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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alta on Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:03 am

http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/111413-indycar-gp3-runner-up-dean-stoneman-targets-open-wheel-switch

It's like everyone and their mother wants in Indycar.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alpineopossum on Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:57 pm

You can ad Charles Pic to that list too.

http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/111486-indycar-charles-pic-considering-options-for-2015
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by crl on Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:19 pm

Indy Lights news:

http://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/2014/12/19/rc-enerson-confirmed-for-indy-lights-with-schmidt-peterson/

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alta on Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:33 pm

So with Vergne testing for Ferrari one would assume he's out of the running for the Andretti seat.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alpineopossum on Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:44 pm

Alta wrote:So with Vergne testing for Ferrari one would assume he's out of the running for the Andretti seat.

Or not:

Marshall Pruett wrote:Former Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne was announced as Ferrari's new F1 simulator driver on Friday, but tells RACER it will not stand in the way of any Verizon IndyCar Series opportunities that may arise.
"I'm still working on some things right now, but they aren't done," he said. "I'm doing the simulator work, but I will have some opportunities to race. There's nothing more I can say. Things are looking good." Vergne made a big impression on the Andretti Autosport Formula E team during his debut in Uruguay last weekend after earning pole position and coming close to winning the race, and says their relationship could expand beyond the one-off street race in Punta del Este.
"It was good that Michael Andretti and the team could see what I could do in a short time in a new car. It was quite important," he noted. "The car was a bit strange; it's not a Formula 1 car, but it's quite fun to drive and the quality of drivers is very good."
The 24-year-old Frenchman stood in for countryman Franck Montagny in Uruguay, and based on the wrecking ball approach "Franck the Tank" used during the two opening rounds of the Formula E championship, JEV's speed and calamity-free approach could have him back in the car for future rounds.
"Probably – we're working on it," he added. "It's good and the series is very interesting."​

Some other notes...


Tony Kanaan's #10 car will be sponsored by NTT Data next year, and Target will only sponsor Scott Dixon. Chip Ganassi's PR department tried to spin it as a positive, saying
Target isn’t scaling back at all – the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based retailer plans on promoting and marketing Dixon in the Verizon IndyCar Series and Kyle Larson in NASCAR Sprint Cup more than ever on a variety of media platforms.
I'm sure they will be promoting Larson. But its definetly a cut in their IndyCar program, and I wonder how much longer they will be in IndyCar. The good news is that Chip has recruited several new sponsors for IndyCar, so if Target eventually pulls the plug completely he can keep racing. The bad news is that I'd imagine with NTT Data on the 10 there will be no 8 car next year. This would seem to be the end of Sage Karam's career but...

Chip Ganassi appears to be the guy running Ford's new Le Mans program in 2016, a GTE team running in either IMSA or the World Endurance Championship. Scott Pruett and Joey Hand are two of the drivers and Ford wants two more Americans. Unless Ganassi finds a sponsor for Karam in IndyCar I would imagine he's headed for one of those seats.

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alta on Mon Dec 22, 2014 5:15 pm

Rumors going about that Huertas is going to GP2, also that he's another one of the oval haters

Also seems like Coyne is teasing Alexander Rossi being at the team for sure.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by flyingturns89 on Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:24 pm

Here's an update on what has been confirmed so far, halfway through the IndyCar offseason.

A.J. Foyt Enterprises - Honda
#14 Takuma Sato
#41 Jack Hawksworth (New Team)
Foyt retains Sato and finally adds a second full time team to the roster. Hawksworth leaves Herta to drive for Foyt.

Andretti Autosport - Honda
#25 Marco Andretti
#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay
#34 Carlos Munoz
The big change is that Hinchcliffe leaves to go to Schmidt, leaving the #27 car without a driver. It's possible that it could be shut down and the team will make a push for another championship with just three cars.

Bryan Herta Autosport - Honda
#97 Jay Howard (Indy 500 Only)
Herta's team faces another offseason trying to find a new full time driver.

CFH Racing - Chevrolet
#20 Ed Carpenter (TBA Races)
#67 Josef Newgarden
Carpenter and Fisher Hartman's first season as a merged team begins with them trying to find a replacement for Mike Conway.

Chip Ganassi Racing - Chevrolet
#9 Scott Dixon
#10 Tony Kanaan
#83 Charlie Kimball
Ryan Briscoe is released and his sponsor moves to Kanaan's #10. The future of the #8 car is left in doubt.

