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Formed in late 1997, Panther remains one of the most successful teams in the Indy Racing League’s history, with 15 race victories and two championships. The currently employ drivers Tomas Scheckter and Tomas Enge.
First off, young Alonso is with a quick team already. McLaren hasn't won a championship since 1999. When things are all working correctly, McLaren Mercedes probably had the best car, but they didn't win the championship because too often their cars were breaking down. In racing, I will always choose the lucky ones over the good ones. McLaren has definately been unlucky in 05. Alonso shouldn't switch before McLaren has shown they've turned it around.
Secondly, McLaren already has two of the best drivers around - Raikkonen and Montoya. Do they think Alonso is more talented than those two?! He may be as good, but he's definately not as experienced. I think he's just been lucky. Perhaps Ron Dennis prefers lucky to good as well.
But why announce it now?! What will this do to Alonso next season when he knows he is racing against his future team? Will Renault lessen their support of him? And at McLaren, there is already plenty of competition between Kimi and Juan Pablo, who needs more? You've got to assume that the boy on his way out will be the Columbian. This is bound to mess with his mind all of next season. Look what Villeneuve did when he heard BAR was going to let him go - he dropped out of F1 immediately and didn't finish the last race of the year.
Perhaps Ferrari will get their act together again and it won't even matter! Oh well... time will tell. It should be interesting for us fans next year.
Woodham joins Ryan Newman as Hoosiers to receive the honor. Woodham compiled an astounding 200 feature wins, four national titles, six track championships and 14 track records over a five-year period in Quarter Midgets. He is planning to move up to 600cc Mini-Sprints next year.
His son Marco, 19, is moving up to Indycars from the Infiniti Pro Series in '06. Perhaps this is the reason Michael if giving Indy another shot. Maybe he can better help his kid if he's actually out there racing. Michael and his father Mario race against each other in Indycars for around a decade. Of course Mario raced much longer than most drivers; I think he was 54 when he retired.
F1 management replied that the competing teams have asked to have just one tire supplier and that they were going to force the issue in 2008. They claim having just 1 tire supplier will result in lowered costs and be more fair. Then for good measure they threw in a barb about the 2005 U.S. grand prix.
This brings up a question - "Will there finally be a foreign Pace Car in the Indy 500?" The pace cars have always been provided by American car companys, but next year the only participating car manufacturer will be Honda.
Over their three years (49 races) of competition in the IndyCar series, Toyota won one manufacturers' championship with Scott Dixon taking the drivers' title in 2003. Toyota powered cars to 17 race victories and 22 poles.
Williams F1 has switched from BMW to Cosworth power. Their new 20 y/o driver, Nico Rosberg, is the son of 1982 F1 champ Keke Rosberg.
Sauber has switched from Ferrari to BMW power.
Jordan F1 was purchased and renamed "Midland F1". They will be using Toyota power.
Red Bull purchased another team - Minardi. They changed the name to "Scuderia Toro Rosso".
They suggest that a complete ban on non-emergency cell phone use by drivers would save something around $43 billion annually.
The new deal with the Fox, Speed, TNT and ESPN/ABC networks represents an increase over Nascar's current six-year, $2.4 billion pact with NBC, Fox and others that expires after 2006. A source familiar with the situation valued the new deal at $4.48 billion over the eight year term.
The final 17 Nextel Cup races will be broadcast on ABC or ESPN, the networks tha broadcast Indycar. With the shortening of the IRL season, ABC now conveniently has the IRL season ending Sunday September 10 and the NASCAR Chase beginning the following Sunday, September 17.
ABC's NASCAR coverage begins Sunday July 23 at Pocono and the IRL package doesn't end until 7 weeks later, there are only two weekends that the IRL and NASCAR races occur on the same day and those don't occur at the same time. ABC, by starting their NASCAR coverage with 17 races remaining, will also broadcast the Indianapolis Brickyard 400 August 8 and Bristol August 26, two of NASCAR’s highest rated races, and neither conflict with an IRL race date.
BENELUX: Christijan Albers (HOL/F1) + François Duval (BEL/WRC).
CVC also acquired the 48 percent stake held by Bayerische Landesbank of Germany, Ecclestone added.
CVC in July raised €6 billion, or $7 billion, to create one of Europe's biggest buyout funds.
Ecclestone, a British billionaire who used to control 25 percent, will remain chief executive of Formula One. Financial terms were not disclosed.
By Kurt Van der Dussen
At long last the racing season is over and it's time to rate the top 10 drivers from across the sport.
And it shouldn't take a lot of brainpower to figure out that Tony Stewart deserves to be the Driver of the Year.
And not just because he won his second NASCAR Nextel Cup title. In the most competitive series there is, his final stats were five wins, 17 top-fives and 25 top-10s. He scored the most points in the regular season and the most in the Chase.
But he also finally won the war against himself. Moving back to Columbus probably was worth more than all that counseling.
No. 2 in turn has to be Indy Racing League champ Dan Wheldon. He won the title in overpowering style with six wins, including the Indianapolis 500. That's right, Dan, not Danica, won Indy for you casual readers.
