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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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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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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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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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