Marco Andretti became the third generation of his
family to drive a Formula One car. He got a one-day
Formula One test with Honda Racing F1 at Jerez
during the end of winter testing, putting in 68 laps in
Andretti was given the chance to test with Honda after
an impressive debut campaign that included a runner-
up finish at the Indianapolis 500 and seventh overall in
the drivers' standings. He was Indy Racing League's
rookie of the year.
Three-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais
also tested at Jerez Spain for Scuderia Toro Rosso.
He last tested an F1 car in 2002, for the Arrows team.
(Indianapolis) Here is the new
Champcar chassis - the Panoz DP01,
which replaces the Lola for all ten teams
This car is manufactured in Georgia, by
Elan Motorsports, who once made the
G-Force chassis for the IRL.
The series has a 15 race schedule
planned. (See 2007 Schedule),
including a trip to China. Strangely,
there is a two-month gap between the
late season races in Denver and Surfers
Additionally, the Milwaukee Mile has
also been dropped, meaning ChampCar
will not feature an oval race for the first
Jan 10 - The IRL, in keeping with it's rock 'n roll
image, has another celebrity rocker joining the
Sammy Hagar has become a co-owner of Team
KMA Racing of the Indy Pro Series. Hagar's
Cabo Wabo tequila, will be highlighted throughout
the team's Indy Pro Series operation. Team
principals for Team KMA include racing veterans
Ingo Stackerjan from Atlantic Racing and Jon
Lewis from American Spirit Racing.
I bet the team figures out a way to use Hagar's
song, "I Can't Drive 55".
Jan 30 - It's official; there will be two female race car drivers in Indycar this season.
Sarah Fisher has signed with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. Fisher raced in a few IRL races at the
end of last season. In 2005, she raced entirely in the NASCAR West Series. For several years
before that, she was the most popular driver in the IRL. Danica Patrick is the other Indycar
Dreyer & Reinbold also hired 2004 Indy 500 champion Buddy Rice to drive their 2nd car.
Buddy and Danica were team-mates at Rahal Letterman. Danica moves to Andretti-Green
Racing for 2007.
Jan 30 - F1 Testing resumed today at the Spanish circuit of Valencia where for the first time
several of the new 2007 challengers were on track together. 14 drivers from nine teams were at
work in changeable weather conditions; wet in the morning and drying out in the afternoon with
cool temperatures overall.
McLaren led the way with their new driver, reigning World Champion, Fernando Alonso.
Kimi Raikkonen had his first taste of the Ferrari and was second on the time sheet,
fractionally under a second off Alonso.
Jan 28 - In one of the most spectacular finishes in the 45-race history of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the
No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing trio of Scott Pruett, Juan Pablo Montoya and Salvador Duran
emerged on top in a three-car battle over the final hours of the race to win the season-opening event of
the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.
The No. 01 team combined to lead a race-high 468 of the 668 laps run. Montoya led 170 laps, while
Pruett spent 161 orbits at the head of the field and Duran led 137 laps in his Rolex 24 At Daytona
debut. It was the second-consecutive Rolex 24 At Daytona overall victory for Chip Ganassi Racing
with Felix Sabates, making Ganassi and Sabates the first team owners since Al Holbert in 1986 and
1987 to take back-to-back wins in the Rolex 24.
Patrick Carpentier and Darren Manning were on the 2nd place team. Jan Magnussen and Jeff
Gordon were on the 3rd place team. This was Gordon's first Daytona 24. Roberto Moreno was on
the 4th place team. Tomas Enge and Roger Yasukawa were on the 6th place team. Helio
Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr. finished in 9th. Wrecks took out the cars of Dan Wheildon, Scott
Dixon, Scott Sharp and Buddy Rice.
Latest news is at the top
Jan 31 - When you watch the Indianapolis Colts pound the Chicago Bears into submission this
Sunday in the Super Bowl, keep an eye open during the commerical breaks - Go-Daddy.com
will feature Danica Patrick in an advertisement.
|David Spade and Sammy Hagar