Pagenaud To Join Team Penske
Mon, 29/09/14 – 12:01 | No Comment
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Team Penske announced Monday that it is adding Simon Pagenaud as a fourth driver to its IndyCar Series team.
The 30-year-old Pagenaud is a four-time race winner in the Series. He will join 2014 series champion Will Power, multiple Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and Indy 500 winner/former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya at Penske.
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For Stewart, Life And Racing Are The Same Thing
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor RacinToday.com

Tony Stewart will go on racing but things will never be the same for him. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Rusty Jarrett)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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During a press conference on Monday, Tony Stewart was asked if he had considered retiring as a driver in the days since he was involved in an on-track incident in which 20-year-old competitor Kevin Ward Jr. was struck and killed by Stewart’s car.

People who know Stewart even just a little bit knew what the answer to that question was going to be. They knew that Stewart would never be able to adjust to life were he to completely walk away from driving race cars.

For Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup champion, driving race cars isn’t what he does, it’s who he is. For Stewart, racing and living are the same thing.

“This is what I’ve done all my life,” he said Monday. “This is what I’ve done for 36 years.

“I wouldn’t change anything about it. I love what I do. I love driving race cars. I think it might change, right now, as far as how much of it and what I do. There was never a thought in my head about stopping. That would take the life out of me.”

Get what he’s saying? It is, basically: Were he to retire, then that incident on a darkened dirt track in upstate New York would have claimed yet another victim.

And there have been enough of those.

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Wed, 10/1/14 – 15:08 | 2 Comments
Pagenaud To Join Team Penske
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Team Penske announced Monday that it is adding Simon Pagenaud as a fourth driver to its IndyCar Series team.
The 30-year-old Pagenaud is a four-time race winner in the Series. He will join 2014 series champion Will Power, multiple Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and Indy 500 winner/former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya at Penske.
Pagenaud [...]

Mon, 09/29/14 – 12:01 | No Comment
Courtney Force Makes It Two Straight By Winning At Gateway
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Courtney Force raced to her second consecutive Funny Car victory on Sunday when she won the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.
Force outran championship rival Matt Hagan in the final round to move to within 30 points of the series leader, her dad, 16-time world champ John Force.
She raced [...]

Sun, 09/28/14 – 19:06 | No Comment
Gordon Gets Dover Win; Four Booted From Chase
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Jeff Gordon won his fourth race of the season Sunday when he beat the field to the checkered flag at Dover International Speedway. But even more relevant news broke further back in the field as the Chase playoff field was trimmed down from 16 to 12 drivers.
Ousted Sunday from the [...]

Sun, 09/28/14 – 16:29 | No Comment
Almirola Out To Crash The Chase Party At Dover
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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There, two weeks ago, was Aric Almirola in one of those queaze-inducing interview sessions. His heart laying on the oily infield pavement at Chicagoland Speedway, a microphone pointed at his head and moronic questions about how he felt being fired point blank.
Then came the headlines about Almirola being the “big [...]

Sun, 09/28/14 – 8:22 | No Comment
Kalitta Wins Pole, Sets Sights On Schumacher At Gateway
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Veteran Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta ramped-up his pursuit of point-leader Tony Schumacher Saturday at Gateway Motorsports Park, racing to his sixth pole position of the season as qualifications concluded for the third annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, Ill., near St. Louis.
Kalitta powered his Mac Tools dragster to a 1,000-foot performance of [...]

Sun, 09/28/14 – 7:24 | No Comment
Kyle Busch Completes NNS Sweep At Dover
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Kyle Busch beat Joey Logano out of the pits while under caution near the midpoint of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway and led the rest of the way..
Busch took the checkered flag 2.545 seconds ahead of second-place Logano of Team Penske.
Chase Elliott finished third and increased his series lead to [...]

Sat, 09/27/14 – 18:56 | No Comment
Force Overcomes Anniversary Miscue, Wins Provisional Pole At Gateway
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Funny Car icon John Force gift-wrapped an impromptu wedding anniversary present during qualifications for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Friday, a sidebar to a weekend that will include a rare, network news interview for the reigning/16-time world champion.
Force powered his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang to a 1,000-foot performance of 4.022- seconds at [...]

Sat, 09/27/14 – 7:54 | No Comment
Harvick Sprints To Pole For Dover Cup Race
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kevin Harvick’s conversion to a qualifying monster continued Friday when he took the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway in Delaware.
The pole was the seventh of the season for Harvick, who just six in his previous 13 years in the sport.
“It’s been an amazing [...]

Fri, 09/26/14 – 18:55 | No Comment
Grand Jury: No Criminal Charges Against Stewart
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A grand jury investigating the death of a young sprint car driver during a race in Ontario County, N.Y. earlier this summer, has determined there is no basis to file any criminal charges against fellow driver Tony Stewart it was announced Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday, the district attorney in Ontario County [...]

Wed, 09/24/14 – 15:34 | No Comment
Cup’s Gordon Named Third-Quarter DOTY Winner
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NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Gordon was named the third-quarter winner of the Drive of the Year Award it was announced on Wednesday.

Gordon, a four-time Cup champion, won two races during the quarter: The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Voting for the prestigious DOTY Award, [...]

Wed, 09/24/14 – 8:16 | No Comment