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IndyCar Preview: The 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

IndyCar Preview: The 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Fresh off a one-week break, the Verizon IndyCar Series is back in full force this weekend as the stars of America’s fastest motorsport tackle the fabled Long Beach Circuit. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is one of the longest-running and most revered races in open-wheel racing, and currently stands as the most prestigious road/street race on the calendar. You can bet your house that the drivers will be all over each other trying to get a piece of ... Read More »

An Ode to INDYCAR Fans: Stop Obsessing Over TV Ratings

An Ode to INDYCAR Fans: Stop Obsessing Over TV Ratings

Let’s play a game. I am going to type out a number for your reading pleasure, and then you are going to decide in your head what that number means to you. Ready? OK, here we go. 0.6 Got that? Does that number look familiar to you? My guess is that it does. As any astute hardcore INDYCAR fan knows, that aforementioned number is the television rating that ABC earned for its coverage of last week’s INDYCAR season opener in the streets of St. Petersburg. To answer your ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Who’ll Watch The Rain, Youth, Force, Bahrain, And Icebreakers

Pace Laps: Who’ll Watch The Rain, Youth, Force, Bahrain, And Icebreakers

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 week, 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 »

Four Burning Questions in Texas: Tire Concerns and Smoke Rising

Four Burning Questions in Texas: Tire Concerns and Smoke Rising

I don’t like rain. I really, truly don’t. In fact, I hate it. I find it to be an annoying pestilence that has the capacity to ruin just about any sort of outing one can conjure up. I’m sure if I lived in some perpetually-arid desert region in New Mexico I might feel differently, but alas, I live in Central New York, a land where wet weather of all varieties leads the local news cycle each and every day. As ... Read More »

Open Wheel Wednesday: Botched Restarts, Pit Road Changes and This Year’s Storylines

Open Wheel Wednesday: Botched Restarts, Pit Road Changes and This Year’s Storylines

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) Welcome to the 2014 season! Let’s get right down to it: the botched restart at St. Petersburg. It’s the topic of conversation, of course, so let’s jump right ... Read More »

Pace Laps: JGR vs RPM, IndyCar Officiating, Red Horse Racing Politics, and More

Pace Laps: JGR vs RPM, IndyCar Officiating, Red Horse Racing Politics, 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 »

Four Burning Questions in Martinsville: Reckless Rookies and Hendrick Stalwarts

Four Burning Questions in Martinsville: Reckless Rookies and Hendrick Stalwarts

Oh what do you know, wet weather has plagued the NASCAR world yet again. Rain has seemingly been the theme of the 2014 NASCAR season, and that theme continued yesterday as the Truck Series event at Martinsville was postponed until today. The good news of course is that today’s Cup Series event ought to go off without a hitch, and as such we have a number of stories to track. Undoubtedly the biggest story heading into today is the sheer ... Read More »

Open-Wheel Wednesday: Welcome to 2014! So What’s New?

Open-Wheel Wednesday: Welcome to 2014! So What’s New?

The 2014 Verizon IndyCar season kicks off this weekend in St. Petersburg and that means your Frontstretch IndyCar staff returns, starting this week to bring you all the news and storylines straight from the open-wheel world. We will once again be bringing you previews and recaps of all the racing action along with our Open-Wheel Wednesday commentaries. We’ll also be introducing a new piece, Up Close and Personal With… starting next Tuesday, April 1st, focusing on open-wheel drivers, past and ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Golden State, Kyle, INDYCAR Points, KOMA, IMSA, and More

Pace Laps: Golden State, Kyle, INDYCAR Points, KOMA, IMSA, and More

Sprint Cup Series: Inhospitable Home State — Jimmie Johnson looked to be cruising towards the checkered flag to add another victory to his already impressive stats at Auto Club Speedway, only to be felled by a blown tire. Tires turned out to be the story of the day, but Johnson had avoided issues and had stayed in the top 5 since the first green flag waved. The Californian wound up 24th due to those problems. Another Golden State native endured ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions – Fontana: A Surging Veteran And NASCAR’s Tire Story

Four Burning Questions – Fontana: A Surging Veteran And NASCAR’s Tire Story

Ah, Auto Club Speedway. The facility has come a long way in its seventeen years of existence. What was once considered to be the most maligned track on the Sprint Cup circuit is now routinely hailed as one of the sport’s top tracks. The combination of long, drafty straightaways and tire-chewing bumpy corners has made Auto Club both a fan and driver favorite, and that recent history of solid racing looks primed to continue today. Of course, the on-track product ... Read More »