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Bautista Gets A Taste Of The Famous Indianapolis 500 At Andretti Autosport
Posted by: newsla on Aug 08, 2014 - 06:07 AM
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Bautista Gets A Taste Of The Famous Indianapolis 500 At Andretti Autosport Headquarter

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is preparing to host this weekend the tenth round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship: the speedway is famous all over the World for the 500 miles automobile race, but it’s curious to note that the first motorsport event which took place on the oval was a motorcycle race, August 14, 1909.


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Indianapolis is therefore a magical place for both four and two wheels racing: the Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista got a special insight view of the Indianapolis 500 atmosphere visiting today the Andretti Autosport headquarters, the team which won this year’s edition of the Indy 500 with Ryan Hunter-Reay behind the wheel of a Honda-powered Dallara.

Bautista was accompanied on this special visit from Zach Veach, nineteen-year-old driver who is competing in the propedeutic Indy Lights championship and ready to debut next year in the IndyCar Series.

ALVARO BAUTISTA “I had the opportunity to see first hand how an IndyCar team worsk and it was very interesting, a great experience. I didn’t know these kind of cars and I was able to see their high level of technology: the IndyCar Series is the most important single-seater championship in the United States and I have noticed many similarities with our world; nothing is left to chance, just like in MotoGP. I also tried to enter into the cockpit of a car, but I had trouble, the space is very limited! Racing with these machines at speeds up to 230 mph on the Indianapolis speedway, with the walls so close, it's crazy... so I have great respect for IndyCar drivers. The team Andretti also won the Indy 500 this year, so I hope that this will bring us luck for our weekend!”.

Andretti Autosport fields four entries in the IndyCar Series, with drivers Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe and Carlos Munoz. Based in Indianapolis, and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012) and has won the Indianapolis 500 three times (2005, 2007, 2014). 2014 will see Andretti Autosport fielding entries in FIA Formula E - an all-electric racing series based in Europe.

The IndyCar Series is the premier open-wheel racing series in the United States and features single-seat, open-cockpit cars powered by a 2.2-liter, twin turbocharged, direct-injected V-6 engine optimized to run at 12,000 RPM with an estimated 500-700 horsepower depending on the turbocharger boost setting. IndyCar Series cars run on 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol and reach speeds up to 235 mph at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The world-renowned Indianapolis 500 Mile Race serves as the centerpiece of the IndyCar Series schedule each year.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an American icon and the world’s greatest racecourse. With more than 250,000 permanent seats, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is also the world’s largest seating facility. The Indianapolis 500 is held on the two-adn-a-half-mile oval, while the MotoGP races the infield road course. The very first motorized race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a motorcycle event on August 14, 1909.

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