by Cathy Elliott On the day Joie Chitwood III was born in Tampa, Fla., his father was not there. “My dad wasn’t at the hospital; he was driving a race car around Daytona International Speedway,” Chitwood says. Like the famous sirens of seafaring lore, the call of the race track seems too powerful for the Chitwood family to resist. Joie’s grandfather was a Sprint Car champion who competed in the Indianapolis 500 seven times.
Chip Ganassi to field 4 cars in IndyCar in 2011 Chip Ganassi Racing’s expansion is the IZOD IndyCar Series’ gain – two young American drivers who will compete for the full 2011 season on a new team. Ganassi announced the addition of Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing with Graham Rahal in the No. 38 car and Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing with Charlie Kimball in the No. 83 entry at a news conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
INDYCAR developmental ladder gets boost from Mazda
Mazda paves road to Indy One of the biggest supporters of grassroots racing in America has joined forces with INDYCAR's Road to Indy as Mazda announced a multi-year partnership with the INDYCAR developmental ladder. As the title partner of the Mazda Road to Indy, Mazda will provide scholarships to the 2011 champions of the three affiliated series - the Cooper Tires presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda, the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear and Firestone Indy Lights - to graduate to the next level of the sport.
IndyCar and NASCAR Series Below is the transcript of Tuesday’s Penske Racing Media Teleconference featuring Penske drivers Kurt Busch and Helio Castroneves, along with John McQueen of the Auto Club, discussing today’s announcement that the Auto Club of Southern California (AAA) will sponsor the No. 22 car in the NASCAR Cup Series and the No. 3 car in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Ganassi has year he'll never forget Before 2010, only horses could claim the Triple Crown. Then, Pittsburgh’s Chip Ganassi came along and added horsepower to the distinction. Ganassi became the first car owner to win the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 in the same year and only the second owner to win both in a career. Then he added a win at the Brickyard 400 -- a NASCAR race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This article summarizes all the awards heaped upon Chip in 2010. He clearly beat his main rival, and friend, Roger Penske this year, and that is saying a lot.
IndyCar In its three-year relationship with the IZOD IndyCar Series, officials with Philips-Van Heusen saw the success that Team Penske has built as one of the most successful team in IndyCar racing history. So when the opportunity presented itself......
VP of Communications for IndyCar and IMS Fred J. Nation is the executive vice president, communications, for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and associated companies, including IndyCar. His 40 year career has included experience as a newspaper reporter and editor, press secretary for a United States Senator and a governor, and ownership of his own advertising and public relations firm. He joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in January 1997 and over his time there has managed media and public relations, corporate communications, information systems and broadcast operations.
For Helio Castroneves and Kurt Busch Tonight Shell Oil Company (Shell) and Penske Corporation unveiled their 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and IZOD IndyCar Series car line-up along with important driver details for the 2011 season. Officials from both companies met with members of the media at the Penske-Wynn Ferrari dealership at the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev., to unveil both the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge and the No. 3 Shell V-Power®-Pennzoil Ultra™ Dallara/Honda.
Highlights - Motorsports roundtable at Princeton U.
by Mark J. Cipolloni The 5th annual Ivy Sports Symposium Presented by Phoenicia Sport & Entertainment was held at beautiful Princeton University on Friday and part of the program was a motorsports roundtable moderated by Chris Lencheski. The guests included IndyCar boss Randy Bernard, Brian Lisles from Newman/Haas Racing, Rod Campbell who's agency did all the PR for Ford Motorsports for years, and Joe Mattioli III who runs Pocono International Raceway. The main topic of discussion was the Business of Motorsports.
Another big boost for IndyCar A third automobile manufacturer will join the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012, as Lotus announced it will enter the series and build an engine and aero kit for the next-generation car. This will be the first time Lotus has produced an engine for IndyCar competition. The addition of Lotus gives the IZOD IndyCar Series manufacturer representation from the U.S. (Chevrolet), Europe (Lotus) and Asia (Honda).
IndyCar Series to have manufacturer competition again
IZOD IndyCar World Series Fans and industry representatives have asked for increased engine manufacturer participation in the IZOD IndyCar Series. They will get it in 2012. General Motors and Chevrolet officials announced today that Chevrolet will compete in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series with a new twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V-6 racing engine powered by renewable E85 ethanol fuel. The American automaker will join current IZOD IndyCar Series engine manufacturer Honda, which announced earlier this year it would build a new V-6 power plant, designed by Honda Performance Development for the series in 2012.
With twin turbo V-6 Chevrolet will compete in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series with a new twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V-6 racing engine powered by renewable E85 ethanol fuel. The new purpose-built Chevy IndyCar engine will be developed jointly by General Motors and Ilmor Engineering. Team Penske is the first IndyCar team to commit to Chevrolet power in 2012. The Chevrolet IndyCar engine will be available to all entrants in accordance with the series' regulations. Press Conference
IndyCar Racing legend Mario Andretti and Tom Lee, a founder of the Morale Entertainment Foundation, were guests on an INDYCAR teleconference earlier today to discuss his joining the Indy 500 Centennial Tour in January with Morale Entertainment leading the coordination of that tour. During the tour, Indianapolis 500 veteran drivers and those with ties to the greatest spectacle in racing and the IZOD IndyCar Series will visit American military personnel stationed in Europe and southwest Asia.
by Scott Adams Without ever having turned a wheel, the much-ballyhooed Delta Wing (DW)concept car has been virtually surpassed again. ‘Lap records’ at Indy Car tracks notwithstanding, the DW has been eclipsed with the arrival of the Red Bull X1 Prototype. With its stunning looks and equally impressive application of technology the X1 is as exciting and elegant as a single-seat racer could be: think of it as a futuristic Gurney Grand Prix Eagle. The X1 leaves all the rest idling on the other side of the bridge to the 21st Century.
