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  • Second-year steward system to support race director Brian Barnhart
    Jan 28

    Second-year steward system to support race director Brian Barnhart

    Via IndyCar.com INDYCAR announced that vice president of Competition Brian Barnhart has been named race director and will lead the Verizon IndyCar Series' three-steward Race Control system for the 2015 season that starts March 8 with the Brasilia Indy 300 in the capital city of Brazil. Barnhart was a key member of the INDYCAR Race Control system implemented in 2014 that stipulates all in-race penalties are decided by a two-thirds vote amongst the respective stewards officiating each event. "We believe that based on his extensive experience in Race Control, combined with the three-steward system, Brian Barnhart is a good fit as INDYCAR race director," said Derrick Walker, INDYCAR president of Competition and Operations. "The process allows the race director to focus on running the race without the double-duty of reviewing multiple replays and simultaneously trying to make a call. In terms of determining penalties, our process defines that a majority vote amongst the three stewards is required, which ensures a jury-like process. Last year we found that this was a fair system when making difficult judgment calls." Barnhart was a Race Control steward throughout the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season and was previously INDYCAR race director from 1997-2011. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1732" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Live from Trackside: 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona
    Jan 25

    Live from Trackside: 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona

    Sunday, January 25 3:10 p.m. First, a big congrats to the crew of the No. 02 Target/Ford EcoBoost car, the four drivers and all of the team members. It's quite a feat to win a 24-hour race, and the team did a great job all day long. Second, I really wish the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost/Target car had been there at the end. I think we could have gone 1-2 for the finish. The challenge with endurance races like this is always reliability. I really enjoyed driving alongside Joey and Sage, and learning from the experience of Scott. Now I'm even more than ready to get the IndyCar season started! Saturday, January 24 4:30 p.m. We're green, green, green here at Daytona for the Rolex 24! Scott Pruett started out the race for us in the No. 01, and I'll likely go in around 9 or 10 p.m. tonight. I'm in the motorcoach now, resting up for my stint. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @racewithinsulin for updates throughout the race! Friday, January 23 2:20 p.m. Last practice is in the books! Scott ran a few laps, then I went in for about 30 minutes or so. We were able to improve, but I'm not sure we're where we want to be still. After the on-track practice, we had a group photo opp and media availability, then a quick lunch before a driver change practice. We'll have our team meetings this afternoon to go over race strategy and timings. As we've all said before, it's a long race... plenty of time for things to go wrong, or right! Thursday, January 22 6:45 p.m. Both of the CGR Scott's (Dixon and Pruett, that is) did a great job getting the No. 02 and No. 01 cars into P2 and P3 during qualifying this afternoon. We made a lot of changes between practice and qualifying, and I think we're headed in the right direction for the race. Both cars are undergoing scheduled engine changes, so we're sitting out this evening practice. I'm grabbing a bite to eat here at the track then headed out on the golf cart to watch the session under the lights! [caption id="attachment_1724" align="aligncenter" width="569"] No. 01 Ford EcoBoost/Target Riley before qualifying[/caption] 4:15 p.m. We're two practice sessions in today, and we're working on trying a lot of different things with the car, to figure out what's best overall for 24 hours this weekend. It's funny because very rarely in these long, 24-hour races does the fastest car win. Usually it's the most consistent car; one that all four drivers can get in, get comfortable, run the same pace. So, right now the focus is getting a good setup for that direction. Next up is qualifying at 5:15, then we'll head out for our final practice of the day at 6:30. Check out live timing and scoring here! Wednesday, January 21 2:30 p.m. Well, it's finally here... the officially-official start of racing season! I've just arrived at Daytona International Speedway and am doing a few gear and supply checks before heading into engineering meetings. I'm really excited to get started here in the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost/Target Riley car. We had a good test for the Roar and I think we know where we need to make improvements, which can be half the battle sometimes. The forecast is showing a good chance of rain for Friday and Saturday. We'll just wait and see how the weather plays into things. With it being my second Rolex appearance, I definitely have a better grasp of the event going into it this time around. When you're playing for 24 hours, there's a lot that can happen! Someone posted on my Facebook page recently, noting the fact that I have one Rolex from 2013 but two wrists... so it's time for another win. I couldn't agree more! If you'd like to follow along this race weekend, check the schedule below. Also follow me on Twitter @racewithinsulin for more at-track updates!

