January 2012
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RACE NEWS & VIEWS
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New IndyCar Racing Director
Dec 5 - The IZOD IndyCar Series announced today that Beaux Barfield has been named its new race director. IndyCar Series chief executive officer
Randy Bernard made the announcement during a press conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Barfield takes over the reins from Brian
Barnhart
, who has moved elsewhere within the racing organization.
Barfield, 40, comes to IndyCar from the American LeMans Series where he
had been race director since 2008. Prior to that assignment, Barfield had
been a Champ Car official and chief steward for Champ Car’s Atlantic Series
and the Trans Am Series. Earlier in his career, he raced open wheel cars in
Formula Ford 2000 and in Indy Lights.

Bernard says Barfiled's first task will be to lead the re-write of the rule book.

Regarding rules and enforcement of rules, Barfield said finding the easy way
out on certain rules, such as blocking, isn’t the best always the best answer.
“We have a product to produce and black and white rules aren’t compatible in
life and in racing, and they require an official that can communicate and
articulate the gray (areas) and enforce them accordingly,” he said, going on
to say there will be latitude for drivers to defend themselves particularly with
regard to blocking.

Barfield’s contract runs for one year.
Tags Lands Job
Jan 9 - Bryan Herta Autosport, who field last year’s Indy 500
winning team, will race the full season this year in IndyCar.

They are a Factory Partner Team to Lotus and their car will
be in the famous Lotus colors of Black and Gold.

They have hired Alex Tagliani as their driver.
Danica's Ride Taken
Jan 10 - IndyCar's 2011 Rookie of the Year James
Hinchcliffe
has signed to drive for Andretti Autosport in the
2012 open-wheel season. He will pilot the No. 27
Dallara/Chevrolet vacated by
Danica Patrick at season's
end. The car will retain its familiar black and green Go Daddy
sponsorship with Hinchcliffe behind the wheel.

"I'm stepping into Danica's heels, if you will," Hinchcliffe joked.
"But that's part of what makes this deal so exciting. I hope
that makes me the first Go Daddy Guy."
Dragon Racing Announcements
Jan 12 - The Dragon Racing IZOD IndyCar Series team made
a pair of announcements today, identifying a full factory
partnership with Lotus and naming championship driver
Sebastian Bourdais and Katherine Legge as its drivers.
The newly named Lotus Dragon Racing team will sport the
black and gold colors that are shared with the marque’s
Formula 1 program.

Dragon Racing is owned by Jay Penske. The team is re-
grouping after an abbreviated season in 2011 following a
joint endeavor known as de Ferran Dragon Racing that didn’t
end well. In 2011, Dragon Racing entered
Paul Tracy in five
events starting at Long Beach in April.

In 2011, Bourdais raced with Dale Coyne Racing, finishing
sixth on four occasions.
Servia Finds Ride
Jan 18 - Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is excited to announce
that Spanish driver
Oriol Servia will join the team full-time
for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.

Servia, a native of Catalonia, Spain, will be joining the
Indianapolis-based squad for the first time. The Spaniard is
coming off of an impressive 2011 season in which he
qualified third for the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis
500, recorded eleven top-10 finishes, was one of three
drivers to be running at the finish in all 17 races, led all
drivers in laps completed (2,103 of 2,011) and was the only
driver to finish in the top-10 in the first five races of the
season. As a result, Servia finished 4th in the overall IZOD
IndyCar Series championship.
IndyCar Notes
Jan 26 - Dale Coyne Racing joins Ganassi Racing, AJ Foyt
Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Sam Schmidt
Motorsports with Honda power driving the wheels.

Justin Wilson has rejoined the Dale Coyne Racing team for
the 2012 season.  The team plans to run a second
Honda-powered car in addition to Wilson.

Formula 1 star
Rubens Barrichello, ousted at Williams in
favor of young
Bruno Senna, will test the KV Racing
Chevrolet car at Sebring on Monday.  "For sure I will not race
on the American ovals. I have promised that to my wife,"
Barrichello said, "and I will honor that."