The Fastest Ever Lap Recorded on a Closed Circuit

CART is the name of the game, Gil de Ferran is the man, Fontana is the place, Penske is the warhorse and 240mph+ is the register. » 3/17/15 5:04pm 3/17/15 5:04pm

Nigel Mansell's 1993 IndyCar Championship

No one has ever achieved the feat of being Formula One World Champion AND IndyCar Champion at the same time, except one man - Nigel Mansell. And here's how he did it. » 4/17/14 9:15am 4/17/14 9:15am

39 Years Ago: The First Long Beach Grand Prix

After IndyCar has been confirmed through 2018 to be the main attraction at one of the most prestigious street races in the world - followed by a pseudo-bidding war with F1 -, American open-wheel racing returns for another round to the west coast city of Long Beach this weekend. » 4/12/14 2:29pm 4/12/14 2:29pm

Calendar Conflict: Portland Champ Car Race Scheduled Against MotoX…

As mentioned yesterday, Champ Car has announced the schedule for its 2008 season, including a return to Portland International Raceway on July 27, 2008. Unfortunately, that's also the same weekend as the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship at Washougal Motocross Park on the other side of town. Previous Champ Car races… » 11/06/07 4:00pm 11/06/07 4:00pm

Happy 30th Champ! Champ Car 2008 Schedules Out

Open-wheel racing fans rejoice! The 2008 Champ Car schedules are out, and include a new European track. The Atlantic Series will include seven races in the US, three in Canada as part of the Canadian Triple Crown and one in Mexico. The Atlantic series kicks off on April 20th in Long Beach and April 27 in Houston. The… » 11/05/07 6:15pm 11/05/07 6:15pm

Jalopnik Weekend Motorsports Preview

The race season is winding down and the auto show season is ramping up. But there's still plenty of exciting action on the track this weekend and we've got it all, from Formula 1 to the ZR1 Vettegasm at ALMS below the jump. » 10/20/07 9:00am 10/20/07 9:00am

Las Vegas Grand Prix, 2007: Race Day

Jalopnik's Las Vegas local, Curtis Walker reports on race day at the Las Vegas Grand Prix this past weekend. He spent Friday braving the rainy season and making faces at TV's Frankie Muniz, who debuted in Champ Car Atlantic. On Sunday he braved the desert sun to catch the KO of Champ Car favorite Sebastien Bourdais… » 4/09/07 7:28am 4/09/07 7:28am

Jalopnik Goes to the Las Vegas Grand Prix: Pre Show

We sent Jalopnik's resident desert dweller and Las Vegas go-to guy, Curtis Walker, to crash the Las Vegas Grand Prix this weekend. He spent Friday braving the rainy season and dodging TV's Frankie Muniz, who's making his debut in Champ Car Atlantic on Sunday. He also watched as Champ Car's Sebastien Bourdais missed… » 4/08/07 12:23am 4/08/07 12:23am

Frankie Muniz Graduates to Champ Car Atlantic, Will Never Graduate From…

Honestly, if you were 21 and had millions of dollars and nothing better to do you'd propose to your 27 year-old hairdresser girlfriend and start racing cars, too. Frankie Muniz, star of Malcolm in the Middle, has graduated from the Formula BMW USA series to the Champ Car Atlantic Series and will be racing for Jensen… » 3/30/07 3:08pm 3/30/07 3:08pm

AFX Champ Cars Coming in Summer

Being men of a certain age who never quite got around to giving up being boys, Los Jalopniks are big fans of slot car racing. So excuse us for being a little geeked that we just found out that in July of this year, Tomy-owned AFX will launch a line of HO-scale slot cars resembling the current crop of Champ Cars. The… » 2/19/07 4:45pm 2/19/07 4:45pm

Canadians Look To Emasculate Champ Car... Even More

The Champ Car race in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec hasn't been doing so well, with attendance at the previous Montreal race dropping to around 110,000, nearly a third of a similar F1 weekend. So what are those nutty Canadians doing to make the series more interesting? Adding Cirque Du Soleil (and moving it to the resort… » 2/15/07 2:30pm 2/15/07 2:30pm

Jalopnik Question of the Day: What Will Happen to Champ Car?

Just like that, in a slash of the accountant's broadpen, Ford has withdrawn its sponsorship of the Champ Car World Series, the open-wheel racing series once known as CART. Ford Racing Technology head, Dan Davis, said the company's sponsorship, "does not align with our current business objectives." Those objectives,… » 1/25/07 1:00pm 1/25/07 1:00pm

Never Say Die: Alex Zanardi Hops Back Into an F1 Car

We have to say, we can't not back Alex Zanardi, who lost his legs five years ago in a CART wreck with fellow Alex — and fellow vowel-ending-surnamed racing driver — Tagliani. For the first time since his stint with Williams in '99, Zanardi got back into a Formula One car, trading his normal size-9 prosthetic feet for… » 11/24/06 2:45pm 11/24/06 2:45pm

Humbert Humbert is Sad: Lola Says Goodbye to Champ Car

We've always loved Lola. But who wouldn't love a green-haired, tatted-up Oregon stripper (full nudity + alcohol) who pole-danced to Iron Maiden and Slayer, whose real love was erotic performance art? Oh wait, sorry. Cars, right. Eric Broadley's brainchild bore fruit on the American open-wheel circuit as early as… » 11/15/06 8:45am 11/15/06 8:45am

Katherine Legge's Champ Car Crash: She's OK

On Monday, our buddy Steve told us to keep an eye out for video of Champ Car racer Katherine Legge' off-the-wall crash this past weekend. Of course, we were all busy navigating various bits of the inter-continental aviation industry. Thankfully, Autoblog located the clip and gave us a heads' up. Yeah, Steve, she… » 9/27/06 9:09am 9/27/06 9:09am

Out of Step, With the IRL!

The man only known by the moniker of MyNameIsIRL steps up and makes a compelling argument as to why the IRL and Champ Car shouldn't merge. He posits that a merger would tilt the series in favor of Cosworth (which Champ Car maven Kevin Kalkhoven controls), that Champ Car fans won't watch oval races anyway, (which is… » 9/19/06 9:00am 9/19/06 9:00am

More on da Matta's Deer Incident at Road America

Faithful tipster Scott sent over this bit from ESPN regarding Champ Car-driver Cristiano da Matta's collision with a deer during a practice session at Elkhart Lake. Cristiano is currently hospitalized in critical condition, in a medically-induced coma, due to a subdural hematoma. In layman's terms, it means that the… » 8/04/06 7:30pm 8/04/06 7:30pm

(Deer) Blood on the Track: da Matta Hits Deer at Road America

Pretty as they are, deer can be pretty damn stupid, and it didn't even require headlights for Champ Car driver Cristiano da Matta to catch one with his car at speed when it wandered onto the track at Road America. Knocked unconscious by the collision, da Matta was airlifted to Theda Clark Memorial Hospital in Neenah,… » 8/03/06 11:00pm 8/03/06 11:00pm

Flossing a Dead Horse: The Boringness of Racing Drivers

Go ahead. Call Richard Petty a relic. Call him back-asswards on women's issues. Fair game, of course. But never let it be said that the man doesn't have personality. The kids over at, Chrysler's media-only blog, posted a podcast featuring some short interviews with NASCAR drivers past and present,… » 6/16/06 6:00pm 6/16/06 6:00pm