Foyt’s new face A.J. Foyt replaced
longtime driver Vitor Meira with another
racer hailing far from the Texan’s U.S.
racing roots – Briton Mike Conway – to
wheel his No. 14 ABC Supply IndyCar.
It’s going to take a lot of work to make the DW12 live up to the high expectations placed on it, but the IndyCar champ believes it can be done.
A WORK IN PROGRESS
Dario Franchitti leapt from the triumph and tragedy of 2011
straight into the technical challenges of IndyCar 2012
ISC OPENS THE
DOOR FOR MORE
Watkins Glen, Phoenix
mull IndyCar returns
Various elements involved in concocting
a viable IZOD IndyCar Series calendar
make for a complicated process, but
encouraging words came from two
outposts of the International Speedway
Corporation empire over the winter.
Watkins Glen was part of a wholesale
purge of ISC tracks from the IndyCar
schedule for 2011, but the NASCAR-affiliated conglomerate is back in for
2012 with its Auto Club Speedway in
Fontana, Calif. WGI president Michael
Printup indicated a return to his track
by 2013 could be in the cards, too.
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“I would love to have them back – that
one’s harder than the [NASCAR] trucks,
but that’s what the fans are asking us,”
he told Corning, N. Y.’s The Leader.
Meanwhile, Phoenix International
Raceway president Bryan Sperber told
The Associated Press, “Phoenix has a
long history with IndyCar and open-wheel. While there would be challenges in
bringing the series back, we’d certainly
like to try to work through them.”
It’s been a tough winter for Dario Franchitti, as the
IZOD IndyCar Series champion struggled like the rest of
us to come to terms with the tragic loss of Dan Wheldon
while also taking a leading role in the development of the new
Dallara DW12. The latter both engaged and concerned him.
“I have really enjoyed working with Honda again; tweaking
the bits and pieces,” said Franchitti. “Working with the car has
been a little more frustrating. For me, it is very important that
the series allows us to work with the car, and not paint us into
too tight a box.
“We’re starting to fix the imbalances and stuff, but it is
important that the series allows the latitude to adjust the car to
different driving styles. It’s one thing saying that everybody
has got to drive the same stuff, but that’s going to suit certain
drivers and really hurt others.”
The prospect of a renewed engine war
for the first time in years has only
bolstered motivation that, as Franchitti
explains to Jeff Olson in this month’s
IndyCar interview beginning on page 24,
remains sky-high as the Scot continues
his climb up the list of all-time winners.
Texas dumps the doubleheader concept for IndyCars