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Why IndyCar has to get it right in 2012 Plus

Why IndyCar has to get it right in 2012

IndyCar faces tough challenges in 2012 with the introduction of a new car, new rules, a morphing schedule and the need to win back the hearts and minds of the paying public. Jeff Olson explains why there is no margin for error

Newman/Haas: End of an era Plus

Newman/Haas: End of an era

Following Newman/Haas Racing's recent announcement that it was suspending its IndyCar programme, Jeff Olson spoke to 2011's revelation, Oriol Servia, about the circumstances surrounding the news

FIA to assist IndyCar Series in its investigation into Dan Wheldon's death

The FIA will assist the IndyCar Series in a full investigation into the accident that led to the death of Dan Wheldon in Las Vegas on Sunday

Dan the man - a personal recollection Plus

Dan the man - a personal recollection

The world of motorsport is still stunned by the loss of Dan Wheldon. Jeff Olson was Dan's ghost writer for USA Today and gives his own thoughts on the man whose talent made him a winner and nature universally popular

Why the USA isn't watching IndyCar Plus

Why the USA isn't watching IndyCar

Dario Franchitti and Will Power go head-to-head for the IndyCar title at Las Vegas this weekend, while Dan Wheldon's $5million challenge has been added to the bill to create even more of a buzz. Will anyone be watching though? asks Jeff Olson

Time to give Andretti the credit he deserves Plus

Time to give Andretti the credit he deserves

For more than 20 years Michael Andretti has been derided as the son who failed to match the achievements of his legendary father Mario. But, as Jeff Olson explains, it's time the former indycar champion driver and team owner got the credit he deserves

IndyCar's Brian Barnhardt dismisses claims of inconsistent application of series rules

IndyCar president of competition Brian Barnhart has rubbished suggestions that the series sporting regulations have not been correctly applied during races this season

The hardest job in IndyCar Plus

The hardest job in IndyCar

IndyCar's president of competition Brian Barnhart has few friends and little respect from the teams competing in the series. But, as Jeff Olson explains, his job of ensuring correct application of the rules is anything but easy

How Marco Andretti proved he's not just a name Plus

How Marco Andretti proved he's not just a name

A brilliant drive at Iowa finally gave Marco Andretti his second IndyCar win, and silenced the American's many doubters, as Jeff Olson explained

Buddy Rice: Back where he belongs Plus

Buddy Rice: Back where he belongs

Buddy Rice was once heralded as the saviour of US open-wheel racing, but since his Indianapolis 500 win in 2004, he has faded from the scene. Now he's back for a one-off Indy appearance with Panther and he wants to win, as Jeff Olson explains

Dixon's view on the IndyCar carnage Plus

Dixon's view on the IndyCar carnage

Scott Dixon has twice been a victim of IndyCar's chaotic starts and restarts in the opening three rounds of 2011. Jeff Olson sought the double champion's view on what should be done to end the shunts

How Kanaan made it back onto the grid Plus

How Kanaan made it back onto the grid

In the last six months, Tony Kanaan lost his drive, got another one, lost that, and then turned an eleventh hour KV deal into a St Pete podium. Jeff Olson tells the story of Kanaan's incredible winter

Why IndyCar must connect with its US audience again Plus

Why IndyCar must connect with its US audience again

While IndyCar is making strides to regain some ground to NASCAR in the US racing landscape, the collapse of the de Ferran/Kanaan deal shows problems remain. Jeff Olson investigates

Why IndyCar must stand out in 2011 Plus

Why IndyCar must stand out in 2011

In a new column, expert IndyCar analyst Jeff Olson looks at the longterm future of the premier US single-seater series and explains why the final year of the old Dallara-Honda format must be a cracker for the benefit of the sport's fresh new start in 2012

The top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2009 Plus

The top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2009

AUTOSPORT's Jeff Olson lists the top ten drivers of the 2009 IndyCar championship

Analysis: Izod deal boosts IndyCar

After seven years of searching, the IndyCar Series finally has a legitimate title sponsor

