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Once Is Enough For IndyCar Team-Owner Andretti
Wednesday, 16 Jan, 2013 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Once Is Enough For IndyCar Team-Owner Andretti

When it comes to doubleheaders, Michael Andretti is no Ernie Banks.
Owner of the car driven by reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti acknowledged he has serious misgivings about the unique doubleheader weekend formats booked for three street circuits in 2013.
“It’s putting a big, big demand on the drivers, in my opinion, and the [...]

Kanaan Says IndyCar Needs To Face Up
Friday, 11 Jan, 2013 – 9:53 | Comments Off
Kanaan Says IndyCar Needs To Face Up

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tony Kanaan says it has remained difficult for him to judge the protocol surrounding Randy Bernard’s dismissal as INDYCAR chief executive officer last fall. But Kanaan insists he knows what the open-wheel series lacks heading into testing next month for the 2013 season.
“We need a face,” said Kanaan, the 2004 [...]

A Cliff-Dweller’s Guide to 2012 Racing Faves
Wednesday, 2 Jan, 2013 – 9:33 | Comments Off
A Cliff-Dweller’s Guide to 2012 Racing Faves

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Awoke on New Year’s Day after dreaming I had driven my Guards Red 1987 Porsche Turbo off of something called a “Fiscal Cliff.” Actually, that was probably a delayed reaction to my latest repair bill.
As for that cliff, I drove off of that sucker in June of 2008, when I [...]

After One, Barrichello Is Done In IndyCar Series
Saturday, 29 Dec, 2012 – 8:53 | Comments Off
After One, Barrichello Is Done In IndyCar Series

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Rubens Barrichello’s tenure as an IZOD IndyCar Series driver will go into the open-wheel record books as one-and-done.
Barrichello, who spent last season with KV Racing Technology, confirmed this week that he will race in his native Brazil’s Stock Car V8 Series in 2013. Barrichello reportedly will drive a Peugeot for [...]

Reflective Franchitti Adds To Etchings Collection
Sunday, 23 Dec, 2012 – 9:23 | Comments Off
Reflective Franchitti Adds To Etchings Collection

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The inspiration for Dario Franchitti’s third Indianapolis 500 victory in May was drawn from a pair of disparate sources – the memory of the late Dan Wheldon and “The Book of Johnny.”
The base of the BorgWarner Trophy – the most coveted award in worldwide motorsports – recently was removed from [...]

Hunter-Reay To ROC And Roll With ‘The Man’
Thursday, 13 Dec, 2012 – 8:32 | Comments Off
Hunter-Reay To ROC And Roll With ‘The Man’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Even a big-time racing champion is capable of hero-worship, and for Ryan Hunter-Reay that driver is “Schumi.”
Hunter-Reay, the reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion, will cross paths with Formula One “superheld” Michael Schumacher of Germany while competing in the 25th annual Race of Champions in Thailand this weekend.
“I’m looking forward to [...]

Rahal Takes The Family Car For A Spin At Sebring
Wednesday, 12 Dec, 2012 – 9:28 | Comments Off
Rahal Takes The Family Car For A Spin At Sebring

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Graham Rahal recorded his first hot laps in the family car in wet conditions Tuesday, and didn’t put a scratch on it.
Rahal completed 49 trouble-free laps during IZOD IndyCar Series testing with Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing on the 1.65-mile Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway, his first session in an RLL-prepared car on a [...]

Lotus Withdraws From IndyCar
Friday, 7 Dec, 2012 – 15:53 | Comments Off
Lotus Withdraws From IndyCar

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Lotus has been released from its contract to supply engines to the IZOD IndyCar Series after a dismal single-season of domestic open-wheel competition.
“We appreciate the effort that Lotus made in helping return manufacturer competition to the IZOD IndyCar Series,” Brian Barnhart, INDYCAR’s president of operations and strategy said Friday morning. [...]

Hunter-Reay Has Number of Things On His Mind
Thursday, 6 Dec, 2012 – 8:29 | Comments Off
Hunter-Reay Has Number of Things On His Mind

Reigning champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will sport a modified version of the No. 1 during the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season while continuing to acknowledge a very personal crusade against cancer.
The No. 1 on Hunter-Reay’s DHL Dallara/Chevrolet will be bisected by the No. 28 in recognition of the 28-million people living with cancer worldwide. Hunter-Reay’s mother, [...]

Keselowski About To Be Showered by Awards
Wednesday, 28 Nov, 2012 – 9:02 | Comments Off
Keselowski About To Be Showered by Awards

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
On a to-do list topped by “Date a celebrity,” 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski has added “Buy a tank” en route to what appears to be the inside track to the Driver of the Year award.
We’ll get to that possible tank purchase by “Bad Brad” in a [...]