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Minter: Clark’s Voice Makes You Feel At Home
Wednesday, 22 Dec, 2010 – 7:15 | 2 Comments
Minter: Clark’s Voice Makes You Feel At Home

Looking back on this and other seasons of races past, the things that really stand out are the sights and sounds of the racing atmosphere. And one of the things that makes a race track experience enjoyable, as much as anything, is a good track announcer.
No matter how the races are going down on the [...]

Kanaan Joins de Ferran Dragon
Tuesday, 21 Dec, 2010 – 7:24 | Comments Off
Kanaan Joins de Ferran Dragon

Former IZOD IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan has signed with de Ferran Dragon Racing for the 2011 season, giving the third-year team a high-profile driver to rival its president.
Kanaan, the 2004 series champion, will drive the No. 2 Dallara/Honda wheeled by fellow-Brazilian Rafael Matos in 2009-10, with a sponsorship package to be announced in 2011.
“This [...]

Run-Busting Dixon Hoping To Double Up in 2011
Tuesday, 14 Dec, 2010 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Run-Busting Dixon Hoping To Double Up in 2011

Driving without a wing man, Larry Dixon put the brakes on Tony Schumacher’s incredible six-year run as NHRA Top Fuel world champion last month.
That’s not to suggest Dixon single-handedly took down the three-team juggernaut fielded by Don Schumacher Racing. In addition to his own bad self, Dixon’s drive to a third title was orchestrated by [...]

Pedley: Seven With Best Shots To Stem The Blue Tide
Monday, 13 Dec, 2010 – 12:44 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Seven With Best Shots To Stem The Blue Tide

Think the No. 48 team isn’t serious about making it six straight Sprint Cup championships?
Crew chief Chad Knaus already has the band back together. Last Monday and Tuesday, he had his team at some track somewhere to start prepping for next year. That’s right, testing for 2011 just three days after being honored as 2010 [...]

Harris: Busch Had Great Season, But Great-est?
Saturday, 11 Dec, 2010 – 9:09 | One Comment
Harris: Busch Had Great Season, But Great-est?

There was quite a spirited debate last week over who should take the honor of 2010 Driver of the Year.
About half the 20 panelists – all among the top motorsports writers and broadcasters in the U.S. – took part in a teleconference to debate the merits of the most deserving drivers before secretly casting their [...]

John Force Named Fourth Quarter DOTY Winner
Thursday, 9 Dec, 2010 – 13:23 | Comments Off
John Force Named Fourth Quarter DOTY Winner

Three years ago, it appeared doubtful drag racing icon John Force would ever race again following a horrific wreck during an NHRA Funny Car run in Texas nearly killed him.
Force not only recovered from serious foot and leg injuries to return in 2008, he went on at age 61 to win the 2010 Funny Car [...]

Racin’ Notes: New Daytona Surface To Get Big Test
Wednesday, 8 Dec, 2010 – 16:48 | One Comment
Racin’ Notes: New Daytona Surface To Get Big Test

The repaving is finished at Daytona International Speedway and the testing of the new surface is about to begin.
DIS officials said Tuesday that at least 18 NASCAR drivers will be on the track for next week’s (Wednesday and Thursday) test session.
The test is officially being call a tire test and it is being conducted by [...]

Woody: Biggest Story In NASCAR Wasn’t Written
Tuesday, 7 Dec, 2010 – 8:12 | 3 Comments
Woody: Biggest Story In NASCAR Wasn’t Written

Every day thousands of planes land safely at airports around the country and we never hear a word about it. There are no glaring newspaper headlines, no program-interrupting news flashes on radio and TV:
“BULLETIN: A jetliner in-bound from Los Angeles carrying 266 passengers has just set down at O’Hare Airport without the slightest hitch. After [...]

Johanna Long Wins Snowball Derby
Monday, 6 Dec, 2010 – 8:34 | One Comment
Johanna Long Wins Snowball Derby

Johanna Long won Sunday’s 43rd annual Snowball Derby in Florida, becoming just the second female to win the prestigious short-track event.
Long, 18, is the youngest driver to win the event, which attracts top drivers from across the nation to the paved, half-mile Five Flags Speedway near Pensacola.
Last year, Kyle Busch won the race. This year, [...]

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 [...]