It is going to take a while to get used to seeing Wheldon in a red Target suit.
DANICA AT ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONADanica Patrick's teammates were Rusty Wallace, Allan McNish and Jan Lammers.
Someone told me yesterday that Toyota now sells more cars in America than Chevy, Chrysler or Ford. I found that hard to believe and went looking for answers. Here is the best thing I could find:
"U.S. automakers' stranglehold on much of the Midwest is eroding. From 2000 to 2004, their share of the Midwest market fell from 78.6% to 71.2%, according to R.L. Polk & Co., which tracks auto registrations. Asian automakers' share went from 17.6% to 24.2%. The Midwest — North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan — is Detroit's biggest market. On the East and West coasts, Detroit vehicles make up about 50% of sales; in the South, they make up about 60%."
The IRL says they are now going to use Gene Simmons as a spokesman. Ugly, hairy and old Gene used to be the frontman for the 70's rock band Kiss. What his appeal is now, I'm not exactly sure. He has also developed a new theme song for the IRL called "I Am Indy". Thankfully, it only lasts 90 seconds.
Patrick, 23, will work with retiring NASCAR Nextel Cup star Rusty Wallace's team for the January 28 race, which features Daytona Prototype cars and lasts 24 hours over a 3.56-mile road course as teams rotate drivers.
Patrick, who became the highest-finishing woman ever in the Indianapolis 500, was named Female Athlete of the Year by the United States Sports Academy after dominating a worldwide Internet election hosted by usatoday.com. Patrick also was runner-up in media voting for the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, trailing only golf superstar Annika Sorenstam.
Patrick also ranked No. 6 among 30 athletes in fan voting at ESPN.com in the "Who Was The Ultimate Face of 2005, SportsNation?" poll.
IndyCar® Series rookie Patrick electrified the sports world in May after qualifying fourth for the 89th Indianapolis 500, leading three times for 19 laps and finishing fourth after a thrilling late-race duel with eventual winner Dan Wheldon. She was named JPMorgan Chase Bank Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year.
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I'm just jealous ;-)
Schumi's new home is next to a golf course too.
How cool is that!
Here are some "internet rumors" about the house: an underground garage to hold 19 cars, an in-door swimming pool, a sauna, a climbing wall, a gym and a 189-foot trophy room.
Michael Andretti is also getting back behind the wheel of an Indycar this Spring. He will be racing against his son, Marco. How fitting.
First, here are the words Stewart spoke a few days ago: "We're gonna kill somebody," Stewart said. "Somebody else is gonna die at Daytona or Talladega with what we're doing right here. I hope I'm not around when it happens."
What he meant by "we're" is Crew Chief Zipadelli and himself.
The Daytona 500 is not even over with as I write this, but Stewart has already intentionally taken out two guys that could have won today. Early in the race Stewart went into the wall to put Jeff Gordon there. Around lap 120 he blatantly swept down and pushed Matt Kenseth off into the grass as they both ran near the front at 190 mph. Kenseth's car came back up on the track in the corner right in front of oncoming cars which managed to avoid him.
Instead of having Stewart arrested for attempted homicide, or even just kicking him out, NASCAR sends him to the back of the pack during a yellow. As the in-car camera switched to show him, he reached over an spun the camera away so no one could see him. As he and Kenseth accelerated out of the pits, Kenseth, angered, sped up and jumps onto the track so that he can pull up beside Stewart to let him know he'd like to drive him into the grass. NASCAR then hands Kenseth a stop-and-go penalty.
Update: Stewart and Kyle Busch got into it later. It looked to me like Bush was unitentional and Stewart obviously retaliated. Not surprisingly, NASCAR did nothing to Stewart, but gave Busch a stop-and-go during a green flag late in the race, thereby eliminating him from a good finish. Stewart finished 5th, Kenseth 15th, Kyle Busch 26th and Jeff Gordon 28th.
Jeff Green, No.66, top, shows rear-end damage as Joe Nemechek, No. 01, weaves through traffic after a crash where Carl Edwards, No. 99 plowed into Kyle Petty's No.45 during the Daytona 500.
Jimmie Johnson won, capping a roller-coaster week that saw NASCAR kick his crew chief out of competition for cheating.
Jimmie's wife, Chandra.
Vision also recently announced that they had hired Tomas Scheckter as a teammate for Ed Carpenter. Scheckter has two wins and eight poles, and 1,311 laps led, in four seasons of IndyCar competition. He's quick, but he's known for wrecking.
Vision also hired David Cripps, Scheckter's former engineer at Panther Racing.
This year's cost to lease a Honda is $250,000 for the full month; $115,000 after the first weekend of qualifying. Beck Motorsports owner Greg Beck fears his IRL days are over. "I am tapped out (financially)," he said.
With leased engines, racing on road courses, higher costs and the subsequent elimination of poorer teams, the IRL seems to becoming what CART was. With the bad moves by management with marketing and losing tracks and with the engine manufacturer's leaving, the IRL seems to be on the verge of duplicating the downfall of CART. They are even filling up with foreign drivers. So far, it is looking like there will only be 7 Americans in the IRL for '06.
Indy Car has lost a couple of big teams over the winter. IRL fans can say goodbye to Team Menard who still manage to run a whole bevy of Cup cars. They were also title sponsor of the IRL's Infiniti Pro Series. Infact it is now called the Indy Pro Series - no word on what happened to Infiniti, the luxury Japanese car company who supplied the powerplants. Also, Red Bull's sponsorship in Cheever Racing ended last year and so the team has dropped out of Indy Car and started a Pro Series team as well as a Grand Am team.
INDYCAR CRASH VIDEO (158Mb, 720x480) - March 26 at Homestead - Paul Dana hits Ed Carpenter
INDYCAR CRASH VIDEO 2(48Mb, 720x480)
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Paul Dana began his IRL career by racing in the Infiniti Pro Series. Dana sought out and brought sponsor Ethanol to the IRL. He moved up to Indycar last year in 2005, driving for Hemelgarn Racing. When they got to Indy in May, Dana spun and hit the wall backward early in the month during practice. He came back the next day, spun again in the short chute, but broke his back this time. Dana would be out the rest of the season to heal.
He was assuredly excited when he found that the Rahal Letterman team wanted him to drive for them beginning this season.
