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IndyCar Preview: The 2012 Indianapolis 500

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This time last year I watched the 2011 Indy 500 with my great friend Laz, a fellow petrol-head, racing enthusiast, and attendee of some seven Indy 500’s. As the laps ticked down and the leader, JR Hildenbrand, took the white flag a voice crackled over the TV broadcast, clearly the Sausalito, Ca. native’s in-car audio: “Come on baby, bring it home”.

And at that moment, with the way JR had driven, there seemed no reason why he wouldn’t negotiate the last lap with a good lead; no reason he wouldn’t bring it home for a victory for the ages. Laz and I got to our feet to applaud the clean-cut, well-spoken American rookie appropriately piloting the National Guard car, on Memorial Day Weekend. JR safely negotiated the first three corners and most of the fourth corner of the final lap before disaster struck. Instead, Dan Wheldon celebrated an improbable, and still a year on, unbelievable victory – his second at the track he so loved.

IndyCar Race Recap: Sao Paulo Indy 300

*In a nutshell:* Will Power spanked the field for a third straight year in the Sao Paulo Indy 300, delivering yet another dominant performance at the 2.536 mile Brazilian street course. Power started on pole and he never looked back, pacing the field for 63 out of the scheduled 75 laps. Five cautions interrupted the action on the day, including a yellow for an eight car accident late in the event. Power cruised home on the restart and finished the day with a 0.9 second win over Ryan Hunter-Reay. Takuma Sato finished third and earned his first ever IndyCar podium, while Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti rounded out the top 5. Rain threatened throughout the day, but ultimately the weather held off and allowed the race to be completed in dry conditions.

IndyCar Preview: Sao Paolo Indy 300

*What’s News?*
The IZOD IndyCar Series rolls into the Streets of Sao Paolo, Brazil this Sunday for the Sao Paolo Indy 300. There are a couple of major storylines as we head into the last race weekend before the Indianapolis 500, chief among them coming out of the Lotus camp. The struggling engine supplier announced this week that it has officially released Bryan Herta Autosport and Dreyer and Reinbold Racing from its stable of teams as a means of freeing up resources for the other two organizations that Lotus still has under contract (HVM Racing and Dragon Racing).

Fan’s View: Baring It All in NASCAR – How Much Is Too Much?

Jimmie Johnson smiled in victory lane at Kansas. Carl Edwards cheered about his fifth-place finish. Austin Dillon seemed pleased overall with his 26th-place debut. In fact, for the most part, Sunday’s race was rather pleasant — as long as you discounted the mind-numbing parade that we called racing. But that was Sunday, and appropriately Kansas. …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Reed Sorenson Yanked to Dollar General’s Benefit

What is a bigger crime: Reed Sorenson getting yanked out of the No. 32 Turner Motorsports car for the final five races, ending his hopes of making a late rally for a Nationwide Series championship – or Brian Vickers being excited to the point of using exclamation marks in a press release about taking over …

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