Fri, 22/06/18 – 7:14 | No Comment

Change is, has been, will always be an integral part of auto racing. It’s baked into the racing cake. But during the 20th Century, changes in racing seemed more tweak-ish than quake-like.
But this is the 21st Century and changes have become revolutionary as opposed to evolutionary. And they have been forced not by such traditional reasons […]

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Pedley: Bigger Money For Winning? Check, Please!
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Bruton Smith has come up with a lot of good ideas over the years. The one he offered up at the NASCAR Media Tour last week was not one of them. Rather than heal what ails the Sprint Cup Series, the idea would infect an already red and painful wound.
Smith, […]

Fri, 02/4/11 – 8:24 | 4 Comments
Strategy Moves From Tracks To Board Rooms
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
A little over a month still remains before the one-and-only Open Test leading into the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season-opener.
Hot laps scheduled for March 14-15 around the Barber Motorsports Park road-course in Birmingham, Ala., will begin to define the preseason favorites. But there’s little debate as to which organization won […]

Thu, 02/3/11 – 11:42 | Comments Off on Strategy Moves From Tracks To Board Rooms
Logano Ready To Join Teammates In The Chase
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Phoenix, Ariz. – Like so much of the country left shivering from yet another cold snap thanks to Old Man Winter, Joey Logano also was greeted by Ice Station Zebra temperatures Wednesday in the desert Southwest.
“Brrrr, I thought I was going to be able to wear just a T-shirt when I got here,” said Logano, […]

Wed, 02/2/11 – 18:58 | One Comment
Harris: In Age Of HANS, Some Are Asking ‘What if?’
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
Dale Earnhardt’s tragic death has been the catalyst for an era of safety improvements unmatched in the history of not just NASCAR, but auto racing in general.
From SAFER Barriers cushioning racetrack walls to improved crush panels on cars to helmets that reduce concussions, it’s all working to make an unsafe […]

Wed, 02/2/11 – 11:24 | Comments Off on Harris: In Age Of HANS, Some Are Asking ‘What if?’
Racin’ News: Andretti Signs Conway For 2011
In Racin’ News today, Feb. 1:
Andretti Autosport announced that it is has signed Englishman Mike Conway to a full-season drive in one of the team’s IZOD IndyCar Series entries for 2011.
Conway, who launched his IZOD IndyCar Series career in 2009, is returning to competition after sustaining serious and season-ending injuries in last year’s Indianapolis […]

Tue, 02/1/11 – 13:34 | Comments Off on Racin’ News: Andretti Signs Conway For 2011
Woody: Gentleman, Start Your Commercials
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
When I began covering NASCAR in the early 1970s, lots of folks poked fun at the commercialization of the sport.
They called the decal-plastered cars “billboards on wheels.” They smirked at the quilt-work of logos on drivers’ uniforms.
They snickered at races named after corporate sponsors, such as the Hooters 500 that […]

Tue, 02/1/11 – 9:09 | 2 Comments
Ashley Force Hood Talks Racing and Motherhood
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Ashley Force Hood altered the NHRA Funny Car landscape last week with the revelation that impending motherhood will sideline her for at least the 2011 drag racing season.
Instead of trying to overhaul father/team-owner John Force as reigning world champion – or battling the expanded four-car lineup at Don Schumacher Racing – […]

Tue, 02/1/11 – 8:12 | 6 Comments
Ingram: Ganassi Philosophy Prevails Again In 24
| Senior Writer

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Earlier this year, driver Juan Pablo Montoya was asked if the tuft of gray he now carries on a head of otherwise dark hair resulted from the intensity of the NASCAR draft, where he makes a living as a driver for the team […]

Mon, 01/31/11 – 7:39 | One Comment
Ganassi Rolls Into 2011 With Rolex 24 Victory
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Team owner Chip Ganassi’s wonderful 2010 racing season extended into 2011 Sunday when his No. 01 BMW/Riley Daytona Prototype car won the 49th Rolex 24 Grand-Am series race at Daytona Internatonal Speedway.
The car, which won the 2010 Grand-Am championship, was driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Joey Hand and Graham Rahal.
With […]

Sun, 01/30/11 – 15:34 | Comments Off on Ganassi Rolls Into 2011 With Rolex 24 Victory
Minter: Winning Comes Up Losing In New System
| Senior Writer

After a few days to ponder NASCAR’s new points system, the one thing that stands out is that consistency still means much more than race wins.
The 43-1 system seems to punish drivers for poor performances more than the old system. In the past the last-place driver got 34 points, compared to 195 for the winner, […]

Sun, 01/30/11 – 8:42 | 3 Comments