Similar to other Midwestern cities this week, Indianapolis was slammed with ice and snow storms causing team shops and even the INDYCAR offices to take a snow day. Despite the weather (and a newly formed ice rink in the INDYCAR parking lot) nothing can stop the momentum towards an exciting 2011 season.

Fans can now follow Verizon Team Penske driver, Will Power, on Twitter @12WillPower

Fans can now follow Verizon Team Penske driver, Will Power, on Twitter @12WillPower

Let’s start with Social Media (I might be partial) this week Verizon Team Penske driver, Will Power joined Twitter as @12WillPower. I know, I know, this is not the biggest news in racing┬áper-say. BUT, it is a big deal when you consider the fact that now IZOD IndyCar Series fans can get live updates directly from Will. There’s nothing cooler at the track than an all-access pass, right? Well consider this piece of news to be your year-round all-access pass to learning more about one of your favorite drivers. This week, Will Power could also be found blogging on SpeedTV.com (check it out here). In the blog, Power shares what he’s been doing in the off-season to physically and mentally prepare for the 2011 season.

Will Power was not the only driver caught blogging this week. Ryan Briscoe shared his Super Bowl plans with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Australian ‘Cheesehead’ had plenty to say about the Packers and why he’s a fan. (Check out Ryan’s first post here and second post here). Read more about how Briscoe and his fellow Penske drivers, Helio Castroneves and Will Power, will be spending Super Bowl Sunday here.

Penske also announced new sponsors for their 2011 rides in Guidepoint and PPG. Check out two new schemes that will be on track this season:

Team Penske Guidepoint No. 6 car

No. 6 Guidepoint Team Penske IndyCar

Team Penske PPG No. 6 car

No. 6 PPG Team Penske IndyCar

From Social Media let’s jump over to this week’s announcement that Takuma Sato and E.J. Viso will return as anchors for the 2011 season at KV Racing Technology-Lotus (read more here). In the article, Viso shares the positive steps taken in 2010 that have the teamed poised for success in 2011. Lotus’ motorsport director, Claudio Berro wants fans to know that “last year was all about learning.┬áThis year, we would really like to achieve some podium finishes.”

Fans were excited to hear that Sebastien Bourdais spent this past week testing with Dale Coyne Racing along with Martin Plowman (full article here). Andretti Autosport unveiled that Mike Conway will be their fourth man in a 2011 line-up that already includes Marco Andretti, Danica Patrick and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Find out more about what Conway’s done to rehab from last season’s Indianapolis 500 injuries here.

Edmonton Indy promoters plan to unveil the race’s new circuit layout and ticket plans this Tuesday, February 8 (read more here). So far, they have only shared that the new layout places a few grandstands incredibly close to racing action — something that should get fans excited for Edmonton. Keep an eye on IndyCar.com for the new circuit layout as soon as it’s announced.

Today the Super Bowl takes place in Dallas, Texas, so I will close with a little humor from nearby Texas Motor Speedway which found itself covered in snow just a few days ago. Check out their Facebook page for a photo of the track.

We’re officially seven (7) weeks away from the start of the 2011 IndyCar season, what in the news this week has you most excited?

Comments

There are 5 comments for this post.

  1. Ken on February 7, 2011 7:14 am
    Ken

    What has me MOST excited is that we’re now less than 7 weeks away from the start of the 2011 INDYCAR season!!!

  2. Patrick on February 7, 2011 9:12 pm
    Patrick

    It is clear IndyCar is heading in the right direction. IZOD has been a huge addition, and it is obvious they support the series 100%! Every sponsor on every car make it possible for us to be able to see the best auto racing on earth. Keep it up, IndyCar! This fan can’t wait to see what you do next!

  3. Mark Anderson on February 8, 2011 1:12 pm
    Mark Anderson

    it is obvious Indy Car is on its way back, when you see Honda, Chevrolet and Lotus all supplying engines for the 2012 season not to mention all of the new sponsorship pouring in to the league it’s apparent Indy Car is moving in the right direction and I believe Randy Bernard should be commended for his leadership. It really is amazing what he has accomplished in his short time at the helm. There are just a few pieces of this puzzle missing, television coverage being one, I’m sure they’re working on that now! from a fan perspective all I can say is “Thank You.”

  4. patrick augustyn on February 9, 2011 7:49 am
    patrick augustyn

    v6 engines are a big mistake they sound horrible remember the buicks? the sound is a big part of the experience they shouldve kept it open to v8 engines also 2011 will be my 30th and last year

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    Etsuko

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