Mon, 29/09/14 – 12:01 | No Comment

Team Penske announced Monday that it is adding Simon Pagenaud as a fourth driver to its IndyCar Series team.
The 30-year-old Pagenaud is a four-time race winner in the Series. He will join 2014 series champion Will Power, multiple Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and Indy 500 winner/former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya at Penske.
Pagenaud [...]

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Stewart Leaves Door Open For Future Indy Return
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Tony Stewart may have turned down Roger Penske’s offer to drive for the 15-time Indianapolis 500 winning car owner in this year’s historic Memorial Day weekend open-wheel race, but that doesn’t mean the opportunity is gone forever.
The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion said Monday during the kickoff [...]

Mon, 01/21/13 – 17:58 | One Comment
Joe Carver Will Be Missed By Friends, NASCAR
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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By Larry Woody | Managing Editor
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Joe Carver dictated the first racing story I “wrote” when I was assigned the beat in the late 1960’s, and he once prodded a grumpy Dale Earnhardt into the Sports Department so I could interview him.
Joe, as PR director of Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway, had a major influence on my career [...]

Sun, 01/20/13 – 16:25 | 8 Comments
Force Funny Cars Show Their Winter Capabilities
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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NHRA Funny Car teammates Robert Hight and Courtney Force proved quickest off the trailer and Doug Kalitta paced the Top Fuel time sheet during the rain-shortened PRO Winter Warm-Up at Palm Beach International Raceway.
Saturday’s scheduled second day of activity in Jupiter, Fla., was cancelled by persistent rain, leaving teams with [...]

Sun, 01/20/13 – 9:14 | One Comment
Bowyer Is Proud Owner Of New Ferrari Ride
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Some news and notes from sports car racing:
A year ago at about this time, Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer turned up his nose – almost literally – when asked if he had any interest in driving a Ferrari 458 Italia GT car for/with his then-new NASCAR team owner, Michael Waltrip.
“Nah,” the Kansas native said with [...]

Fri, 01/18/13 – 8:26 | Comments Off
Gen 6 Cars: Very Pretty, But Can They Race?
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The theme which emerged from last weekend’s three-day Preseason Thunder test session at Daytona International Speedway was impossible to miss or misinterpret: The Gen 6 cars look great.
And in announcing that view loudly and constantly, NASCAR and its teams and its drivers and its manufacturers also were issuing a subtle [...]

Thu, 01/17/13 – 8:51 | One Comment
Forlorn Forecast for Nashville’s Field of Broken Dreams
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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GLADEVILLE, Tenn. – Dover Motorsports president and CEO Denis McGlynn says there is no change in the status of Nashville Superspeedway, which means the track is destined for another season of silence.
The track, located 35 miles from Nashville, stopped racing following the 2011 season. Attendance – never robust – had withered away for NASCAR’s Camping [...]

Wed, 01/16/13 – 14:31 | 4 Comments
Once Is Enough For IndyCar Team-Owner Andretti
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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When it comes to doubleheaders, Michael Andretti is no Ernie Banks.
Owner of the car driven by reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti acknowledged he has serious misgivings about the unique doubleheader weekend formats booked for three street circuits in 2013.
“It’s putting a big, big demand on the drivers, in my opinion, and the [...]

Wed, 01/16/13 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Southeastern Racing Scene Loses A Tough One
Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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The Southeastern short track world lost one of its icons on Jan. 4 with the passing of Luther Carter.
Carter, who died at 75 after a battle with cancer, was an old-school racer who passed his love of the sport along to his son Mark Carter, who became a racer himself, as well as his grandson [...]

Tue, 01/15/13 – 8:14 | One Comment
Things Go Bump In The Afternoon At Daytona
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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News, notes and quotes from Friday’s second day of Preseason Thunder testing:
Sprint Cup drivers finally got around to serious drafting during Friday’s testing at Daytona International Speedway and the result was a multi-car wreck which took out several of the sport’s top drivers.
Among the drivers involved were Dale Earnhardt Jr., defending [...]

Fri, 01/11/13 – 18:55 | Comments Off
Brittany Force To Drive JFR Top Fuel Entry
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Drag racing icon John Force has fired the sport’s first major shot of 2013, introducing daughter Brittany as driver of a new JFR-built Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster.
Brittany Force will contest the full NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule in a car prepared and maintained by crew chief Dean “Guido” Antonelli and assistant crew [...]

Fri, 01/11/13 – 16:10 | 3 Comments