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  • Earnhardt unsure if Danica deal will happen

    12/03/2009 3:52:45 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 16 replies · 674+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | 12/03/09 | Staff
    LAS VEGAS - Dale Earnhardt Jr. says negotiations are still ongoing with Danica Patrick, but he's not sure if a deal will be completed with JR Motorsports. Earnhardt's team fields Nationwide Series cars and the second-tier series is the likely starting point for the IndyCar driver. Patrick earlier this week announced a three-year contract extension with Andretti Autosport, and that was believed to be the final hurdle for her to finalize any NASCAR plans.
  • Fan favorite Patrick out early in Honda GP after crash with rookie Matos [IRL season starts]

    04/06/2009 10:20:58 PM PDT · by valkyry1 · 50 replies · 1,656+ views
    ChicagoTribune/AP ^ | April 5, 2009 | MIKE HARRIS
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick's season got off to a tough start after she crashed out early in the season-opening Honda Grand Prix. She was running ninth in the 22-car field on Sunday when rookie Raphael Matos tried to pass as the two went into one of the tightest turns on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit.
  • Fisher, Patrick on different tracks

    05/23/2008 11:09:13 AM PDT · by JZelle · 10 replies · 116+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-23-08 | Tim Lemke
    Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher, despite being women working in the same male-dominated sport, have had wildly different experiences in the months leading to Sunday's race. Patrick, as has been the case at every race since her debut in 2005, diligently posed for snapshots and signed the latest magazine spreads featuring her photo. Fisher, meanwhile, signed a few autographs and posed for pictures, but this time had the added duty of collecting checks and wads of cash — gifts from devotees desperate to help her raise enough funds to enter her car in the race. The scene underscored the stark...
  • Danica Patrick makes IndyCar history (she's a winner!!!)

    04/20/2008 9:57:48 AM PDT · by Kimmers · 56 replies · 8,029+ views
    CNN ^ | 20,April 2008
    MOTEGI, Japan (AP) -- Danica Patrick became the first female winner in IndyCar history on Sunday, taking the Indy Japan 300 after the top contenders were forced to pit for fuel in the final laps. Danica Patrick shows off her trophy after winning the Indy Japan 300 in Motegi, Japan, Sunday. 1 of 3 Patrick finished 5.8594 seconds ahead of pole-sitter Helio Castroneves on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval after leader Scott Dixon pitted with five laps left and Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan came in a lap later. "It's a long time coming. Finally," Patrick said. "It was...
  • Patrick Takes First Victory At Motegi

    04/19/2008 9:10:58 PM PDT · by John W · 30 replies · 111+ views ^ | April 20, 2008 | Matt Beer
    Danica Patrick used a fuel gamble to take a historic victory in the delayed Motegi round of the IRL IndyCar Series. The Andretti Green Racing driver took the lead with just two laps to go as the rest of the front-runners had to pit for fuel and became the first woman to win a major American open-wheel race. Patrick had run towards the foot of the top ten for most of the race, as Ganassi's Scott Dixon and Penske's Helio Castroneves dominated the event. But AGR's decision to bring Patrick in for an additional fuel top-up at the end of...
  • Champ Car, Indy Racing League (IRL) Get Together

    02/08/2008 8:10:40 AM PST · by af_vet_rr · 50 replies · 79+ views
    Speed TV ^ | 8 Feb 2008 | Robin Miller
    The long, costly war between Champ Car and the Indy Racing League is close to being over and, for the first time since 1995, there could be one open wheel series for 2008. But there’s still one major hurdle to overcome to make this long-awaited union a reality. SPEED has learned that Kevin Kalkhoven and Gerald Forsythe, the co-owners of Champ Car, have reached an agreement with IRL founder Tony George to race together this season. As reported by recently, George offered the Champ Car ownership free Dallara chassis and Honda engines to any CC team that signs up...
  • (Danica) Patrick unveils new car (for new team, Andretti Green Racing) - Indy Racing League

