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A couple years back, colleague Rick Minter was talking about stock-car racing then vs. stock-car racing now. The topic morphed to drivers. Minter happily described how he and his father used to run into them down at the Waffle House near their home in Georgia.
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Andretti Green Racing ace Tony Kanaan will make his 100th IndyCar Series start this weekend when the series makes its first visit to the Streets of Long Beach, Calif.
“It shows you that I’m getting old,” said Kanaan, 34. Still, the native Brazilian can look forward to at least five seasons remaining in the Andretti Green Racing-prepared [...]

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Long Beach, Calif.  – Opening practice for Saturday afternoon’s Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series race was an all-Acura affair, with two LMP1 Acuras and an LMP2 Acura rounding out the top three on the 1.96-mile, 11-turn Long Beach Grand Prix street circuit.
Fresh off an impressive 1-2 finish two weeks ago at St. Petersburg, [...]

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Schu Shines: His Drivers Are Dominating NHRA
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 In all forms of motorsports today, multi-car teams have a distinct advantage. It’s true in NASCAR, as Rick Hendrick, Jack Roush, Joe Gibbs, Richard Childress and others have shown.
 But compared to the NHRA’s Don Schumacher, Hendrick and his NASCAR buddies are in a slump.
Heading into this weekend’s NHRA Southern Nationals [...]

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Junior Heads To Desert Hoping To End Drought
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Fort Worth, Texas – Dale Earnhardt Jr. went on vacation last weekend promising to “raise a little hell.” What could it hurt? Considering Junior’s lackluster start to the 2009 Sprint Cup season, perhaps some sort of personal exorcism was in order for NASCAR’s most scrutinized star.
“I don’t know. You tell [...]

Thu, 04/16/09 – 14:45 | 3 Comments
Partial Verdict Reached On Castroneves
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A partial verdict in the tax-evasion case against IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves has been reached by a federal jury in Miami.
The jury, however, was hung up on several other counts.
The federal judge in the case, Donald Graham, would not immediately read the verdicts on two tax evasion counts against Castroneves and told jurors to continue [...]

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Mario Not Pushing Marco For Start-Up F1 Ride
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Catching up with Mario Andretti on some racing issues, I spoke with him by cell phone after he watched grandson Marco finish 13th in the IndyCar Series season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla.
When I asked if there was anything new about Marco as a possible driver for the new Charlotte, N.C.-based [...]

Thu, 04/16/09 – 13:53 | Comments Off
Little Al To Be Grand Marshal At Long Beach
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Long Beach, Calif. _ Widely acknowledged as open-wheel racing’s “King of the Beach,” Al Unser Jr. will add another title during this weekend’s running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Unser Jr.,  who won America’s premier street race a record six times between 1988 and 1995 while competing in CART, will serve as grand [...]

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Toyota Grand Prix – Interactive Content
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Click on the graphic to launch a full page of storylines, photos, milestones and more regarding the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The page also includes video components such as Will Power talking about the keys to winning at Long Beach, a virtual lap around the track with Graham Rahal and a tech piece [...]

Wed, 04/15/09 – 21:30 | Comments Off
Pedley: IRL Takes Major Step Forward At Long Beach
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Kansas City, Kan. – The weather was unseasonably cool when the day dawned on a recent IndyCar test at Kansas Speedway. Because of that – the series has a rule that cars can not run until the temperatures reach 55 degrees – the track was silent.
And because of that, you [...]

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Carpentier Signs To Drive Waltrip Nationwide Car
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NAPA Auto Parts announced that Canadian driver Patrick Carpentier will be a competitor in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 as the NASCAR Nationwide Series crosses the border for the third year in a row to compete at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on Parc Jean Drapeau, Aug. 30. Carpentier and NAPA Auto Parts entered into an agreement [...]

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