Archive for February 23rd, 2017
1. Sports car star Taylor tests Pagenaud’s Indy car: As Indy car test sessions go, it was considered a thank you from a manufacturer. Judging from Ricky Taylor’s smile after climbing out of Simon Pagenaud’s car, he was quite welcome.
Taylor spent today testing the Team Penske No. 1 Chevrolet – the same car Pagenaud will drive in two weeks when the Verizon IndyCar Series season opens at St. Petersburg, Florida – around the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course in Homestead, Florida.
The test was considered a courtesy by Chevrolet and General Motors to Taylor for his seven wins in four years in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – most notably his victory last month in a Cadillac prototype with Jeff Gordon, Max Angelelli and brother Jordan Taylor in the Rolex 24 At Daytona endurance race.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Ocala, Florida………Thursday night’s “Winter Dirt Games VIII” opener featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Bubba Raceway Park has been cancelled due to persistent heavy rain at the track and a forecast for continued rain throughout the afternoon and night.
“Winter Dirt Games” continues as scheduled Friday night, February 24 and Saturday night, February 25 at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt oval in Ocala, Fla. On Friday night, the pit area opens at 5pm, front gates open at 6pm and hot laps at 7:15pm. Racing is set to begin at 8pm. On Saturday night, the activities begin one hour earlier. The pits open at 4pm, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps at 6:15pm. Racing is set to begin at 7pm. Tickets each night are $20 for children 11-15, $30 for adults and $40 for a pit pass.
If you can’t make it to the track in-person, make sure to catch both nights of action LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/!
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INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017) – Two of Canada’s most successful active racing drivers will travel from Florida to Italy for a first-hand experience of how the other half lives. After years of discussing the possibility, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe – the pole sitter for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil – and current DTM touring car driver Robert Wickens will swap rides in separate test sessions in the coming weeks.
Click HERE to view a video with Hinchcliffe and Wickens talking about their ride swap.
Wickens will get the first turn behind the wheel of Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda during a private team test at Sebring International Raceway in Florida on Feb. 28. Hinchcliffe is scheduled to drive the HWA Team’s factory Mercedes AMG at the Vallelunga Circuit outside of Rome on March 17. The two Canadians are excited to see the opportunity finally come to fruition.