Dear AR1.com, Being from Los Angeles I figured I would stop by Fontana Friday and watch the IndyCars practice. It was like a ghost town. And they want to hold the IndyCar grand finale at this joint next year too? What a way to cap off your season. I included a photo from the IndyCar race from 1999 when the race was run under CART. Note the crowd. This is what Tony George destroyed. Compare that to the crowd for Saturday's race and like me your heart will be heavy. I can never forgive the man for what he did to the sport I love. Is he still allowed in the paddock? Saddened in LA. Mordichai Rosen
#77 Indy Lights driver Jack Hawksworth spun and made light contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2 Friday. The Car traveled down the track and came to rest in the grass in Turn 2. There was damage to the left rear of the car. Hawksworth from the car without assistance from the Holmatro Safety Team.
Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR Medical Director: Jack Hawksworth has been checked and released from the infield care center. He is cleared to drive.
JACK HAWKSWORTH (No. 77 Schmidt Peterson c/w Curb-Agajanian): "I came out of the pits and was coming on the access road, and then the back suddenly snapped on me. I had a flat tire, I don't know if that's what happened on impact or if that's what caused the back to snap. Either I dropped it or we had a tire explosion."
Sato on track for night practice after wadding up his primary No. 14
In IndyCar practice Friday in Fontana #14 Takuma Sato did a full spin in Turn 4 and made hard left-rear contact with the SAFER Barrier. There is heavy damage to the rear of the car. Sato climbed from the car without assistance from the Holmatro Safety Team.
Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR Medical Director: Takuma Sato has been checked and released from the infield care center. He is cleared to drive.
In IndyCar practice Friday in Fontana #18 Pippa Mann did a full spin between Turns 3 and 4 and made moderate right side contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 4. The car came to rest at the bottom of the track. Mann climbed from the car without assistance from the Holmatro Safety Team.
Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR Medical Director: Pippa Mann has been checked and released from the infield care center. She is cleared to drive.
PIPPA MANN (No. 18 Sonny's BBQ Honda): "Really tough way to start the weekend, obviously. I didn't need to make that mistake early on. The seams here are pretty treacherous, and I just was trying a different line through [Turns] 3 and 4, trying to run in traffic for the first time and it caught me out. Just want to apologize to the boys, they've got a lot of work now to put my car back together, so I'm really upset for them. I'm kicking myself."
Pietro Fittipaldi confirms BRDC F4 Winter Series entry BRDC F4 race winner Pietro Fittipaldi has confirmed his participation in next month’s Winter Series, and will compete with the Mark Godwin Racing team who he raced with during the main season.
Fittipaldi, grandson of F1 legend Emerson, impressed on his debut year in single seaters, and took a maiden victory on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in July, 41 years after his grandfather claimed success in the British Grand Prix at the same venue.
The Brazilian missed two rounds of the main series owing to other commitments, but still finished 15th in the overall standings, securing regular top-10 finishes.
The first images and details for Lamborghini’s new Veneno Roadster have hit the web. The car is the convertible version of the Veneno coupe first shown at the 2013 Geneva Motor show, which was limited to just four examples in total. But unlike the coupe, Lamborghini is planning as many as nine Veneno Roadsters, each priced at a cool 3.3 million euros (approximately $4.5 million).
News of the Veneno Roadster first broke as early as July and the car was confirmed by Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann just one month later. Now we have the details on the open-top version of a car originally built to celebrate Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary, showcase the potential of the automaker’s design team and explore new avenues in lightweight construction.
Apart from the roofless design, the Veneno Roadster is virtually identical to the coupe, much in the same way that the Aventador, with which the Veneno shares its underpinnings, is much the same as the Aventador Roadster. Power comes from Lamborghini’s familiar 6.5-liter V-12, which in Veneno spec has been tuned to deliver 740 horsepower.
Two Killed In Daytona Motorcycle Crash An instructor and a student were killed Thursday at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
Team Hammer Advanced Riding School instructor Rick Shaw and student Eric Desy each died from injuries suffered when the pair collided while exiting the banking at the track.
