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  • JANUARY 2005
  • FEBRUARY 2005
  • MARCH 2005
  • APRIL 2005
  • MAY 2005
  • JUNE 2005
  • JULY 2005
  • AUGUST 2005
  • SEPTEMBER 2005
  • OCTOBER 2005
  • NOVEMBER 2005
  • DECEMBER 2005

  • January 2005

  • (1/31) - Williams BMW has chosen German Nick Heidfeld as their second driver along side Ausie Mark Webber. Heidfeld drove for Prost in 2000, Sauber from 2001-2003 and finally for Jordan last year.
  • 1/30) - MORE NEW F1 CAR INTRODUCTIONS (more at bottom of page)


    The 2005 Mercedes McLaren MP4-20


    The 2005 Williams BMW FW27

  • (1/27) - I'm happy to report that Sarah Fisher has found a new racing job. Richard Childress Racing has hired her to drive the full season in Nascar's West Series of stockcars. She will also compete in two Busch series races in '05 as well. I'm sure she'll be as popular in Nascar as she was in Indycars.
  • (1/26) - The Jordan Grand Prix F1 team has been bought by the Midland Group, a 9-year old company that made its industrial fortune in Russia and Eastern Europe. The team will continue too use the Jordan name throughout the year and Eddie Jordan will stay on with the team to help get sponsorship.
  • (1/22) - Buddy Rice captured the fastest speed of the day at the IRL's open testing on the Homestead oval. Rice drives a Honda-powered Panoz for Rahal-Letterman Racing. Scott Sharp was second fastest with his new team, Fernandez Racing. Note: new comer Danica Patrick was fifth fastest. The number of cars practicing this week grew by one as A.J. Foyt IV showed up in a Dallara/Toyota. 20 drivers practiced in all during six hours today racking up 3,099 laps with no accidents.
  • (1/22) - NEW IRL RULES FOR THE NEW ROADCOURSES:
    Qualifying:
    • Friday morning - A two-hour practice session for all entrants
    • Friday afternoon - Two shorter practice sessions divided among the slower and faster cars from the morning practice. This will determine the qualifying order with the slowest cars first. However, the fastest driver of Friday afternoon gets to choose whether he goes first or last in Saturday's qualifying.
    • Saturday afternoon - Single lap qualifying takes place. Followed by a 10-minute shootout between the fastest 6 drivers to determine their starting order. Those in the shootout will be allowed to refuel and get new tires.
    Weight - cars will add 75 pounds for a minimum weight of 1600 pounds.

    OTHER 2005 IRL RULE CHANGES FOR ALL VENUES:
    Mandatory use of single-point refueling systems - This means the crewmember who was previously responsible for operation of the vent and jack is now free to operate only the jack.

    Change to Trackside Fuel Tank Volume
    85 gallons for races of 187.5 miles
    90 gallons for 200-milers
    100 gallons for 225-milers
    125 miles for 260-milers
    135 gallons for 300-milers
    175 gallons for 400-milers
    225 gallons for 500-milers.

  • St. Pete Course

  • (1/22) - The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will take place on a picturesque fourteen-turn 1.8 mile temporary course framed by the city's waterways and incorporating the runways of Albert Whitted Municipal Airport.

    The race, which will be the third of 17 events on the 2005 IndyCar® Series schedule, will mark the first-ever IndyCar Series race run on a non-oval track.

    The race is owned and promoted by Andretti Green Promotions, LLC. Led by Barry Green, who will serve as the managing director of the event, Andretti Green Promotions, LLC is focused on continuing the steady growth and increasing popularity of the IndyCar Series as it makes its debut into street racing.

  • (1/22) - The G-Force chassis from Britian has been used by the IRL since 1997. The company moved its entire operation to the U.S. (Georgia) and have dropped the name G-Force in favor of Panoz. The owner of the company is Don Panoz with David Bowes the CEO of partner Elan Motorsports.

    Three IRL teams are apparently using the Panoz chassis this year: Chip Ganassi Target Racing, Super Aguri Fernandez Racing, and Rahal Letterman Racing which used the car to win the Indy 500 last year.

  • (1/20) - Andretti-Green fared well on the second day of testing at Homestead, with the fastest speeds being recorded by Dario Franchitti followed by his teammate Dan Wheldon. They are both driving Honda-powered Dallaras.
  • (1/19) - The IRL began open testing on the roadcourse at Homestead today. Newcomer Ryan Briscoe ran the fastest of the day in his Ganassi Toyota Panoz(G-Force). Helio spun once and Danica spun twice. The IRL will practice on the roadcourse tomorrow and hit the oval Saturday.
  • (1/19) - With the demise of Kelley Racing, Scott Sharp and his sponsors (Delphi, Futaba, AT&T and Bryant Heating and Cooling) have found a new team - Fernandez Racing. Unfortunately, the team has room for him because Adrian Fernandez himself has lost his major sponsors, Telemex and Tecate, and won't be racing unless he can find a new sponsor. Fernandez, 41, jumped from CART to the IRL last year, missing the first race. None the less, he went on to win three IRL races and finished 5th in the points. He may be in his early 40's, but he's potent and we need him back!
  • (1/19) - Competitors in the 2005 IROC series:
    Buddy Rice (IRL)
    Helio Castroneves (IRL)
    Matt Kenseth (Nascar)
    Kurt Busch (Nascar)
    Mark Martin (Nascar)
    Sebastien Bourdais (Champ Car)
    Steve Kinser (WoO)
    Danny Lasoski (WoO)
    Bobby Hamilton (Craftsman Truck)
    Max Papis (Grand American Road Racing)
    Scott Pruett (Grand American Road Racing)
    Martin Truex Jr. (Busch)

    Nine of the 12 drivers in this year's IROC field have raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  • (01/18) - 2005 FORMULA ONE CAR INTRODUCTIONS:

    The new BAR 007 has a unique front wing which dips below the nose, almost touching the ground.
    BAR

    Toyota's 3rd attempt - the TF105
    Toyota

    Sauber's C24 - We'll see Jacques Villeneuve driving one of these.
    Sauber C24

    Here is a recent photo of Mark Webber. I hope this isn't the new Williams BMW.
    Mark Webber

  • (1/18) - Panther Racing hired Tomas Enge to team with Tomas Scheckter for the season. I wonder what's become of Townsend Bell, who replaced Mark Taylor on the team last summer.

    Enge is a 28 y/o from the Czech Republic. In 1996 Enge won the German Formula Ford Championship and the following year competed with the Opel BSR team in the German Formula 3 Championship. In 1999 he made his debut in Sports Cars competing at Sebring and Road Atlanta in a Rafanelli Riley & Scott prototype. 2000 saw Enge break into F1 when he became a test driver for Jordan. He competed in 3 F1 races in 2001. He raced in F3000 in 2001 and 2002 where he finished 3rd both times. There was a controversy in 2002 at the Hungaroring over some drug test that he didn't pass. None the less, he won the race. In 2003 he won the GTS class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Peter Kox and Prodrive Ferrari.

  • Ryan Briscoe

  • (1/17) - Chip Ganassi Racing announced they have added a third driver, Ryan Briscoe to their IRL team. He will be teaming up with Scott Dixon and Darren Manning. Briscoe is a 23-year-old Australian and will be driving the No. 33 Toyota-powered Panoz this week at Homestead for the first Open Test of the season.

    Briscoe is a product of the Toyota Driver Academy and won the 2001 Italian Formula Renault championship with five victories and six poles in 10 races. In 2002, in addition as a test driver for the Toyota Formula 1 team, Briscoe competed in the German F-3 championship and the F-3000 championship. In 2003, the young Australian dominated the Formula 3 Euroseries with eight victories. His entire 2004 season was spent devoted to the Formula 1 test role for Toyota.

    Ganassi had originally hired Tony Renna as their third driver, but he was killed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway testing on his first day of work.

  • (1/15) - 2004 IRL Champion, Tony Kanaan, won the Jerry Titus Memorial Award as the Top Driver of the Year during the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association’s 35th All-America Team dinner.
  • (1/14) - Longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network reporter Robert C. "Bob" Forbes died Jan. 13. He was 76. Forbes served on the IMS Radio Network from 1971-94.
  • (1/8) - Indiana’s Tracy Hines held on to post a slim victory in Saturday night’s 19th Annual O’Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals 50-lap championship feature at Tulsa Expo Raceway.
  • (1/6) - One of Michael Schmacher's body guards died in the horrific tsunami that hit Asia. Schumacher has pledged $10 million to the relief effort. Schumacher makes $80 million a year, enough so that he moved out of his native country and to Switzerland seeking lower taxes. (How could you survive on just $40 million in Germany?) Tiger Woods is the only athlete in the world that made a little more than Schumy. Being half Asian, perhaps Tiger will consider helping the relief effort too.
  • (1/4) - No fun! Martinsville Speedway in Virginia will be eliminating carry-in cooler choices this year like other ISC (International Speedway Corporation) tracks. The choice for beer is a tiny 6" x 6" x 12" (15cm x 15cm x 30cm) soft-sided cooler. In addition, the only other type of purse/fanny pack/back pack allowed is a clear pastic shopping bag.
  • (1/3) - List of Hoosiers racing at the
    Oklahoma Chili Bowl Midget Nationals:

    Wednesday Night Qualifiers:
    Bill Rose
    Cole Carter
    Matt Hummel
    J.J. Yeley
    Joh Stanbrough
    Brandon Hartsell
    David Fuhrman
    Brad Paris
    Nick Lundgreen
    Mike Nigh
    Rex Norris III
    Brad Kuhn
    Nelson Stewart
    Jordan Noblitt
    Shane Cottle
    Jeff Dickerson

    Thursday Night Qualifiers:
    John Wolfe
    Mike Neher
    Ryan Hamilton
    Bryan Clauson
    Critter Malone
    Tracy Hines
    Austin J. Martin
    Tony Stewart
    Tony Elliott
    Travis Miniea
    Stephen Arnold
    Michael Lewis
    Mike Smith
    Kraig Kinser
    Shane Hollingsworth

    Friday Night Qualifiers:
    Johnny Heidenreich
    Bobby East
    Dean Franklin
    Cameron Dodson
    Dave Darland
    Billy Wease
    Tom Bigelow
    Mike Schenker
    Chris Kopczynski
    Steve Kinser
    Clay Klepper
    Brian Gerster

    There are 257 entries this year from 27 States plus Oz and New Zealand. Also competing is Kasey Kahne, WoO RunnerUp Danny Lasoski, USAC Sprint Car champion Jay Drake, 2-time Chili winners Dan Boorse and Cory Kruseman, New Zealand phenom Michael Pickens, USAC Midget champion Bobby East, USAC/CRA champion Rip Williams, Dave Darland, and two-time National Midget Driver of the Year Aaron Fike.

  • (1/2) - Tony Stewart competed again in the winter Midget race in Fort Wayne Indiana. He bought the car the night before and pretended to be the guy that sold him the car until the race was over. Stewart started second in the 60 lap race, took the lead on the 14th lap and never looked back.
  • (1/1) - Buddy Rice, 2004 Indy 500 champion, will be racing in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Rice will share driving duties of the No. 67 DP with Tracy Krohn and Nic Jönsson. The Krohn/TRG car will be Riley chassis with Pontiac power.

  • February 2005

  • (2/11) - The IRL wrapped up open testing at Phoenix. On the first day of tests (Wednesday), Tony Kanaan had fastest speed on the 1-mile oval at 20.6994 seconds, 173.918 mph. On Thursday, Dario Franchitti ran the fastest lap, 20.5042 seconds, 175.574 mph. In all, 20 drivers turned 5,532 laps of testing without incident. The test was the final preseason activity before the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 on March 6.

    Note: Penske driver Sam Hornish, Jr. is suffering from tendonitis in his right wrist.

  • (2/10 - MORE NEW F1 CARS:

    The Red Bull RB-1:
    Red Bull RB1

    The Renault R24:
    Renault R24

    Renault R24

    (There are more pictures of the new F1 cars scattered further down this page.)

  • (2/9) - Or should I say, October 10th, which is the date Tony George suddenly appointed Brian Barnhart as IRL President.

    George announced today the formation of his own race team. He is buying Kelley Racing and renaming the team Vision Racing. He has hired Larry Curry as team manager and his step-son Ed Carpenter as driver. His team will also participate in the Infiniti Pro Series with Jay Drake, the 2004 USAC National sprint car champ, behind the wheel.

    As I've stated before, I don't think a race series should be ran by team owners or you end up with the mess that was CART. Of course George is no longer the president of the IRL, but he's still president of IMS. He says though that he is not going to be involved in running the team, but just try to find them a sponsor. Since a 1-car team doesn't pose much competition to the big teams, I don't think we'll hear other team owners complaining of unfair advantages for Vision Racing - too much.

    I imagine of formost concern for George is that he is providing his son with a means to race. Secondly, the IRL needs all the cars they can get. I think however that these 3 and 4-car teams have too much of an advantage. The IRL would have a fairer distribution of money if there were a rule limiting a maximum of 2 cars per team. Of course if all teams ran 4 cars, that would be fair and we'd have a higher car count as well.

  • (2/4) - Hemelgarn Racing is coming back to the IRL! American Paul Dana will be driving the #91 blue, white and green Ethanol Dallara/Toyota. Dana raced for Hemelgarn last year in the Infiniti Pro Series where he finished 2nd in points. Dana's sponsorship from the Ethanol group has made it all possible. With no family money, Dana had to go out and find sponsorship to support his racing.

    This 29-year-old former mechanic and motorsports journalist from St. Louis won the 1996 Bridgestone Racing School Mechanics Championship. He then moved up to FF1600 and, with backing from Gerald Forsythe, he moved into the FF2000 ranks in 2001. He moved to the Infiniti Pro Series in 2003 where he drove for two different teams.

    Hemelgarn Racing won the first "IRL" Indy 500 in 1996 with Buddy Lazier.

  • (2/2) - I was worried that Jim Beam sponsorship would leave the IRL for NASCAR when NASCAR ok'd liquor sponsorship for 2005. While Jim Beam will be a sponsor for Robby Gordon in the Nextel Cup, they apparently are continuing their sponsorship for Dan Wheldon.

  • March 2005

  • (3/31) - Sam Schmidt Motorsports Monday named veteran Richie Hearn to drive the No. 70 Meijer/Coca-Cola Special in this May's 89th Indianapolis 500. Schmidt's entry will be a Chevrolet-powered Panoz chassis.

    Schmidt's team is the defending champion of the Infiniti Pro Series, having won six races and nine poles in 2004. Hearn, 34, finished third in the 1996 Indianapolis 500 and was sixth in 2002 in a Schmidt car. This will be his sixth Indy start and his fourth consecutive start with Schmidt.

  • (3/31) - Juan Pablo Montoya has been deemed unfit by McLaren’s doctors to drive in this weekend’s GP of Bahrain, after inuring his shoulder during a tennis match in Spain. Team tester Pedro de la Rosa will take over the Colombian’s race ride alongside Kimi Raikkonen, while the tall Alex Wurz will be able to fit the new MP4-20 to perform Friday testing duties.
  • (3/25) - The rock band for the Carburation Day concert has been announced - the Black Crowes. Their first album, "Shake Your Moneymaker,” went platinum in 1990. The band has sold more than 19 million albums worldwide.

