As soon as the Patriots and Giants left their locker rooms last Sunday with the conference championship trophies in hand, the madness of the Super Bowl was upon them. And so began the challenge for team execs and the head coaches to remind their players, coaches and staff of what's ahead.
Formula 1 will return from its second multiyear U.S. hiatus with a Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, next November. The first track in the nation that was built specifically to F1 specifications and amenity standards has invested $300 million in the facility and must pay a huge sanctioning fee -- estimated at $25 million -- to put the world's highest priced and most technologically advanced race cars on the track.
INDIANAPOLIS -- As IndyCar officials spearhead an investigation into the 15-car crash that claimed the life of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon on Oct. 16, industry insiders say they're eager to learn what role the fence and its steel supports may have played in the fatality, particularly given the design of those elements at the Las Vegas track.
INDIANAPOLIS -- It was nearly four hours before "A Celebration of the Life of Dan Wheldon" was scheduled to begin at Conseco Fieldhouse, and the line down Delaware Street led far down the block. Those who came to mourn the loss of the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner who was killed in a horrific crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last week wanted to be a part of this tribute.
INDIANAPOLIS -- For its first 45 years of existence, NASCAR dreamed of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The track was the motor sports mecca of the world and the home of the world's most famous race -- the Indianapolis 500 -- which began in 1911.
INDIANAPOLIS -- As the dust continues to settle from Sunday's 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, the future remains uncertain for race winner Dan Wheldon -- though the prospects of seeing him in the cockpit of an IndyCar for a few more races this season have increased dramatically.
Penske Racing's superlative record of 15 victories in the Indianapolis 500 seems unassailable, like John Wooden's 10 NCAA Division I basketball championships. Just as it was with Wooden, it has been a dynasty built with the leadership and vision of one man, Roger Penske, who has surrounded himself with great talent.
INDIANAPOLIS -- In the past decade, there have been significant advancements in safety at the top levels of auto racing. The HANS (Head and Neck Support) Device and the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Resistant) Barrier have become mandatory in the IZOD IndyCar Series, NASCAR and other elite forms of racing, while new generation cars have featured designs that emphasize driver protection.
AVONDALE, Arizona -- It was Robert F. Kennedy who uttered one of the most famous quotes of the 20th Century: "There are those that look at things the way they are and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?"
The list of drivers who have won the Brickyard 400 in its relatively short 16-race history is extraordinary. It is an exclusive club of nine and eight have also been either Daytona 500 or Sprint Cup champions. Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Bill Elliott and Jimmie Johnson have won all three. Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte and Kevin Harvick own two of the three.
Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti are the only Americans confirmed to drive the full season in the Izod IndyCar Series. They're very marketable -- the world's best-known female race car driver and an emerging star with a royal racing lineage -- but will the American public, in person and on television, provide growth to a series with a primarily international field?
Scott Pruett drove in four Indy 500s and one Brickyard 400, and thought his days racing at the famous speedway had ended when he switched in 2001 to racing sports cars, which have never run there. He'll have an unexpected opportunity to return on Sept. 3 in a test sanctioned by the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.
EDMONTON, Alberta --There are 1,823 miles between Indianapolis and this prairie city, where streaks of summer sunlight remain until 11:30 p.m. But on Sunday, there was more than just passing interest among the IndyCar Series community with Sunday's AllState 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
International Speedway Corporation has staged a successful raid at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by hiring Joie Chitwood as Vice President of Business Operations. Chitwood resigned Monday from IMS, where he has been President and Chief Operating Officer since December 2004.
KOONTZ LAKE, Ind. -- There's a lot on the line at Sunday's AllState 400 at the Brickyard -- NASCAR's annual trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Simply put, there are three entities that cannot afford to fail -- NASCAR, Goodyear and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway itself.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Board of Directors has asked CEO Tony George to focus on the company within its organization that needs the most attention, possibly signaling an end to his tenure overseeing the Speedway.
According to a report Wednesday, Tony Georgewas bounced out of his job as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's CEO. By midday, George had denied it in interviews with the Indianapolis media. IMS followed with a statement several hours later that further detailed the subjects and objectives discussed in the IMS board of directors meeting on Tuesday.
INDIANAPOLIS -- While the motion picture that is Helio Castroneves' life has more sequels than the old "Rocky" movies, the back story to Sunday's 93rd Indianapolis 500 included the two stars of the 2005 race.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Five weeks ago, Helio Castroneves stared into the abyss, wondering if he would spend Memorial Day in a federal prison as his fate was in the hands of a 12-member jury as they deliberated his fate in a tax evasion trial.
The 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 is Sunday, and this year's race boasts one of the deepest fields in the event's history. With the return of Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti, and a grid that boasts a number of past champions, the Borg-Warner Trophy is up for grabs.
Everything points to this Indianapolis 500 being one of the most competitive races in the event's 93-race history. It'll be a grueling test of speed and pit-stop execution on IndyCar's fastest and most demanding track.
KOONTZ LAKE, Indiana -- When the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that it was shutting down the "Brickyard Crossing" motel last week, it drew little attention, lost in the shuffle of other motorsports layoffs, race cancellations and drug testing announcements.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- A week that began with NASCAR apologizing for the embarrassing tire situation at the Brickyard, ended in similar fashion as Pocono winner Carl Edwards apologized for fighting with crew chief Bob Osborne over pit strategy in Sunday's Sprint Cup race. In other words, just another week at the races.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Churchill Downs are separated by just 125 miles of southern Indiana countryside and the Ohio River. That's 50 laps around the Speedway, twice as many around Churchill. But the expansive motor racing cathedral, with its signature yard of bricks, and the stately horse racing track, defined by its dignified twin spires now dwarfed by grotesque modernization, are undeniably linked. Many of their most cherished traditions seem rooted in the same values. And each became the standard by which all who compete in their respective sports are judged.