Pandemic Update: Indy 500 Moved To Late August
Thu, 26/03/20 – 15:19 | No Comment
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The 104th edition of the Indianapolis 500 has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced Thursday. “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will …

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Flat Spot On: If Senna met Earnhardt…
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Dale Earnhardt celebrates winning at Daytona. (File photo courtesy of NASCAR)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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In a forum I checked into recently, I found this rather incredible question posted in an online Q & A with longtime TV commentator Bob Varsha. The site was SafeisFast.com and a participant asked, “What if Ayrton Senna had met Dale Earnhardt?”

As the author of “CRASH! From Senna to Earnhardt – How the HANS Helped Save Racing,” this question, perhaps inevitably, stuck with me. The only time these two titans actually met was on the opposite ends of motor racing’s safety revolution. The revolution began in F1 after Senna’s death from an errant suspension piece and culminated with Earnhardt’s death from a basal skull fracture at Daytona. Although it’s still a possibility, we no longer must regularly accept drivers dying behind the wheel in the major leagues as a result of this revolution, which came too late for Senna and Earnhardt, whose deaths, among others, marked the end of an era. 

Given the current circumstances of limited travel and no races, I’ve had more time to ponder this idea of the two drivers meeting. I also exchanged some e-mails with Varsha, a fellow Atlantan and a long-time colleague who was around Senna more often than I while covering F1. If Senna and Earnhardt epitomized motor racing and helped drive its popularity internationally and in the U.S., surely a meeting between the two would have been interesting.

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Tue, 03/31/20 – 9:09 | No Comment
NHRA Hoping To Fire Engines In Early June
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By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
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Responding to the COVID-19 global pandemic, NHRA officials have released a revised 2020 schedule that tentatively will resume with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway June 5-7.
The season …

Sat, 03/28/20 – 8:44 | No Comment
Pandemic Update: Indy 500 Moved To Late August
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The 104th edition of the Indianapolis 500 has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced Thursday. “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will …

Thu, 03/26/20 – 15:19 | No Comment
NASCAR President Discusses Rest of 2020 Season
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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NASCAR President Steve Phelps says the sanctioning body intends to complete its entire point-paying, 36-race Cup Series schedule this season once the COVID-19 pandemic is history.
NASCAR suspended its season last …

Thu, 03/19/20 – 7:57 | No Comment
Pandemic Updates : NASCAR Hopes to Hold All 36 Cup Races
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(Editor’s note: This story will be updated as the Coronavirus pandemic and its effect on auto racing evolves. It was last updated on March 25.)
Auto racing has joined stick-and-ball sports in interrupting their schedules in …

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Hall Of Famer Billy Meyer Is Flushed With Pride
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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The numbers that define Billy Meyer’s drag racing career include one IHRA Funny Car World Championship, 12 NHRA Funny Car national event victories…and 176 restrooms.
The first two stats cover Meyer’s …

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Cup Notes: Blaney To Soldier On With ‘The Captain’
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Team Penske took Ryan Blaney out of any impending NASCAR Silly Season conversations Friday, signing the third-generation driver to a “multi-year” contract extension to continue wheeling the No. 12 Ford …

Fri, 03/6/20 – 18:29 | Comments Off on Cup Notes: Blaney To Soldier On With ‘The Captain’
Pigot To Spend May With Rahal Team
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Versatile open-wheel driver Spencer Pigot will re-join Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the Month of May NTT IndyCar Series events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Pigot, who made three starts for RLLR …

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Alonso To Take Another Whack At Indy
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Fernando Alonso’s relentless pursuit of motorsports’ prestigious Triple Crown will resume in May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the Spaniard will compete with Arrow McLaren SP in the 104th edition …

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Newman Still Wants 2020 Championship
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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Ryan Newman’s goals for the 2020 NASCAR Cup season remain unchanged, but when the Indiana native will return to his No. 6 Ford has yet to be determined, Roush Fenway …

Sun, 02/23/20 – 19:47 | Comments Off on Newman Still Wants 2020 Championship
Torrence Returns To Top Fuel Cockpit
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Two weeks after his rivals began the 2020 season without him, Steve Torrence will launch his bid for a third consecutive NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel world championship Friday with the opening …

Fri, 02/21/20 – 17:56 | Comments Off on Torrence Returns To Top Fuel Cockpit