AVONDALE, La. – Additional news, notes and nuggets from this weekend’s Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana Friday session are below:
- Chip Ganassi Racing managing director Mike Hull noted although Target isn’t in a primary sponsor role this week, it still has a prominent presence on Scott Dixon’s No. 9 Brita Chevrolet this week. Brita’s parent company, Clorox, is a longtime CGR partner. Hull confirmed that Dixon’s car livery will switch up multiple times this year, owing to other brands that are in Target retail stores.
- Schmidt Peterson Motorsports co-owner Ric Peterson told MotorSportsTalk that the team is still looking at running three cars for the Indianapolis 500. However, like several other teams in the paddock, they’re short of spare wing assemblies. Both James Hinchcliffe and James Jakes went out for installation laps in second practice with the 2014 specification front and rear wings, combined with other 2015 Honda aero kit elements. “We can’t run the risk of damaging the new ones,” Peterson said.
Per INDYCAR PR: All Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda cars are carrying “Get well soon MJ” stickers for their weekend races. Pro Mazda driver Michael Johnson was injured in a practice session crash at St. Petersburg on March 27. Kyle Connery, teammate of Johnson’s at JDC MotorSports, has a sticker on his helmet that reads “Get Well Michael.” See a picture of one on Will Owen’s No. 23 Juncos Racing Pro Mazda car to the right.
- KV Racing Technology held a press conference to introduce Variable Bore Rams, Inc. president “Chip” Marshall along with KVRT driver Stefano Coletti and team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven. Right now, the VBR partnership is a one-race deal, and no further races have been confirmed.
- On a separate KVSH Racing related note, KVSH co-owner James “Sulli” Sullivan confirmed to MotorSportsTalk that the company’s SH Racing Red Bull Global Rallycross team will have two 2015 season announcements to be revealed next week, coinciding with that series’ media day in Long Beach next Thursday, April 16. The Red Bull GRC season opens in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on May 31. TV coverage will be on NBC, with air times to be revealed later.
- Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud delivered an early quote of the year contender when I asked whether he had any concern about the runoff area here at NOLA Motorsports Park; some of the grass and dirt are evident around the circuit and could be troublesome if drivers go off. “I don’t think about runoff, Tony,” Pagenaud said, to much laughter outside the Team Penske transporter. “If you think about it, it’s like you’re thinking about tripping down the stairs. And then you do. I don’t think about it.”