Ahead of this weekend’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Price race at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a pair of Hondas went head to head in a one-lap race, displaying two different types of open-wheel racing. MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa and his Repsol Honda took on Marco Andretti in his Honda-powered Indy car, and the good news is that no IndyCars were flipped in the making of this video.
In the orange corner, wearing two wheels and weighing in at just about 350 pounds, Pedrosa’s Honda RC213V is powered by a 1,000 cc V-4 rated at 240 horsepower. In the yellow-and-blue corner, wearing four wheels and weighing in at less than 1,600 pounds, Andretti’s IndyCar uses a turbocharged Honda 2.2-liter V-6 pumping out close to 700 horsepower.
The “race” was obviously staged purely for show, but Andretti sells it well by sliding his car through the S-curves of Indy’s rain-soaked road course. It would have been nice to see both vehicles really go all out to see which is faster around the 2.6-mile, 16-turn course, though.
Still, it is still incredibly entertaining to watch the juxtaposition of the two totally different race vehicles on the track at the same time. Being a promo for the MotoGP event, the result is no surprise, but you’ll have to watch it to find out for yourself.
Ron Howard has been more involved with racing in the last year than he probably ever expected he would. He just completed filming his movie based on F1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, which included plenty of racing, to say the least, including a controlled recreation of Lauda’s famed Nürburgring crash.
Now Howard is taking a hands-on approach to racing, as he has agreed to drive in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. No, he’s not hopping behind the wheel of a racecar, but rather he is hopping in the BigMachineRecords.com pace car and leading the way to the start/finish line.
Jeff Belskus made it clear that Howard’s involvement in the filming of “Rush” had a lot to do with NASCAR inviting Howard to drive the pace car when he said “Ron has become immersed in motorsports’ culture and history through the filming of ’Rush,’ so he’s an ideal person to pace the field for one of NASCAR’s biggest races at ’The Greatest Race Course in the World.”
So, the moral of this story is that if you are not skilled enough to make it into NASCAR, just take a left turn into the filmmaking business – that has to be easier to get into than NASCAR – make a movie about racing, and watch the pace car invites come rolling in. Easy enough, right? Yeah, that’s called sarcasm...
We wish Ron the best and hope he has a safe journey around the track. You can catch Howard in his pace car on Sunday, July 29th.
Each of the 500 Indy 500 Pace Cars ( 500 cars / 500 indy race... got that ? ) have been signed by the great Emerson Fittipaldi himself. Even better, it is not just a sticker or a pen signature on top of the paint. Emerson went himself to the Corvette factory and spent two days there to put his signature on each car so that a final layer of gloss could be applied at the factory.
On top of that each pace car receive the infamous Indy 500 pace car paint job that will get you the attention you deserve. And on the inside you will have some Indy 500 logo embroided to the headrests. The usual usual Indy pace car job then.
Check the picture gallery for the real pace car and check those strobe lights in the headrest of the convertible car, pretty neat...
This year Chevrolet celebrate its 19th time as official pace car with the Corvette. And as Chevy is campaigning full tilt about Ethanol, they have made a special concept Corvette pace car. This Corvette Z06 Ethanol will not be sold to the public and it will remain a concept. It feature an amazing color changing paint that range from green to blue with yellow highlights. The effect is similar to the Dupont ’miracle paint’ seen in the past. But here the paint color is much brighter than the older dark purple to dark blue effect.
This car will be driven by Emerson Fittipaldi during the 2008 Indy 500 race.
Two other Corvette Indy500 Pace car will be present at the event. A coupe version will cover the first 100th caution laps and a convertible version will cover the other 100th laps. Both the coupe and convertible run on regular gas and they will be available for sale.
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