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Racing Roundup: Another automobile racer dies; Hamilton, Newgarden, Truex all win

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Cancellation of Phoenix foe bad news for IndyCar

IndyCar will not be returning to Phoenix in 2019 and there are reports that a league’s officials are articulate to International Speedway Corp. officials about opportunities during other ISC marks and we have customarily one question: Why, oh why, oh why, would IndyCar be eventhinking about articulate to a International Speedway Corp. about anything?

International Speedway Corp. is a France family and a France family is NASCAR, That should flattering many tell we all we have to know.

Once on a time, IndyCar – behind when it was called CART – used to do unequivocally good attendance-wise during a Phoenix International Raceway (now called ISM Speedway). There were 3 reasons for this: a) Indy cars had raced there going behind to a track’s beginnings in a 1960s and all a good American short-track stars of a day ran in a array – Andretti, a Unsers, Rutherford, Foyt and on and on – so they had a good following; b) NASCAR had nonetheless to strike a stride; c) International Speedway Corp. didn’t possess a place; a man named Buddy Jobe did. ISC customarily bought it in 1997.

CART raced there compartment 1995 and afterwards Jobe opted to go with a breakaway Indy Racing League, that was afterwards asked to leave following a foe in 2005 since of miss of interest.

So after a Indy automobile fight was settled, some of a Indianapolis-based reporters started violence a drums for a array to get behind to Phoenix. Everything would be beautiful, they all wrote. Phoenix will be a answer to many of a prayers. So in 2016, behind a array went to Phoenix and notwithstanding everybody inside a IndyCar village observant what a smashing success all had been, in existence it was tighten to being a disaster. Why? The pretty-much spec Indy cars are now too quick for brief ovals and a drivers are too equal so a races are follow-the-leader boring. And there was apparently flattering many 0 seductiveness among a ubiquitous population.

And since was there 0 interest? This does not take a rocket scientist to explain. It is since a lane is owned by ISC (which is formula for NASCAR) and there was NO promotion. 

NASCAR is a racing organization. It is in foe with IndyCar, that is another racing organization. Who in their right mind thinks for a second that NASCAR is going to lift a finger to assistance IndyCar? In fact, NASCAR would like zero some-more than for IndyCar to go out of business. 

Look during what has happened recently. The due Boston travel foe blew adult and IndyCar had to find a place to race. Instead of doing a judicious thing – that we wrote columns about during a time – and going to Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal (the NASCAR Xfinity Series had left, so there was an opening for a second foe after a F1 Grand Prix du Canada), IndyCar opted to go to Watkins Glen instead. Watkins Glen, a NASCAR track, did next-to-nothing to foster that foe and it is now history.

Now we have a Phoenix disaster. When a IRL ran there behind in a late-nineties, early 2000s, we used to fly out for a races in Mar since Manzanita Speedway was still in business during a time and we desired a CRA/USAC scurry automobile races they used to reason there.

So we would get off a craft during a Sky Harbour Airport and this is what we would see: graduation for Cactus League Baseball, U.S. College Final Four basketball, Phoenix Coyotes hockey, Phoenix Suns pro basketball, an arriving LPGA golf contest and college football open muster games. There was not one pointer that there was an Indy automobile foe on. Not one. There were no billboards or ads in a paper. If we incited on a radio, we listened commercials (I’m not creation this up) for a NASCAR foe that was arriving yet zero about a Indy cars. 

That is how NASCAR promotes IndyCar. By doing nothing. Oh, along with some internal sponsorship, adequate people customarily spin out to spend adequate income on admissions and concessions to cover a cost of a supporting price a speedway had to compensate IndyCar yet they didn’t caring about branch a distinction since that wasn’t a indicate of a exercise, that was/is to amalgamate a racing and confuse IndyCar.

Which is since IndyCar no longer races during ISC-owned speedways like New Hampshire, or Homestead-Miami, or Richmond, Va.. And a story with those 3 – and Phoenix – was always a same: no graduation equals no seductiveness equals failure.

So here is my idea to IndyCar today: don’t foe during any some-more ovals than a ones we now have and stay divided – miles divided – from a ISC (NASCAR). They will grin during we and afterwards do something else to we simultaneously.

Go foe during Circuit of a Americas in Austin (if Eddie Gossage says he’ll cancel Texas, call his steep since you’ll get a many bigger throng during COTA), Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal and in Calgary. You will not bewail it. 

And if someone calls from ISC, don’t answer.

Rossi pushes a pouch and IndyCar lets him

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Paul Tracy was going on and on during a Verizon IndyCar Series telecast Sunday about a good, hard, racing that was going on during a Road America highway course. This was after Alexander Rossi had pushed not one yet dual other drivers – Robbie Wickens and Takuma Sato – off a track.

I’m a fan of good, hard, racing myself – when it’s legal. we don’t consider pulling someone off a racing aspect is legal. we suspicion a foe was ostensible to take place on a track. What if there had been a wall there?  

And it’s not that I’m down on Rossi, nonetheless he does this arrange of thing approach some-more than any of a other drivers in a IndyCar series. This is a arrange of thing they do in Formula One – Bottas did it to Grosjean in France Sunday – and we don’t like it there, either. we unequivocally don’t consider there’s any reason for it.

Rossi pronounced in an talk following that a turns in doubt were his corners and that a others should have corroborated off. What are they ostensible to do? Slam on a brakes? It would be a customarily approach to stay on a track.

