The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


February 26, 2014

Ken de la Bastide: Indy 500 champ returning in 2014

With activity at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway just a few months away, the IZOD IndyCar Series is getting a boost for the Indianapolis 500.

It will be officially announced today that former Indy 500 winner, 1997 CART champion and 1997 Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve is returning to IMS.

Villeneuve will be driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in a third car joining veteran Simon Pagenaud and rookie Mikhail Aleshin.

In two career starts in the Indianapolis 500, Villeneuve finished second in 1994 and won the 1995 race.

With the return of 2000 race winner Juan Pablo Montoya to the IZOD IndyCar Series, that’s good news for race organizers and the fans of both drivers.

The other interesting development for the “500” is an effort to have a “People’s Race Car” in the race. Two fans are trying to raise the money to enter a car in the Indy 500 without corporate sponsorship.

The goal is for 10,000 people to provide $100 to be part of the Cutters Race Team. Everyone donating money will have their name on the car.

Sarah Fisher Racing is a partner in the project and will be providing a car for the effort.

I like the concept and hope that the Cutters Race Team selects a driver with local short track racing ties. Bryan Clauson would be a natural to drive the team or Conor Daley.

The goal is to have 3,000 people sign up by late March. Depending on how many fans agree to provide $100, the car could have corporate sponsorship to make a qualifying attempt.

If successful, the effort should attract a lot of attention among the media and the fans.

As the AARP commercial aptly states “Sign me up.”

In other racing news: With the Sprint Cup race at Phoenix this weekend, it will be the first time the new “knock-out” qualifying format will be used to set the starting field. I normally don’t watch qualifying for a NASCAR race, but depending on the time frame, I will be watching to see how it works.

Text Only
  • SPT - HB0728 - Colts Camp - Allen 1 - 290 Colts' offense adapting to new arsenal

    Third-year tight end Dwayne Allen suffered a season-opening hip injury in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, then watched as left guard Donald Thomas, running backs Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw and wide receiver Reggie Wayne also exited the lineup over the next six weeks. It left offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton scrambling to come up with new ways to attack defenses with an ever-changing cast of characters.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0728 - Gordon art Fifth Brickyard for Gordon Indiana racing fans roared their approval of the kid they watched growing up in open wheel cars as Jeff Gordon scored his record fifth Brickyard 400 victory Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dorer scores JEGS win at Anderson Florida driver Steve Dorer has had career moments at Anderson Speedway, and at other times ones he would just like to forget. Dorer recorded the biggest win of his career when he passed Chase Elliott on the final lap in the 2011 Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300. The next year he flipped in Turn 1 during the CRA Super Series event. He scored another highlight Saturday night by winning for the first time with the CRA/JEGS All-Stars Tour event in the Edgewater Woods 100.|ANDERSON — Florida driver Steve Dorer has had career moments at Anderson Speedway, and at other times ones he would just like to forget. Dorer recorded the biggest win of his career when he passed Chase Elliott on the final lap in the 2011 Stoops Fre

    July 27, 2014

  • SPT-HB0727-Luckwatch-ColtsCamp-094.jpg Colts Quick Hits: Sunday, July 27

    Notes,news and fun facts from Colts Training Camp at Anderson University.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-HB0727-AndrewLuck3749.jpg Change the Play

    Andrew Luck had an active childhood filled with a myriad of sports and activities. Now, he wants Hoosier kids to have that opportunity, too.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0727 - RBs - Colts Camp - 141 Colts have options in Ballard's absence

    Chuck Pagano delivered the news Saturday afternoon in a solemn tone, confirming running back Vick Ballard will miss the 2014 season. "It's a part of the game. It's an ugly part of the game," the Indianapolis Colts head coach said shortly after revealing an MRI on Friday night found a torn Achilles tendon in Ballard's left foot. "It's a tough pill to swallow. You never want to lose anybody."

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • Hoosier Park preparing for 2014 Dan Patch Invitational One of the most highly anticipated days on the harness racing card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take place Aug. 8 as the best in the sport of harness racing will descend upon the seven-eighths mile oval for the 21st edition of the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational. As part of a weekend long festival of entertainment and racing, 10 of the top-rated pacers in North America will take center stage as they go to post seeking glory in Hoosier Park’s signature harness racing event.

    July 26, 2014

  • Riverside falls at regional The Riverfield Little League Senior softball all-star team fell 9-3 to Ohio on Saturday morning and was eliminated from regional competition in the 15-16 year-old division.

    July 26, 2014

  • Super Bowl MVP Warner has high praise for Luck

    It's no secret the NFL's version of football has become a quarterback's game. Kurt Warner is one of the men who helped make it that way. And he had plenty of praise for the man many see as the future at the quarterback position, third-year rising star Andrew Luck.

    July 26, 2014

  • Jones perfect in ARCA competition Georgia driver Brandon Jones remained perfect in the ARCA Racing Series by winning for a second time Friday at Lucas Oil Raceway, but he needed some misfortune to strike another driver for the victory.

    July 26, 2014

Latest Sports Photos

Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin

Latest Racing News