Friday, March 30, 2012

Preview: 2012 IZOD INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Photo Credit: Dan Helrigel

The Notes and Know:

The Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg marked the first time that the Dallara DW12 was unleashed with the opening of the 2012 IZOD INDYCAR competition. This weekend, the brand new race car will roam the sweeping, twisty road course of Barber Motorsports Park. The visit to the 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park road course early in the season for the IZOD INDYCAR Series will be the third year in a row. Unlike the temporary St Petersburg street course, the race track of Barber Motorsports Park has already been lapped by the new race cars through a multi-day test session in 2012 IZOD INDYCAR pre-season.

After the first-ever event with the updated racing vehicles, the 2012 IZOD INDYCAR Series' return to a multi-engine formula appeared to have contributed to a higher than accustomed to rate of mechanical issues for some race competitors compared to season INDYCAR seasons. The elevation changes and the high-speed turns of Barber Motorsports Park will provide another unique test for the new Dallara open wheel race cars. In a contentious engine battle between Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus, Chevy has claimed the initial upper hand when Helio Castroneves guided a Penske-owned vehicle to victory at St Petersburg.

For fans, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama should provide an interesting spectacle. All 26 cars that debuted in the 2012 IZOD INDYCAR Series opener will be present at Barber Motorsports Park. Will Power will be looking to defend his pole which led to a flag-to-flag victory at last year's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, Alabama
Track Type: 17-turn road course
Track Distance: 2.38 Miles
Race Length: 90 laps/214.2 miles
Race Time: 2:00 PM Eastern

2011 Defending Race Winner: Will Power


Car # Driver Driver Nationality Race Team Engine Supplier

1 2 Ryan Briscoe Australia Team Penske Chevrolet
2 3 Helio Castroneves Brazil Team Penske Chevrolet
3 4 JR Hildebrand United States Panther Racing Chevrolet
4 5 EJ Viso Venezuela KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
5 6 Katherine Legge England Lotus-Dragon Racing Lotus
6 7 Sebastien Bourdais France Lotus-Dragon Racing Lotus
7 8 Rubens Barrichello Brazil KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
8 9 Scott Dixon New Zealand Target/Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
9 10 Dario Franchitti Scotland Target/Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
10 11 Tony Kanaan Brazil KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
11 12 Will Power Australia Team Penske Chevrolet
12 14 Mike Conway England AJ Foyt Enterprises Honda
13 15 Takuma Sato Japan Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
14 18 Justin Wilson England Dale Coyne Racing Honda
15 19 James Jakes England Dale Coyne Racing Honda
16 20 Ed Carpenter United States Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
17 22 Oriol Servia Spain Lotus-Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Lotus
18 26 Marco Andretti United States Andretti Autosport Chevrolet
19 27 James Hinchcliffe Canada Andretti Autosport Chevrolet
20 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay United States Andretti Autosport Chevrolet
21 38 Graham Rahal United States Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
22 67 Josef Newgarden United States Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda
23 77 Smon Pagenaud France Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsports Honda
24 78 Simona de Silvestro Switzerland Lotus-HVM Racing Lotus
25 83 Charlie Kimball United States Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
26 98 Alex Tagliani Canada Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian Lotus

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