Ganassi lands biggest pay driver deal in IndyCar history
by Mark J. Cipolloni How much does it cost to have Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti set up your car and have one of the best teams in the business screw it together for you? We may never know exactly but AutoRacing1.com (AR1) sources say Chip Ganassi is in the final stages of an agreement for TBC Retail Group, (which owns Tire Kingdom, National Tire and Battery, Merchants Tire and Auto, and operates more than 700 stores nationwide) to pay Chip Ganassi Racing more than ten million dollars to field a car for Graham Rahal.
by Brian Mackey I find it interesting that when NASCAR’s current decline in popularity is reported, including the recent announcement of the Daytona 500 Experience closure, it is reported as due to the economy or other element. The television coverage is not often included among the rationale despite a current ratings downdraft. The content of a NASCAR televised event is subject to the debate, but not the television distribution capability itself.
Just what is wrong with IndyCar Racing's popularity?
by Mark J. Cipolloni
There is a troublesome trend of malaise for the sport by race fans. But in general American racing is not connecting with today's younger generation. Why? Because American racing is spec, dumbed down (to make it cheap) racing. F1 is still hugely popular. Why? Because it is the cream of the crop in driving talent and technical ingenuity. American Racing, because it is so fractured and hence poor, has lost that edge, that seat of the pants excitement.
IndyCar champ and his successful team owner Championship-winning team owner Chip Ganassi and three-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti participated in a Q & A today to discuss the recently completed IZOD IndyCar Series season. Franchitti’s second consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series title for Target Chip Ganassi Racing capped a highlight year for the team owner, whose teams captured marquee races this season in IndyCar (Indianapolis 500) and NASCAR (Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400) and the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series title.
IndyCar A day after winning his third IZOD IndyCar® Series championship in four years, Dario Franchitti got his chance to celebrate. Franchitti and Firestone Indy Lights® champion J.K. Vernay - along with other drivers, teams and manufacturers - were recognized during the Indy Racing League Championship Celebration poolside at the W Hotel on South Beach. Phillips Van Heusen executives Allen Sirkin and Mike Kelly, representing series sponsor IZOD, and members of the Hulman-George family presented Franchitti with a $1 million championship bonus check.
Dixon triumphs in Miami, Franchitti wins IndyCar title
by Mark J. Cipolloni Target Chip Ganassi's Scott Dixon won the IZOD IndyCar season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway Saturday night and his teammate Dario Franchitti won the 2010 IndyCar title over Team Penske's Will Power, denying the Australian of his first IndyCar title. Power didn't help his cause after he got up into the marbles, brushed the outside wall and broke his right rear suspension ending any hope he had of winning the title.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Dario Franchitti, 2nd in points to Will Power coming into the final IndyCar Series race of the season, did what he had to on Friday evening by winning the pole position for the Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 and getting the bonus point that goes with it to reduce Power's point lead to just 11. His Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon will start 2nd making it an all Target Chip Ganassi front row. Will Power will start 3rd just 0.1432s behind.
IndyCar Will Power's strategy in the Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is simple, though not necessarily easy: Keep rival Dario Franchitti in his rearview mirrors. Accomplish the feat for 200 laps and Power will claim his first IZOD IndyCar Series title. Falter and the wily Franchitti will secure his third championship in the past four years. It's that simple. For the 11th time in the 15-year, 202-race history of the IZOD IndyCar Series - and the fifth season in a row -- the driver championship will be decided in the final event.
by Mark J. Cipolloni On a hot and humid day before a record Motegi crowd, Helio Castroneves beat Dario Franchitti by 4.5 seconds to win the Japan IndyCar 300 on Sunday. But Franchitti gained valuable points over point leader Will Power who finished 3rd. Ryan Briscoe was 4th and Danica Patrick rounded out the top-5.
Castroneves leads Penske 1-2-3 in Motegi qualifying
by Mark J. Cipolloni On the demanding 1.5-mile Motegi, Japan where the car is not everything like on the 100% throttle ovals, Helio Castroneves led a Penske Racing 1-2-3 in IndyCar qualifying Saturday. Ryan Briscoe will start 2nd and points leader Will Power 3rd. Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti, who is hot on the heels of points leader Will Power, will start alongside him in Row 2, position 4.
IndyCar IndyCar announced their 2011 schedule today in Milwaukee and afterward IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard held a question and answer session on the schedule. Only 16 races were announced today but Bernard appears confident a 17th race will be added in Las Vegas. He also took the time to provide an update on what he think he accomplished from his recent Europe trip.
IndyCar Staying on track for another half-dozen laps after his competition made its third round of pit stops, Team Penske's Helio Castroneves was able to stretch that final tank of ethanol from Lap 147 to the finish Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway to win the Meijer Indy 300. For Castroneves it was his second win of the season. Pole sitter Ed Carpenter finished second at the track for the second year in a row and Panther/Vision Racing teammate Dan Wheldon was third.