(March 26, 2006) During practice this morning for the IRL's opener at Homestead Miami, Ed Carpenter hit the wall and drifted down into the race line. A few drivers avoided him, but Dana hit him at 176 mph, sending both drivers to the hospital. Carpenter is in stable condition, however Paul Dana did not survive.
When word came at noon about Dana, the Rahal Letterman team withdrew their other drivers, Danica Patrick and Buddy Rice, from the race.
Paul with his wife Tonya in 2004
The whole reason that the event will not be ran is because the fairground's insurance company insists that the fencing and guardrails need to be replaced. The State Fair officials said refurbishing the barriers could cost millions of dollars.
3 minutes into final practice this morning at 10 a.m., Ed Carpenter lost his backend and hit the wall, then slid down the track. Before Paul Dana realized Carpenter's predicament, he slammed into him at 176 mph, reminiscent of the CART accident where Zanardi got T-boned and lost his legs several years ago in Germany.
This time though, it was the hitter that took the worst of it. Track workers had to revive Carpenter. Both drivers were airlifted to the hospital. At 12:45 it was announced that Paul Dana was dead at age 30. Carpenter appears to be ok and has no broken bones.
Dana had been a sports reporter as well as a promising young race car driver. He spent a few years in the Indy Pro Series and had even started on the pole at Homestead in 2004. Last year, he moved up to Indycar, driving for Hemelgarn racing. Dana missed out on most of his Indycar rookie season though because he broke his back during practice for the Indy 500 last May.
Upon recovery late in 2005, he was picked to drive for Rahal Letterman Racing, joining sports sensation, Danica Patrick and 2004 Indy 500 Champion, Buddy Rice. Both drivers withdrew from the race after the news of their teammate's death.
The last Indycar driver to die was also a newly chosen rookie who was to drive for Rahal Letterman Racing. Tony Renna died while practicing at the Indy Speedway in 2003.
Dana's wife Tonya was here in Indianapolis attending church when she heard the tragic news.
The race started with a smaller field than planned. Marco Andretti jumped the start in his debut Indycar race and dropped out early due to a broken half-shaft.
Tony Kanaan and Bryan Herta crashed late in the race.
The last 15 laps had the entire audience on their feet holding their breath as they watched 2006 Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon duel with Helio Castroneves for the lead. They ran side by side at 215 mph with Sam Hornish, Jr, Dario Franchitti, and Scott Dixon running 3 wide right behind them. Castroneves held onto to lead until Wheldon pulled a few inches ahead of him at the finish line, denying Castroneves a hometown win for the third time.
(3/25) - It was cold, rainy and snowy in Bristol this weekend. Cup qualifying in Bristol was rained out Friday while the Busch race was stopped for a whiteout after just 32 laps.
As Frosty the Snowman blared over the track PA system, teams and drivers entertained themselves during the delay by throwing snowballs at each other and the fans. One crew even built a small snowman along pit road.
The snow eventually stopped, the sun came out and racing resumed after a delay of 1 hour, 19 minutes.
(3/19) - Malaysian Grand Prix
Giancarlo Fisichella got the pole position. Rookie sensation Nico Rosberg started an amazing P3 ahead of his teammate Mark Webber who would start in P4. Unfortunately for WilliamsF1, Nico's engine blew, spectacularly by the way, on the 8th lap and Webber would be out 8 laps later. No drivers have been on the podium in Malaysia except for Schumi, Kimi and Alonso. This tradition was broken by the first lap, when Kimi spun and wrecked out of the race. Schumi had an engine change and had to start from the rear of the pack, along with four other drivers. He would work his way up into the points by race end.
I started to get excited when Jacques Villeneuve passed Trulli, but as usual, everyone else began to pass him too. None the less, JV came home in the points and he showed up with a new girlfriend.
Fisi, Button and Alonso were 1,2,3 respectively for much of the race, but by lap 43 Alonso won 2nd place thanks to fast pitwork. Nick Heidfeld's engine blew with just 8 laps remaining. Fisichella held on to win his third career F1 victory moving him into 4th in the points standing. Meanwhile Jenson Button ties a record of having the most podium finishes without a win in F1 history.
Note: the ticket price for the Malaysian g.p. is $13.
(3/13) - Patrick Faure is quitting as Renault's Formula One director, to be replaced by former team finance chief Alain Dassas. The announcement comes the day after Renault's defending world champion Fernando Alonso opened the 2006 championship with victory in Bahrain.
"Our objective is to maintain the successful momentum of the team," said Renault's chief executive Carlos Ghosn.
Dassas will replace Faure after the Australian Grand Prix.
There are 11 teams this year and 18 races.
The engines are new this year, 750 H.P. 2.4 liter V-8's instead of the 900 H.P. 3-liter V-10's. However, Toro Rosso is using a restricted V-10.
Williams, Toyota and Super Aguri join Ferrari and MF1 as teams using Bridgestone tires. The rest of the teams will by running Michelin tires.
Qualifying procedures have been changed again - Instead of 1 flyling lap, all the drivers will now go out on the track Saturday afternoon at the same time. Every 15-20 minutes or so, as they race around the circuit, the slowest drivers will be yanked out and placed at the furthest spot left open on the grid. The top 10 qualifiers must start the race with the same amount of fuel as they had at the start of the last qualifying session. Apparently the other 12 drivers can fill up if they wish.
There are three F1 rookies this year. America's Scott Speed drives for Scuderia Toro Rosso. Germany's Nico Rosberg drives for WilliamsF1. Japan's Yuji Ide drives for Super Aguri.
Tomas Scheckter's new car is cool.
"I tell you what, I gotta get one of these at home," Wallace said. "I had a good time. I feel like I need to breathe a little while and then try it again. I need to talk to Penske about running a third car at Indy. You never know."
Lap 41 - Ferrari's Schumacher was holding up 2nd place Fernando Alonso, so Renault changed their strategy and pit early. Schumacher pit the next lap and got back in before Alonso went by. Schumacher won the race.
Helio Castroneves won again today. Now that the IRL has a pretty even package for everyone, we are seeing that he and Dan Wheldon are the best drivers in the series. For now. Dixon, Hornish, Kanaan and Franchitti are keeping up.
Wow, the IRL actually let Honda be the pace car. In Florida, and now Japan.
