Race Weekend Central

IndyCar Preview: 2015 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Indycar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya Will Power Racing Credit John Cote

(Photo: John Cote/INDYCAR)

So if the debris-fest at St. Petersburg didn’t exactly get your IndyCar juices flowing, then it’s likely that the most recent race in Louisiana did even less to raise your excitement level. Though the organizers and teams, and surely James Hinchcliffe, won’t be calling the race a debacle, from a fan’s perspective the premiere in …

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Happiness Is… Bristol, The Beach & Bahrain

Indycar 2015 Nola James Hinchcliffe Frontstretch Paing Credit Chris Jones

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

Kyle Busch popped out of his groundhog’s hole this week, meaning that NASCAR will feature six more weeks of uninspiring racing. OK, Busch’s appearance may not have signaled such a thing, but surely his absence from the track does nothing to better the product. However, by meeting with the media, Busch did address one of …

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Slipstream Saturday: Mercedes Fighting Back, News & The Chinese Grand Prix

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Formula 1 takes to the Shanghai International Circuit this weekend. The first two practices are history with Lewis Hamilton displaying the form that has been typical of him, and Mercedes, for the past year. But rather than his teammate nipping at his heels, Kimi Raikkonen demonstrated that Ferrari just might have pace this year, something …

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Happiness Is… Off Weeks, Texas, Tony & More

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So the early off-week in the motorsports calendar has now passed and it’s time to get ready and energized for racing to resume. This weekend is another one that’s fun-filled and action-packed, or at least that’s how it’s supposed to be. But to play the game that Tom Bowles does every week, let’s hit upon …

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Happiness Is… Wussies, A Weekend Off & Martinsville

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(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

A lot of attention is being focused on the state of Indiana recently, and that’s not just because the NCAA Men’s Final Four and championship will be taking place there this upcoming weekend. Nor is it because the Rolling Stones announced they would be playing Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4, though the track does …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Juan Pablo Montoya is Back

Indycar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya Victory Lane Credit Chris Jones

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

A quick note before getting into any kind of discussion about the season opening IndyCar race. While this column may attempt to bring some humor to the sport, I recognize first that a woman attending the race suffered injuries from debris from one of the cars. The reports are that Brigitte Hofstetter is in stable …

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Sebastian Vettel Wins 2015 Malaysia Grand Prix

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Photo Credit: Actusports.fr

In just his second race since joining Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel earned a surprising win at the Malaysia Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton finished second with his teammate Nico Rosberg taking third. Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen had the drive of the race and crossed the line in fourth. Williams’s Valtteri Bottas earned the fifth spot upon his return from a back injury. …

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Slipstream Saturday: 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix Preview

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The second round of the Formula 1 season gets written this weekend as the series visits the Sepang track for the Malaysian Grand Prix. There’s been a spate of news in the interim since Australia, with perhaps the most notable being that there will be no German Grand Prix on the calendar this year. That …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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It seems like it has been quite some time since the IndyCar Series was ripping around the track. Oh, that’s right, it has. The end of the 2014 season came on Aug. 30, which means that nearly seven months have passed since it ran competitive laps. Sure, they’ve been testing, but that’s quite the layoff. …

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Happiness Is… Saving Ducats, Starting & Resuming

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Not quite the easy week to write about NASCAR and offer anything that resembles happiness, right? Let’s look back at the on-track festivities real quick. The Xfinity Series had all the heart-stopping action that accompanies watching mold grow as another Cup driver stunk up the show and walked off with the check. Kevin Harvick tried …

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Slipstream Saturday: Melbourne in the Rear View; News

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(Photo Credit: Red Bull Racing)

The debut of the Formula 1 season in Melbourne may have been a bit of a dud in terms of overall competition but it did give a snapshot as to where everyone is at the moment and a forecast for what to expect the rest of the season. The obvious realization is that Mercedes has …

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Happiness Is… Hot Dogs, Pyrrhic Victory & Keloorah

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Well, Phoenix was fun… or something. Before the weekend started, Happiness Is wondered if Kevin Harvick would just sweep everything, leaving the only question as to whether his car and crew would hold up. As far as Sprint Cup goes, he did just that and with little in the way of drama, though NASCAR tried …

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