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2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews Part 3

2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews Part 3

Simon Pagenaud Team: Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Sponsor: Oculus Transport/Lucas Oil/MAV TV Rank: 5 Wins: 2 Top 5s: 8 Top 10s: 12 Pagenaud ended up as the highest ranking driver who was not part of one of the three powerhouse organizations of Penske, Ganassi or Andretti. He wasn’t just the highest ranking though, as he made a legitimate run for the championship, entering the final race of the season with a slim chance, but a chance nevertheless, to take the ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Chase Mess, Justin Boston’s Nationwide Debut, Cole Custer Makes History & More

Pace Laps: Chase Mess, Justin Boston’s Nationwide Debut, Cole Custer Makes History & More

Sprint Cup Series: A Hodge-Podge for Chase Drivers - Let’s ignore the fact there were 15 cautions at Loudon, and that most of them happened in the second half of the race, leading to an event that felt like a stop-and-go commute downtown in a major city during rush hour.  The result of all the cautions brought about a mix of strategies and helped even drivers with injured cars find a way to get to the front. When Kyle Busch got ... Read More »

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 »

Friday Faceoff: Cheap Championships, Driver Disappointments & Joe’s Woes

Friday Faceoff: Cheap Championships, Driver Disappointments & Joe’s Woes

Welcome to Friday Faceoff! What do you get when you take some hot-button NASCAR topics and hand them over to our dedicated and… er, opinionated staff? A little disagreement and a whole lot of thought-provoking insight! Check out this week’s edition to see what everyone is arguing… um, we mean, discussing this week! 1. Many fans have said that winning a championship under the Chase system cheapens the title because the points are reset before the final 10 races.  Is ... 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 »

2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews

2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews

Marco Andretti Team: Andretti Autosport Sponsor: Snapple Rank: 9th Wins: 0 Top 5s: 2 Top 10s: 2 One can’t help but feel like the 2014 season was something of a lost year for Marco Andretti and the #25 team. Much like in 2013, the team started off strong and was high in the series standings early in the season. But unfortunately, Andretti’s lack of road racing prowess once again reared its ugly head, and a series of mediocre mid-season runs ... 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 »