News for the Month of February 2018

Report: Cosworth still looking for OEM badging for third engine manufacturer – Motorsport.com’s Tom Errington reports Cosworth is still interested in being an engine manufacturer in the Verizon IndyCar Series but needs the support of an OEM. “We have a fantastic motor racing heritage and Cosworth is keen to go top-flight racing again with the right OEM partner,” Bruce Wood, Cosworth’s managing director of powertrains, told Motorsport.com. “We’re constantly in talks with people in IndyCar. You can do it very economically, compared to other categories, and you don’t need to own a team.” Full story at the link. – Motorsport.com – (2/19/2018)

Report: SPM close to third car at Indy, field of 34-36 according to Schmidt – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is close to completing a deal for a third car for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (outside of their partnership with Michael Shank Racing on the No. 60). “If we’re talking percentage likelihood, I’d say we’re at 90 with the third car,” SPM owner Sam Schmidt told RACER. “We’re planning on having the Nos. 5, 6, and 7, and our arrangement with Michael Shank and his No.60 car is more of a technical partnership…It looks like we’re going to be at a minimum of 34 cars, maybe 35 or 36, which is brilliant for the Speedway.” Full story at the link. – RACER – (2/16/2018)

Trackside podcast 2/15/18 – 1070 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 2/15/18 is a great listen as always. Brant James and Jon Beekhuis are guests on the show. – 1070 The Fan – (2/16/2018)

RLL announces associate sponsorship from Keihin North America – “Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Keihin North America, a leading manufacturer of precision technology parts for both the automotive and powersports industry, has returned to the team as a full-season associate sponsor after having been an associate sponsor of Graham Rahal’s entry in the 2017 Indianapolis 500. Keihin, a major supplier to the Automotive and Powersports Industries, will be featured on the entry of reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato as well as Rahal’s entry in a multi-year program.” Full release at the link. – RLL – (2/16/2018)

Miller & Pruett’s Indy 500 car count – RACER’s Robin Miller and Marshall Pruett have posted an excellent update on the current status of the car count for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Includes separate updates on Conor Daly, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Oriol Servia, and much more. Check it out at the link. – RACER – (2/15/2018)

Daly/Rossi advance in Episode 7 of “Amazing Race” – “Amazing Race” Team IndyCar of Conor Daly and Alexander Rossi won both legs of a double-episode that aired on Wednesday night and they’ll continue to appear on the show next week. Read the INDYCAR recap at the link. – INDYCAR – (2/15/2018)

Carpenter confirms Danica will run Indy 500 with ECR – After Danica Patrick let it slip on Wednesday that Ed Carpenter would be her owner for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, Ed Carpenter confirmed the news. An interview with Ed Carpenter is available at the link. – Chris Hagan – (2/15/2018)

Another team emerges as Thom Burns Racing joins social media – Thom Burns Racing has emerged as a very real candidate to enter a car in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Burns was a partner on the Lazier family’s team in the recent past and rumors had emerged for a while that he might go on his own this year. Thom Burns Racing posted on Twitter for the first time on Tuesday and insinuated they’ll be a race team for the Indy 500. An Indiana business entity search shows that Thom Burns Racing LLC was created in December of 2017. Check out their Twitter account at the link. – Thom Burns Racing – (2/14/2018)

Fontana and Las Vegas open to INDYCAR return – Autoweek’s Matt Weaver reports executives at Auto Club Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway are each open to a return from the Verizon IndyCar Series. “I love IndyCar racing,” Auto Club Speedway president Dave Allen told Autoweek. “I love open-wheel racing, and I’ve always said that…”We keep the channels open, and if a date came open that made sense and if it made business sense for IndyCar, we would do that. We’re always open to IndyCar. Jay (Frye, IndyCar president of competition and operations) and his group, which has had some changes, are trying to keep open-wheel front facing and alive and well.” Full story at the link. – Autoweek – (2/14/2018)

Miller’s Mailbag 2/14/18 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (2/14/2018)

