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Pro Mazda team clinches Winterfest title

February 26th, 2015

2.26.15 – The Andretti Autosport Pro Mazda crew clinched the Winterfest team championship title at Barber Motorsports Park today with a win and third-place finish in the winter series finale.

It was a battle to the very last lap for the driver championship honors between Andretti driver Weiron Tan and Team Pelfrey’s Jack Aitken. It came down to who nabbed the most points from the double points race, and although Weiron came away with points for most laps led and the win, ultimately the two points for fastest lap went to Aitken giving him the championship by one point. Our “Malaysian Sensation” (as he’s now called by new friends in the paddock) managed fairly well for his first series of competition in the United States with two wins, five podium finishes, one pole position and two fastest race laps.

"Jack (Aitken) did pretty well… he kept the pressure on me,” Weiron said. “I was trying to find the time, but since he had the fastest lap time, that gave him the championship (win). It’s disappointing. We got the victory but we lost the war, so it’s good and bad. But this is a good start for us since the real championship starts now. Looking back on the penalty, I have regrets for doing that – if it had been a fair fight, I think we could have won. I learned from that; it’s a big mistake and it cost me the one point I needed. It’s all about learning – that’s why we’re doing this. We’re all here to learn, to grow up, and it’s all part of learning how not to make the same mistakes next time. After these races, we know we have good pace going into the full season. I think we should be pretty confident. We have to keep working hard and I have to stop making stupid mistakes!

"In the end it was a good way to end the Winterfest, but not the best,” the 20-year-old elaborated. “Very happy for the team to secure the team championship. Unfortunately, for me, I lost the championship by just one point; had I not have gotten a five-point penalty at NOLA, the Winterfest Championship would have turned out differently. No matter, it was a good start for us and the team as a whole, and now we're looking forward to the full season championship where it really matters."

Series sophomore Dalton Kellett shined throughout Winterfest as well, capturing one poidum and four top-10 finishes. The racer/engineering student superstar coasted his way from 11th to fifth during Race One at the 2.3-mile circuit in Birmingham, AL and went on to snag a podium (P3) for Race Two to assist the Michael Andretti-led outfit to capture that team championship.

“Race Two was a great way to end Winterfest,” the Canadian commented. “Moving from fifth to third, I had a good start and was able to hold third for the rest of the race. When the first caution came out, I had my eyes set on (teammate) Weiron (Tan) and Jack (Aitken), but with a second caution coming out soon after, there wasn't enough time left. In the end, it felt great to see Andretti Autosport bring home the team championship. Moving forward, I am looking forward to keeping up this momentum for the 2015 season championship! Keep watching for the No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Pro Mazda at St. Pete!"

The duo can next be seen racing on the streets of downtown St. Pete, Florida for the Grand Prix of St. Pete during their doubleheader season opener on March 28 and 29.

 

 

Andretti FE announced as FIA Formula E manufacturer

February 23rd, 2015

2.23.15 – (via FIAFormulaE.com) – The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile has today revealed the eight manufacturers who will enter the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship in season two – further increasing the series’ credentials as a test bed for the development of electric vehicle technology.

For the inaugural 2014/2015 season, the 10 Formula E teams all compete using identical single-seaters – the Spark-Renault SRT_01E – utilising a powertrain by McLaren Electronic Systems. From the 2015/2016 season, the series will become an open championship allowing manufacturers to pursue their own in-house innovations, beginning with the development of bespoke powertrains.

In order to limit costs and promote investment and innovation in the most important areas, the manufacturers’ scope is initially limited to the powertrain  – specifically the e-motor, the inverter, the gearbox and the cooling system. All other parts on the cars will remain as they are, with the aim being to prevent costly aerodynamic developments. As such, following a tender process and an in-depth analysis of each, the FIA has selected the following eight manufacturers:

- ABT Sportsline

- Andretti

- Mahindra

- Motomatica

- NEXTEV TCR 

- Renault Sport

- Venturi Automobiles

- Virgin Racing Engineering

The next regulation progression – scheduled for season three – will see manufacturers extend their efforts to the batteries, with the objective being the use of a single car per driver during races from the fifth season. 

