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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 [...]

Old Friends Meet In Indy Museum
Saturday, 28 May, 2011 – 19:21 | Comments Off
Old Friends Meet In Indy Museum

RacinToday.com
Two years ago, RacinToday.com senior writer John Sturbin visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, which is located in the infield of the world’s most famous auto racing track.
In the museum, Sturbin ran into an old friend.
This year, the Indianapolis 500 is celebrating its 100th anniversary. In conjunction with that celebration, RacinToday.com has decided to replay [...]

Simona Shows True Grit At Indianapolis
Saturday, 28 May, 2011 – 17:49 | Comments Off
Simona Shows True Grit At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – The gauze hand-wraps Simona de Silvestro has been wearing for the last 10 days likely will not resonate with the hipsters who shop boutiques for the recently released William Rast Racing lifestyle collection.
Simona’s “haute couture” is courtesy of Methodist Hospital downtown, where her burned hands have been the [...]

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 [...]