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Break’s over

Okey dokey, let’s get back in the cockpit and race into the new year! The Christmas-New Year’s stretch is normally the slowest part of the IndyCar news cycle and it’s proving no different in 2010. After Tony Kanaan was announced as De Ferran Dragon Racing’s new driver on Dec. 20, things started to wind down […]

For IndyCar fans, Christmas came early this year

Over the last few years, a lot of IZOD IndyCar Series fans must have felt like they had gotten coal in their stockings. From drivers defecting to TV ratings plummeting, the off-season was never truly good with all of the events that adversely affected the series. But this Christmas, there’s plenty of proverbial presents underneath […]

OFFICIAL: Tony Kanaan joins De Ferran Dragon Racing

Tony Kanaan has found a new home. After eight seasons with Andretti Autosport, the 2004 IZOD IndyCar Series champion and long-time fan favorite will replace Raphael Matos in the No. 2 De Ferran Dragon Racing machine next season. IndyCar.com is reporting that a second DFDragon car for 2011 may materialize if sponsorship can be found. Kanaan’s tenure […]

Report: Kanaan to De Ferran Dragon?

De Ferran Dragon Racing is set to make their 2011 announcement this coming Monday, with a teleconference scheduled for that morning. For the last few weeks, rumors have been heating up that former IZOD IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan would join the squad and become a veteran teammate to young gun Rafa Matos. Kanaan tested […]

OFFICIAL: Rahal, Kimball go to Ganassi

Back-to-back defending champs reload for 2011 Chip Ganassi Racing announced the formation of a new two-car satellite operation today that will feature American drivers Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball. Rahal will drive the No. 38 Service Central-backed entry, while Kimball will drive the No. 83 Novo Nordisk car. The new squad expands the Ganassi IndyCar […]

J.R. Hildebrand ready to put Panther back in Victory Lane

Former Indy Lights champion becomes newest driver of the No. 4 One day later, it’s all setting in for J.R. Hildebrand. The opportunity. The responsibility. And the need to put some pen to paper and thank everyone that’s helped him reach the big time. “At this point, I’ve been realizing that I have a lot of people […]

OFFICIAL: Hildebrand heads to Panther

California native lands ride with two-time IndyCar Series champs One of the better young talents in American open-wheel racing has found a spot on the IZOD IndyCar Series grid for 2011. As reported yesterday by multiple outlets, Panther Racing has announced that former Firestone Indy Lights champion J.R. Hildebrand will drive their No. 4 National […]

Reports: Rahal, Hildebrand and Kimball score rides for 2011

IndyCar’s American driver contingent set to grow by two If you’re an IZOD IndyCar Series fan and like homegrown driving talent, it appears that this week will make you quite happy. ESPN’s John Oreovicz is reporting that Graham Rahal will indeed run in 2011 with a satellite operation from Chip Ganassi. According to Oreovicz, the […]

Random thoughts and outbursts

On Panther, Helio and Weezer…yes, Weezer. Team Penske has certainly dominated the headlines as of late with their wave of sponsorship announcements, but Silly Season continues to roll along as well. To that end, two-time IZOD IndyCar Series champions Panther Racing escaped the currently frozen landscape of Central Indiana to do some testing yesterday at […]

Notes: On Penske, AFS, and IMS’ new kids club

Team Penske continues to build its 2011 sponsorship program, as word has come out this morning that the Auto Club of Southern California (AAA) will expand its sponsorship of Penske Racing to Helio Castroneves’ No. 3 IZOD IndyCar Series machine. Castroneves will have AAA as a primary backer for the Long Beach and Texas rounds. […]

IZOD joins Team Penske

Series sponsor becomes associate backer for Helio, Power and Briscoe For the third time in less than a week, Team Penske has made another sponsorship splash. After spending time on Ryan Hunter-Reay’s No. 37 Andretti Autosport machine since the 2008 season, IZOD has announced that it will become an associate sponsor for the three Penske […]

Hornish returning to the ’500′?

Could 2006 Indy winner make a comeback next year? Sam Hornish Jr., NASCAR driver. It may or may not have taken a while for most people to get used to that, but it appears that we’ve have done so. His three IZOD IndyCar Series championships and his 2006 Indianapolis 500 victories are fond memories, but […]

Servia, Hinchcliffe set to test for NHR at Sebring

As rumored, Newman-Haas Racing is going testing on Dec. 13-14 at Sebring International Raceway in Florida. And as rumored, Firestone Indy Lights fan favorite James Hinchcliffe will be doing some of the test work. But this morning’s press release from the eight-time Indy-car racing champions has another driver coming to the test — former NHR […]

Meijer migrates to Team Penske

Supermarket chain will be associate sponsors for Penske entries next year After being a part of Andretti Autosport for several seasons, Midwest supermarket chain Meijer will be running with Team Penske in the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series championship. According to a press release from Penske Racing, Coca-Cola will have an “integrated role” to play in […]

Sarah Fisher focusing on ownership in 2011

IndyCar fan favorite turns over No. 67 to Ed Carpenter After three years of being both an owner and driver in the IZOD IndyCar Series and a racing career that saw her become of American open-wheel racing’s most popular competitors, Sarah Fisher is stepping out of the cockpit. Fisher, a native of Commercial Point, Ohio, […]