More Mile IndyCar traditionalists rejoiced
at hearing that the Milwaukee Mile was
back on the IndyCar calendar for 2012.
Possible bad news for Bourdais, though:
The June 16 date clashes with Le Mans.
Sato’s place at rLLr is secure, but his hopes for
a teammate have dimmed following Honda’s shift
of an engine lease to Sarah Fisher’s team.
LUMPS AND BRUISES
IndyCar engine supply remains a thorny question through
the winter, as too many suitors chase too few V6 turbos
STILL A WHISKER OF
A CHANCE FOR PT
Mike Shank not giving up
on his IndyCar hopes yet
Although Mike Shank’s new IndyCar
effort remained shop-bound all winter,
the Grand-Am team owner is still trying
to make it happen. His effort has been
watched closely in Canada, since Paul
Tracy’s IndyCar hopes hinge on them.
“I want to run PT – that’s been the
plan for the last eight weeks,” Shank
said in mid-February. “There’s a small
chance it could be someone else.”
The team was hopeful of earning a
Honda contract with Tracy’s (BELOW)
personal services backing from Honda
Canada, but Lotus is now the most
likely source of power. First, though,
must come more funding, Shank says.
“We’ve got the car in the shop and
the people we need to go run the car,
but at this point we are still working to
have the full budget in place to go
racing,” said Shank. “I don’t want to
just go out and make up the numbers
– we want to show up and have a
While most IZOD IndyCar Series teams have been
focusing on the complex task of trouble-shooting and
developing their new Dallara DW12 chassis and turbo
Ed Carpenter Racing, the new squad formed by last year’s
Kentucky winner and his stepfather Tony George, completed
Chevrolet’s 11-car slate with a deal for its Fuzzy’s Vodka-backed
car, while Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing – which had
announced a deal to run Firestone Indy Lights champion Josef
Newgarden back in December – got the go-ahead from Honda.
The latter, though, came at the expense
of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,
which had reserved two Hondas but
ultimately secured the budget for just
one, to be driven by ex-KV Racing driver
Takuma Sato. The team still hopes to run
GP2 standout Luca Fillipi at some point,
but team boss Bobby Rahal agreed to turn
over a full-season deal to Fisher’s team.
Meanwhile, Lotus teams were obliged
to share the manufacturer’s test car, as
the late-starting manufacturer was
unable to supply individual engines to its
partners. Interesting times...
10 APRIL 2012 racer.com
IndyCar’s new chief steward shakes things up