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

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Barnhart Out As Race Director, Angstadt Resigns

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Following a report from SPEED TV's Robin Miller, INDYCAR has confirmed the resignation of Commercial Division President Terry Angstadt and the 'split in responsibilities' moving Brian Barnhart out of the Race Directors chair.

Angstadt will be replaced by INDYCAR's Director of Corporate Business Development, Marc Koretzky, who will oversee sales, business planning and development, marketing, public relations and organizational operation.

"INDYCAR has made tremendous strides under Terry's leadership and its future is indeed bright," Koretzky said. "I look forward to working with INDYCAR's current commercial partners and helping to develop additional strategic relationships.

Citing 'increasing demands on the Competition and Operation division', Barnhart will retain his role as President of Operations.

"I'm confident that Brian and Marc will lead our company into a bigger and brighter future in these new roles," INDYCAR CEO, Randy Bernard said.

Per release:
Koretzky, 35, has utilized his MBA in Executive Strategic Management most recently in management of all non-racing events surrounding the IZOD INDYCAR World Championships presented by Honda in Las Vegas in October. Tapping into his experience with the NFL, NCAA and other sports properties, he produced and coordinated the weeklong activities that created global awareness, including an unprecedented night closing of Las Vegas Boulevard for a 34-car parade. 
Previously, the New Orleans native worked in conjunction with the NFL as Director of Operations for multiple Super Bowl Committees and was an independent lead consultant to the Atlanta Local Organizing Committee for the NCAA Men & Women's Final Four Basketball Championships.

"Terry has been an integral member of the INDYCAR executive team since 2007, and has been instrumental in orchestrating successful inaugural events Baltimore and Brazil, managing the demands of promoter relations and serving as a key liaison between our teams, venues and partners while overseeing the business development of our company," Bernard said. "We wish Terry the best of luck as he moves on to the next chapter in his career. He will be missed by the entire INDYCAR team."

Barnhart's replacement as Race Director is unclear.

"As our sport continues to grow and we prepare for our first new car in almost a decade, we feel that splitting these roles will help fully service our teams and venues as we prepare for the demands of 2012 season," Barnhart said.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

RIP Jim Rathmann

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1960 Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Rathmann has passed away at the age of 83 in Melbourne, Florida.

Rathmann competed at Indianapolis 14 times, with 1 win (1960) 5 top 5's (3 2nds), 7 top 10's, 6 races led (153 laps, 37th all-time), racking up 3 front row starts, and piloted the pace car 6 times (1969, 1972-74, 1978 & 1982) tied for the most all time with Sam Hanks.

For much more on the life and career of the racing legend visit IMS historian Donald Davidson's post at IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com

The loss of Rathmann leaves Parnelli Jones with the distinction of the oldest living '500' winner at the age of 78.

RIP Jim Rathmann


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lotus Announces Partnerships

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UPDATE 5:59pm: Bryan Herta Autosport has become the 3rd team in nine hours to confirm their partnership with Lotus Group in 2012.

“Obviously, this is an incredibly exciting step for us,” said BHA owner, Bryan Herta. “Our goal all along has been to build our foundation to eventually compete as a full-time entrant in the series. To partner with Lotus, which has such a rich history and tradition in racing including at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is just tremendous. All of us are looking forward to working closely with Lotus to support their efforts.” 

BHA is expected to field at least one car with the possibility of additional entries next season.

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UPDATE 1:50pm: Dreyer and Reinbold Racing has announced that they have entered into an agreement to become the Lotus factory team, making DRR responsible for a significant amount of on-track testing, off-track research and development activities.

"To enter into a partnership with Lotus as a factory partner team is a huge step for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing," said DRR co-owner, Dennis Reinbold. "In working closely with the team at Lotus over the past few months, we have had unique access and awareness of their strong commitment to the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. Many of our collective efforts are already underway and we could not be more enthusiastic about this off-season's testing and development program."

Dreyer and Reinbold -- which hopes to field two cars full-time with an additional entry at Indianapolis -- will be re-branded with an updated logo and other changes.

