Thursday, March 22, 2007

2007 IRL Season Opener

The 2007 Indy Racing League season will start at Homestead this year, the 11th year of open wheel racing insignificance in the United States. Don't get me wrong, though - I love the IRL and it puts on great shows most of the time. Over time, the IRL has won the war with the former CART series. Last season marked the return to dominance by the Penske and Ganassi teams after Andretti Green had won the previous two championships with two different drivers. The circuit will feature 12 oval and 5 road/street course races in its 2007 edition. Here is the entry list for the race in Homestead Saturday night:

Car Driver Hometown Car Name C/E/T Entrant Race Strategist

2 Tomas Scheckter Cape Town, South Africa Vision Racing D/H/F Vision Racing Larry Curry

3 Helio Castroneves Sao Paulo, Brazil Team Penske D/H/F Team Penske Tim Cindric

4 Vitor Meira Brasilia, Brazil Delphi Panther D/H/F Delphi Panther Racing John Barnes

5 Sarah Fisher Commercial Point, Ohio Dreyer & Reinbold Racing D/H/F Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chris Finch

6 Sam Hornish Jr. Defiance, Ohio Team Penske D/H/F Team Penske Roger Penske

7 Danica Patrick Roscoe, Ill. Motorola D/H/F Andretti Green Racing Kim Green

8 Scott Sharp Norwalk, Conn. Patron Sharp Rahal-Letterman Racing D/H/F Rahal Letterman Racing TBA

9 Scott Dixon Auckland, New Zealand Target Chip Ganassi Racing D/H/F Target Chip Ganassi Racing Mike Hull

10 Dan Wheldon Emberton, England Target Chip Ganassi Racing D/H/F Target Chip Ganassi Racing Barry Wanser

11 Tony Kanaan Salvador, Bahia, Brazil Team 7-Eleven D/H/F Andretti Green Racing George Klotz

14 Darren Manning North Yorkshire, England ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Racing D/H/F A.J. Foyt Enterprises A.J. Foyt

15 Buddy Rice Phoenix Dreyer & Reinbold Racing D/H/F Dreyer & Reinbold Racing John Dick

17 Jeff Simmons Hartford, Conn. Rahal Letterman Racing Team Ethanol D/H/F Rahal Letterman Racing TBA

20 Ed Carpenter Indianapolis Vision Racing D/H/F Vision Racing David Cripps

22 A.J. Foyt IV Hockley, Texas Vision Racing D/H/F Vision Racing Tony George

25 Marty Roth Toronto Roth Racing D/H/F Roth Racing Jason Lucas/Mark Weida

26 Marco Andretti (R) Nazareth, Pa. NYSE Group D/H/F Andretti Green Racing Kyle Moyer

27 Dario Franchitti Edinburgh, Scotland Canadian Club D/H/F Andretti Green Racing John Anderson

55 Kosuke Matsuura Aichi, Japan Panasonic Panther D/H/F Super Aguri Panther Racing Doug Boles

98 TBA TBA CURB Records D/H/F CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports Greg Beck


Legend: Chassis: D=Dallara. Engine: H=Honda. Tire: F=Firestone. (R)=Rookie.


My extended analysis and prognostications will be up before the end of the week.



Eric Medlen update: MEDLEN HAS CRANIOTOMY; REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT SHANDS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Injured NHRA Funny Car driver Eric Medlen survived a delicate, three-hour craniotomy procedure to relive pressure and hemorrhaging Tuesday evening but remained in critical condition Wednesday at Shands at the University of Florida medical center.

Over the next two weeks, the 33-year-old will remain in a drug-induced coma designed to promote healing.

“We consider ourselves fortunate that Eric is in one of the top hospitals in the world for this type of injury and is getting absolutely the best treatment possible,” said John Medlen, Eric’s father and crew chief. “We want to thank Eric’s friends, fans, sponsors and the entire NHRA drag racing community for their support in this very difficult time for our family,” he said. “We would ask that they continue to remember Eric in their prayers. He’s a fighter, but he has a long battle ahead of him.”

The elder Medlen also asked, for Eric’s sake and the sake of the family, that fans refrain from speculation, especially on the internet, where erroneous information already has been a source of considerable anguish.

- From Backstretch Motorsports

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

NASCAR just keeps getting more and more exciting, it's truly an amazing sport!

racefan57 said...

nice blog....
have a great bristol weekend