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#51 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 03:04

Oh, and while I'm at it can someone shake Montoya and tell him he'd be winning races in Indycar for Team Target instead of battling for 20th every week?

Yeah he'd be pretty good.

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#52 anbeck

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 06:42

The real question is: would he still fit into the car?

#53 Peat

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 08:14

Can he use that in any form? Because that'd buy him a really good seat for the 500.



Can only be used for an IndyCar ride. And it takes the form of 'winners circle' money. So, he never gets the cheque.....

#54 Risil

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 13:30

Curt Cavin suggests in his latest Q&A that Ganassi might drop down to a three-car operation next year. Fourth driver will be dependent on him (or her) bringing funding. I guess Rojas might bring some TELMEX money with him, and Briscoe's seat might be paid for by Honda, who want his development skills in their stable. If indeed "series engine partners" are allowed to cut deals like that with specific teams. I imagine they are, 'cause that's the main reason I can think of for why Sato got the Rahal drive in 2012.

If you pay a visit to page 1 of this thread, you'll see that in my infinite wisdom I've knocked Edmonton out of the 2012 schedule post. I reckon updating one post at the beginning of the thread is better than spamming the forum with new schedules every time the mayor of Providence farts.

Edited by Risil, 24 September 2012 - 13:31.


#55 Risil

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 21:26

Can only be used for an IndyCar ride. And it takes the form of 'winners circle' money. So, he never gets the cheque.....


Finally caught up with last Wednesday's Midweek Motorsport: Marshall Pruett was on there explaining the details of Vautier's Indy Lights prize. It's $500,000 if he joins a Leader's Circle team, and $1 million if he joins a team not eligible for that money. Complication is that there's no word yet as to who'll be eligible for Leader's Circle payments next year, or even if the programme will continue. But this year it was the 2011 points table's top 18 entries, with Newman-Haas Racing's vacated slots re-allocated by the series (to the single-entry Ed Carpenter Racing and Dragon teams).

Team Sarah Fisher's decision to hire the 2011 Indy Lights champion -- they were not favoured with Leader's Circle payments -- was probably a shrewd piece of business. God knows how they managed to run the Newgarden entry sponsorless for almost the whole season, but that million dollars probably plugged a big hole in their racing budget.

Oh, and Randy Bernard's going to announce the 2013 series schedule on Speed's Wind Tunnel programme this coming Sunday. Stay tuned, or alternatively wait until someone reports it.

Edited by Risil, 24 September 2012 - 21:34.


#56 B Squared

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 13:20

Marshall Pruett and Robin Miller provide some speculation on filling seats for 2013 at speedtv. Nothing we probably haven't heard, but consolidates the rumors into one place:

http://auto-racing.s...nues-to-heat-up

#57 HistoryFan

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:52

Narain Karthikeyan consider a swith to IndyCar.

#58 PayasYouRace

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:08

Really hope to see Wilson get the top drive he deserves.

#59 billm99uk

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:47

What are the chances of Guerreri getting a seat then? Money dependent, I guess?

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#60 Risil

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 13:05

Pretty much, though that's been the bugbear of his career for an extremely long time. If I were to guess, I'd say we'll end up with fewer (full-season) cars on the grid in 2013 than we did in '12. That'd bad news for him, bad for Vautier, bad for Saavedra.

Edited by Risil, 05 October 2012 - 13:06.


#61 Fulcrum

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 18:27

Mugello, from Formula 1 to Indy

#62 Risil

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 19:35

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

#63 PayasYouRace

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 20:02

I would have thought September would be the worst month to have a race in Italy, so close to the Grand Prix. But, what a quality track to have an Indycar race on. I'd love to see it happen. Maybe they could stop off at Rockingham too. :smoking:

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 06:45

Motorsport-total.com reported about Baguette, Lloyd and Pizzonia are also possible at Foyt,

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:24

I'm surprised nobody picked up Baguette after he performed so well at Indy in 2011, he raced really well on ovals but I guess it's all about money in the end.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:23

I'm surprised nobody picked up Baguette after he performed so well at Indy in 2011, he raced really well on ovals but I guess it's all about money in the end.


I hope he makes a comeback to Indycar. If only for the bad puns thread  ;)

No seriously though, he does deserve a drive.

#67 ezequiel

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 15:34

What are the chances of Guerrieri getting a seat then? Money dependent, I guess?


Yes, which makes it extremely difficult for him to get a ride, specially considering that the rumour in Argentina is that the sponsor he had in Indy Lights this year did not pay what it was supposed to pay or did not pay on time. :well:

#68 PayasYouRace

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 17:37

So, KV + HVM = KVM?

http://www.autosport...t.php/id/103745

Seems a shame that KV only have one car sorted for next year, but I welcome anything that gets Simona a better engine.

#69 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 17:49

Well Barrichello is going...wherever, and I guess Viso is sniffing around so that just leaves them with the funded Kanaan car.

#70 Risil

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 18:07

Seems a shame that KV only have one car sorted for next year


I reckon Kalkhoven-rage is the main driver behind the Indycar Series buyout. His team has really suffered in the last year or two. Mind you, it's never been a successful one.

Edited by Risil, 26 October 2012 - 18:07.


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Posted 27 October 2012 - 14:54

Good to see de Silvestro getting a proper engine. She has good form on the road courses.

#72 Jim Thurman

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 16:02

I reckon Kalkhoven-rage is the main driver behind the Indycar Series buyout. His team has really suffered in the last year or two. Mind you, it's never been a successful one.

Does Kalkhoven feel costs got out of hand? That's his fault, he's the one that hired Viso :p

#73 Risil

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 18:25

Does Kalkhoven feel costs got out of hand? That's his fault, he's the one that hired Viso :p


The cost of spares with the new Dallara was definitely one of the reasons quoted for the unhappiness! All becoming clear now. ;)