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Post by Alpineopossum on Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:55 pm

CONFIRMED TEAMS

Team Penske (Dallara/Chevrolet)
1 - Will Power - Verizon Wireless
2 - Juan Pablo Montoya - Verizon/PPG Automotive
3 - Hélio Castroneves - Shell Pennzoil/AAA/Hitachi
22 - Simon Pagenaud - TBA
NOTES: Simon Pagenaud joins Team Penske after leaving Sam Schmitt's team. Number is supposedly 22, sponsorship is TBA but seeing as Pagenaud is confirmed some exists. Penske has the resources to run a car without sponsorship if necessary, but Pagenaud is likely to attract a big ticket sponsor. Power will run #1 as he will the the defending champion.

Schmitt Peterson Motorsports (Dallara/Honda)
7 - TBA - TBA
77 - James Hinchcliffe - Oculus?/TBA
[PT] 5 - TBA - TBA *???*
NOTES: James Hinchcliffe joins Schmitt's team to replace Simon Pagenaud. The popular Canadian was to be joined by Mikhail Aleshin. However, sanctions against Russia aimed at countering the recent actions of the Putin regime that has been causing trouble on the world stage resulted in Aleshin and his sponsor, SMP Bank, being banned from competing in America by the US Government. Schmitt has tested a wide variety of drivers to replace the Russian: Stefano Coletti, Davide Valschecci, Rodolfo Gonzalez, and Rocky Moran Jr. It is worth noting that Parker Kligerman tested with SPM's Indy Lights team. Kligerman reportedly turned down a Xfinity ride (although not one from a top level team). Gonzalez may bring funding from Venezuela, but Valschecci is probably the most formidable driver among them, as he is a GP2 champion and tested in F1 with Lotus. The team is expected to run a third car at Indy, but no word on whether Jacques Villeneuve or Dollar General will return.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (Dallara/Chevrolet)
?8 - Sage Karam??? - TBA/?Comfort Revolution
9 - Scott Dixon - Target
10 - Tony Kanaan - NTT Data
83 - Charlie Kimball - Novo Nordisk
NOTES: Ryan Briscoe is out of the #8 car next year. NTT Data will take over for Target on the #10, but Target will still sponsor Scott Dixon. Sage Karam was the lead candidate to replace him, but with Target reducing its sponsorship the #8 car may or may not be in the field. Although Karam may end up sitting out 2015 he could have a ride waiting for him in 2016 when "Ford EcoBoost/Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates" is rumored to run an all-American sportscar team in IMSA and Le Mans GTE racing. Dixon, Kanaan, and Kimball are all going to be back.

KV Racing Technology/SH Racing (Dallara/Chevrolet)
11 - Sébastien Bourdais - Hydroxycut/Geico/Mistic E-Cigs
72 - Ryan Phinny??? - Casamigos???
NOTES: Sebastian Saavedra didn't exactly set the world on fire in 2014 and he may be on the way out. Supposedly Kevin Kalkovan, Jimmy Vasser, and James Sullivan are trying to coax Justin Wilson from Dale Coyne Racing in order to partner with Bourdais. Ryan Briscoe may also be in contention with the seat. Recent rumors have put Indy Lights driver Ryan Phinny in the catbird seat for the renumbered #72.

Jonathan Byrd's Racing (Dallara/Chevrolet)
TBA - Bryan Clauson - Byrd's Cafeteria
NOTES: After an over a decade away, the Byrd team is returning with Bryan Clauson as the driver. They currently plan on running only the Indianapolis 500.

AJ Foyt Enterprises (Dallara/Honda)
14 - Takuma Sato - ABC Supply Company/Panasonic
41 - Jack Hawksworth - ABC Supply Company
NOTES: Sato returns for 2015. The #41, which Martin Plowman ran in two races last year, will run full time with ABC Supply Co. as the sponsor with Jack Hawksworth in the car. If Foyt is planning on running an Indy one off again, he isn't talking about it.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (Dallara/Honda)
15 - Graham Rahal - ?Battery Tender/???
16 - ?Luca Fillippi/?Oriol Servià - TBA
NOTES: National Guard is supposedly pulling out of racing, but they did not specify if they would honor their existing contract. I doubt that we will see them on a car next year, as they could have simply sold the sponsorship to another company. Rahal has done commercials for Battery Tender and has had an on and off connection to Midas and NTB. Rahal Letterman says they have the funding for Rahal. A second car is probably part time if it will be there, but if they find the funding a full time run isn't impossible.

Dale Coyne Racing  (Dallara/Honda)
18 - ??? - ???/Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q
19 - ??? - Boy Scouts of America
NOTES: Neither Carlos Huertas nor Justin Wilson is under contract for 2015. Huertas was apparently offered a GP2 deal and he's leaning toward heading overseas if he can seal the deal. Dale Coyne is very keen on Alexander Rossi, who was widely believed to make his F1 debut this year to replace the injured Jules Bianchi but the Marussia team's financial problems derailed his plans. Rossi has turned his gaze stateside and has a strong chance of landing a ride. Rodolfo Gonzalez is in contention for a seat here, and Justin Wilson could return, although he is in discussions with KV and Andretti.

Ed Carpenter/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (Dallara/Chevrolet)
20 - Ed Carpenter/Luca Fillippi??? - Fuzzy's Ultra-Premium Vodka
67 - Josef Newgarden - Hartman Oil/???
[PT] ??? - ??? - Preferred Refrigeration Services???
NOTES: Carpenter is returning for oval races. Mike Conway appears to be running a full slate in the FIA World Endurance Championship, so Carpenter is searching for a new partner. The two prime contenders that have been named are Conor Daly and JR Hildebrand. Ed Carpenter's team is teaming up with Sarah Fisher's next year. Josef Newgarden will be returning. Both Fisher and Carpenter ran a second car at Indy last year with Hildebrand and Alex Tagliani respectively, so I would imagine the team will run at least one and maybe two additional cars at Indy.

