March 2010
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RACE NEWS & VIEWS
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F1 Grid Shakes Out
Mar 6 - The Formula One grid for 2010 went from 13 to 12 teams due to the pull out of the US F1 Team and the denial by the FIA to allow the
Stefan GP to take the 13th slot, bringing a total of 26 cars and not 24. On March 4th, the final two cars were launched by the newly named
HRT F1 Team -- a shorten version from Hispania Racing F1 Team -- and adding to any confusion, the original team name was Campos Meta.
Women Drivers
Mar 7 - Venzuelean IndyCar Driver Milka Duno
has signed with Dale Coyne Racing for the full
2010 IndyCar Series Championship schedule.
While this will be Duno's fourth consecutive
season in IndyCar -- it will mark her first
full-schedule season.
HVM Racing will enter driver Simona De
Silvestro
in all 17 races of the 2010 IZOD
IndyCar Series.

The 21-year-old Swiss driver came up through
the Formula BMW USA series and Formula
Renault 2000 Championship in Italy. She's also
raced in the French Formula A Championship

De Silvestro, who enters her sixth year in North
American open-wheel racing, stunned the
open-wheel world in 2009 by winning four
races in dominant fashion, earning four pole
positions and gathering nine podium finishes in
the 2009 Atlantic Championship season. She
would go on to finish third in the series.

I believe that brings the total now up to 5
women competing in IndyCars this season!  
Simona De Silvestro and her HVM
Racing IndyCar
Graham Rahal Starts IRL Season
Mar 11 - Sarah Fisher has hired 21 y/o Graham Rahal to
drive her car in the first two races of the IndyCar season, which
are road courses.

Rahal will return to the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on
March 28, where his historic first win came in 2008. As the
youngest winner in IndyCar history, Rahal will bring talented
experience on road courses to the seat.

"Sarah has clearly done an impressive job building Sarah
Fisher Racing and I really thank her, the team, and Dollar
General for this opportunity to compete in St. Pete and at
Barber Motorsports Park," said Rahal.  "I can't wait to get
behind the wheel of the Dollar General No. 67 car and hopefully
contribute to the success of SFR."

Rahal became the youngest SCCA National Champion in
history, the youngest race winner in the history of the Star
Mazda Championship, the youngest driver to win a Formula
Atlantic race, the youngest driver to finish on the podium in
Champ Car history, the youngest pole position winner in
IndyCar history, and the youngest race winner in major league
open-wheel racing history.  Rahal has also competed in the
A1Grand Prix Series and contested sportscar endurance races
including the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Update: Mar 14 - I didn't see Fisher Racing or Rahal at the first
race in Brazil.
I WANT TO BE PACE CAR DRIVER!
Mar 25 - 'Good Morning America' co-host Robin Roberts, a
former college basketball player, will drive the Indianapolis 500
pace car in May.

This selection makes no sense to me.  If they want to choose
someone famous who has zero interest in racing, fine, but
choose somebody famous!  Get Ed Norton, Robert Downey or
Brad Pitt for instance. What Hollywood star would turn down the
job?  Otherwise, they might as well choose me!  I at least know
how to drive in triple digits.  I hope this is no indication of the
new leadership at the speedway.
Lewis Hamilton Ticketed
Mar 26 - 2008 World Driving Champion Lewis Hamilton was
doing burn-outs and fishtailing a Mercedes road car in
Australia, when police caught him and charged him.  The car
was impounded.  It is not the first time Hamilton has had a
Mercedes impounded. Less than three years ago, his car was
impounded in France after he was caught speeding at 196km/h
on a French motorway. The 25-year old Briton was reportedly
upset about possible damage to his reputation.
Conquest Racing Adds 2nd IndyCar
Mar 27 - Conquest will be joined by a new face this weekend,
24 y/o Belgian
Bertrand Baguette.  He will compete full-time
with the team for the 2010 season.  Baguette is the 2009
Formula Renault 3.5 Champion.

Conquest Racing owner
Eric Bachelart is also from Belgium.