Ganassi lauds 'mature' Franchitti

Chip Ganassi said his driver Dario Franchitti richly deserved the IndyCar Series title after the Scot played the fuel strategy perfectly and benefited from a caution-free race to claim the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Heatwave hampers IndyCar title fight

The IndyCar Series title contenders were taken aback by the extreme conditions in Friday's qualifying session for the championship finale at Homestead

Howard to return with Fisher's team

Sarah Fisher Racing will field a second car driven by Jay Howard next season, as well as expanding Fisher's effort to nine races

Briscoe bullish despite costly error

Ryan Briscoe remains confident that he can still win his first IndyCar Series title despite the pitstop miscue that turned next month's season finale at Homestead into a three-way championship showdown with Ganassi's Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti

Dixon plays down stunning pole

Scott Dixon said his commanding pole run at Motegi was down to luck - after delivering a stunning four-lap average on a dirty track and having been woken up just moments earlier

Briscoe aims to eradicate errors

Ryan Briscoe says he is determined not to repeat the mistakes that he had to recover from in order to win last night's Chicagoland IndyCar race

IndyCar set for Salvador opener

The IndyCar Series to set to finalise a deal this week to hold a street race in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil as its season opener in March 2010, according to the Indy Racing League's commercial boss Terry Angstadt

Changes expected after Sears crash

Penske Racing president Tim Cindric expects changes to Sears Points where two drivers were seriously injured last week, but he refused to blame the IndyCar Series or the track for the circumstances that led to the crash

Briscoe aims to control title run-in

Ryan Briscoe hopes he can take control of the ultra-close IndyCar Series title battle after his second place at Sonoma took him back into the championship lead

Drivers concerned by Sonoma crash

IndyCar Series drivers have called for lessons to be learned from the Sonoma practice accident that left both Will Power and Nelson Philippe injured yesterday

Patrick closing on new AGR deal

Danica Patrick has indicated that she intends to remain with Andretti Green Racing next season, but stopped short of saying a deal is complete to keep her at the IndyCar team that has employed her for three seasons

Philippe, Power in hospital after crash

Will Power and Nelson Philippe sustained broken vertebrae and a leg fracture respectively in their crash in practice at Sonoma today

Dixon takes crushing Mid-Ohio victory

Scott Dixon used a clever mid-race move to take the lead at Mid-Ohio and then ran away with the race to regain the advantage in the IndyCar Series championship battle

De Ferran set on new challenge

Gil de Ferran's retirement from driving has more to do with the future - and his team's intended move into IndyCar racing - than with the past

Drivers praise IndyCar passing fix

Ryan Briscoe and Ed Carpenter believe the IndyCar Series has resolved its problems with processional oval racing after a thrilling Kentucky event that saw Penske driver Briscoe edge Vision Racing's Carpenter at the finish line by just 0.0162 seconds

Kentucky: Cup race unlikely for 2010

Bruton Smith says he does not expect Kentucky Speedway to get a NASCAR Sprint Cup race next year but will continue to try to get Speedway Motorsports Inc's latest property on the 2011 schedule

Dixon on pole as qualifying called off

Championship leader Scott Dixon has been confirmed as the pole position holder for the Kentucky IndyCar race after weepers, the product of more than five inches of rain the previous day, cost the series its qualifying session on Friday evening

Penske pair rue costly crashes

The Penske drivers say they are determined to strike back at Watkins Glen next week after both crashed out of last night's Richmond race, allowing Ganassi's Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon to pull away in the championship

Indy drivers apologise for poor race

Richmond IndyCar winner and runner-up Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti led widespread criticism of the quality of the racing in the Saturday night event, which continued a run of disappointing oval races

Dixon keen to build on IRL win record

Scott Dixon said he was honoured to equal Sam Hornish Jr's record by winning his 19th Indy Racing League IndyCar race at Richmond on Saturday night, but suspects other active drivers could overhaul his tally before their careers are over

AGR drivers frustrated by problems

The Andretti Green Racing drivers urged their team to get on top of its problems after the quartet were again surprisingly off the pace in Richmond qualifying

