Tech insight: Reconfiguring IndyCars for Iowa (VIDEO)

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During Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 pre-race show, NBCSN pit reporter and technical insider Jon Beekhuis provided an insight into how big of a challenge it is to change over the configurations from the Road America permanent road course, the Verizon IndyCar Series’ longest track on the calendar at 4.014 miles, to the Iowa Speedway bullring, the shortest on the calendar at 0.894 of a mile.

It’s worth noting that in one lap of Road America, at over one minute and 40 seconds for a lap time, you can complete five and a half laps at Iowa – where lap times are just 17 seconds per lap.

Watch the video above for a further analysis. The configuration changes again this weekend, as the series heads from the Iowa bullring back to the final street course season of the year in Toronto, which measures just under 1.9 miles.


Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”