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03/09/18
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NASCAR Phoenix Pre-Race and Qualifying videos
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
NASCAR Phoenix Cup & Xfinity pre-race Q&A

Alex Bowman (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet), Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford); NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers: Justin Allgaier (No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet), Matt Tifft (No. 2 Dollar Shave Club Chevrolet), Brandon Jones (No. 19 Juniper Toyota)

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03/09/18
pwc

Vilander Paces Pirelli World Challenge GT Practice
Toni Vilander
Toni Vilander
Finland’s Toni Vilander started strongly Friday in the No. 61 RFerri Motorsports Ferrari 488 GT3 by leading both GT practice rounds in the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season openers in the streets of St. Petersburg, a portion of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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03/09/18
irl

Drivers work on new car's demands at St. Pete opening practice day
Can Sebastien Bourdais make it two-in-a-row?
Can Sebastien Bourdais make it two-in-a-row?
The new Indy car lived up to the hype on the first official day of practice ahead of the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener.

Twenty-four drivers found their cars - each equipped with the new universal aero kit for the first time this year - challenging and exciting to drive as they prepared for Sunday's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. It is the first of 17 races on the 2018 schedule.

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03/09/18
irl

IndyCar Begins Season With Optimism, More Sponsors On Board
Tony Kanaan on the streets of St. Petersburg
Tony Kanaan on the streets of St. Petersburg
The '18 Verizon IndyCar Series begins on Sunday in St. Petersburg, and while its foothold in the overall sports landscape "remains modest, its momentum is tangible," according to Jim Ayello of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR.

Sponsors are "returning to the series in bunches -- many with multiyear commitments."

Last month's open test featured 24 cars "decked out in their full or near-full liveries with drivers signed on to pilot every one of them."

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03/09/18
irl

Reunion Of Indycar Greats Highlights 25-Year Celebration At Phoenix GP
Mario Andretti's last win - Phoenix 1993
Mario Andretti's last win - Phoenix 1993
Getty Images
Reunions are always a special event, and when that reunion brings back some of the greatest IndyCar drivers of all time, it makes it even more significant.

Twenty-five years ago – on April 4, 1993 – Mario Andretti took the checkered flag in the Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix Raceway), the final win of his illustrious career.  ISM Raceway will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of that historic win with a special reunion weekend April 6-7, 2018 for the Verizon IndyCar Series Phoenix Grand Prix.

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03/09/18
irl

Hunter-Reay tops Practice 2 in St. Petersburg
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Ryan Hunter-Reay

Ryan Hunter-Reay turned the fastest lap of 1m00.830s to lead IndyCar practice on the streets of St. Petersburg Friday in his #28 Andretti Honda.

James Hinchcliffe was 2nd quick in his SPM Honda just 0.04 sec. behind Hunter-Reay.

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03/09/18
irl

Schmidt Peterson Debuting F1-Style Hospitality At IndyCar Race
Red Bull Hospitality used in F1
Red Bull Hospitality used in F1
Verizon IndyCar Series team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and major primary sponsor Arrow Electronics this weekend at the season-opening race in St. Petersburg are debuting a massive new trackside hospitality structure that rivals what is seen from some of the top outfits in F1.

The new structure is climate controlled and two stories.

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03/09/18
irl

Ganassi tent gets run over
Chip Ganassi will have to eat Roger Penske's food
Chip Ganassi needs a place to eat this weekend at the track

A sanitation truck "backed into Chip Ganassi's hospitality tent" Friday morning in St. Petersburg, FL.

The tent "was crumpled and removed from the paddock" following the incident.

Because the accident "happened so early, the tent was not occupied"

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03/09/18
irl

Servia confirmed for Indy 500 with Rahal team
Rahal, Servia and Johansson
Rahal, Servia and Johansson

After much success in the IMSA SportsCar Championship, North American Endurance racing, and 24H of Le Mans, Scuderia Corsa is expanding its racing efforts to the open-wheel world of Indy car racing.

Team owner, Giacomo Mattioli, believes there is no better place to introduce Scuderia Corsa to Indy racing than at the legendary Indianapolis 500.

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03/09/18
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Larson tops opening practice in Phoenix
Phoenix Raceway early Friday morning
Phoenix Raceway early Friday morning
The opening practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is now complete at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.  A contingent of Camaro ZL1 drivers topped the speed charts in advance of today’s qualifying session for the fourth race of the 2018 season, the TicketGuradian 500.

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03/09/18
pwc

Pirelli renews with PWC
Pirelli has renewed its title sponsorship and official tire supplier role of the Pirelli World Challenge for the eighth consecutive year, which returns in 2018 this weekend at the picturesque St. Petersburg circuit. Pirelli World Challenge is North America’s biggest GT production based road racing series.

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03/09/18
irl

Leist tops opening IndyCar practice in St. Pete
Matt Leist
Matt Leist

Brazilian rookie Matt Leist turned the fastest lap in opening practice for the Firestone GP in St. Petersburg and let it be known in the paddock that he and the AJ Foyt Chevy Racing team could be a force to reckon with in 2018.

Honda powered cars were 2nd thru 6th led by local favorite and defending race champion Sebastien Bourdais driving for Dale Coyne/Vasser-Sullivan 0.0488s behind Leist.

