SPM and Belardi Racing Merge for Indy Lights Program

Schmidt-Peterson Motortspors is coming back to Indy Lights. They have joined a program with Belardi Racing to help drivers get to the Verizon IndyCar Series. The two sides with pair on former SPM driver and current Belardi driver Santiago Urrutia. The hope is to develop drivers in Indy Lights with their merged operation and moved them up the ranks to IndyCar with sPM. “This new program with Belardi Auto Racing is all about assisting young talented drivers any way we can to get them to the Verizon IndyCar Series,” commented…

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Long Beach Hires a Consultant To Study Whether They Should Have IndyCar or Formula 1 Race There

The last few years we’ve seen some rumors start circulating around the racing world about a possible Formula One return to Long Beach. From 1976-1983, the Grand Prix of Long Beach was run with F1 cars. But, since 1984, it’s been IndyCar teams racing on the scenic 1.968-mile southern California street circuit. Now, two weeks after the 43rd annual event in which James Hinchcliffe went to victory lane at Long Beach on April 9, the Long Beach Gazette is reporting the city has hired a consulting firm to study and…

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Night Races A Dying Breed Among NASCAR Events,Tracks Moving Races to Daytime Again, Thank Rain for That

Mother nature has helped shape NASCAR’s schedule for the better. No, no one likes rain outs and likes to see rain hamper racing efforts on any given race weekend, but night races being rained out until the next day has in turn helped NASCAR see a potential problem move to a positive. Instead of scheduling night races, schedule them during the day again. More on this later. At one point on the NASCAR Cup schedule, 31-percent of the races were run in primetime under the lights. 2009 was the height…

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Charlotte Moves Playoff Race From Saturday Night to Sunday Afternoon

Most people were expecting the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ playoff race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to get moved to the infield road course, but on Thursday, NASCAR made an announcement with track officials saying that the race would move from a night time event back to a daytime race. “Daylight Racing Time” is back for the Bank of America 500 as the race returns to a Sunday afternoon start time in 2017. The fourth race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs and first race in the…

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Dash 4 Cash, Stage Racing, Return of the Lower Groove Should Make XFINITY Series Race in Bristol Even More Interesting Saturday

After a week off, the NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers return to the track this weekend for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 (1 p.m. ET/FS1/PRN) at the Bristol Motor Speedway. This weekend’s race though, should have some intense racing on the .533-mile high banked Tennessee oval. It’s not just the fact that it’s short track racing, but the stage racing, the return of the lower groove and the second leg of the Dash 4 Cash should significantly improve the action on Saturday afternoon. The highest finishing two XFINITY Series regular from…

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