The 2014 IndyCar season Media Day took place in Orlando today. Here is a rundown of some of the things that were announced:
- Curt Cavin said he was hearing that Verizon as the title sponsor for IndyCar is all but a done deal.
- IndyCar announced that standing starts will be used at Long Beach, and the Inaugural Indianapolis Grand Prix.
- Graham Rahal said that the RLL team will not field a second car if it means they would “rob Peter to pay Paul.”
- Team Penske announced that Hawk Performance will sponsor Juan Montoya for three races in 2014.
- ESPN/ABC confirmed that Allen Bestwick will call the IndyCar races for the network this year, which includes the Indianapolis 500. IndyCar broadcasts will also include Eddie Cheever, Scott Goodyear, Vince Welch, Jamie Little, and Rick DeBruhl.
- Scott Dixon said that he has not seen a Ganassi car with the number “1” on it. He says the decision of whether or not to use the number as the defending series champion is not his to make.
- Derrick Walker said that IndyCar has invested in new equipment to improve race control and it’s view of the track.
- Walker didn’t give any details on the new qualifying format for the Indy 500, but he did comment on it. “Looking at making two days of qualifying worth meaning to the teams. Now coming down to the final choice. “Want to have a better procedure, but not throw out the history of what qualifying means.”