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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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The Month of May 2017

by Frank Santoroski          @seveng1967 The Month of May is a special time for many. The trees blossom, the flowers bloom as the sounds of lawnmowers fill the air in suburbia. School kids anticipate their summer break, there are proms, graduations, spring weddings, Mother’s Day and a time to remember those ...

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A Look Back: Forty Plus Years of Action at Long Beach

by Frank Santoroski                            @seveng1967 March 22, 2017: The Verizon IndyCar Series’ 2017 season is now underway, and in just two weeks time the crews will begin unloading for the 43rd annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Situated on Southern California’s Pacific Coast on the border of Orange County and ...

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A Study in Red, White, and Blue: Patriotic Racing Liveries

As Americans, there are a number of forces that divide us. These may include political ideology, religious beliefs, social status, upbringing, geographic location, or our own opinions on pressing issues. However, many of us are united by national pride, and the belief that we live in the greatest nation on ...

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IndyCar: Mid Season Wrap-up

by Frank Santoroski                          @seveng1967 Eight races are complete for the Verizon IndyCar Series, and there are eight races to go. Gosh, it seems like the season just started, but it is in fact the mid point of the ...

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IndyCar: Month of May Rewind

by Frank Santoroski                        @seveng1967 The Month of May over, and the highly anticipated 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is now behind us. It has certainly been an interesting month, with a story book ending for one driver, and some heartache for others. The Month ...

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Photo Journal from Indianapolis 2016

Frank Santoroski          @seveng1967 Here are some of the sights from the month of May as seen through the DTC lenses Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud throws hats down to fans after winning the Angie’s List Grand Prix Juan Pablo Montoya in the cockpit. You can see the focus in his eyes.  ...

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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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