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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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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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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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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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Photo Gallery: 2018 Formula One Launches (Part One)

As the teams of the FIA Formula One World Championship prepare for testing ahead of the 2018 season opener on March 25, the traditional Launch Events are under way. Here are the first of the 2018 cars to be revealed. The Haas F1 VR18   The Williams FW41 The Aston ...

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A Year Without Helio

by Frank Santoroski                        @seveng1967 When the Verizon IndyCar Series hits the track at St. Pete in a few weeks, there will be a few things noticeably missing. The airboxes and bumper pods, along with many of the flips, flaps, flicks and other aerodynamic do-dads on the wings will be gone, ...

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Final Four: Monster Energy Style

by Frank Santoroski      @seveng1967 The 2017 season in NASCAR has seen a number of firsts. It was the first season with stage racing, stage points, playoff points, encumbered finishes, weekly lug nut penalties and a regular-season champion. This weekend at Homestead will see another first as the series is set ...

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Revisionist History: How Jeff Gordon Nearly Destroyed American Open Wheel Racing

by Frank Santoroski          @seveng1967 Editor’s note: While this article is largely done in the spirit of parody, the information presented within is factual.  When the Verizon IndyCar Series hits the track at St. Pete in 2018, it will mark the eleventh season of a unified series following that nasty “split” ...

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F1 in the United States: A Brief History

by Frank Santoroski                                      @seveng1967 As the Formula One circus arrives in Austin, Texas to contest the United States Grand Prix at the beautiful Circuit of the Americas, there is a certain significance this year. Formula One is now controlled by the U.S. based Liberty Media Corporation. The Liberty Group is ...

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Preview: Action-Packed Labor Day Race Weekend

by Frank Santoroski  @seveng1967 Labor Day weekend signifies the unofficial end of Summer for many as the school year begins, the temperatures begin to cool and Fall looms just around the corner. Auto racing enthusiasts will have the opportunity to enjoy an action-packed weekend as the three major series will ...

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Mid Season Observations: IndyCar 2017

by Frank Santoroski                                  @seveng1967 The Verizon IndyCar Series will be taking a much needed weekend off after a solidly packed schedule. Nine races are in the books, and eight remain putting the season past the halfway point. Let’s take a look at some of the developing story-lines from 2017. Its ...

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