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Under-Powered Lotus In Over Its Head At Indy?
Monday, 21 May, 2012 – 17:50 | Comments Off
Under-Powered Lotus In Over Its Head At Indy?

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The Lotus-powered Dallaras qualified by Simona de Silvestro and Jean Alesi in Row 11 for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 are re-defining the concept of “field-fillers” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
On a Bump Day when a lack of new Dallara DW12 chassis and available 2.2-liter, turbocharged V-6 engines from corporate [...]

Carpenter Fills Out Indy Field On Bumpless Day
Sunday, 20 May, 2012 – 18:18 | Comments Off
Carpenter Fills Out Indy Field On Bumpless Day

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There was no bumping on Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but IndyCar Series officials did avoid a public relations setback when the field for the 2012 Indianapolis 500 was filled out to its capacity of 33 cars and drivers.
Ed Carpenter, who suffered through a horrible Pole Day on Saturday [...]

Marco Andretti Fastest Of The Fast On Fast Friday
Friday, 18 May, 2012 – 21:57 | Comments Off
Marco Andretti Fastest Of The Fast On Fast Friday

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Marco Andretti is poised to rock his world, and add to his family’s star-crossed history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, during Pole Day qualifications Saturday for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Aided by an increase in turbocharger boost pressure, Andretti topped the speed chart on Fast Friday with a lap [...]

All-Star Moments: No. 2 – The Son Lights Up CMS
Friday, 18 May, 2012 – 8:24 | One Comment
All-Star Moments: No. 2 – The Son Lights Up CMS

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It’s NASCAR All-Star Race week. It’s a week that culminates in a race which, despite the fact – or maybe because of the fact – that it pays no points, has produced some of the Sprint Cup Series’ most memorable moments.
Which All-Star Races are the most memorable? This week, RacinToday.com [...]

New Guy Newgarden Takes A Spin At Indy
Thursday, 17 May, 2012 – 7:04 | Comments Off
New Guy Newgarden Takes A Spin At Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Rookie Josef Newgarden added a pair of experiences to his Indianapolis 500 notebook Wednesday, when a spin in Turn 4 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway resulted in a visit to the track’s medical center.
“You don’t get many lucky breaks around this place, and I think I just got one,” Newgarden said [...]

Indy Speeds Climb As Teams Get Serious
Wednesday, 16 May, 2012 – 8:10 | Comments Off
Indy Speeds Climb As Teams Get Serious

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
After three days of working primarily on race day setups for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500, Team Penske got serious about qualifying Tuesday. The results produced the team’s fastest laps around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with all three Penske drivers exceeding 220 mph.
Three-time Indy 500 champion Helio [...]

Things Get Racy During Practice At Indianapolis
Tuesday, 15 May, 2012 – 6:57 | Comments Off
Things Get Racy During Practice At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti picked up the pace for Andretti Autosport during practice Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where speeds for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 aren’t always what they seem.
With a number of IZOD IndyCar Series teams admittedly using the final hour of the six-hour [...]

The Woman In Green Meets The Lady In Black
Friday, 11 May, 2012 – 15:30 | Comments Off
The Woman In Green Meets The Lady In Black

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The subject was Danica Patrick’s sheet metal-wadding frustrations after last week’s Nationwide Series race at Talladega.  Just wait, a colleague who is a veteran NASCAR beat writer said during a Monday chat on the telephone, until she gets to Darlington.
Patrick got to Darlington, the 1.33-mile South Carolina oval that many regard [...]

Heat May Not Be Biggest Problem At Talladega
Sunday, 6 May, 2012 – 9:28 | Comments Off
Heat May Not Be Biggest Problem At Talladega

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
TALLADEGA, Ala. – A few random thoughts on race morning at Talladega…
After all the talk about the effects the heat will have on engines during the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, the big weather news on Sunday morning is of another variety. A few rumbles of thunder and a steady [...]

Gordon Busts Year-Long Pole Drought At Talladega
Saturday, 5 May, 2012 – 13:27 | Comments Off
Gordon Busts Year-Long Pole Drought At Talladega

RacinToday.com
Jeff Gordon won his first Sprint Cup Series pole of the season Saturday. The Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driver won that pole for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway with a lap at 191.623 mph.
The pole was Gordon’s first since the spring race at Talladega last year. It was the 71st pole of his career.
“This is [...]