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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Kanaan Says IndyCar Needs To Face Up
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Tony Kanaan says it has remained difficult for him to judge the protocol surrounding Randy Bernard’s dismissal as INDYCAR chief executive officer last fall. But Kanaan insists he knows what the open-wheel series lacks heading into testing next month for the 2013 season.
“We need a face,” said Kanaan, the 2004 [...]

Fri, 01/11/13 – 9:53 | Comments Off
Thunder Claps: Danica Plans And Driver Feuds
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
News, notes and quotes from Day 1 of the three-day Preseason Thunder test session at Daytona International Speedway:
Danica Patrick kicked off her first season as a full-time Sprint Cup driver on Thursday. Between practice runs, she shed a bit of light on her racing life in 2013.
First, she said that [...]

Thu, 01/10/13 – 19:04 | 2 Comments
Q&A: Bad Brad Doesn’t Dodge Questions About Fords
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Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski was one of a handful of drivers who visited the media center at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, the first day of the three-day Preseason Thunder open test.
Keselowski, whose Penske Racing operation has moved from Dodges to Fords for the coming NASCAR season, talked about the past, present and [...]

Thu, 01/10/13 – 16:34 | Comments Off
The 2013 Rolex 24 Will Have Designated Villain
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Some random racin’ thoughts:
Juan Pablo Montoya may want to give the safety equipment in his BMW Riley prototype some extra attention before he takes to the track in this year’s Rolex 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway.
Montoya, the former Formula 1 bad boy, has morphed neatly into being the Grand-Am [...]

Thu, 01/10/13 – 10:11 | 5 Comments
Waltrip To Drive For Swan In Upcoming Daytona 500
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Michael Waltrip will drive Swan Racing’s No. 30 car in next month’s Daytona 500.
Waltrip will be reunited with former crew chief Tony Eury Jr. in the race, which will mark Swan Racing’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut.
The partnering of Waltrip, who is a two-time winner of the 500, with Swan is for just the one [...]

Thu, 01/10/13 – 9:49 | Comments Off
2013 Gets Off to Roaring Start At Daytona
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News and notes from the weekend’s Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series’ three-day Roar Before the 24 practice at Daytona International Speedway:
Michael Shank Racing matched its results from the 2012 Rolex 24 by placing first and third at the test.
Michael Valiante posted the fastest lap of the “Roar” in Sunday’s final session in the team’s No. [...]

Mon, 01/7/13 – 9:09 | Comments Off
Merged Sports Car Series Unveils 2014 Classes
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón announced the initial concept for the organizations’ unified competition class structure that will debut in January 2014 at the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The lineup, unveiled during a teleconference Friday,  will be in effect [...]

Fri, 01/4/13 – 12:06 | Comments Off
IndyCar Champ, NASCAR’s Bowyer Going Shopping For A Rolex
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

There is no one, single starting date for the American auto racing season. Instead, there are several key events that combine to mark the start. Like this week’s Roar Before the 24 at the Daytona International Speedway infield road course.
The Roar is an open practice for teams and drivers planning to compete in the historic [...]

Fri, 01/4/13 – 10:11 | Comments Off
Pastrana To Take Run At Nationwide Championship
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
News and notes from the first week of 2013:
Travis Pastrana will make the move to full-time NASCAR racing in 2013, driving Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 60 Ford Mustang in all 33 events on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule.
“I am extremely excited about making the move into full-time NASCAR competition in [...]

Thu, 01/3/13 – 12:40 | One Comment
A Cliff-Dweller’s Guide to 2012 Racing Faves
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Awoke on New Year’s Day after dreaming I had driven my Guards Red 1987 Porsche Turbo off of something called a “Fiscal Cliff.” Actually, that was probably a delayed reaction to my latest repair bill.
As for that cliff, I drove off of that sucker in June of 2008, when I [...]

Wed, 01/2/13 – 9:33 | Comments Off