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  • Out Now: IndyCar Season Preview Special Issue

    For the third year in succession the Verizon IndyCar Series has partnered with RACER to produce a 68-page season preview issue. Bundled with with Spring Season Preview issue, the 2017 IndyCar Season Preview Special Issue looks ahead with driver profiles, race previews and a myriad of features that will give IndyCar fans great cause to look forward to the season ahead.

    "As is customary with the Verizon IndyCar Season Preview Special Issue, we take our deadline right down to the wire to make sure that every detail is as current as possible," said Laurence Foster, RACER's editor-in-chief. "Once again this year, we had a team on the ground at the pre-season test in Phoenix capturing the latest photos and stories, in addition to other features that we've been working on through the offseason."

    Included in this year's edition:

    • A look at what the competition faces in 2017, which we expect will demand near perfection from drivers and teams if they are to claim the Vanderbilt Cup in Sonoma.
    • Simon Pagenaud will be a man on a mission to defend his title crown as he confesses it's his only focus.
    • The time has come for the next wave of young guns like Josef Newgarden to make their mark.
    • The Greatest Spectacle in Racing begins its next century with 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. What does the future hold?
    • Raiders of the Lost Arch! We welcome St. Louis' Gateway oval back to the IndyCar schedule.
    • There's a legend in the making as Scott Dixon is on the cusp of passing Michael Andretti to become the third-winningest IndyCar driver in history.
    • Meet all of the drivers who are aiming to keep Pagenaud from making it two championships in a row.
    • We learn what it's like to spend 39 seconds within an inch of your life when lapping the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 230mph.
    • Finally, we survey the Mazda Road to Indy field in search of who will be next to break into the Verizon IndyCar ranks.

    The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Season Preview Special Issue was produced by RACER magazine and the RACER Studio. Along with the 2017 Season Preview issue, it is landing in mailboxes now, and will soon be available at many Barnes & Nobles stores. To get your issue, subscribe to RACER today.


    Click on the thumbnails below for a larger taste of what you can find in the Verizon IndyCar Season Preview Special Issue.

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  • StarCom Racing, Earnhardt part ways

    A post on Jeffrey Earnhardt's Facebook page said Sunday's race in Fontana was his last with StarCom Racing.

    Earnhardt started 23rd and finished 36th in the Auto Club 400. The fourth-generation driver, son of Kerry Earnhardt and grandson of NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt Sr., joined StarCom at the end of January after finding himself without a ride following the split of TMG and Circle Sport. In five races, Earnhardt's best finish was 21st at Daytona; since then he finished 34th at Atlanta, 31st at Las Vegas and 35th at Phoenix.

    The post reads:

    "JEI Crew here. Wanted to let everyone know that tonight was Jeffrey's last race with the 00 team. They are wonderful people and we're very appreciative to have had the opportunity to work with them and begin the 2018 season. Jeffrey & JEI will be exploring other options and working on some new sponsorship programs. There's some very exciting news on the horizon and we're confident you'll be pleased with the outcome. Strategic pause time."

    StarCom acquired a charter going into the year and announced the 2018 season would be its first full year, having debuted last season under a limited schedule.

    The team confirmed the move on Twitter.


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  • Crampton, Beckman, T. Gray, Krawiec takes Gainesville wins

    Richie Crampton took home the Top Fuel victory Sunday afternoon at the 49th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the third of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

    Crampton got the uncontested win when he piloted his Kalitta Air/DHL dragster to the winning run of 3.854 seconds at 314.90mph after Shawn Reed had to shut off his dragster on the starting line. This is Crampton's first Wally since Dallas 2015, first event victory at Gainesville Raceway, and eighth overall.

    "This is probably one of my most rewarding wins, ever," Crampton said. "All I ever wanted to do was stand in the winner's circle with (team owner) Connie Kalitta. Not a lot of people have had that luxury and I'm not taking this one lightly."

    Reed, who raced to his first career final round, started from the No. 12 position and defeated Pat Dakin, Tony Schumacher, and No. 1 qualifier Clay Millican before the final.

    Beckman claimed his first Funny Car victory at Gainesville with a hole-shot win of 4.035 at 323.58 in his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T against teammate Matt Hagan. After earning the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday, Beckman secured his first victory since St. Louis 2017.

    "Winning this race was such a bucket-list thing," Beckman said, "The Gatornationals came on the schedule in 1970, that year was a big year for our sport and it has been at this track ever since and I've never gotten close."

    Beckman raced against Jim Campbell, Del Worsham, and Shawn Langdon before entering his first final round of the season.

    Hagan and Robert Hight experienced side-by-side explosions during the quarterfinals destroying the Funny Car bodies of both competitors. Hagan brought out a back-up car to defeat teammate Ron Capps in the semi-finals to advance to his second final round of the season.

    In Pro Stock, Gray powered his Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro to victory with a run of 6.588 at 210.18 to defeat defending category world champion Bo Butner in the final round. This is his first career win at Gainesville and is a third-generation event winner.

    "We've been struggling since the beginning of the season," Gray said. "Today was our first-round win of the season. It has definitely been a struggle, but I think it is starting to come around."

    Gray was the first driver since 2015 to win from the No. 11 qualifier position and defeated Deric Kramer, Chris McGaha, and Vincent Nobile. Butner qualified in the fifth position and bested Jeg Coughlin Jr., Alan Prusiensky, and Drew Skillman before facing Gray.

    Defending event and world champion Eddie Krawiec rode his bike to winner's circle with a pass of 6.824 at 198.44 on his Screamin' Eagles Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. This is his sixth event victory and third consecutive win at Gainesville.

    "Right now, I'm riding with the confidence that no one can beat me," Krawiec stated. "I have a great motorcycle underneath me and a great team behind me. Anytime a rider or a driver has confidence it just makes them that much better."

    Krawiec was the No. 2 qualifier and was victorious against LE Tonglet, Steve Johnson, Hector Arana, the No. 1 qualifier, and teammate Andrew Hines in the final round.

    The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues with the DENSO Spark Plug NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway April 6-8 in Las Vegas.


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  • ABC out of IndyCar after 2018?

    A tweet Saturday morning from an ABC affiliate in Macon, Georgia revealed that 2018 will be ABC's swan song covering IndyCar racing and the Indianapolis 500 but Hulman & Company president Mark Miles told RACER.com that somebody jumped the gun.

    "It's a little premature," said Miles. "But we hope to have something to announce before long."

    That tweet from Jeff Cox of WGKA (pictured above) has since been taken down.
    Representatives from both networks had "no comment" for RACER.

    NBC and ABC have been bidding for the rights to televise all the races beginning in 2019 – with both offering more broadcast network coverage. Currently, ABC airs five races on network and the other 12 races and Carb Day at Indianapolis are carried on NBCSN. Reportedly, ABC had offered 10 races on network and NBC as many as eight for next season.

    But with the addition of NASCAR two years ago, NBC and NBCSN has ramped up its motorsports coverage, so this could be good news for IndyCar fans since it could free up more time for the IndyCar Series.

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