July 16, 2006 |
Scott Dixon held off Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dan Wheldon in the final laps and won his second race of the season Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway at Gladeville, Tenn. Wheldon, the defending IndyCar Series champ, tried to pass his teammate on the backstretch of the final lap, but he went too high and couldn't get around Dixon, who won his sixth race of his career in the Firestone Indy 200.
August 22, 2009 |
Dario Franchitti is back with a vengeance. The veteran driver has made a triumphant return to the IndyCar Series after his ill-fated venture into NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car racing which, at this time last year, already had ended prematurely. In this year's IndyCar championship battle Franchitti is only 20 points behind leader Scott Dixon, the reigning titleholder and Franchitti's teammate at Target Chip Ganassi Racing, as the series arrives for Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at curvy Infineon Raceway here.
August 23, 2008 |
SONOMA, Calif. -- Several IndyCar Series drivers hope their trip to California wine country this weekend will improve seasons that have trailed their expectations. They include two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who has been consistently strong but is still looking for his first win of 2008; Marco Andretti, in a two-year winless drought, and several former Champ Car World Series drivers who have struggled after migrating to the IndyCar Series this season. The Champ Car drivers, in particular, are looking to rebound Sunday at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County because it's being held at Infineon Raceway, a curvy road course that was typical of the layouts used on the Champ Car circuit.
September 13, 2012 |
The last time Indy-style race cars swept around the two-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana was seven years ago, and it was a race to remember. Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan came to the finish line side by side at more than 200 mph. Franchitti then edged ahead to win as Franchitti's wife, actress Ashley Judd, burst into joyful tears on pit road. But as they celebrated, the race already had been dropped from the next year's schedule, in no small part because the 92,000-seat facility — then called California Speedway — was less than half full that October day in 2005.
August 25, 2008 |
SONOMA, Calif. -- Danica Patrick is known more for her prowess on high-speed oval tracks than on twisty road courses, but she was all smiles Sunday at Infineon Raceway. Patrick started ninth and finished fifth in the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County, her best finish on a road course this year in the IndyCar Series. "I am very proud of my Motorola team," said Patrick, 26, after her fourth start at Infineon. "We started in the ninth position, and to get a top-five finish at a course that is very difficult to pass at is great," said Patrick, driver of the No. 7 car for Andretti Green Racing.
February 17, 2012 |
With Danica Patrick scheduled to kick off her NASCAR Sprint Cup season at the Daytona 500 later this month, there's been a lot of talk about whether the 29-year-old racer can make an impact among the good 'ol boys. Patrick's seven-year stint in the IndyCar Series was more about hype than actual results. Sure, her 2008 victory at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan was perhaps one of the more memorable moments in U.S.-based open wheel racing in the past decade, but other than some impressive top-end finishes at the Indianapolis 500, Patrick's on-track promise hasn't lived up to her commercial appeal.
May 10, 2009 |
Mike Hull knows exactly why Chip Ganassi wins championships and big races like the Indianapolis 500. "A long time ago, when Chip did everything he could to get me to come to work for him -- and I was kind of young and dumb then -- he said, 'I will get you what you need to win. You work on the other part,' " said Hull, now Target Chip Ganassi Racing's managing director. The team owner has never gone back on his word, and Hull has found ways to get his cars to Victory Lane with an uncanny consistency.
August 25, 2009 |
As he raced toward Infineon Raceway's second turn, Helio Castroneves felt the front suspension of his red-and-white No. 3 race car snap. Suddenly, he was careening off the pavement and into the dirt around the track, coming to a stop in swirls of dust. His race over, Castroneves then waited for emergency crews to pick him up. It was an unfulfilling end Sunday compared with a year ago, when Castroneves basked in the glory of winning the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon, with the flag of his native Brazil draped over him in Victory Lane.
June 15, 2013 |
Alexander Ovechkin has won his third Hart Trophy, given to the NHL's most valuable player. The Washington Capitals right wing beat out Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and John Tavares of the New York Islanders for the award on Saturday night. Ovechkin also won the Hart in 2008 and 2009. In other awards, announced before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Chicago, Montreal's P.K. Subban won his first Norris Trophy, given to the NHL's top defenseman. Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets won the Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL's top goaltender.
March 13, 1994 |
The first act of what is expected to be a real drama in the 1994 Indy-car PPG Cup series will be played out March 20 in Australia--half a world away from most of its fans. Englishman Nigel Mansell, who brought his 1992 Formula one championship with him last season as he took the American-based Indy-car series by storm, winning five races and the title as a rookie, will again be the favorite.