• Q&A: Dario Franchitti talks business, IndyCar's future, and the crash that ended his racing career

    After an accident in October forced him into early retirement, Dario Franchitti will drive this year's pace car at the Indy 500.

    By Daniel Roberts, writer-reporter

    FORTUNE -- On Monday night, news broke that four-time IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti will drive the pace car at this year's Indianapolis 500 on May 25.

    That's a pretty fast turnaround considering that Franchitti was in a gruesome crash just last fall that ended his MORE

    Mar 27, 2014 7:00 AM ET
  • Inside J.C. Penney's "Cleanse"

    In this excerpt from Fortune's in-depth investigation of Penney's failed revolution (How To Fail in Business While Really, Really Trying), Penney's board falls in love with Apple's Ron Johnson — even as the directors seem as concerned about the boardroom menu as they are about fixing the struggling retailer.

    By Jennifer Reingold, senior editor


    On Feb. 6, 2012, a clear, acrylic 10-by-10-foot cube was installed in the area between the two MORE

    Mar 20, 2014 7:00 AM ET
  • An American vodka maker chases whiskey overseas

    Tito's Handmade Vodka's first international expansion aims to find out whether Texas vodka can sell like Kentucky bourbon

    By Anne VanderMey, reporter

    FORTUNE -- At a bar in Brooklyn not long ago, this author pointed to a bottle of Tito's Handmade Vodka on the shelf, and asked if it was any good. The bartender, a Tito's fan, was eager to pour a sample. A neighboring patron chimed in that she has loved MORE

    Mar 18, 2014 2:00 PM ET
  • China's quest for a new energy source heads to space

    Seeking a clean energy solution, China visits the moon in search of helium-3

    By Brandon Southward, reporter

    FORTUNE -- No country had successfully completed a soft landing on the moon since the Soviet Union in 1976, which is why eyebrows were raised when China's rover Jade Rabbit landed on the lunar surface this past weekend. While China's motives for space exploration are not clear and the Chinese government is keeping quiet, MORE

    Dec 20, 2013 2:08 PM ET
  • Is the Salvation Army wiping out its anti-gay rhetoric?

    How an activist campaign against the largest Christian charity in the U.S. just might actually work

    FORTUNE -- It's a story right out of the Bible; an ordinary citizen takes on a Goliath.

    If you use Facebook (FB) or Twitter (TWTR), you may have read one of many recently shared posts or tweets that claim the Salvation Army, the Alexandria Va.-based global Methodist ministry and social welfare provider, is unapologetically anti-LGBT.

    Yesterday, a Methodist MORE

    - Dec 20, 2013 11:23 AM ET
  • Whole Foods goes local in Brooklyn, gentrifying area near Superfund site

    An outlet of the health food grocer helps the borough's Gowanus neighborhood on the road to eco-recovery.

    By Beth Kowitt, writer

    FORTUNE -- The big question for Whole Foods Market (WFM) when it opens its first store in Brooklyn this morning -- what took so long?

    As the largest retailer of natural and organic foods, the Austin-based supermarket chain would seem like a natural fit for Brooklyn, the borough that has become famous MORE

    Dec 17, 2013 5:00 AM ET
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