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Texas 2
Texas Motor Speedway
November 4-6
NEXTEL Cup Series
Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards Wins the Dickies 500 NEXTEL Cup Race
 
Greg Biffle
Chase Contender Greg Biffle Spins on the Front Stretch
 
Ryan Newman
Dickies 500 Pole Winner Ryan Newman
 
Busch Series
Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick wins the O'Reilly Challenge

 
Kevin Harvick
An Emotional Win
 
Kevin Harvick
Harvick holds off Edwards and Biffle for the Win
 

Craftsman Truck Series
Todd Bodine
Todd Bodine wins the Silverado 350
 

Toyota Indy 400
California Speedway
October 16 , 2005

Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 

Andretti Green Racing came very close to perfectly capping a 2005 season that saw Dan Wheldon carve his face onto the Borg Warner and simultaneously capture the series championship. As the IndyCar season drew to a close at the California Speedway fans were almost treated to another exciting wheel-to-wheel finish reminiscent of last year's.  More

 

Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen Indy G.P.
Watkins Glen International
September 25, 2005

Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 
Judging from the display along the front straight following the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix presented by Argent Mortgage you would have thought an Andretti Green Racing car had just won. Though none of the four AGR drivers walked away with the Watkins Glen Indy G.P trophy, Dan Wheldon did manage to lug back another considerable piece of hardware. By simply starting the race and driving through the halfway mark, Wheldon effectively locked the 2005 IndyCar Series championship with one round left on the calendar.  More
 

PEAK Antifreeze 300
Chicagoland Speedway
September 11, 2005

Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 
After a less than stellar showing at Sonoma the Target Chip Ganassi Racing crew was hoping for a promising weekend at Chicagoland Speedway for the PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300. All started well enough for Chip Ganassi’s team as Ryan Briscoe looked set to collect his second pole of the season. Much to Ganassi’s dismay, however, his three entries were disqualified after failing tech inspection and had to start from the back of the grid. Danica Patrick inherited pole while TCGR never seemed to recover from the major set back.  More
 

Argent Mortgage GP
Infineon Raceway
August 28, 2005

Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 
Following a successful outing on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, the Indy Racing League made its penultimate appearance on a circuit featuring left and right turns when it visited Infineon Raceway for the Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix. Plenty of road-racing purists were happy to see the series visit a proper road-course featuring elevation changes and plenty of run-off rather than another street-course, otherwise known as a concrete canyon.  More
 

Honda Indy 225
Pikes Peak International Raceway
August 21, 2005

Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 
Comfortably leading an openwheel championship in the closing stages of a season that has already seen four trips to victory lane typically means cruise control for the remaining rounds. Simply ask the IRL’s defending champion Tony Kanaan; Kanaan’s more impressive performances came in the first half of last season and complimented a steady tail end.  More
 

Amber Alert Indy 300
Kentucky Speedway
August 14, 2005

Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 

IndyCar Series

Scott Sharp Edges Vitor Meira for the Win

 

Scott Sharp Ends a 41 Race Winless Streak

 

Infiniti Pro Series

Travis Gregg Led Every Lap of the Bluegrass 100


Firestone Indy 400
Michigan International Speedway
July 31, 2005

Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 
It's tough to stay in the spotlight when driving alongside Ashley Judd's husband, the defending IRL champion and this year's Indy 500 winner. Making matters worse for Bryan Herta is that the Californian is essentially the Andretti Green Racing lab rat, testing anything from questionable pit strategy to atypical pieces of carbon fiber.  More
 

AJ Foyt 225
The Milwaukee Mile
July 24, 2005

Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 
The brazen select who would ever say no to A.J. Foyt are few and far between. None were found at the A.J. Foyt 225 held at the famed Milwaukee Mile as Foyt brought the field to life with the most famous words in motorsports. One could make an argument for rookie Ryan Briscoe, although he was sitting on the sidelines due to precaution rather than rebellion following a hard shunt before the race.  More
 

Firestone Indy 200
Nashville Superspeedway
July 16, 2005

Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 
Most teams in racing have a difficult time finding a way into victory lane. Quite the opposite applies to defending Indy Racing League champions, Andretti Green Racing. AGR dominates on and off the track with a stellar group of talent stemming from owners Kim Green and Michael Andretti that has formulated into one of the most dominating teams in IndyCar history. More
 

