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Road to Indy drivers dominate rankings

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Drivers who competed in Road to Indy ladder series are ranked in the top five of EFormulaCarNews.com’s final ranking of North American formula car racers. Conor Daly enjoyed a stellar season in the Star Mazda Championship ranks – winning both the overall championship and the VISITFLORIDA Cup. The 18-year-old from Noblesville, Ind., tied the Star Mazda record for wins in a season, and set season marks for podiums and pole positions and earned the No. 1 ranking with 10,363 points.

Andretti Signs Hunter-Reay Through 2012

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Hours after formally announcing their split with Tony Kanaan, Andretti Autosport confirms Ryan Hunter-Reay has been signed for the next two years.

Andretti Autosport buy out Kanaan's contract

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One of the longest, most successful partnerships in IndyCar racing is over, at least for now, as Tony Kanaan and Andretti Autosport have parted company. The popular 2004 champion couldn’t be guaranteed a ride after longtime sponsor 7-Eleven bailed a few weeks ago so he took a buyout and now he’s a free agent. "I don’t agree with some things and it’s very disappointing but I have no hard feelings," said Kanaan, who joined a team then known as Andretti-Green in 2003 and proceeded to win 14 races and lead more than 2,600 laps. "It’s sad because I wanted to be there. It’s been my home for nine years and I have a lot of great memories but it’s life, it’s reality, and now I’ve got to find a new home." For more, read Robin Miller's story at SPEED.com.

Interview: Sebastian Saavedra

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In early September, Sebastian Saavedra drew the ire of a lot of IndyCar fans by leaving his Indy Lights team, Bryan Herta Autosport, in the middle of the Kentucky race weekend. It could have been career suicide. Would future owners be put off by his willingness to depart if things were going poorly? Would fans respect his decision, or the way he handled things? But Saavedra came out smelling like a rose, signing the well-respected Derrick Walker as a manager and landing with Conquest Racing for the IndyCar season finale at Homestead. And you know what? The bum rap that he got for his decision to depart BHA isn't deserved. Saavedra's confident, yes, but he's got the driving chops to back it up. He's an excellent race car driver, and a great guy to talk to. Maybe we don't like the way he handled his decision to leave the team, but he was only doing what was best for his career. And it takes some huge cojones to, at 20 years old, go up to the owner who put you in the Indianapolis 500 and say "you're not putting a good enough car on track." I don't think I would have handled the situation any better - actually, being Saavedra's age myself, I KNOW for certain that I wouldn't have. Anyways, Seb was gracious enough to grant me an interview, and I'm more than grateful for it. I don't care what anybody else thinks, I'm a fan for life.

IZOD IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard will join officials from the Firestone Indy Lights Series and...

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IZOD IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard will join officials from the Firestone Indy Lights Series and USAC, as well as USAC drivers Bryan Clauson and Levi Jones, for a partnership announcement at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is expected that the partnership to be announced will involve a Road to Indy "graduate program" that will see USAC drivers receive Indy Lights opportunities in future seasons.

Greatness Before Our Eyes

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A look back toward greatness informs my view of the present

Vote for Sage Karam as Sports Illustrated's Sports Kid of the Year!

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Sage Karam, 15-year-old racing prodigy and all around nice guy, is a finalist for the 2010 Sports Illustrated Sports Kid of the Year. If you love racing and want to see a deserving kid make good, go vote for Sage!

PRUETT: ALMS' Highcroft Racing eyeing limited 2011, full-time 2012 IndyCar campaign

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Marshall Pruett reports at SPEED.com that American Le Mans Series stalwart Highcroft Racing may potentially field a limited-schedule effort in the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series, with an eye towards a full-season go in 2012.

Simona de Silvestro to return with HVM Racing in 2011

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Proving that the "lead sled" that she finished 2010 driving was no impediment to her future, Simona de Silvestro will return to HVM Racing to improve on her Tony Renna Spirit Award-winning performance in the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season. No word yet as to sponsorship for the team.

2010 VERSUS IndyCar Finale Promo

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2010 VERSUS IndyCar Finale Promo

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