Red Bull interested in Pirelli tire test

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Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has confirmed that he is interested in holding a tire test with Pirelli using the team’s 2011 car in order to keep within the regulations.

When news of Mercedes’ own tire test following the Spanish Grand Prix broke, Horner was among the first to condemn their actions and push for a penalty from the FIA. The sport’s governing body eventually banned Mercedes from the upcoming Young Drivers’ Test for infringing the rules by using their 2013 car, unlike Ferrari who used their 2011 car and remained within the regulations. Now, Red Bull are keen on having a similar test.

When asked whether he would be interested in such a test, Horner told Press Association: “We will see. It is something we have to discuss with Pirelli.

“Whatever happens it has to be done transparently. We don’t want people sneaking off behind closed doors and wearing nondescript helmets.”

The major sticking point with Mercedes’ test was that they did not alert any of the other teams nor the FIA about their running. Horner has made it clear that if Red Bull were to undertake any running, the other teams and the FIA would be made aware of the test and the 2011 RB7 car would be used in order to keep within the regulations.

Penske, DXC Technology continue on Pagenaud’s IndyCar

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Team Penske and DXC Technology will renew their partnership for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. DXC joined Penske in 2017, serving as a primary sponsor for six races on Simon Pagenaud’s No. 1 Team Penske Chevrolet.

In re-upping with Penske, DXC will again adorn Pagenaud’s entry – switching back to the No. 22 in 2018, with teammate Josef Newgarden carrying the champion’s No. 1 – for six races, the first being the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in April.

“Team Penske is excited to grow the partnership with DXC Technology for 2018,” said team owner Roger Penske via a release. “This is a technology-dependent sport and we were able to integrate DXC into our INDYCAR program this season and we will be ready to take our performance, and hopefully our results, to the next level with them in 2018.”

Pagenaud echoed Penske’s sentiments, adding that team and sponsor share a common philosophy that drives them forward. ““I enjoyed working with DXC Technology and representing their brand this past season. DXC Technology shares a similar philosophy with us at Team Penske, which is to strive for excellence. We are very proud to work together relentlessly toward further limits in our respective industries. We were excited to get a win with them in Sonoma and everyone at Team Penske wants to build on that as we welcome them back for 2018.”

DXC president, chairman, and CEO Mike Lawrie also highlighted Penske’s reputation as a point of interest to continue their partnership.

“Our partnership with Team Penske provides a great opportunity for DXC Technology,” said Lawrie. “Performance and reputation make Team Penske the type of organization with which we want to align. Like us, they strive for excellence in everything they do and work diligently to provide value for both sides of the relationship.”

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The DXC partnership extension is one of several Team Penske has announced in recent weeks, which are as follows on the IndyCar program:

  • REV Group, a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicle brands serving the commercial, fire and emergency and recreational markets, will continue as a full-season associate sponsor on the No. 1 of Josef Newgarden and the No. 3 of Helio Castroneves during the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 during the month of May.
  • Fitzgerald Glider Kits, North America’s leading truck glider kit assembler, will also continue as an associate sponsor with a presence on Newgarden’s No. 1 Chevrolet throughout next season.
  • Miller Lite, Discount Tire, Alliance Truck Parts, Wurth Group and Auto Club of Southern California and AAA have extended with Team Penske’s NASCAR programs.

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