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End of a season

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In the end, it came down to three points. An American accepted the Astor Cup with the title only decided at the checkered flag. An American stood in victory lane after 500 miles on an oval track. I...

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (Fontana)

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I'm sure the whole title fight story is getting a lot of run in the (racing) media now. The mere 17-point spread is a fine attention-getter, but in my mind it's not the biggest story: Dario and...

The better part of valor: Conway recuses himself from INDYCAR finale

Conway, a genial, mild-tempered Brit, has plenty of reason to hate high-speed oval racing. His shunt in the 2010 Indianapolis 500 still gets airplay even today. A similar wreck in this year's 500...

INDYCAR: Power Rankings (Fontana)

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It ain't over yet. Stud Hunter-Reay will not go quietly into that good night after all. The last race is a Saturday night oval, and dammit we want our American hero conquering all. Also we want...

On mergers and unifications: enduring the long road ahead

A veteran of IndyCar unification has some words of caution for those celebrating the upcoming merger of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand Am Road Racing Series.

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (Baltimore)

Normally I would be rambling about the upcoming race or something else relating to IndyCar in this post. This week's Friday Setup, however, is going to be a bit different. Why? Tomorrow is Simona...

INDYCAR: Power Rankings (Baltimore)

With the title chase all but locked up I'm going to have to summon up some sort of mirth to cheer us all up. With this being the internet I've got a good idea to run with. BEHOLD, POWER RANKINGS...

IndyCar a "series of the people"? Amazingly, yes.

Humility forced upon IndyCar by its tumble from grace in the 1990s has wrought a great many changes in how it appeals to people who bother to experience it.

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (Sears Point)

"The Friday Setup" will be a preview of the upcoming races and the schedule of the weekend events (practice and qualifications) leading up to race day. Also it will include other forms of...

INDYCAR: Power Rankings (Sears Point)

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....huh....uhh....wait, what? Oh, I guess it's time for another IndyCar race weekend. I remember what those were like. Sort of. The last time...

An epistle from the "lost generation"

I say I'm part of a "lost generation" of IndyCar fans because, unlike the fans who came before me and those who have risen since the Split, my allegiances are shattered into as many pieces as there...

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (Mid-Ohio)

"The Friday Setup" will be a preview of the upcoming races and the schedule of the weekend events (practice and qualifications) leading up to race day. Also it will include other forms of...

INDYCAR: Power Rankings (Mid-Ohio)

We now have got a nice championship battle brewing between Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves and Will Power. However... COMMENCE SILLY SEASON 2013, SO SAYETH GRAHAM RAHAL!!! Yep, it's that time...

Passion is no excuse

Passion is part of being a fan. But there is an ugly side to passion, particularly when it is used as a weapon or, worse, an excuse for vitriol. When I caught myself gloating about the empty stands...

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (Edmonton)

"The Friday Setup" will be a preview of the upcoming races and the schedule of the weekend events (practice and qualifications) leading up to race day. Also it will include other forms of rambling...

INDYCAR: Power Rankings (Edmonton)

Has the world gone crazy? Nothing has made sense thus far. Every race weekend (besides Texas and Indy) has seen at least one wet-weather practice session or a rain delay (meanwhile Indy is going...

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (Toronto)

Toronto. A physics lesson in DERP.

INDYCAR: Power Rankings (Mid-season)

More short ovals, IndyCar. Because MOAR!!!

50 Shades of Black and White

The market for spicy, steamy novels was blown wide-open by "50 Shades of Grey" - but the theme breaks down a bit when it is adapted for an IndyCar audience. Read on...

My day as a backmarker

Not everyone can compete every week for the win in racing. But there is still a nobility to chasing that competition, even if your goals are far more modest than others.

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (Iowa)

So if this DW12 chassis can make the other ovals quite nice, what is it going to do to the already insane Iowa Speedway?

INDYCAR: Power Rankings (Iowa)

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I know technically this should be a mid-season Power Rankings episode, but the usual mid-season summer mini-vacation Indycar takes doesn't happen until post-Iowa. That also means I've got this...

"Speed dating" with the IndyCar drivers

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Having trouble getting to know the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers? Here are a few quick details that might inspire you to get to know them better.

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (Milwaukee)

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Ah, the Milwaukee Mile. Being the oldest speedway in the world, there's a lot of history at The Mile. However there's one piece of history I'm more interested in...

INDYCAR: Power Rankings (Milwaukee)

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I guess everything IS bigger in Texas. The speeds. The drop-offs in speed. The size of the winners. The size of the DEEERRRRPS.

IndyCar's trust in drivers' skill pays off handsomely at Texas

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For the first time in years, INDYCAR trusted their drivers to show top-level talent - and the drivers responded at Texas Motor Speedway.

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