Nascar News
  • Tire test portends higher speeds at Kansas (NASCAR.com)
    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:43:00 PDT
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- More than a dozen Sprint Cup Series teams converged on Kansas Speedway for a Goodyear tire test Tuesday in preparation for the track's first night race next month. About 15 teams took part on a cool spring day that portended potential track record speeds at a facility where Matt Kenseth set the existing mark of 191.864 mph in qualifying last April. Speeds jumped as a result, and last fall Goodyear brought to Kansas its multi-zone tread tire, which combines one compound designed for traction and another toughened for durability. Particularly since speeds at Kansas seem to be going up. "No one needs to wonder if the track record will get broken ?
  • Jeff Gordon's drive keys strong start, lofty goals (NASCAR.com)
    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:04:00 PDT
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    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:20:55 PDT
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  • NASCAR STAR KYLE BUSCH HELPS CROWN TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY?S ?SPEEDING TO READ? CHAMPIONS (NASCAR.com)
    Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:15:00 PDT
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kyle Busch is accustomed to coming out of Turn 4 at Texas Motor Speedway with the crowd roaring on the frontstretch, but on Friday it was a completely different electric atmosphere. Busch came out of Turn 4 in a helicopter for his grand entrance in front of more than 4,500 screaming elementary school students and joined the 11 local-area schools to crown the champions of Texas Motor's Speedway's "Speeding To Read" educational program. The Frontstretch Division consisting of Argyle/Lantana's E.P. Rayzor, Trophy Club's Samuel Beck and Keller's Kay Granger elementary schools led the way by combining to read 445,746 books of the overall total. Busch, the defending champion of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 as well as tonight's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race, enjoyed a Q&A with the students, handed out trophies and posed for photos with the winners and sign plenty of the students' "Speeding To Read" t-shirts as a memento of their special day.
  • BECK ELEMENTARY?S THOMASON WINS ?DESIGN A DIE-CAST? COMPETITION; PAINT SCHEME UNVEILED AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY (NASCAR.com)
    Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:15:00 PDT
    Fourth-grader Whitney Thomason of Trophy Club's Samuel Beck Elementary School may have a future in NASCAR. Thomason is not an aspiring race-car driver, but exhibited the artistic talent for creating the winning paint scheme in Spin Master's NASCAR Authentics "Design A Die-cast" competition among the 11 local elementary schools and more than 6,500 students participating in Texas Motor Speedway's "Speeding To Read" educational program. On Friday in front of nearly 4,500 students at the "Speeding To Read" assembly crowning the year-long champions at Texas Motor Speedway, Spin Master's NASCAR Authentics presented Thomason with a die-cast with her design and surprised her by unveiling an actual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series show car bearing her paint scheme.
IRL News
  • Mike Conway victory validates Ed Carpenter Racing (The Associated Press)
    Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:56:47 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201404132117766272078" width="130" height="130" alt="Winner Mike Conway, left, of England sprays his team with champagne in celebration of winning the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach auto race on Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)" align="left" border="0">

    A day after Dario Franchitti announced his retirement, another IndyCar driver said he was also getting out of his car. Ed Carpenter's decision in November to race only on ovals and to turn his car over to a more skilled driver on road and street courses was largely overshadowed by Franchitti's sudden retirement because of injuries suffered in a crash a month earlier. Carpenter wanted Mike Conway, who had willingly walked away from ovals a year earlier, behind the wheel and said hiring the British driver would ''strengthen our team by competing for victories at every single event.'' It couldn't have been an easy decision for Carpenter, the professional race car driver. But as the owner of Ed Carpenter Racing, he had to make what appeared to be the best decision for his young race team.


  • Mike Conway wins wild IndyCar race at Long Beach (The Associated Press)
    Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:24:56 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201404131930702311941" width="130" height="130" alt="Mike Conway, of England, drives through a turn en route to winning the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach auto race, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)" align="left" border="0">

    What seemed to be a Ryan Hunter-Reay runaway took a strange and sudden turn on the streets of Long Beach, where tempers flared long after Mike Conway took a surprising win. The British driver was chasing Scott Dixon over the final few laps on Sunday, then got the lead when Dixon stopped for fuel two laps from the finish. Both Conway and Dixon were only in position to race for the win because Hunter-Reay triggered an earlier seven-car accident that took out the front three cars. Hunter-Reay started from the pole and led 51 laps, and had Andretti Autosport teammate Hinchcliffe right behind him when the race took a bizarre turn.


  • Hunter-Reay wins pole in all-Andretti front (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:38:19 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201404121752643729930" width="130" height="130" alt="Ryan Hunter-Reay (28) drives through turns to win the pole position during qualifying for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach auto race on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)" align="left" border="0">

    Ryan Hunter-Reay, determined to rebound from a disappointing season, is off to a strong start in what he hopes will be another run toward the IndyCar championship. Hunter-Reay won the pole Saturday for the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, knocking teammate James Hinchcliffe from the top spot while ensuring an all-Andretti Autosport front row. ''If you are going to lose pole, it might as well be to a teammate,'' Hinchcliffe said. Sebastien Bourdais was third, followed by Josef Newgarden, rookie Jack Hawksworth and Simon Pagenaud.


