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Things Get Racy During Practice At Indianapolis
Tuesday, 15 May, 2012 – 6:57 | Comments Off
Things Get Racy During Practice At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti picked up the pace for Andretti Autosport during practice Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where speeds for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 aren’t always what they seem.
With a number of IZOD IndyCar Series teams admittedly using the final hour of the six-hour [...]

Saavedra Has Mother Of A Day At Indianapolis
Sunday, 13 May, 2012 – 22:45 | Comments Off
Saavedra Has Mother Of A Day At Indianapolis

Native Colombian Sebastian Saavedra welcomed his mother to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Mother’s Day in “hey, watch this” fashion, posting the fastest speed of Day 2 of practice for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Saavedra, driver of the No. 17 Team AFS Chevrolet for AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport, toured the 2.5-mile IMS oval in 40.6272-seconds [...]

Rookie Leads Field As Indianapolis Opens For 500
Saturday, 12 May, 2012 – 23:53 | Comments Off
Rookie Leads Field As Indianapolis Opens For 500

Rookie Josef Newgarden topped the timesheets as preparations began Saturday for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Newgarden, who won the Freedom 100 Firestone Indy Lights race at IMS in May 2011, posted the quickest lap around the 2.5-mile oval of 220.250 mph in the No. 67 Dollar General Dallara/Honda for Sarah [...]

Veteran ‘Rookies’ OK’d For The 500
Friday, 11 May, 2012 – 15:54 | Comments Off
Veteran ‘Rookies’ OK’d For The 500

Six drivers have completed the three required speed phases during Rookie Orientation Program activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while Jean Alesi joined the short list of former Formula One regulars successfully logging his first oval-track experience.
Josef Newgarden and Bryan Clauson of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, James Jakes of Dale Coyne Racing, Simon Pagenaud of [...]

With Boycott Talk Silenced, Gossage Takes Breath
Thursday, 10 May, 2012 – 10:13 | Comments Off
With Boycott Talk Silenced, Gossage Takes Breath

FORT WORTH, Texas – INDYCAR’s highly anticipated Open Test at Texas Motor Speedway produced 1,172 incident-free laps around the 1.5-mile quadoval on Monday, and not a single mention of the one word track president Eddie Gossage definitely did not want to hear – boycott.
Rumors of a possible boycott by IZOD IndyCar Series drivers surfaced on [...]

Barrichello Gets The Runaround At Texas Test
Wednesday, 9 May, 2012 – 7:32 | Comments Off
Barrichello Gets The Runaround At Texas Test

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Rubens Barrichello says he spent the night before his first hot laps around Texas Motor Speedway “ovaling in my dreams,” which is not a requirement for passing the IZOD IndyCar Series rookie test.
The most experienced driver in Formula One history, Barrichello exited pit road and took [...]

Test Eases Downforce – And Concerns – At Texas
Tuesday, 8 May, 2012 – 12:33 | Comments Off
Test Eases Downforce – And Concerns – At Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – A revised aerodynamic package with less downforce has emerged from “a range of options” available to IZOD IndyCar Series teams hot-lapping during an Open Test at Texas Motor Speedway, momentarily easing concerns over pack racing on INDYCAR’s lone remaining 1.5-mile oval.
Monday’s 6.5-hours of track time produced 1,172 incident-free laps with the [...]

IndyCar’s Panther, Dreyer & Reinbold Form Alliance
Monday, 7 May, 2012 – 15:09 | Comments Off
IndyCar’s Panther, Dreyer & Reinbold Form Alliance

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Two-time IndyCar Series champion Panther Racing announced Monday it has formed a strategic alliance with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing on Oriol Servia’s entry for the remainder of the 2012 IndyCar Series season.
The No. 22 Panther/DRR team will utilize Panther’s second Chevrolet engine lease and work in conjunction with the No. 4 National Guard team anddriver [...]

Bell To Make Indy Run For Schmidt Pelfrey
Friday, 4 May, 2012 – 7:58 | Comments Off
Bell To Make Indy Run For Schmidt Pelfrey

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Townsend Bell will attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race in a car prepared by the team owned by former driver Sam Schmidt. In 2012, Bell will drive the No. 99 BraunAbility/Schmidt Pelfrey Motorsports Dallara/Honda/Firestone car.
Bell will be a teammate to Frenchman Simon Pagenaud who drives the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports car [...]

Judge To Hear GM Appeal To INDYCAR
Thursday, 3 May, 2012 – 15:28 | Comments Off

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INDYCAR, sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series, has scheduled a hearing for an appeal filed by General Motors (GM) regarding use of a 0.74 A/R compressor cover for the single turbocharger.
INDYCAR approved use of the compressor cover used by Honda on its 2.2-liter V-6 engine on April 18. GM protested INDYCAR’s decision and a [...]