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04/10/15
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Video: Derrick Walker on IndyCar wing changes
Robin Miller speaks with IndyCar president of competition Derrick Walker about the strengthening efforts from Chevy and Honda after weaknesses were seen at St. Petersburg.



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Marquez on top as track dries in Austin
Marc Marquez
After a wet start to the Red Bull GP of The Americas, this afternoon the track dried up and allowed the MotoGP riders the opportunity to experience some dry track time.

The track improved as the FP2 session continued and it was reigning World Champion, Marc Marquez, who finished on top. His time of 2'04.835 recorded on his final lap of ten, placed him 0.327 seconds ahead of satellite Honda rider Cal Crutchlow in the combined times.

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Q and A with Penske drivers at NOLA
TEAM PENSKE DRIVERS JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, WILL POWER, HELIO CASTRONEVES AND SIMON PAGENAUD met with member of the media and discussed a variety of topics.  Selected quotes:

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 2 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:  IS THE TRACK HOTTER OR COOLER THAN IT WAS WHEN YOU TESTED HERE? “Hotter, a lot hotter.  We are sliding around a lot more. I am surprised…it felt like the track was really green. That really surprised me to be honest. If you think about it, we came here once with aero kit. Our first day ever with the aero kit was here. We had no real idea of what we needed to do or anything. Right now it is hard because the track is really slow as well.  Every time we come here, it seems to be that way.  I thought it would be a little better even being a green race track, and even the heat on it because people ran yesterday, we thought the track would be a little better. We were miles off. We are getting there, but it is a couple of seconds off, but it is going to keep getting quicker.”

IS LOSING PRACTICE TIME DUE TO RAIN GOING TO HURT YOU ON SUNDAY? “Yes and no. We have a couple of ideas of where to go with the car. But at the same time, if it rains today it is a good thing because we will get an idea of what we need to do for the race because the biggest chance for rain is Sunday.”

IT APPEARS LOOKING AT THE TIME SHEET THAT CHEVY’S REMAIN IN GENERAL AHEAD OF THE HONDAS.  IS THAT THE CASE?  “I would like to think that. The Hondas seem better here.  They were up near the front a little bit, but at the end you don’t know who had new tires on. I feel we are okay. We are getting where we need to be.”

DO YOU THINK THAT THE DIFFERENT KITS WILL BE STRONGER AT DIFFERENT TRACKS?  “Setups are the same way. I think setups are going to behave different here than what we have at street courses. You look at us, after we went to St. Pete, we went to Sebring focused onm the street courses.  Some teams came here focusing on road courses.  We went to St. Pete we were on top of the  sheet every practice. Here we have a little bit of catch up to do.”

WHAT IS IT LIKE HERE? “It is a road course. The funny thing is that most of the road courses I’ve been too, they are flat.  In the states you have a lot of up and down. 

WILL POWER, NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: INAUDIBLE. “Usually over the weekend if it’s dry, more and more rubber will get laid and the faster it will get. But if it rains it resets the track again and makes it difficult. The track is actually quite fast.”

YOUR TEAM HAD A DOMINANT FIRST WEEK AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN STRONG. BUT DO YOU THINK IT’S STRONGER THIS YEAR NOW THAT YOU HAVE FOUR REALLY GOOD CARS AND DRIVERS? “I think it’s very, very strong. We’re always pretty good at St. Pete; I have a feeling Ganassi will be pretty strong here. So we have to see what we’ve got. It is a strong team with four very fast drivers.”

HOW MUCH DOES IT HELP HAVING FOUR GUYS LIKE YOU HAVE? “It definitely helps with information. You can try four different things and find out a result.”

YOU’RE DEFENDING YOUR TITLE. DOES THAT CHANGE HOW YOU APPROACH NEW RACES? “You just do your job. It’s kind of a good situation to have locked one away and not have that really annoying thing in the back of your mind wondering if you can win one. But yeah, things are more relaxed but very motivated and proactive in doing a good job.”

HOW MUCH MORE STRENGTH HAS A FOUR-DRIVER TEAM ADDED? “It’s good the way we push each other and try different things. Then you have four engineers working together. I don’t think there is a stronger combination in pit lane than what we have. It’s a great position to be in. It’s a great problem to have when you have teammates battling it out on the track.”

