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.
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Johnson To Start Chase From The Front Of Field
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Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson will start the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup from the pole.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver won the pole on Saturday for Sunday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway after covering the 1.5-mile distance in 29.530 seconds (182.865 mph) and waited for the rest of the field to try to knock him off the [...]

Sat, 09/15/12 – 15:06 | Comments Off
Top Seeds Falter As Countdown Begins At ZMAX
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. –  The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series’ season comes down to six races as the Countdown to the Championship begins this weekend at zMAX Dragway. It’s an intense stretch where one bad race can quickly end a team’s championship hopes. And for the Countdown’s top seeds, Friday’s [...]

Sat, 09/15/12 – 7:54 | Comments Off
Rules Force Massive Shake-up Of Fontana Grid
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

With the exception of front-row starters Marco Andretti and Ryan Briscoe, INDYCAR’s “fresh engine rule” will re-shape the starting grid for Saturday night’s IZOD IndyCar Series season-ending MAVTV 500, almost to the point of confusion.
Fourteen drivers – including championship leader Will Power and runnerup Ryan Hunter-Reay – will incur 10 grid-spot penalties from the sanctioning [...]

Sat, 09/15/12 – 7:30 | Comments Off
Wilkerson Stays Hot, Leads Funny Car At ZMAX
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Funny Car driver Tim Wilkerson raced to the qualifying lead Friday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the first of six NHRA playoff events.
Wilkerson led the Funny Car field with [...]

Fri, 09/14/12 – 20:13 | Comments Off
Graf Earns Pole At VIR
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Klaus Graf and Muscle Milk Pickett Racing set a track record en route to pole position for Saturday’s VIR 240 – the first race at the circuit for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
His lap of 1:35.434 (123.352 mph) bested the previous record: a 1:36.3 from a Benetton ex-F1 car in 2004. [...]

Fri, 09/14/12 – 19:52 | Comments Off
Loyalty And Patience Have Paid Off For Truex Jr.
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
LEAWOOD, Kan. – Ty Norris’s tone shifted noticeably toward serious when the conversation shifted toward Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex Jr.’s victory total since joining Michael Waltrip Racing for the 2010 season.
Norris, MWR’s general manager, made it clear that it was not zero victories that have defined Truex’s time with [...]

Fri, 09/14/12 – 11:00 | Comments Off
Advantage Power As Final Weekend Begins
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

Championship leader Will Power exited a day-long practice at Auto Club Speedway with a pronounced psychological advantage over runnerup Ryan Hunter-Reay, as preparations continue for Saturday night’s IZOD IndyCar Series MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships season-finale.
Team Penske’s Power emerged as third-fastest of 22 cars testing during an eight-hour private session Wednesday around the D-shaped, 2-mile [...]

Fri, 09/14/12 – 7:22 | Comments Off
Reminder: Bowyer Won Final Non-Chase Race
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Racing thoughts from the last week or so:
Quick: Who won the race at Richmond?
The point: Probably the most irrelevant person in racing every year is the driver who wins the Sprint Cup race at Richmond in September. Unless, of course, that driver needed the win to get into the Chase; [...]

Thu, 09/13/12 – 10:24 | Comments Off
Drivers: Merged Sports Car Series Facing Big Q’s
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It took years of difficult start-and-stop talks before the leaders of North America’s two top sports car series could finally agree to a merger. But now, according to drivers from those series, comes the tough part: Coming up with a merged series that works for all parties.
“I wouldn’t want to be [...]

Wed, 09/12/12 – 17:58 | Comments Off
Gordon: Richmond Was A Defining Moment
Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
PHOENIX, Ariz. – On Tuesday in Phoenix, the sky was the color of gun metal; a rainy, overcast day in the Valley of the Sun. To look at Jeff Gordon, a welcome visitor thanks to a dramatic drive Saturday at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, you would have thought it was [...]

Wed, 09/12/12 – 7:22 | Comments Off