2017 IndyCar Stuff

Discussion in 'Open Wheel Racing' started by Kiante, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    New year, fresh thread.

    :)
     
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  2. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    So Ganassi tested Jan. 6th at Sebring. Should I read anything into that regarding future IndyCar schedules, or was it just a convenient location near the Rolex Roar just up the road?
     
  3. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    A lot of teams actually test on the short course at Sebring. It cuts off the Ulmann Straight, Sunset Bend, and the front stretch but it's a very good challenge for the car and driver and convenient for the teams with location and weather and everything.
     
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  4. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Traditionally, IndyCar goes out to test at Sebring before the season starts.

    Would it be awesome to see IndyCar at Sebring? Hell yes, that would be awesome though!
     
  5. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  6. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Just as I was wishing the dude with the camera had moved to another vantage point, he did.
     
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  7. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Ya know, that raised a question for me I've never thought to ask before. With a few exceptions, NASCAR teams have their shops within a few miles of Charlotte / Concord NC. Are the IndyCar teams similarly clustered together? If so, where?
     
  8. kkfan91

    kkfan91 R-Fs resident Communist

    Most in Indy I believe
     
  9. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Most teams are in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    KVSH was in Florida, the other half of AJ Enterprises in Texas, and Dale Coyne is in Illinois.
     
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  10. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    2018 IndyCar aero kits contract drawing interest from '11 or 12 different companies'
    INDYCAR PROMISES NEW AERO KITS WILL BE 'VISUALLY EXCITING' TO THE FANS

    http://autoweek.com/article/indycar...drawing-interest-11-or-12-different-companies



    Supposedly we could be hearing some things from NAIAS in Detroit over the next couple of weeks.
     
  11. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  12. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Cmon Adrian, make the Mexican GP at Hermanos Autodromo... Hell, I would just to nab Gutierrez as well.

    I wonder what happened to Narain Karthikeyan coming to the states? I loved that guy, he just had ****** equipment in F1, he has talent.
     
  13. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    http://autoweek.com/article/indycar...-indycar-braces-one-or-two-more-manufacturers
     
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  14. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Cool, but as long the manufacturer is not half-hearted *cough* Lotus *cough* and be piss poor. I'll be okay, would be cool to see Cosworth jump on and Toyota or even promote a brand like Alfa Romeo over here in the states.
     
  15. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    I can definitely see three happening by 2019. Four is a little ambitious but who knows. It sounds like there's enough interest though and not having to pay for developing aero and support as many teams as OEMs need to now will definitely help.
     
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  16. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    It would be great, it would be like the old CART days where Honda, Toyota, Ford, and Mercedes battled it out. Would be nice to see Honda and Chevy get some pressure off of their backs. Competition and engine manufacturer variance could equal some great days ahead for IndyCar.
     
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  17. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    IndyCar reaches back to its roots with a "Team INDYCAR" program at the Chili Bowl:

    http://www.indycar.com/News/2017/01/01-11-Team-INDYCAR-at-Chili-Bowl
     
  18. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  19. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

  20. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Dallara deal helps price, parts regulation

    http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/137672-indycar-dallara-deal-loosens-cost-component-regulations


     
  21. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Regarding cockpit protection...http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/137673-indycar-several-head-protection-options-possible

    I think this sort of technology is still a few years out. The FIA has done several different tests and hasn't concluded on any one system, although the halo seems to be the favorite going forward. Something like the Red Bull windscreen might be more apt for IndyCar. As of right now the paddock seems fine with the status quo though and I wouldn't really expect anything before 2019. It might even be better to do it in conjunction with the new chassis that's coming around in 2021 or 2022.
     
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  22. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2017/01/16/Marketing-and-Sponsorship/IndyCar.aspx
     
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  23. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Interesting, even if I didn't understand some of the social media terms.
     
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  24. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Aleshin sounds like his IndyCar career might be closing because he does not have a lot of money for funding. I think this is because of the drop in oil prices and SMP Racing is starting going to turn into LMP1 in WEC as well. It would be a damn shame as he's one of the most fun to watch and he's damn quick as well, fearless. I hope Aleshin is able to stay or he's out, it might be that Dorrbecker dude who was testing who might be in the 7 car.

    http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/137732-indycar-aleshin-in-doubt-at-spm

    Also, some good news as Pigot is good to go with ECR in the #20 car on the road/street courses. Come on Ed, hang up the helmet already...

    http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/137736-indycar-pigot-seals-ecr-road-street-deal
     
  25. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    That would really suck, Mikhail is really fun to watch. He had some really good pace down the stretch. Really had a great shot at winning Mid-Ohio and Pocono. I guess this explains the Dorrbecker test now.
     
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  26. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    NAPA signs back on with Rossi and Andretti Autosport for seven races (St. Pete, Long Beach, GP of Indy, Indy 500, Road America, Watkins Glen, Sonoma): http://www.motorsport.com/indycar/news/napa-expands-deal-with-rossi-andretti-autosport-866603/

    Carlin's IndyCar jump looking more likely for 2018 than 2017. They were apparently making a run for Aleshin but the hangup with him seems to be SMP's hesitance to back a U.S. effort. Also cites the cheaper running costs that should come along with the 2018 rule changes: http://www.motorsport.com/indycar/news/carlin-unlikely-to-enter-indycar-in-2017-866639/

    Pastor Maldonado :eek: is also in negotiations with KV Racing regarding a road course/street circuit program. Sounds like this is KV's last shot at staying on the grid: http://www.motorsport.com/indycar/news/kv-racing-in-talks-with-maldonado-866653/
     
  27. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Pastor would make a solid addition to the field. If he has money, it could save KV. I would rather see that than the team just go away.
     
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  28. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Definitely. I could see him being an occasional contender too.
     
  29. FLRacingFan

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  30. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    I think KV is done, everything is packed and the last three employees are gone.

    Damn this is upsetting, but I hope Carlin purchases the equipment. Also, I hope that Vasser continues to be involved with IndyCar as a strategist. He's one of the best in the field at it, but Kalkoven, I just don't know what else he can offer. I hope continues to be involved, but I think he's done with it. In the 14 years his team has been through hell and high water. I'm happy he was apart of the field and that '13 Indy 500 with TK was one of the best feel good stories in the past couple of years. Bourdais brought success as well proving he's still got "it".

    Going to be weird to see KV gone, but I respect the decision on both sides.

    http://www.motorsport.com/indycar/news/end-of-the-road-for-kv-racing-867314/
     
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  31. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  32. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Crew Chief

    Agreed. That sucks. Aleshin was fun to watch last year.
    Except the money, there is no reason for giving that seat to Dörrbecker. He has never competed in any significant development series.
     
  33. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

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    FLRacingFan Team Owner

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  37. FLRacingFan

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    Rule updates/modifications for the 2017 season. I have to say, I like the change to P2P becoming more of a KERS-like system.

    http://www.indycar.com/News/2017/02/02-06-Weekend-schedule-rules-changes
     
  38. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

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  39. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Friday preseason PIR test:

     
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