Jim Ayello Indianapolis Star Published 10:06 p.m. UTC Aug 24, 2018 MADISON, Ill. -- The scary truth about injuries in recent Verizon IndyCar Series crashes is that they might have been far graver if not for recent safety advancements made by the series. Of course, no one with the series is patting themselves on the back. Driver Robert Wickens remains hospitalized after Sunday's terrifying wreck at Pocono Raceway, with the extent of his spinal cord injury still unknown. Can IndyCar do better? Be safer? Absolutely. There always will be room for improvement in a sport that sees cars blaze around circuits at 230-plus mph. More Wickens: Extent of spinal cord injury to IndyCar's Wickens remains unknown Spine specialist explains what may lie ahead for Wickens' recovery Insider: Wickens can battle back from spinal injury suffered at Pocono However, the series feels confident it is heading in the right direction in keeping drivers safe. The SAFER barrier and catch-fence … [Read more...] about Jay Frye ‘encouraged but not satisfied’ by way car, fence held up in Wickens crash
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(Reuters) Tony Stewart wants to take another shot at winning the Indy 500 next year and said he won’t be a “sideshow like Danica Patrick” if he does it. Like his former teammate Patrick, Indiana native Stewart spent several years racing Indy cars before making the switch to the NASCAR Cup Series. Stewart won the Indycar championship in 1997, the same year he posted a career-best fifth place finish in the Indy 500, and went on to win three NASCAR titles before retiring in 2016. In 1999, Stewart became the first driver to pull off the “Memorial Day Double” by completing both the Indy 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. He did it again in 2001, which is the last time he drove in the Indy 500, placing sixth. "If I go, I'm not going just to run it," he said. "I don't want to be a sideshow like Danica was at Indy this year,” Stewart told reporters at the reveal of Ford’s new Mustang Cup car on Thursday. NASCAR CUP FORD … [Read more...] about Tony Stewart may enter 2019 Indy 500, but not as a ‘sideshow’ like Danica Patrick
Jim Ayello Indianapolis Star Published 5:35 p.m. UTC Jul 26, 2018 INDIANAPOLIS — With five races remaining in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series campaign, the race for the championship is starting to intensify. Or is it? This is the time of year the title fight usually starts to heat up, but this year it might already be cooling down. With a 60-plus point lead on the rest of the series, Scott Dixon, the driver they call the Ice Man, seems to have put his fifth series championship on, well, ice. Everyone knows the perpetually calm, cool and collected Dixon isn’t the type of driver to make the kinds of mistakes that will allow someone to slip back into the chase, so it will be up to one of the contenders — Josef Newgarden (62 points back), Alexander Rossi (-70), Ryan Hunter-Reay (-91), or Will Power (-93) — to pull off something special down the series’ backstretch. Look out for this kid: Pato O'Ward's star continues to rise toward … [Read more...] about IndyCar at Mid-Ohio: Has the Ice Man Scott Dixon put his 5th championship on ice?
By Mark Long Associated Press Published 4:32 p.m. UTC Jul 8, 2018 Daytona Beach, Fla. — Erik Jones survived several gnarly wrecks, defending Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. on his bumper late and the pressure of overtime at NASCAR’s most famous track. Maybe these so-called “Young Guns” do know how to find victory lane. Jones, who is from Byron, Mich., which is southwest of Flint, won a crash-filled race at Daytona International Speedway, passing Truex on the final lap and then wildly celebrating the first victory of his Cup career. Jones created so much smoke during his burnout that he had trouble breathing afterward. “How about that race boys and girls?” said Jones, who replaced 2004 series champion Matt Kenseth at Joe Gibbs Racing this year. “I thought we were out of it and all of a sudden we’re right back in it. My first Cup win. My first win at Daytona, My first superspeedway win. What an awesome day.” It … [Read more...] about Saturday’s motors: Byron’s Erik Jones gets 1st Cup win in crash-filled race at Daytona
Times staff, wiresDAYTONA BEACH — Erik Jones passed teammate Martin Truex on the final lap of overtime to take the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night.It was his first career Monster NASCAR Cup victory and gave Toyota a 1-2 finish.Jones was involved in one of the many wrecks, but his No. 20 was still in good enough shape to get by Truex.AJ Allmendinger was third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Chris Buescher. It was another odd top 10 at Daytona. Ty Dillon was sixth, followed by Matt DiBenedetto and Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon.Chevrolet extended its winless streak to 18 races, its longest since a 31-race drought in 1981-82.Ricky Stenhouse won the first two stages, but was among a slew of drivers, including Tampa's Aric Almirola, knocked out of the race in crashes that began early.Stenhouse started two accidents in the second stage, wrecking more than half of the field. Stenhouse started a 25-car accident early in the 400-mile … [Read more...] about Erik Jones wins crash-filled Coke Zero at Daytona