Andretti Autosport (Dallara/Honda)
25 - Marco Andretti - Snapple/RC/Dr. Pepper/Mutual of Omaha
27 - ??? - United Fiber and Data
28 - Ryan Hunter Reay - DHL
34 - Carlos Muñoz - Andretti.tv
[PT]26 - Kurt Busch??? - Suretone Entertainment
NOTES: The team resigned 500 winner Ryan Hunter Reay, ROTY Carlos Muñoz, and Marco Andretti. The #27 may be back, and the team is interested in a wide variety of drivers including Jean Éric Vergne, Daniel Abt, and Justin Wilson to replace James Hinchcliffe, who left for greener pastures at Schmitt Peterson Motorsports. Kurt Busch has made some comments about another Indy 500 run.

Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian (Dallara/Honda)
[PT] 97 - Jay Howard - Green1
98 - Gabby Chaves (R)??? - Castrol Edge/The Collection Auto Group
NOTES: Apparently Intergrity Energee Drink didn't live up to its name because it didn't actually pay BHA last year. Jack Hawksworth left the team for Foyt, but Herta has been talking to Luca Fillippi and James Jakes. They also signed up Jay Howard to run the Indy 500.

TEAMS THAT MAY SHOW UP AT SOME POINT

Panther Racing (Dallara/Chevrolet)
4 - ??? - ???
NOTES: John Barnes (unfortunately) isn't going quietly and is suing his former sponsors. He's sold quite a bit of his equiptment but is still hanging on to some stuff and may make an appearance at some point. Barnes seems to like Carlos Huertas, so if we see more of this character it will be a one off and may have Huertas driving. That's unlikely, but weirder things have happened.

Dragon Racing (Dallara/Chevrolet)
6 - ??? - McAfee/Variety
NOTES: Like John Barnes, Jay Penske still has a car or two in his shop and could run the 500. Unlike his portlier counterpart, he isn't tangled up in a lawsuit. He has employed Oriol Servià in Formula E, so there's some potential there. Again its a long shot.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (Dallara/Chevrolet)
23 - ??? - ???
NOTES: Dreyer & Reinbold seems set on a return to Indy, possibly in conjunction with...

Kingdom Racing (Dallara/Chevrolet)
TBA - ??? - ???
NOTES: Davey Hamilton left Schmitt and is looking for somebody to team up with for an Indy 500 effort. It is probably going to be with DRR, but its worth having him down on here as his own entry.

KV Racing Technology/Always Evolving Racing (Dallara/Chevrolet)
33 - ?James Davison - Always Evolving
NOTES: Not sure if this KV one off at Indy will be back. The team rented equiptment from Panther and was run by KV. Always Evolving is a Pirelli World Challenge team.

Fan Force United (Dallara/???)
64 - Stefan Wilson - ???
NOTES: Tyce Carlson's team has signed Stefan Wilson and is trying to do a full season if they get the funding.








Marshall Pruett wrote:

IndyCar: Silly Season Update No. 1

But for a few drivers looking to maintain or possibly upgrade their current situations, this year's IndyCar's Silly Season will likely be remembered for stability rather than blockbuster moves.
As RACER's Robin Miller recently revealed, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' Simon Pagenaud is the biggest name on the free agent board, and while there are a few others in need of a new contract, the four-time race winner will dictate how the Silly Season plays out.
"Once we know what Simon's doing and where he goes, I expect the rest of the seats to fall in place," said one driver who's following Pagenaud's movements.
At the top of the list, two of IndyCar's Big 3 teams, Ganassi Racing and Team Penske, are set to return with the same lineups. All four of Ganassi's drivers are under contract through at least 2015, and the same is true for Roger Penske's trio.
Penske holds the strongest driver package in the series right now with Helio Castroneves leading the championship, Will Power close behind in second and Juan Pablo Montoya in fifth. All three have won for The Captain, and with JPM locked in for 2015, the threesome should be even more effective once the Colombian has a year of experience to draw from. Roger has the team everyone wants to be a part of, but sadly, there's no vacancy until 2016 arrives and even that date could be pushed back if JPM remains interested.
Stability can also be found with the defending series champions. 2013 title winner Scott Dixon is a lifelong Ganassi employee, and Charlie Kimball, who is in his fourth season with the team representing sponsor Novo Nordisk, has quickly become a company man. But the conversation starts to shift when we at the other two Ganassi seats and their status 12 months from now.
Newcomer Tony Kanaan has been on a hot streak of late and will be in the No. 10 Target Chevy through 2015, and the same is true for Ryan Briscoe in the No. 8 NTT Data Chevy. Although there's no indication the team is looking to make a change, Ganassi will need to decide whether they want to extend those two contracts into 2016, or consider their options with whoever's on the free agent market. For the drivers in the paddock with hopes of driving for Chip, the stampede begins next year.
And then there's the question of availability. Many of this year's top free agents will have new multi-year contracts signed in the coming weeks and months, and that bodes well for Kanaan and Briscoe... unless some of the bigger free agents sign one-year deals to keep their options open with Ganassi.
pagenaud2Pagenaud is a perfect example of a top-tier driver with a series of hard decisions to make. He was rumored to be on Ganassi's short list, but signing Simon (or any other free agent) would require Ganassi to reach into his pocket and buy TK or Briscoe out their contract at the end of the season. For those who know Chip, he's accustomed to earning money, not spending it, which makes the buy-out scenario hard to fathom.
If Pagenaud wants to drive for Chip, he'd be wise to sign a one-year deal with Schmidt and start negotiating on 2016 after the ink has dried. It's also worth noting that as the closest thing Honda has to a factory driver, a move to Chip's House of Chevy would sever many close relationships within Honda Performance Development.
After Simon's Champ Car career crumbled along with the series, it was Honda that came to the rescue, pairing Pagenaud with Gil de Ferran's Acura ALMS team in 2008. They were also invaluable in helping to kick start his IndyCar career. Simply put, there are genuine ties between Pagenaud and Honda that run deeper than most driver/manufacturer combos, and crossing the line to represent the Bowtie would carry a significant personal and professional toll.
Thinking long term, Simon would be a perfect fit in the No. 10 car and could easily spend a decade alongside Dixie in a Target car, but the timing is far from optimal at the moment and it would be a bit messy on the interpersonal front.

