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IndyCar Preview: Grand Prix of Indianapolis

IndyCar Preview: Grand Prix of Indianapolis

What’s News? The big news this week is… this race. It’s a first-time event that’s led to some strong opinions from various corners of the open wheel world. Our own Huston Ladner andMike Neff provided good arguments both for and against this event, taking into account what it means for the month of May at Indianapolis and what the value of tradition is. No matter what observers think, though, the drivers have had nothing but stellar reviews for the revamped road circuit. Scott ... Read More »

IndyCar Breakdown: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

IndyCar Breakdown: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

In A Nutshell: A two-and-a-half-hour rain delay. A shortened timed race of one hour and 40 minutes. And a wet start. That’s the kind of day it was at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Perhaps not unexpected in such wet conditions, 5 cautions slowed the pace, including one for a hard crash by Mikhail Aleshin with just eight minutes left on the clock. The race ended under yellow, although it probably only served to make the margin of victory smaller as Ryan Hunter-Reay was happily driving away ... Read More »

Pace Laps: JRM Shines, RFR Fails to Impress and Hunter-Reay Silences Long Beach Critics

Pace Laps: JRM Shines, RFR Fails to Impress and Hunter-Reay Silences Long Beach Critics

Did you see all of the race action this weekend? Or, like a lot of busy fans, did you miss a late-night adventure, a Friday controversy, 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 moving forward. Let our experts help you get up to speed for the coming week no ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher

Beyond the Cockpit: Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher

Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher and his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster are probably a familiar site to many motorsports fans beyond even those who follow the NHRA. At age 44, he’s won seven Top Fuel titles, a series record while setting the world record for the fastest run in a dragster, approaching a speed of 338 miles an hour (337.58, to be exact). It’s almost twice the speed of the pole run for NASCAR’s Southern 500 a few weeks ago. How does ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview – Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

IndyCar Preview – Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

What’s News? The only down side to being the last race before the month of May is that most of the attention is already shifting to Indianapolis, who is going to make an appearance and with what team and who might be fast and how will the rookies do…ah, but before we get there, we still have one more event to contest in April. There are several drivers and storylines that will come into play in Alabama. Will Power has ... 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 »

Beyond the Cockpit: Brittany Force, the Fastest Force

Beyond the Cockpit: Brittany Force, the Fastest Force

Brittany Force, driver of the Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster and daughter ofNHRA legend John Force, took some time out during the 4 Wide Nationals weekend at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, NC to talk with our Toni Montgomery. A 2013 NHRA Rookie of the Year, Force is trying to follow in the footsteps of her famous family while doing it her own way, driving in a different division with more speed and perhaps a greater learning curve. Force, nicknamed the Fastest Force, explains why she ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Alexis DeJoria On The 300 mph Women of the NHRA

Beyond the Cockpit: Alexis DeJoria On The 300 mph Women of the NHRA

Alexis DeJoria has started out the 2014 NHRA Funny Car season with two wins and made it to the final round at the series’ most recent event, the 4 Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte. The driver of the Patron Tequila Funny Car for Kalitta Motorsports is one of several female drivers making top runs and winning races right now in NHRA competition. Will she step it up another level, coming home with the series championship this season in one of the sport’s ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Swan Racing’s Future, Fast Females and Dropping Out

Pace Laps: Swan Racing’s Future, Fast Females and Dropping Out

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 »

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 »