- Jacques Villeneuve will attempt to make Indianapolis 500 starts 19 years apart, bettering Cy Marshall & Roland Free's 17-year gap set in 1947.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thursday Developments

-Dan Wheldon and Bryan Herta Autosport have officially been named the 2012 formula test team. MORE 

-Circle K, a sponsor for Tomas Scheckter at Indianapolis, has joined Andretti Autosport as a marketing partner and major associate sponsor on the #28 of Ryan Hunter-Reay. Longtime supporter 7-11 still appears on the Andretti Autosport sponsor roster.

-Sam Schmidt Motorsports has signed on Nick Snyder as lead engineer for Alex Tagliani. Snyder, who replaces Allen McDonald who left for Andretti Autosport following Indianapolis, comes from Andretti's team and was on Mike Conway's winning crew at Long Beach.

-Sam Schmidt Motorsports and the #77 Firestone Indy Lights car was docked 10 entrant points and fined an unspecified amount after failing tech at Milwaukee. Bryan Clauson will keep the driver points.

-Will Power won the Firestone Tire-ific move of the race from Milwaukee.

-Lasting 10 seconds with an 8-second recharge, 24 uses of the Honda push-to-pass will be available to drivers this weekend at Iowa.

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