WE HEAD NEXT TO LONG BEACH WHERE YOU’VE DONE VERY WELL. WILL IT BE MUCH DIFFERENT WITH THE AERO KITS? “It’s going to be similar to St. Pete. It’s not a huge gain on the street courses because they’re a little slower. I’ve always liked the track and always have had good results there. I’m not necessarily the best qualifier around there, so getting pole there would be good for me. It’ll be interesting to see. To me, I didn’t have a very strong car there last year. I didn’t have as good a car as the people around me where I finished. That’s definitely an aim to get that right.”

HOW DO YOU FEEL THE ST. PETE RACE WENT WITH THE AERO KITS? “It really wasn’t that different. Just a little better in the braking zones. The high-speed tracks are where you’ll see the bigger gains with high speeds and low grip.”

ARE THERE ANY TRACKS WHERE THE TRACKS WITH AERO KITS MAY TAKE SOMETHING THAT’S BEE GOOD AND MAKE IT BAD OR VICE VERSA? “The short ovals are ruined… it’s just stupidly wide open. They have to do something different there. Milwaukee is an awesome track where you actually downshift in the corner. If they leave it as it is… they have to do something. I don’t know what it is but they have to do something.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO MENTALLY WHEN YOU HEAD TO A NEW TRACK? “The good news is that when you have three other drivers, you can collect information. Since it’s a new track, you just have to try other things with the car and with your line. I feel that I’m a little behind because this is the first time I’m trying the new aero kit (at NOLA??). In going to a new place, there are always areas where you are better than the others and areas where others are better than you. That’s the toughest part to understand - what are you to do to combine everything.”

WITH NEW AERO KITS, A NEW VENUE AND RAIN ON THE WAY, WHAT CHALLENGE DOES THAT PRESENT? “No one has tried the wet setup in these conditions. Out of the drivers, with some maybe their setup is not so good but they feel comfortable in the wet and vice versa. That’s just another element out of our control that makes IndyCar very competitive.”

WE LEAVE HERE AND GO TO LONG BEACH. DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE DIFFERENT OR SIMILAR? “We don’t know. The field is always very tight and very close, as it is every time at a street course. Maybe after St. Petersburg there will be a little more give and take.”

HOW COOL IS IT TO EXPERIENCE A NEW TRACK WHEN YOU GET THE CHANCE? “It’s great to come to a place like this, explore new areas and being welcomed to a place like New Orleans. For us from the get go, people have been really excited to have us here and that’s why I like being at a place where we are welcomed.”

AVERAGE SPEEDS THIS MORNING WERE SIMILAR TO THE INDY ROAD COURSE. IS THAT A COMPARABLE TRACK? “I think we will continue to go faster. The weather is different. It’s a little humid, so that may take a little power away but I still think we still go a little faster especially with the red tires. It’s going to be interesting to see.”

ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE RAIN WITH THE RUNOFF AREAS AND DRAINAGE? “The drainage could be a problem depending on the volume of water. But rain doesn’t destroy everything so we just make sure that we’re able to put rain tires on and keep going.”

DO YOU LIKE RAIN RACES? “It brings (talent) out in a different way. Right now I’d love for it to be rain. When you don’t have the combination that feels right, it can level out the field.”

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 PENSKE TRUCK RENTAL CHEVROLET

DOES NOLA FEEL AS FAST AS THE INDY ROAD COURSE? “It feels fast. We’re 190 mph at the end of the straight. Then the braking into Turn 1 is late and you’re throwing it in there. Then adding into the aero kits, it’s a lot of fun.”

ARE YOU CONCERNED MORE ABOUT THE RAIN OR THE RUNOFF AREAS? “I don’t think about. If you think about tripping down the stairs, then you’ll trip! I love driving in the rain. It would be a good opportunity to have some fun in the car. The car is already pretty well-tuned so I’m not really concerned with the weather. I would welcome a rain race but want the fans to have a good time.”

WHEN YOU GO TO A NEW VENUE, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU LOOK FOR? “Braking points, hitting the curbs and using the curbs to turn the car, how fast can you go into the pits, seeing how grippy the tarmac is in the pits to see how grippy it is for your stops. Where you can take chances for passing and where there is runoff. If you want to make a pass and you miss it or a late braking zone, then you need to make sure you have some room to get back on the track without damaging the car.”

