Fri, 18/04/14 – 8:40 | 6 Comments

Gene Haas is well aware of recent efforts by Americans to assemble Formula One teams. He is equally aware of the failures and borderline deceptiveness of those efforts and he thoroughly understands the skepticism that those failures have created among American fans.
So during a lengthy teleconference on Monday, Haas, who last week was granted a [...]

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Penalties Reshuffle Starting Order In Edmonton
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

Ryan Hunter-Reay’s celebration of his first IZOD IndyCar Series pole of the season was muted Saturday in Edmonton, Alberta, when INDYCAR officials served him with a 10 grid-spot penalty for an unapproved engine change.
Hunter-Reay, winner of the last three races and the series championship leader, was one of five drivers slapped with grid-spot penalties by [...]

Sat, 07/21/12 – 17:59 | Comments Off
Massey Streaks To Provisional Pole In Colorado
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

Points-leader Spencer Massey continued his recent surge in Top Fuel, racing to the provisional qualifying lead Friday at the 33rd annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.
Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also took provisional top spots in their respective categories at [...]

Sat, 07/21/12 – 6:57 | Comments Off
Allgaier Returns To Scene Of A Big NNS Victory
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
JOLIET, Ill. – Justin Allgaier’s second career victory in the Nationwide Series came in spectacular fashion here during last season’s STP 400 at Chicagoland Speedway when the Riverton, Illinois native streaked past Carl Edwards on the final lap after Edwards No. 60 Ford ran out of fuel with the checkered [...]

Fri, 07/20/12 – 18:17 | Comments Off
Enders, Stealth Cobalt Ready For An Uphill Battle
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

In its next life, the “stealth black” Chevrolet Cobalt Erica Enders drove into the NHRA history books likely will end up as a museum piece – perhaps fit for the Smithsonian.
But not so fast. While Enders became the first woman to win a National Hot Rod Association Pro Stock final at the O’Reilly Auto Parts [...]

Fri, 07/20/12 – 7:37 | Comments Off
HANS Hopes New Device Will Save More Drivers’ Lives
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Depsite the series of wrecks which took a number of drivers’ lives in recent years, and despite the fact that hardly a weekend goes by during which other high-profile drivers credit their ability to walk away from horrifying wrecks to the effectiveness of head-and-neck restraint systems, large numbers of drivers [...]

Thu, 07/19/12 – 14:06 | Comments Off
Capps Heads West To Re-Fire Some Momentum
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

This year, Ron Capps has been point man in one of the most dramatic turnarounds in recent racing memory. It’s been a turnaround that has shot him and his NHRA Funny Car team to second place in the standings and has the leader looking back over his shoulder.
But as the NHRA begins its annual Western [...]

Thu, 07/19/12 – 10:54 | One Comment
Dirt Track Diary: On The Road With ‘Cat Daddy’
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By Clint Smith
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Editor’s note: Veteran dirt racer Clint “Cat Daddy” Smith of Senoia, Ga., has been racing and winning since 1981. He has more than 200 feature wins to his credit. Before he started driving, he worked on the car driven by his father, legendary racer and car-builder Roscoe Smith.
Clint Smith currently [...]

Wed, 07/18/12 – 19:28 | 2 Comments
Sprint Cup’s Jimmie Johnson Wins Second-Quarter DOTY
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Jimmie Johnson on Wednesday was named the Driver of  The Year Award winner for the second quarter of 2012 racing season.
The award, which was voted upon by an elite panel of 18 broadcasters and journalists, covered racing in American-based series during the period running from April 22nd to July 1st.
Johnson, the five-time Sprint Cup Series [...]

Wed, 07/18/12 – 8:37 | Comments Off
Carl Edwards Gets New Crew Chief
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Officials at Roush Fenway Racing announced Tuesday that Chad Norris has replaced Bob Osborne as crew chief of the No. 99 car, which is driven by Carl Edwards.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Carl Edwards for the past nine years and, during that time, my focus has been building a championship-caliber program,” Osborne [...]

Tue, 07/17/12 – 7:41 | Comments Off
Hunter-Reay, Andretti Put America Back On Top
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Not since the glory days of Sam Hornish Jr. have fans of domestic open-wheel racing seen an American driver emerge with championship credentials.
But three consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series victories have propelled Floridian Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport into the point lead with only five races remaining. And while it’s a [...]

Tue, 07/17/12 – 7:26 | Comments Off