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Penske’s Power Cleared To Drive; Tests Mid-Ohio
Thursday, 30 Jun, 2011 – 9:00 | Comments Off
Penske’s Power Cleared To Drive; Tests Mid-Ohio

Cleared to drive by INDYCAR’s medical staff following a “mild concussion” suffered Saturday night, Will Power spent Wednesday road-course testing in pursuit of IZOD IndyCar Series nemesis Dario Franchitti.
Power joined Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe for a test on the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, his first seat time since crashing into the [...]

INDYCAR Supends Team, Owner
Wednesday, 29 Jun, 2011 – 14:33 | One Comment

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INDYCAR, the governing body of Firestone Indy Lights, has suspended one of the teams which competes in the Firestone Indy Lights Series.
The entrant license/membership of O2 Racing Technology and the individual membership of team owner Mark Olson until December 31, 2012, for actions during The Milwaukee Mile event June 18-19.
Olson was suspended for attempting to [...]

Marco Hopes He Has Acquired A Great New Habit
Wednesday, 29 Jun, 2011 – 12:07 | Comments Off
Marco Hopes He Has Acquired A Great New Habit

Nearly five years have passed since Marco Andretti, then 19-years-old, won his first IZOD IndyCar Series race, flirted with the allure of Formula One and began to shave.
The ensuing 78-race eternity that began for the Family Andretti at Infineon Raceway on Aug. 27, 2006 mercifully ended Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, where Marco outbattled former [...]

Andretti Harvests A Win In Iowa
Sunday, 26 Jun, 2011 – 7:48 | Comments Off
Andretti Harvests A Win In Iowa

Marco Andretti overtook former Andretti Autosport teammate Tony Kanaan on Lap 232 of 250 and went on to a 0.7932-of-a-second victory in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer at Iowa Speedway.
“We were down a little bit on the bigger ovals but we know when it comes down to handling we’d be alright,” Andretti [...]

Sato Has Up-And-Down Day At Iowa Speedway
Saturday, 25 Jun, 2011 – 9:03 | Comments Off
Sato Has Up-And-Down Day At Iowa Speedway

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Takuma Sato earned his first career IZOD IndyCar Series pole Friday afternoon at Iowa Speedway, where the buzz accompanying the Japanese native’s historic two-lap run was muted by a crash during the final practice for Saturday night’s Iowa Corn Indy 250.
Sato became the first Japanese driver to qualify on-pole for [...]

Sato Earns First IndyCar Pole
Friday, 24 Jun, 2011 – 18:23 | Comments Off
Sato Earns First IndyCar Pole

Takuma Sato on Friday won the pole for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 250 IZOD IndyCar Race at Iowa Speedway.
It was the Japanese driver’s first IndyCar pole.
Sato posted a two-lap average speed of 180.375 mph on the .875-mile oval, which is located in Newton, Iowa.
“I want to say a big thank you to the whole team, the [...]

Pedley: Penske-Ganassi Rivalry Heating Up?
Friday, 24 Jun, 2011 – 6:41 | 5 Comments
Pedley: Penske-Ganassi Rivalry Heating Up?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
A lot has been made over the years about the rivalry between Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi. And it’s a rivarly that has been there.
But it has mostly been of the non-acrimonious variety.
Now, in the wake of incidents during the IndyCar Series [...]

Wheldon, Herta Land Jobs In IndyCar Series
Friday, 24 Jun, 2011 – 5:48 | Comments Off
Wheldon, Herta Land Jobs In IndyCar Series

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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The nation’s unemployment rate dropped a tick Thursday, when two-time and reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon landed a job.
INDYCAR officials announced in Indianapolis that Wheldon and Bryan Herta Autosport have been selected as test organization for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series prototype chassis.
“Dan, Bryan and (co-owner) Steve Newey have [...]

Franchitti Says Pit Problem Was A Penske Problem
Thursday, 23 Jun, 2011 – 7:23 | One Comment
Franchitti Says Pit Problem Was A Penske Problem

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dario Franchitti says pit road etiquette prevailed over “gamesmanship” Sunday afternoon at The Milwaukee Mile, where the Scotsman’s 29th career victory drew him into a tie with Will Power for the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series championship.
When Franchitti entered pit road on Lap 125 of Sunday’s Milwaukee 225, his left rear [...]

Ingram: Hamlin, JGR Hitting Stride Just In Time?
Monday, 20 Jun, 2011 – 7:47 | One Comment
Ingram: Hamlin, JGR Hitting Stride Just In Time?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
Were I tweeting, this would be my top 10 on Sunday (with footnotes):
1. Hamlin, M. Ford back on track at Michigan. Denny: “We made a magic adjustment and the car just took off.”
( No. 11 Crew Chief Mike Ford and his driver are on their [...]