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Linkage 10/8/09

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted October 8, 2009 at 11:59 am linkage

Indy Lights

In case you haven’t noticed, the entry list for this weekend’s Homestead-Miami 100 is short a few names.  Most notably, two female names.  Ana Beatriz is reportedly still battling funding woes and will not compete in the Indy Lights series’ finale.  Logan Gomez will fill the empty seat.  Leilani Munter, who was scheduled to make an appearance at Chicagoland… err… I mean Homestead will once again be watching from the infield.

Now, I have yet to receive confirmation on this, but there are also rumors (stemming from a caller on Curt Cavin’s radio show)  that both Tom Dyer and Ali Jackson were turned down for the Indy Lights finale.  Both drivers have adequate experience on ovals, so if this rumor is true… it makes you ask “What For?”.  Tom Dyer passed his Indy Lights rookie test last July at Kentucky Speedway and received fairly rave reviews from Butch Meyer– who, at the time, was the Indy Lights technical director.

It appears Gustavo Yacaman is back for the series finale after declaring the season was over back in late August— following a crash at Infineon Raceway.


American Alexander Rossi has been testing a GP2 car this week at Jerez.  He will also be testing the BMW-Sauber F1 car at Jerez in December.  Rossi spent the first day with Piquet GP— finishing 15th in the morning session and 12th in the afternoon session.  He spent Day-3 testing with DAMS— finishing 21st in the morning session and 9th in the afternoon session.

Another name on the list that might peak your interest is 5x Rally World Champion Sébastien Loeb.  It’s no secret that Loeb wants to make a full-time switch to open wheel racing, so stay tuned for future updates.  Loeb was 18th in the morning session and 25th in the afternoon session.


Alexander Rossi, mentioned above in the GP2 testing, will also test a F3 car late this month at the Circuit du Val de Vienne in France.

Liam Kenney has been training at Pitfit in Indianapolis for an upcoming F3 test/tests.  Kenney is currently in discussion with 3 teams and is eyeing another European campaign in 2010.  Stay tuned for updates.

Stunt Driving

Team USA Scholarship recipient Brett Smrz has been doing some “stunt driving” for the upcoming movie Wichita and had the opportunity to meet Tom Cruise.

Atlantic Championship

As previously reported on my Twitter account, Genoa will skip the Atlantic Championship season finale due to finacial concerns.  Top rookie Frederic Vervisch will finish the season 4th— whether or not he shows up for Laguna Seca.


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