Dec 3, 2012
Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti and Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear titlist Jack Hawksworth were recognized Dec. 3 for outstanding achievement at the British Racing Drivers' Club annual luncheon in London.
Franchitti, who earned his third Indy 500 victory in May in the No. 50 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, received The Earl Howe Trophy, which is awarded to the highest-placed British driver in the Indianapolis 500 or to the British driver who has established the most meritorious performance of the year in North America.
Franchitti also was a nominee for British Competition Driver of the Year at the Autosport Awards on Dec. 2.
Hawksworth, who was among the six finalists for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award that was presented at the Autosport Awards, received The Henry Surtees Award presented for the most outstanding performance by a BRDC Rising Star.
The aim of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award is to boost the prospects of young British racing talent. Franchitti was the 1992 winner.
Veteran engineer Jones joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Eddie Jones has joined Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing as race engineer for a proposed second 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series program to complement the No. 15 Honda-powered car to be driven by Graham Rahal.
Jones had spent more than 15 years with Team Green/Andretti Autosport as a race engineer in Indy Lights, Champ Car and the IZOD IndyCar Series and moved to KV Racing Technology in 2012 to work with Rubens Barrichello.
"Our intention all along was to build our engineering department and Eddie is one of the best out there," team co-owner Bobby Rahal said. "Given his track record, which is impressive, we are obviously very pleased that he has chosen to join our team. He will be the race engineer for the second program we expect to have, but before we finalize that Eddie will contribute daily to our overall engineering effort."
Rahal will get his first seat time in the No. 15 car next week at Sebring International Raceway.
Dallara founder honored
Dallara Automobili founder Gian Paolo Dallara recently was presented the International Barsanti and Matteucci Award, which recognizes contributions to continued research into and improvement of motor vehicles at the national and international levels.
The event was held in Pietrasanta, Italy, home of Eugenio Barsanti, the co-inventor with Felic Matteucci of the internal combustion engine. Dallara also was presented with the President of the Republic's bronze medal as an example of Italian ingenuity.