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HVM Racing and Lotus formally announced today their partnership for 2012.

"Despite the choices, once it was apparent that Lotus would produce an engine, it was a clear decision for us to run with them," said HVM owner, Keith Wiggins. "I have great respect, confidence and enthusiasm in the product they will produce. I have good historical knowledge of the companies involved and their abilities. Being the first team to commit reflects this and being an integral part of the Lotus development process is important to the re-establishment of HVM as a leading team, this time in the IZOD IndyCar Series."


With a returning Simona De Silvestro, HVM became the first team to align with Lotus, but more teams are expected to jump on board possibly as soon as today.

"We are delighted to be partnering with such a well-established and ambitious team as HVM," said Group Lotus Director of Motorsports Operations, Miodrag Kotur. "We're pleased that HVM has shown such faith in Lotus at the start of a new chapter of our commitment to the IZOD IndyCar Series. We have been working tirelessly on our engine program since we announced our intention to produce a new engine in line with the new rules and direction of the Series. We believe that our efforts will pay dividends as the numbers that are coming from our dyno testing are extremely encouraging. We have also managed to produce a very light power-plant, in the true spirit of Lotus. However, we are keen to test the package on-track and look forward to our first test in early January, slightly later than originally planned but designed to give us more time to fine-tune our package before taking to the track."


HVM joins nine other teams in announcing an engine partner for next season including Chip Ganassi Racing, A.J. Foyt Racing, Sam Schmidt Motorsports, Rahal Letterman Lanigan (Honda), KV-Racing Technology, Team Penske, Andretti Autosport, and Panther Racing (Chevy).

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kimball, Hildebrand Extend Deals

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Rookies Charlie Kimball and JR Hildebrand have extended their deals with Chip Ganassi and Panther Racing respectively.

Chip Ganassi Racing Teams and Novo Rordisk announced a multi-year extension of their deal to run Camarillo, California Native Charlie Kimball in the #83 IZOD IndyCar Series entry.

“My partnership with Novo Nordisk is very unique because they make the insulins I take every day and they produce the delivery device I use to manage my diabetes,” Kimball said.  “I am fortunate to have Novo Nordisk and Chip Ganassi Racing support me in my career and I am proud and honored to be associated with these two outstanding organizations.”

Indianapolis 500 runner-up JR Hildebrand will also continue with his rookie season team for the next couple years. Panther Racing announced Wednesday that they had exercised a two-year option in Hildebrand's contract to return the Sausalito, California native to the #4 National Guard Dallara through 2013.

“I’m super stoked that I’m going to be back at Panther for the next two years,” Hildebrand said. “It was a crazy year for us, but we had some really strong runs and I enjoyed being a part of this team. I worked really well with my engineer David Cripps this season and I know everybody is already working really hard on improving for 2012. And I’m especially excited to be able to continue to work with the National Guard; that was a special opportunity and it was a very educational experience for me. To see the sacrifices these Soldiers make and to realize that they’ve entrusted us to tell their stories and represent them is an honor for all of us. Everybody at Panther is excited about getting started on next year and especially looking forward to getting back to the Indianapolis 500 so we can avenge our battlescar.”

Thursday, November 10, 2011

DW Wristbands Available

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If your like me -- and I'm sure most of you are -- following the initial shock from the October 16th incident that claimed the life of Dan Wheldon, you wanted to do two things, help the family, and remember Dan.

IndyCar star Graham Rahal made helping possible when in the hours after the incident he decided to auction off his helmet for the cause. When word got out, Rahal was flooded with donations from the sports and entertainment industry worldwide, resulting in an eBay auction that has raised over $400,000. If you'd like to bid, more items are going live everyday HERE.

For those that can't afford to bid on helmets, gloves, shoes, and trips, Ashley Marks, an INDYCAR fan in Indianapolis has made it feasible to both donate and remember the champion.

