Fool, Britannia! An IndyCar Intervention

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Having lived, loved and taught in England, your author has a special fondness in his heart for almost everything British (with the exceptions of the food and weather), but most especially her people. It’s an endlessly historic and fascinating nation full of wonderfully accented, polite and thin folks. As The Stranger once said, “and in English, too.”

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IndyCar News Year in Review: Top Fourteen Stories of 2014 Edition

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1. Pags to Penske: The hottest free agent available this off season signed with the often froggy and widely reviled Team Penske. This is easily the biggest story of the year as well as the most unsettling for other teams. Plus there’s the fact that Pags is a likeable Frog, or was until turning coats to the dark side. IndyCar needs more villains, so the Frenchman’s foreign legion service for the Captain will be entertaining to watch.

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92nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race: a Photo Retrospective

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May 25, 2008 was a gorgeous day in Speedway, Indiana with sunshine and a large crowd in attendance for the ninety second running of the Indianapolis 500. As we made our way to our traditional first turn seats in stand B, row Z the sights, sounds and electricity of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing fully lived up to their billing.

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Indy Sells (An Annual Date in May)

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Dashing to the show, on an annual date in May

O’er interstates we go, texting all the way

Tones on smart phones ring, Verizon bills outta sight

Traffic’s terrible in Speedway after the 500 mile delight

Indy Sells, Indy Sells, Indy all the way

Oh what fun it is to pay for Speedway’s Month of May

Indy Sells, Indy Sells, Indy all the way

Oh what fun it is to pay for Speedway’s Month of May

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IndyCar News Week in Review: The Less is More? Edition

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Target Just Got Smaller: In particularly ominous news out of North Carolina appropriately enough, retail giant Target is reducing its sponsorship of TCGR’s IndyCar effort after 25 years in IndyCar racing. This despite a spokesman attempting to downplay the horrible news, saying it’s “just reallocating dollars” according to an AP article. Apparently funding for Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan’s #10 car will be cut, though he will return sponsored by NTT Data. The most stinging part of the news is that the funds are going to NASCAR, as well as tv spots with Scott Dixon and Kyle Larson. This is not a positive sign for the health of the series, though not everyone will shed tears for Chip the Hutt.

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(Not) Racing in an Indy Wonderland

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Engines silenced, are you hearing

‘Round the world, tempers searing

We’re pissed off tonight, ’cause they’ve got no right

They’re not racing in an Indy wonderland

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Ryan Hunter-Reay: IndyCar’s Matthew Modine

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In our ongoing efforts toward the Hollywood-ization of IndyCar – the tinselly celebrity, emotionally uplifting and magical parts of Hollywood, not its utterly out of ideas, irrelevancy and self indulgent aspects – we bring you the latest comparison of an IndyCar champion to his movie star doppelganger. While the similarities are striking in these two enigmatic stars’ countenances, there are a number of other parallels between Ryan Hunter-Reay and Matthew Modine, apart from the fact that many fans around the world “love them long time.”

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Overlooked IndyCar Rule Changes – The “Blue” Rules

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Here are some new rule changes for 2015 you won’t read about anywhere else except IRR:

1. Mandatory three drink minimum for all fans 21 and over at all races. Five drink minimum at Indy and other 500 milers.

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2. Half lap head starts for all teams other than Team Penske, Target Chip Ganassi and Andretti Autosport at all races.

3. Weekly raffles for “IMS CEO for a day.” Winners couldn’t do worse than the current leadership.

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4. Jimmy Vasser shall not be permitted to consume more than nineteen bottles of wine during any race weekend, defined as Thursday through Sunday.

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IndyCar News Week in Review: The New And Unimproved Edition

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Rule Book Revisions:  A number of changes to IndyCar’s rule book were announced Tuesday amidst the usual outcry from fans. Double points will be awarded for the Indianapolis 500 and the Sonoma finale only, causing a torrent of upset and gnashing of teeth on Twitter. This is a reflection of displeasure with the finale’s location as much as the attempt to manufacture championship drama. It means the triple crown for 500 mile events sadly is gone. Mercifully there will be no standing starts in 2015, as the “fastest drivers on the planet” couldn’t seem to master them despite numerous, often aborted attempts. Then there was the inaugural Indy Grand Prix start, which spelt the end of both standing starts and quite possibly Sebastian Saavedra’s brief IndyCar career.

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