Try, try again? New Hampshire Motor
Speedway says it’s too early to say
whether IndyCar will return in 2012. It
claimed a race day crowd of 30,000; the
one-mile track has a capacity of 93,521.
Actually, it wasn’t his behind that was the bad part for Wilson following his unlucky bounce at Mid-Ohio, but the Dreyer & Reinbold driver was staying optimistic.
JUST IN TIME FOR FRUSTRATION
A freak injury calls time on Justin Wilson’s IndyCar season,
right when he and his team were turning the corner
Good news was balanced out with bad for Justin
Wilson after his freak accident during practice at
The 33-year-old Briton ran wide at Turn 1 and bottomed out
while running over a perpendicular access road. Wilson sustained
an anterior compression fracture of the fifth thoracic vertebra in
the resulting impact. The brack brace he was fitted with in lieu of
surgery kept him out of the cockpit for a couple of months.
“The real bummer of all this? Despite the fact that some
teams are being careful with their spending for 2011 because of
the new car coming, Dreyer & Reinbold has kept working hard
on this year’s car and have made some
big improvements for the ovals,” related
Wilson in his blog for RACER.com.
“That’s why I’m really hoping I can come
back in time for the Las Vegas finale.”
In the interim, Dreyer & Reinbold has
gone the revolving door route for
substitutes. Simon Pagenaud filled in
solidly for Wilson after being thrown in
cold in qualifying at Mid-Ohio, while
Tomas Scheckter took over Wilson’s No. 22
at New Hampshire and former GP2 champ
Giorgio Pantano was slotted in for
Baltimore and Sonoma.
FOR OLD CARS?
Uncertain future for the
current IndyCar Dallaras
While obviously concentrating on the
2012 “Dallara safety cell” (see pages
12-14) IndyCar’s technical staff is still
considering what future, if any, to give
the model now on its ninth tour of duty.
“We’ve thought a lot about how to
provide an outlet for the current cars,”
said 2012 project manager Tony
Cotman. “There’s been a lot of
conversation about whether it should be
the next Indy Lights car, whether it
should be retired completely or whether
it can be updated [as a] show car,
maybe through bodywork. So, two or
three things are on the table. But I think
we need to understand that it’s eight or
nine years old now, and technology has
passed us by. Whatever we do, we just
need to take that into account.”
IndyCar’s vp of technology, Will
Phillips, agreed that providing further
racing options for the car is difficult.
“When you’ve got cars that are seven,
eight, nine years old – most of them
aren’t that old, but the product is that
old – it’s very hard to control the quality
and the body fit, etc.,” he explained.
Will the current Dallara IndyCar join
the Marmon Wasp as a museum piece?
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The Indianapolis 500, which has aired live on ABC since 1986 and on a delayed basis for many years before that, will remain on the network for another six years.
IndyCar – and the Indy 500 – stick with ABC TV
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