0.008 seconds was all that separated IndyCar race winner Graham Rahal from James Hinchcliffe—the man who had led most of the restarted race at Texas Motor Speedway but got passed by Rahal on the very last lap. The race was full of close dicing back and forth, but it set a record for TMS’ closest finish ever.
Officials delayed qualifying at Pocono for the upcoming IndyCar race after Charlie Kimball went airborne and tore out part of the catch fence in a devastating crash.
Graham Rahal ended a long IndyCar winless streak today at Fontana in a thrilling race some attribute to new aero specifications, but the excitement likely didn’t extend to driver Ryan Briscoe who managed to escape serious injury after being flipped into a barrel roll on the final lap of the race.
IMS chairman Mari Hulman George has been ordering Indy 500 drivers to “start your engines” for longer than most of us have been alive. Today, another woman tried to butt in on her command, Kanye-style. Mari Hulman George wasn’t having any of it, and damn near backhanded the young lady.
Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe will probably not race again this year after a brutal single-car crash during Indy 500 practice yesterday. It turns out this was the best-case scenario: according to a day-after report, Hinchcliffe came frighteningly close to bleeding out there on the track.
ESPN on ABC's coverage of the thrilling final laps of yesterday's Indy 500 left many viewers upset, as Bristol's repeated coverage of the race leaders' significant others battled that of the actual racing. Here's a comparison of what ESPN aired versus video from the international feed.
During the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Will Power and Scott Dixon hit the pits at the same time. After swapping tires, Dixon took off as Travis Law, a crew member for Power's car, was carrying a tire away from the pit. Dixon's rear tire clipped Law's handheld tire and the speed sent it flying into Law and Law into…
I hope someone called Duckling Protective Services, because this is really just terrible timing to take the kids out for a swim. She's probably Canadian.
You know what question I get asked most as a racecar driver? No, not, "Do you get scared?" and, amazingly, not even, "How fast does your car go?" The most commonly asked question is, "Why do you have to be fit to drive a racecar? All you do is sit down and turn a wheel?"
Poor, poor Dan Wheldon. The IndyCar driver died in a miserable, fiery wreck yesterday, leaving behind a wife and two young sons. Awful stuff. And this was before we found out that he spent his last night alive in the company of a Maloof before getting some tattoos.
AP, via SI.com, reports "Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died Sunday in a fiery 15-car wreck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when his car flew over another on Lap 13 and smashed into the wall just outside turn 2. Wheldon was 33. Drivers were told of Wheldon's death in a meeting about two hours after the fiery, smoky…
Just a handful of laps into today's Las Vegas Indy 300, 15 of 34 cars that started the race were involved in a horrific crash that left driver Dan Wheldon seriously injured and airlifted to a hospital. ESPN reported that driver Will Power was also taken to a hospital because of "lower back pain." At least two cars…
Some background to driver Will Power's double-barreled message from today's Indy 225 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, courtesy of tipsters Dave and sassojr:
With six laps remaining in last night's 2011 Firestone Indy Lights Freedom 100, boom went Jorge Goncalvez's No. 4 after a bit of entanglement sent his ride into the wall. He was alright, but the race finished under a caution. Ripoff.
Click to view File under: #holyshit. In the 1981 Indianapolis 500, Rick Mears took a pitstop and his car was sprayed with fuel that ignited invisibly after making contact with the engine. Mears and several members of his crew were immediately (and invisibly) lit up.
Venezuelan Milka Duno has signed on to run a full IndyCar season. Danica really has been a trailblazer. If Duno does well, maybe she can fail in NASCAR too! [Indy Star]
Hey wait, a wedding, and we weren't invited? It seems that elfin Indy driver Danica Patrick went and got married over the weekend, right under our noses, and we're just now hearing about it. And the staffers at Star call themselves journalists ...
Details are beginning to leak, though (probably through Robert…