No. 3 is F1 champ Fernando Alonso. He ended Michael Schumacher's world championship streak at five. He wasn't F1's fastest driver and didn't have the fastest car - Kiki Raikkonen was and did - but he was solid and consistent in becoming the youngest world champ.
No. 4 is Carl Edwards who as a Nextel Cup rookie won four races and finished third for the title. He also made a run at the Busch title as well. This kid is a likely future multiple Cup champ.
No. 5 is the afore-cited Raikkonen, who was the F1 season's brightest star even if Alonso won the title. He tied Alonso with seven wins and lost two or three others and the title to sheer rotten luck. He must be the favorite for the crown in 2006 and the measure of his ability is that Ferrari lusts to sign him to succeed Schumi when he retires, perhaps in 2007.
No. 6 is Greg Biffle, who led the Cup series with six wins and had 15 top-fives and 21 top-10s. He looks likely to add a Cup title to his Craftsman Truck and Busch titles in the future.
No. 7 is Steve Kinser. Ho-hum. All he did was win a 20th World of Outlaws title, and at an age when very few drivers are even strapping into a car, much less winning races. But he'd better look over his shoulder because son Kraig already is his most formidable challenger.
No. 8 is Max Angelelli, a driver most of you never have heard of. But he's the champ of the fast-growing and very competitive Rolex Sports Car Series, and his driving style is so aggressive rivals call him Max the Axe.
No. 9 is young Sebastian Bourdais. He won his second straight Champ Car title - a crown of modest value, to be sure. But he also won an IROC race and no less than Mark Martin says a Cup team should sign the young Frenchman because he could cut the mustard in NASCAR. Why the Renault F1 team has not signed him is baffling.
Finally, No. 10 is Jimmie Johnson. Yes, he failed for the third straight year to win the Cup. But he's the only guy in position to win it the last three years, too. And his four wins included another Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte, while his 22 top-10 finishes were second only to Stewart.
As for Danica Patrick, if a female driver ought to be on the list, it would be British lass Katherine Legge, who won three races in the tough Formula Atlantic series from which Bobby Rahal plucked Patrick last winter for fame and fortune without having won so much as one race.
However, Wheldon will be driving for Chip Ganassi Racing next year.
Naturally, the question arises why Wheldon would leave a winning power-house team like Andretti-Green. He claims that he was ready for a change and that he did not find the right situation in F1, so he has signed with Ganassi.
Ganassi has not had their normal good luck this past year. They are not resigning Ryan Briscoe and they will run a two-car team next season.
In the mid eighties Newey was chief designer for MarchF1 and then technical director for Leyton House. In 1990 he moved to Williams and the cars he designed between 1990 and 1997 for the Grove outfit won four drivers' titles and five constructors' championships.
Newey then joined McLaren and produced cars that won the constructors' in 1998 and gave Mika Hakkinen two consecutive drivers' titles in '98 and '99. He was nearly enticed to join Jaguar -- which was taken over by Red Bull -- in 2001 but shortly after Jaguar announced his signing, McLaren retaliated by stating that Newey was staying put.
Update: Rousch Racing has consequently suspended him from driving in the last two races of the year. Kurt moves to Penske Racing next year.
In the Race of Champions, Wheldon will represent the IRL against top drivers from all of the world’s other major forms of motorsports – Formula One, World Rally, NASCAR, sports cars, Champ Car, GP2, Rally Raid and DTM – in a unique event. Drivers will compete on an asphalt course in France’s national soccer stadium before more than 60,000 fans, driving a Citroen Xsara WRC car, Porsche 911 GT3 sports car and Race of Champions off-road buggy in heat races.
The heats will eliminate drivers until two drivers square off in a race to determine the champion. Race of Champions drivers also will compete for the Nations Cup, representing their home country.
Other drivers scheduled to compete in Paris are Formula One stars David Coulthard and Felipe Massa, four-time Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon, World Rally champions Sebastian Loeb, Marcus Gronholm and Colin McRae, motocross champion Travis Pastrana, Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais, Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, DTM and former Formula One star Jean Alesi, GP2 standouts Heikki Kovalainen and Nelson Piquet Jr., DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom and Rally Raid star Stephane Peterhansel.
IRL drivers Helio Castroneves, Dan Wheldon and Roger Yasukawa competed as did F1 drivers Christian Klien, Christijan Albers and Antonio Pizzonia.
In a move to bolster support for the Infiniti Pro Series, the IRL will award an extra test day for every four IPS races that an IRL team competes in so that a team could earn up to 3 extra test days. However, the IPS driver must perform half of the testing duties in the IRL car on those extra test days.
An exciting new "knockout" qualifying format will be used to determine the starting lineup for the 2006 United States Grand Prix on July 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and for the rest of 2006 Formula One season.
Pending final approval from the FIA World Council, the one-hour qualifying session will be split into three parts on the Saturday of each Grand Prix weekend. Each of the three parts will contain multiple drivers on track simultaneously turning as many laps as they want, a change from the single-car, one-lap qualifying system used from 2003-2005.
