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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 »

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 »

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 »

Open Wheel Wednesday: Good for Indy

Open Wheel Wednesday: Good for Indy

This column is about the inevitable, wonderful, frightening, confusing concept of change. Simple definitions for change use words like alter, modify, or become transformed. Those are all well and good. But the concept of change is something that is unavoidable and necessary. In this paradigm, change is akin to evolution, which is what ensures an entity’s relevance in the world. The idea that sports should evolve often endures a backlash from its followers, ones who grew up with it and ... Read More »

Open Wheel Wednesday: Controversial Moves, Long Beach Crowds, and Being a Fuddy Duddy

Open Wheel Wednesday: Controversial Moves, Long Beach Crowds, and Being a Fuddy Duddy

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: First thing I think we should discuss is the Long Beach race. There’s a couple aspects that come to mind: Hunter-Reay’s move and the criticism of it, Mike ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Kurt Busch And The Double: Really?!

Kurt Busch And The Double: Really?!

Kurt Busch announced on Tuesday that he’ll be racing in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 later that day in Charlotte. That’s 1,100 miles of racing in two different kinds of vehicles. To make sure that almost anyone who pays attention to sports knew about his attempt, he made all the media rounds, appearing on ESPN,FOX, and NBC Sports. Heck, he might have showed up on the Oprah network for all anyone knows. So the hype machine is in full effect, ... Read More »