"When word started about [Graham Rahal's] auction I knew that I wasn't financially able to help out in that way," said Marks. "So with the wristbands I knew it'd be something that everyone wants to have and an affordable way to get a lot of people to help out."

With proceeds going to the Dan Wheldon Family Trust Fund, the $5 bracelets read 'Dan Wheldon 1978-Forever' and can be purchased by E-mailing Ashley or contacting her on Twitter.

"I contacted the first wristband company only a few days after the accident. They donated 70. I sold those and ordered 800 the next week and just waited for them to get here," continued Marks. "Right now I've sold roughly 140 and have many pending orders but still have almost 600 to go! I just want to say thank you to those who have bought them and those who have helped spread word about them. If I can be a gateway for someone else to make a difference, I've done my job. So keep spreading word to everyone you know and thanks for all the support!"

Donations can also be made directly to the trust fund by visiting DanWheldonMemorial.com

I've got my band, do you have yours?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

2011 Team And Driver Report Card

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The 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season is in the books and the grades are in. Each team and driver was scored not just on how well they performed, but on how well they performed in relation to their expectations entering the season.

Chip Ganassi Racing (A+) Seconds after tapping the Backspace button to delete the '+' from Target Chip Ganassi Racing's 'A+' grade I reminded myself, they won the championship, my right hand ring finger quickly made the short trip centimeters across the keyboard to make the correction. Veteran drivers Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon combined for 6 wins, 4 poles and the 1st and 3rd spots in the season ending points standings. I'm sure Chip would take that any year.

Dario Franchitti (A+) Back-to-back-to-back-to-back championships in which he competed. Can you say beast?
Championship Finish: 1st
Results: 4 wins, 13 top 5's, 15 top 10's
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 1st
Best Start: 1st
Laps Led: 884
Pct. Laps Complete: 95%

Scott Dixon (B+) Not fantastic, but another very, very solid season for the Iceman.
Championship Finish: 3rd
Results: 2 wins, 12 top 5's, 13 top 10's
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 1st
Best Start: 1st
Laps Led: 190
Pct. Laps Complete: 99%

Sam Schmidt Motorsports/Bryan Herta Autosport (A+) A pole and win at Indianapolis, 'A+' without a doubt. With the new chassis and engine combination combined with team changes next season, both Sam Schmidt Motorsports and Bryan Herta Autosport will be teams to watch come March.

Alex Tagliani (B+) Crazy quick once again at Indianapolis.
Championship Finish: 15th
Results: 3 top 5's, 6 top 10's
Starts: 16
Best Finish: 4th
Best Start: 1st
Laps Led: 25
Pct. Laps Complete: 90%

Dan Wheldon (A+) 2-time Indianapolis 500 winner. RIP DW
Championship Finish: 28th
Results: 1 win, 1 top 5, 1 top 10
Starts: 1
Best Finish: 1st
Best Start: 6th
Laps Led: 1
Pct. Laps Complete: 100%

Newman Haas Racing (A+) Despite not breaking through with a win -- although many may say otherwise following New Hampshire --  Newman Haas Racing was nothing short of incredibly impressive in 2011. Led by veteran Oriol Servia the #2 Telemundo Dallara finished 4th in points, just behind the two Target Chip Ganassi entries and Team Penske's Will Power. Servia's teammate, James Hinchcliffe, battled back from missing the first race of the season in St. Petersburg because his deal wasn't yet complete, to win the Rookie of the Year title over Panther's JR Hildebrand, Ganassi's Charlie Kimball, Coyne's James Jakes and Conquest's Sebastian Saavedra, despite the one-race deficit. With what looks to be a returning lineup in 2012, expect even more from the duo next season.