Shaw, 65, was a former AMA SuperBike racer and Miami/Dade police officer. Shaw held the record for miles completed in the famed Daytona 200 motorcycle race until 2011. Shaw ran his first Daytona race in 1981 and retired after the 2006 race and ran 3,728.33 miles during the Daytona 200 alone.
Kurt Busch met with members of the media at Talladega Superspeedway and discussed his unique paint scheme this weekend, his current position in the Chase, the unpredictability of Talladega Superspeedway and many other topics. Full Transcript:
TALK ABOUT HAVING WONDER BREAD ON THE CAR THIS WEEKEND. WE WERE WONDERING WHAT YOU PUT ON YOUR WONDER BREAD? “It’s a wonderful situation. The fun about this is it’s a re-launch for Wonder Bread. They were in bankruptcy earlier this year and the name was traded with the different companies and so with Wonder back on the shelves it’s a great advertisement for them to team up with us to do some marketing together with the power of NASCAR. NASCAR is a brand that can move and teach people about how loyal to be to a brand. So with Wonder Bread and NASCAR here at Talladega it’s fun, it’s exciting. It branches off of the ME car that I ran here last year. That was with the Armed Forces Foundation and creating awareness for PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) and I think that sparked some of the Wonder Bread executives on ‘hey Talladega, Wonder Bread, with Talladega Nights let’s do it and Kurt’s our guy’. It’s very tasteful re-launch of a brand.”
Aspen Dental will serve as primary sponsor on No. 10 for two races in 2014
Danica Patrick with her Aspen Dental livery
Danica Patrick will have a different look on her car for two races in 2014. Aspen Dental will serve as the primary sponsor for two events next year, the driver announced Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.
The look of her car will get an overhaul, too, replacing the familiar green trim for a blue-dominant scheme.
The company will sponsor her Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Chevrolet entry March 9 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Aug. 31 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Almirola, Johnson top Dega practice sessions Eleven drivers eclipsed the 200 mile per hour barrier at NASCAR’s palace of speed – Talladega Superspeedway – Friday during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 500, the sixth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola, driving the famed No. “43” that was made famous by NASCAR’s “King,” Richard Petty, led the blistering pace with a speed of 202.000 mph around the 2.66-mile layout while Jeff Burton in the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was second at 201.987 mph.
Points leader Sage Karam (L) congratulates Zach Veach (R). The huge Fontana crowd looks on.
Zach Veach will start from the pole position - his first career pole - for tomorrow's Lefty's Kids Club 100 on the 2-mile oval in the Inland Empire; the 18-year-old will be joined on the front row by teammate Carlos Munoz.
"This year has had a lot of learning experiences for us but for us to get the pole the last race of the season, it says that we've learned a lot and hopefully we can do a lot better tomorrow in the race and carry that momentum in the offseason. I'm really excited with this being the last race with Firestone and to be able to say I won a pole with Firestone is going to be something really honorable for me."
NASCAR Charlotte TV Ratings (Update)UPDATE Further analysis of the TV information from this past weekend in NASCAR is interesting. What is impressive here is the fact that the NASCAR race had higher TV ratings than ALL College football games on TV that weekend. And it was also the #1 sporting event of the Week on ABC Network.
NASCAR and their broadcast partners do a much better job of letting fans know when the races will be telecast than IndyCar. Additionally, there are very few breaks during the NASCAR season, so fans know that every weekend, there is usually a NASCAR race on TV. There are no 3-4 week breaks between events, so the sport is always in the front of the minds of the racing fans, and is also in the sports pages every week.
Power tops opening practice in Fontana Penske driver Will Power led a Chevy 1-2-3-4-5 sweep of the top-5 speeds in opening practice for the MavTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway Friday. His speed of 220.889 mph was one mile an hour faster than KV Racing's Tony Kanaan.
James Hinchcliffe was third for Andretti Autosport. AJ Allmendinger and Helio Castroneves rounded out the top-5 giving Penske Racing three of the top-5 fastest speeds.
