INDYCAR: Jim Nabors to Sing “Back Home Again” for Final Time This May

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March 26, 2014 — Indianapolis Motor Speedway release — INDYCAR photo — SPEEDWAY, IN — Jim Nabors will sing “(Back Home Again in) Indiana” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the final time before the start of the 98th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 25. Nabors’ rendition of the song has been a tradition of “The Greatest Spectacle in …

INDY 500: Dario Franchitti to Drive Camaro Z/28 Indy 500 Pace Car

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March 25, 2014 — via Chip Ganassi Racing PR — photo courtesy CGRT — NEW YORK — Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will drive a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 to pace the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25. It’s the eighth time a Camaro has served as the pace car, starting in 1967 – and the 25th time …

INDYCAR: Hildebrand Joins ECR For Indy 500, Drives No. 21

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 21, 2014) – photo courtesy NorCal Car Culture — Ed Carpenter Racing today announced that American racer J.R. Hildebrand will be the driver of the team’s second entry in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race set for May 25 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hildebrand, runner-up in the 2011 Indy 500 as a …

OPEN WHEEL: USAC champion, Indy 500 starter Bettenhausen dies at 72

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March 17, 2014 — staff report — INDYCAR photo — MONROVIA, IN — Legendary open wheel star Gary Bettenhausen, born and reared in Illinois, died Sunday at his Indiana home. He was 72. He was the son of Melvin “Tony” Bettenhausen, a 14-time Indy 500 starter in the 1940s and 1950s (best finish of second in ’55), the brother of …

INDYCAR: Tagliani Joins SFHR for 2014 Indy 500

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March 13, 2014 — INDYCAR photo — INDIANAPOLIS — Open-wheel racing fans will see a familiar face behind the wheel of a second car for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) when practice opens May 11 for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Veteran Alex Tagliani was announced today as the second driver for Indianapolis-based SFHR in the 2014 edition of …

INDYCAR: Kurt Busch to Attempt “Double Duty” by Competing in Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport

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March 4, 2014 — team release — photo credit Jerry Markland/Getty Images — INDIANAPOLIS, IN — It has been over a decade since it was last completed, but this May NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch will endeavor to become only the fourth driver in history to contest the “Double” – competing in IndyCar’s historic Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s 600-mile race in the …

INDYCAR: Villeneuve to Return to Indianapolis 500 for Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports

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INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014) – INDYCAR photo – Former Indy car and Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve will compete in the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in a No. 5 car prepared by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, his first participation in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” since winning the event in 1995. Villeneuve’s entry in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 marks …

SPEED ZONE BLOG: “Best (and worst) of” Awards for 2013

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January 28, 2014 — Blog by Jacob Seelman for Race Chaser Online — Getty Images photo — All right, so two things here. First, in homage to my old fantasy motorsports league, I’ve hereby changed the official name of my RaceChaser blog to “The Speed Zone”! Just so you guys know. Second, and much more important, I know the 2014 …

INDYCAR: 2014 schedule released; 18 races highlighted by Indianapolis double

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October 18th, 2013 — Per IndyCar Media — Indianapolis, Ind. — Eighteen races over 15 event weekends highlight the 2014 IndyCar Series schedule. The schedule includes a new event, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, on a 2.343-mile, 14-turn road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in addition to the return of doubleheaders at Detroit, Houston and Toronto. Times and network …