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IndyCar: Houston (Race 2) – Roger Penske, Power, Dixon, Hinchcliffe podium interviews

Will Power (Team Penske, Chevy) won the second race of the IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston, but Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda) moved into a 25-point lead in the season championships by taking second after having won Race 1 the previous day. Dixon had entered the weekend 49 points behind Power’s Penske teammate, Helio Castroneves, who finished near the bottom of both contests after mechanical problems in each. The press conference had a subdued overall tone, as all participa...

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IndyCar: Houston (Race 2) – Power wins, Dixon takes championship lead

Yesterday’s action knocked four of the drivers out of championship contention with today’s race and the oval action at Fontana, Calif., Oct. 19, remaining. Eliminated drivers were Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda), James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport, Chevrolet), Will Power (Team Penske, Chevy), and Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda). Helio Castroneves (Team Penske, Chevy) will clinch the championship if he wins and Scott Dixon (Target Chi...

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IndyCar: Houston (Race 1) – Simona de Silvestro podium interview

Simona de Silvestro (KV Racing Technology), who has been competing in the series since 2010, earned her first IndyCar podium finish at Race 1 of the Grand Prix of Houston, Saturday. The driver, from Mont-sur-Rolle, Switzerland, has been gaining strength late in the season, finishing P11 at Mid-Ohio, P9 at Sonoma, and P5 at Baltimore before taking the second step on the podium in Houston yesterday. She was in 9th place in the season standing through the fourth race in Sao Paulo, before hitting a ...

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IndyCar: Houston (Race 1) – Dixon wins, de Silvestro grabs first podium

Takuma Sato (AJ Foyt Racing, Honda) started on pole with Will Power (Team Penske, Chevrolet) on the outside of Row 1. Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda) and Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon Racing, Chevy) qualified third, but a 10-grid spot penalty moved Bourdais back, moving Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports, Honda) Simona de Silvestro (KV Racing Technology, Chevy), and James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport, Chevy) up. The first attempt at a standing start was aborted as Char...

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IndyCar: Houston (Race 1) – Pole winner press conference, Takuma Sato

Takuma Sato (AJ Foyt Enterprises, Honda) talks to the media after winning the pole for Race 1 of the IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston. Sato won earlier this year at Long Beach, but the pole was the Foyt team’s first since 1999. Houston-native Foyt, Indy Cars’ all-time wins leader with 67 stands second on the Indy Car list of all-time pole winners with 52 (behind Mario Andretti, 67). Sato, who led the 2013 championship chase through the fourth race in Sao Paolo, entered the race week...

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IndyCar: Houston (Race 1) – Takuma Sato takes hometown pole for AJ Foyt Enterprises

Hometown team owner AJ Foyt’s driver Takuma Sato (Honda, 1:00.4535) took pole for Race 1 of the IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston, with Will Power (Team Penske, Chevrolet) on the outside of the front row. Sato won earlier this year at Long Beach, but the pole was the Foyt teams first since 1999. Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda) finished 0.1522 sec behind Sato in qualifying Group 2 and will start third, with Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon Racing, Chevy), Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hami...

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IndyCar: Houston – Justin Wilson tops Practice 2

Practice was called a minute or two early when Helio Castronves (Team Penske, Chevrolet) spun his car. He avoided damage but still needed to get cleared from the track. Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing, Honda) topped the time sheets at 1:04.4237. Wilson’s been a busy driver, having finished on the podium at the GRAND-AM series finale at Lime Rock last weekend,     Will Power (Team Penske, Chevy, -0.3790), rookie Tristan Vautier (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Honda, -0.5709), Ry...

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IndyCar: Kanaan to join Ganassi in 2014

Tony Kanaan keeps moving from strength-to-strength. Following a season which saw him earn his first Indy 500 win and set IndyCar’s iron-man record, the driver announced today that he will join Chip Ganassi Racing Teams in the 2014 IndyCar Series. Ganassi announced that it would be shifting from Honda to Chevrolet power plants at the same news conference at the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston. Kanaan is in his third season with KV Racing Technology. Kanaan turned down an offer fro...

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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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