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Patrick Takes High-Speed Celebrity Road One Last Time
Sunday, 27 May, 2018 – 6:57 | Comments Off on Patrick Takes High-Speed Celebrity Road One Last Time
Patrick Takes High-Speed Celebrity Road One Last Time

Is Danica Patrick a racing pioneer? Yes. Did Danica Patrick push the envelope when it comes to creating opportunities for women in racing? Oh, yeah. Did she fulfill her talent? Sorry, but no.
As the only journalist who has written an unauthorized biography of Patrick, I think I’m well situated to comment on her final Indy […]

Barnhart, Harding Take On Open-Wheel Big Boys
Saturday, 26 May, 2018 – 7:43 | Comments Off on Barnhart, Harding Take On Open-Wheel Big Boys
Barnhart, Harding Take On Open-Wheel Big Boys

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Baseball fan Brian Barnhart says that in a world dominated by the big market New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and World Series champion Houston Astros, Harding Racing is the Verizon IndyCar Series equivalent of the Cincinnati Reds.
Instead of competing against the likes of Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, […]

Kanaan Enjoying Life With A.J. At Indianapolis
Friday, 25 May, 2018 – 17:46 | Comments Off on Kanaan Enjoying Life With A.J. At Indianapolis
Kanaan Enjoying Life With A.J. At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Miller Lite Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway traditionally is about sending messages for Sunday’s race. And with Tony Kanaan sitting atop the speed chart after the Month of May’s final practice, perhaps there is one more afternoon of magic left in the iconic career of team-owner A.J. […]

Penske Focusing On Win No. 201 This Weekend
Thursday, 24 May, 2018 – 19:17 | Comments Off on Penske Focusing On Win No. 201 This Weekend
Penske  Focusing On Win No. 201 This Weekend

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – On the day after his announced election into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Roger Penske was in full starched white shirt/black slacks mode as owner of the most successful organization in the history of American motorsports.
And for “The Captain,” that meant looking squarely ahead to the 102nd edition of the […]

Another 500 Victory Is Within Penske’s Power
Wednesday, 23 May, 2018 – 12:12 | Comments Off on Another 500 Victory Is Within Penske’s Power
Another 500 Victory Is Within Penske’s Power

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Roger Penske’s expectations of his open-wheel drivers are twofold – win the Indianapolis 500 and a championship – and teammates Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud believe they have a good shot at the former this weekend.
The two IndyCar champions Tuesday pointed to Chevrolet’s development during the past year as the key reason. […]

Pole/Bump Weekend Was Mostly Good
Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 – 13:57 | Comments Off on Pole/Bump Weekend Was Mostly Good
Pole/Bump Weekend Was Mostly Good

It seems to get more and more difficult to issue attaboys to American racing series these days: It’s tough to pat somebody on the back when you are using your hands to scratch your head.
But over the weekend, thanks to the good old Indianapolis 500, it became easy to rekindle a bit of love with […]

Field Hits Track En Masse For 500 Practice
Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 – 7:17 | Comments Off on Field Hits Track En Masse For 500 Practice
Field Hits Track En Masse For 500 Practice

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Sage Karam set the pace Monday as all 33 drivers qualified for the 102nd edition of the Indianapolis 500 turned laps in race-like conditions around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The three-hour session saw a massive 2,526 laps completed as a preview for Sunday’s running of “The […]

Hometown Hero Carpenter Wins Pole For 2018 500
Sunday, 20 May, 2018 – 16:51 | Comments Off on Hometown Hero Carpenter Wins Pole For 2018 500
Hometown Hero Carpenter Wins Pole For 2018 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
As a track-rat child, Indianapolis-born Ed Carpenter had explored just about every square inch of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The one place he has not been is in Victory Circle on Memorial Day weekend. He will attempt to remedy that next Sunday and he will do so as the pole winner […]

Hinchcliffe Takes His Lumps After Indianapolis Qualifying Failure
Sunday, 20 May, 2018 – 12:27 | Comments Off on Hinchcliffe Takes His Lumps After Indianapolis Qualifying Failure
Hinchcliffe Takes His Lumps After Indianapolis Qualifying Failure

The racing fates of James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann became intertwined as the minutes counted down during Saturday’s first day of qualifying for the 102nd Indianapolis 500, when a former pole-winner and Indy-only specialist failed to crack the traditional 33-car field.
“Nobody failed us, the system didn’t fail us. We failed us,” said Hinchcliffe, who […]

Castroneves, Danica Earn Shot At 500 Pole
Saturday, 19 May, 2018 – 16:56 | Comments Off on Castroneves, Danica Earn Shot At 500 Pole
Castroneves, Danica Earn Shot At 500 Pole

Two of the big stories at the 2018 Indianapolis 500 got a bit bigger on Saturday as  Helio Castroneves and Danica Patrick both drove into Sunday’s Fast Nine second day of qualifying and, hence, will have a shot at winning the pole for next Sunday’s race.
Team Penske’s Castroneves posted the top number during Sunday’s Bump […]