The six winners on this year's list include defending champion Dan Wheldon, Buddy Rice (2004), Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Eddie Cheever Jr. (1998), Buddy Lazier (1996) and Al Unser Jr. (1992, 1994).
It's the largest number of past winners on the entry list since 2002, when six previous visitors to Victory Lane also were named to entries for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
A total of 26 drivers have been named to the 38 entries filed this year for the 33 starting spots in the world's most prestigious auto race. Sixty-six cars are included on those 38 entries, including backup cars.
This will be Unser's first attempt to qualify at Indianapolis since 2004. He has 17 previous Indianapolis 500 starts, the most of any driver named to an entry.
Another past winner making a comeback is Cheever. He is driving the No. 51 Cheever Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone in his first attempt to make the field since 2002.
A high-profile comeback also is taking center stage at defending race champion Andretti Green Racing. Indy legend Michael Andretti will attempt to race in the "500" for the first time since 2003, driving the No. 1 Jim Beam/Vonage Dallara/Honda/Firestone.
Andretti will attempt to earn his long-coveted first Indy 500 victory. He has led 426 laps during his 14 prior Indy starts, the most by any driver without a victory.
The three rookie drivers registered so far include Arie Luyendyk, Jr., Marco Andretti and P.J. Chesson.
"He was very disrespectful toward me," Speed said at a press conference. "The fact we have the same parent company, Red Bull, and that we're part of the same family means that eventually things will cool down. As it is right now, there's certainly a lot of tension between us."
Why don't the teams hire cheerleaders?
Race Notes: A rookie driver is named "Will Power". They've jumped on the Danica bandwagon and have a girl from the UK driving. Jimmy Vasser has been convinced to return for a few more race this year.
The IRL has also coaxed some old timers back - Michael Andretti and Eddie Cheever Jr., Roberto Morina showed up as is Buddy Lazier. Last week's IRL street race at St Pete was a success and a welcome win for Helio Castroneves. Danica Patrick finished in 6th!
Fernando Alonso won his 2nd race of the year at the Australian Grand Prix. The safety car made 4 appearances during this crashfilled race.
Now I'm a big fan of the Corvette, but this just doesn't seem right to me. After GM gave up on trying to build a competitive engine for Indycar racing, why are their cars still being used as pace vehicles? I mean that is some major advertising the IRL or IMS is giving to Chevy.
The pace cars have always been American brands, but the car company would also have some cars in the Indy 500.
If the American car companys can't compete at Indy, maybe they should cut back on Nascar or F1. If they don't race, then they should stay home.
Honda is staying and keeping the IRL alive and they don't even get to advertise their cars?!
I don't think Chevy will get serious about racing Indycar if the IRL is going to let them pace and get all of that advertising anyway.
Previously technical director at Renault, Gascoyne joined Toyota in December 2003 and his contract with the team was due to end this year.
INDY 500 News
Sam Hornish Jr. earned $1,744,855 from a record purse of $10,518,565 for his stunning victory in the 90th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. Hornish passed rookie Marco Andretti on the final lap as they approached the famous "Yard of Bricks," crossing the finish line just .0635 of a second ahead of Andretti.
Sam Hornish Jr. is the fifth Ohio native to win the Indianapolis 500. This puts Ohio into a tie, with Pennsylvania, for third place in producing 500 winners. First and second places are held by Indiana, with seven, and California, with six. Sam is the first driver from Defiance, Ohio, to win the race.
It's about time things came together for Sam Hornish Jr. at Indianapolis. In his prior six starts, not only did he not win but he never even completed the full 200 laps. His best performance before today was in 2001, when he was flagged at 196 laps and credited with 14th place.
In contrast, Hornish's teammate Helio Castroneves had completed all laps in his previous six 500 entries, winning twice, but today his run ended in a crash on the 110th lap.
This is Roger Penske's 14th Indianapolis 500 victory. That ties him with the total of the next four most successful car owners combined: Lou Moore entered five winning cars, while Mike Boyle, Bob Wilkie and Pat Patrick were successful three times each. Twelve owners have attained two victories apiece.
Hornish, a 26-year-old native of Defiance, Ohio, and resident of nearby Napoleon, Ohio, led three times for 19 laps, becoming the 18th driver to win the race from the pole and the first driver in the race to take the lead on the final lap. Hornish closed on the No. 26 NYSE Group Dallara/Honda/Firestone car of Andretti exiting Turn 4 and dramatically passed him on the inside just before the finish line.
Front Row [photo by Jeff Barrie]
The race featured 14 lead changes among seven drivers. 2005 winner Dan Wheldon led the most laps with 148.
Andretti earned $698,505 for finishing an IRL IndyCar Series career-best second. The "500" was only his fourth start in the top-level open-wheel racing series, and his result earned him the prestigious Indianapolis 500 Chase Rookie of the Year Award and its $25,000 bonus. Andretti's grandfather, Mario Andretti, won rookie of the year honors in 1965 after finishing third, and his father, Michael, shared the top rookie award with Roberto Guerrero after finishing fifth in 1984.
Michael Andretti followed his son across the line to finish third in the No. 1 Jim Beam/Vonage Dallara/Honda/Firestone and earned $480,105. Andretti nearly won the race, his 15th start at the "500," when he led Laps 194-197 before his son passed him.
Hornish's contributions to the sport on a personal level also were recognized at the Victory Celebration. He was awarded the Scott Brayton Driver's Trophy, presented since 1997 to the driver who best exemplifies the character and racing spirit of the late Scott Brayton.
Sugar Ray Leonard was today's Honorary Starter, and waved the green flag to start the race.
Debris sent Al Unser Jr. into the wall. [photo by Jeff Barrie]
Marco and Mario Andretti were the fourth father-son combination to race in the same Indianapolis 500. Three of the four pairs are Andrettis: Mario and Michael, Mario and Jeff, and now Michael and Marco. The only non-Andretti father-son pair was Al Unser and Al Unser Jr.
The official high temperature during today's race was 89 degrees. This is the fourth hottest race day recorded since 1949. Of 225 fans who required medical attention, 90% were for heat-related ailments. The hottest race day temperature was 91 degrees in 1953. That year ten drivers required relief. After turning his car over to a relief driver, Carl Scarborough died of heat exhaustion in the field hospital. Bill Vukovich drove without relief, and scored the first of his two Indianapolis 500 victories.