Dale Coyne Racing - Honda
Nothing available yet.
After a successful season which saw rookie driver Carlos Huertas win a race, the team enters 2015 the same way they entered 2014, by testing a handful of drivers and picking two to drive their cars.

KV Racing Technology - Chevrolet
#11 Sebastien Bourdais
Bourdais returns while the #17 car's plans are unknown.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing - Honda
#15 Graham Rahal
Despite losing the National Guard sponsorship, RLL plans to continue on.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports - Honda
#77 James Hinchcliffe
Total rebuild for one of the better teams in IndyCar in 2014. Pagenaud heads to Penske, leaving his ride open for Hinchcliffe. As for Aleshin, it appears his time in IndyCar is over, as sanctions on Russia have resulted in his sponsor's money being frozen.

Team Penske - Chevrolet
#1 Will Power
#2 Juan Pablo Montoya
#3 Helio Castroneves
#22 Simon Pagenaud (New Team)
Will Power will run the #1 car as the defending champion. Simon Pagenaud joins the team in a fourth car.

Indy 500 Only Entries
#82 Bryan Clauson - Jonathan Byrd's Racing - Chevrolet
#91 Buddy Lazier - Lazier Partners Racing  - Chevrolet
#97 Jay Howard - Bryan Herta Autosport - Honda

Possible New Teams
Fan Force United - #5 Stefan Wilson (R)

Teams with Unknown Status
#7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
#8 Chip Ganassi Racing
#18 Dale Coyne Racing
#19 Dale Coyne Racing
#17 KV Racing Technology
#27 Andretti Autosport
#98 Bryan Herta Autosport

Also, this came out yesterday.

http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/news-multimedia/news/2014/12/22/straight-no-chaser-to-sing-indiana-in-2015?startrow=2
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by crl on Mon Jan 05, 2015 4:40 pm

Well, how much does this hurt SPM?

http://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/05/indycar-rob-edwards-shifts-from-spm-to-andretti/

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by JMac525 on Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:51 pm

http://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/2014/12/30/could-ryan-phinny-and-casamigos-be-in-indycar-in-2015/

Rumors have been floating around the last few weeks that Ryan Phinny is in line for the second KV ride.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Milan655 on Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:58 pm

This guy seems completely undeserved of the position:
https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/ryan-phinny/

Even more so when you consider the list of more talented drivers also looking for a seat..
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by PYLrulz on Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:56 pm

Milan655 wrote:This guy seems completely undeserved of the position:
https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/ryan-phinny/

Even more so when you consider the list of more talented drivers also looking for a seat..

Gee, I wonder why he got that ride... I think my friend Randy can answer that...

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by flyingturns89 on Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:56 am

Mikhail Aleshin officially will not be returning to IndyCar. He will instead drive in the World Endurance Championship in 2015.

http://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/18/report-russias-mikhail-aleshin-wont-return-to-indycar-in-2015-will-compete-instead-in-wec-lmp2/
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Lucstar88 on Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:58 pm

According to @JennaFryer

Jenna Fryer ‏@JennaFryer 28 seconds ago
Brian Barnhart has been named head of #IndyCar race control.

^oh oh
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by BWardboy88 on Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:04 pm

Brian Barnhart screwing things up is the most predictable thing in Motorsport. Rolling Eyes
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by f1fan12 on Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:32 pm

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alta on Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:27 pm

GO AWAY BARNHART.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by PYLrulz on Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:14 pm

Barnhart?!?
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by crl on Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:49 pm

Really, IndyCar? Why do you lot keep putting this jackass back in race control? No one wants him there, with his constant bullshit "blocking" penalty calls. Jesus.

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by BWardboy88 on Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:58 pm

I do hate to be a hypocrite here, but the unfortunate thing about him coming back is that this is coming at a time where the racing and the competitiveness of IndyCar has really been improving dramatically.

Now I get the feeling that with Barnhart returning it could ruin it a lot, but I hope I'm proved wrong though because I'm really looking forward to IndyCar this season.

The other thing I've been thinking about is that could they have chosen someone better than Barnhart, or was he the only option?
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Cardinals5 on Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:35 pm

BWardboy88 wrote:I do hate to be a hypocrite here, but the unfortunate thing about him coming back is that this is coming at a time where the racing and the competitiveness of IndyCar has really been improving dramatically.

