Thank You, Takuma Sato, for the $800

“In all the pre-race talk, few were mentioning Taku (Takuma Sato) as someone to keep an eye on,” Robin Miller wrote on Racer.com Seriously? How recent winner (knows how it’s done), front row starter (very fast), and drama-free-in-August (smooth Carb Day with all the right things to say afterwards) Sato…

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Godspeed Bill Simpson

One of the highlights of my PRI show this year was sharing Bill Simpson stories with Del Flores—a fellow former tenant of Lord of the Land Simpson. To know Simpson is to have Simpson stories. Neither of us knew that Bill had a second—and ultimately fatal, I guess—stroke on Friday.…

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Sato Superb at Great Gateway

Sweet Mother of Redemption! After being lambasted from all sides (sometimes with vitriolic hate, as happens today in our world of angry, armchair know-it-alls) and lustily defended by his Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan team, Takuma Sato rebounded with a storybook win at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. The win came six days…

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IndyCar Sparks Sure to Fly at Gateway

After a week of swirling controversy, finger-pointing, and hand-wringing following last weekend’s first lap pile-up at Pocono, drivers away-from-the-fray took the upper hand in qualifying for IndyCar’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. NHDRO will run their World Finals on the Gateway dragstrip in October.…

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Are Two Bumped Teams Better as One?

Former polesitter James Hinchcliffe of the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team failed to qualify for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 and qualified second-to-last in 2019. Two time F1 champ Fernando Alonso of Team McLaren failed to qualify in 2019. Now these two teams are joining together to share their experience at…

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Strategy Nets Newgarden Texas Win

Josef Newgarden came seemingly from nowhere to win the IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The 2019 championship leader fended off Alexander Rossi in a thrilling duel over the final 10 laps to capture the DXC Technology 600. “I didn’t see him up front all day,” said Rossi. “All of…

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