Episode 202 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe OP Boyz are joined this week by Belardi Auto Racing’s Peter Portante to discuss the insanely close Indy Lights championship, relive the crazy Race 3 USF2000 start at Mid-Ohio, and preview of the up coming USF2000 race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Everyone joins in the ranting fun over the demoltion derbys that IndyCar and ALMS called races on the streets of Baltimore, we look forward to the Italian GP at Monza, and Mr. Shaw runs through the latest rally news. We also…

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Indy Lights – Won and Lost In the Blink of an Eye

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It’s often said that winning a championship doesn’t happen in an instant, but is cultivated race after race over the whole season. Certainly, that’s true, but while a championship can’t be won in an instant, two contenders for the 2012 Firestone Indy Lights championship found that it can certainly be lost in an instant this past weekend on the Streets of Baltimore. Going into Baltimore, three drivers were battling for this year’s Indy Lights title, Sam Schmidt Motorsport’s drivers Tristan Vautier and Esteban Guerrieri and Andretti Autosport’s Sebastian Saavedra. Coming…

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Star Mazda – Hawksworth All But Champion

As with the two USF2000 races this past weekend on the Streets of Baltimore, the two championship contenders in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, Andretti Autosport’s Sage Karam, and Team Pelfrey’s Jack Hawksworth each took a victory, but a DNF by Karam would allow Hawksworth to stretch his lead. With three more races to go, it’s still a battle, but Hawksworth is definitely the favourite. Four drivers are still in contention, mathematically, but the two practical contenders are Jack and Sage. Star Mazda Race #1 Qualifying for Race…

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USF2000 – Advantage Brabham

The Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship double-header on the Streets of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor saw major changes in the championship standings in both the Championship class and the National class. In one case, the lead was extended and the championship all but assured, and in the other the points battle got even tighter. The Championship Class The two championship contenders in the 2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda each came away from the two events on the Streets of Baltimore with a win. Brabham, however, comes away…

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ALMS – Baltimore Sports Car Challenge in Photos

Our East Coast photography team of Tom and Brenda Turk of Piratical Photography were at the Grand Prix of Baltimore this past weekend and have supplied us with some remarkable images from the event! Here is their gallery of photos from the ALMS Baltimore Sports Car Challenge. If you’re in the DC/Baltimore area and need a photographer for your event, wedding, or portraits, be sure to give Tom and Brenda a call.

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MRTI – USF2000, Star Mazda, & Indy Lights Photos from Baltimore

Our East Coast photography team of Tom and Brenda Turk of Piratical Photography were at the Grand Prix of Baltimore this past weekend and have supplied us with some remarkable images from the event! Here is their gallery of the Mazda Road to Indy photos from the weekend. If you’re in the DC/Baltimore area and need a photographer for your event, wedding, or portraits, be sure to give Tom and Brenda a call.

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IndyLights – Yacaman’s Spin-And-Win, Newgarden Clinches Championship

It seems that the Baltimore Grand Prix is the place for securing series championships. Petri Suvanto locked up the US F2000 title yesterday, Tristan Vautier secured the Star Mazda championship this morning, and this afternoon Sam Schmidt Motorsport’s Josef Newgarden charged from the back of the grid after initiating two FCYs during qualifying to finish in P2. He lead the Firestone Indy Lights Championship by 68 points coming into the Baltimore weekend, which of course put him in a strong position, but now he heads to the last two races…

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USF2000 – Suvanto Wins Championship and USF2000 Has Largest Field Yet

After Race #1 at the inaugural Baltimore GP, Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing driver Petri Suvanto clinched the Cooper Tire Presents the 2011 US F2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda by finishing in P2 behind Belardi Auto Racing’s Wayne Boyd. “We were able to get what we came here for – the championship. Maybe it wasn’t the way we wanted, but the championship is the most important thing. Today, I was a bit conservative to try to play it safe for the championship and the points. So overall, I…

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