Nascar News
  • Montoya back at Indy intent on winning for Penske (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:25:23 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201407251229449569202" width="130" height="130" alt="Driver Juan Pablo Montoya practices for the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup series auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)" align="left" border="0">

    Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske. The Colombian is entered in the Brickyard 400 for the explicit purpose of winning at Indy in NASCAR and giving team owner Roger Penske one of the few trophies missing from his collection. ''I don't care about finishing fifth or sixth or seventh.'' Montoya left NASCAR at the end of last season, when his contract was not renewed by Chip Ganassi. He jumped to IndyCar to drive for Ganassi rival Penske, who has given Montoya the opportunity to return to the Brickyard to get the win that got away.


  • Winless Kenseth feels team is 'getting closer' (NASCAR.com)
    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:31:06 PDT
    Expectations were high headed into the season and remain so for the No. 20 team, one of three fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. Sunday's race, Crown Royal Presents, The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, provides the next opportunity to return to the win column.
  • Busch trades Double for Single attempt at Indy (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:09:57 PDT
    Kurt Busch is slacking at Indy. Busch has scrapped The Double for The Single at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Returning to IMS for the first time since the Indianapolis 500, Busch's schedule was considerably less hectic, with one practice session the only racing on his Friday schedule. He could have made IMS his primary address in May when he tried to make history with an attempt at completing all 1,100 miles of the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Coca 600 on the same day.
  • Despite success, Elliott sees room for improvement (NASCAR.com)
    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:00:00 PDT
    "I think you have to give all these kids credit for as well as they have run," Bill Elliott, Chase's father, said Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Regardless of where they're at, what they've done and the equipment they're in.
  • Petty believes NASCAR should be helping teams (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:31:02 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201407251449533769491" width="130" height="130" alt="Car owner and former Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty stands outside his hauler in the garage area during qualifying for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)" align="left" border="0">

    Richard Petty said Friday the newly formed Race Team Alliance was necessary because NASCAR hasn't done enough to help team owners slash costs. The RTA was announced earlier this month as an alliance of nine of NASCAR's top teams. Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing and chair of the owners' group, said the RTA's immediate aim is to build purchasing power, create travel partners and finding a common insurer. NASCAR Chairman Brian France this week said the RTA wasn't necessary and the sanctioning body believes listening ''to one voice is just a bad idea.'' Petty, the seven-time NASCAR champion and Hall of Fame driver, gave a hearty laugh when asked whether the RTA is a bad idea.


IRL News
  • IndyCar fines RLL for Toronto race violation (The Associated Press)
    Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:03:12 PDT
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- IndyCar has fined Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing ,000 for a weight violation in the car driven by Luca Filippi at Toronto.
  • Bourdais and Conway win in IndyCar doubleheader (The Associated Press)
    Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:35:16 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201407201137418471371" width="130" height="130" alt="France's Sebastien Bourdais celebrates after winning the Toronto Indy race in Toronto on Sunday, July 120, 2014. The race is the first race of a planned doubleheader. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)" align="left" border="0">

    IndyCar ran two races in Toronto on Sunday, where rain wreaked havoc on both the schedule and driver strategy. It instead began Sunday morning, roughly five hours before the start of the second race, and won by Sebastien Bourdais. The sky eventually did open, the track became slick and drivers darted to pit road for rain tires. When the track began to dry, Mike Conway gambled and made an early stop to remove his rain tires.


  • Conway, Bourdais take Toronto IndyCar wins (AFP)
    Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:19:26 PDT
    Britain's Mike Conway won his second race of the season and France's Sebastien Bourdais captured his first title since 2007 on Sunday at IndyCar's Toronto Indy double-header. While Bourdais won from the pole to snap a 52-race IndyCar win drought, the second race produced the most drama as three cars crashed when rain began on lap 13. Shortly after Conway made an inside passto overtake fellow Englishman Justin Wilson for the lead, a major third-turn tangle involving seven cars halted the race and set up a restart that saw Conway seize command to the checkered flag. Brazil's Tony Kanaan was second with Australian Will Power third, although he lost ground on the day overall in his fight for the season points title with Brazilian teammate Helio Castroneves.
  • IndyCar Series in Toronto rained out (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:32:17 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201407191132415229549" width="130" height="130" alt="France's Sebastien Bourdais, centre, celebrates qualifying in pole position for first race of a weekend doubleheader at the IndyCar auto race in Toronto on Saturday, July 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)" align="left" border="0">

    IndyCar's weekend doubleheader will be crammed into one day because Saturday's race was called because of rain. ''Obviously, we all wanted to get the race in today, but this was the correct call,'' series points leader Helio Castroneves said. Sebastien Bourdais won his first open-wheel pole since 2007 earlier in the day. Tony Kanaan called the conditions ''completely unsafe,'' and Ryan Briscoe predicted ''carnage'' if the race went off during its scheduled green flag time.