Lance Armstrong was the pace car driver. Here he is beside Ashley Judd.
PJ Chesson got an Indy 500 tatoo on his left bicep in the Alley Cat's holding area in Gasoline Alley. Along with PJ Jones, there are two PJ's in the race this year.
Marty Roth ran 219 mph yesterday. Today as he was attempting to qualify, he spun and wrecked in Turn 1.
Sam Hornish Jr was out in his backup car when he lost control entering Turn 1 and he ended up wrecking today also.
Frenchman Gregoire has been living in Indianapolis for 10 years now, but he hasn't competed in the 500 since 2001.
It will be the second Indy 500 for Papis, 36, who has competed in Formula One, CART and several sports-car series during a 24-year career. In 2002, Papis also drove for Cheever in The 500.
Andretti, who drives fulltime in the Busch Series was the first NASCAR driver to "do the double" when he raced in the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 Cup race in 1994.
Stephan Gregoire has been hired to drive their #97 entry.
PDR announced sponsorship from Videopoker.com. Driver Jaques Lazier will be in the #21 Panoz, while Jon Herb will be driving the #12.
Ben Kimondiu won the Indy 500 Mini-marathon men's race, extending the streak of Kenyan champions to 11 years in a row.
His time of 1:03:22, was 21 seconds ahead of countryman Daniel Cheruiyot. Laban Moiben, also of Kenya, was third.
May 13 - 3:00 p.m. - Cheap Trick
May 24 - 4:00 p.m. - Sonicflood
May 26 - 3:30 p.m. - B-52's & Third Eye Blind
His plan backfired as he was sent to the back of the grid. Alonso went on to win the race, his fourth of the year.
"I hadn't really thought about this being my 30-year anniversary to be honest," said Marlin. "But I guess that's about right," said Marlin, a two- time Daytona 500 champion. "I'm amazed I'm still around and that I've been running that long. When you've been messing with racecars like I've been doing since I was 12 or 13-years-old, time flies. Racing is my life and I'm still having a blast."
Saturday night's race will mark Marlin's 685th start.
Danica Patrick was very angry after running out of fuel in the closing laps, stomping her feet and even dropping her helmet. She dropped from around 8th to 17th. Scott Dixon, who has won two races this year, dropped out early when he ran out of fuel. Marty Roth raced today, he has previously only shown up for the last couple Indy 500's. He own his own team and he was no where near the pace of this fast race which had an average speed of nearly 194 mph!
There is currently only 56 points seperating the top 5 drivers, making this season the closest ever. IRL Point Standings
Sebastian Bourdais won the race.
Just 31 laps into the race, Clint Bowyer ran Tony Stewart up the race track and the No. 20 Chevrolet tapped the wall. In retribution, Stewart stuffed Bowyer, who ended up spinning and collecting Carl Edwards.
NASCAR black-flagged Stewart and held him for a one lap penalty on pit road for aggressive driving. To further make their point, he was ruled ineligible to receive the lucky dog (lap back rule) for the remained of the race.
"What happened with me and Clint had nothing to do with Carl," Stewart said. "I'm sorry he got into it, but it all started with the 07 car. If he would have just used a little give and take at the beginning of it, none of us would have been in that position in the first place. So instead we had two guys that had driving penalties and two other guys that got their cars tore up. So one guys not being patient and using give and take cost four guys a rough day."
Edwards just couldn't let bygones be bygones and sought his revenge on the orange car some 40 laps later.
During a round of pit stops at lap 70 as Edwards and Stewart approached pit road, Edwards spun Stewart out. NASCAR black-flagged Edwards, also holding him a lap and made him ineligible for the lucky dog as well.
"Man, I've got to choose my words carefully," Edwards said. "Let me just say this, if it weren't for respect of the sport and the people watching and his team and everything, he'd be out there bleeding right now. That's so frustrating. How can a person make it this far in life being that much of a jerk. He ran into Clint (Bowyer). I saw it on the big screen.
"He turned into Clint and took both him and I out and probably made it just about impossible for us to make the chase, and then when I pull up beside him and wave my hand like, 'What was that about?' He gives me the finger. I mean, what a jerk. I don't even know what to say. It's amazing to me that someone can be that special."
Misfortune continued for Rahal Letterman racing as Buddy Rice slid into the wall wrecking his new Dallara chassis. Scott Sharp also slid into the wall when part of his suspension broke. Both drivers were ok. Helio Castroneves also had contact with the wall, however Team Penske was able to get his car fixed and back into the race.
1. (2) Sam Hornish Jr., Dallara-Honda, 200, Running $125,800
Lap leaders: Wheldon 1-6, Hornish 7-40, Dixon 41-45, Hornish 46-98, Wheldon 99, Hornish 100-137, Wheldon 138-139, Hornish 140-148, Wheldon 149-153, Sharp 154, Wheldon 155-183, Hornish 184-196, Wheldon 197-198, Hornish 199-200.
Point standings: Hornish 300, Castroneves 280, Dixon 261, Wheldon 257, Meira 227, Kanaan 206, Sharp 176, Franchitti 175, Matsuura 173, Andretti 172.
Lap leaders: Wheldon 1-6, Hornish 7-40, Dixon 41-45, Hornish 46-98, Wheldon 99, Hornish 100-137, Wheldon 138-139, Hornish 140-148, Wheldon 149-153, Sharp 154, Wheldon 155-183, Hornish 184-196, Wheldon 197-198, Hornish 199-200.
Point standings: Hornish 300, Castroneves 280, Dixon 261, Wheldon 257, Meira 227, Kanaan 206, Sharp 176, Franchitti 175, Matsuura 173, Andretti 172.
2006 U.S. GRAND PRIX NEWS
The two Ferraris streaked off and continued to pull away from the rest of the field. By the end, there were only 8 cars left. If was sadly reminiscent of last year's poor race, where the two Ferraris dominated the two poorest teams on the grid .
I read in the Indy Star yesterday that Scott Speed said he'd never seen the Indy 500 and was not interested. I was taken back by that as it was not a very good P.R. move. Is he that ignorant of racing, or afraid of acknowleding achievements of others, or what?