Viso Out, Munoz in #5 for Fontana (Update)UPDATE Viso called his Andretti Autosport team on Thursday evening to report he wasn't feeling good enough to participate in the IndyCar finale. So Munoz, who finished a sparkling second at the Indianapolis 500 in his IndyCar debut last May for Andretti, was being fitted for Viso's seat on Friday morning.
It's not known if Viso will return to Andretti for 2014 but his team was reportedly none too happy about his no-show.
"Maybe he's got the oval-track flu," said one mechanic, referring to the fact Viso had been uncomfortable with the downforce levels during a recent test at Fontana. Racer.com
Toronto IndyCar tickets to go on sale Tickets to the Honda Indy Toronto on July 19-20, 2014, will go on sale Dec. 1. Ticket-holders from the 2013 doubleheader will have the first opportunity to renew tickets in early November. Both will be available at www.HondaIndy.com.
Dr Pepper Snapple family renews with Marco Andretti Third-generation racer Marco Andretti is quite familiar with the Dr Pepper Snapple (NYSE: DPS) family. He'll once again help promote one of DPS's iconic brands when he takes the wheel of the No. 25 Andretti Autosport car next season.
The DPS-Andretti Autosport relationship enters its eighth season in 2014. In previous years, Marco Andretti has driven Indy cars highlighting Venom Energy Drink, Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper TEN and RC Cola.
Lorenzo On Top Down Under Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo has made a flying start to this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, completing the first day of free practice as the fastest rider. The defending champion came out fighting in the first morning practice and led the session apart from a brief appearance by rival Marc Marquez at the top of the time sheets mid way through.
A new tarmac surface at the track has vastly improved grip, allowing Lorenzo to drop almost a second under the race record in the morning. The afternoon saw him pick up the pace even further, the only rider to drop.
More than 1 million miles of electronic fuel injection and not a problem When Dale Earnhardt Jr. crossed the start/finish line to lead Lap 34 last Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, there was no special fanfare beyond the standing ovation Earnhardt gets every time he leads a lap. Race control didn't stop the action to give Earnhardt the NASCAR equivalent of a game ball. There was no announcement of a competitive milestone. Yet when Earnhardt led Lap 34 in the Bank of America 500, he logged the one-millionth mile in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition since the transition from traditional carburetors to electronic fuel injection (EFI).
Jani Sets Fastest Lap At Night In Opening Petit Le Mans Practice
Rebellion Racing waited until dark to set the fastest lap of the opening day of practice for Saturday’s 16th Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta. Neel Jani led the session with a lap of 1:20.360 (113.788 mph) in the No. 12 Rebellion Timepieces/Lemo Connectors/Speedy Garage Lola B12/60-Toyota shared by Nico Prost and Nick Heidfeld.
Running on a damp but drying track, Jani’s time was the fastest of Thursday’s three sessions, with both the morning and afternoon practice run in the rain. A fourth one-hour practice will be held Friday beginning at 10:20 a.m., with qualifying at 1:45 p.m.
IZOD IndyCar Series Team Fresh Engine Status UpdateUPDATE By taking the engine penalty one can expect that Castroneves and Dixon expect more HP from their Chevy and Honda powerplants for the finale. The manufacturers are allowed minor improvements but only when a driver gets a new engine. On an oval like Fontana, taking the 10-grid penalty in exchange for more HP is a no-brainer decision.
10/16/13 INDYCAR provided an update today regarding the status of fresh engines for each entry for the MAVTV 500, the final event of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season.
Officials also announced 10 grid spot penalties for the following cars for the Oct. 19 race at Auto Club Speedway: #3 Castroneves (Rule 15.5.1 and 15.1.4.), #6 Saavedra (Rule 15.5.1), #9 Dixon (Rule 15.5.1 and 15.1.4.), #14 Sato (Rule 15.5.1 and 15.1.4.), #15 Rahal (Rule 15.5.1 and 15.1.4.), #67 Newgarden (15.5.1 and 15.1.4.)
15.5.1. The minimum mileage threshold ("Change-Out Mileage") is 2000 miles.
NASCAR's TV move good for IndyCar, CEO says IndyCar's new boss expects his series to benefit from NASCAR's record-setting deal to move a portion of its Sprint Cup races to NBC Sports Network in 2015.