FIA President Jean Todt said: “The launch of the FIA Formula E Championship has been a great success. This innovative and spectacular discipline is in the process of gaining its sporting and technical credibility and the arrival of manufacturers for its second season is the next stage in Formula E’s development.

“The gradual opening up of the regulations will promote innovation, while at the same time keeping costs under control. The solutions chosen by the manufacturers will hopefully lead to rapid development of the future-focused technologies at the heart of Formula E,” he added. “In terms of the manufacturers chosen, we are satisfied with the quality of the applications received and the number of manufacturers becoming involved reflects the huge interest generated by Formula E.”

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, added: “It’s fantastic for Formula E to have this many manufacturers wanting to be a part of the championship after just four races, and shows great confidence in the series. One of our objectives from the beginning was to promote technology competition but we cannot do that as organisers of the championship, we need ‘actors’ to join and to develop technologies to fight against each other in the races. Through this fight we improve the technology and then with this improved technology we improve electric cars in general. We expect more manufacturers to join from season three onwards and we’re already talking with many different manufactures and also OEMs.” 

The homologation process for single-seaters for the 2015/16 Formula E season has already commenced. For more information on Formula E, or to watch a video interview with Alejandro Agag discussing the new manufacturers, visit www.fiaformulae.com.

 

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Ryan Hunter-Reay announces The Yellow Party dates

February 18th, 2015

2.18.15 (via WISHTV.com) – Ryan Hunter-Reay announces his Racing for Cancer 2015 The Yellow Party schedule.

The Yellow Party: 2015 Indianapolis Edition


Thursday, May 21 at the Indiana State Museum, 6:30pm


For tickets: www.TheYellowParty.org


Live auction, silent auction, cocktails & hors-d’oeuvre


Appearances by Verizon IndyCar Series & Indianapolis 500 drivers

Behind the wheel of the DHL Honda, Ryan Hunter-Reay returns to the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series circuit to defend his title as reigning Indianapolis 500 champion. With 14 career race wins in open wheel competition, the 34-year-old has recorded over 170 career IndyCar starts, six from the pole position.

Returning Indy 500 Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay drives No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport.

Although he boasts twelve years of open-wheel racing experience, the 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion has proven to be more than just a racer. Together with wife Beccy and their two children, the Hunter-Reays have become America’s first family of racing working as advocates for the sport and fighting to beat cancer via their charity Racing for Cancer. The devoted father proudly carries the No. 28 in tribute to the 28-million people worldwide living with the disease.

Racing for Cancer, AutoNation Donate $2.5 Million to Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center in Ft. Lauderdale


When Racing for Cancer was founded, it may have seemed like a far-fetched dream for Ryan Hunter-Reay to be able to raise more than a million dollars in support of his mother, Lydia Hunter-Reay, whom he lost to colon cancer in 2009, and the other 28 million who are still fighting.


Last week, his dream soon became a reality when he and co-founder of Racing for Cancer, Tom Vossman, and partner AutoNation made a joint donation of $2.5 Million to the new Cleveland Clinic Florida Maroone Cancer Center.

“The Cleveland Clinic Ft Lauderdale will be a turn-key world class cancer facility. I remember back when Ryan, Beccy and I met and thought how cool it would be to one day support a program in Lydia’s honor. And with the support of so many great people, we did it! Ryan told me often, if somebody walked up to him someday and thanked him for his focus on prevention and early detection and that it helped save that person’s life or the life of his/her parents, it would mean the world to him! He’s as passionate as anyone I’ve met in fighting this disease. And we’re just getting started!”- Tom Vossman, President and Co-founder, Racing for Cancer.

Both Racing for Cancer and AutoNation donated $1 Million and AutoNation donated an extra $500,000 which was equal to every mile that Hunter-Reay drove on his journey which ended with an Indianapolis 500 victory. Along with the donation, the lobby of the new cancer center will be named after Ryan’s mother, Lydia Hunter-Reay.