Of the Big 3, Andretti Autosport is the only one with a serious chance of having different tenants next year. The Pagenaud-to-Andretti story continues to evolve each day; I awoke Monday to have two well-placed members of the IndyCar paddock telling me it's a done deal, but it isn't.
Granted, it could eventually happen, but you could also see Simon back with team owners Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson as part of a new multi-year deal. In fact, the odds are leaning in that direction at the moment and all three are believed to have opened a dialogue on drafting a new contract.
If you were Pagenaud and had to weigh the pros and cons, the first question to ask is whether you'd find more success as one of two SPM drivers or as one of four or five Andretti pilots. Going strictly by the numbers, Andretti's Ryan Hunter-Reay has won three races for the AA team this year, and he's closely followed by Pagenaud with two wins for SPM. Granted, one of RHR's win came at the Indy 500, and Pagenaud certainly wants the best shot to have his face immortalized on the Borg-Warner trophy. In that regard, Andretti would seem to hold the upper hand.
The next question would involve the environment offered by both teams, and despite their Big 3 status, could Andretti match the everything-we-do-is-built-and-geared-for-you home that SPM has created for the Frenchman? SPM general manager Rob Edwards, race engineer Ben Bretzman, crew chief Don Oldenburg and the rest of the No. 77 Honda team live and breathe to make Pagenaud a success. Advantage SPM.
The last question involves earning potential, and with both owners known for their frugal spending habits, it's unlikely Pagenaud would earn significantly more money from either contract. That's a draw.
Provided Simon wants a change of view, Andretti would certainly be the No. 1 option to choose within the Honda family, but it's debatable whether that change of scenery would significantly alter his competitive situation. Heading into Mid-Ohio, Pagenaud's fourth in the standings, three points shy of taking third from RHR.
If the past two seasons have taught us anything, it's that SPM has risen to a level where they live among the Big 3, and that only complicates matters for Simon. If he was driving for one of the minnows, moving to Andretti would be a no-brainer, but on almost every front switching camps would appear to be more of a lateral move than a practical upgrade.
He's also heading into the final month of the 2014 championship, and with the title still within his grasp, it's doubtful Pagenaud would let contract negotiations become a distraction. Andretti and SPM still need to put the requisite funding together to put a multi-year deal in front of Pagenaud, and it's highly unlikely the situation will be resolved until after the season finale in Fontana.
hinchA more interesting scenario on the Pagenaud-to-Andretti story involves James Hinchcliffe, who has occupied the No. 27 entry since 2012. Like RHR, Hinch is also seeking a new deal, and one report even positioned the three-time race winner as venturing out to test free agency. A more accurate description would be of the Canadian and the Andretti team needing more time to get the funding together before a new contract can be tendered.
Hinchcliffe isn't silly enough to test free agency this year, making any suggestion he's on the lookout for a better deal comically short-sighted. As I noted with Pagenaud, all the prime seats, other than the one Hinch currently occupies, are filled. With the No. 27 Honda ride open at the moment, Pagenaud will be mentioned as a successor until a deal is concluded and if you're a fan of betting, put your money on Hinch returning to Andretti in 2015.
The Andretti team has also expressed an interest in expanding to five cars next year, and with RHR, Carlos Munoz, Marco Andretti and Hinch/Pagenaud filling the first four cars, a fifth car could happen if one or both of the team's Indy Lights drivers can muster the money to graduate.
Adding to the complexity of the situation, slotting Pagenaud into a fifth car is also an option. As Michael Andretti recently told RACER, it's too early to rule anything out: "Do we want to keep Hinch? Yeah. Would we love to have Pagenaud here? Yeah. There's a lot of different things that could happen, so stay tuned."

