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Woody: Empty-Seat Syndrome Haunts IndyCar
Friday, 19 Aug, 2011 – 9:45 | 4 Comments
Woody: Empty-Seat Syndrome Haunts IndyCar

I saw an estimate that put the crowd at New Hampshire Speedway at 30,000 for last Sunday’s IndyCar race.
As my old sports editor once said about an obviously-inflated attendance figure at a Vanderbilt football game, a lot of those fans came disguised as empty seats.
When the TV cameras panned the gaping New Hampshire grandstands, a [...]

INDYCAR Appoints Panel To Hear Protests
Wednesday, 17 Aug, 2011 – 17:53 | Comments Off
INDYCAR Appoints Panel To Hear Protests

RacinToday.com
Brian Barnhart, INDYCAR’s president of competition and operations, named Jerry Gappens, Rollie Helmling and Jeff Stoops to serve as the three-person panel that will hear the protests regarding the results of the IZOD IndyCar Series MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The protest hearing will take place Aug. 23 in Indianapolis, and the [...]

Ingram: Why Not Race In The Wet at Glen?
Monday, 15 Aug, 2011 – 10:48 | 3 Comments
Ingram: Why Not Race In The Wet at Glen?

From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
I wish NASCAR’s Sprint Cup would start racing in the rain at Watkins Glen. While the disastrous IndyCar finish in New Hampshire confirmed the obvious that it’s impossible to race in the rain on an oval, it can be done by the Sprint Cup competitors at places like the Glen.
The [...]

Future Of INDYCAR In Loudon In Doubt
Sunday, 14 Aug, 2011 – 19:40 | Comments Off
Future Of INDYCAR In Loudon In Doubt

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
LOUDON, N.H. – The first IndyCar race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 12 years could also be the last.
Race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay hopes that is not the case.
“This is a very challenging and fun racetrack and I hope we come back here for many years to come,’’ he said [...]

Wild Finish Leaves Drivers Fuming At INDYCAR
Sunday, 14 Aug, 2011 – 18:02 | Comments Off
Wild Finish Leaves Drivers Fuming At INDYCAR

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
LOUDON, N.H. – Tempers flared and sparks flew Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as Ryan Hunter-Reay was declared the winner of a wild IZOD IndyCar Series race cut short by a wet track and a controversial restart.
A misty rain, like the one which had caused a stretch of 33 [...]

Introduction Of IndyCar Aero Kits Pushed Back to 2013
Sunday, 14 Aug, 2011 – 12:58 | Comments Off
Introduction Of IndyCar Aero Kits Pushed Back to 2013

LOUDON, N.H. – IZOD IndyCar Series boss Randy Bernard has confirmed the rampant rumor that aero kits for the new race car that will be introduced in 2012 have been delayed until 2013.
“The ICONIC Committee 16 months ago made a commitment to have an aero kit as part of the new car for 2012 and [...]

Being Nine Is Fine With Castroneves At Loudon
Saturday, 13 Aug, 2011 – 18:59 | Comments Off
Being Nine Is Fine With Castroneves At Loudon

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
LOUDON, NH –  Helio Castroneves qualified ninth Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and appeared to be thrilled by the performance.
After jumping out of his Team Penske car, Castroneves, who is also ninth in the season points, pulled off his helmet, pointed to the scoreboard and smiled broadly.
At that moment, [...]

Franchitti Tames Track, Gets Pole In Loudon
Saturday, 13 Aug, 2011 – 16:16 | Comments Off
Franchitti Tames Track, Gets Pole In Loudon

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
LOUDON, NH – Dario Franchitti won his second pole of the season Saturday, taking the top qualifying spot for MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225, the first IZOD IndyCar Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway since 1998.
But the star of the show at Loudon so far this week as definitely been the [...]

Kanaan, IndyCar Return To New Hampshire
Thursday, 11 Aug, 2011 – 7:13 | Comments Off
Kanaan, IndyCar Return To New Hampshire

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tony Kanaan vividly recalls the excitement of fellow Brazilian and then-teammate Andre Ribeiro after he took the checkered flag in 1995 at the last CART race at what was then New Hampshire International Speedway.
That was a year before Kanaan came to the U.S. to race, but he enjoyed the aftermath of what [...]

New 2012 Indycar Taken For A Test Drive
Tuesday, 9 Aug, 2011 – 7:16 | Comments Off
New 2012 Indycar Taken For A Test Drive

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDYCAR’s next generation chassis logged its historic initial shakedown laps Monday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the first of 12 days of an itemized evaluation scheduled for three road-course and three oval layouts.
As is his custom, two-time and reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon patted the black and red-striped Dallara [...]