News for the Month of December 2018

Rossi added to Team Penske IMSA lineup for ’19 – “Acura Team Penske announced today that IndyCar Series championship contender and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi will join the team for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance events at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Rossi, a five-time race winner in the IndyCar Series, will share the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype International (Dpi) with fulltime Acura Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor.” Full release at the link. – Team Penske – (12/8/2018)

Trackside podcast 12/6/18 – 1070 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 12/6/18 is a great listen as always. Will Power, Patricio O’Ward, George Steinbrenner IV, and Doug Boles are guests on the show. – 1070 The Fan – (12/7/2018)

Harding Steinbrenner Racing announces Honda deal for ’19 – “Newly formed Harding Steinbrenner Racing is excited to announce a new partnership with Honda Performance Development for the 2019 INDYCAR season.” Full release at the link. – Harding Steinbrenner Racing – (12/6/2018)

Power’s likeness unveiled on Borg-Warner Trophy – Champion of the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Will Power’s likeness was unveiled on the Borg-Warner trophy on Wednesday night at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “It’s like the gift that keeps on giving,” Will Power said before the event Dec. 5 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. “You just keep getting reminded that you won the Indianapolis 500, and it always puts a smile on your face.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (12/6/2018)

VeeKay leads final day of Lights testing at Homestead – Juncos Racing’s Rinus VeeKay was fastest of the final day of Indy Lights testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Tuesday. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (12/5/2018)

Miller’s Mailbag 12/5/18 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (12/5/2018)

McLaren announces it will have Chevy power at ’19 Indy 500 – “McLaren Racing will contest the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 with Chevrolet power. McLaren IndyCar has today confirmed that it will partner with Chevrolet at the 2019 Indianapolis 500, the 103rd Running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, reuniting the two brands after 47 years.” Full release at the link. – McLaren – (12/4/2018)

Malukas fastest in Day 1 of Lights testing at Homestead – BN Racing’s David Malukas topped the charts in Day 1 of Indy Lights testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Monday. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (12/4/2018)

Foyt investigating Lights program – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports AJ Foyt Racing is considering making a return to Indy Lights. “So I feel like on the Indy Lights side it would be a great place for us to start training young mechanics, getting drivers in the system, coming up like other teams have done,” team president Larry Foyt told RACER. Full story at the link. – RACER – (12/3/2018)

Racing returns to the Milwaukee Mile – It’s not INDYCAR, but it’s fantastic to read that racing will continue once again at the Milwaukee Mile in 2019 with an ARCA Midwest Tour super late models event. Full story at the link. – SPEED SPORT – (12/3/2018)

ZCD to test Lights with Belardi – Zachary Claman De Melo will drive for Belardi Auto Racing in an Indy Lights test at Homestead-Miami Speedway next week. – Belardi Auto Racing – (11/29/2018)

Power’s likeness to be unveiled on Borg-Warner Trophy on 12/5 – “His eyes, intense and piercing, are the first thing people notice about Will Power. As the sculptor tasked with creating a likeness of Power’s face in miniature sterling silver, William Behrends was fascinated by those eyes…Behrends has finished putting Power’s facial likeness on the Borg-Warner Trophy, which will be unveiled Dec. 5 in a ceremony at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. It’s Behrends’ 29th face on the famous Indianapolis 500 trophy, and already among his favorites.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (11/29/2018)

Miller’s Mailbag 11/28/18 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (11/28/2018)

Trackside podcast 11/27/18 – 1070 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 11/27/18 is a great listen as always. Adam Stern is a guest on the show. – 1070 The Fan – (11/28/2018)

Speedway named official fuel and convenience store of INDYCAR and IMS – “Hulman & Company announced a multiyear agreement Tuesday with Speedway LLC, making the national convenience store chain the Official Fuel and Official Convenience Store of INDYCAR, the IndyCar Series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 beginning in 2019. Speedway LLC (Speedway) is the nation’s second largest company-owned and -operated convenience store chain with almost 4,000 retail convenience stores across the United States. Headquartered in Enon, Ohio, Speedway is a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) and has locations in 35 states. The IndyCar Series will conduct 11 races in those states in 2019.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (11/27/2018)

Johnson expresses interest in IndyCar road course races – Motorsport.com’s David Malsher reports Jimmie Johnson has expressed an interest in racing in an IndyCar Series race on a road course in the future. “I’m not overly excited about those fast ovals, but I think with my status and relationships I could put together some road course races in IndyCar” Johnson told assembled media during his ride swap with Fernando Alonso at Bahrain International Circuit. Full story at the link. – Motorsport.com – (11/26/2018)

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