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A Q-C tie to Indy

Looking for someone to root for in the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500? How about Ryan Briscoe. No, his favorite ice cream isn’t Whitey’s. But he has a Q-C area native on his pit crew. Maquoketa, Iowa’s Travis Law changes the left front tire for Briscoe. I talked with him before the race today, [...]

Rusty Wallace and the hangover

Rusty Wallace talked about the possibility of a Nationwide Series race hangover at Iowa Speedway, a return to racing, and the difficulties of watching his son race during an exclusive interview with me on Wednesday. Here are some excerpts from the interview. How will the Trucks race on this track, what do you expect? It’ll [...]

Iowa Corn Indy 250 Bits

Overlooked no more: At Andretti Green Racing Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti get most of the attention. But it was Hideki Mutoh who turned in the best finish Sunday. Mutoh didn’t shy away from a question about being overlooked. “I’m really enjoying with my teammates. I mean, T.K. (Tony Kanaan) has a lot of experience [...]

Iowa Speedway gets 2-year extension

The IndyCar Series will compete at the Iowa Speedway through the 2011 season. Series and track officials announced they had reached an agreement in principle to sign a two-year deal. “We are very excited about this, we’re excited about being here every year,” IndyCar Series commercial division president Terry Angstadt said. “When we’re here, we’re [...]

More from Dario

What do you expect at Iowa this weekend, the track has changed quite a bit since you last ran there? I think the big difference will be the track, not so much the cars. They’re very similar to how they were when we raced last time. The track has aged for sure since when we [...]

More from Dan Wheldon

Defending Iowa Corn Indy 250 winner took time away from hanging out with his new son and adding to his 300-plus pair shoe collection to talk to me. Here’s what he had to say: Can you defend your Iowa title with this team? I think so. The biggest thing this year is when you look [...]

Questions for Dario Franchitti?

I will talk with Dario Franchitti on Friday morning as he prepares for this weekend’s third Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway in Newton. If there’s anything you’d like me to ask him, please post it here in the comments. I’ll post excerpts from the interview here. Franchitti won the first Iowa Corn Indy [...]

Ten things I know

With all apologies to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King and his “Ten things I think I think,” here’s 10 things I know after the biggest racing weekend of the year: 1. I know the IndyCar Series needs help at promoting its races and has needed that help for a long time. It might finally get that [...]

Live chat from Indy!

Join the live chat with Nate Bloomquist from Indianapolis Motor Speedway at noon Sunday right here: Indianapolis 500

Paul Tracy speaks, or is it Brett Favre?

In an exclusive interview with me, Paul Tracy dished on everything from wearing wrestling masks to being Brett Favre’s doppelganger, or not. Here are some highlights from the interview. There’s more to come in Friday’s edition of the Quad-City Times and in the Race Trax podcast. Paul Tracy almost won the 2002 Indianapolis 500, or [...]