August 19, 2016 |
THE GOOD NEWS for racing fans is, the Verizon IndyCar series will be running 200 mph laps at Pocono Raceway next year and in 2018. I was surprised when the two-year extension was announced last week. The vibe I was getting was Sunday's ABC Supply 500 might be the last IndyCar event at Pocono. In the three years since IndyCar returned to Pocono, the crowds have diminished from the first year's crowd of an estimated 20,000 to 25,000. Conceding that attendance for IndyCar at Pocono is not what track officials hoped for, Brandon Igdalsky, the track's president and CEO, said Monday: "We've lowered our expectations.
August 12, 2016 |
POCONO RACEWAY removed any doubts that the Verizon IndyCar series would return to the track by announcing Wednesday that IndyCar will be back next year and in 2018. No dates were announced for the 2017 and '18 races. The ABC Supply 500, the fourth IndyCar race since the series returned to Pocono, is scheduled for Aug. 21. "We are thrilled to share this great news that we will host the Verizon IndyCar Series through 2018," said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono's president and CEO. "Our track was originally designed for open-wheel cars, and our fans really enjoy the action on the track.
July 2, 2016 |
Swiss Army Man is a big existential fart joke. That's good news if you like fart jokes, not so good otherwise. It should be noted, however, that this fearless oddity of an indie, written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert and starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe (the power of Dans!), is propelled by more than mere flatulence. This is a movie about the safe haven of imagination, about loneliness and despair and resilience, about obsession and, um, stalking. It begins on a desert isle, where a lone castaway, Hank (Dano)
June 3, 2016 |
NORMALLY, when a driver leads 392 of 400 laps, as Martin Truex Jr. did in winning the Coca-Cola 600 last Sunday night at Charlotte, we would stamp a big B on the race, for Bor-ing. Instead, Truex receives a big "attaboy!" for dominating the race and outperforming the multicar teams. While Truex's team is affiliated with Joe Gibbs Racing, it is a single-car operation based in Denver. Truex is part of another, much more personal team. His girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, is a Stage 3 ovarian cancer survivor.
May 26, 2016 |
INDY. Say "Indy" and even many sports fans who don't follow auto racing know it means the Indy 500 or, officially, the Indianapolis 500. On Sunday, the 100th running of the Indy 500 is scheduled. The one-hundredth: That's a lot of fast left turns and rubber on the track affectionately known as the Brickyard. "It's really something special. It's known all over the world," Mario Andretti, the 1969 Indy 500 winner, said from his Nazareth, Pa., home before leaving for Indianapolis.
May 4, 2016
OSCEOLA, Ind . - Ted Cruz's conservative crusade for the presidency fought for new life Monday ahead of an Indiana vote that could effectively end the GOP's primary season. The fiery Texas senator hinted at an exit strategy, even as he vowed to compete to the end against surging Republican front-runner Donald Trump. "I am in for the distance - as long as we have a viable path to victory," Cruz told reporters after campaigning at a popular breakfast stop. With his supporters fearing Cruz could lose a seventh consecutive state Tuesday, the candidate's formulation hinted at a time when he may give up. Like Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Cruz is already mathematically eliminated from reaching a delegate majority before the Republican Party's national convention in July.
May 2, 2016 |
In November, I booked our all-inclusive vacation to Martinique, wired the deposit, and began counting down the days to our March week in the Caribbean. Including my wife, Linda, and our grown children, Max and Zoe, we were a family of four headed for the nonstop sports and lavish buffets of Club Med's Buccaneers Creek in the French West Indies. We had heard that some vacationers were canceling travel to the region because of a spooky, mosquito-borne virus surging in South America and making its way up the archipelago that includes Martinique.
April 24, 2016 |
Bernie Sanders wasn't among the announced headliners at the Coachella music festival that's taken place over the last two weekends in the Southern California desert, but the candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for president was at the oversize gathering in more than just spirit. During a headlining set by Grimes, the Canadian DJ/producer born Claire Boucher, who plays the Electric Factory on June 3, a giant drawing of the senator from Vermont was projected on a video screen . And in a prerecorded message, Sanders introduced Run the Jewels, the acclaimed rap duo of El-P and Killer Mike, the latter of whom has been among the most outspoken of a long list of indie rockers and rappers who have not been shy about declaring how intensely they #FeelTheBern.
December 23, 2015 |
The indie music festival Kat Kat Phest IV will take place Sunday through Jan. 1 at venues such as Kung Fu Necktie, Everybody Hits, and Cha Cha Razzi. It's also the end of Kat Kat Phest and of its hosting organism, the Philadelphia Kat Kat recording label. But why? "I'm turning 30," says DIY show booker and promoter Ruben Anree' Polo. "I don't want to say that I'm definitely doing something. If I don't do anything, it's cool. Leave it on a good note. " Kat Kat Phest is/was a massive celebration to close out another year of great shows held in basements, lofts, repurposed kitchens, and former warehouses by people actively shaping a scene they love.
October 29, 2015 |
PERHAPS the fourth time will click for the Verizon IndyCar series and Pocono Raceway. As the Daily News, citing Racer.com, reported Tuesday, IndyCar will return to Pocono next year on Aug. 21, officials confirmed. Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono's president and CEO, sounded confident that attendance will increase for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono. Igdalsky said the reaction from social media "and renewals flooding into our ticket office" are early indicators that attendance will be up. The largest crowd in IndyCar's first three years back at Pocono was estimated in the 20,000 to 25,000 range.