndyCar Series The future of open wheel racing is bright, according to the owners of Champ Car and the Indy Racing League who stood together publicly Wednesday for the first time since signing an historic agreement in principle to unify the sport. Tony George and Kevin Kalkhoven appeared at a news conference at Homestead-Miami Speedway Wednesday where the IndyCar Series starts its season Saturday night, March 29.
by Mark J. Cipolloni The creation of the IRL in 1996 created a lot of hard feelings and animosity in the hugely successful CART camp and for the past 12 years the sport of open wheel racing in the USA has been in a downward spiral. However, with the announcement last Friday that an agreement had been reached whereby Champ Car would cease to operate and some of its races and teams would merge with the IRL created a new opportunity for the sport to start the process of heeling.
by Dan Maldonado One of my most cherished souvenirs is my CART coffee mug. I received it from a former accounting employee at CART when the series was based in Troy, MI. Why is this my most cherished souvenir? This is curious even to me as I have a lot of souvenirs from the CART days not to mention some fantastic memories.
By Derrick Walker Over the last couple of days there has been a lot of speculation as to what is happening with Champ Car and Walker Racing/Team Australia. We are sure that the fans have heard and read a lot of the rumors that are circulating about Champ Car and we thought it was important to give the fans a little perspective on Walker Racing's point of view about the issue of the potential merger and our current status.
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