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Holmatro agrees to five-year extension as Official Rescue Tool Provider of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Holmatro agrees to five-year extension as Official Rescue Tool Provider of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018) – Holmatro has supported INDYCAR’s renowned safety team for decades, supplying rescue tools to assist in the quick and safe extrication of race drivers following an on-track incident.

That reliable and valuable relationship continues with today’s announcement that INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway have renewed the agreement that keeps Holmatro as the Official Rescue Tool Provider. As such, Holmatro will provide cutting-edge technology tools and training to support every Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy event for the next five years.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro has been supplying tools for Indy car safety teams since 1991. The Holmatro logo and designation as Official Rescue Tool will appear on all INDYCAR Safety Team members’ firesuits, vehicles and transporters through the duration of the new agreement. And just as the INDYCAR Safety Team is dedicated to lightning-quick response in emergency situations, so is Holmatro when it comes to developing solutions aiding the effort.

A prime example occurred in the aftermath of James Hinchcliffe’s serious accident during practice for the 2015 Indianapolis 500. Hinchcliffe recovered fully thanks to the safety team’s work that included use of Holmatro rescue tools, as well as care from doctors, nurses and staff at IU Health Methodist Hospital where he underwent surgery and recuperated.

A post-event diagnosis of the safety team’s response pointed out a need to extricate the driver from the cockpit faster in similar situations. Working hand in hand with the safety team, Holmatro developed a tool to more quickly cut a section of the car’s tub away and allow easier access to the driver.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years. We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”

The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season consists of 17 races. The schedule begins with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 11 (12:30 p.m. ET, ABC), is anchored by the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 27 (11 a.m. ET, ABC) and concludes with the Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sept. 16 (6:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

source: INDYCAR PR

News from INDYCAR: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing tops every Phoenix open test session

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing tops every Phoenix open test session

AVONDALE, Arizona (Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018) – After two days and 12 hours of testing involving 23 Verizon IndyCar Series entries at ISM Raceway, a couple things are clear: teams learned more about the performance of the 2018 car and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing established the early advantage.

RLL drivers Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal set the fastest lap in each of the four three-hour sessions spread over Friday and Saturday. Sato, in the No. 30 Honda, recorded the best lap of the Phoenix open test in this evening’s final practice, at 189.855 mph (19.3790 seconds). The reigning Indianapolis 500 winner sat atop the speed chart in three of the four sessions, with Rahal leading the other practice in the team’s No. 15 Honda.

“The open test was very successful, I would say,” Sato said. “Lots of things done and lots of things to be tried, and I think over the course of two days we learned a lot. Great car, definitely more exercise for the drivers, definitely busier with low downforce.

“We did qualifying simulations and race traffic runs. I think the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team is really strong, so I’m really looking forward to two more road course tests and hopefully we’ll be ready for St. Pete (the season opener next month).”

More than 6,000 laps were completed in the two-day test on the 1.022-mile oval. Toss in another 617 laps turned by ISM Raceway newcomers on Thursday’s rookie day, and the 23 drivers totaled nearly 6,800 miles of valuable track time to get better acquainted with nuances of the 2018 car featuring the universal aero kit for all competitors.

Team Penske’s Will Power posted the second-fastest lap in tonight’s practice to rank second on the combined sheet for all practices. The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion toured the oval at 189.769 mph (19.3878 seconds) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

“Really enjoying this car; the 2018 car is awesome,” Power said. “Our No. 12 Verizon Chevy’s been pretty good the whole time. We’re really in a good window, I feel like. So are a lot of people, by the look of it.”

Tony Kanaan, entering his 21st season racing Indy cars and first with AJ Foyt Racing, was third in the final practice and overall with a lap of 189.632 mph (19.4018 seconds) in the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet.

“It was a good couple of days,” said Kanaan, a two-time winner at ISM Raceway including his championship season of 2004. “We tried to run in traffic a little bit at the end. It’s going to be tricky, it’s definitely going to be tricky. We are still learning about the downforce but, all in all, I think it was a positive test for us.

“We learned a lot, we didn’t have any major problems, which that’s what we’re looking for at this team right now is just to build. Build confidence and build momentum.”

Kanaan’s teammate, Matheus “Matt” Leist, didn’t fare as well. The rookie brushed the wall three times in the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevy over the course of the day, following a spin without wall contact on Friday. Despite that, the 19-year-old Brazilian was fastest of the five rookies participating at 187.431 mph.

The only incident of significance over the two days involved four-time series champion Scott Dixon, whose No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda made contact with the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier with 30 minutes remaining in the final practice. Dixon was uninjured.

“We were just in traffic there,” Dixon said. “It was our second or third lap out of the pits. A couple of the Andretti cars got by and were a little bit slower. I got low in (Turns) 1 and 2, touched the throttle and had a bit of a run and lost the rear. Kind of late in the corner, but just touched with the rear and bent the left rear suspension.”

Josef Newgarden, the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion sporting the No. 1 on his car this year, was fourth on the speed chart with a lap of 189.399 mph (19.4257 seconds) in his Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet.

