Tony George

For open-wheel racing, a comeback

Thirteen years after major open-wheel formula-style racing failed miserably at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the IZOD IndyCar Series returns to the track today for the running of the 225.

"We need to be here," series veteran driver Ryan Hunter-Reay said. "Hopefully, we'll have a good attendance here on Sunday that makes it worthwhile coming back. Hopefully, this can be a future event for us that we come back to year after year. We'd all certainly like that. I think the short ovals are good for racing."

It's a far different era for the IndyCar Series from the division's last race at the track in 1998. The series, then known as the Indy...