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A Memorable Day

Posted on: July 23, 2010 | Comments (0) | Drivers, Race Tracks | By: Cassie

Thursday in Edmonton consisted of crew and driver preparations, Setup Day in other words. As crews worked to set up shop, drivers took part in other activities. Kevin Martin of Edmonton, an Olympic gold medalist in curling, visited and was shown around by a few of the drivers, including Will Power. Earlier in the day, Power took part in a different event along with Firestone Indy Lights driver Philip Major. A Racing For Kids event landed Power and Major at Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital, where they spent memorable time with the patients.

A Memorable Visit

Will Power at Stollery Children's Hospital

Eighty children were excitedly waiting to meet the drivers and for the chance to sit in a real IndyCar. Hats with the Racing For Kids logo were passed out to the patients. Autographs, photos and laughs were exchanged between the drivers and children. Power and Major helped children in and out of the car.

Phil Major and a Patient

Phil Major with a Stollery Patient

Power and Major made sure to visit as many patients as possible, traveling from room to room. The event provided memories and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for the children. It was a touching day for all involved.

Sunday 4:48 p.m.- Thanks for keeping up with the live blog this weekend. Can’t wait for Edmonton! Here are some victory lane photos for you, see the rest here.

The Winner

Will Power #1 at Hondy Indy Toronto

Tons of confetti

Top 3 with lots of confetti!

Sunday 3:25 p.m.- After going through the predictions on both Facebook and Twitter we have two winners from the “Pick the Top Three Trifecta Contest.” Congratulations to both Michael Hannowsky and @ACDonahue for guessing the top three drivers in the right order: Will Power, Dario Franchitti and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Sunday 2:47p.m.- WE HAVE A WINNER- Will Power to Victory Lane! Highlight video and tons of pictures from throughout the race to come!

Ready for racing

Will Power wins at Honda Indy Toronto

Sunday 2:34 p.m.- Sixth full course yellow of the race- Last year there were only 5! Alex Tagliani and Tomas Scheckter connect in the corner. Justin Wilson spins out and Scott Dixon loses his front suspension. All in one lap!

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Hildebrand checking out his ride

Hildebrand checking out his ride.

J.R. Hildebrand, the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights champion, isn’t a stranger to auto racing challenges. He’ll face the next one in August — driving an IndyCar at Mid-Ohio and Infineon.

J.R. (John Randall) Hildebrand also isn’t a stranger to having a good time. A Sausalito, Calif., native/resident who enjoys sports of all sorts and looking at Alcatraz Island on a foggy morning, he provides a glimpse of the man behind the wheel in the video below.

Hildebrand recently announced his partnership with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the two IZOD IndyCar Series events with an eye on driving full time in 2011.

This weekend’s stop on the IZOD IndyCar Series circuit in Iowa is jammed packed with action. For the first time in Indy Racing League history all 4 series, leagues will be competing on the same weekend in the same city on the same oval…The IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights Series, Star Mazda Championship and the USF2000 Series. This completes the progression for up and coming drivers who are aspiring to be IZOD IndyCar Series drivers.

I’ve been to Iowa, many a times in my day…but that is a different topic. I’ve only been to Iowa Speedway once, in 2009 and I was impressed. I personally think its cool to see IndyCars on short ovals, and Iowa Speedway is short. I have a certain appreciation for people like Tomas Scheckter and Tony Kanaan who seem to be able to pass anyone at anywhere on restarts especially on tracks as tight as Iowa.

Brian Herta and Daniel Herrington Grill their Meat (2009)

But there is another reason that Iowa is so cool. I wish I could name the restaurant but I can’t. More important than the name is the style! Last year I ventured over to this unnamed restaurant with a few co-workers from IMS Productions and the IRL. We walked in the doors and behind the hostess was a large meat locker. That’s right a MEAT LOCKER. I immediately started to drool.

Then I looked around and saw 2 enormous grills. Yep, I got to grill my own dinner. Not only did I get to hand pick my meat out of a locker, but I got to grill it along side a freshly garlic buttered slice of texas toast.

So this weekend, I am watching from Indy. I’ll be on Race Control and I’ll also switch over to Star Mazda and USF2000.com for LIVE streaming of their events on Saturday evening.

If you are in Iowa, seek out the place where you can grill your own meat. Its fun and tasty!

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The Road to Indy continues this weekend at Iowa Speedway for the final combined show of the 2010 season with the IZOD IndyCar Series.  It’s also the final oval on the schedule for both Star Mazda and USF2000.  More on this weekend’s event in just a few sentences…

When we last checked in, we were getting set for Indianapolis.  By now you probably know that Wade Cunningham (Firestone Indy Lights), Conor Daly (Star Mazda) and Patrick McKenna (USF2000) won their respective series’ events in Indianapolis.  Nice work, boys.

Indy Lights Drivers #77 Wade Cunningham & #26 Charlie Kimball at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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James Hinchcliffe is a Firestone Indy Lights Driver and member of the Pace Car Team. In this post “Hinch” describes his participation during the Firestone 550K Race at Texas Motor Speedway.  

When the manager of the Pace Car Team told me I was going to Texas Motor Speedway for the latest round of the IZOD IndyCar Series, I was stoked!  What she neglected to mention was that it was going to be 1000 degrees and 800% humidity!  Being a pasty Canadian fellow, this presented a problem.  But armed with SPF 85, a full brimmed hat and those crazy wrap-around sunglasses that old people in Florida wear, I was good to go!

This trip I got to go down with CK, whom you all know from his famous underwear line.  OK, it’s not THAT CK, it was fellow PCT member Charlie Kimball.  We flew down Friday morning and when we walked out of the plane it felt like we got hit by a Mack Truck of heat!

Pace Car Team

The Pace Car Team in Texas

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[ADMIN NOTE: Indy Lights drivers Martin Plowman and James Hinchcliffe were in Kansas this past weekend, performing their duties as Pace Car drivers. Check out what they got into, or their blog first post, here.]

Windy Kansas

The weekend got off to a windy start

Martin Plowman

Kansas marked the first weekend that James and I travelled to a non-Firestone Indy Lights race weekend together as part of the Pace Car Team, and it didn’t disappoint. “Hinch and Plowey” sounds like a circus sideshow; we are more like a circus freak show! But less talk about Hinch and more talk about our weekend.

First off, we flew out to sunny Kansas (ironic comment), bright and early Friday morning. We were flying out in style on the IRL’s private jet out of Indianapolis International Airport. We rocked into the INDYCAR aviation hanger, walked inside, no check in lines, no security lines, nothing. “This is the life,” I thought. That was until we boarded the plane, sat down in the second row behind IRL CEO Randy Bernard, and prepared to taxi to the runway.

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