A former Ferrari physician claimed this winter that there was rampant cocaine use amongst F1 drivers. The FIA suddenly chose some "random" drivers to test yesterday after practice at San Marino. They chose Jacques Villeneuve (Sauber), Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella (both Reneault). I'd like to know why they didn't choose Schumacher and Barrichello from the Ferrari team if its the Ferrari physician stirring up the gossip. What's with this idea of "random"? Why not test all the drivers, it's not like there are 10,000 drivers; only 20.
In Junqueira's rookie event in 2001 he started 20th and finished fifth. He won the pole position in 2002, led the first 32 laps but retired in 31st place with engine failure. Last year in his first Indy 500 with Newman/Haas Racing he qualified fourth despite limited practice time, led 16 laps and finished fifth. The 2004 event marked the first time for Newman/Haas Racing to have competed in the Indy 500 since 1995.
Why not let Honda, who keeps winning the Indy 500, supply pace cars one year? They should allow Toyota a chance. Might as well let their cooler brothers in too - Acura and Lexus. Might even consider Infiniti and Nissan since the junior series are powered by Infinitis. Personally I don't buy foreign cars, but I think it is only fair to allow the companys that suppply the engines and sponsor some of the races, to get some of that special Indy 500 advertising. I would like more variety in the pace cars too.
I have no clue how IMS chooses their pace car drivers. This year the honor goes to General Colin Powell. My nieces were wishing for Van Diesel.
The hippies are still reigning in Formula One. Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli repeated their last performance at the Bahrain GP Sunday by finishing 1-2 respectively. Michael Schumacher debuting his new Ferrari but fell out of the race after 12 laps.
Ok, the above was a April Fools joke. But now that I've thought about it I think the smartest thing Tony George could do right now is to hire Jeff Gordon full-time as a driver for his new team. I don't care how much money it takes, it is a sure way to get a whole lot of people checking out the IRL!
"We are going to do a few days of oval testing to try to get our program sorted out, and since the other two road course events aren't until later in the year, hopefully we'll have some time to get our road course car put together and tested before then," Dana said. "I started out in road racing up in Canada so I'm really excited that the series is going in this direction. It's frustrating to have to sit out one of the early events, but we've gotten such a late start to the season we've got to pick our battles a little bit."
Schmidt's team is the defending champion of the Infiniti Pro Series, having won six races and nine poles in 2004. Hearn, 34, finished third in the 1996 Indianapolis 500 and was sixth in 2002 in a Schmidt car. This will be his sixth Indy start and his fourth consecutive start with Schmidt.
With roots firmly planted in bands such as the Faces, Aerosmith, and early Stones, the Black Crowes have steadfastly retained their blues-based sound, despite the fact that many of their contemporaries are adopting a more sonic approach. Critics may find fault with the band’s outrageous public behavior, but it has always guaranteed them plenty of headlines. Quite fearlessly, the band (Chris Robinson, vocals; brother Rich Robinson, guitars, vocals; Steve Gorman, drums; Eddie Harsh, keyboards; Sven Pipien, bass; Audley Freed, guitars while touring) has openly supported the pro-marijuana organization, NORML. As singer Chris Robinson puts it: “Some guys know how to party, and some just don’t!”
Whatever. These guys are has-beens. I would have chosen Jet to play at Carb Day if I were Tony. I guess Tony's getting old.
Carb Day this year is on a Friday, May 27th. The concert is free to all the people who attend Carb Day. This is the last day the racers will be practicing on the track before the race. After practice there is the pit-stop competition, followed by the concert (around 4 p.m.)
Mo Nunn Racing is hiring Adrian Fernandez to race in the Indy 500. Fernandez owns an IRL team, but he isn't racing since he lost his personal Mexican sponsers. Instead, Scott Sharp and Kosuke Matsuura are racing for his team. Has a team owner ever competed against his own team for another team before?!
It appears Jean better behave!
The hippies are the fastest in Formula One!
Barrichello gave up near the end as he felt his tires were about wore out. It's too bad they cannot change tires now. It's part of the plan to slow the cars to make them safer. But how safe is it when the driver has to decide to drop out of the race because his tires have deteriorated to the point that it is scaring him?
Giancarlo Fisichella slid up into Mark Webber as Webber passed him. His tires tangled and he got jerked around pretty good and almost flipped over. Otherwise Renault is looking strong this year.
[The track was paved with 3.2 million bricks in 1909. Most of the bricks, except the middle portion of the main straightaway, were paved over with asphalt by 1939. In 1961, the main straightaway was finally paved with asphalt, and the "Yard of Bricks" tribute was established.]
Some interesting comments were made by FIA chief Max Mosley. He claimed Stoddart was naive and was being used by rival team bosses.
My, my. Those Europeans are some cut-throat son of a guns.
That is what the IRL announced today. I suppose the Ethanol industry will be playing some type of sponsorship role. They say there will be no performance difference. I say, then why only use 10% Ethanol?! Ethanol probably does make sense though since its cleaner and helps save our fossil fuel supplies. I probably can't tell too much of a difference unless I'm at the track running quarter miles - and then I try to use 110 octane race gas anyway.
