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135K Set to Attend Biggest Sporting Event Since Pandemic

Indy 500 is set for Memorial Day weekend, with 40% of venue capacity allowed to attend

(Newser) - The Indianapolis 500 is set to be the largest sporting event in the world since the start of the pandemic, with 135,000 spectators permitted to attend the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" next month. Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Wednesday it worked with the Marion County Public Health Department to...

IndyCar Driver Injured in Violent Crash

Robert Wickens suffered 'orthopedic injuries'

(Newser) - IndyCar driver Robert Wickens has been admitted to a hospital in Allentown, Pa., with what the series calls "orthopedic injuries" sustained in a violent wreck early in a race Sunday. IndyCar says Wickens was awake and alert as he was airlifted from Pocono Raceway to the hospital and he...

IndyCar CEO Had Promised More 'Carnage'

IndyCar had purposely been upping danger to add excitement

(Newser) - In a June interview that seems eerily prescient in light of Dan Wheldon’s death , IndyCar Chief Executive Randy Bernard promised more “carnage and wrecks” in the upcoming races. IndyCar, struggling to compete with the more popular NASCAR, was attempting to make its races more exciting by increasing the...

Franchitti Wins 2nd Indy 500
 Franchitti Wins 2nd Indy 500 

Franchitti Wins 2nd Indy 500

Mr Ashley Judd denies Helio Castroneves his 4th

(Newser) - Dario Franchitti has won the Indianapolis 500, beating Dan Wheldon to help Chip Ganassi become the first car owner to win at Indy and the Daytona 500 in the same year. Franchitti's victory today was his second at the Indy 500 in four years and denied Helio Castroneves a chance...

If Danica Moves to NASCAR, Buckle Up

Marketers say she could up viewership, sponsorship

(Newser) - If Danica Patrick switches gears from open-wheel racing to NASCAR, she could provide a much-needed boost to the recession-scarred circuit, experts tell Advertising Age. “Every TV rating for every race will increase” if Patrick makes the shift, says a sports marketing exec. Track attendance would rise, and women’s...

Indy Driver Raises Profile—on Dance Floor

Castroneves' popularity surges after stint with stars

(Newser) - Six months ago, few beyond IndyCar fans recognized the name Helio Castroneves. Thanks to "Dancing with the Stars," however, Helio’s celebrity-status has skyrocketed. The Indy Racing League is enjoying the ride—the racer’s surge in popularity has been tremendous for the sport.  "It's interesting...

'Danica Rule' Is Confusing, Controversial

Does move intended to even out drivers' weights even do that?

(Newser) - Danica Patrick will carry 35 pounds of ballast in her car in this weekend's Indianapolis 500 to make up for her tiny, 100-pound body. But even those who agree that ballasting is the fair way to account for differences in racers' body sizes aren't sure the IndyCar system is entirely...

Indy Champ Castroneves Considering NASCAR

Driver may follow previous open-wheel racers and bolt for stock cars

(Newser) - Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves is considering trading in his Indy car for a NASCAR stock car, reports the Los Angeles Times. "I won't deny that I'm thinking about it," Castroneves said. "It would be great to one day try the cars. But at this point...

Danica Ready to Make History at Indy 500

Racer 'really' likes her odds (and car) in next week's big race

(Newser) - No longer just a pretty face, Danica Patrick finally has a win, a winning team, and the fastest car she's ever raced. “I really, really like my chances" in next weekend's Indy 500, she tells Sports Illustrated. "And man, how huge would it be if I could win...

Danica's Car Hits Crew Member
 Danica's Car Hits Crew Member 

Danica's Car Hits Crew Member

Mechanic has concussion after accident in pit row

(Newser) - Danica Patrick, racing's rising star, clipped a crew member yesterday during practice for the Indianapolis 500. Patrick—who became the first woman to win an Indy Car race last month—struck the 63-year-old mechanic in pit row with both left tires and sent him flying through air, the Indianapolis Star...

Danica Is 1st Female to Win IndyCar

Patrick takes the Japan 300

(Newser) - Danica Patrick zoomed to victory in the Japan 300, becoming the first female winner in IndyCar history. Patrick pulled ahead when her top competitors were forced to make pit-stops to fuel up in the final laps, the AP reports. "It's a long time coming. Finally," Patrick said. She...

Formula One Ditches Indianapolis
Formula One Ditches Indianapolis

Formula One Ditches Indianapolis

Country's only F1 venue loses Grand Prix in contract dispute

(Newser) - Formula One racing will not return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next year. The final negotiation deadline for sanctioning fees came and went yesterday without an agreement, the Indianapolis Star reports, and both sides announced that they were nowhere near a final contract. The decision leaves the United States without...

Dixon Prevails at Watkins Glen
Dixon Prevails at Watkins Glen

Dixon Prevails at Watkins Glen

Hornish and Kanaan tussle after kiwi races to third straight road course win

(Newser) - New Zealand's Scott Dixon became the second driver in history to collect three straight Watkins Glen checkered-flags, cruising to the finish line 6.2 seconds before nearest challenger Sam Hornish Jr. of Scotland yesterday. After the race, Tony Kanaan, who had earlier taken a bump from the number two, rammed...

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