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Where Was Indy Car Driver Scott Dixon Born? posted by Indy Car

Born July 22, 1980 in Australia, Scott Dixon is a motor racing driver of New Zealand, who has been IndyCar Champion three times, wining the championships in 2003, 2008, and 2013. He has also won the Indianapolis 500 race in 2008. Since he joined IndyCar he competes for Chip Ganassi Racing. Dixon has won many awards and honors, and the chief ones include the Bruce McLaren Trophy in 2003 and 2008, the Jim Clark Trophy in 1999, 2001, and 2004, being chosen Sportsman of the Year in New Zealand for 2008 and 2013, and appointed Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Dixon started as a race Kart driver when he was seven years old. By the time he was thirteen, he had managed to procure a competition license on special dispensation to race a saloon car. He competed at the Pukekohe Park Raceway, driving the Nissan Sentra, which he crashed. However, Dixon later won every series that he competed. In 1994, he won the Formula Vee championship in New Zealand and later won 13 races out of 14, of the Formula Ford Class 2 Series. In 1997, Dixon started racing in Australia and was third overall in the Formula Holden series. In 1999, Dixon came to the U.S. and joined the Indy Light team of Johansson Motorsports. He won the Chicago oval race, and in 2000, won the championship with seven podium finishes and six wins.

Dixon started his IndyCar Series career from 2003, when his team became part of the Indy Racing League. He began to perform well consistently, and from 2010 to 2012, he won 2-3 races and finished third in the championships. In July 2013, Pocono saw the return of IndyCar racing, and Dixon won the race, and went on to win the Honda Indy Toronto event as well.

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Ray Hartjen

Watchful eyes on the Indy 500 posted by Ray Hartjen

The 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 begins with the wave of the green flag on Sunday, and while this year’s race is looks on the surface to be a wide-open, competitive affair, there are, as usual, a few things to keep a keen eye on. Between drivers, teams, and new rules, there’s a little bit of something, from casual fans to the hardcore.


Double-file restarts
From the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” department might come one of the most bold – and baffling – rules changes in recent memory. Indy Car officials, in a bid to make the racing more exciting have instituted two-wide restarts coming out of yellow flag caution periods. So far this season, the result has been a bunch of twisted race cars.

This is for sure – restarts will be more exciting. They’ll likely be very expensive for car owners too. In NASCAR, a two-wide start is an entirely different beast, and a function of cars with fenders and an extra thousand pounds or so coming to grips with the bumping and grinding. For open wheel cars, it’s something else entirely. When cars come together at speed, there’s very, very little chance of both cars coming out unscathed; expect suspension and wing damage at the least. More likely, expect heavy contact with the Turn One wall. The last two years have seen terrifying accidents at the speedway as a result of wheels “tripping” over others. Let’s hope in the bid for excitement, IndyCar officials don’t have to face the effects of serious injuries like Vito Meira’s (2009) or Mike Conway (2010). Or, face up to worse.
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Ray Hartjen

Driving Ms. Danica posted by Ray Hartjen

The ongoing maturation of Danica Patrick takes a critical step, either forward or backward, this month, as the pressure cooker that is the Indianapolis 500 slowly plays its hand over the course of May.

Who can forget last year’s 500, where a pit road miscue by Ryan Briscoe prevented nothing more than a rather mediocre finish by Patrick. The race’s most dramatic moment, or, rather, moments, turned out to be those captured by ABC’s cameras as they focused on Patrick’s long walk down pit land, the end of which she was apparently ready to give Briscoe a piece of her mind, and perhaps the backside of her hand. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and she was stopped before she made a further spectacle of herself. Unfortunately, the media, with their cameras and microphones, quickly caught up with her. Nothing like a sound bite from a woman scorned.

Yes, difficult to forget that moment now. Oddly, most forgot about it at Watkins Glen later in the season, when Patrick herself had a pit road mishap. Of course, racing being racing and the ultimate sport of “stuff happens,” that wasn’t the first – we can still pull video on You Tube of Patrick’s pit road accident at Homestead a couple of years ago.