    09/12/2006 9:32:37 PM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 4 replies · 1,058+ views
    AP Sports ^ | Tuesday September 12th, 2006 | Andrew Seligman
    Danica Patrick's new car got a grand introduction on Tuesday. She took it on a short ride through the Chicago streets before officially unveiling the No. 7 Motorola she will drive for Andretti Green Racing next season. ``It's black, it's sort of sleek, it looks fast,'' Patrick said. And it resembles a batmobile. She hopes it performs like one, too. Patrick rode to stardom in 2005 when she finished fourth at the Indianapolis 500 and was the IRL rookie of the year. But this year was difficult. Teammate Paul Dana died after crashing during a warm-up for the season-opener at...
  • Patrick sticks with IRL, joins Andretti

    07/25/2006 7:56:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 374+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/25/06 | Andrew Seligman - ap
    CHICAGO - Danica Patrick's "heart and soul" are with the Indy Racing League, so that's where she'll stay — for now. A new career in NASCAR will have to wait. Though she isn't ready to give up the speed of open-wheel racers for the popularity of stock cars, Patrick is switching teams. One of the IRL's most popular drivers in years signed Tuesday with Andretti Green Racing, which has produced two straight series champions and last year's Indy 500 winner. Her current contract with Rahal Letterman Racing expires at the end of the season, and she had toyed with the...
  • Hornish "Awestruck" in Meeting with President Bush

    07/19/2006 4:15:59 PM PDT · by Niteranger68 · 19 replies · 1,051+ views / RACER Magazine ^ | 7/18/2006 | Jeff Olson
    Sam Hornish Jr. may have forgotten what he wanted to say because he was awestruck, but he gets a pass. It was, after all, the president of the United States. Hornish and key members of Marlboro Team Penske and the IRL IndyCar Series met briefly Tuesday morning with President George W. Bush in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House to celebrate Hornish's victory in the 90th Indianapolis 500 in May. Bush entered the room and greeted the group by asking, "How's everybody doing?" He then shook hands with Hornish, who struggled to say what he'd rehearsed....
  • Fellow IRL driver thinks Patrick's aggressive enough for NASCAR ("during that time of month")

    07/13/2006 2:45:56 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 6 replies · 501+ views
    AP Sports ^ | Wed. July 12th, 2005 | TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A fellow IRL driver says Danica Patrick has what it takes to succeed if she switches to the paint-swapping world of NASCAR and she's plenty aggressive in open-wheel racing when it's ``the right time of the month.'' Ed Carpenter, who trails Patrick by four slots in the IRL IndyCar Series' points race, made the comment when asked how Patrick might handle NASCAR racing during a radio appearance to promote Saturday night's Firestone Indy 200. ``I think Danica's pretty aggressive in our cars,'' Carpenter said Wednesday on WGFX-FM in Nashville. ``I mean, you know especially if you...
  • Indianapolis 500, IRL Indy Race Day - Sunday, May 28, 1 p.m. EST, ABC

    05/20/2006 2:57:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 507 replies · 7,816+ views
    Indy 500 .com ^ | 5/20/06
    Sam Hornish Jr. is on the provisional WorldPoints Visa Card Pole for the 90th Indianapolis 500 this afternoon after posting a four-lap average of 228.985 mph. His teammate, Helio Castroneves, is second at 228.008, with Dan Wheldon filling the front row at 227.338. Qualifying continues until 6 p.m. (ET), with 29 drivers already in the field. Saturday, May 20 The Run for the WorldPoints Visa Card Pole on Coca-Cola Throwback DayAdmission: $5.00 Public Gates Open 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. IndyCar Series Practice 9:30 - 11 a.m. Qualifications Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday, May 21 Bump Day/Armed Forces DayAdmission: $5.00...
  • Indy Car Driver Paul Dana Dies During Practice

    03/26/2006 10:05:18 AM PST · by thesharkboy · 67 replies · 11,652+ views
    ESPN ^ | 25 March, 2006 | ESPN
    ESPN announced that Paul Dana died during practice at Homestead, FL.
  • Danica Patrick Expects to Be Competitive

