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John Sturbin: Penalty Can’t Slow Rookie Pagenaud’s Good Mood
Sunday, 25 Mar, 2012 – 7:32 | Comments Off
John Sturbin: Penalty Can’t Slow Rookie Pagenaud’s Good Mood

A 10-spot starting grid penalty typically would spell gloom-and-doom for a rookie driver on a street circuit. That dilemma apparently got lost in translation for Frenchman Simon Pagenaud, who anxiously is awaiting his IZOD IndyCar Series debut in Sunday’s season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St.
Petersburg.
Pagenaud blocked-out his looming penalty – the result of an unapproved [...]

Penske’s Will Power Earns IndyCar Pole in St. Petersburg
Saturday, 24 Mar, 2012 – 17:13 | Comments Off
Penske’s Will Power Earns IndyCar Pole in St. Petersburg

Team Penske and Chevrolet-powered Dallara DW12s dominated qualifying for the season-opening IndyCar Series race on Saturday afternoon.
Penske’s Will Power won the pole and teammate Ryan Briscoe earned the right to start alongside for the start of Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Power set a circuit-qualifying record of 1 minute, 1.3721 seconds in winning the [...]

IndyCar Season Begins Season, Quest Continues
Saturday, 24 Mar, 2012 – 11:34 | Comments Off
IndyCar Season Begins Season, Quest Continues

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The history of INDYCAR is the history of a quest; a quest for solid ground.
For the 2012 season, which begins this weekend with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, INDYCAR is rolling out a large box of changes which the series and its supporters hope will mark a big [...]

Notes: Drivers See Pluses Of Danica-less IndyCar
Saturday, 24 Mar, 2012 – 8:22 | 3 Comments
Notes: Drivers See Pluses Of Danica-less IndyCar

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Marco Andretti turns 100 on Sunday, although he’s sounding more like a 25-year-old who’s finally comfortable in his own skin.
Andretti celebrated his 25th birthday on March 13 with “a lot of love and stuff like that from the people on my cell phone,” in-between testing for the IZOD IndyCar Series’ [...]

Power Fastest In St. Pete Streets
Friday, 23 Mar, 2012 – 19:49 | Comments Off
Power Fastest In St. Pete Streets

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A new race car was no problem for Will Power on the Streets of St. Pete Friday.
Power, of Verizon Team Penske, picked up where he left off on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary circuit to pace the opening day of IZOD IndyCar Series practice for Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of St. [...]

Castroneves Needs To Solve His Math Problems
Friday, 23 Mar, 2012 – 8:33 | Comments Off
Castroneves Needs To Solve His Math Problems

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Helio Castroneves says he has done the “simple math,” and his recent IZOD IndyCar Series numbers point to a popular driver nevertheless mired in a puzzling and prolonged slump.
The veteran in Team Penske’s three-driver lineup, Castroneves failed to win a race during 2011 –snapping a streak that had seen him [...]

John Sturbin: IndyCar Heads To St. Pete Facing A Revolution
Wednesday, 21 Mar, 2012 – 9:46 | One Comment
John Sturbin: IndyCar Heads To St. Pete Facing A Revolution

Josef Newgarden’s march to the 2011 Firestone Indy Lights championship began on the Streets of St. Pete, where the 21-year-old returns this weekend with a “big car” and revised expectations.
Newgarden is scheduled to make his IZOD IndyCar Series debut with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, lapping the [...]

New Cars Getting Good Reviews From Drivers
Wednesday, 14 Mar, 2012 – 12:55 | Comments Off
New Cars Getting Good Reviews From Drivers

Graham Rahal says the IZOD IndyCar Series’ Open Test at Sebring international Raceway has confirmed there are more sweet-than-weak spots in the revolutionary Dallara DW12 chassis.
“It’s a good chassis,” said Rahal, among series regulars who tested on the bumpy 1.67-mile, 11-turn circuit last week. “When the car first came out there was a lot of [...]

This Formula 1 Invasion Should Be More Pleasant
Friday, 9 Mar, 2012 – 16:09 | One Comment
This Formula 1 Invasion Should Be More Pleasant

Some quick, random early season thoughts:
The storm warnings were out for the media during the months leading up to the return of Formula 1 racing to the United States in 2000. Do not, the old F1 hands were telling their newbie-to-the-series American peers who would cover the race in Indianapolis, expect much from the foreign [...]

Past Teammates On Andretti Drivers’ Minds
Thursday, 8 Mar, 2012 – 12:56 | One Comment
Past Teammates On Andretti Drivers’ Minds

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The revamped Andretti Autosport team assembled in St. Petersburg, Fla. this week to take part in Wednesday’s pre-season media day. The way it sounded, one former teammate will not be missed all that much this season while another will never be forgotten; ever.
The former is Danica Patrick, who has decided [...]