Franchitti: Pole run far from easy

Dario Franchitti said the hot, greasy racetrack made his pole run at Richmond International Raceway far from easy

Franchitti credits pit crew for victory

Dario Franchitti said the credit for his Iowa Speedway victory should go to the Ganassi mechanics after he emerged from the final cycle of pitstops ahead of Ryan Briscoe with 50 laps remaining, then pulled away through traffic to win

Andretti and Patrick argue over battle

The Texas round of the IndyCar Series ended with Andretti Green Racing team-mates Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti arguing in the pits about a late battle between the two

Briscoe frustrated to lose race

Ryan Briscoe described the finish of the IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway as one of the greatest frustrations of his career after a potentially dominant victory turned into a second place when his Penske team-mate Helio Castroneves jumped him in the pits

Franchitti claims Texas pole

Dario Franchitti took his first pole position since returning to the IndyCar Series from NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night

Wheldon tops Texas night practice

Dan Wheldon led the way for Panther Racing as the IndyCar Series' Texas weekend got underway with floodlit evening practice on Thursday night

Dixon snatches Milwaukee victory

Scott Dixon passed Ryan Briscoe with 24 laps remaining and went on to win the Milwaukee Mile round of the IndyCar Series and deny Briscoe a second straight win at the track

Indy teams give George their backing

The IndyCar Series team owners have expressed their support for Tony George following reports suggesting his future as CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was in doubt

Briscoe takes Milwaukee pole

Ryan Briscoe moved out from under the shadow of his Penske team-mate Helio Castroneves by beating Graham Rahal to pole at the Milwaukee Mile

IMS denies George has been sacked

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has released a statement reiterating Tony George's position as CEO of the Speedway following published reports that George had been voted out of the role during an IMS board meeting on Tuesday night

Rahal slams Duno after Indy crash

Graham Rahal blamed Milka Duno for the crash that ended his hopes of Indianapolis 500 victory - describing the Venezuelan as 'clueless'

Ganassi pair rue Indy pit delays

Ganassi duo Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti were left to rue small pitstop delays after falling from a commanding position to sixth and seventh in the Indianapolis 500

Meira sustains fractured vertebrae

Vitor Meira is receiving treatment for fractures of two vertebra in his back at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after his massive crash in the Indy 500

Final Castroneves charge dropped

Minutes before setting the fastest lap in the final practice session for Sunday's Indianapolis 500, Helio Castroneves learned that the final federal charge against him had been dropped

Huge relief for last gasp Indy qualifiers

John Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay described Indianapolis 500 bump day as one of the toughest experiences of their careers after scraping onto the grid in the closing minutes of qualifying

Doornbos proud to make Indy field

Robert Doornbos said he was proud of his achievement after he stood up to a track that had caused him anguish a week earlier and secured the best remaining starting spot for the 93rd Indianapolis 500

Dixon fastest as brick halts practice

Scott Dixon set the fastest time in Friday's practice session for the Indianapolis 500, which was cut short when a piece of a brick from the yard of bricks at the start-finish line came loose and struck Mario Moraes' car

Rahal lucky to avoid day two carnage

Second-row starter Graham Rahal was fortunate not to get caught up in the carnage as day two of Indianapolis 500 qualifying was punctuated by several serious crashes

Matos fastest in second qualifying

Raphael Matos earned 12th on the grid for his first Indianapolis 500 after being fastest on the second day of qualifying

Castroneves takes third Indy pole

Less than a month after resuming his racing career following his exoneration from tax evasion charges, Helio Castroneves has claimed the third Indianapolis 500 pole of his career

Penske tops Friday practice at Indy

Penske had the two fastest laps of Friday's six-hour practice session for the Indianapolis 500, with Ryan Briscoe quickest on a time of 39.8263 seconds (225.981 mph)

Andretti tops first Indy practice day

The usual players were near the top of the speed chart on Thursday during the first day of practice for the full field in preparation for the 93rd Indianapolis 500

Tracy fastest on day one at Indy

Paul Tracy proved he has not lost any of his speed by recording the fastest lap of the first day of track activity in preparation for the 93rd Indianapolis 500