Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Pictures from the Pit & Paddock at St. Petersburg's Honda Indy Grand Prix and Acura Sports Car Challenge
Top--The Andretti-Green Racing Acura ARX-01a (LeMans Prototype 2 winner at Sebring) driven by Bryan Herta, and Marino Franchitti (Dario's brother). The car will start 5th in Saturday's American LeMans Series street debut for 2007. Penske Racing's Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard start their Porsche RS Spyder on the pole (102.794 miles per hour).
Middle--The Audi R10 TDi diesel (LeMans Prototype 1 winner at Sebring), driven by Rinaldo Capello, Alan McNish and the ace of LeMans (24 Hours), 4 time winner Tom Kristensen. The car will start 3rd overall (102.184 miles per hour). McNish qualified the car, but crashed during qualifying.
Bottom--Tony Kanaan's 7-11 Dallara Honda after the first practice session.IndyCar Top 2 in Combined Qualifying--Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan were 1-2. The 2 time Indy 500 winner clocked in with a 105.192 mile per hour lap; Kanaan a tick slower at 105.043 mph.
That's it for Friday; Saturday is pole day for the IndyCars and race day for the American Le Mans cars.
Indy cars and LeMans prototypes from the American LeMans series share the temporary street course that winds around the Al Lang Field parking lot and the Albert Whitted Airport. The visuals are at least as striking as Long Beach...a radio talk show host here in St. Pete called Monaco (in a display of sycophantry unrivaled any where) the "St. Petersburg of Europe". Enough of the butt kissing already!
The 3.5 liter Honda Indy V8 (powered by 100% fuel grade ethanol) makes a lot of torque (pulling power), which can give crews some head-scratching moments during set up.
So too, the Audi R10 LMP diesel (yes, diesel like the 18 wheelers). Could this mean that the LMP2 Acura from Andretti-Green Racing, driven by their former IndyCar pilot, Bryan Herta, and Dario Franchitti's brother, Marino, could win overall honors?
Technology has made our lives safer and easier, and in the long run, helped us to do more with fewer resources. So I can't get worked up about a "Car of Tomorrow" which (with the exception of the brakes) is essentially the best 1974 technology 2007 money can buy.
We'll post some photos from this weekend's festivities later.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Max Angelelli/Wayne Taylor/Jan Magnussen finished 2nd; Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas 3rd...Pruett maintains the series lead.
Like all blogs, this is a work-in-progress. Thanks for your patience while we learn on the job.
Honda Accord Hybrid Safety Car for the IRL IndyCar Series. It can run on unleaded pump gas or a blend of 90/10 pump gas to ethanol. It gets extra power from the on-board batteries and electric motors.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Sad news for the straight-line warriors of the NHRA...the details courtesy of John Force Racing:
"The talented Funny Car driver never regained consciousness. After being treated at the track, Eric was transported by ShandsCair helicopter to Shands at the University of Florida medical center where medical staff treated him for four days for a severe closed head injury. “Eric suffered from severe traumatic brain injury with diffuse axonal injury, or DAI,” said Dr. Joseph Layon, Professor of Anesthesiology, Surgery and Medicine and the Chief of Critical Care Medicine at UF. “Survival rates associated with DAI are low. “On Tuesday, UF and Shands neurosurgery team performed a cranjectomy and removed the front portion of the skull to relieve pressure and attempt to improve blood flow to the brain,” Dr. Layon explained. “Despite receiving the most aggressive treatment, Eric continued to have uncontrollable intracranial pressure. His body lost the ability to manage its salt and water levels and he began displaying the complicating factors associated with DAI. “That is when Eric’s family elected to honor Eric’s wishes and remove him from the artificial life support systems. Our hearts go out to Eric’s loved ones.”"
Eric drove for John Force Racing's 4 Funny Car team. His crew chief was his dad, and drag race veteran, John Medlen. We'll link to a site or two where you can express sympathies in a comment.