Series news and notes 2009-09-02

Today's IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights headlines 1. Lloyd lands ride with Newman/Haas/Lanigan for finale 2. Power won't require surgery 3. Matsuura prepares for Motegi at Chicagoland 4. Gone Fishin' 1. Lloyd lands...

Today's IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights headlines
1. Lloyd lands ride with Newman/Haas/Lanigan for finale
2. Power won't require surgery
3. Matsuura prepares for Motegi at Chicagoland
4. Gone Fishin'

1. Lloyd lands ride with Newman/Haas/Lanigan for finale: Alex Lloyd, the 2007 Firestone Indy Lights champion who has made two IndyCar Series starts, will compete in the No. 06 Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing car in the season-ending Firestone Indy 300 on Oct. 10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The race will mark Lloyd's second race this season after having competed in the Indianapolis 500, where he qualified 11th and finished 13th.

Lloyd, the only driver to win on both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course (Firestone Indy Lights in 2006) and oval (Firestone Freedom 100 in 2007), won eight of the 15 races en route to the 2007 Firestone Firehawk Cup, including a victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway after starting second. He also won five poles, finished in the top five 13 times and led a total of 399 laps during his title-winning season.

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2. Power won't require surgery: Penske Racing driver Will Power will not require surgery for back injuries suffered in a practice accident at Infineon Raceway last month.

Power was examined in Indianapolis on Aug. 31 by IndyCar Series orthopedic consultant Dr. Terry Trammell, who determined that Power suffered fractures of his second, third and fourth lumbar vertebrae and a fracture of his fifth thoracic vertebra. Dr. Trammell expects Power to recover with rest and rehabilitation.

Power will continue to wear a back brace during an expected recovery period of at least four months. Power, who also suffered a concussion and a chipped left front tooth in the incident, will begin physical therapy for his back injuries this week and is expected to be ready to compete by the IndyCar Series season-opening race in March 2010.

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3. Matsuura prepares for Motegi at Chicagoland: Kosuke Matsuura, who hasn't competed in an IndyCar Series car since 2007, took refresher laps on the Chicagoland Speedway oval Sept. 1 in the Conquest Racing car he'll drive in the Indy Japan 300 on Sept. 19.

"We don't have a lot of track time during the race weekend in Japan so it is important for me to get some seat time before in order to get used to this open-wheel environment once again," said Matsuura, the 2004 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year. "I look forward to working with the Conquest team and I can't wait for the Indy Japan 300 to race in front of my home crowd."

Conquest Racing wants to make sure Matsuura gets as much preparation as possible.

"With Kosuke being out of the car for a while, we wanted to give him some extra track time before we head to Japan," team owner Eric Bachelart said. "It's a very important race for him, as well as for us, and as we all know, preparation is one of the most important aspects. We're really looking forward to this first trip to Twin Ring Motegi."

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4. Gone Fishin': Reigning Bassmaster Classic Champion Skeet Reese was a guest of the Indy Racing League and VERSUS pit reporter Robbie Floyd at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.

"I had no idea how cool open-wheel racing was," said Reese, who toured the garages and watched much of the race from pit lane. "I've seen it on television of course, but to enjoy a race from up close was totally different. Watching the efficiency of the crews as they turned out 6- to 10-second pit stops and the speed those drivers pushed those cars to was mind blowing. I'm definitely a fan of Indy racing now; I can't wait to watch more."

The next day, Reese invited Indy Racing League president of competition and operations Brian Barnhart and IndyCar Series technical director Kevin Blanch to his workplace - Clear Lake near Kelseyville, Calif., which is the largest freshwater lake in the state.

Almost 30 bass in the 3- to 5-pound range were landed, with Reese taking honors for the day with a 7-pounder.

"We had fun all day, but there was a three-hour period that we seemed to catch them fairly steadily," he said. "It was a great day, and I made some new friends as well."

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The 2009 IndyCar Series season continues Sept. 19 with the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi. The race will be telecast live in High Definition at 10:30 p.m. (EDT) Sept. 18 by VERSUS. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145 and Sirius channel 211. The radio broadcast also will be carried on www.indycar.com. The 2009 Firestone Indy Lights season continues with the Homestead-Miami 100 on Oct. 9 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be telecast by Live by VERSUS at 6 p.m. (EDT).

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Kosuke Matsuura , Alex Lloyd , Will Power , Brian Barnhart
Teams Conquest Racing , Team Penske