    03/26/2006 8:11:30 AM PST · by Perdogg · 5 replies · 295+ views
    SF GATE ^ | Saturday, March 25, 2006 | By MIKE HARRIS, AP Motorsports Writer
    Danica Patrick considered her rookie season a learning experience. And no one expects more from the top IRL IndyCar Series rookie in year two than Patrick, who celebrated her 24th birthday Saturday by posting the third fastest qualifying lap of 216.798 mph for the season-opening Toyota Indy 300.
  • Racing news: Another Race, Another win for #20; Scott Sharp Win (Danica finishes 16th)

    08/14/2005 6:13:08 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 1 replies · 254+ views
    Yahoo Nascar ^ | 08/14/05 | Perdogg
    Stewart wins at Watkins GlenBy DICK BRINSTER, AP Sports Writer August 14, 2005 AP - Aug 14, 5:48 pm EDT More Photos WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) -- A broken alternator couldn't keep Tony Stewart from blowing away the field one more time. Faced with a problem right at the end of a race he dominated, Stewart simply snookered the opposition on the final two restarts and cruised to his fifth victory in seven races. And his dominant performance Sunday at Watkins Glen International padded his lead in the NASCAR Nextel Cup standings. Still, he had to hope he had enough...
  • F1 boss (Bernie Ecclestone) likens Danica to 'domestic appliance'

    06/19/2005 5:11:16 PM PDT · by jern · 36 replies · 1,816+ views ^ | June 19, 2005
    Danica Patrick has surged onto the open-wheel racing world, but that might not be sitting well with the old-school boss of Formula One racing. Formula One is getting its most high-profile United States presence with the U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, but Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone doesn't seem to be too crazy about Patrick joining her male competitors on the track, despite her recent Indy 500 success. "She did a good job, didn't she? Super. Didn't think she'd be able to make it like that," Ecclestone told a gathering of reporters about Patrick's Indy 500...
  • IRL loses in bid for CART

    01/28/2004 7:56:12 PM PST · by Samwise · 6 replies · 208+ views
    The Indianapolis Star ^ | January 28, 2004 | Steve Ballard
    Tony George's bid to put his main competitor out of business failed Wednesday when a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge approved the sale of bankrupt Championship Auto Racing Teams to a group intent on keeping the series alive. George began the day hoping to make his Indy Racing League the only game in town. He ended it a gracious loser after his $13.5 million bid was rejected by Judge Frank J. Otte at the end of a daylong hearing in a packed courtroom at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and Courthouse. Moments after Otte rendered his verdict, evoking cheers from many...
  • IRL Driver Tony Renna dead at 26

    10/22/2003 12:56:14 PM PDT · by mikevallillo · 5 replies · 151+ views | 10/22/03 | Mike Vallillo
    Indy Car League Driver Tony Renna had died this past Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, in a fatal car accident at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was on his fourth lap of a practice run going speeds exceeding 220 MPH when he had hit the wall coming out of turn 3. Renna was pronounced dead upon arriving at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He is the 67th fatality that Indianapolis Motor Speedway has claimed since its 1909 opening. Renna had just joined with Chip Ganassi Racing this past month and was taking his first practice run with the team. The cause of the...
  • Dallas IRL: Driver Kenny Brack involved in devasting crash

    10/12/2003 2:50:50 PM PDT · by alancarp · 33 replies · 2,293+ views
    10-12-2003 | alancarp
    none as yet - Live ESPN Coverage (no link)IRL Driver Kenny Brack and Tomas Scheckter were involved in a severe crash with approx. 14 laps to go in the IRL season's last race. Brack was surrounded by close to 15 medical and rescue personnel after his car went airborne, struck the retaining fence, and spun horizontally perhaps 5 rotations before coming to rest.ESPN announcers are fearing the worst. And for good reason, seeing the crash, which occurred at roughly 200 mph. No word yet on Brack's condition, though the presumption is that he is alive at the infield care center....