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|Paul Page returning as voice of IMS Radio Network (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: December 4, 2013, 3:03 pm]
Longtime motorsports announcer Paul Page will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network as its lead announcer next season. Page served as the network's anchor voice from 1977 to 1987, taking over after the death of Sid Collins. He will anchor the network's coverage of all IndyCar races next season, including the marquee event, the Indianapolis 500.
Kanaan savors image on Indianapolis 500 trophy (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: December 3, 2013, 11:59 am]
Tony Kanaan gave his nose a little scratch on the tip, then a quick kiss. He had already kissed the bricks as the Indianapolis 500 winner. It was time to plant one on his image on the Borg-Warner Trophy. Kanaan was honored this week as the latest Indy 500 winner immortalized on the trophy awarded to the winner of the IndyCar Series' most prestigious race.
IndyCar, Lights team owner resolve issues from '11 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: November 27, 2013, 2:57 pm]
IndyCar and team owner Mark Olson have resolved issues stemming from a race in 2011. Olson, the owner of Indy Lights O2 Racing Technology, was suspended from the series through the end of 2012. He allegedly encouraged others to break contracts with IndyCar and withdraw from the Indy Lights race in Milwaukee in June 2011. O2 Racing Technology was the only entrant to withdraw.
Montoya climbs back into an Indy car at Sebring (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: November 25, 2013, 9:47 am]
Juan Pablo Montoya is turning laps in an Indy car again during his first official test with Penske Racing. The Penske test at Sebring International Raceway on Monday is Montoya's first time driving an Indy car since 2000. The Colombian is returning to IndyCar with Roger Penske's team after seven seasons in NASCAR driving for Penske rival Chip Ganassi.
All Blacks make history in cruel fashion against Irish (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: November 24, 2013, 9:26 am]
World Champions New Zealand became the first team in the professional era to win all their Test matches in a calendar year as Aaron Cruden converted with the last kick of the game to beat Ireland 24-22 in a pulsating encounter at Lansdowne Road on Sunday. The Irish had stormed into a 22-7 half-time lead but they failed to score a point in the second-half and a missed penalty by Johnny Sexton four minutes from time cost them their first ever victory over the All Blacks.
Fresh All Blacks look to make history against Irish (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: November 23, 2013, 7:24 pm]
A much revamped New Zealand side will bid on Sunday to achieve what no team in the professional era has done and win all their Test matches in a calendar year by beating Ireland at Lansdowne Road. Coach Steve Hansen has introduced seven changes to the starting line-up from the one that last Saturday avenged last year's defeat against England at Twickenham, but he is confident the fresher faces can round off the perfect year. Their opponents -- coached by New Zealander Joe Schmidt -- face an awesome task. Not only have they never beaten the All Blacks, they lost 60-0 the last time they met in Hamilton last year, but also the manner in which they lost 32-15 to Australia last Saturday has had some pundits commenting that they will be served up as a 'Sunday roast'.
Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin joins IndyCar (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: November 22, 2013, 3:56 pm]
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has signed Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin for its second IndyCar entry in 2014.
New Zealand ring changes in quest for perfection (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: November 21, 2013, 10:48 pm]
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has overhauled his starting line-up to ensure fresh legs as the world champion All Blacks look to complete a perfect season against Ireland on Sunday. We've gone around the world twice -- this will be our seventh Test in nine weeks," he told New Zealand media. Hansen was forced to make two changes for the Lansdowne Road clash, with star fly-half Dan Carter and prop Tony Woodcock out injured, but said he decided on a more extensive revamp to give some players a break. No international team in the professional era has enjoyed a perfect calendar year, with the All Blacks side led by Wayne Shelford -- that won all seven of their Tests in 1989 -- the last major nation to achieve the feat when rugby union was still an amateur sport.
Young gun Cane hopes to wreak havoc on Irish again (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: November 21, 2013, 8:06 pm]
New Zealand flanker Sam Cane has not had a chance to showcase his talents on the world champions' tour of Europe this month but going on the maxim 'horses for courses' he could well get a run out against the Irish on Sunday. The hosts are painfully aware of how good a player the 21-year-old is after he made his debut in the second-half of the second of their three Test series in New Zealand last year. Cane, who is one of several members of the 2011 Under-20 world championship winning side to have made the giant step up to the senior squad, provided the crucial ball for Dan Carter to break Irish hearts in the dying seconds of that test with a drop goal which saw them edge it 22-19. Although the Irish got desperately close to beating the All Blacks for the first time ever in that match, a week later they were whitewashed 60-0 with Cane scoring two tries.
KVSH signs Mistic E-Cigs sponsorship for Bourdais (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: November 19, 2013, 9:04 am]
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- KVSH Racing has signed Mistic Electronic Cigarettes as co-primary sponsor for Sebastien Bourdais.
