2013 Pocono IndyCar 400 preview

So the time is now, qualifying for the Pocono IndyCar 400 is hours away. Who will walk away the 1st pole winner since Brazilian legend, Emerson Fittipaldi turned an average of  211.715 MPH the current all time Pocono track record. With Marco Andretti turning a lap over 220 MPH on July 4th, this record seems destined to be shattered. But will Marco be the man to do this?   One of the biggest issues drivers face is how to set-up for such a one of a kind facility. Obviously, being…

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Rally – All-new Ford Fiesta RS WRC geared up for Rally Sweden debut

FROM: ABU DHABI FORD After completing more than 12000km of testing, the all-new Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car will make its debut at Rally Sweden (10 – 13 February) next week. The opening round of the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship will introduce a fresh era to the sport, and the renamed Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team has prepared meticulously in the development of its new-generation WRC challenger. Testing broke through the 12000km barrier last week – the equivalent of more than two seasons of WRC competition –…

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Grand-Am – Rolex 24 at Daytona Preview

Take a good look, because this will likely be the singular time that we cover the Grand-Am series. The general consensus amongst the three of us here at Openpaddock is that the Grand-Am series is junk, a glorified version of NASCAR. Furthermore, its our humble opinion (ok, perhaps not so humble) that the Daytona roval is also junk. Having said all that, however, the Daytona 24 is the first major motorsports even of the year in the US, and even if its not the best form of racing, we at…

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IndyCar – Texas Showdown

Once again the IndyCar Series returns to the Texas Motor Speedway. TMS is one of the few venues where the IndyCar series has had a sustained run of good attendance numbers that have been helped by lots of the NASCAR season ticket holders who have stopped selling or giving away their IndyCar tickets and started attending the race. So far this year though, the most competitive oval race has been last week at Milwaukee. With TMS being a 1.5 mile cookie cutter track, it may be yet another dull oval…

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IndyCar – Indy 500 Preview

We are just a few hours away from the utterance of the most famous words in racing “Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines.” Jim Neighbors is in a secret location somewhere warming up his pipes. And a huge tanker is parked somewhere on the IMS grounds filled with helium, waiting for race morning. This year we will even get treated to a flyover by vintage WWII bombers. The anticipation has reached a fevered pitch this week as advertising campaigns put the field of the Indy 500 in Times Square for…

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