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By Frank Santoroski, Staff Writer Andretti Autosport put the rumors to rest when they confirmed that Townsend Bell will be joining the team’s effort at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Bell will be driving the No. 29 car in a fifth entry with the team that has three Indianapolis 500 wins to their credit. The Andretti team utilizes the Honda powerplant and aero package.  Sponsorship has not been announced, although the Robert Graham fashion company, a sponsor of Bell’s in the past, willRead More
By Frank Santoroski, Staff Writer The Verizon IndyCar Series will make its return this weekend to the Valley of the Sun for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix. About the Race The race will be the second race of the sixteen-race schedule for the Verizon IndyCar Series. It will be the first oval track event of the season, in a schedule that compromises five oval races. IndyCars will be returning to the iconic track for the first time since 2005. Staged as a a Saturday Night event, theRead More

Posted On March 17, 2016By Frank SantoroskiIn Breaking News, Remembering a Champion

Remembering: Jochen Rindt

April 18, 1942 – September 5, 1970 Formula One World Champion 1970 When I was a young person, I would often spend time reading books about auto racing and its rich history. I found the stories of the innovators that worked to make the cars faster to be particularly fascinating. What I really enjoyed, however, were the stories about the drivers. While other kids were reading comics about Batman or Superman, my superheroes were guys like Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Phil Hill and Jackie Stewart. I was particularity drawn toRead More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor Through four races in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season we have already witnessed some outstanding moments. Among those moments have been two incredible photo finishes. Denny Hamlin edged Martin Truex Jr. to the line by one-one hundredth of a second in Daytona. This week in Phoenix, Kevin Harvick bested Carl Edwards by the same razor-thin margin. But throughout the entire four races we’ve seen so far, the finishes haven’t been the only exciting aspect. We have had the pleasure of watching breathtaking racingRead More
By Frank Santoroski, Contributing Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – The Verizon IndyCar Series held its season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg seeing Juan Pablo Montoya take victory in the Penske Chevrolet. The win was Montoya’s second consecutive win at the track, and the eighth overall for Team Penske at the venue. Allow me to share some observations from the weekend. 1)Aleshin is for real Almost lost in the shuffle of the weekend’s headlines was the solid performance from Schmidt-Peterson driver, Mikhail Aleshin. The Russian driver qualified his Honda-powered machineRead More
By Frank Santoroski, Contributing Writer There is fantastic news coming out the the Haas F1 camp for those of us that would like to see an American driver behind the wheel at the only American-based Formula One team. The North Carolina-based Haas F1 team, preparing for their debut season in Formula One, announced this morning that 17-year old Santino Ferrucci would be joining the team as a development driver. Ferrucci’s duties in this capacity will see him at test sessions and Grands Prix, and also give him time in the simulator.Read More

Posted On March 8, 2016By Frank SantoroskiIn Breaking News, Formula One

Historical: The 1982 Formula One Season

By Frank Santoroski, Contributing Writer The 65 year history of the Formula One World Championship has seen a myriad of scenarios play out over the years. Some seasons were remembered for close championship battles, others for multiple winners. Some seasons saw unbearable tragedy, and others saw bitter feuding between teammates. Some seasons saw incredible innovation, while others were marred by politics, protests, disqualifications and even driver’s strikes. No season can compare with the perfect storm that was 1982 where we saw all of this, and more. The 1982 stats will showRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Formula 1 has always been a European based sport, circling the globe, bringing the top echelon of motorsports to fans in all countries.  American based teams have been in and out of Formula 1 with no team winning a Constructors Championship. Only Penske, Eagle and Shadow (which has its genesis in the US) have secured race wins in the series. If we don’t count Shadow, which had a British presence, no US based team spent more than 4 years in F1.  From a driver’s perceptive,Read More

Posted On February 22, 2016By Frank SantoroskiIn Breaking News, Remembering a Champion

Remembering: Gilles Villeneuve

January 18, 1950 – May 8, 1982 Six time winner in Formula One Second in 1979 World Championship The year was 1979. I was twelve years old. The place was Watkins Glen International and the event was the Formula One Grand Prix of the United States. It was Friday afternoon and it was raining like crazy. My Uncle and I were wearing those one-dollar ponchos that fold up in your pocket. They didn’t help much; we were getting drenched. We were standing in a grassy section where we could get aRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Here it is! The first 2016 Formula 1 livery debut comes from Red Bull. This new look highlights the transfer of title sponsorship from Infiniti to famed watch maker Tag-Heuer and has afforded an opportunity for Red Bull to create a new branding platform for 2016. The design more prominently features Red Bull and utilizes a matte finish in some areas. The new livery is not on a 2016 chassis which will be seen for the first time in the garage at Barcelona on theRead More