Archive for July, 2008

More 09′ Schedule Changes To Come?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 31, 2008 by James

According to Terry Angstadt, the President of the commercial division of the IRL, there is still a very real possibility of Australia being added to the just released 09′ schedule.  If it were to happen, It would just about have to be inserted into the two week layoff between Motegi and Homestead.  If it were to be added it would bring the 2009 schedule to 19 races, 10 ovals and 9 road/street.

Thursday July, 31 Cavin & Kevin Radio Show

Posted in Uncategorized on July 31, 2008 by James

This week on the show Cavin & Kevin will debate the AGR meltdown and recap the race in Edmonton.  They will break down the recently released 09′ schedule with Terry Angstadt, the President of the commercial division of the IRL.  And will talk with the owner of HVM racing, Keith Wiggins.  The show can be heard live on 1070thefan.com Wednesday July 23 from 7-9pm eastern time.  Calls are always welcome at (317-239-1070).

It’s Official, 2009 Indycar Schedule

Posted in Uncategorized on July 30, 2008 by James

Well, the schedule is out, and there really aren’t many suprises.  The schedule looks very similar to the 08′ season, with a few changes.  Australia did not get a date, making just 3 races that are former champcar that made the switch.  Indycar Officials did a solid job of keeping the road/street and ovals bunched together, as they did the location of events, which should keep the cost down a bit.  Enough with the mumbo jumbo, here is what we have all been waiting for:

  1. Sunday, April 5                       Streets of St. Petersburg
  2. Sunday, April 19                     Streets of Long Beach
  3. Sunday, April 26                     Kansas Speedway
  4. Sunday, May 24                      Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  5. Sunday, June 31                      The Milwaukee Mile
  6. Saturday, June 6                      Texas Motor Speedway
  7. Sunday, June 21                      Iowa Speedway
  8. Saturday, June 27                    Richmond International Raceway
  9. Sunday, July 5                         Watkins Glen International      
  10. Sunday, July 12                       Streets of Toronto
  11. Sunday, July 26                       Edmonton City Centre Airport
  12. Saturday, August 1                 Kentucky Speedway
  13. Sunday, August 9                   Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  14. Sunday, August 23                 Infineon Raceyway
  15. Saturday, August 29               Chicagoland Speedway
  16. Sunday, September 6              The Raceway at Belle Isle Park
  17. Saturday, September 19          Twin Ring Motegi, Japan
  18. Sunday, October 11                Hometead-Miami Speedway

Don’t like all of the road/street courses?  You can sign the petition!!

IRL Back At Homestead For Season Finale

Posted in Uncategorized on July 30, 2008 by James

 

Curt Cavin has an article up that reports Homestead-Miami Speedway has found its way back onto the IRL schedule, not as the opening race as it has been the last couple years, but to wrap the season up on October 11th.  The season will open at St. Pete on April 5th and the 500 will be raced May 24th.

11am Schedule Announcement Wednesday

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2008 by James

11am Wednesday morning Indycar will finally release the 2009 schedule.  As reported yesterday Nashville will no longer be on the schedule and instead be replaced by Toronto, which is owned by AGR promotions.  Stay tuned for any more breaking schedule news and tomorrow at 11am for the 09′ schedule.

Nashville Is Out

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2008 by James

According to the tennessean Nashville Superspeedway has held it’s last Indycar Series event.  Bad News for Scott Dixon, and the entire Chip Ganassi team who has dominated the event over the last several years.  Thanks to my name is IRL for the heads up.

ESPN Wants Out, Leaves IRL No Where To Go!!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2008 by James

With so manypositive divelopments for the IRL in the last 6 months, this could be the worst news in some 6 years.  According to Sports Buisness Journal, ESPN and its family of networks is losing money airing Indycar events and they just want the 500.  Same can be said for FOX, who is also interested in just the rights for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.  SBJ says that Versus is interested in showing some of  the smaller events, but thats it.  With some slightly more positive but old news, SBJ reports that Kodak and Subway are both interested in the title sponsorship for the IRL, but with some newer news they also say that William Rast (Townsend Bell’s Sponsor) as well as a few soft drink companies are also interested in title sponsorship.

AGR Closed Door Meeting

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2008 by James

According to SI, AGR owners Michael Andretti, Kim Green and Kevin Savoree as well as there four drivers, Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan, Hideki Mutoh and Marco Andretti were the only ones present in a closed door meeting.  After several incidents this year including the infoumous Andretti/Kanaan clashing at the 500,  and the most recent being the Andretti/Patrick contact in edmonton Michael Andretti said “We just didn’t perform as a team, and we want to make sure everybody is working together, I’m most upset about our results. We weren’t good all weekend and we have to work together more. We have to get it back on track again”.  After Kanaan was asked for comment by SI he reportedly flipped saying “I’m not going to talk about it. That’s our personal stuff and it’s nobody else’s business.””You can ask but I’m not going to talk.”

1935 Indianapolis 500 Winning Mechanic Dies At 96

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2008 by James

Sadly The 1935 Indianapolis 500 winning mechanic, Jimmy Dunham passed awayFriday in a Caliifornia assisted living home. He was the riding mechanic for Kelly Petillo in his 35′ win. This is a MUST read!!

Deja Vu?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2008 by James

No, it’s not deja vu!  Believe it or not Dixon has won once again.  After starting 4th, a wreck in practice, and never seeing the track before, some thought this would be just the fourth time this year that Dixon would find himself off podium.  Butt Scott had a little something to say about that.  Flying under the radar most of the race, the #9 Target Chip Ganassi team found there way to the front leading Helio Castroneves and Justin Wilson to the line.

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