Track build begins in St. Pete – “Track construction has begun on the picturesque 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary circuit on the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg. The final racing layout for the 14th Annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 9-11, will again feature six left and eight right turns running in a clockwise direction. The commencement of the race track build was highlighted by a visit today from Team Penske’s Verizon IndyCar Series driver Will Power. No one has been faster on this track as Power has claimed seven of the last eight pole positions during qualifying for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.” Full release at the link. – Firestone GP – (2/13/2018)

RACER interview with Frye on windscreen – RACER’s Marshall Pruett has posted an excellent interview with Jay Frye on the future of the windscreen after Scott Dixon tested it at ISM Raceway in Phoenix. Full story at the link. – RACER – (2/13/2018)

Danica says Indy 500 deal is complete – Brant James reports for INDYCAR.com that Danica Patrick says her deal to race in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race is complete but a date for the formal announcement has yet to be set. “We’ll do something a little more substantial for the announcement and the unveil,” said Patrick. Full story at the link. – INDYCAR – (2/12/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Saturday Phoenix test photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s Parker Hall’s photo gallery from Saturday activity at the Verizon IndyCar Series “Prix View” open test at ISM Raceway in Phoenix is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (2/10/2018)

RLL sweeps Phoenix testing as Sato leads the way in final session – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing finished off their sweep of all four full-field sessions at the Verizon IndyCar Series open test at ISM Raceway as Takuma Sato’s lap at 189.855mph was fastest in the final session on Saturday. The rest of the Top 5 was Power, Kanaan, Newgarden, and Andretti. Dixon and Leist each made contact with a barrier in the session but were cleared to drive. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (2/10/2018)

Report: ECR favorite to be landing spot for Danica – Autoweek’s Bruce Martin reports Ed Carpenter Racing and Danica Patrick could be moving very close towards making a deal to run the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. “They certainly check most of the boxes,” Carpenter told Autoweek. “Danica has always been strong at Indy. She has good partners. There is always more to it than that, so we’ll see what happens. Full story at the link. – Autoweek – (2/10/2018)

RLL fastest again as Sato leads Saturday afternoon test session at Phoenix – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato’s lap at 189.728mph topped the charts in Saturday afternoon Verizon IndyCar Series testing at ISM Raceway. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has topped all three full-field sessions thus far. The rest of the Top 5 was Power, Dixon, Hunter-Reay, and Pagenaud. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (2/10/2018)

The Open Wheel’s 2018 car/driver quiz – The Open Wheel’s livery quiz from the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series open test at ISM Raceway. – The Open Wheel – (2/10/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Phoenix livery page – The Open Wheel’s “spotter guide” for for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series test at ISM Raceway in Phoenix is available at the link. You’ll find the liveries of all 23 cars on one page. – The Open Wheel – (2/10/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Friday Phoenix test photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s Parker Hall’s photo gallery from Friday activity at the Verizon IndyCar Series “Prix View” open test at ISM Raceway in Phoenix is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (2/9/2018)

Rahal fastest in Friday night test session at Phoenix – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal was fastest in the Friday night session of Verizon IndyCar Series testing at ISM Raceway with a lap at 189.090mph. The rest of the Top 5 was Sato, Pagenaud, Newgarden, and Kanaan. Leist had a spin with no contact in the session. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (2/9/2018)

Sato fastest in first Phoenix test session on Friday – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato’s lap at 187.022mph was fastest in the first full-field session of the Verizon IndyCar Series open test at ISM Raceway on Friday. The rest of the Top 5 was Pagenaud, Kanaan, Leist, and Bourdais. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (2/9/2018)

RLL announces One Cure primary sponsorship for No. 15 at Phoenix and Portland – “Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that One Cure, an initiative from the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University (CSU), will be the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Verizon IndyCar Series entry of Graham Rahal at ISM Raceway on April 7 and Portland International Raceway, September 2. One Cure will also be an associate sponsor for Rahal’s entry for the full 2018 season with the goal of bringing awareness to, and understanding for One Cure.” Full release at the link. – RLL – (2/9/2018)

