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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
March 31- April 1 - Barber Motorsports Park - IndyCar (2) & FIL (2)
April 14-15 - Streets of Long Beach - IndyCar (3) & FIL (3)
April 29 - Streets of Sao Paulo - IndyCar (4)
May 25 & 27 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway - IndyCar (5) & FIL (4)
June 2-3 - Raceway at Belle Isle Park - IndyCar (6) & FIL (5)
June 9 - Texas Motor Speedway - IndyCar (7)
June 22- 23 - Iowa Speedway - IndyCar (8) & FIL (6)
July 7-8 - Streets of Toronto - IndyCar (9) & FIL (7)
July 21-22 - Edmonton City Centre Airport - IndyCar (10) & FIL (8)
Aug. 5 - Streets of Trois Rivieres, Quebec - FIL (9)
Aug. 5 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - IndyCar (11)
Aug. 19 - Streets of Quingdao, China - IndyCar (12)
Aug. 26 - Infineon Raceway - IndyCar (13)
Sept. 1-2 - Streets of Baltimore - IndyCar (14) & FIL (10)
Sept. 15 - Auto Club Speedway - IndyCar (15 )& FIL (11)
TBD - TBD - IndyCar (16) & FIL (12)
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
A.J. Foyt Racing announced today the signing of Mike Conway to pilot the teams #14 Honda-powered Dallara in 2012.
“With the Series having twice as many road courses as ovals, we looked for a driver who is fast on those tracks and Mike has certainly proved himself in that area,” said A.J. Foyt. “I’m looking forward to working with him, I may even be able to give him a little advice when it comes to the ovals.”
Replacing Vitor Meira, Conway will be entering his 4th season in IndyCar, running 2009 and '10 with Dreyer and Reinbold and 2011 in the Andretti Autosport #27 entry.
“First of all I’d like to thank 2MB Sports Management and AJ Foyt Racing for making this deal come together," said Conway. "I can't wait to start work with the AJ Foyt Racing team and to drive the No. 14 ABC Supply Car. It's going to be an exciting season with the new cars and multiple engine manufacturers. Hopefully we can hit the ground running with off season developments and be quick out the box. I’m counting the days until the first test and the start of the season.”
The 28-year-old Brit finished 17th in points this season, including a victory in Long Beach.
"We all have big expectations for the upcoming season, and Mike shares our passion for getting the team back in victory lane,” Team Director, Larry Foyt said. “There is no doubt he has a ton of talent and, when combined with A.J.'s experience, I think we can accomplish great things together."
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
INDYCAR's full report:
Press conference transcript:
INDYCAR Press Release:
INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 15, 2011) - A comprehensive review of the racing accident that claimed the life of Dan Wheldon is complete, INDYCAR announced Dec. 15.
Wheldon, the 2005 IZOD IndyCar Series champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, suffered a non-survivable head injury Oct. 16 in a 15-car crash in Turn 2 of Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the final race of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season.
"There are multiple factors that are not uncommon to racing that came together in a way that claimed Dan's life," said Brian Barnhart, President of Operations, INDYCAR. "It is a tragedy. Our thoughts and support will always be with Dan's family."
The accident review revealed that Wheldon's path on the lower portion of the racetrack was blocked by the multi-car crash he was approaching. The No. 77 car became airborne and ultimately impacted a vertical post of the track fencing. The pole intruded the cockpit, and the impact with the driver's helmeted head produced non-survivable blunt force trauma.
The response to the scene by INDYCAR's Holmatro Safety Team was rapid and decisive, according to the review.
INDYCAR analyzed data from the accident data recorders carried on board each race car involved in the crash, the on-board data acquisition system from teams, timing and scoring data, video, still photographs, physical evidence and eyewitness reports from participants. Third-party experts with Indianapolis-based Wolf Technical Services provided independent assurance that the investigation protocol, evidence examined and reviewed, and the conclusions reached are consistent and appropriate to standard scientific and engineering investigation methods.
Examination of video of the incident demonstrates normal "pack racing" that is common on high-banked ovals. However, there was almost unlimited movement on the track surface under race conditions not previously experienced that is attributed to track geometry beyond banking. Such freedom of movement outside of normal racing grooves not only increased the probability for car-to-car contact, but made it more difficult for drivers to predict the movement of other drivers. As a result, the opportunity for this incident was increased.
While this incident could have occurred at any track at any time, the dynamic of the current car and the overall track geometry at Las Vegas Motor Speedway under race conditions appears to have been one of the contributing factors in this incident.
