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VICS: 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Season Preview – Jack Hawksworth

BRADFORD, Ont. — Near the beginning of the off-season, Jack Hawksworth announced that he will join A.J. Foyt Racing as a teammate to Takuma Sato for the 2015 season. The English driver had a decent rookie season last year with BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian, posting five top-10 finishes in the 18 races, highlighted by a podium finish in Houston. The success doesn’t mark much surprise...
Via Rubbings Racing
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Formula E returns to FOX Sports 1 for second ePrix

This time next week we’ll be heading into Round 2 of the inaugural FIA Formula E series in Putrajaya, Malaysia on a 1.55-mile, 12-turn street circuit. The second race of FIA’s first fully electric, single-seater, open-wheel racing series will air on FOX Sports 1 LIVE Saturday Nov. 22 at 1 a.m. ET and replay on Sunday, Nov. 23 on FOX, adjacent to NFL on FOX football coverage....
Via Fox Sports
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Hawksworth, Sato to run full-time for Foyt in 2015

WALLER, Texas (AP) A.J. Foyt's team will be pulling double duty next season. The IndyCar team owner announced Wednesday that he has hired Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato as full-time drivers in 2015. It's the first time in 13 seasons that Foyt's team will have two full-time cars. What made it possible this year was a commitment from ABC Supply Company to sponsor both cars in 2015...
Via AP on Fox
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Foyt adding 2nd full-time car to team

WALLER, Texas (AP) A.J. Foyt's team will be pulling double duty next season. The IndyCar team owner announced Wednesday that he has hired Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato as full-time drivers in 2015. It's the first time in 13 seasons that Foyt's team will have two full-time cars. What made it possible this year was a commitment from ABC Supply Company to sponsor both cars in 2015...
Via AP on Fox
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Antonio Felix da Costa gets seat back from Sato for Putrajaya ePrix

Amlin Aguri driver Antonio Felix da Costa has been confirmed to replace Takuma Sato for the second Formula E race in Putrajaya. The Portuguese racer will drive alongside Katherine Legge after missing the opening round in Beijing due to previous DTM commitments. Takuma Sato failed to finish the inaugural ePrix in Beijing but was able to score two points for turning in the fastest...
Via Fox Sports
October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Sato secures Formula E ride for season opener in Beijing

One difficult thing for fans to grasp with regards to a new sport is who to follow: who are these new names and which ones are good? Fortunately for fans of the upcoming FIA Formula E series, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem as, with Thursday’s announcement of Takuma Sato taking Antonio Felix da Costa’s place for the series-opener in Beijing, 11 drivers in the 20-car...
Via Fox Sports
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Takuma Sato to race for Amlin Aguri in Formula E opener

Amlin Aguri, a new racing team sponsored by London-based global insurance company Amlin, has today confirmed its driver line-up for the inaugural race of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship. “On behalf of everyone at Amlin Aguri it is my pleasure to welcome Takuma and Fabio into our Formula E team," added Aguri Suzuki, Executive Chairman of Amlin Aguri. "This new electric...
Via Speedway Digest - Home for NASCAR News
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston races dropped from IndyCar slate in 2015

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) The Grand Prix of Houston has been dropped from the IndyCar schedule for 2015. IndyCar ran a doubleheader race at the NRG Park track for the past two years. Scheduling conflicts prompted the change, IndyCar president Mark Miles says. Four-time IndyCar series champion Dario Franchitti was seriously injured at the Houston track in 2013, forcing his retirement...
Via AP on Fox
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

INDYCAR TORONTO 2 IN T.O. DOUBLEHEADER POST-EVENT INFRACTIONS

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, July 24, 2014) – INDYCAR announced today post-event infractions from the Honda Indy Toronto 2 in T.O., which was held July 20 at Exhibition Place in Toronto.   •  INDYCAR officials have fined Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing $5,000 for a technical violation on its No. 16 Verizon IndyCar Series entry driven by Luca Filippi. The entrant was found to have...
Via On Pit Road
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Tough Season for Takuma Sato Continues in Race No. 1 at Toronto

TORONTO- Last year, Takuma Sato was in the midst of bringing A.J. Foyt Racing back to prominence. He took the team back to victory lane for the first time in over a decade at Long Beach and held the Verizon IndyCar Series points lead heading to the Indianapolis 500. Since, it’s all been downhill for the Japanese driver. He had one top 10 through the remainder of the 2013 season...
Via Race Review Online
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Takuma Sato Quick in Both Practices at Pocono

Pocono, PA- It’s been a struggle recently for A.J. Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato. They haven’t finished in the top 15 in the last six races as he has finishes of 19th, 18th, 18th, 18th, 22nd and 19th respectively since the Indianapolis 500. But, they seem to have things possibly figured out this weekend at the Pocono Raceway as Sato was very quick in both Verizon IndyCar Series...
Via Race Review Online
July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Rookie Mikhail Aleshin Showing Signs of Brilliance After Houston

Houston, TX- Yesterday, everyone was bashing rookie Mikhail Aleshin for the move he made on Takuma Sato on Lap 32. Aleshin, was a lap down battling with Sato who was second on an early race restart. But, what people chose not to look at was it was just a racing incident. Sato, came up on Aleshin who wasn’t just going to back down. He’s an aggressive driver and aggression is what...
Via Race Review Online
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Schmidt/Peterson Motorspots Sweeps Top 2 Spots in Houston

