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Sebastian Saavedra takes a step back, reloads for 2013

Sebastian Saavedra had a choice - be a backmarker in the IZOD IndyCar Series, or move down a level and reload for a better opportunity in 2013.

SPERBER: "We are up to the challenge" of bringing INDYCAR back to PIR

Phoenix International Raceway president Bryan Sperber may be the white knight for an IZOD IndyCar Series looking for new oval races in an uncertain future.

The legacy of the Red Bull Driver Search

Nearly a decade after it was launched as the great hope for an "all-American F1 team," the Red Bull Driver Search stands today as a cautionary tale for excessive hope and the validity of corporate promotion.

INDYCAR: Wade Cunningham Finally Gets The Call

Wade Cunningham dominated the Firestone Indy Lights Series, but found his way to IndyCars far harder than he expected. This weekend, he finally gets his shot at the big time.

INDY 500 QUALIFYING: A sleepless night at Andretti Autosport

One of the more surprising developments of Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the lack of speed from Andretti Autosport - leading to a sleepless night as Bump Day looms.

Ironman or IndyCar, Meira gives it his all

IndyCar driver Vitor Meira prepares for an Ironman the same way he races: all out.

INDYCAR: Ganassi's dynamic duo make a bid for second consecutive championship

Tonight's IZOD IndyCar Series season finale will be an exciting one because of the Herculean efforts of Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti and his engineer Chris Simmons.

OFFICIAL: IZOD IndyCar Series unveils 2011 schedule sans season finale

The 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule was unveiled today, with the season finale still marked as TBA. Check out the official dates and events here!

The Hammer nails qualifying, pries Kentucky IndyCar pole from Power

Ed Carpenter, stepson of IRL founder Tony George, took George's Vision Racing team to pole position in qualifying for the Kentucky Indy 300 on Friday.

On the eve of the IRL's 200th race, a look back at its first

On the eve of the Indy Racing League's 200th race, Pop Off Valve takes a look at the series' first-ever event on January 27, 1996.

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For Paul Tracy, making his pitch now part of the game

Paul Tracy was once the hottest driver in open-wheel racing. Now he scrambles for every sponsorship dollar, every ride, and every opportunity. But even at age 41, he's still keeping up with his younger peers.

Does IndyCar have a future at Chicagoland Speedway?

Chicagoland Speedway - the home of some of the IZOD IndyCar Series' best oval racing and closest finishes - may not be included in the 2011 IndyCar schedule. Pop Off Valve explains why.

Hmiel's road to redemption takes a turn towards Indy

Later this month, Shane Hmiel will take the next step in an improbable road to recovery when he makes his Firestone Indy Lights debut at Chicagoland. Pop Off Valve explores the long, difficult road he has taken to get there.

Infuriated Castroneves cedes Honda Indy Edmonton to Dixon on blocking penalty

The finish of the Honda Indy Edmonton brought a hailstorm of controversy down on the embattled IZOD IndyCar Series officials. Pop Off Valve examines the decision that led to Scott Dixon inheriting the race victory from apparent winner Helio Castroneves.

"Out of the box" driving: Multi-discipline racing in a specialized world

Danica Patrick's sojurn into NASCAR has the racing world in a frenzy. It has also brought the near-forgotten art of multi-discipline racing back into the spotlight.

Delta Wing without the Delta Wing: IndyCar unveils 2012 chassis strategy

The most important directional shift in the IZOD IndyCar Series' thinking in recent history was unveiled today in Indianapolis. Pop Off Valve examines the new 2012 IndyCar concept.

Are we not entertained? The case for Paul Tracy in IndyCar

They call him the "Thrill from West Hill." He is Paul Tracy, and love him or hate him - and most usually do one or the other - he is the kind of brash, outspoken, entertaining driver that the IZOD IndyCar Series desperately needs.

The Ultimate Delta Wing Interview - Is Ben Bowlby the Next Granatelli or Frankenstein?

Pop Off Valve presents an extended exclusive conversation with the designer of the Delta Wing concept Ben Bowlby about his car's chances for becoming the next IndyCar.

I want to hire the Grahamboni: Rahal to sub for Conway

Pop Off Valve has learned that Graham Rahal will take over the #24 Dreyer and Reinbold Racing Dallara for two upcoming IZOD IndyCar Series races in relief of injured Mike Conway.

ICONIC bears first fruits with 2012 preliminary engine spec

The IZOD IndyCar Series officially announced their 2012 engine specifications today, mandating a more open, innovative and turbocharged powerplant designed to appeal to automakers and fans alike.

Indy 500 Post-Race Quote-A-Rama

The 33 starters of the 94th Indy 500 had plenty to say after the race - check out Pop Off Valve's smorgasbord of driver quotes!

Second Indy 500 victory for Frico Suave

Dario Franchitti took the double-checkers at the 94th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race on fuel strategy. Check our recap at Pop Off Valve!

Castroneves in Indy 500 driver's seat

All that's left are the pre-race traditions and the Greatest Spectacle in Racing itself. Pop Off Valve takes a look at the top five qualifiers and top five dark horses for the 94th Indy 500.

Rollin' the bones

The annual drama of Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway illustrated how fine the razor's edge is between making or missing the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

The SBNation Indy 500 Primer: The Experience

Pop Off Valve presents the third entry in its SBNation Indy 500 Primer - the Experience, showing the Greatest Spectacle in Racing from a fan perspective.

The SBNation Indy 500 Primer: The Traditions

In part two of Pop Off Valve's SBNation Indy 500 Primer, we examine some of the time-honored traditions accompanying the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

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