Archive for the IndyCar Category

Milka Dunno : Is This the End?

Posted in IndyCar with tags , , , , , , , on August 3, 2010 by autoracingpower

An article posted on ESPN on July 24th stated that the IRL placed Milka Duno on probation until December 31st due to consistently failing to meet minimal performance standards. It was stated that the 38-year old Venezuelan driver needed to show “immediate and substantial improvement in her driving.”

Duno has consistently been one of the slowest drivers at every IndyCar Series road race. Her team owner, Dale Coyne needs the sponsorship supper that Dunno brings in from oil giant Citgo to keep his team in good standings. He defends her by saying, “She hasn’t done street circuits, so we knew the challenge was bigger on street tracks.”

The biggest issue isn’t her poor speeds, but how her poor speeds on the track are effecting other racers who get stuck behind her as they try to lap her. For more information on her driving patterns and public appearances, read more here.

Move Over Danica Patrick

Posted in IndyCar with tags , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by autoracingpower

Sixteen-year-old Savannah Rickli has her sights set high. She has aspirations to be the first women to win the Indy 500. For the past 9 years, Rickli has been starting her racing journey where most young racers start: racing karts. She currently competes in a Mini Cooper with heavy modifications and is sponsored by SCR Performance and Built By Bones.

This past weekend, Rickli finished the Pikes Peak International Hull Climb. It’s a one way, 12.4 mile trip up Colorado’s highest mountain. She scaled the mountain with a competitive time of 13:58.

Move over Danica Patrick, looks like Savannah Rickli is bringing the heat.

A Day in the Life of Danica Patrick

Posted in IndyCar, Rally Car, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by autoracingpower

Diddy & Wahlberg Race IndyCars

Posted in IndyCar with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2010 by autoracingpower

Think IndyCar is just for the professionals on the track? Think again! This weekend, Diddy and Mark Wahlberg took place in the AquaHydrate Indy Car Race. Diddy and Wahlberg are the co-owners of the new company selling  high-performance sports water. Watch the interview of Mark and see them get ready to race down the streets of LA.

Fantasy Racing: IndyCar Nation

Posted in IndyCar with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2010 by autoracingpower

Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Football…of course, there’s Fantasy Racing.

Sign up today for the 2010 Season for free

Don’t know how to play? That’s alright. The world of fantasy racing allows you to experience the thrill of racing reason first hand! Strategize and select players weekly to accumulate points based on your driver’s performance on the real-life track.

The only catch is that you can only select each driver a maximum of six times during the season. So, if you choose a top contender for those first six weeks…be ready to put him on pit row for the rest of the season.

The contest runs 17 weeks and begins on March 14, 2010 and ending with the last scheduled race on October 2, 2010. You may enter at any time during the contest.

What are you waiting for? On your marks, get set, start fantasy racing!

Who Do You Think is the Hottest Woman In Racing?

Posted in Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR, Rally Car, Renault, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2010 by autoracingpower

Racing has always been a male dominated sport. And, even now…how often do we really hear about women in racing?  Let’s take a moment to acknowledge some of the hottest women in racing. Who do you think is the hottest?

Miss Danica Patrick

Danica started racing at the early age of 10. She competes in IndyCar and has even made her NASCAR debut. She is also the current face of and has graced the pages of FHM and Sport Illustrated.

The lovely Ashley Force

Ashley was the first female to win the NHRA Funny Car. She even won against her own dad, 14-time winner John Force. Her other claims to fame are 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series’ Rookie of the Year and 2007 AOL Sports Hottest Athlete. Does she get your vote?

British Katherine Legge

Currently racing in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. First woman to test and A1 Grand Prix car in 2005. And, she was the first woman to test a Formula 1 car back in 2002.

Drag Racing Erica Enders

Pursued her passion at the early age of 8and has become the most successful female Pro Stock driver in NHRA history. In only 8 years of competition she has racked up 37 Jr. Dragster wins.  Her story was picked up by Disney Channel and turned into the TV movie, Right On Track.

Switzerland’s Cyndia Allemann

Cyndie began her career in racing very early at age 7. From karting she moved on over to cars in 2004 and finsihed sixth her first year in the Formule Renault 2.0 Suisse.

Rally Adopts F1 Points

Posted in Formula 1, IndyCar, Rally Car, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2010 by autoracingpower

It’s been noted that Formula 1 will restructure their point system this season with a bigger difference between the winner and second place, in order to encourage drivers to go for the victory.  According to ESPN, the world rally championships have adopted the same point restructuring.  This went into effect in time for last weekend’s season-opening Swedish rally.

25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1. Points for 1st to 10th place.

Sao Paulo New Street Circuit

Posted in IndyCar with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2010 by autoracingpower

Details have just been released regarding the new street circuit that will host this year’s IZOD IndyCar Series season opener. The race takes place in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 14.

Sao Paulo Street Circuit

Sao Paulo Street Circuit

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Ryan Hunter-Reay signed with Michael Andretti’s IndyCar Team

Posted in IndyCar, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 5, 2010 by autoracingpower

With a limited schedule in 2010, Hunter-Reay will race in the Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport.

Sponsors: Phillips-Van Heusen; Izod brand.

Hunter-Reay’s Car:  No. 37 car

For more information visit

Oil Pump and Wet / Dry Sump Systems – Racing Auto Parts

Posted in Auto Parts, Formula 1, IndyCar, Oil Pump with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2008 by autoracingpower

oil-pumpThe majority of production cars use a wet sump oil system. In this system, the oil that lubricates the engine is stored underneath the crankshaft in the oil pan. The pan must be large enough to hold four to six quarts of oil. The oil pump sucks up oil from the bottom of the oil pan and then pumps it to the rest of the engine.

In a dry sump system, extra oil is stored in a tank outside the engine and a large oil pan isn’t necessary. A dry sump system uses at least two oil pumps. One pulls oil from the sump and sends it to the tank. The other pump takes oil from the tank and pushes it to lubricate the engine. The dry sump system allows for the minimum amount of oil possible to be in the engine.

Major racing series such as Formula One and Indy Car utilize the dry sump system. A dry sump system is designed to provide lubrication for the engine’s internal parts and also increase performance. A wet sump system is not practical for racing as lateral G-forces would pull the oil to one side, which would momentarily leave the engine without oil. Because the oil is stored in a separate tank, a large oil pan is not necessary. This allows for the engine to sit lower to the ground, which lowers the center of gravity.