2006 BRITISH GRAND PRIX POSTSCRIPT Speed eager to race at Indy; Villeneuve takes high-speed honeymoon INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - The final countdown to the United States Grand Prix on July 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has ...
2006 BRITISH GRAND PRIX POSTSCRIPT
Speed eager to race at Indy; Villeneuve takes high-speed honeymoon
INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - The final countdown to the United States Grand Prix on July 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has begun.
Following the British Grand Prix on June 11, won by Fernando Alonso in a Renault, the Formula One teams are packing for the trip to North America for the Canadian Grand Prix on June 25 in Montreal and the race in Indianapolis the following weekend.
Scott Speed is looking forward to racing in his home Grand Prix in Indianapolis.
"For sure, there is gong to be a lot of media buzz around it," Speed said. "It is going to be for me a great experience to be able to race F1 in my home country. And to see some American flags waving for a change in the crowd is going to be a great feeling."
Just married: 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve had a "Just Married" sign on the rear wing of his BMW Sauber following his recent marriage to his fiancée, Johanna. Where did they go on their honeymoon?
"This is the honeymoon," Villeneuve said at Silverstone, "so hopefully it will be a good weekend."
It was a good weekend as Villeneuve finished eighth and scored a point. The couple will spend their real honeymoon at home in Villars, Switzerland.
"We spend the year traveling," he said, "so if we can spend a week at home, that would be a nice honeymoon."
Hamilton wins again: Fast-rising star Lewis Hamilton won both GP2 races at Silverstone in convincing style during the British Grand Prix.
McLaren director Ron Dennis said it is almost certain that Hamilton will graduate to F1 next year, either with McLaren-Mercedes or another team.
Renault's 200th Grand Prix: This year's British Grand Prix marked the 200th start for Renault as a chassis/engine constructor.
Renault made its debut in the 1977 British Grand Prix when Jean-Pierre Jabouille qualified the RS01 'yellow teapot' turbo car in 21st position before retiring on Lap 17 with a broken turbo.
Porsche winner: Uwe Alzen won the Porsche Michelin Supercup race at Silverstone. The next stop for the series will be the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where two Porsche Michelin Supercup races will take place during the United States Grand Prix weekend.
New driver: Super Aguri signed Sakon Yamamoto as its third driver for the British, Canadian and United States Grands Prix. Yamamoto, who has raced in All Japan Formula Nippon Championship and Super GT in Japan, may replace driver Franck Montagny in the French or German races.
New technology: F1 engine technology should incorporate energy storage devices in 2009, FIA President Max Mosley said.
"In the next 30 to 50 years, it is absolutely certain that every vehicle on the public road will be fitted with a device that will enable it to recover all the energy released when the brakes are applied and store it and use it again to drive and accelerate the vehicle," said Mosley, who has proposed the new direction.
Current technology allows a system to store enough energy to translate into an extra 60 horsepower for about nine seconds, Mosley said. The system would incorporate a "push to pass button" using the stored power.
Eye of the tiger: The Renaults featured a new "eye of the tiger" paint scheme at the British Grand Prix. The tiger is one of four mystical guardian figures that in ancient Chinese tradition accompanied the emperor on the battlefield.
Fourth pole: Fernando Alonso qualified his Renault on pole position for the British Grand Prix. It was his fourth consecutive pole of the season.
2006 USGP tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 2006 United States Grand Prix, scheduled for Sunday, July 2.
Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.
Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (EST) Monday-Friday, while online orders can be made at any time.
A three-day "Season Pass" for the event is only $60. The pass is good for admission to IMS for all three days of on-track activity, Friday, June 30-Sunday, July 2. All seating Friday and Saturday is general admission, and the pass provides general admission access to the Viewing Mounds, Infield, First Turn Terrace, South Terrace and Tower Terrace (Sections 39-77) on Sunday, July 2.
Reserved seats for Race Day, Sunday, July 2, start at $75.