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Racing’s Graham Rahal made the
possibility more likely, and on
Oct.1 it was confirmed: the
98th Indianapolis 500 will be
preceded by an IndyCar race
on a revised version of the
Speedway’s road course.
Hulman & Company CEO
Mark Miles (RIGH T) said, “The
Grand Prix of Indianapolis is all about
elevating the Month of May, the Indianapolis
500 and the IndyCar Series with more
thrilling content for our loyal
supporters and new fans.”
The $5million reconfiguration
of the track is to create hard
braking areas, but also increase
average speeds – both ideas to
Tickets went on sale Oct. 14.
Dario Franchitti wasn’t the only one
left thanking his lucky stars after a
140mph crash on the final lap of
Race 2 of the double-header Grand Prix
of Houston. Contact with Takuma Sato
launched the four-time champion’s
Ganassi Racing car into the catchfencing,
which pirouetted it back onto the track.
It left Franchitti with a broken ankle,
broken vertebrae and concussion.
More alarmingly for all concerned,
part of the fence Dario struck was
hurled into the grandstand at Turn 5,
causing minor injuries to 13 spectators.
IndyCar pledged to investigate the
matter and the rescue procedure.
INDY’S MAY DOUBlE-HEADER
HARD QUESTIONS IN HOUSTON
IMS road course joins the IndyCar schedule, as Baltimore fades
Franchitti’s huge accident puts spotlight on spectator protection
and Rahal gave ideas
for improving IMS’s oft-criticized road course.
Ganassi’s switch from Honda to Chevrolet in
IndyCar was regarded as curious, given that
Scott Dixon appeared to be heading for this
year’s title with an HPD-built unit. But Chip has
previous, ditching Honda for Toyota in 2000.
The IndyCar Series
safety crew removes
heavily damaged car.
NASCAR SPRINT CUP (2006-’ 13)
JPM’s 2 wins from 246 starts (as we closed
for press) both came on road courses. He
finished eighth in his only Chase, in 2009.
WINS - 2 from 246
OTHER TOP 5s - 22
Montoya will be Team Penske’s only champion
in its 2014 Indy car lineup. Power has been
runner-up three times; Castroneves appeared
destined to emulate that as we went to press…
about IndyCar, knew what was going on.
I think he’s going to push all of us. He’s
quick, man. He’s very serious about what
he does and seriously fast. That’s exactly
the type of guy that we need.”
Castroneves, who’s four months older than
Montoya (both 38), said: “We’ve seen that
age isn’t a big deal. Tony [Kanaan] won the
Indy 500; Dario [Franchitti] won a bunch of
championships lately…You want a guy with a
lot of experience; that’s what the records
are showing lately, and I think Juan will fit
right in and be able to be right there on his
lap times. This is going to be big for us.”