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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the Championship chase will also be presented with similar trophies at Sunday's Championship banquet. At 26 inches tall, the two runner up trophies will have only one outstretched arm.
"We're not just a human form; we're what we use all the time. It used to be if you were a cowboy you'd ride a horse. Now we're really attached to wheels our whole lives. The arms are imploring; they're reaching out for that golden ring, for that big win.
The drivers were really tired of getting bowling trophies. They're bowls or something that doesn't relate to what they're doing. IZOD has gone beyond other sports. Rather than give out the run-of-the-mill trophy, they're giving artwork to the drivers about what they are.
The combination of stainless steel and the dark wood is wonderful. The steel is very strong and very industrial and very gutsy and the wood is very warm and beautiful. It's a nice combination of strength and richness." - Ted Gall
"What better way to end our first year as the title sponsor of the IZOD IndyCar Series, than to collaborate on the design of a Championship trophy that will lead us into a new era of IndyCar racing. We wanted to create something that would truly represent the speed, excitement and innovation that is the IZOD IndyCar Series and we feel that Ted Gall, with his compelling aesthetic and thought-provoking vision, was the perfect artist for the project.
The final result, with its outstretched arms reaching into the future, is a stunning statement that pays tribute to the amazing athletic champion that will win it." - VP of Marketing for Phillips Van-Heusen, Mike Kelly
The 8 that are still mathematically in the race to win the 2010 Indy Racing Experience fantasy league title, and a 2-seater ride at either the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or Walt Disney World Speedway are:
1) Eric K - 80
2) Mike K - 81
3) Ray B - 88
4) Tonya F - 92
5) Matt A - 96
T6) Lee D - 102
T6) Joshua J - 102
8) Michael M - 104
Best of luck to all participants!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has signed on to not only endorse the independent documentary and allow access to the world famous facility, but they'll also consult on the content and develop an 'education outreach program' for the film.
The motion picture will be filmed at the Speedway and related story locations and plans to be released at IMAX theatres (3D, 2D and Dome) worldwide.
“This project will reach and attract new audiences to IMS and to motorsports, and create an important link to museums, science centers and schools by providing a meaningful science and technology learning experience. The film will create a memorable and lasting tribute to ‘The Racing Capital of the World’ and its many contributions to society. The planned timing of its release will provide a fitting conclusion to our 100th anniversary celebrations.” - IMS President & CEO, Jeff Belskus
Friday, September 10, 2010
- March 27 Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street course
- April 10 Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile road course
- April 17 Streets of Long Beach 1.968-mile street course
- May 1 Streets of Sao Paulo 2.536-mile street course
- May 29 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval
- June 11 Texas Motor Speedway 1.5-mile oval (NIGHT)
- June 19 The Milwaukee Mile 1-mile oval
- June 25 Iowa Speedway .875-mile oval (NIGHT)
- July 10 Streets of Toronto 1.755-mile street course
- July 24 Edmonton City Centre Airport 1.973-mile airport course
- Aug. 7 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course
- Aug. 14 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 1-mile oval
- Aug. 28 Infineon Raceway 2.303-mile road course
- Sept. 4 Streets of Baltimore 2-mile street course
- Sept. 18 Twin Ring Motegi 1.5-mile oval
- Oct. 2 Kentucky Speedway 1.5-mile oval
- Oct 16 TBA Oval
Speaking on the IZOD IndyCar Series and ISC separation, Bernard said that each track was on a case by case basis and that they "Don't want to shut doors with ISC, we have to go with the places that we think are best for the Series and it's very important for us right now to be looking at the promoters that want to be aggressive marketing and activating IndyCar".
When asked if he was concerned holding the 2010 season finale at Homestead-Miami, a track not returning in 2011, Bernard commented "If I looked at the crowd last year, I don't think there will be much of a difference from last year, I don't know. But I have to look for whats in the best interest of the sport moving forward and I think it was important we announce the schedule and get it out to our team owners, our partners, our sponsors, everyone needs to know about it, so that's why we chose to do it."
