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In a move to attract sponsors and an audience, IndyCar Racing League (IRL) announced that at the series finale this year, five professional racing drivers who are currently not in IRL, would be granted a wild card entry. If any of these drivers go on to win the event, they would receive a prize of $5-million.
This healthy prize has gotten many former racing stars to get out of bed and start knocking on IRL team doors in the hopes of landing a race seat. The latest news is that former Ferrari F1 driver, Jean Alesi might get to compete.
Alesi, whose career highlight was his sole win at the Montreal GP in Canada back in 1995, has been keeping himself busy with open wheel racers recently. Alesi is an ambassador for Group Lotus, and is also a test-driver for the Lotus T125 project. He could join KV Racing Technology, a team affiliated with Lotus, to compete at the Las Vegas Indy. Other big names taunted to get a race seat include Petter Solberg, Jimmy Vasser, Jacque Villeneuve, Juan Pablo Montoya, Paul Tracy and Al Unser Jr.
Race fans have to just wait and see the final line-up, but this has surely got race fans talking about IRL racing.
Now professional race car driver’s are gearing up for a serious reality event. It was announced earlier this year, that the last race on the IZOD IndyCar Series will present a new twist. Any racing driver who is not currently racing full-time in the IndyCar series, can win $5-million if they finish the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16, in first place.
This has caused a bit of a frenzy, as professional racing driver’s from NASCAR, Formula-One, FIA Rallying and even Supercross are trying to take part in this lottery event.
IndyCar series boss Randy Bernard said that only five spots will be available, and drivers like Jacques Villeneuve (1997 F1 World Champion), A.J. Allmendinger (NASCAR), Petter Solberg (FIA Rallying) and James Stewart (Supercross) are just among the few who are hoping to take part in this event. According to Bernard, 15 drivers have shown interest so far.
Who will get the five race seats remain to be seen, but it looks like the series ending race will be a spectacle worth watching.
Redline Time Attack isn’t just the premier Time Attack racing series in the United States, it’s also a great place for novice track drivers to get their feet wet and receive some top notch instruction.
As if to emphasize this point, Redline’s latest video from Las Vegas Motor Speedway showcases the full gambit of competitors, from a total novice in his completely unmodified Volkswagen Golf GTI who took advantage of the in-car instruction available at these events, to a seasoned racing veteran like Dave Lemon in his newly developed Street Tire class Mazda RX-8, to one of the fastest Unlimited class Time Attack machines in the world, the FX Motorsports Development Acura NSX.
The cool part about participating in a series like Redline’s is that you don’t have to be a pro driver with a big budget and a fancy race car, but you still get to hang out with and learn from some of the fastest drivers and best prepared teams in the country. It may not be a free education since it costs a bit to register for these events (typically in the $350/weekend range if you pay in advance), but it’s still the cheapest way to rub elbows with pro drivers like FXMD’s Billy Johnson and GST Motorsports’ Gary Sheehan (both very approachable guys who’ll give you some free tips on the fast line around the track if you ask nicely).
So if you’ve been thinking about taking your car to the track but aren’t too sure where to start, check out the video after the jump and take a look at Redline Time Attack’s website.
[Source: Redline Time Attack]
As we reported two weeks ago, GST Motorsports set a new Super Lap Battle record around Firebird’s main racing circuit. Well, the boys from Hayward, California have done it again, this time setting a new Redline Time Attack lap record at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s outside road course, posting a best time of 1-minute 39.657 seconds.
“The entire GST Motorsports crew worked very hard to provide me with a capable car,” said The G-STig, the mysterious and anonymous driver of GST’s famous Time Attack Subaru Impreza L, rumored to be famed Japanese Time Attack driver Tarzan Yamada. “The car ran very well for me all weekend and all the changes we have been working on are keeping us moving in the right direct. I only wish we were able to run the car on a clean track at full power to show everyone just how well it’s coming together”
Mike Warfield, owner and engine tuner of GST Motorsports, had this to say about their accomplishment in Vegas. “Given the limited seat time we have been able to give our driver to date and some of the major changes we have made to the chassis I am extremely happy with the teams progress thus far and really look forward to the next event where we hope to be able to turn up the wick considerably. To take the win here this weekend with so much more left on the table really gives us something to look forward to.”
In fact, GST’s amazing Impreza ran a 1:38.1 during qualifying earlier in the day, and in-car data suggests a 1:36.8 was well within grasp had track conditions not deteriorated during the final so-called Super Session.
For in-car video evidence of GST’s flying 1:38.1 qualifying lap, check out the video after the jump.
[Source: GST Motorsports]