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Team Penske announced Monday that it is adding Simon Pagenaud as a fourth driver to its IndyCar Series team.
The 30-year-old Pagenaud is a four-time race winner in the Series. He will join 2014 series champion Will Power, multiple Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and Indy 500 winner/former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya at Penske.
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Today’s Indianapolis 500 Favorite Is: The Field
Mike Harris | Senior Writer

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – The favorite for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 depends on who you ask, but the consensus of the 33 drivers is that the 97th running of the big race is going to be ultra competitive.
The 2012 race was about as competitive as it gets, with 10 drivers leading laps and [...]

Sun, 05/26/13 – 7:17 | Comments Off
Still-Feisty Foyt Thinks Indy Win Is Within Reach
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

To a generation of open-wheel fans who saw him race and win during his prime, A.J. Foyt Jr. is as much a tradition at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the Borg-Warner Trophy, the Pagoda tower and the Yard of Bricks.
Only don’t confuse Foyt with a potted plant. At age 78 and recovering from recent back surgery, [...]

Sun, 05/26/13 – 6:58 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Gives Nationwide Foes A History Lesson
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Kyle Busch held off Kasey Kahne during a closing, 13-lap green-flag run to win Saturday’s History 300 Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and continue his wholesale revision of NASCAR’s record books.
Busch beat Kahne to the finish line by .939 seconds to claim a record seventh NNS victory at Charlotte, breaking a tie with [...]

Sat, 05/25/13 – 18:09 | Comments Off
France: NASCAR To Bring Innovation In-House
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – For NASCAR’s first five decades, innovations and technology in the sport primarily came from the race teams, but now those items will originate at the sanctioning body’s Research and Development Center in Concord, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said Saturday.
“We’re going to use a lot more science [...]

Sat, 05/25/13 – 17:46 | One Comment
NASCAR Boss Prefers Charlotte Keep Two Cup Races
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR Chairman Brian France said Saturday Bruton Smith hadn’t requested a realignment of a Sprint Cup Series event at one of his tracks, but he would prefer Charlotte Motor Speedway’s October race remain at the 53-year-old facility.
“Our preference, my preference, is to make the events where they are more successful,” France [...]

Sat, 05/25/13 – 17:36 | Comments Off
Zanardi Finally Gets What He’s Owed At Indy
Mike Harris | Senior Writer

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – Alex Zanardi finally got the bonus he negotiated with team owner Chip Ganassi nearly two decades ago.
The two-time Champ Car champion, who survived the loss of both legs in a race crash in Germany in 2001 and has gone on to even greater triumphs in his life, was [...]

Sat, 05/25/13 – 9:58 | Comments Off
Notes: Honda Feeling The Power At Indianapolis
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages, and the word from Simon Pagenaud is that Honda Performance Development apparently has closed the horsepower gap on rival Chevrolet heading into Sunday’s 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Pagenaud, who will start from the outside of the seventh row, topped [...]

Sat, 05/25/13 – 7:59 | Comments Off
Notes: The Champ’s Leadership Quest Will Go On
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
CONCORD, N.C. – After winning the 2012 Sprint Cup championship, Brad Keselowski told the garages he wanted to assume a leadership role in the series. This year, Keselowski has run into some problems. On the track and off.
Tweeted and voiced comments have not sat well with some of his peers. Unapproved [...]

Fri, 05/24/13 – 10:29 | One Comment
Forced Time Off Gave Steve Wallace New Perspective
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

CONCORD, N.C. – For Steve Wallace, it’s been more than a year since he has competed in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the younger son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace readily admits that coping with that fact hasn’t been easy. Since finishing 11th in the April 2012 Richmond race, the 25-year-old Wallace [...]

Fri, 05/24/13 – 7:07 | Comments Off
Hamlin Wins Coke Pole
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Denny Hamlin turned in the fastest lap during Thursday night’s qualifying session at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.
One of eight drivers to beat the previous track record, Hamlin covered the 1.5-mile distance in 27.604 seconds (195.624 mph) to knock Kurt Busch (195.221 mph) off the provisional pole. Matt Kenseth (195.094 mph) [...]

Thu, 05/23/13 – 20:33 | Comments Off