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Castroneves Stays Hot, Wins Barber Pole
Saturday, 31 Mar, 2012 – 13:00 | Comments Off
Castroneves Stays Hot, Wins Barber Pole

RacinToday.com
Helio Castroneves followed up his victory in the season-opening IndyCar Series race at St. Petersburg, Fla. last weekend with a pole victory Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.
The Team Penske driver covered the 2.3-mile road course at an average speed of 117.485 mph in his Chevrolet-powered Dallara.
James Hinchcliffe, driving the No. 27 Team GoDaddy.com [...]

Penske Fast At Barber Practice
Friday, 30 Mar, 2012 – 18:51 | Comments Off
Penske Fast At Barber Practice

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Following up on a successful season-opening IZOD IndyCar Series weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla., Team Penske led the way as practice began for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on a weather-challenged Friday at Barber Motorsports Park.
After Team Penske topped the charts during the first practice, the afternoon session was cut short when heavy [...]

The Bristol Ball Will Be Placed In The Fans’ Fannys
Friday, 30 Mar, 2012 – 9:25 | Comments Off
The Bristol Ball Will Be Placed In The Fans’ Fannys

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Hey, I’m just sayin’…
The fans who hate the new Bristol Motor Speedway got what they wanted as owner O.Bruton Smith announced he will attempt to change the high-banked short track back to its former self.
The interesting aspect will be the thing about the dog chasing the Mack truck: Now that [...]

IndyCar To Hit Streets Of Houston
Thursday, 29 Mar, 2012 – 6:59 | Comments Off
IndyCar To Hit Streets Of Houston

Open-wheel racing will return to Houston on a familiar street course beginning in October 2013.
Randy Bernard, INDYCAR’s chief executive officer, announced Wednesday the IZOD IndyCar Series has scheduled the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on a 1.7-mile circuit at Reliant Park for Oct. 4-6, 2013. Bernard was joined by Mike Lanigan, Mi-Jack Promotions [...]

New-Look IndyCar Grades Out Well In Debut
Wednesday, 28 Mar, 2012 – 11:27 | Comments Off
New-Look IndyCar Grades Out Well In Debut

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
There was nothing subtle about the changes introduced by the IndyCar Series this year. Just about everything was knew, in fact; engines, cars, drivers, teams, rules, officials. All put into play with limited off-season testing time.
Last weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla., all of the new stuff hit the track, er, [...]

Castroneves Starts 2012 Win A Victory In St. Pete
Sunday, 25 Mar, 2012 – 14:06 | Comments Off
Castroneves Starts 2012 Win A Victory In St. Pete

Helio Castroneves passed Scott Dixon for the race lead with 26 laps to go and went on to win the IndyCar Series’ season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday afternoon.
The victory was the 36-year-old Team Penske driver’s first since he won in Japan in 2010.
With the result, Castroneves, who had qualified fifth fastest, [...]

John Sturbin: Penalty Can’t Slow Rookie Pagenaud’s Good Mood
Sunday, 25 Mar, 2012 – 7:32 | Comments Off
John Sturbin: Penalty Can’t Slow Rookie Pagenaud’s Good Mood

A 10-spot starting grid penalty typically would spell gloom-and-doom for a rookie driver on a street circuit. That dilemma apparently got lost in translation for Frenchman Simon Pagenaud, who anxiously is awaiting his IZOD IndyCar Series debut in Sunday’s season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St.
Petersburg.
Pagenaud blocked-out his looming penalty – the result of an unapproved [...]

Penske’s Will Power Earns IndyCar Pole in St. Petersburg
Saturday, 24 Mar, 2012 – 17:13 | Comments Off
Penske’s Will Power Earns IndyCar Pole in St. Petersburg

Team Penske and Chevrolet-powered Dallara DW12s dominated qualifying for the season-opening IndyCar Series race on Saturday afternoon.
Penske’s Will Power won the pole and teammate Ryan Briscoe earned the right to start alongside for the start of Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Power set a circuit-qualifying record of 1 minute, 1.3721 seconds in winning the [...]

IndyCar Season Begins Season, Quest Continues
Saturday, 24 Mar, 2012 – 11:34 | Comments Off
IndyCar Season Begins Season, Quest Continues

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The history of INDYCAR is the history of a quest; a quest for solid ground.
For the 2012 season, which begins this weekend with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, INDYCAR is rolling out a large box of changes which the series and its supporters hope will mark a big [...]

Notes: Drivers See Pluses Of Danica-less IndyCar
Saturday, 24 Mar, 2012 – 8:22 | 3 Comments
Notes: Drivers See Pluses Of Danica-less IndyCar

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Marco Andretti turns 100 on Sunday, although he’s sounding more like a 25-year-old who’s finally comfortable in his own skin.
Andretti celebrated his 25th birthday on March 13 with “a lot of love and stuff like that from the people on my cell phone,” in-between testing for the IZOD IndyCar Series’ [...]