by Jared DePouw on May 20th, 2015
Contained withinnfield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — and utilizing the oval’s Turn One and front straightaway — is a 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course that was re-designed in 2014. While we can race on a road course at The Brickyard, we use the old 13-turn, 2.605-mile configuration used by Formula One in its all-too brief flirtation with The Brickyard. There are two major differences between the old and new configurations. The first is a bypass of the old Turn 5-6-7 sector with a chicane designed to increase the speed down the backstretch. The second is the use of an infield section in the Oval Turn One which we have on the Bike configuration. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the hardest part of building a setup for [...]
by Jared DePouw on April 24th, 2015
One of America’s premiere racing events, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach has been hosting open wheel racing on the streets of Long Beach, California for over 40 years. iRacing members are able to enjoy the current configuration of Long Beach as a Tech Track. This means we get all the challenges of this technical street circuit without all the King Taco banners to distract your eyes – and stomach. When it comes to building a setup for Long Beach, there are many factors you need to take into account. In speaking with Chris Simmons, engineer for Scott Dixon’s #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, he said the primary concerns with Long Beach include the curbing and bumps in the braking zones. Turns One through Nine have varying bumps [...]
by Jared DePouw on March 25th, 2015
Welcome to the first in a series of articles designed to provide insight into the iRacing Dallara DW12 IndyCar from those who know the car best: actual Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and race engineers. My name is Jared DePouw, and I joined iRacing in the summer of 2013 after attending the Indy 500 and wanting to race the same cars I saw in Indy. The idea to write these articles came to me after realizing that I’m not very good with the DW12 and also seeing the low participation rates for the DW12, especially on road courses (my favorite). The goals of my articles are twofold. 1. To help iRacers narrow down specific areas to focus on when building car setups, and 2. Advice from real life IndyCar drivers to [...]
by Matt Pawelski on February 3rd, 2015
Week 5 of the iRacing IndyCar series saw the drivers take to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Don’t let the name fool you, this circuit is a definitive IndyCar track, and is currently a staple on the schedule. The man who won the last IndyCar race here was none other than Scott Dixon, who simply manhandled the field in a way that only a driver of his talent could. Other winners include Mario and Michael Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Alex Zanardi and Juan Montoya . . . to name a few. Mid-Ohio is a quintessentially American track: Relatively tight, flowing, full of fast “roller coasters,” sweepers, and hairpins. It has little run-off, and what run-off it does have seems to just fling cars into the barriers. Since opening in 1962, the [...]
by Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon on April 17th, 2013
April 17, 2013 Dear Drivers, It’s the Target Racing Indy car drivers here, with some (unsolicited) advice as you prepare to hit the track this weekend at The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race. Think you can just put on a fire suit and slide into a race car for 10 adrenaline-pumping laps just like that? Not so fast. We’re talking to each and every one of you: Jackson Rathbone, Wanda Sykes, Michelle Rodriguez, Kate del Castillo, Cristian Castro, Jesse Metcalfe, Adam Carolla, Mark Steines, Jenna Elfman and Rutledge Wood. Most of you haven’t logged time in the seat of an Indy car going 230 mph, so we’ve come up with a few pointers to get you race-ready. Except you, Rodriguez—we were pretty impressed by your skills in [...]
August 27th, 2012
Ryan Briscoe held off Penske team-mate Will Power to take the win at Sears Point, although the latter’s championship hopes received a huge boost when many of his rivals struck trouble. Power held the advantage for most of the race, but was caught out when he pitted just as the yellow flags came out for a heavy crash between Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden
by David Phillips on August 8th, 2011
Yang Ou consolidated his lead in the 2011 iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Premier Series -Road with a convincing victory at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Sunday’s top strength of field (3064) race. The Club Scandinavia member grabbed his tenth pole position of the campaign with a lap of 1:08.382 ahead of championship rival Aleksi Elomaa (Club Finland) and Andre Boettcher (Club DE-AT-CH). Despite a less than perfect getaway, Ou grabbed the lead at the start and was never headed throughout the 52 lap race. Boettcher got the jump on Elomaa to grab second place on the opening lap, and kept Ou in sight in the early going despite a minor “off” on Lap Eight. In fact, when Ou suffered a temporary issue with his Dallara’s brakes, Boettcher closed to within [...]
