Race Weekend Central

IndyCar Preview: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

2014 IndyCar Iowa Tony Kanaan

What’s News? The biggest news is the encouraging upswing in the television ratings, covered by our Matt Stallknecht in this week’s Open Wheel Wednesday column. “INDYCAR is definitely on the upswing, whether it’s ratings or putting buns in the seats,” defending series champion Scott Dixon said. “(This season) has been up and down with so …

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Open Wheel Wednesday: Blown Calls, Great Racing, and Marketing 101

2014 IndyCar Iowa Ryan Hunter-Reay

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: Last time there …

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of The Verizon IndyCar Series

2014 IndyCar Alabama racing action

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 …

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IndyCar Preview: Firestone 600

Helio Castroneves

Helio Castroneves’ hot start to 2014 could continue this weekend; he’s the defending winner at Texas.

The easiest way to explain what the Verizon IndyCar Series is looking at this weekend is that it’s their version of the Talladega debate. The race at Texas Motor Speedway has simultaneously been looked at as one of the most exciting events on the circuit and also as one of the most absolutely terrifying where …

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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 …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher


Tony Schumacher finds a certain calm inside a car that can be incredibly dangerous if not set up correctly.

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 …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Brittany Force, the Fastest Force


Brittany Force is trying to make a name for herself in NHRA competition.

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 …

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


Alexis DeJoria, pictured here with Jesse James in Phoenix, is just one of 14 female drivers with wins in NHRA competition. Photo by Gary Nastase.

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 …

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