Mark Miles, who was hired last year as CEO of Hulman & Co., which oversees the Izod IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, told USA TODAY Sports he expects a larger audience for IndyCar races, which have been struggling with poor ratings on NBC Sports Network.
"One way or another, this is a good opportunity for IndyCar," Miles said. "NBC Sports has a motor sports vertical that's powerful. We've shared a lot of data, and one of the things we've learned is that our ratings are substantially better — still not where we want them to be, but better — when we don't overlap with NASCAR racing. Now that they have both of us, that isn't going to happen." [Editor's Note: You bet, when the IndyCar race gets taped delayed to some ungodly hour the two won't overlap.]
NASCAR suspend Todd Parrott for violating substance abuse policy Todd Parrott, the crew chief for Aric Almirola at Richard Petty Motorsports, is the latest NASCAR crewmen indefinitely suspended for violating NASCAR's no-tolerance Substance Abuse Policy. The second-generation crew chief has 31 Sprint Cup wins (third-most among active chiefs) and was the crew chief when Dale Jarrett won the 1999 Sprint Cup championship with Robert Yates Racing. Among his 31 career victories are the 1996 and 2000 Daytona 500s with Jarrett.
He was found in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2013 Rule Book. He's by far the best-known and most successful crewmen suspended for abusing the substance abuse policy.
IndyCar announces 18-race 2014 schedule Eighteen races over 15 event weekends highlight the 2014 IndyCar Series schedule announced today.
The schedule includes a new event, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, on a 2.343-mile, 14-turn road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 10, in addition to the return of doubleheaders at Detroit, Houston and Toronto.
The most diverse schedule in motorsports includes events on technically challenging road and street courses, short ovals and superspeedways that is sure to deliver another exciting year of competition. Race distances, times and network television schedules will be announced at a later date.
Southern California’s most unique special event is turning 40 … and still accelerating! Tickets for the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, set to run April 11-13, 2014, go on public sale Monday at 9 a.m.
With a variety of entertaining activities for the entire family, the 2014 Grand Prix will feature the second round of the 2014 IndyCar Series, according to the schedule announced by INDYCAR officials today. The 2014 IndyCar Series is expected to include celebrated drivers such as Juan Pablo Montoya, the Indy 500 winner and former CART champion who is returning to the series after 13 years competing in Formula 1 and NASCAR; three-time series champ Dario Franchitti; Long Beach winners Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power, along with Scott Dixon, Marco Andretti and defending Long Beach winner Takuma Sato battling wheel-to-wheel on the famed 1.97-mile, 11-turn circuit through downtown Long Beach.
Official 2014 IndyCar schedule IndyCar tonight will release its '14 schedule, and the series will conclude on Aug. 30 at Auto Club Speedway, which is the "earliest IndyCar has ended a season. IndyCar will open March 30 "with a single race in St. Petersburg, Fla." Green Savoree Racing Promotions had "sought permission to host a doubleheader," but Miles said that "three doubleheaders in a season is sufficient."
The doubleheaders are set for Detroit, Houston and Toronto. Two of this year's events missing from the '14 schedule are "street races in Sao Paulo and Baltimore." Miles said that the Brazil race "could be added later if a contract can be finalized."
Hayden Back To MotoGP With Honda Nicky Hayden has signed a two-year contract to ride in MotoGP world championship for Power Electronics Aspar. Hayden, the 2006 world champion, will ride Honda’s new production racer.
Honda American rider Nicky Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP world champion, will join the Aspar CRT team for the 2014 MotoGP championship.
The Thursday announcement at Phillip Island marks the start of a new era for the Valencia-based team headed up by former racer Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar’, which will switch to the Honda bike from ART machinery.
Martin Truex Jr. agrees to join Furniture Row Racing team in 2014 Martin Truex Jr. has agreed to drive the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet in 2014. Sources say the parties came to terms on Wednesday night. A formal announcement is expected next Tuesday.
In his eighth year as a full-time Sprint Cup driver, Truex has spent the past four seasons driving the No. 56 NAPA Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing.