Oriol Servia (A+) Could Oriol fly anymore under the radar?
Championship Finish: 4th
Results: 6 top 5's, 11 top 10's
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 2nd
Best Start: 2nd
Laps Led: 18
Pct. Laps Complete: 99%

James Hinchcliffe (A) A future champion.
Championship Finish: 12th
Results: 3 top 5's, 7 top 10's
Starts: 16
Best Finish: 4th
Best Start: 3rd
Laps Led: 26
Pct. Laps Complete: 91%

Sarah Fisher Racing (A) Prior to October 2nd Ed Carpenter and the #67 Dollar General crew were having a fairly disappointing season with no top 10 finishes. That all changed at Kentucky when the 30-year-old drove to victory lane for the first time in both his and team owner Sarah Fisher's career.

Ed Carpenter (A) Ed is as good at Kentucky as anybody is anywhere.
Championship Finish: 26th
Results: 1 win, 1 top 5, 1 top 10
Starts: 10
Best Finish: 1st
Best Start: 4th
Laps Led: 11
Pct. Laps Complete: 99%

KV Racing Technology (A-) Following 2010 where at least a couple crashes each race weekend were a near lock, there was no where to go but up for the KV Racing Technology crew. Brought back for a second season, EJ Viso struggled once again, but the Venezuelan kept the #59 PDVSA Lotus branded car away from the wall most of the year. Takuma Sato on the other hand had a bit more success with several solid showings including 7 top 10's and 2 poles, one on an oval. But the clear bright point came in the form of a 36-year-old Brazilian, Tony Kanaan. Fresh off his release by de Ferran Dragon Racing which followed in the wake of his release by Andretti Autosport just months earlier, Kanaan was signed just 4-days prior to the opening event in Florida. Finishing 5th in points, TK racked up 7 top 5's, a pole, and a couple near wins.

Tony Kanaan (A+) His skills are unquestioned, but no way did I expect TK to be so competitive.
Championship Finish: 5th
Results: 7 top 5's, 9 top 10's
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 2nd
Best Start: 1st
Laps Led: 97
Pct. Laps Complete: 87%

Takuma Sato (A-) 2 poles!
Championship Finish: 13th
Results: 3 top 5's, 7 top 10's
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 4th
Best Start: 1st
Laps Led: 61
Pct. Laps Complete: 88%

EJ Viso (B) MUCH cleaner than 2010.
Championship Finish: 18th
Results: 0 top 5's, 4 top 10's
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 7th
Best Start: 5th
Laps Led: 2
Pct. Laps Complete: 84%

Andretti Autosport (B) Andretti Autosport was by far the toughest team to grade. On the one hand their team secured 3 wins spread among 3 different drivers as well as Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, and Danica Patrick all finishing among the top 10 in season ending points. On the other hand they only combined for 10 top 5's in 68 starts and 2 of their 5 drivers failed to qualify at Indianapolis, a roller coaster year to say the least.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (B+) Check out his stats, spectacular mid-season recovery.
Championship Finish: 7th
Results: 1 win, 4 top 5's, 9 top 10's (all in the last 11 races)
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 1st
Best Start: 2nd
Laps Led: 74
Pct. Laps Complete: 86%

Marco Andretti (B) 2012 will be a huge season for Marco's career.
Championship Finish: 8th
Results: 1 win, 4 top 5's, 7 top 10's
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 1st
Best Start: 6th
Laps Led: 42
Pct. Laps Complete: 83%

Danica Patrick (B) DP leaves INDYCAR holding a 50 consecutive race streak while running at the finish. Impressive.
Championship Finish: 10th
Results: 1 top 5, 9 top 10's
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 5th
Best Start: 2nd
Laps Led: 13
Pct. Laps Complete: 99%

Mike Conway (C) Both Mike and the team are much better than their season results. Just didn't click.
Championship Finish: 17th
Results: 1 win, 1 top 5, 4 top 10's
Starts: 16
Best Finish: 1st
Best Start: 3rd
Laps Led: 16
Pct. Laps Complete: 68%

Service Central/Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing (B-) I didn't know what to expect from the expanded Chip Ganassi Racing entering the season, but a ninth place finish from veteran Graham Rahal was solid enough to earn a 'B-'. Running very competitively on several circuits and a legitimate threat for the win on some, Rahal was a clear bright spot for the young team throughout the season. Rookie Charlie Kimball struggled much of the year, but expect much more from the Ganassi satellite team in 2012.

