Wednesday, December 30, 2009
According to former Target Chip Ganassi driver Giorgio Pantano, he has a 60% chance of landing the 2nd Panther Racing IZOD IndyCar Series seat. In a Q&A with Stop and Go, 30-year old Pantano says that a decision should be made in early January.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
As the year 2009 comes to a close, of course so does the decade. For the IZOD Indy Car Series, the past decade has saw many changes within the series from driver combinations, to title sponsors, to making the transition to road and street courses, to the IRL Champ Car merger. It has been a good decade for the Indy Car Series and the next looks to be even more promising. The Indy Car Series ran a total of 153 races at 33 different venues in 21 different states and four different countries. I have came up with a list of the top 10 drivers of the past decade. Enjoy and have a great New Year!
10) Scott Sharp- The Connecticut native was the co-champion of the series in 1996 and continued that success into the new decade. He made 119 starts from 2000 until 2009. Scott sat on the pole for the 2001 Indy 500 and recorded five of his nine career wins in the decade. He took his last checkered flag in 2005 at Kentucky. Sharp stepped away from the IZOD Indy Car Series after the 2007 season to run the American Le Mans Series. He returned in 2009 to run the Indianapolis 500 for Panther Racing where he finished 14th. His best points finish was third in 2001.
Monday, December 28, 2009
9) May 28, 2006 - With the 2nd closest victory in the history of the Indianapolis 500, Sam Hornish jr. beat out Marco Andretti by .0636 of a second to take his first and only victory at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Hornish overcame his struggles at IMS, only to extend those of the Andretti family.
8) April 20, 2008 - After 3 years of continues improvement, Danica Patrick broke through to become the first female to win a major closed-course auto race, prevailing at Twin-Ring Motegi in Japan.
7) May 24, 2009 - After a trying first couple of months in 2009, Helio Castroneves returned to the IndyCar Series circuit on April, 18th, just a day after being acquitted on 6 of the 7 tax evasion counts against him (the 7th charge was later dropped). Just 36 days later Spiderman became only the 9th driver to win 3 or more Indianapolis 500's.
6) August 7, 2008 - With race fans growing more and more unhappy with the sub par coverage of America's premier Open-Wheel circuit, the IRL announced a revamped television package for 2009 and beyond. VERSUS signed on to broadcast at least 13 races for the next 10 years while ABC would return, broadcasting the Indianapolis 500 and four other races through 2012.
5) May 29, 2005 -After a wiggle in the first turn of her first qualification lap Danica Patrick came back to make history with the highest qualifying position of 4th by a female in the Indianapolis 500. The then 23 year-old Patrick went on to smash more records with a finishing position of 4th and becoming the first female to lead the Indy 500.
4) December 6, 2001/March 2, 2003 - In early December 2001, Penske Racing announced their intent to compete exclusively in the IndyCar Series in 2002. Then in early March 2003, Andretti Green Racing, Mo Nunn Racing, Target Chip Ganassi Racing, and Rahal Letterman Racing announced that they'll make the switch and will compete in the Indycar Series.
3) November 5, 2009 - The IndyCar Series announced that IZOD has signed on to become the Series' Title Sponsor in 2010 and beyond. Although the full affect of the deal will not be known for some time, when looking back on this moment in 20 years, it could be one of the major turn around milestone for American Open-Wheel Racing.
2) May 1, 2002 - The Indy Racing League announced that the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) Barrier would be installed in all 4 corners of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In development since 1998 by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Midwest Roadside Safety Facility and the IRL, the system can now be found in nearly all major oval tracks in North America. The barrier is constructed in 20-foot sections, each consisting of 4 rectangular steel tubes, welded together to form 1 unit. The sections are connected with 4 internal steel splices with bundles of 2-inch-thick pieces of extruded, closed-cell polystyrene placed between the concrete wall and the steel tubing sections.
1) February 22, 2008 - Merger, blendification, hostile take over, or what ever you want to call it, February 22nd is unquestionably the biggest moment for the IndyCar Series over the past decade. With great turmoil in American Open-Wheel racing over the previous 12 years, the first steps were finally made to once again reestablish itself, in its rightful place, in America's conscious.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
With the IZOD title sponsorship still not signed, atleast to my knowledge, I'm sure the clothing company won't be happy if their poster boy isn't in a car full-time.
Friday, December 18, 2009
- 2010 Indy 500 logo painted on doors
- 2010 Indy 500 logo embroidered on headrests
- Automatic with no modifications
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The story was later confirmed by the Indianapolis CBS affiliate WishTV. According to the station 15 employees are set to be laid off from the Brownsburg, Indiana shop as of tomorrow. However the teams assets are not for sale and the team will continue searching for sponsorship.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
There will be 12 days of on track activity beginning on Saturday, May 15 with practice for all drivers. Practice will then continue through Fast Friday, May 21. Pole day will then follow on May 22 with bump day on Sunday, May 23.
IMS will also hold a Centennial Era Balloon Festival on Saturday May, 8 and Sunday May, 9 for the second consecutive year.
In the end, there is a loss of 2 quaifiaction days but the addition of a practice day compared to May 2009, a net loss of just 1 day of on track activities.
"I commend Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar Series officials for this change to the month of May schedule. It will reduce costs for teams on several fronts and provide continuous activity as we build momentum from Opening Day through race weekend. We look forward to the traditional battle on Pole Day and defending our 2009 race victory." -Roger Penske
Monday, December 14, 2009
To celebrate the historic anniversary, the original brick contract and several original bricks will be on display Dec. 17 in the lobby of the IMS Administration Building.
Tickets for the Indianapolis 500 (May 30), Brickyard 400 (July 25) and Red Bull Indianapolis GP (Aug. 29) can be purchased three ways: Online at www.imstix.com at any time; on the phone by calling (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or (317) 492-6700 locally between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday; or visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Office on the first floor of the IMS Administration Building at 4790 W. 16th St. in Indianapolis from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The IZOD Indycar Series announced today the "Road to Indy" development system. The ladder system will begin with the Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda, before the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, then onto the Firestone Indy Lights before finally reaching the IZOD Indycar Series.
- Youth and Adult hats and T-shirts, 3 for $10
- Ladies gear, $5
- Event programs, past & present, $2
- Additional IMS merchandise up to 80% off
Monday, December 7, 2009
HVM is slated to field Robert Doornbos in the #33 Honda powered Dallara in 2010, with the possibility of adding a second car.
"Simona has been impressive in Atlantics and could certainly have a future in IndyCar. This trip to Sebring is going to be sort of a litmus test to see if there's potential for future collaboration with her and Team Stargate Worlds." -Keith Wiggins, HVM Owner
Be sure to follow the Indy Racing Experience on twtter (@IRE2seater) and check them out on the web.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing ran many drivers last season including:
- Mike Conway (full-season)
- Tomas Scheckter (10 races)
- Milka Duno (9 races)
- John Andretti (Indy)
- Davey Hamilton (Indy)
- Darren Manning (St. Pete, Long Beach)
- Roger Yasukawa (Motegi)
"This is a great opportunity to interact with the engineers and other team members. The Dreyer & Reinbold team has a very experienced staff. I have been on the Sebring track in the past. It is a bumpy circuit, but the weather is usually good in December, and I am sure it will be a very positive test. I am very happy to get back in the car, and want to thank the team for this opportunity. I cannot wait to get to the track," -E.J. Viso
“This time of year you always explore options, and of course, we are still interested in re-signing our drivers from last year as well. The opportunity to run E.J. in this test is exciting to us. He is a young driver with a lot of talent that we have gotten to know over the last couple of years” - Dennis Reinbold, DRR co-owner.