A Quadriplegic Racer Will Steer a Stingray With His Head at the Indy 500

It takes a special breed to enter the Indy 500, but to attempt to do so without the use of your arms or legs is simply out of the question. Until now, that is. With the aid of his semi-autonomous race car, former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt is in it to win it—or at least the four promotional laps he'll be… » 5/13/14 1:31pm 5/13/14 1:31pm

IndyCar Series To Drop Cylinders, Add Turbos For 2011

The current naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V8 Honda engines used in Indy cars will be long gone come 2011. In their place will be either six- or four-cylinder mills boosted by one or two turbochargers. The changes will be discussed in a meeting next month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but for now there's some… » 8/26/08 3:00pm 8/26/08 3:00pm

NY Times Calls Hillary-Endorsing Sarah Fisher IRL's "Top Woman"

In a long article about the Indiana Democratic Primary, there's a picture of Hillary Clinton getting the endorsement of IRL racer and team-owner Sarah Fisher, with the caption "Hillary Rodham Clinton paid an election-day visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday to appear with race car driver Sarah Fisher, a… » 5/06/08 4:40pm 5/06/08 4:40pm

Wife Busts Tony Kanaan's Balls After Qualifying Behind Danica Patrick

She's everywhere these days - Danica Patrick is the Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova of open wheel racing and everyone wants a piece of the moment. Well, maybe except teammate Tony Kanaan and his wife. A quick item at Automobile relays a phone call from Kanaan's pregnant wife after he qualified third and behind… » 4/28/08 4:40pm 4/28/08 4:40pm

CBS' Doyel Rules IRL Isn't Real Racing, Danica Is "Junior Varsity"

We all know what Pedro de la Rosa thinks about women in motorsport. Now, we've got CBS Sports' Gregg Doyel weighing in on Danica Patrick's win, proclaiming the Indy Racing League to be an inferior racing series. Most people will agree the IRL isn't the highest pinnacle of motorsports, but Doyel thinks » 4/25/08 4:20pm 4/25/08 4:20pm

McLaren's Pedro de la Rosa Thinks Women Are Too Weak To Race In F1

With all the buzz over Danica Patrick wiping the floor at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan last weekend, it's easy to forget there's other talented females engaged in various forms of motorsport across the world. Just look at Michèle Mouton's rally career — multiple wins in her Audi Quattro and finishing a close second place… » 4/24/08 9:20am 4/24/08 9:20am

IndyCar League Makes Play for Relevance With F1-Style Qualification

Indy Racing League plans on rolling out a new gridification system during the upcoming St. Petersberg race and it will look a lot like the street racing version of things done over at Formula 1. Instead of being a one man one track run against the clock, cars will be slotted on the grid by way of elimination rounds.… » 4/02/08 4:00pm 4/02/08 4:00pm

IRL Racer, Dancing With The Stars Champ Ditches Wife for Dance Partner

Here's just one of the reasons why we'd never make it as a professional racer: Helio Castroneves wins back-to-back Indy 500's and stays with his hottish young wife fiance. Helio Castroneves wins Dancing With The Stars and leaves young wife fiance for even younger 19-year-old dance instructor. This according to the… » 12/11/07 10:15am 12/11/07 10:15am

Helio Castroneves Shimmies FTW On Dancing With The Stars, Shows Off…


We're fairly certain the gold lamé race track suit-inspired uni Helio Castroneves was wearing in his little freestyle dance the night before last wasn't made of Proban or Nomex. And thank goodness — if it was, we feel we might have had to endure an entire IRL season of the Brazilian donning the suit for every race in… » 11/28/07 7:30am 11/28/07 7:30am

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