Graham Rahal (B+) Will be very disappointed if they team doesn't have a 'W' by this time next year.
Championship Finish: 9th
Results: 3 top 5's, 6 top 10's
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 2nd
Best Start: 2nd
Laps Led: 29
Pct. Laps Complete: 85%

Charlie Kimball (C) Interesting driver. Not sure what to expect next year.
Championship Finish: 19th
Results: 0 top 5's, 2 top 10's
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 9th
Best Start: 7th
Laps Led: 0
Pct. Laps Complete: 85%

Panther Racing (C+) The difference between an 'A+' and 'C+' lies in the fourth turn wall at Indianapolis. Just 2,500 feet shy of the yard of bricks rookie JR Hildebrand put the #4 National Guard entry into the wall on the 800th and final turn, resulting in the teams 4th consecutive 2nd place position in the '500'. With the runner-up finish at IMS the clear highlight of the season, Hildebrand either started or finished 19th or worse in 14 of the 16 other events. Entering his sophomore season expect much more consistency in 2012.

JR Hildebrand (C+) When I watch a replay of the last lap at Indy I expect JR to make the final turn clean. I wince every time.
Championship Finish: 14th
Results: 2 top 5's, 5 top 10's
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 2nd
Best Start: 4th
Laps Led: 12
Pct. Laps Complete: 90%

HVM Racing (C) Between her horrific incident in practice at Indianapolis, her crash at Milwaukee less than a month later resulting in a concussion, and her problems getting back into the U.S. missing the race at Infineon, I'm sure 2011 wasn't quite what HVM Racing and Simona De Silvestro had in mind. But, taking into account her unbelievable qualification effort in May while tending to a severely burnt hand and piloting an old, overweight chassis in Porkchop, the season could have been much worse.

Simona De Silvestro (C) Still don't know how she qualified at Indy with that burn.
Championship Finish: 20th
Results: 1 top 5, 3 top 10's
Starts: 16
Best Finish: 4th
Best Start: 10th
Laps Led: 1
Pct. Laps Complete: 73%

Team Penske (C) Will Power ran very well for much of the 16-race schedule coming just 18 points shy of the title, but sans the 30-year old Toowoomba, Australia native, Penske Racing was a huge disappointment in 2011. Combining for no wins or poles, just 7 top 5's, and an average finish of 12th, Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves will both be returning 2012, but their results must improve if they hope to return for a sophomore season running the new formula.

Will Power (A) Bridesmaid for the 2nd year in a row. Tough.
Championship Finish: 2nd
Results: 6 wins, 11 top 5's, 12 top 10's
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 1st
Best Start: 1st
Laps Led: 518
Pct. Laps Complete: 91%

Ryan Briscoe (D) Just didn't get the results.
Championship Finish: 6th
Results: 4 top 5's, 10 top 10's
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 2nd
Best Start: 2nd
Laps Led: 45
Pct. Laps Complete: 96%

Helio Castroneves (D) Needs to turn it around come March.
Championship Finish: 11th
Results: 3 top 5's, 7 top 10's
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 2nd
Best Start: 2nd
Laps Led: 34
Pct. Laps Complete: 90%

A.J. Foyt Racing (C) Nothing too great, but nothing too terrible for Vitor Meira and A.J. Foyt Racing in 2011, very, very average. With Meira and Foyt parting ways in the off season the future is up in the air for both, but what is known is that the #14 will be Honda powered come St. Pete, and Honda should be very competitive.