Working down the roster of teams, Mikhail Aleshin will be back with SPM, and thanks to the rookie's remarkable pace – especially on ovals – and close working relationship with Pagenaud, the team would be even stronger next year with both drivers continuing in the close-knit program.
Provided Simon signs a new contract to stay with the team, Hinch's return to Andretti would become a formality. A prized seat at SPM – one that's coveted by most free agents – would also be taken off the market.
If, for whatever reason, things go sideways between Pagenaud and SPM, the team has an obvious replacement in Hinchcliffe, whose strong ties to Honda through Honda Canada are well known. Honda favorite Justin Wilson would also be a perfect fit for the team.
KVSH/KV AFS/KV LMNOP Racing has Toronto Race 1 winner Sebastien Bourdais locked into a multi-year deal, and that's nothing but a good thing for both sides. KVSH team owners Kevin Kalkhoven, Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan have transformed the program into a contender at every venue, and "Sulli" is now looking at expanding to two KVSH entries next season.
He's the best sponsor finder in the paddock, fields his own Global Rally Cross team with Nelson Piquet Jr. as his driver (Piquet's leading the GRC championship, and wouldn't be moved over to a second KVSH Indy car, according to Sulli), and tends to make things happen when he sets his mind to it. It's hard to put a percentage on a second KVSH entry coming to fruition, but it's worth keeping an eye on during the offseason.
KV AFS driver Sebastian Saavedra, who enjoys the unwavering support from Automatic Fire Sprinkler owner/sponsor Gary Peterson, has had an unfulfilling string of results since joining the program, yet they are happy with the team, want to continue, and KV echoes the sentiment.
With the KVSH side of the team on the rise and Sulli's interest in adding a second car for 2015, it will be interesting to see whether the program expands to three cars, remains at two, and if Saavedra and Peterson will continue to fit into KV's overhaul without an uptick in overall competitiveness.
WilsonProvided a second KVSH entry materializes, drivers like Hinchcliffe or Justin Wilson would give the team a lot of firepower to place alongside Bourdais.
Wilson and the Dale Coyne Racing team have weathered a trying year, and the Englishman always ranks as one of the most prized free agents in the IndyCar paddock, but with so few openings to pursue, the three-time IndyCar Series race winner is likely set for his fifth season with DCR.
His teammate, Colombian rookie and Houston Race 1 winner Carlos Huertas, has shown promise on occasion and even expanded his current program to include ovals. It's unclear whether Huertas will return in 2015, yet based on his performances so far and the budget he has at his disposal, DCR could hold onto both drivers and build the continuity it so often lacks.
Ed Carpenter wants to keep going with Mike Conway in their ride sharing program with the No. 20 Chevy, and provided Mike isn't lured away with a full-time World Endurance Championship sports car ride, it's a partnership that needs to continue. Minus Conway, Oriol Servia and Luca Filippi could be amenable to such an arrangement, and both would deliver for the team.
A.J. Foyt Racing is talking with Takuma Sato about a possible return for a third season in the No. 14 Honda. The team is always also looking to add a second car and as we noted on Tuesday, it is also interested in fielding an Indy Lights entry.
Buried down between Carlos Huertas and Sebastian Saavedra in the standings, Sato's mired in a disappointing season which makes listing him as a lock to drive the No. 14 somewhat of a challenge. Finishing fifth at Toronto Race 2 was a welcome change of fortune for Taku, and hopefully the trend continues, but if he were to depart the No. 14, the team would be overflowing with suitors.
From within the Honda family, Hinchcliffe and Wilson come to mind as options, and Oriol Servia, Luca Filippi and James Davison could be quality solutions.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan's Graham Rahal will be back with the team next season, and with a second entry to fill, RLL has a rarity on its hands – an open seat with a full staff of mechanics and engineers capable of fielding a front-running program. Based on the near total lack of available drives, I'd expect RLL to command plenty of interest from funded drivers looking to make the jump from Europe, or from Indy Lights drivers trying to land a ride in the big series.
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing's Josef Newgarden is under contract for 2015, and could command interest from other teams if and when he moves on. Bryan Herta Autosport's Jack Hawksworth has been a revelation this year – he's only one point behind Newgarden in the standings – and the team has expressed an interest in picking up his option for 2015.
Dennis Reinbold intends to make a return next year, yet other than running the Indy 500, the veteran team owner isn't sure of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's upcoming activities. DRR ran Sage Karam in the Indy 500 through a partnership with Ganassi Racing, and could field the 2013 Indy Lights champion on Aug. 30 at Fontana. The Byrd family will make its long awaited return to the Indy 500 next year, and has signed USAC star Bryan Clauson along with support from KV Racing for an endeavor known as "KVSH/Jonahthan Byrd's Racing."
Finally, plenty of young talent will be looking for homes in the IndyCar Series next year, yet few are known to have the kind of budget required to land a full-season drive. RACER will cover their chances in a future Silly Season update.

LINK: http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/106722-indycar-silly-season-update-no-1?showall=&start=2

Penske - 1 - Will Power (Contracted for 2015)
Penske - 2 - Juan Pablo Montoya (Contracted for 2015)
Penske - 3 - Helio Castroneves (Contracted for 2015)
Penske - TBA - Simon Pagenaud (Multi Year Deal)
SMP/Schmitt Peterson - 7 - Mikhail Aleshin (out due to Russian sanctions?) or Davide Valsecchi or Rocky Moran or ???
Schmitt Hamilton Peterson - 77 - James Hinchcliffe
Ganassi - 8 - Sage Karam or ???
Ganassi - 9 - Scott Dixon (Contracted long term)
Ganassi - 10 - Tony Kanaan
Ganassi - 83 - Charlie Kimball (has 2015 deal)
KVRT/SH - 11 - Sébastien Bourdais (has 2015 deal)
KVRT/SH - TBA - Oriol Servià or Conor Daly or Ryan Briscoe or Dean Stoneman or ???
KVRT/AFS - 17 - Sebastian Saavedra or Ryan Briscoe or ???
Byrd/KV - TBA - Bryan Clauson (probably Indy only, max 1-2 other races)
Foyt - 14 - Takuma Sato (signed)
Foyt - 41 - Jack Hawksworth (signed)
Rahal/Letterman - 15 - Graham Rahal
Rahal/Letterman - 16 - Luca Fillippi or Oriol Servià or ??? (part time?)
Coyne - 18 - Carlos Huertas or Rodolfo Gonzalez or ???
Coyne - 19 - Justin Wilson or Rodolfo Gonzalez or ???
Carpenter/Fisher - 20 - Ed Carpenter (confirmed)/Mike Conway?
Carpenter/Fisher - 67 - Josef Newgarden (confirmed one year deal)
Dreyer & Reinbold - 22 - Sage Karam or ??? (Indy only)
Andretti - 25 - Marco Andretti
Andretti - 26 - Simon Pagenaud or Daniel Abt (tested) or Frank Montagny or ??? (probably 2+ events if it happens)
Andretti - 27 - Daniel Abt or Charles Pic or ???
Andretti - 28 - Ryan Hunter Reay (Multi Year Deal)
Andretti - 34 - Carlos Munoz (Contracted for 2015)
Herta/Agajanian - 97 - Jay Howard (confirmed deal - Indy only?)
Herta/Agajanian - 98 - James Jakes (in talks with) or Luca Fillipi or Sam Bird or ???
Byrd - TBA - Bryan Clauson
Fan Force United - 64 - Stefan Wilson (R)
Lazier - 91 - Buddy Lazier (likely an Indy one off)
Hamilton/?Dreyer & Reinbold? - 23 - Oriol Servia or ???
Conor Daly and Daniel Abt are both is serious talks with various teams for a full time ride, but I'm not sure which teams they are.


