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Old 08-04-2012, 10:18 PM
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Mid-Ohio Qualifying

700hp IndyCar Dallara-Chevy _ 1:05.647

550hp ALMS LMP1 Honda ARX-03a _ 1:11.019


Will Power's pole time was only three-tenths of a second off the CART record set by Dario Franchitti in 1999 and matched by Gil de Ferran in 2000 (900+hp Reynard-Honda).

"I am so tired after this session I am shaking, this place is so physical," said Power, who earned his third pole start of the season. "I really think my Verizon car is better on used tires – there is so much grip and the Verizon 12 Chevy has so much downforce around this place that it is so fun to drive."

http://www.racer.com/power-storms-to...rticle/253456/

http://www.indycar.com/en/News/2012/...s-track-record

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Old 08-05-2012, 09:36 PM
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Mid-Ohio Race

1. Scott Dixon (Honda)

http://www.indycar.com/en/News/2012/...es-at-Mid-Ohio

http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/artic...-ohio-victory/





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Old 08-10-2012, 09:03 PM
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Big changes are in store for the IndyCar race at the track formerly known as Infineon. The Aug. 26 race, renamed the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, will be run on a slightly reconfigured road course.

The big knock against the race, which will be run for the eighth time, has been that there wasn't enough passing because of the narrow, twisting track and the scarcity of real passing zones.

With help from current and former drivers and from IndyCar, raceway officials decided to modify three corners to prevent the race from falling into the dreaded "fuel mileage race" label, in which practically the only lead changes are due to pit stops.

"The races haven't been interesting the last couple of years," Steve Page, raceway president and general manager, admitted.

IndyCar is "a great spectacle with very fast cars," he said. "But the one thing that we have not been satisfied with over the past couple of years is the quality of competition on the track." The changes "should open things up considerably," he said.

Turn 11, a hairpin that leads to the big run to the start/finish line, will get the most dramatic remodeling. The entrance to the turn will be lengthened by 200 feet, and the turn itself will be tighter with a wider exit.

Because the exit to Turn 9 - the so-called Bus Stop - will be widened by 10 feet to 50 feet, that too becomes a passing zone. Going around the gradual Turn 10, the cars will approach Turn 11 with more speed than in the past. Drivers will battle to out-brake each other, hopefully leading to more passing.

The third change eliminates the buttonhook at Turn 7 in favor of a tight corner with plenty of room for two cars side by side.

"I'm excited about this," Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe said at a news conference held at Turn 11. "I think these changes are really going to make the racing good."

He took a spin around the course - with the imminent changes marked by cones -and said he was delighted. The old Turn 7 was tricky and "a real pain ... to be honest. It was a little dangerous." Now it "will be the major passing zone." Since Turn 9 will be faster, he said, there will be less separation among drivers going into 11, so it "will become a passing zone."

As a result of the modifications, the track length grows to 2.31 miles (from 2.30). The race will increase from 75 to 85 laps.

Page said the changes have been under study for nearly a year, and racing greats Mario Andretti and Johnny Rutherford were among those providing input.

The modifications will apply only to the IndyCar race; the NASCAR and AMA courses will not be altered.

According to Page, the even longer entrance to Turn 11 used for the NASCAR race wouldn't work for IndyCar because of safety concerns. There wouldn't be "sufficient run-off if someone came in full speed and had no brakes," he said.

The first official test of the new layout comes Aug. 17, and all the drivers will take part. The test is open and free to the public.

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article...ar-3752087.php

http://www.racesonoma.com/


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Old 08-12-2012, 09:54 PM
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Brembo is the exclusive supplier of brake systems for the new IZOD IndyCar Series car until at least 2015.

Brembo's design of the new brake system was based on the IZOD IndyCar Series' requirements for a reliable, strong yet lightweight system, that yielded high performance at a competitive cost. Unlike previous years, the series also wanted the same brake system to be used for both ovals and road courses, adding another challenge for Brembo's design team.

Employing its recent experience in F1, GP2 and at Le Mans, Brembo engineered a 6-piston, monobloc aluminum caliper machined from billet with titanium-radiated pistons (28/30/36 mm) weighing a mere 2 kg. The system will be used on all 4 corners of the new Dallara chassis. Brembo's 6-piston caliper will increase stiffness and performance of the system without compromising IndyCar's weight requirements.

Mauro Piccoli, Brembo Performance Market Director, gives an in-depth explanation on how to overcome the challenge of supplying the new Dallara IZOD Indy cars with the same brake systems for both oval and road courses. With the amount of data we have from Le Mans and Formula 1, we were able to develop a braking system that uses carbon on all tracks instead of cast iron providing superior results.

http://www.brembo.com/en/car/Racing/...-supplier.aspx


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Old 08-18-2012, 11:25 PM
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Mid Ohio – 2012 IndyCar vs. 1999 CART

For 2012, and with the new Dallara DW12 chassis and turbocharged 2.2-liter V6 engines set to race at Mid-Ohio, Will Power ended up coming closest to topping Franchitti's 1999 record.

