Sun, 14/09/14 – 18:30 | No Comment

CONCORD, N.C. – Rain Sunday afternoon at zMAX Dragway forced postponement of the elimination round in the Countdown to the Championship’s opening event – the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals – until next weekend at Dallas.
It is the first time the Carolina Nationals haven’t been completed as scheduled since the event began in 2008. However, [...]

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Bourdais Wins First-Ever GRAND-AM Race At Indianapolis
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Sebastien Bourdais won the Rolex GRAND-AM Series’ inaugural race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield road course on Friday afternoon.
Bourdais, driving a Ford Riley Prototype for Starworks Motorsports with co-driver Alex Popow, won the race – the Brickyard Grand Peix – under caution.
“That was a pretty sweet achievement,” Bourdais, a four-time Champ Car champion and [...]

Fri, 07/27/12 – 18:23 | Comments Off
NHRA Approves DSR’s Top Fuel Canopy Concept
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The NHRA Technical Department has granted conceptual approval of a prototype cockpit canopy submitted by Aerodine Composites Group (Aerodine), which originally was designed by Don Schumacher Racing (DSR).
The initial prototype component has been reviewed by the NHRA Technical Department and the NHRA Safety Safari presented by AAA. In addition, NHRA contracted Purdue University Center for [...]

Fri, 07/27/12 – 6:52 | Comments Off
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Chevrolet announced Thursday that cars carrying its Camaro brand will compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013.
“Chevrolet is proud to bring the Camaro to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013,” said Jim Campbell, vice president, Chevrolet Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The Camaro Nationwide race car incorporates many of the distinctive styling elements of the [...]

Thu, 07/26/12 – 10:22 | Comments Off
Pull The Plug On Pulling The Plug At Indy Talk
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
It’s becoming an annual rite of mid-summer: Cruise the Internet and read columns and blogs and Tweets about how the Brickyard 400 has become dung and that it’s time to shut it down. One of those babies popped up at the top of the Google search just this morning.
They’ll continue [...]

Thu, 07/26/12 – 9:10 | 7 Comments
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
The Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office will extend its hours, including opening on weekends, beginning on July 28 in advance of the track’s three nights of NASCAR racing during Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
With ticket demand growing as the Atlanta race date nears on the NASCAR schedule, the AMS ticket office will be open [...]

Wed, 07/25/12 – 14:31 | Comments Off
Indy Road Course Will Be A Happy Place This Week
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

Despite the importance and despite the history, Formula 1 teams, drivers and foreign fans never fell in love with Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Oh, they all knew about the speedway and what went on there over the decades. And despite their reputations for being aloof and arrogant, they went out of their way to pay homage to [...]

Wed, 07/25/12 – 9:22 | One Comment
Allmendinger Suspended Indefinitely
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AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 22 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.
On Tuesday evening, NASCAR announced that, “Allmendinger was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (NASCAR’s substance abuse policy) of the [...]

Tue, 07/24/12 – 20:15 | Comments Off
Dirt Track Diary: Finally, A Victory
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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 competes [...]

Tue, 07/24/12 – 13:52 | Comments Off
Has The Time Come For The NHRA To Get SAFER?
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Some final thoughts about a final relatively quiet weekend of racing before the fan blades become soiled by things like chases to Chases, countdowns to Countdowns and other playoff-like runs to championships:
– After watching a particularly scary crash at Bandimere Speedway over the weekend, you have to wonder if the [...]

Tue, 07/24/12 – 9:30 | One Comment
Pickett Team Muscles Way To Victory In Mosport
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
With Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr driving, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing won for the third straight year at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a victory Sunday in the fifth round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
The team won the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport in the No. 6 [...]

Mon, 07/23/12 – 6:32 | Comments Off