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Ryan Hunter-Reay Crashes in 2015 Firestone 600 Practice at Texas

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(Photo: Matt Weaver, Frontstretch)

Until Friday, Ryan Hunter-Reay says he had never crashed a DW12 into the wall on a high speed oval. But that’s exactly what happened as the 2012 IndyCar Series champion suddenly and inexplicably lost control of his Andretti Autosport Honda during the final 10 minutes of practice for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. …

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2015 Indianapolis 500 Viewer’s Guide

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Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Sunday represents a significant turning point in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. In many ways, the 2015 Indianapolis 500 is the beginning of the end for veterans like Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Juan Pablo Montoya. Waiting in the wings is the next generation of potential superstar in the form of Marco Andretti, Graham Rahal, …

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Indy 500: To Lead or Not to Lead?

Want to win the Indianapolis 500? The best strategy may be to lead as few laps as possible. While that might sound unconventional from the accepted norms of racing, staying in the draft and conserving fuel might be the key to winning The Greatest Spectacle in Racing on Sunday afternoon. Those who lead laps and …

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

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

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(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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IndyCar Recap: 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

IndyCar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya and team victory lane Credit Chris Jones

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

In a Nutshell: Team Penske teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power fought hammer and tong for the lead all race long, with Montoya edging the defending champ out to win courtesy of a great pit stop with 27 laps to go. Key Moment:  Power had a comfortable lead over Montoya before the final round of …

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2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews Part 2

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Helio Castroneves Team: Team Penske Sponsor: Hitachi/AAA/Verizon/Pennzoil/PPG Rank: 2 Wins: 1 Top 5s: 7 Top 10s: 10 Always a bridesmaid…Castroneves came up just short and finished second in the championship for the fourth time in his career, this time to teammate Will Power. It’s always consistency with Castroneves. Yes, he had one win and he …

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Open Wheel Wednesday: Andretti Amiss, Ganassi Strong, Power Prevails

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Matt:  So, just to start off, can we all agree that Fontana in its current state is pretty much the perfect IndyCar track? Toni:  I certainly agree. I think it’s such a great way to end the season too. A great 500-mile event. Huston:  Interesting way to begin…but yes, the match between the cars and …

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IndyCar MAVTV 500:Will Power Clinches First Championship

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The MAV TV 500 from Auto Club Speedway In a Nutshell: For the ninth consecutive year, the last race of the season determined the IndyCar champion.  This time, Will Power, three times a runner-up, hoisted the Astor Cup by finishing ninth.  Tony Kanaan held strong all night, seemingly in the top five the whole event, …

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Castroneves earns Pole, Power 21st; Other Post-Qualifying Thoughts

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The qualifying session for the IndyCar series race at Auto Club Speedway took place in the heavy heat in the middle of the day in Fontana, California.  Helio Castroneves, going out last, earned the pole position with an average of 218.640 mph.  The track temperature during the session hovered around 136 degrees. Qualifying was based …

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