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2014 season previews, and the readers' choices of 2013 pack the Spring Issue of RACER
Given the abundance of riches at Chip Ganassi Racing this year, it was only logical to feature the team's IndyCar squad on the cover of RACER's 2014 Season Preview Issue. All four CGR drivers have race wins, and sitting in the pair of Target cars are the reigning series champion and the reigning Indy 500 champion. As a team owner, could your hand get any stronger?
Well, yes, as Chip proved by asking the newly retired Dario Franchitti to stay on as an advisor and mentor to the drivers. We're not sure of the multiple champ's new job description, but it's probably along the lines of, "Carry on being Dario," a role in which he's uniquely positioned to succeed. To our great benefit, he's also in an ideal position to prognosticate on the 2014 IndyCar Series season. Read his thoughts and predictions, starting on page 28.
While race fans are used to reveling in IndyCar's open competition, Formula 1 has been way more predictable in recent years. Everyone starts quite evenly matched but, by mid-season, Adrian Newey's fired up his frontal lobe, Sebastian Vettel has found another gear, and suddenly it's "Goodnight Vienna" (or Milton Keynes) for Red Bull Racing's rivals.
OK, maybe that's how it will be again in 2014, too. However, as we went to press, the RB10, like all the Renault-powered F1 cars, was struggling in the wake of cars carrying Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari engines...or power units, as we must now call them. Our preview picks through the vast rule changes that have resulted in F1 cars with cutting-edge tech at the rear and distinctive and bizarre noses in front.
If four-time and reigning F1 World Champion Vettel has endured 99 problems in pre-season testing, he certainly earned the respect of you, the RACER readers, for his 2013 performance, landing a huge wedge of votes for RACER of the Year XIX. But was it enough to earn him top spot in the overall category? Er...no, not even close. To find out who came out on top, click here.
-David Malsher, Editor
On tap in the Season Preview Issue:
FORMULA 1 2014 - A BRAVE NEW WORLD: Full guide to the new turbocharged, wacky-nosed and electrified era
INDYCAR 2014 - TOO CLOSE TO CALL? Full guide to a fascinating IndyCar Series ahead
FRANCHITTI ON THE TITLE FAVORITES: Retired ace picks his choices
>IN FOCUS: PORSCHE 911 RSR The new works IMSA racer in studio
NASCAR'S COMBUSTION CHAMBER: Tom Jensen reveals who and what's hot to trot in stockers
MICHAEL'S MOJO RISING: David Malsher explores the growth of Andretti Autosport in a variety of directions
MARQUES OF DISTINCTION: The Pirelli World Challenge goes from strength to strength with an abundance of new cars
A TRUE TEST OF ENDURANCE: Marshall Pruett on the unique demands facing the newly unified sports car contenders for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
...all this, plus our regular slate of columns and features in the Spring Issue, now its making way free to subscribers and also available on newsstands.
Look Inside Issue 259
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