Saturday, May 30, 2009
So, when you have FIL question who do you ask? Kevin Lee of course.
According to Kevin, Sam Schmidt Motorsports says that Ana is Healthy and is still with the team, but will not be competing in Milwaukee. Kevin then fallowed up saying that "she's out of funding, but hopes to return soon".
Thanks to Kevin Lee for the info. You really should check him out on 1070 The Fan and follow him on twitter.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
The 2nd D&R ride was driven by Darren Manning for the first couple races of the season, fallowed my Milka Duno for the last two. With just 13 races left on the 09' schedule, Milka supposedly has 10 more races under contract with D&R. Roger Yasukawa is slated to pilot the #23 in Japan, leaving just one more race on the schedule without a confirmed driver.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
(Courtesy of WTHR)
"I am still CEO and still president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, Hulman and Company and CEO of the Indy Racing League" -Tony George
"There haven't been any changes. We just discussed things like we usually do and how to make things better." -Mari Hulman-George
Quotes courtesy of WTHR
Miller reports that the board consisting of Mari Hulman-George, Josie George, Nancy George, Kathy George-Conforti and a few others met in Indianapolis while making the decision.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Ironically, just after the mergification in February of 2008, Tracy went on the record saying that he would only compete with one of the "big 3". But now A.J. Foyt Enterprises marks the 3rd team in the last year that PT will have driven for in the Indy Racing League, after piloting a 3rd Vision ride in Edmonton and a 2nd KV ride for the 500.
Don't get me wrong, I'm as big of a Vitor fan as your going to find, but it'll be interesting to see what a top notch driver can do in a Foyt car. Although I'm stunned that this is the way that Foyt went, other than maybe Bell who put on a great show last year at the mile, PT is probably the most capable driver out there.
My best guess is that PT will drive in Milwaukee with Quatro taking over for the season.
"I'm excited to get an opportunity to drive albeit as a fill-in for Vitor as I know it's a short-term thing. When I started my career, I competed against A.J. He was one of my idols growing up. I haven't told too many people this but he was one of the guys I modeled myself after. I'm a little rough around the edges like him and I say what I feel, and that's one of the things I've always admired about him."
"I think the team is competing at a much higher level these days. I had a long conversation with Larry and they're working hard. That's all I expect from people is to do their best. I think I'm the kind of driver who could make the difference at Milwaukee, being a four-time winner there, and teaming up with A.J., a guy who's won as many times as he has at the historic Mile is not only a great story but a winning recipe."
"There's no challenge for me, I'm a grizzly old veteran like A.J., I'll be up to speed real quick. I jumped in the car at Indianapolis and I hadn't driven at Indy in seven years and never drove a Dallara on the speedway and did 220 mph on my third lap. I don't anticipate any trouble getting up to speed because I spent the last month in the car. If the team can deliver me a good car, I think I can win the race for them." -Paul Tracy
"Paul Tracy is a hard charger and our type of driver, much like Vitor. I believe we can put the right equipment under Paul, and we've both had success there, so I think we can put our heads together and have a good race. It's a very important race for us because it's sponsored by our team sponsor ABC Supply, which is based in Wisconsin and Milwaukee is their home track."-A.J. Foyt
Monday, May 25, 2009
- 1997 John Paul Jr.
- 1998 Roberto Guerrero
- 1999 Eliseo Salazar
- 2000 Eddie Cheever Jr.
- 2001 Davey Hamilton
- 2002 Arie Luyendyk
- 2003 Buddy Lazier
- 2004 Helio Castroneves
- 2005 Kenny Brack
- 2006 Sam Hornish Jr.
