Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Cold outside. Get keys to apartment on Saturday.
Champ Car is testing at Sebring this week and next week. Notable drivers that have tested so far include Bruno Junquira, Katherine Legge, Girgio Pantano, Ryan Briscoe, Ryan Dalziel and, Tonis Kasemets. Junquira has posted the fastest time over Monday and Tuesday with a 51.1. The three drivers involved in the PKV "shootout" (Pantano, Briscoe, Dalziel)all posted identical 51.5 second laps. Proving that they are all fast drivers and offering no help in selecting which one(s) will drive for PKV next year. PKV has 0, 1, 2, or 3 seats available next year depending on whether JV retires, Damatta resigns, and/or they field 3 cars next year. Katherine Legge will test with PKV next week, the test she did on Tuesday was with Rocketsports, expect her to improve on her 53.2 second lap next week.
On the European front F1 teams are testing at Jerez. After about a dozen days of testing Jacques Villeneuve has posted the fastest lap time (out of the 2006 V8s) with a 1:18.752, only Badoer and de la Rosa have outpaced him using last years V10s. Michael Schumacher is expected at the track soon, as he will be testing with the team this winter, something that he has not done in years. Also in the news with F1 is that 2006 will be Michelin's last year. Super Aguri is still trying to make the grid in 2006 using 2002 Arrows chassis and Honda power, a decision from the FIA is expected Friday. And in 2007 Vodafone will switch from an associate sponsor role at Ferrari to a primary sponsorship at Mclaren. Mclaren has been without a primary sponsor since Hungary and will likely remain that way all of 2006. So the "kimi" sidepods will live on for a little longer.
In Formula Atlantic, driver and team confirmations are trickling in and Also the R10 that Joel posted photos of will be debuting at the Petit Lemans, they have not announced their plans for the remainder of the ALMS season, one would assume that the defending Lemans champions will be high on the list to recieve the new car. Also in ALMS Dyson will field two of the next generation Lola's and their two old chassis have been sold to two teams that intend to run the entire ALMS season, making six regular P1 cars in ALMS for next year, so far. Hopefully, some old Audi R8s will be sold of to privateer teams as well, though they may be more expensive to run. So far it has been a very positive off season for Road Racing in general and a dismal one for the IRL. No word on a thrid seat for Oreo Serbia at Newman Haas yet.

-Paul

2 comments:

Brownsey Family said...

Heh! you told us you were going to come home on Friday. What's up?

Brownsey Family said...

Changed my mind.