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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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IndyCar: Bourdais fined, put on probation after Texas Motor Speedway

Photo: Chris Owens   IndyCar officials have fined KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais $10,000 and placed him on probation for the remainder of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Bourdais violated Rule 9.3.1 (Improper Conduct On-Track) of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook during an incident with Justin Wilson on Lap 121 of the event at Texas Motor Speedway. Video below; though it’s tough to see what exactly happened from the broadcast the feed.       Bo...

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IndyCar: Leading Rookie Carlos Munoz assesses season so far

Photo: Chris Owens   Carlos Munoz burst on the scene with a runner-up finish in his first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2013. The 22-year old Verizon IndyCar Series rookie from Colombia has continued on the fast track in the first half of this season. Munoz is sixth in the championship and leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings through eight races. Munoz's four top-10 finishes include a third place at Long Beach, where he advanced eight positions relative to his qualifying. Sixth ...

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IndyCar: Juan Pablo Montoya talks about his return to open-wheel racing

Photo: Chris Owens   Juan Pablo Montoya breezed into the media center after 248 laps on a sweltering evening a couple of weekends ago seemingly without a concern. His broad smile and rapport during the lively Q&A summed up both his third-place performance June 7 in the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway and his current station in motorsports. "I'm happy," said Montoya, who at 38 years old returned this year to Indy car racing after a 13-year absence. "I had a hell of a race." &nbs...

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