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NASCAR And IndyCar: How A Pothole Can Unite Two Series

_Editor's Note: This column is the first in a new weekly commentary series focused on IndyCar. Let us know what you think of our new "open-wheel" Wednesday coverage in the comments section below!_In case you haven't noticed yet, Frontstretch has expanded its reach into the open-wheel world with new coverage of the IZOD IndyCar Series and Formula 1. Scary territory, right? After all, those series are so different from NASCAR, Frontstretch's main area of focus. How could the readers of a NASCAR site possibly hope to relate to those odd, pointy cars?

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IndyCar Race Recap: A Bizarre Day in Detroit

*In A Nutshell:* In a race that was eerily reminiscent of the 2010 Daytona 500, track surface issues were the big story on a day in which Scott Dixon otherwise dominated. The asphalt surface in Turn 7 started kicking up and creating issues around lap 30, and by lap 39, the track was in such poor shape that James Hinchcliffe wrecked going through the damaged area. The race was promptly stopped for 2 hours after this incident. Dixon resumed his dominance and cruised home to an easy 1.9 second victory after the race was restarted. Dixon’s teammate Dario Franchitti came home 2nd to deliver a 1-2 finish for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, and Oriol Servia rounded out the top 5.

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IndyCar Preview: Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

*What’s News?*Honestly most of the news this week centers around the Indy 500, with the awards, checks, and media blitz being the focus. But wait-leave it to the ongoing engine saga to generate at least one story. Jay Penske’s Dragon Racing put together a deal with Chevrolet for an engine lease after being dropped from the Lotus program and while the manufacturer provided two engines to power the team’s entries for Sebastien Bourdais and Katherine Legge at Indy, the deal is for a single engine lease going forward.

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IndyCar Preview: The 2012 Indianapolis 500

*What’s News?* 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.

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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.

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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).

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