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IndyCar: St. Petersburg, 2015 preview

Photo: Chris Jones IndyCar begins its 2015 season Sunday on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street course running through St. Petersburg, Fla. The 110-lap race, won last year by series champion Will Power (#1 Verizon Team Penske-Chevrolet), will cover 198 miles. Takuma Sato (#14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing-Honda) won the 2014 pole with a time of 1 min, 01.8668 sec. Sebastien Bourdais (#11 KVSH Racing-Chevy) holds the qualifying lap record of 1:00.928. "I'm really excited to get the 2015 Veriz...

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IndyCar: Honda, Chevy ready for chassis aero-based competition in 2015

Beginning with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Mar. 29, IndyCar will introduce chassis competition based on aerodynamic bodywork designed, manufactured, and supplied by Chevrolet and Honda. Cars will be differentiated by their shape as the manufacturers have designed different aero kits for the Dallara IR-12 chassis for speedways and road and street course/short ovals.   Production has ramped up to meet the Mar. 1 deadline for one road and street course/short oval kit to be ...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Shanghai – Toyota 1-2, Porsche snags first LMP1 podium

The #7 Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid (Kaz Nakajima, Stephane Sarrazain, Alex Wurz) took second place in the race from the #14 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb) just past the 90-min mark. The LMP2 field made its second round of pit stops 1 hr and 50 min into the race, the #26 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2-Nissan (Julien Canal, Olivier Pla, Roman Rusinov) holding its lead through the cycle. Aston Martin Racing led both GTE Pro and GTE Am from the start through the halfway po...

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USCC: Circuit of the Americas – Pruett, Rojas take win with 2-stop strategy

Alex Brundle put the #42 OAK Racing Ligier JS P2-Honda on the pole in its USCC debut, beating out Jordan Taylor in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP by 0.834 sec. The pole is a great start for the chassis, the Nissan powered variant of which also took the top spot in its FIA World Endurance Championship debut yesterday, piloted by Roman Rusinov and Olivier Pla. And though power is as necessary at COTA as any circuit, the track has also put a premium on maneuverability, both Mazda MX-5s an...

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IndyCar: Sonoma – Dixon beats Hunter-Reay, Pagenaud; Conway coasts to line

Photo: John Cote Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet) overtook race leader Mike Conway (Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevy) on Lap 83 of 85 en route to victory yesterday in the GoPro Grand Prix at Sonoma Raceway. The win was the 35th of Dixon's Indy car career, putting him in a tie for fifth place on the all-time list with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser. "This is just big for our team," said Dixon. "It was tough because there were so many fuel strategies going on and th...

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IndyCar: Milwaukee – Power leads 229 of 250 for the win, Montoya P2

Photo: Shawn Gritzmacher The Milwaukee Mile oval has hosted auto racing since 1903, making it the oldest operating race track in the world. Will Power led Team Penske (Chevrolet) teammate Helio Castroneves by just 5 points coming to the race. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport, Honda) was third, 64 points back, just one point ahead of Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports, Honda). A win scores 50 points, with 4 bonus points also available each race weekend. Hunter-Reay, who...

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USCC: Road America – Action Express wins again, Ferrari tops GT

Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi (Action Express Racing, Corvette DP) overcame an early spin and brake problems at Road America for their third win of the season and second straight. Barbosa finished 2.240 sec ahead of Ozz Negri (Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian, Ford-Riley) who combined with John Pew for their best finish of the season. Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel (Extreme Speed Motorsports, HPD ARX-03b-Honda) finished third. These three teams pitted under caution on Lap 38 while...

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IndyCar: Mid-Ohio – Dixon goes last-to-first; tops Bourdais, Hinchcliffe

Photo: Bret Kelley   Point leader Helio Castroneves (Team Penske, Chevrolet) started P15, well behind his teammate and closest competitor in the race, Will Power, who came in 13 points out of the lead and qualified sixth. Power has finished in the Top 5 in 4 of his 5 Mid-Ohio starts. Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing, Chevy) won his second consecutive pole with Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, Honda) next to him in Row 1. Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevy) has won the last five Indy...

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IndyCar: Toronto Race 2 – Conway takes win, Kanaan third straight podium

Photo: Joe Skibinski   Mike Conway (Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet) earned his second Verizon IndyCar Series victory of the season by holding off Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevy) over a three-lap sprint to the finish in the second race of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader. Conway won by 3.5418 sec following a Lap 54 restart after a red flag with 4 minutes, 23 seconds left in the 80-minute race. Race Control called for the red flag to freeze the field on Lap 52 after a mu...

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IndyCar: Toronto Race 1 – Bourdais goes pole to checkers, first win since 2007

Photo: Chris Owens   Dry conditions greeted the drivers Sunday morning for the start of Race 1, reduced to 65 laps on the 1.75-mile, 11-turn road course or 90 min to accommodate running both contests on the same day. Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing, Chevrolet) won pole, his first since 2007. Helio Castroneves (Team Penske, Chevy) started on the outside of Row 1, after teammate Will Power was shuffled to the back of the field for working on his car during Saturday’s red flag. Ryan ...

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