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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 »

Four Burning Questions in Sonoma: Unpredictability and an Aussie on the Hot Seat

Four Burning Questions in Sonoma: Unpredictability and an Aussie on the Hot Seat

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is doing something rare today. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, they will be turning right! 15 years ago, that would have drawn groans of disgust from stock car racing fans, used to the frenetic competition on ovals. Oh, how things have changed. Due to an increased focus on Sonoma and Watkins Glen, the drivers and teams of NASCAR have gotten markedly better at road course racing over the past ten years, and that has made both ... Read More »

Beyond The Cockpit: A Closer Look At NASCAR Economics

Beyond The Cockpit: A Closer Look At NASCAR Economics

Instead of checking out a driver this week, we’re taking a different approach to Beyond the Cockpit: looking at the health of NASCAR as a whole. Andrew Maness is the owner of RACINGnomics, a “cutting edge” website devoted to intense statistical research in the world of racing. As a longtime fan with a deep background in economic policy, Maness has undertaken a number of projects aimed at garnering a better understanding of the racing business. One of Maness’ biggest areas ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Michigan: High Speeds, Stakes & Attrition

Four Burning Questions in Michigan: High Speeds, Stakes & Attrition

Do you like speed? Do you like it when race car drivers pilot their beastly machines on the very limit of traction? If you answered yes to the above questions, this weekend’s Quicken Loans 400 from Michigan International Speedway will likely be of interest to you. Record speeds have been the big story of the weekend, with Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick blistering the track record in qualifying with a lap of 204.557 mph. The speeds are faster than ever, ... Read More »

Four Burning All-Star Questions: Anti-Climatic Finishes and All-Star Underdogs

Four Burning All-Star Questions: Anti-Climatic Finishes and All-Star Underdogs

The Sprint All-Star Race is on tap for this evening, and if you’ve been watching Fox Sports 1 at all the past few weeks you’ve probably already been inundated with adverts and hype for the race. Whether or not the hype will be justified remains to be scene, but nonetheless, the All-Star Race still stands as the biggest example of pomp and circumstance that the sport has to offer. A million dollars is on the line tonight, and if you ... Read More »

Open Wheel Wednesday: Good Ratings, Good Crowd For GP Now To The 500!

Open Wheel Wednesday: Good Ratings, Good Crowd For GP Now To The 500!

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) Huston: FYI for you both, the ratings for the GP: Overall, the national rating for the race was 0.9, which means about 1 million households tuned in to the broadcast, ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Kansas: Treacherous Track Surfaces and A Freaky Fast Harvick

Four Burning Questions in Kansas: Treacherous Track Surfaces and A Freaky Fast Harvick

Tonight, the stars and cars of NASCAR’s pinnacle division will take on the oh-so-treacherous Kansas Speedway to contest the 5-Hour Energy 400. For the first time, the Sprint Cup Series will be racing at Kansas under the lights, and with the nighttime conditions comes a whole slew of new challenges for the teams to face. Kansas is currently considered to be among the most difficult tracks to drive at the Sprint Cup level right now, and as such, tonight could ... Read More »

IndyCar Driver Profile: Ryan Hunter-Reay

IndyCar Driver Profile: Ryan Hunter-Reay

Driver: Ryan Hunter-Reay 2014 Primary Ride: No. 28 Andretti Autosport DW12 2014 Primary Sponsor: DHL Career Verizon IndyCar Series Statistics: 111 starts, 12 wins, 22 podium finishes, 13903 laps led. Career CART/Champ Car World Series Statistics: 43 starts, 2 wins, 3 Podium Finishes, 265 laps led. Career Highlights 2012 IndyCar Series Champion Nine-time World Karting Association Champion One-time winner of the Long Beach Grand Prix (2010) 2007 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year 12-time IndyCar race winner Biography For a driver as talented as Ryan Hunter-Reay, ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Talladega: Under-Dogs and Racy Restrictor Plates

Four Burning Questions in Talladega: Under-Dogs and Racy Restrictor Plates

It’s big. It’s bad. It’s fast. It’s Talladega! This race needs little introduction. This one has been perhaps the most anticipated Talladega race in recent memory, and if practice and qualifying were any indication of what is to come today, then the hype will be justified. Plenty of stories are on the docket heading into today’s race, and there is much to cover, so let’s just dive right in, shall we? 1. Could Josh Wise and the Dogecoin car pull ... Read More »