January 2010
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RACE NEWS & VIEWS
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I came across this photo today, no doubt from 2005, that I
thought I'd share with you.  Pictured are 1999 Indy 500
winner
Buddy Rice, 2005 indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon
and
Vitor Meira.
Danica Tries Nascar
Throughout the last few years of her IndyCar career,
Danica Patrick has been hounded by questions
about a future in NASCAR. The flirtation and interest
in the full-fendered cars became reality with the
announcement in Dec. 2009 that she would join JR
Motorsports (co-owned by
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and
Rick Hendrick) on a part-time basis.

At the news conference, Patrick stepped out in style
alongside her new No. 7 Chevrolet.
New IndyCar Team
Jan 5 - Jason Priestley, Jim Freudenberg and Andre Azzi
are co-owners in the FAZZT Race Team, headquartered in
Indianapolis.  They have hired Canadian
Alex Tagliani as their
driver.

FAZZT Race Team Website
First Cosworth CA2010 F1 engines ready to ship
Jan 17 - Cosworth's first batch of Formula One engines
destined for use by its five customer teams in pre-season
testing was completed prior to Christmas ahead of schedule,
and is ready for shipping from the company's Northampton
headquarters.

AT&T Williams, Campos Meta, Lotus F1 Racing, US F1 and
Virgin Racing are set to use Cosworth engines for 2010-12
inclusive, and the company is preparing for pre-season testing
which takes place throughout February. In two months the
teams will be in Bahrain preparing for the season opener, the
event marking Cosworth's return as an engine supplier for the
first time since 2006.
Tony George Resigns
Jan 21 - Anton H. "Tony" George has resigned from the
board of Hulman & Company, removing himself from any
remaining role in Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy Racing
League, IMS Productions and other affiliated companies. His
term as CEO of the family companies ended June 30, 2009. He
continues to be involved in racing through his ownership of
Vision Racing, a competitor in the IZOD IndyCar Series of the
Indy Racing League.

Last year he was ousted from his role as CEO of IMS, a job he
took back in 1989.  This role fell to Jeff Belskus.  George then
declined to stay in charge of the IRL.  

I would guess that going from running everything to having to
deal with other people running his babies has been too
aggravating to deal with.  It will be interesting to see if he, and
his step son Ed Carpenter, remain in IndyCar with Vision
Racing.
Vision Racing Folds
Jan 29 - Tony George reports that a lack of sponsorship is
forcing him to close his IndyCar team, Vision Racing.

Vision Racing was formed in 2005 and their main driver has
been George's stepson,
Ed Carpenter.

George stated,  "We're going to continue to try and put
together a program so that we can reactivate the team. It's
been the greatest group of (people) I've ever had the chance to
work with."
Tony George and Ed Carpenter
Ed Carpenter finished
2nd at the Kentucky
IndyCar race last year.