 

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Welcome Back, Tanner & Scott!

February 12th, 2015

2.12.15 – After a strong performance in its inaugural season, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team is ready to challenge for this year’s driver and manufacturer titles in the Global Rallycross Championship. In 2015, the team will be on the attack with two Beetle GRC race cars, which debuted in the final races of 2014.

The race cars were designed and engineered specifically for the Red Bull Global Rallycross series. The Beetle GRC technical highlights include a 544 horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder TSI® turbocharged and intercooled engine, which is mated to a sequential six-speed transmission and a fixed-ratio all-wheel-drive system. With this race-ready configuration, the Beetle GRC is expected to reach 60 mph from rest in 2.1 seconds, as fast as a Formula 1 race car.

Scott Speed will be returning to the team after recording three victories in the 2014 season and earning third in the 2014 driver’s championship. Prior to rallycross, Speed competed in Formula 1 in 2006 and 2007, and NASCAR between 2008 and 2013.

“After racing the Beetle GRC in the season finale last year, I couldn’t be more excited to run this car for the full 2015 schedule,” said Speed. “Volkswagen and Andretti have done even more development in the offseason and the expectations are extremely high.”

2014 GRC fan favorite Tanner Foust will again be racing the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle GRC. Foust, GRC champion in 2011 and 2012 and runner-up in 2013, is also widely recognized for his rally driving skills, his stunt driving, and hosting the U.S. version of “Top Gear”.

”With several races in the Beetle GRC last year, the team has built a solid foundation for the 2015 season,” said Foust. “Volkswagen and Andretti are a winning combination, and I’m sure we’ll be challenging for the championship by the time we get to Las Vegas in November.”

The 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship schedule is the largest to date, featuring races at nine unique tracks with double headers at select venues:

  • May 31: Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL
  • June 21: Daytona, FL
  • July 5: United States Military Base
  • July 25: Detroit, MI (I)
  • July 26: Detroit, MI (II)
  • August 15: Washington, DC
  • August 30: Seattle, WA
  • September 12: Los Angeles, CA (I)
  • September 13: Los Angeles, CA (II)
  • October 3: Barbados (I)
  • October 4: Barbados (II)
  • November 4: Las Vegas, NV

The NBC broadcast schedule will be released at a later date. For tickets and further event information, visit: http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/events/

 

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Munoz changing numbers as well

February 4th, 2015

2.4.15 (via MotorSportsTalk) – The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year will go back to the number he raced with in Indy Lights and the number he raced to a runner-up finish in his IndyCar debut at the 2013 Indianapolis 500.

 

Carlos Munoz will shift from No. 34 to 26 for the 2015 season, which creates a continuous flow of numerology at Andretti Autosport for its three confirmed cars thus far.

 

Last week, Marco Andretti posted “#27in15″ as he moved from 25 to 27. Munoz had been 34 last year, owing to a relationship with 34 Solutions, a company co-chaired by All American football legend Herschel Walker.

 

Munoz tweeted out the pic of his change earlier this week, and made his return to the number in Tuesday’s Sebring test.

 

Now, Munoz is 26, Andretti is 27 and Ryan Hunter-Reay carries his usual No. 28.

 

It opens up the No. 25 for a fourth car in 2015, of which there has been much discussion but nothing yet finalized.

 

 

 

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Marco Andretti is set for another number change

January 30th, 2015

1.30.15 (via MotorSportsTalk) – Andretti, meanwhile, has another number in mind: 27.

 

The Nazareth, Pa. native is set to switch from 25, which he has had the last two seasons, after carrying the No. 26 from 2006 through 2012.

 

“#27in15″ Andretti posted on Twitter on Friday, before posting another image of his car’s rear wing with that new number to Instagram.

 

From a numerology standpoint, this means Andretti will take on James Hinchcliffe’s old number of 27, with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Carlos Munoz set to retain their 2014 numbers of 28 and 34, respectively.

