I got the scoop, I think haha.The age was changed last year and Carbone became eligible because he was 17. It was not done just recently for Sage.
According to my friend at AA,Sage is looking at doing Star Mazda next year full time and a partial Lights schedule later in the year. If anybody knows differently about either thing please let me know.
Willy T and Chase will have their pick of teams to work with I'm sure as long as the money is there.
I guess it can't be helped that Andretti Autosport and other teams have a tight lock on American talent though. Either way I look for Sam to rule again in 2012 and I'm glad the Star Mazda champ is on a quality team and moving on up through the ladder.
"The only good horsepower is usable horsepower.."
Yep, last time SSM didn't run an American full-time was 2006 (full time drivers were Jaime Camara and Jay Howard). However I wouldn't be surprised if he runs 3 full-time next year so all hope is not yet lost.
Signing Victor Cabone just a formality and 4th driver also nearly done.
Maybe they will run more than 4 cars.
All Gary Peterson's AFS Indy Lights equipment is sitting in the SSM Shop
German F3 4th place finisher and Israeli national Alon Day, Stefan Wilson, and Jorge Goncalvez tested for Belardi this past weekend.
"Lyrically, I'm Mario Andretti on the mo-mo" - A Tribe Called Quest
Talked with Roger Bailey this morning--his knee surgery is giving him some very uncomfortable moments but he says the doctors have assurred him he is going to be "dancing with the stars next season" with Helio coaching him. Roger has been very good for Firestone Indy Lights--whatever this man does in future seasons, he will always be considered an asset in Indianapolis racing circles.
I didn't realize that they changed the age requirement for Indy Lights. On Dec. 3rd, Sage said on facebook that big news is coming next week (and racing related). Perhaps it is that he's going to run either a partial or full schedule with Indy Lights.
I like the idea of him running another year in Star Mazda with a couple Indy Lights races mixed in. No need to rush the kid up.
Belardi is making some type of announcement today, no idea for what.
From a couch in North Dakota
Wow!! Looking at the slate of drivers for Lights, if Daly doesn't return there is no clear favorite to win the title! It's wide open.
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.
Belardi's announcement today was Scott Anderson in their FOURTH USF2000 entry.
Bryan Clauson received a $300,000 scholarship from INDYCAR. He'll compete in select Firestone Indy Lights races in 2012.
- ALL ovals in the Izod Indycar Series (Including Indianapois)
- Indy 500 only with a another Izod Indycar Series Oval
- Indy 500 only
- Indy 500 with ALL Firestone Indy Lights Ovals
- NO INDY 500 with All Firestone Indy Lights Ovals
- 2012 Indy Lights Series Full Time
- ALL Firestone Indy Lights Ovals with some Star Mazda Road/Street Course Races Mixed
Those are all in play, we'll just have to see what comes about it.
Alex Fontana would like to race in IndyCars. Some Indy Lights teams should give him a phone call, if they want to win.
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Read moreSchmidt said a 2013 promotion (to the IICS) is possible.
“We knew 12 months ago that because of his limited Formula Car experience, Indy Lights would have to be at least a two-year program for him to learn and apply his talent,” Schmidt said. “We are headed to year two, and we are cautiously optimistic. It’s going to come down to [the 2012] season to see if he can be ready for IndyCar in 2013.”
Schmidt said he had no problems with the way Carbone won his first Indy Lights race, the 67-lap Las Vegas 100. Carbone, who had won the pole two days prior, was engaged in a fierce battle with two of his Schmidt Motorsports teammates — Josef Newgarden and Esteban Guerrieri.
Carbone had trailed virtually the entire race, but on Turn 2 of the final lap he moved quickly to the high side. His front wing sliced Newgarden’s rear right tire, causing him to fade from first to ninth.
According to reports, Newgarden was upset, saying: “I’m happy for Victor, but dang it.”
Schmidt said Carbone ran the perfect race.
“It was no fault of either driver,” Schmidt said. “The guy in front is trying to protect his position. There was a little bit of mild contact, but it was a very strategic race for Victor. He did an incredible job.”
Perhaps that’s to be expected of a Brazilian-born driver. Among the South American nation’s great racers are Senna, Nelson Piquet, Tony Kanaan, Emerson Fittipaldi, Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran.
Schmidt said Carbone has the right attitude to go far.
“He’s not arrogant or cocky,” Schmidt said. “What he lacks in experience, he makes up for in desire and willingness to learn.”
I believe that Peter Dempsey is going to the be the driver of the Juncos Racing entry.
I dont get it. Just seems like a dead end with Clauson. He's not interested in road courses, so it's not like he'll ever be a full time indycar driver. Why wouldn't Indycar use that money towards up and coming driver(s) who will actually help broaden the series fanbase?
Ok tubs, let me break it down for you the way your stomach breaks down countless bacon cheeseburgers.
I think Randy has finally hit the reality that in order for Bryan to be reading for the Indycar Series it could take either a full year in Indy Lights or having Bryan takes his chances on some road courses - both of which the scholarship can't cover. It would be great to see Bryan run a full Indy Lights season and the Indy 500 but I doubt that's going to happen. It's not because Clauson doesn't have interest on road courses it's because the Road to Indy won't allow him on them for some odd reason.
Maybe they are afraid the oval only drivers will show up the RC specialists?
You give any driver the choice of running all the series except the 500 or running only the 500 and most if not all will choose the latter of the two.