- 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, July 26, 2012

Kimball Fractures Hand In Mid-Ohio

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Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing driver Charlie Kimball suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal of his right hand during Thursday's 18-driver 11-team test at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, according to INDYCAR medical director, Michael Olinger.

Often caused by punching a hard object, a fractured fifth metacarpal (also known as 'boxers fracture') is located on the far right side of Kimball's right hand near the pinky finger.

According to INDYCAR, Kimball will be re-evaluated Friday, July 27 in Indianapolis.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

COO Koretzky Resigns

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Joining INDYCAR in May 2011, Marc Koretzky has resigned his position as Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.

Originally holding the Director of Business Development title, Koretzky was promoted to oversee 'day-to-day operations and fostering communication and synergies across the company's commercial and operations units' as COO last December after managing commercial activities and non-racing events around the 2011 IZOD INDYCAR World Championships.

"We wish Marc the best of luck as he moves on to the next chapter in his career," said Randy Bernard, CEO, INDYCAR.

According to the release: 'The responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer will be split among current INDYCAR staff members for the interim as the organization evaluates long-term staffing plans.'

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

#14 Fails Tech, Penalized

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Following the teams first podium finish of the season, the #14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises entry has been fined $15,000 and docked 10 points for failing post-race tech following Toronto.


According to INDYCAR, the #14 had too large of a fuel cell, failing to comply with Rule 14.7.2.

14.7.2 Fuel System (Updated March 15, 2012 via Bulletin)
The maximum capacity of the fuel cell shall be 18.5 U.S. Gallons.
Simon Pagenaud's #77 car failed the same rule following Iowa, but was fined just $5k because it was found to have no effect on the race results.

"We felt the discrepancy in the size of the fuel tank was enough that it potentially could have provided a track position advantage and the penalty is reflective of that," said Will Phillips, vice president of technology, INDYCAR.

A.J. Foyt Enterprises may challenge the ruling.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Team's Remaining Engine Availability

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Via INDYCAR release:


Pursuant to Rule 15.1.4, Each Full-Season Entrant will be provided with no more than five fresh built Engines throughout each year covered by an engine service agreement. Using more than five fresh Engines in a season will result in a penalty. Engines beyond the fifth fresh Engine may be fresh or part-used.
Pursuant to Rule 15.6.2, Using more than five fresh Engines in a season will be considered Unapproved Engine Change-Outs.

No. 2 - Team Penske - Ryan Briscoe - 1 Engine Remaining
No. 3 - Team Penske - Helio Castroneves - 1 Engine Remaining
No. 4 -  Panther Racing - JR Hildebrand - 2 Engines Remaining
No. 5 -  KV Racing Technology - E.J. Viso - 2 Engines Remaining
No. 6/7 - Dragon Racing - Katherine Legge/Sebastien Bourdais - 2 Engines Remaining    
No. 8 - KV Racing Technology - Rubens Barrichello - 1 Engine Remaining
No. 9 - Target Chip Ganassi Racing - Scott Dixon - On Engine 5
No. 10 - Target Chip Ganassi Racing - Dario Franchitti - 1 Engine Remaining 
No. 11 - KV Racing Technology w/SH - Tony Kanaan - 1 Engine Remaining
No. 12 - Team Penske - Will Power - 1 Engine Remaining
No. 14 - A.J. Foyt Enterprises - Mike Conway - On Engine 5                 
No. 15 - Rahal Letterman Lanigan - Takuma Sato - On Engine 5
No. 18 - Dale Coyne Racing - Justin Wilson - 1 Engine Remaining   
No. 19 - Dale Coyne Racing - James Jakes - 2 Engines Remaining   
No. 20 - Ed Carpenter Racing - Ed Carpenter - 1 Engine Remaining
No. 22 - Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing -Oriol Servia - 2 Engines Remaining
No. 26 - Andretti Autosport - Marco Andretti - 2 Engines Remaining
No. 27 - Andretti Autosport - James Hinchcliffe - 2 Engines Remaining
No. 28 - Andretti Autosport -  Ryan Hunter-Reay - 2 Engines Remaining
No. 38 - Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing - Graham Rahal - 1 Engine Remaining
No. 67 - Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing - Josef Newgarden - 1 Engine Remaining
No. 77 - Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports -Simon Pagenaud - On Engine 5
No. 78 - Lotus-HVM Racing -Simona de Silvestro - On Engine 5
No. 83 - Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing - Charlie Kimball - 1 Engine Remaining
No. 98 - Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian - Alex Tagliani - 2 Engines Remaining

 
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