Discussion in 'Open Wheel Racing' started by Kiante, Jan 6, 2017.
New year, fresh thread.
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?
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.
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!
Just as I was wishing the dude with the camera had moved to another vantage point, he did.
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?
Most in Indy I believe
Most teams are in Indianapolis, Indiana.
KVSH was in Florida, the other half of AJ Enterprises in Texas, and Dale Coyne is in Illinois.
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
Supposedly we could be hearing some things from NAIAS in Detroit over the next couple of weeks.
Auto GP Formula Open champion Luis Michael Dorrbecker will test with SPM at Sebring in March. He's backed by Telmex.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IndyCar reaches back to its roots with a "Team INDYCAR" program at the Chili Bowl:
Dallara will continue supplying safety cells through the 2020 season: http://www.indycar.com/News/2017/01/01-12-Dallara-extension
Initial 2018 aero kit concepts revealed: http://www.indycar.com/News/2017/01/01-12-Car-concept-drawings
The sketches remind me of A-Ha's 'Take On Me' video of the mid-80s.
They don't appear to include a higher wind screen or other enhancement to debris protection.
Dallara deal helps price, parts regulation
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.
Interesting, even if I didn't understand some of the social media terms.
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.
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...
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.
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 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/
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.
Definitely. I could see him being an occasional contender too.
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.
Old team manager/engineer/co-owner Larry Curry looking to run Gabby Chaves in the Indy 500: http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/137789-indycar-new-team-could-run-chaves-in-500
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.
Aleshin is confirmed for the '17 season! SMP stays on to continue sponsoring the mad Russian and lets hope SPM can get a needed win, but its good to see Aleshin back, he deserves it he had a great season last year IMHO.
Tony Kanaan, 7-Eleven Reunited at Ganassi
Sage Karam teams up with Dreyer & Reinbold again for the Indy 500:
Tim Cindric will be the race strategist for Josef Newgarden this season. Also mentions that Montoya may do the GP of Indy in addition to the 500.
Rule updates/modifications for the 2017 season. I have to say, I like the change to P2P becoming more of a KERS-like system.
The Tony Stewart Foundation will sponsor SPM's third entry at the Indy 500: http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/138077-stewart-to-sponsor-third-spm-indy-500-entry
Friday preseason PIR test:
Here's a cool visor cam from graham rahal at the test.
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