1. Kanaan excited for Rolex 24 opportunity 2. Texas Motor Speedway undergoing repave, reconfiguring of Turns 1-2 3. Daly looks to win vote to join Hinchcliffe at Race Of Champions 4. Racing legend Jones auctioning unique autographed helmets 5. Rahal enjoys cool fun at Bridgestone Winter Classic 6. Rickards joins Carlin for 2017 Indy Lights season
by Brian Carroccio My colleague Pete McCole will be handling the NASCAR side of things for 2016. So, what follows is the AutoRacing1 2016 Year in Review for open wheel/formula car racing with some sports cars and rallycross sprinkled in. In this article we cover some lessons from 2016, Driver of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Race of the Year, Best Return of the year, Best Car of the Year, Worst Career Trajectory, Most Bizarre Race of the Year, Most Disappointing Title Defense, PR Move of the Year, The Craziest Finish, The Biggest S***show, The Feel Good Comeback Story of the Year, and Goodbyes.
Advantage cemented in for 2017 AutoRacing1.com experts believe the IndyCar aero kit freeze for 2017 will give Team Penske and the rest of the Chevy teams a guaranteed advantage for 2017. The edge came from aero kit supplier Chevrolet's superiority over rival Honda, and with no changes allowed for 2017, that advantage is locked in for another whole year with no chance Honda can try and catch up. What a gift to Chevy that was from IndyCar.
Q&A session with media Participants Michael Andretti - Team Owner Hank Steinbrenner - Chairman of NY Yankees George Steinbrenner IV - principal Steinbrenner Racing Colton Herta - #98 Indy Lights driver
INDY Earlier today Chip Ganassi Racing announced that Max Chilton will return to the team and will again race the No. 8 IndyCar with sponsorship from Arthur J. Gallagher - returning to Chip Ganassi Racing for a second season in the Verizon IndyCar Series. He will again team with Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball.
Heartbreak loss in final round of Dancing with the Stars Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe finished runner-up on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars, the hit celebrity dance competition show that airs on INDYCAR’ S partner network ABC. James finished second from 13 original celebrity competitors, with Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez taking home the prize as the champion.
IndyCar media conference Two young drivers, Carlos Munoz and Conor Daly, have been hired to drive the No. 14 and No. 4 (not 41) ABC Supply Dallaras in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The No. 4 team will be based in A.J. Foyt's Speedway, Indiana race shop. One aspect that isn't changing is the team's red, white and blue colors because sponsor ABC Supply has renewed its contract with the Texas-based team for another two years.
by Lucille Dust In our Part 2 of our 2-part series, today we are going to explore the expanding world of Dallara's Headquarters in Italy. Driving into the facility, you can see half of the buildings are obstructed by construction equipment moving earth and a few small trees. There is a new building being constructed in front of the current buildings that will be used for various uses. Much to our disappointment, we were not even allowed to peek at the secret wind tunnel.
Hildebrand hired to replace Newgarden On today's IndyCar media teleconference were Team owner/driver Ed Carpenter and JR Hildebrand. Last Friday, Ed Carpentier Racing announced it would welcome back driver JR Hildebrand as the full-time driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet beginning in 2017. JR Hildebrand and team owner Ed Carpenter, who will drive the No. 20 entry on the oval courses in 2017 were available to answer questions from the media.
by Lucille Dust Hello from Italy! It is not unusual for me to report from a race track or a race event. But this time it was off to Italy and a tour of the Dallara factory in Varano de Melegari near Parma, Italy where IndyCars are designed and manufactured. My goal is to give you an inside look about what is happening at Dallara and how things works within their company. We arrived early for our appointment. As we were sitting in the reception area, a familiar gentleman walked by us and stopped as he recognized us from the IndyCar series.
After serving as an integral part of the Ed Carpenter Racing organization over the past three years during the Month of May, JR Hildebrand will return to full-time Indy car competition in 2017. The 28-year-old has joined ECR as the driver of the No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet for the entirety of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. "Honestly, I just couldn't be more ready to get started!" stated Hildebrand. "I've been close to, but still outside of, this role for long enough to really understand and embrace the opportunity to be back in the Verizon IndyCar Series full-time."
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