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Pace Laps: NASCAR Innovation, IndyCar Iowa, and More

Pace Laps: NASCAR Innovation, IndyCar Iowa, and More

Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each Monday, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you need to watch going forward for the week ahead. Let our experts help you get up to speed, no matter what series you might ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Silly Season, Tweaks & Juan Pablo Montoya

Happiness Is… Silly Season, Tweaks & Juan Pablo Montoya

The Coke Zero 400 is but a distant memory and it is barely a week old.  That race often sits as the wonderful spectacle that marks a sense of the midpoint of the season while marrying itself to the country’s holiday party, particularly with its old name, the Firecracker 400. Yet this one fell flat. Yeah, this year has been a difficult one with regards to weather and racing, so much so that the wunderkind Air Titan 2.0 has been ... 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 »

Open Wheel Wednesday: Montoya’s IndyCar Return Officially a Success

Open Wheel Wednesday: Montoya’s IndyCar Return Officially a Success

Last September when Juan Pablo Montoya made the official announcement regarding his return to the Verizon IndyCar Series, many questioned whether he could return to prominence.  A driver who has shown a great deal of versatility in his racing career turns 39 this September, an age that is often over the hill in the open wheel ranks.  Nevertheless, team owner Roger Penske had faith in his ability and Montoya’s confidence showed with continued steady improvement. On a somewhat strange weekend ... Read More »

Five Points to Ponder: Race Team Alliance, TNT’s Final Race & the Importance of Points

Five Points to Ponder: Race Team Alliance, TNT’s Final Race & the Importance of Points

ONE: THE RACE TEAM ALLIANCE Across the course of a regular NASCAR seasons, there are approximately a billion stories seemingly every day. Some are humdrum, mundane; some are frivolous; some very worthy of consideration. And then some you don’t really know just how big they are until way after the fact — and I can’t help but feel that yesterday’s announcement of a Race Team Alliance (RTA) might just be in that category. The specifics are these: a group of ... Read More »

IndyCar Breakdown: 2014 Pocono IndyCar 500

IndyCar Breakdown: 2014 Pocono IndyCar 500

In a Nutshell: Juan Pablo Montoya continued his stellar form as of late and delivered a convincing victory in what is arguably the second biggest race on the INDYCAR calendar. Montoya won the pole for the race and then proceeded to duel with old CART rival Tony Kanaan in a grueling battle that was only interrupted by one caution. Montoya’s victory was his first since returning to INDYCAR earlier this year, thus putting him within striking distance of his teammates ... Read More »

Pace Laps: First-Time Winners, Long-Time Winners and Ferrari’s Forgettable Race

Pace Laps: First-Time Winners, Long-Time Winners and Ferrari’s Forgettable Race

Did you miss an event during this busy week in racing? How about a late-night press release, an important sponsorship rumor, or a juicy piece of news? If you did, you’ve come to the right place! Each Monday, The Frontstretch will break down the racing, series by series, to bring you the biggest stories that you need to watch going forward for the week ahead. Let our experts help you get up to speed, no matter what series you might ... Read More »

Indy Car Future at Pocono in Doubt

Indy Car Future at Pocono in Doubt

Just as quickly as Pocono Raceway made its return last year after a 24 year absence to the Indy Car schedule, it appears as if Pocono is on the verge of finding itself once again off the Indy schedule due to attendance woes. Track President Brandon Igdalsky says that he plans to meet with Indy Car CEO Mark Miles and other high ranking series officials to discuss the track possibly dumping the final year of its three year contract to ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Vacation, Luck & Making Friends

Happiness Is… Vacation, Luck & Making Friends

Ahhh.  It’s time for a pause.  One of those moments of reflection or something like that.  People who practice yoga might consider it a time to get centered.  Those who are taking a different path to enlightenment might feel it’s time to grab a beer and change the channel.  Duly noted. One of the things that has confounded Happiness Is in recent weeks are the frequent comments about how the media covering NASCAR is just a shill for the product. ... 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 »