Open Wheelin’: Reflections From the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500

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Running out of gas and momentum, Alexander Rossi stepped out of his Indianapolis 500-winning car in turn four to salute the fans, then headed straight for victory lane with no time to let his monumental upset sink in en route to stardom.

Open Wheelin’: Lessons Learned the Hard Way; A Love/Hate Relationship With Racing and Life

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INDIANAPOLIS — Column by Race Chaser Online Open Wheel Correspondent Joel Sebastianelli — Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images North America photo — I didn’t cry when I heard Justin Wilson died. Maybe it was the separation — I wasn’t at Pocono, nor was I at IMS when the announcement was made. Maybe it’s because I expected the worst from the moment his car …

Open Wheelin’ Blog: The Time For Talk Is Over — Let’s Go IndyCar Racing Again!

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Blog by Race Chaser Online Open Wheel Correspondent Joel Sebastianelli — John Cote/IndyCar photo — 212 days. Over 5,080 hours. About 305,000 minutes. That’s how long it has been between the 2014 IndyCar season finale at Fontana on August 30 and the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this weekend. In other words — way …

Open Wheelin’ Blog: The Curious Case of Manor F1; Can They Survive the Present Storm?

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DINNINGTON, U.K. and GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Blog by Race Chaser Online Open Wheel Correspondent Joel Sebastianelli — Manor F1 photo — What a day that was. Or wasn’t, depending on how you look at it. Manor, the F1 team formerly known as Marussia, was present the Australian Grand Prix this weekend. However, if you looked at the time sheets, they …

Open Wheelin’ Blog: The McLaren Mystery and the Puzzle Behind Medical Secrecy in Auto Racing

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Blog by Race Chaser Online Open Wheel Correspondent Joel Sebastianelli — Mark Thompson/Getty Images Europe photo — The Formula One season opening Australian Grand Prix is just over one week away, but something about the first race doesn’t feel right. For the first time since 2000 (excluding the 2005 United States Grand Prix farce), the lights will extinguish …

Open Wheelin’ Blog: The Carlin Connection — Is a Revitalized Indy Lights Era on the Horizon?

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INDIANAPOLIS — Blog by Road to Indy TV Host and Race Chaser Online Open Wheel Correspondent Joel Sebastianelli — Indy Lights photo — We’re over five months removed from the 2014 IndyCar season.The visceral excitement of last year has now faded to a memory. With little racing to fill in the gaps over the winter months, the wait for the …

Open Wheelin’ Blog: Monty Python, Life Lessons and Looking on the Bright Side of IndyCar

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Blog by Race Chaser Online Open Wheel Correspondent Joel Sebastianelli — Chris Jones photo — Stop me if you’ve heard this before. “I’m a big IndyCar fan, but after this latest controversy and the fact that the series no longer operates like it’s 1979, I guess I’ll find another sport to watch on — ” Yeah, I …

Open Wheelin’ Blog: Looking Back And Looking Ahead; “SuperTex” A.J. Foyt At 80

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INDIANAPOLIS — Blog by Race Chaser Online Open Wheel Correspondent Joel Sebastianelli — IndyCar photo — It took me a few extra days to get my thoughts together, but for a man with a spirit the size of Texas, sometimes it takes those few extra minutes to get it all just quite right. With that being said — January 16, …

Open Wheelin’ Blog: A Christmas Wish List For The Formula One Faithful

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JOHNSTON, R.I. — Blog by Race Chaser Online Open Wheel Correspondent Joel Sebastianelli — Mark Thompson/Getty Images AsiaPac photo — The holiday season is upon us once again. With December comes gifts of friendship and family, but unfortunately, the gift of racing is still over three months away. Even with some chips still to fall before the 2015 season begins …

Open Wheelin’ Blog: A Christmas Wish List For The IndyCar Faithful

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Blog by Race Chaser Online Open Wheel Correspondent Joel Sebastianelli — Chris Jones/IndyCar photo — It’s that time of year again. Cold weather cripples the country, traffic jams clog the roads anywhere near outlet malls, the in-laws are in town, and there’s absolutely no racing to serve as a light at the end of the tunnel. Not …

Open Wheelin’ Blog: Musical Chairs; With Conway Out, Who Steps Into The CFH No. 20?

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INDIANAPOLIS — Column by Race Chaser Online Open Wheel Correspondent Joel Sebastianelli — Chris Jones/IndyCar photo — The new IndyCar season is still four months away, but the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis has thrown the series back into the spotlight with exciting new announcements breaking from the conference. Buried beneath several other important news stories emerging from the week …

Open Wheelin’ Blog: Fourteen Things I’m Thankful For This Holiday Weekend

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Blog by Race Chaser Online Open Wheel Correspondent Joel Sebastianelli — Chris Jones/IndyCar photo — As the comedian Louis C.K. jokes, “everything is amazing and nobody is happy.” Very often, we take the things that are most valuable in our lives for granted and don’t realize the great things we have in life until they’re gone. That’s …