    With roots firmly planted in bands such as the Faces, Aerosmith, and early Stones, the Black Crowes have steadfastly retained their blues-based sound, despite the fact that many of their contemporaries are adopting a more sonic approach. Critics may find fault with the band’s outrageous public behavior, but it has always guaranteed them plenty of headlines. Quite fearlessly, the band (Chris Robinson, vocals; brother Rich Robinson, guitars, vocals; Steve Gorman, drums; Eddie Harsh, keyboards; Sven Pipien, bass; Audley Freed, guitars while touring) has openly supported the pro-marijuana organization, NORML. As singer Chris Robinson puts it: “Some guys know how to party, and some just don’t!”

    Whatever. These guys are has-beens. I would have chosen Jet to play at Carb Day if I were Tony. I guess Tony's getting old.

    Carb Day this year is on a Friday, May 27th. The concert is free to all the people who attend Carb Day. This is the last day the racers will be practicing on the track before the race. After practice there is the pit-stop competition, followed by the concert (around 4 p.m.)

  • (3/24) - 1996 Indy 500 Champion Buddy Lazier has been entered in this year's Indy 500 by Panther Racing with sponsorship from Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria.

    Mo Nunn Racing is hiring Adrian Fernandez to race in the Indy 500. Fernandez owns an IRL team, but he isn't racing since he lost his personal Mexican sponsers. Instead, Scott Sharp and Kosuke Matsuura are racing for his team. Has a team owner ever competed against his own team for another team before?!

  • Unser and Andretti
    Al Unser III and Marco Andretti

  • (3/24) - The Infiniti Pro Series has a couple of rookies practicing at the speedway this week with names you might recognize. Marco Andretti and Al Unser will be joining Arie Luyendyk, Jr. in the IPS this year. Marco, 18, is the son of Michael Andretti. Al Unser, 22, is the son of Al Unser, Jr. Their first race will be on the street course in St Pete on April 2nd. They are practicing today on IMS's Formula One road course.
  • (3/23) - Ferrari boss Jean Todt, 59, is set to marry. He has become engaged to former ‘Bond girl’ Michelle Yeoh, 42. Yeoh starred in ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ as well as the martial arts epic ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’. She is the highest paid actress in Asia.
    Jean Todt Michelle Yeoh
    It appears Jean better behave!
  • (3/20) - The IRL had a good race yesterday. Sam Hornish, Jr. showed that he is not to be taken lightly... while winning the race along the way. Look out Helio!

    The hippies are the fastest in Formula One!
    Alonso Trulli
    Alonso and Trulli start on front row for Malaysia G.P.
    And finish 1st and 2nd respectively!
    Both of Honda's (new) engines blew up in the first couple of laps at the Malaysian grand prix where temps were reaching 100 degress Fahrenheit.

    Barrichello gave up near the end as he felt his tires were about wore out. It's too bad they cannot change tires now. It's part of the plan to slow the cars to make them safer. But how safe is it when the driver has to decide to drop out of the race because his tires have deteriorated to the point that it is scaring him?

    Giancarlo Fisichella slid up into Mark Webber as Webber passed him. His tires tangled and he got jerked around pretty good and almost flipped over. Otherwise Renault is looking strong this year.

  • (3/17) - Japanese driver Kosuke Matsuura has been put on probation by the IRL after causing the big pile-up at Homestead that resulted in a minor concussion for Danica Patrick and $2.3 million of equipment damage. "It was clearly not a blatant case (of bad driving)," Brian Barnhart said. "This is a case of a guy using poor judgment, and the result of that is risking the health of other people and causing a lot of damage. He affected the event."
  • (3/9) - The Indy Speedway has finished up its massive repaving of the entire track. Crews began the project by milling 2.5 inches of the old surface in August 2004 and completed the paving process in early November. They poured 19,000 tons of new asphalt over the 2.5-mile oval, pit lane and warm-up lanes. They paved over where the yard of bricks go at the start/finish line, then they cut the pavement out and replaced the bricks, 570 of the 1909-vintage bricks. My friend has one of the original bricks. It says "Culver Block" on them. All that remains to be done now is painting the lines on the pavement and installing a new SAFER barrier.

    [The track was paved with 3.2 million bricks in 1909. Most of the bricks, except the middle portion of the main straightaway, were paved over with asphalt by 1939. In 1961, the main straightaway was finally paved with asphalt, and the "Yard of Bricks" tribute was established.]

  • (3/6) - Adrian Fernandez started 40th in the Busch race on the Mexican road course. He finished 10th!
  • (3/6) - Kosuke Matsuura tried passing a pair of cars high on cold tires during lap 158 of the 200-lap Toyota Indy 300 this afternoon. He ended up wrecking 8 cars and sent Danica Patrick to the hospital with a possible concussion. Ryan Briscoe hit the wall and took himself out on lap 63. Andretti-Green Racing and Penske Racing duked it out for the win with Dan Wheldon scoring the checkered flag.
  • (3/5) - Nascar's Busch series is going to be racing at a road track in Mexico. IRL team-owner Adrian Fernandez is going to race in it for Hendrick Motorsports. This will be his second stock car race. Today he was the fastest in practice at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez! Another Mexican ex-CART racer has signed on to run the whole season in Busch - Michel Jordain, Jr.
  • (3/5) - Surprise, Surprise! Michael Schumacher did not win the first F1 race of the year, infact he got knocked out and didn't even finish! Renault had the day with Fisichella winning and Alonso coming in 3rd. Barrichello got Ferrari some points by finishing 2nd. The FIA didn't appreciate's Australia's court forcing them to allow Minardi to qualify without meeting the 2005's safety standards and threatened to pull all motorsports from the country! Minardi got busy and upgraded their cars and made the race.
  • (3/5) - Tomas Scheckter put his Chevy-powered Indycar on the pole for tomorrow's IRL race at Homestead. The only other Chevy engined race car qualified 3rd and is driven by Scheckter's rookie teammate: Tomas Enge. Chevy doing well is quite a surprise! The bottom of the starting grid is powered by Toyotas.
  • cool wing

  • (3/4) - I thought this was pretty cool. McLaren F1 showed up at Melbourne this week with this "bull horn" wing. It rained and the first day of qualifying was in the wet. Giancarlo Fisichella was the fastest of the day.
  • Bucknum

  • (3/4) - Dreyer Reinbolt Racing will be adding a second car for the Indy 500. They have selected driver Jeff Bucknum to drive the #44 Investment Properties of America (IP of A) Dallara/Honda at Japan and Indy. Buckner has race the American Le Mans Series since 2002 and will run the complete 2004 season with Miracle Motorsports in the LMP2 class this year.
  • (3/4) - Poor Minardi has evidently not been able to prepare their racer for the new Formula One rules package and wish to run last year's car at the first race this weekend in Australia. FIA officials have stated that the car does not meet the new 2005 safety standards and cannot race this Sunday in Australia. (Minardi is owned by Australian Paul Stoddart.) Last night, the Victorian Supreme court, in an emergency session, issued an injuction that will allow them to compete in qualifications tomorrow, however it does not look likely that they will take the grid on Sunday unless they can modify their cars over the weekend.

    Some interesting comments were made by FIA chief Max Mosley. He claimed Stoddart was naive and was being used by rival team bosses.
    "I think Paul is a bit too trusting, even naive. One or two team principals who now pretend to be his best friends are the same individuals who tried to grab his Minardi money a couple of years ago. They were only stopped because because the FIA insisted he should get what was due to him. They then said Paul had no place in Formula One. They are using him now but will turn on him as soon as it suits them."

    My, my. Those Europeans are some cut-throat son of a guns.

  • (3/3) - Don't you hate it when you have to stop at some cheap gas station and their gas is cut with corn alcohol? I always have. I want the highest octane gas for my sports car. I use expensive synthetic oil and I treat my car with all the respect that I know to do. Anyway, think how A.J. Foyt is going to feel next year when the IRL starts cutting his Methanol with 10% Ethanol!

    That is what the IRL announced today. I suppose the Ethanol industry will be playing some type of sponsorship role. They say there will be no performance difference. I say, then why only use 10% Ethanol?! Ethanol probably does make sense though since its cleaner and helps save our fossil fuel supplies. I probably can't tell too much of a difference unless I'm at the track running quarter miles - and then I try to use 110 octane race gas anyway.

    Meanwhile, Nascar is still using 110 octage LEADED gasoline even though some extreme environmentalist, including the Clean Air Trust, have been complaining. While leaded gas was phased out in the U.S. during the 70's and 80's, Congress exempted the aviation and racing industries from the lead ban in 1990.


  • April 2005

  • (4/28) - The Speedway has sold the name for their NASCAR race. They will be calling the Brickyard 400, the Allstate 400. I guess if the insurance company gave me millions of dollars, I'd change my name too - Dan Allstate.
  • (4/27) - Ganassi has bought some Dallara chassis for driver Scott Dixon. Their other two drivers (Briscoe and Manning) will continue to drive the Panoz G-Force cars. Now that the Target team has expanded to a three car team, they have the resources to do more experimenting with the cars. A.J. Foyt Enterprises has one Panoz G-Force chassis entered in the Indy 500 for Larry, and a Dallara for Little A.J. and Scott Mayer. Penske used to run both chassis in the 500 too.
  • (4/23) - Did you know that Tomas Enge, the new driver for Panther Racing, beat out current Champcar ace Sebastian Bourdais for the 2002 FIA Formula 3000 championship, but was disqualified when traces of cannabis was found during a drug test.

    A former Ferrari physician claimed this winter that there was rampant cocaine use amongst F1 drivers. The FIA suddenly chose some "random" drivers to test yesterday after practice at San Marino. They chose Jacques Villeneuve (Sauber), Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella (both Reneault). I'd like to know why they didn't choose Schumacher and Barrichello from the Ferrari team if its the Ferrari physician stirring up the gossip. What's with this idea of "random"? Why not test all the drivers, it's not like there are 10,000 drivers; only 20.

  • (4/13) - Playa Del Racing has announced that it has filed an entry for the 89th Indianapolis 500, with IndyCar Series racewinner Jaques Lazier as the driver. Lazier will drive the team's No. 21 Panoz/Toyota in an attempt to make his fifth 500 start. His best finish is 13th as a rookie in 2000. Last year, he substituted Robby Gordon after the NASCAR ace had to leave during a rain delay for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. "Obviously, I'm very ecstatic about being back in the IndyCar Series and being here for the Indianapolis 500," he said. "I'm very confident I can get right out on the track and be up to speed," added the Colorado native, whose single IRL win came from the pole in 2001 at Chicagoland Speedway.
  • (4/12) - Newman-Haas report they are going to run a two-car team at the Indy 500. They will be bringing Indy veteran Bruno Junqueira and Champcar's 2004 champion, Sebastien Bourdais, who will be an Indy rookie. They will race Honda-powered Panoz chassis.

    In Junqueira's rookie event in 2001 he started 20th and finished fifth. He won the pole position in 2002, led the first 32 laps but retired in 31st place with engine failure. Last year in his first Indy 500 with Newman/Haas Racing he qualified fourth despite limited practice time, led 16 laps and finished fifth. The 2004 event marked the first time for Newman/Haas Racing to have competed in the Indy 500 since 1995.

  • (4/8) - 2003 Indy 500 winner Gil de Ferran joined Scott Goodyear in the broadcast booth for IRL races after he retired from racing. He is now leaving that job for a management position on the BAR F1 team - as sporting director.
  • (4/6) - Motorcycle racer Jeff Ward will return to the Indy 500 to run a second car for Vision Racing.
  • (4/5) - IMS announced that once again the pace car will be the Corvette. Yawn. Don't get me wrong, it's a cool car with lots of power, but it seems it is always the pace car. (2005, 2004, 2002, 1998, 1995..) IMS has a tradition of using cars from the engine manufactures which participate in the Indianapolis 500. American brand engine manufactures to be more precise. And as we know, all but one team uses Japanese powerplants. One team is still using the "so-called" Chevy power fortunately so they can once more select an American pace car. What happens next year after Chevy drops out?

    Why not let Honda, who keeps winning the Indy 500, supply pace cars one year? They should allow Toyota a chance. Might as well let their cooler brothers in too - Acura and Lexus. Might even consider Infiniti and Nissan since the junior series are powered by Infinitis. Personally I don't buy foreign cars, but I think it is only fair to allow the companys that suppply the engines and sponsor some of the races, to get some of that special Indy 500 advertising. I would like more variety in the pace cars too.

    I have no clue how IMS chooses their pace car drivers. This year the honor goes to General Colin Powell. My nieces were wishing for Van Diesel.

  • (4/4) - After nine years of nothing but ovals, the Indy Racing League began turning both directions on Sunday at the street race in St. Petersburg FL. While some of the drivers had only oval track experience, they none the less got the race under way cleanly. The crowds were there, the weather was perfect and the racing was hot - the entire event was a tremendous success. Helio Castroneves was quick, but he miscalculated a pass on last place Foyt and put them both out of the race on lap 12. Rookie Danica Patrick was on a different pit schedule than the leaders and at one point she was in 2nd place. However, her car began slowing and she had to come into the pits. She thinks she accidentally flipped her pit speed limiter on and that tore up the gearbox. Doh. She still managed to finish in 12th place. Meanwhile rookie Ryan Briscoe was leading up until the end, when Tony Kanaan came along in 3rd place and knocked Darren Manning out of the way to take over second. He went to pass Briscoe and knocked him right into the tire wall, this slowed Tony down enough for his teammate Wheldon to get around him for the lead. The entire Andretti-Green team swept the first four positions and the race was soon over. Dan Wheldon, a new St. Petersburg resident, won.

    The hippies are still reigning in Formula One. Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli repeated their last performance at the Bahrain GP Sunday by finishing 1-2 respectively. Michael Schumacher debuting his new Ferrari but fell out of the race after 12 laps.

  • (4/1) - Team Penske submitted three entries for the Indy 500. Of course Helio and Sam are in two of the entries. If you are wondering who will be in the third car, prepare yourself. Jeff Gordon! The Nascar star is planning on racing the double (the Indy 500 and the Coca Cola 600) this Memorial Day weekend - like Robby Gordon does each year. Penske will be running a Chevrolet engine in their third entry instead of a Toyota, as Chevy sponsors Jeff in the Nextel Cup and has that as a requirement. Gordon of course said he's always dreamed of racing in the Indy 500 and he's very excited about finally getting a chance.

    Ok, the above was a April Fools joke. But now that I've thought about it I think the smartest thing Tony George could do right now is to hire Jeff Gordon full-time as a driver for his new team. I don't care how much money it takes, it is a sure way to get a whole lot of people checking out the IRL!

  • (4/1) - Foyt IV will be driving a different car this weekend in St. Petersburg. The team has entered the No. 48 Panoz/Toyota for this weekend's event. The car is the same solid Coyote red color that A.J. Foyt became so closely identified with during his Indy car career. The number holds significance for Foyt who is celebrating his 48th anniversary of Indy car racing this year, having begun his career in 1957 at Springfield, Ill. Moreover, this year's Indianapolis 500 will mark Foyt's 48th straight Indy 500 in which he has participated as a driver and/or a team owner. I'm currently reading his autobiography and will be pulling some quotes out for the death pages; around 59-61.
  • (4/1) - Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing and driver Paul Dana will sit out the next leg of the 17-race IRL IndyCar Series. The team has decided not to participate in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this weekend in Florida. The decision to take this weekend off allows the team to focus on their oval program and be as prepared as possible for the Indianapolis 500 in May.

    "We are going to do a few days of oval testing to try to get our program sorted out, and since the other two road course events aren't until later in the year, hopefully we'll have some time to get our road course car put together and tested before then," Dana said. "I started out in road racing up in Canada so I'm really excited that the series is going in this direction. It's frustrating to have to sit out one of the early events, but we've gotten such a late start to the season we've got to pick our battles a little bit."

