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Racing Notebook – Tuesday, March 10: Daly To Run Full INDYCAR Season and More

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Tuesday’s Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook includes new from INDYCAR and Conor Daly plus more sponsorship for John Hunter Nemechek and Pocono giving away a great prize for the NASCAR Doubleheader.

Conor Daly To Run Ovals For Carlin Racing:

  • Conor Daly is going to run the full NTT INDYCAR Series season after being named by Carlin Racing as their oval track driver for the Chevrolet that is being driven on the road and street courses by Max Chilton.  Daly drove for Carlin in 2019 at the Texas, Iowa, Pocono and Gateway ovals.  Daly is running the road and street courses as well as the Indy 500 in 2020 for Ed Carpenter Racing in the No. 20 Chevrolet.  Team owner Ed Carpenter will be driving the No. 20 on the ovals this season.
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YANMAR America Expanding Sponsorship Of Front Row Motorsports:

  • YANMAR, a global company based in Osaka, Japan with a North America headquarters in Adairsville, Ga., will be the primary sponsor of John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford Mustang for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  YANMAR will also be the primary sponsor during the NASCAR All-Star weekend and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. The YANMAR colors and branding will return to the No. 38 at Kentucky Motor Speedway in July. In addition, YANMAR continues to be an associate sponsor of both the No. 38 and No. 34 team with driver Michael McDowell.

Pocono Raceway Announces NASCAR Doubleheader Sweepstakes Series:

  • Pocono Raceway is gearing up for the first-ever NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader this June at “The Tricky Triangle” by holding a sweepstakes for fans.  The first Grand Prize includes: Two (2) Event Hot Passes for 06/26 – 06/28/20;
    Two (2) General Admission 300 Level tickets for Thursday, June 25, 2020;
    Two (2) General Admission 300 Level tickets for Friday, June 26, 2020;
    Two (2) Club Pocono tickets for Saturday, June 27, 2020, including Saturday FanVision Rental, Pit/Paddock Pass and Infield Parking Pass; and
    Two (2) Club Pocono Tickets for Sunday, June 28, 2020, including Sunday FanVision Rental, Pit/Paddock Pass and Infield Parking Pass.  To enter visit https://www.poconoraceway.com/2020-sweepstakes-series.html?utm_source=pr_social&utm_medium=twitter_organic&utm_campaign=sweeps_1

DIRTVision To Broadcast Williams Grove Regular Season Events:

  • Williams Grove Speedway, the home of the PA Posse, are going to have their regular season events broadcast live by DIRTVision. DIRTVision was already set to broadcast six World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events and one World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model event from Williams Grove in 2020 and will now carry every regular-season 410 Sprint race, in addition to five scheduled Super Late Model races. DIRTVision will kick off the 2020 Williams Grove Speedway season on Sunday, March 15th with the Hoosier Racing Tires ‘Opening Day’ scheduled to start at 2pm ET.

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Indy Autonomous Challenge Race Car Unveiled

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The world’s first high-speed, head-to-head autonomous race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will feature Dallaras as the race cars.

Energy Systems Network (ESN) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) this week unveiled the official race car that will be autonomously driven by scores of university teams in the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) at the Racing Capital of the World on Oct. 23, 2021.

Dallara has been the sole racecar supplier of the Indy Lights series since 2002, and now the modified Dallara IL-15 is the official IAC racecar.

“Dallara is the best racecar engineering company in the world, yet designing the chassis for autonomous racing was really challenging,” explained Stefano dePonti, CEO and general manager of Dallara USA. “Dallara loves innovation and technological challenges, and we share the IAC’s passion for education and motorsports.”

“The Dallara-built IAC racecar is the most advanced, fastest autonomous vehicle ever developed,” stated Paul Mitchell, president and CEO of ESN, and co-organizer of the IAC. “Our IAC sponsors are providing radar, lidar, optical cameras and advanced computers, bringing the value of each vehicle to $1 million.”

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One of the teams competing in the challenge is the Panther AV RAS-ing team from the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Panther AV RAS-ing is part of more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students, PhDs and mentors who excel in artificial intelligence software that have responded to the challenge.  The challengers represent 39 universities in 11 countries on four continents and 14 U.S. states.

