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IndyCar: Phoenix – Dixon wins from sixth, ties Al Unser

Photo: Chris Owens Defending series champion Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevy) started sixth in IndyCar’s first run in 11 years at the Phoenix 6-g oval. Helio Castroneves (#3 Team Penske, Chevy) took pole with Tony Kanaan (#10 Ganassi) in P2. Juan Pablo Montoya (#2 Penske) and Charlie Kimball (#83, Ganassi) made up Row 2, with Ed Carpenter (#20 Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevy) starting fifth. Josef Newgarden (#21 Ed Carpenter) qualified P7, with rookie—but F1 veteran—Max ...

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NHRA: Gatornationals – Brittany Force takes first career win

Brittany Force raced to her first career victory and took control of the Top Fuel point standings Sunday at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Robert Hight (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and, Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious at the third of 24 events in the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Force powered her dragster to a 3.772-sec run at 318.77 mph to best Terry McMillen’s 3.981 at 266.90. This was Force’s eighth career final-r...

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IMSA: 12 Hours of Sebring – ESM Honda-Ligier wins second straight enduro

  The #2 Extreme Speed Motorsports Honda-Ligier JS P2 won the Twelve Hours of Sebring to take its second straight win in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. With 5 min 45 sec to go, Pipo Derani passed Dane Cameron (#31 Action Express Corvette DP) to take the lead and the eventual victory, sweeping Daytona and Sebring in back-to-back rounds of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.   “What a tough race this was,” said Derani. “We had some c...

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F1: Australia – Rosberg wins fourth straight to start 2016

Mercedes picked up where it left off in 2015, locking down the front row with Lewis Hamilton on pole and Nico Rosberg next to him. Ferrari occupied Row 2, Sebastian Vettel ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) started fifth and Felipe Massa (Williams) sixth. A second formation lap ran after Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) brought his car to a stop just short of the starting grid. Vettel and Raikkonen moved into P1 and 2 at the start, Rosberg claiming third as Hamilton dropped to sixth. V...

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IndyCar: St. Petersburg – Montoya wins season opener again

Photo: Chris Jones Team Penske driver Juan Pablo Montoya (#2 Chevy) controlled the closing laps of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to win the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener for the second straight year. Montoya led teammate Simon Pagenaud across the finish line by 2.3306 sec, with Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 Honda) placing third and Team Penske's Helio Castroneves fourth on the 1.8-mile temporary street course. Montoya's 15th career Indy car win ties him with Al...

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PWC: St. Petersburg – Lewis sweeps weekend

Michael Lewis scored a flag-to-flag GT victory in Saturday’s Round 3 race at the Pirelli World Challenge Cadillac Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Martin Fuentes and Sloan Urry won in GTA and GT Cup respectively. The 50-minute race was held under partly cloudy skies and 71-degree temperatures. When the green flag flew, pole-sitter Lewis, in the #41 EFFORT Racing/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3 R, launched cleanly into the lead through Turn 1, with second-on-the-grid Alvaro Parente, Kevin Estr...

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NHRA: Phoenix - Pritchett nabs first Top Fuel win, bests Force

Leah Pritchett earned her first NHRA Top Fuel win Sunday at the Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Phoenix, Ariz. Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) also picked up victories at the event. Pritchett used a quicker reaction time and a 3.775-sec run at 323.12 mph in to finish in front of Brittany Force’s 3.774 at 321.35. It was the first all-female Top Fuel final since Shirley Muldowney defeated Lucille Lee in 1982 in Columbus. Pritchett outran J.R. Todd, Clay Millican,...

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NHRA: Winternationals - Capps opens season with Funny Car win

Ron Capps raced to his first Funny Car victory in nearly a year Sunday at the NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) also were winners at the season-opening NHRA event near Los Angeles. Capps had to defeat defending world champion Del Worsham in the final round to take his 46th victory. He outran Jeff Diehl, Chad Head, and Robert Hight in earlier rounds. In the final, Capps used a quicker reaction time and covered the distanc...

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IMSA: 24 Hours of Daytona – ESM, Ligier, Honda, take first event win

The 2016 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona marked the debut of the new Ford GT in sports car competition, Chip Ganassi Racing fielding two of them in GT Le Mans (GTLM). SMP Racing’s #37 BR01-Nisaan started at the front of the grid, driven by Mikhail Aleshin. Next door was the #2 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P2-Honda with Luis Felipe Derani behind the wheel. Johnny Mowlem started the #20 BAR1 Motorsports entry at the front of Prototype Challenge (PC). Porsche North America 911 RSRs locked d...

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IMSA: 24 Hours of Daytona: Tandy fastest overall, Aleshin takes Prototype pole

Russian IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin overcame extremely wet conditions to capture the Prototype class pole for the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona. Aleshin ran a lap of 2:05.793 (101.882 mph) in the Nissan-powered #37 BR01 fielded by Russian-based SMP Racing. The Prototype debuted in 2015 ELMS competition and is racing in North America for the first time.   ”I think the conditions were surprising for everyone,” Aleshin said. “During qualifying I was never sure while braking f...

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