Articles tagged Rick Hendrick

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Long Shadow of the Man in Black

He raced hard, reaped the rewards and divided opinion. Even 10 years after his death Dale Earnhardt’s influence is still being felt in NASCAR It happened 10 years ago on the last lap of NASCAR's traditional season-opening Daytona 500. Everyone was jammed together in a massive pack, feet flat on the throttle in typical restrictor-plate racing style. Running third with no real hope of winning,...

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NASCAR in the doldrums

The atmosphere was sombre as Jimmie Johnson wrapped up his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. There were cheers for a hard-fought title battle between Johnson, 33, and Carl Edwards, 29, that went down to the wire, with Edwards winning three of the last five races and Johnson taking the other two. After the marathon 10-month, 36 race...

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Gordon Kirby – The US Scene

Benefits of a sprint finish Six years ago NASCAR shook up its long-running series format, which was renowned at that time for rewarding consistency over a long season. Instead, a play-off was introduced among the top 12 drivers in the points, to be run over the year’s final 10 races. Called the ‘Chase for the Sprint Cup’, the idea was derided by many as a devaluation of the traditional...

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Gordon kirby

Boss of the Oval Office The only problem Jimmie Johnson has is that he’s not popular with most NASCAR fans. Johnson is a humble fellow, a quiet Californian who speaks without any Southern twang and has a town house in New York City. He’s also friends with Jeff Gordon, who urged team owner Rick Hendrick to hire Johnson in 2001 and is a co-owner of Jimmie’s car. Many hard-core NASCAR fans dislike...

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The Motor Sport Month - Indycar News

Ganassi signs RahalChip Ganassi will run a new twocar IndyCar Series team this season in addition to his existing title-winning squad with Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon. Graham Rahal (left with Ganassi), who worked through four different teams last year due to a lack of sponsorship, has signed to drive. He will be joined by Indy Lights graduate Charlie Kimball. Ganassi believes a pair of two-...

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Friends, team-mates, rivals...

And add employer and employee to that list. Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have a unique relationship in NASCAR, as well as being two drivers who have redefined the sport By Gordon Kirby Between them they have nine championships and 140 wins in NASCAR’s premier division. They are by far and away US stock car racing’s most successful active drivers, and beyond that they have already secured their...

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Gordon Kirby – The US Scene

Toyota: the cars in front Kyle Busch has emerged this year as the man to beat in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series. The 23-year-old won five of the season’s first 16 NASCAR races and has taken a strong lead in the championship, more than 200 points clear of his closest rivals. In his fourth year in NASCAR’s premier division and his first with Joe Gibbs’ Toyota team, Busch has been a contender to win...

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Nigel Roebuck

Reflections – Daytona, a track that knows how to treat its fans – Franchitti and Montoya on NASCAR’s challenge – Why Jimmie Johnson would love an F1 drive – Brian Redman honoured as ‘Grand Marshal’ Chip Ganassi grinned: “I love this race, it’s like a harbinger of spring…” ‘Harbinger’ is not a word one routinely hears in a motor racing paddock, but then this particular paddock was – for me – an...

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NASCAR feels the crunch

The world began to change in NASCAR at the end of last season. More than 1000 jobs were lost as belts were tightened and five teams either merged or closed down. Petty Enterprises, NASCAR’s longest-standing team, was bought by Gillett Evernham and renamed Richard Petty Motorsports. Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates merged their NASCAR team with Dale Earnhardt Inc, reducing two three-car teams into a...

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Counting down to Daytona

The US Scene The American racing season traditionally kicks off with the NASCAR Daytona 500 in the middle of February. It’s a perfect time for Americans, and Canadians too, to break out of the mid-winter blues for a trip south to Florida. The February date is one of the foundations of the 500’s success and Bill France Sr was quick to realise that he could trade on the snowbirds’ desire to head...

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