Good morning on the third consecutive day that Roger Penske hasn’t bought anything. A few other news items actually happened.
Indy Autonomous Challenge
Universities will compete for a $1 million prize in a race for self-driving vehicles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway October 23, 2021. The contest was announced at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. Teams will use the Indy Lights chassis and develop an autonomous car.
Read the full story here- https://www.indycar.com/News/2019/11/11-05-Autonomous-Car-Event-IMS
While this may be the future of road cars, i hope we never see the 500 become a race for either autonomous or electric cars . While the race will be intriguing, I would n’t want to see an entire series with these vehicles.
Aeroscreen Cooling the Last Remaining Issue
The NTT Indycar Series Aeroscreen testing has encountered some fortuitous weather during the test sessions. Barber provided a test of the new protection device in the rain. Tuesday’s test at Sebring allowed the drivers to see how heat will affect the car.
It appears some helmet modifications will occur to get more air to the drivers.
From indycar. com: https://www.indycar.com/News/2019/11/11-05-Aeroscreen-Sebring
From the photos I saw from Sebring, the aeroscreen is barely noticeable at speed. It will probably stick out more during the pace laps and caution periods.
An iracing event, the Open Wheels 500, has begun practice. 104 entries will vie for 33 spots in this weekend’s qualifying for next weekend’s race. The Pit Window sponsors next Saturday’s Pit Stop Competition. I will post reports every other day on activities relating to the event.
From race director and Open-Wheels owner Tanner John Watkins:
Open-Wheels.com is hosting a 500-mile race (at Indianapolis) on the popular iRacing Motorsports Simulation. Individuals from around the world (104 in total on this year’s entry list) will attempt to qualify for a spot in the field of 33 this weekend, and those 33 will run a full 500-mile race at iRacing’s scanned Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, November 17.
iRacing has long been considered the most authentic motorsports simulation (not video game) available to the public – primarily due to their laser scanning process that replicates every bump, crack, and characteristic of racing surfaces for our favorite tracks… from Indy, all the way to the Nürburgring.
You can find more information at Open-Wheels.com. Click the OpenWheels 500 tab at the top.
There was some confusion about my post yesterday. I hope this clears things up.
Meyer Shank Announcement Tomorrow
Meyer-Shank racing will announce their 2020 plans tomorrow. Jack harvey should be driving for the team again, which is expected to have an alliance with Andretti Autosport. Meyer Shank planned to run the full season. We’ll find out tomorrow.