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IndyCar Series: The Miss in the Engine Bay

Here's a parallel universe scenario for you to contemplate: Kenny Brack, winner of the 1999 Indianapolis 500, crosses the finish line and takes the checkered flag. He has just won the 2009 Rally Car gold medal at the 15th edition of ESPN's X Games. Those are the facts. Imagine Kenny's postrace interview went this way: "My Ford Fiesta was unbeatable today. I have to thank Ford Racing and Olsbergs Motor Sport for the 800 horsepower muscle they gave me to win this medal. And next year, this same engine will be fighting for victory at the 2010 Indy 500." The engines I am familiar with are normally aspirated, unlike the Ford Duratec 2.0L turbo built by Olsbergs MSE and pictured above. Last January I read that the IRL was contempl...

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