- 2007 Tony Kanaan
- 2008 Vitor Meira
- "You've probably all seen the crash we had yesterday at the Indy 500. Vitor and I crashed on the entry into turn 1. I'm very disappointed and feel very bad that we didn't finish. I also feel bad that Vitor got hurt. He's my friend and I respect him a lot. I talked to him and his wife last night. My family didn't tell me that he had been taken to the hospital because they knew I would be upset. I called his phone later and his wife answered. She was on her way to the hospital and told me he was out for the year. That really hurt me. All the preparation we do and he's so dedicated, it's just very unfortunate. When I talked to Vitor he asked how I was feeling, I told him my knees hurt and I had a headache. We talked a little about what happened. I would never try to pass on outside of turn 1, not with less than 30 laps and with all the marbles. I'd never do that. He said he knew we were faster than him. I had passed him on the inside of turn 1 a little earlier so this time he wanted to hold the inside. I had a good run on him and was setting him up to pass him on the back straightaway. By the time we crashed I was off throttle, setting up the car for the back straight. It was really disappointing. We had done everything right up to the point of the second to last pit stop. I was trying to make up time and over shot my pit. That was probably my only mistake. The team had worked so hard all month and that is a tough way to end. Right now I'm bummed, but I hope in a couple days I will be able to put it all behind me and get ready for Milwaukee." -Raphael Matos
If it is indeed true that Vitor is out for the season, who will replace him for the remainder of the schedule?
- A.J. Foyt IV-Quatro makes the most since. He raced for them in Indy and after all he is A.J.'s grandson.
- Darren Manning-Raced for A.J. last year, but I'm not sure they left on the best of terms.
- Tomas Scheckter-Very talented and without a ride. There were rumors of Tomas piloting a 3rd Foyt entry at Indy
- Buddy Rice-He's talented and American, and that's what A.J. likes.
Also in the Meira accident was rookie Raphael Matos. After gingerly climbing out of his Luczo Dragon ride and walking with help from the Delphi safety crew to the ambulance he was interviewed and seemed to be ok.
Tony Kanaan than twitted this morning:
"Rugh morning guys very,very sore. Just for back from the hospital need some
more X Rais tomorrow morning. I think I have some broken ribs"
It'll be interesting to see who's in what cars in Milwaukee. Best of luck to Vitor, Tony and all other drivers for a quick recovery.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
- Helio becomes the 9th 3+ time Indy 500 winner
- Finishing 3rd, Danica broke her 05' mark of 4th for the best finishing position for a woman
- Bell & Power both with great runs, could they run more races this season??
- Paul Tracy has solid run finishing 9th
- Tagliani, probably the 09' Indy 500 ROY
- Fisher has her best finish of 17th
- Meira catches fire than flips, sent to hospital with back pain
- TK, more bad luck for the veteran
- Graham has 2 starts with an average finish of 32nd
- Hunter-Reay hit the wall ending a horrible month
- Moraes hit the wall ending what was a great month
370 days and 19 hours until the 94th Indianapolis 500
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Panther Racing's Daniel Wheldon attended and was actually pretty funny. After making a funny or two at PT's expense he took photos with fans and signed a few autographs.
One of the best moments of the night was when a black helmet signed by 20 or so drivers was auctioned off. A little 5 or 6 year old boy was the first to stake claims to the helmet with a $1 bid, but that was quickly declined after he openly admitted to Cavin that his parents had no idea he was bidding. After slowly creeping up to a bid of $900, the guy who ultimately won the helmet quickly handed it down and giving it to the little kid, making his day. Hat's off to the guy.
One of the big draws to the event other than driver appearances, fun and the fact that its for charity, were these great milkshakes Cavin has been talking about. I've had a shake or two in my life and I'm not going to lie, they were pretty amazing.
Although it was fun, the real reason for the event was to help support 4 local charities. Over 2,000 (delicious) sandwiches were purchased by the 1,000 in attendance. The auction consisted of a pair of Tony Kanaan Indy qualifying gloves, the signed helmet and 3 foam board signed photos of Servia, Dixon and and Wheldon. I'm also proud to say that the program signed by 19 drivers + Jack Arute I donated contributed $100 to the $5,600 that was ultimately raised. Thanks to all the bidders.
Be sure to mark May 21st 2009 on your calender, I'll see you there.
This has nothing to do with the Burger Bash, but check out the Cave man that was in attendance with Paul Tracy this morning at the autograph session/Public drivers meeting.
