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June 30, 2011 | by Bill Fleischman, fleiscb@phillynews.com
AS RACES, AND YEARS, went by and Marco Andretti failed to win another race, skeptics could be heard whispering that maybe he has the name but not the game to be a big winner in IndyCar racing. The runner-up finish in his first Indianapolis 500 start 6 years ago? He almost beat Sam Hornish Jr., but maybe his impressive finish was a fluke. Andretti's barely qualifying at Indy this year was more a problem with his car than with him. Finally, Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, Andretti, 24, won his second IndyCar Series race (his first was at Sonoma, Calif., during his rookie year)
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July 8, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONG POND, Pa. - Open-wheel racing returns to Pocono Raceway on Sunday for the first time since 1989 with the Izod IndyCar Series Pocono 400. Mario Andretti - patriarch of racing's most successful family - raced at Pocono 17 times in his career. He won the 1986 Pocono 500, the same year his son, Michael, won the pole. Mario's grandson, Marco Andretti, was the fastest driver in Thursday's open testing at Pocono, turning in a lap of 220.963 m.p.h. Marco Andretti, who lives a little more than 30 minutes from Pocono in Nazareth, said there's little advice his grandfather and father can give him from their experiences with the track.
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May 26, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Fresh-faced, tanned and eager, 18-year-old Marco Andretti sat trackside yesterday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, basking in brilliant sunshine. Everywhere he looked, the famed Brickyard seemed to conjure up memories. He said he could not put his emotions into words. "I basically grew up here one month out of the year, every year," Andretti said. "What I remember most was just hanging out over the years, listening to the announcers say my grandfather's and my father's name.
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May 27, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
If Marco Andretti is to reverse his family's fortunes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he will have to do it from the middle of the pack in today's Futaba Freedom 100. Even though his father, Michael; his grandfather Mario; and his great uncle Aldo were in Marco Andretti's pit yesterday, an underpowered car dogged the 18-year-old, relegating him to 11th-fastest in the morning qualifying. During afternoon qualifying, the high school senior from Nazareth, Pa., was well off the pace set by pole-sitter Jaime Camara.
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May 28, 2006 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
At first glance, the baby-faced 19-year-old appears too young to valet park cars at the local country club. You might be even less enthusiastic about handing over the keys to the convertible upon seeing Marco Andretti zip around Indianapolis Motor Speedway at nearly 225 miles per hour. Yet less than one year after graduating from Notre Dame High in Bethlehem, Pa., the third-generation driver from America's most famous open-wheel-racing family will roll off on the outside of Row 3 for the start of today's 90th Indianapolis 500. Meanwhile, his dad/car owner, Michael Andretti, will be watching intently - two rows back.
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March 25, 2013 | Associated Press
FONTANA, Calif. - Kyle Busch earned his first victory of the season at Fontana on Sunday after rivals Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano wrecked on the final lap in a thrilling NASCAR finish. Hamlin and Logano made contact while they raced side-by-side in the final lap of their first race since the drivers confronted each other last week at Bristol. Logano hit the outside wall and Hamlin hit the inside wall, with Hamlin getting attention in an ambulance and eventually being airlifted to a hospital.
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July 7, 2013
POCONO INDYCAR 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa. When: Tomorrow, noon TV/Radio: 6ABC/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 2.5-mile tri-oval Distance: 160 laps/400 miles Forecast: isolated thunderstorms, mid-80s Track qualifying record: Emerson Fittipaldi, 211.715 mph (August 1989) Track facts: The race will be the first IndyCar race at Pocono since 1989 . . . Andretti Autosport drivers James Hinchcliffe (three wins this year) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (two) lead the series . . . Penske Racing's Helio Castroneves holds a nine-point lead over Hunter-Reay in the standings.
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April 11, 2013 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
INDYCARS were on Pocono Raceway's 2.5-mile tri-oval Wednesday for the first time since 1989. The reaction from drivers following the testing for the July 7 IndyCar 400 race? Very favorable. "Definitely it's a really nice track, very smooth with the resurfacing," Penske Racing's Will Power said. "It's very fast. I've already been wide-open all the way around. Maybe a little bit heavy on downforce, but nice. " The cars were clocked unofficially at 215 mph during the testing conducted by Firestone.
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July 8, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been 20 years since Pocono Raceway hosted an IndyCar race. But it took only a chance meeting between two of racing's most influential figures to bring open-wheel cars back to the "Tricky Triangle. " "It literally took me being in the wrong place at the wrong time with [former IndyCar CEO] Randy Bernard," said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway CEO and president. Pocono Raceway will host Sunday's IndyCar Pocono 400, the Izod IndyCar Series' second leg of the Fuzzy's Triple Crown.
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August 6, 2007 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Tony Kanaan held off Marco Andretti for the final 27 laps yesterday to win the Firestone Indy 400 in Brooklyn, Mich. The race was marred by a spectacular wreck in which Dario Franchitti took a wild, upside-down ride. The crash came on Lap 144 when Dan Wheldon, trying to overtake leader Franchitti, appeared to drive his right front tire into Franchitti's left rear. Suddenly, Franchitti's car soared high in the air, backward and upside down. He came down on top of the car driven by Scott Dixon.
