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INDYCAR Introduces New Engine
Saturday, 18 Feb, 2012 – 9:25 | Comments Off
INDYCAR Introduces New Engine

Engine regulations designed to create a “level playing field” for the IZOD IndyCar Series’ various manufacturers through the 2016 season were released by INDYCAR officials on Friday.
Consumer-relevant, 2.2-liter, direct-injected turbocharged V-6 engines supplied by Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus will make their competitive debuts in five weeks at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on [...]

Pedley: A 500 Win Makes Stewart A First-Ballot Pick
Friday, 17 Feb, 2012 – 11:06 | Comments Off
Pedley: A 500 Win Makes Stewart A First-Ballot Pick

Tony Stewart is, right now, just one race victory away from being worthy of election to the NASCAR Hall of Fame the first time he becomes eligible.
And he could get that one victory next Sunday in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
Stewart’s NASCAR resume is eerily quiet for a guy who can be so [...]

Pedley: 12 Topics Which Will Define NASCAR In ‘12
Wednesday, 15 Feb, 2012 – 11:26 | One Comment
Pedley: 12 Topics Which Will Define NASCAR In ‘12

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinTdoay.com
A quick check of the topstoryometer shows that the 2012 NASCAR season should feature a wealth of immenently interesting subplots.
Only a couple are mega and capable of pegging the holygeezometer, but quantity promises to make up for a dearth of quality.
Here is a rough list of sidebar offerings that will [...]

Hood: Introducing One Person’s Daytona 43
Monday, 13 Feb, 2012 – 14:53 | 3 Comments
Hood: Introducing One Person’s Daytona 43

With the season-opening Daytona 500 less than two weeks away, my friends at SPEED got me to thinking over the weekend by announcing they will soon reveal their 43-driver “Great American Grid.”
Their grid will consist of the greatest drivers who have competed in the Daytona 500, all the way back to the inaugural running of [...]

Force Starts 2012 With A Victory At Winternationals
Sunday, 12 Feb, 2012 – 20:51 | Comments Off
Force Starts 2012 With A Victory At Winternationals

John Force, who won just one NHRA Funny Car event in 2011, started the 2012 season with a victory in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. on Sunday.
Also collecting class victories at Pomona were Spencer Massey in Top Fuel and Greg Anderson in Pro Stock.
To get his victory, Force beat teammate/employee Mike Neff [...]

Pressure Eases As Al-Anabi Cars Make Field
Sunday, 12 Feb, 2012 – 9:42 | Comments Off
Pressure Eases As Al-Anabi Cars Make Field

A lot of eyes have been on the Al-Anabi RacingvTop Fuel cars this weekend at the NHRA season-opening Winternationals, and for a lot of reasons.
What those eyes saw on Saturday was just one round of qualifying (the second was cancelled by rain) but enough speed to qualify for Sunday’s eliminations on the part of both [...]

Kahne Has Surgery
Saturday, 11 Feb, 2012 – 17:49 | Comments Off
Kahne Has Surgery

Hendrick Motorsports said in a statement today that driver Kasey Kahne will be ready for the Feb. 18 Budweiser Shootout, the Feb. 26 Daytona 500 and all of Daytona Speedweeks after undergoing successful outpatient knee surgery this morning.
Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Chevrolets, had an MRI Thursday after experiencing swelling in his left knee. [...]

Tasca Makes Funny Car Move At Winternationals
Friday, 10 Feb, 2012 – 20:29 | Comments Off
Tasca Makes Funny Car Move At Winternationals

Bob Tasca raced to the provisional No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car action Friday at the 52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Auto Club Speedway.
Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also raced to the provisional top qualifying spot
in their respective categories at the [...]

NHRA Notes: Courtney Force Models Her Genes
Friday, 10 Feb, 2012 – 9:45 | Comments Off
NHRA Notes: Courtney Force Models Her Genes

On her first day as a real-gosh-darn NHRA Funny Car driver, Courtney Force showed speed. And, she showed savvy.
Her 4.21 second/303.16 mph pass in the first round of qualifying for the NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona was sixth fastest on the day. And it was just a blink slower than the one laid [...]

First Passes Of 2012 Are In Books
Thursday, 9 Feb, 2012 – 19:11 | Comments Off
First Passes Of 2012 Are In Books

The first round of qualifying in the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series was held on Thursday and making the fastest passes were Morgan Lucas in Top Fuel, Jack Beckman in Funny Car and Mike Edwards in Pro Stock.
The first event of the season is the 52nd O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
Lucas’ [...]