The IndianaRacing.net blog will be on hiatus for a while. The site wont be going away anytime soon, but I need to shift gears, focus on some other things, and figure out where to go from here. At the very least, I still hope to eventually publish some of the thousands of photos and other materials I have collected over the last several years. Please enjoy IndianaRacing.net as it stands, and perhaps Ill see you at the races.
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Get ready for Danica Mania 2.0 or as Emeril Lagasse might say, Lets kick it up a notch!
Danica Patrick made her mark on history with her win in the Indy Japan 300 at Twin-Ring Motegi, becoming the first female driver ever to win a major open-wheel racing event. The victory in her 50th IndyCar Series start banished forever the questions about when or even if shed win, as well as the comparisons to other female athletes that had failed to produce wins during their careers. And her timing couldnt have been much better, providing a huge boost to the IndyCar Series in what has already been a major momentum-building year with reunification and Graham Rahals exciting victory in the previous event. read more
Fantastico! Magnifico! Eccezionale! (Help, Ive run out of Italian adjectives!) The highlight of the recent 2008 Indy 500 Media Tour was a 150mph+ thrill ride around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a brand-new 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car driven by Italian driver Max Papis. As always, my camera and my recorder went along for the ride. read more
The ever-entertaining Eddie Cheever, winner of the 1998 Indianapolis 500, will serve as an analyst in the ABC/ESPN broadcast booth for the networks coverage of the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500. During the recent 2008 Indy 500 Media Tour, Cheever took questions from the media and offered some very interesting comments on winning the Indy 500, the possible dynamics between him and former teammate and current ABC/ESPN analyst Scott Goodyear, and the possibility of participating in the IndyCar Series again as a team owner. read more
At the 2008 Indy 500 Media Tour I had the opportunity to ask Major General Martin Umbarger, the Indiana Adjutant General, a question about the Army National Guards sponsorship of the Panther Racing car driven by Vitor Meira. Specifically, whether he felt there was any issue with the Guard sponsoring a car driven by a foreign driver. read more
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