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Does Tags Have One More Surprise Left In Him?
Saturday, 28 May, 2011 – 9:27 | Comments Off
Does Tags Have One More Surprise Left In Him?

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Most years the driver who wins the pole for the Indianapolis 500 is a favorite to win the race.
This year, not so much.
While fellow front-row starter Scott Dixon and his Target Chip Ganassi teammate Dario Franchitti, starting ninth in the 33-car field, are the co-favorites in Las [...]

Indy Notes: Dixon Fastest During Carb Day Tune-up
Friday, 27 May, 2011 – 18:26 | Comments Off
Indy Notes: Dixon Fastest During Carb Day Tune-up

Indianapolis – Carburetion Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages, and the word from pole-sitter Alex Tagliani is that his car is “very racey.”
Tagliani posted a speed of 224.739 mph during the traditional one-hour session that marks the last time the 33-car starting field will be on-track before the start of Sunday’s 100th [...]

Drivers Rebuked; Double-File Restarts Stand
Friday, 27 May, 2011 – 14:42 | 2 Comments
Drivers Rebuked; Double-File Restarts Stand

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Any notion that the IZOD IndyCar Series’ controversial double-file restart rule would be parked for the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 was quashed Friday morning, when INDYCAR’s “top cop” spelled-out the procedure in detail.
Brian Barnhart, INDYCAR’s president of competition and racing operations, addressed the double-file issue during a driver’s [...]

Franchitti Has Three Things On His Mind
Friday, 27 May, 2011 – 12:48 | One Comment
Franchitti Has Three Things On His Mind

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Dario Franchitti loves spending time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway museum.
It’s a visit he makes every year early in the month of May, before things get too busy and complicated on and off the 2.5-mile oval.
Mostly, Franchitti loves to see the old cars and bask in the history [...]

Danica Emphatically Denies NASCAR Reports
Thursday, 26 May, 2011 – 21:00 | Comments Off
Danica Emphatically Denies NASCAR Reports

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Open-wheel star Danica Patrick has flat-out denied a report that she has a tentative deal to go fulltime racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series next year.
The report of her move to NASCAR was posted on ESPN.com late Tuesday, as well as
ESPN’s “Bottom Line” crawl on its various network [...]

Indy Drivers Say Restarts Could Be Disastrous
Thursday, 26 May, 2011 – 18:50 | One Comment
Indy Drivers Say Restarts Could Be Disastrous

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Here’s a scene that could very well play out in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500:
The cars line up for a double-file restart with five laps to go in a very competitive race. Pole-winner Alex Tagliani is on the inside at the front, with two-time 500 winner and defending champion Dario [...]

Harris: 500 Miles, 41 Years, A Million Memories
Thursday, 26 May, 2011 – 15:51 | One Comment
Harris: 500 Miles, 41 Years, A Million Memories

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Driving through the credential gate at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time each year brings back a flood of memories.
Today, as I drove through Gate 9a off Georgetown Road, I thought back to my first time here, in 1970. That day, I drove onto the massive speedway grounds [...]

Q and A: Polesitter Talks About Indy 500
Thursday, 26 May, 2011 – 13:06 | Comments Off
Q and A: Polesitter Talks About Indy 500

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Alex Tagliani’s Week of Fame as Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter may have peaked Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he met the media for the final time before the 100th anniversary edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
Tagliani became the first Canadian to qualify on-pole for the Indy 500 [...]

Memo: Only A Fool Would Do What Kyle Busch Did
Wednesday, 25 May, 2011 – 9:49 | One Comment
Memo: Only A Fool Would Do What Kyle Busch Did

Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
As the deputy handed back my license and the registration for the twin-turbo/direct injected/variable-valve-timed/sport trimmed BMW I was driving, he asked the standard question: Do you know how fast you were going?
Had I known then what I know today, I would have said: Faster than Kyle Busch.
So [...]

Racin’ News: Kyle Busch Stopped By Cops
Tuesday, 24 May, 2011 – 16:37 | 3 Comments
Racin’ News: Kyle Busch Stopped By Cops

Kyle Busch was cited for careless and reckless driving and speeding Tuesday by an Iredell County Sheriff’s deputy who said he was traveling at nearly three times the posted speed limit between Troutman and Mooresville.
Sgt. Chris Stone, a member of the Iredell County Sheriff Department’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement team, stopped a yellow Lexus sports car [...]