WITH THE TRACK BEING FLAT, IS IT MORE DIFFICULT TO PICK UP BRAKING POINTS? “No, not really. IndyCar does a great job of bringing brake markers too, so there’s no problem there.”

THERE WERE SOME EARLIER COMPLAINTS FROM DRIVERS WHO WENT OFF AT THE TEST COMING BACK THAT THE RUNOFF WAS VERY ROUGH AND THERE WAS CAR DAMAGE. ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE? “Yes this is a good place for IndyCar with good standards. It’s only the first year so we all have to work together to elevate it to where we want it to be. So far, it’s fantastic. The gravel is in good places. I feel this place is very safe.”

ARE THERE ANY PLACES WHERE YOU’D BE WORRIED ABOUT GOING OFF? “No. I’m not concerned at all with that or any safety issues. The pit lane is great. They’ve done a good job at the entry of putting tires against the wall.”

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IndyCar New Orleans: Power leads rain-shortened session
Will Power

A late-afternoon rainstorm lowered the ambient temperature but suppressed lap times in the brief second session because of a damp track. Eighteen drivers turned laps, led by Power in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet at 1:20.1704. Ryan Hunter was second (1:20.2724) in the No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport Honda. A 45-minute practice April 11 is scheduled preceding the three rounds of qualifications.

Tony Kanaan, who will make his 296th career Indy car start this weekend, posted the quickest lap in the first practice session for the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

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Red Flag for IndyCars in New Orleans (Update: Green Flag) UPDATE With about 10 min. left in the session we have a green flag.

04/10/15 Heavy rain has brought a red flag out at NOLA for the 2nd IndyCar practice session. Four Honda drivers turned 1 lap so far.

Pos No Name Time Diff Gap Laps Speed Engine
1 27 Marco Andretti 1:42.568 0.000 0.000 1 96.170 Honda
2 25 Simona de Silvestro 1:51.965 9.3971 9.3971 1 88.099 Honda
3 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:56.079 13.5110 4.1139 1 84.977 Honda
4 41 Jack Hawksworth 5:31.437 228.8687 215.3577 1 29.761 Honda


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Jeff Gordon Press Conf. Transcript from Texas
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 PANASONIC CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media and discussed the first two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions, his thoughts on being a color commentator during tonight's Xfinity race, attending the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House and many other topics.  Full Transcript:

HAVE YOU DONE ANYTHING TO PREP FOR YOUR DEBUT IN THE BOOTH FOR TONIGHT'S XFINITY SERIES RACE?
"They had a production meeting this morning.  I got a chance to sit in on that, but other than that just being around the sport as many years as I have.  I guess being a couch commentator that is about the only preparation that I have done.  It's going to be a unique experience.  I look forward to it.  This is an exciting race to watch in general, so I'm sure there will be plenty of action and things to talk about from up there."

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IndyCar Practice 2 to begin at 5:20 p.m. CT
The Indy cars are rolling to the pitlane and practice is expected to begin at 5:20 p.m. local time here.

Lucille Dust reporting from New Orleans Motorsports Park

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Kevin Kalkhoven & Stefano Coletti Press Conference Transcript
KEVIN KALKHOVEN, TEAM  CO-OWNER, KV RACING TECHNOLOGY AND STEFANO COLETTI, NO. 4  KVRT CHEVROLET, met with members of the media at NOLA Motorsports Park to announce Variable Bore Rams signing as primary sponsor for the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

STEFANO COLETTI, NO. 4 VARIABLE BORE RAMS – KVRT CHEVROLET

YOU’RE NEW TO THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES BUT YOU’RE ALREADY LANDING NEW SPONSORS. HOW EXCITING IS THIS?

