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Stories tagged: auto racing

‘Other’ Labonte Wins

Bobby Labonte served notice that the current youth movement in stock car racing’s top series doesn’t begin and end with Jeff Gordon. Labonte capitalized on late-race engine problems by Ken …

Black Flag Leaves Goodyear Blue Punishment For Overtaking Pace Car Decisive Factor In Outcome Of Race

1. Goodyear 2. Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve exults after the checkered flag waves for him. Photo by Associated Press

Thrills Of Race Left Little Time To Miss Penske

See, they can too put on a great race here without Team Penske. The 79th Indianapolis 500 Sunday was, in fact, one for the books. It had just about everything …

Villeneuve Wins Indy On A Pass Rules Violation, Penalty Cost Goodyear Dearly

Jacques Villeneuve is up in arms after rallying from 24th place to win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Photo by Associated Press

Fate Finally Levels Pruett

What goes around comes around, especially on the oval of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Just ask Scott Pruett and Jimmy Vasser. Each had a turn leading the race near the …

Winston Cup Taps Talent From Indy

The Indianapolis 500 has long enjoyed a reputation as the greatest spectacle in motorsports, reducing the Coca-Cola 600 stock car race to Memorial Day weekend also-ran status. So how come …

Supporting Cast Heads Indy Only Three Former Winners In Field For Today’s Indianapolis 500

The sights and sounds will be the same. About 400,000 people will be wedged into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today, as usual.

Looks Like The Year Michael Andretti Finally Takes Indy

I don’t want to say there’s a bunch of losers in this year’s Indy 500 field. I don’t want to say there are a bunch of people who can’t win.

Little Leaves Green With Envy Spokane Driver Blitzes Points Leader Benson With Close Victory In Red Dog

Chad Little and wife, Donna, celebrate fourth victory this year. Photo by Associated Press

Cutting The Mustard At Indy

I see by the ambulances lined up there in Turn 2 of the Old Brickyard, it is time once again for the Indianapolis 500, an American institution, as is, I …

Abc Sticks To Live Coverage

ABC, which has been telecasting the Indianapolis 500 auto race for 31 years, has turned that spectacle into a live spectacular the last decade. Before 1986, the network presented an …

It’s Full Speed Ahead For Indy Pioneer

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Gordon Captures Pole

Jeff Gordon continued to treat Charlotte Motor Speedway as his private playground by winning the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 in record fashion. Gordon grabbed the top starting spot for …

Even If He Wins Indy 500, Luyendyk Stands To Lose

Win or lose Sunday at the Indianapolis 500, Luyendyk is out of work Monday. Photo by Associated Press

Demolition Derby Takes Center Stage At Stateline

At this weekend’s two traditional big races - the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte - pit crews will do their best to keep their cars intact. …

‘Who He?’ Brayton In Spotlight

Ask the casual race fan to tell you something about Scott Brayton, and the most you could expect to hear is that he is an Indy-car driver. Brayton isn’t exactly …

Mclaren Drops Mansell

The career of former Formula One driving champion Nigel Mansell, which took a drastic downturn last year, reached an even lower point when he was fired by McLaren. Less than …

Sports People

Olga Appel, Elain Van Blunk and Spokane’s Kim Jones have been named to the U.S. marathon team for this summer’s World Championships in Sweden… . . Kristin Folkl, …

Rain Slows Indy Practice

More rain. More frustration. That was the story at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as time began to run out for teams needing more speed to qualify this weekend for the …

Lilac Funny Cars Turn 20 At Spokane Raceway

Spokane’s longest running motor sports event turns 20 years old on Saturday when Spokane Raceway Park hosts its annual Lilac Funny Car Championships. Defending Lilac champion Don Moffatt leads a …

Rain Stalls Indy Drivers

Practice for the May 28 Indianapolis 500 was a complete washout on the track. A late-afternoon attempt to dry the 2-mile oval ended with another light rain 1 hour and …

Penske’s Power Failure Dominant Indy Team Of Recent Years Struggles To Get Cars Into 500 Field

Roger Penske, center, and driver Al Unser Jr. have had little to smile about. Photo by Associated Press

Pole Belongs To Brayton For Indy 500 Penske Stars Pass Up Qualifying Runs

Scott Brayton secured the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, while the elite Team Penske was shut out in the opening weekend of qualifications for the first time. …

Sports People

Former Washington State running back Shaumbe Wright-Fair scored on a 16-yard run in overtime to give the Duesseldorf Rhein Fire a 33-27 win over the Scottish Claymores in the World …

Little Victory Goes A Long Way

Chad Little wins for the third time this year. Photo by Associated Press

Brayton Stakes Claim To Indy Pole For Now


Luyendyk, Brayton Solidify Positions For Indy’s Prime Spots


Indy Speeds Explode

Officially or unofficially, it was the fastest day in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Led by Scott Brayton, whose unofficial lap of 234.656 mph was the fastest in …

Tracy Keeps E On Indy Prize Indy 500

There’s Arie Luyendyk and Scott Brayton, and then there’s everybody else. Paul Tracy, the fastest among the also-rans, concedes the battle for the pole on Saturday may be all but …

Michael Has To Get Used To Being Senior Andretti

Michael is the senior Andretti in auto racing now, and it’s a strange feeling. For the first time in his IndyCar career, the 32-year-old driver is not competing against his …