Michael Andretti got into a crash with Gil de Ferran when Gil tried to pass him. Gil had to go to the hospital with a concussion and a fracture in his lower back. He will be sitting out the Japan race in order to get healed up for Indy. Alex Barron will be filling in for him in Japan.
The big story at the F1 race in Malaysia was the fact that the Renaults started on the front row! Fernando Alonso won the pole position beside his teammate Jarno Trulli. Fernando is the youngest driver to ever capture pole as well as the only Spanish driver to do so.
Michael Schumacher collided with Jarno Trulli in the second turn on the first lap. His race was further hurt when he had to replace a nose cone and THEN got a drive through penalty. He managed to work his way to finish in 6th. His brother had a good drive finishing in 4th, after having started in 17th.
Kimi Raikonnen, won his first grand prix at the age of 23. This was the McLaren driver's 36th grand prix. I was really bummed that I didn't get to see this race. My vcr goofed up while I was down in Tennessee at the Nascar race. (Dan's Bristol pictures)
Not only that, but all you race fans can come out and check out the IRL's new feeder series for no more than the normal price for an IRL practice day - $5! And of course you'll probably get to see the big cars out practicing before their last chance of qualifying for the Indy 500!
The feeder series for - the second weekend of qualifications will see the IRL's Infiniti Pro Series
While the top 8 qualifiers at Homestead had Dallara chassis, Scott drove a Panoz G-Force to victory!
Scott Sharp was fastest yesterday in practice at 204 mph around the 1.5 mile oval. He joined Ed Carpenter today as men who have made contact with the outside wall today.
His younger brother's IRL career had been blossoming sinec 2000 as he jumped from one team to another before landing the awesome Menard ride in 2002. Four races later and he broke his back at the Nazareth race. Jaques Lazier had to sit out the rest of the season. Rookie Vitor Meira filled in for him for the final four races and won the pole at Texas! Vitor is from Brazil and he did an awesome job. John Menard had a problem. Did he stick with this new younger talent who looked like he might be as good or better than Jaques, or go with his more experienced original driver and hope he was over his injury. I am happy to see that he has decided to give Jaques the ride. Things are tight, good drivers are out of work, and if he didn't give Jaques another chance, who would? Vitor has not been discarded however. He will be the test driver this year for the engineering partnership group between Team Menard and Red Bull Cheever Racing.
It was looking doubtful if Bradley Motorsports would survive, but they have gotten a G-Force with Toyota power and hired Jeff Ward!!
Greg "choke" Ray also landed a job with the new Access Motorsports Team. I was sorry to see that this team did not go with the new Falcon chassis as they'd originally planned. They'll be using a G-Force chassis with a Honda engine. I guess Falcon was behind in getting a chassis together in time. No team will be starting the season with one. I hope they can hang around long enough for some teams to try their car.
COMBINED MONDAY PRACTICE:
COMBINED TUESDAY PRACTICE
Butch Meyer (General Manager, Team Menard): “It went great for us. We have a new car, and we are learning a lot about it. When we come back to race in a week and a half, I think we are going to be very competitive. The announcement of the driver will be made in the next few days. John Menard will make that announcement.”
Sam Hornish Jr blames their slow start to the fact that they are a one-car team and it would help to have another car providing feedback on the race setup of these new cars.
RJR has been the title sponsor since 1971, when the company came into the sport as manufacturers were leaving. Many have considered Winston to be a saving grace to NASCAR, establishing a points fund and pumping millions of dollars into the sport.
1. Tony Kanaan - Honda power
2. Scott Dixon - Toyota power
3. Gil de Ferran - Toyota
4. Helio Castroneves - Toyota
5. Kenny Brack - Honda
6. Felipe Giaffone - Toyota
7. Tomas Scheckter - Toyota
8. Dario Franchitti - Honda
9. Scott Sharp - Toyota
10. Michael Andrettie - Honda
11. Roger Yasukawa - Honda
12. Sam Hornish, Jr. - Chevrolet
It will be televised tonight on ESPN2. Buddy Rice hit the wall today and Mark Taylor made contact back on Thursday.
22 IRL guys practiced at Fontana, a 2 mile D-shaped oval on Tuesday.
California Fastest Laps
Next, the teams all flew to Arizona and tested on the 1-mile Phoenix oval.
Phoenix 1st day Fastest Laps
Now that Bobby's coaching in Foyt's home state of Texas, the two met up at a recent game where Knight's Texas Tech team lost to Texas A&M. After the game was over, Bobby invited A.J. in to help him give those boys a talkin' to! I'd sure love to have seen that.
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Scott Mayer will be the PDM driver this season.
Shoring things up monetarily in the #5 car will be the Japanese company, Epson. Naturally, Shigeaki Hattori is part of the deal. I think this team will qualify for the biggest gap in driver age (18 & 39).
I wonder what will become of Airton Dare. I wonder if he's gotten married yet. I heard he was engaged.
Murray Walker said I'm extremely sorry to hear this news. It was a brave, enterprising and laudable effor on Bernie's part to provide a better-quality product. That product is now going to be denied - not only to people who are prepared to pay the digital premium, but also to the vast majority of ITV viewers who were hoping to watch digital images as well. At a time when improved TV coverage is desperately needed, sadly, it will be getting worse."
Mauro's car crossed into incoming traffic Thursday night in Golden, about 10 miles west of Denver, state Trooper Ron Watkins said.
Both Mauro, 92, and Christopher Basinski, 17, were killed. A 16-year-old passenger in Basinski's car was injured, authorities said.
Mauro usually drove a couple blocks every day to drop off bank receipts from the driving school but rarely drove on the interstate, said Mauro's nephew Richard Lammers, who runs the school.
"I don't think he's been on I-70 for 20 years. We don't know how he got there," Lammers said. "It's a tragic accident. We feel for ourselves and the other parties involved."
Mauro raced for years in the Midwest, using the name "Jack Morris" for a time so his parents wouldn't know he was racing. He competed in the Indy 500 in 1948, finishing eighth behind winner Mauri Rose. Mauro founded the driving school in the late 1950s.
Also, the Daytona 500 has announced that John Travolta will be grand marshal and Mariah Carey will sing the national anthem. Why can't the Indy 500 get a decent line-up? I mean, yeah, John Mellencamp is cool, but come on, he lives down the street and everyone around Indianapolis and Bloomington has seen him like 50 times. Most people didn't know who the guy they got to be grand marshal of the Indy 500 last year was. Coincidentally, I finally saw this guy in a movie just last night. It was a some chick flick that was so lame I wanted to puke.
Who do I recomend for grand marshal? Well, not Ozzy Osborne!.
Also, Today's date is 1/2/3!
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