  • (4/1) - TV ALERT - "Kart Racer" this Sunday on the Family Channel at 8 p.m. (ET) It is a movie about a dad and son trying to win a karting championship, starring Randy Quaid.

  • Non-IRL MAY 2005

  • (5/25) - Bruton Smith, the billionaire owner of Charlotte Motor Speedway, is offering the city $50 million to build a monorail from Charlotte to his speedway, 15 miles away. Why don't he just buy a helicopter ;-)
  • (5/25) - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has not won a race in 2005, prompting his team to fire their crew chief. Their technical director will temporarily take over the job.
  • (5/25) - Formula One qualifying will change from two sessions to one, beginning with this weekend's European Grand Prix at Nuerburgring, Germany.
  • (5/22) - Kimi Raikonnen scored his second F1 win in a row. Michael Schumacher has yet to win. Alonso retains the point lead.
  • (5/15) - I've been surprised at how much money the Australian Kalkhoven has been willing to dump in order to keep Champcar alive. I know he is a billionaire. Isn't that a thousand millions? Wow, I guess he can do what he wants. He is now attempting to BUY the Long Beach race rather than have the city switch to the IRL! BWAHAHAHA! It sounds like he might be a bit desperate. Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose doesn't seem so silly now, does it?
  • (5/8) - The FIA handed down some severe penalties to the Formula One team of BAR Honda. Originally trying to bar BAR for the season(!), they manage to suspend them from competing in the next two grand prixs (Spain and Monaco) as well as stripping Jenson Button and Takuma Sato of points earned at San Marino. Alonso smiles inside.
  • (5/7) - I finally watched last weekends IRL race in Japan. Highlights: The long-haired girl Danica Patrick lead over 30 laps and stayed in 4th place through much of the race and finished there. Tomas Scheckter was blindingly fast and was was leading the race at the end. But of course this driver has the worst luck of anyone and ran out of gas 2 laps from the end! Dan Wheldon (the luckiest?) took over and won his 3rd race of the year. Helio Castroneves crashed on the last lap and Wheldon won under caution.

  • 2005 Indy 500 News

  • (5/29) - RACE DAY REPORT

    Wheldon & Andretti

    Dan Wheldon - 2005 Indy 500 Winner!
    Andretti Green Racing

    Indy 500 Entry List | Indy 500 Finish |

    Some Celebrities at the track were the Teutles from American Chopper, Cheech Marin, Deborah Norville, Patrick Dempsey, rock band Fuel, Richard Karn, Montel Williams, Kate Linder, Wynonna Judd, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Brandon Stokely and actor Russell Crowe. Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller threw the green flag. He has played for only one pro team his entire 18-year NBA career and just retired this month.

    Lap by Lap...

    • Kanaan, Franchitti and Hornish led most of the race.
    • Larry Foyt spun and hit turn one on lap 18 after a pit stop.
    • Jimmy Kite pitted on lap 47 with car problems - he can't get it fixed.
    • Roth was running too slow and black flagged on lap 51.
    • Bruno Junqueira made contact with A.J. Foyt IV in turn two and hit the wall hard, resulting in injuries.
    • Brack's car breaks down on lap 82.
    • Darren Manning had problems with the suspension and gave up on lap 87.
    • Jeff Ward is out by lap 102 with steering problems caused by some car hitting him.
    • Sam Hornish crashed in turn one on lap 147 ending his day.
    • On the restart on lap 155, Danica Patrick did a half spin in turn four which resulted in crashes for Carpentier, Bucknum, Scheckter, Jaques Lazier, and Enge. Patrick got a new nosecone and kept going. Scheckters day is done as he hit the turn four wall. Enge, whose car made contact with Patricks, is out of the race too. Carpentier had debris ruin his car. Richie Hearn and Scott Dixon got into it too and were knocked out of the race.
    • Meira and Wheldon were now leading.
    • Yasukara had to drop out with a bad clutch on lap 171.
    • The leaders pitted, but Danican Patrick stayed out and assumed the lead.
    • This is the first Indy 500 where a female has led the race.
    • On lap 186 Matsuura hits wall in north short chute.
    • Wheldon began trying to get by Danica and stays in front of her after lap 194.
    • Cart Champ Sebastien Bourdais crashed on lap 198.
    • The 500 finishes under caution with Dan Wheldon the winner. A native of Emberton, England, he is the 3rd British driver to win the Indianapolis 500. The last was Graham Hill in 1966.

    Tony Kanaan has led at least one lap in each of his first four Indianapolis 500 starts (2002-05). He joins Parnelli Jones (1961-64) and Jim Clark (1963-66) as the only drivers to lead a lap in each of their first four Indy starts.

    Danica Patrick’s fourth-place finish is the best ever by a woman in the Indianapolis 500. The previous-best finish by a woman was ninth by Janet Guthrie in 1978. She is also the first to ever finish the race on the lead lap.

    Sam Hornish Jr. led 77 laps, more than any other driver in the race, but only finished in 26th place.

    Bruno Junqueira suffered a concussion and fractures of the T-12 and L-1 vertebras. He was operated on Monday. Larry Foyt suffered a chip fracture of the lower spine.

    There were 27 lead changes among seven drivers, tying for the most with 1960 and 1923 which also had 27.

  • 89th Indy 500 Finishing Order

    Pos Driver (car#)DiffLapC/E/T Status
    1Dan Wheldon (26)...200D/H/FPits
    2Vitor Meira (17) 0.1302 200 P/H/F Pits
    3 Bryan Herta (7) 0.2061 200 D/H/F Pits
    4 Danica Patrick (16) 4.5515 200 P/H/F Pits
    5 Buddy Lazier (95) 4.8047 200 D/C/F Pits
    6 Dario Franchitti (27) 5.1450200 D/H/F Pits
    7 Scott Sharp (8) 5.5795200 P/H/F Pits
    8 Tony Kanaan (11) 6.3527 200 D/H/F Pits
    9 Helio Castroneves (3) 7.7687 200 D/T/F Pits
    10 Ryan Briscoe (33) 1 lap 199 P/T/F Pits
    11 Ed Carpenter (20) 3.7931199 D/T/F Pits
    12 Sebastien Bourdais (37) 2 laps198 P/H/F Accident
    13 Alex Barron (51) 3 laps 197 D/T/F Pits
    14 Adrian Fernandez (5) 4.3465197 P/H/F Pits
    15 Felipe Giaffone (48) 6 laps 194 P/T/F Pits
    16 Jaques Lazier (21) 11 laps189 P/T/F Pits
    17 Kosuke Matsuura (55) 14 laps 186 P/H/F Accident
    18 Roger Yasukawa (24) 33 laps167 D/H/F Garage
    19 Tomas Enge (2) 45 laps155 D/C/F Accident
    20 Tomas Scheckter (4) 46 laps154 D/C/F Accident
    21 Patrick Carpentier (83) 47 laps153 D/T/F Mechanical
    22 Jeff Bucknum (44) 50 laps150 D/H/F Accident
    23 Sam Hornish Jr. (6) 54 laps146 D/T/F Accident
    24 Scott Dixon (9) 87 laps113 P/T/F Accident
    25 Richie Hearn (70) 88 laps112 P/C/F Accident
    26 Kenny Brack (15) 108 laps92 P/H/F Mechanical
    27 Jeff Ward (22) 6:26.8692 D/T/F Handling
    28 A.J. Foyt IV (14) 116 laps84 D/T/F Handling
    29 Darren Manning (10) 118 laps82 P/T/F Mechanical
    30 Bruno Junqueira (36) 124 laps76 P/H/F Accident
    31 Marty Roth (25) 153 laps 47 D/C/F Handling
    32 Jimmy Kite (91) 1:47.42 47 D/T/F Handling
    33 Larry Foyt (41) 186 laps14 D/T/F Accident

    Target Suspended

  • (5/24) - Further publicity hijinx today as the Ganassi team hung a 2003 Indycar, minus engine, from a building in downtown Indianapolis. They hired some aerialists to then do stunts around the car dressed as team members. The car will hang there the rest of the weekend.






  • Drivers who've crashed at Indy this month before Race Day:
    DateDriverDescription
    5/11 Buddy Rice Backed into Turn 2 wall hard - Concussion.
    5/12 Darren Manning Backed into Turn 2 wall - ok
    5/12 Paul Dana Spun in Short Chute, Car rear damaged
    5/13 Paul Dana Spun in Short Chute, Car rear damaged, broke back
    5/13 Sam Hornish, Jr Spun in Dana's debris & flipped - sore knee
    5/15 Ryan Briscoe Spun, tagged rearend - he' ok
    5/21 Arie Luyendyk, Jr Slight tag of wall on corner exit
    5/27 Buddy Lazier He's ok.

  • (5/24) - While in NY, Danica Patrick appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, who happens to be one of her bosses!

    Letterman

  • (5/23) - What is a race car driver to do when the track is closed? All 33 drivers who have qualified for the Indianapolis 500 flew out to New York city for a publicity tour. TK's car, the Borg-Warner trophy, and Colin Powell went along too.

    Times Square

  • (5/22) - One bump on Bump Day - Felipe Giaffone knocked Arie Luyendyk, Jr. off the grid and out of the race. A.J. Foyt, who had 2 cars entered in the race already, offered Giaffone the ride.
  • (5/21) - Wow! Kenny Brack, who has not been racing since his accident in 2003, hopped in Buddy Rice's car today and qualified for the Indy 500 the fastest qualifying time of the month! The first 22 cars are locked in so he'll start 23rd on the grid. Rice was there to congratulate him.
  • Starting Lineup as of 1st Weekend of Qualifying:

    Pos Driver & Car# Team Engine Qual Speed
    1 Tony Kanaan (11) Andretti-Green Honda 227.566
    2 Sam Hornish Jr (6) Penske Toyota 227.273
    3 Scott Sharp (8) Fernandez Honda 227.126
    4 Danica Patrick (16) Rahal-Letterman Honda 227.004
    5 Helio Castroneves (3) Penske Toyota 226.927
    6 Dario Franchitti (27) Andretti-Green Honda 226.873
    7 Vitor Meira (17) Rahal-Letterman Honda 226.848
    8 Kosuke Matsuura (55) Super Aguri Fernandez Honda 226.397
    9 Buddy Lazier (95) Panther Chevy 226.353
    10 Tomas Enge (2) Panther Chevy 226.107
    11 Tomas Scheckter (4) Panther Chevy 226.031
    12 Bruno Junqueira (36) Newman-Haas Honda 225.704
    13 Scott Dixon (9T) Ganassi Toyota 225.215
    14 Adrian Fernandez (5) Mo Nunn Honda 225.120
    15 Sebastien Bourdais (37) Newman-Haas Honda 224.955
    16 Dan Wheldon (26) Andretti-Green Honda 224.308
    17 Roger Yasukawa (24) Dreyer & Reinbold Honda 224.131
    18 Bryan Herta (7) Andretti-Green Honda 223.972
    19 Darren Manning (10) Ganassi Toyota 223.943
    20 Richie Hearn (70) Sam Schmidt Chevy 222.707
    21 Jeff Bucknum (44) Dreyer & Reinbold Honda 221.521
    22 Alex Barron (51) Cheever Toyota 221.053
    23 Kenny Brack (15) Rahal-Letterman Honda 227.598
    24 Ryan Briscoe Ganassi Toyota 224.080
    25 Patrick Carpentier Cheever Toyota 222.803
    26 Ed Carpenter Vision Toyota 221.439
    27 Jaques Lazier Playa DEL Toyota 221.228
    28 A.J. Foyt IV A.J. Foyt Toyota 220.442
    29 Marty Roth Roth Chevy 219.497
    30 Larry Foyt A.J. Foyt Toyota 219.396
    31 Jeff Ward A.J. Foyt Toyota 219.396
    32 Jimmy Kite Hemelgarn Toyota 218.565
    33 Felipe Giaffone A.J. Foyt Toyota 217.645





  • (5/20) - A lot of cars practiced today. The weather was in the low 60's. Tony Kanaan had the fastest time - 226.49 mph.

    Arie Luyendyk Jr. could not pass his Rookie Orientation due to mechanical problems. He will be given another chance tomorrow morning.

  • (5/19) - Practice today for the 89th Indianapolis 500 was canceled due to persistent rain. Good day to go see Star Wars III.
  • (5/18) - There was a lot of action at the Speedway on a beautiful warm humpday. 29 drivers turned 2500 laps today! Dan Wheldon had the fastest lap of the day at 227.320 mph .

    Jimmy Kite is trying to fill in for Paul Dana. Kite is racing the Nascar Truck series and is flying back and forth for that.

    1999 Indy 500 champion Kenny Brack is back! He's going to fill in for Buddy Rice who was injured last week. Buddy Rice's will have to wait until next year to run the Indianapolis 500. Doctors have identified a problem with a spinal ligament that was torn during his hard crash in practice. Rice will need three weeks of rest.

    Also, Arie Luyendyk Jr. was named as the driver of the CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports ride. Now he needs to pass his rookie orientation.

  • (5/15) - Pole Day is held on a cold 50-60 degree Sunday, which kept the crowds down.

    Ryan Briscoe spun and hit the wall backwards and almost flipped over. Apparently he is ok.

    NASCAR's Casey Mears showed up after racing at Richmond last night.

    While Danika Patrick had the fastest laps today (over 229 mph), Tony Kanaan captured the pole position (and a $100,000) with a average 4-lap speed of 227.566 mph. The Brazilian drivers for Andretti-Green Racing. This is Kanaan's 6th Indy 500. Helio Castroneves had been qualified on the front row, but went back out in the last 10 minutes of the session in an attempt to capture pole. He ended up going slower and got slotted back to the 2nd row, moving Scott Sharp up to the first row and Danika to the inside of row 2. Sam Hornish, Jr. is also on the front row. 22 drivers were allowed to qualify today and Jaques Lazier, Patrick Carpentier were bumped off. They will try to qualify next weekend with others who did not make attempts today, including both A.J. Foyt cars and 2004 Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice.

  • (5/15) - Paul Dana, driver of the No. 91 Hemelgarn Racing car, has been released today from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, but will be sidelined for the remainder of the month and will miss his debut in the Indianapolis 500. It was confirmed by doctors on Saturday that Dana suffered a fracture in the T-7 and T-8 vertebrae during a crash on Friday in practice. There is no paralysis and no surgery will be required, as doctors will allow the injury to heal on its own in a brace, Dr. Henry Bock, said in a statement.
  • (5/14) - Pole Day is cancelled due to rain. I think it was cancelled way too early. The rain stopped soon and the sun came out and we ended up with a nice day.
  • (5/13) - Rain shortened Indy 500 practice.

    Paul Dana again spun in turn two and hit the wall. Dana was awake and alert when he was transported to Methodist Hospital where he was listed in good condition after sustaining a spinal fracture and concussion.

    Sam Hornish, Jr. hit Dana's debris launching him up into the air where he did a end over end flip! Luckily Sam is ok, but he has a sore knee.
    Sam's flip

    Tomas Schecker posted the fastest speed today at 227.804 mph.

    Scott Sharp drew to go first in qualifying tomorrow. Sam Hornish, Jr will be second.

  • (5/12) - Miss Danica Patrick fastest of the month so far hits 227.633 mph!!!
  • (5/11) - Tony Kanaan was the fastest at the Speedway today with a speed of 227.453 mph. Danica Patrick was 2nd fastest!

    Buddy Rice is the first person to wreck at the Speedway during 500 practice. He was the first last year too, and then went on to win the race! He spun and hit the turn 2 wall backwards very hard today. He got up and walked away. He complained of back and neck pain and went to the hospital. He has no broken bones, but he does have a concussion. His team-owner, Bobby Rahal, said that the safer barrier that IMS employs definately helped spare Rice further injury. He will miss the first weekend of qualifying, but hopefully be back the following week.

