Steve Wittich

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#TeamCooperTire and #MRTI – the story behind the hashtags

During the 2014 Mazda Road To Indy season. series tire provider and multi-series title sponsor Cooper Tires introduced the #TeamCooperTire hashtag program on the popular social media platforms Twitter and Instagram. This year Mazda Motorsports is also joining the party with the #MRTI hashtag.  It’s a short and simple addition that is already being used […]

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After a long off-season, Matthew Brabham is looking forward.

The when, what and where of Mathew Brabham’s 2015 racing plans were answered when Andretti Autosport and Brabham announced that he would be piloting the No. 83 Mazda powered Dallara car in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire field at the season opening pair of races during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. […]

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Mazda Road To Indy update – Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and USF2000 driver signings.

With Cooper Tires Winterfest in the rearview mirror and the start of the Mazda Road To Indy regular season only a week away, it is time to get caught up with some recent driver signings.  Expect some more announcements in the next week, as teams get their 2015 driver line-ups buttoned down before the Firestone […]

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Barber Motorsports Park spring training – Tuesday close

The Team Penske duo of Juan Montoya and Helio Castroneves were the first to take to the track for the afternoon session. With two hours left to go in the session the top five times were held by: Sebastien Bourdais, Helio Castroneves, James Hinchcliffe, Will Power and Takuma Sato. With one hour left to go...

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Barber Motorsports Park spring training – mid-day update

The track went green at 10am (central) and Juan Montoya was the first car out on track. Testing is a great time to get your on-track set-up dialed in, but it is also important for the crews to get their pit stop timing down.  The No. 22 Team Penske crew of Simon Pagenaud spent the...

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Barber Motorsports Park spring testing – Tuesday open

Good morning from third floor of the Barber Motorsports Park tower where the sun is coming up and the weather forecast is a carbon copy of yesterday, which means I’m certainly not going to complain.  According to the fine folks at Firestone Racing the high yesterday was 82F and the highest track temperature recorded was...

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Barber Motorsports Park spring training – Monday close

As teams worked to tune in their new aero-kits, they turned a total of 1189 laps during the two sessions at Barber Motorsports Park. The last 10 minutes of practice were highly entertaining as Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, and Scott Dixon traded quickest laps as the No. 9 target car ended the session on top...

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Barber Motorsports Park spring testing – mid-day update

The first official test for of the aero kit era began in earnest this morning at Barber Motorsports Park, although the morning session saw a reduced number of laps turned.  Each driver/car was allocated six sets of tires and some teams limited their drivers track time.  Expect to see more laps turned in the remaining...

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Barber Motorsports Park spring training – Monday open

Good morning from Birmingham, Alabama.  We’re here at Barber Motorsports Park for annual Verizon IndyCar Series spring testing.  Today’s on track action is scheduled for 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm (all times central) and the weather is forecast to be sunny and 78F.  After a cold February and early March in Indiana, this Hoosier certainly isn’t complaining....

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Barber Motorsports Park IndyCar spring training preview

By Steve Wittich I hope everybody is having a good Sunday!  I (Steve) will be providing you with coverage of Verizon IndyCar Series spring training from Barber Motorsports Park over the next couple of days.   I just arrived in Birmingham and will be attending the Honda aero-kit unveil at the Barber Motorsports Museum this...

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