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HDT05
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Posted - 21 Apr 2012 :  00:07:31  Show Profile Send HDT05 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
April 26 - 29
Sao Paulo Indy 300


Updated points since Long Beach:

2012 IndyCar Series Championship Standings

POSITION DRIVER TEAM POINTS
1 Will Power Team Penske 127
2 Helio Castroneves Team Penske 103
3 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Hamilton Motorsports 100
4 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 96
5 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport 95
6 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 81
7 Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 73
8 Graham Rahal Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing 62
9 Rubens Barrichello KV Racing Technology 59
10 JR Hidebrand Panther Racing 57
11 EJ Viso KV Racing Technology 54
= Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology 54
13 Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing 52
= Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 52
15 Mike Conway A. J. Foyt Enterprises 50
16 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 48
17 Sebastien Bourdais Lotus Dragon Racing 47
18 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 45
= Oriol Servia Lotus Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 45
20 Charlie Kimbell Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 44
21 James Jakes Dale Coyne Racing 43
22 Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 42
23 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 40
24 Alex Tagliani Team Barracuda - BHA 37
25 Katherine Legge Lotus Dragon Racing 36
= Simona de Silvestro HVM Racing 36

http://www.crash.net/indycar/championship_tables/content.html

Latest News for Sao Paulo:

Bryan Herta Autosport has announced that it will not be making the trip to Brazil for the Sao Paulo Indy 300 next weekend.

Alex Tagliani will not be on the grid for the Sao Paulo Indy 300 in Brazil next weekend, after Bryan Herta Autosport announced on Twitter that it would not be joining the first overseas trip of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar season.

"After not finishing the last 2 races & falling out of the top 22 in points, Team Barracuda-BHA has elected not to send our cars to Brazil next weekend," said the team on the social media network. "Instead, we will refocus on the Indy 500 and coming back stronger than ever.

"We hate missing any race but this will help to be stronger for Indy and rest of year," added team co-owner Bryan Herta himself via his own Twitter stream.

Herta also confirmed the news to the Associated Press when contacted.

"It was a logical move after dropping back in points," the AP quoted Herta as saying. "We will be back stronger for Indy and the rest of the season."

The Sao Paulo race was originally intended to be capped at 26 cars in an effort to control costs for the teams, and the addition of Brazilian racer Ana Beatriz in a fourth car for Andretti Autosports had pushed the field to 27.

However, IndyCar organisers had waived the cap on the number of cars on this occasion to avoid anyone being forced to drop out to accommodate "promoters choice" and local hero Beatriz in her home event.

IndyCar itself is only covering the expenses to Brazil for the top 22 teams in the standings, which now no longer includes Tagliani's entry after he was forced out of the Long Beach event with an overheating issue.

Herta's team won last year's Indy 500 with Dan Wheldon at the wheel, but this year is concerned about both the straight line speed of their car with its Lotus engine

Another major issue for the team is the lack of testing preparation time they've had for Indianapolis, after they and the rest of the Lotus stable were unable to take part in the only pre-May practice session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway because the engine manufacturer was unable to supply enough engines in time.

Herta and Tagliani themselves will still attend the race weekend, fulfilling their obligations to their sponsor Barracuda Networks.

http://www.crash.net/indycar/news/178763/1/team_pulls_out_of_sao_paulo_race.html

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RIP Dale Earnhardt 1951 - 2001 #3
RIP Dan Wheldon 1978 - 2011
RIP Jason Richards 1976 - 2011

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Good work with the threads buddy :)

Can't wait for this one - 2010 and 2011 were crackers.

Edited by - Mr.McPhillamy on 21 Apr 2012 17:04:52
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http://www.crash.net/indycar/news/178954/1/lotus_confirms_split_with_bha_and_drr.html

IndyCar »

Lotus confirms split with BHA and DRR

The Lotus motorsports group has confirmed that it has released IZOD IndyCar Series teams Bryan Herta Autosport and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing from their engine supply deals.

As expected, the Lotus motorsports group has announced that it is parting ways with two of the IZOD IndyCar Series teams to which it has been supplying engines so far in the 2012 season.

“Lotus in IndyCar is like David versus Goliath - we are and always will be a niche British sports car company built for the few not the many," said the Director of Motorsport Group Lotus, Claudio Berro. "I can assure everybody that the actions were taken after careful consideration and will assist in ensuring the brand's high racing ambitions and the high expectations of the IndyCar community are realised.”

Bryan Herta Autosport (with driver Alex Tagliani) and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (with Oriol Servia in the cockpit) will no longer be using Lotus engines after this weekend's Sao Paulo Indy 300 in Brazil, Lotus confirmed.

"Our focus is on the Brazil race and we are still a part of the Lotus team. We are excited to go down there. We wish Lotus all of the best going forward," said Dreyer & Reinbold Racing co-owner Dennis Reinbold. "We are in the midst of finalizing our future plans and we are talking to the series to conclude that process. We will be making a public statement in the very near future."

BHA had already announced that it was not making the flyaway trip in any case, and can now use the extra time to get a new engine deal in place with one of the other series providers, Honda or Chevrolet. Neither team has yet confirmed a replacement engine supplier to take over from Lotus.

"We need an engine," BHA co-owner Bryan Herta admitted. "Obviously, if we get one, it's going to be either a Chevrolet or a Honda, but we don't have anything yet. It was a little bit of a leap of faith, but that's why it's really good it was done amicably between teams and IndyCar and Lotus."

IndyCar Series organisers led by CEO Randy Bernard say that they will help both teams get through the transition as much as possible.

