Gordon Set For Swan Song 600 Appearance
Sat, 23/05/15 – 19:19 | No Comment
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CONCORD, N.C. – Twenty-one years ago Jeff Gordon stepped into the spotlight on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup stage at Charlotte Motor Speedway. That night the then 22-year-old Hendrick Motorsports driver and his Ray Evernham-led crew outsmarted veteran Rusty Wallace and his Penske team on the competitors’ final stop in the Coca-Cola 600 to claim their first […]

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Graham Rahal Is Thinking America First At Indy
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Graham Rahal, who drives a car co-owned by David Letterman, says IndyCar Racing needs American faces.

Graham Rahal, who drives a car co-owned by David Letterman, says IndyCar Racing needs American faces.

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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INDIANAPOLIS – Auditions for the USA’s next star Indy car driver will continue Sunday during the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, and all-American boy Graham Rahal figures…why not me?

bugindy500One year after Ryan Hunter-Reay emotionally wrapped himself in the flag as winner of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Verizon IndyCar Series is struggling to capture mainstream America’s scattered attention span beyond the Month of May at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hunter-Reay’s victory for Andretti Autosport last May was the first for an American driver since Sam Hornish Jr. edged Marco Andretti by 0.0635-seconds in 2006, the second-closest finish in race history. But IndyCar’s 2014 driver’s championship was won by Team Penske’s Will Power, a native of Australia.

The first five races of 2015 have been won by a lineup worthy of the United Nations General Assembly:  Juan Pablo Montoya (Colombia), James Hinchcliffe (Canada), Scott Dixon (New Read the full story »

Sat, 05/23/15 – 19:05 | No Comment
Graham Rahal Is Thinking America First At Indy
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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INDIANAPOLIS – Auditions for the USA’s next star Indy car driver will continue Sunday during the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, and all-American boy Graham Rahal figures…why not me?
One year after Ryan Hunter-Reay emotionally wrapped himself in the flag as winner of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Verizon […]

Sat, 05/23/15 – 19:05 | No Comment
Specter Of Flying Cars Hanging Over Indy 500
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Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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INDIANAPOLIS – Race drivers are supposed to be fearless.

But, heading into Sunday’s 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, no one would be surprised if all 33 starters were feeling at least a little trepidation after a series of rather spectacular crashes during practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the last […]

Sat, 05/23/15 – 12:43 | No Comment
Brown Provisional P1 In Topeka
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Top Fuel point-leader Antron Brown raced to the qualifying lead Friday during the opening day of time trials for the 27th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.
Chad Head (Funny Car) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) also were qualifying leaders at the season’s eighth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing […]

Sat, 05/23/15 – 12:17 | No Comment
Power Shows Power In Carb Day
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INDIANAPOLIS _ Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages, and Team Penske delivered a couple Friday during the last on-track activity before the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power, who will start Sunday’s race from the middle of the three-car front row, topped the speed chart […]

Fri, 05/22/15 – 19:46 | No Comment
Team Penske Out To Show It Can Still Win Indy
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Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s been six years since Roger Penske last visited Victory Circle at the Indianapolis 500.
That must seem like an eternity to a guy who has won the biggest race in the world 15 times since Mark Donohue gave Penske his first victory here in 1972.
But the 78-year-old Penske is […]

Fri, 05/22/15 – 15:44 | No Comment
Kenseth On Pole At 600
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Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing ran his fastest lap of the night (194.252 mph) in the third and final round of knockout qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway and secured the top spot on the grid for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.
“I feel like we’re gaining on it. I thought we had good speed today. Jason (Ratcliff, […]

Thu, 05/21/15 – 21:10 | No Comment
Notes: NASCAR Drivers OK With Safety Teams
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – With four crashes this month during preparations for the Indianapolis 500, one which left James Hinchcliffe hospitalized in ICU, the question as to whether NASCAR should have a traveling medical team has once again come to the forefront.
NASCAR has nurses who are familiar with the drivers and […]

Thu, 05/21/15 – 21:02 | No Comment
Indy 500 Notes: Briscoe’s Holiday Weekend Plans Massively Overhauled
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John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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INDIANAPOLIS – Ryan Briscoe was planning to spend Memorial Day Weekend with the family back home in Connecticut “doing my everyday stuff.”
Briscoe’s mow-the-lawn plans took a dramatic turn on Monday, when James Hinchcliffe suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash during practice for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. Briscoe, pole-sitter […]

Thu, 05/21/15 – 20:41 | No Comment
NASCAR Hall Having A Healing Effect On The Sport
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – No matter whether it’s the adage “time heals old wounds” or it’s the fact that sometimes history takes a different view of events, there’s little doubt that one person was correct when he said the NASCAR Hall of Fame mends fences.
With Bruton Smith’s and Curtis Turner’s selection to the NASCAR Hall of […]

Thu, 05/21/15 – 18:59 | No Comment
Chapman’s Lotus To Take Encore Laps At Indy
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Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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INDIANAPOLIS – Representatives of the Henry Ford, a museum located in Dearborn, Mich., are on hand at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jimmy Clark’s win in the 1965 Indy 500.
The sleek and iconic Lotus 38/1, designed and built by British legend Colin Chapman and […]

Thu, 05/21/15 – 16:14 | No Comment