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A sport we don't talk about too much is auto racing. However, the popularity of IndyCar in America took a harsh step back in 2012 that's worth taking notice. The racing league posting its lowest ratings ever on NBC Sports Network, a drop of 27% from last season according to Sports Media Watch. The races didn't even average 300,000 viewers on NBC Sports after topping 400,000 in 2011. NBC Sports started airing IndyCar in 2009. ABC also saw ratings drop 17% from last year's season, although the Indy 500 was only down 5% from last year.
There are plenty of reasons to get into for the waning popularity for IndyCar, and perhaps the most significant is the full-time departure of Danica Patrick to the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Regardless of how you feel about Patrick's skill on the racetrack, she draws eyeballs to the sport, and that's an inarguable fact.
Another reason for IndyCar's struggles this year could be tied to the tragic death of Dan ...
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Danica Patrick has raced on concrete surfaces many times during her career, having done so in IZOD IndyCar Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Nationwide Series and even NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.
But she knows as well as anyone that her concrete starts in four different racing series can’t fully prepare her for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on...
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The NASCAR HOTPASS lineup for the AAA 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway is as follows:
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Danica Patrick and the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet team of Tommy Baldwin Racing
Danica Patrick will make her seventh career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her first at Dover (Del.) International Speedway … The 30-year-old Roscoe, Ill., native is running...
KANNAPOLIS, N.C., – Danica Patrick has raced on concrete surfaces many times during her career, having done so in IZOD IndyCar Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Nationwide Series and even NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.
But she knows as well as anyone that her concrete starts in four different racing series can’t fully prepare her for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint...
JR Motorsports director of competition, Ryan Pemberton, will serve as interim crew chief for Danica Patrick’s No. 7 GoDaddy.com team for the remainder of the 2012 season. Pemberton occupied the position last weekend at Kentucky Speedway where Patrick finished 14th.
CONCRETE STATS - In three races on concrete surfaces this year, the JRM teams have amassed one top-five and three...
Tony Stewart is one of the most popular and recognizable drivers in NASCAR. He currently is caught up in NASCAR's playoffs, otherwise known as The Chase. He also serves as a co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, a racing team that consists of himself, Ryan Newman and Danica Patrick. I had the opportunity to interview him, and we discussed the state of NASCAR, the challenges he...