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IndyCar To Run At Motegi Road Course This Season
Friday, 3 Jun, 2011 – 16:35 | Comments Off
IndyCar To Run At Motegi Road Course This Season

Twin Ring Motegi’s 2.98-mile natural terrain road-course will play host to the IZOD IndyCar Series’ ninth and final visit to Japan this fall.
The Indy Japan 300 on Sept. 18 originally was scheduled for the 1.5-mile, egg-shaped oval that sustained damage during the March earthquakes. Raised ridges to the track’s surface will prevent the series’ open-wheel [...]

Pedley: Tony Stewart To Get A Dream Ride
Thursday, 2 Jun, 2011 – 11:06 | One Comment
Pedley: Tony Stewart To Get A Dream Ride

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
The word over the past decade or so among racing’s literati has been this: If there is one NASCAR driver who could make the transition to Formua 1, it would be Tony Stewart.
A couple weeks from now, those wondering if the word [...]

500-Winner Wheldon Rejoins Ranks of Unemployed
Wednesday, 1 Jun, 2011 – 7:20 | 3 Comments
500-Winner Wheldon Rejoins Ranks of Unemployed

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon definitely will be on-site at Texas Motor Speedway for Round 6 of the IZOD IndyCar Series on June 11.
Odds are, however, that instead of strapping into the cockpit for the inaugural Firestone Twin 275s, Wheldon will be miking-up in the TV [...]

Woody: Good-bye, Good Riddance To The Double
Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 – 8:10 | 6 Comments
Woody: Good-bye, Good Riddance To The Double

Last Sunday’s Indy 500 and Coke 600 shared dramatic finishes but they didn’t share a single driver. Good. Perhaps the NASCAR guys who used to “do the double” have finally come to their senses.
I suppose we had to admire their grit but I always questioned their gumption.
I also questioned their dedication to their NASCAR teams, [...]

Indy Money, Awards Handed Out
Monday, 30 May, 2011 – 20:54 | Comments Off
Indy Money, Awards Handed Out

RacinToday.com
Dan Wheldon earned $2,567,255 from an overall purse of $13,509,485 for his victory Sunday, May 29 in the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
Wheldon’s No. 98 William Rast-CURB/Big Machine car for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian passed JR Hildebrand’s No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car on the final straightaway of the race after Hildebrand [...]

IndyCar PR Machine May Have Panther In Its Tank
Monday, 30 May, 2011 – 16:41 | Comments Off
IndyCar PR Machine May Have Panther In Its Tank

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – There is reason to believe that the wow-factor surrounding Dan Wheldon’s second Indianapolis 500 victory on Sunday will, unfortunately, have a shelf-life about as long as his first win in 2005.
Eclipsed by rookie Danica Patrick’s record-setting performance in ‘05, Wheldon’s improbable, last-lap victory on Sunday easily could be [...]

Ingram: Crashing, Not Crying On Racing’s Big Day
Monday, 30 May, 2011 – 9:35 | 2 Comments
Ingram: Crashing, Not Crying On Racing’s Big Day

From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
1. Big motor races are so often a big start, a long middle and a big finish. That was not the case on this Memorial Day weekend. At Indy and Charlotte, big starts were followed by only a few muddles in the middle and exceptionally big surprise endings.
2. In Charlotte, [...]

Wheldon Wins 100th 500 After Last Turn Crash
Monday, 30 May, 2011 – 7:20 | 3 Comments
Wheldon Wins 100th 500 After Last Turn Crash

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Englishman Dan Wheldon celebrated his second Indianapolis 500 victory Sunday with the clock ticking, and the beach and dirty diapers beckoning.
“I think my contract expires at midnight tonight,” said Wheldon, joking with team co-owners Bryan Herta and Steve Newey during their post-race news conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. [...]

Servia Is Under Orders Of Paul Newman Today
Sunday, 29 May, 2011 – 7:58 | One Comment
Servia Is Under Orders Of Paul Newman Today

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – If actor/racer Paul Newman was patrolling Gasoline Alley at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this morning, Oriol Servia knows exactly what his marching orders would be for the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500.
“ ‘Go get it!” said Servia, imitating the late Newman’s low and raspy voice. “He wouldn’t be the voice [...]

Race Day: Helio Reloads For A Fourth Victory
Sunday, 29 May, 2011 – 7:27 | Comments Off
Race Day: Helio Reloads For A Fourth Victory

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves better hope Race Day spotter Rick Mears is better at identifying cars than he is at counting championships today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Mears, one of three four-time winners of the Indy 500, will be Castroneves’ eye-in-the-sky during the 100th anniversary edition of [...]