December 2015 News
Aleshin Gets Full-Time Ride

May 10 - The first Russian driver to compete
in the IndyCar Series will be back next season.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced
Wednesday it has rehired
Mikhail Aleshin.

Aleshin drove for the same team in 2014,
spent last season running primarily for
Schmidt's European Le Mans Series team and
then ran a third car with Schmidt's team at last
season's final race in Sonoma.

Now he has a full-time gig in the No. 7 car.
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Dec 9 - Juan Montoya showed up at the
Speedway today to see his likeness that
was placed on the Borg-Warner Trophy.

He won the 99th Indy 500 last May.

He also won the race back in 2000.
Mikhail Aleshin
Dec 10 - McLaren has released its vision for the future of Formula One by designing a concept car featuring futuristic

Back in February, Ferrari also posted a concept vehicle which was an attempt to make a better looking racer that would
still conform to current rules.
Airplane Races Coming to Speedway

Dec 17 - The world’s most elite master class pilots will
soar to new heights above the skies of the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway this October in the newest addition to
the Red Bull Air Race World Championship schedule.

“Orville and Wilbur Wright were some of the first pilots
to take to the skies above the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway in the first licensed aviation competition in
United States history,” said J. Douglas Boles,
Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “In 2016, as
we celebrate the historic 100th Running of the
Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, it’s fitting that the world’s
best pilots will gather at IMS for a breathtaking display
of competition and innovation that will honor the
legacies of IMS founder Carl Fisher, the Wright
brothers and their fellow aviation pioneers.”   

The Red Bull Air Race World Championships is the
ultimate motorsports competition in the sky and takes
place with eight races across four continents. The
objective is to navigate an aerial racetrack featuring
air-filled pylons in the fastest possible time while
incurring as few penalties as possible.

The race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be
the seventh race of the season, in between stops at
Lausitzring, Germany, and Las Vegas, Nev. It will
award 12 world championship points to the winner.  
Designed to be as agile in the air as possible and
streamlined to perfection, the raceplanes flown in the
Red Bull Air Race World Championship are at the
forefront of light aviation technology.

Constructed to be as light as possible to ensure maximum
speed, they also have to be extremely robust, and tolerate
stressed of up to 10 times the force of gravity (10Gs).

These propeller-driven machines are highly
manoeuvrable, pulling up into a vertical orientation at
high speed with very little effort – something that even
modern fighter jets can't match.
1910 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Each Red Bull Air Race consists of the following
flying sessions: Training, Qualifying, Round of 14,
Round of 8 and Final 4. In all sessions, only one pilot
races in the track at a time. Training at IMS will take
place on Sept. 29-30, followed by a single day
dedicated to two qualifying competitions on Oct 1.
Race Day on Oct. 2 will consist of Round of 14,
Round of 8 and Final 4 competitions. Competitors
regularly reach speeds of nearly 230 mph.  

Today’s announcement adds an impressive new
chapter to the IMS aviation legacy. The first race held
at IMS was also the first national balloon race, in 1909,
the same year the world’s first air race took place in
Reims, France. In 1910, IMS hosted the nation’s first
licensed aviation meet, with pilot Walter S. Brookins
breaking the world altitude record. The Speedway also
served as a military aviation and refueling depot during
World War I.

Fans seeking information on the event can bookmark for updates or reach out to Laura. Tickets are on sale now
with pricing options ranging from $30-$60 for single
day passes.
IndyCar Gets More Power

Dec 20 - IndyCar Series drivers will have more
horsepower on road courses next season.

The series announced Tuesday that a total of  
approximately 60 additional horsepower will be available
for push-to-pass activations during the 11 road- and
street-course races in 2016, nearly doubling that in 2015.

The move was the first on-track change by
Jay Frye,
IndyCar's new president of competition and operations.
Frye succeeded
Derrick Walker, who stepped down at
the end of the season.
IndyCar Gets New Logo

Dec 21 - The Verizon IndyCar Series new logo for 2016.