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IRL driver Will Power marries longtime girlfriend

Will Power (courtesy of IRL)

Coming off his best IZOD IndyCar Series season of his career, Verizon Team Penske driver Will Power is having a good offseason as well.

Power married his longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Cannon in Maui, Hawaii a few days ago.

Power first met Cannon, who is from Texas, when he came to the United States from his native Australia to race cars in 2006. The two worked together at Walker Racing and they began dating.

Cannon now is employed as a public relations representative for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series while Power has established himself as one of the rising stars of motorsports following a runner-up finish in the 2010 series championship.

Power will return to action in the number 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara /Honda in 2011 looking to defend his Mario Andretti Road course championship and once again fight for the overall IZOD IndyCar Series title.

Info compiled from Penske Racing news

Rahal Letterman Racing adds third name in Lanigan

Bobby Rahal (photo by Nathan Bittinger via Wikipedia Commons)

Bobby Rahal has been talking about being able to run a full IndyCar schedule and by landing a new partner to his group may allow him to do it.

Rahal Letterman Racing, out of Hilliard, Ohio, has added a new co-owner, Mike Lanigan. So, the new name will be Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

The company made the announcement on Friday, bringing aboard Lanigan of MiJack Products, a crane manufacturer.

Rahal and Letterman have been partners since 1996.

Lanigan is no stranger to motorsports sponsorship. He was a part of the Newman-Haas-Lanigan team from 2007 to 2009. He also sponsored Rahal’s son Graham in the Formula Atlantic series in 2006. He also sponsored the younger Rahal when he was driving for Newman-Haas-Lanigan.

The Rahal Letterman team have sat out two straight seasons on the IndyCar circuit. They did run in the Indianapolis 500 with Graham Rahal as their driver.

The team did win the American LeMans series GT championship for BMW last season.

compiled from staff, Rahal Letterman Lanigan news, Wikipedia, IRL news

Jimmie Johnson wins fourth Driver of the Year award

Jimmie Johnson's Lowe's #48 Chevrolet (Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

Journalists and broadcasts from across the country have selected Jimmie Johnson as the 2010 Driver of the Year award in motorsports.

The five-time defending NASCAR champion beat out longtime NHRA icon, funny car champion John Force.

This is the fourth time Johnson has received the honor, tying him with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for most wins in the award’s 44-year history.

compiled from staff & NASCAR news

New Albany’s Rahal will drive for Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Graham Rahal (file photo)

Graham Rahal was introduced this week as one of two new drivers for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. 25-year-old Charlie Kimball was the other driver added to a team that also has 37-year-old Dario Franchitti and 30-year-old Scott Dixon. Rahal will drive the #38 car.

Rahal from New Albany, Ohio, is thrilled to have a full season contract because in 2010, he drove for four teams after losing his ride after three seasons with Newman-Haas Racing when sponsorship couldn’t be found. The talk around motorsport circles was that Paul Newman, the actor was the drawing card for sponsorship and when he passed away, the dollars suddenly dried up.

Despite sponsorship troubles in 2010, Rahal garnered seven top-10 finishes in 12 starts.

Rahal’s sponsorship for 2011 will be TBC Retail group, which is the owner of National Tire and Battery.

The 21-year-old Rahal, is the son of 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal. Graham became the youngest pole-winner and race winner in series history in 2008 when he was driving for the McDonald’s sponsored car of Newman/Haas/Lanigan. In 2009, he finished seventh in the points standings with the same team.

By adding Kimball and Rahal, Target Ganassi will field the biggest and probably the best IndyCar team next season.

Franchitti, the husband of actress Ashley Judd, has won two Indy 500′s since 2007 and three of the last four IRL points titles, including the past two with Target Ganassi.

Dixon, won the Indianapolis 500 in 2008 and owns two points titles.

Ganassi is coming off his best season in 2010 as a team owner and arguably the best season of any American team owner has had, period! He won NASCAR’s Daytona 500 and the Indy 500, the first owner to ever achieve that distinctive double and then Franchitti rallied to win the IndyCar points title.

Info compiled from staff, IRL & Target Ganassi Racing

Commercial Point native Sarah Fisher retiring; remains team owner

(megasportsnews.com)

Sarah Fisher (courtesy of Manningmbd via Wikipedia Commons)

Sarah Fisher is retiring because she wants to start a family.

The 30-year-old IndyCar driver is giving up her seat in the #67 Dollar General car to Ed Carpenter for the 2011 season so she can focus on being the team owner.

Fisher, a native of Commercial Point, Ohio, which is located in Pickaway County, drove in 83 IndyCar events during her 11-year career, finishing in the top-five three times and winning the pole at the Kentucky Speedway in 2002.

Carpenter will drive next year after Dollar General agreed to become Sarah Fisher Racing’s primary sponsor in nine races.

compiled from staff, IRL & Sarah Fisher Racing news

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