August 25, 2015 |
LONG POND, Pa. - Whether there will be an IndyCar series race at Pocono Raceway next August significantly depends upon the attendance for yesterday's entertaining race. The crowd appeared to be similar to two years ago when the first IndyCar race at Pocono since 1989 attracted 20,000 to 25,000. There was no word last night from Pocono officials about whether yesterday's crowd for the ABC Supply 500 was big enough to warrant IndyCar returning. The Pocono crowd clearly was larger than races this year at Milwaukee (about 12,000)
July 7, 2014 |
LONG POND, Pa. - Brandon Igdalsky is wondering just how committed IndyCar racing fans are. When Pocono Raceway announced IndyCar racing would return to the track last year for the first time since 1989 the track president and CEO said "excitement was through the roof. " Attendance for last year's race won by Scott Dixon was respectable, around 25,000. Expectations were fans who enjoyed the 220-mph open-wheel racing would return and likely bring more fans. Instead, Igdalsky said yesterday ticket sales for tomorrow's Pocono IndyCar 500 are "down quite a bit. " "Fans need to put their money where the mouth is," he said.
June 15, 2013 |
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.
May 28, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan is conflicted over green-white-checkered flag finishes. Kanaan won his first Indy 500 under caution Sunday in an anticlimactic ending to a thrilling race. There were a record 68 lead changes, with the last one coming when Kanaan slid around Ryan Hunter-Reay on a restart with three laps remaining. Moments later, Dario Franchitti's crash brought out the caution and the race ended with Kanaan following the pace car around Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the final two laps of the 500-mile race.
May 27, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Kanaan had one more lap, one anticlimactic last lap under the yellow caution flag, to end 12 years of frustration in the Indianapolis 500. He flipped up his visor to wipe away tears as the crowd roared its approval, and then in Victory Lane he gave his bride of two months a long kiss and poured the celebratory winner's milk over his head. Kanaan is Indy's hard-luck loser no more. He is its champion at last, fittingly with a dose of good luck for a change. "I have to say, the last lap was the longest lap of my life," Kanaan said.
April 8, 2013 |
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jimmie Johnson pulled away on a restart with eight laps to go and won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. It was his eighth career victory on the shortest track in the series. Only Richard Petty (15) and Darrell Waltrip (11) have won more. Clint Bowyer was second and Jeff Gordon was third. Kasey Kahne, who restarted fifth, went underneath to take fourth. IndyCar BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ryan Hunter-Reay ended Penske Racing's domination at Barber Motorsports Park by holding off Scott Dixon to win the IndyCar Series race.
September 3, 2012 |
HAMPTON, Ga. - Denny Hamlin won his second straight Sprint Cup race, holding off Jeff Gordon in a green-white-checkered finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night. Martin Truex Jr. appeared to be positioned for his first win since 2007 until Jamie McMurray smashed the wall on the front straightaway, bringing out a caution with three laps to go. The leaders went to pit road, and Hamlin's crew got him back on the track first, just ahead of Truex. While Truex struggled to get up to speed on the restart, Hamlin pulled away with Gordon right on his bumper.
July 9, 2012 |
TORONTO - Coming off two wins on oval courses, Ryan Hunter-Reay showed he can also dominate a street course, winning the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday. In taking over the points series lead, Hunter-Reay led the final 28 laps of the 85-lap race. He is the first American-born driver to win three straight since AJ Allmendinger in 2006. He leads Will Power by 34 points in the series standings. Hunter-Reay won under caution after numerous pileups followed a restart with three laps remaining.
June 26, 2012 |
Clint Bowyer held off Kurt Busch in Sonoma, Calif., on Sunday to record his first victory on a road course and first win with Michael Waltrip Racing. Bowyer dominated Sunday's race, but defending race winner Busch was all over his bumper late. A caution with four laps remaining set up a final restart and overtime finish, and forced Bowyer to earn the victory. He raced side-by-side with Busch at the green flag, but cleared Busch and pulled away for the win. "I'm super excited for everybody involved," Bowyer said.
May 25, 2012 |
THIS IS A WEEK my Daily News sports colleagues dread. I frequently remind them Sunday is "the greatest day in sports, the Indianapolis 500 followed by the Coca-Cola 600?…?1,100 miles of racin' !" From early afternoon until late night, race cars go, go, go. First, IndyCars hurry around famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A little after 6 p.m., the NASCAR Sprint Car rumble at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Indy 500 is gradually regaining the appeal it had before the sanctioning-organizations split in the mid-1990s of the Indy Racing League and Championship Auto Racing Teams.