    Thursday, January 22: 9:25-10:25 a.m. TUDOR Championship Practice 1 1:20-1:50 p.m. Practice 2 5:15-5:30 p.m. Qualifying 6:30-8 p.m. Practice 3 Friday, January 23: 11:25 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Practice 4 Saturday, January 24: 11:30 a.m. Autograph session 2:10 p.m. Green flag
    Click HERE for a full event schedule and broadcast information. [caption id="attachment_1712" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Rolex 24 an International Showcase for Drivers, Teams, Manufacturers
    Jan 20

    Rolex 24 an International Showcase for Drivers, Teams, Manufacturers

    Via IMSA.com Keeping true to its name as the sanctioning body of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) will spotlight a robust contingent of international drivers, teams and manufacturers on the world stage for the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 24-25. Global television coverage of the Rolex 24 will be available in more than 300 million homes across more than 130 countries. In addition to television coverage, IMSA TV on IMSA.com will offer worldwide streaming of TUDOR Championship qualifying, as well as the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season-opening BMW Performance 200 on Friday, Jan. 23. A broadcast stream for all 24 hours of the Rolex 24 will be available to viewers outside of the United States with audio from the new IMSA Radio, via a partnership with Radio Show Limited. IMSA Radio also will provide live audio coverage of each practice, qualifying and race session on IMSA TV and RadioLeMans.com. Domestically, viewers can stream IMSA Radio and on-board cameras throughout the race, as well as access the broadcast stream during the overnight hours from 10 p.m. ET through 7 a.m. ET. “The Rolex 24 At Daytona is truly one of the world’s most iconic endurance sports car racing events, as evidenced by the melting pot of drivers, teams and manufacturers entered for this year’s event,” said David Pettit, IMSA VP of Marketing. “More than half of the Rolex 24 field was born outside of the United States, each bringing its own unique fan base. We are proud to give fans from those countries the opportunity to follow all of the action from Daytona International Speedway, whether it be practice, qualifying or the race itself via worldwide television distribution and IMSA TV.” Of the 196 drivers entered for the Rolex 24, 117 drivers from 27 different countries were born outside of the United States. In addition, eight of IMSA’s 10 official automotive partners have world headquarters outside of North America. The Rolex 24 At Daytona also is the opening round of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. The Patrón Endurance Cup allows international competitors the opportunity to race against full-time TUDOR Championship teams and drivers in a four-race competition that includes the series’ four marquee endurance events: the Rolex 24, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida (March 21), Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen (June 28) and Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta (Oct. 3). More than 15 hours of live FOX Sports coverage will be available to viewers in the United States beginning with a two-hour FOX broadcast network beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Jan. 24. It is the second consecutive year that the Rolex 24 telecast has opened on the broadcast channel, which is available in approximately 115 million homes in the United States. To read more, please click here.

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  • IndyCar drivers test local track
    Jan 15

    IndyCar drivers test local track

    Via FOX 8 WVUE-TV Chip Ganassi Racing drivers talk to FOX 8 WVUE in New Orleans after their first test day at NOLA Motorsports Park. To view the full video, please click here.

