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The Indianapolis 500: Some Personal Memories

by Frank Santoroski         @seveng1967 When I arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week and I saw the new gate, the new suites and seats, and the 100th running signage all over town, I got a little verklempt.  Now, that’s not entirely unusual, but generally I don’t get that feeling ...

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The 2016 Indy 500 Field: Stats, Numbers and Other Useless Facts

by Frank Santoroski        @seveng1967 I saw a poster recently for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil that had the caption “50,000 Miles of Memories.” Now, those of you that know me well understand that I am fascinated with odd, trivial, interesting and just plain ...

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Stage Set for Wide-Open Indianapolis 500

by Frank Santoroski                                   @seveng1967 In stark contrast to one year ago, where a dullish, abbreviated qualifying session saw Penske and Ganassi cars in the top five spots, and Chevrolet-powered cars occupying eight of the top ten positions, the run for the 100th Indy pole produced a wide-open field. Three different ...

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Epic Race, Epic Place. What Might Make an Epic Headline?

by Frank Santoroski                             @seveng1967 When asked about the significance of winning the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Verizon Indycar Series driver, James Hinchcliffe offered this perspective:  “I think the driver that wins this one is going to be remembered in the same way that Ray Harroun is known. Not ...

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How Politics, NIMBYism, and a Lack of Foresight Killed the Boston Grand Prix

by Frank Santoroski          @seveng1967 As you may have heard by now, the proposed Grand Prix of Boston, a race on the Verizon Indycar Series’ schedule, is now dead in the water. The “Blame Game” is now in full effect, with both the organizers and the City of Boston throwing one ...

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Historical: The 1977 Long Beach Grand Prix

by Frank Santoroski       @seveng1967 The concept of racing on city streets is as old as motor racing itself, with events like the 24 hours of Le Mans and the Grand Prix of Monaco having graced the racing world since the 1920s. In North America however, street races have a spotty ...

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45 Years Ago: The Questor Grand Prix

by Frank Santoroski                 @seveng1967 Race fans are notorious for passionately arguing about “What if?” scenarios. One of the most common themes found involves pitting the drivers and cars of one series against a different series. Comparisons between Formula One and Indianapolis style racing cars have been discussed for years, and ...

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IndyCar: Random Reactions Following Phoenix

by Frank Santoroski          @seveng1967 With the Verizon IndyCar Series having completed their return to the desert, and the Desert Diamond Valley West Phoenix Grand Prix now in the record books, there are a number of different reactions amongst the drivers, fans, and the media. In examining all that has been ...

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Ten Interesting Facts About the First Indy 500

by Frank Santoroski         @seveng1967 2016 will mark the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, an event that has earned an indelible place in American sports history. The inaugural 500 miler, held in 1911 on the 2.5 mile track paved with bricks, became an instant success drawing a crowd estimated at ...

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IndyCar: Six Storylines to Follow in Phoenix

by Frank Santoroski        @seveng1967 The Verizon IndyCar Series, having completed their season-opening round in St. Petersburg, will travel next to Phoenix for the first oval track race of 2016. The series will be returning to the one-mile oval in the Valley of the Sun for the first time since 2005. ...

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Formula 1 Opener Creates Thunder Down Under

Nico Rosberg took his 4th consecutive victory at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.  Rosberg took the final three victories from last season and continued his wining streak in the season opener.  This was his 15th Formula 1 victory and sets the stage for the mega battle that looks to be ...

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IndyCar Fans Have Plenty to Look Forward to in 2016

by Frank Santoroski        @seveng1967 The anticipation of a new season is incredible. As soon as the checkered flag falls on each season, the fans, teams, and drivers can’t wait to get racing again. Because the Verizon IndyCar Series has a rather long off-season compared to other series, the wait is ...

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Formula 1 Season Preview

  With Formula 1 testing complete and Australia just over a week away, there are some observations that can be inferred from the 8 days the teams spent testing in Barcelona. This quick break before the first set of flyaway races gives time to evaluate testing and ask whether the ...

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Event Preview: The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

by Frank Santoroski         @seveng1967 The time has nearly arrived for the Verizon Indycar Series to drop the green flag on their 2016 season. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will take place the weekend of March 11-13, 2016. The scenic track, located on the harbor of Tampa Bay, has ...

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The Perspective of History: Earnhardt vs. Johnson

NASCAR and Sports history were made yesterday when six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson won his 76th race tying the late Dale Earnhardt’s total on the all-time wins list. Fans of Johnson are thrilled to see this milestone met and cheer him on enthusiastically to continue to win, break ...

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Can An American Effort Make Its Mark In Formula 1?

  Formula 1 has always been a European based sport, circling the globe, bringing the top echelon of motorsports to fans in all countries. American based teams have been in and out of Formula 1 with no team winning a Constructors Championship. Only Penske, Eagle and Shadow (which has its ...

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IndyCar’s 2016 Rookie Class

by Frank Santoroski                                 @seveng1967 As the teams and drivers prepare for a new season, one of the most exciting aspects of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series is going to be the impressive class of Rookies for the new season. Looking down the list of entries there are no Francesco Dracones ...

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Formula 1: The Bulging Mid-Pack Will Create More Teams Scoring Points This Year

2016 Formula 1 Is Set To Take Off And These Storylines Will Dominate The Season!   Last year in Formula 1 there were essentially three classifications of competitor within the paddock. Race Winners: Teams capable of winning races Mercedes and Ferrari Mid-Pack: Teams capable of consistently scoring points Williams, Red ...

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IndyCar: More Drivers to Watch in 2016

by Frank Santoroski        @seveng1967 This is the conclusion of a two-part article. Part one can be found here. As the start of the 2016 season approaches, the teams and drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series are ready to start with a clean slate and make a run for the title. ...

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Dale Earnhardt: 15 Years After

Time stood still. No one moved or breathed. No one believed that The Intimidator was mortal. Certainly he’d walk away from what looked initially like an innocuous hit into the wall. This was Daytona, the track that Earnhardt won consistently at and even had captured a 500 victory three years ...

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