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INDYCAR Revises Pit Road, Lapped Car Rules
Tuesday, 10 Apr, 2012 – 7:13 | 2 Comments
INDYCAR Revises Pit Road, Lapped Car Rules

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Rules revisions relevant to pit road and lapped traffic during IZOD IndyCar Series road and street-course races will go into effect beginning with Sunday’s 38th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Beaux Barfield, INDYCAR president of competition, announced Monday that pit road will be open from the outset of non-emergency full-course [...]

Off Weekend Means Too Much Time To Think
Sunday, 8 Apr, 2012 – 11:41 | Comments Off
Off Weekend Means Too Much Time To Think

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Notes for a weekend without racing:
It’s true: Ryan Newman got the victory in last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville only because a wreck during the green/white/checkered restart took out the three drivers who most “deserved” to win.
But to define the Martinsville race – and Newman’s team – with such [...]

Progress Is ‘Slow’ During New-Car Test At Indy
Friday, 6 Apr, 2012 – 7:33 | Comments Off
Progress Is ‘Slow’ During New-Car Test At Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Former Indianapolis 500 champion Scott Dixon says target lap speeds in the 225 mile per hour range with the IZOD IndyCar Series’ new chassis/engine package aren’t necessarily a lock for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” next month – nor should they be.
“I think you got to stick to the important [...]

Nobile Shakes Early-Season Woes At Las Vegas
Tuesday, 3 Apr, 2012 – 13:04 | Comments Off
Nobile Shakes Early-Season Woes At Las Vegas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Driver Vincent Nobile and his Mountain View Racing Pro Stock team was not just one of the best feel-good stories in the NHRA last season, they were one of the best in all of racing.
Over the weekend, the team and driver took major steps toward showing that their wonderful [...]

Newman Emerges From Wild Finish To Win M’ville
Sunday, 1 Apr, 2012 – 15:55 | Comments Off
Newman Emerges From Wild Finish To Win M’ville

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Ryan Newman inherited the lead after a wreck during a green/white/checkered restart collected the race leaders, held the lead during a second overtime restart and went on to win Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
The victory was the first of the year for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver – who overcame a speeding [...]

Today’s Menu: Cheap Hot Dogs and Black Donuts
Sunday, 1 Apr, 2012 – 8:57 | Comments Off
Today’s Menu: Cheap Hot Dogs and Black Donuts

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Nobody has ever accused Martinsville Speedway of being a cookie-cutter track. On the contrary, it’s a Ripley’s museum piece.
It’s the shortest track on the schedule – .526 miles. It’s the oldest track on the schedule – first race was in 1949. It’s one of the most bizarrely shaped oval on [...]

Hight Leads JFR Into Finals At Las Vegas Strip
Saturday, 31 Mar, 2012 – 21:24 | Comments Off
Hight Leads JFR Into Finals At Las Vegas Strip

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Morgan Lucas, Robert Hight and Jason Line secured the No. 1 seeds for Sunday’s NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at the Strip in Las Vegas finals on Saturday.
Hight, the defending winner of the event, raced to his second No. 1 of the season and 41st of his career with a performance of 4.132 seconds at 310.41 [...]

It’s Never Too Early To Have Half-Baked Opinions
Saturday, 31 Mar, 2012 – 10:14 | One Comment
It’s Never Too Early To Have Half-Baked Opinions

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The five-week mark is kind of, sort of a significant point in the Sprint Cup season. It is the cutoff point for those using the previous year’s owner points to get free entry into race fields. And it does mark a point where the teams have competed on every kind [...]

New-Look IndyCar Grades Out Well In Debut
Wednesday, 28 Mar, 2012 – 11:27 | Comments Off
New-Look IndyCar Grades Out Well In Debut

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There was nothing subtle about the changes introduced by the IndyCar Series this year. Just about everything was knew, in fact; engines, cars, drivers, teams, rules, officials. All put into play with limited off-season testing time.
Last weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla., all of the new stuff hit the track, er, [...]

Race Day: It Should Be A Groovy Day In SoCal
Sunday, 25 Mar, 2012 – 10:01 | Comments Off
Race Day: It Should Be A Groovy Day In SoCal

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
If you don’t like the racing at the reconfigured Bristol Motor Speedway, there is a chance you won’t like today’s Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway.
The two tracks are about as different as they come: Bristol is a short track with high banks and Auto Club [...]