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2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Schedule Set for 17 Races

October 30th, 2014 at 11:16 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Thursday the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule was released. There will be 17 races in 2015, which is down from 18 races in 2014 when Will Power won the championship.

Two new tracks have been added to the 2015 schedule and they are the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet road course in the Brazil capital of Brasilia and NOLA Motorsports Park near New Orleans, Louisiana.

The 2015 season will kick off on Sunday, March 8 at Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet. The 17-race slate will conclude on Sunday, August 30 at Sonoma Raceway. It will be the first time the season ends at a road course since the 2007 season. The season finale shifts from Auto Club Speedway. The race at Auto Club Speedway in 2015 will be held on June 27.

The month of May will once again be contested at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The second Grand Prix of Indianapolis, around the road course ay IMS, will be contested on May 9. Then Indianapolis 500 Qualifying will take place on May 16 and May 17. The 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will be held on May 24.

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Mackena Bell Set for Nationwide Debut; Alex Bowman and Scott Lagasse Jr Pick up Rides

October 30th, 2014 at 1:15 AM
By Mark Eddinger

News was breaking on Wednesday in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on many fronts. Mackena Bell is set to make her NASCAR national series debut and Alex Bowman and Scott Lagasse Jr have picked up rides with big time Nationwide Series teams to close out the 2014 season.

Mackena Bell, a 24-year-old from Carson City, Nevada, was announced as the driver of the No. 23 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet for the upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series race on November 8th at Phoenix International Raceway. The start will mark her NASCAR national series debut.

Bell, has made 36 career starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Back in 2010 she made six starts but the past two seasons Bell has competed in the full season. In 2013 Bell finished 13th in points and scored four top 10 finishes in 14 starts. She finished fifth twice for her best career finishes. In 2014, she scored one top 10 and finished 16th in points.

Also on Wednesday, JR Motorsports announced that Alex Bowman will drive the team's No. 5 Chevrolet at Phoenix. Bowman made his JR Motorsports debut on October 10th at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He qualified seventh and finished 12th in that race. The 21-year-old from Tucson, Arizona, currently drives the No. 23 Toyota full time for BK Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. LINE-X will sponsor Bowman's car.

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Jack Hawksworth Moves to Expanded AJ Foyt Racing for 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Season

October 29th, 2014 at 8:59 PM
By Mark Eddinger

AJ Foyt Racing announced Wednesday that the team will expand to two full-time entires for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Jack Hawksworth will move over from the BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian team, where he raced his rookie season in 2014. He will join forces with Takuma Sato, who will be entering his third season with AJ Foyt Racing.

The 23-year-old Hawksworth, who is from Bradford, England, will drive the No. 41 car and Paul Prados will serve as his chief engineer. Sato will remain in the No. 14 car and Don Halliday will be his chief engineer.

ABC Supply Co. will sponsor both cars. The company, which is headed into its tenth season as a sponsor for AJ Foyt Racing, has signed an extension with the team through the 2016 season. AJ Foyt Racing will also continue to use Honda engines.

"We really felt that two cars was the next step for us as a race team to be competitive week in and week out. We just presented that to ABC Supply, they agreed with us, saw our vision, wanted to be a part of it,” said Larry Foyt.

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Kevin Harvick Vows That Matt Kenseth Will not Win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship

October 27th, 2014 at 10:07 PM
By Mark Eddinger

With two races left in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Kevin Harvick's road to advancing to Homestead-Miami with a chance at the title is much more difficult than he would like. Harvick was crashed in Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on lap 228 by Matt Kenseth, complicating his path to the title.

The incident happened one lap after a restart, when Kenseth charged into Turn 1 but wheel-hopped and spun. When he did, Kenseth's car contacted Harvick's in the left-rear and sent the No. 4 spinning into the outside wall with the left-side. Harvick would lose over 40 laps and eventually finished 33rd. Kenseth would rally back and finished sixth.

“Yeah, he won’t win this championship," Harvick said after the race. "If we don’t, he won’t.”

What this means, exactly, remains to be seen. Is Harvick planning on wrecking Kenseth at either Texas or Phoenix? Or, if Kenseth advances to the Championship Race and Harvick does not, will Harvick wreck Kenseth at Homestead?

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Dale Earnhardt Jr Wins for the First Time at Martinsville Speedway

October 26th, 2014 at 9:17 PM
By Mark Eddinger

For the first time in his career, Dale Earnhardt Jr has won at Martinsville Speedway. He rallied from fifth on a restart with five laps to go on Sunday in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, to grab the lead and then hold off his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon.

The win comes 10 years after a plane crash on the way to a race at Martinsville that killed Rick Hendrick's son and nine other people. Hendrick Motorsports has now won 22 times at Martinsville Speedway.

"Just real proud to be able to win at Martinsville in a Hendrick car, they always win here," Earnhardt Jr said in victory lane.

The victory for Earnhardt Jr was his fourth of the 2014 season and the 23rd of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. He also kept one of the Eliminator Round Chase contenders from punching their ticket into the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jeff Gordon, who led the most laps on the day with 130, rallied from seventh on the final restart but needed a few more than the 500 laps if he was going to pass Earnhardt Jr. Gordon finished 0.344 seconds back.

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