With something in the vicinity of 700 horsepower to play with-about 200 less than Franchitti had, Firestone Reds and more downforce than any Indy car, Power came up just .3 seconds shy of Franchitti's 1:05.347-second standard with a lap of 1:05.647.

Knowing that it has yet to surpass Mid-Ohio's 13-year-old qualifying record, it might sound odd to heap praise on the DW12 platform, but with a bit of context thrown in, it makes sense.

Furious development and inconceivable engine budgets fueled the 1999 season, as did the Firestone/Goodyear wars and heated competition between four chassis manufacturers. In terms of unrestricted, balls out CART seasons, 1999 and 2000 was the series' peak.

Fast forward to 2012, and by comparison, the DW12 is filled with compromises and limited creativity. Sure, three engine manufacturers offer variety in the powerplant department, but the IndyCar Series has actually gotten more restrictive. Where teams were allowed to manufacture a wide array of components on their own for the Dallara IR07, the DW12 is completely spec.

Although teams are allowed to use the dampers of their choice, those must conform to a spec and the car's suspension and aerodynamics-the two areas where CART teams innovated on a regular basis-cannot be modified.

With a rather tight box to work within and almost 25 percent less power to use, the fact that Power got so close to Franchitti's record is more than remarkable.

Given the chance to apply the same open-minded approach to the DW12-similar to what the Reynard 99i received, and with the green light to turn up the boost on the current V6 turbos, Power's pole could have easily been in the 1:03-second range.

Sebastien Bourdais in a 2007 Panoz-Cosworth could also have broken the record.

http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/artic...ars-evolution/


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Old 08-25-2012, 09:50 PM
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Sonoma Qualifying

1. Will Power (Chevy) _ 1:17.271

http://www.indycar.com/en/News/2012/...ms-Sonoma-pole

http://www.racer.com/power-flies-to-...rticle/256127/





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Old 08-26-2012, 10:58 PM
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Sonoma Race

1. Ryan Briscoe (Chevy)

http://www.indycar.com/en/News/2012/...wins-at-Sonoma

http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/artic...se-sonoma-win/







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Old 09-01-2012, 10:43 PM
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Baltimore Qualifying

700hp IndyCar Dallara-Chevy _ 1:17.975

550hp ALMS LMP1 Honda ARX-03a _ 1:25.174

http://www.indycar.com/en/News/2012/...Baltimore-pole

http://www.racer.com/power-claims-an...rticle/257139/

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:53 PM
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Baltimore Race

1. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Chevy)

http://www.indycar.com/en/News/2012/...ads-to-Fontana

http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/artic...ide-the-title/







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Old 09-16-2012, 09:08 PM
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Fontana Race

1. Ed Carpenter (Chevy)

http://www.indycar.com/en/News/2012/...-team-that-did

http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/artic...akes-the-race/






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Old 09-16-2012, 09:11 PM
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Ryan Hunter-Reay is the 2012 IndyCar Champion.

http://www.indycar.com/News/2012/09-...an-Hunter-Reay

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Old 09-29-2012, 09:31 PM
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After qualifying on the pole for the first four races this year, it was clear that the pairing of the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 engine with incredible racing teams would be exciting to watch.

Once Team Chevy won those first four races, it was even clearer that Chevy's return to IndyCar would be something you wouldn't want to miss.
Now, 13 races into the season, Team Chevy and the all-new, twin-turbo V6 engine with direct injection won 9 contests and clinched the IZOD® IndyCar Series Manufacturers' Championship.

Going into Sonoma, Will Power sat atop the standings with three victories to his credit through 12 races. Ryan Hunter-Reay, also with three wins, held the second spot in the points order, just five points down to Power. Two-time winner Helio Castroneves was third in points. Those standings remained unchanged.

Ryan Briscoe got his first win of the season at Sonoma, claiming valuable points for Team Chevy. Chevrolet had 3 drivers finish in the top 5, a true team effort that secured enough points to clinch the Manufacturers' Championship.

This season has been a testament to the determination, hard work, and collaboration between the racing teams and Chevrolet. Chevy is proud to continue advanced powertrain development to supply the technology that IndyCar drivers need to win on Sundays and so Chevrolet drivers can enjoy their ride everyday.

http://www.chevrolet.com/culture/art...mpionship.html




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Old 09-29-2012, 09:33 PM
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Chevrolet congratulates Ryan Hunter-Reay on clinching the IZOD IndyCar® Series Driver’s Championship at Fontana.

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