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“To our great benefit, Dario
Franchitti is in an ideal
position to prognosticate on
the 2014 IndyCar season”
An In Focus is always special, but this one has extra allure.
The battle-stained Porsche 911 RSR which won the GTLM
class in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona rolled from Victory
Lane to RACER’s “studio” at CORE’s shop. See page 48…
Adam Cooper got
under the skin of
the 2014 F1 cars
and the regs to give
a full explanation
of why they go,
sound and look the
way they do.
iven the abundance of riches at Chip
Ganassi Racing this year, it was only logical
to feature the team’s IndyCar squad on the
cover of RACER ’s 2014 Season Preview
Issue. All four CGR drivers have race wins,
and sitting in the pair of Target cars are
the reigning series champion and the
reigning Indy 500 champion. As a team
owner, could your hand get any stronger?
Well, yes, as Chip proved by asking the
newly retired Dario Franchitti to stay on as
an advisor and mentor to the drivers. We’re
not sure of the multiple champ’s new job
description, but it’s probably along the lines
of, “Carry on being Dario,” a role in which
he’s uniquely positioned to succeed. To our
great benefit, he’s also in an ideal position
to prognosticate on the 2014 IndyCar
Series season. Read his thoughts and
predictions, starting on page 28.
While race fans are used to reveling in
IndyCar’s open competition, Formula 1 has
been way more predictable in recent years.
Everyone starts quite evenly matched
but, by mid-season, Adrian Newey’s fired
up his frontal lobe, Sebastian Vettel has
found another gear, and suddenly it’s
“Goodnight Vienna” (or Milton Keynes)
for Red Bull Racing’s rivals.
OK, maybe that’s how it will be again in
2014, too. However, as we went to press,
the RB10, like all the Renault-powered
F1 cars, was struggling in the wake of
cars carrying Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari
engines…or power units, as we must now
call them. Our preview picks through the
vast rule changes that have resulted in
F1 cars with cutting-edge tech at the rear
and distinctive and bizarre noses in front.
If four-time and reigning F1 World
Champion Vettel has endured 99 problems
in pre-season testing, he certainly earned
the respect of you, the RACER readers, for
his 2013 performance, landing a huge
wedge of votes for Racer of the Year XIX.
But was it enough to earn him top spot in
the overall category? Er…no, not even
close. To learn more, turn the page...