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ESPN to Premiere Janet Guthrie Documentary

by Frank Santoroski           @seveng1967  While there is still a long way to go, the search for gender equality has made large gains over the past several decades. It is commonplace this day and age to see women successfully filling important, high-profile roles in business, commerce and government. In the world ...

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Revisiting 1981: How ABC-TV Manufactured a Storm

by Frank Santoroski           @seveng1967  To the best of my recollection, this is how the events of the 65th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race, contested on May 24, 1981 unfolded. I was 13 years old, and my family decided upon a camping trip for Memorial Day weekend; a flippin’ camping ...

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The Traditions and Superstitions that Make Indianapolis Unique

by Frank Santoroski           @seveng1967  With more than a century of racing in the history books, the Indianapolis 500 holds more tradition than any other motorsport event on the planet. The 500 also has its share of good luck/bad luck omens as race drivers are sometimes known to be rather superstitious. ...

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Approaching a Half-Century of Racing: The Long Beach Grand Prix

by Frank Santoroski          @seveng1967 The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2019 season is solidly underway with three different winners from three different teams. This weekend, the crews will begin unloading for the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Situated on Southern California’s Pacific Coast on the border of Orange County and Los Angeles ...

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NASCAR Xfinity Series, Truck Series Look to Their Roots with 2020 Schedule

By Jordan Bianchi, NASCAR Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – The schedules for NASCAR’s Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoor Truck Series will have a familiar look in 2020, with both also returning to a track that it had a previous longstanding association with but have not visited for more than a decade. ...

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IndyCars Invade the South This Weekend

by Frank Santoroski                  @seveng1967 This coming weekend the Verizon IndyCar Series will invade the deep South for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. The race is slated for April 5-7, 2019. About the Race The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is round three of seventeen for the Verizon IndyCar ...

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Waltrip to Retire From Broadcast Booth

by Luis Torres     @TheLTFiles Darrell Waltrip is one of only four broadcasters (the others being Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Matt Yocum) that’s been with FOX NASCAR since its inception in 2001. Now after 19 seasons, the NASCAR Hall of Famer announced Thursday that he’ll hang up his headsets ...

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Chaotic Weekend Ends with Decent Texas Results for Stewart-Haas

by Luis Torres     @TheLTFiles Friday was “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” for all four Stewart-Haas Racing drivers after going through the ropes with NASCAR’s latest qualifying format. Fast forward to Sunday, all four drivers delivered stellar results in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. ...

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NASCAR Suspends Austin Wayne Self Following Substance Abuse Policy Violation

by Seth Eggert           @motorsportrev NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series regular Austin Wayne Self has been suspended indefinitely for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy. NASCAR announced on Monday via the penalty report that Self violated Section 12.1 (actions detrimental to stock-car racing) and Section 19 (NASCAR’s substance abuse policy) of the ...

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IndyCar’s COTA Debut Highlights Stout Rookie Class

by David Morgan       @damorgan86 AUSTIN, Texas – If Sunday’s IndyCar Classic at Circuit of The Americas is any indication, it’s going to be a fun season ahead with the stout crop of rookies that are in the NTT IndyCar Series field. Two of the five rookies finished in ...

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Opinion: NASCAR Discards Tradition With New Schedule

by Luis Torres     @TheLTFiles A new chapter into NASCAR’s future has few perks as they’re further separating themselves from tradition once more. For what? To spice things up like its a game of Russian roulette? First off, I applaud the sport for making the Southern 500 at Darlington the ...

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New Locales for Championship, Regular Season Finale on 2020 Cup Series Schedule

By NASCAR DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A champion crowned in the desert. The Last Great Colosseum becomes a postseason factor. A tricky doubleheader. The birthplace of NASCAR bookends the regular season. NASCAR today announced significant, dynamic changes to the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, with intriguing shifts during both the ...

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Natalie Decker Looks Forward to W-Series Test Date

by Seth Eggert           @motorsportrev After competing in the first three NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series events, Natalie Decker will face a new challenge. At the end of March, the 21-year-old will travel to Spain to participate in a four-day test for the W Series, a new women-only open wheel racing ...

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Event Preview: The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

by Frank Santoroski                  @seveng1967 This coming weekend, the NTT IndyCar Series will kick off their 2019 season with a return to St. Petersburg, Florida for what has become known as The World’s Fastest Spring Break Party. Round one of seventeen for the Series in 2019, The Firestone Grand Prix of St. ...

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Flashback: The Life and Career of Ronnie Peterson

by Frank Santoroski                     @seveng1967 In the prior 68 seasons of Formula One competition, there are only 33 drivers that can lay claim to the title of World Drivers’ Champion. In order to be crowned champion, a driver must not only possess the talent and determination, but also have the circumstances ...

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The 2019 Clash: Comedy of Errors or Murphy’s Law?

by Seth Eggert           @motorsportrev Let’s face it, just about everything that could go wrong in the 2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash went wrong. A bungled running order, inclement weather, a jet dryer leaking fluid, a race-ending, field consuming crash, and a yellow-line rule debate were the ‘highlights’ of this Monster ...

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Xfinity Series Gears Up for Season Opener

by Seth Eggert           @motorsportrev The NASCAR Series that says, “Names are made here,” will be back in action this weekend. The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to the track this weekend, and for the first time since 2015, the defending champion remains in the series. Tyler Reddick moves from JR Motorsports ...

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Rookies Hemric and Reddick Prepare for Daytona 500

by Luis Torres                   @TheLTFiles DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s quite the journey both Richard Childress Racing drivers Daniel Hemric and reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick has had. From both running Brad Keselowski Racing’s No. 19 Ford F-150 in the Gander ...

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The Alonso Factor: A Brief History of Formula One Drivers in Indycar

by Frank Santoroski          @seveng1967 As two-time World Drivers’ Champion, Fernando Alonso, prepares to wind up his final season in Formula One, speculation is rampant that his next chapter will see him become a regular in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The scenario is actually quite likely, as Alonso has been quite ...

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Gone, But Not Forgotten: Former U.S. Racing Venues

by Frank Santoroski           @seveng1967   The thought of having automobiles race against one another was conceived almost immediately after the invention of the automobile. Early races were often contested over considerable distances, traveling from one city to another utilizing existing travel routes as a means to show the durability of the ...

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