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03/09/18
f1

Raikkonen tops final preseason test day in Barcelona
Fernando put up a fast time 5 min. from end of session
Fernando put up a fast time 5 min. from end of session

On the final day of F1 preseason testing, Fernando Alonso strapped on a set of hypersoft tires during 'happy hour', his McLaren did not break down again, and the Spaniard put up the 3rd fastest time of the week behind the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel (Thursday) and Kimi Raikkonen (today) 6/10ths behind Vettel, and 5/10ths behind Raikkonen.

Raikkonen recovered from illness earlier this week to complete 157 laps for Ferrari on Friday, recording a best lap time of 1:17.221 to end the day half a second clear of the field.

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03/09/18
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Farmer John Joins Richard Petty Motorsports at Fontana
Petty Farmer John Livery
Petty Farmer John Livery
Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) is pleased to announce Farmer John as its newest primary partner. Farmer John will be the primary sponsor of Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr and the No. 43 RPM team at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. during the Auto Club 400 race weekend.

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03/09/18
irl

Friday Morning Update from St Pete
Scott Dixon gives us his impressions of the new car

Good morning from St Petersburg, Florida.  The weather is only expected to reach 63 degrees here today but the sun is shining.  It feels strange to wear a jacket here in Florida.  But today will be the coolest day of the weekend with a possibility of rain on Sunday, race day.  This series can race in the rain so that is not a reason to stay home from the track on Sunday.

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03/09/18
pwc

PWC Returns to CBS Sports Network
PWC full field
PWC full field
CBS Sports Network and the Pirelli World Challenge, North America’s top GT Production-based road racing series, have announced their continued partnership with televised coverage throughout the 10-weekend 2018 PWC racing season.

CBS Sports Network will televise all of the Pirelli World Challenge classes (GT/GTA, GTS/GTSA, TCR, TC and TCA) beginning with this weekend’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (March 9-11) with the GT/GTA and GTS/GTSA doubleheader 50-minute sprint events at the 14-turn, 1.8-mile temporary street course near the docks of St. Petersburg.

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03/09/18
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IndyCar Celebration Highlights from St. Pete
Mark Miles had good things to say about IndyCar last night
IndyCar held their Series Celebration last night for the 2017 Series Champion, Josef Newgarden, at a local restaurant on the Tampa Bay shore line.  Many sponsors, other track promoters and IndyCar drivers were present for the highly visual event. Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar, presented a video recap of the season.  Miles, who has been with IndyCar for 6 years now, talked about the fan metrics and how the TV ratings have increased since 2013.

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03/09/18
f1

Raikkonen tops morning times in Barcelona
Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen

On the final day of F1 preseason testing, Kimi Raikkonen came within a tenth of a second of teammate Sebastian Vettel's unofficial lap record on Friday using the hyper-soft tires, while Fernando Alonso’s McLaren Renault once again came back on the flatbed.

Alonso managed just seven laps before grinding to a halt on the escape road on the right-hand side of the track before Turn 7 and causing a red flag. Surely some towing company wants to put their name on those blank sidepods!

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03/09/18
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Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Friday, March 9LocationTV TimesNet
NASCAR Cup - practicePhoenix12:30pm-1:30pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Xfinity - practicePhoenix2:00pm-3:00pm (L),
4:00pm-5:00pm (L)
FS1
NASCAR Cup - qualifyingPhoenix5:00pm-6:30pm (L)FS1
Saturday, March 10LocationTV TimesNet
NASCAR Cup - practicePhoenix12:00pm-1:00pm (L)
2:30pm-3:30pm (L)
FS1
NASCAR Xfinity - qualifyingPhoenix1:00pm-2:00pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Xfinity - racePhoenix3:30pm-4:00pm - pre-race (L)
4:00pm-6:30pm - race (L)
FOX
Sunday, March 11LocationTV TimesNet
IndyCar - raceSt. Petersburg12:30pm - 12:40pm pre-race (L)
12:40pm – 3:00pm (L)
ABC
NASCAR Cup - racePhoenix3:00pm-3:30pm - pre-race (L)
3:30pm-7:00pm - race (L)
FOX


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03/09/18
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Albertsons/Vons to have infield store at Auto Club Speedway
Auto Club Speedway
Auto Club Speedway
NASCAR Auto Club 400 infield fans will soon begin packing up their RVs to spend their annual tradition of posting up in Auto Club Speedway's infield for four days to watch five-wide racing, witness wild finishes, and of course, cooking and partying with their friends and family.

But, what happens if they need more supplies once they are here at the track?

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03/09/18
irl

Hinchcliffe says IndyCar needs to attract more fans who aren't 'car guys'
Drivers like Mario Andretti were household names
Drivers like Mario Andretti, AJ Foyt and Richard Petty were household names
Canadian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe says that the Verizon IndyCar Series may have to reinvent itself to attract young fans -- particularly young fans who no longer become "car guys" and "car girls" in the same way that their parents did.

Hinchcliffe spoke to Autoweek on Wednesday leading into Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. It’s the opening race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season and with a sleek, sexy looking aerodynamic package on the Dallara chassis, the sport exudes a positive vibe.

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03/09/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Hamilton has no worries in the world. The team has been sandbagging the latest Aldo Costa creation
    Hamilton has no worries in the world. The team has been sandbagging the latest Aldo Costa creation
    Vettel's record pace does not worry Hamilton
  • Sainz Jr. backs Renault's 'four engine' plan
  • No 'physical barrier' for women in F1 - Calderon
  • Happy Honda 'calm' after McLaren split
  • Sainz Jr. 'not surprised' about Hulkenberg worry
  • Pirelli confirms Hypersoft F1 tires for Canadian Grand Prix

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