December 25th, 2010
CHAMPION: Dario Franchitti Dario Franchitti overcame a 59-point deficit to win the IZOD IndyCar Series championship. (Ron McQueeney/IndyCar Photo) Dario Franchitti trailed Will Power by 59 markers entering the four-race stretch of oval races that concluded the IZOD IndyCar Series season. And when it was all said and done, Franchitti had earned his third IndyCar Series championship and the fourth for Chip Ganassi Racing by five points over Power
October 20th, 2010
Helio Castroneves is one of six IZOD IndyCar drivers making the trip to Australia this weekend. (Chris Jones/IRL IndyCar Photo) SURFERS PARADISE, Australia — Helio Castroneves is one of six IZOD IndyCar Series drivers making the trip to Australia’s Gold Coast to compete in this weekend’s Armor All Gold Coast 600 for the Australian V8 Supercar Series
October 3rd, 2010
Dario Franchitti (Ron McQueeny/IRL IndyCar Photo) HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Dario Franchitti was able to charge to his third IZOD IndyCar Series championship thanks to a “short circuit” from Team Penske’s Will Power in Saturday night’s Cafes Do Brasil Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, a race won by Scott Dixon.
September 19th, 2010
By Bruce Martin MOTEGI, Japan — Not even Helio Castroneves’ impressive victory in Sunday’s Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi could take the spotlight away from the battle for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship between Dario Franchitti and Will Power.
July 27th, 2010
EDMONTON, Alberta — It was a few hours before the start of the IZOD IndyCar Series race at Edmonton’s City Centre Airport and a large crowd was arriving to pack the grandstands for Sunday’s Honda Indy Edmonton. But huddled away in the back of the Target Chip Ganassi team transporter was two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon and team managing director Mike Hull
July 26th, 2010
EDMONTON, Alberta — Helio Castroneves paid a mighty big price when he was called for blocking Team Penske teammate Will Power on a restart with three laps to go in Sunday’s Honda Indy Edmonton. The penalty was a black flag that cost him a victory as Scott Dixon won the IZOD IndyCar Series race without ever leading a single lap.
June 22nd, 2010
NEWTON, Iowa — Every race track has its own unique obstacle. At Iowa Speedway, it’s a bump in between turns one and two that turns the seven-eighths-mile oval into an “obstacle course.” The bump is just over the infield tunnel that allows traffic into the track.
June 22nd, 2010
NEWTON, Iowa — Getting beat by his Brazilian rival is always something that gets Helio Castroneves tweaked, but getting passed for the victory with 10 laps to go made that even harder to take.
June 8th, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas — If Texas Motor Speedway President and General Manager Eddie Gossage and IZOD IndyCar Series team owner Roger Penske had their way, there would be double-file restarts in IndyCar’s future. Both have discussed the change with IndyCar Series officials, but not all the drivers in the series think it’s a good idea, including Will Power of Team Penske. “I think it’s a bad idea,” Power said
June 1st, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS — Helio Castroneves’ quest to become the fourth four-time Indianapolis 500 winner ended when he stalled his car on pit lane on lap 146 after spending most of the first half of the race chasing down eventual winner Dario Franchitti. Castroneves was able to get back to second place when Team Penske “short-pitted” on one of the ensuing pit stops, but when Castroneves had to pit for fuel with eight laps left, that ended his bid at winning the race
May 28th, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS — The Target Chip Ganassi Racing combination of Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon have the honor of being fastest on Carb Day, but both former Indianapolis 500 winners realize that doesn’t account for much.