The stewards didn’t do anything in both instances, that was a mistake. Why was it a mistake? Because somebody is going to get Rossi back. It’s a aged business of dusk a score: do that to me and get prepared since we am going to do that behind to you. 

Sunday during Road America, there was adequate room that when Rossi did what he did, there were no consequences. Maybe when a unavoidable payback comes, a resources won’t be utterly as favourable. 

For a full news on a IndyCar race, that was won by Josef Newgarden, with Ryan Hunter-Reay second and Scott Dixon third, greatfully click here.

Other racing: F1, NASCAR, Pikes Peak, Saudi Arabia


Many of a Southern Ontario speedways had their programs cleared out this weekend – Ohsweken,Jucasa and Merrittville, to name a few. It’s not that a flood combined problems on a marks yet that a parking lots got so dripping that cars driven by spectators would expected swamp down and get stuck, hence a cancellations. Let’s cranky a fingers that a arriving Canada Day weekend is balmy and everybody can get their large early summer shows in . . . . . Was Lewis Hamilton even in the French Grand Prix Sunday? we mean, he started from stick yet afterwards was so distant left (after a unavoidable first-corner pile-up was spotless adult and a foe restarted) that a announcers didn’t discuss his name again compartment a checkers. For a full news on a F1 race, greatfully click here.

Okay, how can we give a man a five-second chastisement for going too slowly? That was what a Williams driver, Sergey Sirotkin, got early in a race. Was a reserve automobile lapping him? we mean, isn’t that about a customarily approach we could unequivocally establish if a man was going too slowly? And Sebastian Vettel misjudges his speed and afterwards can’t stop in time to equivocate hittingValtteri Bottas and radically hull both their races and he gets a five-second chastisement too. Huh? That’s a disproportion between a stewards in F1 and a ones in IndyCar: one organisation does too much, a other, too little. . . . . How did we like the Rocket Man demo customarily before a F1 race? Was that cool, or what? And the Patrouille Acrobatique de France flypast? With their inhabitant colours of red, white and blue trailing? Great stuff. we could have finished though a red, white and blue striping all around a circuit, though. we suspicion we was hallucinating a integrate of times. . . . . . we never trust F1 rumours. 

Kimi Raikkonen will be transposed in 2019 by Charles Leclerc, they say. Kimi is still trucking along flattering well, isn’t he? Did we see him make that outward pass on Ricciardo? And a third-place finish in a French Grand Prix? That’s adequate to get him fired, for sure. If true, though, since wait? Ferrari have adequate income to compensate off both Kimi and Sauber. . . . . . Nicholas Latifi of Toronto finished seventh in a Formula 2 foe Saturday during Circuit Paul Ricard, that got him a front-row starting symbol in Sunday’s scurry race. Try as he might, though, “Nick” could customarily conduct an eighth-place finish. . . . . . we adore a name of a Formula 2 leader,Lando Norris. we imitation out a headlines and put them adult around my house. “Norris wins again,” or, “Norris fights back” – that arrange of thing. . . . . . Martin Truex Jr. won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup highway foe during Sonoma Sunday, with Kevin Harvick second and Clint Bowyer third. we should say, though, that a plan call by Canada’s Cole Pearn won that foe for Truex. In any event, greatfully click here for details.

  . . . . . Wendy Venturini, a renouned figure in a NASCAR media and a initial womanlike to co-anchor a NASCAR Cup race, in 2014, was struck by a automobile while out jogging Saturday morning nearby Sonoma, Calif., autoweek.com reports Venturini, who suffered a skull detonate yet is expected to recover, now works for a Performance Racing Network and was in California to support in a NASCAR coverage during Sonoma. . . . . . Blake Alexander became a 105th opposite Top Fuel leader in NHRA story Sunday afternoon during a Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals during Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their particular categories during a 12th of 24 events on a 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.  Please click here for details.. . . . In Mazda Road to Indy action, Parker Thompsonof Red Deer, Alta., finished fourth both days in Pro Mazda races during Road America. In Indy Lights, Dalton Kellett of Toronto was sixth on Sunday and seventh Saturday. . . . . . Romain Dumas and a Volkswagen I.D. R electric-powered automobile won the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb presented by Gran Turismo on Sunday, environment a record in a process. The VW electric became a initial automobile to finish underneath 8 minutes, entrance in during 7:57.148. The prior record was 8:13.878 set by Sébastien Loeb in a Peugeot 208 T16 in 2013 and a electric record was formerly hold by Rhys Millen, who got to a rise in 2016 with a time of 8:57.118. . . . . . On Saturday during midnight, women in Saudi Arabia were means to take to a roads, finale a world’s final anathema on women drivers, prolonged seen as an button of women’s hang-up in a deeply regressive Muslim kingdom. To symbol a occasion, Aseel Al Hamad, a initial lady member of a Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation and a member of a Women in Motorsport Commission (WMC) set adult by Formula One’s ruling body, a International Automobile Federation (FIA), took a initial expostulate in a Jaguar F-Type. Later in a day Sunday, she gathering a Renault-powered Formula One automobile around Circuit Paul Ricard in allege of a French Grand Prix as partial of a march of a French manufacturer’s vehicles to symbol a lapse of a foe after a 10-year absence. The lifting of a ban, systematic final Sep by King Salman, is partial of unconditional reforms pushed by his absolute immature son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in a bid to renovate a economy of a world’s tip oil exporter and open adult a isolated society. The Crown Prince launched his magnanimous series by carrying many of his kin arrested and imprisoned.

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