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Posted On August 10, 2016By Frank SantoroskiIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Bill Alsup and the Case for Retired Drivers

By Frank Santoroski, Staff Writer When I read the news this morning that Bill Alsup had died, I was rather shocked. I had just spent some time getting to know him this past May, and he was energetic, vibrant and in good spirits. I realize that he is pushing 80, but I sure didn’t expect to read that headline today. Upon reading that it was a freak accident that took his life, and not natural causes, it made a bit more sense. The fact that he was out there onRead More
By Frank Santoroski, Staff Writer Penske Racing’s Simon Pagenaud returned to the winners circle for the first time since early May, taking the win at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid Ohio in the Verizon IndyCar Series. In doing so, he has once again established himself as the man to beat for the 2016 championship. Let’s examine a few of the story lines coming out of the race weekend. 1 ) A Championship Caliber Drive Simon Pagenaud began the season strong and took a large advantage in the standings, butRead More
By Frank Santoroski, Staff Writer Will Power took his third victory of the year in the No. 12 Verizon Penske Chevrolet yesterday on the streets of Toronto. In doing so, the points battle at the top of the order in the Verizon IndyCar Series has tightened considerably. Here are five takeaways from this weekend’s action. 1 ) First to Worst Just seven days ago, Tennesse’s Josef Newgarden was the talk of the town, having thoroughly trounced the entire field in Iowa. He earned high praise, considering the fact that heRead More
By Frank Santoroski, Staff Writer The Iowa Corn 300 for the Verizon IndyCar Series ran yesterday afternoon and Ed Carpenter Racing driver, Josef Newgarden, put on an oval racing clinic and took a convincing win. The young driver from Tennessee led 282 of the 300 laps and took the checkers 4.2828 seconds ahead of Team Penske’s Will Power. Lets have a look back at some of the story lines coming out the the 7/8 mile bullring. 1 ) Iowa Podium is Pagenaud’s Worst Nightmare Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud enteredRead More

Posted On July 5, 2016By Frank SantoroskiIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Event Preview: The Iowa Corn 300

By Frank Santoroski, Staff Writer This coming weekend the Verizon IndyCar Series will return to the Iowa Speedway for the Iowa Corn 300, continuing the 2016 season. The event is slated for July 9-10, 2016. About the Race The Iowa Corn 300 is round ten of sixteen for the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016. The event is held on an oval track, one of five such events on the schedule. Andretti AutoSport driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay, is the defending race champion, and 2016 will mark the tenth IndyCar race held onRead More
By Frank Santoroski, Staff Writer After tremendous anticipation, the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America for the Verizon IndyCar Series is now in the books. At the end of the day, it was Team Penske driver Will Power who led from pole and took the victory. Looking back, here are five takeaways from the days action. 1 ) The event was everything we had hoped it would be The last time Indy cars graced the Wisconsin countryside was 2007. With its high speed corners, long front straight, and a lapRead More
By Frank Santoroski, Staff Writer On Friday, the Verizon IndyCar Series hit the track for a race meeting at the picturesque Road America Circuit, and it was a welcome return. Open-wheel Indianapolis-style cars last raced on the 4.048 mile, 14-turn track back in 2007 when the OWRS/ChampCar Series ran there for the final time, ending a tradition that began in 1982. That tradition is now reignited after an agonizingly long wait, and motor-homes and campers are already lining the hillsides for the KOHLER Grand Prix that is slated to runRead More
By Frank Santoroski, Staff Writer When the Verizon IndyCar series announced Watkins Glen International as a replacement venue for the failed Boston Grand Prix, there was immediately speculation as to what type of speeds we might see. The iconic 3.4 mile road course was recently repaved and now offers an ultra-smooth driving surface. Five drivers took to the track, located in upstate New York, participating in a test session to supply Firestone technicians with data to allow for tire compound selection.  During the five-hour session, all five drivers posted timesRead More
By Adam Tate, Associate Editor INDIANAPOLIS – 2015 Indy 500 Champion Juan Pablo Montoya has crashed out of the 100th Indianapolis 500. On lap 64 Montoya suddenly and uncharacteristically lost control in turn 2, spinning and making contact with the wall, bringing out a yellow. “Yeah, I am okay. People do a lot of dumb things on a restart and we were just being careful, trying to make up some ground. The car was really good and it felt okay. I went into two and got a big push and IRead More
By Frank Santoroski, Staff Writer Armed Forces Pole Day is behind us, and the grid is set for the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. While many of the old-timers, like myself, miss the days of packed grandstands and true bump-day drama, the events of this past weekend produced a number of compelling stories. Let’s take a look at five takeaways from the on-track action. 1 ) Who’s sand-bagging now? Get your tin-foil hat ready, here’s a conspiracy theory for you. Amidst all ofRead More