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Pace Laps: Manufacturer Advantages, Stand-Alone Races, and Different Faces

Cup: All-Star Snoozer – While the question of whether or not the All-Star race has outlived its usefulness is a valid one, the bigger question resides with how it should remain should it continue.  One comment that seemed appropriate regarding the race is that, to truly be an All-Star race, drivers …

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Ed Carpenter Becomes Third Chevrolet Driver to Crash at IMS

Chevrolet cars continue to spin and rise off the ground at Indianapolis with two-time and defending pole sitter Ed Carpenter joining the dubious group on Sunday with a massive crash during warm-up for Indianapolis 500 qualifying. Carpenter hit the wall in Turn 2 — the third Chevrolet to crash in …

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Simon Pagenaud Tops Fast Friday Practice for Indianapolis 500

For the second consecutive day, Simon Pagenaud topped the field at the Brickyard. Pagenaud put down the quickest time of Friday’s practice session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, posting a speed of 230.698 mph. The lap gave Pagenaud back-to-back fastest laps in the final two practice sessions before this weekend’s qualifying …

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All-Female Team To Attempt 2016 Indy 500

If all goes according to plan, an all-female team will attempt to make the grid for the Indianapolis 500 next season. Grace Autosports was founded by veteran racing executive Beth Paretta and will feature British driver Katherine Legge behind the wheel. While the group is not opposed to hiring men …

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Simon Pagenaud Tops Frantic Thursday in Indianapolis

With Indianapolis 500 qualifying approaching, a third Team Penske car has topped the charts. Simon Pagenaud put down a 228.793 mph lap to top Thursday’s Verizon IndyCar Series practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Pagenaud was the third Team Penske driver to put down a fastest lap this week; teammates Juan …

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Drivers Weigh-In on Safety After Indy 500 Practice Crashes

INDIANAPOLIS — The Month of May is off to a dubious start. Now equipped with aerodynamic enhancements, the current IndyCar machine looks drastically different than any that came before it. The DW12 is also faster than it was last year and appears markedly more unstable following the first three days …

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Josef Newgarden Escapes Violent Indy 500 Practice Crash

INDIANAPOLIS — Another day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 brought with it yet another violent looking crash as Josef Newgarden was the latest victim of the seemingly unstable Chevrolet aero package at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Driving through Turn 1, Newgarden saw his car snap loose, loop around, and …

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Vautier to Sub for Davison in Indy 500 Qualifying

With qualifying approaching, the details for the final vacant Indy 500 ride have been released. Dale Coyne Racing announced today (May 14) on Twitter that Tristan Vautier will practice and qualify the team’s No. 19 Honda from Thursday through Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. James Davison will then return on …

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Can IndyCar learn from Boxing’s Recent Success?

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, …

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