Houston, TX- What a weekend it was for the entire Schmidt/Peterson Motorsports organization. From a disappointment yesterday to the thrill of victory just 24 hours later on the streets of Houston. On Saturday, Simon Pagenaud won the pole but suffered a braking issue just after the start of the race.  Then, the Frenchman was caught up in an incident with Scott Dixon as he would finish...
Via Race Review Online
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: James Hinchcliffe Caught Wrong End of Race Strategy in Houston

Houston, TX- It was no secret, James Hinchcliffe had the car to beat in today’s Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston. If it wasn’t for some unlucky pit strategy in the end, the Canadian would be celebrating his fourth career Verizon IndyCar Series victory. But, he has to settle for a fifth place finish instead. Hinchcliffe, ran second to Takuma Sato until Lap 27 when he took...
Via Race Review Online
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Slower Cars Ruin Takuma Sato’s Bid at Winning 1st Duel in Houston

Houston, TX- The strongest car in the opening stages of today’s Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston was easily Takuma Sato. The Japanese driver thrives in wet conditions and showed his strength early on as he went from sixth to the lead in just four laps. He was the class of the field as he was trying to pull away with the race but Marco Andretti was hampering that effort. Andretti...
Via Race Review Online
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

INDYCAR NEWS AND NOTES – June 24, 2014

Today’s Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy headlines:   Castroneves ready to redeem himself at Houston Proper planning helps drivers prepare for Texas heat   Sato’s race-worn helmet earns $31,350 for charity Yellow Party Houston features unique auction items 1. Castroneves ready to redeem himself at Houston: Understandably, Helio Castroneves is happy that organizers...
Via On Pit Road
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Mikhail Aleshin Makes Costly Mistake That Could Have Cost Him a Chance at Win

IndyCar Media Site Belle Isle, Mich- It was looking like it was going to be a career day for rookie Mikhail Aleshin. The Russian moved his way up from the last starting spot to the lead by Lap 30. His pit strategy and good car was likely going to send Aleshin and his No. 7 SMP Dallara/Honda to at least a top five finish. But, he made a “rookie” mistake on Lap 35 which cost him...
Via Race Review Online
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Takuma Sato to auction off helmet to raise money for “With You Japan”

Following the Indianapolis 500, Takuma Sato will be auctioning off his helmet that has been specially designed for the race weekend to raise money for the “With You Japan” charity. Sato founded the charity to help people in the country following the tsunami in 2011. “I think this helmet design is really cool, so I am looking forward to challenging in the Indy 500 with it...
Via On Pit Road
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Different Conditions From Test Led Teams to Try Different Setups

IndyCar Media Site Leeds, Ala- For the second straight year, the Verizon IndyCar Series conducted their preseason open test at the 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park. The series tested here back in mid-March just prior to the season opener in St. Pete. Teams really weren’t looking for speed then as they were just trying to get their 2014 cars shaken down for the upcoming season...
Via Race Review Online
April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Takuma Sato hoping to repeat last year’s victory at Long Beach

Last year, Takuma Sato made headlines when he became the first Japanese driver to win a Verizon IndyCar Series. After a season of success under his belt, Sato returns to the sight of that first win. “It was a very special day for me, so going back there I feel good and confident,” he said. “We should be able to show a strong performance again.” Sato added that the win last...
Via On Pit Road
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Rookie Jack Hawksworth a Solid Sleeper to Watch for in Sunday’s Race

IndyCar Media Site Long Beach, Calif- The normal big hitters entered the 40th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as the favorites. Names like Takuma Sato, Will Power and Helio Castroneves dominated the picks by many on who would win the 80 Lap race on Sunday afternoon. One name left off by all and I do mean all was rookie Jack Hawksworth. But, after two 45-minute practice sessions...
Via Race Review Online
April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Simon Pagenaud Fastest in Practice on Friday at Long Beach

IndyCar Media Site Long Beach, CA- The Verizon IndyCar Series took to the 1.968-mile Long Beach street circuit on a beautiful sun drenched Friday afternoon for two practice sessions in preparation for Sunday’s 40th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Both sessions were 45-minutes each around the 11-turn historic track as the French connection of Simon Pagenaud and Sebastien...
Via Race Review Online
April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Takuma Sato wins Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Verizon 1 Pole Award

After a three hour rain delay, Takuma Sato would lay down the quickest lap in the Firestone Fast Six to score the Version 1 Pole Award for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “I knew we had a strong package from last year,” the driver of the No. 14 ABC Supply Toyota said. “Today was such an excitement, and everyone did a great job.” Sato led practice yesterday and was able...
Via On Pit Road
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Takuma Sato Earns the Pole for the Verizon IndyCar Series Season Opener

IndyCar Media Site St. Petersburg, Fla- It was looking like we wouldn’t get qualifying in for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Heavy rain started falling on the 1.8-mile downtown St. Petersburg street course shortly before 1 PM ET as qualifying was scheduled for 2 PM today. During the storm, heavy winds and rain fell as everyone had to leave the track and take...
Via Race Review Online
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Takuma Sato leads Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg practice

In preparation for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers had a pair of practice sessions today to get their cars handling for tomorrow’s qualifying session and Sunday’s race. At the end of the pair of practices, it was Takuma Sato topping the charts with a lap of one minute, 2.5615 seconds in his No. 14 ABC Supply car for A.J. Foyt Racing...
Via On Pit Road
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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