Regardless, last year’s drama queen bit aside, Patrick is at her absolute best in a race car when she’s at Indy; all the more remarkable considering the immense media and public scrutiny she endures over May (the entire year, for that matter). Through all of Patrick’s faults, she knows how to set up a car and get around Indy, and quickly and competitively at that.
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Indy's Orientation and the IRL's Orange Pylons posted by Ray Hartjen

Not a big surprise to see rain hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today, the second day of the track being open in preparation for the Indianapolis 500. After all, what’s the month of May at Indy without a bit of rain? Forget about “and it don’t rain in Indianapolis in the summertime.” As any race fan knows, the ultimate in sarcasm is “and it don’t rain in Indianapolis in May, as every open wheel racer in the United States is desperately preparing for the biggest single race on the calendar.” A bit unwieldy for a song lyric, but the truth nonetheless. This biggest bummer of the rain is not the fact that the cars can’t hit the track, rather it’s the continued delay in getting the Rookie Orientation program done and in the books. Enough of Rookie Orientation – let’s see the big boys come out and play. Weather permitting, Thursday afternoon we’ll see the veterans – and the IRL’s absolute best – run the oval for the first time all month. Rookie Orientation is a long-standing tradition at the Speedway. It was, and in many respects still is, a necessary evil. The Indy 500 is the sport’s biggest race, on its biggest track. Some orientation for newbies is needed. In April! Why the first couple of days of the month of May is devoted to the rookies, I don’t understand. The fans don’t want it, and the race teams don’t want it. Does it save a bit of budget for the teams? Maybe – and that’s a big maybe. One could argue the degree of savings, especially for the IContinue reading "Indy's Orientation and the IRL's Orange Pylons"


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Welcome to IndyCarRacingNews.com posted by Sports Fan

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Please join the site if you love Indy car racing.  I've set this site up so that Indy car racing fans can interact with other fans, share stories, news, and information about Indy car racing.  Joining is free and easy so sign up now.
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Vet059

San Diego Super Chargers posted by Vet059

Chargers Send the MVP home for the season.

Well, atleast now Manning can get his hair cut......Also NFL network there goes brother vs. brother Super Bowl. The Chargers actual took it to the Colts. A few mental and physical mistakes early made it an over time game. A Rivers interception in endzone stopped a great drive. The Drive befre was a turn over by the runningback on the two yard line. The Colts should of just taken the safety and get better field position on the Chargers with less then 2 minutes left. The Chargers deserved this game and must admit at half time I started to root for them. I hate to get a lose in playoffs but now I know what it is like to root for the underdog.

Well the Home team won the first two of the post season. Now the 3 point home dogs play tomorrow. Only can hope for a change of luck as I took the next two road favrites.

LT spent another playoff game on the sideline........Alot of money sitting on the bench if you ask me. I expect him to give it another go next week againts the Steelers or Titans. Bith with god D's could make his leg real sore real quick.

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Breaking News! Danica Patrick caught speeding! Seriously. posted by Somsak Bounchareune

     IndyCar racer, Danica Patrick has a couple of speeding tickets.  How is this even a story?  The Associated Press reported that she paid for $196 fine for a recent ticket and that it is among several she has had in the past three years. 
    Again, how is this a story?  A racer car driver speeding is as much a surprise as poker player…gasp…gambling!  Or worse, finding a basketball player balling it up in some underground pick up game.  C’mon!
    It would be more of a story if Danica had a clean driving record. 
   

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Vet059

Thursday Night Football posted by Vet059

     Wow we are crawling up to the finish of 2008 in the NFL. Game Tonight and a game Saturday......Man love the NFL.

Also Pro Bowl selections where made, with a few new choices and return of some old names. I do wish they hold off on PRO Bowl selection to after the season. Name the players the final week or even during Wild Card weekend. Brett Favre made the list and has to be by name only, since his numbers where not favreariffic.......lol.

