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 the RA106-02.

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.
JANUARY 2007
Indy Speedway News Index
New 2007 Champ Car Panoz Chassis - front view
New 2007 Champ Car Panoz Chassis - side view
(Indianapolis)  Here is the new Champcar
chassis
- the Panoz DP01, which replaces the
Lola for all ten teams this year.  

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 Paradise,

Additionally, the Milwaukee Mile has also been
dropped, meaning ChampCar will not feature
an oval race for the first time.
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RACE NEWS & VIEWS
Sebastien Bourdais tests Toro Rosso F1 race car
Jan 10 - The IRL, in keeping with it's rock 'n roll image, has
another celebrity rocker joining the ranks.

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".        
               (Shown at right is Hagar with
David Spade.)
David Spade has as a drink with Sammy Hagar
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 lady.

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.
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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
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