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Santino Ferrucci Returns to Coyne for 2019 IndyCar Series Season

  (November 20, 2018) – After making a strong impression in his four IndyCar Series starts this past year, American Santino Ferrucci will be returning to Dale Coyne Racing for 2019 to take on his first full season of IndyCar Racing alongside team veteran Sebastien Bourdais. Ferrucci made his IndyCar debut with DCR in 2018 […]

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Portland pre-race notes!

By Patrick Stephan (@TSO_Patrick) Pre-Race conditions are 68 ambient and 92 with bright sunshine as of 11:47am. Read this then turn in for the green flag at 12:09pm PT! Last night’s social report is far less exciting than Friday’s. Once back to the hotel, I set out around 8pm to possibly go find something to...

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Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway – 2018 – Sunday, 9:15 a.m. – Race Day Open, Starting Lineup, MRTI Cooper Feature

Steve and I (Tony) took the pre-dawn, pre-6 a.m. TriMet MAX Light Rail in this morning on purpose to get to Portland International Raceway as quickly as possible. Patrick is gauging the crowd size on his light rail journey and reports in it’s standing room only. Having just stood in the Mazda Road to Indy...

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Portland Saturday 12:30 p.m. – Bourdais Update; Qualifying Groups

By Tony DiZinno Bourdais OK, but DCR with Vasser-Sullivan crew faces repair job Sebastien Bourdais had just set the fastest time in third practice at Portland International Raceway, when his No. 18 Gorilla Automotive Products Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan snapped to the left at the Turns 9 and 10 chicane. Cars enter...

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Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway – 2018 – Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – Open, Great Friday Crowd, and an Epic Meal

Welcome to Saturday at the Grand Prix of Portland. Here’s what’s on tap today and a few other notes from Friday, including one of the best meals of the year for dinner. Saturday Schedule  The usual third Verizon IndyCar Series practice and qualifying sessions are up, along with qualifying and races for each of the...

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Special memories abound as Firestone’s Cara Adams returns to site of her first race

Cara Adams’ return to Portland International Raceway this weekend brings back a mountain’s worth of memories. It was here, in 2007, where a one-off volunteering effort served as the starting point of a career that has ultimately led her to become the Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Americas Motorsports. Adams had family connections that provided a window […]

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Portland Friday End of Day and MRTI Reports

By Patrick Stephan and Tony DiZinno Sebastien Bourdais (quickest overall) and Will Power came in to talk with the media. Pretty standard Friday press conference, so no great news broken. Will Power though made it very clear what he needs to do this weekend, “We simply have to finish ahead of Dixon and Rossi, there...

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Indianapolis 500 practice – 2018 – Thursday – 7 PM – Post-script on JR Hildebrand’s incident

By Tony DiZinno Just as a quick update to the end-of-day times, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing passed on this quote from JR Hildebrand after his incident today in Turn 3. Hildebrand was checked, cleared and released after contacting the wall exiting Turn 3 and Turn 4. Hildebrand had examined the left rear suspension of the...

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I-PAS ‘goggles test’ provides major advancement in INDYCAR concussion evaluation

INDYCAR drivers are now required to undergo a clinical eye-tracking computer test recently cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. It has been implemented as part of the sanctioning body’s concussion evaluation protocol, it was announced today. Drivers competing in this month’s Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil – plus drivers in the Mazda […]

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Barber Motorsports Park – Sunday 9:30am – Schedule update; Indy Lights and IndyCar races bumped up; Indy Lights qualifying two

By Tony DiZinno The track schedule is changing for today’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, to attempt to beat incoming rain headed for the Barber Motorsports Park facility. The rain has already started with a light to moderate drizzle on the grounds here in Birmingham, Ala. The Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series...

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    • Long Beach’s Grand Prix report is $150K worth of obvious points
      That report was made public Monday afternoon, and it’s loaded with an absence of surprises, although there are a few bits of weirdness involved. Rather than submit what KPMG said would be an ideal computer-aided design plan for the proposed F1 track that would identify all mandatory components required following FIA (the governing body of […]
    • Here’s who won the race between Formula 1 and IndyCar in Long Beach
      In October last year the city released a request for proposals seeking “an open-wheel auto racing format” to run the annual Grand Prix event. From the start it was only a two-horse race between Michaelian and Pook. Pook, of course, was hardly a carpetbagger. He founded the Long Beach Grand Prix in 1975 and brought […]
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      Everybody was excited, but I take a lot of personal interest in IndyCar. I always have. I kind of grew up in IndyCar, so I was glad that we were able to get them back. The fans themselves, for only having a little bit less than 90 days to sell the race last year, we […]
    • Rick Mears – still the ultimate pro at 65
      Over the past 20-something years writing about racing, I’ve encountered three people from whom I learn something about the art of racecar driving every time we speak for longer than five minutes. One of that trio is Rick Ravon Mears, born this day 65 years ago in Wichita, Kansas, and brought up in Bakersfield, Calif. […]
    • Memoir helps widow cope after IndyCar driver's death
      Tonya Bergeson-Dana talks with her son, Conor, about his father when he brings it up, which is often. If he’s asking the questions, she reasons, he’s ready to hear the answers. Paul Conor Dana, at age 9, knows that his father was Paul Dana, a journalist and IndyCar driver who died in March 2006 during […]