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  • Chip Ganassi Racing first on track at NOLA
    Jan 14

    Chip Ganassi Racing first on track at NOLA

    Via IndyCar.com In a preview of the inaugural April event, the drivers of Chip Ganassi Racing christened the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana track in a team test on Wednesday. Former Verizon IndyCar Series champions Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, race winner Charlie Kimball and development driver Sage Karam participated in an all-day test session around the 13 turn, 2.67-mile NOLA Motorsports Park which will make its debut on the 2015 schedule April 10-12. “The facility is very good and once you get the grandstands up and there’s a little prep to be done to the track, it will be too,” Dixon said. “Right now I think the track layout is going to be really good. “It’s exciting for us to come to New Orleans. You’re never really sure for the first time how (a new track) will be received. Looking at other places that are similar in the south, like Barber (Motorsports Park), the fans are fantastic. I think the crowds will be very good. Even talking to the people at the hotel last night, they know the race is coming. They’re looking forward to it. I hope we can put on a good show and we can definitely build on it.” To read more, please click here.

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  • Testing, check. Next up: 24 hours of racing!
    Jan 12

    Testing, check. Next up: 24 hours of racing!

    I had three really good days of testing at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 in the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost/Target Riley. I almost forgot how fun these care are to drive! It was a nice opportunity to get all of the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates teammates together and learn from each other--not just the 01 guys, but also the No. 02 drivers too. Overall, I think the car is in pretty good shape for the race. These test sessions allowed us to build a base and get back into a groove. We'll have some more work to do before then, but I think we'll be strong at the end of the month for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona! [caption id="attachment_1694" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Via IMSA.com[/caption]

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  • Holmatro Safety Team always in training
    Jan 11

    Holmatro Safety Team always in training

    Via IndyCar.com Pete Fiset selects a Holmatro hydraulic spreader to demonstrate its effectiveness. A line of eager participants forms to crush a soda can, too. The fun demonstration is among the updates provided during annual training Jan. 10 for Holmatro Safety Team members at INDYCAR headquarters in Indianapolis. Response protocols and procedures for the wide variety of racetracks on the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Mazda Road to Indy series served by the Holmatro Safety Team also are reviewed. “As our protocol evolves, this training updates everyone. We have to be prepared for all contingencies," INDYCAR manager of track safety operations Mike Yates said. Holmatro, founded in 1967 in the Netherlands, designs, produces, tests and delivers hydraulic equipment and systems for industrial applications and technical rescue services. “Holmatro has been a great partner,” Yates said. “The tools are lightweight, sturdy, durable and easy to use. If worked at a fire department they would be the tools I’d like to work with.” The Holmatro Safety Team, present at each INDYCAR event, is represented by four-person crews of professional firefighters and paramedics on each of three Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks. Two are safety vehicles with the latest Holmatro rescue equipment onboard, while the third is utilized for track clean-up. Additionally, there are two firemen/paramedics on pit lane to serve as incident command for local pit firemen and a dispatcher in Race Control. INDYCAR medical director Dr. Michael Olinger and the track medical director respond to incidents in a Honda command vehicle. Three nurses, including a liaison with the local medical facility, complement the group. Holmatro Safety Team members average 20 years’ experience in their respective areas (firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, physicians, nurses) in municipalities and hospitals. Many are leaders in their departments. "That experience is invaluable and the competitors really appreciate that," Yates said. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1691" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Advancements in driver safety added for '15
    Jan 9

    Advancements in driver safety added for '15

    Via IndyCar.com New generations of thigh panels and driver head surrounds for ovals will be incorporated in the Dallara chassis for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season, and INDYCAR continues to evaluate additional updates with driver safety the main priority. The fourth-generation chassis enters its fourth year of competition on the most diverse set of racetracks in motorsports with a twist. Aerodynamic bodywork kits supplied by manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda will debut in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 27-29. A modification of the headrest surround for road and street courses to reduce the low G force levels usually seen on bumpy street circuits when the driver’s helmet buffets the headrest was introduced for 2014. Similar construction, utilizing three different density layers of Confor foam, will be utilized for the oval headrest surround. “With the help of Dallara, we found a rubberized material to replace the Kevlar covering for the oval spec headrest,” said Jeff Horton, INDYCAR’s director of engineering/safety. “As the Kevlar gets painted and repaired from cracks, it gets harder and doesn’t work as well. The rubberized covering stays flexible and supports Velcro, so the extra headrest pads that drivers like to use will come off easily.” The road/street course headrest has a Nomex covering, and Horton said either that material or the rubberized cover can be used on road/street courses. Both headrests use Expanded Polypropylene (EPP), an engineered plastic foam material also used in molding driver seats, behind the driver’s head. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1688" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Catch the Roar to preview the Daytona 24
    Jan 7

