Race Weekend Central

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

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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

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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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Castroneves earns Pole, Power 21st; Other Post-Qualifying Thoughts

2014 Indycar Toronto 2 Power Castroneves

The qualifying session for the IndyCar series race at Auto Club Speedway took place in the heavy heat in the middle of the day in Fontana, California.  Helio Castroneves, going out last, earned the pole position with an average of 218.640 mph.  The track temperature during the session hovered around 136 degrees. Qualifying was based …

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IndyCar Preview: MAVTV 500

2014 Indycar Milwaukee Will Power Roger Penske Congrats

What’s News? What else? This is it, the end of the season, so it’s time to decide the championship! The Verizon IndyCar Series seems to have a knack for making it come down to the final race of the season as this is the ninth year in a row that’s been the case. As our …

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Open Wheel Wednesday: Thoughts On The IndyCar Finale

2014 Indycar Sonoma Dion Franchitti Credit Linn Ladner

The Verizon IndyCar championship will be decided this weekend.  The race, being held at Auto Club Speedway, on Saturday night, is likely to be captivating, with a battle down to the end between Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves.  Should they both find a banana peel on the racetrack, Simon Pagenaud is lurking, sitting …

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Five Points to Ponder: Preaching Patience For One NASCAR Program

2014 Bristol Ii Cwts Brad Keselowski Flag Cia

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One: Keselowski — Our First Triple Champion? After 62 races across 10 seasons, Brad Keselowski has finally won his first Camping World Truck Series race. In the process, the 2012 Cup champion, in his own equipment, became just the 25th driver to record a victory in all three of the major NASCAR series. Bristol’s triumph …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Busch’s Rough Weekend, Driver Errors and Winding Down

2014 Bristol Ii Cup Kyle Busch Damage Cia

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Sprint Cup Series: Kyle Busch, Dave Rogers Quarrel – Bristol Motor Speedway is often known for its beating, banging and tempers flaring, and Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Night Race was no different. Several drivers left angry with a fellow competitor for a variety of reasons, but it was a bit of a different scenario for Kyle Busch …

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IndyCar Recap: GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

2014 Indycar Sonoma Scott Dixon Trophy

The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma started under rather inauspicious circumstances, as a massive earthquake nailed the Napa/Sonoma area around 6 am.  The IndyCar series let it be known that the event would go on as scheduled.  Hence, as the on-track festivities began, with the IndyLights race and the air show, one would never know …

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