Race Weekend Central

Did You Notice?: How Quickly Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 Winners Forgotten

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … By Wednesday, no one seems to care who triumphed on the greatest weekend in racing? That the biggest story from both the Indianapolis 500 and Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Coca-Cola 600 had nothing to do with who won? It’s not just that both races suffered through ratings declines (both were down 13 percent). Other sideshow-like …

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Pace Laps: Austin Dillon Steals Victory, Takuma Sato Gets Redemption at Indy

(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Austin Dillon Stretches Fuel, Picks up First-Career Victory – The No. 3 car is back in Victory Lane, as Austin Dillon went the final 70 laps of the 600-mile race on a single tank of fuel. What went from another Martin Truex Jr. invitational, dominating, yet, again another Coca-Cola 600, Dillon and …

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Takuma Sato Holds Off Helio Castroneves for Indianapolis 500 Victory

(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Forget 2012. Takuma Sato is now a winner of the Indianapolis 500. Following a late restart with Max Chilton out front, it was Sato who perfected the pass with five laps to go and held off the three-time race winner Helio Castroneves to win the 101st Indianapolis 500. The win, the first for a Japanese driver in …

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4 Burning Questions: Keselowski, Harvick & Truex, Who Wins Texas First?

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Keselowski, Harvick, Truex: Who Wins Texas Motor Speedway First? These guys may have kicked some arse at Texas in the past, but they hope a re-profiling will change their winless luck around. For Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, there are three specific drivers who shockingly haven’t scored a win at the 1.5-mile track yet. First …

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Takuma Sato Crashes Out Early in Pocono

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

From the highest high to the lowest low in less than a minute. That’s how Takuma Sato will remember Monday’s rain-postponed ABC Supply 500 from Pocono Raceway, as the Japanese driver crashed out on Lap 1 after a season-best third-place qualifying effort. Backing into the Turn-3 wall, the No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Honda suffered …

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Takuma Sato Paces Rainy IndyCar Practice at Barber

(Photo: Bret Kelley/IndyCar)

How’s this for a change of pace: the rainy second practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was led by three Hondas. A.J. Fort Racing’s Takuma Sato (1:07.2157) and Jack Hawksworth (1:07.2197) led the way with near-identical times to top the session, with James Hinchcliffe rattling off a 1:07.2455 to complete a Honda …

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IndyCar Breakdown: 2015 Hondy Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

Photo Credit: John Cote

In a Nutshell: At a track where cautions have been scant over the past few years, the yellow flags proved to be the element that changed strategy and shook up the field. Graham Rahal, who had started in 13th, benefitted from a timely caution as he made his way to pit road, ultimately coming out with …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Confounding Fontana

Ryan Briscoe flips after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA

Photo Credit: Chris Jones, IndyCar Media

Early this past Saturday morning, the first race of the Formula E championship weekend started under a yellow flag. The event, held on the tight streets of a make-shift road course at London’s Battersea park  brought some elevated concern from the drivers, especially about the first turn. Many drivers believed that the tight confines would …

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IndyCar Breakdown: 2015 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race No. 2

Sebastien Bourdais survived a series of crashes involving the frontrunners, caught a little bit of luck of caution cycles and held off Takuma Sato in the closing laps to win the second Dual in Detroit on Sunday afternoon at the Raceway in Belle Isle. Here’s a brief rundown. How it happened Still reeling from overnight …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

It seems like it has been quite some time since the IndyCar Series was ripping around the track. Oh, that’s right, it has. The end of the 2014 season came on Aug. 30, which means that nearly seven months have passed since it ran competitive laps. Sure, they’ve been testing, but that’s quite the layoff. …

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