Leist tops Phoenix rookie testing – AJ Foyt Racing rookie Matheus Leist’s lap at 184.236mph was fastest in Thursday rookie testing at ISM Raceway. Full story at the link. – INDYCAR – (2/9/2018)

Dixon visor cam with windscreen from Phoenix testing – “Hop inside the cockpit with Scott Dixon in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda as he tests the windscreen prototype developed by INDYCAR, under the lights at ISM Raceway.” Video at the link. – INDYCAR – (2/9/2018)

Andretti Autosport announces Ruoff Home Mortgage sponsorship for No. 98 – “The blue, green and white of Ruoff Home Mortgage will dress the No. 98 Andretti-Herta Autosport entry for two races during the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. The Indy 500-winning partnership will open the season on the streets of St. Petersburg as Marco Andretti’s primary sponsor and return mid-season on the livery at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.” See the livery on our No. 98 livery page here. Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (2/9/2018)

Trackside podcast 2/8/18 – 1070 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 2/8/18 is a great listen as always. James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens, Pietro Fittipaldi, Jack Harvey, and Michael Shank are guests on the show. – 1070 The Fan – (2/9/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Sonoma test photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s guest photographer Riley Bridges’ favorite photos from Verizon IndyCar Series testing at Sonoma Raceway on February 5, 2018. – The Open Wheel – (2/8/2018)

Daly/Rossi advance in Episode 6 of “Amazing Race” – “Amazing Race” Team IndyCar of Conor Daly and Alexander Rossi finished third in the episode that aired on Wednesday night and they’ll continue to appear on the show next week. Read the INDYCAR recap at the link. – INDYCAR – (2/8/2018)

Juncos reveals livery for No. 32 for Kaiser and Binder – “Juncos Racing revealed today that the vibrant green, white, and orange team colors would carry onto the No. 32 Verizon IndyCar Series entry shared by Rene Binder and Kyle Kaiser for the 2018 season…Binder’s No. 32 Juncos Racing car will feature Binderholz as the primary sponsor. Binderholz is one of the leading European companies in cutting-edge technologies and production methods within the timber market. Along with Binderholz, other sponsorship opportunities are being sought after by the Austrian. Kaiser will feature Juncos Racing on the No. 32 car until sponsorship has been secured” See the livery on our No. 32 livery page here. Full release at the link. – Juncos Racing – (2/8/2018)

Castroneves named grand marshal at St. Pete – “Three-time Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg race winner Helio Castroneves will serve as the grand marshal for the March 9-11th weekend. Castroneves, who gained global notoriety for his dazzling performance away from the race car by winning Dancing with the Stars in 2007, has claimed the most IndyCar wins in the event’s 13-year history.” Full release at the link. – Firestone GP – (2/8/2018)

Andretti Autosport announces U.S. Concrete sponsorship for No. 98 – “Andretti Autosport announced today the addition of a new partner as national ready-mixed concrete producer U.S. Concrete enters IndyCar competition for the first time, paired with third-generation racer Marco Andretti. U.S. Concrete, a leader in concrete manufacturing and green building, has joined the team to brand the No. 98 Honda for six Verizon IndyCar Series races including Long Beach, Indianapolis [Grand Prix and Indy 500], Texas, Pocono and Sonoma.” See the livery on our No. 98 livery page here. Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (2/7/2018)

RLL announces extension of United Rentals partnership – “Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that United Rentals Inc., the largest equipment rental company in the world, has extended their existing agreement with the team as well as expanded it in a new multi-year agreement. The partnership between RLL and United Rentals began in 2016 as a full season associate sponsorship with primary sponsorship of the Detroit doubleheaders. In 2017, the program expanded to also include primary sponsorship of the Phoenix race. For 2018, a new multi-year program will include associate sponsorship for the season as well as primary sponsorship at the IndyCar Series season-opening race in St. Petersburg, both races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 — and a return to the Detroit doubleheader as the defending champion of both races. United Rentals also continues as the Official Equipment Partner of the Verizon IndyCar Series.” See the livery on our No. 15 livery page here. Full release at the link. – RLL – (2/7/2018)

