Race Weekend Central

Happiness Is: Criticism, Arguments & Mettle

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

This past weekend at Dover International Speedway was a crash course in, well, crashing.  Sheet metal suppliers must have been in love with the races, if that’s what you want to call them, because for much of each event they resembled demolition derbies rather than examples of racing par excellence.   Blame it on whatever …

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Happiness Is…: Moving On from the Best Day in Motorsport

(Photo: Yvonne Leonard)

This past Sunday marked a wonderful day in motorsport with Formula 1, IndyCar, and NASCAR all putting on varied shows.  In many ways, the culmination of all three races and 1200+ miles of racing showed that everything can happen, from the seemingly mundane to the incredibly fortunate.  The race leading the day turned out to …

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Slipstream Saturday: Kissing the Walls at the Monaco GP

An overhead shot of the Monaco Grand Prix in 2017. (Photo: Getty Images)

(Photo: Getty Images)

This weekend is the annual return to Monaco for Formula 1.  In some ways, the race is a bit of a stay-at-home affair, as many of the drivers and team principals have residences in the area.  In fact, when Nico Rosberg finished the race last year, he reportedly walked home after his disappointing finish.  He …

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Happiness Is…: The Best Day in Motorsports

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

This weekend marks the annual best day in motorsports.  Sunday features three crown jewel events, beginning with the Monaco Grand Prix, followed by the Indianapolis 500 and capped by the Coca-Cola 600.  That’s a full, long and storied day of racing, yet according to people at Nielsen, only two percent of U.S. viewers will bother …

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Happiness Is: Testing, Trucks & Bricks

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

The wreck that overshadowed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway highlighted a topic this column addressed the previous week regarding safety.  As Aric Almirola is still with us and able to walk should not be ignored by any stretch – and his appearance at the Martin Truex Jr. Charity function on …

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Slipstream Saturday: Alonso’s Peculiar Start at Catalunya, & the Spanish GP

Fernando Alonso in the garage at the Spanish grand Prix (photo:Getty Images)

One of the stories garnering a good deal of attention is anything involving Fernando Alonso.  His decision to skip the Monaco Grand Prix, the marquee event, to race the Indianapolis 500 brought all kinds of reactions from the fans, drivers, management and the press.  Rightly so.  Alonso is a double world champion and is still …

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Happiness Is: A Safe, Long, Enjoyable Weekend

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

The NASCAR traveling circus is moving on from the carnival known as Talladega and parking itself in Kansas this weekend.  To some fans, that means a return to what may be considered more traditional racing.   To others? The weekend at Kansas Speedway will represent a return to boring 1.5-mile, cookie-cutter, follow-the-leader lameness that has brought …

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Happiness Is… Crossing Boundaries & Changes

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

The races at Richmond International Raceway this past weekend featured some enjoyable competition.  It’s what many fans have clamored for over the past few years and serves as a reminder that the 1.5-mile and over tracks may bring fast cars but not always the best racing.  And now it’s on to Talladega, just about as …

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Slipstream Saturday: Ferrari Forging Their Way; Russian Grand Prix

(Photo: Getty Images)

This weekend Formula 1 returns to Sochi, Russia for the Russian Grand Prix.  The lead story is how Ferrari has finally proved to be a capable challenger to Mercedes, having won two of the first three races this season.  Sebastian Vettel is holding the top spot in the driver’s standings in what should constitute an …

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Will Power Claims Pole for Grand Prix of Alabama

Photo by: Joe Skibinski - IndyCar

Will Power celebrates after earning the pole at the GP of Alabama (Photo by: Joe Skibinski - IndyCar)

Will Power sped to the pole position for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. Power, with a time of 1:06:961, bested his teammate Helio Castroneves, 1:07:143  to earn the top spot to begin the race.  It is his fourth pole at the 2.3 mile, 17-turn track, and is 46th overall. …

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