December 2010
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RACE NEWS & VIEWS
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500 Princesses Wanted
Dec 1 - It is time for girls interested in becoming 500 Queen to get started.  They can register now through Jan 7.  Interviews will be held at the
Indiana Farm Bureau Building begining Jan 29.  Eligibility requirements: Age 19-23, Indiana student attending a Indiana College, 2.8 GPA, single with
no children, be involved in at least one community service program.  They expect 280 applicants.  33 girls will be selected as princesses for 2011 and
one will be Queen.
Brooke Dorsett of Bedford, Ind., is
the 2010 500 Festival Queen.

She received a $2,500 educational
scholarship.

She participated in the Indianapolis
500 pre-race and Victory Circle
celebrations. She also continues to
represent the 500 Festival at
various functions throughout the
year.
IZOD Sponsored IndyCar in 2010
Dec 1 - At every IndyCar race this season, television viewers would
see a pretty girl hanging around the winner at the end of the race.
She obviously works for Izod, but I wonder who is she.  

Below is a Izod / Playboy photo shoot video to keep you warm these
cold winter days...
Here is the Izod IndyCar trophy girl with
movie star
Mark Wahlberg.  
Wahlberg was a special guest at the 2010
Indianapolis 500.
F1 Approves 1.6L Turbo Engines
Dec 10 - At today's World Motorsport Council meeting held in
Monaco, the much anticipated new engine formula for Formula One
has been approved. As of 2013, F1 will run with 1.6 litre turbo
engines, combined with a stronger KERS system to aim for a drastic
fuel consumption reduction.

The WMSC approved the introduction of a new specification engine
from 2013, underlining the FIA’s commitment to improving
sustainability and addressing the needs of the automotive industry.
Following dialogue with the engine manufacturers and experts in this
field, the power units will be four cylinders, 1.6 litre with high
pressure gasoline injection up to 500 bar with a maximum of 12,000
rpm.

The engines will deliver a 35% reduction in fuel consumption and will
feature extensive energy management and energy recovery
systems, while maintaining current levels of performance. In 2013,
five engines will be permitted per driver, but each year after that the
limit will be four.
The council also lifted the Article 39.1 team orders ban.

The team orders ban was introduced in the aftermath of the 2002
Austrian GP controversy when
Rubens Barrichello was ordered to
move over and allow Ferrari team mate
Michael Schumacher to
win the race. There were ructions about the early point of the
season at which this was done and the fact that it was done so
blatantly, bringing the sport into disrepute in the eyes of many.

Despite the regulation, team orders continued to be applied in a
more clandestine fashion.

With the majority of the paddock firm in the belief that effective
policing of a team orders ban is very difficult, the decision has been
taken to allow them. Teams have been reminded, however, that any
act believed to have brought the sport into disrepute, such as
aggressive driving or blatant blocking of rival teams, can still be
dealt with under Article 151c of the International Sporting Code.
Chip Ganassi Racing Adds To IndyCar Program
Dec 17 - Chip Ganassi has hired a third IndyCar driver for 2011 -
Graham Rahal, who will be 22 years old next month.  Rahal raced
two early IndyCar races for Sarah Fisher Racing.  At the Indy 500,
he finished 12th driving for Rahal Letterman Racing. He drove a
race for Dreyer & Reinbold, then some for Newman-Haas.  Then he
was back with Sarah Fisher, then back to Newman-Haas!  Even
switching teams and missing races, he still managed to end the year
20th in points out of 40 drivers.  

The Target team is also adding a new facility in Brownsburg Indiana
to house two race teams.  Their headquarters are in Indianapolis.  
The new facility will cost $3 million and employ 30 new people.
6'2" Graham Rahal in Japan
with his friend Lauren.
Venezuela: Screwing Up Motorsports Or Helping?
Dec 26 - You may have asked yourself the last few years how it is
possible that Venezuelan
Milka Duno has an IndyCar ride since
she is so slow.  Obviously she is bringing in big sponsorship dollars
from Citgo.  Good for Dayle Coyne Racing, bad for race fans.  Citgo
is owned by the socialistic Venezuelan government.

That government is now getting involved in Formula One.  
Nico
Hulkenberg
has been let go by the Williams F1 team after a good
rookie season where he captured one pole, had seven top-10
finishes and earned 22 points.  Replacing him is Venezuelan driver
Pastor Maldonado, who is bringing $15 million in sponsorship from
the Venezuelan government (through the state-owned PDVSA oil
company.)  Once  again, this is good for Wililams's budget, but not
so good for Hulkenberg and perhaps the fans.  Time will tell.
Pastor Maldonado
This year's F1 Christmas card from Red Bull Racing makes
fun of Ferrari and their team-order situation at the German
grand prix.
Uncle Fester
LOOKEY - LIKEY