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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

INDYCAR Releases Updated 2018 Design

INDYCAR, the sanctioning body of the Verizon IndyCar Series, has released updated images of the 2018 aero kit. Along with the above images, they provided the following explanation on each of the computer-generated photos:
Note that the main center image is of the 2018 superspeedway car configuration, with the outline of the current superspeedway configuration superimposed over it for comparison. Secondary images in the upper right and lower left show concepts for the rear wing and front wing in the 2018 street course/road course/short oval configuration.
The images are still not the final product we will see on track for testing this summer, but rather give a more focused idea of the direction the engineers and designers are taking.

Larger versions of the above images:

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Indianapolis 500 Testing Photos

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Indianapolis 500 Testing Friday

Four teams and eleven drivers are scheduled to test on the famed 2.5 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway race course on Friday. Those teams and drivers include:

Chip Ganassi Racing
-Scott Dixon
-Tony Kanaan
-Charlie Kimball
-Max Chilton

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
-James Hinchcliffe
-Mikhail Aleshin

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
-Graham Rahal

Team Penske
-Helio Castroneves
-Will Power
-Simon Pagenaud
-Josef Newgarden

Fans can get a taste of May in March by watching the eight hour test from the Turn 2 viewing mounds, with parking in the Museum lot. The track is available for testing from 9am to noon and again from 1pm to 5pm.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Schmidt Signs Howard To Drive Indy Entry

A month ago Tony Stewart and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced a partnership to run the No. 77 Team One Cure entry in May's Indianapolis 500. Today, Jay Howard was announced to drive the car.

"I can't begin to tell you how honored I am to have this opportunity," said Howard. "I'm not one to give up on a dream and I have every bit of determination to make this a successful effort for Tony, Team One Cure and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. I'm in the best condition both mentally and physically, and my race craft is on point. We will be more than ready when IMS opens for practice this May."

Howard will be making his 4th attempt and if all goes well his 2nd Indianapolis 500 start.

The British driver was tabbed to drive for Roth Racing in 2008, but was replaced during practice by John Andretti.

In 2010 he was back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this time with Sarah Fisher Racing. On the bubble, the team withdrew his time to prevent another car from making an attempt. Unfortunately, his new time was too slow, failing to qualify for the 2nd time.

Sam Schmidt Motorsports gave Howard his 3rd attempt in 2011, this time he solidly made the field, starting in the middle of Row 7. He finished 30th.

In total, Howard has made 12 starts with 3 teams. His last IndyCar Series track time came at the 2011 season finale in Las Vegas.