Now I get the feeling that with Barnhart returning it could ruin it a lot, but I hope I'm proved wrong though because I'm really looking forward to IndyCar this season.

The other thing I've been thinking about is that could they have chosen someone better than Barnhart, or was he the only option?

I'm pretty certain even Stevie Wonder can see that Barnhart doesn't belong in race control.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by kensethfan on Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:17 am

Lucstar88 wrote:According to @JennaFryer

Jenna Fryer ‏@JennaFryer  28 seconds ago
Brian Barnhart has been named head of #IndyCar race control.

^oh oh

Ho, boy. Time to restart a New Hampshire race in the rain again. Rolling Eyes
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by crl on Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:56 am

kensethfan wrote:
Lucstar88 wrote:According to @JennaFryer

Jenna Fryer ‏@JennaFryer  28 seconds ago
Brian Barnhart has been named head of #IndyCar race control.

^oh oh

Ho, boy. Time to restart a New Hampshire race in the rain again. Rolling Eyes

Time for you to work on a Barnhart-themed sequel to World War W.

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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alpineopossum on Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:48 pm

Gabby Chaves appears to be in the frame for a full time ride with Bryan Herta's team. Luca Fillipi is likely to drive for Ed Carpenter's team for road course races.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by PackerMan71 on Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:58 pm

Lucstar88 wrote:According to @JennaFryer

Jenna Fryer ‏@JennaFryer  28 seconds ago
Brian Barnhart has been named head of #IndyCar race control.

^oh oh



Goddamn it, IndyCar. This is yet another case of one step forward, 20 steps back. No
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alpineopossum on Thu Jan 29, 2015 4:35 pm

I refuse to talk about Brian Barhardt.


In other news, IndyCar has posted shots from its preseason drivers meeting. Individuals who have been idenified are:

- Charlie Kimball
- Scott Dixon
- Simon Pagenaud
- Justin Wilson
- Tony Kanaan
- Ed Carpenter
- Stefan Wilson
- Juan Pablo Montoya
- Carlos Muñoz
- Carlos Huertas
- Will Power
- Sébastien Bourdais
- Pippa Mann
- Zach Veach
- Sage Karam
- Takuma Sato
- Conor Daly
- James Hinchcliffe
- Ryan Hunter Reay
- Graham Rahal
- Sebastian Saavedra
- Jack Hawksworth
- Marco Andretti
- Gabby Chaves
- Buddy Lazier
- Josef Newgarden
- Hélio Castroneves

Several people I didn't think were getting rides were there (Huertas, Saavedra, Karam [I didn't expect him to be full time but then again he could be there as an Indy one off], Veach, and Daly)
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by kensethfan on Thu Jan 29, 2015 4:57 pm

crl wrote:
kensethfan wrote:
Lucstar88 wrote:According to @JennaFryer

Jenna Fryer ‏@JennaFryer  28 seconds ago
Brian Barnhart has been named head of #IndyCar race control.

^oh oh

Ho, boy. Time to restart a New Hampshire race in the rain again. Rolling Eyes

Time for you to work on a Barnhart-themed sequel to World War W.

Well, I was considering doing a sequel to World War W called, "World War W: The Wreckoning". Razz
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Lucstar88 on Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:22 pm

And Brasillia just got cancelled...

yeah...

http://esporte.uol.com.br/velocidade/ultimas-noticias/2015/01/29/prova-da-formula-indy-em-brasilia-e-cancelada.htm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Jenna Fryer ‏@JennaFryer 5 minutes ago
Umm, apparently the #IndyCar opener at Brazil has been canceled.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by BWardboy88 on Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:24 pm

Lucstar88 wrote:And Brasillia just got cancelled...

yeah...

http://esporte.uol.com.br/velocidade/ultimas-noticias/2015/01/29/prova-da-formula-indy-em-brasilia-e-cancelada.htm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

God damnit, that's the last thing I wanted to hear after Brian Barnhart's announcement. Sad
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Post by bsoyuz on Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:33 pm

Four Words: Not surprised at all.