The 34-car starting field was determined to be acceptable based on factors such as length and width of the racetrack and pit space capability. This incident and its consequences could have occurred with any size starting field at any track.
"INDYCAR's commitment to safety was enhanced by Dan Wheldon's testing throughout 2011 of the new car to be used by INDYCAR in 2012," said Randy Bernard, CEO, INDYCAR. "The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season ushers in an era of a new race car and the opportunity for continued safety advancements. Dan Wheldon was instrumental in the testing and development of this new car and the safety innovations that it represents. We are thankful for his efforts and commitment to racing."
The 2012 Dallara Automobili chassis enhances safety components such as side intrusion panels and wheel tethers. The cockpit is longer and wider than the decommissioned monocoque, which allows for additional padding underneath and behind the driver. Also, a "floating headrest" works in conjunction with the mandatory FHR (Frontal Head Restraint) attached to the helmet. Driver positioning allows for better sightlines.
Monday, December 12, 2011
A former assistant engineer on Takuma Sato's KV Racing Technology crew, Louks will be:
"tasked with checking engine manufacturer compliance with the series' rules and ECU status among other duties. Louks also will oversee the application of a torque sensor new for the 2012 season, which will keep track of power levels between the three engine manufacturers."Following laps on the Homestead-Miami Speedway oval by Tony Kanaan, JR Hildebrand, and Scott Dixon, the DW12 will return to the track at Sebring International Raceway next week.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
"We feel we need to give our technical team ample time to conduct thorough testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, once we complete our ongoing investigation into the 15-car accident during the Oct. 16 race at the track," said INDYCAR, CEO, Randy Bernard.
The complete 2012 schedule along with the future of all 1.5 mile ovals is yet to be announced.
“I am delighted to be joining the IZOD Indy Car Series full-time with Sam Schmidt Motorsports and Honda,” Pagenaud said. “The series represents the most competitive racing in the world right now, and I am really looking forward to the challenge of racing in a single-seater again. I have to thank Sam Schmidt Motorsports for giving me the opportunity and to continue with the Honda engineers at HPD. It is the best situation I could wish for.”
Pagenaud competed in three INDYCAR event in 2011, filling in for the injured Ana Beatriz in Barber and Justin Wilson at Mid-Ohio, as well as jumping into Simona de Silvestro's #78 last minute when she encountered customs issues when returning to the U.S for Sonoma.
“We are very fortunate to land a driver of Simon’s caliber for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season,” Schmidt said. “As all the teams work to develop the new cars and engines, his diverse experience will be invaluable to us. Simon has a strong relationship with Honda and its engineers, which is also a huge asset. This is a big day for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.”
Pagenaud’s car number and sponsorship package will be announced at a later date.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
2011 Firestone Indy Lights champion Josef Newgarden has signed on to run with Sarah Fisher in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season for the newly rebranded Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, piloting the #67.
"First of all, I'd like to thank Andy, Sarah, and Wink for providing me with this opportunity," said Newgarden. "It's a perfect fit. SFHR and myself have a lot of the same qualities, and I'm really looking forward to working with everyone throughout the year. I'm sure we're going to have great chemistry, and I'm excited to get 2012 rolling."
In addition to the announcement of Newgarden, the team has also formed a partnership with Wink Hartman who has sponsored SFR for several years.
"Wink brought the idea of Josef to our attention and after watching him mid season forward, we knew he would be a perfect fit," said Fisher. "Josef has a great brand and is a true champion. We very much look forward to working with him both on and off track.
The Nashville, Tennessee native won 5 of the 14 Firestone Indy Lights events in 2011 along with 3 poles, 10 top 5's, and 13 top 10's.
"I'm excited about the great news for SFHR today," said Hartman. "It shows Sarah's continued growth in selecting Josef to be the driver for the future of the team. We look forward to a great 2012 season with Josef behind the wheel."
Although a schedule has not been secured, the announcement release says that they 'anticipate a full season effort'.
The soon-to-turn 21-year-old on December 22nd, is taking over for Ed Carpenter who left the team following his win at Kentucky to form Ed Carpenter Racing.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011
“The economic climate no longer enables Newman/Haas Racing to participate in open wheel racing at this time,” said Carl Haas, owner and co-founder of Newman/Haas Racing.
In 2011 Newman Haas' two drivers Oriol Servia and James Hinchcliffe finished fourth and twelfth respectively, along with earning the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honor.
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