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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Wrapping Up IndyCar’s Last Month

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Photo Credit: Mark Reed

Toni Montgomery: Can we have a quick refresh – what races have they run since our last chat? Toronto and Texas. Did we chat after Detroit last?  Wait – it was before Indy, wasn’t it? OK, that helps – got my bearings. Huston Ladner: I thought we hit upon Indy, but perhaps not. I’d say go with …

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IndyCar Breakdown: 2015 Firestone 600 at Texas

Scott Dixon cruised away late to win the Firestone 600 IndyCar Series at Texas Motor Speedway. There was no pack racing, no incidents, but lots of drama at the Fort Worth race track regardless. Keep reading to find out why. How it happened The engineering staff at Chip Ganassi Racing insisted on a higher downforce …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Checking in at Halfway

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Photo Credit: Mark Reed

With the conclusion of the Chevrolet Duel in Detroit this past weekend, the IndyCar series has reached its season midpoint. That’s right, the season is already half over, which is both surprising and not. Consider that Formula 1 started a couple weeks prior to IndyCar and that they’re only one-third of the way into their …

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IndyCar Preview: The 99th Indianapolis 500

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(Photo: Shawn Gritzmacher/INDYCAR)

The 99th Indianapolis 500 For everything that the Verizon IndyCar Series has been through over the years, it’s crown jewel, the Indianapolis 500, still stands tall as the most prestigious and well-known auto-racing event in the world.  This Sunday, for the 99th time, the Indianapolis 500 will be contested in front of a crowd estimated …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Roundtable Discussion of the Goings-On at Indy

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Matt Stallknecht: Can I just say how excited I am to be going to Indy this weekend?! Huston Ladner: I hope you’re going as a paramedic, looks like you might have work. Toni Montgomery: I’d be excited though, too. Aaron Bearden: I’m happy for you! If things don’t get worked out, the race could be tragic, though. It’s been …

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Pace Laps: Manufacturer Advantages, Standalone Races, & Different Faces

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Sprint Cup Series: 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 from all levels …

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

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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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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

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(Photo: John Cote/INDYCAR)

Last weekend the drivers in IndyCar finally got out of their own way (for most of the race) and held a decent event. After the messiness of St. Pete and the less than spectacular debut of the aero kits, followed by the rain-soaked race in NOLA, it was good to have some solid competition. With …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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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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Ganassi’s “Star Car” Claims Overall Win in Rolex 24 at Daytona

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Credit: IMSA via TUDOR Championship Twitter page

Last weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona was billed as another battle for supremacy in the Prototype class between the Daytona Prototypes and the P2’s.  Despite Michael Shank Racing dominating the time sheets, the P2’s did not factor much into the outcome. From the drop of the green flag, the Ford EcoBoost V6-powered Riley DPG3’s from …

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2014 IndyCar Driver Reviews Part 3

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Simon Pagenaud Team: Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Sponsor: Oculus Transport/Lucas Oil/MAV TV Rank: 5 Wins: 2 Top 5s: 8 Top 10s: 12 Pagenaud ended up as the highest ranking driver who was not part of one of the three powerhouse organizations of Penske, Ganassi or Andretti. He wasn’t just the highest ranking though, as he …

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