Although they held a fantastic event just two weeks ago, Chicagoland won't be returning in 2011, but that doesn't mean IZOD IndyCar Series teams won't be heading back North on I65 in the future. "John Saunders [Chicagoland CEO] and I met at Chicagoland, and John and I said next year that he and I would get together with the track on trying to determine if there was any interest on going forward."
The return of Milwaukee to the 2011 schedule will also bring a new promoter and lower ticket prices. Avocado Motorsports and BMG Event Productions have teamed up to create AB Promotions, LLC, who's only event is the IICS Fathers day race. AB Promotions signed on to a 3-year deal with a 1-year option and will utilize a 3-tier ticket price system. They're also in negotiations with the Road to Indy ladder system in hopes of landing a 4 race schedule stretched over just 2 days.
For tickets or to sign-up for a newsletter, visit MilwaukeeMile2011.com
Founded in 1994 by the then Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO, Tony George, and after 200 races under the banner, the Indy Racing League (IRL) moniker is coming to an end. 'IRL has a negative connotation since the Divorce" Bernard Said. Announced today at the Milwaukee Mile by the IZOD IndyCar Series CEO, Randy Bernard, the 'IRL' sanctioning body title will be replaced with 'Indycar' affective at the beginning of 2011.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Sebastian Saavedra, currently 5th in the Firestone Indy Lights standings appears to be out at Bryan Herta Autosport. After finishing practice in Sparta, Kentucky for today's Buckle Up Kentucky 100 12th among 14 entries and failing to attempt a qualification run, it was announced that he'll be replaced by former BHA pilot Daniel Herrington. Speaking on the switch, team owner Bryan Herta said:
“Sebastian Saavedra’s father informed me last night that Sebastian has decided not to participate in today’s race. This turn of events has come to me, our sponsor and our entire race team as quite a surprise. Needless to say I am deeply disappointed. We greatly appreciate and admire Daniel’s willingness to step into our #29 William Rast Indy Lights entry on extremely short notice.”Just after the announcement Saavedra posted the following via his Twitter account:
"As many will ask. Yes I will not be racing for the rest of the season with Bryan Herta Autosport. Was a tough decision but it's made. After last races things haven't gone the way they should. And at last my managers and main sponsor made the decision to stop to not continue harming my racing career and name. I'm frustrated and sad to break up the news but that's it. I'm very thankful to all my Mechanics, and engineers. Unfortunately things did not work contract wise but I will still be working hard to bring my countries name high!"With Herrington running at Kentucky, it's unclear who will pilot the #29 William Rast Dallara for BHA in the season finale at Homestead-Miami.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
"SFR is ecstatic to welcome Graham back to our program with the Service Central No. 66 team for the Kentucky Race. The excitement in the shop has been contagious and we will work as hard as we can to give this program the merit it deserves for Service Central. We are very appreciative that Newman Haas Racing (NHR) gave us the go ahead to bring Graham on board for this race. He should be in a car as often as he can, and with the support of our partners, we were able to pull that off for him this weekend. Graham works very hard outside the car to be in the car, and he always takes that next step to make sure he is as prepared as anyone out there. The whole team believes in Graham's abilities, and I am truly looking forward to working with Graham as a teammate on track. If you think I had fun in Chicago last weekend, I expect this weekend to be even better!" - Sarah Fisher
"I'm thrilled to be back in the car with SFR at Kentucky this weekend, especially with NTB and Service Central who supported me at Mid Ohio. I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity, and I'm hoping we can give Service Central a great result in the No. 66 machine." - Graham Rahal
"Graham is a talented young driver who executes aggressive strategies that move him up the field. It is a win-win for Service Central. IRL fans understand the importance of maintenance and service. Service Central provides just that - exceptional service at affordable prices. Fans can rest easy knowing Service Central provides motorists with a nationwide warranty at nearly 1300 locations in more than 40 states." - CEO TBC Retail Group, Orland Wolford