Victory Lap: NASCAR Week In Review, 5-28-2012... →
Reviewing the past week in NASCAR competition, culminating in Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne took his 13th career Sprint Cup win, third in its longest event, and first for Hendrick Motorsports in the event. Sunday’s race, at three hours, 51 minutes, and 17 seconds, represented the quickest Coca-Cola 600 in race history. The race featured only...
Indy 500 2012: Marco's Impatience Proves That... →
Analyzing Marco Andretti’s disappointing finish in today’s Indianapolis 500. In his seventh career start at Indianapolis, Andretti began the event on the inside of the second row, only to crash out of the event on lap 188 and finish 24th. Andretti took the lead for the first time on lap 23 and led until the first set of pit stops, reinheriting the point when the lead cycled back...
Indy 500 2012: Analyzing Takuma Sato's... →
Questioning whether or not Takuma Sato was wrongfully eliminated by Dario Franchitti’s defense of the lead on the final lap of today’s Indianapolis 500. Sato attempted to make his pass in the first turn, but did not have enough room to make his move. The No. 15 Mi-Jack Honda pulled up alongside Franchitti’s No. 50 Target Honda, but suddenly Sato’s blue and white Dallara...
Indy 500 2012: Dan Wheldon's Absence at the... →
Reflecting on the absence of the late Dan Wheldon from this year’s Indianapolis 500. Wheldon scored his 16th and final IndyCar victory in last year’s race, and tributes to the British driver permeated every area of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during today’s event. It was that personality that enabled him to represent his sponsors with an unmatched level of passion. For...
2012 Indianapolis 500 Coverage via Bleacher Report
Here’s a list of articles to get you ready for today’s 96th Indianapolis 500. They’re all already linked on this site, but in case you’ve missed some, these should give you everything you need to get up to speed: Monday: Indy 500 2012: Al Unser and the Most Impressive Victories in Indy 500 History Tuesday: J.R. Hildebrand: Why Last Year’s Failure Will Push...
GRC Instant Reaction: Charlotte (US Race Report) →
Recapping the first round of the 2012 Global Rallycross Championship, which took place at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Marcus Gronholm, Tanner Foust, and Stephan Verdier comprised the podium of the main event, while Ken Block and Brian Deegan were among those not to advance to the final. The barrier chicanes in front of the lip on the frontstretch may have been too close for drivers to avoid...
GRC Pre-Race Notes: Charlotte (US Race Report) →
Setting up tonight’s Global Rallycross event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Includes qualifying results, heat lineups, and television schedule.
Indy 500 2012: Why Josef Newgarden Could Shock... →
Analyzing the chances of first-time Indianapolis 500 competitor Josef Newgarden and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in Sunday’s event. Newgarden qualified seventh, the lone Honda driver in the first three rows and the best of any rookie driver. In a video from last month’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Newgarden went incognito as a fan interviewer, asking race attendees if they had...
GRC Power Rankings: Round 1 – Charlotte (US Race... →
Ranking the top ten drivers coming into the first round of the 2012 Global Rallycross Championship at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Marcus Gronholm, pictured, leads Tanner Foust and Liam Doran on the preseason chart. Factoring in last season’s performance (though as we’ve said, this year’s schedule is unrecognizable to a GRC fan from last season), European results (one driver shows up high on this...
2012 GRC Primer: Meet The Tracks (US Race Report) →
Detailing the changes in this year’s Global Rallycross Championship schedule and track composition. While the schedule has been made public since March, the layouts of the tracks are still a mystery to the public. Driver Stephan Verdier details some of the major changes between this year’s schedule and last year’s. Verdier noted that the new schedule also poses challenges for...
Indy 500 2012: Newgarden, Barrichello Lead This... →
Profiling the eight drivers making their inaugural Indianapolis 500 starts in this year’s edition of the race. This year’s crop has made starts in Formula 1, NASCAR, USAC, DTM, and GP2, among countless other racing disciplines, making them one of the most impressive groups of rookies to ever take to the speedway. This year’s selection of first-timers attempting to make it...
Taming Jefferson (inRacingNews) →
Recapping the second week of 2012 Season Two of the inRacingNews Challenge. On Summit Point Raceway’s Jefferson Reverse layout, Oleg Predko (Pontiac Solstice), Mitch Weatherly (Spec Racer Ford), and Petr Dolezal (Mazda MX-5 Roadster) scored overall class victories.
2012 GRC Primer: Meet The Cars (US Race Report) →
Introducing American race fans to the technical specifications of the cars that will contest the Global Rallycross Championship. From the Ford Fiesta to the Hyundai Veloster, these cars resemble nothing else in American motorsports, and even differ significantly from the composition of proper stage rally vehicles. According to Marcus Gronholm, who has excelled in both disciplines, the...
Indy 500 2012: 7 Under-the-Radar Drivers Who Could... →
Profiling the drivers who have the best chance at stealing an unlikely Indianapolis 500 victory on Sunday. Among them, two - Josef Newgarden and E.J. Viso - made it into Saturday’s pole shootout, while Alex Tagliani won last year’s pole, and J.R. Hildebrand finished second last year’s race. Newgarden, a rookie, and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, running its first full-time...
J.R. Hildebrand: Why Last Year's Failure Will Push... →
Analyzing J.R. Hildebrand’s sophomore Indianapolis 500 effort with Panther Racing. A last-lap error gave away what would have been Hildebrand’s first IndyCar victory, but this year the young California native will push even harder to end Panther’s four-year streak of runner-up finishes in the sport’s most prominent race. There’s an old racing adage that says...
2012 GRC Primer: Social Media Guide (US Race... →
Introducing fans to the Global Rallycross Championship through extensive use of social media platforms. From ticket giveaways to fan interaction, the GRC is attempting to build interest in its brand in time for the season opening round on May 26 at Charlotte. Included is a list of GRC drivers’ and tracks’ websites and/or Twitter accounts. Some of the teams and sponsors have begun...
NASCAR: Fantastic All-Star Race Undermined by... →
Breaking down the new format to this year’s Sprint All-Star Race, which featured four preliminary segments and a final 10 lap sprint for $1 million. While the new setup, which rewarded drivers for segment wins by giving them first entry into the pits for the final mandatory stop, worked well for the most part, it still offered holes that led to an ultimately unsatisfying ending for some. ...
Indy 500 2012: Al Unser and the Most Impressive... →
Ranking the ten greatest victories in Indianapolis 500 history, spanning the entire history of the track - from Ray Harroun’s inaugural victory in 1911 to Dan Wheldon’s last-lap win last season. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has a distinct personality, a special pull that makes it unique to hundreds of the world’s fastest race car drivers. Sixty-seven drivers have seen...
Indy Bump Day Produces Heartbreak Of A Different... →
Analyzing disappointment of a different kind this Indianapolis 500 Bump Day: the inability to secure use of an engine despite succeeding at the much harder task of finding sponsorship. Both Jay Howard and Pippa Mann, 2011 Indianapolis 500 starters, will sit on the sidelines this year due to an inability to land engines for Bump Day specials. Of course, Bump Day has brought stranger surprises...