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Japanese Fans Remember Danica’s ‘Big Night’
Friday, 17 Sep, 2010 – 21:25 | Comments Off
Japanese Fans Remember Danica’s ‘Big Night’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Motegi, Japan –  Danica Patrick admittedly continues to struggle through “just a tough year”  that has seen her add an abbreviated NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule to her fulltime IndyCar Series job with Andretti Autosport.
But don’t try telling that to her Japanese fans. Twin Ring Motegi remains the site of Danica’s [...]

Power Takes His Title Fight To Motegi
Friday, 17 Sep, 2010 – 12:51 | Comments Off
Power Takes His Title Fight To Motegi

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Motegi, Japan – If Will Power secures the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series driver’s championship without ever winning on an oval, he will do so sans apology.
“If I win the championship, I won’t let that bother me at all. Not one bit,” Power said in the paddock at Twin Ring [...]

Sturbin: Notes On Racing IndyCars In Japan
Thursday, 16 Sep, 2010 – 10:19 | Comments Off
Sturbin: Notes On Racing IndyCars In Japan

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan – When I was a big-time boxing writer, Europe was my playground.
Actually, Europe was the playground of undisputed welterweight (147-pound) champion Donald Curry of Fort Worth. Curry’s career became my “beat” in the early 1980s while I was a sports writer at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  As [...]

Pedley: IndyCar Schedule Announcement Was A Biggie
Friday, 10 Sep, 2010 – 14:04 | One Comment
Pedley: IndyCar Schedule Announcement Was A Biggie

Virtually all public announcements in motor sports are billed as big. Very few of them turn out to be more than mildly significant. There was one Friday, however, that was big and it will affect the oldest major racing series in North America.
The Indy Racing League held a press conference on Friday in Milwaukee. [...]

IndyCar Unveils Reshuffled Schedule
Friday, 10 Sep, 2010 – 11:41 | Comments Off
IndyCar Unveils Reshuffled Schedule

The IZOD IndyCar Series unveiled its 2011 schedule on Friday and it adds a new venue, reintroduces two others and drops four others.
The announcement was made at the historic Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. which will return to the schedule next June.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway also is back, and the inaugural street race in [...]

Castroneves Wins, Race Tightens At Kentucky
Saturday, 4 Sep, 2010 – 21:41 | Comments Off
Castroneves Wins, Race Tightens At Kentucky

Helio Castroneves now knows both sides of what it’s like to play the fuel at Kentucky Speedway.
Denied a victory on the 1.5-mile oval when he ran out of fuel heading to the checkered flag in 2008, Castroneves collaborated with Team Penske president Tim Cindric on an ethanol-stingy strategy that won the IZOD IndyCar Series’ Kentucky [...]

Carpenter Hammers Out A Pole
Friday, 3 Sep, 2010 – 14:56 | Comments Off
Carpenter Hammers Out A Pole

RacinToday.com
Ed Carpenter on Friday afternoon won the pole for Saturday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
Carpenter, driving part time for Vision Racing in partnership with Panther Racing, had a two-lap average speed of 217.933 mph.
It was the first pole ever for Vision.
“It’s been an interesting day, the conditions changed a lot from this morning,” [...]

IndyCar Notes: Tracy Back And Ready For Barnburner
Friday, 3 Sep, 2010 – 8:28 | Comments Off
IndyCar Notes: Tracy Back And Ready For Barnburner

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Kentucky Speedway’s 1.5-mile layout technically classifies it among the “cookie-cutter” intermediate superspeedways on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.
To open-wheel veteran Paul Tracy, however, Kentucky Speedway qualifies as uncharted territory. That will change Saturday night, when Tracy returns to the series with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the Kentucky Indy 300.
Tracy [...]

Sturbin: It’s Viewers Versus TV In IndyCar
Wednesday, 1 Sep, 2010 – 17:04 | 7 Comments
Sturbin: It’s Viewers Versus TV In IndyCar

Normally, I don’t have anything to say about coverage of the IZOD IndyCar Series on VERSUS. That’s because Charter Communications, my cable provider in Fort Worth, Texas, does not include VERSUS in either the basic or premium sports package to which I currently subscribe.
Used to get VERSUS for free, back when it was the Outdoor [...]

Game On: Title Fight Breaks Out At Chicagoland
Saturday, 28 Aug, 2010 – 20:47 | Comments Off
Game On: Title Fight Breaks Out At Chicagoland

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Having just lopped 36 points off Will Power’s once-cushy advantage Saturday night, Dario Franchitti was asked to reassess his IZOD IndyCar Series championship chances with three races remaining.
“Trust me,” Franchitti said, “I’ll be pedaling as hard as I can.”
Franchitti and his Target Chip Ganassi Racing team used a clever bit [...]