 

It leaves open Andretti Autosport’s Nos. 25 and 26 for a fourth and/or possible fifth entry, that are still in the process of being finalized.

 

 

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Verizon IndyCar Series to participate in Krewe of Bacchus Parade

January 30th, 2015

1.30.15 (via SportsNola.com) – INDYCAR announced today that four Verizon IndyCar Series drivers, and two drivers from the Mazda Road to Indy developmental ladder, will be traveling to New Orleans to be featured in the Krewe of Bacchus parade on February 15, just two days before Fat Tuesday, the last day of the Carnival season.

 

Three-time race winner James “the Mayor of Hinchtown” Hinchcliffe, who drives the No. 77 for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, rising star and Nashville native Josef Newgarden, who will start his fourth season driving the No. 67 for CFH Racing, 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year and Andretti Autosport driver Carlos Munoz and last year’s Indianapolis 500 rookie sensation, Chip Ganassi Racing driver Sage Karam will be joined by Mazda Road to Indy drivers Aaron Telitz (Cooper Tires U.S. F2000 Championship Powered by Mazda) and Neil Alberico (Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires), on the Krewe of Bacchus Officers’ Float. Academy Award-nominated actor John C. Reilly, best known for his roles in “Chicago,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and “Step Brothers,” is serving as the king of this year’s Bacchus parade and its surrounding festivities.

 

“The Krewe of Bacchus is delighted to have several of the world’s fastest race car drivers join us for Mardi Gras 2015. It will be an unforgettable experience ” said Clark Brennan, Bacchus captain.

 

“It is always our goal to bring the spotlight of the world on Mardi Gras and New Orleans by having fantastic celebrity kings and outstanding celebrity guests and this year is no exception.”

 

The Verizon IndyCar Series, which features a 17-race season that is highlighted by the Indianapolis 500 — the world’s largest single-day sporting event — each May, will compete in the New Orleans market for the first time this spring at the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on April 10-12 at NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, LA.

 

 

 

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Hunter-Reay joins iconic Daytona 24-hour race, Blackstock’s debut

January 24th, 2015

1.24.15 – Reigning Indianapolis 500 Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay is jumpstarting his 2015 racing season as he joins the field of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Saturday’s iconic sports car race will mark the ninth consecutive Rolex 24 start for the American-born racer.

Hunter-Reay, together with co-drivers Rubens Barichello, Tor Graves, Brendon Hartley and Scott Mayer, will take on race responsibilities for the No. 7 Martini-sponsorsed BMW Power Riley Daytona Prototype for Starworks Motorsport that will take the green flag from the eighth grid position. This year’s 24-hour endurance race is Hunter-Reay’s second career outing with Starworks Motorsport; the 34-year-old first raced with the team in Daytona following his Verizon IndyCar Series championship win in 2012.

“I always look forward to the 24 Hour and kicking off the race season here in Daytona,” said Hunter-Reay. “It's great to be back at Starworks and working with a talented team of co-drivers. In nine straight year being part of the Daytona Rolex 24 I've finished second twice, which is just too close to bringing that watch home. We have a great line up driving this weekend and hopefully we’ll all have something new to wear on our wrists come Sunday.”

Catch live coverage of the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona on FOX Sports television Saturday and Sunday. The 15.5-hour broadcast will kick off just before the start of the first round of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Fans can also watch live via the FOX Sports GO app.

The veteran driver will be joined in the Rolex 24 by fellow Andretti Autosport team member Shelby Blackstock, the Indy Lights rookie who will make his debut in the 24-hour race from fifth in class with Bar1 Motorsports.

Following the Daytona 24 Hunter-Reay will soon return to the cockpit of his No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda-powered IndyCar as he preps to carry primary sponsor DHL’s colors into the 2015 season, his 12th season in the American open-wheel series. The Verizon IndyCar Series championship travels to Brasília, Brazil on March 8. The season opener will mark the Florida resident’s 170th career IndyCar start.

