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Jordan Taylor Tops WeatherTech Roar Session No. 3

2017 Watkins Glen IWSC Ricky Taylor Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, the Cadillac DPi-V.R. continued it’s run as the fastest car in town at Daytona.  This time, it was Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor who managed to put his Cadillac on top of the charts. Taylor’s lap of 97.188 seconds (131.868 mph) is the fastest lap of the weekend to this point, just …

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2017 INDYCAR Team Review: Chip Ganassi Racing

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Before the 2017 IndyCar Series season began, Chip Ganassi Racing swapped engine manufacturers and lost a 27-year partner in Target. The team switched from Chevrolet to Honda and returned with the same quartet of drivers: Max Chilton, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball. However, Target, which had sponsored Dixon since 2002, ended its coalition with …

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Despite Watkins Glen Trouble, Josef Newgarden Still Has Points Advantage, But .…

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski)

Josef Newgarden finished 18th in the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen on Sunday after an accident with Sébastien Bourdais while leaving pit road, but nonetheless maintains a three-point lead over four-time champion Scott Dixon in the standings. Newgarden was racing Team Penske teammate Will Power off pit lane during the final round of stops when …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Sharp End of the 2017 NASCAR Season

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

ONE: 12 to go We’re exactly two thirds of the way through the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. 24 races are in the books leaving just 12 to go before we crown a 2017 champion. Two unique tracks, Darlington Raceway and Richmond International Raceway, await us next before the playoffs begin. Given that for many drivers, …

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If Hélio Castroneves Wants IndyCar Title, He Needs to Win it This Year

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(Photo: INDYCAR Media)

Hélio Castroneves’ victory at Iowa Speedway last Sunday was a feel-good moment for Team Penske, the entire Verizon IndyCar Series fan base and of course, the veteran racer. It marked the end of a three-year drought and a spot of rejuvenation for the 42-year-old, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion. It also put him within close range …

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Pace Laps: Happy Days at Sonoma, Underdog Takeover at Iowa & Scott Dixon Wins Big

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(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Happy Days for Stewart-Haas Racing in Sonoma – Car owner Tony Stewart called it a “perfect race” for driver Kevin Harvick, who broke a 20-race winless drought Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Expanding to his three other teams under the Stewart-Haas Racing umbrella, he called it “awesome.” Starting from the top, …

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

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(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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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: The Thrillin’ & Grillin’ Edition

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(Photo: Yvonne Leonard)

The Sunday before Memorial Day is a long, yet a great day for auto racing fans. Whether it is breakfast while watching Monaco, lunch before taking in the thrilling Indy 500 or doing some grilling and then staying up late (in this case real late) to watch NASCAR’s 600-miler from Charlotte, there’s something for nearly …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Indy 500 vs Coca-Cola 600 TV Coverage

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

In the world of motorsports, Memorial Day Weekend is a biggie.  You have Indianapolis, Charlotte, Monaco, Lime Rock and the Nürburgring.  With the exception of Monaco, all of those places saw great finishes over the weekend.  Just thinking about all the action gives me a headache.  There’s a reason why we posted Lime Rock race …

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

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(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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