DCR confirms Paysafe sponsorship and Claman De Melo/Fittipaldi split in No. 19 – “Leading global payments provider, Paysafe will become the primary and naming sponsor of the Dale Coyne Racing entry that will be shared by Canadian Zach Claman De Melo and Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Following a successful partnership with De Melo at the season ending event in Sonoma in 2017, Paysafe has agreed to partner with Dale Coyne Racing to provide continued sponsorship to the young Canadian as its primary brand ambassador as well as extend its support to his Brazilian teammate, and up and coming driver, Pietro Fittipaldi. Fittipaldi is the grandson of two-time Formula 1 Champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Emerson Fittipaldi. The two drivers will take turns piloting the Paysafe Honda-powered car throughout the season.” Full release at the link. – Dale Coyne Racing – (2/7/2018)

Shank receives tub for ’18 season – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports Michael Shank Racing has received their tub for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The team hopes to test in late February before embarking on their partial-season effort for 2018. Full story at the link. – RACER – (2/7/2018)

Pigot visor cam from Sonoma test – RACER has posted an excellent visor cam video from Spencer Pigot during Verizon IndyCar Series testing on Monday at Sonoma Raceway. – RACER – (2/7/2018)

Miller’s Mailbag 2/7/18 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (2/7/2018)

Report: Fittipaldi confirms seven race deal with DCR – Motorsport.com’s Charles Bradley reports Pietro Fittipaldi will drive in seven races in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series including the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race with Dale Coyne Racing. “This is a dream come true, even more so to be racing in the Indy 500, where my family already has a history of great results,” Fittipaldi told Motorsport.com. “I want to thank the entire team at Dale Coyne Racing, along with Escuderia Telmex for this massive opportunity and important step in my career.” Full story at the link. – Motorsport.com – (2/6/2018)

CGRT announces PNC Bank partnership for No. 9 car – “PNC Bank and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR), today announced an agreement designating PNC as the primary sponsor of the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 9 Honda for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The sponsorship represents an expansion of the PNC-CGR relationship that dates back to 2013 when PNC Bank became an official sponsor of Chip Ganassi Racing. Driven by four-time IndyCar Series champion, Scott Dixon, the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda will appear in eight markets within the PNC footprint. Most notably, Dixon and the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda will be seen competing in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27.” See the livery on our No. 9 livery page here. Full release at the link. – CGRT – (2/6/2018)

King to test w/ECR at Phoenix on Sunday – David Malsher reports for AUTOSPORT that Ed Carpenter Racing road/street course rookie Jordan King will test on the oval at ISM Raceway after the open test this weekend. “The goal for me this year is to learn as much as I can and prepare myself to the best of my ability to try and get a full-time seat in IndyCar for 2019,” King told AUTOSPORT. Ed Carpenter offered this on what this means for King possibly running an oval in 2018: “At the moment that isn’t the plan, but you never know. It’s a long way off until May.” Full story at the link. – AUTOSPORT – (2/6/2018)

Report: Newgarden fastest in Sonoma testing – Motorsport.com’s David Malsher reports Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden was fastest in the Verizon IndyCar Series test at Sonoma Raceway on Monday. Full unofficial results and story at the link. – Motorsport.com – (2/6/2018)

Foyt and Kanaan unveil No. 14 ABC Supply Co. livery – Tony Kanaan tweeted out the ABC Supply Co. livery that he’ll drive in his No. 14 car for AJ Foyt Racing this season on Monday. See the livery on our No. 14 livery page here. – Tony Kanaan – (2/5/2018)

Penske and Pagenaud unveil No. 22 Menards livery – Simon Pagenaud tweeted out the Menards livery that he’ll drive in his No. 22 car for Team Penske this season on Monday. See the livery on our No. 22 livery page here. – Simon Pagenaud – (2/5/2018)

