Sun, 7/07/19 – 10:53 | No Comment

Bob Tasca III celebrates after winning the Funny Car portion of the NHRA show at Norwalk, Ohio recently. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA)

By John Sturbin | Senior

Bob Tasca III’s fierce brand loyalty has returned Ford Motor Company to relevance in the NHRA’s nitro Funny Car ranks and rekindled memories of “Ford Total Performance.”

The […]

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Minter: Gordon Talks Numbers, Family And Future
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Bristol, Tenn. – It had been about a year since I’d had a one-on-one interview with Jeff Gordon, so back at Daytona I asked his publicist Jon Edwards if he’d put me on Jeff’s calendar for Bristol.
In a Sprint Cup world where publicists don’t exactly jump when an interview request comes in, this transaction was […]

Fri, 04/1/11 – 7:00 | 7 Comments
Racin News: Reutimann To Sub For Injured Truex

In racin’ news today, Thursday, March 31:
Pastrana-Waltrip Racing announced that David Reutimann will drive the No. 99 Toyota Camry in the April 8 Nationwide race at Texas Motor Speedway while Ryan Truex recovers from wrist surgery.
Reutimann replaces rookie points leader Truex, who underwent corrective surgery this week to repair a fractured right wrist.
“I hurt my […]

Thu, 03/31/11 – 17:01 | Comments Off on Racin News: Reutimann To Sub For Injured Truex
‘New Guy’ Kanaan Earns A Podium
| Senior Writer

Tony Kanaan’s debut with KV Racing Technology-Lotus on the Streets of St. Pete featured unexpected challenges from Simona de Silvestro, and a key piece of cockpit equipment.
Kanaan held off a determined, late-race charge from de Silvestro to finish third in the IZOD IndyCar Series’ season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  Kanaan’s unlikely podium finish […]

Wed, 03/30/11 – 14:37 | Comments Off on ‘New Guy’ Kanaan Earns A Podium
Is RCR Set For A Return To Top Of The Dog Pile?
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Things can go wrong in a hurry in auto racing. Drivers and teams can be top dogs one day, in an animal shelter with Jason Alexander talking about them in television commercials the next day.
Sitting on the cold, stained cement floor and looking up through the wire mesh caging after […]

Wed, 03/30/11 – 9:07 | Comments Off on Is RCR Set For A Return To Top Of The Dog Pile?
Wrecks And Ratings Go Up For IndyCar Series
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
One day after the unintended consequences of double-file restarts dominated post-race discussion on the Streets of St. Pete, the IZOD IndyCar Series celebrated its highest overnight TV ratings in four years.
And therein lies the rub – or in this case, the bump-and-shove – between the balancing act matching the integrity […]

Tue, 03/29/11 – 11:55 | Comments Off on Wrecks And Ratings Go Up For IndyCar Series
Woody: Non-Racing Has Become NASCAR Norm
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
I don’t know what tickets cost for Sunday’s race at California cost, but whatever it was, fans deserved about 90 percent of their money back.
They paid for 200 laps of racing and got maybe 10.
Part of the problem was the track – big and wide and relatively flat, which allowed […]

Tue, 03/29/11 – 6:15 | 10 Comments
Competition Blooming This Spring
| Managing Editor

A weekend wrapup:
That little crawl they run along the top of the television screen during NASCAR races which gives running order provided more than just the intended information on Sunday. And I’m not talking here about Fox’s decision to regularly blend advertising into it.
It provided a constant reminder about how competitive the racing in the […]

Mon, 03/28/11 – 14:19 | Comments Off on Competition Blooming This Spring
Ingram: Harvick Set To Knock Johnson Off Throne?
| Senior Writer

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
So is this the year that Jimmie Johnson relinquishes the Sprint Cup?
It’s early days yet. But if the results from the Auto Club Speedway are any indication – or the finish in the first five races of the season, there are more than a few contenders […]

Mon, 03/28/11 – 7:07 | Comments Off on Ingram: Harvick Set To Knock Johnson Off Throne?
Harvick Edges Johnson To Win At Auto Club
Kevin Harvick passed Jimmie Johnson for the lead – and the victory – as the two drivers came out of the final turn on the final lap of  the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.
Harvick’s margin of victory was .15 seconds. He led just the one lap.
“I just didn’t hold him off,” […]

Sun, 03/27/11 – 17:07 | One Comment
Franchitti Begins Repeat Bid Winning At St. Pete
Dario Franchitti took his first step toward repeating as IZOD IndyCar Series champion Sunday when he won the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Franchitti took the lead four laps into the race and relinquished it for just two laps during a pittings equence.
The victory was the first for the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver […]

Sun, 03/27/11 – 14:06 | Comments Off on Franchitti Begins Repeat Bid Winning At St. Pete