Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Why #40202 may you ask? By simply texting "stand" to 40202 you can donate $5 to cancer awareness and research.
This will mark just Alex's 3rd Indycar Series event in his 2 years since winning the 2007 Indy Lights Championship. After competing in the '08 and '09 Indianapolis 500's with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Lloyd left the team for greener pastures including a possible full season ride in 2010.
"HER is ecstatic to work with Pink Lloyd again. He's a great sport wearing pink, and we had a great experience in May. I couldn't have been more excited to find another opportunity to work with him. Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing has such an impressive legacy, and my experience working with all of them the past few weeks only confirms the great things I've heard. And their engineers and crew are remarkable. And we want to thank the IRL for allowing us to enter the #40202 number – and their getting behind such an amazing cause and call to action.” -Brett Jacobson CEO of HER Enterprises Inc.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
16th And Georgetown: On your website you say that your racing goal is to first win an Indycar Championship, then move over to Formula 1. What are your thoughts on the newly formed USF1 team, and have you been contacted regarding a possible ride?
16th And Georgetown: A few weeks ago when in Sonoma, the Indycar.com cameras fallowed you "back to school", lets see what you learned, Sin^2 x + Cos^2 x =????
Monday, September 28, 2009
Miller and Foyt will discuss the 'good ol days' while showing vintage footage of highlights from Foyt's record-setting career. Foyt will be in his raceshop in Texas while Miller will be hosting from the Wind Tunnel studio in North Carolina so Miller will be free to ask any question without fear of getting throttled by Foyt...immediately. -A.J. Foyt EnterprisesThis Sunday the normally stock car oriented show will be hosted by Open Wheel minded Robin Miller. The show can be seen LIVE Sunday night at 9 est. on SPEEDtv.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
In other news from Cavin (end of the Danica article), the IRL's President of the Commercial Division, Terry Angstadt mentioned on Thursday that they were once again close to signing a Tittle Sponsor for 2010.
P.S. Sorry for the lack of updates recently but I've been in the hospital to get my appendix taken out, or at least what was left of it after it blew. I should be back home either Friday or Saturday, and hope to update the site more regularly there after. By the way, if your stomach hurts don't wait 2 days to go to the hospital, big mistake.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Twin Ring Motegi is where you can find the Indy Car Series this weekend. The 1.5 mile oval lies in the middle of the road course on the grounds that are owned by Honda. Moto GP runs the road course that connects into the oval. Motegi is a town in the Haga District, Tochigi, Japan. Its population of 16,500 live in a small area of 107.3 square miles.
The Indy Car Series has been taking this annual trip across the pond to Japan since 2003. That year, Scott Sharp took the win. Up until this year, the race was ran in April, gearing up for the Indy 500. This year, Motegi gears us for the championship finale in Miami. Some of the series top stars have taken the checkered flag at Motegi. Dan Wheldon, Danica Patrick and Tony Kanaan have all won there. Danica last year stole the show, winning her first Indy Car race by rolling the dice on fuel strategy. The 300 mile event will play huge in the championship implications.
With two races left, Ryan Briscoe leads the points over Dario Franchitti by 25 points. Scott Dixon sits third in the standings, thirty three points back. Ryan Briscoe is the hottest driver in the series right now. He won last time out at Chicagoland, over the past seven races, Ryans lowest finish is 4th. This includes victories at Kentucky and Chicagoland, and second place finishes at Watkins Glen, Toronto, Infineon and Mid-Ohio. The fourth place finished came at Edmonton. He has finished every race and 12 out of the 15 finishes where in the Top 5.
The Target boys look to mount a charge in the points this weekend to set up a shootout at Homestead next month. Out of the four red cars, well, three red cars and Dario’s yellow Life Lock livery, I will take Dario Franchitti to take the checkers, which will set up a one race shootout for the title. My darkhorse’s are Hideki Mutoh and Mario Moraes. Moraes has been rolling of late, finishing third at Chicagoland and looks to make it three straight top fives. Additions to the grid this weekend are Roger Yasukawa for Dreyer and Reinbold Racing, Kosuke Matsuura with Conquest Racing, and Stanton Barrett will pilot the 98 for Team 3G this weekend. You can catch a recorded version of qualifying at 6:00 and the race live Friday at 10:30 est. on VERSUS.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Robert Doornbos: It’s definitely up there with the best. Of course, racing in F1 was a dream come true and I’m sure many drivers in IndyCar can agree with me, but IndyCar is the best thing outside F1 and it’s very competitive with great teams and drivers.
