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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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Voted Off The Island? The Checkered Past and Uncertain Future of the Detroit Grand Prix

by Frank Santoroski           @seveng1967   When the Verizon IndyCar Series arrives at Belle Isle this coming weekend for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, they will add another chapter to an on-again/off-again, controversy-laden history that dates back to 1982. Some feel that the Grand Prix is an important and ...

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The Power of Positivity

by Frank Santoroski           @seveng1967  An Indy 500 win for Team Penske driver, Will Power, shouldn’t have been entirely unexpected. However many seemed surprised, including Will Power himself. His unbridled emotion in victory lane was reminiscent of many past winners, but it was definitely out of character coming from the Will ...

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Indianapolis 500: Traditions and Superstitions

by Frank Santoroski           @seveng1967  With more than a century of racing in the history books, the Indianapolis 500 holds more tradition than, perhaps, any other motorsports 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 ...

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Rookie of the Year: The Curious Criteria at Indianapolis

by Frank Santoroski           @seveng1967  The Month of May has arrived, and the stars and cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series have set up camp in Speedway, IN for the next few weeks.  By the time Memorial Day rolls around on May 28, we will have a race winner, and a ...

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IndyCar Fans: Which One are You?

by Frank Santoroski          @seveng1967 Sports fans come in many varieties. You have your know-it-all statisticians, armchair quarterbacks, dyed-in the-wool super fans, band-wagoners, fair-weather fans, and folks that really don’t follow, but still enjoy going out to the ball park for an afternoon. Motor Racing is no different, having many levels ...

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Kenseth’s Return Bucks the Trend of the NASCAR Youth Movement

by Luis Torres                   @TheLTFiles The hot rumor that got NASCAR fans talking became a reality Wednesday as Roush Fenway Raceway announced that 2003 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth will share duties with Trevor Bayne in the No. 6 Advocare ...

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IndyCars to Invade the South this Weekend

by Frank Santoroski    @ seveng1967 The latest iteration of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ venerable Dallara chassis, the IR-18, was a success on the streets of St. Petersburg and Long Beach while producing mixed reviews on the short oval at Phoenix. This weekend, fans will have their first opportunity to see ...

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25 Years Ago: 1993 in Racing

by Frank Santoroski           @seveng1967  The early 1990s were a golden period for motor racing. In the United States, the PPG Indy Car World Series offered a strong racing platform and a diverse offering of race tracks that attracted former formula one drivers, featured second-generation champions and rising stars that competed ...

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Danica Patrick to Replace Retiring Ed Carpenter in 2018 Oval Races

by April Furst In a strange plot twist that few saw coming, the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 will not be the farewell race for Danica Patrick after all. Instead, it will mark the end of a fine driving career for team owner, Ed Carpenter, who will hang up ...

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New-look IndyCar Set to Make Oval Racing Debut at Phoenix

by Frank Santoroski           @seveng1967  After a successful street course debut a few weeks ago for the Dallara IR-18, the Verizon IndyCar Series will run the new car for the first time in race conditions on an oval track at ISM Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, AZ the weekend of April 6-7. ...

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The Changing Landscape of Auto Racing Sponsorship

by Frank Santoroski           @seveng1967  When home improvement giant Lowe’s announced they were leaving NASCAR at the end of 2018, it wasn’t just the drop of the other shoe. It was more like the latest in a series of shoes falling out of an overstuffed closet. One of only a few ...

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The Halo: Unintended Consequences

by Luis Torres                   @TheLTFiles Let’s face it, we all have mixed opinions about the Halo in Formula 1. Some understand it’s for the sake of safety, and the drivers wanted something to be done for head protection after notable incidents that’s ended ...

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HOF Consideration: Kirk Shelmerdine

by Luis Torres                   @TheLTFiles When NASCAR fans think of who’s the greatest crew chief of all-time, more often than not, you’ll hear the names of Hall of Famers Ray Evernham and Dale Inman. How about the 1980s? Tim Brewer, Jeff Hammond and ...

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IndyCar 2018 Boasts Impressive Rookie Class

by Frank Santoroski           @seveng1967 A successful rookie campaign does not necessarily make or break a driver’s IndyCar career. However, in today’s impatient climate, results speak volumes. Look no further than Ed Jones, 2017 Rookie of the Year, for evidence of this. Jones signed on for a full season with Dale ...

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New-Look Indy Car Set to Debut on the Streets of St. Petersburg

by Frank Santoroski                   @seveng1967  After a long off-season, the stars and cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series are set to do battle on the streets of St. Petersburg, FL on March 11, kicking off the 2018 season. This particular season, the eleventh since reunification, is met with more anticipation than ...

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Streaming Television: Is NASCAR Missing the Boat?

by Seth Eggert         @MotorsportRev With more and more sports embracing technology and streaming services, is NASCAR missing out on this growing trend? While NASCAR does stream its National Series races on the Fox Sports Go app, the NBC Sports app, and some of the regional races on FansChoice.tv, there are other ...

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Akinori Ogata Set to Attempt Atlanta Truck Race

By Seth Eggert      @MotorsportRev Should Akinori Ogata make the field for the Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, it would be just his seventh career start. Ogata will attempt to make the field in the MB Motorsports No. 63 Nisshinbo Chevrolet Silverado. MB Motorsports is the ...

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What Happened to the Word Patience?

by Luis Torres                   @TheLTFiles Restrictor plate racing is a strategic game, requiring critical thinking to make the right moves. A few days removed from Sunday’s Daytona 500 and it has dawned on me how frustrating this current era of racing has become. ...

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