• UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM: Josef Newgarden's first IndyCar victory could serve as a much-needed momentum-builder for the series heading into May in Indianapolis. But only if someone stands up and pro-actively promotes the young American's story to the national media, who, otherwise, won't notice. It would have helped if someone had coached the driver to ditch the big sunglasses and Terrible Towel in victory lane so the public could actually have seen him. It's a visually-stimulated society and Newgarden's winner's circle cover-up was a lost opportunity to attract attention to this potential new star.

Monday, March 05, 2012


I'm posting Sunday night after covering the Subway 500k at Phoenix International Raceway. I've listed a selection of links below if you'd like to read some of my Arizona Republic stories.

One important bit of news coming this week is the Hendrick Motorsports' appeal of NASCAR penalties to Chad Knaus, etc. My impression -- from what I was told off-the-record last weekend, and reading between the lines of some on-the-record comments, as well as assessing body language, is whatever penalty Knaus and team may end up with will not be to the degree originally announced.

Monday notebook (Monday Night NASCAR TV, etc.) --

Monday, Jimmie Johnson sidebar --

Sunday Q&A with A.J. Allmendinger --

Sunday notebook (Kurt Busch, jet dryers, etc.) --

Sunday, Sadler wins Nationwide race --

Saturday notebook (Chad Knaus, etc.) --

Friday notebook (Roger Penske, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, etc. You won't read this lead anywhere else) --

Thursday notebook (Matt Kenseth, Kenny Francis, Rusty Wallace, etc.) --

Wednesday notebook (Track prep, fuel injection, etc.) --

[ more next Monday . . . ]