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Fernando Alonso’s highly anticipated return to McLaren F1 has begun with a thud.
On the advice of his doctors, the two-time World Driving Champion will sit-out the 2015 season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 15 after suffering a concussion in a crash while testing at Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 22.
Alonso’s McLaren/Honda will be handled at Albert [...]

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Race Day: Tony Kanaan Says, More Milk Please
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – After you have swigged the milk and donned the laurel wreath and had your likeness engraved on the Borg-Warner Trophy, it’s difficult to not think about winning another Indianapolis 500. That is the delightful dilemma facing Tony Kanaan this morning during the final hours of his reign as [...]

Sun, 05/25/14 – 7:15 | Comments Off
Helio Resurfaces Yellow Submarine At Indianapolis
Mike Harris | Senior Writer

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – Retro uniforms are not uncommon in most pro sports and retro paint schemes abound in NASCAR. But, until now, that wasn’t the case in the IndyCar set.
On Sunday, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves will start the race fourth in the 33-car field. And nobody should have any [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 21:48 | Comments Off
Roush’s 2015 Driver Lineup Remains ‘In Flux’
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

CONCORD, N.C. – Roush Fenway Racing’s Saturday announcement that Trevor Bayne will compete fulltime next year in the Sprint Cup Series provides only a small glimpse into the team’s 2015 driver lineup.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. returns to the Roush Fenway operation, but Greg Biffle’s and Carl Edwards’ plans for next year have yet to be finalized. [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 21:26 | 2 Comments
A Tour de Force In Topeka
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Brittany and Courtney Force raced to No. 1 qualifying positions Saturday at the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, the first time sisters have shared the top qualifying stage at an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.
Brittany posted a career-best performance of 3.746 seconds with a track record speed of 329.75 mph in [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 21:21 | Comments Off
Larson Gets NNS Win In Charlotte
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Kyle Larson got his second NASCAR Nationwide Series win of the season on Saturday when he won the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
In fact, he dominated the second half of the event to get that win.
Larson passed fellow Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski on Lap 118 of 200 and stayed out front the rest [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 19:07 | Comments Off
Carpenter’s Done It All At Indy – Except For 1 Thing
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

INDIANAPOLIS – Ed Carpenter’s first job inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was as golf-cart driver at The Brickyard Crossing, the championship-caliber course shoe-horned inside the mammoth facility at the corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road.
“I washed the carts, parked them, charged them, cleaned clubs – whatever,” said Carpenter, recalling carefree summers at his family-owned [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 17:38 | Comments Off
Back Spasms Keep Gordon Out Of Car; Backup To Be Ready On Race Day
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – Jeff Gordon bypassed Saturday’s final practice session for the Coca-Cola 600 due to back spasms and said Regan Smith would be standing by Sunday in case he needed relief during NASCAR’s
longest race.
“Unfortunately, I had a back spasm the other night [Thursday] in that last qualifying run that [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 14:45 | Comments Off
Two Night: Gordon, Evernham ‘Snookered” The 600
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

CONCORD, N.C. – Twenty years ago, 22-year-old upstart Jeff Gordon and his Ray Evernham-led Hendrick Motorsports team drove into Coca-Cola 600 history by outsmarting the 1989 series champion on the competitors’ final stop at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Rusty Wallace’s Penske Racing crew changed four tires, which was the accepted practice at the time, while Gordon’s Chevrolet [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 10:40 | Comments Off
Bayne To Drive The RFR No. 6 Ford
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – Trevor Bayne will move to NASCAR Sprint Cup racing fulltime in 2015, driving the No. 6 Ford fielded by Roush Fenway Racing, Jack Roush announced Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Advocare, who is sponsoring Bayne in the Nationwide Series this year, will move to the Sprint Cup level [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 9:51 | Comments Off
Villeneuve Returns To Indy Looking For Second Win
Mike Harris | Senior Writer

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – It took Jacques Villeneuve exactly one lap on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval to ask himself,  ”What have I done?’’
Nineteen years after winning the 1995 Indianapolis 500 the Canadian-born driver decided it was time to come back. The first few trips around the 2 ½-mile oval at speed [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 8:40 | Comments Off