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Tan leads P2
P No Name FTime Diff Laps LapTime Gap FSpeed Team
1 22 Weiron Tan 1:34.911 0.000 7 1:35.708 0.000 103.929 Andretti Autosport
2 82 Pato O'Ward 1:35.350 0.4387 7 18:22.972 0.4387 103.451 Team Pelfrey
3 6 Timothe Buret 1:35.400 0.4886 5 1:35.107 0.0499 103.397 Juncos Racing
4 7 Jose Gutierrez 1:35.497 0.5861 5 1:36.624 0.0975 103.291 Juncos Racing
5 81 Santiago Urrutia 1:35.557 0.6458 8 1:36.940 0.0597 103.226 Team Pelfrey
6 91 Kyle Connery 1:35.586 0.6753 5 1:35.586 0.0295 103.195 JDC MotorSports
7 23 Will Owen 1:35.757 0.8459 8 1:36.552 0.1706 103.011 Juncos Racing
8 5 Garett Grist 1:35.827 0.9157 5 1:38.579 0.0698 102.936 Juncos Racing
9 28 Dalton Kellett 1:36.027 1.1163 7 1:37.513 0.2006 102.721 Andretti Autosport
10 14 Alessandro Latif 1:36.233 1.3214 7 1:37.251 0.2051 102.502 World Speed Motorsports
11 10 Florian Latorre 1:36.402 1.4905 6 1:36.810 0.1691 102.322 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
12 19 Raoul Owens 1:36.678 1.7674 5 1:36.438 0.2769 102.029 JDC MotorSports
13 3 Neil Alberico 1:36.850 1.9386 3 1:48.884 0.1712 101.849 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
14 2 Daniel Burkett 1:36.850 1.9393 6 1:36.850 0.0007 101.848 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
15 26 Parker Nicklin 1:37.205 2.2937 6 1:41.137 0.3544 101.476 JDC MotorSports
16 13 Bobby Eberle(E) 1:39.582 4.6710 7 1:40.238 2.3773 99.054 World Speed Motorsports


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Eidson stays on top in P2
 
P No Name FTime Diff Laps LapTime Gap Team
1 22 Jake Eidson 1:38.347 0.000 14 1:38.363 0.000 Pabst Racing
2 17 Victor Franzoni 1:38.433 0.0856 13 1:39.995 0.0856 Afterburner Autosport
3 2 Nico Jamin 1:38.567 0.2193 14 1:38.976 0.1337 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
4 94 Jordan Lloyd 1:38.687 0.3396 14 1:38.951 0.1203 John Cummiskey Racing
5 3 Aaron Telitz 1:38.751 0.4039 13 5:06.844 0.0643 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
6 80 Parker Thompson 1:38.809 0.4622 17 1:38.954 0.0583 JDC MotorSports
7 83 Garth Rickards 1:38.974 0.6269 16 1:39.015 0.1647 Team Pelfrey
8 5 Keyvan Andres Soori 1:39.007 0.6601 14 2:09.724 0.0332 ArmsUp Motorsports
9 81 Ayla Agren 1:39.120 0.7732 16 1:39.299 0.1131 Team Pelfrey
10 23 Yufeng Luo 1:39.209 0.8619 12 1:39.218 0.0887 Pabst Racing
11 33 Anthony Martin 1:39.219 0.8723 15 1:39.278 0.0104 John Cummiskey Racing
12 84 Nikita Lastochkin 1:39.277 0.9296 17 1:40.283 0.0573 Team Pelfrey
13 82 Luke Gabin 1:39.530 1.1824 16 1:39.916 0.2528 Team Pelfrey
14 6 Max Hanratty 1:39.562 1.2152 16 1:39.803 0.0328 ArmsUp Motorsports
15 12 Augie Lerch 1:41.499 3.1517 16 1:41.875 1.9365 JAY Motorsports
16 16 James Dayson 1:41.681 3.3338 14 1:42.876 0.1821 ArmsUp Motorsports


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Early afternoon report from New Orleans (Update) UPDATE With inclement weather forecast this weekend in Louisiana, Firestone has made available an additional set of rain tires, totaling six sets, per car.

Firestone Racing will utilize the same rain tire used in 2014 as its race tire development team is developing a new rain tire compound, which could be introduced in June. Each entry receives nine sets of primary dry condition tires and three sets of alternates.

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IndyCar New Orleans: Kanaan tops practice 1
Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan led a contingent of seven Chevy powered cars in opening practice for the Grand Prix of Louisiana IndyCar race in New Orleans. Chevy continues to eat Honda's lunch with Will Power, Scott Dixon, Sebastien Bourdais and Simon Pagenaud rounding out the top-5.

The rain held off for now and the session was run in the dry.

The fastest Honda was James Hinchcliffe in 9th, 0.6 seconds off the pace.

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Wet start to Red Bull GP of The Americas
Marquez in the wet

The first session of the weekend has got underway in Austin, Texas with Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso first ahead of Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez.

