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    For the faithful, it's a long wait until March, but series news will be reported here 'til then, and let's start with the next race - TOMORROW!



    No, it's not the big cars. It's GO-KARTS!!




    Most of the drivers in IndyCar started out in karts. Many of them STAY SHARP on open-wheel by karting, still. Not the kind at Disneyland, these are very simple but very fast and serious open-wheel racers, capable of over 160 MPH in the superkart class.

    Tomorrow, the 26th, New Castle Speedway, in Indiana, will host the inaugural Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. The event will feature 12 corporate-sponsored teams in a two-hour race at 12:30 p.m.




    AMONG the drivers will be IndyCar stars:

    James Hinchcliffe
    JR Hildebrand
    Ed Carpenter
    Simon Pagenaud
    Josef Newgarden
    Tristan Vautier
    Sebastian Saavedra
    Alex Tagliani
    Conor Daly
    Bryan Herta
    Jay Howard
    Sage Karam
    Gabby Chaves
    Zach Veach
    Marino Franchitti (substituting for Dario Franchitti)

    There is no admission charge. An autograph session begins at 11:45 a.m. - This is a chance to meet your favorite driver in a relaxed setting. GO!!!

    On Sunday, the 27th, most of the same drivers will be joined at New Castle by Will Power, Simona De Silvestro, Stefan Wilson and James Davison to run the tenth annual RoboPong 200, an endurance karting event that Wheldon won in 2005, the same year he captured his first Indy 500 and the IndyCar Series championship. That race, also free, begins at noon.


    As I stated, most of the current series drivers got their start in karts. Karts - as small as they are - have many of the traits of the highest-performing open-wheel cars. This is a picture of a current driver in their first open-wheel ride, at 6 years old:



    Who is this future IndyCar star?

    answer here:http://forums.hannity.com/showthread...#post103242390




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    Last weekend's Toyota Grand Prix at Long Beach was a big HIT...



    ...as ticket sales for the weekend - 185K - were best since the CART era in 2000, One of the reasons was the great support racing that was available for fans all weekend and one of the most popular of those is always the Stadium Super Trucks. The SSTs held season rounds 5 & 6 at Long Beach.

    The SST's have finally released video of their first 4 races of the season and we have the season debut at Lake Elsinore right here. This is the SST's in their element - a stadium filled with a lot of dirt, with a cross-over jump included. Here was the entry list:


    #1 - Jerret Brooks (Subbing for Paul Morris)
    #7 – Robby Gordon
    #18 – Apdaly Lopez
    #25 – Arie Luyendyk Jr
    #47 – Jeff Hoffman
    #55 – Gavin Harlien
    #57 – Bill Hynes
    #60 – Cole Potts
    #68 – Blade Hildebrand
    #74 – Sheldon Creed
    #83 – Matt Brabham


    The audio leaves much to be desired but the action is all there. Take a look:







    At some 600 horsepower with no regard to how they look when the race is over, these things have got to be a HOOT to drive!




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    This coming weekend the IMSA gang will show up at Barber Motorsports Park...



    ...to support the IndyCar race - not the WeatherTech gang, but rather the IMSA Prototype Challenge crew and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA guys. For some strange but good reason this season of IMSA Prototype Challenge has attracted a lot of great drivers - about twice as many as last year - and a lot of them are IndyCar guys. Three of them are current IndyCar guys - Pato O'Ward from Indy Lights, Kris Wright from Pro Mazda and Jay Howard, who will be in the 2018 Indy 500. Pato will be at Barber but will be in his regular seat in Indy Lights, instead of in IPC, but Jay and Kris will be racing in the LMP3 class of IPC.

    Let's see all the IndyCar guys that will drive for IMSA this weekend, starting with IMSA Prototype Challenge:


    LMP3 class - Pro Mazda alum Max Hanratty will drive the # 3 Ligier JS P3 for Extreme Speed Motorsports. His co-driver will be Ben Waddell. Max is currently 5th in the points.

    Max Hanratty




    - Will Owen is stepping in to replace Pato O'Ward in the # 7 Ligier JS P3 for Charles Wicht Racing. Since he can't have Pato, co-driver Leo Lemelas is very lucky. Will, a Pro Mazda alum, was the 2017 Vice Champion of the European Le Mans Series, LMP2 class.

    Will Owen




    - As mentioned, Kris Wright is a current Pro Mazda driver, but he's pulling double duty this weekend, as he will also be in the # 30 Ligier JS P3 for Extreme Speed Motorsports. No co-driver is listed so Kris may try to do the race without a driver change. Kris drives for BN Racing in Pro Mazda and will have two races with them, plus all the practices for both series, so he will be the busiest guy at the track!

    Kris Wright




    - USF2000 alum Austin McCusker and Pro Mazda alum TJ Fischer share driver duties in the # 47 Norma M30 for Forty 7 Motorsports. These guys are already having a great season , with a WIN for Austin at Daytona (with David Droux) and a P2 for Austin and TJ at Sebring. Austin currently leads the points in LMP3 class, with 64 points to Kris Wright's 60.

    Austin McCusker (left) and TJ Fischer




    - Indy Lights alum Sean Rayhall will drive the # 51 Ligier JS P3 for K2R Motorports with co-driver Rob Hodes. Rob couldn't be in better company. Sean is the 2017 LMP3-class Champion in the European Le Mans Series.