Indy 500 runner-up Munoz joins Andretti team (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: November 18, 2013, 1:01 pm]
Carlos Munoz, a 21-year-old Colombian who finished second at this year's Indianapolis 500 in his IndyCar debut, was named Monday as a full-time 2014 driver for Michael Andretti's team. Munoz, who raced most of this year in the Indy Lights development series, joins Americans Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay and Canadian James Hinchcliffe on a squad that has produced four season series champions, most recently Hunter-Reay in 2012. "Carlos stepped up this season and showed outstanding potential on track," Andretti said.
Andretti adds Carlos Munoz to IndyCar lineup (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: November 18, 2013, 9:40 am]
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Andretti Autosport will add Carlos Munoz to its IndyCar lineup next season.
Ganassi considering Kanaan for Franchitti's seat? (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: November 17, 2013, 2:42 pm]
IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan showed up at NASCAR's season finale wearing a red Target hat. Kanaan, a Miami native, spent time with car owner Chip Ganassi as well as close friend Juan Pablo Montoya at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday. But Kanaan offered no insight into what changes might happen at Target Chip Ganassi Racing in the coming weeks. There has been speculation that Kanaan will move from the No. 8 to the No. 10, the Target-sponsored seat that suddenly opened earlier this week when four-time IndyCar champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti abruptly walked away from racing.
McCaw wary as All Blacks eye 'perfect' year (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: November 16, 2013, 7:32 pm]
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw refused to get carried away after the world champions left themselves just one game away from a perfect year with a 30-22 win over England at Twickenham on Saturday. The All Blacks' latest victory took their tally for 2013 to played 13, won 13 and meant only Ireland, in what will be New Zealand's final match of the season in Dublin next weekend, could stop them from retaining their 100 percent record. No international team in the professional era has enjoyed a perfect calendar year, with the New Zealand side led by Wayne Shelford, that won all seven of their Tests in 1989, the last major nation to achieve the feat when rugby union was still an amateur sport. New Zealand themselves came close to perfection again when they won 11 games and drew one under John Hart in 1997.
Cooper orchestrates Aussie demolition of Ireland (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: November 16, 2013, 1:06 pm]
A sublime performance by Australia's mercurial fly-half Quade Cooper inspired the Wallabies to a 32-15 victory over a flat Irish side on Saturday, their first back-to-back wins of the year. Cooper scored 17 of their points, including a try, as the Australians ran in four tries to Ireland's none -- flanker and man-of-the-match Michael Hooper scoring his first two for his country. It took the Wallabies' total haul to 22 in their last five Tests. Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, whose team face the All Blacks next week, added: "It was more than the defence.
Australia beat Ireland 32-15 (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: November 16, 2013, 12:37 pm]
Dublin (AFP) - Australia scored four tries to none in recording a resounding 32-15 victory over Ireland in a one-off Test in Dublin on Saturday.
Carpenter steps backs, hires Conway to share ride (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: November 15, 2013, 4:25 pm]
IndyCar owner/driver Ed Carpenter said Friday that he will run a partial schedule in 2014, driving six oval races and turning all road/street courses over to Mike Conway. Carpenter, who won the pole for the Indianapolis 500 in May, finished second in the IndyCar season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., last month. He has been interested in a return to IndyCar on a street-and-road-only schedule. ''We couldn't be happier to welcome Mike Conway to the Ed Carpenter Racing family,'' Carpenter said in a statement.
Ganassi: Franchitti heartbroken over retirement (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: November 15, 2013, 12:45 pm]
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- When Dario Franchitti made a rare phone call from Scotland to his boss, Chip Ganassi knew immediately something was off with the driver.
IndyCar star Franchitti retires month after crash (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: November 14, 2013, 3:58 pm]
Dario Franchitti kept racing after the death of best friend Greg Moore. He continued on following the death of former teammate Dan Wheldon. The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time IndyCar Series champion reluctantly and abruptly retired Thursday, saying doctors told him it would be too dangerous for him to keep racing because of injuries sustained in a harrowing crash last month. ''Racing has been my life for over 30 years, and it's really tough to think that the driving side is now over,'' Franchitti said.
Doctors tell Franchitti he can no longer race (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: November 14, 2013, 1:18 pm]
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti said Thursday that doctors have told him he can no longer race because of injuries sustained in an IndyCar crash last month. Franchitti fractured his spine, broke his right ankle and suffered a concussion in the Oct. 6 crash at Houston. The 40-year-old Franchitti underwent two surgeries on his ankle and recently returned home to Scotland to recover. ''One month removed from the crash and based upon the expert advice of the doctors who have treated and assessed my head and spinal injuries post accident, it is their best medical opinion that I must stop racing,'' Franchitti said.