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Milwaukee Mile Moribund?: Rumors have Michael Andretti grumbling about lack of fan interest in the upcoming Milwaukee race, threatening to pull his group’s promotion of the historic event. This may simply be Michael playing hardball and attempting to up his company’s revenue in advance of the race, though it could be more . . .
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No More NOLA?: Andretti’s currently in litigation over the NOLA race seeking more money from the local honchos in Louisiana – we say good luck with that. Additional issues with a cherished oval track like Milwaukee would spell serious trouble for a series with too few non-street course events as it is. The loss of NOLA? Much less of a concern in our view, as “One Stop’s Enough.” All this bears watching, and you can bet as always we’ll be wondering, “What’s Michael Andretti Thinking?”
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Filippi Fined For Fuel: Second place finisher in CFH Racing‘s 1-2 Toronto sweep Luca Filippi was fined five grand by the series for exceeding fuel capacity during the race. The amount of fuel cars can carry is mandated by the series, a longtime rule encouraging both safety and fair play. Filippi’s crew exceeded that limit giving him an obvious advantage during his run to second north of the border. The penalty mars CFH’s best ever results but doesn’t detract from Josef Newgarden‘s stunning second win this season.
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Honda’s Woes Continue: Turns out Andretti Autosport prematurely changed out the Honda engines of both Marco and Carlos “OK” Munoz ahead of Toronto, not that breaking the rules helped them any. AA received the ire of the series and Honda was docked forty points in the manufacturer’s championship as the engines didn’t reach the twenty five hundred mile requirement. On the other chassis, Chevy was awarded ten bonus points as Pags‘ Team Penske power plant hit its mark before being switched out. Honda’s pathetically poor performance this season has some wondering how long they’ll stick with IndyCar this time around before possibly pulling out. They’ve been thoroughly drubbed by Chevy the last couple seasons, though Honda says it remains committed to the series. Ford Motor Company, anyone?
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