  • (5/10) - Dan Wheldon, Scott Sharp and Helio Castroneves all go over 226 mph in the first day of practice at the Speedway.
  • (5/9) - Rookie Orientation ended today and the weather was great. Danica Patrick once again set fastest speed: 222.741.

    Sebastien Bourdais with Newman Haas completed his rookie test. Scott Mayer with Foyt passed 3 of 4 phases and can finish tomorrow.

    Jeff Ward with Vision completed his refresher.

    Neither Larry Foyt nor Jeff Bucknum made it off pit road. Bucknum's dad won the 1970 Michigan Champ Car race.

    I asked Arie Luyendyk if he would race in the 500 this year and he said no.

    34 drivers have submitted to physicals and passed them in order to be able to begin practicing tomorrow afternoon.

  • (5/8) - Opening Day/Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Speedway saw rookie Danica Patrick being the first driver on the track for the month as well as setting fastest time of the day - 221.468 mph - fast enough to qualify on the 2nd row of last year's Indy 500.

    DRIVERS WHO PASSED ROOKIE TEST: Paul Dana with Hemelgarn, Tomas Enge with Panther, Ryan Briscoe with Ganassi, Patrick Carpentier with Cheever, Danica Patrick with Rahal.

  • (5/4) - Indianapolis Power & Light utility company is going to sponsor the Indy 500 Parade, May 28th. 300,000 people are expected to attend this year.
  • 2005 Indy 500 Entries

    1. Tomas Enge (R) Panther Racing Dallara Chevy
    2. Tomas Scheckter Panther Racing Dallara Chevy
    3. Buddy Lazier (W) Panther Racing Dallara Chevy
    4. Paul Dana (R) Hemelgarn Dallara Toyota
    5. Alex Barron Cheever Racing Dallara Toyota
    6. Patrick Carpentier (R) Cheever Racing Dallara Toyota
    7. Richie Hearn Sam Schmidt Motorsports Panoz Chevy
    8. Helio Castroneves (W) Team Penske Dallara Toyota
    9. Sam Hornish Jr. Team Penske Dallara Toyota
    10. TBA Team Penske Dallara Toyota
    11. Buddy Rice (W) Rahal Letterman Panos Honda
    12. Danica Patrick (R) Rahal Letterman Panos Honda
    13. Vitor Meira Rahal Letterman Menards Panos Honda
    14. Scott Sharp Fernandez Racing Panos Honda
    15. Kosuke Matsuura Super Aguri Fernandez Racing Panos Honda
    16. Roger Yasukawa Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Honda
    17. Jeff Bucknum (R) Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Honda
    18. TBA PDM Racing ? Chevy
    19. Adrian Fernandez Mo Nunn Fernandez Racing Panos Honda
    20. Marty Roth Roth Racing Dallara ?
    21. A.J. Foyt IV A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara Toyota
    22. Larry Foyt A.J. Foyt Racing Panoz Toyota
    23. Scott Mayer (R) A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Toyota
    24. Bryan Herta Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda
    25. Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda
    26. Dan Wheldon Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda
    27. Dario Franchitti Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda
    28. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz Toyota
    29. Darren Manning Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz Toyota
    30. Ryan Briscoe Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz Toyota
    31. Ed Carpenter Vision Racing Dallara Toyota
    32. Jeff Ward Vision Racing Dallara Toyota
    33. Bruno Junqueira Newman Haas Racing Panoz Honda
    34. Sebastien Bourdais (R) Newman Haas Racing Panoz Honda
    35. TBA CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports Dallara Chevy
    36. Jaques Lazier Playa DEL Racing Panoz Toyota



    New Changes to this year's 500 schedule

    1. Rookie Orientation is moved from April to Opening Day and Opening Day Ceremonies are cancelled and Mayor's Breakfast moved to 2nd weekend of qualifying.

    2. Traditionally, a driver had 3 attempts during May to qualify for the big show. They will now be allowed 3 attempts on each of the four qualifying days. Also, the first day of qualifying will only be for the first 11 spots on the grid. The 2nd day of qualifying will be for the next 11 spots, and the 3rd day will be for the last 11 spots. The fourth day of qualifying, traditionaly Bump Day, will be for any spot on the grid. Each day will effectively be a "bump day" where faster qualifiers can knock slower qualifiers off the 11-spot grid.

    3. Carburation Day is moved from Thursday to the Friday before the race. In addition to all the normal activities (IRL practice, Pit Stop Competition, Carb Day Concert) an Infiniti Pro Series race will be ran.

    4. The start time of the Indy 500 is being moved up from 11 a.m. to noon.


    JUNE 2005

  • (6/29) - Bad news for the IRL as Toyota says sayonara. The engine manufacturer will pull out after 2006. With Chevrolet dropping out, that will leave only Honda for 2007 unless competition arrives.

    Toyota began competing in Indycar just two years ago, in 2003. That first year they found much success against Chevrolet, winning the manufacturer's championship as well as the Indy 500 in their first attempt! But then Honda came along and have been pushing Toyota around ever since. Toyota has been pushing its way into the Nascar Truck series. Perhaps they're gearing up for a run at the Nextel Cup stock car series.

  • (6/26) - Helio Castroneves won on the IRL's shortest track last night (Richmond VA). Danica stayed in for most of the race until another car crashed her out. The Champcar race at Cleveland was a crashfest today and Paul Tracy won for the second time this year.
  • (6/14) - Several Nascar drivers have noted that the IRL does not handicap its drivers based on weight. These guys obviously feel threatened by Danica Patrick and its starting to show. Ever hear A.J. Foyt complain that Mario had a weight advantage? Anyway here are the stats on IRL and Nascar drivers:

    The 40 main Nextel Cup drivers average 174.2 pounds, from Jason Leffler (130) to Mike Wallace (220).

    The 25 IRL drivers average 148.4, from Danica Patrick (100) to Sam Hornish Jr. and Ed Carpenter (165).

  • (6/12) - Wow! Tomas Scheckter not only finished the IRL race in Texas, but he led the whole thing from pole and won it!! I would not be surprised if this is the first race he's finished in three years. (This was actually his second win.)

    Panther Tomas OCC

    The boys from Orange County Choppers joined in on the pace lap!

    Gene Simmons from KISS was at the race and announced the drivers.

  • (6/11) - BAR's Jenson Button won the pole position for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher is also on the front row, for the 2nd time this year. Renault continues to be strong, filling the second row of the grid.
  • (6/10) - Danica Patrick will get off to an even better start in Texas than she did at Indianapolis. The IRL rookie driver will start ahead of Dan Wheldon, the Indianapolis 500 champion she has overshadowed since her sensational showing last month. Panther Racing has two cars on the front row - Tomas Enge and Tomas Scheckter, both of which were taken out in the Indy 500 by Danica.

    "She's usually more trouble when she's ahead of me by the looks of Indy," Scheckter said jokingly after earning his third Texas pole. "She should be fine...I've got no problem racing with her."

    This is Scheckter's 3rd pole at Texas - in a row!

    Patrick had a qualifying lap of 212.661 mph on the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked Texas track, where she had never driven before two practice sessions earlier in the day.

    Patrick will take the green flag ahead of both her Rahal Letterman teammates. Vitor Meira qualified fifth and Buddy Rice was seventh.

  • (6/10) - 23-year-old Danica Patrick, who is 5-foot-2 and weighs just 100 pounds, is definitely a hot commodity.

    Instead of Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon, Sports Illustrated made Patrick the first Indy driver on the magazine's cover in 20 years.

    "If I owned Sports Illustrated, you've got 33 drivers in the Indianapolis 500, and one's female and hot, why wouldn't you put her on the front page?" Wheldon said. "You'd be stupid not to."

    Two-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves wore one of Patrick's T-shirts at an autograph session this week in Texas, where some fans waited in line more than 10 hours for her signature.

    And Patrick's image is being painted on an 800-squre-foot mural over the marquee outside of Texas Motor Speedway, and hanging more than 50 feet above the ground along busy Interstate 35.

    "The biggest thing for me is the self-satisfaction of winning the race," Wheldon said. "I don't care about who gets the most attention. I've achieved something that's very special to me."

  • (6/10) - Dan Wheldon now has the chance to become the first IRL driver to win four straight races. The victory at Indianapolis was his third straight, matching Kenny Brack's record set seven years ago.

    With 12 of 17 races still left, Wheldon is already going for his fifth win of the season. That would match the series record set by Sam Hornish Jr. when he won his second straight IRL title in 2002.

    The starting position isn't a concern. Wheldon rolled off the grid 16th at Indianapolis and his best start was second at Phoenix, the only race he didn't win this season.

  • (6/10) - When going through the wreckage of Enge's car at the Indy 500, Panther team members found the broken wing from Danica Patrick's car. They got permission from Rahal Letterman and put the busted wing up for auction to benefit charity. Bidding on eBay started Monday at $500, and was morethan $33,000 by Thursday night.
  • (06/07) - The roof on F1 champion and millionaire Michael Schumacher's tax paradise might soon cave in. A petition before Switzerland's parliament - named 'The Schumi Initiative' - aims to close a loophole allowing wealthy foreigners to negotiate low rates of tax.

    Schumacher, 36, moved near Lake Geneva in 1996 to dodge Germany's 42% income tax. He now pays about 4% ($2m) of his $50m income to the Swiss government. High profile millionaires and Swiss residents like Jackie Stewart, Boris Becker, David Bowie, Celine Dion and Roger Moore also would be affected.


  • 2005 United States Grand Prix News

  • (6/28) - Michelin Tire Company claimed in a statement today that they will reimburse people who attended the U.S. Grand Prix as well as provide 20,000 tickets for next year's race. IMS will be administering the refund and the free tickets, but so far, no plan has been put into place how they are going to do it. The official press release from Michelin follows:

    MICHELIN EXTENDS GESTURE TO F1 SPECTATORS AT U.S. GRAND PRIX

    Michelin wishes to make a sincere gesture towards people present at Formula One Grand Prix in Indianapolis by offering to refund tickets.

    INDIANAPOLIS (June 28, 2005) – One week after the Indianapolis Grand Prix, Michelin wishes to make a sincere gesture of goodwill towards the people present at the GP, a group whose passion for F1 is encouraging in the development of this sport in the United States.

    Therefore, on our own initiative and in total solidarity with our partners, we have made two decisions: Michelin has decided to contribute to the costs incurred by the spectators present at the circuit on Sunday, June 19, 2005, by offering to refund their tickets. This is an important decision, since Michelin is not at all legally bound to do this.

    Michelin deeply regrets that the public was deprived of an exciting race and therefore wishes to be the first, among the different groups involved in the Indianapolis race, to make a strong gesture towards the spectators.

    Michelin also offers to buy 20,000 tickets for the 2006 U.S. Grand Prix to be given to spectators who were present at the Indianapolis race in 2005. We are offering this to further promote Formula 1 interest in the United States.

    We would also like to take this opportunity to underline the fact that it is unacceptable that our partner teams have been accused by the FIA of having boycotted the Indianapolis Grand Prix. The reality is that together, Michelin and its partners, have done everything possible to assure that the race could take place in total safety.

    We are extremely disappointed that the proposals made with all our teams were not accepted. These proposals, including a chicane, were technically viable and totally met all safety requirements. On Sunday morning, June 19, the sporting authority had all the means necessary to preserve the interest of the race.

    And yet, the sporting authority rejected the proposed solutions. Why? In our view this is totally incomprehensible and reflects a lack of respect for the spectators.

    It is the spirit of respect for the spectators that brought us, with our partners, to propose solutions to allow the race to take place in total safety. It is this same spirit that leads us today to make this gesture.

  • Readers Comments

  • (6/26) - The seven Michelin-shod Formula One teams which ruined the U.S. Grand Prix are being called to appear at a meeting with the FIA this Wednesday. After these teams demonstrated their blatant disregard for their fans, I suppose it shouldn't come as a big surprise that they have announced that they will boycott more grand prix if the FIA deals with them harshly over the U.S. incident.

    Beneath it all, though, there are deeper and darker political issues. The manufacturers, who want to break away and form their own grand prix world championship, have been handed more ammunition. Only Ferrari have signed up to carry on with Mosley, Ecclestone and the FIA when the Concorde Agreement runs out at the end of the 2007 season.

    The split is growing deeper and Ecclestone, old Mr Snapfinger himself, was powerless to do anything about events last Sunday. Instead it was Mosley snapping his fingers and suggesting that Michelin should compensate the U.S. fans.

    The sport has been accused of behaving arrogantly, declining to promote itself aggressively in the U.S., refusing to make its drivers accessible to media and fans.

    "I've got to think these guys just don't get it," said Jim Liberatore, the outgoing president of Speed Channel.

    Even track officials at Indianapolis have complained. In 2000, Mari Hulman George, the chairman of the board and mother of Speedway president Tony George, tried to enter her private suite for the U.S. Grand Prix and was told she lacked the proper credentials.

    "I own this place," she reportedly said. To which a Formula One security guard replied: "Not today you don't."

    Bernie Ecclestone, the billionaire who owns the rights to the circuit and serves as its controlling figure, did not help matters last week when he mused about Indy car driver Danica Patrick, the rookie sensation who placed fourth in the recent Indianapolis 500.

    "She did a good job, didn't she? Super. Didn't think she'd be able to make it like that," Ecclestone told a gathering of reporters. He added: "You know, I've got one of these wonderful ideas that women should all be dressed in white like all the other domestic appliances."

    While that comment might not have endeared him to American fans, the Formula One chief seems to appreciate the potential for marketing his sport in the U.S. and was distraught by what happened Sunday.

    "I'm furious with the stupidity," he told the London Times, adding later: "We were just starting to build a great image in the USA on television and with the fans, and that just went out the window."

  • (6/20) - The cost of wrecking the US Grand Prix could be more than $270 million. Conservative estimates yesterday were pointing towards enormous losses, not only for the seven teams that withdrew from the race at the last minute but for the entire sport, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the city of Indianapolis, which has to bear the ignominy of staging the biggest farce in sport for decades.

    Leading carmakers, such as BMW, Mercedes, and Toyota, who try to sell cars in the United States through the halo effect of competing in Formula One, will find the travesty that they took part in on Sunday will tarnish their images in the world’s biggest marketplace for years to come.

    This is how some of the bill could break down:

    $16 million — For the 120,000 spectators who want their money back. If refunds get offered.

    $25 million — The sum that the Speedway is believed to have paid for the annual franchise. Such is the shock at what happened, the management seems unlikely to renew its contract with Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One Management company for a race in 2006.

    $10 million — The amount the Speedway is estimated to spend on transporting an average of 50 staff and tons of equipment to North America, shared with Canada.

    $220 million — The loss of revenue for the city of Indianapolis if future races are cancelled. Thousands of tourists who spend on hotel bills and fill restaurants for almost a week give the city its biggest income from a single event.

    Incalculable — The huge knock-on from disgruntled sponsors who will probably want compensation for not seeing their cars on the track. BAR Honda were faced with paying back about $11 million to sponsors when they were banned from the Monaco Grand Prix this year and the consequences of the US race could be as great for the leading teams among the seven who refused to take part on Sunday. It is not known what the total will be, but the blue-chip companies represented included the Royal Bank of Scotland, which sponsors BMW-Williams, and British American Tobacco, backer of BAR Honda.

    Between them, sponsors invited thousands of corporate guests, many of whom were given a police escort to the Speedway on Sunday morning. After witnessing a single lap, they were left to find their own way home as the motorcycle police were diverted to help to marshall angry crowds demanding their money back.

