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Race Control November 2018

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.

New Zealand
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from the editor

Well as they say, season 2018 is done and dusted. What another great IndyCar season it was and they just keep getting better. The series went all the way to the wire and the very last race of the season yet again and how many times in recent years has that been said. a lot thats for sure. There are so many race series around the world ,all of various values but again IndyCar produced a season that can take us right to the wire and that says many things of what a series it is, year after year it comes down to the wire. The level of drivers in the series, the mix of tracks from a street course to a permanent road course, a small oval and of course…

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Round 16 Grand Prix of Portland Portland International Raceway 1.964 mile road course 105 laps Sato wins while Dixon recovers to retain points lead Yes it is now back to early September when this happened but in many ways this is the race that could have shaped the 2018 title. Its very fitting to recap it in this issue of Race Control for that very reason. The race marked the return of Indy Car racing to the Pacific Northwest for the first time since 2007. The community’s welcome was impressive with a large crowd lining the course and again says a lot of this series and championship. It was there always popular Sato that went to victory lane, but Scott Dixon felt like a winner as well, while Alexander Rossi had mixed feelings from the…

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in the loop

Felix Rosenqvist Will Join Chip Ganassi Racing’s IndyCar Series Program Beginning in 2019 Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) have announced that 26-year-old Swede Felix Rosenqvist will join the team’s IndyCar Series program in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda beginning in 2019. He will team up with five-time and reigning IndyCar Series Champion, 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner and 44-time race winner Scott Dixon. The #10 entry will be supported by longtime partner NTT Datta who have also renewed with CGR as part of a new multi-year deal to carry on as primary partner of the No. 10 entry. This is not his first taste of things however as Rosenqvist has actually driven a Chip Ganassi Racing prepared IndyCar on two previous occasions. He tested for the team alongside Scott Dixon at Mid-Ohio Sports…

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history is made in the wine country

Seldom in our respected life times do we get to witness something really great and yet in Sonoma on Sunday September 16th 2018 I did just that. I have had the great honour of knowing this guy they have called among other names the phantom, the ice man and now really Born Racer , he is the five time IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon. After he won title number 3 back in 2013 I was lucky enough to be producing a segment on him for the New Zealand version of 60 minutes. I spent along with my camera crew and host three days with Dixie (and top Ganassi PR man Kelby Krauss) in New York city on his championship tour of media outlets. I came away with so much respect…

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on the sofa with paul “ziggy” harcus

Joining us on the sofa in this edition of Race Control is long time Andretti man Paul “Ziggy” Harcus the Team Manager at Andretti Autosport. He can been seen at the race track riding around of his well known silver push bike and wherever that bike is you are sure to find him. Its a bit of a trade mark for him really along with the name Ziggy. First up of course like so many people we can get labeled with our nick names. So you might be wondering where the Ziggy comes from. Well when Paul first arrived in the U.S. from New Zealand years ago the first person he meet said to him “hey you remind me of David Bowie you are like Ziggy Stardust” and Paul’s response was…

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warrant of fitness

Here we are again for some more inside thoughts on why fitness plays a part in Motorsport and why it is so important to be fit as well. For many of the drivers I train here in New Zealand my question to them is as this issue of Race Control comes around chances are you have had a couple of race meetings in the books, so how is your training going? For you the reader here’s some thoughts on just what a driver should be thinking and doing. In the last issue we talked about the importance of understanding why we need to train like we race. If we are failing to train we are training to fail. So how can we train smarter rather than harder? In this issue I will discuss…