An issue with the lap time transponder delayed the session from starting by fifty minutes, then after just twelve minutes the session was red flagged when a dog was spotted on the track. A further delay of twenty minutes ensued before the riders were able to return on track and complete this first session.

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Toyota: Carl Edwards & Darin Grubb
Carl Edwards will be racing for a $1 million donation to Children's Miracle Network.
CARL EDWARDS, No. 19 Stanley Tools Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

What does the $1 million dollar donation opportunity to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals mean to you?

"I just want to personally thank you guys so much, this is a huge opportunity. Growing up racing Saturday nights at my local track, to be able to come here to Texas and have a shot to win the race and to be able to do something like participate in a million dollars to the Children's Miracle Network – it's huge. I want to thank the kids – thank you for inspiring me. Yesterday was neat – more than neat, it was inspiring and gave me a lot of perspective in being there at the hospital and seeing what you guys deal with. Thank you for letting me be a part of this."

How much is the donation this weekend?

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Toyota: Michael Waltrip Racing Notes & Quotes
Michael Waltrip
MICHAEL WALTRIP, owner, Michael Waltrip Racing

Are you excited to know you're going to race the 2016 Daytona 500 with Maxwell House on your Camry?

"I love Maxwell House. In 1990, they were the co-primary sponsor on my car. This relationship has given me the opportunity to dig back through some really cool old photos of me and the Maxwell House team and what all we accomplished together back then. To fast forward 25 years, it's crazy that we're coming back together as a partner and I couldn't be prouder to put on the Maxwell House uniform and run a couple races for those guys. The 2016 Daytona 500 will be my 29th one and I think – when you're old, you like to have things to look forward to and I'm looking forward to 2017 when I get to run my 30th I hope with Maxwell House on the side of my car. Obviously, it's wonderful that we're introducing a brand, Maxwell House, to you guys and being able to represent such a great company and looking forward to the rest of the season."

What has been your impression of Brett Moffitt as part of the MWR organization?

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CFH Racing lands Boyd Gaming for New Orleans
CFH Racing announced today that Boyd Gaming Corporation will partner with the team for this weekend's Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, held at NOLA Motorsports Park.

Boyd Gaming, one of the nation's largest casino entertainment companies, will have two of its local properties represented on CFH Racing's No. 67 car, while Boyd Gaming guests from throughout the area will be invited to the race. Additionally, CFH Racing drivers and owners will visit Treasure Chest Casino for a driver appearance this evening.

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Good Morning from NOLA (Update) UPDATE
Coletti
Highlights from the KV Racing Stefano Coletti press conference announcing his new sponsor for this race:

On passing Zones For New Orleans: The best place to pass is turn 1, then between turns 3 and 4 and  also after braking on the back straight.

On his missing Chevrolet winglets (2) at the end of the race in St Pete.  Did they make a difference in the car?  I lost both winglets when Ryan Hunter-Reay did not slow down.  They make a difference in the fast corners but not slow corners.  You can run without them, you just need to add more front wing on your next pit stop."

On his pit stops in St. Pete: Kevin Kalkhoven jokingly said, "Stefano needs to work on his pit stops."  Stefano replied, "Yeah, I missed the mark where I was supposed to stop.  I would come into the pits in the top 10 and leave the pits in the last 10 positions." Lucille Dust reporting from NOLA Motorsports Park for AutoRacing1 

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Bryan Clauson To Run 'Indiana Double'
In May 24th, after completing the Indianapolis 500 in the KVSH/Jonathan Byrd's Racing Chevrolet, Bryan Clauson will continue his race day by heading north to Kokomo Speedway to race in Sunday night's "Kokomo Klassic" behind the wheel of the Jonathan Byrd's Racing sponsored Bryan Clauson Inc/Priority Aviation Services #7.

Bryan talked about the chance to do the "Indiana Double", saying "I'm excited to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Kokomo Speedway on the same day!  Kokomo's my absolute favorite place to be on a Sunday night, and I'm always telling people to get out there, so I'm pretty pumped to be running this double.  We're going to make it an awesome day for the fans to do the double too!  I can't wait to see familiar faces at the 500 and then to have everybody make the trip up to Kokomo that night!"

