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8th August 2012
1. Mid-Ohio Technical penalty update
2. Dixon joins list of all-time greats with 29th Indy car win
3. Skip Barber Racing Series champions to participate in Chris Griffis Memorial Test
1. Mid-Ohio Technical penalty update: There were no technical penalties issued following the IZOD IndyCar Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
2. Dixon joins list of all-time greats with 29th Indy car win: Scott Dixon cracked the top 10 of the all-time Indy car victory list Aug. 5 in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. His 29th win, all but one with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, tied Rick Mears for 10th all-time.
"If I could run for another nine years that would be pretty cool," said Dixon, who is two wins from tying Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti, Sebastien Bourdais and Paul Tracy for ninth. "That's a long time, but we would love to work our way to the top."
Only four drivers on the all-time wins list scored 30 or more wins before turning 33 years old, and Dixon, who turned 32 on July 22, still has nearly 12 months to match that feat.
Below is a chart listing the total Indy car victories of the top 10 drivers and how many each had at age 32.
AT AGE 32
Driver Birthday 1st win Wins at 32 Total
A.J. Foyt Jan. 16, 1935 9-5-1960 (DuQuoin) 37 67
Mario Andretti Feb. 28, 1940 7-25-1965 (Indy Raceway Park) 31 52
Michael Andretti Oct. 5, 1962 4-13-1986 (Long Beach) 30 42
Al Unser May 29, 1939 7-4-1965 (Pikes Peak) 27 39
Bobby Unser Feb. 20, 1934 7-4-1966 (Pikes Peak) 1 35
Al Unser Jr. April 19, 1962 6-17-1984 (Portland) 28 34
Dario Franchitti May 19, 1973 8-16-1998 (Road America) 14 31
Sebastien Bourdais Feb. 28, 1979 5-5-2003 (Brands Hatch) 31 31
Paul Tracy Dec. 17, 1968 4-18-1993 (Long Beach) 18 31
Rick Mears Dec. 3, 1951 6-18-1978 (Milwaukee) 19 29
Scott Dixon July 22, 1980 5-6-2001 (Nazareth) 29 29
Note: Sanctioning bodies include USAS, CART, Champ Car, INDYCAR
Some interesting notes about the top 10:
Bobby Unser had one victory when he was 32 years old (the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 1966). He certainly was productive afterward. His final win came at Indianapolis in 1981 - when he was 47 years old.
The first race A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Al Unser Jr. and Rick Mears won after they turned 32 was the Indianapolis 500. Unser won the 500 on his 32nd birthday (5/29/71).
Foyt won his 67th and final race (at Pocono) when he was 46 years old. He won his first when he was 25.
Al Unser Jr. won his 20th race two days before turning 32 - at Long Beach. Nigel Mansell was the runner-up.
It was two days shy of a two-year gap between Paul Tracy's 30th and 31st victories (both at Cleveland; the latter in 2007). He earned his 29th win (at Milwaukee) three weeks before his 30th.
Foyt's first four victories were on dirt ovals in events sanctioned by USAC. In each, he didn't start on the front row.
Four-time CART/Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais, who's competing this season in the No. 7 TrueCar Dragon Racing car, won his 31st race at Mexico City in 2007. He competed in Formula 1 the next two seasons.
Of Mario Andretti's 52 wins, 24 came from the pole.
Michael Andretti won his final race (at Long Beach in 2002) with fellow IZOD IndyCar Series team owner Jimmy Vasser placing second. Vasser had 10 Indy car wins.
Like his brother, Bobby, Al Unser's first victory was the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Bobby was second in that 1965 race.
Dario Franchitti moved into a tie with Tracy and Bourdais with 31 victories by winning his third Indianapolis 500 in May.
3. Skip Barber Racing Series champions to participate in Chris Griffis Memorial Test: The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda is opening its doors to give up-and-coming drivers a taste of the next level car on the Mazda Road to Indy.
The winners of the Skip Barber Winter and Summer Series presented by Mazda will be awarded a seat at the second annual Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Open Test on Oct. 10-11 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The test, dedicated to the memory Chris Griffis, Sam Schmidt Motorsports' Firestone Indy Lights team manager, brings together the three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy Ladder system including the Star Mazda Championship Powered by Goodyear and Firestone Indy Lights. Hosted by INDYCAR, the outing not only offers all three series a jumpstart on the 2013 season but also showcases the ladder system to prospective teams and drivers.
"As a 1990 graduate of the Skip Barber organization myself, I know what a terrific training program they have put together over the years," said Dan Andersen, President and CEO of Andersen Promotions, the series promoter. "With so many of their graduates moving into our USF2000 Championship, it is only natural and logical that we should expose these talented drivers to the teams and cars of USF2000 at the IMS open test. It is my pleasure to offer tests to the two winners, and also express my thanks to Michael Culver and his fine staff for what they do in racing."
The winner of the 2012 Skip Barber Summer Series presented by Mazda - which concludes on Oct. 6 - will join 2011-2012 Skip Barber Winter Series presented by Mazda Champion and Rookie of the Year Jake Eidson at the test. Eidson, 17, of Littleton, Colo., will also receive a fully funded ride in the 2012 Skip Barber Racing School Championship Shoot-Out for a chance to win a seat in the 2013 USF2000 series.
"Skip Barber Racing School, USF2000 and Mazda continue to enhance the ability for promising young drivers to move up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and to realize their dreams of becoming a professional driver," said Michael Culver, Chairman, CEO and Managing Member of the Skip Barber Racing School. "Racing is in our DNA; we are passionate about creating champions."
Skip Barber Racing School is the Official Racing School of the IZOD IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy. The newly-created Skip Barber IndyCar Academy announced in April adds another step to the well-established development ladder system - a clearly-defined path for aspiring drivers. Being held for the inaugural year at Sebring International Raceway on January 25-27, 2013, 33 candidates will battle it out for a full scholarship in the 2013 Skip Barber Summer or Winter Series presented by Mazda. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2012.
INDYCAR's recently announced partnerships with British Formula Ford and Canadian F1600 (Quebec and Ontario) will see their series champions receiving a full day in a USF2000 car at the test. The partnership with the La Tam Challenge Series in Mexico will see the top-three drivers in that series receiving a one-day test with Star Mazda at Indianapolis.
The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series race continues with the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 26 at the raceway in Sonoma. The race will be televised by NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. (ET) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network on SiriusXM (XM 94 and Sirius 212). The next Firestone Indy Lights race is the Grand Prix of Baltimore on Sept. 2 on the Streets of Baltimore.
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