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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Taking Stock of the 2015 IndyCar Season After 3 Races

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Open-Wheel Wednesday – This week is a group chat with Matt Stallknecht, Toni Montgomery, Huston Ladner, and Aaron Bearden.   Huston: What you got to start us off with? Anyone‏? Toni: Well let’s see there’s the new aero kits.‏ Matt: I’d say the aero kits have been a modest success thus far‏. Toni: I’d say …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

(Photo: John Cote/INDYCAR)

So if the debris-fest at St. Petersburg didn’t exactly get your IndyCar juices flowing, then it’s likely that the most recent race in Louisiana did even less to raise your excitement level. Though the organizers and teams, and surely James Hinchcliffe, won’t be calling the race a debacle, from a fan’s perspective the premiere in …

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Happiness Is… Bristol, The Beach & Bahrain

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

Kyle Busch popped out of his groundhog’s hole this week, meaning that NASCAR will feature six more weeks of uninspiring racing. OK, Busch’s appearance may not have signaled such a thing, but surely his absence from the track does nothing to better the product. However, by meeting with the media, Busch did address one of …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Juan Pablo Montoya is Back

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

A quick note before getting into any kind of discussion about the season opening IndyCar race. While this column may attempt to bring some humor to the sport, I recognize first that a woman attending the race suffered injuries from debris from one of the cars. The reports are that Brigitte Hofstetter is in stable …

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IndyCar Recap: 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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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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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2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews

Mike Conway and Ed Carpenter Racing have hit on something special this season.

Marco Andretti Team: Andretti Autosport Sponsor: Snapple Rank: 9th Wins: 0 Top 5s: 2 Top 10s: 2 One can’t help but feel like the 2014 season was something of a lost year for Marco Andretti and the #25 team. Much like in 2013, the team started off strong and was high in the series standings …

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

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

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

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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