Michael Schumacher won the event again - his 5th time, not counting the victory he handed over to Rubens Barrichello in '02. Schumi has become the first 5 time winner at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway...the Wilt Chamberlain of F1.
American F1 rookie Scott Speed obtained his best qualifying performance of the season, putting his Toro Rosso Cosworth 13th on the grid. Speed hails from Manteca, Calif.
Norbert Haug (Mercedes-Benz Motorsport VP): "We are a German-American company officially, and if I could, then I wish we could have at least two races in America... (The U.S.) is important for us. It is our second-biggest market for Mercedes Benz and is obviously very important for our hosts, Chrysler, and we are producing a lot of cars over there. Of course, we want to support America, and I think we need to explore America further in F1 in the future."
Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director): "It would be very important for the (auto) manufacturers (to race in the U.S.). America is basically the only big country in which F1 does not play the dominant role in motorsport, and I think we shouldn't give up on achieving this. The Indianapolis race has in the previous years had the biggest attendance of all the (F1) races, and I think it would certainly be worth to follow up on this or even to have a second one... With regards to sales figures, the U.S. is the most important market for the BMW Group, as there we have the two biggest production facilities outside Germany."
Jean Todt (Ferrari General Director): "We like racing in the U.S. Just to recall that Ferrari has its biggest market in the U.S. - one-third of our cars are sold in this country - so for the visibility of Ferrari and of F1 we think it's important to do this race."
Nick Fry (CEO of Honda Racing): "I'd say we think it's very important to have a race in America and would like more than one."
Christian Horner: "For Red Bull it's an important event. You know, it's obviously their single biggest market. For us to have a Grand Prix in the U.S. is important for us."
Aguri Suzuki - "The United States, is very important in Grand Prix, but here last year and this year. But I want to continue in Grand Prix here. Especially I have factory here near. Is many my employees coming here. I want to continue Grand Prix especially here, yeah."
Frank Williams - "The world's largest economy by an enormous amount. Money is required very much in Formula One. Three of our main sponsors are from the USA, and we very much need presence here.
Nick Heidfeld (German) - "It is something special to drive on the banking, although basically this is a simple task as you just go flat out."
Rubens Barrichello (Brazilian) - "It feels good to drive through the first corner of the oval banking flat out, although it is an easy corner for us in an F1 car."
Imola needs to rebuild and possibly could come back to the calendar.
Hockenheim and the Nuerburgring will begin alternating as the German G.P.
At 19, Andretti is the youngest driver to win an Indycar race.
The Montreal race was rained out by the way.
This week he has been at Utah's Salt Flats driving the JCB Dieselmax. This car has two turbo-diesel 4 cylinder 4.4 liter engines with a combined horsepower of 1500. He broke the world speed record for deisel cars by running an average of 324 mph, beating the previous record of 235.756 mph, set by Virgil Snyder on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1973.
Cool Video of one of his speed runs (size 31 Mb)
Schumie has definately been caught in a few unsportsman-like positions, but I've never seen a great driver who did not have a huge ego. After you break every record in the book, you're going to be remembered - think Wilt Chamberlain.
Silverstone Grand Prix Masters race result
1. CHEEVER 1h01m08.625s 2. VAN DE POELE +16.7s 3. DANNER +36.6s 4. STUCK +53.5s 5. CAFFI +1m03.0s 6. PATRESE +1m06.9s 7. MARTINI +1m46.4s 8. FITTIPALDI +1 lap 9. ARNOUX +1 lap 10. DE CESARIS +2 laps 11. TAMBAY +3 laps 12. JOHANSSON +4 laps 13. LAMMERS DNF 14. SALAZAR DNF 15. WARWICK DNF 16. MANSELL DNF
Since 2005, Danica Patrick has not only been the most popular driver in the IRL, she's likely the most popular driver in America. Sexy and tough, she's a true original who has garnered better rides than Sarah was able. (Today Andretti-Green Racing, the team Danica is moving to next year, announced a $21 million contract with Motorola for her.)
These fast ladys will finally meet on the track at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. Obviously their gender is unique in this sport and many are looking forward to these two duking it out.
However, the chances that Sarah will be able to keep up with Danica is not likely for three reasons:
Sarah has not been in an Indycar for 2 years and she is going to be rusty. Danica competed in 2005 as well as in every Indycar race this year except the first one at Homestead, where her team-mate, Paul Dana, was killed in practice. That's 10 Indycar starts for her this year. Sarah ran stock cars last year and hasn't raced anything this year.
Danica's Rahal-Letterman team has run three cars at each race all season while Sarah's Dreyer & Reinbolt team has only ran one car, except at Indy where they added a car for Al Unser Jr. This means Danica's team has a lot more feedback which provides better race setups.
The proof is in the pudding. Danica has beaten every Dreyer & Reinbolt driver by a decent margin in every race this year except at the Glenn, where Ryan Briscoe finished third; and then at the last IRL race when she ran out of fuel at the end (Michigan).
Here are the three Dreyer & Reinbolt drivers and Danica's finishing order in 2006:
Buddy Danica Ryan Al Date Track Lazier Patrick Briscoe Unser Jr ---- ------------- ------ ------- ------- ------- 7/30 - Michigan 15 17 7/23 - Milwaukee 4 18 7/15 - Nashville 4 9 7/2 - Kansas 15 11 6/24 - Richmond 16 15 6/10 - Texas 19 12 6/4 - Watkins Glenn 8 3 5/28 - Indy 26 8 24 4/22 - Japan 14 8 4/2 - St Pete 14 6 3/26 - Homestead 14 DNS
Jenson Button won a rainy race in Hungary. Pedro de la Rosa had his first podium finishing in 2nd and Nick Heidfeld finished 3rd. Kimi Raikonnen's bad luck continued, as he crashed. Points leader Fernando Alonso had car troubles and did not finish. Michael Schumacher is now just 10 points behind Alonso.
The last time (and first) two females competed in an Indycar race, was the 2000 Indy 500. Sarah Fisher and Lynn St James tangled and took each other out! Danica better look out!