The IAC is scheduled for October 23, 2021, at the IMS, with a qualifying simulation race during the Indy 500 week in May. The total IAC prize purse is $1.5 million: $1 million awarded to the winning team of the October IAC race, and an additional $500,000 for winners of the hackathons and simulation races.

“The IAC is going to bring the best minds from around the world to solve a very complex problem, right here at the Racing Capital of the World,” said IMS President J. Douglas Boles. “As the birthplace of motorsports’ innovation, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a fitting setting for this event, and we can’t wait to see the winning entry cross the Yard of Bricks into history.”

Two companies headquartered in Western Pennsylvania are sponsors of the event.  Ansys, a global leader in engineering simulation that is headquartered in Canonsburg, and Aptiv, an autonomous vehicle company who is relocating from O’Hara Township to Hazelwood Green.

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Rescheduled

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The NTT INDYCAR SERIES Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is being rescheduled from its traditional March date to April 23-25, 2021.

The move to a later spring date is being made in the hopes that a greater number of fans will be able to attend the event, which takes place on the streets of St. Petersburg and the Albert Whitted Airport.

“I want to thank our friends at INDYCAR and our partners at Green Savoree for putting the health and safety of fans first,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.  “Each of these races takes an incredible amount of work from hundreds of dedicated professionals, and I know the decision to move the date of the race is not made lightly.  I appreciate the drivers, teams, staff and most of all the fans for their patience and understanding.  I look forward to welcoming everyone to the next Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The COVID-19 Pandemic forced the 2020 event to be moved from the season opening race to the season finale, where Josef Newgarden picked up the win and Chip Ganassi Racing‘s Scott Dixon was crowned the series Champion for the 6th time.

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“It’s not surprising that an event of this magnitude, scheduled for the first week of March, is still subject to the implications of the pandemic,” said Penske Entertainment Corp President and CEO Mark Miles.  “We’re delighted we were able to work with Mayor Rick Kriseman’s administration and Green Savoree Racing Promotions to find a more suitable date, which helps consolidate the beginning of our schedule and allows us to stay on NBC Network televison.”

The April 23-25 date on the INDYCAR Schedule announced last fall was originally supposed to be the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach but that event has been moved to the season finale, which opened the date for St. Pete.

“We appreciate the officials at INDYCAR for their support in setting a new date for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and also to Mayor Kriseman and his team at the City of St. Petersburg for identifying a time when it will be conducive for more fans to attend,” said Kim Green, co-owner, Chairman and CEO fo Green-Savoree St. Petersburg, LLC. “We are grateful to keep the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in the springtime window and also maintain the live national broadcast of the race on NBC.”

The shifting of race dates moves Barber Motorsports Park to the season opener on April 11th.  The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg follows April 25th with Texas Motor Speedway doubleheader May 1st and 2nd.

An updated listing of green flag times will be announced at a later date.

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Aldo Andretti Passes Away

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Aldo Andretti has passed away at the age of 80.  Andretti was the twin brother of Mario Andretti and a racer himself who survived two bad crashes, the second of which in 1969 book his jaw, 14-bones and his right eye socket.

“Though Aldo’s life took a different direction than brother Mario’s, Aldo forever shared a passion for racing and was a true motor enthusiast and entrepreneur,” Andretti Autosport said in a release. “He could often still be found on the racing circuit supporting and following the careers of the family.”

Mario Andretti took to his twitter page to express his grief:

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One of those careers Aldo passionately followed was that of his son John (pictured with above) who raced in INDYCAR, NASCAR, Sports Cars and Drag Racing.  John passed away in January after a long battle with colon cancer.

“Nothing mattered more to Aldo than family, and it brought him great pride to share his life with wife and high-school sweetheart Corky and their five children Carolyn, Mark, John, Mary Jo and Adam.” the Andretti Autosport release stated.

Aldo’s nephew, 2020 Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter Marco Andretti, also shared his feelings on social media.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Jan. 5 at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Brownsburg. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, at Stevens Mortuary in Indianapolis.

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