However, MWR’s manipulation of the outcome of the Sept. 7 race at Richmond International Raceway and subsequent sanctions from NASCAR resulted in Truex’s disqualification from the Chase for the Sprint Cup and NAPA’s decision to part ways with the organization at the end of the season.
Sadler to sub for Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing announced that Elliott Sadler will drive the #55 Aarons Dream Machine Toyota in the 2013 seasons final four NASCAR Sprint Cup races. Sadler replaces Brian Vickers who informed MWR on Oct. 14 that he would be unavailable for the remainder of the season due to anti-coagulation medications he will be taking to treat a small blood clot in his right leg. Doctors have told Vickers he will be on the medication at least two months. Sadler, who drives a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will begin racing the #55 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 27. He will finish the season for the Scott Miller led team at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. MWR PR
KVSH Racing announced today that four-time series champion Sebastien Bourdais will pilot a car for the team during the 2014 and 2015 IndyCar Series seasons.
“I am extremely pleased to announce that Sebastien Bourdais will be driving for KVSH Racing for the next two years,” said Kevin Kalkhoven. “Sebastien is a proven champion and we look forward to working with him to produce more championships.”
Prost Fastest For Rebellion Racing In Final Petit Le Mans Test Rebellion Racing set the fastest time in the third and final day of testing for Saturday’s 16th Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda, with Nicolas Prost running a lap of one minute, 9.942 seconds (130.737 mph) at Road Atlanta to lead Wednesday’s session.
Rebellion Racing is defending its victory in Petit Le Mans, but it running its first American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n event since May. Prost will co-drive the No. 12 Rebellion Timepieces/Lemo Connectors/Speedy Garage Lola B12/60-Toyota with Neel Jani and Nick Heidfeld. Prost and Jani won the 2012 event for Rebellion, joined by Andrea Belicchi.
Plenty at stake for teams in MAVTV 500 Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon will contest for the $1 million championship bonus in the MAVTV 500 on Oct. 19 at Auto Club Speedway.
There are seven others who can earn year-end bonuses from INDYCAR by finishing in the top five of the standings.
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports car, is third in standings entering the 250-lap season finale at 8 p.m. (ET) on NBC Sports Network. Depending on results, he could overtake Castroneves for second and claim the $250,000 bonus. The third-place driver will earn $175,000, with Justin Wilson of Dale Coyne Racing, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti of Andretti Autosport and Will Power of Team Penske also in contention.
The first half of the 2013 season was anything but satisfying for the Sauber F1 Team. Seven World Championship points after ten races was a modest harvest. Nevertheless, since the Italian Grand Prix the team has shown a significant improvement: the Swiss outfit scored no less than 38 points in the last four races. This puts the Sauber F1 Team into a solid seventh place in the constructors’ championship. Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn explains how the team was able to turn the tide. The Sauber F1 Team had a fantastic season in 2012. However, at the beginning of 2013 it was quite a different story. What happened?
Fans view Daytona less favorably A survey of roughly 1,000 fans at the July 6 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Int'l Speedway found that 44% "gave very high marks for their overall 'seating' experience," down from 57% last year, according to Ken Willis of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL.
For overall restroom reviews, 39% "gave very high scores," down from 51% last year. DIS President Joie Chitwood III said, "I find this interesting. We didn’t change the seat areas, we didn’t change the restrooms." He concluded that the only viable answer is a "testament to the effects marketing has on consumer satisfaction." DIS in June announced its plans for the Daytona Rising project, a "modernization of the 54-year-old venue that, among other features, will include vast improvements in two areas that directly affect the fan experience: Seats and restrooms."