    Catch the Roar to preview the Daytona 24

    The racing season begins early for me this year, as part of the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team for the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona. No complaints here--I'm definitely itching to get back into a race car (and warmer weather)! First up is the annual three-day test session, the Roar Before the Rolex 24. I'll head down to Daytona early on Thursday for set-up day, then we'll practice on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Click here for the full Roar schedule, and visit IMSA.com for live timing and scoring all weekend. Going to be in the area? Come out and watch us in person! [caption id="attachment_1685" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Engine Q&A: Technologies in the forefront, future
    Jan 7

    Engine Q&A: Technologies in the forefront, future

    Via IndyCar.com This season marks the fourth of engine competition between Chevrolet and Honda, and both are supplying corresponding aerodynamic body kits for the first year. The Dallara rolling chassis will be utilized for the March 8 season opener in Brasilia, Brazil. The road/street course and short oval aero kits along with the newly-mounted engines make their competition debut March 29 in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The engine homologation date is Jan. 12. Basically, homologation is granting approval or confirming the meeting of standards, and – as it refers to the series – the sealing of mandated components for the 2.2-liter, twin turbocharged, direct-injected V6 engines that are fueled with E85. The parts and complementary technical drawings will be used as references – a spot check system for engine manufacturer competition – during engine teardowns. The engines produce up to 700 horsepower with a 12,000 RPM rev limit. INDYCAR controls the turbo boost and sets the push-to-pass parameters relative to each of the 17 races. Each full-season entrant is allowed four fresh-built engines from the season start until the start of the following season with a corresponding 10,000-mile allotment. Marvin Riley, INDYCAR director of engine development, discusses implementation of regulations for 2015 and provides a general outlook for what INDYCAR is investigating for the next generation Verizon IndyCar Series engine platform.

    Q: There aren’t many parts on this year’s homologation list. Is that due to the aero kit development?
    This season is a much smaller open homologation list, but in the sense of the architecture available to the manufacturers to change I think the engines will still be somewhat visibly different to the fans. The main difference this year is the aero kits, which includes the air horn, side pods, and engine cover. Because the air horn and space available under the bodywork is changing, the subsequent parts that include the pipes that feed to and from the turbos can be different. That’s where I think the engines will look unique and certainly look different from Brazil to St. Pete. As far as areas available for upgrade, we always have the open items which includes pistons, the valves, the springs, spark plugs, etc., and the connecting rods have a one-year homologation every year. But for the most part, it’s an off year for the engineers working on the engine internals.   To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1440" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Aero kit 2015 Q&A: 'Not going to be a spec car'
    Jan 5

    Aero kit 2015 Q&A: 'Not going to be a spec car'

    Via IndyCar.com Starting with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 27-29, INDYCAR will introduce chassis competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series based upon aerodynamic bodywork designed, manufactured and supplied by Chevrolet and Honda. Cars will be differentiated by their shape as the manufacturers have designed aero kits for speedways and road and street course/short ovals for the Dallara rolling chassis. Manufacturer track testing of prototype components opened Oct. 6 and continues through Jan. 18, which is the same date as homologation. Production will ramp up to meet the March 1 deadline for one road and street course/short oval kit to be delivered to each entrant. The speedway aero kit, according to the INDYCAR timeline, will be delivered by April 1. The initial team on-track test is scheduled for March 16-17 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. The 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 24 will mark the debut of the speedway aero kit. In the Q&A below, INDYCAR director of aerodynamic development Tino Belli provides insight into the regulations of the aero kit legality boxes and options available to teams for the 2015 season:

