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Q and A: Hornish Invited Back To Indianapolis
Sunday, 5 Dec, 2010 – 9:49 | One Comment
Q and A: Hornish Invited Back To Indianapolis

All Sam Hornish Jr. needs to return to the Indianapolis 500 next May is “raise his hand,” according to a top Team Penske official.
Tim Cindric, president of Penske Performance, confimed during a national teleconference that a one-off ride for Hornish in the landmark 100th edition of the Indy 500 remains an option for the winner [...]

IndyCar Notes: Ho-Pin Tung Tested
Friday, 3 Dec, 2010 – 8:15 | One Comment
IndyCar Notes: Ho-Pin Tung Tested

Like many first-time foreign visitors to Indianapolis, Ho-Pin Tung recently had the opportunity to ride around Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a tourist.
Tung hopes his next tour of the famed 2.5-mile oval is in an IZOD IndyCar single-seater as the series’ first Chinese driver – and perhaps “the Yao Ming of motorsports.”
Tung, who spent the 2010 [...]

Sturbin: Three For The Show In DOTY Voting
Sunday, 28 Nov, 2010 – 18:06 | 12 Comments
Sturbin: Three For The Show In DOTY Voting

Voting for 2010 Driver of the Year will be tabulated this week, and Jimmie Johnson clearly is dealing from a position of strength.
That was evident during his season-ending teleconference on Tuesday, two days after Johnson had clinched his record-setting fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Johnson is a three-time winner of [...]

Armijo: Here Is One Vote For John, Not Jimmie
Saturday, 27 Nov, 2010 – 10:14 | 8 Comments
Armijo: Here Is One Vote For John, Not Jimmie

Yes, we know. Jimmie Johnson continues to perform in crunch time just as smoothly as an ex-NBA superstar with the initials MJ used to do for umpteen years for the Chicago Bulls.
All of sport’s greats are like that. Somehow, some way, they always seem to know how to come through when it counts most. Remember [...]

‘Black Friday’ Offers Fender-Buster Deals
Friday, 26 Nov, 2010 – 8:35 | One Comment
‘Black Friday’ Offers Fender-Buster Deals

Traditionally, the days surrounding the Thanksgiving celebration – “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” – are the busiest of the holiday shopping season.
Some of the country’s leading motorsports facilities are joining in the rush with discounts for 2011 events, including deals specifically geared toward Friday, Nov. 26, and Monday, Nov. 29. For the fan who has [...]

Hendrick Motorsports Shakes Up The Order
Tuesday, 23 Nov, 2010 – 18:34 | 4 Comments
Hendrick Motorsports Shakes Up The Order

Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, announced Tuesday that his four-car team is instituting a multi-team swap of crew chiefs.
The reason, Hendrick said in a statement, is a general lack of satisfaction with performance.
Steve Letarte, who has been crew chief for Jeff Gordon for the last five seasons, will move over to the team of [...]

Woody: Chase Racers Strain Pacemakers
Friday, 19 Nov, 2010 – 15:26 | Comments Off
Woody: Chase Racers Strain Pacemakers

If this season’s Chase for the Championship hasn’t got you excited, you might want to check your pulse.
You might be clinically dead.
I don’t see how anyone who doesn’t have a tag on their toe won’t be perched on the edge of their La-Z-Boy Sunday afternoon when they roll off the line at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR wanted [...]

Ryan Newman’s Comeback Is Already Under Way
Thursday, 18 Nov, 2010 – 7:28 | One Comment
Ryan Newman’s Comeback Is Already Under Way

Compare lists of 2010 disappointments in Sprint Cup racing and you’ll likely find Ryan Newman right near the top on all of them.
After moving to Tony Stewart’s new team in 2009, both Stewart and Newman made it to the postseason. That was a big surprise for a brand new team, but it also ratcheted up [...]

Drivers Blowing Gaskets Over New Oildown Rule
Sunday, 14 Nov, 2010 – 8:17 | Comments Off
Drivers Blowing Gaskets Over New Oildown Rule

NHRA’s recently revised oildown policy did not factor into either Top Fuel or Funny Car qualifying for the 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.
But potentially championship-altering consequences remain during Sunday’s final eliminations at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif., to the chagrin of several key players.
“I don’t know how the team owners [...]

Pedley: Busch Put His Finger On Sports History
Sunday, 14 Nov, 2010 – 6:23 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Busch Put His Finger On Sports History

Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Kyle Busch, this week, apologized to NASCAR and race fans for the obscene gesture he issued from the cockpit of his Sprint Cup car last Sunday and that’s probably appropriate.
Busch need not apologize, however, to voters on the panel which selects inclusion into the Obscene Gesture Hall [...]