At Kentucky Speedway Vision Racing and driver Ed Carpenter scored their first-ever IZOD IndyCar Series PEAK Pole Award in preparation for the Kentucky Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway this afternoon. Piloting the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine, Carpenter put up a two-lap qualifying effort at 217.933 mph to put the Vision Racing/Panther Racing entry on top of the scoring pylon.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Dario Franchitti's Ganassi team gambled on the last stop by not taking on new tires and they got their man out first on the final pitstop. From there Franchitti kept his Dallara IndyCar out front the rest of the way, though it was not easy as Dan Wheldon finished side-by-side with Franchitti, 1/2-car length back. Andretti Autosport teammates Marco Andretti was third, Ryan Hunter-Reay 4th and Tony Kanaan rounded out the top-5.
IndyCar Ryan Briscoe claimed his third consecutive Chicagoland Speedway pole position on Friday, leading Team Penske to an impressive result in qualifying for Saturday’s Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300. Winners of the last two races at Chicagoland, Team Penske earned three of the top-four starting spots for tomorrow’s race. Briscoe recorded a two-lap lap qualifying run of 50.5857 seconds – an average of 216.346 mph – around the 1.5-mile oval.
by Bob Heathcote The IndyCars raced before a record crowd at Infineon Raceway Sunday where Will Power scored his 5th win of the year. Our Bob Heathcote captured more action in these nearly 200 photos on Sunday.
by Gail A. Miller The IndyCars raced before a record crowd at Infineon Raceway Sunday where Will Power scored his 5th win of the year. Our Gail Miller and Bob Heathcote were there to capture all the action. Gail's photographs appear here. Bob Heathcote's will follow.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Last year Will Power was laying in the hospital with a broken back after an accident in practice for this race, but one year later he is sitting on top of the world. The Penske Team stuck with him when he was down and today Power won his 5th IZOD IndyCar race of the year at Infineon Raceway and increased his point lead over third place finisher Dario Franchitti to 59 points. Franchitti's Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon finished 2nd and pushed Power hard at the end only to come up short by 0.74 seconds.
by Bob Heathcote The Indy Lights race at Infineon Raceway Sunday saw J. K. Vernay win his 5th race of the year and move closer to winning the Indy Lights title. Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these photographs.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Randy Bernard answered a number of questions regarding the status of the IZOD IndyCar Series on Saturday at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California where the series is gathered for the final road course race of the season. Bernard leaves for Europe next year where he will begin perhaps his most important task yet - convincing another car manufacturer to become a partner in the IndyCar Series. If he is successful it will be the defining moment in his career.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Will Power broke the IndyCar record by winning his 8th IndyCar pole position of 2010 on Saturday with a time of 1m16.5282s using scuffed soft compound Firestone Tires. Power's Penske teammate Helio Castroneves was fastest most of the session but like the rest of the year, Power showed why he is the fastest driver in the Penske stable by pulling a fast lap out of the hat when it counted. Ganassi's Dario Franchitti will start third. Alex Tagliani, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon rounded out the top-6.
by Gail A. Miller The IndyCars and Historic F1 cars were back on track Saturday morning at Infineon Raceway, IRL boss Randy Bernard spoke with the media and the IndyCar drivers signed autographs for fans. Our Gail Miller was there to capture all the action in these photographs.
by Bob Heathcote Defending Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma winner Dario Franchitti led the opening one-hour practice session as IZOD IndyCar Series teams began preparations for the 2010 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway on Friday. Our Bob Heathcote captured all the action in these 80 photographs.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti, defending champion for the race here, turned the fastest lap in Friday's 1-hour practice session for the IndyCars at Infineon Raceway. His lap of 1m18.2969s just beat Penske Racing's Will Power and FAZZT's Alex Tagliani. The top 16 drivers were separated by just 1-second.
by Mark Scheuern Dario Franchitti held off Will Power to win the Honda Indy 200 on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn circuit Mid-Ohio Sports Car course. Our Mark Scheuern was there Sunday to capture all the action in these photos.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti, who had not won since the Indy 500, got the lead on the first round of pitstops when he just beat polesitter Will Power out of the pits and was never headed the rest of the way to win the Honda Indy 200 on the challenging 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Race Course. Power's Penske teammate Helio Castroneves came home third followed by Alex Tagliani and Scott Dixon rounding out the top-5.
Scenes from IndyCar and ALMS at Mid-Ohio - Saturday
by Mark Scheuern Will Power won his 7th 2010 IndyCar pole to tie an IndyCar record and in ALMS the Dyson team won a stirring duel on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn circuit. Our Mark Scheuern was there Saturday to capture all the action.
Point leader wins pole, Mario Andretti trophy Will Power came back from a crash in the morning practice to win pole for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Power claimed the pole for the 85-lap race with a best lap of 1 minute, 7.1997 seconds (120.965 mph) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car. Dario Franchitti (1:07.2846), will start on the outside of the front row. Takuma Sato will start a season-high third in the No. 5 Lotus KV Racing technology car.
by Mark Scheuern Ohio native Graham Rahal topped the time chart in the No. 02 National Tire & Battery entry for the initial IZOD IndyCar Series practice session for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance. In ALMS the Drayson team put their Lola on pole on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn circuit. Our Mark Scheuern was there Friday to capture all the action.
Ohio native Rahal fastest on opening day at Mid-Ohio
IndyCar Ohio native Graham Rahal topped the time chart in the initial IZOD IndyCar Series practice session for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance. The New Albany, Ohio native, competing in his second race of the season with Newman/Haas Racing, had a best lap of 1 minute, 8.3061 seconds on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn circuit in the No. 02 National Tire & Battery entry.