      The Indy Colts are playing The Jacksonville Jaguars. Last time these two teams meet they where both looking like imposters to the NFL. Now the Colts are rolling Jaguars are just tring to field a complete team. Jaguars lose Fred Taylor because a thumb injury. Might be the last time the Jaguars will see him suit up unless he takes a pay cut. Matt Jones final got the Suspension.....Greg Jones, Daryl Smith, Jerry Porter, and Tony McDaniel all put on IR in the last week. The Colts Do not have Marvin Harrison. 1st game missed this year after missing 11 last season. Bob Sanders and Joe Addai might play, but if Addai is on your Fantasy team I would not play him because if they get a lead  he might be on side line resting. This game also is getting close to lock a playoff spot for the Colts, they can not afford to lose this one.

The Colts win, but might not be easy. Jack Del Rio knows the Colts and his teams usally play them Tought.

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Inbound link contest winner announced! posted by Earn Money Blogging

A big thanks to everyone who participated in the "Inbound Link Contest".  We have a winner!  A big congratulations go out to Marija.  Thank you for all your hard work on this.  While we had a lot of people participate, Marija was able to win with only 4 links!  So it wouldn't have taken a lot to win this contest!  We'll be having another contest soon so stay tuned.

The whole purpose of this contest was to get our bloggers networking with other webmasters and to start to build up their inbound links which will help their traffic.  Even a few links can help you with the search engines as they will see you as more of an authority on your topic the more inbound links you have.

To learn more about marketing your blog check out this post: http://www.nbabasketballonline.com/sports_content-rev_share_faq.html#my_faq_2971

Marija's blog can be found here.  If you're a Knicks fan, check it out: http://www.newyorkknicksnews.com/marijak

The original post announcing the contest can be found here: http://www.nbabasketballonline.com/bloggers/weblog/2984.html

And if you're not already signed up with Google AdSense and making money from your blog, check out our Revenue Share FAQ page: http://www.nbabasketballonline.com/sports_content-rev_share_faq.html

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Inbound link contest - Win $100! posted by Earn Money Blogging

To try and motivate our bloggers to get inbound links we're going to have a contest to see which blogger can get the most inbound links to their blog. The contest begins now and ends July 31st, 2008. To be entered in to the contest all you have to do is go out and get as many websites to link to your blog as you can and at the end of the month send us an email listing all those links. All links must be active from August 1st through August 7th when we'll be judging the entries - a winner will be announced on August 7th. All entry emails must be received by Midnight on July 31st, 2008. You can email them to sportsfan@nbabasketballonline.com

We're going to impose some restrictions on the types of links you can get so please see below for the full list of links that do NOT count.

To get started simply go to Google and find other websites and blog that are about the sports and teams that you write about. Email the website owner and ask them for a link by explaining that you think your blog would be a good resource for their readers. Or offer to write a guest post for them with your by-line and URL at the bottom of the article. Or offer to exchange links with them by writing a quick write up of their site and a reciprocal link back to them. Some webmasters will be happy to add you to their blog roll even if you don't give them a link back (which is ideal) but some may want you to link back to them - you can easily do this with a quick blog entry on your blog about their website.

To learn more about inbound links and marketing your blog in general check out this post:

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Weekly Rotation: The five most disappointing offseason additions (Big League Stew)

