It's almost like a race day

Posted by Iannucci | 12/06/2007 | 4 comments »
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Cars are on the track on both sides of the coutry today. At Infineon Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay will be testing track modifications featuring a long, straight section followed by two sharp right turns.

"About halfway down the drag strip we go to the left and then do the loop around, which is our Turn 7, and head back for the Esses," (Brian) Barnhart said. "I'd like to have our drivers try staying on the drag strip where it stays straight all the way down and then take the longer loop, which (the track has) listed as 7a, and then head back to the Esses. Hopefully, getting feedback from our drivers, what I'd like to see is if by staying straight we create a harder braking area and thus a better passing zone going into Turn 7."

Last week, Infineon Raceway announced that it will host an attempt to break the Guiness Book of World Records mark for the largest Twist dance on race day. The event is in honor of Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves winning the "Dancing with the Stars" championship.

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And so the Dancing madness begins.

Meanwhile outside of Miami, several drivers - including Mr Ballroom Champion Happy Feet himself - will be testing various Firestone tire compounds.

Helio Castroneves will return to the cockpit of his #3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone for the first time since winning 'Dancing with the Stars' when IndyCar Series competitors test at Homestead-Miami Speedway today.

Castroneves will be joined by Team Penske team-mate Ryan Briscoe, Vision Racing's Ed Carpenter, Andretti Green Racing's Tony Kanaan and Hideki Mutoh and three-time defending SpeedJam Indy 300 winner Dan Wheldon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

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Forget Helio - Mutohmania starts NOW!

And in case you were wondering, Danica Patrick isn't in an IndyCar this week. No, instead she's workin' at the car wash this weekend. Let me tell ya it's better than diggin' a ditch.


  1. mmack // December 06, 2007 11:19 AM  


    I hope they don't change Infineon's layout too much. I mean, if Andretti 3.0 can't chop-block second place to keep the race lead from pit out or Brisco Inferno can't make a kamikaze move under two cars in a turn, I don't want to watch.

  2. John Edward // December 06, 2007 12:03 PM  

    From the pictures, it's safe to say my GMC would be a bit out of place at The Scottsdale Auto Salon.

    How much is a full detail job? Probably more than I make in a year. ;-)

  3. Jeff Iannucci // December 06, 2007 4:08 PM  

    Yeah, I'm probably not rolling the Kia Sedona (a.k.a. "The Big Red Car") up there myself.

    But on the flip side it's expected to rain like crazy this weekend, so maybe they'll be happy to have just about anyone show up.

  4. pressdog // December 06, 2007 4:21 PM  

    There ain't no tellin' who ya might meet.
    A movie star or may be even an Indian Chief.