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IndyCar: One-Car Team Poised to Slay the Giants

by Frank Santoroski          @seveng1967 It was back on March 23rd of this year that I wrote the following passage in my pre-season article for Drafting the Circuits. “While Graham Rahal surprised many by having the fastest Honda in pre-season testing, I believe that the team will still struggle in 2015. ...

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The Kyle Busch Chase Conundrum

by Frank Santoroski       @seveng1967 As I’m watching the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, I realize that Kyle Busch is a man on a mission. He made all the right moves and took his third race win on the season. Only Jimmie Johnson has more wins in ...

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Hunter-Reay Returns to Form in Iowa

by Frank Santoroski        @seveng1967 Prior to this weekend, the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season had been absolutely dismal for former Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay. Indeed, the entire Andretti AutoSport team is having an uncharacteristic off-season. Carlos Munoz did pull off a surprise win in the rain shortened event in Detroit. ...

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Sebastien Bourdais Dominates Milwaukee IndyFest

by Frank Santoroski                @seveng1967 I hate to sound like an overused cliche, but the words “textbook performance” are the perfect ones to describe the display that Sebastien Bourdais put on today en route to victory at the Milwaukee IndyFest for the Verizon IndyCar Series. The 36 year-old Frenchman led 118 ...

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Rahal Wins Wild 500-Miler at Fontana

Drafting the Circuits By Frank Santoroski        @seveng1967  For Graham Rahal, a second win in the Verizon Indycar Series was a long time coming. His first win in the Series came in back in 2008 and he has been shut out of victory lane ever since. That all changed on Saturday ...

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California Dreaming: IndyCar Fontana Preview

Drafting the Circuits by Frank Santoroski        @seveng1967 When the stars and cars of the Verizon IndyCar series roll into Fontana this weekend, they will continue a rich tradition of open-wheel racing in Southern California that dates back to the late 1960s. Between Fontana, Long Beach and the now-defunct tracks at ...

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IndyCar: Newgarden Tackles the Streets of Toronto

Drafting the Circuits by Frank Santoroski        @seveng1967 Races like the Honda Indy Toronto make me wonder why more folks aren’t watching the Verizon IndyCar Series. For sheer entertainment value, Sunday’s 85 laps through the downtown streets produced, arguably, the most exciting race of the season. What we saw was a ...

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IndyCar 2015: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Drafting the Circuits By Frank Santoroski        @seveng1967 The Verizon IndyCar Series travels to Canada this weekend for the Honda Indy Toronto, round 10 of the sixteen race schedule. With the second half of the season underway, and the title fight heating up, its an appropriate time to ...

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IndyCar: Scott Dixon Takes Texas Win

Drafting the Circuits By Frank Santoroski        @seveng1967 Back in April, I was engaged in a round table conversation with some of my fellow motorsports journalists discussing the Grand Prix of Long Beach. It was Joey Barnes of Tribute Racing who made the comment, “There’s no such thing as an exciting ...

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Storms, Strategy and Surprises: The IndyCar Dual in Detroit

by Frank Santoroski    @seveng1967 Mother Nature played her hand yet again against the Verizon Indycar Series in their bid to stage two races at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. A wet race, or a race with changing weather conditions, has an equalizing effect on the field. It magnifies driver’s ...

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Event Preview: The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit

by Frank Santoroski       @seveng1967 Fresh off of an exciting Indianapolis 500, the stars and cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series have arrived in Detroit, Michigan for a double-header weekend: The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans. Held in the birthplace of American automobile manufacturing, the event ...

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Photo Journal From Indianapolis 2015

by Frank Santoroski    @seveng1967 The 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 as seen through the lenses at DTC There were a number of tributes to team owner, David Letterman, who recently retired from late night television Sebastien Bourdais, sometimes referred to as See-Bass or Kermit The Andretti AutoSport Crew preparing ...

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99th Indy 500 Produces Thrilling Battles on the Ground

by Frank Santoroski    @seveng1967 Early Sunday morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there was a light drizzle in the air. When the sun broke through a bit later, I noticed several people looking towards the sky. The precipitation had caused a circular rainbow to form around the sun. This phenomenon, ...

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Anatomy of a Crisis: Indianapolis Qualifying 2015

by Frank Santoroski    @seveng1967 At the risk of sounding like an old-timer that longs for the return of the ‘good old days’, I will tell you that some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around watching the high drama that once was Indianapolis 500 qualifying. There was so much that ...

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I Almost Won the Indy 500: A Brief History of Thrills and Controversy

by Frank Santoroski    @seveng1967 The Month of May has arrived in full force as the drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series are logging thousands of practice laps in preparation for qualifying this weekend. Every running of the Indianapolis 500 generates compelling and memorable stories that become a part of Brickyard ...

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IndyCar: Honda’s Saving Grace

by Frank Santoroski  @seveng1967 This past weekend at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis for the Verizon IndyCar Series, we saw Chevrolet cars dominate practice, dominate qualifying and take a convincing win.  Aside from the rain-drenched non-race at NOLA, that’s pretty much been the story of the season thus ...

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The Month of May: A Blessing and a Curse

by Frank Santoroski     @seveng1967 The sound of race cars at full song is permeating the air in Speedway, Indiana this morning as the Verizon IndyCar Series takes to the track for practice.  While Spring slowly yields to Summer, that familiar sound can only signal one thing: the month of May ...

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A Look Back at Some Unlikely Favorites

by Frank Santoroski    @seveng1967 As a racing enthusiast, I am sometimes asked, “Who is your favorite driver?” It seems like a simple enough question, but after watching for almost 40 years, and watching many different series, its not exactly an easy question to answer. As a member of the Media, ...

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IndyCar at Barber: Just What the Doctor Ordered

by Frank Santoroski    @seveng1967 The Verizon IndyCar Series had a rough start to its 2015 season. The first two races were forgettable, to put it kindly.  A nice, if somewhat uneventful, weekend at Long Beach gave a glimmer of hope. With the Month of May looming, the Series entered Barber ...

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Sweet Home Alabama: IndyCar Invades Barber Motorsports Park

by Frank Santoroski    @seveng1967 Fresh off of a successful weekend in Long Beach, where Scott Dixon took a popular win, the Verizon IndyCar Series has arrived in the deep South for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. The Series returns to the purpose-built, natural terrain ...

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