infiniti com : Mark Honsowetz-brother to Frank Honsowetz-works for Ed Pink RacingEngines, and provides support at the track. By debriefing with thedrivers and team engineers and monitoring telemetry, Honsowetz has severalresponsibilities that are crucial to the development of the Infiniti Indy. First, he ensures that the engine is running at its optimum performance,second he looks for warning signals for engine problems, and third hetracks the results of changes and new parts. All the reports and datacollected by Honsowetz during an on track session-be it a test or arace-are reviewed by the design team and new improvements are made for thenext time the Infiniti Indy goes on track.Team Cheever and Infinti Indy Develop the Engine of the Future-Since Indy500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. announced his team's switch to Infiniti Indypower on April 6, the team has tested a total of seven days with its newpower plant before opening day for the Indy 500. Infiniti IndyMotorsports Manager Frank Honsowetz reports that the information fromthese test dates has created "an almost overwhelming amount ofimprovements to make to the engine, which is exactly what we want." Onceproven to make the engine faster and/or more reliable, an update is madeto every Infiniti Indy that goes on track. "The development plan we havewith Team Cheever greatly benefits all our teams," stated Honsowetz.
infiniti com : Engine Builders: The Final Step Before the Race Track-Two engine builderscurrently prepare Infiniti Indy power plants for teams in the Pep BoysIndy Racing League, Ed Pink Racing Engines and Tom Hooker Engines.Manager of Infiniti Motorsports, Frank Honsowetz, describes therelationship between engine manufacturer and engine builders: "What we doat Infiniti is make and acquire all the parts. An engine builder is likea chef. We give them all the ingredients and the recipe-which is to saythe parts and a manual, with all the dimensions, clearances and assemblyprocedures. They do the rest of the work. Like world-renowned chefs,they start with all the same ingredients, but depending on how theyprepare the seasonings and how long they cook the food and at whattemperature, the final result may vary. The ultimate goal is to make theengines reliable and fast."Best Result for 1999: 3rd at Phoenix, Robbie Buhl, Purex/Dreyer&ReinboldDallaraBest Result for 1998: 4th at Texas in Sept., Roberto Guerrero, CBR CobbRacingBest Result for 1997: 2nd at Orlando, Mike Groff, Jonathan Byrd/CunninghamRacing
infiniti com : LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2000) - The New Year brings renewedhopes to the Infiniti Indy team members as they look forward to capturingtheir first victory in the Indy Racing League. Infiniti has supplied theracing version of the Infiniti Q45 performance luxury sedan's V8 engine toIndy racing teams since 1997. Updated engine regulations, an ever-strengthening partnership withIndy 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr., and the forthcoming introduction ofan all-new powerplant, all give hope to the Infiniti Indy team that 2000will bring the program to its next level. The Indy Racing League season opener at Walt Disney World Speedway inFlorida on Jan. 29 will mark the official debut of the updated 3.5-literengine formula, reduced from the 4-liter configuration used since thestart of the 1997 season. The Infiniti Indy engine supplied to Team Cheever for the Delphi Indy200 is essentially last year's 4-liter engine that has been converted tothe smaller capacity by reducing the stroke. The benefit of thisconverted engine is that a majority of the performance and reliabilitygains achieved in 1999 are built into the current 3.5-liter engine. Ed Pink, a member of the Infiniti Indy design team and engine builderfor Team Cheever, explains the differences between the 3.5- and 4-literengines: "The biggest difference is about 60 horsepower less," said Pink. "Thechallenge is keeping the 3.5-liter engine together at the increasedrev-limit, which is 700 rpms more than the end of last year. This is doneby testing and finding those weak links as quickly as we can." In preparation for the fifth annual Indy car race at Walt Disney WorldSpeedway, Infiniti and Team Cheever have had an intense developmentschedule over the past few months, testing a total of ten days on theone-mile Disney oval. As a two-time winner of the event, Eddie CheeverJr. was able to provide invaluable input at these tests. "We worked out a lot of the gremlins at our initial track tests of theconverted 3.5-liter engine," said Frank Honsowetz, manager, InfinitiMotorsports. "The input given to us at these tests by Eddie Cheever andhis team has greatly shortened the learning curve of this engine. As theysay in racing though, the real test will be on Saturday when we take thegreen flag." If last season's results are any indication of how Infiniti and TeamCheever will perform in the Disney race then the pair should be running upfront. In 1999, Cheever led races at Indianapolis, Texas and Las Vegaswith Infiniti power and Infiniti finished in the top-five four times. "There were many races that we led and many that we could have won,"said Eddie Cheever Jr., about the 