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Andretti Sued By His Own Company: Only in IndyCar would a prominent owner and face of the sport be sued by his own company. Leave it to Curt Cavin to report that Andretti Sports Marketing is suing Andretti Autosport in Marion County Superior Court. In a statement Michael Andretti – the CEO of both outfits – singled out complainants President John Lopes and Treasurer Starke Taylor as “disingenuous and self serving” in their attempt “to impact our family name.” Sounds like recent cutbacks at ASM have led to disgruntled employees and hard feelings. Wonder if Michael wants to get away?
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Testing For The Centennial: Six cars from four teams are testing today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Marco and Helio will be testing Firestone tires while Carpenter, Kanaan, Pags and RHR will be doing some team testing on the historic oval. Looks like no vacation for these six drivers, or at least a slightly shorter one. It’s wise to test the cars, tires and aero kits earlier as opposed to later, as hopefully next year won’t see a rash of cars flying through the air at Indy.
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USF2000, Pro Mazda To Get NEW CARS!: Like Indy Lights this year, it was announced the lower rungs on the Mazda Road to Indy will be getting new chassis. It’s noteworthy that the smaller cars remain far more open wheeled than the big cars with their ass pods, covers and side skirting. We much prefer the look of the Lights cars, if you’re listening IndyCar. Or is everyone there either resigning or on holiday?
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Wake Us When Pocono’s Here: IndyCar’s version of the New York Jets Dale Coyne Racing announced their lotto drawing for drivers at Pocono, pulling the numbers of Frenchman Tristian Vautier and English lass Pippa Mann out of the hopper. For those of you who don’t speak Coyne-ese, this means odds are good for some rather rowdy misbehavior on pit lane and in the latter instance an early retirement due to “handling.” We hear the Poconos are lovely this time of year if anyone’s looking for a little getaway.
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