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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, [...]

Woody: One Champ Is Enough
Thursday, 20 May, 2010 – 10:24 | One Comment
Woody: One Champ Is Enough

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The Indy Racing League this season plans to award a championship to the driver who scores the most points on road courses and another championship to the driver who does the best on oval tracks, in addition to its overall championship.
My question is, why stop at two?
Why not also award [...]

Economy Has Brought Rahal Family Together
Tuesday, 18 May, 2010 – 6:42 | Comments Off
Economy Has Brought Rahal Family Together

Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bobby Rahal is a racer, but he’s also a businessman.
When no major sponsorships developed after the 2008 season, the business side of the longtime open-wheel driving star and team owner realized it made sense to shut down the IndyCar portion of his team for 2009.
The racer side was terribly disappointed.
Rahal, the [...]

Helio’s Bid For No. 4 Is On Track
Saturday, 15 May, 2010 – 19:11 | Comments Off
Helio’s Bid For No. 4 Is On Track

Rather fittingly, it was Helio Castroneves who posted the fastest lap on opening day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Castroneves, the winner of last year’s Indianapolis 500, will be attempting to win for the big race for a record-tying fourth time when the green flag drops in May 30th.
Castroneves, driving the No. 3T Team Penske [...]

The Speedway Is Open
Saturday, 15 May, 2010 – 8:31 | Comments Off
The Speedway Is Open

Two weeks ago, the word “spark” got wide usage in the IZOD IndyCar Series paddocks at Kansas Speedway. And the usage was not directed at what was coming off the skid plates on the bottom of the cars.
Drivers, team owners and officials all were using the word to describe what they were sensing about their [...]

Dover Notes: Double Talking
Friday, 14 May, 2010 – 12:15 | Comments Off
Dover Notes: Double Talking

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dover, Del. – Speedway Motorsports chairman Bruton Smith floated an idea earlier this week that a driver should be paid a $20 million bonus if he can win the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.
Smith said he’d like to see Indy start early in the day and [...]

Carpenter’s Future Is Fuzzy
Tuesday, 11 May, 2010 – 7:35 | Comments Off

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Vision Racing announced that Indiana golf legend Fuzzy Zoeller’s will support of the No.20 Dallara/ Honda/ Firestone entry, driven by Ed Carpenter for Panther Racing, by introducing Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka as primary sponsor for the 2010 Indianapolis 500.
Fuzzy Zoeller entered into the spirits business in July 2009, launching his own ultra premium vodka which [...]

Memo: The Age Of Gimmicks Is Upon Us
Thursday, 6 May, 2010 – 8:43 | 7 Comments
Memo: The Age Of Gimmicks Is Upon Us

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Welcome, race fans, to the age of gimmicks. It’s an age when fast cars, mechanical innovation, may-the-best-team-win and all the other things which have made auto racing the best sport on the rock are not nearly enough to keep ‘em coming back [...]