Q and A: Gordon – “Today Is An Emotional Day”
Thu, 22/01/15 – 18:01 | No Comment
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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On Thursday morning, Jeff Gordon announced to his Hendrick Motorsports team that 2015 would be the last year that he competed full time in the Sprint Cup Series.
Thursday afternoon, the 43-year-old driver held a teleconference with the media to explain his decision and to take question about it.
Gordon, a four-time Cup champion and the winner [...]

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Vickers’ Off Season Was Filled With Trauma, Pain
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

After an off season of health woes, Brian Vickers is schedule to be back in his Michael Waltrip Racing car at Las Vegas. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nearly two months after Brian Vickers once again found himself in open heart surgery, the Michael Waltrip Racing driver is focused on his return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. However, the 31-year-old driver admitted Tuesday the scenario could have been much different.

“It was a pretty traumatic event,” said Vickers, who returns to his No. 55 Toyota at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the season’s third race. “It was definitely the worst of all the medical issues I’ve had to face. There was a lot of uncertainty going into the surgery from a life-health perspective.”

Vickers was en route to an Aaron’s photo shoot in mid-December when he began having pain. He considered going home to take a nap, but due to previous severe health issues, the 31-year-old Vickers decided to head to the Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte. Vickers called ahead to Carolinas Medical Center and headed to the emergency room. The pain continued to worsen. After several tests, doctors diagnosed his problem as the artificial patch that was placed over a hole in his heart in 2010. They immediately began preparing him for surgery.

“When they figured out what was wrong; that the (artificial) patch in my heart needed to be replaced, they Read the full story »

Tue, 01/27/15 – 13:25 | No Comment
France: NASCAR To Apply Brakes To Chase Change
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Touting NASCAR’s march towards innovation while balancing that with the cost and the benefits to the individual teams and to the sport, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said the rules for the cars would always evolve, but there would be no change this year to the Chase format.
“It [...]

Mon, 01/26/15 – 19:13 | No Comment
Dixon Gives Ganassi Racing Victory In The Rolex
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Scott Dixon tracked down and passed Jordan Taylor with just over and hour to go and went on to win the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.
Dixon, driving the No. 02 Ford-powered Riley of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, took the checkered flag at the end [...]

Sun, 01/25/15 – 14:15 | One Comment
Rolex Shaping Up As Ford Vs. Chevrolet Power
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When dawn broke at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, it was a battle between Chevrolet and Ford power that was the big story in the Rolex 24.
At the 18-hour mark of the race, which came just after 8 a.m., the Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototypes of Action Express and Wayne Taylor Racing were running first and [...]

Sun, 01/25/15 – 8:36 | No Comment
Hinchcliffe, Mazda Ready To Make Move At 24
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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At least SpeedSource Racing and its factory-backed Mazda turbo diesel prototypes didn’t let anybody down in last year’s Rolex 24. Not really. Not even when its two cars failed to finish. The Lola-based P2 cars, with their SKYACTIV technology, were new, they were complicated, they were not battle tested and [...]

Fri, 01/23/15 – 17:38 | No Comment
Elford is 2015 Winner of Phil Hill Award
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Vic Elford, who earned the title of “Porsche hero” during his five-year racing tenure with the German marque, is the 2015 recipient of the Phil Hill Award presented by the Road Racing Drivers Club.
Named in honor of America’s first Formula One World Driving Champion (1961), the Phil Hill Award has been presented annually since 1993 [...]

Fri, 01/23/15 – 9:01 | No Comment
Michael Shank Racing’s Honda Ligier On Pole At Rolex 24
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Oswaldo Negri on Thursday put Michael Shank Racing’s Honda-powered Ligier JS P2 car on the pole for the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Negri, who will co-drive with John Pew, Matt McMurry and A.J. Allmendinger in the race on Saturday/Sunday, won the pole with a lap 1:39.19.
Chip Ganassi Racing Daytona [...]

Thu, 01/22/15 – 19:23 | No Comment
Q and A: Gordon – “Today Is An Emotional Day”
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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On Thursday morning, Jeff Gordon announced to his Hendrick Motorsports team that 2015 would be the last year that he competed full time in the Sprint Cup Series.
Thursday afternoon, the 43-year-old driver held a teleconference with the media to explain his decision and to take question about it.
Gordon, a four-time Cup champion and the winner [...]

Thu, 01/22/15 – 18:01 | No Comment
2015 To Be Gordon’s Final Full Season In Cup
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Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon will retire from full-time driving in the series following the 2015 season.
Gordon, who has driven in the series the past 22 years, announced his decision Thursday morning to the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team he has driven for since November 1992.
“As a race car [...]

Thu, 01/22/15 – 11:26 | No Comment
Walker’s Little Team Has Big Plans For The Weekend
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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As he talked about strategy for this weekend’s Rolex 24, long-time race-team owner Derrick Walker rolled out a version of the old hare vs. tortoise parable. Depending on circumstances in a twice-around-the-clock sports car race, he said, teams can opt for all-out sprinting, or slow-and-steady.
Asked how his Team Falken Tires [...]

Tue, 01/20/15 – 10:23 | No Comment
New Bow Tie Looks Good On Force And NHRA
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Drag racing’s self-described “P.T. Barnum on the road at 300 mph” donned a Gold Bowtie, waved his barker’s cane and reiterated that you better believe this show will go on.
Translation: John Force and his family-centric racing organization have entered into a multi-year manufacturer’s partnership with Chevrolet beginning with the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag [...]

Mon, 01/19/15 – 9:33 | 5 Comments