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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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Open-Wheel Wednesday: A Moratorium on Racing in the Rain

IndyCar 2015 NOLA James Hinchcliffe on track Credit Chris Owens

Photo Credit: Chris Owens

I’m not sure when or why it happened, but it seems that motorsports fans have developed a strange affinity for racing in the rain in recent years. And to be quite frank, the fascination confuses me. With the exception of Formula 1 and select sports car series, no series on the planet is currently capable …

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IndyCar Recap: 2015 Grand Prix of New Orleans

IndyCar 2015 NOLA James Hinchcliffe thumbs up credit Chris Jones

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

In a Nutshell: James Hinchcliffe had the winning lottery number in a race so disjointed that the only real determining factor of the race’s final finishing order was a twisted combination of luck and strategy. Key Moment:  The second half of the race was essentially nothing more than a series of caution periods. On a lap …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Bunny Ears & Razor Blades

IndyCar 2015 Chevrolet Aero Kit for road and street top view Courtesy IndyCar media

Photo Credit: IndyCar Media

Clearly one of the biggest storylines to follow for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series is the new aero kits that have been introduced. Both manufacturers, Honda and Chevy, were tasked with developing the kits, which are made up of aerodynamic bits and pieces that can be added to the car in any combination a team …

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IndyCar Recap: 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

IndyCar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya and team victory lane Credit Chris Jones

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

In a Nutshell: Team Penske teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power fought hammer and tong for the lead all race long, with Montoya edging the defending champ out to win courtesy of a great pit stop with 27 laps to go. Key Moment:  Power had a comfortable lead over Montoya before the final round of …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

2014 IndyCar Milwaukee Will Power drama

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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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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Happiness Is… Drama, Not Fighting & Intelligence

2014 Daytona II CUP Kyle Larson JamieMcMurray CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photography © 2014)

One race to go until the Cup playoffs begin. That seems like a mismatched sentence, putting together autosport and hockey, but alas, that’s how things are now.  This whole season has seemed like one big Chase storyline, beginning with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Daytona 500.  Almost immediately after he crossed the finish line, it felt like …

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Open Wheel Wednesday: Andretti Amiss, Ganassi Strong, Power Prevails

2014 IndyCar Auto Club Will Power Roger Penske Aussie flag

Matt:  So, just to start off, can we all agree that Fontana in its current state is pretty much the perfect IndyCar track? Toni:  I certainly agree. I think it’s such a great way to end the season too. A great 500-mile event. Huston:  Interesting way to begin…but yes, the match between the cars and …

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Five Points to Ponder: A Debut For One, One Veteran’s Record And One Race Left

2014 Atlanta CUP Ty Dillon car CIA

(Credit: CIA Stock Photography)

ONE: ONE TO GO: RICHMOND And then there was one. Just 300 miles and 400 laps at Richmond International Raceway separate us from the end of the regular season and the start of the newfangled Chase for the Sprint Cup format. Kasey Kahne became the 13th driver to win a race this season at Atlanta …

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Pace Laps: Kahne In, Harvick Cruises, IndyCar Adieu, and More

2014 atlanta cup kasey kahne victory credit cia

Kasey Kahne stepped up in a big way late in Sunday's Cup race. (Credit: CIA)

Cup: Sweet Relief for Kahne          By racing for the Cup juggernaut Hendrick Motorsports, there are high expectations for Kasey Kahne.  That his brethren at the organization have all earned three wins apiece makes his season look all the worse.  In fact, with only two top-5 finishes in 2014, Kahne was looking like …

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IndyCar MAVTV 500:Will Power Clinches First Championship

2014 IndyCar Auto Club Will Power trophy kiss credit Huston Ladner

The MAV TV 500 from Auto Club Speedway In a Nutshell: For the ninth consecutive year, the last race of the season determined the IndyCar champion.  This time, Will Power, three times a runner-up, hoisted the Astor Cup by finishing ninth.  Tony Kanaan held strong all night, seemingly in the top five the whole event, …

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