Is there hope for IndyCar under its current model?
by Michael Maroney The following letter was sent to AutoRacing1.com by Michael Maroney, father of Miles Maroney who is making an impressive showing in the junior ranks of racing in the USA and has his sights set on being a future American in F1. We felt it addresses so many good points with regard to what is wrong with open wheel racing in the USA and why it is so difficult for a young American to make it to F1 and succeed.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Helio Castroneves appeared to win the IZOD Edmonton IndyCar race Sunday but the IndyCar officials felt that Castroneves blocked his Penske teammate Will Power in Turn 1 on the final restart with 4 laps to go and stopped scoring him with one lap to go handing the win to Chip Ganassi's Scott Dixon who managed to muscle his way past Power on the scuffle in Turns 1 and 2 on the restart.
Indy Racing League Point leader Will Power is poised to add to his IndyCar points lead on Sunday after winning the pole Saturday over his Penske teammate Helio Castroneves. Target Chip Ganassi teammates Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon will start 3rd and 4th and Ryan Briscoe rounded out the top-5. KV Racing's EJ Viso will start 6th but the real surprise was Simona di Silvestro qualifying 7th quick, easily beating the other women in the race.
Speedway, Indiana based Dallara Automobili envisioned establishing a U.S. facility that would serve as a technology center, engineering classroom, visitor destination and magnet for other auto racing-related industries. It will come to fruition with Dallara's selection July 14 to manufacture the IndyCar Safety Cell beginning in 2012. A multi-million dollar brick-and-glass facility in the final design stages will be a cornerstone of the Main Street redevelopment in Speedway, Ind., a few hundred yards from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League headquarters.
Power wins in Toronto, lengthens IndyCar point lead
by Mark J. Cipolloni Will Power avoided all the on-track carnage, got a jump on race leader Justin Wilson when the race resumed with 12 laps to go and then held off Dario Franchitti by 1.276 sec. to win the 85-lap Honda Toronto IZOD IndyCar race on the tough 1.75-mile Toronto street circuit. Ryan Hunter-Reay muscled his way past Scott Dixon to take the final podium position ahead of his Andretti teammate Tony Kanaan.
New car and Milka Duno the talk of the IndyCar paddock
by Mark J. Cipolloni The new car and Milka Duno were the talk of the paddock on Saturday in Toronto. The ex-CART team owners were happy that the new car is down to $389K plus the engine, but were not impressed because the Panoz Champ Car, which was also a spec car, was just $225K plus the gearbox, engine and wiring harnesses. So all this talk about the new IndyCar being so inexpensive is nothing earth shattering and in fact more than what Champ Car was able to do it for.
by Mark J. Cipolloni David slayed Goliath on the streets of Toronto Saturday. Justin Wilson set a new track record in winning the pole for the Honda Toronto IZOD IndyCar race, his first ever IZOD IndyCar pole and the first pole for Dreyer & Reinbold since 2000 when Sarah Fisher won the team's first pole in Kentucky. Penske Racing's Will Power will start 2nd ahead of his teammate Helio Castroneves. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Dario Franchitti rounded out the top-5.
IZOD IndyCar Series RANDY BERNARD: Good afternoon, and thank you, Scott. Well, today is an exciting day and I would like to thank all of you for sharing it with us. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the board of directors, Mrs. George, Nancy, Kathi, Josie, as well as Jack Snyder. I'd also like to thank Jeff Belskus for his support. It’s a true honor to hold this position. Today is a result of listening to all of you that share your ideas, your passion and your input. From the fans, the press, the team owners to the drivers and sponsors, you've all had the input and we've listened.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Today the Indy Racing League announced their new innovative IndyCar chassis concept for 2012. Randy Bernard opened with thanking everyone who participated. The process started with over 100 experts and they whittled it down to 7 experts. Bernard stated that the car will be a reality in 18 months. Media Transcript | Announcement Transcript
by Adriano Manocchia Team Penske won the pole and the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen this weekend. Also in action Sunday were the Firestone Indy Light cars. Adriano Manocchia captured all the action from Sunday in over 170 captioned photographs.
IndyCar Camping World Grand Prix After dominating qualifying at The Glen for years, Team Penske finally won on a beautiful Fourth of July afternoon. Will Power, who a day earlier gave Team Penske its sixth consecutive pole start at The Glen, held off teammate Ryan Briscoe by 1.2181 seconds and won the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen. Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti finished third and Raphael Matos tied his season best with a fourth place in the No. 2 HP de Ferran Dragon Racing car. Press Conference
by Adriano Manocchia Team Penske's Will Power won the pole for the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen. But the IndyCars are not the only ones in action at The Glen this weekend. Adriano Manocchia captured all the action from Saturday in these photographs.
by Gail A. Miller Our Gail Miller captured these scenes on Friday and Saturday at Watkins Glen where the IndyCars, Indy Lights, F2000 and the SCCA World Challenge cars were in action on the famous 3,7-mile circuit.
IndyCar qualifying Team Penske earned its sixth consecutive pole position at Watkins Glen International and eighth in a row overall. Will Power, the Mario Andretti Road Course Championship points leader, won the PEAK Performance Pole Award for the fifth time this season with a lap of 1 minute, 29.3164 seconds on the 3.4-mile, 11-turn circuit during the Firestone Fast Six shootout. Teammate Helio Castroneves (1:29.4609) was second.
by Adriano Manocchia Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe topped the time chart as IZOD IndyCar Series teams began preparations for the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen. But the IndyCars are not the only ones in action at The Glen this weekend. Adriano Manocchia captured all the action from Friday in these 200 photographs.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Andretti Racing IndyCar teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan expressed hope that the IRL's new rules for engines and chassis starting in 2012 will interest additional manufacturers to enter the series. In CART's golden years there were no less than 3 or 4 chassis manufacturers and 4 to 5 engine manufacturers. And, because the series was a mix of road courses, street courses, short ovals, big ovals, and even airports - the variety of it all made the series a big hit with the fans and sponsors alike. The IRL is planning to adopt that exact same winning model right down to the turbocharged engines.
