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The Auto Racing team at USA TODAY Sports talks all things racing. We'll talk NASCAR, Indy Car, small tracks, dirt tracks, it's all on the agenda. We'll interview drivers, team owners, pit crew and anyone who wants to talk racing.

The Auto Racing team at USA TODAY Sports talks all things racing. We'll talk NASCAR, Indy Car, small tracks, dirt tracks, it's all on the agenda. We'll interview drivers, team owners, pit crew and anyone who wants to talk racing.
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The Auto Racing team at USA TODAY Sports talks all things racing. We'll talk NASCAR, Indy Car, small tracks, dirt tracks, it's all on the agenda. We'll interview drivers, team owners, pit crew and anyone who wants to talk racing.




IndyCar: Pagenaud battles nagging back, gets back on track

Chris Jenkins and Curt Cavin of the USA TODAY NETWORK take a look at Simon Pagenaud's victory and Will Power's second-place finish in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Pagenaud also joins USA TODAY Sports reporter Brant James to discuss returning to victory lane despite having to push through intense pain in his back, and what to look forward to next week at Pocono Raceway. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @brantjames, @ByChrisJenkins and @CurtCavin.


IndyCar destinations: Mid-Ohio

IndyCar driver Graham Rahal joins Chris Jenkins via phone to analyze Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Columbus. Rahal, a Columbus native who won last year's race at Mid-Ohio, describes the track as physical and demanding but also a great -- even family-friendly -- environment. Rahal gives tips of how best to attend the race, and what to do and where to eat around the city. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes.


NASCAR: Scenes from the Brickyard 400

Kyle Busch ran away with his second consecutive Brickyard 400 on Sunday in a lackluster race that saw few lead changes. As Busch put an exclamation mark on a dominant weekend that saw him win both pole positions and Xfinity and Sprint Cup races, other story lines were more captivating including Tony Stewart's farewell at his home track and the return of retired and five-time Brickyard champion Jeff Gordon. USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Gluck and Brant James give their spin on the weekend,...


IndyCar: Will Power rolls on

Brant James, Curt Cavin and Chris Jenkins chat about IndyCar's trip north of the border. Plus, Brant talks with Will Power about superstitions, Team Penske's dominance and a potential IndyCar return to Australia. (Photo: Chris Young, The Canadian Press via AP)


NASCAR at New Hampshire: Matt Kenseth picks up second win of the season

USA TODAY Sports' Mike Hembree and ESPN's Bob Pockrass break down the New Hampshire 301, won by Matt Kenseth, who earned his second victory of the season. Kenseth held off a hard-charging Tony Stewart in the closing laps to earn his second consecutive win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a race that was dominated until the end by Toyota drivers. Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports


IndyCar destinations: Toronto

Canadian IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe takes USA TODAY Sports' Chris Jenkins on a tour of Toronto with plenty of suggestions for great sightseeing, eats, craft beer and ax-throwing - yes, you read that right - if you are heading that way for this weekend's Honda Indy Toronto. Or just any time.


IndyCar: Josef Newgarden scorches the field at Iowa

USA TODAY Sports' Brant James, Curt Cavin and Chris Jenkins break down Josef Newgarden's record-setting dominance in the Iowa Corn 300, and James talks to Newgarden about driving while injured, his rise in the standings and what IndyCar team he will be driving for next season.


Takeaways from Kentucky

USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Gluck welcomes special guest Kevin Goheen of the Cincinnati Enquirer in this week's Start Your Engines podcast. They discuss the implications of Brad Keselowski's fourth victory of the Sprint Cup season, the fuel strategies that played into the race's outcome in the closing laps, Martin Truex Jr.'s odd late-race penalty and how the repaved and reconfigured surface at the 1.5-mile speedway played into the action.


Brad Keselowski wins at Daytona

Brad Keselowski already has a Sprint Cup championship and some eye-popping wins, but his first win at Daytona International Speedway puts him in a select group of drivers. USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Gluck and Brant James break down the Coke Zero 400 and what Keselowski's win means. They also talk about Tony Stewart's final NASCAR race there, plus surprise finishers.