Milwaukee IndyCar Race Lands Title Sponsor, Changes Dates
Diane Hendricks took the Milwaukee Mile IndyCar race title sponsor role for her company ABC Supply. Joining her in this photo are (left to right) Kevin Healy of Andretti Sports Marketing, Michael Andretti of Andretti Sports and Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar's parent company
Rich Kirchen/Milwaukee Bizjournal
Andretti Sports Marketing announced today that they have teamed with ABC Supply Co. Inc. to bring INDYCAR racing excitement back to the Milwaukee Mile at Wisconsin State Fair Park on August 16 and 17. ABC Supply Co. Inc. will serve as the title sponsor for the IndyCar Series race at Milwaukee IndyFest for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
In 2012, Michael Andretti committed to the Milwaukee market to rebuild the event and keep INDYCAR racing in the state of Wisconsin, by reviving the open-wheel event at the historic Milwaukee Mile. Andretti Sports Marketing worked diligently in the market and has now set out a two-year plan to build on the success of Milwaukee IndyFest with its partner ABC Supply Co. Inc.
"We're very excited to sponsor the race in our home state of Wisconsin at the historic Milwaukee Mile," said Diane Hendricks, ABC Supply Founder and Chairman of the Board. "We have a large number of associates and customers in the Wisconsin area and are happy for the opportunity to support the oldest and longest operating motor speedway in the world. As a sponsor of A.J. Foyt Racing for almost 10 years, we're thrilled to play a small part in open-wheel racing in Wisconsin."
Rossi to drive F1 car at Silverstone Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi will showcase one of the team's Formula 1 cars at Silverstone this weekend, as part of the Caterham Motorsport season finale.
The American, who took part in the Young Driver Test at the circuit earlier this season, is scheduled to drive at lunch time on both Saturday and Sunday, breaking up a free-of-charge 19-race schedule comprising of various Caterham machinery.
Infection caused Stewart's latest surgery Tony Stewart says he's eager for his doctor's appointment Wednesday to see how an infection that has sidetracked his recovery is healing. Stewart said in a video chat Tuesday night on NASCAR.com that the third surgery on his broken right leg Oct. 7 was because of the infection. "That was the biggest thing they talked about after the surgery,'' said Stewart, who had two surgeries shortly after he broke his right leg in a sprint car crash Aug. 5 in Iowa.
Simpson Acquires the Rights for Shock Doctor Eject Emergency Helmet Removal System
Simpson Performance Products, Inc. today announced it has reached an agreement with Shock Doctor Sports for the exclusive rights to manufacture, assemble, sell and distribute the Eject Emergency Helmet Removal System.
The light weight Eject Emergency Helmet Removal System can be easily installed into motorcycle and auto racing helmets without changing the fit or feel of the helmet. The system is capable of preventing further neck and spine injuries to a crash victim by providing first responders with a safe method for helmet removal that does not cause unwanted movement to the victim's neck or spine.
Widely used by emergency workers, the system is mandated for AMA Pro Supercross & Motocross, NHRA pro drivers, for all FIA drag racing in Europe, in the IRL and is recommended by NASCAR.
Martin Truex, Jr. has confirmed that he will not return to Michael Waltrip Racing in 2014. "I gave (Michael Waltrip) time to try and work it out and we tried to work it out together," said Truex. "But it's hard to put stuff together at this point of the year. So it's time now for me to figure out what I'm going to do, and figure it out quickly. I'm running out of time." Asked about speculation that he is the heir-apparent to Kurt Busch at Furniture Row Racing next season, Truex insisted, "there is nothing to talk about yet. They've done a great job this year and I'm interested in their program. They're definitely on my radar, but we'll just have to see where it goes."
Hinchcliffe’s IndyCar present very bright, but future unknown
James Hinchcliffe's a winner, but lost his sponsor because of IndyCar's horrible TV ratings
For sure, James Hinchcliffe will drive in Saturday’s IndyCar Series season-finale MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway for Andretti Autosport and will wear red gloves in honor of his childhood hero.
Beyond that, it’s anybody’s guess as to what the future holds for the 26-year-old Canadian from Toronto. He’s the hottest free-agent in sports this side of the Yankees’ Robinson Cano as his two-year contract will expire at the end of the 250-lap race in Fontana.
It’s quite unusual for an IndyCar Series driver to be in a position where several teams are interested in his services. There’s always the possibility that Michael Andretti will re-sign him. Chip Ganassi has been reported to be interested in Hinchcliffe, as is KV Racing, looking to replace Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan.
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