Wood Brothers to appear with 1965 Indy-Winning Lotus
Jim Clark's car In the 60 years that the Wood Brothers of Stuart, Va., have been racing automobiles, there have been many memorable moments. But few define the innovation and professionalism of the team as well as the 41.9 seconds they worked on pit road during the 1965 Indianapolis 500. That was the total time the late great Jim Clark and his Ford-powered Lotus spent on pit road during his victory in auto racing’s biggest race
Wins Iowa Corn 250 Andretti Autosport driver Tony Kanaan won for the first time since June 2008, prevailing in the fourth Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer. Kanaan, who started 15th, overtook Helio Castroneves with 10 laps remaining on the 0.875-mile track. E.J. Viso finished an IZOD IndyCar Series-high third and Ryan Briscoe was fourth. Will Power, the pole sitter, finished fifth to regain the series championship points lead.
Keeps Penske IndyCar pole streak alive Will Power earned the PEAK Performance Pole Award – his fourth of the season and IZOD IndyCar Series-record seventh in a row for Team Penske – with a four-lap average speed of 181.337mph (1 minute, 10.9925 seconds) on the .875-mile oval. Scott Dixon, the pole sitter in 2007 and ’08 in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, came up just short of supplanting Briscoe – 0.0020 of a second to be precise. He averaged 181.332 mph. In fact, the top six cars were separated by less than two-tenths of a second.
IndyCar Randy Bernard, Brian Barnhart, Gil de Ferran, Tony Cotman, Eddie Gossage, and Gen. William R. Looney, The ICONIC Advisory Committee, will discussed the dramatic and new direction with the IndyCar engine strategy at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday. The matter of speed was certainly a very important one, and to have a powerful engine platform, in keeping with the tradition of IndyCar values was very important. Bringing innovation and diversity back into IndyCars they also felt was very important, as well as also being cost-effective.
IndyCar Ryan Briscoe, who started from the pole, held off Danica Patrick to win the Firestone 550K IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night. Marco Andretti finished third for the second consecutive race and Scott Dixon, the 2008 race winner, finished fourth. Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti was fifth.
IndyCar Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe earned the PEAK Performance Pole Award with a four-lap average speed of 215.273 mph (1 minute, 37.3275 seconds) in the No. 6 Team Penske car for tomorrow night's Firestone 550K IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway. Dario Franchitti, seeking to be the third consecutive Indianapolis 500 champion to win at Texas in the same year, was 0.0057 of a second off Briscoe's pace. He'll start on the outside of the front row for the 228-lap race under the lights after an average of 215.261 mph.
The race sometimes goes to the swift, and the battle to the strong, but this time it didn't happen without drama at the end. Dario Franchitti dominated the 2010 Indy 500 until the end, when he survived a fuel run for his second win, the fourth for Chip Ganassi. Dan Wheldon came in a close second, with Alex Lloyd third, Scott Dixon fourth, and Danica Patrick fifth. The race ended under caution as Mike Conway's car was launched into the fence in turn two, cutting the car in two. Conway needed to be extricated, but walked away. Press Conferences
by Scott Morris As our readers would have noticed, we have featured a lot of articles and information on the Delta Wing car. This is not that we think the other cars are inferior or from less than stellar manufacturers. But none of them represent the jump that the Delta Wing presents to the sport. Many very credible people genuinely question if the car will even turn. Computer simulations provide a very sound platform for evaluating designs, and we were invited to drive the sim for the Delta wing.
IndyCar I have been a part of Super Bowls, Final Fours, presidential inaugurations, have traveled the world. The people here at Indy and the people who run this race are so superior over any people that I have been associated with an event. Their passion, their hospitality, their gratitude, they really get you excited about being here. And I hope the people that have been coming here for 64 years, that you don't -- 66, excuse me. I robbed you for a couple years there, Bill, sorry. But you don't lose sight of what you have here and the tradition, the pageantry, the beauty, the athleticism and all of that. You are so incredibly blessed. I just really appreciate being a part of it.
450th race The 94th running of the Indianapolis 500 will mark the 450th Indy car event for Newman/Haas Racing since their first season of competition in 1983. After 107 wins, 109 poles and 248 top-three finishes the team will reach a milestone at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The team has started from pole once (1987) in Indianapolis and has finished as high as second here (1985, 1991) although they have been a contender for victory and even dominated multiple races here.
IndyCar IZOD IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves and four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears participated in a Q&A session.When you lay the surface down, they always have their own little characteristics. I think over the years it's either turn one or turn three, those are the two at the end of the straightaways where you approach at the highest speed, so they are going to be the most difficult.
IndyCar A media conference call was held today to discuss ESPN on ABC’s live telecast of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 30, beginning at noon ET. Participants on the call were ESPN vice president, motorsports, event and studio production Rich Feinberg, along with the three members of ESPN’s booth for the telecast: lap-by-lap announcer Marty Reid and analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever. This is the 46th consecutive year that the Indianapolis 500 will air on ABC.
