IndyLights – Dallara to Make 2015 Indy Lights Chassis

Yesterday, INDYCAR released word that the manufacturer for the 2015 Indy Lights Chassis would be none other than Dallara. Surprise! …or not. As regular listeners to our podcast know, we’ve been expecting as much since the announcement that there would be a new Indy Lights chassis. The series solicited bids in 2012 when it was expected that a new chassis would roll out in 2014. Proposals were made by many of the same companies that had gone through the bid process for the new IndyCar chassis including Swift and Lola.…

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IndyCar – Indy Not Franchitti Bites Sato

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It was a battle that lasted but one corner. However, it turned out to be THE battle for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. As Takuma Sato crossed the start/finish line to collect the white flag, all he could think about was getting around Dario Franchitti to be the first car to the checkered flag. It almost worked….almost. Coming off of a balls of steel pass on Scott Dixon the lap before, Takuma dove to the inside of Franchitti into turn one and bobbled. The car made massive impact…

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IndyCar – Thoughts on the 2012 Dallara Aerodynamics

We’ve now seen the new 2012 car in both its road course trim and its oval trim. The road course package was tested at Mid-Ohio last month the Monday after the race there. This past Tuesday, test driver Dan Wheldon shook the car down in its oval trim at the Iowa Speedway. Perhaps it would be better to call it its short oval trim, as the car was still fitted with a multi-element front and rear wing and looks very much like the road course package used at Mid-Ohio. Regardless,…

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INDYCAR – Dixon Finally Breaks Through at Mid-Ohio

When you talk about luck this year, Scott Dixon has easily had some of the worst. There have been a number of drivers suffer, but driving for a team like Ganassi, Dixon’s stood out a bit more than the rest. Sunday however, it finally took a turn in the right direction as the New Zealand driver stormed to his first victory of the year. Here are just a few of my thoughts overall. Passing: Heading into Mid-Ohio, one should never expect much passing. The course is just not conducive to…

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Episode 63 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJoin Mike, Shaun, and Doug as they look at the world of motorsport. We cover the race in Brazil as well as look forward to a 4 way battle for the F1 WDC. We look at the latest from both Le Mans as well as Rally. We also put our opinion together about GM and Fiat rumors that are running everywhere! Sit back with your favorite beverage and enjoy the show!

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IndyCar – Facts and Opinion About the 2012 Chassis

Introduction Wednesday, Indy Racing League announced the decision by the ICONIC committee regarding the direction for the 2012 chassis. We posted an initial reaction to this announcement yesterday, and Shaun and I debated the pros and cons of the future chassis proposal in Podcast Episode 47. Today, I’d like to look at the proposal in a bit more detail and first I’ll present the facts and details that are clearly known and highlight areas that are yet to be fully fleshed out. Following the clear facts, I’d like to dive…

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Chassis Edition – Open Paddock Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJoin me this week as me and Doug hash the chassis decision. We know it is a Dallara rolling chassis but will it work? Doug and I present opposing view points on the topic as well as cover other news that came out of the press event. We cover some rally as our own John Cassidy prepares this week for the New England Forest Rally. We also cover Bulgaria and Ogier/Ford talks. A brief mention to Silverstone as we look at the Red Bull…

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IndyCar – New Chassis Prognostication

Well, the day has finally arrived. Today at 1100 CDT, we will finally discover the new chassis and strategy for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series. You can watch the event live via IndyCar.com if you were not lucky enough to get an invite and have the ability to act on it. In another gesture that shows that the leadership is beginning to understand the importance of fans, early invitations were given to the Crew Level members of the official fan club Indy Downforce. Good on them for that! Sadly, I…

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