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A visit to Ganassi Racing and driver-coach Dario
by Brian Carroccio
Recently between the Milwaukee and Iowa IndyCar events, I had the pleasure of visiting Chip Ganassi Racing in Indianapolis. CGR of course also has facilities in North Carolina and Brownsburg, IN for its NASCAR, sports car and rallycross operations, with Indianapolis home to the organization’s four-car Verizon IndyCar Series team. Now, if you had any question as to why CGR has achieved the success it has over the past two decades plus, I can tell you that question is answered the moment you walk through the doors at the Indianapolis shop. Immediately, you are taken aback by the countless trophies, banners and race cars displayed celebrating the team’s glorious history across many racing disciplines.
Rob Kauffman Joins With Chip Ganassi
by Pete McCole
Chip Ganassi Racing announced today that Rob Kaufmann has agreed to buy a minority stake in the teams NASCAR operation, in a move seen by many as a power shift between two of the biggest manufacturers in NASCAR. Kauffman, the majority owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, will sell his interest in that team in order to join Ganassi’s operation, possibly bringing over the no. 15 team of Clint Bowyer with him from MWR. MWR announced the deal in statement released this afternoon, but didn’t elaborate on rumors concerning Bowyer or the no. 15 team.
Mid-season interview w/Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr
Sauber F1 drivers
The two-week factory shutdown and summer break is almost here. The Sauber F1 Team is more than halfway through the 2015 FIA Formula One Championship – so it is time for a recap and outlook. After a rather difficult 2014 season, Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr put the Swiss team back into the competition, scoring a total of 22 points after ten Grands Prix.
Ferrari 488 Spider drops its top before Frankfurt
Official unveiling scheduled for Frankfurt Motor Show
Ferrari announces the launch of the 488 Spider, its most powerful ever mid-rear-engined V8 car to feature the patented retractable hard top along with the highest level of technological innovation and with cutting-edge design. Ferrari was the first manufacturer to introduce the RHT (Retractable Hard Top) on a car of this particular architecture. This solution ensures lower weight (-25 kg) and better cockpit comfort compared to the classic fabric soft-top.
Q and A with Graham Rahal
IndyCar's hottest American
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal was on the INDYCAR media teleconference today. Rahal, driver of the No. 15 Steak 'n Shake Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, is enjoying his finest season in the Verizon IndyCar Series. He is currently second in the series point standings and won earlier this season at Auto Club Speedway.
INDYCAR: Rethinking Doubleheaders
by Lucille Dust
The fans that attend the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix got something no other race goers did in 2015: two Verizon IndyCar Series championship races in the same weekend. Sure, the weekend was plagued by foul weather, which caused session delays, and certainly added to the challenges that comes with attending a race. However, since the doubleheader format was implemented in 2013, there have been seven race weekends features two events. And all indications are they have been a hit with fans.
Kyle Busch holds off Logano to win at The Brickyard
Denies Roger Penske another Indy win
Kyle Busch held off Joey Logano through three late race restarts to win his 4th NASCAR Sprint Cup race in the last 5 at the Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. Kevin Harvick was third with Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-5. Busch came back from a serious injury in the Daytona 500 to make a late run at getting in The Chase by winning on every kind of race track. Busch and Toyota had never won at Indy.
Torrence, Beckman, Morgan, Krawiec win in Denver
Mile High Nationals
Steve Torrence raced to his first Top Fuel victory in over two years Sunday at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. Torrence powered his dragster to the winner’s circle with a 3.925-second performance at 319.37 mph to earn his fifth career victory, first at Denver and first since Bristol 2013. Torrence, who defeated Tony Schumacher in the final, earned the seventh spot in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout at Indianapolis.
Hungarian GP: Sunday Press Conference
Vettel gets 2nd win for FerrariDRIVERS
1 -- Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2 -- Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull Racing)
3 -- Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing)
Vettel takes decisive win in Hungary
by Mark J. Cipolloni
4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel drove a perfect race to win the Hungarian GP for Ferrari, his 2nd win of 2015 while his opponents made numerous mistakes behind him. Vettel took the lead at the start from pole sitter Lewis Hamilton and led all the way except for pitstops. Daniil Kvyat brought his Red Bull home 2nd ahead of his teammate Daniel Riccardo. Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso rounded out the top-5.
Dixon, Force, Johnson, Krawiec Quickest at Denver
Force Collects 2nd Straight No. 1 In Denver
John Force earned his 154th career No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car Saturday at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were No. 1 qualifiers of their categories at the 14th of 24 events in the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season and the first of three events on the NHRA Western Swing.
Kimber-Smith, Guasch Take Third Tudor win
by Steven Cole Smith
For a while, it appeared no one wanted to win Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Lime Rock Park, but the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Cuttwood Prototype Challenge car of Tom Kimber-Smith and Mike Guasch finally took the checkered flag in the two-hour, 40-minute Northeast Grand Prix. In the GT Daytona (GTD) class, the No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMZ Z4 of Dane Cameron and Michael Marsal took the win, but it was not without drama, on and off the track.
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