  • U.S.G.P RESULTS
    (besides angering everyone)

    Pos Driver Team Time
    1 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 29:43.181
    2 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1.522
    3 Tiago Monteiro Jordan -1 lap
    4 Narain Karthikeyan Jordan -1 lap
    5 Christijan Albers Minardi -2
    6 Patrick Friesacher Minardi -2

  • (6/20) - Bernie Ecclestone, perhaps shaken that IRL driver Danica Patrick so non-chalantly passed on driving a Formula One car in Indianapolis because she already had plans, told the press that "Women should be all dressed in white like all other domestic appliances." He then told Danica that over the phone. She seemed to dismiss the small man's words. I guess it doesn't matter to her if he's trying to be funny or rude since she races in the IRL.

    First it was Nascar boys, and now even billionaire egomaniacs feel threatened by Danica! While she probably out weighs him, I'd like to see him get in a car and try racing her.

  • (6/19) - Formula One today presented the saddest show in motorsports history! After luring hundreds of thousands of people from all around the world to gather in Indianapolis Indiana for the U.S.G.P., all seven Michelin-shod teams decide to drop out after the warm-up lap because their tires were not in good enough shape to race. F1 recently came up with a rule that race teams cannot change their tires during the entire race weekend. The FIA says they ok'd Michelin to use another tire, but that they said those were no good either.


    The tires were there, ready to be used!

    This mass forfeiture left the Ferraris to compete with the two slowest teams in Formula One, Jordan and Minardi, all of which run on Bridgestone tires. The rest of the teams never showed up and the two Ferrari cars basically just raced each other. It was so stupid it was an insult to the intelligence of everyone involved! There was one exciting moment however when Schumacher came out of the pits and almost collided with his teammate, forcing Rubens into the grass.

    Lack of compromise shows not only that the FIA and F1 could care less about the American market. Pride and greed prevented any compromise. Their williness to waste perhaps millions of hours of the spectators time and money reminds me of the mindset of terrorists and Enron executives.

    I want a refund, but from F1, not IMS. If I were Tony George, I might have shown less restraint and stopped the race after the first lap and tried to force the FIA to allow new tires for everyone. George took the safe and legal way out and let F1 run their show. After spending so many millions of his own money to bring F1 to Indianapolis, no one has been hurt more than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Tony George.

    Read other fan's feelings on the subject at Speak Out and Grandprix.com

  • (6/18) - Marco Andretti won the inaugural Liberty Challenge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was his second win in three starts this season. It looks like he'll take after his father and grandfather and race in Indycar and Formula One one day.
  • (6/18) - Kimi is on the front row, but Jarno Trulli gets the pole position in the Toyota!
  • (6/18) - Kimi Raikonnen was fastest during morning practice with a lap of 1:10:643, faster than anyone yesterday.
  • (6/17) - Juan Pablo Montoya was on David Letterman tonight and said that the difference between NASCAR and F1 was like a pickup truck and a Ferrari.
  • (6/17) - The weather appears it is going to be perfect for the U.S. Grand Prix weekend. For the first time there are 3 support races.

    Formula One had two practice sessions today. The biggest crash of the day was when Ralf Schumacher spun and hit the wall in Turn 13. This time he hit the Safer Barrier, that was extended this year because of his crash in this area last year. He says he feels fine but the FIA is forcing him to sit out from racing this weekend. Ricardo Zonta will fill in for him.

    2000 Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya ran the fastest today in both sessions. He lapped the 13-turn, 2.605-mile road circuit in 1 minute, 11.118 seconds, 131.860 mph during the second session -- the top lap of the day.

    An IPS car flipped when it hit the gravel trap. Marco Andretti won the pole position for Saturday's IPS race.

  • (6/16) - Danica Patrick was at the Speedway today for the F1 Pit Walkabout. She also took a ride in the Mercedes F1 safety car. While people waited patiently in line to get autographs from Jenson Button, Michael Schumacher got mobbed after his question and answer session today.

  • (6/14) - BAR Honda has offered Indycar driver Danica Patrick an "exhibition drive" at the U.S.G.P. this weekend. Apparently Danica doesn't need any further exhibition. She reportedly is attending a movie premiere in California this weekend.
  • Leaders of Drivers Championship as of June 13, 2005

    Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
    1. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault 59
    2. Kimi Raikonnen Finland Renault 37
    3. Jarno Truli Italy Toyota 27
    4. Nick Heidfeld Germany Williams 25
    5. Michael Schumacher German Ferarri 24
    6. Mark Webber Australia Williams 22
    7. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Ferarri 21
    8. Ralf Schumacher German Toyota 20

  • (6/14) .................... FORMULA ONE TEAM PREVIEW ......................

    None of Jordon Grand Prix Tteam's drivers have ever raced on the Indianapolis roadcourse. Narain Karthikeyan, Tiago Monteiro and test driver Robert Doornbos.

    The BMW WilliamsF1 Team has new engines for Indy. Indy is normally a two-stop race, but that may change if their new Michelin tires work well. The BMW Motorsports director said, "The U.S. is the biggest export market for BMW. In terms of sales volume, it currently lies in second place behind the German home market. There is a keen interest in the sporty M models here, nowhere else sells as many of the BMW M cars as in the United States."

    The engine technical director for Toyota says, "The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the toughest circuits on the calendar for the engine department... the 1km banked straight which links the final corner of the preceding lap and the first corner of the next means that we are running the engine at max power for almost 24 seconds without a break." Expect to find driver Jarno Trulli, who is in third place in the standings, to be hanging out at the Slippery Noodle Inn listening to blues in the evenings.

    In regard to the U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis, points leader Fernando Alonso said, "Without a doubt, it would be one of the best possible races to win a Grand Prix. In terms of the circuit itself, it is a bit complex and there are some very contrasting sections: very high speed straights, and very, very slow corners. You have to be really careful when you are selecting the set-up." The Renault F1 Team has released their test driver to compete in the 24 Hours of LeMans and will be substituting Heikki Kovalainen at Indy.

    At BAR Honda, driver Takuma Sato said, "I have great memories from Indianapolis in 2004 as I got my first podium at the race last year. I am very much looking forward to getting back to Indy next weekend and I think we will be competitive." Briton Jenson Button said, "The Brickyard is a very slow circuit. I prefer fast flowing circuits...the crowd are always very supportive." 2003 Indy 500 winner Gil de Ferran is now the sporting director at BAR.

    Willy Rampf, technical director for Team Sauber Petronas, relates, "The surface is quite abrasive... that can affect tire wear. The infield is very tight - the drivers get into first gear there three times a lap." Jacques Villeneuve, 1995 Indy 500 Winner, enjoys returning to Indy, "Because the atmosphere outside of the paddock is always great. It feels a bit like a home Grand Prix because the number of Canadian fans that come and the many supporters that I still have around the USA after my time in IndyCar there and winning the Indy 500. Obviously, the track brings some good memories, so I am always happy to race there." Felipe Massa didn't get past the first turn last year in his first visit to the Indy Speedway. He said, "I like Indianapolis. You are conscious of being somewhere special, with a big history, racing in front of knowledgeable fans who really love their motor racing."

    Red Bull Racing has been searching for an American driver for several years. American Scott Speed was their test driver last week in Canada where he drove faster than either regular drivers (Coulthard and Klein) in Friday practice before crashing. He'll be back this Friday driving at Indy. "At the moment, it's all about getting used to the car's set-up, as it's so different to anything else I've driven," said Speed.

  • JULY 2005

  • (5/30) - Jaques Lazier will replace Darren Manning at Ganassi Racing, the team said Friday. Lazier rejoins his brother, Buddy, in the IRL. Buddy is driving the third car of Panther Racing this weekend.

    Jaques Lazier won in 2001 at Chicagoland Speedway. The other returnee is Townsend Bell, who is filling in for the injured Tomas Enge at Panther.

  • (5/27) - Target Chip Ganassi Racing has not been having much luck in the IRL which they've competed in since 2003. Ganassi decided not to re-sign 29 y/o Briton Darren Manning this week after he couldn't get his car qualified last weekend in Milwaukee.

    Manning was a test driver for B.A.R. in Formula One and also raced in CART for Walker. In his 24 IndyCar starts for Ganassi, Manning produced five top-five finishes and 12 top-10 results, including career-best fourth-place finishes in Japan, at Nashville and on the short Pikes Peak oval.

  • (5/20) - It was a family affair atop the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series testing speed charts July 19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the father-son tandem of Bobby Hamilton and Bobby Hamilton Jr. posted the top laps, respectively.

    A total of 46 drivers -- who will compete for 43 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard starting spots -- participated in two-day tests at the 2.5-mile IMS oval over a three-week period, on July 5-6, 11-12 and 18-19. They completed a total of 5,291 laps, or 13,227.5 miles.

    It was a vital test, as only three drivers in the top 35 of the current NEXTEL Cup point standings -- Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and Mike Bliss -- didn't turn laps this month at Indy.

    The first and third rounds of testing were conducted under hot, sunny, humid skies -- very typical of early August weather in Indianapolis. But drivers taking part in the second round of tests battled scattered rain and cooler, cloudy weather conditions.

    The drivers indicated that they appreciate the Speedway's new pavement as the grinding has resulted in a bigger groove and the track is smooth without a bump.

  • (5/17) - Danica Patrick started the IRL Nashville race in the front row today and even led a lap. Dario Franchitti won while his three teammates dropped out.
  • (7/15) - Details on refunds for the U.S. Grand Prix being offered by Michelin was announced today. IMS will mail refunds automatically to the people who purchased tickets from them in advance. USGP Account Holders will be mailed a letter next week detailing the ticket refund process.

    For those who purchased tickets at the ticket office on race weekend and did not pre-order their tickets, a refund process will also be available. They will need to download a form or call 1 877 950-8747. The form will not be available until August 8th. They will have to mail the form along with their ticket stubs to receive a refund.

    Apparently if you purchased your tickets off eBay or from a ticket reseller you will not be getting a refund.

    It is expected that Michelin will mail out the checks between Sept. 19 and Sept. 26.

  • (7/14) - The FIA was expected to punish the seven Formula One teams which bailed out of the U.S. Grand Prix with heavy fines and maybe even exclusion from the series. Due perhaps to the fact that all the teams have been talking about starting their own series and were threatening further boycots of races if they were fined, the FIA decided to do nothing. Perhaps they just decided it was not the teams fault, but Michelin's.
  • (7/6) - An F2 tornado hit the Atlanta Motor Speedway inflicting much damage.

    Atlanta tornado
    Atlanta tornado

  • (7/03) - Tony Kanaan edged out teammate Dan Wheldon by .012 seconds to win the Kansas IRL race. Danica Patrick was the polesitter and her two teammates qualified right behind her. She finished 9th after some pitstop problems.

    Tony Stewart won his 2nd consecutive Nascar race. This time at Daytona.

  • (7/03) - Even though Michelin is refunding our ticket prices to the U.S. Grand Prix, the seven Michelin-shod F1 teams felt they needed to do something for the U.S. fans. They told Ecclestone that they would race back here in Indy after the regular season is over in a non-points race for FREE! Sounds great, no?

    Tony George told the Star, "There will be no race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this fall!"

    WHY?! Here he is getting handed a F1 race that won't cost him $10 million. It could even bring him revenue, not to mention the city. Unknown of course is if the three Bridgestone teams (Ferrari, Jordan, Minardi) would participate. I doubt if Ferrari would, but the rest might.

    If George accepted it, perhaps he'd be under pressure to offer free tickets. If so, then he'd be able to only rely on souvenir and food sales. Perhaps he could wrangle the television rights, since it would be a non-championship race. Perhaps F1 mgt would give him that. If this happened, then everyone involved would have paid the public back something for the June 19 fiasco. It wouldn't be until mid-October. That wouldn't interfere with anything at the Speedway. I say if George refuses outright to discuss it, then he must be making decisions emotionally and not logically.

    IMS is still waiting on Michelin to see how they will refund the tickets from this year's U.S. Grand Prix.

  • (7/02) - Kasey Kahne, top-level NASCAR racer with Evernham Motorsports, hinted Tuesday that he hopes to make a try at the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. Kahne, former USAC midget champion, helped run his family sprint-car team out of Indianapolis, that team now located in North Carolina. He continues to run occasional USAC and Outlaws races.

    Asked if he had a chance to watch this year's Indy 500 while cooped with NASCAR at Charlotte, he said, "I watched pretty much all of it. I had a few meet-and-greets to do during it, but I was able to watch most of the 500. It's such an exciting race. It's exciting to watch every part of it.

    "I enjoyed it when I used to go and watch, and now I watch it on TV. I would hope to get an opportunity to race in that race in the near future."

    How that could happen is not clear. Owner Evernham is DaimlerChrysler's factory manager in NASCAR, but DC has no direct involvement with the Indy Racing League. Kasey Kahne Motorsports, which recently expanded its facilities, produces USAC-type cars, and Kahne and Evernham have an alliance in this area, which includes development of young driver Erin Crocker.

    In addition, the new start time for the 500 (1 p.m. ET) makes it impossible for drivers to compete in both the 500 and the Charlotte race later in the day.

    Several NASCAR regulars have indicated at least a passing interest in running the 500, with Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon having done so. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also has mused that he'd like to give the big race a shot.


  • August 2005

  • (8/19) - The IRL is racing at Infineon Raceway (Sears Point) this weekend - it's first ever permanent road course race! F1 is racing at a new track in Turkey this weekend - this is the 2nd Muslim country that has been added to the F1 calendar.
  • (8/13) - A.J. Foyt has been known to stir up a hornets’ nest in his career but it was bees that brought him to his knees this past weekend. Clearing brush with a bulldozer at one of his ranches Saturday afternoon, Foyt disturbed a beehive and he was immediately swarmed. He hopped off the ‘dozer and made his way to a creek about 150 feet away but stumbled to the ground twice over the rough terrain. A ranch hand working in another field rushed to his aid and called 9-1-1. Indy’s first four-time 500 winner was treated by paramedics but he refused to go to the hospital. He was stung over 200 times mostly in the head and neck area. Returning to the scene on Monday with members of the Texas A&M Agricultural Department, Foyt said they collected over 60,000 bees. “I’ve hired someone to clear out the rest of that stuff,” said Foyt. “I’ve been hurt pretty bad in a race car but this was one of the worst things I ever went through. When I fell the second time, I was ready to give up right then. It’s a good thing I didn’t because the Ag guys who came out Monday told me that bees will keep stinging you until they kill you.” Last September Foyt slipped when stepping off a large backhoe and tore his rotator cuff in his right arm severely enough to require surgery and a three-month re-hab program. Foyt, 70, last competed in a race in 1996 (NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway) but it appears lately that working on his ranches is proving to be a challenge to his staying healthy.
  • (8/10) - Champcar's Paul Tracy spent Monday and yesterday testing a car at Michigan International Speedway. If car owner Richard Childress is pleased with the results, he'll let Tracy compete in the race here later this month.

    The 36 y/o is thinking of switching to stockcar racing.