Tracy and Duno out, Kanaan and Saavedra in Drama took center stage on Bump Day as the field for the 2010 Indianapolis 500 was filled in an exciting final hour that saw former IZOD IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan qualify a backup car and rookie Sebastian Saavedra make the race when gambles by Paul Tracy and Jay Howard failed to pay off. Joining Kanaan and Saavedra in the field of 33 cars are rookies Takuma Sato and Mario Romancini, and veterans John Andretti, Sarah Fisher, Vitor Meira, Alex Lloyd and Bruno Junqueira.
by Tim Wohlford Last year, Helio won the pole position and then ran away from the field during the last laps of race. This year, he won the provisional pole as well as the shootout pole, both in dominating fashion. Helio waited until the heat of mid-afternoon to requalify for the provisional pole. While not affecting anything in the shootout, pit positions were at stake during the regular session, so it was worth the effort for Team Penske to try a second attempt.
Danica Patrick sits down with reporters and talks about the one she really wants: the Indy 500. With all the talk about Danica's recent lackluster results and her NASCAR racing, for this month, the talk is about her task of taking the trophy she has really raced for her whole life.
IndyCar weekly media interview IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Danica Patrick and Townsend Bell participated in a Q&A session today. Patrick, the 28-year-old native of Roscoe, Ill is competing in her sixth season in the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2010. She drives No. 7 Team GoDaddy.com car for Andretti Autosport. Townsend Bell, the 35-year-old native of California is hoping to make his fourth Indianapolis 500 in 2010 driving the No. 99 Herbalife car for Chip Ganassi Racing/Sam Schmidt Motorsports.
IndyCar Teleconference IZOD IndyCar Series driver Paul Tracy, KV Racing Technology co-owner Jimmy Vasser and GEICO-KV Racing race strategist Barry Green participated in a Q&A session. Tracy, a 41-year-old native of Scarborough, Ontario will be competing in his fourth season in the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2010. He will drive the No. 15 GEICO-KV Racing Technology car for KV Racing Technology at the Indianapolis 500.
Leads last 150 laps in cakewalk Ganassi 1-2 sweep It is clear that the Target Chip Ganassi IndyCar team still has the best setup for the ovals. Scott Dixon completely dominated today's Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 for the second consecutive year, giving Team Target its fourth victory in a row on the 1.5-mile oval. Dixon held off teammate Dario Franchitti over the final six laps after a restart in the first oval race of the season. Tony Kanaan improved 11 positions to finish third and Helio Castroneves was fourth.
IndyCar Ryan Briscoe in the No. 6 Team Penske car will start from the front of the 27-car field in the first IndyCar oval race of this season. Briscoe, the next to last qualifier, turned a four-lap average of 212.145 mph to earn the PEAK Performance Pole Award for the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300. He unseated Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon (211.298) from the pole.
Having been to most of the IndyCar events so far this year covering for AR1, I was offered the opportunity to experience the IndyCar 2-Seater ride here at Long Beach. If I could have picked one track to go for a ride, this is the one for sure. 2 seats in an IndyCar looks a little odd, but once you are snugged inside, and with the crowd in the stands, the experience is all too real...or unreal...
IndyCar's success will be won or lost at the track
by Brian Mackey A couple of weeks ago, I ventured out into the world and attended an Indy Car race. It was the inaugural Indy Car event at Barber Motorsports Park. Not far from home and I could drive over and return all in the same day. My kind of work. I only went on Friday to make the rounds a bit and to see what the landscape of Indy Car racing is looking like from the vantage point of a spectator. I came away with one underlying fact.
At Long Beach "I think you will see my next decision that I make will come in the next two weeks. I cant really say much, but what I will give you a hint on is that, you have the Indianapolis 500, then you have a bunch of vanilla events. Not to take away from this great event here, but it's not a national event, which we need to have two or three majors that stand apart and make them big, big events. I think what we're working on might help with that." IRL CEO Randy Bernard
Hunter-Reay dominates on the streets of Long Beach
by Mark J. Cipolloni American Ryan Hunter-Reay, who still does not have a ride past the Indy 500 this year, showed why he may be the fastest American driver in IndyCar today with a dominating victory in the 36th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Fellow ex-Champ Car driver Justin Wilson gave Hunter-Reay a good run for his money, but Hunter-Reay seemed to be controlling the gap up front at around 5.5 seconds over the final 20 laps and at the finish he was 5.6s to the good.
The controversy over the "3rd spring" ride control issue that surfaced a few weeks ago when it was revealed that Team Penske was running some form of ride control on the cars, which was thought to be prohibited by IndyCar officials until a memo came out this week from the Indy Racing League saying it is now allowed. The trick that Team Penske is using and now the other teams are scrambling to adopt is to use the anti-roll bar (also known as a sway bar) as a third spring rather than as an anti-roll bar as it was intended.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Will Power continued his domination of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar World Series by taking pole position for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with the fastest time of the weekend at 1m09.3185s in his Verizon Dallara-Honda. Fast man on Friday, Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Motorsports, will start 2nd on Sunday and Justin Wilson 3rd for Dreyer & Reinbold, a clean sweep for ex-Champ Car drivers. Power's Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe rounded out the top-5.
