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Pedley: Drivers Should Act Like They Care
Friday, 30 Sep, 2011 – 7:35 | Comments Off
Pedley: Drivers Should Act Like They Care

It’s not just fuel tanks which are running low in races these days in Sprint Cup. Civility and decorum also appear to be down to fumes.
And that’s great. Great for fans and great for the sport.
A couple weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway, Chase driver Tony Stewart talked about how in Sprint Cup on-track respect has [...]

Pedley: Underground Radio Still A Tough Call
Thursday, 29 Sep, 2011 – 8:01 | One Comment
Pedley: Underground Radio Still A Tough Call

Tires, suspension parts, cylinder heads, carburetors, performance-enhancing drugs and wings. Over the years, all these things and many more have taken their turns as objects of racing controversy. A couple weekends ago at Chicagoland Speedway, two-way radios took their turn.
The guess here is that the controversy over two-way radios has not been squelched for good.
The [...]

Audi R18s Lead Testing At Petit
Thursday, 29 Sep, 2011 – 6:52 | Comments Off
Audi R18s Lead Testing At Petit

For the second time in three days of testing, Audi Sport’s Romain Dumas set the fastest lap of the day ahead of Saturday’s 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda.
The Frenchman set a lap of 1:09.550 (131.474 mph) in Wednesday’s two-hour session at Road Atlanta in the Audi R18 that he will share with [...]

Wheldon Returns; New Dallara Debuts
Wednesday, 28 Sep, 2011 – 7:13 | Comments Off
Wheldon Returns; New Dallara Debuts

Two-time and reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon insists the six-week testing program he has undertaken for the IZOD IndyCar Series 2012 prototype chassis has made him “a more complete race car driver.”
Idle competitively since winning the 100th anniversary edition of the Indy 500 on May 29, Wheldon will return to the series this weekend [...]

INDYCAR To Roll Out New Chassis Today
Tuesday, 27 Sep, 2011 – 7:42 | Comments Off
INDYCAR To Roll Out New Chassis Today

Following a series of private tests and an undisclosed amount of laps, the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series prototype chassis is scheduled to go public today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Dan Wheldon, two-time/reigning Indianapolis 500 champion, will wheel the Dallara chassis powered by a twin-turbocharged Honda V-6 engine around the 2.5-mile IMS layout during the car’s first [...]

Vandergriff Jr. Makes Two Winning Passes
Monday, 26 Sep, 2011 – 7:21 | Comments Off
Vandergriff Jr. Makes Two Winning Passes

ENNIS, Texas – Bob Vandergriff Jr. says his natural athleticism kicks-in every time he rolls to the starting line in his Top Fuel dragster.
But after an impromptu victory sprint up the all-concrete Texas Motorplex Sunday afternoon, Vandergriff admitted he really needs to start hitting the treadmill.
“It’s a long way back to the starting line with [...]

Stewart Wins Second Straight Chase Race
Monday, 26 Sep, 2011 – 6:07 | One Comment
Stewart Wins Second Straight Chase Race

LOUDON, N.H. _ Tony Stewart walked a fine line between jubilation and empathy Sunday after passing gas-starved Clint Bowyer with two laps to go on the way to a victory in the Sylvania 300.
“I know exactly what that feels like,’’ said Stewart, whose second victory in a row vaulted him into the points lead in [...]

Early NHRA Rounds In Texas Are Upset-O-Rama
Sunday, 25 Sep, 2011 – 13:51 | Comments Off
Early NHRA Rounds In Texas Are Upset-O-Rama

(Editor’s note: This story will be updated after conclusion of racing this afternoon.)
ENNIS, Texas – Matt Hagan knocked off Funny Car points-leader Mike Neff in the opening round of eliminations of the 26th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Sunday morning at Texas Motorplex, where all three John Force Racing entries were unceremoniously trailered.
The upsets [...]

Cruz Pedregon Is Giant Killing In Texas
Saturday, 24 Sep, 2011 – 18:19 | Comments Off
Cruz Pedregon Is Giant Killing In Texas

ENNIS, Texas _ Cruz Pedregon realizes all the numbers, team-wise, are against him every time he straps into his nitro Funny Car.
The four-car juggernaut fielded by Don Schumacher Racing and John Force Racing’s three-car armada present a formidable road-block on many fronts for a single-car team like Pedregon’s. “The Cruzer” figures that’s unfair enough – [...]

Being Cool With Fuel Could Decide Chase Title
Saturday, 24 Sep, 2011 – 7:00 | 2 Comments
Being Cool With Fuel Could Decide Chase Title

LOUDON, N.H. – Ryan Newman has an engineering degree from Purdue University and a pretty darn good understanding of the way things work in a race engine. But, like everyone else, he struggles to figure out of the best way to conserve fuel during NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
Asked what makes a difference in saving fuel, [...]