APRIL 2007
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RACE NEWS & VIEWS
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April 1 - St Petersburg Florida - Helio Castroneves will
start on the pole for tomorrow's race.  

Darren Manning qualifies the Foyt Enterprises car in 5th.

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Tomas Scheckter  at the St Pete Grand Prix
Luxurious yachts line up in the Bay to watch the IndyCar grand
prix in Florida.  A certain 150 footer is owned by
Roger Penske.
April 1, 2007 - The FIA has made some Formula One rule changes to driver aids for next year.  They will
provide a standard ECU for all the cars.  The thinking is that this will prevent cheating when
Traction Control is
banned.

Also outlawed in 2008 will be the use of systems which help the drivers locate the clutch bite point prior to the
start of a race.
RACE NOTES

April 1, 2007 - 79 degrees and sunny, with wind.  Race start at
2:45 p.m.

1st lap or two,
Jeff Simmons hit and knocked out Kosuke
Matsuura
for the 2nd week in a row.  Simmons has no business
in IndyCar.  The caution period lasted till lap 7.  Did Matsuura  just
cuss on live ESPN?

Pitstops lap 31

Dan Wheldon in first place

Helio bumped Wheldon out of the way on restart.  Helio thought
Dan's been blocking him in turn 4.  Helio would go on to lead most
of the day.

Vitor Meira lost 3rd,  takes it in to the barrier on lap 37 - full
course yellow.
Got restarted, lost half his front wing, trying to stay on lead lap.  
(Limps through rest of race.)  Marco Andretti decides to come in
for fuel and 4 tires.

Same Team crash - Ed Carpenter ran into Anthony Foyt and got
air-born, spun an stalled on lap 45.  Ed's  out.   Went from Local
yellow to full course yellow
Sam Hornish, Jr. had climbed to 3rd, but on lap 65, an error,
locking up tires into turn, let 4 cars past

Manning pit on green on lap 66.

Darren Manning was doing great, up in 4th a lot, but then his
back-end got loose and spun on lap 75 of 100.  His qualifying
position was the best Foyt Enterprises has done since 2001.

On lap 89,
Sarah Fisher began to get lapped by the leaders.  
Sarah is on the Dreyer & Reinbold team.  This is her first time
turning right in an IndyCar, her goal was to finish, and she did.

Danica Patrick, in 9th, is behind her teammates (3rd, 4th, 5th)
and she is directly behind her old team-mate,
Buddy Rice, who
is on the less-well-funded Dreyer & Reinbold team, on lap 93

Helio Castroneves had gearbox problems at the end, but won
the race for the second year in a row.  Helio said he did not hit
Wheldon on purpose.  
"It happened right when they were going green."

Scott Dixon took 2nd place.

Tony Kanaan did well to finish 3rd, after a forced spin early in
the race.  Kanaan wrecked the car yesterday in a powerful
crash.  Los Lobos played at the track last night, while Kanaan's
team began work to repair the car.
IRL IndyCar - St Petersburg Grand Prix
Helio Castroneves started the St. Pete g.p. from the pole position, and he won the race
Race Results/ Statistics
April 8 - The Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix started with Ferrari's Felipe Massa on
the pole.  Right behind him was his team-mate,
Kimi Raikkonen.  Next to them sat the
two McLaren's, with
Fernando Alonso in front of Lewis Hamilton.

Both McLaren's were able to take the lead by the first couple of turns.  Alonso had the
lead at the first turn.   Hamilton had followed Alonso up the inside and fought side by side
with Massa for a few turns before taking 2nd place.  Hamilton fought all day with the red
Ferrari's in his rear view mirrors.  As he held up the Ferrari's, Fernando ran off with a
20-second lead.  Hamilton tricked Massa into overshooting a turn, which allowed
Raikkonen to take over third, but not get around the rookie Hamilton.  

Alonso maintained his lead and won the race in the hot sun.  Hamilton  is looking
outstanding as he finishes his first two grand prix on the podium!
Lewis Hamilton passing Felipe Massa at T2 of 1st lap
Ron Dennis on podium next to his driver, Lewis
Hamilton,  who finished second.  Lewis said this
was the toughest race of his life.
April 14 - Paul Tracy suffered a frontal impact in Turn One during Saturday morning's
Champ Car practice at Long Beach.  He complained of back pain and was taken to the
hospital where it was discovered he had suffered a compression fracture to his first
lumbar vertebrae.  

No immediate timetable was given for Tracy's return. Tracy will be replaced in the
Forsythe Championship Racing #3 entry by 2005 Champ Car World Series runner-up
Oriol Servia.
April 11 - 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier has teamed up with Indy Pro Series championship team owner Sam Schmidt for an
entry in the 91st Indianapolis 500.

Lazier will drive the No. 99 car.
Tim Neff is the race strategist.

