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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Can IndyCar Learn from Boxing’s Recent Success?

IndyCar 2015 St. Pete green flag Credit Chris Jones

(Photo: Chris Jones)

One day after the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Season started, I boldly professed that I would not criticize and/or overtly highlight IndyCar’s ever-present issue of declining popularity. I professed this in hopes that I and other IndyCar beat writers would focus on the positives of the sport instead of the negatives, because, put simply, the racing …

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Pace Laps: Opportunity, Fuel Mileage, Make-A-Wish & More

2015 Kansas I CWTS Matt Crafton celebrates credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Xfinity Series: It’s Time for a Standalone – After another much needed off-weekend, the NASCAR Xfinity Series regulars will have their first true chance to reach Victory Lane at a non-plate track this year. Heading over to the stand-alone event in Iowa on Sunday, the division’s drivers will be up against very few (if any) …

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IndyCar Breakdown: 2015 Honda Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Will Power Indianapolis GP VL

Through five races, IndyCar has some serious parity, as Will Power became the fifth different winner of the 2015 season after winning the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Here’s a quick look at the race. How it happened: Power dominated the entire …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Pippa Mann Pink Indy 500

(Photo: Pippa Mann)

The series returns to race at its most storied home, but this weekend it races on the other circuit for just the second time.  The race was meant to add to the fun of the month of May at Indianapolis and it looks like it does just that. The one question that might arise is …

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Happiness Is… Kyle Busch’s Return, NAPA Know-How & Rain

2015 Richmond I CUP Chase Elliott Kenny Francis credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

So for a brief moment there, Kevin Harvick created a bit of a stir when he mentioned that he thought that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule was stagnant and one of the things holding the sport back. The reaction, from postings and chatter, was that Harvick was both spot on and an idiot. That …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Fingers Crossed for the GP of Indianapolis

2014 IndyCar Belle Isle Castroneves leading

Photo Credit: IndyCar

It’s May, which can mean only one thing. Ha, whatever, it can mean lots of things. Mother’s Day is just about upon us.  College graduations are set to unleash a new flood of graduates into the world. Music festivals. Season finales for numerous TV shows. Playoffs. But for motorsports, the month of May has traditionally …

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Going for Gold: IMS Tabs Nastia Liukin as Indy 500 Grand Marshal

Nastia Liukin Indy 500 Grand Marshal

(Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway has decided to go for gold. Track officials announced on their website that Nastia Liukin, individual all-around gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, will serve as Grand Marshal of the 99th Indianapolis 500 on May 24. “We’re excited to have Nastia Liukin as part of the rich pre-race pageantry of …

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Team Penske Adds Avaya as Primary Sponsor in NASCAR and Verizon IndyCar Series

2015 Team Penske Avaya IndyCar

(Photo courtesy Team Penske)

Team Penske will welcome another company as a primary sponsor starting at Kansas Speedway with Brad Keselowski. Avaya, a provider of customer and team engagement services, will have its red and white colors featured on the No. 2 Ford in a one-race deal. Moreover, after creating a partnership with Hewlett-Packard (HP), Team Penske has also announced …

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Jeff Gordon to Drive Indy 500 Pace Car

Jeff Gordon Indy 500 Pace Car Driver Indianapolis Motor Speedway

(Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chevrolet announced Wednesday that Jeff Gordon will be the honorary pace car driver for the 2015 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Gordon will sit behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and lead the field to the green flag. “I don’t know how it gets any better than that,” …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: American Pride a Shot in the Arm for IndyCar

IndyCar 2015 Barber Josef Newgarden and Firehawk credit Chris Jones

(Photo: Chris Jones)

American driver Josef Newgarden drove to his first career victory at Barber Motorsports Park last weekend with fellow American Graham Rahal in hot pursuit in second. It was a stellar closing segment as Rahal dashed furiously through the field, getting by Scott Dixon on the final lap and set to reeling in Newgarden, who was …

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