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:: 28.2.02 ::

Speed Channel has a transcript of an F1 press conference previewing the season-opener in Australia. Check it out.
:: Eric 28.2.02 [+] ::
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Seventh Gear has a great article recapping a press conference with Chris Pook, and Mario and Michael Andretti previewing this year and the direction CART is going to improve and repair past mistakes. Excellent read.
:: Eric 28.2.02 [+] ::
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A ride for Sarah Fisher?

I find it amazing that Tony George can bankroll a ride for Al Unser Jr., but can't do anything to help get a ride for Sarah Fisher. She has proved that she has talent, and she's a major draw for fans to come see races. And she is the sport's future, while little Al is a decided throwback. I bet it has something to do with Walker's continued foray into that other series...
:: Eric 28.2.02 [+] ::
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Cheevers kick off season at Homestead with fastest practice laps.

Helio posted the third fastest and fastest Chevrolet. Sam Hornish posted sixth fastest.

Red Bull Cheever Racing drivers Tomas Scheckter and Eddie Cheever Jr. ruled the opening practice for the 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami this morning at Homestead-Miami Speedway, posting the two fastest speeds of the session.

Rookie Scheckter, named as Cheever's teammate just two days ago, was fastest at 26.4063 seconds, 204.497 mph in the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone. Cheever, his boss, was second at 26.5515, 203.378 in the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone on the 1.5-mile oval.
- from IRL homepage

You can check the timing and scoring here.




:: Eric 28.2.02 [+] ::
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:: 25.2.02 ::
Upcoming races this weekend:

F1: Australian Grand Prix

IRL: Homestead, Florida

Let's get this party started!
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:: 22.2.02 ::
Eddie Jordan showed off his new DHL livery on his F1 Honda.Thankfully, his cars are still yellow (a nice look, and easy to watch for.) Looking good! Go get 'em Fizzy and Sato!
:: Eric 22.2.02 [+] ::
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According to 7th Gear, CART may soon implement a form of traction control on its cars. Hmm... very interesting. Apparently, da Matta had a little help getting through the corners during Spring Training.
:: Eric 22.2.02 [+] ::
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Robin Miller has a great column on Little Al's ride and try for a comeback. I know he's had it rough for the past couple of years. I hope we see him do well this year.
"...What we will undoubtedly do is pull for him to get things back together. He can't recapture that "aw shucks" innocence that endeared him to everyone in the '80s or his ability to win from anywhere on the grid.

But, if the new Al Unser Jr. can ever revisit the happiness with his kids and daily life like the old Al Unser Jr., that would be the best comeback of all."

Well said, Robin.


:: Eric 22.2.02 [+] ::
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Add Little Al to the list of race contenders in the IRL this year, thanks to Kelley Racing. It's shaping up to be a good year to watch these guys.
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:: 21.2.02 ::
Jeff Ward's driving for Ganassi's IRL team? Look out, but there's another team that'll do great things this year! Now, I'm starting to see why Buzz Calkins decided to retire...
:: Eric 21.2.02 [+] ::
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Anyone still need convincing that the IRL is here to stay? This new sponsorship is evidence that they are rapidly moving up in the world. I just wish they had a road course or two on their schedule, though. Then I'd like them more.
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:: 20.2.02 ::
When you read the latest IRL press release about the season opener in Homestead, you can see just how deep and improved the driver lineup is for this year. Here is the key excerpt (check out the names):

·Will Blair and Mo Nunn make a seamless transition? Marlboro Team Penske isn’t the only team moving to Indy Racing from CART this year. Blair Racing and Hollywood Mo Nunn Racing also will make their Indy Racing debuts this year. Veteran Alex Barron, who has one career Indy Racing start, will drive for Blair. 2001 Chevy Rookie of the Year Felipe Giaffone will drive for Mo Nunn. How quickly will these teams get up to speed as they adjust to racing full time on ovals with Indy Racing League equipment?

·Will a rookie win a race? A rookie hasn’t won an Indy Racing League event since Jim Guthrie stunned the field in 1997 at Phoenix. Can that drought end this year? Rookies entered to compete in the Grand Prix of Miami include Rick Treadway with Treadway and Associates Racing, Anthony Lazzaro with Sam Schmidt Motorsports, Laurent Redon with Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing, George Mack with 310 Racing, Hideki Noda with Convergent Racing and John de Vries with Brayton Racing. Tomas Scheckter was among the five fastest drivers each day of the Test in the West while serving as a test driver for Red Bull Cheever Racing and could earn the second seat for the team owned by 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr.


Sorry, A.J., but it seems to be inevitable. To draw top talent into the IRL, you're going to see quite a few foreign drivers.

:: Eric 20.2.02 [+] ::
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Zanardi Update:
Five months to the day following Alex Zanardi's horrific accident, CART.com has an update on how he's faring. I hope we're able to see him around the paddock soon.
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:: 18.2.02 ::
One more thing on the Daytona weekend: Congratulations to the IRL and CART guys that put in a great performance in the IROC event: Tony Stewart (IRL Champion), Sam Hornish, Jr. (IRL Champion) drove great. And CART regular turned IRL rookie (after winning the Indy 500!), Helio Castroneves put in a good first drive of a stock car, even though he used up his tires awfully fast. (Check out the story at www.indyracingleague.com for the details.)
:: Eric 18.2.02 [+] ::
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Congratulations, Ward Burton! I know I'm taking a chance putting out the first post as a NASCAR related news item. I really am more of an "open-wheel snob". But I need to say this: NASCAR needs to get rid of the restrictor plate on superspeedways. The mega pileup at just past halfway in the race and the mini pileup in the closing laps are bound to happen when you (a.) prevent anyone from breaking free from the pack, and (b.) don't penalize drivers for blocking moves on the track.

The only parallel in open wheel is the use of the Hanford device on CART superspeedways (of which I'm not a big fan either). They also tend to keep all the cars in a big pack running 3-wide. They are only saved by the fact that blocking is illegal, and the fact that champ cars can't survive a bump or being driven down onto the apron like the Cup cars.

And therein might lie the answer: if stock cars were built less like a set of monkey bars with a sheet of steel over them, and designed with crush zones and deformable structures, they would be safer and a 215 mph lap around Daytona would be a non-issue. I would like to applaud the drivers for getting serious about the use of head-and-neck devices, and add that of the 20-some cars involved in the 2 melees, a total of no drivers sustained any major injuries.
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:: 15.2.02 ::
Hey, I'm in! So, this is the world of "blogging." I hope to semi-regularly update this blog with news and views on the world's premiere open-wheel racing news. Most likely these web updates will come out about 3 times a week. I'd like to update them daily, but I also have work to do at my job.

In addition to updating the blog with CART, IRL, and F1 musings, I'd like to share thoughts and anecdotes from the club racing set. We have a small track locally (Waterford Hills) that puts on monthly SCCA events in the summer, and organizes a vintage auto race every August. I'd love to hear from anyone who has raced on that particular track. But I'm also interested in other peoples interesting experiences.

One major ground rule: keep it clean. In general, these posts will be printed at a PG-13 rating. I won't link or share anything that contains objectionable material, so don't even try it.

Thanks,
EB
:: Eric 15.2.02 [+] ::
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