 

 

Rolex 24 at Daytona Broadcast Times (All times ET)

Saturday, Jan. 24

2-4 p.m.                        FOX Network

4-8 p.m.                        FOX Sports 2

8-10 p.m.                      FOX Sports 1

 

Overnight (Jan. 24-25)

10 p.m.-7 a.m.               IMSA TV on IMSA.com (live video & commentary)

           

Sunday, Jan. 25

7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.            FOX Sports 1 

 

 

 

Carlos Munoz looking for strong sophomore season

January 22nd, 2015

1.22.15 (via SpeedwayMedia.com) – Following a solid rookie season in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Carlos Munoz is back with Andretti Autosport in 2015 and looking for success.

“I think it’s going to be a really hard season in the beginning because of the new aero kits for 2015,” he told SpeedwayMedia.com. “I think between Chevy & Honda, we don’t know where we really are, where the other teams are; it’s going to be a big question mark. I am feeling comfortable, it’s my second year in this series and I have some experience. I think we can do great things. I have bigger expectations, higher goals, so I’m looking forward to the first race in Brazil.”

With a year behind him, Munoz is entering this year looking to snatch up podium finishes and wins, but notes that the expectations for the year will be based “race by race”, depending on things start out with the addition of the aero kits. Munoz has seen the new kits and says that the car looks unbelievable as they’re “crazy nice”.

“I think Honda’s done a great job and we’ll see what happens in the end,” the driver of the No. 34 Cinsay Honda added. “I think it’s going to be good for the competition and it’s going to be really nice for the fans to watch the cars, and as a driver, I think it will be an even better show for them.”

Beyond having the experience under his belt, the 23-year-old feels that this upcoming season will be stronger having learned from the mistakes that he made last season.

“I know now what not to do or what to do to prevent the same mistakes because of my own experiences,” he explained. “I’ve been to the tracks now; I have the data, what things work for me, what didn’t work for me. As a team, they know a little bit more about what I like or don’t like with my driving style. It’s really important to have all of that.”

Despite some mistakes along the way, Munoz had a solid rookie season, scoring three podium finishes en route to finishing eighth in the season ending standings. Certainly one of the biggest highlights was the fourth place finish in the Indianapolis 500, marking Munoz’s second top-five in the biggest spectacle of racing following a runner-up finish in 2013. When asked what it would mean to him to win the race, Munoz commented, “I think first I have to win it then I will see. It’s been two years in a row fighting for the win and I think we have a great chance this year to fight so I will fight to win, and after I do I’ll let you know how I feel.”

Though rather than dwell on the success, the Columbian is already set and focused on 2015.

“I thought over the good stuff and the bad stuff so it’s in the past,” he said. “I think the goals I had were accomplished so there’s nothing more to dwell on and just look ahead to 2015.”

 

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Ryan Hunter-Reay’s golf tourney raises $100,000 for Racing for Cancer

January 20th, 2015

1.20.15 (via INDYCAR.com) - Any reports that Ryan Hunter-Reay‘s “Baby Borg” was a prize for a hole-in-one contest during the Racing For Cancer golf tournament Jan. 19 at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Country Club are unfounded. A signed photo of the reigning Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner would have been an acceptable prize to Hunter-Reay, who took delivery of the Championship Driver’s Trophy last week during the annual Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.

Hunter-Reay was pleased to report that the tournament, presented by AutoNation, DHL and FastBoats Marine Group, raised $50,000, with a $50,000 match by AutoNation. Proceeds will benefit Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Maroone Cancer Center.

 

“It was a huge success,” said Hunter-Reay, who will compete this weekend in the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona.

 

The total augments the $2.5 million gift that Racing For Cancer and Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation presented to Cleveland Clinic Florida’s new cancer center in November 2014. Both groups initially gave $1 million each, and AutoNation pledged an additional $500,000 – or $1,000 for every mile Hunter-Reay completed on his road to the Indy 500 victory. The dealership group partnered with Racing For Cancer in May 2013 to fight the disease that took the life of Hunter-Reay’s mother in 2009.

 

 

 

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