IndyCar news tidbits
The Dallara facility on Main Street in Speedway, Ind., will host a free "Family Fun Day" from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 12 in conjunction with the inauguration festivities of Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence.
The event will include food and music, and children can enjoy face-painting, a bounce house and coloring while Indiana University basketball fans can watch the Minnesota game in the Dallara theater while munching on popcorn. Pence and the next lieutenant governor, Sue Ellspermann, will be on hand.
Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport, along with team owner Michael Andretti and Mazda Road to Indy drivers Zach Veach and Shelby Blackstock, will represent Racing For Kids at a visit with patients Jan. 16 at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
The visit is a day after Andretti hosts a screening of "Super Speedway" at the Majestic Cinema in Brookfield, Wis.
Ilmor Engineering senior designer Tony Sime, who -- along with his team in the UK -- developed the 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged Chevrolet IndyCar V-6 that secured the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series manufacturer championship, was nominated for the World Motorsport Symposium Race Engine Designer of the Year award. Roger Griffiths, Honda Performance Development's technical director, and Allen Miller, HPD's performance development project leader, received the award this week for the engine that won the LMP2 class of the World Endurance Championship.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced that Deltran Battery Tender, a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency battery chargers, has become an Official Team Partner.
KV Racing Technology driver Simona de Silvestro and Team Penske's Helio Castroneves will greet attendees of the North American International Auto Show on Jan. 25 in Detroit.
Phil LePan, who was the Player's/Forsythe Racing Tea, manager during Paul Tracy's 2003 CART championship season and most recently team manager for Dale Coyne Racing, died. A memorial service will be held in Feb. 16 in Toronto.