Friday, May 22, 2009
“If she’s serious about doing it, she needs to spend a year or two, while racing IRL, running ARCA, running trucks, running Nationwide and really understanding the difference in the vehicles. For our sport, I’d love to see it. This is where I make a living; this is the sport I love and whatever we can do to make our sport stronger I’m in favor of.”
"They just need time. They have worked their entire lives to learn an open-wheel vehicle, the characteristics of that, the adjustments. It’s just two totally different worlds. In a lot of respects, it would be easier to go from stock cars to IRL. The vehicle is the limit in our cars. In a lot of respects, in open-wheel cars, it’s the bravery of the driver. The car has so much grip, it sticks, you just have to keep pushing yourself. You take that mentality and then put it in a stock car that has 60 percent less grip and down force – it’s like going from driving a sports car to a Suburban. It just takes awhile to get that.”
"Granted it would be a money-making opportunity,but it’s just tough to roll the dice on someone that has no experience in stock car racing. Now, if she was serious about it and ran two years in Nationwide program and she showed promise, then a team would then buy in and say, ‘You know, she’s going to be a rookie, we’re going to tear up some cars, but our eggs are in this basket for the long haul and this is going to work." -Jimmie Johnson
Now for my opinion, after the Dario disaster, and with the struggles of Sam, I don't see it happening. Danica and the people around her are smart and it would be stupid to walk away from a position where she can run competitively week in and week out and become a back marker in any other series.
Another key aspect to the move would be a loss of off time. The six month off season she has now would turn into about 2 months of downtime in stock cars, and she's gone on the record before saying that she like time off.
There's no doubt she can make more money in stock cars, no one will disagree with that, but money isn't everything.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The team doesn't seem to mind, infact there even taking it to another level. For every $10,000 that is pledged to the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation one crew member will dye there hair pink for raceday.
“Well, we have pink suits and a pink car, so we may as well go all the way and dye our hair pink. We’ve gotten a lot of attention with our program this month, and we felt we should center some of that positive attention towards a good cause.” -Sam Schmidt
“Running the pink HER car, I think it’d be great to have crew with pink hair as well. The donations would go towards a great cause, and the benefits would be huge. Plus, it’ll be a lot of fun for everyone involved.” -Alex Lloyd
To pledge you can contact Zach Wenzel by phone at (815) 541-6540 or by e-mail at
Monday, May 18, 2009
After walking the garages for 2 weeks, 02' pole sitter Bruno Junqueira got a phone call from Conquest giving him the vacant 36 seat. After running his first laps on Bump Day, he qualified safely into the 33 car field. But after Conquest regular Alex Tagliani failed to qualify for the greatest spectacle, the team decided to replace Bruno with Alex.
- "I want to first of all say thank you to Bruno for being so understanding and to the team for taking this decision. We have been building this long-term relationship for a while now and I'm more than thrilled to be able to pursue that by taking part in my first Indy 500. Obviously, it would have been much sweeter if we would have had both cars in the show because Bruno and I had fast and identical cars. It's pretty much a fluke that I didn't make the field. We just got caught out.
- You never want to second-guess yourself but if we had to redo things we probably would do it differently, but now that is in the past. At the end of the day, I'm just really happy right now to be realizing my dream of running in the Indy 500. The team has worked so hard all month and they deserve to be here." -Alex Tagliani
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Props to the #43 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing crew who slowly but surely inched there way into the field.
It's got to be tough for the conquest guys. 48 hours ago 2002 Indy pole sitter Bruno Junqueira was without a ride, but now he's sitting in a full field without teammate Alex Tagliani.
The #98 3G crew struggled all month, but they were finally put out of there misery when the six o'clock gun went out. The question now rises, will Stanton Barrett and the 3G team ever run another Indycar race?
2009 snapped Buddy Lazier's 14 strait Indy Starts, and the only driver to race in every IRL sanctioned Indianapolis 500.
When asked about Paul Tracy, Jimmy said to expect exciting news next week regarding Paul Tracy running races in the summer. I'm assuming the announcement will be the addition of Edmonton and Toronto to PT's 09' schedule, but I suppose another road course or two wouldn't be a huge surprise.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Assuming drivers like Rice, Junqueira, J. Lazier, Yasukawa, and Simmons are left without rides, who won't find the speed to qualify for the 93rd Indianapolis 500?
