IndyCar News And Notes

HCxThe 2015 IndyCar season seems miles away, but there has been plenty of news since the 2014 season ended three weeks ago. There hasn’t been any Silly Season movement yet, but that will likely change in the next couple of weeks.

The schedule for next season is also expected to be announced in another week or two. Check back here at OWA on the Silly Season page for the latest updates on drivers and teams heading into next season.

Below are some of the happenings in IndyCar over the past few weeks.

  • IndyCar will return to Brazil in 2015 with a Verizon IndyCar Series event at Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in the capital city of Brasília on March 8.
  • CFH Racing announced that their team will utilize Chevrolet engines and aero kits next season.
  • SPM driver Mikhail Aleshin was released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on September 16. He continues his recovery from his frightening accident at Fontana during practice on August 29. Aleshin suffered a concussion, chest injuries, fractured ribs, and a broken clavicle.
  • Indiana Sports Corp. president Allison Melangton joined Hulman Motorsports as Senior Vice President of Events on September 12. She will be responsible for overall production of all major events at IMS, including IndyCar special events.
  • Beaux Barfield resigned from his position as race director for the Verizon IndyCar Series to move to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
  • The engineering department at RLL took a hit recently, as Bill Pappas, John Dick, and Mitch Davis all left the team.
  • IndyCar is reportedly considering the use of cockpit canopies in the next generation car, which will come in 2018.
  • Four IndyCar drivers will be testing at IMS on Tuesday (9/23) and Wednesday (9/24) in a Firestone tire test, which is closed to the public. The four drivers participating are Helio Castroneves, Ed Carpenter, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Simon Pagenaud.
  • Tony Kanaan won the Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am charity kart race at New Castle Motorsports Park. James Hinchcliffe finished second, and Scott Dixon was third. Other IndyCar drivers that participated were Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter, Ryan Briscoe, Josef Newgarden, Sebastian Saavedra, JR Hildebrand, Sage Karam, Conor Daly, and Jay Howard. The star of the event however, was young Sebastian Wheldon. Dan’s 5 year-old son led the field on the pace lap in his kart. You can see more about this in the video below, courtesy of NBC Nightly News.

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