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Default O/T: IndyCar: A. J. Foyt Racing joins Ganassi Racing as Honda teams in 2012

Back around the Indy 500 there was some conversation about next years Indy
Car engine lineup. - Dave in Houston

Izod IndyCar Series team owners A. J. Foyt and Chip Ganassi will be on the
same side when the 2012 season kicks off. Each will be a Honda-powered team
when IndyCar debuts its new chassis and engine package.

Foyt on Tuesday announced that his organization will stay with Honda for
next season. Along with Ganassi, they are the first two teams to announce
for Honda, though another is expected to make a similar announcement soon.

Ganassi will have a four-car team, Foyt just one for now. Another car could
materialize, Foyt said.

Foyt said he chose Honda because of its reliability as the recent sole
supplier of Indy-car engines.

Team Penske is so far the only team to choose Chevrolet. Engine supplier
Lotus hasn't announced a team, although it figures to be KV Racing
Technology, which has a technical alliance and receives Lotus sponsorship
for its three-car operation



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Default O/T: IndyCar: A. J. Foyt Racing joins Ganassi Racing as Hondateams in 2012

On Jul 20, 1:03*pm, "Dave In Texas" wrote:
Back around the Indy 500 there was some conversation about next years Indy
Car engine lineup. *- *Dave in Houston

Izod IndyCar Series team owners A. J. Foyt and Chip Ganassi will be on the
same side when the 2012 season kicks off. Each will be a Honda-powered team
when IndyCar debuts its new chassis and engine package.

Foyt on Tuesday announced that his organization will stay with Honda for
next season. Along with Ganassi, they are the first two teams to announce
for Honda, though another is expected to make a similar announcement soon..

Ganassi will have a four-car team, Foyt just one for now. Another car could
materialize, Foyt said.

Foyt said he chose Honda because of its reliability as the recent sole
supplier of Indy-car engines.

Team Penske is so far the only team to choose Chevrolet. Engine supplier
Lotus hasn't announced a team, although it figures to be KV Racing
Technology, which has a technical alliance and receives Lotus sponsorship
for its three-car operation

Read mohttp://www.autoweek.com/article/2011...#ixzz1SfLKuDwZ


I wonder how much that has to do with technology transfer vs name
recognition. The Foyt name is well known even outside of racing
circles, Ganassi very well known inside.
I never did like the all Honda approach as I can't see it helping the
kind of development one sees when done when engineers compete.

I do like to see them adding more road courses because that does help
the development of all aspects of car design, not just left turns.

I would like to see a whole new format: max budget 20 million, 3 cars,
3 drivers, standard pit crew and garages all equipped the same. Max
dimensions for wheel base and track, no more than 2 litres of
displacement, 30 gallons of fuel, 300 mile race through the streets,
Formula 1 safety rules. Aspirate any way you want, put on as much wing
as you want )with max height/width/length rules.
Sponsorships across all teams from the same group of corporates, IOW
all have a nike badge, Budweiser badge etc.
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