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Huston Ladner
Promoted to editor this season, Huston works through some of the site’s biggest columns while writing one of his own: Happiness Is… (Fridays). “Stranded” on the islands of Hawaii, the aspiring college professor also helps anchor our IndyCar and Formula One racing coverage while coordinating Pace Laps, our multi-series news update (Mondays) each week.
Slipstream Saturday: F1 Singapore Grand Prix Preview

Slipstream Saturday: F1 Singapore Grand Prix Preview

It’s round 14 of the Formula One season, and with the European segment over, it’s time to move to other parts of the world.  This weekend: Singapore.  First begun in 1961, the country held races until 1973, and then fell from the schedule.  It resumed its place on the F1 calendar in 2008, with Fernando Alonso winning the first race, which was also the sport’s first under the lights. In 2014, the Singapore Grand Prix will showcase a battle between the ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Relationships, Singapore, and Kentucky

Happiness Is… Relationships, Singapore, and Kentucky

Was that an actual race at Chicagoland?  A track not known for well, anything, seemed to produce a finish that was worth remembering.  Brad Keselowski’s ballsy move, splitting Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson as they raced for the lead, seemed to be just the type of thing that wasn’t supposed to be possible with the Gen-6 aero-dependent cars. Now, it should be mentioned that a caution flag set up that fun-to-watch finish, otherwise we might be looking at another one ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Roush Fenway’s Struggles, Truck Championship Contenders and Racing vs. Rain

Pace Laps: Roush Fenway’s Struggles, Truck Championship Contenders and Racing vs. Rain

Sprint Cup Series: Slow Start for Roush Fenway Racing - There has been a gap between Penske Racing and Roush Fenway Racing all season.  Though both teams use Ford engines, Penske has been gapping their counterpart, and never was it more evident than at Chicagoland on Sunday. While Brad Keselowski earned the win and Joey Logano fought to a fourth-place finish, the RFR drivers languished on the track, never coming close to contention, and really, not ever being much of a ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Change, Being Invited & Lameness

Happiness Is… Change, Being Invited & Lameness

With the Chase now set to begin (finally) this Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, the focus can shift from who’s making the playoffs to who’s going to win the championship.  The hype and hoopla surrounding this newer format of NASCAR’s postseason has been with us this entire season.  In fact, it feels like it’s been all Chase all the time. Clint Bowyer wheezed out at Richmond, failing to make the fun times, while also showing how off Toyota and Michael Waltrip ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Congenial Richmond, KyBu Nationwide, other stuff

Pace Laps: Congenial Richmond, KyBu Nationwide, other stuff

Cup:  The Race That Wasn’t – No one did anything surprising in the race at Richmond.  Well, that’s not correct.  The idiot who climbed the catchfence in turn 4 surely did something surprising.  While many people have done idiotic things at a race track, it’s doubtful that anyone anticipated a fan climbing the fence bordering the track and using it as a perch.  Aside from the unbelievable asininity, if you look at the photos, the idiot was so bored he ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Drama, Not Fighting & Intelligence

Happiness Is… Drama, Not Fighting & Intelligence

One race to go until the Cup playoffs begin. That seems like a mismatched sentence, putting together autosport and hockey, but alas, that’s how things are now.  This whole season has seemed like one big Chase storyline, beginning with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Daytona 500.  Almost immediately after he crossed the finish line, it felt like everyone could breathe easy because he was locked into the Chase. The Chase, the Chase, the Chase.  Each race with a new winner conceded to ... Read More »

Open Wheel Wednesday: Andretti Amiss, Ganassi Strong, Power Prevails

Open Wheel Wednesday: Andretti Amiss, Ganassi Strong, Power Prevails

Matt:  So, just to start off, can we all agree that Fontana in its current state is pretty much the perfect IndyCar track? Toni:  I certainly agree. I think it’s such a great way to end the season too. A great 500-mile event. Huston:  Interesting way to begin…but yes, the match between the cars and the track is excellent.  It makes you wonder why they’re toying with the idea of NOT concluding the season in Fontana Toni:  I don’t know, I ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Kahne In, Harvick Cruises, IndyCar Adieu, and More

Pace Laps: Kahne In, Harvick Cruises, IndyCar Adieu, and More

Cup: Sweet Relief for Kahne          By racing for the Cup juggernaut Hendrick Motorsports, there are high expectations for Kasey Kahne.  That his brethren at the organization have all earned three wins apiece makes his season look all the worse.  In fact, with only two top-5 finishes in 2014, Kahne was looking like a second-tier driver and one who had to be glancing over his shoulder at the upstart Nationwide and de facto Hendrick development driver, Chase Elliott. ... Read More »

IndyCar MAVTV 500:Will Power Clinches First Championship

IndyCar MAVTV 500:Will Power Clinches First Championship

The MAV TV 500 from Auto Club Speedway In a Nutshell: For the ninth consecutive year, the last race of the season determined the IndyCar champion.  This time, Will Power, three times a runner-up, hoisted the Astor Cup by finishing ninth.  Tony Kanaan held strong all night, seemingly in the top five the whole event, and passed Power with 53 laps to go to hold on and win his first race of the season.  With Kanaan’s victory, eleven different drivers ... Read More »

Castroneves earns Pole, Power 21st; Other Post-Qualifying Thoughts

Castroneves earns Pole, Power 21st; Other Post-Qualifying Thoughts

The qualifying session for the IndyCar series race at Auto Club Speedway took place in the heavy heat in the middle of the day in Fontana, California.  Helio Castroneves, going out last, earned the pole position with an average of 218.640 mph.  The track temperature during the session hovered around 136 degrees. Qualifying was based on the average of a two-lap run. Juan Pablo Montoya went out early and laid down an average of 217.621 and then held on as ... Read More »