Morning Lap: Racing News Links

Welcome to another edition of the Morning Lap, a daily feature here at Beyond the Flag. Along with The Hub we want to bring you not only our original content but a collection of all the best racing news. News links include NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula One and more!

Bruton Smith: Strong Possibility Charlotte Loses Race to Las Vegas

“I know you’re not gonna cut this one out, but I’ve been having some strong conversations about one of these events being moved,” Smith told WBTV’s Paul Cameron. “And Las Vegas is a great place – it’s the entertainment capital of the world – and they want another event.”

Smith has said some outlandish things, and it is hard to determine how serious he is about this.

He said in the interview that he has been offered money by the track and other big business figures in Las Vegas to bring the race out west.

Jimmie Johnson: Conspiracy, Luck or Talent?

Let’s put all of the facts together here. Jimmie Johnson drives the Hendrick Motorsports Lowes Chevrolet, at Lowes Motor Speedway, a track by the way, he has dominated throughout his career….there must be some kind of fix going on here…..Right? I will be the first one to say, I wouldn’t put it past NASCAR to help out someone if it led to more interest in the sport. But do I think they’re helping Jimmie Johnson out…naaa?

Let’s take a minute and look at this thing a little closer. If NASCAR wanted to help someone out, why not their favorite son. Same team, different driver. Wouldn’t it make more sense to spend your conspiracy efforts to help Dale Earnhardt Jr? After all, he is NASCAR’s most popular driver, most beloved by fans, and has only one win over the past three years. Why not help him out so we can make more fans happy instead of helping out JJ, and pissing all of them off. That just doesn’t make any sense.

Tweets of support flow in for Jourdain from IndyCar community

It’s hard not to feel for Michel Jourdain Jr. this Monday. Jourdain was the only driver who failed to qualify for this year’s Indianapolis 500, as he battled an ill-handling car all week for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Jourdain is one of the nicest, most genuine people in the IndyCar community, and he has been a great friend for many of the veterans from his full-time years spent in CART from 1996 through 2004.

He won twice in the 2003 CART series, driving for Bobby Rahal, and finished third in the championship, ahead of such luminaries as Sebastien Bourdais, Alex Tagliani, Oriol Servia, Jimmy Vasser, and then-rookie and current IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.

IndyCar 2013: Ed Carpenter Still a Long Shot Despite Winning Pole

Even after winning the pole for the Indianapolis 500, it’s still unlikely that Ed Carpenter actually pulls off the win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Carpenter won the pole position on Saturday, with the Indy Motor Speedway’s official Twitter account announcing his victory.

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