Secondly, this is actually the governments decision to cancel the race, because basically, the Federal District (where Brasília is located) is economically broken and Indycar wanted to make radical changes to the region of Brasilia where the track is located.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alta on Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:43 pm

Lucstar88 wrote:And Brasillia just got cancelled...

yeah...

http://esporte.uol.com.br/velocidade/ultimas-noticias/2015/01/29/prova-da-formula-indy-em-brasilia-e-cancelada.htm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Jenna Fryer ‏@JennaFryer  5 minutes ago
Umm, apparently the #IndyCar opener at Brazil has been canceled.
These past days have sucked for Indycar.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by PackerMan71 on Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:44 pm

First Brian Brainfart is back at the head of race control, and now Brazil has been cancelled.

Well, the air has certainly gone out of the IndyCar balloon over the past several days.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by BWardboy88 on Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:45 pm

PackerMan71 wrote:First Brian Brainfart is back at the head of race control, and now Brazil has been cancelled.

Well, the air has certainly gone out of the IndyCar balloon over the past several days.

Pretty much what I've been thinking this whole time. There's already been trouble around IndyCar, andthe season hasn't even started yet!
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by Alpineopossum on Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:10 pm

If this keeps up the series won't last long in its current form. They need to get their act together. Think of all the sponsors they've lost recently: National Guard, HP, one of the two Target cars (and I wouldn't be surprised if Target eventually sponsors just Larson in NASCAR). Barnhart won't be helping, and neither is this idiotic schedule.

That being said I don't see top level open wheel racing in America disappearing altogether. There is money out there to support an open wheel series - AutoGP is in much worse shape than IndyCar is and it's managed to stick around. But the new reality is with such a long era of mismanagement the series, if it wants to survive, needs to forget about being one of America's top level sports. It won't be, at least not for the foreseeable future. They booted two healthy events - Houston and Baltimore - off the schedule so they could fit 17 races in around the NFL season.

Mark Miles wanted to do an international tour, but that, it is becoming abundantly clear, will never happen. I don't see them going back to Brazil. They need to accept that they are not a major league sport like the NBA or MLB and simply be a decent open wheel series. There are plenty of decent drivers to race, and as long as they can get a big field for the 500 they will be fine. I think that with Kurt Busch's adventures in Indy you could see a handful of people from other disciplines give it a shot, and there will always be Indy specialists.
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Re: IndyCar Silly Season

Post by PackerMan71 on Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:59 pm

Alpineopossum wrote:If this keeps up the series won't last long in its current form. They need to get their act together. Think of all the sponsors they've lost recently: National Guard, HP, one of the two Target cars (and I wouldn't be surprised if Target eventually sponsors just Larson in NASCAR). Barnhart won't be helping, and neither is this idiotic schedule.

That being said I don't see top level open wheel racing in America disappearing altogether. There is money out there to support an open wheel series - AutoGP is in much worse shape than IndyCar is and it's managed to stick around. But the new reality is with such a long era of mismanagement the series, if it wants to survive, needs to forget about being one of America's top level sports. It won't be, at least not for the foreseeable future. They booted two healthy events - Houston and Baltimore - off the schedule so they could fit 17 races in around the NFL season.

Mark Miles wanted to do an international tour, but that, it is becoming abundantly clear, will never happen. I don't see them going back to Brazil. They need to accept that they are not a major league sport like the NBA or MLB and simply be a decent open wheel series. There are plenty of decent drivers to race, and as long as they can get a big field for the 500 they will be fine. I think that with Kurt Busch's adventures in Indy you could see a handful of people from other disciplines give it a shot, and there will always be Indy specialists.

Couldn't have said it better myself.
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Post by Alta on Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:12 pm

Alpineopossum wrote:If this keeps up the series won't last long in its current form. They need to get their act together. Think of all the sponsors they've lost recently: National Guard, HP, one of the two Target cars (and I wouldn't be surprised if Target eventually sponsors just Larson in NASCAR). Barnhart won't be helping, and neither is this idiotic schedule.

That being said I don't see top level open wheel racing in America disappearing altogether. There is money out there to support an open wheel series - AutoGP is in much worse shape than IndyCar is and it's managed to stick around. But the new reality is with such a long era of mismanagement the series, if it wants to survive, needs to forget about being one of America's top level sports. It won't be, at least not for the foreseeable future. They booted two healthy events - Houston and Baltimore - off the schedule so they could fit 17 races in around the NFL season.

