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Toni Montgomery
An editor for the Frontstretch since 2006, Toni heads up the open-wheel portion of the website along with its NHRA coverage. Creative Director for Open-Wheel Wednesdays, she’s also responsible for pre- and post-race columns along with special features highlighting IndyCar and Formula One. An award-winning writer for the Presbyterian Church, Toni freelances with both writing and web design in North Carolina.
IndyCar Breakdown: Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Doubleheader

IndyCar Breakdown: Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Doubleheader

In A Nutshell: Carlos who? Carlos Huertas, rookie driver for Dale Coyne Racing, rode the team’s strategy to the front and had the fuel to make it work, hanging on through a caution in the closing minutes and an aborted restart with about one lap remaining to claim his first Verizon IndyCar Series win in Race 1 of the double weekend. Huertas started 19th in the race that started under wet conditions, but team owner Dale Coyne opted to play ... Read More »

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of The Verizon IndyCar Series

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of The Verizon IndyCar Series

After an exhausting stretch that saw the Verizon IndyCar Series run four races in three weeks in three different states, and on three different kinds of tracks, drivers and teams finally get a well-deserved summer vacation as the series takes the next two weekends off. It’s right about the halfway point of the 2014 season for IndyCar, with eight races in the book and ten to go, so it’s a good time to hand out the midseason report card so ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Firestone 600

IndyCar Preview: Firestone 600

The easiest way to explain what the Verizon IndyCar Series is looking at this weekend is that it’s their version of the Talladega debate. The race at Texas Motor Speedway has simultaneously been looked at as one of the most exciting events on the circuit and also as one of the most absolutely terrifying where we just hope no one gets seriously hurt or killed. Over the years, there has been some intense racing, some spectacular finishes, some nasty wrecks ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Grand Prix of Indianapolis

IndyCar Preview: Grand Prix of Indianapolis

What’s News? The big news this week is… this race. It’s a first-time event that’s led to some strong opinions from various corners of the open wheel world. Our own Huston Ladner andMike Neff provided good arguments both for and against this event, taking into account what it means for the month of May at Indianapolis and what the value of tradition is. No matter what observers think, though, the drivers have had nothing but stellar reviews for the revamped road circuit. Scott ... Read More »

IndyCar Breakdown: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

IndyCar Breakdown: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

In A Nutshell: A two-and-a-half-hour rain delay. A shortened timed race of one hour and 40 minutes. And a wet start. That’s the kind of day it was at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Perhaps not unexpected in such wet conditions, 5 cautions slowed the pace, including one for a hard crash by Mikhail Aleshin with just eight minutes left on the clock. The race ended under yellow, although it probably only served to make the margin of victory smaller as Ryan Hunter-Reay was happily driving away ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher

Beyond the Cockpit: Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher

Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher and his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster are probably a familiar site to many motorsports fans beyond even those who follow the NHRA. At age 44, he’s won seven Top Fuel titles, a series record while setting the world record for the fastest run in a dragster, approaching a speed of 338 miles an hour (337.58, to be exact). It’s almost twice the speed of the pole run for NASCAR’s Southern 500 a few weeks ago. How does ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview – Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

IndyCar Preview – Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

What’s News? The only down side to being the last race before the month of May is that most of the attention is already shifting to Indianapolis, who is going to make an appearance and with what team and who might be fast and how will the rookies do…ah, but before we get there, we still have one more event to contest in April. There are several drivers and storylines that will come into play in Alabama. Will Power has ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Brittany Force, the Fastest Force

Beyond the Cockpit: Brittany Force, the Fastest Force

Brittany Force, driver of the Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster and daughter ofNHRA legend John Force, took some time out during the 4 Wide Nationals weekend at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, NC to talk with our Toni Montgomery. A 2013 NHRA Rookie of the Year, Force is trying to follow in the footsteps of her famous family while doing it her own way, driving in a different division with more speed and perhaps a greater learning curve. Force, nicknamed the Fastest Force, explains why she ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Alexis DeJoria On The 300 mph Women of the NHRA

Beyond the Cockpit: Alexis DeJoria On The 300 mph Women of the NHRA

Alexis DeJoria has started out the 2014 NHRA Funny Car season with two wins and made it to the final round at the series’ most recent event, the 4 Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte. The driver of the Patron Tequila Funny Car for Kalitta Motorsports is one of several female drivers making top runs and winning races right now in NHRA competition. Will she step it up another level, coming home with the series championship this season in one of the sport’s ... Read More »

IndyCar Breakdown: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

IndyCar Breakdown: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

In A Nutshell: It is fitting perhaps that the Verizon car with Will Power at the wheel won the season opener in St. Petersburg, the first race of Verizon’s shiny new IndyCar Series sponsorship. Power did it in dominating fashion, too, taking the lead from Takuma Sato on lap 31, holding the top spot by as much as eight seconds, and relinquishing it only during green-flag pit stops. This marks the third consecutive victory for Power going back to the ... Read More »