…a series of four separate announcements that were released within a span of 72 hours.Â Each of these announcements taken individually would have been just some bad news but happening one after the other in quick succession reminded me of Dominos tumbling.Â Like dominos tumbling I theorized that this could be the start of a series of more bad news for the IRLâ€™s Indy Racing League.
I hate to say it but it seems like I am right as three more dominos tumbled in Indy land.
Todayâ€™s first domino was the report from Speedâ€™s Robin Miller that the winningest team of the past 20 years in open wheel will be signing two ride buyers.Â One of the drivers Newman/Haas/Lanigan will be the…Â More info
Tough times and cutbacks, or even outright cancellation of programs, are mode throughout today’s motorsports programs, and while the Indy Racing League (IRL) has announced it will delay application of its new engine package until 2012, the proposed format is already drawing interest from diverse quarters.
The plan had initially been to enact the new engine proposal for the 2011 season, but that has been scrapped to help allow teams and sponsoring manufacturers time to cope with the current economic situation…Â More info
The 2009 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda will feature a $1 million prize to the series champion as part of $3 million in prize money, series officials announced today.
The $1 million champion’s prize is the most lucrative championship payout in a North American open-wheel driver development series. The driver who finishes second in the 2009 Atlantic Championship will receive $500,000, with the remaining $1.5 million to be paid out in per-event race purses.
“This is a significant prize package that should attract top drivers from all over the world to the Atlantic Championship this season,” said Atlantic Championship President Ben Johnston. “The $1 million champion’s prize…Â More infoÂ
Due to costs and the status of the economy NASCAR suspended testing this season, so the IndyCar Series is also cutting back.
Announcing a new testing policy, IndyCar Series teams will be allowed six private test days for 2009 with limitations on the numbers of miles and sets of tires based on the team’s number of full-time cars.
“Our 2009 testing policy strikes a fair balance between controlling costs and maintaining a level playing field…Â More info