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Quotes and notes from NTT INDYCAR SERIES Content Days – Part 2

By Steve Wittich Tatiana Calderón – A.J. Foyt Racing Quote Tatiana Calderón will be contesting the 12 road and street courses with A.J. Foyt Racing but has started to think about the ovals. “Yeah, definitely,” said the 28-year-old who spent the last two years racing in Japan. “Obviously, I’ve only tested the car one day…

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Quotes and notes from NTT INDYCAR SERIES Content Days – part 1

By Steve Wittich Part 1 of some of what we’ve gleaned at the NTT INDYCAR SERIES contents days. We’ve learned so much more, but most of it will be used in future season or event previews. Devlin DeFrancesco – Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport Quote Happy Birthday to Devlin DeFrancesco, who turned 22-years-old on Monday, almost didn’t…

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Vasser Sullivan Statement RE Passing of Kevin Kalkhoven

KEVIN KALKHOVEN June 1, 1944 – January 4, 2022 The entire Vasser Sullivan Racing organization extends its deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of Kevin Kalkhoven.Kevin was a giant in both the technology and racing worlds and moreImportantly, a great friend.He will be truly missed, Statement from Jimmy Vasser:“Kevin Kalkhoven lived life to the absolute fullest. …

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Thoughts from Patrick and Tony on passing of TE McHale

By Patrick Stephan and Tony DiZinno Let’s start with Tony’s comments: “Hello, Tony! Hi, T.E!” The greeting was simple, but ubiquitous. “Hello, Tony!” “Hi, T.E!” It didn’t matter who said it first, but it always mattered that the volley was returned. That exchange of names with a smile and lighthearted laugh helped introduce whatever discussion…

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Four-Time Indianapolis 500 Winner Al Unser Dies at 82

(Photo Courtesy of Penske Entertainment) INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Dec. 10, 2021) – Alfred “Al” Unser, the second member of the Unser auto racing dynasty to win the Indianapolis 500 and the second INDYCAR SERIES driver in history to win four times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, died Dec. 9 at his home in Chama, New Mexico, after…

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Nyck de Vries leads 4 car NTT INDYCAR SERIES test at Sebring

By Steve Wittich A quartet of drivers representing four teams took to one of the primary homes of winter testing for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the 10-turn, 1.7-mile circuit Sebring International Raceway. Three of the drivers – Jack Aitken (Ed Carpenter Racing), Nyck de Vries (Meyer Shank Racing), and Stoffel Vandorne (Arrow McLaren SP) -…

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AJ Foyt Racing Announces Kyle Kirkwood Will Drive the No. 14 in 2022

WALLER, Texas (Nov. 10, 2021) — There is a buzz around the No. 14 Chevrolet fielded by A.J. Foyt — and it is not killer bees. AJ Foyt Racing has hired 2021 Indy Lights Champion Kyle Kirkwood to drive the No. 14 Chevrolet in the NTT INDYCAR Series next year. “We are thrilled to welcome…

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Malukas leads five car NTT INDYCAR SERIES test at Barber Motorsports Park

By Steve Wittich David Malukas, the 2021 Indy Lights vice-champion, topped the time-sheet at a five-car Barber Motorsports Park test. The just-turned 20-year-old, piloting the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda, completed a lap timed at 66.398 seconds, a full three-tenths-of-a-second ahead of veteran Ryan Hunter-Reay, who was behind the wheel of the No. 20…

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ROP Update #2 – a drying track, slowly

By Steve Wittich The track here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is almost dry, but I have to pick up my wife from work, so I will have to miss the end of ROP if they get back on the track. We did get a chance to chat with Jimmie Johnson and Romain Grosjean after…

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A historic ROP gets underway at IMS – update #1

By Steve Wittich Good morning from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We are on-site for a pair of historic Rookie Orientation Programs (ROP), with drivers with entirely different experience levels on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. In the No. 28 DHL Honda, Grosjean turned his first-ever oval laps on the 2.5-mile oval. In the No. 48…

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