Hunter-Reay tops IndyCar times Friday in Long Beach
by Mark J. Cipolloni He may be new to the Andretti Motorsports team but already he is assimilating in well. Ryan Hunter Reay tuned the fastest lap in his IZOD Dallara-Honda in Indy Car practice Friday for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race around the 1.98-mile street circuit overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Ryan Briscoe was 2nd fast for Penske Racing and Tony Kanaan third. Alex Tagliani and Will Power rounded out the top-5.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Using a perfectly planned fuel and pit strategy by Team Manager Tim Cindric, Helio Castroneves broke Penske teammate Will Power's stranglehold on the 2010 season by holding off Scott Dixon for the final two laps following a late race caution to win the inaugural Alabama Grand Prix. Dario Franchitti came home third with Power, who opted for 3 instead of 2 pitstops, fourth and Marco Andretti rounded out the top-5.
Will Power wins pole for inaugural Alabama Grand Prix
IndyCar On Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, Will Power underscored once again the strength of the ex-CART/Champ Car drivers as he continued to dominate the 2010 IndyCar series. Against the established Penske drivers of Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe, the outsider and new team member Power has just come in and blown his teammate away. On Saturday he blew everyone away to win the Alabama GP pole by 1/2 second.
by Scott Morris Our suggestion for the IRL and their chassis conundrum: if you don't want to cook a whole meal, just make custard. We say that if the IRL is not entirely confident or sure that the DW jump is one they want to make, place the DW program in Indy Lights. Lights is a series that badly needs a new chassis, and engine. Indy Lights is supposed to be a development series, so let's use that.
by Scott Morris Polesitter Will Power led much of the way and won the rain delayed Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg over Justin Wilson and Ryan Briscoe. For Power it was his 2nd win in a row as he also won the season opener in Sao Paulo Brazil. Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti rounded out the top-5.
Will Power wins pole for Honda GP of St. Petersburg
by Mark J. Cipolloni Will Power continued his domination on the 2010 IndyCar season and the 1.8-mile, 14-turn St. Petersburg, Florida temporary street course by claiming the PEAK Pole Award for the sixth Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with a quick lap of 1m1.6026s in the Firestone Fast Six session. Tony Kanaan will join Power on the front row for the 100-lap race. He posted a quick lap of 1m1.8797s. Scott Dixon and Justin Wilson will share Row 2, while Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti will occupy Row 3.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Picking up where he left off by winning the season opening IndyCar race in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Penske driver Will Power put his Verizon Dallara Honda at the top of the charts early in this afternoon's second practice session and when it was all over he left the rest of the pack sniffing his exhaust fumes. So dominant was Power's performance that the gap to 2nd place Scott Dixon was a full 7/10ths of a second, unheard of in the spec world of IndyCar Racing today.
The Delta Wing Concept: Part 7 of 7 by Scott Morris
This final installment talks about the final feature of the concept that we chose to highlight, and then we will get into a summary of the concept, and tell you what we think. It appears that the fans will have some input here, which we find promising in any case. This segment is about power to weight and power plant options. These are very key points, and refute the notion that this would be a spec chassis concept.
The quest to improve overtaking in Open Wheel Racing
F1 and IndyCar The Bahrain Grand Prix was meant to be the first race of a whole new world of Formula One; the best field of drivers in years, brilliantly designed cars and a track with a new nine-turn corner sequence that would “ensure” overtaking. No such thing; in fact it was, apart from Vettel’s broken spark plug and a few incidents near the back of the field, almost the “perfect” Formula One race. That is, the hypothetically “perfect” Formula One Grand Prix.
IndyCar IZOD IndyCar Series owner/driver Sarah Fisher and IZOD IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal participated in a Q&A session to discuss their recent announcement that will place Rahal in Fisher's No. 67 Dollar General car for the races at St. Petersburg, Fla., and Barber Motorsports Park. The 21-year-old native of New Albany, Ohio will compete in his third season in the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2010. He Will drive the No. 67 Dollar General car at St. Petersburg and Barber Motorsports Park for Sarah Fisher Racing.
This is a short installment in our series on the Delta Wing, to simply address something that we also had concerns about when we first saw the design. With the long narrow forward section, it looks as if side impact protection would be inferior to today's car and current designs. Well, we have been assured to the contrary.
IndyCar Making the last of multiple passes for the lead, Team Penske's Will Power overtook Ryan Hunter-Reay on the 58th circuit of a rain-shortened 61-lap Sao Paulo Indy 300, to win Sunday's season-opening round of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series, and the inaugural IndyCar event in Brazil's largest city.
IndyCar season opener in Brazil Verizon Team Penske driver Will Power topped the speed charts as IZOD IndyCar Series teams began preparations for the inaugural São Paulo Indy 300 on the streets of São Paulo, Brazil. IZOD IndyCar Series qualifications were postponed to four hours before the start of the race March 14 based on driver feedback relating to the slippery concrete surface of the one-third-mile Anhembi Sambodromo frontstretch.
Ahead of this weekend's season opener IZOD IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves participated in a Q&A session to discuss the Sao Paulo Indy 300, the opening race of 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season. The 34-year-old native of Sao Paulo, Brazil will compete in his 10th season in the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2010.
Gearing up: IZOD IndyCar Series 2010 season preview
IndyCar The start of every IZOD IndyCar Series season begins with high expectations, but the 2010 season may be one of the most anticipated. With 17 races across three continents, 12 teams competing over an extended race calendar. This season seems to have it all: new title sponsor, fast ovals, historic road courses, tricky street circuits, new venues, fresh teammate combinations, young drivers and returning champions. All could add up to another unbeatable season.