Every year, fans are cautioned not to overreact to bold Hot Stove transactions. The 2015 Padres, 2014 Yankees, 2013 Blue Jays and 2012 Marlins were all proclaimed as the “winners” of their respective offseasons, yet none ended up qualifying for the postseason. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] Still, the early goings of 2016 have proven to be exceptionally disappointing for most of the big names who changed addresses over the winter. Upon reviewing Yahoo’s top 20 free agents , a dozen of them are experiencing extremely slow starts. Though the level-headed among us preach patience and small sample sizes in this scenario, it’s not abnormal to feel panic setting in if your team’s shiny new toy appears to have arrived defective. The Weekly Rotation is here to provide a voice of reason for those fans already self-aware of a creeping sense of anxiety. Using PointAfter visualizations, I’ll rank the five most disappointing additions of the offseason thus far and assess if it’s viable to panic about each player and their respective team’s playoff chances. Notes: All statistics are accurate as of games played on May 10. 5. Jason Heyward, Cubs 2016 Stats: .211/.312/.257 slash line, 0 HR, 13 RBI, 23 K in 28 games Salary: $21.6 million Jason Heyward famously went yard in his first major league at-bat on Opening Day in 2010, instantly endearing himself to Atlanta Braves fans. We’re 126 plate appearances into his career in the Windy City, and Cubs fans are still waiting for a reason to similarly embrace the former phenom guaranteed $184 million by Chicago. Heyward currently has a lower batting average and OPS than teammate David Ross, a 39-year-old catcher who was basically signed to serve as Jon Lester’s personal catcher. His slugging percentage (.257) is far lower than his on-base percentage (.312), since he’s mustered just five doubles as his only extra-base hits thus far. His performance has frankly been sort of embarrassing for someone blessed with his talent and stature (6’5”, 240 pounds), let alone for a guy regarded as the crown jewel of the winter’s free agent class. Jason Heyward Career Batting Triple Slash | PointAfter All that said, Heyward is still drawing a ton of walks while providing value in the field and on the basepaths. He’s gone through these sort of power outages before, including seven droughts of at least 25 games and a career-high 45-game homerless streak with St. Louis last year. This current slump is made more understandable by his recent wrist ailment . The 26-year-old could launch a home run beyond the ivy into those new Wrigley bleachers at any moment, at which point Cubbies fans will breathe a collective sigh of relief. For now, they’ll continue to enjoy the best team in baseball and try to ignore Heyward’s initial struggles. Panic level: Snooze button 4. David Price, Red Sox 2016 Stats: 4-1, 6.75 ERA, 12 BB, 53 K in 41.1 IP Salary: $30 million If this ranking was done purely by looking at statistics like ERA or WAR, David Price would surely be a couple spots higher. The highest-paid pitcher in MLB history has given up more earned runs (31) than anyone in the American League entering Tuesday. However, Price is also pacing the Junior Circuit in strikeouts (53) with a career-high rate of 11.5 strikeouts per 9 innings. Though the results have yet to show up in the scorebook, the Red Sox coaching staff (with some help from Dustin Pedroia ) has seemingly pinpointed an inconsistency in the lefty’s leg kick that could be the root of his issues. [Elsewhere: How many games will the Chicago Cubs win this season? ] Price has also simply been a victim of awful luck. Opposing hitters hold a batting average on balls in play (BABIP) of .383 against him, the second-highest mark in the AL. For context, league average BABIP is right around .300 and Price has never recorded one higher than .306. His defense will eventually get better at converting live balls into outs. David Price Career BABIP by Season | PointAfter It also helps matters that Price hasn’t cost Boston many games yet. The AL’s highest-scoring offense has backed up the former Cy Young winner and lifted the Red Sox to first place in the AL East. Accordingly, Beantown can’t be too disappointed with Price’s tenure yet. A rough 2 mph decrease in velocity this season might not portend well for Price’s long-term outlook, but this is still a guy with excellent command and above-average stuff. Panic level: Forgot to go to ATM for cash-only food truck, but your friend has you covered 3. Scott Kazmir, Dodgers 2016 Stats: 2-3, 5.54 ERA, 12 BB, 36 K, 9 HR allowed in 37.1 IP Salary: $12.7 million Looking at the Dodgers rotation during spring training, Scott Kazmir would have been the obvious choice as the No. 2 starter behind Clayton Kershaw. But a homer-riddled beginning to 2016 has seen Kazmir post the worst ERA in Los Angeles’ rotation by nearly a full run. Kazmir has served up nine home runs thus far, the second-most in the