by Jordan Hightower on September 24th, 2013
In the eyes of many motorsport fans, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the premier racing venue in the United States and one of the top in the world. The prestigious speedway played host to Week Eight of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Fixed Series where over 1,900 sim racers took the green flag for at least one race. Jordy Lopez (New Jersey) may not have led every lap during the 3927 Strength of Field, but he did lead the most important one. That’s correct, Lopez’s only lap led was the very last one as he took the victory over Joshua Johnston (New York) by 0.268 seconds. The third spot was held down by Jesus Andrade (Florida) who started from the sixth position. Positions four and five were occupied by Josh Berry [...]
July 18th, 2013
Four-time Champ Car title winner Sebastien Bourdais will drive for the 8Star Motorsports squad in the remainder of this year’s Grand-Am series. Bourdais will dovetail his IndyCar campaign for Dragon Racing with an assault on the remaining five Grand-Am races aboard 8Star’s second Coyote-Chevrolet, driving alongside Daytona Prototype newcomer Emilio DiGuida. The deal, which kicks off at Indianapolis for the Brickyard Grand Prix on July 26, marks a return to the series for Bourdais, who has contested the Daytona 24 Hours and Watkins Glen 6 Hours with the Starworks Daytona team this season.
June 13th, 2013
NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jason Leffler has died from injuries sustained in a sprint car crash on Wednesday evening. The 37-year-old was racing in a short track event at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey when his car hit a wall at around 20:30 local time. He was airlifted to the Crozer-Chester Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead just over half an hour later.
by Jordan Hightower on March 31st, 2013
Indianapolis Motor Speedway plays host to 565 sim racers for Week Eight of the NASCAR iRacing.com Class C Series (open setup). Winning at the famed speedway is something that every racer should have on their bucket list, and this week, a select few were able to cross that special event off of their list and drive into victory lane. Keith Elliott (Western Canada) topped the top Strength of Field event for the week, taking the victory over Steven Lutz (Ohio) by a slim margin of 0.047 seconds in a drag race back to the finish line after leading nine of the event’s 40 laps. Trent Ringler (Indiana) rounded out the podium in the 2986 SoF, 3.103 seconds back with Jason Lupo (Mid-South) and Scott Austin (Michigan) rounding out the top [...]
by Tim Terry on December 3rd, 2011
Bryan Blackford (Seminole, FL) outlasted an altercation on the final restart of the Mason Baker Designs 150 on Thursday night at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to take his first win of the GSRacing.net Truck Series season. The two time and defending Truck Series titlist and Jeremy Allen (Indinapolis, IN) slammed into each other on the final restart of the event, triggering a multi-truck wreck that ended the event under the race’s eighth caution flag. Josh Berry (Mooresville, NC) dodged the trucks to finish second in the event with Nick Ottinger (Claremont, NC), Patrick Fogel (Hughesville, PA) and Danny Hansen rounding-out the top five. The 60-lap, 150 mile race took one hour, 35 minutes to complete. Eight lead changes between eight drivers set the pace for the race. A season high [...]
January 10th, 2011
Firestone tires stacked in an IndyCar garage area during the 2010 season. (IndyCar photo). MOORESVILLE, N.C.
December 14th, 2010
Chip Ganassi (left) and Jamie McMurray celebrate after winning the Daytona 500 in February. (HHP/Gregg Ellman Photo) Chip Ganassi vividly remembers the day his picture appeared on the back cover of National Speed Sport News .
December 1st, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS — Car owner Chip Ganassi received the first International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) Achievement Award Tuesday night during the IMIS welcome reception at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. Chris Paulsen, owner of C&R Racing and one of the founders of IMIS, presented the award to Ganassi, who scored two championships and numerous high-profile victories throughout the 2010 season as an owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, IZOD IndyCar Series and Grand Am Rolex Series
September 21st, 2010
On the morning of this year’s Brickyard 400, Steve Hmiel, director of competition at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, glanced at the calendar on his cell phone, and, with a slight smile, said, “He’s been clean for three years and six days.” Steve, with the day’s fortunes of Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray weighing his thoughts, had time to proudly boast about his son, Shane. There was a time when Shane Hmiel had been on a fast track to NASCAR stardom himself. Then, in 2006, his addictions derailed his dreams
by David Phillips on November 18th, 2009
The fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway brought-out the good, the bad and the ugly in the iRacing Pro Series Oval. Happily there was a lot more good than bad or ugly. Case(s) in point: a couple of days after iRacing Pro Series Road Racing points leader Luke McLean finished runner-up to Josh Berry, Richard Towler (P2 in the iPSRR points) bested John Prather and Kirk Hapke on Friday evening. Towler’s was an impressive drive, given the fact that he started a lowly tenth. It didn’t take long for the Englishman to show his strength, however. Pole-winner Hapke led the first nine laps before ceding the top spot to Prather on Lap 10, only for Towler to breeze past the two of them and into first place on Lap 16. He would [...]
by David Phillips on September 4th, 2009
It didn’t take long for Indy car drivers past, present and future to get their hands on iRacing’s virtual Dallara IndyCar or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at Infineon Raceway last month. Even before the August 22nd announcement of iRacing.com’s partnership with the IndyCar Series, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Dallara Automobili, Justin Wilson took a development version of the Dallara out for a few laps around the Brickyard. Wilson remarked on the authenticity of the experience even before he left the virtual pits. “Well, the bump’s there,” he exclaimed, as the Dallara bounded over a rough patch exiting pit lane. Before completing a flying lap, Wilson was working with iRacing engineer Eric Hudec to tune the Dallara’s set-up to his liking. Front camber split? Check. Stiffer rear springs? Check. Less [...]