Robert Doornbos: I’ll never know but I don’t think I would have won Wimbledon or the US Open…. I have a much bigger hunger from the beginning when I started racing cars than I did playing tennis and that was the sign for me to focus on my career racing cars.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The new novel written by Caprice Crane, Family Affair, will be an associate sponsor on the Dallara with the primary sponsorship going to Interush. Crane, doughter of Tina Louise (Ginger on Gilligan's Island) also writes for the recently re-launched Melrose Place.
“I am excited to have this opportunity with publisher Bantam Books having Family Affair as one of our sponsors. It is very exciting to share three things I love and have a passion for – the movie business, great creative novels and auto racing. For the first time in my career, I have the opportunity to run a sponsorship from someone who is part of the film industry, which I have worked in for over 22 years.
I am also thrilled to be back in IndyCar for the Japan race and plan on coming back strong.” -Stanton Barrett
“When Stanton told me he was a race car driver, I mentioned a humorous scene in Family Affair where the female lead character literally chases her husband and his parents, IndyCar-style, down the highway, forcing them to pull over – also catching the attention of a nearby police car.” -Caprice Crane
Monday, September 14, 2009
Coming from someone who wasn't even born in 1980 and who's parents were in High School at the time, I gotta say, it was pretty sweet seeing the #4 Pennzoil Chapparel turning laps at IMS.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
"I don't know what I'm going to do but I want to stay in racing. If you know anybody who wants to buy a good sports car, two haulers, pit equipment and our shop machinery, tell 'em they can have it all for $1 million."
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Have a question for 3 time Indianapolis 500 Champion Johnny Rutherford? Now you can ask it. Just slide on over to Indy500.com/askjr.
This Monday from 3:30-4pm Rutherford and host Bob Jenkins will be live from the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pagoda to answer the fan submitted questions. The broadcast can be seen live on Indy500.com
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Nearly a week after it was rumored that the '07 Indy Lights champ would soon be in a car, it's finally official. Alex Lloyd will run the #06 Dallara for Newman/Haas/Lanigan in the season finale at Homestead-Miami.
It's still unclear as to who, if anyone, will pilot the #06 in Motegi, but if not Lloyd I would assume the ride will go to Oriol Servia.
Although not confirmed, look for him to be with Newman/Haas/Lanigan next year as well.
If you find yourself in Indianapolis tomorrow and feel the need for speed, the Grand-Am Series will be holding it's first ever test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In total 9 cars will be on track consisting of 5 Daytona Prototypes and 4 GT's.
Starting at 10am the teams will test on the 2.534 mile F1 circuit and will conclude at noon for a 1 hour lunch break. Then at 1pm they'll get back on track, but on the 2.621-mile MotoGP circuit and conclude testing at 3pm. The test is open to the public, but with restrictive access. You must enter gate 2 off of 16th street and park in the museum parking lot (blue). The red represent all the places that I believe you can spectate from. I would recommend either down in the twisties off of the T2 oval or to the left near the MotoGP turns during the afternoon.
- #90 Spirit of Daytona Buddy Rice
- #01 Chip Ganassi Racing Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas
- #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Jon Fogarty
- #10 SunTrust Racing Wayne Taylor, Ricky Taylor
- #6 Shank Racing Michael Valiante, John Pew, Michael Shank
- #87 Farnbacher Racing Leh Keen, Dirk Werner
- #67 TRG Spencer Pumpelly, Kevin Buckler
- #57 Stevenson Motorsports Andrew Davis, Robin Liddell
- #70 Speedsource Sylvain Tremblay
"This is going to be very cool and exciting, because this is a very historical place. Every time I go underneath the tunnel at 16th Street it gives me the chills. It's an awesome place to be able to drive on." -Buddy Rice
"It's a dream come true to come back to Indianapolis. This is a magical place, and going back there will give me goose bumps." -Scott Pruett
"I can't wait to drive across those bricks at top speed. We're very honored to participate. As a sports car racer, I never thought that I could get to actually go out and test at Indy." -Sylvain Tremblay
"This is one of those boxes I can't wait to check off. Every team owner and driver would love to get behind the wheel at Indianapolis. This is a big deal for everyone with the series, to be testing at one of racing's hallowed grounds." -Kevin Buckler