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Linkage 10/20/09

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted October 20, 2009 at 1:05 pm linkage

As “Tweeted” on Twitter, today is one of those days where you just get bombarded by open wheel news and rumors.  I’ve had a lot of stuff hit my email inbox over the last two days, so rather than rush to get a story out for each…  I’ve decided to disclose a bunch of news all at once via a “Linkage” post.

NWR to IndyCar/GP2?

Marshall Pruett posted a story yesterday on SpeedTV.com that Atlantic team Newman-Wachs Racing might make the move to GP2 or the IndyCar Series for 2010.   Fellow blogger Matt Chamois, of The Other Side, followed up on the story this morning.  It might be just me, but it seems like there are a lot of “ifs” associated with the move.  I have an email out to NWR team owner Eddie Wach’s right now, so I will likely post a follow up story on this later.

Testing News

Star Mazda regular Anders Krohn recently tested a Ferrari 430.  In open wheel news, he plans to do a 100-mile F2000 race with Liberty Motorsports Chuck Lessick.  Lessick was Krohn’s lead mechanic at Andersen Racing during the 2008 F2000 Championship— where the duo won the overall title.  Krohn will likely return to the Star Mazda Championship in 2010, but nothing official has been announced.

Speaking of Liberty Motorsports, Bobby Caldwell recently completed a F2000 test with the team.

As posted earlier today, the Indy Lights “Champion’s Test” was cancelled, but will likely be rescheduled for a later date.

Last week I posted a Indy Lights Testing Update –which has recently been outdated with the above announcement.  It now appears that Pippa Mann and Stefan Wilson will test for Sam Schmidt Motorsports at Kentucky Speedway on October 22nd-23rd.  Martin Plowman will be testing for AFS/AGR.  It’s likely that another driver will be testing with AFS, but I’m yet to receive the official confirmation.

More Rungs on the Ladder

The Jim Russell Championship is continuing its support for today’s up-and-coming drivers by offering the 2010 JRC Champion a fully-funded ride in the FIA Formula Two Championship.  It’s great to see so many companies stepping up to help bridge the gap from karting to the upper echelons of open-wheel racing.

Karting News

Italian Motors driver Remo Ruscitti has announced his intention to run in the KF3 division at the upcoming WSK event at the South Garda Karting facility in Lonato, Italy.

Speaking of the WSK, Championship Karting International (CKI) will now be run under the WSK banner in 2010.

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