Race Weekend Central

2-Headed Monster: Did Fernando Alonso Make It Look Easy?

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Fernando Alonso in Indianapolis (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Fernando Alonso’s performance in this past weekend’s Indianapolis 500 impressed many. The Spaniard led 27 laps before his Andretti Honda engine expired with 21 laps remaining in the event. He came home 24th when the checkered flag flew from IMS, but opened a lot of eyes. Did Alonso’s performance in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing make …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Indy 500 vs Coca-Cola 600 TV Coverage

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

In the world of motorsports, Memorial Day Weekend is a biggie.  You have Indianapolis, Charlotte, Monaco, Lime Rock and the Nürburgring.  With the exception of Monaco, all of those places saw great finishes over the weekend.  Just thinking about all the action gives me a headache.  There’s a reason why we posted Lime Rock race …

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Pace Laps: Austin Dillon Steals Victory, Takuma Sato Gets Redemption at Indy

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Austin Dillon Stretches Fuel, Picks up First-Career Victory – The No. 3 car is back in Victory Lane, as Austin Dillon went the final 70 laps of the 600-mile race on a single tank of fuel. What went from another Martin Truex Jr. invitational, dominating, yet, again another Coca-Cola 600, Dillon and …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Will Win the 101st Indianapolis 500?

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski)

Who Will Win the 101st Indianapolis 500? A day of nostalgia, distinction and a frenzy of emotion is now upon us. The 101st Indianapolis 500 is sure to be another one for the ages after a jam-packed month of testing, practice runs and qualifying attempts. Like always, Sunday is a momentous occasion that couldn’t be easier …

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2-Headed Monster: Alonso’s Indy 500 Decision

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This week’s Fronstretch debate question: McLaren driver and Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso recently announced he would forgo competing in the Monaco Grand Prix on Memorial Day weekend and compete in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 instead. This will be his first career start in the IndyCar Series. Is Fernando Alonso making the right …

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4 Burning Questions: What Team Must Regroup This Easter Break?

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

What to Make of a NASCAR Off-Week for Top Teams? Aren’t NASCAR fans the most spoiled sports fans in America? One off-week and they’re ready to call for immediate medical help. But, yes, here we are again for the first race-less weekend of 2017. But be thankful, as after all, it’s Easter. The teams, drivers …

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Fernando Alonso to Skip Monaco, Compete in Indianapolis 500

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(Photo Credit: McLaren)

In a very surprising announcement Wednesday morning, McLaren announced that Fernando Alonso will enter the Indianapolis 500 in a entry run by Andretti Autosport.  In order to compete at Indianapolis, Alonso will skip the Grand Prix of Monaco. Alonso is overjoyed at the opportunity. “I’m immensely excited that I’ll be racing in this year’s Indy …

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Slipstream Saturday: F1 Changes & the Singapore GP

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This weekend marks what is loosely the Asian swing of the Formula 1 schedule as the series races at night in Singapore.  With seven races remaining this season, this race sits as an interesting one for the all the teams.  It’s a situation of having one foot in the room and one foot out the …

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Slipstream Saturday: Alonso Out; On to Bahrain

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Nico Rosberg at the Bahrain GP (credit: Getty Images)

This weekend, Formula 1 makes its second stop of the season. Hopefully by then people will have stopped thinking about the series’ 2016 debut long enough to pay attention, still the topic of discussion following a major crash whose footage found its way around the world. After a rather wild race in Australia, everyone in the …

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Pace Laps: Sprint Cup Hollywood Ending, Wild XFINITY Finish & F1 Crashes

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(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Sprint Cup: Hollywood Ending for Unlikely Teams – It was quite the super finish for a number of NASCAR’s “underdog” teams Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. Behind Superman of Jimmie Johnson driving to another victory in 2016 there were 31 cars who finished on the lead lap in an afternoon littered with tire failures and side-by-side …

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Alonso Walks Away From Devastating F1 Wreck

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(Photo Credit: McLaren)

The Formula 1 season began Sunday in wild fashion.  The Australian Grand Prix, held in Melbourne featured the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen racing past their Mercedes foes at the surprising start. But while the race out front was spectacular, filled with differing strategies, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez remain the talk of the …

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