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Gossage Welcomes F1 To Austin; Not IRL To Houston
Thursday, 27 May, 2010 – 6:33 | 3 Comments
Gossage Welcomes F1 To Austin; Not IRL To Houston

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage says he would not consider the announced addition of Austin to the 2012 Formula One schedule as “an invasion” of Speedway Motorsports Inc.’s Lone Star State turf.
“I hope they have success because that’s what makes more race fans,” said Gossage, [...]

Castroneves’s Mind On One As He Goes For Four
Thursday, 27 May, 2010 – 6:11 | Comments Off
Castroneves’s Mind On One As He Goes For Four

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In his bid to win a record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, pole-sitter Helio Castroneves will rely upon spotter Rick Mears to help him avoid another Come-to-Jesus moment.
Like the one, for instance, Castroneves said he experienced Saturday during Pole Day qualifications for the 94th edition of the race under the [...]

The Unusual Suspects Heat Up Indianapolis
Wednesday, 26 May, 2010 – 10:40 | One Comment
The Unusual Suspects Heat Up Indianapolis

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Their names are fairly familiar. Their faces, kind of familiar. The names of their teams, familiar in some cases.
But there they sat last Saturday, on stage in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway media center as part of the group which will start the biggest race in the world from [...]

Exciting Bump Day Makes Tearful Return To Indy
Sunday, 23 May, 2010 – 19:24 | One Comment
Exciting Bump Day Makes Tearful Return To Indy

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Two very tough men broke down and cried just after 6 p.m. at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. One set of tears was produced joyous ecstasy. The other by wrenching disappointment. One other man celebrated from a hospital bed.
Bump Day is back at Indy.
The final 11 spots in [...]

Indy Notes: Kanaan Tells Danica To Change Attitude
Sunday, 23 May, 2010 – 11:59 | 6 Comments
Indy Notes: Kanaan Tells Danica To Change Attitude

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – On Saturday night, a couple of hours after Danica Patrick had been roundly booed by race fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Tony Kanaan met with his teammate.
His message to her was that she needed to adjust her attitude.
“She definitely needs to change her attitude. Not against the public [...]

Sturbin: Penske Has Golden Touch
Sunday, 23 May, 2010 – 11:29 | Comments Off
Sturbin: Penske Has Golden Touch

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Roger Penske has developed a strict set of criteria when scouting drivers for his IndyCar and NASCAR teams. A signature victory schtick isn’t necessarily one of them. But the drivers who generated headline news for Team Penske on Saturday – Helio Castroneves and Kurt Busch – have created two of [...]

Castroneves Wins The Pole For The 500
Saturday, 22 May, 2010 – 17:06 | One Comment
Castroneves Wins The Pole For The 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Helio Castroneves will begin his quest for a historic fourth Indianapolis 500 victory from the pole position.
Castroneves, who won last year’s race, was simply dominating during Saturday’s all-new-for-2010 qualifying procedure.
He was fastest during the first segment of the qualifying session – which locked the fastest 24 cars on [...]

Indy Notes: Bad Day For Danica
Saturday, 22 May, 2010 – 16:38 | 32 Comments
Indy Notes: Bad Day For Danica

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – The racing world has seen a charming Danica Patrick, and an angry Patrick and a joyous Patrick. Saturday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the racing world got to see a shaken Patrick.
Such is the effect of having a horribly handling race car at 225 mph.
“I was shaking for [...]

Race Within A Race Is On
Saturday, 22 May, 2010 – 11:50 | 2 Comments
Race Within A Race Is On

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves looks at the Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a race-within-a-race-within-a-race. And greedily, Helio wants to win them all.
“Every team that comes here wants to be the fastest and get the Triple Crown of the pole, the pit stop competition and [...]

Harris: Three Is Not A Crowd
Friday, 21 May, 2010 – 6:54 | Comments Off
Harris: Three Is Not A Crowd

Much as I hate to disagree with my esteemed colleague Larry Woody, I believe his criticism of the IRL’s multiple championships is wrong.
I covered the now-defunct CART/Champ Car World Series for many years and was firmly convinced it was the toughest racing series in the world.
The drivers had to race on road courses, street circuits, [...]