Texters Ride For Love Of Sport And Family
Wed, 2/09/15 – 7:10 | No Comment
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CONCORD, N.C. – Cory and Shayna Texter know well the tough life of an AMA Pro Flat Track racer; after all, their father, Randy, was an AMA U.S. Twin Sports Champion. But when he died in 2010 the siblings didn’t know if they could continue in the sport.
Their biggest supporter had succumbed to cancer at […]

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Teams, Drivers Turn Back The Pages At Darlington
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The Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 car and its driver are sporting a throw-back looks this weekend in Darlington.  (RacinToday/HHP photo by Garry Eller)

The Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 car and its driver are among those sporting  throwback looks this weekend in Darlington. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Garry Eller)

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DARLINGTON, S.C. – With the Southern 500 returning to its traditional Labor Day weekend date at Darlington Raceway and the track promoting a “throwback” theme, of the 28 teams using throwback paint schemes on their cars, perhaps Richard Petty Motorsports has taken the biggest step back in time.

sprint-logo-08Aric Almirola has adopted a Fu Manchu mustache similar to the one Petty wore in the early to mid-1970s when his Plymouths and Dodges carried the iconic STP paint scheme.  Almirola said Friday at Darlington Raceway that Petty had seen it and he liked it.

“He said he won the Daytona 500 with a mustache that looked just like this,” Almirola said. “I have about five days with this. I wasn’t fully committed. I shaved last week on vacation when I went to dinner with my wife and I got cleaned up. After that, I kind of just let it go crazy and I had a few drinks out on the beach and thought it would be cool to grow this. I got a late start. I would like for it to be a little fuller, but this is all I’ve got for now.”

When asked about Petty’s cowboy hat and sunglasses, Almirola noted Petty didn’t wear them then and he was trying to be traditional.

“I have the bill of my hat square like he did when he would shove it in his back pocket,” Almirola said. “I am trying to be as original as I can. It is really neat to walk through the garage area and see the cars and pit crew guys. It really makes you realize how far our sport has come and just the appreciation of what all the teams and everybody has for the guys that came before us.” Read the full story »

Fri, 09/4/15 – 18:51 | No Comment
IndyCar TV Numbers Jump
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Bolstered by the most-watched Verizon IndyCar Series race ever broadcast on NBC Sports Network, INDYCAR telecasts on ABC and NBCSN posted an overall viewership increase of 16 percent in 2015 that included a 34 percent jump in NBCSN viewership.
Sunday’s season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway _ won by Scott Dixon to […]

Thu, 09/3/15 – 18:50 | No Comment
Dixon Rakes It In At IndyCar Awards Banquet
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Scott Dixon added a $1-million bonus check to his post-season SWAG haul during the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in downtown San Francisco.
Dixon, of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, won the 2015 crown in a tiebreaker with Juan Pablo Montoya of Team Penske after a […]

Thu, 09/3/15 – 13:27 | No Comment
Texters Ride For Love Of Sport And Family
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CONCORD, N.C. – Cory and Shayna Texter know well the tough life of an AMA Pro Flat Track racer; after all, their father, Randy, was an AMA U.S. Twin Sports Champion. But when he died in 2010 the siblings didn’t know if they could continue in the sport.
Their biggest supporter had succumbed to cancer at […]

Wed, 09/2/15 – 7:10 | No Comment
Championship Puts Dixon On Indy Cars’ Top Shelf
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Enigmatic team-owner Chip Ganassi once famously observed that he would hire a Martian to drive one of his race cars if he thought said alien could “push the button.”
Martians licensed to drive an open-wheel race car were in short supply four events into the 2002 Championship Auto Racing Teams season, when native New Zealander Scott […]

Mon, 08/31/15 – 8:21 | No Comment
Dixon Wins Sonoma And 2015 IndyCar Series Title
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Scott Dixon entered Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series season-finale needing to drive like crazy and also have lots of things fall his way if he wanted to win the 2015 championship.
Done-and-done.
Dixon, who started the race third in points _ 47 behind leader Juan Montoya Montoya and ninth on the 25-car grid _ won Sunday’s GoPro Grand […]

Sun, 08/30/15 – 18:31 | No Comment
Schumacher Hires alBalooshi After Booting Massey
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Team-owner Don Schumacher has hired Khalid alBalooshi to begin driving the Sandvik Coromant/Red Fuel Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing beginning Friday during drag racing’s marquee event, the 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals near Indianapolis.
alBalooshi, a resident of Los Angeles and citizen of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, replaces Spencer Massey for […]

Sun, 08/30/15 – 12:48 | No Comment
Penske’s Power On Pole For IndyCar Season Finale
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power reset his year-old track record during Saturday’s Firestone Fast Six to earn the Verizon P1 Award and pace four of six championship contenders starting on the first three rows for the title-deciding GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Power, driver of the No. 1 Verizon […]

Sun, 08/30/15 – 7:40 | No Comment
Menard Wins On Home Turf
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Paul Menard, a native of Eau Claire, Wis., won Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Menard edged out a relentless Ryan Blaney by 0.573 seconds at the 14-turn road course.
“I’ve been really fortunate to win at some of the coolest tracks, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Road America is right there,” Menard said. “These […]

Sat, 08/29/15 – 20:05 | No Comment
Stewart Responds To Ward Family’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit
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NASCAR champion Tony Stewart contends he did not see Kevin Ward Jr. walking toward his Sprint Car until seconds before the 20-year-old was struck and fatally injured during an on-track accident in Upstate New York last summer.
Stewart’s response to the wrongful death lawsuit brought earlier this month by Ward’s parents was filed Friday by attorney […]

Sat, 08/29/15 – 8:02 | No Comment
Spencer Massey Booted From Don Schumacher Racing
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Spencer Massey has been released from Don Schumacher Racing as driver of the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant Top Fuel dragster in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, the team announced Friday evening.
“Spencer is no longer with DSR,” team owner Don Schumacher said.
“He violated a DSR policy and would not correct the violation. […]

Fri, 08/28/15 – 18:53 | No Comment