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‘New Guy’ Kanaan Earns A Podium
Wednesday, 30 Mar, 2011 – 14:37 | Comments Off
‘New Guy’ Kanaan Earns A Podium

Tony Kanaan’s debut with KV Racing Technology-Lotus on the Streets of St. Pete featured unexpected challenges from Simona de Silvestro, and a key piece of cockpit equipment.
Kanaan held off a determined, late-race charge from de Silvestro to finish third in the IZOD IndyCar Series’ season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  Kanaan’s unlikely podium finish [...]

Competition Blooming This Spring
Monday, 28 Mar, 2011 – 14:19 | Comments Off
Competition Blooming This Spring

A weekend wrapup:
That little crawl they run along the top of the television screen during NASCAR races which gives running order provided more than just the intended information on Sunday. And I’m not talking here about Fox’s decision to regularly blend advertising into it.
It provided a constant reminder about how competitive the racing in the [...]

Race Day: Standings Have Strange Look In Week 4
Sunday, 27 Mar, 2011 – 9:33 | Comments Off
Race Day: Standings Have Strange Look In Week 4

The Sprint Cup standings heading into today’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway have what many would consider a bizarre look to them. The usual suspects are in some pretty unusual locations.
And not just at the top end of the standings, where Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr. and Bobby Labonte all sit in the [...]

KV Thinks It Has Added a Winner In Kanaan
Thursday, 24 Mar, 2011 – 7:13 | Comments Off
KV Thinks It Has Added a Winner In Kanaan

With the addition of Tony Kanaan to his IZOD IndyCar Series roster, Jimmy Vasser believes KV Racing Technology has signed “the sport’s best teammate” – and the driver who can break the Ganassi-Penske open-wheel monopoly in 2011.
Kanaan, the 2004 IndyCar Series champion, saw a tumultuous offseason end on Monday when he was introduced as driver [...]

Woody: Does Daytona Dazzle Haunt Bayne?
Wednesday, 23 Mar, 2011 – 6:52 | One Comment
Woody: Does Daytona Dazzle Haunt Bayne?

Trevor Bayne’s amazing victory in the season-opening Daytona 500 has its downside.
The just-turned-20 driver left himself a hard – no, an impossible – act to follow.
When you start the season on top of the world, there’s only one way to go from there. Since capturing Daytona, Bayne has had his struggles.
He is sixth in points [...]

Minter: Empty Bristol Seats Signal A Cultural Shift
Tuesday, 22 Mar, 2011 – 6:59 | 6 Comments
Minter: Empty Bristol Seats Signal A Cultural Shift

People in and around NASCAR have spent a good bit of the past few days pondering the stunning number of empty seats at Bristol Motor Speedway.
My first hint about the situation came on the trip into Bristol.  In the past, the road was full of campers of all sizes and conditions. Pickup trucks loaded for [...]

Ingram: A Racing Revolution Begins At ESPN3.com
Monday, 21 Mar, 2011 – 16:12 | Comments Off
Ingram: A Racing Revolution Begins At ESPN3.com

From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
If you were up before dawn on Sunday to catch a plane, as I was, in hopes of seeing the green flag fall at the Bristol Motor Speedway’s Sprint Cup event on TV at home, the idea of watching races live via a computer bears some thought.
On Saturday, the day [...]

Racing, Wrecking A Hot Topic At New Bristol
Saturday, 19 Mar, 2011 – 7:00 | 2 Comments
Racing, Wrecking A Hot Topic At New Bristol

Bristol, Tenn. – One of the subjects being debated on Friday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway is how the racing on the reconfigured race track and its progressive banking compares to what went on before the 2007 facelift.
The bottom-line question seems to be whether the objective is racing or wrecking. Some say the end of [...]

Audi Vs. Peugeot Is Under Way
Friday, 18 Mar, 2011 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Audi Vs. Peugeot Is Under Way

Sebring, Fla. – The heavyweight challengers traded blows during Thursday’s practice sessions for Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring race. When the track was finally put to bed late in the evening, Audi and Peugeot each could boast of having been fastest in practice.
Early in the hour-long afternoon session, Tom Kristensen entered a 1:50.424 [...]

McMurray, Dixon Trade Places
Thursday, 17 Mar, 2011 – 6:39 | Comments Off
McMurray, Dixon Trade Places

A swap meet of sorts was held in Alabama on Wednesday.
That’s where IndyCar driver Scott Dixon and NASCAR’s Jamie McMurray traded rides. Dixon took the wheel of McMurray’s car at Talladega Superspeedway while McMurray took the wheel of Dixon’s Indy car at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham.
The following is a transcript of a press conference [...]