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Rookie Leads Field As Indianapolis Opens For 500
Saturday, 12 May, 2012 – 23:53 | Comments Off
Rookie Leads Field As Indianapolis Opens For 500

Rookie Josef Newgarden topped the timesheets as preparations began Saturday for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Newgarden, who won the Freedom 100 Firestone Indy Lights race at IMS in May 2011, posted the quickest lap around the 2.5-mile oval of 220.250 mph in the No. 67 Dollar General Dallara/Honda for Sarah [...]

Logano Wins Darlington Nationwide Race
Friday, 11 May, 2012 – 20:44 | Comments Off
Logano Wins Darlington Nationwide Race

Joey Logano of Joe Gibbs Racing won the Sports Clips 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Darlington Raceway on Friday night.
The victory, which came after a green/white/checkered restart, was the third of the year in the series for Logano and it came in his eighth start. It was his second victory in a row.
“Darlington,” Logano said, [...]

Veteran ‘Rookies’ OK’d For The 500
Friday, 11 May, 2012 – 15:54 | Comments Off
Veteran ‘Rookies’ OK’d For The 500

Six drivers have completed the three required speed phases during Rookie Orientation Program activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while Jean Alesi joined the short list of former Formula One regulars successfully logging his first oval-track experience.
Josef Newgarden and Bryan Clauson of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, James Jakes of Dale Coyne Racing, Simon Pagenaud of [...]

With Boycott Talk Silenced, Gossage Takes Breath
Thursday, 10 May, 2012 – 10:13 | Comments Off
With Boycott Talk Silenced, Gossage Takes Breath

FORT WORTH, Texas – INDYCAR’s highly anticipated Open Test at Texas Motor Speedway produced 1,172 incident-free laps around the 1.5-mile quadoval on Monday, and not a single mention of the one word track president Eddie Gossage definitely did not want to hear – boycott.
Rumors of a possible boycott by IZOD IndyCar Series drivers surfaced on [...]

Test Eases Downforce – And Concerns – At Texas
Tuesday, 8 May, 2012 – 12:33 | Comments Off
Test Eases Downforce – And Concerns – At Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – A revised aerodynamic package with less downforce has emerged from “a range of options” available to IZOD IndyCar Series teams hot-lapping during an Open Test at Texas Motor Speedway, momentarily easing concerns over pack racing on INDYCAR’s lone remaining 1.5-mile oval.
Monday’s 6.5-hours of track time produced 1,172 incident-free laps with the [...]

Is This The Day And Place For Junior Achievement?
Sunday, 6 May, 2012 – 8:37 | Comments Off
Is This The Day And Place For Junior Achievement?

Be it because of circumstances, or gut feelings or the cosmic vibes created by the “super moon”, there is a feeling going around that this could be the day that Dale Earnhardt  Jr. busts out of his long, long victory drought.
It’s a drought that has been going on now for almost four years. It’s a [...]

Late Pass Gives Logano The Talladega Nationwide Victory
Saturday, 5 May, 2012 – 17:39 | Comments Off
Late Pass Gives Logano The Talladega Nationwide Victory

Joey Logano passed Kyle Busch for the lead a couple of hundred yards from the finish line and went on to win the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday.
The victory came after a second green/white/checkred restart.
Busch finished second in his Kyle Busch Racing Toyota, next to Logano’s Joe Gibbs Racing [...]

Alabama Heat Is Causing A Rash Of Concerns
Saturday, 5 May, 2012 – 9:03 | Comments Off
Alabama Heat Is Causing A Rash Of Concerns

The heat is on and that likely means tandems are off for the Sprint Cup cars at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend.
Or, perhaps not.
Summer does not officially begin for another month. But with high temperatures approaching 90 degrees in north central Alabama this weekend, NASCAR drivers and teams are having to deal with the effects of [...]

Not All Say This Is Earnhardt Jr.’s Weekend To Win
Friday, 4 May, 2012 – 14:19 | Comments Off
Not All Say This Is Earnhardt Jr.’s Weekend To Win

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Conventional wisdom would indicate Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is the perfect weekend for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to snap a 138-race winless streak.
But his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson, takes a different stance on the driver who has scored five of his 18 career wins at the 2.66-mile trioval.
“I think (Earnhardt’s) [...]

Bernstein, Childress, Force: International Heroes
Friday, 4 May, 2012 – 7:50 | 3 Comments
Bernstein, Childress, Force: International Heroes

NHRA legends Kenny Bernstein and John Force and NASCAR team-owner Richard Childress were dressed to impress for their inductions into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Thursday evening at the Speed Channel Dome adjacent to Talladega Superspeedway.
And for Childress, the black-tie ceremony was a lifetime removed from his first wide-eyed tour of the
sprawling Alabama facility.
“In [...]