  • Townsend Bell to drive for KV Racing in Indy 500 (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:27:38 PDT
    KV Racing will field a third car in the Indianapolis 500 that Townsend Bell will drive. KV won the race a year ago with Tony Kanaan, and now has Sebastien Bourdais and Sebastian Saavedra in full-time entries. The Chevrolet that Bell will drive will be sponsored by clothing designer Robert Graham. In seriousness, Bell believes he's got a chance to win with KV.
  • Tracy brings outspoken opinions to NBC booth (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:30:30 PDT
    Paul Tracy, one of the most outspoken and polarizing drivers in recent history, has been given a microphone to opine about the current state of IndyCar. Tracy begins a six-race stint as an analyst for NBC Sports Network on Sunday at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It's a dream-come-true for race fans, who have longed for someone with Tracy's candor and knowledge to tell it like it is in the booth. Although Tracy never held back on or off the track during his driving days, he's not sure how far he can push the envelope in the booth.
Cart News
  • Mike Conway victory validates Ed Carpenter Racing (The Associated Press)
    Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:56:47 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201404132117766272078" width="130" height="130" alt="Winner Mike Conway, left, of England sprays his team with champagne in celebration of winning the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach auto race on Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)" align="left" border="0">

    A day after Dario Franchitti announced his retirement, another IndyCar driver said he was also getting out of his car. Ed Carpenter's decision in November to race only on ovals and to turn his car over to a more skilled driver on road and street courses was largely overshadowed by Franchitti's sudden retirement because of injuries suffered in a crash a month earlier. Carpenter wanted Mike Conway, who had willingly walked away from ovals a year earlier, behind the wheel and said hiring the British driver would ''strengthen our team by competing for victories at every single event.'' It couldn't have been an easy decision for Carpenter, the professional race car driver. But as the owner of Ed Carpenter Racing, he had to make what appeared to be the best decision for his young race team.


  • Mike Conway wins wild IndyCar race at Long Beach (The Associated Press)
    Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:24:56 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201404131930702311941" width="130" height="130" alt="Mike Conway, of England, drives through a turn en route to winning the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach auto race, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)" align="left" border="0">

    What seemed to be a Ryan Hunter-Reay runaway took a strange and sudden turn on the streets of Long Beach, where tempers flared long after Mike Conway took a surprising win. The British driver was chasing Scott Dixon over the final few laps on Sunday, then got the lead when Dixon stopped for fuel two laps from the finish. Both Conway and Dixon were only in position to race for the win because Hunter-Reay triggered an earlier seven-car accident that took out the front three cars. Hunter-Reay started from the pole and led 51 laps, and had Andretti Autosport teammate Hinchcliffe right behind him when the race took a bizarre turn.


  • Hunter-Reay wins pole in all-Andretti front (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:38:19 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201404121752643729930" width="130" height="130" alt="Ryan Hunter-Reay (28) drives through turns to win the pole position during qualifying for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach auto race on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)" align="left" border="0">

    Ryan Hunter-Reay, determined to rebound from a disappointing season, is off to a strong start in what he hopes will be another run toward the IndyCar championship. Hunter-Reay won the pole Saturday for the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, knocking teammate James Hinchcliffe from the top spot while ensuring an all-Andretti Autosport front row. ''If you are going to lose pole, it might as well be to a teammate,'' Hinchcliffe said. Sebastien Bourdais was third, followed by Josef Newgarden, rookie Jack Hawksworth and Simon Pagenaud.


  • Townsend Bell to drive for KV Racing in Indy 500 (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:27:38 PDT
    KV Racing will field a third car in the Indianapolis 500 that Townsend Bell will drive. KV won the race a year ago with Tony Kanaan, and now has Sebastien Bourdais and Sebastian Saavedra in full-time entries. The Chevrolet that Bell will drive will be sponsored by clothing designer Robert Graham. In seriousness, Bell believes he's got a chance to win with KV.
  • Tracy brings outspoken opinions to NBC booth (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:30:30 PDT
    Paul Tracy, one of the most outspoken and polarizing drivers in recent history, has been given a microphone to opine about the current state of IndyCar. Tracy begins a six-race stint as an analyst for NBC Sports Network on Sunday at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It's a dream-come-true for race fans, who have longed for someone with Tracy's candor and knowledge to tell it like it is in the booth. Although Tracy never held back on or off the track during his driving days, he's not sure how far he can push the envelope in the booth.
  • Roger Daltrey attending IndyCar at Long Beach (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:03:13 PDT
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Who's next at Long Beach? Just the lead singer of The Who, Roger Daltrey.
  • Pagenaud and Bourdais lead IndyCar at Long Beach (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:39:03 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201404111806651936677" width="130" height="130" alt="Simon Pagenaud, of France, stops in the pits during practice for IndyCar's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach auto race in Long Beach, Calif., Friday, April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)" align="left" border="0">

    Simon Pagenaud and Sebastien Bourdais were first and second in the final practice before qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. I think the team's done a great job over the winter at helping the car on the curbs and on the bumps,'' Pagenaud said about his Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports entry.


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