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Slipstream Saturday: Monaco. What Else Needs Be Said.

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Monaco, 2016, Getty

(Photo: Red Bull)

One of the axioms of modern Formula 1 racing is that engineers are the ones pulling all the levers and that the driver is, in many ways, a hindrance to their perfection.  In their labs, the collection of minds develop what they see as the best possible outcome from the resources they have – and …

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IndyCar Roundtable: Previewing and Predicting the 100th Indianapolis 500

James Hinchcliffe was a surprising pole winner, but where do you see him ending up as he drives for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports? Mike Neff: This is the Indianapolis 500. Cinderella stories, surprises and disappointments are strewn across the history like carbon fiber shards after a turn one impact. He has to survive the 200 laps …

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Happiness Is…The Best Day in Racing

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Yesterday, fumata bianca wafted from the NASCAR headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida, indicating that this year’s Hall of Fame class had been selected.  With six persons, en totem, assuming their spots in the hallowed halls, there was little in the way of suspense.  Rick Hendrick.  Richard Childress.  Mark Martin.  Raymond Parks.  Benny Parsons.  H. Clay …

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Slipstream Saturday: Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen on track for the Spanish Grand Prix 2016 (credit: Getty Images)

One of the things that Formula 1 has been trying to sort out this season is how to make the cockpit safer for the driver.  With so much of the driver’s body tucked away the obvious focus is placed on the head.  Both Ferrari and Red Bull have shown prototypes for ways to protect the …

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Happiness Is…Parc Ferme

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

This past weekend, Kyle Busch continued to show that he is one of the elite drivers of the series by knocking out a win at a track that has vexed him ever since the series began racing at Kansas Motor Speedway.  Busch now is two tracks away from holding Cup victories across the board.  That’s …

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Slipsteam Saturday – Red Bull’s Rise and the Russian Grand Prix

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Though Nico Rosberg headlined the last grand prix in Shanghai, his story is not altogether surprising.  The Mercedes car has been the class of the field, now going on three seasons, and with Lewis Hamilton starting in the back, Rosberg was the odds-on favorite to win the Chinese Grand Prix. While none of that may …

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Happiness Is… Tony Stewart

(Photo: Zach Catanzaretti)

Three-time champion Tony Stewart rejoined the Sprint Cup series this past weekend at Richmond after missing the first eight races of the season.  His return brought with it a number of aspects that circle the sport.  Let’s start off with the fact that Stewart found himself getting fined $35k for calling out NASCAR on the …

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