    Sean Rayhall




    - As mentioned, English Indy 500 pilot Jay Howard will be in the # 87 Norma M30 for Five Miles Out Racing with co-driver Nicholas Colyvas. While a road course race in a prototype SportsCar will not directly help Jay with his Indy 500 effort with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, it is ALWAYS a good thing for a driver to compete, when they can. It sharpens the senses and brings in muscle memory. And it's FUN.

    Jay Howard




    - IndyCar alum Memo Gidley suffered a horrible crash at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona when his Corvette DP slammed at full chat into a stalled car. He was hospitalized with a broken back and leg and arm injuries. He's been recovering ever since and the road back has been slow and painful, but he is racing this weekend, sharing a Norma M30 with Charles Chi for Five Miles Out Racing. It's great to see Memo competing again!

    José Guillermo "Memo" Gidley




    MPC class - American USF2000 alum Tazio Ottis will drive the # 28 Elan DP02 for Wolf Motorsports with co-driver Bart Wolf. Tazio and Bart are currently tied with Dr. Robert Masson for 2nd in the points, with 58 points each.

    Tazio Ottis




    In Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA there is only one IndyCar guy, but he's a good one. Trenton Estep was one of the 6 finalists in the 2016 Mazda Road to Indy Shootout that saw Oliver Askew WIN the scholarship. Trenton is currently leading the series points over Will Hardeman, 67 to 63. Trenton drives the # 3 Porsche 991 Cup car for JDX Racing. Porsche GT3 Cup will have TWO races this weekend.

    Trenton Estep





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    Thursday program alert!...Alexander Rossi and Tanner Foust are on TV tonight...



    ...as the two Andretti Autosport drivers - Alex in IndyCars and Tanner in Global Rallycross - go on Jay Leno's Garage and compete on car knowledge.


    Alex (left) and Tanner





    It all happens on Jay Leno's Garage at 10:00pm EASTERN time on CNBC




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    The official Pace Car for the 2018 Indy 500 was revealed today...



    ...and it turns out to be a beautiful 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - the 15th Corvette to be the Pace Car since the first, in 1978. The 2019 ZR1 has 755 hp on tap and can go 0-60 in an breath-taking 2.85 seconds. Top speed is 212 mph.






    In the typical fashion that has made J. Douglas Boles the great Indianapolis Motor Speedway president that he is, all 14 previous Corvette Pace Cars were hauled onto the front straight today to share a picture with the new ZR1.







    Said Doug, "Chevrolet and IMS enjoy one of the longest-running and strongest bonds in motorsports. Seeing all of the incredible Corvettes that have paced the Indianapolis 500 on track today is an exciting reminder of the rich history of this great relationship. This year's Pace Car, the 2019 Corvette ZR1, is an incredible, fast machine that is a perfect fit to lead the '500' field to the green flag."

    Doug Boles





    As of now, the Pace Car driver for the 2018 Indy 500 has not yet been announced.




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    In early March the Stadium Super Trucks put on a great show in Adelaide, Australia...



    ...as they supported the Adelaide 500 Supercars race weekend with 3 races on the streets of Adelaide. We have video of all three races, starting with Race 1, here.

    Following qualifying the starting order was this, and remember that it is the reverse order of the qualifying - that is the fastest guy starts last:

    1. Bill Hynes # 57
    2. Cole Potts # 60
    3. Greg Gartner # 410
    4. Blade Hildebrand # 68
    5. Jeff Hoffman # 47
    6. Travis Milburn # 77
    7. Robby Gordon # 7
    8. Gavin Harlien # 55
    9. Arie Luyendyk Jr # 25
    10. Paul Morris # 1
    11. Toby Price # 87
    12. Matt Brabham # 83









    Great production values from the Australian crew! Terrific action.




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    In early March the Stadium Super Trucks put on a great show in Adelaide, Australia...(part 2)...



    Here is Race # 2 from Adelaide, with this starting order:


    1. Robby Gordon # 7
    2. Bill Hynes # 57
    3. Greg Gartner # 410
    4. Toby Price # 87
    5. Blade Hildebrand # 68
    6. Paul "The Dude" Morris # 1
    7. Gavin Harlien # 55
    8. Travis Milburn # 77
    9. Jeff Hoffman # 47
    10. Cole Potts # 60
    11. Arie Luyendyk, Jr. # 25
    12. Matthew Brabham # 83








    The speed of these beasts on the streets is impressive!




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    In early March the Stadium Super Trucks put on a great show in Adelaide, Australia...(part 3)...



    And finally, Race 3 from Adelaide. Here was the starting order:


    1. Bill Hynes # 57
    2. Toby Price # 87
    3. Jeff Hoffman # 47
    4. Blade Hildebrand # 68
    5. Greg Gartner # 410
    6. Robby Gordon # 7
    7. Travis Milburn #77
    8. Cole Potts # 60
    9. Paul Morris # 1
    10. Gavin Harlien # 55
    11. Arie Luyendyk Jr # 25
    12. Matt Brabham # 83


    So why qualify well if it puts you in the back of the starting line-up? Because the series awards valuable points based on your qualifying and those points add up over the season.








    That Blackwoods Flycam is terrific! Great shots that can't be had any other way. WHAT A FINISH!




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