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IndyCar: Houston - Simon Pagenaud pre-race interview

Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports, Honda), third in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings behind Helio Castroneves (Team Penske, Chevrolet) and Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda) coming into the Houston double-header after winning the Grand Prix of Baltimore last month, joined the racing media for a conference call yesterday. His thoughts on both the Houston race and the championship follow. With three races to go, you're strongly in the hunt for the championship. Is the ...

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ALMS: Circuit of the Americas - Briscoe, Tucker P2 winners press conference

Ryan Briscoe and Scott Tucker led a 1-2 Level 5 Motorsports finish in the American Le Mans Series race at Circuit of the Americas. The finish, ahead of teammates, Marino Franchitti and Guy Cosmo, consolidated the team’s lead in the ALMS P2 season standings. Franchitti’s No. 552 Honda Performance Development ARX-03b prototype led the race with 32-min to go, but had to make an unscheduled pit stop to change a punctured left front tire, with the No. 551 moving into first and holding the...

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ALMS: Circuit of the Americas – Tough GT fight ends Garcia, Bomarito, Muller

Chris McMurry (Dyson Racing Lola B12/60 Mazda) took the lead from pole-sitter Lucas Luhr (Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03s) at the start, but Luhr had retaken it and opened a 3.894-sec gap by the end of Lap 1. Tommy Milner (Corvette Racing C6 ZR1) was the GT leader after two laps over Jonathan Bomarito (SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R), with class pole-sitter Bill Auberlen (BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE) 4.8-sec back in P8. Bomarito was fighting Milner hard for the lead during the fourth lap. Scott Tu...

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IndyCar: Baltimore – Pagenaud takes second win, Castroneves grows lead

Photo: Batman congratulates the winner in front of a clearly smitten onlooker. Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) took control of the IZOD IndyCar Series standings with his victory at Texas Motor Speedway in early June and carried a 39-point advantage into the Grand Prix of Baltimore thanks to 11 consecutive Top 10 finishes. Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technologies) became IndyCar’s consecutive-starts leader with 212 by taking the Baltimore grid, breaking a tie with team co-owner Jimmy Vasser. St...

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Pirelli World Challenge: Circuit of the Americas ride-along

Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. I’ve been a racing fan for as long as I can remember. It and music enthralled me from the first time I laid eyes and ears on them. My first favorite drivers were Johnny Rutherford, Nicki Lauda, and Jody Scheckter. My favorite cars were the Martini Porsche 936s that dominated sports car racing at the time. Given all this, I’ve long tried to imagine what it would be like to go around a world-class road course in an actual race car. Thanks to...

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United SportsCar Racing unveiled; DTM affiliations explored

On March 14, 2013, United SportsCar Racing was introduced as the new premier North American sports car racing series beginning in 2014, combining the current GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.  The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) will be the sole sanctioning body moving into 2014. Originally created in 1969 by John Bishop and NASCAR’s Bill France Sr., to produce high-level, professional sports car racing in Nort...

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Grand-Am of the Americas 2013: Video Special

Photo: Chris Smith/Gonzogeek Media Inc. With the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., now less than 2 weeks away it seemed a good time to share some the sights and sounds of Grand-Am’s first visit to Circuit of the Americas earlier this month. First up is a clip from Rolex Series practice on Friday, Mar. 1     Here are the cars returning to the paddock post-practice     Next out are the Continental Tire Challenge participants, again obs...

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WEC sets '6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas' for September

Circuit of The Americas won the rights to host an installment of the FIA World Endurance Championships via a 6-hour race scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22. The 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas will be partnered with two days of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón set for the preceding Friday and Saturday (Sept. 20 and 21). The World Endurance Championship (WEC) was created in 2011 by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the governing bod...

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Ryan Hunter-Reay joins lineup for Rolex 24

Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay has been named the third co-driver alongside 2013 full-time teammates Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor when the newly christened No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette Dallara DP for Wayne Taylor Racing takes to the Daytona International Speedway road course for the 51st running of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. It will be the seventh consecutive Rolex 24 and the 16th Rolex Series event for the 32-year-o...

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Circuit of The Americas schedules V8 Supercars, MotoGP

Circuit of The Americas signed a multi-year agreement with the V8 Supercars Series that will allow the Australian touring cars to make their North American debut May 17-19, 2013. The V8 Supercars Championship is made up of 15 championship events across Australia, New Zealand and Abu Dhabi, with the United States joining the schedule in 2013. Australian V8 Supercars race exclusively on road-course or street circuits and combine the sheer horsepower of NASCAR stock cars with the handling of GT com...

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