An element of suspense and pit strategy remains entwined in the new qualifying format as the top 10 cars must qualify with the amount of fuel with which they plan to start the race.
In other pending rules changes, the rule limiting a driver to a single set of tires for qualifying and the race will be dropped, and in 2006 drivers will be allowed to change tires but will be limited to seven sets (28 tires) of dry-weather tires during the weekend.
Patrick, who came away from the crash with a sore left elbow, and Lazier, who was not injured, came together and both spun and slammed hard into the wall. Each blamed the other for the crash that set up the dramatic finish. It looked like Lazier did drift up and into Patrick's rear tire.
"That's not the way I wanted to finish my season," Patrick said. "I was on my radio all day about him. He was all over the track even when he was running by himself. No wonder he jumps around from team to team. Needless to say, I'm pretty frustrated."
Lazier said Patrick was the one at fault for continually pinching his car down in the corners.
"She didn't want to give me any room," Lazier said.
Running a pink paint scheme in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness didn't change Target/Ganassi Racing's luck because Lazier's crash was unofficially the 28th of the season for the team. Steve Chassey, an insurance executive who raced Indy cars in the 1970s and '80s, estimated Ganassi's crash damage tab for the season is higher than for the entire Champ Car World Series field.
This was Peter Sauber's last F1 race as team principal. He is handing off control to BMW who gained majority control of the stock. Sauber was in Formula One for 13 years.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) president Robert Clarke said, "We welcome competition but understand we may be the only ones involved," once Chevrolet leaves after tomorrow's Toyota Indy 400 and Toyota itself departs after the 2006 campaign. We are prepared to supply the entire IndyCar Series field [with leased engines at the same fixed cost to all teams] and feel it is crucial that everyone is supplied equal equipment. Our relationship with Ilmor (who assisted Honda and HPD in their initial entry into the League) has been mutually beneficial. It ends at the close of the 2006 season but we are in discussion to continue our agreement with Ilmor."
The driver complement was also confirmed, although not to which teams they will be assigned. David Coutlhard has already signed for the Red Bull team and the others are Christian Klien, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Scott Speed and Neel Jani.
won the IRL Championship and the Indy 500 in 2005
with a Honda-powered Dallara
Danica Patrick clinched the Rookie of the Year honors.
In the driver's interviews after the race, I was surprised to hear Alonso say, "I think I came from a country with no traditions in Formula One and, you know, I fought alone, basically, because I had no help from anyone for all of my career. I arrived in Formula One thanks to the results in my previous categories and thanks to my sponsors and now I think this title is the maximum I can achieve in my life, in my career, and it is thanks to three or four people, no more than that." A little different than the average winners interviews where they thank their team and family, etc.
Says Al sr, "Between the three of us - Bobby, Al (Jr.) and I and (nephew) Johnny Unser, we could probably fill three museums. We'll pick certain items that will showcase racing - like the Indy room and Pikes Peak - and then two other rooms that will be made up of different cars like hot rods and street rods. Then there's a place called Jerry's Garage, which will honor my father because he's the one who got us going in this."
A suitable date was not found for Phoenix International (good riddance!) or California Speedway and they've been dropped.
He said the accelerometer in Briscoe's helmet registered in excess of 150g's on impact and "that much force against the shoulders is bound to cause breakage and Ryan also sustained damage to his T1 and T2 discs" in the lower back. These injuries were in addition to concussion, singed eyebrows and bruises to both of his knees.
Brown expects Ryan Briscoe to be sidelined for a minimum of 6-8 weeks, which would take him out of commission for the balance of the season, which resumes next weekend on the Watkins Glen International road course.
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10th place Ryan Newman is only 45 points out of first place.
The show, which features the “greatest buildings and machines ever created,” according to the National Geographic Channel Web site, will be rebroadcast at 11 p.m. (EDT) Sept. 13 and at 5 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 14.
Apparently the Indy Racing League's scrutineers found a "post-qualifying technical infraction" for all three Target Chip Ganassi Racing team cars and threw Briscoe, Scott Dixon and Jaques Lazier to the rear of the 23-car field.
No precise explanation was given concerning the infraction involved.
The disqualification gives Danica Patrick her third Marlboro Pole Award in the 15th race of the 2005 season, tying her with Tomas Scheckter for most poles in a rookie season.
Just call Patrick the lucky lady; her first two poles came when qualifying was rained out and the grid was based on the combined practice times.
Teammate Buddy Rice starts alongside Patrick and all other qualifiers move up one spot in the starting lineup.
Interestingly, the person who has the pole position for the Infiniti Pro Series race at Chicago is Sarah McCune. This is her first IPS race! This weekend the IRL has two women on the pole. Wow.
Five years after opening Mo Nunn Racing, Morris decided closure was the best route for him and held a two-day auction to rid himself of the accoutrements of his most recent incarnation. Never the sentimentalist, everything went. The team's final campaign came during this year's Indianapolis 500 as a collaborative effort with Fernandez Racing and that team's co-owner Adrian Fernandez.
The earliest a motorcycle race could be held is 2007, although a more likely scenario is 2009 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the track's opening, which, coincidentally, was a motorcycle race.
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