"Any time that I can be out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, you're going to see a smile on my face." - Dan Wheldon
"It's crazy how the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can make you so emotional. I went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows in less than 24 hours." - Alex Tagliani
Surprised that at least ED hasn't been picked up yet by an engine group. He has a shot at winning Indy for sure
"I think there's only so many people that can take care of themselves, and can take care of other people. And the rest of the people … they're useful in terms of compost for the whole planet, you know." - Bill Murray
Who says he hasn't been? Or as Gack complained, Sarah Fisher? They may already have been.
The 4th car at Andretti has a chance to go to a vet per Cavin
http://blogs.indystar.com/racingexpe...is-and-dragon/As for other Andretti news, Michael Andretti said it’s about “60 to 70 percent” likely that the team will have a fourth car. He said he’s got a couple of things working with veterans. He said a decision will be made in the next couple of weeks.
I'd rather have 10% of the world interested in the ICS than 50% of US that NASCAR currently has
Here is the updated (as of 01/12/12
Driver / Engineer
Simona de Silvestro / Tom Brown / / Gerald Tyler / Brent Harvey?
Simon Pagenaud / Ben Bretzman
Scott Dixon / Eric Bretzman
Dario Franchitti / Chris Simmons
Graham Rahal / Martin Pare
Charlie Kimball / Brad Goldberg
Will Power / David Faustino
Helio Castroneves / Ron Ruzewski
Ryan Briscoe / Jonathan Diuguid
Marco Andretti / Eddie Jones
Ryan Hunter-Reay / Ray Gosselin
James Hinchcliffe / Allan McDonald
TBA (4th AA Car) / Tino Belli (Danica) / Nick Snyder (Conway) / Matthew Barnes?
Tony Kanaan / Eric Cowdin
EJ Viso / ??
TBA (3rd KV Car) / Garrett Mothersead
JR Hildebrand / David Cripps
Oriol Servia / Yves Touron?
TBA (2nd DRR Car) / Len Paskus (Beatriz)
Ed Carpenter / Michael Cannon
Josef Newgarden / Jeremy Milless
Mike Conway / Jeff Britton
Takuma Sato / Bruno Couprie *Possible*
TBA (2nd RLLR Car) / Chris Yanchar?
Justin Wilson / Bill Pappas
TBA 2nd DCR Car) / Scott Raymond? / Don Halliday? / John Dick?
TBA (1st Conquest) / Mike Pawlowski
Sebastian Bourdais / Neil Fife
Katherine Legge / ?
TBA (1st MSR Car) /
Alex Tagliani / Todd Malloy / Brian Page?
TBA (2nd SSM / AFS Car) / Kent Boyer?
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Racing Heroes - Swede Savage, Mark Donohue, Teo Fabi, Dan Wheldon, Jeep Van Wormer, Don O'Neal,
When's the last time you had the crowd up on their feet?
The Indianapolis 500. Where Milk doesn't just taste like Milk. It tastes like Immortality.
Fife is at Dragon with Seabass
Britton is at DRR
Put this in the bourdais and legge thread too but there's an interesting quote in Cavin's article about the signings:
"The team owned by Jay Penske, son of Roger Penske, will be a factory team alongside Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, HVM Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport. More teams could be added."
Since Dragon Racing will also be a factory team, wonder if this means that SeaBass will be handling more of the testing load for lotus. Also, how many "factory" teams is lotus going to have? Don't honda and chevy each just have 1? (ganassi and penske, respectively - and weren't they labeled "anchor" teams?)
Perhaps it would be appropriate to start another list?
I remember before unification that this board would have been up in arms over Rice and Schecter not having rides while Legge and Pagenaud do. How things change.
WHERE IS thehairpin and why is my silly season chart not updated yet!?!?!?
Every race I run in is in preparation for the Indianapolis 500. Indy is the most important thing in my life. It is what I live for. - Al Unser Jr.
Everything I ever wanted in my life, I found inside the walls of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. - Eddie Sachs.
Indycar medical exam today. Didnt cry or moan during blood test. In the past that wud earn me a gold star or bravery sticker. Whats gives?
I've been catching up on old Trackside podcasts the last couple days. Kevin Lee mentioned that he had heard a rumor of Renault becoming involved in IndyCar with Lotus. Could this be the new team?
RIP Daniel Clive Wheldon, 2005 & 2011 Indianapolis 500 Champion
Target Chip Ganassi Racing - (Honda Engines) Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, G2(satellite team) - Graham Rahal, Charlie Kimball
Team Penske -(Chevrolet Engines) Helio Castroneves, Ryan Briscoe, Will Power
Andretti Autosport - (Chevrolet Engines) Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe
Panther Racing -(Chevrolet Engines) JR Hildebrand
Sam Schmidt Racing -(Honda Engines) Simon Pagenaud
HVM Racing -(Lotus Engines) Simona De Silvestro
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing - Josef Newgarden
AJ Foyt Racing -(Honda Engines) Mike Conway
KV Racing Technology -(Chevrolet Engines) Tony Kanaan
Ed Carpenter Racing - Ed Carpenter
Bryan Herta Autosport -(Lotus Engines) Alex Tagliani
Dale Coyne Racing (Honda Engines) - Justin Wilson. Highly probable for James Jakes to return to the team.
Dragon Racing (Chevrolet Engines) - Sebastien Bourdais, Katherine Legge
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (Lotus Engines) - Oriol Servia
Teams with unconfirmed drivers at this time are..
Michael Shank Racing -(Lotus Engines) Plans unknown.
Conquest Racing -(Lotus Engines) Plans unknown.
Danica Patrick -2012 Nationwide Series Champion
2011 Summer Break:
100th Anniversary Indy 500
24 Hours of Le Mans
Quaker State 400
Honda Indy 200 (+ ALMS & others)
And NOTHING will top the 500...
6 Indy 500s / 5 other IndyCar races / 1 24 Hrs of Le Mans / 3 USGPs / 2 races where the cars had painted-on headlights...
Random observation: could be a very real possibility that all of the female drivers next year have a Lotus behind them. Simona @ HVM, Legge @ Dragon, Beatriz @ D&RR (maybe)...
It's amusing how Honda helped keep the series afloat - they wouldn't be a bad idea to continue with them really either yet nearly everyone has ditched them for new chevy and lotus projects.... If I wanted to win the championship this year with a brand new car and engine regs I would think about staying with the Honda not just for loyality reasons....but continiuty among the new car and engine and even driver? But then again I'm no team owner.
And so we came to Road America where we burned up at the lake, but at the speedway of Nazareth I made no mistake
If Dragon is a "factory" team with Lotus...
HOW MANY BLACK AND GOLD CARS WILL BE IN THE FIELD?!?
I could understand 2. But a fleet of 5-8 will be downright silly!