DCR confirms Vasser/Sullivan partnership – “Dale Coyne, Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan announced today the creation of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan, to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning with the 2018 season. The newly formed team also announced that SealMaster will be the primary sponsor for nine of the 17 races, including the Indianapolis 500, for the #18 Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan entry to be driven by Sebastien Bourdais.” Full release at the link. – Dale Coyne Racing – (2/5/2018)

Vasser and Sullivan to partner with DCR for No. 18 entry – The AP’s Jenna Fryer reports Jimmy Vasser and Jim Sullivan are back in INDYCAR as they’re partnering with Dale Coyne Racing’s No. 18 entry for Sebastien Bourdais. The entry will have a primary sponsorship from SealMaster for 9 of the 17 races this season. See the livery on our No. 18 livery page here. Full story at the link. – AP – (2/5/2018)

Penske and Newgarden unveil No. 1 Hitachi livery – Josef Newgarden tweeted out the Hitachi livery that he’ll drive in his No. 1 car for Team Penske this season on Monday. See the livery on our No. 1 livery page here. – Josef Newgarden – (2/5/2018)

Fittipaldi to test for DCR at Sonoma and Phoenix – David Malsher reports Pietro Fittipaldi will test for Dale Coyne Racing in the No. 19 car this week at Sonoma and Phoenix. Fittipaldi is expected to share the seat with Zachary Claman De Melo this season. Full story at the link. – Motorsport.com – (2/5/2018)

ECR unveils ’18 liveries – Ed Carpenter Racing unveiled their 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series liveries for both the No. 20 and No. 21 car. See the liveries on our No. 20 and No. 21 pages. – ECR – (2/5/2018)

Sonoma test open to fans on Monday – “At least twelve drivers from seven Verizon IndyCar Series teams will take part in a one-day test session at Sonoma Raceway on Monday, Feb. 5…Race fans are invited to enjoy the test session for free, with testing slated to run from approximately 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with a break from noon-1 p.m. The Raceway Café will be open for lunch.” Full release at the link. – Sonoma Raceway – (2/5/2018)

CMR Racing and Chad Orr to attempt Freedom 100 – “Today it was announced that CMR Racing’s driver Chad Orr will attempt to qualify and race in the 2018 Indy Lights Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the month of May. The CMR staff has been working hard with Bruce Robinson who is a marketing associate with a few teams in the paddock to get things into action.” Full release at the link. – CMR Racing – (2/4/2018)

INDYCAR ROC recap – INDYCAR has posted an excellent recap of the Race of Champions experience for drivers Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Josef Newgarden. Montoya (2) and Castroneves (1) each grabbed runner-up finishes. Full story at the link. – INDYCAR – (2/4/2018)

DCR set to announce Claman De Melo and Fittipaldi will share No. 19 – The Indianapolis Star’s Jim Ayello reports Dale Coyne Racing will soon announce that Zachary Claman De Melo and Pietro Fittipaldi will share the driving duties of the team’s No. 19 car throughout the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. “This is just the situation we’re in because we need funding for that car,” team owner Dale Coyne told the Indianapolis Star. “But, truthfully, the money is secondary. I think this is a scenario that could work out pretty good for us.” Full story at the link. – Indianapolis Star – (2/4/2018)

INDYCAR announces details of windscreen test on 2/8 at Phoenix – “INDYCAR will take the next step in the evolution of its driver safety program by testing a windscreen on an Indy car for the first time on track, Thursday, Feb. 8, at ISM Raceway. The test will be held in conjunction with the Verizon IndyCar Series’ preseason open test near Phoenix. The windscreen, under development for nearly two years, will be affixed to a Chip Ganassi Racing Honda driven by four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon. The primary goal of the test will be to validate visual acuity for the driver in various lighting conditions – under full sun, at dusk and at night under track lighting.” Image and full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (2/2/2018)