  • (8/10) - Rumors that Panther Racing was leaving the IRL are apparently false.
  • (8/10) - NASCAR Silly Season Update - 2004 NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch wants to ditch Rousch Racing and replace retiring Rusty Wallace at Penske South. He is under contract to Rousch though, so he'll have to see if they will let him go. Jamie McMurray is also wanting to go there to replace retiring Mark Martin, however he is under contract to Ganassi next year and they reportedly are holding him to it. Martin is thinking of not retiring now anyway since he has had such a good year.
  • (8/8) - Andretti-Green Racing may be winning most of the races in the IRL this year with their 4-driver powerhouse team, but evidently that is not enough. At Milwaukee, they forbid their drivers from participating in an IRL autograph session. The reason was Danica Patrick's popularity! Wristbands had to be given out to limit the line for her autograph to 300 people, while the Andretti-Green drivers were to have a separate autograph line. Andretti-Green says it is segregation of drivers, but it sounds like pure green jealousy to me. They were subsequently fined by the IRL, as driver promotions are a part of the IRL contract, so they showed up for the autograph session at Michigan the following week.

    Wait until they hit Kentucky this weekend - the IRL has put up 15 billboards in the area instead of the usual 3 to promote the race - and ALL of them have Danica's picture on them!

  • (8/1) - Rubens Barrichello, long-time teammate to Michael Schumacher, will be leaving Ferrari a year before his contract expires and moving to B.A.R. Honda. Felipe Massa from Sauber will take his place on the Ferrari team next year.


  • 2005 ALLSTATE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD

    Tony "forgot to shave" Stewart won the 400 in a final battle with Kasey Kahne. Little E got wrecked out and bounced around like a pinball in the middle of the race. He finished in last place. Jeff Gordon had his ups and downs finishing 8th.

    After the tire debacle at the U.S. Grand Prix, NASCAR's tire problem at the Brickyard stood out as eight cars shredded their front left tires. However they blew 12 tires last year at the Brickyard 400, and 21 left front tires at Pocono just this past June.

    BRICKYARD 400 RACE RESULTS

    Pos  St  No   Driver  Make  Points  Bonus  Laps   Status 
    1.  22  20   Tony Stewart  Chevrolet  190  10  160   Running 
    2.   Kasey Kahne  Dodge  175  160   Running 
    3.  25   Brian Vickers  Chevrolet  170  160   Running 
    4.  19   Jeremy Mayfield  Dodge  160   160   Running 
    5.  20  17   Matt Kenseth  Ford  160  160   Running 
    6.  40  41   Casey Mears  Dodge  155  160   Running 
    7.  10   Mark Martin  Ford  146   160   Running 
    8.  24   Jeff Gordon  Chevrolet  142   160   Running 
    9.  40   Sterling Marlin  Dodge  138   160   Running 
    10.  16   Kyle Busch *  Chevrolet  134   160   Running 
    11.  12   Mike Bliss  Chevrolet  130   160   Running 
    12.  38  99   Carl Edwards  Ford  127   160   Running 
    13.  28  45   Kyle Petty  Dodge  129  160   Running 
    14.  24  88   Dale Jarrett  Ford  121   160   Running 
    15.  15  43   Jeff Green  Dodge  118   160   Running 
    16.  15   Michael Waltrip  Chevrolet  115   160   Running 
    17.  23  42   Jamie McMurray  Dodge  112   160   Running 
    18.  37  97   Kurt Busch  Ford  109   160   Running 
    19.  14  29   Kevin Harvick  Chevrolet  106   160   Running 
    20.  29  31   Jeff Burton  Chevrolet  103   160   Running 
    21.  31  16   Greg Biffle  Ford  100   160   Running 
    22.  11  49   Ken Schrader  Dodge  97   160   Running 
    23.  33  91   Bill Elliott  Dodge  94   160   Running 
    24.  13   Robby Gordon  Chevrolet  96  160   Running 
    25.  41   Rusty Wallace  Dodge  88   160   Running 
    26.  26  22   Scott Wimmer  Dodge  90  160   Running 
    27.  35  104   Bobby Hamilton  Dodge  82   160   Running 
    28.  19  01   Joe Nemechek  Chevrolet  79   160   Running 
    29.  34  23   Mike Skinner  Dodge  76   160   Running 
    30.  30  07   Dave Blaney  Chevrolet  73   160   Running 
    31.  32  136   Boris Said  Chevrolet  70   160   Running 
    32.  38   Elliott Sadler  Ford  72  159   Running 
    33.  18  11   Jason Leffler  Chevrolet  64   159   Running 
    34.  12   Ryan Newman  Dodge  61   158   Running 
    35.  21  10   Scott Riggs  Chevrolet  58   152   Running 
    36.  43  44   Terry Labonte  Chevrolet  60  151   Out of Race 
    37.  39  77   Travis Kvapil *  Dodge  52   146   Running 
    38.  42  48   Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet  49   144   Out of Race 
    39.  25  32   Bobby Hamilton Jr.  Chevrolet  46   119   Running 
    40.  36  18   Bobby Labonte  Chevrolet  43   116   Out of Race 
    41.  21   Ricky Rudd  Ford  40   73   Out of Race 
    42.  17   Martin Truex Jr.  Chevrolet  37   62   Out of Race 
    43.  27   Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet  34   62   Out of Race 
               
    * Series rookie
               

    INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005 -- Indiana native Tony Stewart finally lived the dream he has coveted since childhood: winning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by taking the checkered flag at the 2005 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Aug. 7.

    Stewart, who was born in Rushville, Ind., and grew up in nearby Columbus -- less than an hour from the legendary 2.5-mile IMS oval, led 44 hard-fought laps of the 160-lap race, which saw numerous cautions and was highlighted by a nail-biting duel between Stewart and Kasey Kahne toward the end of the race. The result left Stewart overcome with emotion and exhaustion, but he celebrated by taking a slow lap the wrong way around the oval, punctuated by two climbs up the IMS catch fence: in front of his Turn 2 suite filled with family and friends, and at the Speedway's famous Yard of Bricks.

    "I'm dying right now," Stewart said with a laugh, after climbing off the main straightaway fence and lying down on the outside retaining wall. "I'm too tired to chase fences right now. Give me five minutes, and I'll be ready. "I wish I could put it in words," Stewart said, on what it meant to fulfill his dream. "Today has been my entire life. This is one of those days I don't want to end; I don't want to see the sun set. This is definitely the greatest day of my life, professionally, personally. I couldn't ask for more. Part of it hasn't sunk in yet. I'm sure when I'm over there with my family and friends, it will hit me."

    Stewart's win in the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet makes him the first Indiana-born driver to win a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the first Indiana-born driver to win at the Speedway since Shelbyville, Ind., native Wilbur Shaw won the 1940 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. The emotion of the day also overcame Stewart's crew chief, Greg Zipadelli, immediately following the checkered flag.

    "I thank the good Lord, man, I've never prayed that much in my life," said Zipadelli, his voice cracking. "Just to see the _expression on his face when I get over there will be worth everything."

    Stewart recently moved from North Carolina, headquarters for his Joe Gibbs Racing team, back to his childhood home in Columbus.

    Kahne finished second in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge, Brian Vickers was third in the No. 25 Garnier Fructis Chevrolet, Jeremy Mayfield was fourth in the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge, and Matt Kenseth finished fifth in the No. 17 DeWalt Power Tools Ford.

    The race saw 10 cautions for 43 laps, slowing the average speed to 118.782 mph, the second-slowest Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in history. The 2004 race was slowed by 13 cautions for 47 laps, with an average speed of 115.037. Pole winner Elliott Sadler looked strong at the beginning of the race, pulling out to a 1.340 second lead by the end of Lap 2.! He led the first 22 laps in the No. 38 M&M's Ford, lost the lead for a lap to pit and then led another 15 laps before surrendering the lead to Vickers. Sadler remained in the top 10 for most of the race until he had a tire go flat on Lap 150, forcing a pit stop. He lost a lap and finished 32nd.

    Stewart took the lead for the first time on Lap 100 -- amid thunderous applause from the throng of Allstate 400 at the Brickyard spectators -- and stayed in control of the race until Lap 134, when Kahne moved past him in Turn 4. But Stewart kept the pressure on Kahne, and as the two drivers dueled, they pulled away from the rest of the field. Fuel mileage became a concern as the leaders approached Lap 150, since most of the field last pitted on Lap 118 during a caution period.

    Jimmie Johnson, who entered the race as the NEXTEL Cup points leader, gave the leaders the break they were looking for on Lap 146, when a tire problem caused him to hit the SAFER Barrier ! in Turn 4.

    The green flag flew on Lap 150, and Stewart got a good run on Kahne through Turn 1 and took the lead at the exit of Turn 2.

    "You can imagine my surprise when we take the green and go into (Turn 1), and he (Kahne) gets tight and can't close the door," Stewart said. "Knowing Kasey as well as I do, and the respect we have for each other, that's the guy I wanted to race with for the win.

    "When I sailed off into (Turn 2), I had the attitude that I was going to win it or wear it. I knew I was going to do something stupid, I knew Kasey wouldn't. He knows what this race means to me."

    Stewart weaved back and forth down the straightaways after taking the lead to break Kahne's draft. The maneuvering was successful as Stewart gradually pulled away, winning by a margin of .794 of a second.

    Johnson's accident marked the end of a disastrous day for him, which started with a spin without contact exiting Turn 2 on Lap 75 fo! llowed by an unscheduled pit stop after his Hendrick Motorsports crew left the catch can in the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet.

    Following the Lap 146 accident, Johnson brought the car back to pit lane with a fire beneath the hood. Johnson made a hasty exit from the car but was briefly overcome by smoke. After the race, Johnson was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further evaluation and released. Four-time Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had mixed results in their attempts to qualify for the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.

    Earnhardt started 27th and immediately struggled with handling on the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet. But his crew hardly had an opportunity to work on the car, as Earnhardt was bumped from behind by Mike Skinner on a restart on Lap 61. Earnhardt hit the inside retaining wall head-on on the main straightaway, then rebounded and hit three other cars, including teammate Martin Truex Jr.,! who was eliminated. Earnhardt finished 43rd and Truex 42nd.

    Gordon started seventh in the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet but ran outside the top 10 for much of the race. He strategically pitted on Lap 124, however, while the leaders stayed out.

    After pitting, Gordon was at the back of lead-lap cars, and was 23rd on Lap 130. He rapidly moved through the field and finished eighth, gaining a spot in the NEXTEL Cup points.

    BRICKYARD 400 QUALIFYING
    Pos Car# Driver Car Make Sponsor
    1 #38 Elliott Sadler Ford M&Ms
    2 #19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge UAW
    3 #15 Michael Waltrip Chevy Napa
    4 #9 Kasey Kahne Dodge UAW
    5 #25 Brian Vickers Chevy Garnier Fructis
    6 #12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel
    7 #24 Jeff Gordon Chevy DuPont
    8 #40 Sterling Marlin Dodge Coor Light
    9 #21 Ricky Rudd Ford Motorcraft
    10 #6 Mark Martin Ford Viagra
    11 #49 Ken Schrader Dodge Red Baron
    12 #0 Mike Bliss Chevy NetZero
    13 #7 Robby Gordon Chevy Fruit of Loom
    14 #1 Martin Truex Jr Chevy Bass Pro
    15 #29 Kevin Harvick Chevy Goodwrench
    16 #43 Jeff Green Dodge Cheerios
    17 #5 Kyle Busch Chevy Kelloggs
    18 #11 Jason Lefler Chevy FedEx
    19 #01 Joe Nemechek Chevy Army
    20 #17 Matt Kenseth Ford DaWalt
    21 #10 Scott Riggs Chevy Rallys
    22 #20 Tony Stewart Chevy Home Depot
    23 #42 Jamie McMurray Dodge Havoline
    24 #88 Dale Jarrett Ford UPS
    25 #32 Bobby Hamilton JR Chevy Tide
    26 #22 Scott Wimmer Dodge Caterpillar
    27 #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy Budweiser
    28 #45 Kyle Petty Dodge Georgia Pacific
    29 #31 Jeff Burton Chevy Cingular
    30 #07 Dave Blaney Chevy Jack Daniels
    31 #16 Greg Biffle Ford National Guard
    32 #36 Boris Said Chevy Centrix
    33 #91 Bill Elliott Dodge Stanley
    34 #23 Mike Skinner Dodge History Channel
    35 #04 Bobby Hamilton Dodge BHR
    36 #18 Bobby Labonte Chevy Interstate
    37 #97 Kurt Busch Ford Crown Royal
    38 #99 Carl Edwards Ford AAA
    39 #77 Travis Kvapil Dodge Kodak
    40 #41 Casey Mears Dodge Target
    41 #2 Rusty Wallace Dodge Miller Lite
    42 #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Lowes
    43 #44 Terry Labonte Chevy Ditech.com

  • (8/6) - Casey Mears was the fastest in morning practice at 184.873 mph.
  • (8/5) - The Brickyard 400 race weekend shrank from three days down to two as rain fell on Indianapolis all day, cancelling NASCAR's Friday practice. It was the first complete rainout of an official Brickyard 400 event day in the 12-year history of the event.

    Ryan Newman
    NASCAR star Ryan Newman caught this fish in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during his unexpected day off Friday.
    Pace Car
    The Pace Vehicle is a 2006 Chevy SSR



    The rain also forced a shuffle of the schedule for Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Qualifying Day on Saturday, Aug. 6. The schedule (all times local):

    7 a.m.: Public gates open
    8-9 a.m.: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice
    9:30-10:30 a.m.: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice
    3:10 p.m.: Allstate 400 at the Brickyard qualifications (best of two laps)

    The rainout also forced the event to become an impound race, in which NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams can only do very limited work on their cars between the end of qualifying and the start of the race at 1:30 p.m. (local time) Sunday.

    Some drivers turned out in the morning to sign autographs for fans. They also had a R/C car race which pit drivers against some fans.

  • (8/5) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park was ran last night. Dennis Setzer won.
  • (8/4) - The final USAC Silver Crown Series pavement event of 2005 was completed at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Part of the three-day Kroger Speedfest, the J.D. Byrider 100 was the last pavement race for the current Silver Crown chassis.


    Bobby East

    NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers Kasey Kahne, Jason Leffler and Carl Edwards strapped into a Silver Crown sprint car for the night. Leffler, driving for Panther Racing, qualified on the pole with a fast lap of 21.115 seconds on the one-mile oval. Defending event champion Jay Drake drove his Tony Stewart owned car to the outside of row one. Tony Stewart was also on hand helping out the pit crew. Kahne started directly behind Leffler on the second row after running the third quickest qualifying lap.

    In front of packed stands and a full grassy hillside Drake took the lead as the green flag waved. Kahne and Leffler drove side by side the first few laps. On lap 14 a strong Bobby East in the Klatt Enterprises machine took the lead from Drake.

    On lap 98 Kahne bumped the wall in turn 1 and brought out the final yellow of the night, eliminating his hopes for a podium finish. But the yellow set up a dash to the checkered with Leffler immediately behind East on the restart with 2 laps to go.

    East's Ford motor had what it needed to pull off the victory. He was joined on the podium by Leffler and Josh Wise.

  • September 2005

  • (9/29) - Champ car canceled its planned Korean race for next month. It got cancelled last year as well.
  • (9/28) - Ken Unger, 3rd in command of the IRL after Tony George and Brian Barnhard, announced he is leaving the company at the end of this season. Apparently it is over the new reduced 2006 race schedule that he prepared.
  • Dan

  • (9/25) - Dan Wheldon clinched the 2005 Indy Car Championship today at the Glen. One more race to go - Fontana, the last time the IRL will be going there. Wheldon has had a stellar year so far, winning Homestead, St. Pete, Japan, Indianapolis, Pikes Peak and Chicago.

    Danica Patrick clinched the Rookie of the Year honors.











  • Alonso
  • (9/25) - There is finally a second F1 World Drivers Champion in the 21st century! Fernando Alonso drove his Renault to third in Brazil wrapping up the championship. He finished behind the McLarens. At age 24, Alonso is the youngest man to win the F1 title.