Lazier's 14 starts at Indy include the 1996 victory and five other top-10 finishes. Last year, he advanced 13 positions to finish 12th in a
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing-prepared car. Lazier has competed in every "500" since 1995. He made his first Indianapolis 500 start in 1991.

Since forming
Sam Schmidt Motorsports in 2001, former IndyCar Series driver Schmidt has entered a car in the Indianapolis 500 each
year, with a top finish of sixth in 2002 with Richie Hearn. Schmidt competed in three 500-Mile Races (1997-99), with a high starting spot of
sixth and best finish of 26th (both in 1998). Schmidt was paralyzed from the chest down in an on-track accident during testing in January
2000.

"It's a pleasure to be here this early in April as opposed to early in May," Schmidt said. "I clearly think this is our best opportunity since we
finished sixth in 2002 to be competitive and be at the front at the end. I'm very pleased to make this announcement having Buddy Lazier
signed to a full-month program with all the resources, the cars and Honda engines to do it right. Our team is pretty pumped up."

Sam Schmidt Motorsports has won two of the past three Indy Pro Series driver championships, and
Alex Lloyd in the No. 7 Lucas
Oil/Isilon Systems/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car is atop the standings after three of 16 rounds.
April 14 - F1 rookie, Lewis Hamilton, is still looking smashing.  In today's qualifying for the
Bahrain Grand Prix in the Formula One series, this rookie out qualified 2-time defending
World's Driving Champion, Fernando Alonso, as well as experienced veteran Kimi Raikkonen
in the Ferrari.  Felipe Massa is on pole and he wound winning the race the next day.
April 14 - A 1-hour television broadcast about speed, will be broadcast Tuesday, April 17th at 10
a.m.and 1 p.m. on PBS.  It will be watched by millions of children in classrooms as part of science
education.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is partnering with Ball State University and the Best Buy Children's
Foundation to deliver the exciting science of racing to a potential audience of more than 19.5 million
students in five countries Tuesday, April 17.

Ball State's ongoing "Electronic Field Trip" satellite classroom series will broadcast
"Going, Going
Faster: The Science of Speed"
from the world-famous IMS to classrooms in all 50 states plus
Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Nigeria. The broadcasts will take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (ET),
providing a glimpse into racing at the legendary facility that many students living far away from
Indianapolis may not otherwise experience.

"Going, Going, Faster; The Science of Speed," will be an interactive, 60-minute broadcast allowing
students to explore Sir Isaac Newton's First Law of Motion, which states an object usually stays in
motion with the same speed unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

In addition to following IndyCar Series and NASCAR drivers around the track, students will watch
demonstrations that show how race cars gain speed and turn corners employing the scientific
principles of inertia, friction and downforce.

Many local PBS stations will air the broadcast live, but classrooms also can access the broadcast and
archived shows on Ball State's EFT Web site, www.bsu.edu/eft, and on Apple's Learning Interchange
Web site,
http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali.
April 21 - It was kind of funny to see Japanese driver Kosuke
Matsuura
spin out on the first lap and destroy his car after all the
hype in Japan.

Vitor Meira dropped out on lap 69 with car handling problems.

Sarah Fisher showed off a new sponsor.  She got lapped a few times.

Marco Andretti lost it on lap 134 and spanked the wall.  He was
shaken and bruised, but otherwise uninjured.

Dan Wheldon led much of the day, but at the end, it was Tony
Kanaan
taking the checkered flag.  This was the expectant father's 8th
IndyCar win.  This makes the 3rd win in 4 years at Motegi Japan for the
Andretti-Green Racing team.  

2nd Place moved Wheldon into the Points Lead.  
Dario Franchitti
finished in 3rd.

I have to give a thumbs down to the music ESPN decided to play
during the telecast - it was that ridiculous music that Vonage uses in
their commercials - the "Woo Hoo, Woo Hoo Hoo" song.   As soon as I
hear the first "Woo Hoo", I'm hit the MUTE button.

For the race stats - click on
2007 IRL Race Statistics

The IRL races in Kansas next weekend.  
One more race to go before the Month of May!
IRL IndyCar - Japan 300
Japan has been wanting to break away from U.S.
protection and in a pre-race fly-by, showed off their new
stealth fighter jets.
Tony Kanaan's crew donned Japanese headbands while Tony posed for photos with
some colorful characters.
Kanaan leads at Twin Ring Motegi
Doesn't their hands signal "Loser"?  Do we have a symbol for Love?
Kosuke Matsuura had a weekend to forget
Sarah Fisher
Sarah Fisher
Champ Car continues to ply sex for attention, yet nothing they try attracts as much attention as one Danica Patrick.
Can Kubica drive? Or is he
just another pretty face?
Photos from the Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain A.F. Fly By
The Autograph Boat!
Bernie's new wife Slavica.  I'm sure being
a billionaire has nothing to do with landing
a model wife when you're 80.
The Crash Test
Dummies