Indy Lights
Team Moore - 2 - TBA
Team Moore - 22 - TBA
Belardi Auto Racing - 4 - Félix Serrallés
Belardi Auto Racing - 5 - Juan Piedrahita
Schmitt Peterson - 7 - RC Enerson
Schmitt Peterson - 71 - Ethan Ringell
Schmitt Peterson - 77 - Jack Harvey
Schmitt Peterson - ?? - Scott Anderson
8Star - 8 - Scott Hargrove
Carlin - 11 - Ed Jones
Carlin - 14 - Max Chilton?
Juncos - 12 - Spencer Pigot
Juncos - 18 - Kyle Kaiser
Andretti - 51 - Shelby Blackstock
Andretti - ?? - TBA
Conquest - ?? - TBA
Dragon - ?? - TBA
Fan Force United - ?? - TBA
McCormack - ?? - TBA


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Post by NeverNeutral on Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:31 pm

Don't forget Fan Force United and Stefan Wilson.
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Post by Milan655 on Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:58 am

Filippi, Razia and Harvey would be quality additions
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Post by crl on Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:41 pm

Marshall Pruett gives us a glimpse of what the schedule might look like in 2015:

http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/107193-indycar-2015-calendar-taking-shape?showall=&limitstart=

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Post by f1fan12 on Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:53 pm

Not too keen on the possible loss of two ovals (Texas and Pocono). And I REALLY dislike that NOLA track. I have heard that the Brazil track is an oval, though... So Indycar may have that going for it.
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Post by Cardinals5 on Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:06 am

Indycar's reluctance to extend past August is a problem. I would say Pocono's best chance at selling out the track is a late August or early September race instead of right in the middle of two NASCAR dates. They really can't move Pocono around much right now, so it looks like it's either stick with July 4th weekend or drop the track from the schedule entirely.

I don't know, really. I guess we'll have to see later on. I have my doubts Pocono remains on the schedule.
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Post by f1fan12 on Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:38 am

Cardinals5 wrote:Indycar's reluctance to extend past August is a problem. I would say Pocono's best chance at selling out the track is a late August or early September race instead of right in the middle of two NASCAR dates. They really can't move Pocono around much right now, so it looks like it's either stick with July 4th weekend or drop the track from the schedule entirely.

I don't know, really. I guess we'll have to see later on. I have my doubts Pocono remains on the schedule.

Why do I think that if Indycar looses Pocono, we will see a push for Michigan back on the schedule?
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Post by crl on Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:42 pm

Normally, I'd say this is bad for IndyCar, but no matter how much Robin Miller wants you to think it's bad, if it gets Graham Rahal out for good, this is fine by me:

http://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/06/national-guard-to-end-sponsorship-of-dale-jr-indycars-rahal/

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alpineopossum on Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:21 pm

Rahal will probably do Indy with Letterman money and maybe Mid Ohio next year. As for the Nascar end of things I have a feeling this will ripple to JR Motorsports: one of their sponsors will replace National Guard and somebody at JR will loose their ride (maybe Regan Smith).
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by crl on Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:51 pm

Hmm. That story has been updated with Hendrick stating they have a contract with the guard for 2015, and, that no one from the Guard has told them about a change of plans.

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by crl on Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:16 pm


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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by crl on Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:17 am

If the PanAm Games keep Toronto off the schedule next year, what could take its place?

http://racer.com/indycar/item/107782-indycar-s-2015-schedule-bye-bye-houston-hello-mosport

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alpineopossum on Sun Aug 24, 2014 12:01 pm

It sounds like Mosport would be a one year replacement for Toronto, with Toronto being back in 2016. But the big news for 2016 is the Boston race, which is spearheaded by mayor Marty Walsh. I really hope this is happening.
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Post by crl on Sun Aug 24, 2014 12:24 pm

Josef Newgarden has signed a one-year deal with what will become CFH Racing for 2015. I honestly think that's a smart move by him.

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by bigdc48 on Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:01 pm

Alpineopossum wrote:It sounds like Mosport would be a one year replacement for Toronto, with Toronto being back in 2016. But the big news for 2016 is the Boston race, which is spearheaded by mayor Marty Walsh. I really hope this is happening.

IndyCar, please let this happen.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by crl on Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:41 pm


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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alpineopossum on Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:50 pm

2015 Calendar

Feb. 15th - unnamed race in the United Arab Emirates
March 8th - unnamed race in Brazil
March 29th - Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
April 12th - Louisiana Grand Prix @ NOLA Motorsports Park
April 19th - Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Date TBA, Prob. April - Honda Grand Prix of Alabama @ Barber Motorsports Park
May 9th - Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis
May 24th - Indianapolis 500
May 30th - Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race I
May 31st - Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race II
June 6th - Firestone 600 @ Texas Motor Speedway
Date TBA, Prob. Summer - Iowa Corn Indy 300
June ?? - Canadian Race at Toronto, Mosport, or Mont-Tremblant
Date TBA, Prob. Summer - Honda 200 @ Mid Ohio
Date TBA, Prob. Summer - Sunoco Indycar 500 @ Pocono
Date TBA, needs new promotor - Shell & Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston
Date TBA, Prob. Fall - GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
Date TBA - ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 @ the Milwaukee Mile
Date TBA, Prob. Aug. - MAVTV IndyCar World Championships @ California

NOTE: Houston has a sponsor and a "confirmed" place on the schedule but from what I understand the promoters pulled out, so if they find a new promoter the race will be on the calendar. Otherwise, COTA is a possibility.

