The Green Savoree-promoted Honda Grand
Prix of St. Petersburg (LEFT) has been
confirmed through 2017, while Andretti
Sports Marketing confirmed IndyCar would
return to Milwaukee in 2013, June 14-15.
HEAT RACES SE T FOR T WEAK
The Friday evening heat-race
format to decide the grid for
Saturday’s main event at Iowa
will be altered for 2013. This
year’s attempt was regarded by
teams as a lot of risk for little
reward, while fans wondered
why winners of the first two
heats didn’t progress to the
third. Participants in Heat 3 were
decided by practice times, and
the winner – the polesitter for
the main – earned just a point.
ST. PE TERSBURG
From short ovals, to speedways, to road courses, to street
tracks, the quality of IndyCar’s racing in 2012 has impressed
Beaux Barfield, IndyCar’s president
of competition, is crediting Will Phillips
(the series’ vp of technology) and Dallara
with the improved racing in the 2012
IZOD IndyCar Series but also a renewed
sense of responsibility among the drivers.
“The car has totally proved itself,” said
Barfield, “and Will has worked tirelessly
with Dallara to make sure the aero
packages are appropriate for each track.
But I also think we should give credit to
the drivers for their input. When I got this
role at the start of the year, I wanted to
adjust rules so they were understandable
to fans and made sense to the drivers.
For example, defending your line to the
SCOT T DIXON
In the first nine races of 2012, the winner was on pole just twice.
Fast cars starting mid-pack with engine-change penalties have
added to the great racing. (Road courses are blue; ovals red)
TIMING & SCORING PLEDGE
IndyCar president of competition
Beaux Barfield (BELOW) has
pledged to be less quick to pull
the trigger on drivers after Race
Control mistakenly gave Scott
Dixon a drive-through penalty
for a jumped start at Milwaukee.
A computer error meant officials
made their decision based on
a replay of an aborted restart,
rather than the green-flagged
restart. Dixon, on course for a
top-three finish, wound up 11th.
F. Peirce Williams/LAT
LOTUS TO GE T UPGRADES
In June, IndyCar allowed
Lotus to make improvements to
its Judd-built engines. IndyCar
had set one midseason window
in which a manufacturer could
request performance upgrades
for components that are
otherwise frozen – as long as it
could prove a power deficit to
its rivals of at least 2.5 percent.
After a fraught debut season,
Lotus was able to do just that...