Chip Ganassi Racing’s expansion is the IZOD IndyCar Series’ gain – two young American drivers who will compete for the full 2011 season on a new team.
Ganassi announced the addition of Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing with Graham Rahal in the No. 38 car and Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing with Charlie Kimball in the No. 83 entry at a news conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
J.R. Hildebrand has signed a multi-year agreement with Panther Racing to drive the No.4 car in the IZOD IndyCar Series, starting with the 2011 season.
Panther Racing announced on Tuesday that Hildebrand, the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights champion, will replace Dan Wheldon in the No. 4 entry. National Guard will continue to sponsor the team's efforts.
The door always has been open for Sam Hornish Jr. to return to the Indianapolis 500, Team Penske principals say. Will the 100th anniversary of the race and his potential idleness be enough of an inducement?
The three-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion and 2006 Indy 500 winner, who moved to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Penske Racing following the 2007 IZOD IndyCar Series season, doesn’t have a funded program for 2011. His primary sponsor, Mobil 1, moved to another team after Penske Racing signed a multi-dimensional deal with Shell/Pennzoil, and the team will have Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski in full-time, funded cars.
What’s in a name? Actually, quite a lot when you’re a player in a crowded global professional sports and multi-dimensional entertainment market.
In a wide-ranging interview session moderated by SportsBusiness Journal executive editor Abraham Madkour and attended by about 200 industry representatives at the 11th Motorsports Marketing Forum at the Venetian Resort, Randy Bernard addressed the reasoning of changing the name of the sanctioning body of the IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights and the USF2000 National Championship to INDYCAR.
IZOD IndyCar Series championship-winning team owner Chip Ganassi’s 2010 keeps getting better and better.
Ganassi, whose Target Chip Ganassi Racing team has won the last three IZOD IndyCar Series championships, received the first-ever International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) Achievement Award on Nov. 30 during the IMIS welcome reception at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
When IZOD IndyCar Series teams unload their cutting-edge machines at New Hampshire Motor Speedway next August they will be rolling out Dallara race cars powered by Honda engines on Firestone tires.
And according to IZOD IndyCar Series statistics, this generation of Dallara chassis, introduced in 2003, has proven to be the most competitive race car ever constructed.
The IZOD IndyCar Series has presented 86 races since 1996 with an average margin of victory of less than one second. The current IndyCar race car, the 2003 Dallara, is responsible for 59 of the series’ closest finishes.