For 2016, Boston seems like a strong possibility. Baltimore may make a return if they can find the financial support to do so (IndyCar has expressed some interest in bring the race back but have said that it will NOT happen in 2015). Road America and Phoenix are possible. I would also have to say that Fontana's place as the season finale is not safe, and if IndyCar thinks they can draw a bigger crowd someplace else the finale could definitely move.
A street race in Fort Lauderdale may also be in the cards but I would expect that to happen in 2016 not 2015, but you never know. There was also supposedly a race in Providence, Rhode Island on the horizon but I haven't heard much about it in a while. If it is still a possibility I would it expect it and Boston to be competing proposals.

On the subject of Boston, the Northeast is a market that NASCAR doesn't do very well in and IndyCar's ability to run downtown races gives them a tremendous opportunity to make a splash there. And given how supportive Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was of the New Orleans race, I think that Mayor Marty Walsh's support of the Boston GP makes it quite likely to become a reality.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alpineopossum on Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:43 pm

So I found this

Wikipedia wrote:A race is supossed [sic.] to take place in Venezuela, at the Aeropuerto La Carlota.

Seems like vandalism but its worth noting.

Andretti has confirmed Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter Reay, and Carlos Munoz for 2015, so the only driver at the team not confirmed is Hinch. Penske will be back with Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, and Will Power.

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alpineopossum on Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:47 pm

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by crl on Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:13 pm


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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by bsoyuz on Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:18 pm


*hue intensifies*

The problem is that Brasilia is too far and is too freaking dry..
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by JMac525 on Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:07 pm


Very Happy Well, it's nice to officially go back to Brazil.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alpineopossum on Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:32 pm

Some general updates:
- One of the hottest rumors is that Ryan Briscoe is being released by Ganassi. Briscoe has long been a favorite driver of Chip Ganassi and his associates and has done three stints with the team, but Briscoe had a pretty disappointing season. Simon Pagenaud is a serious contender for this seat but Honda wants to keep him. Similarly so, Penske wants Pagenaud badly, and Schmitt wants him back as well. Pagenaud has also been linked to Andretti...
- Justin Wilson was interviewed about 2015 and he's working on an IndyCar program, but he did not mention Dale Coyne Racing or anybody associated with the #19 team. The team's sponsor, Boy Scouts of America is connected to the team and not Wilson and they seem poised to return (they've been promoting their sponsorship more as of late).
- Coyne tested Ryō Hirakawa, a Formula Nippon driver in late 2013 and has always been interested in him. There's also the possibility that James Jakes may reprise his role at the team from 2011 and 2012. Jakes has a strong possibility of returning in some capacity in 2015.
- Tristan Vautier has been testing the new Indy Lights car so he may return to that series.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by NeverNeutral on Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:36 pm

I've seen a rumor floating around that Sage Karam might get the 8.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by flyingturns89 on Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:41 pm

Based off what I've heard so far this season, it sounds like a majority of the teams will be keeping their drivers for 2015. Beyond that is up in the air. There really isn't any driver that has signed to a team past 2015 right now, so it sounds like next year's silly season is going to be musical chairs.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Milan655 on Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:04 am

Any news for Luca Filippi?
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by crl on Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:12 am

Milan655 wrote:Any news for Luca Filippi?

Other than his recent wedding, no.

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by NeverNeutral on Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:37 pm

Dale Coyne did a test today at Mid-Ohio with GP2 reject and former Marussia reserve driver Rodolfo Gonzalez. Rocky Moran, Jr. will also be testing on the Homestead road course on the 30th for Sam Schmidt.


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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alpineopossum on Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:39 pm

Schmitt's latest prospect is...Rocky Moran Jr.?

Robin Miller (Racer Magazine) wrote:
Rocky Moran Jr. to test for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport!

In 2001 and 2002, there was a flock of U.S.-born talent in the Toyota Formula Atlantic series. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty, Joey Hand and Rocky Moran Jr. were young, fast and ready to move up into CART.Moran-Montreal02
Unfortunately, CART went bankrupt after 2002 and only RHR got to take that next step into Champ Car. Gurney and Fogarty teamed to become a formidable combo in sports cars while Hand went from ALMS to the DTM.
Moran, who captured the last Atlantic race of 2001 at Laguna Seca and then the Montreal race in 2002 (RIGHT) , went back to go-karts as he and his father, Rocky, built a state-of-the-art track in California. He returned to sports car racing in 2011 driving alongside Bruno Junqueira but now he’s finally going to get a shot at his goal in life. An Indy car.
Moran-portrait“I ran into Sam Schmidt at Fontana last month and we worked out a deal so I’m going to test on the road course at Homestead next Monday or Tuesday,” said Moran. “Just getting to test makes me feel like I’ve won the lottery and I can’t wait.
“I think Bruno is going to be there and I’ve been talking to RHR and he’s given me some tips. Next week can’t get here soon enough.”  
Now a married man with three children, the 34-year-old Californian understands it’s a longshot and he knows the drill.
“I know a lot of people have forgotten about me but I know I can do it,” he continued. “The hardest part is finding funding so I’m spending a lot of time doing that. By no means is this a ride, it’s just a test, but it allows me to get my foot back in the door and get in a car.”
His dad, a three-time starter in the Indianapolis 500, was driver coach in Star Mazda in 2012 for Jack Hawksworth, who had an impressive rookie campaign this year in IndyCar.
“Dad and I watch every IndyCar race and it’s what I love most and what I’ve always aspired to do,” said Moran. “I’m hopeful of doing a handful of races next year and we’ll see what happens.
“But my goal is to make this the Rocky comeback story of IndyCar.”

http://www.racer.com/latest-stories/item/108948-indycar-rocky-moran-to-test-for-schmidt-peterson-motorsport

Also Indycar.com reported that we may see Vitor Meira of all people back in a car for the new race in Brazil.