Vitor Meira (C) Where will he land?
Championship Finish: 16th
Results: 1 top 5, 7 top 10's
Starts: 17
Best Finish: 5th
Best Start: 7th
Laps Led: 1
Pct. Laps Complete: 91%

Dale Coyne Racing (D+) James Jakes was at or near the back of the pack in most race fields and failing to qualify for Indianapolis were obvious black marks on his scorecard, but the rookie did show improvement in the final few events. As tough of a season as it was for Jakes, it was somewhat expected, so most of the disappointment came from the #19 car. Running the full non-oval schedule, Sebastien Bourdais kicked off the season putting the Boy Scouts Car into the wall in practice at St. Pete and was unable to start the event. Bourdais recovered from back-to-back last place finishes in Barber and Brazil with four 6th's and a 9th in his final six races, but was never truly in contention for a 'W'. Alex Lloyd ran the seven-race oval portion of the schedule with even less results.

James Jakes (C-) Showed some potential at the tail end of the season, if he returns, it'll be interesting to see what he can do.
Championship Finish: 22nd
Results: 0 top 5's, 0 top 10's
Starts: 16
Best Finish: 8th
Best Start: 13th
Laps Led: 0
Pct. Laps Complete: 80%

Sebastien Bourdais (D+) Improved as the year got later, but expected more. 
Championship Finish: 23rd
Results: 0 top 5's, 5 top 10's
Starts: 9
Best Finish: 6th
Best Start: 5th
Laps Led: 0
Pct. Laps Complete: 77%

Alex Lloyd (D) Alex is much better than the results reflected.
Championship Finish: 27th
Results: 0 top 5's, 0 top 10's
Starts: 7
Best Finish: 13th
Best Start: 14th
Laps Led: 0
Pct. Laps Complete: 84%

Dreyer and Reinbold Racing (D) 2011 is a season I'm sure most the folks at Dreyer and Reinbold would like to do over. Losing Justin Wilson for the season after suffering a fractured T5 vertebra in what looked to be a somewhat mundane off road excursion in Mid-Ohio, the #24 entry was driven by Tomas Scheckter, Giorgio Pantano, and Townsend Bell in the final 5 events. Wilson's teammate, Ana Beatriz, had a very disappointing year with no top 10 finishes. With what looks to be both driver and management changes in the off season, 2012 is a complete unknown for DRR.

Ana Beatriz (D-) Not the results she or DRR hoped for. 
Championship Finish: 21st
Results: 0 top 5's, 0 top 10's
Starts: 16
Best Finish: 11th
Best Start: 10th
Laps Led: 0
Pct. Laps Complete: 86%

Justin Wilson (B-) Hate injuries.
Championship Finish: 24th
Results: 1 top 5, 4 top 10's
Starts: 11
Best Finish: 5th
Best Start: 5th
Laps Led: 0
Pct. Laps Complete: 97%

Conquest Racing (D) Starting or finishing 23rd or worse in all but one of his fourteen starts, combined with missing the Indianapolis 500 and running just 71% of his laps equals a not-so-good season for Conquest Racing and Sebastian Saavedra. The future is completely up in the air for both entering 2012.

Sebastian Saavedra (D) Will he return for a sophomore year?
Championship Finish: 25th
Results: 0 top 5's, 0 top 10's
Starts: 14
Best Finish: 11th
Best Start: 11th
Laps Led: 0
Pct. Laps Complete: 71%

Thursday, November 3, 2011

RLL Joins Honda, Adds Anderson

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Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced Thursday they'll run Honda power in 2012, and that they've signed veteran team leader Tom Anderson as President of Racing Operations.

"Many fans already know that the roots of Honda's relationship with Bobby Rahal and his team extend to our initial entry into American open-wheel racing in the early 1990's," said Erik Berkman, president of Honda Performance Development and VP, corporate planning and logistics for American Honda.

Honda previously announced Chip Ganassi Racing, A.J. Foyt Racing, and Sam Schmidt Motorsports as partners for 2012.

"We are pleased to once again be partnering with Honda," said team co-owner, Bobby Rahal. "We have a storied history with Honda and respect its tradition of excellence in motorsports. In putting together our plans for 2012, we felt that having the full support of a proven winner such as Honda would aid in building the strongest program possible, and intend to represent Honda in the best manner possible" 

Anderson's 40+ years in the racing business includes stints with Adrian Fernandez, Andretti Autosport and most notably Chip Ganassi Racing in the 1990's.

