First at Indy, first to test Dan
Wheldon and his Indy-winning Brian
Herta Autosport team will conduct
official testing for the 2012 IndyCar. The
prototype is expected to run in August.
andretti and Kanaan go toe to toe for the lead in Iowa, with a forceful Marco getting the last laugh and proving that his precocious 2006 achievements were no flash in the pan.
MARCO REMAKES HIS MARK
He’d won in IndyCar before, but Andretti’s victory at
Iowa Speedway was a major breakthrough nonetheless
IndyCar has been waiting eagerly for Marco Andretti to
fulfill the promise he showed in his rookie season back
in 1986, and at the Iowa Corn 250, it finally was mission
accomplished. After charging up spectacularly through the
field from 17th on the grid, Andretti dispensed with oval
masters Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti for the lead, played
rough but fair with the Brazilian in the final laps, and took a
dynamic victory on the banked 0.875-mile bullring.
Ironically, the win came just hours after Marco had written
on his exclusive RACER.com blog about the Andretti Autosport
team’s struggles on oval tracks this season, but he said in
victory lane that he’d known Iowa might be different.
“We were down a little bit on the bigger ovals but we knew
when it comes down to handling we’d be OK,” said Andretti.
Kanaan admitted Andretti’s driving
went to the edge of blocking but – in
marked contrast with Franchitti’s
vociferous complaints the previous week
at Milwaukee about Helio Castroneves –
the KV Racing driver said it was
understandable in the circumstances.
“He did exactly what he needed to do
to win the race,” he said. “I would have
done the same, I think.
“I’m happy for him. If anybody had a
doubt that he could win a race, if they
watched the race today, he won it fair
THROUGH THE WARS
Street-race ace enduring
painful setbacks on ovals
It was no surprise that Simona de
Silvestro was more at home on the road
and street circuit portion of the IZOD
IndyCar Series calendar than the ovals,
but few have had more daunting
obstacles in learning the oval game than
the Swiss sophomore. After her scary
fiery crash at Texas last year came this
season’s flaming wreck at Indy that left
her with burns on her hands, and then a
grinding crash during qualifying at
Milwaukee. Although she admitted at
Indy that her will to carry on had been
tested, she did just that until IndyCar’s
medical staff stood her down for Iowa.
“Upon evaluation Sunday morning
at Milwaukee, Simona had no physical
signs of a concussion after the
neurological exam and didn’t report any
post-concussion symptoms to the
IndyCar medical team, so she was
cleared to drive,” IndyCar explained in a
statement. “After taking 11 laps in the
car, Simona returned to the care center
reporting post-concussion symptoms.
Physical and emotional stress can bring
out post-concussion symptoms.”
De Silvestro has her hands full
without a healthy pair of hands to
deal with it, but fights on for HVM.
Competent and eloquent debut catches Rahal’s eye