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McBlog: Splash/Dash

Make that: Nope/Hope

by on Jun.17, 2011

Want to have us clean your windshield and check your oil, too? Dario Franchitti pits at the 2011 Indy 500.

Is it just me or are there more fuel management problems than usual in racing?

Take Chip Ganassi’s team at Indy’s 100th anniversary run. A one-two finish looked to be a lock with either Scott Dixon or Dario Franchitti crossing the line first. Dario had set fastest lap of the race; Scott the fastest lap while leading. Combined they were assured of having led more than half the race already. At worst, with the pair on different fuel strategies, Chip was confident that one or the other of his drivers would be guzzling milk in Victory Lane.

Then the one-two finish turned to five-twelve as the checker dropped. Thanks to bloody running low on gas! (Well, more correctly, ethanol. Indy fuel is E98 with only 2% a gasoline blend.)

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The Tarjay folk were not the only team with blips in their fuel strategy – there was splashing and dashing going on in the pits as the end neared. For instance Danica, leading for ten laps, dropped to 10th after a needed fuel stop. A yellow might have made a difference. But in qualifying both Target cars ran out of fuel. Hello! A teaching moment here? Suggestion: replace some computers or the ones paying attention to them. There’s a mis-connect here.

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Chevy Unveils Camaro Indy Pace Car

No, this one’s not on the auction block.

by on Jan.21, 2011

Chevrolet will celebrate its 100th anniversary by pacing the 100th Indy 500 with this 2011 Camaro SS convertible, 50 copies to be auctioned off.

Usually, the cars that roll under the big tent at the annual Barrett-Jackson Auction are there to go on the block.  But while the Camaro Convertible Chevy brought to Scottsdale might have commanded some big bucks, the maker wasn’t ready to auction it off.

That’s because it will be putting in a stint as the pace car for the 2011 Indianapolis 500, next Memorial Day weekend.  But don’t worry, if you’re headed to the Barrett, you’ll still be able to put in your bid for one of 50 Camaro pace car replicas, officially designated the Indianapolis 500 Festival Committee cars.

The event, on Saturday night, will cap a week of major car collector action in the tony Phoenix suburb – and raise money for the David Foster Foundation, a charity that helps families with children in need of organ transplants.  The foundation was created by 15-time Grammy award winner David Foster, a native of Canada. (more…)

Chevy to Offer Indy Pace Car Replica

Producing “up to” 200 Camaro Indy 500 pace car replicas.

by on Apr.06, 2010

Chevrolet plans to produce no more than 200 of the Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replicas.

Good things, it’s said come to those who wait.  Seven years, it turned out, for Chevrolet to bring back the Camaro, now one of the hottest cars on the market.  But for those who’ve been longing to see Chevy’s pony car pace the annual Indianapolis 500, the wait has been even longer. ( See Camaro SS to Pace 2010 Indy 500)

The good news is that Camaro will be back at the Brickyard, next month, for the first time since 1993.

Even better news is the fact that the maker will be offering a 2010 Chevy Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Limited Edition.

“We set out to build a collectible vehicle that will appeal to the die-hard Camaro and Indianapolis 500 fan,” says Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President, Chevrolet Marketing.

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The replica starts out as a factory-ready Camaro SS, but it gets a once-over that includes a variety of features lifted from the actual pace car, Chev claims, including unique seats with the 2010 Indianapolis 500 race logo embroidered onto each of the front bucket seats.

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Marty’s Marketing Minutia

Racing, Research and Recognition: the Indy 500 Goes for the Light Touch

by on May.22, 2009

When the most famous words in motorsports, “Gentlemen and Lady … START YOUR ENGINES” are proclaimed, Middle America’s iconic race, the Indianapolis 500 gets underway with classic touches -- and others decidedly out of the ordinary, this year.

When the most famous (modified) words in motorsports, long since made politically correct, “Gentlemen and Lady … START YOUR ENGINES” are proclaimed, Middle America’s iconic race, the Indianapolis 500 gets underway.

When the most famous words in motorsports, “Gentlemen and Lady … START YOUR ENGINES” are proclaimed, Middle America’s iconic race, the Indianapolis 500 gets underway with some classic touches.

Jim Nabors will sing Back Home Again In Indiana, military jets will scream by overhead trailing red, white and blue colors and the mid-field will continue its weekend of excess.

But a new element has been added, bringing Indy Racing to more homes than ever before, maybe … just maybe more than the TV coverage.  Thomas Kinkade, the master artist of paintings bathed in luminous, incandescent, radiant light, has painted a special Indy 500 image that is certain to adorn the living rooms of millions of his adoring fans. (more…)