August 9, 2006
Laps Prize Money Fin Car# Driver Completed --------------------------------------------- 1. (5) Jimmie Johnson 160 $45,2861 2. (20) Matt Kenseth 160 361,141 3. (10) Kevin Harvick 160 327,636 4. (2) Clint Bowyer 160 271,900 5. (19) Mark Martin 160 239,150 6. (31) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 160 230,516 7. (37) Kyle Busch 160 209,825 8. (32) Tony Stewart 160 237,111 9. (22) Carl Edwards 160 202,975 10. (14) Denny Hamlin 160 177,225 11. (13) Tony Raines 160 168,825 12. (3) Kurt Busch 160 211,933 13. (8) Ryan Newman 160 198,308 14. (11) Ken Schrader 160 184,264 15. (1) Jeff Burton 160 243,995 16. (16) Jeff Gordon 160 198,236 17. (30) Brian Vickers 160 161,675 18. (24) David Stremme 160 179,033 19. (23) Martin Truex Jr. 160 174,733 20. (34) Scott Wimmer 160 152,275 21. (12) Scott Riggs 160 148,350 22. (26) Bill Elliott 160 143,850 23. (39) Casey Mears 160 181,308 24. (21) Joe Nemechek 160 171,845 25. (36) Travis Kvapil 160 158,558 26. (18) Jamie McMurray 160 186,575 27. (40) Kyle Petty 160 161,508 28. (35) Dale Jarrett 160 172,825 29. (42) Dave Blaney 160 149,797 30. (41) Reed Sorenson 160 147,725 31. (33) Sterling Marlin 160 136,225 32. (28) Kenny Wallace 160 136,125 33. (7) Greg Biffle 160 156,625 34. (6) J.J. Yeley 160 170,500 35. (9) Robby Gordon 160 134,925 36. (4) Kasey Kahne 159 accident 173,689 37. (17) Mike Skinner 159 134,750 38. (29) Jeff Green 159 142,625 39. (25) Chad Chaffin 158 134,525 40. (38) Bobby Labonte 135 engine 171,386 41. (15) Jeremy Mayfield 82 suspension 164,316 42. (43) Boris Said 19 accident 134,225 43. (27) Elliott Sadler 3 accident 162,383 Race Statistics: ---------------- Winner's average speed: 137.182 mph Time of race: 2:54:57 Margin of victory: under caution Cautions: 8 for 24 laps Lead changes: 18 among 9 drivers Lap leaders: ------------ Burton 1-6; 8-41; 43-58; 61-69; 71-71; 90-109; Kahne 7; Wallace 42; Vickers 59-60; Harvick 70; 73-89; Kenseth 110-116; 124-125 Johnson 117-123; 128-143; 151-160 Ky. Busch 126; 144-150 Nemechek 127;
Neither dead batteries nor flat tires nor pit fires could keep Jimmie Johnson from the coveted Victory Lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Aug. 6, as he overcame several early-race hurdles to win the 13th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.
Johnson handed Hendrick Motorsports its record fifth win in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition at the famous 2.5-mile IMS oval by leading 33 laps of the 160-lap race in a No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet that was dominant when it counted, toward the end of the race.
Matt Kenseth equaled his 2003 best-career finish of second at this event in the No. 17 DeWalt Ford. 2003 race winner Kevin Harvick was third in the No. 29 Reese's/GM Goodwrench Chevrolet, while Harvick's Richard Childress Racing rookie teammate, Clint Bowyer, who started second, finished fourth in the No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet. Mark Martin was fifth in the No. 6 AAA Insurance Ford.
Johnson was able to cruise to the checkered flag on the last lap due to two incidents that brought out the yellow flag, causing the race to finish under caution. The race, which saw eight cautions for 24 laps, had an average speed of 137.182 mph. Johnson earned $452,861.
"I'm speechless right now," said Johnson, who drives a car that is co-owned by Rick Hendrick and four-time Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner Jeff Gordon. "I can't thank this race team enough for what they've done. We overcame a left-front flat tire to rally back. We drove all the way to the front. I never thought I would win at this racetrack. We had such a drought at this racetrack, and now we have a victory."
Johnson and his team struggled in three of their previous four starts at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. After finishing ninth in 2002, his rookie season, Johnson's respective finishes in 2003-05 were 18th, 36th and 38th.
The victory also extends Johnson's lead in the NEXTEL Cup Series points by 107 over Kenseth, but Johnson's focus wasn't on points.
"There was nothing of a championship on my mind today," he said in Victory Lane. "I wanted this trophy over here with the brick on it. I want to pucker up and kiss those bricks on the front stretch. It was all about winning the race today."
Johnson's 2006 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard started ominously. He was a late departure from the grid as the field pulled away to start pace laps because his team had to frantically replace a dead battery on the car.
On Lap 40, the caution flag flew as smoke trailed from Johnson's car entering Turn 1 due to the left-front tire problem. Johnson was able to nurse the car back to pit lane with only very minor damage.
Following the pit stop, a minor oil fire erupted in Johnson's pit that was more dramatic than dangerous, due to the cloud of smoke and fire retardant that briefly erupted over the No. 48 pit near the south end of pit lane. There were no injuries.
Johnson also was sent to the tail end of the longest line on the Lap 45 restart for pitting before pit lane was open.
But once the green flag flew, Johnson started a pace that would see him in ninth place by Lap 79.
Pole winner Jeff Burton dominated the first two-thirds of the race and led the most laps, 87. He led all but 21 of the first 109 laps but said the No., 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet did not handle well late in the race.
"We made huge adjustments, and it never fixed it," Burton said. "So I don't know, we might go home and find that a spring collapsed or something unusual. I would be shocked if we just tuned ourselves out like that; we never do. To lead that many laps and to have that big of a dominant car and then not even be in the mix is really disappointing."
Johnson had a commanding lead of 2.3 seconds on Kenseth when the caution flag flew on Lap 143 due to debris in Turn 3. The leaders, including Johnson, Kenseth, Martin, Denny Hamlin, Bowyer and Harvick, dove into the pits for tires and a splash of fuel while Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman and Joe Nemechek stayed on the track.
On the restart on Lap 147, Busch and Earnhardt pulled away from the field while the drivers that pitted battled behind them. Johnson and the other drivers on fresh tires quickly got around Newman and Nemechek and, on Lap 150, Earnhardt took the lead from Busch in Turn 2 while Johnson was on a fast approach. Johnson passed Busch on the backstretch on Lap 150 and took the lead back from Earnhardt in Turn 4.