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July 8, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONG POND, Pa. - Open-wheel racing returns to Pocono Raceway on Sunday for the first time since 1989 with the Izod IndyCar Series Pocono 400. Mario Andretti - patriarch of racing's most successful family - raced at Pocono 17 times in his career. He won the 1986 Pocono 500, the same year his son, Michael, won the pole. Mario's grandson, Marco Andretti, was the fastest driver in Thursday's open testing at Pocono, turning in a lap of 220.963 m.p.h. Marco Andretti, who lives a little more than 30 minutes from Pocono in Nazareth, said there's little advice his grandfather and father can give him from their experiences with the track.
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July 8, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been 20 years since Pocono Raceway hosted an IndyCar race. But it took only a chance meeting between two of racing's most influential figures to bring open-wheel cars back to the "Tricky Triangle. " "It literally took me being in the wrong place at the wrong time with [former IndyCar CEO] Randy Bernard," said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway CEO and president. Pocono Raceway will host Sunday's IndyCar Pocono 400, the Izod IndyCar Series' second leg of the Fuzzy's Triple Crown.
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July 7, 2013
POCONO INDYCAR 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa. When: Tomorrow, noon TV/Radio: 6ABC/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 2.5-mile tri-oval Distance: 160 laps/400 miles Forecast: isolated thunderstorms, mid-80s Track qualifying record: Emerson Fittipaldi, 211.715 mph (August 1989) Track facts: The race will be the first IndyCar race at Pocono since 1989 . . . Andretti Autosport drivers James Hinchcliffe (three wins this year) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (two) lead the series . . . Penske Racing's Helio Castroneves holds a nine-point lead over Hunter-Reay in the standings.
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July 7, 2013 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND, Pa. - There's another racer from Nazareth, Pa., except he is not named Andretti. Sage Karam, 18, is attempting to follow in the fast footsteps of Mario, Michael, Jeff, John and now Marco Andretti. Karam has won the last two Firestone Indy Lights races. He'll race today in the scheduled 4 p.m. Indy Lights event at Pocono Raceway. Karam should be easy to find on the track: His No. 8 car is one of only eight in the 40-lap/100-mile race that supports tomorrow's Pocono IndyCar 400 Fueled by Sunoco.
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June 15, 2013 | Associated Press
Tony Stewart opened his remarks in Michigan on Friday with a few words about Jason Leffler, who died Wednesday night from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. Moments later, he offered a brief plea amid growing safety questions about Leffler's death at the dirt-track race. "What happened this week wasn't because somebody didn't do something right with the race track. It was an accident. Just like if you go out and there's a car crash.
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May 25, 2013 | Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Shortly before he left his home in Nazareth, Pa., for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Marco Andretti watched a documentary that showed his grandfather Mario at the famed track. "It was him and [radio announcer] Paul Page. They were walking down the start/finish line and he said, 'You know, I always said I hated this place,' " Andretti recalled his grandfather saying. "And then he paused for a while and said, 'I lied.' That pretty much tells it all. We've been through a lot here, but we live for it. " Five drivers from the Andretti clan have combined to make 80 starts in the Indianapolis 500. Mario Andretti's 1969 victory remains the lone win and the family has been answering questions about the "Andretti Curse" for decades now. It was Michael Andretti who had it the worst, leading 431 laps in 16 career starts and never getting a chance to drink the celebratory milk.
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April 12, 2013
Peyton Manning threw his first passes to his newest Broncos teammate Wes Welker during a workout Wednesday at Duke. Welker and Denver receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker joined the veteran quarterback, working with Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who was Manning's quarterbacks coach at Tennessee and oversaw much of the quarterback's work when he was recovering from his neck surgeries. Welker left the Patriots and signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos this offseason.
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April 11, 2013 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
INDYCARS were on Pocono Raceway's 2.5-mile tri-oval Wednesday for the first time since 1989. The reaction from drivers following the testing for the July 7 IndyCar 400 race? Very favorable. "Definitely it's a really nice track, very smooth with the resurfacing," Penske Racing's Will Power said. "It's very fast. I've already been wide-open all the way around. Maybe a little bit heavy on downforce, but nice. " The cars were clocked unofficially at 215 mph during the testing conducted by Firestone.
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March 25, 2013 | Associated Press
FONTANA, Calif. - Kyle Busch earned his first victory of the season at Fontana on Sunday after rivals Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano wrecked on the final lap in a thrilling NASCAR finish. Hamlin and Logano made contact while they raced side-by-side in the final lap of their first race since the drivers confronted each other last week at Bristol. Logano hit the outside wall and Hamlin hit the inside wall, with Hamlin getting attention in an ambulance and eventually being airlifted to a hospital.
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September 15, 2012
Even without facing Rafael Nadal , the U.S. team is on the brink of elimination by the clay-court masters from Spain. Sam Querrey and John Isner lost their opening singles matches Friday, giving the defending champions a 2-0 lead in the Davis Cup semifinals in Gijón, Spain. The U.S. team must win the doubles match Saturday to stay in the series, with brothers Mike and Bob Bryan facing Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez . The Bryan twins are 5-0 against Spain. Sixteen-year-old Donna Vekic of Croatia reached her first WTA final, beating Eva Birnerova of the Czech Republic, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, in the Tashkent Open in Uzbekistan, becoming the youngest player to play a title match in six years.
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