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IndyCar Preview: MAVTV 500

IndyCar Preview: MAVTV 500

What’s News? What else? This is it, the end of the season, so it’s time to decide the championship! The Verizon IndyCar Series seems to have a knack for making it come down to the final race of the season as this is the ninth year in a row that’s been the case. As our Huston Ladner pointed out the other day, both of the top contenders, points leader Will Power and second place Helio Castroneves, both driving for the ... Read More »

Open Wheel Wednesday: Thoughts On The IndyCar Finale

Open Wheel Wednesday: Thoughts On The IndyCar Finale

The Verizon IndyCar championship will be decided this weekend.  The race, being held at Auto Club Speedway, on Saturday night, is likely to be captivating, with a battle down to the end between Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves.  Should they both find a banana peel on the racetrack, Simon Pagenaud is lurking, sitting just out of the main picture. Last year I went to the finale with a confounded mind and it’s one that will accompany me again ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: 2014 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

IndyCar Preview: 2014 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

Last year, midway through the 2013 IndyCar Series season, IndyCar head honcho Mark Miles vowed that as part of his plan to rejuvenate the sport of American open wheel racing, he would see to it that the IndyCar Series schedule would be chopped, screwed and condensed in an effort to raise week-to-week excitement and avoid late season competition with sporting juggernauts like the NFL and NASCAR. His plan has worked thus far: ratings are up nearly 98 percent (!!!) for ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest

IndyCar Preview: ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest

It’s the beginning of the end. After a weekend off, the IndyCar Series is primed to resume – and in doing so will bang out three weeks of rather varied kinds of racing.  When looking at the schedule and some of its silliness (double race weekends, double points for select races), it’s easy to question aspects about the series.  With that being noted, there’s reason to embrace the end of the IndyCar season.  Short track, road course, big oval.  Three ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

IndyCar Preview: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

What’s News? The biggest news is the encouraging upswing in the television ratings, covered by our Matt Stallknecht in this week’s Open Wheel Wednesday column. “INDYCAR is definitely on the upswing, whether it’s ratings or putting buns in the seats,” defending series champion Scott Dixon said. “(This season) has been up and down with so many different drivers winning and even a rookie winning. It’s strong for the sport and fun for the fans to see different cars at the ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Honda Indy Toronto – 2 in TO

IndyCar Preview: Honda Indy Toronto – 2 in TO

Last week’s race at Iowa came across as quite the show.  It featured good racing, a brainfart or two, and a strategic move that determined the winner.  When Ryan Hunter-Reay came into the pits for four fresh Firestones, no one anticipated that he’d be able to make his way to the front as easily as he did.  The win helped ease the pain of a rough slew of races for Hunter-Reay since he won the Indianapolis 500. While the win ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: 2014 Iowa Corn Indy 300

IndyCar Preview: 2014 Iowa Corn Indy 300

Iowa Speedway is the site of this week’s round of IndyCar action. After a curious race in Pocono last week that shook up the championship landscape, series onlookers enter this weekend knowing that this is a critical event for all of the teams involved in the championship hunt. Certain teams, like that of Juan Pablo Montoya’s No. 2 Team Penske squad, are surging. Other teams, like the No. 28 Andretti Autosport outfit with driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, are struggling mightily. With ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Pocono INDYCAR 500 Fueled by Sunoco

IndyCar Preview: Pocono INDYCAR 500 Fueled by Sunoco

The INDYCAR schedule is keeping its drivers up on the wheel.  The series will have gone from the Texas oval to the street course of Houston and now to the testy triumvirate of turns better known as Pocono.  The variety of tracks is an under-appreciated aspect of the tests that the drivers must face to win the championship. What’s News Pocono marks the third oval on the schedule, with Ryan Hunter-Reay winning at Indianapolis and Ed Carpenter doing so at ... Read More »

INDYCAR Preview: Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston

INDYCAR Preview: Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston

After a rather lackluster race at Texas Motor Speedway three weeks ago, the Verizon IndyCar Series is back in full force this weekend a little bit further downstate in the streets of Houston. This weekend, which IndyCar has dubbed the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, will be another doubleheader race offering much like the one in Detroit one month ago. As such, a great deal of points are up for  grabs this weekend, and with the championship race ... 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 »