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Jul 5

Andretti Hits 220.9 MPH In Pocono Pre-Race Test

Andretti Hits 220.9 MPH In Pocono Pre-Race Test

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The track record is going to get wiped out Saturday in qualifying for Sunday’s Pocono 400 Fueled By Sunoco but Marco Andretti hopes that’s just the beginning of a great weekend.

Andretti ripped off a lap of 220.963 mph in his RC Cola Dallara/Chevy during Thursday’s open test — nine mph quicker than Emerson Fittipaldi’s mark of 211.715 set in 1989 — around the tricky tri-oval during seven hours of practice on a track that hasn’t hosted Indy cars in 24 years.

Jul 3

Miller’s Mailbag, 7.3

Miller’s Mailbag, 7.3

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Hello open-wheel types and thanks for all your questions. I intend to answer your questions every week during the season, so just email me at openwheelmailbag@gmail.com. Don’t feel left out if I didn’t directly respond. I appreciate your interest and passion.

~Robin Miller

Q: Regarding the start of the Iowa race and Mark Miles saying they wanted it on ABC. I think the series is going to have to decide if it is going to be a racing series for the fans at the track or a TV show trying to get ratings. They can’t have both ways. Even NASCAR is losing its longtime fan base because the races, season, and mostly TV production are too long. Also Indy Car needs to stop with the “Festival of Speed” label on many of its events. Fan zones, play zones for the kids, and of course the famous Ferris Wheel will not keep bringing people back. It’s the on-track product that will, with the last two years being incredible. Before live TV, I attended dozens of races at Mid Ohio including the Can Am, F 5000, IMSA, and CART. Every weekend was a thrill. The on-track product was great and we saw lots of action including support races before the main event. For TV to stick it to the live fans at the track is wrong. This past weekend I watched the Iowa race on DVR after I knew the winner. I still enjoyed the race and didn’t feel like it lost anything because I didn’t see it live. Maybe its time for Indy Car to tape its races (except the Indy 500) and present the best possible race to the loyal fans in the stands.

Rick, Charlotte

Jul 3

Title Chase Tightens Heading To RedBud

Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, reaches its halfway point this Saturday, July 6, with Round 7 of the 12-race series. Held at the famed RedBud MX track in Buchanan, Mich., the Red Bull RedBud National serves as the centerpiece of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, drawing spectators from all over the Midwest to witness the most prestigious motocross racers in the country do battle in the rolling hills of Southwestern Michigan.

Heading into the second half of the season, 2011 450 Class Champion Ryan Villopoto and defending 450 Class Champion Ryan Dungey share the first six overall victories with three wins, respectively. Although each rider holds three overall wins, it’s Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Villopoto who tops the championship standings by a 12-point margin over Red Bull KTM’s Dungey. En route to his current points lead in the 450 Class, Villopoto has captured nine moto wins-the most of the season-as well as the distinction of being the only rider to win a moto at every race. While Dungey only has three moto wins under his belt, the Minnesota native is the only rider to finish atop the podium at each round of the championship thus far. Dungey looks to defend his two-race overall win streak against Villopoto this Saturday at RedBud

Jul 1

Miller’s Mid-Season Report Card

Miller’s Mid-Season Report Card

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Seven different winners in 10 races, three for the first time, and none of them are Will Power, Dario Franchitti or Scott Dixon. To quote the late, great Slim Pickens in Blazing Saddles: “What in the wide, wide world of sports is a goin’ on?”

Crazy, unpredictable things are what’s going on in the first half of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar series as the competition is fierce and the outcomes are impossible to gauge.