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Sato Earns First IndyCar Pole
Friday, 24 Jun, 2011 – 18:23 | Comments Off
Sato Earns First IndyCar Pole

Takuma Sato on Friday won the pole for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 250 IZOD IndyCar Race at Iowa Speedway.
It was the Japanese driver’s first IndyCar pole.
Sato posted a two-lap average speed of 180.375 mph on the .875-mile oval, which is located in Newton, Iowa.
“I want to say a big thank you to the whole team, the [...]

Pedley: Penske-Ganassi Rivalry Heating Up?
Friday, 24 Jun, 2011 – 6:41 | 5 Comments
Pedley: Penske-Ganassi Rivalry Heating Up?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
A lot has been made over the years about the rivalry between Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi. And it’s a rivarly that has been there.
But it has mostly been of the non-acrimonious variety.
Now, in the wake of incidents during the IndyCar Series [...]

Wheldon, Herta Land Jobs In IndyCar Series
Friday, 24 Jun, 2011 – 5:48 | Comments Off
Wheldon, Herta Land Jobs In IndyCar Series

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The nation’s unemployment rate dropped a tick Thursday, when two-time and reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon landed a job.
INDYCAR officials announced in Indianapolis that Wheldon and Bryan Herta Autosport have been selected as test organization for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series prototype chassis.
“Dan, Bryan and (co-owner) Steve Newey have [...]

Franchitti Says Pit Problem Was A Penske Problem
Thursday, 23 Jun, 2011 – 7:23 | One Comment
Franchitti Says Pit Problem Was A Penske Problem

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dario Franchitti says pit road etiquette prevailed over “gamesmanship” Sunday afternoon at The Milwaukee Mile, where the Scotsman’s 29th career victory drew him into a tie with Will Power for the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series championship.
When Franchitti entered pit road on Lap 125 of Sunday’s Milwaukee 225, his left rear [...]

Ingram: Hamlin, JGR Hitting Stride Just In Time?
Monday, 20 Jun, 2011 – 7:47 | One Comment
Ingram: Hamlin, JGR Hitting Stride Just In Time?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
Were I tweeting, this would be my top 10 on Sunday (with footnotes):
1. Hamlin, M. Ford back on track at Michigan. Denny: “We made a magic adjustment and the car just took off.”
( No. 11 Crew Chief Mike Ford and his driver are on their [...]

Franchitti Gets The Victory At Milwaukee
Sunday, 19 Jun, 2011 – 17:00 | Comments Off
Franchitti Gets The Victory At Milwaukee

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Dario Franchitti won the Milwaukee 225 IndyCar race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. on Sunday afternoon.
Franchitti led much of the race but got the lead for the final time when leader Helio Castroneves had to pit with a bum tire with just over 20 laps to go.
Once in the lead, Franchitti checked [...]

Franchitti Fastest At Milwaukee Mile
Saturday, 18 Jun, 2011 – 18:51 | Comments Off
Franchitti Fastest At Milwaukee Mile

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Dario Franchitti on Saturday won the pole for Sunday’s IndyCar Series race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis.
Joining him on the front row Sunday will be Helio Castroneves.
“It was a combination of the car and the setup was really close to being perfect and I just hung on to it,” said Franchitti, whose [...]

Ingram: Gordon Takes 13 Years To Match First Six
Monday, 13 Jun, 2011 – 5:28 | Comments Off
Ingram: Gordon Takes 13 Years To Match First Six

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
There was a rash of questions after a brilliant June weekend of racing. Here are one writer’s top ten questions – and answers.
1. Does his second victory of the season make Jeff Gordon the man of the moment in NASCAR?
At least he’s moved from being washed [...]

Power and Franchitti Split The Take In Fort Worth
Sunday, 12 Jun, 2011 – 4:43 | Comments Off
Power and Franchitti Split The Take In Fort Worth

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – An animated Will Power leaped out of his car in Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night, putting a proper exclamation point on the IZOD IndyCar Series’ inaugural Firestone Twin 275s.
The series points-leader as the night began, Power scored his third victory this season and [...]

Tags Is It Again In Qualifying
Friday, 10 Jun, 2011 – 19:43 | One Comment
Tags Is It Again In Qualifying

Fort Worth, Texas – Alex Tagliani celebrated his second consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series pole Friday afternoon with a shout-out to his team, and a not-so-subtle message aimed squarely at one of his rivals.
“Being on the pole on an oval is great,” said Tagliani, who bagged P1 for Saturday night’s inaugural Firestone Twin 275s with a [...]