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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) – 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: 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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GRAND-AM: Lime Rock - Wayne Taylor Racing, Scuderia Corsa take final championships

The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series took its final bow after 14 years of competition at 2013’s season closer at Lime Rock Park. Daytona Prototype teams entered the weekend with 5 still in contention for the championship, Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor (Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP) having an 8-point lead over Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett in the Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley. Angelelli and Taylor came into Lime Rock having never lost there and with two consecutiv...

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GRAND-AM: Laguna Seca – Taylor over Pruett again, Lally takes first 2013 GT win

The GRAND-AM Rolex Series entered Laguna Seca with the Top 10 in Daytona Prototype separated by just 5 points. Kansas winners Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli (Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP) were on top, with Christian Fittipaldi (Action Express Corvette DP) 2 points back, Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel (Starworks Motorsport BMW Riley) down 3, Fittipaldi’s teammate Joao Barbosa 4 back, Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney (Gainsco Racing/Bob Stallings Corvette DP) also 4 behind, and Memo Rojas and Sc...

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IndyCar: Sonoma – Will Power takes first win of 2013

Photo: Chris Jones/www.IndyCar.com Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) came into Sonoma as the season points leader, with Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) second. Dixon began the race on the front row, but behind teammate Dario Franchitti, who took the pole. Castroneves’ Penske teammate Will Power was third on the starting grid, with Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) right next door in P4. Castroneves started fifth. Cross-pollination between IndyCar and sports cars continued (see...

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GRAND-AM: Kansas – Jordan Taylor tops Pruett for the win

Photo: Wayne Taylor Racing Daytona Prototype rookie Jordan Taylor (Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP) made a great move inside pole-sitter and series veteran Scott Pruett (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley) with 44 min left in the race to take the lead. Pruett, however, kept up the fight, remaining within 0.528 sec of the leader 29 min later. A close high-speed encounter with a GT car inside the 9-min mark could have taken out either of front two but didn’t. With 6:10 left ...

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