Drivers now have a month to prepare in private team testing before the 2018 season opener, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from March 9-11. It is the first of 17 races on this year’s calendar. The race airs live at 12:30 p.m. ET March 11 on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to ISM Raceway for the Phoenix Grand Prix on April 6-7. The race weekend will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at the oval in the desert. The race airs live at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

‘What They’re Saying’ from Day 1 of the Phoenix open test

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was an OK day. It’s good to get back. It’s fun driving the Hitachi car officially today in an official session. We have a little bit of work to do and I feel like we got off to a good start. We’ll try and debrief tonight with everyone and…

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Verizon IndyCar Series drivers happy to get back to work at Phoenix open test

Verizon IndyCar Series drivers happy to get back to work at Phoenix open test AVONDALE, Arizona (Friday, Feb. 9, 2018) – The sleek and racy 2018 Indy car had its first en masse showing in the opening day of the preseason open test at ISM Raceway, and it couldn’t have come quickly enough. Twenty-three Verizon…

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Verizon IndyCar Series fans are itching to see the full field going wheel to wheel with the new-look cars in 2018. They’ll get that chance this week, with INDYCAR offering an enhanced live video stream of the two-day open test Friday and Saturday at ISM Raceway near Phoenix. All four sessions will be streamed live…

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INDYCAR to conduct first on-track test of windscreen on Feb. 8

TSO NOTE: Steve Wittich will be on site at ISM Raceway (PIR) on Thursday to cover the testing of the new windscreen along with the Rookie Testing already scheduled.  Patrick arrives at ISM first thing Friday morning. The windscreen affixed to a Ganassi Racing car. INDYCAR Photo by Joe Skibinski INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Feb. 2, 2018)…

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News from INDYCAR: INDYCAR to conduct first on-track test of windscreen on Feb. 8

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Feb. 2, 2018) – INDYCAR will take the next step in the evolution of its driver safety program by testing a windscreen on an Indy car for the first time on track, Thursday, Feb. 8, at ISM Raceway. The test will be held in conjunction with the Verizon IndyCar Series’ preseason open test…

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Veteran engineer Sansum named INDYCAR managing director of engine development

Veteran engineer Sansum named INDYCAR managing director of engine development

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018) – INDYCAR has landed a lead engineer from a championship-winning manufacturer as its new managing director of engine development.

Darren Sansum joins INDYCAR after a successful stint at Toyota Racing Development, which has won the past two manufacturer championships in NASCAR’s Cup series.

Sansum brings considerable experience to INDYCAR, having also worked for Ford Motor Company, Cosworth Technology and Ilmor Engineering. At INDYCAR, Sansum will oversee engine development and competition between Honda and Chevrolet in the Verizon IndyCar Series effective Feb. 6.
“Darren is someone we targeted early on in the hiring process,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR’s president of competition and operations. “There is a lot happening within INDYCAR’s engine program, both current and future projects. Darren’s background makes him a perfect fit to lead our engine program today and into the future.”

In TRD’s NASCAR program, Sansum’s focus was engine reliability and over the past four seasons the failure rate of Toyota’s engines was significantly reduced. Prior to that when he was with Ilmor and serving as Team Penske’s NASCAR engine technical director from 2009-12, the team had zero engine failures in all of 2012 for its two Cup series cars, including the car for season champion Brad Keselowski. Sansum’s ties to INDYCAR began in 2002 when he joined Ilmor as a development engineer.

“What excites me about this role is that it’s an opportunity to use my 25 years of engine engineering,” said Sansum, 47. “It’s an opportunity to help develop the sport itself and it’s particularly pertinent that it’s with INDYCAR since that’s where it started for me and it’s the fastest category in North America.”

In addition to supervising INDYCAR’s current engine regulations, Sansum will play a key role in developing the next generation of engine regulations for the Verizon IndyCar Series. A key parameter in creating the next engine package will be making it attractive to new manufacturers.

“INDYCAR is going in a good direction, and I’d like to help further develop that and continue going in that direction,” Sansum said. “The competition’s very close between Honda and Chevrolet at the moment. I’d like to contribute to the evolution in this direction with the ultimate goal of adding manufacturers into the sport.”

The 17-race Verizon IndyCar Series season begins with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 11. Teams will participate in an open test at ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix Raceway) from Feb. 8-10.

Sato, Andretti receive ‘Baby Borg’ trophies to honor victory in 101st Indy 500

DETROIT (Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018) – Verizon IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato and team owner Michael Andretti each received BorgWarner Championship trophies, also known as the “Baby Borg,” this evening to honor their thrilling victory in the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil last May. BorgWarner Inc. President and CEO James Verrier presented…

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Universal kit unveiling kicks off ‘Future’ of Verizon IndyCar Series

Watch the NAIAS presentation at: DETROIT (Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018) – For INDYCAR, “The Future Starts Now” – and it began today with the official unveiling of the highly anticipated car that will rule the roads, streets and ovals in the Verizon IndyCar Series for 2018 and beyond. A panel of dignitaries from within the sport…

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