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17Is it time to replace catch fences on Indycar racetracks?

There is a debate within the world of IndyCar as to whether a new and safer type of fencing should be installed at tracks – something less likely to injure a driver gone airborne than the catch fences and support posts used today. We characterize it as a "debate" but judging by the story in Autoweek, no one is against more safety – not drivers, not track owners, not IndyCar execs – but more importantly, no one knows who's going to kick in the $100 million dollars to get a proje

6Alex Zanardi's hand-bike racing previewed in inspirational film

Alex Zanardi is an impressive person. Despite losing both his legs (and almost his life) in what many assumed was a career-ending crash during a 2001 CART race at Lausitzring, Zanadari wasn't content to accept that fate. After being disappointed with the prosthetic limbs doctors offered at the time, he designed his own and it wasn't long before he was back behind the wheel of a vehicle.

18BMW pits M3 against X5 M at Laguna Seca in Zanardi-esque promo

It's nice to see that someone at BMW apparently has a wry sense of humor when it comes to the X5 M. We are not shy about admitting that we find it hard to take the 550-horsepower SUV seriously – we famously called it a "2.7-ton Miata with a lampshade on its head and a serious coke habit," when we reviewed it back in 2010. But this little 30-second spot pairing it with the M3 has us tickled with nostalgic memories of the 1996 CART finale at Laguna Seca.

2Monterey 2010: A century of Indianapolis 500 entrants f├ęted at Pebble

Indianapolis 500 100th Anniversary at Pebble Beach – Click above for high-res image gallery

53Cornell's SAE Baja buggy helps us get even with would-be alma mater

Cornell's SAE Baja Buggy – Click above for high-res image gallery

3Al Unser Jr., extortion victim?

According to a grand jury indictment, a New Mexico prostitution ring mastermind was trying to extort two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser, Jr. for $750,000 over a videotape. Bobby McMullin, the ringleader, allegedly had an unflattering video of Unser that he promised to release to the public if Little Al didn't pay him. The racer signed a letter agreeing to pay an unspecified amount for the tape, and indeed some payments were made, but authorities don't know how much money changed hands.

6Long Beach Grand Prix: Final Champ Car race gallery

Click above for huge high-res gallery of Champ Car action from Long Beach

20Champ Car and IRL working hard on truce for 2008 season

Champ Car and the Indy Racing League, the two de facto open wheel racing series in North America since CART split after the 1995 season, are reportedly close to a truce that could reunite the two series as soon as the 2008 season. AutoWeek is reporting that Tony George, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and league chairman of the IRL, along with two of his associates, flew to Motegi, Japan recently to meet with track officials about changing the date of the Motegi race on April 19th. The

10Canadian race shuffle: NASCAR comes to Montreal, CART moves to Tremblant

To battle its image as a form of motorsport exclusive to the South, NASCAR is going North – to Canada: "the True North, Strong and Free" (at least that's how the anthem goes). So with F1 drivers coming to NASCAR, NASCAR is going to an F1 track: it's been confirmed that next season's Busch Series schedule will include a race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, home of the Canadian Grand Prix.

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