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Alex Tagliani hired by Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing for Indy 500 race

Alex Tagliani (photo by Manningmbd via wikipedia commons)

Alex Tagliani, who in 2011 became the only Canadian race car driver to win the pole at the Indianapolis 500, has a ride for this year’s race.

The 40-year-old will drive the second entry in the Indy 500 for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.

Tagliani, who has driven in 69 IndyCar races in 6 years with three poles, no wins and no podiums, will join Josef Newgarden, Fisher’s full-time driver.

The Lachenaie, Quebec native was the 2009 Indy 500 Top Rookie driver with an 11th place finish.

Danica Patrick on the pole for the 55th running of the Daytona 500; first female to achieve feat

Danica Patrick (megasportsnews.com photo)

Race car driver Danica Patrick is used to making history on the track.

She was the first woman to lead laps at the Indianapolis 500 in 2009 finishing third and to win a motor sport event in the IndyCar in Japan in 2008.

Her most recent “first” is winning the Daytona 500 pole winner last week. By doing so, she became the first woman to grab the top spot for any race in NASCAR’s top circuit.

Patrick captured the pole with a lap at 196.434 mph around the historic Daytona International Speedway track. Only Jeff Gordon came the closest to taking her spot by being the only other driver to top 196 mph.

Patrick dives the #10 Chevrolet SS.

The previous highest qualifier in a Cup race for a female, was 1977 when Janet Guthrie started ninth at both Bristol and Talladega.

This is good news to Patrick’s long-line of followers, who have seen her struggle in three NASCAR seasons. Her best finish in 10 Sprint Cup races is 17th and she has only one to-five finish in the Nationwide Series where she finished 10th in the standings in 2012.

NASCAR RACE #20 PREVIEW: Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, today at 1:00 p.m.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup moves into the midwest city of Indianapolis for the Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard.

Race time is 1:00 p.m. on ESPN.

The 400-mile race consists of 160 laps on the 2.5-mile oval and a crowd of 250,000-plus is expected.

The famous brickyard is best known to everyone as the home of the Indianapolis 500 which occurs every May around Memorial Day.

Aerial view of IMS (photo by Rich Dikeman via wikipedia commons)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which was built in 1909, is now an asphalt track with flat straightaways.

IMS has the claim as the world’s largest spectator sporting venue with permanent seating reaching 250,000 or more.

The track was paved in 1909 with 3.2 million bricks. A “yard of bricks” is at the starting-finish line.

RECAPPING THE 2011 BRICKYARD 400:

Paul Menard earned his first Sprint Cup win, holding off crowd-favorite, Jeff Gordon by 0.7 seconds. His crew chief’s pit strategy helped Menard lead 11 of the final 16 laps.

Jamie McMurray, the last driver to surrender the lead, finished fourth in the race. Kasey Kahne started the race second and led a high of 48 laps but finished a disappointing 18th.

Menard’s dad, John, has been a car owner for many drivers in the Indy 500.

The top 10 starting lineup with their qualifying speed for this year’s race includes:

2011 Brickyard 400 winner Paul Menard (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

1. #11 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 182.762.

2. #99 Carl Edwards, Ford, 181.984

3. #16 Greg Biffle, Ford, 181.532

4. #48 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 181.357

5. #24 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 180.952

6. #17 Matt Kenseth, Ford 180.654

7. #51 Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 180.487

8. #78 Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 180.473

9. #56 Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 180.433

10. #21 Trevor Bayne, Ford, 180.390

For further information and to follow the race, log onto to NASCAR.com or Indianapolismotorspeedway.com


 

Rahal team chooses Jourdain Jr. to drive in Indy 500

 

Michel Jourdain Jr. in NASCAR (15) (2006 photo by Royalbroil via wikipedia commons)

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will be fielding a car in the most-famous race in the world, the Indianapolis 500.

Michel Jourdain Jr. will be driving the number-30 Dallara for RLL in the May 27 race as a teammate to Takuma Sato, who is driving on a full-time basis for Rahal in the IndyCar Series.

Jourdain has won races in Montreal and Milwaukee with Bobby Rahal in 2003.

 

Info courtesy of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, IndyCar, Radio & TV news

Patrick leaving IRL for NASCAR opportunity

 

Danica Patrick at April 2008 Tribeca Film Festival (photo by David Shankbone via wikipedia commons)

Danica Patrick has officially ended years of speculation and has made the decision to jump to NASCAR.

Patrick announced last week that she is leaving IndyCar in 2012 to run a full schedule in the Nationwide Series with JR Motorsports.

The agreement also allows her to drive up to 10 Sprint Cup races for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Patrick has said that she will run the Indianapolis 500 in 2012.

Patrick has driven 20 races for JR Motorsports the last two years and has five more scheduled before the 2011 season ends.

Racing’s most popular female driver became the first woman to win an Indycar race when she won in Japan at Twin Ring Motegi in 2008.

compiled from staff, Radio, TV, JR Motorsports Racing & Stewart-Haas Racing news

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