IndyCar partner notes: Brembo returns, Hitachi signs multiyear extension with Penske

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ST. PETERSBURG – Two quick partner notes to hit going into the Verizon IndyCar Series’ season-opening weekend at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

source:  First up is confirmation Brembo will return to IndyCar as the exclusive brake provider, in the company’s 40-year anniversary in motorsports.

No changes or modifications have been made to the strong, yet lightweight carbon brakes from 2014 into 2015.

“We’re looking forward to the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season and the enhanced speed and performance with the updated aero body kits on the race cars,” said Daniel Sandberg, CEO, Brembo North America. “Based on feedback from the pre-season tests, the drivers appear to be taking full advantage of our brakes by braking deeper with the extra downforce. We are eager to see how the brakes perform during this weekend’s race.”

More information is available at a new dedicated microsite, www.indycar.brembo.com.

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Hitachi has also announced a multiyear partnership with Team Penske and driver Helio Castroneves. Partner representatives joked at a press event Thursday that it took until 2015 to sign a multiyear extension because Detroit race two last year, in front of GM’s corporate headquarters, marked the first race Castroneves actually won with Hitachi on the car.

Castroneves’ No. 3 Chevrolet will don the Hitachi colors at St. Petersburg this weekend, then at New Orleans, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Iowa, Mid-Ohio and Sonoma race weekends.

“Hitachi’s automotive business is very proud to be a consistent supporter of IndyCar Racing, which continues to grow in popularity in North America,” said Rob Sharpe, Vice President – Sales Division, Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. “Our Penske partnership is a clear demonstration of ‘teamwork and technology,’ where Hitachi can leverage its racing applications and automotive expertise in one of the world’s most competitive racing environments.”

Marvin Musquin to miss entire 2020 Supercross season

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On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.

The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.

It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”

I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”

Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.

Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.

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Not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys… I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee. I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races. A big thanks to my team @ktmusa for supporting me in this tough time. I feel terribly sorry for them and all my sponsors for not being able to represent them on the track for the 2020 AMA SX season. But we will be back 👊🏼

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