As for Rodolfo Gonzalez...

A really bad translator wrote:CARACAS Rodolfo "Speedy" Gonzalez took on Monday 22 September, the challenge of testing in IndyCar at Barber Motorsport Park in Birmingham in Alabama with strong desire to learn in this new category.
Rodo strong and steady, but very cautious as everything was new, the car, grade, track and the team that was working. In the first exit on the track he focused in knowing a little truck and go driving it slowly to make adjustments and do a good job as pilots and a specialist in the circuit were pending Creole.
's comments were former Formula 1 is testing, a few timers were alert to the actions of the Venezuelan and its development in a different category to all who acted in motorsport, including Formula One team as third driver and Marussia angloruso endurance Le Mans Series .
Rodolfo "Speedy" Gonzalez came to the IndyCar Series test on Monday September 22 at the door, Barber Motorsport Park in Birmingham, Alabama, United States, invited by Dayle Coyne Racing team, and from the moment it began to roll in their first round focused its work on knowing specific details of the behavior of powerful machines on a scenario that does not look anything like the others, everything is new, different scenarios to GP2 and F1, however, took good advantage of the spin at high speeds in command of a fireball in a category considered the fastest and most spectacular motorsport world.
Rodolfo said at the conclusion of the first round the cars are very similar to Formula One, but the steering wheel is assisted, but manually and must work hard to master the machine with high pressure force G, but he liked his first experience in IndyCar, because he likes big challenges, learn new things and was able to demonstrate their skills to the team Dayle Coyne Racing, although the temperature the track was quite high and as rolled many cars it was no sticker and therefore took special care of the behavior of rubbers. Speedy was invited to test in the United States after excel in Four Hours of Paul Ricard in France, as the pilot of Murphy team leader prototypes that rolled during the race category LPM2 over two hours and went up to the podium in third after a win that almost was holding and ran away because his teammate Nathanael Berthon received penalty that snatched them victory. Fuente NP
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Post by crl on Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:24 pm

Alpineopossum wrote:Also Indycar.com reported that we may see Vitor Meira of all people back in a car for the new race in Brazil.

Inb4 he finally gets that elusive win.

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by flyingturns89 on Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:52 am

Pagenaud has made his decision, but is not ready to announce it. Yet other drivers, including Hunter-Reay, think he is leaving Schmidt to go to either Penske, Ganassi, or Andretti.

http://www.indystar.com/story/curt-cavin/2014/09/23/simon-pagenaud-decision-done-no-announcement-yet/16103601/
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alpineopossum on Thu Sep 25, 2014 2:00 pm

Apparently Parker Kligerman is testing an Indy Lights Car for Sam Schmitt soon. Rumor has it that he turned down a Nationwide ride from somebody so it wouldn't surprise me if he ends up with a Lights ride.

Mike Conway is holding steady on 2015 plans until both the World Endurance Championship and the Verizon IndyCar Series release their schedules. Conway is a part time driver for the Toyota team in the WEC.
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Post by NeverNeutral on Thu Sep 25, 2014 3:04 pm

Kligerman already did his test, unless you're referring to another one that I didn't hear about.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by RetrogradeRenegade on Sat Sep 27, 2014 2:37 am

Robin Miller is pretty convinced that Pagenaud is going to drive a 4th car for Penske next year. I'm not so certain, but if I was Pagenaud, that would be the only thing I'd consider leaving Schmidt for.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by flyingturns89 on Sat Sep 27, 2014 5:07 am

RetrogradeRenegade wrote:Robin Miller is pretty convinced that Pagenaud is going to drive a 4th car for Penske next year. I'm not so certain, but if I was Pagenaud, that would be the only thing I'd consider leaving Schmidt for.

Wouldn't surprise me. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
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Post by Alpineopossum on Mon Sep 29, 2014 4:31 pm

Marshall Pruett did a long article on the silly season

http://racer.com/latest-stories/item/109155-pruett-indycar-dominoes-ready-to-fall?showall=&start=1


Here are some notable things from it.

* Simon Pagenaud has a long term deal with Team Penske
* Sam Schmitt is looking for a replacement and is persuing James Hinchcliffe who may be leaving Andretti.
* Aleshin will be back unless Vladimir Putin's antics mean Aleshin and his SMP Bank sponsor are banned from participating due to sanctions.
* KV Racing Technology is also persuing Hinchcliffe. The team intends to re-sign Sébastien Bourdais but Sebastian Saavedra's disasterous 2014 season puts his future with the team in question. Gary Patterson's AFS money may allow him to return however. KV meanwhile is intent on setting up a second car independent of AFS and they want Hinch to drive it. If Hinch goes to SPM or stays with Andretti KV will still persue someone for this car.
* Andretti is working on funding for the #27 either for Hinch or a new driver. Daniel Abt tested with Andretti and supposedly has a major sponsor should Andretti offer him a ride. If Justin Wilson leaves the Coyne team Andretti is apparently very interested in him.
* Chip Ganassi Racing is not very satisfied with Ryan Briscoe and with the recent expansion of Penske they may drop the Australian in favor of Sage Karam. Remember, the original 2014 plan was to have Tony Kanaan in the #8, Scott Dixon in the #9, Dario Franchitti in the 10 and Charlie Kimball in the 83.
* Toyota related sportscar duties may mean Mike Conway will be unable to return to the Carpenter team, which has now teamed up with Sarah Fisher.
* The Carpenter Fisher Hartman alliance, or CFH, reportedly has J.R. Hildebrand in their plans for next year.
* Dale Coyne Racing seems to be set to continue to run a very competitive driver in one car and have a pay driver, or many pay drivers, in the other. Not sure which role Rodolfo Gonzalez would fill but Carlos Huertas has be laconic about his plans.
* Takuma Sato is likely to return to Foyt which seems set to run a second car. The team has run Conor Daly, Martin Plowman, and Wade Cunningham in that car in recent years and has expressed interest in Bertrand Baguette and Chase Austin from time to time. However, the team is very interested in Jack Hawksworth if he leaves Herta.
* Rumor has it that Bryan Herta bought out Steve Newey's share of the team after their partnership dissolved. Not sure if Hawksworth returns but the team's supposedly been talking to James Jakes and Hawksworth may have an offer from Foyt. The team is stuggling financially and whoever gets the seat will have to have money.
* Surprisingly, Pruett writes that Rahal Letterman "will continue with at least one car" even after the National Guard pulled the plug.
* Gabby Chaves, Matthew Brabham, and Peter Dempsey are interested in a partial season program and have considerable funding to make it happen. Chaves is the only one who is all the way there.
* Conor Daly, Martin Plowman, Luca Fillipi, Katherine Legge, and Alexander Rossi are all possibilities to make an appearance.
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Post by crl on Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:42 am