1999 season with Infiniti. "I havealways said one of the main reasons that I chose the Nissan/Infinitiengine package is that they have been successful in everything they havedone in motor racing. I see no reason why they will not be successful inthe Indy Racing League as well." It won't be easy though. The entry list for the Delphi Indy 200 has25 cars and only one of those cars-the No. 51 Team Cheever entry-will bepowered by Infiniti. "We feel the engine we have developed to this point is very strong andsets a good base standard heading into the 2000 season," said Honsowetz."It is just with Infiniti Indy being the single Indian against the rest ofthem, we have to run harder and work harder to be successful. One thingwe are not lacking is determination. Everyone connected with this programis extremely committed and wants to win races." Part of the 2000 plan "to win races" includes the upcomingintroduction of an all-new Infiniti Indy engine, designated the "35A." This engine has been under development since 1998 and is expected to beused in competition by the Indianapolis 500. The design of this engine is an international project that includesinput from the United States design team and Nissan's motorsports group inJapan. Most notably, the Infiniti Indy 35A engine is derived from the5.0-liter engine Nissan entered in the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Infiniti Indy 35A will weigh significantly less, be more compactand have a lower center of gravity. "The features that are successful and work best in our current enginehave been applied to the 35A," said Honsowetz. "The parts of the currentengine that make it difficult are some of the things we have eliminated.While I think we are on par with the competition in terms of producinghorsepower, this new package will perform better in the race car in termsof weight and the placement of that weight. We have faith that thisall-new design will lead us to winning races." On-track activities for the Delphi Indy 200 at Walt Disney WorldSpeedway start on Jan. 27 with practice and continue with qualifying onJan. 28, which will be televised at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The race startsat Noon on Jan. 29 and will be broadcast live on ABC, with the pre-raceshow "Indy Racing 2Day" on ESPN2 at 11:30 a.m. The Indy Racing RadioNetwork broadcast of the race will also be available live at Noon on theInternet at (all times Eastern). # # #
infiniti com : GARDENA, Calif. (April 27, 2001) -- Infiniti, the luxury division ofNissan North America, Inc., has signed an agreement with TWR Group tocomplete the development of the new 3.5-liter V8 Infiniti racing engineand to provide technical support for the Indy Racing program. Infinitihopes the partnership will lead to the company becoming the first Japaneseengine manufacturer to win the Indianapolis 500 and the Indy RacingNorthern Light Series Championship."Infiniti is delighted to have TWR join our design team," said SteveKight, director of marketing and motorsports for Infiniti Division. "Weare sure their expertise in Indy Racing, as well as their experience in somany other international motorsports programs over the years, will bringfurther success and a new focus to our expanding program."TWR's Race Engine Division played a key role in the final preparations ofthe all-new Infiniti Indy 35A, which successfully debuted at the IndyRacing Northern Light Series season opener in Phoenix on March 18. Thedesign work and bench testing necessary to prepare the engine foroval-track racing was completed at the TWR engine facility in Kidlington,Oxfordshire, England.
infiniti com : "We are excited about the opportunity, with Infiniti, to win the Indy 500and the championship," said Tom Walkinshaw, chairman of TWR Group. "Welook forward to delivering the success that Infiniti is so committed toachieving. Under the tutelage of Tony George, for whom I have thegreatest respect, the Indy Racing Series has grown into an internationallyrecognized championship. Its stature is reflected in the strong interestby an increasing number of manufacturers and leading teams."The purpose-built 35A racing engine represents the worldwide resourcesavailable to Infiniti. The engine was first designed as a 5.0-literversion by engineers at Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. in Japan for use in the1999 24 Hours of Le Mans. The design was then modified for the 3.5-literformula outlined by the Indy Racing League and for the specificcharacteristics of oval-track racing. With European-based TWR handlingthe current development, and the continued involvement of the Japaneseengineering staff, the Infiniti Motorsports design team is truly a globaleffort.From the design table to the dynamometer, the 35A engine was thoroughlytested before being sent to the United States for on-track testing.Infiniti customers Cheever Indy Racing and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing foundthe new engine to be more powerful, smaller, and lighter during theirinitial testing. Eddie Cheever Jr. was one of the first to test theengine and finished ninth with the new powerplant at the Infiniti GrandPrix of Miami.
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