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Frontstretch Podcast: Pocono INDYCAR Edition

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(Photo: Walter Kuhn)

Welcome to the Fronstretch Podcast! Racing expert Matt Stallknecht and his rotating panel of guests have you covered from now until the end of the season with all of the main storylines from the motorsports week that was. On this week’s episode Stallknecht and guest Mike Neff discuss the state of safety in the world of INDYCAR after the tragic death …

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IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson Dead at 37

2014 Indycar Justin Wilson

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Verizon IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson has died from his injuries sustained during Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles confirmed Monday. Wilson was 37. “This is a monumentally sad day for INDYCAR and the motorsports community as a whole,” said Miles. “Justin’s elite ability to drive a racecar …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Was Bristol Bad or Brilliant?

Joey Logano Victory Lane Bristol Car 2015 Cup Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

This week I’ll just offer some thoughts and observations for the week leading up to NASCAR’s last weekend off for the Cup series this year. I don’t usually do much open-wheel racing coverage but with the Cup race at Bristol Saturday night I decided to take a busman’s holiday and watch the IndyCar race from …

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Pace Laps: Racers Rally Around Justin Wilson


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IndyCar: Racing Community Rallies in Support Following Wilson Injury – The racing community is as vast and all-encompassing as any organization in the world, but few groups are as close in times of controversy. Following Justin Wilson’s accident at Pocono Raceway, one that left him hospitalized in a coma, as announced by INDYCAR, racers worldwide …

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Kickin’ the Tires: Racing Doesn’t Need Wrecks to be Entertaining

2015 Bristol Ii Cup Kyle Larson Crash Damage Cia

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Even before Justin Wilson’s crash in the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway, I knew what the topic of this week’s column would be – fans who say they want to see more crashes during a race. As I drove back from Bristol Motor Speedway this morning, I almost had to stop and get my blood …

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IndyCar Breakdown: 2015 ABC Supply 500 at Pocono

Ryan Hunter-Reay enjoying the win at Pocono in the IndyCar series (credit: Chris Jones)

Photo Credit: Chris Jones, INDYCAR

In a Nutshell: A competitive race ended under somber circumstances as a late-race accident involving Justin Wilson and Sage Karam cast a pall over Pocono Raceway. The incident resulted in both drivers sustaining injuries, with Wilson’s condition being largely unknown at the time of writing. Ryan Hunter-Reay claimed his second victory of the season, but that …

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Justin Wilson Airlifted to Hospital Following Pocono Crash


(Photo: Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Andretti Autosport driver Justin Wilson has been airlifted to a nearby hospital following an accident during Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway. Wilson was running inside the top 10 on lap 179 of the ABC Supply 500 when Sage Karam spun coming off turn 1 at the 2.5-mile facility. The nose cone of Karam’s …

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IndyCar Breakdown: 2015 Hondy Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

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Photo Credit: John Cote

In a Nutshell: At a track where cautions have been scant over the past few years, the yellow flags proved to be the element that changed strategy and shook up the field. Graham Rahal, who had started in 13th, benefitted from a timely caution as he made his way to pit road, ultimately coming out with …

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2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews Part 3

2014 Indycar Auto Club Will Power Trophy Kiss Credit Huston Ladner

Simon Pagenaud Team: Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Sponsor: Oculus Transport/Lucas Oil/MAV TV Rank: 5 Wins: 2 Top 5s: 8 Top 10s: 12 Pagenaud ended up as the highest ranking driver who was not part of one of the three powerhouse organizations of Penske, Ganassi or Andretti. He wasn’t just the highest ranking though, as he …

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