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Month of June a Showcase for both the Best and Worst of IndyCar

Month of June a Showcase for both the Best and Worst of IndyCar

The month of June was an interesting one for the Verizon IndyCar Series. In many ways, it was a showcase of both the best and the worst that the series has to offer. There were many highs, many lows, and much to learn from. IndyCar entered the month of June flying high. The series had just enjoyed what could only be described as it’s most successful month of May in recent memory. The inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis was a ... Read More »

IndyCar Driver Profile: Rick Mears

IndyCar Driver Profile: Rick Mears

Over the years in open-wheel racing, there have been drivers who have climbed behind the wheel and made an impact that will last for many years down the road — like, for instance, Kansas native Rick Mears. Like many other drivers, Mears got interested in racing through his father. “My dad was a pretty successful short-track racer in the Midwest when I was growing up,” Mears told Frontstretch. “He raced around our home state of Kansas, Oklahoma, etc.” Mears ended up moving ... Read More »

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 »

Pace Laps: Tire Problems, Harvick’s Nationwide Win and Busch Fails Inspection

Pace Laps: Tire Problems, Harvick’s Nationwide Win and Busch Fails Inspection

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…Thursday Night Racing, Sand, and Houston

Happiness Is…Thursday Night Racing, Sand, and Houston

Happiness Is usually prattles on about some kind of something or other to open each column.  It’s an opportunity to hit on something that might not fit into the usual points.  This week there’s none of that fluffy crap to get things going.  It’s just the good ol’ stuff that brings about a smirk.  Let’s roll. Happiness Is…Thursdays.  Thursdays are not rare, they happen every week.  They are both the promise of the weekend and a reminder of things to ... 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 »

Open Wheel Wednesday: Crickets, Ed Carpenter and Double Headers

Open Wheel Wednesday: Crickets, Ed Carpenter and Double Headers

Welcome to the IndyCar Round Table! Several times throughout the season, your favorite writers will get together to discuss the latest IndyCar news, rumors and so much more! This Week’s Participants: Toni Montgomery (Frontstretch IndyCar Editor/NHRA Pace Laps) Matt Stallknecht (Frontstretch IndyCar Writer / NASCAR’s Four Burning Questions) Huston Ladner (Frontstretch IndyCar Writer / Happiness Is) Toni:  This one may not be terribly long anyway since it’s been so slow…. Huston:  Indycar = crickets. Matt:  IndyCar could learn a thing ... Read More »

Marketing Magic: How A Track CMO Delivers Value To NASCAR Fans And Sponsors

Marketing Magic: How A Track CMO Delivers Value To NASCAR Fans And Sponsors

In January 2014, a management restructure at the Pocono Raceway resulted in Ben May ascending to Chief Marketing Officer. While the position is new for May, he certainly is no stranger to the Tricky Triangle, having worked with the Mattioli family since 2001. May sat down with our own Tony Lumbis during the Pocono 400 weekend earlier this month. The two discussed a variety of topics, including Pocono’s social media presence, track attendance, half-time parties, an upcoming GoBowling.com promotion with ... Read More »

IndyCar, Quiet But Still There

IndyCar, Quiet But Still There

There’s little in the way of news for IndyCar this week.  Heck, there’s been little in the way of news for a few weeks now.  There’s been no Silly Season discussions, no big sponsorship deals, and no big announcements regarding tracks.  There have been some rumblings of a different schedule for next year, but it has yet to be fully realized.  And now the series is in the second week of a break. IndyCar decided to take a break at ... 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 »