GreenLight teases Chilton livery in ’18 die-cast image – GreenLight Collectibles has posted an image of a 2018 1:18 scale die-cast of Carlin’s No. 59 car for Max Chilton. See the livery on our No. 59 livery page here. – GreenLight Collectibles – (2/1/2018)

SPM unveils 2018 liveries – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports unveiled their 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series liveries on Thursday. Along with the livery unveiling, it was revealed that rookie Robert Wickens will drive the No. 6 car rather than No. 7. Check them out at the link and our livery pages here. – SPM – (2/1/2018)

Daly/Rossi advance in Episode 5 of “Amazing Race” – “Amazing Race” Team IndyCar of Conor Daly and Alexander Rossi finished fourth in the episode that aired on Wednesday night and they’ll continue to appear on the show next week. Read the INDYCAR recap at the link. – INDYCAR – (2/1/2018)

INDYCAR names Sansum managing director of engine development – “INDYCAR has landed a lead engineer from a championship-winning manufacturer as its new managing director of engine development. Darren Sansum joins INDYCAR after a successful stint at Toyota Racing Development, which has won the past two manufacturer championships in NASCAR’s Cup series. Sansum brings considerable experience to INDYCAR, having also worked for Ford Motor Company, Cosworth Technology and Ilmor Engineering. At INDYCAR, Sansum will oversee engine development and competition between Honda and Chevrolet in the Verizon IndyCar Series effective Feb. 6.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (1/31/2018)

RLL announces partnership with TOTAL QUARTZ – “Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) and Total Specialties USA, Inc., Total S.A.’s U.S. marketing affiliate, have announced a multi-year agreement that will see TOTAL QUARTZ become the Official Lubricant Partner of their Verizon IndyCar Series team and the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It will mark Total’s return to the team after being an associate sponsor of their inaugural season in 1992 where Bobby Rahal earned his third Indy car title. The 2018 Long Beach race will mark their first as a primary sponsor of an Indy car.” See the livery on our No. 15 livery page here. – RLL – (1/31/2018)

Miller’s Mailbag 1/31/18 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (1/31/2018)

Trackside podcast 1/30/18 – 1070 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 1/30/18 is a great listen as always. Rob Edwards and Ryan Briscoe are guests on the show. – 1070 The Fan – (1/31/2018)

INDYCAR Rolex 24 recap – “Try It Tiny and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are introducing a luxury, pop-up Tiny House Hotel at the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil…Each tiny house is packed with a host of amenities never before available to attendees, including a compact kitchen with high-end finishes, a modern bathroom, air conditioning, sleeping quarters and more. Interested fans can select from a mix of several different houses with varying layouts and options. Fifteen Tiny House spots will be located at IMS and available to customers for Race Weekend. The Tiny House Hotel will be conveniently located on the track’s property from Thursday, May 24 until Monday, May 28. In addition to the accommodations, guests will enjoy four General Admission tickets to the race, on-site parking, a private concierge service and much more. The total cost for the weekend is $3,000.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (1/30/2018)

Bell returns home from Rolex 24 to find racing items stolen – Townsend Bell returned home from driving in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to find his house had been robbed. Missing items include two Rolex watches related to racing victories, his ring for winning the 2001 Indy Lights championship, 10 rings from starting in the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, and more. Full story at the link. – RACER – (1/30/2018)

INDYCAR Rolex 24 recap – INDYCAR’s recap of INDYCAR drivers’ experience at the Rolex 24 at Daytona is a great read. Scott Dixon was a driver for Chip Ganassi Racing Team’s winning effort in GT Le Mans and Sebastien Bourdais drove for the team’s other car that finished P2 in the same class. Other drivers didn’t have as successful of an experience but performed well themselves. Full story at the link. – INDYCAR – (1/29/2018)

Coyne hopes to finalize lineup before 2/9-10 Phoenix test – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports Dale Coyne Racing owner Dale Coyne wants to finalize the teams’ plans for the driver of the No. 19 car before the Verizon IndyCar Series test at ISM Raceway in early February. Full story at the link. – RACER – (1/29/2018)

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