Argent Mortgage 300
Kansas Speedway
July 3, 2005

Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 
IndyCar Series
Kansas 2005

Tony Kanaan Wins the Argent Mortgage Indy 300

 
Tony Kanaan

Tony Kanaan Celebrates in Victory Lane

 
Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick Earns Her First Pole Position

 

SunTrust Challenge
Richmond International Raceway
June 25, 2005

Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 
For the last few months it seems Spiderman has been keeping a very low profile going about his business behind the shadows of his fellow superheroes. In fact, not since last October had Spidey made a public appearance. Unsettled with life outside the spotlight, he made his triumphant return to the delight of thousands at the Richmond International Raceway.  More
 

Bombardier Learjet 500
Texas Motor Speedway
June 12, 2005

Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 

IndyCar Series

Tomas Scheckter

Tomas Scheckter in Victory Lane

 
Tomas Scheckter

Tomas Scheckter Wins the Bombardier Learjet 500

 
Tomas Scheckter

Tomas Scheckter and Tomas Enge Qualified 1st & 2nd

 

Craftsman Truck Series

NASCAR

Jack Sprague wins the Chex 400

 
NASCAR

Jack Sprague in Victory Lane

 

Infiniti Pro Series

Infiniti Pro Series

Travis Gregg Wins the Firestone 100

 

89th Indy 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
May 29, 2005
Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 
Headed into the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500 there were a slew of topics contending for the public’s recognition; veterans Jeff Ward, Jimmy Kite and former winner Buddy Lazier were back, Champ Car World Series Champion Sebastien Bourdais was making his debut at the Brickyard, Sam Hornish Jr. would be vying for the elusive Borg Warner, Kenny Brack substituting for defending champ Buddy Rice, and of course there was rookie Danica Patrick who had just come off an impressive showing at Motegi.  More
 

Indy Japan 300
Twin Ring Motegi
April 30 , 2005
Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 
Some drivers have bad luck, others worse. However, every few years or so one or two joins the likes of the Andrettis; Mario of course never won Le Mans while Michael hopes to finally add an Indy victory as an owner. While drivers oftentimes have a difficult time with their initial break-through win, Tomas Scheckter just cannot seem to pull it together for that elusive second victory.  More
 

NASCAR Nextel Cup Weekend I
Texas Motor Speedway
April 15-17, 2005
 

Nextel Cup Series

photo: Hanson

Greg Biffle Wins the Samsung \ Radioshack 500

 

photo: Hanson

Greg Biffle, Doug Richert and Jack Roush in Victory Lane

 

NASCAR Busch Series

photo: Hanson

O'Reilly 300 Race Winner Kasey Kahne

 

photo: Hanson

Kasey Kahne Celebrates in Victory Lane

 

Crown Royal IROC

photo: Hanson

Race Winner Sebastien Bourdais in Victory Lane

 

Honda Grand Prix
Streets of St. Petersburg
April 3 , 2005
Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 

Some hailed it as the arrival of the Four Horsemen, others saw a fantastic opening as Champ Car faltered into the present millennium, but on Sunday April 3rd 2005 the Indy Racing League made its first competitive right turn on the streets of St. Petersburg Florida. With a great deal of momentum building up to the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, it seemed most were at a loss when trying to materialize the impending opening lap of the event, let alone the entire race.  More

 

XM Satellite Radio 200
Phoenix International Raceway
March 19, 2005
Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 
With threatening skies looming in the near distance Bryan Herta promptly led the field to the start of the XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 after picking up his first career IRL pole. One of the more unforgiving ovals on the schedule, the Phoenix International Raceway leaves few if any margins for error. This didn’t seem to hinder Dan Wheldon as the young Britton made a dash for the lead on the opening lap while teammate and defending champion, Tony Kanaan, remarkably made up twelve positions on the same lap after starting 21st due to an engine change.  More
 

Toyota Indy 300
Homestead-Miami Speedway
March 6, 2005
Race Recap by Esteban Morales
 

With the onset of a new season come a slew of possible surprises. The Indy Racing League has been no exception with a number of changes transforming its image for its tenth season of competition. Spots were left vacant with the exit of veterans “Pat” Patrick, Morris Nunn and Adrian Fernandez among others but were quickly filled with fresh faces and new talent including Canadian ace Patrick Carpentier and the heavily publicized Danica Patrick as well as a new team, Vision Racing, owned by Tony George no less.   More