    In the driver's interviews after the race, I was surprised to hear Alonso say, "I think I came from a country with no traditions in Formula One and, you know, I fought alone, basically, because I had no help from anyone for all of my career. I arrived in Formula One thanks to the results in my previous categories and thanks to my sponsors and now I think this title is the maximum I can achieve in my life, in my career, and it is thanks to three or four people, no more than that." A little different than the average winners interviews where they thank their team and family, etc.





  • (9/16) - The Unsers are opening a Unser museum in Albuquerque, N.M. The grand opening of the 13,000- square-foot facility will showcase the family's contributions to racing is today. It is located at at 1776 Montano NW.

    Says Al sr, "Between the three of us - Bobby, Al (Jr.) and I and (nephew) Johnny Unser, we could probably fill three museums. We'll pick certain items that will showcase racing - like the Indy room and Pikes Peak - and then two other rooms that will be made up of different cars like hot rods and street rods. Then there's a place called Jerry's Garage, which will honor my father because he's the one who got us going in this."

  • (9/15) - ABC has pressured the IRL into drastically changing its schedule. They wanted a tighter schedule and they've gotten it. Eight weeks have been squeezed out. They wanted the IRL to drop Japan, but the race is important to Honda, so it stays on the docket. Pikes Peak has tentatively been dropped from the IRL schedule since it has no safer barrier and due to a management problem. The IRL has raced there since 1997 and attendance was up this year.

    A suitable date was not found for Phoenix International (good riddance!) or California Speedway and they've been dropped.

    2006 IRL SCHEDULE

  • (9/15) - Ryan Briscoe's car got airborn at Chicago and he flew into the fence where his car was shredded like lettuce in a big fireball. Luckily his Panoz tub stayed intact. Dave Brown, who is the fire and safety coordinator for the team and who drives Commander One, the primary rescue vehicle explained the brutality of the impact and what actually happened to Briscoe during Tuesday evening's Autosport Radio show here in Indianapolis.

    He said the accelerometer in Briscoe's helmet registered in excess of 150g's on impact and "that much force against the shoulders is bound to cause breakage and Ryan also sustained damage to his T1 and T2 discs" in the lower back. These injuries were in addition to concussion, singed eyebrows and bruises to both of his knees.

    Brown expects Ryan Briscoe to be sidelined for a minimum of 6-8 weeks, which would take him out of commission for the balance of the season, which resumes next weekend on the Watkins Glen International road course.

  • (9/15) - Since they are out of The Chase, Earnhardt and Gordon have already begun restructuring for 2006, replacing crew chiefs for the first Chase race. Earnhardt will be reunited with his cousin Tony Eury, Jr., and Gordon -- with Robbie Loomis serving as a consultant for Chase-contender Jimmie Johnson before heading to Petty Enterprises next season -- will get a head start with Steve Letarte (former car chief on the No. 24) for a possible full-time run in 2006.
  • (9/11) - Kimi Raikkonen won the Belgian Grand Prix for the second straight year Sunday, keeping alive his distant shot at the title while denying Fernando Alonso a first chance to become Formula One's youngest champion. One thing is for sure, Michael Schumacher will not be winning his 6th consecutive championship. The last time Schumy lost a F1 Drivers Championship was in 1999 to Mika Hakkinen.
  • (9/11) - Jack Roush has all five of his NASCAR Nextel Cup teams in The Chase!

    DRIVERS IN NASCAR CHASE
    1. Tony StewawrtJoe Gibbs RacingChevy
    2. Greg BiffleRoush RacingFord
    3. Rusty WallacePenske RacingDodge
    4. Jimmie JohnsonHendrick MotorsportsChevy
    5. Kurt BuschRoush RacingFord
    6. Mark MartinRoush RacingFord
    7. Jeremy MayfieldEverham MotorsportsDodge
    8. Carl EdwardsRoush RacingFord
    9. Matt KensethRoush RacingFord
    10. Ryan NewmanPenske RacingDodge

    10th place Ryan Newman is only 45 points out of first place.

  • (9/11) - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be featured on National Geographic Channel’s new show “MegaStructures” premiering at 8 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday Sept. 13.

    The show, which features the “greatest buildings and machines ever created,” according to the National Geographic Channel Web site, will be rebroadcast at 11 p.m. (EDT) Sept. 13 and at 5 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 14.

  • (9/10) - Was Ryan Briscoe's 1.163-mile advantage over Danica Patrick in qualifying for Sunday's Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean too good to be true?

    Apparently the Indy Racing League's scrutineers found a "post-qualifying technical infraction" for all three Target Chip Ganassi Racing team cars and threw Briscoe, Scott Dixon and Jaques Lazier to the rear of the 23-car field.

    No precise explanation was given concerning the infraction involved.

    The disqualification gives Danica Patrick her third Marlboro Pole Award in the 15th race of the 2005 season, tying her with Tomas Scheckter for most poles in a rookie season.

    Just call Patrick the lucky lady; her first two poles came when qualifying was rained out and the grid was based on the combined practice times.

    Teammate Buddy Rice starts alongside Patrick and all other qualifiers move up one spot in the starting lineup.

    Interestingly, the person who has the pole position for the Infiniti Pro Series race at Chicago is Sarah McCune. This is her first IPS race! This weekend the IRL has two women on the pole. Wow.

  • (9/10) - Morris Nunn has pretty much seen it all and done it all in motorsports. Nunn has worked with and/or owned Formula One teams, done the same in Champ Car and the Indy Racing League and now, well, maybe it might be time to play a bit more golf with wife Kathryn, who had her own successful 2004 Menards Infiniti Pro Series squad.

    Five years after opening Mo Nunn Racing, Morris decided closure was the best route for him and held a two-day auction to rid himself of the accoutrements of his most recent incarnation. Never the sentimentalist, everything went. The team's final campaign came during this year's Indianapolis 500 as a collaborative effort with Fernandez Racing and that team's co-owner Adrian Fernandez.

  • (9/10) - Williams F1 team is going to switch from Michelin to Bridgestone tires in 2006 so we can look forward to seeing them actually competing in next year's U.S. Grand Prix.
  • (9/10) - Paul Stoddard has decided to sell his Minardi Formula One team to Red Bull, who already has a team. Red Bull has not confirmed drivers for the so-called "rookie" team but rumour has it that Tonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed will take the race duties at whatever Minardi becomes, while Christian Klien will partner David Coulthard at the already established team. The idea is for the two squads to operate independently of one another and be in direct competition with each other.
  • (9/8) - IMS is again considering holding a motorcycle race on the road course. They are interested in Superbike World Championship and MotoGP, a pair of European-based series that use many F-1 tracks.

    The earliest a motorcycle race could be held is 2007, although a more likely scenario is 2009 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the track's opening, which, coincidentally, was a motorcycle race.

  • (9/8) - Scott Speed received a contract extension through 2006 and was promoted to test driver and top reserve for the Red Bull F-1 team, which means the 22-year-old Californian will practice on Fridays at events next year but not compete in the Sunday races.
  • (9/8) - Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP) has received approval from its owner (NHRA) to install the SAFER barrier on the oval track.
  • October 2005

  • (10/26) - NEW FORMULA ONE QUALIFYING RULES
    An exciting new "knockout" qualifying format will be used to determine the starting lineup for the 2006 United States Grand Prix on July 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and for the rest of 2006 Formula One season.

    Pending final approval from the FIA World Council, the one-hour qualifying session will be split into three parts on the Saturday of each Grand Prix weekend. Each of the three parts will contain multiple drivers on track simultaneously turning as many laps as they want, a change from the single-car, one-lap qualifying system used from 2003-2005.

  • All 20 cars will turn laps at any time during the first 15 minutes of the session. At the end of the first 15 minutes, the five slowest cars drop out and fill the final five grid places.
  • The 15 remaining cars then will turn laps in the second 15-minute session. At the end of that session, the next group of the five slowest cars drop out and fill 10th through 15th places on the grid.
  • The final 20-minute session will feature a dramatic shootout between the remaining 10 fastest cars to decide pole position and the starting order for the top 10 grid places.
  • An element of suspense and pit strategy remains entwined in the new qualifying format as the top 10 cars must qualify with the amount of fuel with which they plan to start the race.

    In other pending rules changes, the rule limiting a driver to a single set of tires for qualifying and the race will be dropped, and in 2006 drivers will be allowed to change tires but will be limited to seven sets (28 tires) of dry-weather tires during the weekend.

  • (10/17) - I was watching Monday Night Football and they started talking about Danica Patrick! She's still a hot topic.
  • (10/16) - What happens when little Danica disrespects you? She complained about Jaques Lazier being responsible for her wreck during the final IRL race of the year yesterday. The media is looking hard for a story on her scoff at Lazier after she reportedly wacked him lightly in the head on their trip back from the wreck in an emergency vehicle and said "What were you thinking?!" Lazier was reportedly angry and later scoffed back to reporters that she's weak.

    Patrick, who came away from the crash with a sore left elbow, and Lazier, who was not injured, came together and both spun and slammed hard into the wall. Each blamed the other for the crash that set up the dramatic finish. It looked like Lazier did drift up and into Patrick's rear tire.

    "That's not the way I wanted to finish my season," Patrick said. "I was on my radio all day about him. He was all over the track even when he was running by himself. No wonder he jumps around from team to team. Needless to say, I'm pretty frustrated."

    Lazier said Patrick was the one at fault for continually pinching his car down in the corners.

    "She didn't want to give me any room," Lazier said.

    Running a pink paint scheme in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness didn't change Target/Ganassi Racing's luck because Lazier's crash was unofficially the 28th of the season for the team. Steve Chassey, an insurance executive who raced Indy cars in the 1970s and '80s, estimated Ganassi's crash damage tab for the season is higher than for the entire Champ Car World Series field.

  • (10/16) - Dario Franchitti won his second race of the IRL season at Fontana, in the final race of the season. Franchitti is the first driver to win the race from pole. He dedicated the race to Greg Moore who died at this track in a CART race in '99.
  • (10/16) - I had to stay up Saturday night till 3 a.m. to watch the Chinese Grand Prix! Fernando Alonso won his 7th race tying Kimi Raikonnen for 7 wins this season! Kimi finished 2nd, but Alonso's teammate Fisichella finished 4th helping Renault edge out McLaren for the Manufacturers trophy.

    This was Peter Sauber's last F1 race as team principal. He is handing off control to BMW who gained majority control of the stock. Sauber was in Formula One for 13 years.

  • (10/15) - Dario Franchitti won the pole for tomorrow's IRL race at Fontana (their last). I was playing X-boxe's IndyCar 2005 tonight and I noticed the announcer on it didn't know how to pronounce Dario's last name - Ha.
  • (10/15) - Honda announced they will continue their role as an engine supplier to the IRL through at least 2009.

    Honda Performance Development (HPD) president Robert Clarke said, "We welcome competition but understand we may be the only ones involved," once Chevrolet leaves after tomorrow's Toyota Indy 400 and Toyota itself departs after the 2006 campaign. We are prepared to supply the entire IndyCar Series field [with leased engines at the same fixed cost to all teams] and feel it is crucial that everyone is supplied equal equipment. Our relationship with Ilmor (who assisted Honda and HPD in their initial entry into the League) has been mutually beneficial. It ends at the close of the 2006 season but we are in discussion to continue our agreement with Ilmor."

  • (10/15) - Red Bull has announced that once it completes its takeover of Minardi on November 1st, the Italian squad will then be known as Squadra Toro Rosso. The name is Italian for Team Red Bull.

    The driver complement was also confirmed, although not to which teams they will be assigned. David Coutlhard has already signed for the Red Bull team and the others are Christian Klien, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Scott Speed and Neel Jani.

  • (10/11) - Panoz is going to begin making chassis for Champ car in 2007. The series currently uses just Lolas. The new Panoz DP01 chassis will be smaller than the current Lola tub in both length and width andweighs 165 pounds less. Panoz also makes a chassis for the IRL, but the Champcar monocoque will be different, as it uses a different engine (turbo).
  • (10/8) - Delphi Corp., the nation's largest auto supplier, filed for bankruptcy today, which is expected to result in plant closures and layoffs, is one of the largest in U.S. history. Probably bad news to Scott Sharp whose main sponsor is Delphi.
  • (10/9) - A.J. Foyt IV, 21, is quitting his grandpa's IRL team and switching to NASCAR Busch racing where he'll drive next year for Ray Evernham. Grandpa Foyt said ""He wants to do this, he's figured (the opportunity) out for himself, and it's time to let him hear things from someone else." Foyt Enterprises has not yet named a replacement driver for the IRL team.

  • Dan Wheldon and Team Andretti Green
    won the IRL Championship and the Indy 500 in 2005

    2005 Champ

    with a Honda-powered Dallara

    2005 Champ

    Danica Patrick beat out Ryan Briscoe, Tomas Enge and Paul Dana for 2005 IRL Rookie Of The Year. She also won Indy 500 Rookie of the Year honors after she finished in 4th. The diminutive racer drives for team Rahal Letterman Racing. Her car was a Honda-powered Panoz. This rookie's popularity sky rocketed after the Indy 500 and she appeared on many magazine covers and television shows, often overshadowing the other drivers. She finished in 12th place overall in the IRL and had 3 poles this season!

    Rookie Champ

    November 2005

  • TOP DRIVERS OF 2005
    By Kurt Van der Dussen

    At long last the racing season is over and it's time to rate the top 10 drivers from across the sport.

    And it shouldn't take a lot of brainpower to figure out that Tony Stewart deserves to be the Driver of the Year.

    And not just because he won his second NASCAR Nextel Cup title. In the most competitive series there is, his final stats were five wins, 17 top-fives and 25 top-10s. He scored the most points in the regular season and the most in the Chase.

    But he also finally won the war against himself. Moving back to Columbus probably was worth more than all that counseling.

    No. 2 in turn has to be Indy Racing League champ Dan Wheldon. He won the title in overpowering style with six wins, including the Indianapolis 500. That's right, Dan, not Danica, won Indy for you casual readers.

    No. 3 is F1 champ Fernando Alonso. He ended Michael Schumacher's world championship streak at five. He wasn't F1's fastest driver and didn't have the fastest car - Kiki Raikkonen was and did - but he was solid and consistent in becoming the youngest world champ.

    No. 4 is Carl Edwards who as a Nextel Cup rookie won four races and finished third for the title. He also made a run at the Busch title as well. This kid is a likely future multiple Cup champ.

    No. 5 is the afore-cited Raikkonen, who was the F1 season's brightest star even if Alonso won the title. He tied Alonso with seven wins and lost two or three others and the title to sheer rotten luck. He must be the favorite for the crown in 2006 and the measure of his ability is that Ferrari lusts to sign him to succeed Schumi when he retires, perhaps in 2007.

    No. 6 is Greg Biffle, who led the Cup series with six wins and had 15 top-fives and 21 top-10s. He looks likely to add a Cup title to his Craftsman Truck and Busch titles in the future.

    No. 7 is Steve Kinser. Ho-hum. All he did was win a 20th World of Outlaws title, and at an age when very few drivers are even strapping into a car, much less winning races. But he'd better look over his shoulder because son Kraig already is his most formidable challenger.

    No. 8 is Max Angelelli, a driver most of you never have heard of. But he's the champ of the fast-growing and very competitive Rolex Sports Car Series, and his driving style is so aggressive rivals call him Max the Axe.

    No. 9 is young Sebastian Bourdais. He won his second straight Champ Car title - a crown of modest value, to be sure. But he also won an IROC race and no less than Mark Martin says a Cup team should sign the young Frenchman because he could cut the mustard in NASCAR. Why the Renault F1 team has not signed him is baffling.

