September 17, 2012 |
Say what you will about the troubled state of IndyCar racing — and there's no shortage of problems to discuss — but the series still can put on a compelling show. That was evident on a hot Saturday night at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, where the Izod IndyCar Series returned for the first time in seven years. The MAVTV 500 was the series' season finale, with drivers Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay locked in a close championship battle. So there was a race within the race, with 26 drivers trying not only to win the event but Power and Hunter-Reay trying to finish high enough to capture the title.
October 3, 2011 |
IndyCar racing is struggling to overcome several problems that include weak attendance and television ratings and the decision by Danica Patrick, perhaps its most popular driver, to bolt for NASCAR stock car racing next year. But say this about the Izod IndyCar Series: It can still put on a thrilling race besides its crown jewel, the Indianapolis 500. For the last 20 laps in Sunday's Kentucky Indy 300, little-known Ed Carpenter raced side by side with reigning series champion Dario Franchitti at more than 200 mph. Round and round they went only a few feet apart on the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway oval, with neither driver willing to cede the lead to the other.
July 8, 2009 |
The IndyCar Series heads to its next race Sunday in Toronto with new leadership after the series' controversial founder, Tony George, was replaced by his family's company. George, 49, had headed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1990 and had created the series and its parent, the Indy Racing League, in the mid-1990s.
September 21, 2002
I was amazed to see an article by Shav Glick on CART ["Andretti to Put IRL before CART," Sept. 18]. It's not the week of the Long Beach Grand Prix or Fontana, so it must be an opportunity for him to act in his other capacity, de facto spokesman for Tony George and the IRL. The IRL was supposed to be a breeding ground for American drivers, yet of the three drivers announced switching over to the IRL, two are foreigners, as were both of Roger Penske's...
September 18, 2002 |
Michael Andretti, the winningest driver in CART history, announced Tuesday that he was taking fellow CART drivers Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan with him to the Indy Racing League next year as part of the new Andretti Green Racing team. It is the latest blow to CART, the older of the two open-wheel racing sanctioning bodies, which has been troubled by a lack of teams and drivers for this season's races and the loss of two of its engine suppliers next year.
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October 12, 2001 |
There's a new star on the world stage since Sept. 11, a new No. 2 in the global world order: Britain's prime minister, Tony Blair. Putting aside the 50 years when Britain was seen as a middle-ranking country off the coast of continental Europe, Blair is conducting himself as George W. Bush's co-star. He has made the key diplomatic missions to Moscow, Islamabad, New Delhi and Oman.