Meanwhile, Nascar is still using 110 octage LEADED gasoline even though some extreme environmentalist, including the Clean Air Trust, have been complaining. While leaded gas was phased out in the U.S. during the 70's and 80's, Congress exempted the aviation and racing industries from the lead ban in 1990.
Note: Penske driver Sam Hornish, Jr. is suffering from tendonitis in his right wrist.
The Red Bull RB-1:
The Renault R24:
(There are more pictures of the new F1 cars scattered further down this page.)
George announced today the formation of his own race team. He is buying Kelley Racing and renaming the team Vision Racing. He has hired Larry Curry as team manager and his step-son Ed Carpenter as driver. His team will also participate in the Infiniti Pro Series with Jay Drake, the 2004 USAC National sprint car champ, behind the wheel.
As I've stated before, I don't think a race series should be ran by team owners or you end up with the mess that was CART. Of course George is no longer the president of the IRL, but he's still president of IMS. He says though that he is not going to be involved in running the team, but just try to find them a sponsor. Since a 1-car team doesn't pose much competition to the big teams, I don't think we'll hear other team owners complaining of unfair advantages for Vision Racing - too much.
I imagine of formost concern for George is that he is providing his son with a means to race. Secondly, the IRL needs all the cars they can get. I think however that these 3 and 4-car teams have too much of an advantage. The IRL would have a fairer distribution of money if there were a rule limiting a maximum of 2 cars per team. Of course if all teams ran 4 cars, that would be fair and we'd have a higher car count as well.
This 29-year-old former mechanic and motorsports journalist from St. Louis won the 1996 Bridgestone Racing School Mechanics Championship. He then moved up to FF1600 and, with backing from Gerald Forsythe, he moved into the FF2000 ranks in 2001. He moved to the Infiniti Pro Series in 2003 where he drove for two different teams.
Hemelgarn Racing won the first "IRL" Indy 500 in 1996 with Buddy Lazier.
OTHER 2005 IRL RULE CHANGES FOR ALL VENUES:
Change to Trackside Fuel Tank Volume
The race, which will be the third of 17 events on the 2005 IndyCar® Series schedule, will mark the first-ever IndyCar Series race run on a non-oval track.
The race is owned and promoted by Andretti Green Promotions, LLC. Led by Barry Green, who will serve as the managing director of the event, Andretti Green Promotions, LLC is focused on continuing the steady growth and increasing popularity of the IndyCar Series as it makes its debut into street racing.
Three IRL teams are apparently using the Panoz chassis this year: Chip Ganassi Target Racing, Super Aguri Fernandez Racing, and Rahal Letterman Racing which used the car to win the Indy 500 last year.
Buddy Rice (IRL)
Helio Castroneves (IRL)
Matt Kenseth (Nascar)
Kurt Busch (Nascar)
Mark Martin (Nascar)
Sebastien Bourdais (Champ Car)
Steve Kinser (WoO)
Danny Lasoski (WoO)
Bobby Hamilton (Craftsman Truck)
Max Papis (Grand American Road Racing)
Scott Pruett (Grand American Road Racing)
Martin Truex Jr. (Busch)
Nine of the 12 drivers in this year's IROC field have raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The new BAR 007 has a unique front wing which dips below the nose, almost touching the ground.
Toyota's 3rd attempt - the TF105
Sauber's C24 - We'll see Jacques Villeneuve driving one of these.
Here is a recent photo of Mark Webber. I hope this isn't the new Williams BMW.
Enge is a 28 y/o from the Czech Republic. In 1996 Enge won the German Formula Ford Championship and the following year competed with the Opel BSR team in the German Formula 3 Championship. In 1999 he made his debut in Sports Cars competing at Sebring and Road Atlanta in a Rafanelli Riley & Scott prototype. 2000 saw Enge break into F1 when he became a test driver for Jordan. He competed in 3 F1 races in 2001. He raced in F3000 in 2001 and 2002 where he finished 3rd both times. There was a controversy in 2002 at the Hungaroring over some drug test that he didn't pass. None the less, he won the race. In 2003 he won the GTS class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Peter Kox and Prodrive Ferrari.
Briscoe is a product of the Toyota Driver Academy and won the 2001 Italian Formula Renault championship with five victories and six poles in 10 races. In 2002, in addition as a test driver for the Toyota Formula 1 team, Briscoe competed in the German F-3 championship and the F-3000 championship. In 2003, the young Australian dominated the Formula 3 Euroseries with eight victories. His entire 2004 season was spent devoted to the Formula 1 test role for Toyota.
Ganassi had originally hired Tony Renna as their third driver, but he was killed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway testing on his first day of work.
Oklahoma Chili Bowl Midget Nationals:
Wednesday Night Qualifiers:
Thursday Night Qualifiers:
Friday Night Qualifiers:
There are 257 entries this year from 27 States plus Oz and New Zealand. Also competing is Kasey Kahne, WoO RunnerUp Danny Lasoski, USAC Sprint Car champion Jay Drake, 2-time Chili winners Dan Boorse and Cory Kruseman, New Zealand phenom Michael Pickens, USAC Midget champion Bobby East, USAC/CRA champion Rip Williams, Dave Darland, and two-time National Midget Driver of the Year Aaron Fike.
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