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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hildebrand Returns To ECR For Month Of May

Ed Carpenter Racing announced Tuesday afternoon the signing of JR Hildebrand to the team's third entry at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Indianapolis 500.

"I'm really glad we were able to put everything together at ECR to continue our program with Preferred Freezer," commented Hildebrand. "Especially going into this year's 100th Running of the 500, you know everyone is bringing their absolute best to the fight. After the experience I've had over the last two years with this team, I know that we're going to be bringing a race-winning effort ourselves. I'm looking forward to working with Ed and Josef again and putting the PFS entries up front throughout May!"

Preferred Freezer Solutions will also provide primary sponsorship for Josef Newgarden at the Grand Prix of Boston and Honda Indy Toronto.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Wheldon Book To Be Released In May

Announced over the race weekend in St. Pete --the city Wheldon called home-- a new book chronicling the live of Dan Wheldon will be released in May. Entitled Lionheart - Remembering Dan Wheldon the book is written by Andy Hallbery and Jeff Olson. 

The coffee-table book will be available to pre-order soon, priced at $74.99. A portion of the proceeds benefits two charities close the British driver's heart - the Alzheimer's Association and the DCW Foundation, created to continue the wide-reaching charitable work Wheldon started.

"The response has been truly incredible," said Susie Wheldon, Dan's widow. "It shows just how many people's lives Dan touched and is a wonderful legacy for our two boys, Sebastian and Oliver. I want to say a huge 'thank you' to everybody involved for their dedication to creating this book, and to everyone who contributed, too."

According to the release:
The book covers Wheldon's career from karting all the way to his Indianapolis 500 wins in 2005 and 2011 and his 2005 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. It is filled with stories - some funny, some touching, but all truly captivating. Featured contributions from legendary names within the Verizon IndyCar Series and beyond, including lifelong friend and teammate Dario Franchitti, Formula One champion and childhood karting rival Jenson Button, NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, and many more from across the motorsport world.
With a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Alzheimer's Association and the DCW Foundation, the books will be priced at $74.99 and be available for pre-order soon.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tag Signs With Foyt For Indy Double

A.J. Foyt Racing announced Thursday morning the signing of Alex Tagliani to the team's 3rd entry for May's Indianapolis 500 and Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Tagliani, who ran the '500' for Foyt last year as well, will be running the No. 35 Alfe Heat and Treating Honda alongside teammates Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth. The number 35 was chosen to represent A.J.'s 35 career Indianapolis 500 starts.

“I’m looking forward to driving the Indy road course in an IndyCar—I’ve heard a lot of amazing things on the performance of the car,” Tagliani said. “It will be difficult because I haven’t driven an IndyCar on a road course in several years. Jumping in the car on a road course in something that is very new will be tough, but the positive is that I will be in the car for the month of May. Getting used to the guys and working with the team is very important if you want to maximize the performance of the driver, the team and the car. Hopefully we can do a good job for the whole Alfe team and everyone who has been so supportive of me like Sexton Properties and everyone I’ve been involved with at the Speedway over the last two years.”

Monday, March 14, 2016

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Results

1.  (3) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 110, Running
2.  (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 110, Running
3.  (5) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 110, Running
4.  (2) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 110, Running
5.  (17) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 110, Running
6.  (10) Takuma Sato, Honda, 110, Running
7.  (4) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 110, Running
8.  (12) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 110, Running
9.  (19) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 110, Running
10.  (13) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 109, Contact
11.  (9) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 109, Running
12.  (18) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 109, Running 
13.  (20) Conor Daly, Honda, 109, Running
14.  (21) Spencer Pigot, Honda, 109, Running
15.  (14) Marco Andretti, Honda, 109, Running
16.  (6) Graham Rahal, Honda, 109, Running
17.  (16) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 109, Running
18.  (22) Oriol Servia, Chevrolet, 109, Running
19.  (8) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 109, Running
20.  (15) Luca Filippi, Honda, 108, Running
21.  (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 87, Contact 
22.  (11) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 47, Electrical

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Servia To Replace Power In St. Pete

Penske Racing announced Sunday morning IndyCar veteran Oriol Servia will race in place of Will Power in today's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Power qualified on pole for today's race and even broke his own track record, despite an illness throughout qualifying. The 'nausea' continued Sunday morning, triggering Penske's decision to make a change.

“Obviously this is a very difficult decision to make in the first race of the season, but Will’s health and safety is the most important thing to consider,” said Penske Racing President Tim Cindric. “We hope Will makes a speedy recovery and with Oriol’s professionalism and experience, we know he’ll do a solid job for our team.”

Power was involved in a single car practice incident Friday and was thought to be uninjured. With the Penske driver's symptoms persisting he'll be reevaluated before returning to the cockpit.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Fisher To Pace IndyCar Fields

Sarah Fisher, who recently stepped away from the Verizon IndyCar Series as a team owner, will join the series as a pace car driver.

With Johnny Rutherford returning for a scaled back schedule in 2016, Fisher will pace 14 of the 16 Verizon IndyCar Series races this season. Rutherford will pace the Grand Prix of Phoenix and Indianapolis 500.

"Having worked with J.R. when I was a rookie (driver), and to follow in his footprints now is just an incredible honor," Fisher said. "I've lived for the sport of Indy car racing and when Jay (Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations) offered me the position to pace the field, I didn't think twice about my commitment again to the sport that I love."

The honorary Indianapolis 500 pace car driver will be announced at a later date.

Grand Prix Of St. Pete Entry List

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Entry List

22 Cars
4 Rookies (Chilton/Pigot/Daly/Rossi)

2 - Juan Pablo Montoya - Team Penske
3 - Helio Castroneves - Team Penske
5 - James Hinchcliffe - SPM
7 - Mikhail Aleshin - SPM
8 - Max Chilton - CGR
9 - Scott Dixon - CGR
10 - Tony Kanaan - CGR
11 - Sebastien Bourdais - KVSH
12 - Will Power - Team Penske
14 - Takuma Sato - Foyt
15 - Graham Rahal - RLL
16 - Spencer Pigot - RLL
18 - Conor Daly - Coyne
19 - Luca Filippi - Coyne
21 - Josef Newgarden - ECR
22 - Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske
26 - Carlos Munoz - Andretti
27 - Marco Andretti - Andretti
28 - Ryan Hunter-Reay - Andretti
41 - Jack Hawksworth - Foyt
83 - Charlie Kimball - CGR
98 - Alexander Rossi - Andretti/Herta