"IndyCar is committed to ensuring that our teams and manufacturers have a platform to remain competitive,” Bernard said. “We support Lotus' decision and will assist Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport in securing engine support for the remainder of the season.”

Following the decision, Lotus will now be able to focus on delivering engines for its remaining two full-time teams consisting of three drivers in total - HVM Racing (Simona de Silvestro) and Dragon Racing (Sebastien Bourdais and Katherine Legge) - as well as a one-off appearance for Newman/Haas Racing in next month's Indy 500 which is expected to field a car for the Lotus brand ambassador and former F1 driver Jean Alesi.

In making Tuesday's announcement, Claudio Berro admitted that the recent change of ownership for the company had thrown up unexpected delays and restrictions on development resources that had simply proved impossible to overcome. While the company had succeeded in developing a viable engine, the last-minute nature of the project had left insufficient time for testing which had led to reliability issues which had forced the units to run under optimal power.

Berro also insisted that Lotus had no intention of pulling out of the series and "remains fully committed to IndyCar in the long term." He stressed that today's move was in order to allow the company to regroup and come back stronger in 2013: "I'm delighted with our solution," he added, saying it was best for the teams' immediate concerns and Lotus' longer term involvement.

The statement from Lotus Motorsport continues:
Having now had the experience and feedback from the first three races of the season, Lotus undertook a strategic review of its position to decide what course of action would be in the best interests of IndyCar and the teams it supports.

Following this review, Lotus is pleased to announce in cooperation with IndyCar that, whilst it remains fully committed to IndyCar in the long term, Lotus has taken the decision to reduce the number of cars it runs from five to three for the remainder of the season. As a consequence of this decision, Lotus has made offers to Bryan Herta Autosport LLC and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing LLC to end the agreements with them. Bryan Herta Autosport LLC will not participate in any further races as a Lotus team and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing LLC will race one more time in Brazil next weekend.

Going forward, Lotus is excited to be working closely with Lotus HVM Racing, the original partner team and Lotus Dragon Racing, who delivered Lotus' best result so far this season. Lotus wishes Bryan Herta Autosport LLC and Dreyer & Reinbold LLC the very best of luck for the future.

Lotus also intends to continue to assist its engine supplier Engine Developments Limited (EDL) by providing additional resources and financial support to expedite the development program. The details of the arrangement are currently being finalised and the additional support should result in an increased engine performance for the rest of the season.

http://www.crash.net/indycar/news/178954/2/lotus_confirms_split_with_bha_and_drr.html


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Posted - 26 Apr 2012 :  22:04:19  Show Profile Send Mr.McPhillamy a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
IMO - Get out while you can! Lol.

We all saw how ridicukous their HP was at Long Beach out of those hairpins.
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Posted - 26 Apr 2012 :  22:28:55  Show Profile Send Fast by Ferracci a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Could be a positive for Lotus, more engines for less cars now, and the Dragon Racing entry of Bourdais has easily been the pick of the Lotus' so far this year.

Be good to see Lotus get some development going and move up the grid
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Posted - 28 Apr 2012 :  20:55:20  Show Profile Send Mr.McPhillamy a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Shame about BHA, **** happens I guess.

Looks like they gotta get a bit better at prepping the cars.
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Posted - 29 Apr 2012 :  21:24:42  Show Profile Send HDT05 a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Sao Paulo - Qualifying times

http://media.indycar.com/pdf/2012/Official_Sao_Paulo_Indy_300_Qual_Results.pdf



http://indycar.com/en/News/2012/April/4-28-Wins-pole-sets-track-record

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Posted - 30 Apr 2012 :  01:00:40  Show Profile Send Mr.McPhillamy a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Going to be a wet race!

And remember folks - we can catch this one live if we're game!

1:00am Eastern green flag

(12:30 for me here in Adelaide)

I'm going to catch this one online, seeing as I've only got one lecture tomorrow morning!
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Posted - 30 Apr 2012 :  04:45:12  Show Profile Send HDT05 a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Pretty good race - surprising that there was no rain, 90% chance and yet no rain, just in the warm-up.

Great win Will Power he and Penske is just in a league of their own ATM.

Wonder how he will go at Indy.

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Posted - 30 Apr 2012 :  21:50:10  Show Profile Send LP11 a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Go Sato!! Podium result is a good effort

Good job Will too...

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Bit of a chaotic race!

Power is unbeatable, RHR and Sato good drives!

Impressive drives thru the field too, Servia, Rubens again, was good to see Kimball so aggressive.

Dario . . . I gotta be leaning towards championship over!

The only man worth a bet to stop Will is H3lio or Dixon. Hinch/RHR/Pagenaud I don't think are championship threats, they will probably fill top 5, but not 1 or 2.
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Man I wish this was on One at least with Indy car compared to NASCAR you at least have a couple of ultra competitive aussies running in way more exciting races to watch...

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quote:
Originally posted by LP11

Man I wish this was on One at least with Indy car compared to NASCAR you at least have a couple of ultra competitive aussies running in way more exciting races to watch...


I know where your coming from, but do others know where your coming from

That's why I love SPEED!

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Posted - 01 May 2012 :  17:53:51  Show Profile Send OCC a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
quote:
Originally posted by Mr.McPhillamy

Bit of a chaotic race!

Power is unbeatable, RHR and Sato good drives!

Impressive drives thru the field too, Servia, Rubens again, was good to see Kimball so aggressive.

Dario . . . I gotta be leaning towards championship over!

The only man worth a bet to stop Will is H3lio or Dixon. Hinch/RHR/Pagenaud I don't think are championship threats, they will probably fill top 5, but not 1 or 2.


Dario is having a horrible season. He looks to be out of contention for sure.
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