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Open Wheel Wednesday: Dissecting the Texas Mess & Road America

2016 Indianapolis 500 Starting Grid Chris Owens Indycar

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1) IndyCar postponed the conclusion of the Texas race until Aug 27 where the race will resume on lap 71 as things were. Did they make the right decision? What should they have done? Aaron Bearden (IndyCar/NASCAR): I’m not certain of the date, but there wasn’t too much that INDYCAR officials could do given the …

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OWW: Bowtie Beatdowns and Napa Know How: IndyCar Midseason Review

2016 Indycar Detroit Sunday Start Chris Owwns

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Wait, weren’t we just saying Honda was on the verge of a resurgence 10 days ago? Yes. Yes we were. If there’s one thing fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series know, it’s that things pass by in the blink of an eye. That includes cars, and – in the middle of the season – races and stories. …

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Open Wheel Wednesday: Life After the Indy 500

Alexander Rossi Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2016 Mike Neff

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Alexander Rossi won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 this past Sunday…  Wait, who?  Alexander Rossi?  Who’s that?  Isn’t he the guy who tears it up in the Moto GP circuit and at one point was rumored to be headed to Formula 1 and Ferrari?  No, that’d be Valentino Rossi.   To say that …

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Max Chilton Talks Transitions, Expectations and First Month of May

2016 Indycar Max Chilton Rookie Barber

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When it comes to the Verizon IndyCar Series field, there are typical rookies, and then there’s Max Chilton. A native of Reigate, England, Chilton currently sits 16th in the IndyCar points standings after four races with Chevrolet’s Chip Ganassi Racing. Teammate to defending champion Scott Dixon, Chilton caught the eyes of fans and critics alike …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: The “Surprise” Champion, Stellar Seasons and More

Scott Dixon celebrates his race win and championship title at Sonoma

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Huston Ladner: So where does anyone want to begin? Matt Stallknecht: Man… where to even start. Toni Montgomery: Am I the only one who made the mistake of pretty much forgetting all about Scott Dixon? Matt: I completely forgot about him. Toni: And then wondering where the hell he came from. Huston: I doubt it. Matt: I figured …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Let a Loss Not Be in Vain

Justin Wilson Poncon Chris Jones

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There’s a place in motorsports where tradition and progress sometimes clash, and more often than not it’s tradition that prevails. It’s understandable because so often fans, owners, and drivers lament that things just aren’t like they used to be and no one values tradition. No one wants to drive fans and competitors away so ideas …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Wake-Up Call – The Unfortunate Case of INDYCAR & Auto Club Speedway

Graham Rahal winning at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana in IndyCar

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Some weeks, it is tough to cover INDYCAR. For four years now I’ve been covering the sport, and just when it looks like the series has turned the corner, the sanctioning body does something that knocks them right back to Earth. It is utterly frustrating to see a sport with such promise and potential for great things …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: IndyCar Prepares to Add to CART History at Road America

2014 Road America Nns Brendan Gaughan Wins Credit Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

(Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

After an eight-year hiatus, open-wheel fans finally have the news they’ve been waiting for. The Verizon IndyCar Series is coming to Road America. At 4.048 miles, the road course is the third longest in America, trailing only Virginia International Raceway’s Grand Course and Miller Motorsports Park. Full of history, the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin track has …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Sage Karam’s Spin Brings Drama

2015 Indycar Sage Karam Head Shot With Helmet

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One might not have expected the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio to be a race filled with drama. In fact, after the grid had been set by qualifying, it would not have been outlandish to think that the finishing order would not be all that much different. Consider that the sum total for caution flags …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: 5 Things INDYCAR Should Be Happy About

Indycar 2015 Iowa Hunter Reay Newgarden Karam Podium Credit Chris Jones

(Photo: Chris Jones)

Time just flies by when you’re having fun and on that note, the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season is just about to enter its final month. There are still three races to go so lots of racing and a championship to decide, but already there are some things that the folks at INDYCAR can look …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: INDYCAR and NASCAR – United They Stand, Divided They Fall

Newgarden Milwaukee Chris Owens

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Could NASCAR be the key to INDYCAR’s success? Whoa. Back up. Did I just say that? Certainly that’s a preposterous statement, right INDYCAR faithful? The two organizations are competitors, after all. Each side has seemed to make that quite clear over the past two decades. Surely there’s no possible way that the “taxi cab series” could …

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