In our coverage of the Delta Wing, we have received some email that seems to be under the impression that the car is rear-steer. This was fairly easy to mistake, as it has been mentioned several times that the design of this car incorporates what is known as an "active" differential (rear end).
The originating intent of the Delta Wing design was to create better racing that allows the drivers to really race, especially at the superspeedways, and be able to trail another car and draw close enough to have the exit speed to pass a car coming out of the turn and heading down the straight.
IndyCar IZOD IndyCar Series driver Simona De Silvestro, HVM Racing owner Keith Wiggins and Team Stargate Worlds principal Imran Safiulla participated in a Q&A session to discuss their entry in the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season. The 21-year-old native of Thun, Switzerland will compete as a rookie in the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2010 driving the No. 78 Team Stargate Worlds/HVM Racing car.
Final day of IndyCar winter test Will Power led a Team Penske sweep of the top three sports of the time charts as IZOD IndyCar Series teams concluded a two-day Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park. The Australian had a quick lap of 1 minute, 9.8724 seconds on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn circuit. Helio Castroneves (1:10.0084) in the No. 3 entry was second and Ryan Briscoe (1:10.0459), who topped first day lap times, was third in the No. 6 car.
IndyCar Series winter test Team Penske teammates Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves topped the time sheets as IZOD IndyCar Series teams opened a two-day Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park. Briscoe toured the 2.3-mile road course in 1 minute, 10.5020 seconds (117.438 mph) in his No. 6 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone, while Castroneves was just behind at 1:10.7146 (117.090 mph) in his No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone.
Part 3 of 7 Part 3 of 7 in our Delta Wing series addresses the weight distribution, which defies typical race car design convention. This one will be short but sweet, but we wanted to give it a dedicated article because it is so key in tying the other characteristics of the car together. This car has over 70% of its weight on the rear wheels.
PART 2 of 7 - Why the large rear fin? Continuing where we left off in Part 1, today we examine why the Delta Wing car is sure going to be fun to watch because the car is going to be tail happy meaning a driver will easily be able to get the tail to step out and a sideways car with a driver on the limit is always exciting to watch.
The Delta Wing - What is This Crazy Looking Thing?
A seven-part series PART 1 of 7 - Will It Turn? We were invited to chat personally with Ben Bowlby about the Delta Wing project this week. Mark Cipolloni and Scott Morris chatted with Ben and were increasingly sold on the concept. There is too much this concept to cover in one brief article, so we are going to cover it for you in a 7 part series that will break it all down for you.
Steve Luczo and Jay Penske, co-owners of Luczo Dragon Racing, and Gil de Ferran, owner of de Ferran Motorsports and former Indy 500 winner, have merged their two businesses to create a new cutting edge motorsport venture that will leverage technology and science to compete at the highest levels of the IZOD IndyCar Series, it was announced today.
De Ferran, the 2003 Indy 500 winner and two-time IndyCar champion, will serve as co-owner, President and Managing Partner of Luczo Dragon Racing/de Ferran Motorsports.
Common IndyCar and Lights chassis to save money Delivering advanced technology and capturing the legendary IndyCar spirit with practical affordability, Lola USA today announce additional detail and present the first images of the proposed Lola B12/00 and B12/01 IndyCars for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series.
Next Generation Concept IndyCar Unveiled in Chicago
DeltaWing “Today marks a fundamental shift in how race fans and the general public will view all racing cars in the future; this is a game changer” said Dan Partel, Chief Executive Officer of DeltaWing LLC. “This radical prototype takes open wheel racing to a new level from both an engineering standpoint and the overall spectator experience.”
But will Delta Wing Project be better? Chassis constructor Dallara has released images illustrating its interpretation of the 2012 IndyCar Series car, based on the criteria set forth by the Indy Racing League. Discussions with league officials have resulted in a much lighter, more efficient car with less drag and more downforce. The design requires less horsepower to achieve the desired level of performance than its predecessor with greater fuel efficiency.
by Ray Masters My first reaction was...what are they thinking? A man who has a self proclaimed zero knowledge of auto racing! But following a moment of reflection and listening to his first interview I am feeling very positive about Mr. Bernard's appointment as CEO of the Indy Racing League. There can be no denying his ability to get the job done. You have to have some serious marketing chops to make a bull famous!
Indy Car Dreyer and Reinbold Racing is excited to announce that British drivers, Justin Wilson and Mike Conway, will join the team’s full-time IZOD IndyCar Series effort for the 2010 season. Not only does the duo bring an extensive amount of talent to the table, but combined they create an exceptionally strong pairing. Justin Wilson will be joining the Indianapolis-based squad for the first time.
Labor Day weekend 1952. A weekend I'll never forget
by Steven Levinson If you were to ask anyone where they spent Labor Day a year ago, or even 5 years ago, most people would be hard pressed to remember. For me however, I can vividly recall exactly where I was 50 years ago this past week-end. The events of that Sunday afternoon in Dayton, Ohio are forever seared into my memory. This article is dedicated to the brave and talented drivers who participated in the AAA Midwest Sprint Car Championships of that era, many of who lost their lives.
Happy 75th birthday to A.J. Foyt A.J. Foyt, who turns 75 today, will celebrate his 50th anniversary of racing Indy cars this season adding yet another milestone to one of the most remarkable careers in motorsports. It began with a single race on a dirt track in Springfield, Illinois in the summer of 1957 and turned into a globetrotting romp of racetracks throughout North America and in Europe, Australia and Asia. However, the Texan’s most memorable races took place here in America’s heartland, especially at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he became the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.
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