NL. That includes two given up against the Rockies in the thin Denver air, and a three-tater day courtesy of the Giants, who benefited from wall scrapers by Angel Pagan and Brandon Belt . As a result, his HR/9 rate is easily the highest it’s ever been, aside from a disastrous 1 2/3 inning cameo that served as his lone appearance in 2011. Scott Kazmir Career HR/9 | PointAfter Kazmir’s slump has hindered L.A.’s ability to pull away in an uninspired NL West despite excellent showings from Clayton Kershaw and Kenta Maeda. The cash-laden Dodgers will almost certainly look to upgrade their rotation this summer. Depending on the quality of that inevitable acquisition and the progression of Kazmir, the 32-year-old could feasibly find himself pushed out of Los Angeles’ playoff rotation come October. [Elsewhere: This Twins ballboy deserves a Gold Glove for this catch ] Panic level: Found a hair in your food at a four-star restaurant 2. Justin Upton, Tigers 2016 Stats: .228/.267/.325 slash line, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 51 K in 32 games Salary: $22.1 million Diamondbacks, Braves and Padres fans know how streaky Justin Upton is at the plate. It’s one of his defining characteristics . Tigers faithful have learned that the hard way in 2016, as Upton has exhibited the worst plate discipline of his career in 2016. Justin Upton Career Walk/Strikeout Rates | PointAfter Upton’s 51 strikeouts are the most in the Majors. He has seven three-strikeout games under his belt. It took until May 3 for him to start a game and not strike out, and he hasn’t done it again since. A seven-game hitting streak between April 28-May 5 has given way to an 0-for-17 slump. If there’s been a bright side, it’s Upton’s defense. He leads all AL leftfielders in range factor per game, a skill put on display while robbing poor Chris Coghlan of a homer recently. The Tigers didn’t sign Upton for his defense, though. If he doesn’t find his groove soon, the Tigers could fall too far behind the upstart White Sox in the AL Central for a second-half surge from their $132 million man to matter. If Detroit does indeed miss the playoffs, it’d mark the third straight year a team employing Upton fancied themselves as contenders yet fell short of the postseason. Panic level: Is this seat getting warmer ? 1. Shelby Miller, Diamondbacks 2016 Stats: 1-3, 7.36 ERA, 21 BB, 20 K in 29.1 IP Salary: $4.4 million Shelby Miller was the league’s “biggest loser” last year, as he took 17 L’s to go along with six wins during his only season in Atlanta. The dubious title was entirely unfair, as Miller received the worst run support of any starter while recording a 3.02 ERA and earning his first All-Star bid. The Diamondbacks saw enough in him to trade the No. 1 overall pick of the 2015 MLB Draft, Dansby Swanson, to acquire him. That move was roundly criticized, even with most of the naysayers assuming Miller could replicate his production as a No. 2 or No. 3 starter for Arizona. [Elsewhere: A player in Japan won a year's supply of beer for hitting this home run ] Well, Miller has been arguably the worst starter in the Majors. This year, he’s wholly deserved all three losses he’s been tagged with, and should probably have a couple more to his name. The 25-year-old holds a 7.36 ERA through seven starts, and that’s the lowest it’s been all season. Shelby Miller Earned Runs and ERA by Game in 2016 | PointAfter Miller has failed to get out of the third inning in two outings, and has yet to see the seventh frame. Entering Tuesday, he led the National League in walks (21), and has handed out more free passes than strikeouts (20) through 29.1 innings. The D-backs mortgaged their future to contend immediately, but have stumbled out to a 16-18 start. Miraculously, they’re only one game out of first place in the dreadful National League West, which has been far worse than anyone expected. But the point stands that the team looks nothing like the contender its front office expected them to be. At least Zack Greinke (40/9 K/BB in 43.2 IP), Arizona’s other major offseason acquisition, has promising peripherals that indicate a return to form is in the cards. Miller, meanwhile, has looked utterly lost while Swanson has torn up the minor leagues, making the Diamondbacks’ decision makers look more inept than even their worst critics previously suggested. Panic level: CODE RED Close calls: Mike Leake (Cardinals), Ken Giles (Astros), Drew Storen (Blue Jays), Zack Greinke (Diamondbacks), Erick Aybar (Braves), Chase Anderson (Brewers), Jon Niese (Pirates) This story  was published by PointAfter ,  a partner of Yahoo Sports. Will Laws is a writer for PointAfter , a sports data aggregation and visualization website that's part of the Graphiq network. PointAfter is a platform for shot charts, scatter plots and other data visualizations about NBA players, NFL teams and dozens of other topics. [read full article]

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