July 2010
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IndyCar's New Chassis
July 14 - The design by Dallara was chosen today to be the next spec racer for the indyCar series beginning in 2012.  Their design won out over 4
others presented, including those by Lola and Swift.  Dallara is an Italian company that makes the current IndyCar.   The new IndyCar will be built at
a new factory in Indianapolis.  The rolling chassis (minus the engine) comes with a price tag of approximately $350,000. The add-on aero kits will
be priced by IndyCar Series mandate at no more than $70,000 per unit.  The new engine rules specifies a regulated maximum displacement of 2.4
liters.  The total weight of the car is expected to reach no more than 1400
pounds, nearly 200 pounds lighter than the current Dallara IndyCar with
Honda Racing V-8 power.
1995 Indy 500 Winner at the Brickyard
July 16 -  Jacques Villeneuve reportedly will be at the Indy
Speedway to try and qualify for the Brickyard 400.  He has
raced in a few NASCAR races before.

Villeneuve will drive the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota for Braun
Racing at the Brickyard. If he makes the 43-car field during
qualifying Saturday, July 24, he will join
Juan Pablo Montoya
as the only drivers to compete in the three major auto racing
events at IMS -- the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and United
States Grand Prix.

Villeneuve finished in 2nd place in his first Indy 500 in 1994.  
The following year he won the Indy 500 and went on to capture
the CART Championship, while driving for the Players team.
After moving to Formula One in 1996, JV won the World's
Driver Championship for Williams in 1997.
New Land Speed Car Unveiled
July 19 - The UK is working on breaking the 763 mph land speed
record, which they currently own.  They are shooting for going
1000 mph (1610 km/h).  A full-scale mock-up was unveiled.  The
car, known as the Bloodhound SSC, will have two jet engines.
The EJ200 (from a Typhoon fighter jet) with 9 tons of thrust, and
the Falcon rocket producing 12 tons of thrust which equals
135,000 Horsepower.  The car will go from 0 to 1000 mph in 45
seconds.  It has 180 times the power of a Formula One car, or 18
times the power to weight ration of a Formula One car.  The car
has to withstand 50,000 g's and the tires will spin 10,000 rpm.

The purpose of building this car is to inspire children to be
interested in technology.  
Colt's Clark Grand Marshal at 400
July 22 - Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark, selected to the
Pro Bowl for the first time after the 2009 season, will serve as the
grand marshal of the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 25 at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Clark will wave the green flag to send the field of 43 NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series drivers at speed into Turn 1 at IMS. The race
starts at 1 p.m. (ET).

“Being a NASCAR fan, it is an honor to be grand marshal for the
Brickyard 400,” Clark said. “We were at training camp for so many
years prior to this, so it will be my first opportunity to see a race at
the Brickyard. I am really excited.”
Chapman Will Sing National Anthem
Award-winning singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman,
honored with five Grammy Awards and countless other musical
accolades, will sing the national anthem shortly before the 1 p.m.
start of the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 25 at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway.

Chapman’s most recent release on Sparrow Records, “Beauty Will
Rise,” is likely the most important of his recording career of more
than 20 years. Chapman’s unflinching honesty is evident on the
record as he sings about the tragic passing of his 5-year-old
daughter, Maria.
Beware: Exit Closed During Brickyard 400
July 22 - The southbound Interstate 465 exit to Crawfordsville
Road (southbound Exit 16A) is closed for the remainder of 2010
as part of a major reconstruction of I-465 on Indianapolis’ west
side. This traditionally has been a popular exit for fans heading to
the Speedway from points north and northwest of IMS.

For 2010 Brickyard 400 activities, fans traveling southbound on I-
465 should use the 38th Street exit (Exit 17), located one mile
north of Crawfordsville Road, and proceed east following signage
toward the track.
Busch Gets Trapped
Kyle Busch got his rental car stuck at the speedway when he tried
driving it through a gravel trap.
400 Friday Practice
July 23 - Juan Pablo Montoya was fastest in both the first and
secong practice sessions today.  He drove the No. 42 Earnhardt
Ganassi Racing Target Chevrolet to a top lap of 179.756 mph in
the second session.  

The Columbian has competed at the Brickyard in IndyCar,
Formula One and NASCAR, winning the Indy 500 in 2000.  If
Jacques Villeneuve qualifies to this year's 400, he will match
those stats.
2010 Brickyard 400 Starting Grid
Juan Pablo Montoya
Brickyard 400 Results
After leading all day, Juan Montoya lost 8 positions during pit
stop at end of race.  He hit the wall while trying to get back to
the front, taking out Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the process.
Chip Ganassi Racing is the first team to
have won the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500
and the Brickyard 400 in the same year.  

Roger, eat your heart out.   
Jamie McMurray won his first Brickyard 400.
Brickyard 400
July 25 - Juan Montoya was the driver favored to win, but like last year,
trouble at the end spoiled his day.  

During the last pit stops, the drivers who took on new tires on just one side,
got out sooner and took the lead from the drivers, like Montoya, who received
4 new tires.

Jamie McMurray, winner of the 2010 Daytona 500, was the winner at the
end of the day.
Dixon Wins in Upset
July 25 - Will Power continued his winning ways at the street
race at the Edmonton airport, leading most of the day.  In
fact, all three Penskes were running 1-2-3.  However, a late
restart mixed things up as
Helio Castroneves and Scott
Dixon
got by Power.  With just a couple laps left, IRL officials
informed Castroneves that he was blocking and that he must
come in for a drive-through penalty.  He did not and the
officials awarded the win to Dixon, adding frosting to the cake
for Chip Ganassi.

Castroneves was enraged and was looking about for
someone to hit.  Power appeared calm, even though he had
reason to be very upset and Dixon just looked bewildered.

Paul Tracy had a good day which I'm sure all the Canadians
appreciated.  Canadian
AlexTagliani was not so lucky.
Team Orders Mar German Race
July 25 - At the end of the German GP at the Nurburgring,
the Ferrari team urged
Felipe Massa, who was leading, to
let team-mate
Fernando Alonso by.  He did and Alonso
took the checkered flag.

Ferrari was then fined the maximum $100,000.
Details on New F1 Track in Texas
July 28 - Red McCombs, former owner of San Antonio
Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Vikings, was revealed
as the primary investor.

Promoter
Tavo Hellmund confirmed that the track will be
built in southeast Austin in an area formerly known as
Wandering Creek.

A spokesman said the actual track layout, designed by
Hermann Tilke, will be released later this summer.

The goal is to have the course ready by 2012.