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Word in the garage is that Buddy Rice either is close or already has sponsorship locked up to run the 500. But it won't matter how much money he has if he's not in Indy soon. Mabey Jeff can give him a lift to the airport.
UPDATE: I've gotten a couple e-mails regarding both topics.
First off I never said Rice had a done deal, but simply that he is working on one and that he is close with sponsorship.
I also recieved 2 messages asking me who Derek Daly was. Here's his bio, but from now on he'll probably be refered to as Connor's dad.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I'm sure you know that Sunday I reported that Tomas would be driving the #98 3G ride if Stanton couldn't get it qualified on Sunday. I'm not sure what happened over the last couple day's, but I do know these facts:
Tomas Scheckter's helmet and seat were in the 3G garage sitting behind a curtain on Sunday morning. I was told by a source VERY close to the situation that Tomas was on stand by, and would be in the car this Thursday. What could have blocked the deal? Well Stanton is one of the 3G's and I'm not sure he knew about the Scheckter situation.
As you know anything can happen in the racing world. Stanton could be piloting a second Conquest car, jump in the 3G ride, be without a ride or could be driving for a completely different team come race day. I guess were all just going to have to wait and find out.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Conway still has to qualify for the 93rd Indianapolis 500, with his last 2 opportunities coming this Saturday and Sunday. It has been rumored that Darren Manning who drove the #23 D&R Dallara in the first 2 races of the season, could fill in for the injured Conway if he's unable to run.
Later in the day, one of Conway's 3 teammates, John Andretti had an eerily similar incident in the same turn. Check them out:
Sunday, May 10, 2009
First off, I think we can all agree, Graham Rahal did and absolute amazing job avoiding what could of been a horrific incident. I was in the first turn when it happened, and I cringed watching Andretti's already tore up car sliding up into the path of Rahal. It could of gotten bad, but luckily it didn't.
Secondly, Scott Sharp really dodged a bullet qualifying for the 93rd Indy 500 today. He has gone on the record saying that plan A was to qualify yesterday and plan B was to qualify today, but if neither happened he would have come back next Saturday splitting his time in both Indy and in Utah for the ALMS race. In the end all of was avoided when Sarah Fisher, Davey Hamilton, and ironically E.J. Viso pulled out of line allowing Sharp to make a final attempt.
Thirdly, it appears that Stanton Barrett has lost his Indy 500 ride. A very reliable source says that because Stanton failed to find the speed to qualify today, he will be replaced by Indycar veteran Tomas Scheckter. It is unclear as to if Stanton will continue to pilot the #98 Dallara for the remainder of the 2009 Indycar season.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Quick list of driver I've seen walking the garage without a ride:
- Bruno Junqueira
- Tomas Scheckter
- Roger Yasukawa
- Jeff Simmons
- Takuma Sato
- Mario Dominguez
- Jaques Lazier
Bobby D's car after contactVERSUS reporter Jon Beekhuis taping a segment in the Hemelgarn garageUp 2 Speed's Lauren Bohlander with 3G's Stanton Barrett
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Ryan Hunter-Reay was the first to make contact this Month, after getting loose and hitting the turn 2 wall. As you can tell by the photo, not a ton of damage was done. I would expect his #21 ride to be back on track tomorrow.
As of 4:30, Marco is on top of the time sheet with a lap of 225.478 mph.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
A few notes:
- Rahal Letterman will field a car, but driver is unknown probably Servia or Scheckter
- Jaques Lazier says that he's close to a deal
- Jeff Simmons says "it's gona be tough" referring to finding a ride
- Foyt unlikely to field 3rd car
- Paul Tracy223.089
- Scott Sharp 221.878
- Robert Doornbos 221.735
- Raphael Matos 218.613
- Alex Tagliani 218.333
- Mike Conway 217.063
- Nelson Philippe 214.786
- Alex Lloyd 213.032
- Stanton Barrett 207.522