Brembo will remain the exclusive brake supplier for the Verizon IndyCar Series for the 2016 season after signing a new agreement with the championship.
Brembo first became involved in IndyCar back in 1989 before taking up the mantle as the series’ sole brake supplier in 2012. The Italian company also works with teams racing in Formula 1 and MotoGP.
As the finer details concerning 2016 begin to fall into place ahead of this season’s finale at Sonoma in two weeks’ time, INDYCAR has confirmed that Brembo will continue in its role as brake supplier.
“Brembo North America will continue as the exclusive brake component supplier to the Verizon INDYCAR Series for the 2016 season, in an agreement announced today with INDYCAR,” a statement read.
“Brembo’s innovative braking system incorporates lightweight CER200 carbon-carbon rotors (324 mm x 30 mm), similar to rotors used in Formula One and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and CCR400 carbon pads,” Dan Sandberg, president and CEO of Brembo North America, said.
“These long-lasting components are suitable for the variety of racing circuits on the INDYCAR schedule. We’re proud that INDYCAR has selected Brembo products and are looking forward to another great season.”
Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.
Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.
The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.
In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.
Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.
Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.
Last Five Seattle Winners
450s 2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto