November 1, 2012 |
No timetable is set to replace Randy Bernard, whose departure as chief executive of the Izod IndyCar Series sparked a storm of protest from some media outlets and fans this week, interim IndyCar Chief Executive Jeff Belskus said Thursday. Making his first public comments since Sunday, when IndyCar announced that Bernard had stepped down, Belskus acknowledged in an interview that "Randy was very popular" and that IndyCar "has a lot of passionate fans. " "We do plan to conduct a thorough search for a permanent replacement," said Belskus, who is also CEO of IndyCar's parent, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp.
September 1, 2008 |
Rookie Justin Wilson raced to his first IndyCar Series victory Sunday, edging Helio Castroneves in the Detroit Indy Grand Prix. Castroneves led for the majority of the road race on the Belle Isle course but was penalized for blocking Wilson and was forced by rule to relinquish the lead with fewer than 20 laps to go. Brian Barnhart, IndyCar Series president of competition and operations, said of the ruling: "We did what we did because it...
August 27, 2007 |
Scott Dixon took advantage of Dario Franchitti's late collision Sunday at Sonoma, Calif., winning for the fourth time this season and taking the lead in the IndyCar Series championship with two races remaining. Franchitti, starting from the pole and beginning the Motorola Indy 300 with an eight-point lead over Dixon in the race for the title, dominated the 80-lap race at Infineon Raceway, controlling it until the last round of pit stops.
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.