Charlie Kimball got married over the weekend, and newly-ordained Hinch officiated the ceremony.

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Post by navycook75 on Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:23 am

crl wrote:Charlie Kimball got married over the weekend, and newly-ordained Hinch officiated the ceremony.
If I ever get married, I will do anything to get Hinch to be the minister. I would also do anything to get him to do all of it in his Kimi Raikkonen impression, though I probably wouldn't be able to keep a straight face.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by BWard on Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:02 pm

I seriously think Simona De Silvestro needs to come back to IndyCar. Considering that her dream of racing in Formula 1 has gone down the drain, it would be great to see her back in the Series in 2015.
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Post by Alta on Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:13 pm

BWardboy88 wrote:I seriously think Simona De Silvestro needs to come back to IndyCar. Considering that her dream of racing in Formula 1 has gone down the drain, it would be great to see her back in the Series in 2015.
http://en.espnf1.com/sauber/motorsport/story/177167.html What Mr.BWard is referring to.

It seems like for Simona F1 is the ultimate goal and she plans on still trying to find a way in and Indycar was just a stepping stone for her, kind of reminds of the rumors i hear about Huertas as he's apparently trying to find a way into F1 as well.
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Post by BWard on Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:27 pm

Alta wrote:
BWardboy88 wrote:I seriously think Simona De Silvestro needs to come back to IndyCar. Considering that her dream of racing in Formula 1 has gone down the drain, it would be great to see her back in the Series in 2015.
http://en.espnf1.com/sauber/motorsport/story/177167.html What Mr.BWard is referring to.

It seems like for Simona F1 is the ultimate goal and she plans on still trying to find a way in and Indycar was just a stepping stone for her, kind of reminds of the rumors i hear about Huertas as he's apparently trying to find a way into F1 as well.

Well then I personally think she's needs to go back to her stepping stone. I know Racing in F1 is her main dream, but sometimes dreams don't always come true. It doesn't help that she was testing for a team that has been absolute trash in F1 this year, even though she's been testing older cars. But one things for sure, I would hate to see her not racing at all next year, because she grew a lot of talent while racing in IndyCar and it would hurt to see her on the sidelines.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by crl on Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:06 pm

Hinch will officially announce his plans tomorrow. Meanwhile, is the fourth Ganassi car about to go to a teenager?

http://racer.com/indycar/item/109462-indycar-sage-karam-in-the-catbird-seat-for-ganassi-ride

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alpineopossum on Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:58 am

I could see Briscoe still landing someplace as it's not that late in the year and he showed real speed at the end of this year. That said it's a great oppertunity for Sage Karam, and it's GREAT to see young American talent in a top flight ride.

If I had to guess I'd say that Hinch will probably stay with Andretti.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by flyingturns89 on Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:28 am

Alpineopossum wrote:I could see Briscoe still landing someplace as it's not that late in the year and he showed real speed at the end of this year. That said it's a great oppertunity for Sage Karam, and it's GREAT to see young American talent in a top flight ride.

If I had to guess I'd say that Hinch will probably stay with Andretti.

Rumors are that Hinchcliffe is replacing Pagenaud at Schmidt Peterson. Can't blame him, he was 12th in points in 2014 with only one podium, a third place finish at Mid-Ohio.

As for Briscoe, I can't imagine that he'll have a ride in IndyCar much longer. He's not a consistent winner, and he didn't even have a podium this year.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by BWard on Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:10 pm

flyingturns89 wrote:
Alpineopossum wrote:I could see Briscoe still landing someplace as it's not that late in the year and he showed real speed at the end of this year. That said it's a great oppertunity for Sage Karam, and it's GREAT to see young American talent in a top flight ride.

If I had to guess I'd say that Hinch will probably stay with Andretti.

Rumors are that Hinchcliffe is replacing Pagenaud at Schmidt Peterson.

And that rumor has officially happened.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by navycook75 on Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:22 pm

flyingturns89 wrote:
Alpineopossum wrote:I could see Briscoe still landing someplace as it's not that late in the year and he showed real speed at the end of this year. That said it's a great oppertunity for Sage Karam, and it's GREAT to see young American talent in a top flight ride.

If I had to guess I'd say that Hinch will probably stay with Andretti.

Rumors are that Hinchcliffe is replacing Pagenaud at Schmidt Peterson. Can't blame him, he was 12th in points in 2014 with only one podium, a third place finish at Mid-Ohio.

As for Briscoe, I can't imagine that he'll have a ride in IndyCar much longer. He's not a consistent winner, and he didn't even have a podium this year.
Well those rumors are true.

Hinch has confirmed that he will be at Schmidt next season.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Lucstar88 on Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:25 pm

Hopefully Hinch can have a rebound year. Pagenaud had a great year in that car. Hopefully James can repeat his performance Razz. Or at least win a race!
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Sparkz47 on Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:00 pm

Spy shot taken of testing at COTA. Popular consensus is this could be the new Chevy aerokit:

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