Kenseth got around Earnhardt and Busch and tried to give chase to Johnson, but Johnson gradually widened the lead to 2.144 seconds when he received the white flag with one lap to go, just before the last-lap incident involving Kasey Kahne brought out the caution flag.
Robby Gordon and Greg Biffle also made contact on the last lap and they finished 33rd and 35th, respectively. LaPorte, Ind., native Tony Raines was caught in Kahne's accident but still managed to finish 11th in the No. 96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet.
2005 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner Tony Stewart finished eighth in the No. 20 The Home Depot Chevrolet, while four-time race winner Jeff Gordon encountered bad luck early when a tire deflated on the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet on Lap 7, breaking a sway bar. He went three laps down but returned to the lead lap, finishing 16th.
Johnson's win marks only the second time in race history that the same driver has won NASCAR's Daytona 500 and Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in the same year. Dale Jarrett accomplished the feat in 1996.
August 5, 2006
Pos No Driver Make Team Time 1. 31 Jeff Burton Chevy Childress 49.240 2. 07 Clint Bowyer* Chevy Childress 49.242 3. 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske 49.247 4. 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Evernham 49.331 5. 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Hendrick 49.386 6. 18 J.J. Yeley* Chevy Gibbs 49.404 7. 16 Greg Biffle Ford Smith 49.433 8. 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske 49.471 9. 7 Robby Gordon Chevy Gordon 49.484 10. 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy Childress 49.523 11. 21 Ken Schrader Ford Wood 49.576 12. 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Rocco 49.703 13. 96 Tony Raines Chevy Hall of Fame 49.714 14. 11 Denny Hamlin* Chevy Gibbs 49.741 15. 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Evernham 49.859 16. 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy Hendrick 49.860 17. 37 Mike Skinner Dodge Carter 49.865 18. 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush 49.882 19. 6 Mark Martin Ford Roush 49.935 20. 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush 49.965 21. 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy MB2 49.969 22. 99 Carl Edwards Ford Rousch 49.982 23. 1 Martin Truex Jr* Chevy Earnhardt 49.982 24. 40 David Stremme* Dodge Ganassi 50.150 25. 34 Chad Chaffin Dodge Front Row 50.177 26. 100 Bill Elliott Chevy Waltrip 50.207 27. 38 Elliott Sadler Ford Yates 50.215 28. 178 Kenny Wallace Chevy Furniture Row 50.223 29. 66 Jeff Green Chevy Haas 50.272 30. 25 Brian Vickers Chevy Hendrick 50.287 31. 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy Earnhardt 50.301 32. 20 Tony Stewart Chevy Gibbs 50.305 33. 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy MB2 50.323 34. 4 Scott Wimmer Chevy Morgan-McClur 50.355 35. 88 Dale Jarrett Ford Yates 50.368 36. 32 Travis Kvapil Chevy PPI 50.380 37. 5 Kyle Busch Chevy Hendrick 50.414 38. 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Petty 50.435 39. 42 Casey Mears Dodge Ganassi 50.463 40. 45 Kyle Petty+ Dodge Petty 50.555 41. 41 Reed Sorenson+* Dodge Ganassi 50.765 42. 22 Dave Blaney+ Dodge Davis 50.856 43. 160 Boris Said Ford No Fear 50.412 DNQ 15 Paul Menard Chevy Earnhardt 50.499 DNQ 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge Waltrip-Jaspe 50.536 DNQ 170 Johnny Sauter Chevy Haas 50.676 DNQ 49 Kevin Lepage Dodge BAM 50.818 DNQ 190 Stephen Leicht Ford Yates 50.863 DNQ 104 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Dodge Hamilton 50.903 DNQ 61 Derrike Cope Dodge Peak 51.565 * Series rookie + Set by owner points
Others reached that speed in the second session, with Kurt Busch going 182 mph.
The last Detroit Grand Prix was a CART race in 2001, and was won by Marlboro Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves.
Indycar teams Panther, Penske and Ganassi participated in the test. It is the first time Indycars have been on the historic track since a open-wheel race back in 1959.
The drivers all seemed to enjoy the tests, except for the "love" bugs. Sam Hornish, Jr. said his face mask was covered with them after only two laps. Vitor Meira said the bugs would swarm all over him when he was in the pits. These insects are only a seasonal problem.
The new 3.5L engines running on 100% Ethenol was also tested. Tony Kanaan said the package was working great.
Brian Barnhart said if these compatability tests worked out, and apparently they have, then he will shoot for an open test at Daytona next year. He said a race is a long way off, but a goal.
Legge shortly after the wreck.
In 2002 Ferrari was fined $1 million after Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher muddled about on the steps after the Austrian debacle and Jerez has been barred from holding a race since 1997 when the mayor made an unscheduled appearance on the podium to present trophies.
Apparently Turkey has gotten off lightly as they will remain on the F1 calendar next year. Remind me never to make any deals with the FIA. Tony, good luck.
The exciting conclusion to the Indycar season was the closest in history. Wheldon won the Chicago race today while Hornish finished in 3rd and they both ended up with 475 points! The tie was broken by the fact that Hornish had won four wins this year to Wheldon's two. This fact won Hornish an extra million dollars. You have to feel sorry for Wheldon who had dominated some races this year, including the Indy 500, only to have the win snatched away in the closing laps.
Sam Hornish, Jr.
You have to feel for Helio Castroneves too as he entered the race today in first place, but ended the season in 3rd, only two points behind! Somehow he managed to keep that smile on his face and congratulate his Penske teammate. He's a class act.
This is Hornish's 3rd IRL Championship. His first two were won with Panther Racing. This was Penske Racing's first Championship in the IRL. Penske joined the IRL in 2002.
10 drivers will now compete in the final 10 races
Foyt IV will replace Dario Franchitti, who sustained a concussion Friday during a qualifying session for the Goodwood Revival at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Goodwood, England.
Sunday's race will mark the 48th IndyCar start of Foyt's career and the first since last October at California Speedway. He left the IRL after last season to pursue a career in NASCAR Busch series, but that has not worked out.
Ragan, who'll replace Mark Martin in the No. 6 Ford next season, found a way to discuss the matter. At a Speedway Children's Charities auction, Ragan bid $5,750 for a ride around Atlanta Motor Speedway with Stewart.
