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IndyCar Preview: 2014 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

2014 IndyCar Milwaukee Will Power drama

Last year, midway through the 2013 IndyCar Series season, IndyCar head honcho Mark Miles vowed that as part of his plan to rejuvenate the sport of American open wheel racing, he would see to it that the IndyCar Series schedule would be chopped, screwed and condensed in an effort to raise week-to-week excitement and avoid …

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Open Wheel Wednesday: Is Will Power the un-likable Favorite?

2014 IndyCar Milwaukee Will Power woohoo

Will Power is entering this weekend's race at Sonoma fresh off a victory at the Milwaukee Mile.

Will Power somehow extended his lead from four points to 39 over Helio Castroneves at Milwaukee.  Somehow?  Well, Power has frequently struggled when racing on oval tracks, something he has frequently admitted.  At the Milwaukee Mile, however, he displayed a rare sense of calm and confidence, earning the pole and then leading for much of …

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IndyCar Breakdown: 2014 Milwaukee IndyFest

2014 IndyCar Milwaukee Power on track

In a Nutshell: Will Power made the field look silly at a track he was supposed to struggle at, and in doing so inherited the championship points lead. Key Moment: The key moment of the race was perhaps on Friday afternoon when Will Power won the pole for the race. Power was hardly challenged during …

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Happiness Is… Napping, the Fight for the Chase & Cheese and Beer

2014 Watkins Glen CUP Tony Stewart phone CIA

Ugh. Yep, that’s the best opener that Happiness Is could deliver to start the column. The tenor of the past week has been deflating.  The Tony Stewart–Kevin Ward, Jr. incident has loomed large over auto racing, finding itself a continual headline in the news outlets.  Even Yahoo had coverage of Ward’s funeral on its homepage …

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IndyCar Preview: ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest

2014 IndyCar Iowa Ryan Hunter Reay

It’s the beginning of the end. After a weekend off, the IndyCar Series is primed to resume – and in doing so will bang out three weeks of rather varied kinds of racing.  When looking at the schedule and some of its silliness (double race weekends, double points for select races), it’s easy to question …

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IndyCar Breakdown: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

2014 IndyCar MidOhio Scott Dixon woohoo

In a Nutshell: The race began with a bang as drivers eager for the green flag got a bit excited as they hit the gas.  The wreck brought about a rare caution for IndyCar at Mid-Ohio.  Scott Dixon cruised home for the win, his fifth at the track in the last eight races.  Polesitter Sebastien …

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Increased TV Ratings Finally Match INDYCAR’s Momentum

2014 IndyCar Toronto 1 Bourdais leading

Anyone who reads my contributions to this column on a regular basis knows that I am something of a pessimist when it comes to the world of IndyCar racing. As much as I do love this sport, I have never been afraid to point out the multitude of flaws and missteps that the leaders of …

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IndyCar Breakdown: The Honda Indy 2 in Toronto

2014 IndyCar Toronto 2 Bourdais and Conway

In a Nutshell: On what was easily the craziest race weekend of the year for INDYCAR, Sebastien Bourdais and Mike Conway usurped the usual suspects by each winning one of the two doubleheader races in the Streets of Toronto. Bourdais did it via sheer dominance, while Conway did it via cunning strategy and a little bit …

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IndyCar Preview: Pocono INDYCAR 500 Fueled by Sunoco

2014 IndyCar Texas racing action

The INDYCAR schedule is keeping its drivers up on the wheel.  The series will have gone from the Texas oval to the street course of Houston and now to the testy triumvirate of turns better known as Pocono.  The variety of tracks is an under-appreciated aspect of the tests that the drivers must face to …

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IndyCar Driver Profile: Rick Mears

2014 IndyCar Texas Rick Mears pit lane

Over the years in open-wheel racing, there have been drivers who have climbed behind the wheel and made an impact that will last for many years down the road — like, for instance, Kansas native Rick Mears. Like many other drivers, Mears got interested in racing through his father. “My dad was a pretty successful short-track racer …

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