  • Toronto IndyCar event postponed by rain (AFP)
    Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:58:27 PDT
    Heavy rain that created visibility problems for drivers and slick conditions for cars forced postponement of Saturday's scheduled IndyCar race at Toronto by a day. The race, the first IndyCar event to be postponed due to bad weather since Sao Paulo in 2011, will be staged as part of a double-header Sunday along with the weekend's other planned event, creating a crucial day in the hunt for the season points title. Brazil's Helio Castroneves leads with 471 points, just nine ahead of Australian Will Power with American Ryan Hunter-Reay, the Indianapolis 500 winner, third at 32 points adrift. Power crashed in a warm-up lap and the pace car spun as officials tried in vain to start the race on rain tires.
Cart News
  • IndyCar fines RLL for Toronto race violation (The Associated Press)
    Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:03:12 PDT
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- IndyCar has fined Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing ,000 for a weight violation in the car driven by Luca Filippi at Toronto.
  • Bourdais and Conway win in IndyCar doubleheader (The Associated Press)
    Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:35:16 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201407201137418471371" width="130" height="130" alt="France's Sebastien Bourdais celebrates after winning the Toronto Indy race in Toronto on Sunday, July 120, 2014. The race is the first race of a planned doubleheader. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)" align="left" border="0">

    IndyCar ran two races in Toronto on Sunday, where rain wreaked havoc on both the schedule and driver strategy. It instead began Sunday morning, roughly five hours before the start of the second race, and won by Sebastien Bourdais. The sky eventually did open, the track became slick and drivers darted to pit road for rain tires. When the track began to dry, Mike Conway gambled and made an early stop to remove his rain tires.


  • Conway, Bourdais take Toronto IndyCar wins (AFP)
    Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:19:26 PDT
    Britain's Mike Conway won his second race of the season and France's Sebastien Bourdais captured his first title since 2007 on Sunday at IndyCar's Toronto Indy double-header. While Bourdais won from the pole to snap a 52-race IndyCar win drought, the second race produced the most drama as three cars crashed when rain began on lap 13. Shortly after Conway made an inside passto overtake fellow Englishman Justin Wilson for the lead, a major third-turn tangle involving seven cars halted the race and set up a restart that saw Conway seize command to the checkered flag. Brazil's Tony Kanaan was second with Australian Will Power third, although he lost ground on the day overall in his fight for the season points title with Brazilian teammate Helio Castroneves.
  • IndyCar Series in Toronto rained out (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:32:17 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201407191132415229549" width="130" height="130" alt="France's Sebastien Bourdais, centre, celebrates qualifying in pole position for first race of a weekend doubleheader at the IndyCar auto race in Toronto on Saturday, July 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)" align="left" border="0">

    IndyCar's weekend doubleheader will be crammed into one day because Saturday's race was called because of rain. ''Obviously, we all wanted to get the race in today, but this was the correct call,'' series points leader Helio Castroneves said. Sebastien Bourdais won his first open-wheel pole since 2007 earlier in the day. Tony Kanaan called the conditions ''completely unsafe,'' and Ryan Briscoe predicted ''carnage'' if the race went off during its scheduled green flag time.


  • Toronto IndyCar event postponed by rain (AFP)
    Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:58:27 PDT
    Heavy rain that created visibility problems for drivers and slick conditions for cars forced postponement of Saturday's scheduled IndyCar race at Toronto by a day. The race, the first IndyCar event to be postponed due to bad weather since Sao Paulo in 2011, will be staged as part of a double-header Sunday along with the weekend's other planned event, creating a crucial day in the hunt for the season points title. Brazil's Helio Castroneves leads with 471 points, just nine ahead of Australian Will Power with American Ryan Hunter-Reay, the Indianapolis 500 winner, third at 32 points adrift. Power crashed in a warm-up lap and the pace car spun as officials tried in vain to start the race on rain tires.
  • Sebastien Bourdais wins IndyCar pole at Toronto (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:59:59 PDT
    Sebastien Bourdais won his first open-wheel pole since 2007 on Saturday, taking the top spot for the first IndyCar Series race of a doubleheader weekend at Toronto. Bourdais' lap of 58.9479 seconds (107.179 mph) on the 1.7-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit at Exhibition Place earned him his 32nd career pole. He's now tied with Michael Andretti for eighth on the career open wheel poles list. Will Power joins Bourdais on the front row for Saturday's race.
  • Dixon hopes Toronto fuels IndyCar championship run (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:53:14 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201407181132415327400" width="130" height="130" alt="Canada's driver James Hinchcliffe arrives via scooter with his partner Kirsten Dee before a practice session Friday, July 18, 2014, in Toronto, for this weekend's IndyCar auto races. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)" align="left" border="0">

    Scott Dixon is running out of races to become a championship threat. The three-time IndyCar champ might be at the right track to prove it's still too early to count him out for a fourth title. Coming off a victory at Pocono, Dixon still wasn't thinking about a championship when he arrived at Toronto last year. The 33-year-old Kiwi swept the Toronto doubleheader, moving him from fourth overall in the driver standings to second.


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