"I've never spoken to Tony before," Ragan said. "This will give us a chance to talk a little bit. Tony criticized me a lot after last week, and when a champion does that it's good to go talk to him. I think I'll ask him ...what I should have done different and just introduce myself so if I step out of line in the future he'll come and talk to me about it."
In Allmendinger's place, Forsythe has hired 2004 Indy 500 Champion, Buddy Rice to compete in the last race of the year - at Mexico City.
Rice was in need of a job as Rahal Letterman Racing couldn't afford him since he did not have enough sponsor money to bring. Rice's performance has not been great since he won the 500 and he just barely beat his rookie teammate this year.
RLR is losing Danica Patrick to Andretti-Green next year, leaving them just with Jeff Simmons. [Thankfully she is remaining in Indycar!]. RLR may just be a 2-car operation next year. Rumor has it that Scott Sharp may join them.
Allmendinger competed in two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events this season under the tutelage of Rick Viers with Bill Davis Racing. Viers will move to the new Cup team with Allmendinger as his crew chief along with earlier-signed Cup driver Brian Vickers.
Allmendinger is currently 2nd in the Champ Car point standings.
Flavio Briatore and Fernando Alonso star in this week's episode of "Love European Style".
A foreign investor created the Champcar series on the dregs left over from CART's collapse. Since then, Sébastien Bourdais and his Newman-Haas team has dominated the series. With several races to go this year, he wrapped up his 3rd championship today by finishing 8th in Australia.
Bourdais also won the FIA International F3000 Championship in 2002. He has always wanted to race in Formula One, but they won't hire him for some reason. I thought maybe it was because F1 was prejudiced against U.S. racers, but Dan Wheldon was offered a ride in F1 last year by some slow teams. Maybe that's Bourdais' problem, he was wanting the F1 Champions to hire him. With Fernando Alonso's exit from Renault, I would have thought they'd have given him a shot.
What is up with those fingers? Is he part Vulcan?
Massa's uniform is made in his country's flag colors instead of Ferrari Red.
Looking at the entrylist, I found some famililar names from the Indycar, Nascar and Champcar world.
I like Mid-Ohio, but there are no hotels anywhere close. If you don't have a camper, you are stuck with living in a tent in what will probably be extreme heat.
Although I do not see why the IRL needs so many road courses, the idea to run the road course at Daytona is a great idea, so I hope it works out!
The only oval track Champcar has had for the last couple years has been Milwaukee, They have dropped it from their 2007 schedule. The IRL will race there after the Indy 500 next year.
Vickers wrecked Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson at Talledega last weekend on the last lap, as he went for the win, and their fans are not too happy with him.
"He didn't wreck anybody on purpose," commented Earnhardt. "I think he was just trying to push the No. 48. He didn't think, oh here's my chance to knock them both out. He just got excited trying to push the No. 48. I don't think he should lose any points or anything. He was just racing hard there."
Note: NASCAR mandated that teams switch to a smaller restrictor plate after practice speeds topped 198-mph.
While Alonso and Michael Schumacher were tied for first place in points, Schumacher had the lead with one more race-win than Alonso.
With both Ferrari's starting the race from the front row, Alonso was starting back in the 3rd row behind both Toyotas.
If 7-time World Champion Michael Schumacher won this race and Alonso did not finish in the points, Schumacher would win his 8th title.
Alonso did not take it easy and try to insure some points, he charged to the front and was soon in second place.
Now, is when Alonso's amazing luck made an appearance. With Schumacher about to take a two race-win advantage and a 2 point lead over Alonzo, going into the last race of the year, Schumacher's Ferrari engine blew up! This was the first engine failure for Schumacher in six years.
25 y/o Alonso went on to win his 15th grand prix victory, tied Schumacher for the number of 2006 race wins and pulled ahead 10 points. As long as Alonso finishes in the top 8 in Brazil in two weeks, there is nothing Schumacher can do to capture another championship.
We've seen that Schumacher is willing to crash his opponents when it comes down to the last race and the championship is on the line. These instances were among the few actions the German has ever been criticised for. He will need to knock Alonso out of the race, while going on to win the race. How will he do it? With this being perhaps his last race, does the champion of champions want to go out with a "black-eye" from such unsportsman-like behavior? He has pretty incredible luck himself. If I were him, I'd try to concentrate on winning and hope that something happens to Alonso. Ferrari could also urge Schumys team-mate, Felipe Massa, to take Alonso out.
Alonso in Japan
Alonso's teammate, Giancarlo Fisichella, was teary-eyed on the podium. He announced in the after-race interview that his best friend had died this week. He dedicated his 3rd place to him.
I would find it surprising if he can continue his success by leaving Roush and racing part-time.
The IRL engine is increasing in size from a 3-Liter to a 3.5-Liter. The new fuel-mixture is going from 10% Ethanol to 100%.
It was a damp weekend in Shanghai. Both Renaults qualified on the starting row.
As Fernando Alonso raced away in the lead, his team-mate, Giancarlo Fisichella held up the field.
When Alonso began slowing, two attempts had to be made to get Fisi out in front.
Michael Schumacher soon passed Alonso and stayed on Fisi. Schumacher would move in to first when he made a daring pass on Fisi who had just came out of the pits.
Kimi left the race with car trouble again. If I were Alonso, I'd be scared about moving to McLaren next year.
Schumacher held onto the lead. It started to rain during the last 5 laps and a pack of drivers got wild and reckless with a few crashing.
Alonso ended up 2nd on the podium, but was very sad. Michael was exuberant. With two races remaining, Michael and Fernando are tied!
Schumacher said his tires and Ferrari's switching to slicks, helped him win.
Fernando Alonso, on the other hand, blamed his intermediate tires for his decrease in speed.
Ryan Newman got into him and sent him into the wall, bringing out a red flag on lap 284.
Montoya was hired to replace Casey Mears for Ganassi's 2007 Nascar Cup effort. He's quickly been trying out a few types of stock cars. He finished 20th in the Phoenix Busch race a week ago.
By the way, his wife, Johanna Martinez, had their first child on November 14. The newborn baby boy was named Jules. JV is now 35 and his wife is 21.
Here's a picture of them at the 2006 United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis.