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A Design from Argentina

Posted on: September 15, 2010 | Comments(2) | 2012 Chassis Designs, Fans, New Media | By: Jarrod

Compliation by Adrian ablo Larrondo

Adrian's Compliation

Apologizes for the image size, it was this size or pixelated! Hopefully the designer’s comments will help with the formatting issue:

“Hi, I’m Adrian Larrondo, industrial design student in Argentina. My concept is inspired by the lines of the 50 aircraft and try to move them to the safety Selda Ustad provided.

This design is the first of three concepts that I developed for the category, all my work I found in my facebook and consult enthusiasts, from already thank you very much for the opportunity to show my designs and on this side of the world there are not many competitions on cars is my passion.”

Think you can come up with a design? We want your submissions!

{Admin Note} With all of the excitement——and questions around the Future IndyCar Concept Announcement. We at IndyCar.com thought we’d enlist our users to have fun with the open design concept that the 2012 IndyCar chassis will endorse.  For more information please visit the www.indycar.com/2012 page for interviews, car information and of course…the details on how you can design your own concept.

And the winner is…

Posted on: September 13, 2010 | Comments(6) | Helmet Designs | By: Drew Coomes

We would like to thank everyone who submitted their designs for the 2010 Helmet Design Contest! The winner is number 5, designed by Danielle Figel:

Design by Danielle Figel

Helmet Design WINNER!

Danielle will receive a replica helmet, a team hat and shirt and autograph hero card.  The helmet will now be recreated in a 3-Dimensional format for final prep, then sent to the painter! The helmet will debut at the  Homestead-Miami Race on October 2nd for the Miami Indy 300 (the IZOD IndyCar Series finale). Again, we at Sarah Fisher Racing would like to thank everyone for their efforts in this, in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, helping raise the awareness of breast cancer.

Hand Drawn Car Design!

Posted on: September 2, 2010 | Comments(7) | 2012 Chassis Designs, Fans | By: Jarrod

New Car Design by Takanori Watanabe from Japan! First hand drawn submission:

Takanori Watanabe 2012 Design, #3

Side view

Takanori Watanabe 2012 Design, #2

Overhead Shot

Takanori Watanabe 2012 Design, #1

Close-up

Take a look at more chassis designs here.

What do you think?

{Admin Note} With all of the excitement——and questions around the Future IndyCar Concept Announcement. We at IndyCar.com thought we’d enlist our users to have fun with the open design concept that the 2012 IndyCarchassis will endorse.  For more information please visit the www.indycar.com/2012 page for interviews, car information and of course…the details on how you can design your own concept.

Now the road courses are over and done with, it’s time for us to knuckle  down and figure out this 1.5mile oval car. 190 mph flat out banked oval  racing in packs is thrilling stuff and you need to keep your wits about  you at all times because everybody will generally stay in a big bunch  and constantly be dicing for position. You also need a good car to be  fast in clean air and stay flat out in traffic. And that’s what we as a  team had to develop.

I’m not pleading poverty though. I’ve  probably harped on about the disadvantages we’ve faced as a team from the outset enough already. The reality is I’m more than pleased with  what Derrick and his team have provided me with at each race and the  chances I’ve had to really race hard against a lot of good drivers and  teams. I knew at the beginning of the year the advantages of being with Walker Racing would always far outweigh any disadvantages.

Chicago  was a really solid weekend us. Qualifying 11th showed again that some  of these Lights teams know something about Qualifying that we don’t. I  don’t think it comes down to engineering ability, I know I have a really  good engineer, it’s just they’ve ran this car for nearly 10years  already and we are new.

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Tony Kanaan, an eight-year veteran of the IZOD IndyCar Series, joked that he needed a GPS to find the front entrance of New Hampshire Motor Speedway Aug. 31 for the first of two days of Firestone tire testing on the 1-mile oval.

For all the racetracks and North American cities Kanaan has visited during his distinguished career, it was his first to the speedway in Loudon.

“They call us veterans nowadays,” said Kanaan, motioning to Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, a veteran at age 30. “It’s nice to come to a place I’ve never been. Having been in America for 15 years I don’t have a GPS in my cars because if I haven’t figured it out yet I should go home. This morning I got here late because I realized I didn’t know how to get to the racetrack. I stopped and asked at a gas station and once I got here I got yelled at (at the front gate) because I didn’t stop to sign in. I apologized to the guy, ‘Sorry, it’s my first time here.’ ”

Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon

Tony and Scott

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Magnum Gives Back

Posted on: August 31, 2010 | Comments (0) | Contests, New Media, Sponsors | By: Admin

Shoes, shoes and more shoes! Recently, we joined up with Magnum Boots USA and ran a Twitter contest to give-away a complimentary pair or boots. Why? Well, we love our fans and we love our sponsors so we figured we better introduce the two…so, kind of like a blind date, but with a prize!

For those of you who don’t know, Magnum, is the sponsor of the IndyCar Series safety and security teams and supports the #4 National Guard car driven by Dan Wheldon. Here is a picture of a pair in action:

Magnum Boots

Magnum Boots in Action

In addition to giving an IndyCar Series fan a cool new pair of boots, Magnum has also found other ways to give back to the community. During various retail promotions, they donate $2 for every pair of boots sold to the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is an intervention programs dedicated to helping at-risk youth have a better tomorrow. Magnum has already donated approximately $20,000 to this non-profit organization – Pretty amazing!

Magnum is just one of our sponsors that is making a difference in the community and in racing. We hope to have more installments like this one, that highlight our relationship with our fans and our sponsors. We also plan on having another give-away contest soon. Good luck! And you should probably follow us both on Twitter:

IZOD IndyCar Series: @IndyCarNation

Magnum: @MagnumBootsUSA

Covering Sonoma

Posted on: August 21, 2010 | Comments(4) | New Media, Race Tracks | By: Daniel

Infineon Raceway is a beautiful track in Sonoma, California with elevation changes and yellow hills surrounding the track. The mornings are overcast before giving way to bright, bright sun later in the day. It’s a great venue for fans, it’s also not too bad if you’re shooing video or images.

Curbs and track

A shot from yesterday morning at Infineon Raceway

You may have noticed that we publish a lot of content throughout the race weekend – via Tweets, Facebook updates, countless IndyCar.com changes and news stories, live video and timing and scoring through Race Control, and images to Flickr, video to YouTube, and RSS feeds for each driver and team. It’s a content juggling act.

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Brothers, Mauro and Art Rotondo own and operate ArtRotondo.com. This dynamic duo is based out of Montreal and specializes in the art of motorsport helmet design.

Front view- Rahal's Mid-Ohio Helmet

Graham Rahal's Helmet for the Mid-Ohio Race

We have quite a roster of IRL drivers under our brand, one of our first- Graham Rahal- is always looking for the most unique and stylish helmets out there. This weekend’s Mid-Ohio Race marks the home race for Rahal. For the occasion, ArtRotondo.com actually kicked it old school by paying tribute to Graham’s father Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, by painting his helmet in his father’s original colors. Who thought a few shapes on a helmet could make so much of an impact? In a sport where helmets are getting busier from race to race, it’s nice to come back to down to basics and create this great tribute. Hopefully this helmet will bring Graham the luck needed to be first to cross the finish line this Sunday.

Rahal's Sonoma Helmet

QuickTrim colors for the Sonoma Race

After an entire season of sponsorship uncertainty for Rahal, the great people at QuickTrim came through and decided to come on board with Rahal to sponsor the rest of his racing season starting at the Sonoma race. For the occasion, the ArtRotondo.com company made sure to incorporate their unique corporate colors into Graham’s helmets.

Graham Rahal Custom Cartoon

Cartoon Rahal Design

Each of our helmets is unique its own way right down to the custom painted cartoon Graham on each helmet top even suited up in his QuickTrim suit! These helmets were a blast to work on and hope they will bring Graham the extra boost to bring the QuickTrim car to victory lane!

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A Driver’s Diet: E.J. Viso

Posted on: July 27, 2010 | Comments(7) | Drivers, Race Tracks | By: Emily

Many IZOD IndyCar Series drivers bring their favorite foods with them while on the road, which partly is why you’re more apt to get an autograph/photo while shopping in the organic produce section of Whole Foods  than a local hamburger joint.
Such meal plans allow for drivers to eat when they’re hungry, more likely to stick to their diet and consume health-conscious items that they enjoy. For E.J. Viso, one of his favorites is sardines. Check out the video as the KV Racing Technology driver from Venezuela explains.

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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