Dec 4, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT
With the IndyCar season in the books and a limited amount of news to come since the season finale at Fontana, my MotorSportsTalk colleague Chris Estrada and are taking a look back at the 2013 season just past. Chris and I each ranked our top 10 drivers and some of the biggest stories; now we take a look back at the field driver-by-driver.
P25 was Panther’s former driver who rebounded briefly with Barracuda Racing, JR Hildebrand…
- Teams: Panther Racing, Barracuda Racing
- 2012: 11th Place, Best Finish 5th, Best Start 4th
- 2013: 25th Place (7 Starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 10th, 1 Top-5, 1 Top-10, 4 Laps Led, 16.3 Avg. Start, 16.6 Avg. Finish
DiZinno says: At least Alex Tagliani lasted 13 races this year before he and Herta went their separate ways; Hildebrand lasted only five with before his unscheduled appointment with Indy’s Turn 1 wall cost him his seat at Panther Racing. JR had been solid if unspectacular in two and a half seasons, and an engineering change to add Tino Belli would have eventually paid dividends; sadly, we never got to see that bear fruit. But Hildebrand’s stock rose as neither Ryan Briscoe nor Oriol Servia was able to do better, neither beat JR’s best result of fifth, and Hildebrand performed well enough in his two California cameos replacing, incidentally, Tagliani. A second chance at another team would be welcomed for the American driver.
Estrada says: Hildebrand started the 2013 season with a bizarre crash at St. Petersburg and following the Indy 500, it looked like it would end with one as well when he lost his ride with Panther Racing after hitting the wall on Lap 3. But as luck would have it, the California native got to suit up in his home state for Barracuda Racing at Sonoma and Fontana. Hildebrand looked sharp in those two outings, and was even threatening to score an upset win late at Fontana until a mechanical problem knocked him out with less than 20 laps to go. He did himself a favor with that effort going into the off-season, but it remains to be seen if the former Indy Lights champion will make a return in 2014.
Aug 23, 2014, 4:45 AM EDT
One final chance for the drivers and teams to get to grips with Spa ahead of qualifying later today.
Aug 23, 2014, 1:09 AM EDT
Dramatic day for Pro Mazda, USF2000 Friday in Sonoma.
Aug 22, 2014, 11:35 PM EDT
Ryan Blaney passed Kyle Busch with six laps left in Friday night’s Food City 300 Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and then held on the rest of the way to earn his second career NNS victory.
Aug 22, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT
Update (8:30 p.m. ET): The engines have been fired and tonight’s Food City 300 is ready to roll.
Aug 22, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT
The Bowtie has won the IndyCar manufacturer’s title in all three seasons since returning to North American open-wheel racing in 2012.
Aug 22, 2014, 6:54 PM EDT
Jeff Gordon looked like he had the pole for Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. But Kevin Harvick had other ideas.
Aug 22, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT
At 7-feet tall, ESPN NASCAR analyst, team co-owner and former NBA star Brad Daugherty is a formidable presence. He’s also known to play a practical joke every now and then.
Aug 22, 2014, 5:39 PM EDT
Unpredictable weather conditions have impacted the Food City 500 in its March spot, which the event has had since the 2005 season.
Aug 22, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT
The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will be officially presented on Tuesday, August 26 at 5 p.m. ET on a special 60-minute edition of NASCAR AMERICA.
Aug 22, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT
“Rowdy” earns the pole for tonight’s Food City 300 with a lap of 125.142 miles per hour in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Aug 22, 2014, 3:52 PM EDT
Former NASCAR Nationwide Series team owner Ed Whitaker passed away Friday at his home in Bristol, Va., business associate Peter Laura told the Bristol Herald Courier.
Aug 22, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT
In statement, Alexander Rossi takes the high road after missing out on Grand Prix debut with Marussia in Spa.
Aug 22, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT
Late in the 50-minute session, the Roush Fenway Racing driver zipped around the half-mile oval at 131.048 mph in the No. 17 Ford Fusion.
Aug 22, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Here’s today’s round-up from the paddock at Spa-Francorchamps.
Aug 22, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT
In the year of the power unit, Spa is rewarding the Mercedes-powered teams.
Aug 22, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT
Russian GP3 debutante Konstantin Tereschenko goes for a wild ride at Spa, but mercifully emerges unscathed.
Aug 22, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver turns a lap of 131.083 mph around the high-banked half-mile to lead Friday’s first practice session.
Aug 22, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT
As good as he may be, is Max Verstappen too young to be racing up against drivers twice his age?
Aug 22, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT
Son of ex-racer Jos set to become the youngest ever F1 driver next season at the age of 17.
Aug 22, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT
At 13th on the Chase Grid with three regular season races left, the former Sprint Cup champion isn’t feeling the need to choose between going for a win or having a good points day.
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