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Franchitti Wins Pole, Eyes Third Title
Friday, 1 Oct, 2010 – 16:25 | Comments Off
Franchitti Wins Pole, Eyes Third Title

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dario Franchitti’s relentless pursuit of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series title is based upon a simple but time-tested premise.
“Every point counts. Whether it’s the first race, the fifth race, the last race, every single one of those points count,” said Franchitti, who won the pole for Saturday night’s season-ending Cafes [...]

Harris: Two Drivers Who Haven’t Who Should Have
Monday, 20 Sep, 2010 – 7:17 | One Comment
Harris: Two Drivers Who Haven’t Who Should Have

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bobby Allison was considered one of the best of all time in NASCAR long before he won his first and only championship in what was then Winston Cup.
Allison began racing in NASCAR’s top stock car series in 1961, but he didn’t win that title until 1983 at the age of [...]

Helio Is The Man In Japan
Sunday, 19 Sep, 2010 – 5:31 | 2 Comments
Helio Is The Man In Japan

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Motegi, Japan – Helio Castroneves capped a postcard-perfect weekend in the Far East for himself and Team Penske at Twin Ring Motegi Sunday afternoon, winning the IZOD IndyCar Series Indy Japan 300 in dominating fashion.
Castroneves, who started on-pole, led a race-high 153 of 200 laps around the egg-shaped, 1.52-mile oval [...]

Penske Sweeps Qualifying In Motegi
Saturday, 18 Sep, 2010 – 11:14 | Comments Off
Penske Sweeps Qualifying In Motegi

Motegi, Japan –  Moments after Will Power qualified third for the Indy Japan 300, Ryan Briscoe revealed Team Penske’s not-so-secret “strategy” for Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race.
“Three-wide the whole time,” said Briscoe, who officially will start alongside pole-sitter Helio Castroneves in the season’s penultimate round at Twin Ring Motegi.
“That’s potentially one option,” Castroneves deadpanned, as [...]

IndyCar Notes: Smoother Trip For Briscoe
Saturday, 18 Sep, 2010 – 6:52 | Comments Off
IndyCar Notes: Smoother Trip For Briscoe

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Motegi, Japan – Ryan Briscoe, whose pursuit of the 2009 IZOD IndyCar Series championship ended embarrassingly at the exit of Twin Ring Motegi’s pit road, had no issues with the egg-shaped, 1.5-mile racing layout Saturday.
Briscoe topped the second, one-hour afternoon practice for Sunday’s Indy Japan 300 at 200.894 mph to [...]

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 [...]