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Race Control

Race Control

July 2019
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Race Control takes you inside the world of the IndyCar Racing Series from the fans point of view. A writing team that breaks down into simple everyday terms the art and science behind the IndyCar Series. Covering not only the racing season but going behind the scenes to help you understand the art of racing. Race Control will additionary cover useful travel tips to the cities and circuits the series visits along with fashion guides for todays modern fan, best dining options while on the road along with other tips for the first time fan or the die hard veteran fan.

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Perspective Group Ltd

in this issue

3 min.
from the editor

Well, the magic month of May has been and gone, gee it all happened so fast in the end didn’t it? Now we start waiting for the next one, let alone the rest of the season. The IndyCar Series and IMS can stand tall on what was another classic event and both races held at IMS were classics in so many ways. When I wrote this column in the last issue I said expect an upset at Indy but we would have never ever of thought of those names that missed out to be on that list, thats for sure. We will look at that and the outstanding efforts by teams that did get in within this and future issues. To the team that assembles this magazine for you I personally want…

4 min.
in the loop

Whenever a major press conference is called at IMS there is generally a good reason and on Friday May 24th Carb day this was a big one thats for sure and the announcement in many ways is the future of IndyCar. IndyCar has formed a partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies to design an Aeroscreen for enhanced driver cockpit protection that will be implemented for the outset of the 2020 season. The Aeroscreen is being developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies to reduce the risk of driver injury from debris or other objects striking the cockpit area. The driver safety innovation that will encompass the cockpit consists of a ballistic Aeroscreen anchored by titanium framework. “Since the first prototypes were developed and demonstrated in 2016, the potential of Aeroscreen to improve the safety…

7 min.
road to indy series carb day spectacular

The entire Road to Indy Series competed on Carb day Friday either at IMS for the IndyLights or at IRP for Pro 2000 and F2000 divisions. So in the order in which the races happened on the day lets review what were three very top class events. ASKEW PIPS TEAMMATE NORMAN IN INDIANAPOLIS FREEDOM 100 THRILLER IN INDYLIGHTS Overcast conditions didn’t stop yet another thriller in the Freedom 100 as Florida based rising star Oliver Askew inched past Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Norman at better than 200 mph on the final run to the checkered flag as the top six finishers crossed the yard of bricks blanketed by less than six-tenths of a second at the conclusion of another memorable Freedom 100 Presented by Cooper Tires. The 17th annual edition of the Carb…

1 min.
firestone track updates

TIRE TRACKER: 103RD RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 ROUND 6 Firestone supplied approximately 6,000 race tires for on-track activities related to this year’s 103rd Running™ of the Indianapolis 500, which included testing, practice, qualifying, and the race. Each entry receives 36 sets for practice, qualifying and the race* *Does not include open test, ROP, refresher or Last row/Fast 9 qualifying CARA’S NOTE “The 2019 Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 tires feature a new left-side compound and new right-side construction and compound. With the new aero kit last season, trailing vehicles in traffic at IMS exhibited ‘aero wash,’ or a reduction on aero load on the right front tire due to the disturbance of the leading cars. Firestone worked with INDYCAR to improve this by developing right side constructions with modified footprints (the shape of the…

4 min.
up to speed

ROUND 5 INDY GP, INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY 2.45 mile road course 14 turns 85 laps Pagenaud wins wet-and-wild INDYCAR Grand Prix Well the magic month kicked off with the GP and it was Simon Pagenaud that overcame the elements and the competition to win the Indy Grand Prix in thrilling fashion on the IMS road course. Pagenaud passed five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon for the lead on the next to last lap on a rain soaked closing stage and pulled away to collect the 12th victory of his Indy car career and first in a 23-race span. “What a way to start May!” said Pagenaud, who won by 2.0469 seconds. “The car was fantastic; the car was awesome all day. We had something for everybody.” Of course this also became another win for Team…

10 min.
the 103rd indy 500

ROUND 6 THE INDY 500 2.5 mile super speedway 200 laps It’s the race that makes us all stand to attention and value the joy of the sport. Seeing a field of 33 cars line up at Indy is like no other and 2019 was to be no different in my 17th time of seeing this in the flesh, you shiver as they commence the parade lap. The weather was an issue and had been all month from rain to cool to thunder and lighting it was then mixed along with days of humid hot and clear. Straight out of the Indy GP there really wasn’t time to rest and the teams quickly got into it. Practice week provided a few notable events and the crashes of Alsono, O Ward and Kaiser were the ones…