Well, it’s now official, Chevrolet is going to be racing in 2012 and not that go around in circles kind of racing either. The automaker will be the V6 engine supplier for Team Penske for the Indy Car Series in two years.
Those who are big into Indy Racing, and not just for Danica Patrick, will remember that Chevrolet used to supply motors from 1986 till 1993 and then again in 2002 to 2005.
The motor that is being worked on is a twin-turbocharged, direct injection 2.4-liter V6 that will run on E85 fuel. The block and cylinder heads will be aluminum, but we have yet to read how much power will be produced.
Penske Racing is the first team to agree to use Chevrolet motors, but the company expects to have more, as rules dictate that any team can use them if they so choose.
So what’s it going to take for us regular Joes to get a chance to side in an IZOD IndyCar race car with Mario Andretti sitting behind the wheel? Apparently, as far as Honda is concerned, we need to buy a car from them.
Honda is giving its American buyers a chance to sit beside Mario Andretti as he takes a two-seater IZOD IndyCar at the Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway for a parade lap before the start of the race. We gotta say, as much as it excites us to get a chance to ride a legitimate IndyCar race car at a live event with Mario Andretti behind the helm, we wouldn’t do it for a price of a real Honda, but hey, if you’re on-board with the whole program, by all means, join in the fun.
In any case, Honda is prepping the competition up by releasing this new commercial featuring the man himself, Mario Andretti.
The Japanese automaker Honda didn’t become the world’s best selling engine manufacturer by resting on their laurels, in fact ever since the 1960s Soichiro Honda’s baby has been competing in the top tier of open wheel motor sports, Formula One. Despite withdrawing from competition last year, the current champion Brawn GP was born from the defunct Honda team. On this side of the pond we are more familiar with a different kind of high speed open wheel racing, the IRL, and Honda had quite a display set up at the largest specialty car show in the world, SEMA.
Honda had a few variations of open wheel competitors at the show in Las Vegas ranging from professional to grassroots efforts and even added a look into the future. Even though the Dallara Indy Racing League chassis is a non working show car, it was hard imagine anything other than the red and white winged wonder screaming as it climbs the high banked turns of a super speedway before rolling back into the throttle and rocketing down the back straight at 200 MPH. The other full sized single seater on display is the prototype Honda Formula F race car, intended for up and coming cash strapped SCCA racers, the Formula F is based around Honda’s 1.5 Liter four cylinder from the Fit as a cost effective racing solution.
Despite being trapped inside a glass case, the 2012 Indy Car Chassis Concept offered quite a view into the shape of things to come. Looking more like a stealth fighter then an Indy car, Honda promises to keep making things interesting well into the future. Aside from the cars, Honda had a few of their race engines on display as well, and the only way to get this good a look at the exotic power plants would be against the wishes of an angry pit mechanic. The display included a trio of championship winning CART V8s engines in both boosted and naturally aspirated forms as well as one very special IRL spec Indy V8. Having all these engines on display like this makes us laugh and think back to when we were nearly chased out of the paddock for snapping a few photos of the inside of an Indy car. Oh how the times have changed.
Brazilian Formula 1 race car drivers are among the best in the world with champions like Emerson Fittipaldi, Rubens Barichello, Nelson Piquet and of course Ayrton Senna still described today as one of the best F1 driver ever.
A new generation of brazilian pilots is for sure coming with drivers like Tony Kanaan (winner of the 2004 IRL IndyCar Series championship driving Andretti Green Racing’s 7-Eleven sponsored car) or Mario Moraes.
Mario Moraes (20, born in 1988 in Sao Paulo) is a brazilian professional race car driver, his career is short but he already showed a lot of talent and impressive performances. He is currently racing with KV racing team, car N0 5 in the Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series.
He spent the all day and evening at the W Hotel with Izod "In pursuit of Fast" event and the other drivers to celebrate the Indycar Series Championship Week, we took this opportunity to ask him few questions on the sunny beach of Miami Beach in between two catch and throw of volley ball.
Ryan Hunter-Reay is an American IndyCar driver, 2008 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, and the new face of IZOD a well known apparel brands with sport- inspired product lines a company from the 1930s owned by Phillip Van Heusen Corporation.
Despite is young age Ryan Hunter-Reay (28) is not a new comer in car racing.
Among other in his palmares he was 2007 IndyCar Roockie of the year, the Test Driver for Robby Gordon’s NASCAR Cup Team and he represented the USA for TeamUSA in the International AIGP Championship Series. He also is the youngest American to ever win an Oval Race in 2004 and first American Rookie in over 20 years to win a Champ Car race in 2003 (Australia).
We wait for a time break in the game to ask few questions to the champion playing volley-ball under the sun with his fellow drivers and the Miami Beach Ocean Rescuers and Lifeguards during a beach party at the W Hotel with IZOD-PVH, APEX Brazil and IRL Indy Racing League.
Interview with Ryan Hunter-Reay, American IndyCar driver and 2008 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year after the jump.
Izod/Phillips-Van Heusen-IZOD was celebrating the INDYcar Series Championship Week at The W hotel in South Beach on Saturday October 03, 2009.
The whole day was planned with the Indy Racing League and APEX-Brazil starting with a volleyball competition between the Miami Lifeguard and the INDYcar series drivers, in the evening a cocktail party was thrown in honor of the drivers with Miami celebrities and athletes in the Provencal garden of the W Hotel followed by a Brazilian Fashion Show with special guests N.E.R.D and Pharell.
The day was hot with happy Brazilian drivers and models celebrating Brazil a day after the announcement of the International Olympic Committee decision to attribute the 2016 Olympic games to Rio de Janeiro.
Vintage cars marking a century of American racing were displayed at the front doors of the W Hotel South Beach to welcome guests along with Izod car and motorcycle.
Interview with Michael Kelly, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Phillips-Van Heusen-IZOD Corporation after the jump.
Female indy car driver Danica Patrick is responsible for bringing newfound life and massive appeal to her sport. By being an attractive member of the opposite sex in a male dominated environment, Danica stands out as the face of the IRL.
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Danica didn’t waste the opportunity to add her own twist and bridge the gap between milk and the winner’s circle at the Indy 500. She told the press that chocolate is her flavor of choice for this season.
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