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Harris: The Lessons Got Harder For Danica in 2010
Thursday, 23 Dec, 2010 – 9:53 | 3 Comments
Harris: The Lessons Got Harder For Danica in 2010

A little of the gloss is off the rose known as Danica Patrick after a difficult and disappointing season.
Not only did the IndyCar glamour girl slip from fifth to 10th in the open-wheel points – her worst finish since finishing 12th as a rookie in 2005 – but Patrick’s first foray into stock car racing [...]

Kanaan Joins de Ferran Dragon
Tuesday, 21 Dec, 2010 – 7:24 | Comments Off
Kanaan Joins de Ferran Dragon

Former IZOD IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan has signed with de Ferran Dragon Racing for the 2011 season, giving the third-year team a high-profile driver to rival its president.
Kanaan, the 2004 series champion, will drive the No. 2 Dallara/Honda wheeled by fellow-Brazilian Rafael Matos in 2009-10, with a sponsorship package to be announced in 2011.
“This [...]

Ganassi On The Grow in IZOD IndyCar Series
Thursday, 16 Dec, 2010 – 11:10 | Comments Off
Ganassi On The Grow in IZOD IndyCar Series

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Chip Ganassi announced Thursday that he is doubling his efforts in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Ganassi, who already fields cars for Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon – both of whom have won two series championships and the Indianapolis 500 for Target Chip Ganassi Racing – will add two more cars for [...]

Hildebrand Is Called Up By The National Guard
Wednesday, 15 Dec, 2010 – 7:57 | Comments Off
Hildebrand Is Called Up By The National Guard

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
As if there wasn’t already enough going through J.R. Hildebrand’s mind as he passed into the infield at Phoenix International Raceway last week. The 22-year-old open-wheel driver from California had to be greeted with this:
A track worker was using a shovel to remove wind-blown desert sand from the already slippery [...]

Harris: Franchitti Has Quietly Become An All-Timer
Tuesday, 7 Dec, 2010 – 17:31 | Comments Off
Harris: Franchitti Has Quietly Become An All-Timer

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s time to give Dario Franchitti his due.
Yes, he came up short of establishing a presence in NASCAR a few years ago – mostly because of a lack of sponsorship. But the IZOD IndyCar Series star has been nothing short of sensational in the open-wheel cars for most of the [...]

Q and A: Hornish Invited Back To Indianapolis
Sunday, 5 Dec, 2010 – 9:49 | One Comment
Q and A: Hornish Invited Back To Indianapolis

All Sam Hornish Jr. needs to return to the Indianapolis 500 next May is “raise his hand,” according to a top Team Penske official.
Tim Cindric, president of Penske Performance, confimed during a national teleconference that a one-off ride for Hornish in the landmark 100th edition of the Indy 500 remains an option for the winner [...]

IndyCar Notes: Ho-Pin Tung Tested
Friday, 3 Dec, 2010 – 8:15 | One Comment
IndyCar Notes: Ho-Pin Tung Tested

Like many first-time foreign visitors to Indianapolis, Ho-Pin Tung recently had the opportunity to ride around Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a tourist.
Tung hopes his next tour of the famed 2.5-mile oval is in an IZOD IndyCar single-seater as the series’ first Chinese driver – and perhaps “the Yao Ming of motorsports.”
Tung, who spent the 2010 [...]

Sturbin: Three For The Show In DOTY Voting
Sunday, 28 Nov, 2010 – 18:06 | 12 Comments
Sturbin: Three For The Show In DOTY Voting

Voting for 2010 Driver of the Year will be tabulated this week, and Jimmie Johnson clearly is dealing from a position of strength.
That was evident during his season-ending teleconference on Tuesday, two days after Johnson had clinched his record-setting fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Johnson is a three-time winner of [...]

‘Black Friday’ Offers Fender-Buster Deals
Friday, 26 Nov, 2010 – 8:35 | One Comment
‘Black Friday’ Offers Fender-Buster Deals

Traditionally, the days surrounding the Thanksgiving celebration – “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” – are the busiest of the holiday shopping season.
Some of the country’s leading motorsports facilities are joining in the rush with discounts for 2011 events, including deals specifically geared toward Friday, Nov. 26, and Monday, Nov. 29. For the fan who has [...]

Q and A: Dario Franchitti
Saturday, 20 Nov, 2010 – 8:37 | Comments Off
Q and A: Dario Franchitti

RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti visited Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on Friday to conduct an offseason, one-day test session for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. During a break, Franchitti took time to discuss a variety of topics ranging from his championship season to the arrival of the new [...]