    Finally, No. 10 is Jimmie Johnson. Yes, he failed for the third straight year to win the Cup. But he's the only guy in position to win it the last three years, too. And his four wins included another Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte, while his 22 top-10 finishes were second only to Stewart.

    As for Danica Patrick, if a female driver ought to be on the list, it would be British lass Katherine Legge, who won three races in the tough Formula Atlantic series from which Bobby Rahal plucked Patrick last winter for fame and fortune without having won so much as one race.

  • (11/29) - The 2005 IRL Champ and Indy 500 Winner will remain in Indycar next season. Rumors circulated since May that Dan Wheldon might move to Formula One in '06.

    However, Wheldon will be driving for Chip Ganassi Racing next year.

    Naturally, the question arises why Wheldon would leave a winning power-house team like Andretti-Green. He claims that he was ready for a change and that he did not find the right situation in F1, so he has signed with Ganassi.

    Ganassi has not had their normal good luck this past year. They are not resigning Ryan Briscoe and they will run a two-car team next season.

  • (11/22) - Sad news today for single guys across the country. Danica Patrick has gotten married. The 23-year-old driver and physical therapist Paul Hospenthal, 40, wed Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz
  • (11/21) - The NASCAR Nextel Cup season has finally came to an end. We bid adieu to Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace as they retire. Mark Martin's great season has changed his mind about retiring - he finishes the season in 4th place. Jeff Gordon finished outside the top 10! The championship came down to the last race this year. While the Indy 500 winner, Dan Wheldon, won the Indycar championship, the Brickyard 400 winner, Tony Stewart, won the Cup championship.
  • (11/17) - Toyota F1 is through with French tires and are moving to Japanese Bridgestones next season.
  • (11/17) - Red Bull's F1 team says they will be hiring renowned engineer Adrian Newey this February after his contract expires with McLaren.

    In the mid eighties Newey was chief designer for MarchF1 and then technical director for Leyton House. In 1990 he moved to Williams and the cars he designed between 1990 and 1997 for the Grove outfit won four drivers' titles and five constructors' championships.

    Newey then joined McLaren and produced cars that won the constructors' in 1998 and gave Mika Hakkinen two consecutive drivers' titles in '98 and '99. He was nearly enticed to join Jaguar -- which was taken over by Red Bull -- in 2001 but shortly after Jaguar announced his signing, McLaren retaliated by stating that Newey was staying put.

  • (11/12) - Al Unser had to have a tumor removed from his liver this week.
  • (11/12) - Kurt Busch got pulled over near Phoenix raceway and got a reckless driving ticket. He may have lucked out as the police's breath tester was broken. Doh!

    Update: Rousch Racing has consequently suspended him from driving in the last two races of the year. Kurt moves to Penske Racing next year.

  • (11/12) - Champ Car champ Sebastien Bourdais thought he would get into F1 via Renault, since it is a French company and he is French. Alas he has found that they don't want him and apparently rejected his request for a F1 test. Alleging that Renault president Patrick Faure knocks French drivers to justify his policy to hire foreigners, Sebastien Bourdais said: "They've done enough bad-mouthing about me... They should stop having fun demolishing all the French drivers."
  • (11/12) - 2005 Indy winner Dan Wheldon accepted an invitation to compete in the Race of Champions on Friday, Dec. 3 at the Stade de France in Paris.

    In the Race of Champions, Wheldon will represent the IRL against top drivers from all of the world’s other major forms of motorsports – Formula One, World Rally, NASCAR, sports cars, Champ Car, GP2, Rally Raid and DTM – in a unique event. Drivers will compete on an asphalt course in France’s national soccer stadium before more than 60,000 fans, driving a Citroen Xsara WRC car, Porsche 911 GT3 sports car and Race of Champions off-road buggy in heat races.

    The heats will eliminate drivers until two drivers square off in a race to determine the champion. Race of Champions drivers also will compete for the Nations Cup, representing their home country.

    Other drivers scheduled to compete in Paris are Formula One stars David Coulthard and Felipe Massa, four-time Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon, World Rally champions Sebastian Loeb, Marcus Gronholm and Colin McRae, motocross champion Travis Pastrana, Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais, Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, DTM and former Formula One star Jean Alesi, GP2 standouts Heikki Kovalainen and Nelson Piquet Jr., DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom and Rally Raid star Stephane Peterhansel.

  • (11/7) - BAR bested the Formula One land-speed record during runs at the Mojave airbase in California. They reached a speed of 258 mph!
  • (11/7) - Pedro de la Rosa won Montoya's charity gokart race in Columbia today. Ten F1 and Indy Car drivers competed in two heats, with the winner having the best average. Juan Pablo won the first heat and Vitantonio Liuzzi, who will be driving for Toro Rosso in '06, won the second.

    IRL drivers Helio Castroneves, Dan Wheldon and Roger Yasukawa competed as did F1 drivers Christian Klien, Christijan Albers and Antonio Pizzonia.

  • (11/5) - The IRL has changed its testing rules for 2006. The number of test days will be reduced from 12 to 8. If a team has more than one entry, those other entrys will have to share the testing days afforded. This may help level the playing field somewhat between big teams and smaller ones. Also, the teams will be able to choose when and where they test for the 3 private test days allowed.

    In a move to bolster support for the Infiniti Pro Series, the IRL will award an extra test day for every four IPS races that an IRL team competes in so that a team could earn up to 3 extra test days. However, the IPS driver must perform half of the testing duties in the IRL car on those extra test days.

  • (11/2) - IRL Champion Dan Wheldon said last weekend that he had not yet signed a deal but has been in talks with F1 teams as being a test driver next year, leading to a possible ride in '07.
  • (11/2) - The IRL racing team of Super Aguri is trying to raise a team to compete in Formula One next year. Aguri Suzuki says he will have Honda power and he is in talks with F1 driver Takuma Sato, who has been ousted from his BAR race seat by Rubens Barrichello. He has not announced who his sponsors would be and the FIA would have to approve the team.
  • (11/2) - NASCAR is testing a new boxier car design that is less aerodynamic in hopes of slowing cars and making it easier to pass in the Nextel Cup. This car design may be introduced in '06 or '07.





  • December 2005

  • (12/26) - Panther Racing is searching for some sponsorship to stay in business. With the withdrawal of Chevrolet and the reduced sponsorship dollars from Pennzoil, more money is needed or this IRL team could fold. They are planning an auction at the end of January to sell off some of their extra equipment. Doug Boles, co-owner, says “We have enough equipment at Panther Racing to run three entries full time in 2006. It does not make good business sense to keep all of that inventory here when we can sell some of it and sharpen our focus on a quality one car effort. Many major corporations are looking at reallocating their assets based on the current economic climates.”

    Formed in late 1997, Panther remains one of the most successful teams in the Indy Racing League’s history, with 15 race victories and two championships. The currently employ drivers Tomas Scheckter and Tomas Enge.

  • (12/24) - Wow, the new announcement that Fernando Alonso, 2005 Formula One World Champion, would be driving for McLaren in '07 was quite a shock.

    First off, young Alonso is with a quick team already. McLaren hasn't won a championship since 1999. When things are all working correctly, McLaren Mercedes probably had the best car, but they didn't win the championship because too often their cars were breaking down. In racing, I will always choose the lucky ones over the good ones. McLaren has definately been unlucky in 05. Alonso shouldn't switch before McLaren has shown they've turned it around.

    Secondly, McLaren already has two of the best drivers around - Raikkonen and Montoya. Do they think Alonso is more talented than those two?! He may be as good, but he's definately not as experienced. I think he's just been lucky. Perhaps Ron Dennis prefers lucky to good as well.

    But why announce it now?! What will this do to Alonso next season when he knows he is racing against his future team? Will Renault lessen their support of him? And at McLaren, there is already plenty of competition between Kimi and Juan Pablo, who needs more? You've got to assume that the boy on his way out will be the Columbian. This is bound to mess with his mind all of next season. Look what Villeneuve did when he heard BAR was going to let him go - he dropped out of F1 immediately and didn't finish the last race of the year.

    Perhaps Ferrari will get their act together again and it won't even matter! Oh well... time will tell. It should be interesting for us fans next year.

  • Austin Woodham

  • (12/22) - Pay attention to this name as you may be hearing a lot about him in the decades ahead. Austin Woodham is now 12 years old and he is being inducted into the Quarter Midget Hall Of Fame as one of the greatest drivers in the sports history!

    Woodham joins Ryan Newman as Hoosiers to receive the honor. Woodham compiled an astounding 200 feature wins, four national titles, six track championships and 14 track records over a five-year period in Quarter Midgets. He is planning to move up to 600cc Mini-Sprints next year.

  • The Three Andrettis

  • (12/22) - Michael Andretti, 43, has decided to get back into the race car after retiring in 2004. He will compete in the 90th Indy 500 next May. He will be driving a black and orange car and he thinks it will be #1.

    His son Marco, 19, is moving up to Indycars from the Infiniti Pro Series in '06. Perhaps this is the reason Michael if giving Indy another shot. Maybe he can better help his kid if he's actually out there racing. Michael and his father Mario race against each other in Indycars for around a decade. Of course Mario raced much longer than most drivers; I think he was 54 when he retired.

  • (12/18) - Michelin Tire company has announced rather angrily that they will be dropping out as one of two tire suppliers to Formula One after next season. They say the management of F1 has decided to prevent the teams from having a choice of tires to choose from, that the tire is a very important part of a race car and that this will result in reduced competition.

    F1 management replied that the competing teams have asked to have just one tire supplier and that they were going to force the issue in 2008. They claim having just 1 tire supplier will result in lowered costs and be more fair. Then for good measure they threw in a barb about the 2005 U.S. grand prix.

  • (12/16) - A.J. Foyt Enterprises has hired Felipe Giaffone as driver in 2006. A.J.'s grandson, who drove for him the past two years in the IRL, has moved to NASCAR's Busch series.
  • (12/16) - Toyota is withdrawing from the IRL. They were supposed to continue their engine support through next year. Chevy dropped out this year also. Apparently the IRL has decided to switch to a one-engine formula as a cost savings measure. Consequently, next year all Indy Cars will be powered by Honda.

    This brings up a question - "Will there finally be a foreign Pace Car in the Indy 500?" The pace cars have always been provided by American car companys, but next year the only participating car manufacturer will be Honda.

    Over their three years (49 races) of competition in the IndyCar series, Toyota won one manufacturers' championship with Scott Dixon taking the drivers' title in 2003. Toyota powered cars to 17 race victories and 22 poles.

  • (12/15) - NASCAR's Jim Hunter said that Jeff Gordon, Little E, Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler "showed a "lack of respect for the history and tradition of the sport" because they didn't show up to NASCAR's December award show in NYC. Umm... Jim Hunter who? In a similar attack, NASCAR president Mike Helton wants to strip them of their bonus money for not coming to his party.
  • (12/11) - The IRL has forced or conned the "I.R.L. Crew" into dissolving. I suppose they thought they could either do a better job of running it, or they thought they could make a couple bucks.
  • (12/10) - F1 TEAM CHANGES FOR 2006 - Honda bought all of the business interest in B.A.R. and this week renamed the team "Honda Racing F1 Team".

    Williams F1 has switched from BMW to Cosworth power. Their new 20 y/o driver, Nico Rosberg, is the son of 1982 F1 champ Keke Rosberg.

    Sauber has switched from Ferrari to BMW power.

    Jordan F1 was purchased and renamed "Midland F1". They will be using Toyota power.

    Red Bull purchased another team - Minardi. They changed the name to "Scuderia Toro Rosso".

  • (12/10) - Red Bull reports that American Scott Speed and Vitantonio "Tonio" Liuzzi will be the drivers for Scuderia Toro Rosso.
  • (12/10) - A new evaluation by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA) estimates that the use of cell phones by drivers may result in approximately 2,600 deaths, 330,000 injuries, and 1.5 million instances of property damage in America per year.

    They suggest that a complete ban on non-emergency cell phone use by drivers would save something around $43 billion annually.

  • (12/10) - Bryan Herta renewed his contract to drive for AGR for another year. Tony Kanaan was already under contract for next year. Dario Franchitti needs to resign, then AGR will search for a 4th driver to replace outgoing Dan Wheldon. One possible choice is Marco Andretti who won all of the road course races in the Infiniti Pro Series last year.
  • (12/10) - Ryan Briscoe was let go by the IRL's Target Chip Ganassi Team. On Wednesday Briscoe popped up at the wheel of a Toyota F1 car in Spain. The test was useful for both parties as Toyota needed someone to drive because Olivier Panis is currently out of action because of illness and it will do Briscoe no harm at all to be seen in an F1 car. Briscoe is trying to get a drive next year in Champ Cars, aiming to move to PKV Racing to replace Jimmy Vasser.
  • (12/10) - NASCAR said Wednesday said it had reached an eight-year agreement that splits its race programming among four U.S. television networks starting in 2007.

    The new deal with the Fox, Speed, TNT and ESPN/ABC networks represents an increase over Nascar's current six-year, $2.4 billion pact with NBC, Fox and others that expires after 2006. A source familiar with the situation valued the new deal at $4.48 billion over the eight year term.

    The final 17 Nextel Cup races will be broadcast on ABC or ESPN, the networks tha broadcast Indycar. With the shortening of the IRL season, ABC now conveniently has the IRL season ending Sunday September 10 and the NASCAR Chase beginning the following Sunday, September 17.

    ABC's NASCAR coverage begins Sunday July 23 at Pocono and the IRL package doesn't end until 7 weeks later, there are only two weekends that the IRL and NASCAR races occur on the same day and those don't occur at the same time. ABC, by starting their NASCAR coverage with 17 races remaining, will also broadcast the Indianapolis Brickyard 400 August 8 and Bristol August 26, two of NASCAR’s highest rated races, and neither conflict with an IRL race date.

  • (12/4) - The two-times World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb wrapped up his perfect season in WRC this year by winning the 2005 Race of Champions at the Stade de France. The Scandinavia team won the Nations Cup in the event.

    Entry List:

    BENELUX: Christijan Albers (HOL/F1) + François Duval (BEL/WRC).
    BRAZIL: Felipe Massa (F1) + Nelson Piquet Jr. (GP2/A1GP).
    FINLAND: Marcus Grönholm (WRC) + Heikki Kovalainen (GP2).
    FRANCE: Jean Alesi (DTM) + Sébastien Loeb (WRC).
    TEAM PLAYSTATION FRANCE: Sébastien Bourdais (Champ Car) + Stéphane Peterhansel (Rally-raid).
    GERMANY: Bernd Schneider (DTM) + Armin Schwarz (WRC).
    GREAT BRITAIN: David Coulthard (F1) + Colin McRae (WRC).
    SCANDINAVIA: Tom Kristensen (DEN/Endurance) + Mattias Ekström (SWE/DTM).
    UNITED STATES: Jeff Gordon (NASCAR) + Travis Pastrana (X-GAMES).
    Wild card entries (competing in the individual Race of Champions only): Dani Sordo (SPA/WRC) and Dan Wheldon (GBR/IRL)

  • (12/4) - Bernie Ecclestone, who runs Formula One, said Friday that he sold part of his stake in the car-racing series to the British buyout firm CVC Capital Partners amid a threat by auto companies to set up their own competition.

    CVC also acquired the 48 percent stake held by Bayerische Landesbank of Germany, Ecclestone added.

    CVC in July raised €6 billion, or $7 billion, to create one of Europe's biggest buyout funds.

    Ecclestone, a British billionaire who used to control 25 percent, will remain chief executive of Formula One. Financial terms were not disclosed.