IndyCar: Will Power prevails at Road America

Brant James, Curt Cavin and Chris Jenkins break down IndyCar's successful return to Road America after a nine-year absence from the road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The trio talk about the great atmosphere and the large crowd before delving into Will Power's drive to victory from the pole during an interview with Power, winner of the past two IndyCar races.


NASCAR: Tony Stewart's surprise at Sonoma

So Tony Stewart has recorded an unlikely victory in his final Sprint Cup season with a win Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Gluck and Mike Hembree take a look at what this could mean in the three-time champion's final season, which was shaping up to have him exit NASCAR with a whimper. Now, he probably will make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. How deep could he go in the playoffs? What does this mean for Stewart's summer? Plus, a preview of next weekend's race at Daytona...


IndyCar Destinations: Road America

USA TODAY Sports' Chris Jenkins chats with David Hobbs, a former racer, current NBC Sports Network Formula One broadcaster and resident of Wisconsin, site of this weekend's Verizon IndyCar Series event at Road America. Hobbs shares his favorite spots to visit in America's Dairyland and points out what differences fans flocking to see IndyCar's first race at this 14-turn track in nine years may see.


Chip Ganassi, Sebastien Bourdais reflect on Le Mans

USA TODAY Sports' Brant James sits down separately with team owner Chip Ganassi and IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais to look back on the weekend's running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Both go into detail about Bourdais' win as part of the lineup with Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller for the Ford Ganassi Team USA Ford GT in GTE-Pro. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes. Follow Brant on Twitter at @brantjames.


IndyCar drivers head to 24 Hours of Le Mans

Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon and Sebastien Bourdais aren't resting during the off-week in the series. Instead, the stars will be in Le Mans, France to compete in one of the world's most famous races. USA TODAY Sports talks to both drivers about shifting gears from IndyCar to sports cars, preparing for a 24-hour endurance race, and why Le Mans is so compelling.


NASCAR at Michigan: Joey Logano dominates

USA TODAY Sports' Brant James welcomes special guest Mike Brudenell of the Detroit Free Press to discuss Joey Logano's long-awaited first win of the 2016 season, tweaks to the aero package that made for an exciting race at Michigan and where Kurt Busch is headed during NASCAR's summer off week.


IndyCar destinations: Dallas/Fort Worth

Chris Jenkins sits down with Eddie Gossage, president of Texas Motor Speedway, to discuss everything Dallas/Fort Worth ahead of this weekend's Firestone 600. Gossage talks about the finer points of the fourth-largest market in the country, giving auto racing fans a primer of what to do and where to eat if they travel to the region for the race.


NASCAR at Pocono: Kurt Busch wins; Brad Keselowski sounds off

USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Gluck and special guest Bob Pockrass evaluate Kurt Busch's fuel-mileage win at Pocono Raceway and the brouhaha between Brad Keselowski and TV analyst Jeff Gordon. The Team Penske driver took umbrage at comments from the former driver about his team's in-race penalty and what may have gone down in Las Vegas.


IndyCar: Celebrating two winners at Detroit

This episode is sponsored by Verizon. Brant James and Chris Jenkins of USA TODAY Sports break down all of the racing at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit. Brant also chats with both winners -- Will Power and Sebastien Bourdais -- about snapping their respective skids, what lies ahead in Texas and where Bourdais' body of work puts him on the all-time list of best IndyCar racers. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes.


Alexander Rossi wins the 100th running of Indy 500

This episode of Start Your Engines is sponsored by Verizon. The USA TODAY Sports autos foursome of Brant James, Heather Tucker, Chris Jenkins and Jeff Olson look back on the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, won by rookie Alexander Rossi. Brant, Heather, Chris and Jeff break down all the action from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, not limited to Rossi's impressive finish. They discuss a tough day for Team Penske, a memorable comeback for James Hinchcliffe and the immense buzz surrounding...


Indy 500 memories with David Letterman

In a special bonus edition, Brant James of USA TODAY Sports has the pleasure of chatting with former longtime late night talk show host and IndyCar team owner David Letterman. The Indiana native chats about everything from his earliest memories of the Indianapolis 500 in the 1950s to his expectations for his two-driver team of Rahal Letterman Lanigan and many other things in between. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes, and follow us on Twitter: @brantjames, @HeatherR_Tucker and @jeff_gluck.