    Q. You’re one of the few who has seen both manufacturers’ aero kits on the track. Will fans notice differences from last season.
    Differences between the 2014 Dallara chassis and the 2015 aero kits and between the Chevy and Honda aero kits will be quite easily spotted by an interested fan. Especially to someone who is interested in technology, they’ll see many differences between the cars. At speed and with different color schemes, it might be more difficult to see the differences. It’s certainly not going to be a spec car, and it’s not spec even within the Chevrolet or Honda environments. The Chevy might not always run in exactly the same configuration between a Penske and Ganassi car, and the same with Honda between, say, an Andretti and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car because teams will have options. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1679" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Image via IndyCar.com[/caption]

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  • 2015 Sneak Peek
    Dec 30

    2015 Sneak Peek

    Are you counting down the hours until 2015? I know I am! Especially because it means we're just a bit closer to being at a Verizon IndyCar Series track again. With testing, new season photo shoots and media, the Rolex 24 at Daytona and pre-season meetings, I think March will be here before we know it! To hold us over until then, here's the first sneak peek of my 2015 gear... my custom Sparco boots and gloves! What do you think?

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#TBT #ThrowbackThursday photo from Indy Lights 2009, in orange and blue! There's more where that came from: http://bit.ly/1ChqYIm

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Photo shoots at the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams shop and annual driver physical yesterday? Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series drivers meetings today? Yep, it's almost that time! 38 days until we're green in Brasilia!

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Hey, I know that guy! "IndyCar 2018" by my dad (and world-renowned engineer) Gordon, via RACER Magazine:

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Big congrats to Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson Racing and the entire No. 02 Target/Ford Performance EcoBoost team on the win! Well deserved. Wish we could have finished 1-2 out there in the No. 01, but it was a strong (and long!) day for the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams for sure. http://bit.ly/1CVCyWu

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Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Good morning--live from the Daytona International Speedway pit lane! We're on FOX Sports 1 now until the checkered flag (that's just about one Indy 500 race left). Tune in and cheer on the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams with me!

4 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Good evening! We're still going strong here at the #Rolex24. I'm up next! Tune in to FOX Sports 1 now-10 pm ET then www.IMSA.com 10 pm-7 am.

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Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

This is it... On the grid at Daytona International Speedway for the #Rolex24! Tune in to FOX at 2 pm Eastern for the green flag! More coverage at www.IMSA.com.

5 days ago

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Charlie Kimball

All wrapped up for the day. Great job by Scott Dixon and Scott Pruett during qualifying: http://bit.ly/1CVCyWu

6 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Hello from Daytona International Speedway! Ready to get the Rolex 24 race weekend started with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams. Bookmark my live blog for more updates:

8 days ago

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Charlie Kimball

Insights from Chip Ganassi Racing Teams advisor Dario Franchitti. You may have heard of him... he's done a few other things, too!

9 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

IT'S RACE WEEK! (I've missed saying that!) Mark your calendar for the ROLEX 24 at Daytona International Speedway, with TV coverage beginning Saturday at 2 p.m. Eastern.

10 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Happy Friday! Sending you off into the weekend with a good read on some of my favorite people--Dr. Olinger and the Holmatro Safety Team! Always looking out for us in the Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series.

12 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Great test day at NOLA Motorsports Park yesterday with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams! Can't wait to get back in April for the Grand Prix of Nola race weekend... should be a good one for the fans!

14 days ago

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Charlie Kimball

First Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series test of the year here at NOLA Motorsports Park... and yes, it's a bit chilly.

15 days ago

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Charlie Kimball

Thanks to Chip Ganassi Racing Teams partner Milk-Bone for the dog treats and special gifts... Lilah & Taj can't get enough of them!

16 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Great 3 days of testing at Daytona International Speedway with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams in the No. 01 Ford Racing EcoBoost/Target Riley car, to build a foundation for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona later this month!

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