Mark Miles wanted to do an international tour, but that, it is becoming abundantly clear, will never happen. I don't see them going back to Brazil. They need to accept that they are not a major league sport like the NBA or MLB and simply be a decent open wheel series. There are plenty of decent drivers to race, and as long as they can get a big field for the 500 they will be fine. I think that with Kurt Busch's adventures in Indy you could see a handful of people from other disciplines give it a shot, and there will always be Indy specialists.
I agree and disagree with this.

Indycar was look okay before these announcements with the FIA making it an official series valid towards and super-license and the ensuing European invasion has had a lot of hype around it.

I don't think Barnhart is gonna get that may chances, If Power is already joking about it on Twitter then he has to know that the drivers aren't putting up with his BS this year. The Brazil issue is political bs.
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Post by crl on Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:35 pm

Conor Daly has a test with SPM next week, thanks to, of all people, Marco, who kicked in three grand for it.

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Post by bsoyuz on Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:28 am

Aldo, since this was not mentioned here. If the race promoters get to another track in time, THE RACE WOULD HAPPEN.
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Post by BooyakaDragon on Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:21 pm

Could they get another race in time? Less than 8 months isn't a lot of time in the world of motorsports......I think.
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Post by RetrogradeRenegade on Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:28 pm

In better news, we have a driver confirmation today: https://twitter.com/CFHRIndy/status/561177098539528192.
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Post by BWardboy88 on Fri Jan 30, 2015 5:37 pm

I've heard that Marco Andretti is apparently going to drive the 27 car this year at Andretti Autosport.
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Post by Milan655 on Fri Jan 30, 2015 6:03 pm

RetrogradeRenegade wrote:In better news, we have a driver confirmation today: https://twitter.com/CFHRIndy/status/561177098539528192.

Only news I overly care about Laughing
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Post by Casey Lester on Fri Jan 30, 2015 6:54 pm

RetrogradeRenegade wrote:In better news, we have a driver confirmation today: https://twitter.com/CFHRIndy/status/561177098539528192.

So Hildebrand is essentially out of Indycar? Sad
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Post by Alpineopossum on Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:34 am

bsoyuz wrote:Aldo, since this was not mentioned here. If the race promoters get to another track in time, THE RACE WOULD HAPPEN.

Apparently this has a change of happening. Series officials are talking to Circuit of the Americas, which will be hosting a Pirelli World Challenge race and it would seem that race organizers are open to adding Indycar to the weekend. The two series have often shared race weekends, notably at St. Petersburg, Mid-Ohio, and Sonoma.
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Post by bigdc48 on Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:26 pm

Really? Bringing back "Brainfart" at the helm of race control and the Brasilia race is cancelled? IndyCar is starting to have their heads stuck up their asses. The quality of racing has gone up greatly and now its going to be all to not with this clown. Common sense anyone?

Anyway, great to hear Luca on the grid for the road courses.
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Post by Alta on Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:13 pm

Indycar in discussion to still run a race in Brazil but instead at the Autódromo Internacional Ayrton Senna in Goiania, Brazil.
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Post by bsoyuz on Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:14 pm

Alta wrote:Indycar in discussion to still run a race in Brazil but instead at the Autódromo Internacional Ayrton Senna in Goiania, Brazil.

Which MotoGP is also thinking about using. It's a good track, recently renovated, so I would be okay with a race there.
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Post by RetrogradeRenegade on Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:55 pm

Circuit of the Americas would seem to be another alternate venue that IndyCar is considering.
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Post by SpeedDemon37 on Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:03 pm

Alpineopossum wrote:
bsoyuz wrote:Aldo, since this was not mentioned here. If the race promoters get to another track in time, THE RACE WOULD HAPPEN.

Apparently this has a change of happening. Series officials are talking to Circuit of the Americas, which will be hosting a Pirelli World Challenge race and it would seem that race organizers are open to adding Indycar to the weekend. The two series have often shared race weekends, notably at St. Petersburg, Mid-Ohio, and Sonoma.
It would be interesting to see what kind of race that an open-wheel series would produce at CotA besides Formula 1. I would like having a race there!
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Post by NeverNeutral on Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:05 pm

I've heard the biggest thing setting back COTA is that Eddie Gossage is threatening to cancel the Texas race if it goes through.
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Post by Alta on Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:27 pm

NeverNeutral wrote:I've heard the biggest thing setting back COTA is that Eddie Gossage is threatening to cancel the Texas race if it goes through.
Would it honestly be a loss? It hasn't been entertaining with Indycar in a couple years and when's the last time they had a decent Nascar race?
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