"I am extremely excited to be a part of the expanding program at Rahal Letterman Lanigan," Anderson said. "They have a championship-winning team in the ALMS and what we want to do is to continue that success and build the Indy Car side to enable it to match their sportscar prowess. I am looking forward to working with the new car as well as working with the quality people that RLL has assembled on its team."

The team is expected to field multiple cars full-time next season.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ed Carpenter Racing Full-time In 2012

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Following two years of part-time schedules with Panther and Sarah Fisher Racing, Ed Carpenter will return full-time to the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012, but this time under the Ed Carpenter Racing banner with support  from a 3-year agreement with Fuzzy's Vodka.

"I am extremely excited about the opportunities that lie ahead with Ed Carpenter Racing," said Carpenter. "Team ownership is something that I have thought about for quite a long time, and is now becoming a reality as a result of a great relationship with Fuzzy and Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka. I don't know that I ever thought that I would have the opportunity to be an owner/driver, but when an opportunity like this comes along, you can't pass it up. I can't wait to get to work and begin building this team for not only 2012, but beyond"

Ed Carpenter Racing will be owned and operated by both Ed Carpenter and Tony George out of Indianapolis. Although not confirmed, it's likely Carpenter will return to the #20 entry he used from 2005-2010 with Vision and Panther Racing.

"We're looking forward to playing a full round with Ed in 2012. In the past, we've only been able to play a few holes," said PGA pro and Fuzzy's Vodka owner, Fuzzy Zoeller. "Ed caddied for me last year and he's definitely a much better driver. We've had a great time with Ed and IndyCar an now we're really going to tee it up in 2012"


A press conference will be held at IMS, Friday, November 4th at 1:30pm.

Honda vs Chevy Sound Comparison

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Both IZOD IndyCar Series veterans Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti took their first laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the new 2012 Dallara chassis and engine combinations Wednesday afternoon.

Dario Franchitti's Honda powerplant can be heard first on the recording, followed by Tony Kanaan's Chevy power.




Tuesday, November 1, 2011

KVRT Joins Chevy Lineup

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KV Racing Technology has announced they'll run Chevrolet engines in 2012.

“I am very pleased to announce that KV Racing Technology has reached an agreement to compete with Chevrolet power during the 2012 IndyCar season,” said KVRT co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven. “Chevy has a proven history of innovation and success in motorsports and we look forward to continuing that legacy.”

Chevrolet announced last November their intent to compete in the IZOD IndyCar series with the introduction of the new Dallara chassis and engine formula. The bowtie is returning to INDYCAR for the first time since 2005 when they withdrew following the season.

“I am very excited Chevrolet is returning to IndyCar racing and that we will have the opportunity to work with them," commented KVRT co-owner, Jimmy Vasser. "I have a long personal history with Chevrolet. My first car was a 1969 Camaro, my first podium was with a Chevy engine in 1993 at Phoenix and, I am proud to say, that I am a Chevy dealer. We look forward to a very successful relationship with Chevrolet for many years to come.”

The twin-turbocharched, direct-injected V-6 GM powerplant will be built in conjunction with Ilmore.

"We are pleased to welcome KV Racing Technology to Team Chevy for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "The team puts a high value on advanced technology, as does Chevrolet with its IndyCar engine program that uses key technologies from our production engines. Jimmy Vasser was already part of our extended family as a Chevrolet dealer, and like our company co-founder, Louis Chevrolet, his roots run deep in racing. We're delighted to have Jimmy, Kevin Kalkhoven, and the entire KV Racing Technology organization as part of our IndyCar racing program."

KVRT will run Chevy power alongide a confirmed 2012 lineup including Team Penske, Andretti Autosport, and Panther Racing. The 2nd engine manufacterer, Honda, has announced Ganassi, Sam Schmidt Motorsports and A.J. Foyt Racing will continue with the sole supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series since 2006. Lotus has yet to make any formal announcements.

 
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