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ZF Motorsports Indianapolis Motor Speedway Newsletter
Posted by: newsla on Jul 25, 2014 - 03:37 PM
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ZF Motorsports Indianapolis Motor Speedway Newsletter


ZF Motorsports rolled out its all new team support trailer at the Detroit Grand Prix in June. The 53-foot trailer is the latest resource in the paddock to assist TUDOR United SportsCar Series race teams.

 

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"The new ZF trailer is a rolling development and testing center to help our TUDOR Championship customers to maximize their interface with our product, as well as our engineering team," Mehment Ozerman, ZF motosports manager said. "The trailer offers our customers a secure environment to optimize their damper settings, as well as discuss technical strategy for the race weekend."

The trailer is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to rebuild and fine-tune competition dampers. All of the work can then be proven on the damper dynamometer in the trailer's workshop. In addition, the full range of ZF clutch offerings is onboard as well.

"The ZF Motorsports trailer is an indispensable tool for us at the race track," continued Ozerman. "Our engineers can provide damper adjustments or complete rebuilds onsite and help teams be ready for the next session. We are equipped with the same resources in our trailer as we have in our workshop. We are able to deliver the high level of support that our customers expect from us at our facilities worldwide right onsite at each race track."

Townsend Bell ZF Clutch Performer

Townsend Bell knows Indy. Bell has eight Indy 500 starts, has completed 1,499 racing laps on the oval and has posted a fourth place finish. The all-around racer is just as comfortable on the newly reconfigured 2.4-mile, 14-turn Indy Grand Prix circuit.

Together with teammate Bill Sweedler, Bell leads the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship GTD standings in the team's Revo/Ferrari 458 GT. The team posted an impressive season opening win at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona and have run consistently all season.

"The Indy 500 is still the biggest race in the world and with 100 years of racing history it stands alone for every driver who aspires to race open-wheel cars. I feel lucky every time I get to visit the speedway and blessed to have been able to get eight starts in that great event."

"My greatest memory, to date at Indy is the 2009 race. That year I finished fourth with Herbalife-KV Racing Technology, a really small team after starting 24th."

When asked which ride he prefers, a Dallara IndyCar or a Ferrari 458 sportscar, he equates it to being in a video game. "I think jumping curbs through high speed corners in the Ferrari is hard to beat. It feels like I'm a character in Grand Theft Auto!"

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a Road Course from the Start

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located in Speedway, Indiana (it has its own zip code 46224) is the home of the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, Moto GP and now the TUDOR United SportsCar Series.

Constructed in 1909, it is the original Speedway, the first racing facility so named. It has a permanent seating capacity estimated at 257,325 with infield seating raising capacity to an approximate 400,000, it is the highest-capacity sports venue in the world.

The centerpiece of the facility is the legendary four turn oval course that is the home of the Indy 500. A modern infield road course was constructed between 1998 and 2000, incorporating the western and southern portions of the oval to create a 2.605-mile track. The road circuit has played host to Formula 1 as well as Moto GP. The track was reconfigured in 2013 and is now a 2.4-mile, 14-turn road course that was used for the first time by the IndyCar Series on May 9.

"The original site layout back in 1908 and 1909 included a road course," Donald Davidson, Indy historian said. "The plan called for an oval and a road course that would use part of the oval as well as the infield. The original idea was to use the 2.5 mile oval and head off into the road course for a five mile lap. The road course was never built. It took nearly 92 years for the road course to be built in 2000 and now we are on the second iteration of that design."


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