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Friday LinkFrogging - on Sunday

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IndyCar: Houston Race 2 – Pagenaud wins; rookies Aleshin, Hawksworth follow

Photo: Chris Jones   Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport, Honda) was penalized and put on probation for failing to yield to multiple blue flags in Race 1. He qualified P16 for Race 2. Helio Castroneves (Team Penske, Chevrolet), who finished ninth in Race 1 took the pole for Race 2, with rookie Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Honda) lining up next to him on Row 1. Aleshin retired from Race 1 early after contact with Takuma Sato (AJ Foyt Enterprises, Honda). Race 1 winner rook...

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IndyCar: Houston – What kind of guy is Will Power?

Photo: Chris Smith IndyCar 2014 points leader Will Power has a name my wife refused to believe was real. He’s regarded by many as aloof, even arrogant. His behavior after Race 1 in Houston this weekend would suggest otherwise. After a day in which he failed to make it out of the first round of qualifying, started the race 18th (his worst spot on the grid in more than a year), and finished P14, he was leaving the team paddock at about 6 pm. Half a dozen families, each with anywhere from...

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IndyCar: Houston Race 1 – The Colombian Sweep

Photo: Chris Jones Colombian drivers Carlos Huertas, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Carlos Munoz finished 1-2-3 in Race 1 of the 2014 Grand Prix of Houston, the first time three Colombian drivers have stood on a podium at the same event in a major motorsports series. Montoya gave a very boisterous post-race interview, clearly pleased to return to the podium in his first year back to open-wheel racing following a 7-year sojourn with NASCAR. Rookie Munoz reflected on what it meant to be part of day i...

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IndyCar: Houston Race 2 – Castroneves, Aleshin top qualifiers

Photo: Chris Jones   Helio Castronves won pole for Race 2 of the Grand Prix of Houston, tying him for fourth on the all-time pole list with former Team Penske driver Rick Mears. Rookie Mikhail Aleshin will start on the front row next to Castroneves. Aleshin has led three races so far in his debut campaign. He was the 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 champion and finished 12th in that series last year. When asked to comment on Sebastien Bourdais’ remarks that he would like to stay away from ...

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IndyCar: Houston Race 1 – Rookie Huertas wins, Colombia sweeps podium

Photo: Joe Skibinski   Race control decided about 30 min before green flag that Race 1 would start wet. The first three rows of the starting grid: Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports, Honda), Helio Castroneves (Team  Penske, Chevrolet), Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevy), rookie Luca Filippi (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Honda), James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport, Honda), and Takuma Sato (AJ Foyt Enterprise, Honda). Season-points leader Will Powe...

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IndyCar: Houston Race 1 - Pagenaud, Castroneves qualify 1-2

Photo: Chris Jones   Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves will start on the front row for Race 1 of the Grand Prix of Houston later today. Luca Filippi continued to shine in his return to IndyCar, qualifying fourth next to Scott Dixon. Pagenaud, who enters the weekend fourth in the points standings behind Will Power, Castroneves, and Ryan Hunter-Reay, won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis earlier this year. Both he and Castroneves have five Top 5 finishes in the eight races run s...

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IndyCar: Houston – Pagenaud, rookies shine in Practice 2

Photo: Joe Skibinski   The track temperature as Practice 2 began was 115 deg. F. IndyCar authorized a modification to provide additional cooling to the cockpit using templates provided by Dallara to cut an opening in the nose cap of the front wing assembly. “Fortunately, it’s not supposed to be a bazillion degrees, but the humidity is what makes it difficult,” said Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing, Chevrolet). “Any air flow can only help.” Rookie Mikhail Ales...

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IndyCar: Houston – Power tops Practice 1; Pagenaud, Bourdais next fastest

  Photo: Chris Smith   Will Power (Team Penske, Chevy) topped Practice 1 at the Grand Prix of Houstno with a time of 1:00.4427. Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports, Honda) posted the second quickest lap at 1:00.6956, with Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing, Chevy) third at 1:00.7700. AJ Foyt Enterprise’s (Honda) Takuma Sato posted a time of 1:00.7901, Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevy) 1:00.8355, and Helio Castroneves (Team Penske, Chevy) 1:00.835...

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IndyCar: Grand Prix of Houston double-header preview

Photo: Chris Jones   The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston will mark the second of three doubleheaders on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. Drivers will contest a pair of 90-lap races Saturday and Sunday on the 1.69-mile temporary street circuit at NRG Park. With wins at St. Petersburg and Belle Isle, Will Power (Team Penske, Chevrolet) finds himself atop the season point standings. The Australian claimed a win in the second Houston race in 2013 and is the only driver to f...

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