Compton Retires; Clifford To Head The NHRA
Wed, 1/07/15 – 14:24 | No Comment
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The National Hot Rod Association has promoted Peter Clifford, the organization’s longtime executive vice president and general manager, to president. Clifford succeeds Tom Compton, who announced his retirement from the NHRA following 15 years as president.
Dallas Gardner, chairman of the NHRA Board of Directors, made the announcement and introduced Clifford as president to NHRA employees […]

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Earnhardt Fast In Practice; Says Car A Winner
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. got off to a fast start in Daytona on Friday.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. got off to a fast start in Daytona on Friday. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick led the two practice sessions Friday at Daytona International Speedway, in preparation for Sunday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Sprint Cup Series race

sprint-logo-08In the first of two practices, Earnhardt posted the day’s fastest lap of 202.284 miles per hour (44.492 seconds) on the 2.5-mile tri-oval, driving the No. 88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet. Earnhardt won the Coke Zero 400 in 2001 and has 15 victories at Daytona overall.

“We have a very fast car … a winning car,” Earnhardt said.

Patrick – the 2013 polesitter for the Daytona 500 – led the second session chart at 198.133 (45.424), driving the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet.

Early in the first practice there was an 11-car incident, including cars driven by former Coke Zero 400 champions Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray and Greg Read the full story »

Fri, 07/3/15 – 18:24 | No Comment
INDYCAR Boss: Ooops On Fontana Downforce Call
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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INDYCAR boss Mark Miles said Wednesday the “compelling” and “at times hard to watch” record-setting pack racing that unfolded during Saturday’s MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway largely was the result of aerodynamic happenstance.
“Clearly different tracks present different styles and getting the best setup is not an exact science,” Miles, […]

Wed, 07/1/15 – 18:29 | No Comment
INDYCAR Acts On Rahal’s Fueling Violation
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Graham Rahal has been fined $10,000, with $5000 suspended, by INDYCAR officials for driving away from his pit stall with the fuel hose attached to his car en route to victory in Saturday night’s MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.
Rahal, driver of the No. 15 Mi-Jack Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing […]

Wed, 07/1/15 – 18:08 | No Comment
Compton Retires; Clifford To Head The NHRA
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The National Hot Rod Association has promoted Peter Clifford, the organization’s longtime executive vice president and general manager, to president. Clifford succeeds Tom Compton, who announced his retirement from the NHRA following 15 years as president.
Dallas Gardner, chairman of the NHRA Board of Directors, made the announcement and introduced Clifford as president to NHRA employees […]

Wed, 07/1/15 – 14:24 | No Comment
VisitFlorida Has Successful Visit To The Glen
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The No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP driven by Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante were awarded the victory at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International Sunday under yellow after a stalled GT car could not be towed off the track in time to allow the race to finish under green.
After […]

Mon, 06/29/15 – 7:24 | No Comment
Kyle Busch Muscles Way To Victory At Sonoma
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Guess everybody can consider Kyle Busch’s recovery from the serious leg injuries he suffered during Speedweeks in February to be complete – if not in a physical sense then certainly in a competitive sense.
Busch, who missed the first 11 Sprint Cup races of the season because of injuries sustained in […]

Sun, 06/28/15 – 18:03 | No Comment
Rahal Becomes Leader Of The Pack In Fontana
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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The term “pack racing” returned to the Verizon IndyCar Series lexicon Saturday at Auto Club Speedway, where Graham Rahal temporarily dodged a pit-road infraction en route to winning a record-smashing MAVTV 500.
Rahal’s second career Indy car victory was punctuated by a record 80-lead changes among 14 drivers around the 2-mile, […]

Sun, 06/28/15 – 10:13 | No Comment
Rain Sets Sahlen’s Grid At Watkins Glen
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A heavy rain Saturday afternoon forced the cancellation of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship qualifying for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins International. The grid will be set by driver championship points, per Article 40.2.5 of the IMSA Sporting Regulations.
Christian Fittipaldi will start from the pole in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling/Cider Tree […]

Sat, 06/27/15 – 19:26 | No Comment
Allmendinger Blasts To Pole At Sonoma
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A.J. Allmendinger, looking to earn a second-straight berth in the Sprint Cup playoffs, won the pole for Sunday’s race at the Sonoma Raceway road circuit on Saturday afternoon.
Allmendinger, who earned his 2014 Chase berth by winning at the Watkins Glen International road circuit, lapped Sonoma in 1 minute, 14.385 seconds […]

Sat, 06/27/15 – 17:14 | One Comment
Pagenaud Proves Super On A Speedway
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Simon Pagenaud officially became an ovalmeister Friday when the Frenchman earned his first Indy car pole on an oval – and first with Team Penske – during qualifications for the MAVTV 500.
Pagenaud, driver of the No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet, posted a two-lap average speed of 218.952 mph around […]

Sat, 06/27/15 – 9:46 | 2 Comments
Allmendinger Knows Importance Of Sonoma
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The term “must win” has become one of the most over-used in sports. It’s verbiage that tends to be rotely rolled out when the term “highly important” is much more accurate but way less dramatic.
Then there is the situation for A.J. Allmendinger vis a vis this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway.
He and […]

Fri, 06/26/15 – 16:16 | No Comment