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Hagan On Top As NHRA Returns To Atlanta
Friday, 10 May, 2013 – 17:59 | Comments Off
Hagan On Top As NHRA Returns To Atlanta

Matt Hagan ended a 29-race drought from the top of Funny Car’s qualifying order by racing to the No. 1 position Friday at the rain-delayed Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also will lead their categories into Saturday’s 11 a.m. eliminations as the No. [...]

Entries For Indy 500 Announced
Tuesday, 7 May, 2013 – 20:10 | Comments Off
Entries For Indy 500 Announced

Three-time winners Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves and four IZOD IndyCar Series champions are among drivers named to 33 entries filed for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500, scheduled for Sunday, May 26, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Franchitti and Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Castroneves of Team Penske are former winners assigned [...]

Andretti Cars On Front Row In Brazil
Saturday, 4 May, 2013 – 17:41 | Comments Off
Andretti Cars On Front Row In Brazil

Ryan Hunter-Reay earned his second pole of 2013 by setting a track-record lap of 1 minute, 20.4312 seconds in the Firestone Fast Six for the fourth Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle.
“I gave it everything I had and it’s great to get the DHL Chevrolet up front again and on pole,” said Hunter-Reay, [...]

Mike Edwards Is Stocking Up On Hardware In 2013
Saturday, 4 May, 2013 – 7:28 | Comments Off
Mike Edwards Is Stocking Up On Hardware In 2013

Persistent rain showers and falling temperatures prompted NHRA officials to cancel qualifying Friday for the 33rd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Eight Pro Stock cars posted elapsed times in Commerce, Ga., before rain returned to the track located northeast of Atlanta. Rickie Jones and his 2013 Chevy Camaro led those making [...]

Money Woes To Force Panther DRR To Cut IndyCar Season Short
Thursday, 2 May, 2013 – 7:45 | Comments Off
Money Woes To Force Panther DRR To Cut IndyCar Season Short

One of open-wheel racing’s longest-tenured organizations is planning to hit the pause button because of economics.
Panther DRR – formerly Dreyer & Reinbold Racing – announced Wednesday it will scale back its participation in the IZOD IndyCar Series following the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.
Panther DRR announced it is committed to competing [...]

Vandergriff, Pedregon Cruise In Baytown
Sunday, 28 Apr, 2013 – 18:28 | Comments Off
Vandergriff, Pedregon Cruise In Baytown

Cruz Pedregon became the first two-time winner in the Funny Car category in 2013 by racing to the victory Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.
Bob Vandergriff Jr. (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag [...]

Arana Brothers Team Up On Dad At SpringNationals
Sunday, 28 Apr, 2013 – 6:47 | Comments Off
Arana Brothers Team Up On Dad At SpringNationals

Brothers Hector Jr. and Adam Arana upstaged their championship-winning father at Royal Purple Raceway Saturday, adding a family angle to the Pro Stock Motorcycle class at the rain-plagued 26th annual O’Reilly NHRA SpringNationals in Baytown, Texas.
Arana Jr. secured his second consecutive No. 1 qualifying position of the season and 12th of his career with a [...]

Kenseth On Pole at Richmond
Friday, 26 Apr, 2013 – 18:42 | Comments Off
Kenseth On Pole at Richmond

Matt Kenseth, who was slammed with penalties by NASCAR this week, responded by winning the pole Friday for this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.
With a track-record run at 130.334 mph (20.716 seconds), Kenseth edged Brian Vickers (130.303 mph), subbing for injured Denny Hamlin for the third straight week, by .005 seconds.
Kenseth will [...]

Sato And Foyt Savor ‘Perfect Weekend’ In Long Beach
Sunday, 21 Apr, 2013 – 19:56 | Comments Off
Sato And Foyt Savor ‘Perfect Weekend’ In Long Beach

Hours after scoring his first IZOD IndyCar Series win, Takuma Sato paused long enough to allow his rapid-fire Victory Lane celebration, photo shoot, press conference, one-on-one interviews and satellite media tour to sink in.
“Winning is very busy!” said Sato, summing-up a flawless performance for himself and A.J. Foyt Racing during Sunday’s 39th annual Toyota Grand [...]

Rookie Funny Car Driver Stuns Field, Self at zMAX
Saturday, 20 Apr, 2013 – 19:48 | Comments Off
Rookie Funny Car Driver Stuns Field, Self at zMAX

CONCORD, N.C. – Always expect the unexpected in racing, especially when it comes to the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway where Funny Car rookie Chad Head earned his first-ever No. 1 qualifying position Saturday.
With an ET of 4.014 seconds – 315.19 mph – one could say Head even surprised himself.
“I’m just lucky [...]