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Bristol Motor Speedway Honors Broadcaster Steve Byrnes
In recognition of FOX Sports broadcaster Steve Byrnes' courageous and ongoing battle with head-and-neck cancer, FOX Sports, in coordination with Bristol Motor Speedway, Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI), Stand Up To Cancer and NASCAR, is naming the April 19 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES race from Bristol the FOOD CITY 500 IN SUPPORT OF STEVE BYRNES AND STAND UP TO CANCER.

The event, live on FOX (coverage begins at 12:30 PM ET), pays tribute to Byrnes, a NASCAR television mainstay for 30 years, while also serving as a vehicle of support and awareness for all those battling cancer.

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Tan leads opening Pro Mazda practice
 
P No Name Time Diff Laps Gap Speed Team
1 22 Weiron Tan 1:34.790 0.000 13 0.000 104.062 Andretti Autosport
2 6 Timothe Buret 1:35.062 0.2721 16 0.2721 103.764 Juncos Racing
3 23 Will Owen 1:35.174 0.3846 17 0.1125 103.482 Juncos Racing
4 81 Santiago Urrutia 1:35.257 0.4666 16 0.0820 103.444 Team Pelfrey
5 28 Dalton Kellett 1:35.321 0.5310 16 0.0644 102.638 Andretti Autosport
6 19 Raoul Owens 1:35.425 0.6352 17 0.1042 103.302 JDC MotorSports
7 14 Alessandro Latif 1:35.465 0.6751 17 0.0399 103.326 World Speed Motorsports
8 10 Florian Latorre 1:35.478 0.6881 14 0.0130 103.312 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
9 7 Jose Gutierrez 1:35.570 0.7799 13 0.0918 103.213 Juncos Racing
10 82 Pato O'Ward 1:35.601 0.8107 16 0.0308 103.179 Team Pelfrey
11 91 Kyle Connery 1:35.654 0.8645 17 0.0538 101.629 JDC MotorSports
12 5 Garett Grist 1:35.739 0.9492 16 0.0847 103.030 Juncos Racing
13 3 Neil Alberico 1:36.004 1.2137 14 0.2645 102.746 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
14 2 Daniel Burkett 1:36.875 2.0853 14 0.8716 101.740 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
15 13 Bobby Eberle(E) 1:38.851 4.0611 17 1.9758 99.599 World Speed Motorsports
16 26 Parker Nicklin No Time --- --- --- 0.000 JDC MotorSports


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Eidson leads opening USF2000 practice
Cooper Tires U.S. F2000 Powered by Mazda championship leader Jake Eidson led opening practice this morning at NOLA Motorsports Park. The Pabst Racing, who swept the opening two rounds at St. Petersburg driver was two-tenths quicker than Brazilian Victor Franzoni with Jordan Lloyd of John Cummiskey Racing. Nico Jamin and Aaron Telitz of Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing rounded out the top-five.

Practice 2 for the U.S. F2000 series gets underway at 2 p.m. Central Time this afternoon.

Full Results...

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Buescher to Drive No. 34 CSX Ford at Bristol, Talladega
Chris Buescher
Prosper, Texas, native Chris Buescher carries some good news with him to his home track of Texas Motor Speedway this week. The 22-year-old driver will pilot the No. 34 CSX "Play It Safe" Ford for fan-favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on April 19 and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on May 3.

The arrangement will extend Buescher's run with Front Row Motorsports' No. 34 team to five races. He has been filling the seat for Front Row regular David Ragan, who continues to sub for the injured Kyle Busch in the No. 18 car.

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Larson feels fine
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Larson
Kyle Larson smiled with a bottle of an electrolyte drink in his hand Thursday, showing no ill effects from a fainting spell that kept him out of the March 29 race at Martinsville Speedway. About the only lingering effects from his March 28 fainting spell are texts from car owner Chip Ganassi on what to eat. The 22-year-old Larson fainted following an autograph session March 28, a day before the Martinsville race, and was held out of the event so doctors could run tests to rule out any serious health issues. The tests came out negative and has doctors theorizing that he fainted from dehydration. 

He is set to practice Friday and race Sunday in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. "That morning, I had tacos and chicken noodle soup," Larson said Thursday at TMS. "Later that night when I went to the hospital, I had pizza because that's all they had there. [Ganassi] says I need to lay off the pizza and tacos diet. ... My nutritionist Chip Ganassi is on me."

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Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Red Bull mogul Dietrich Mateschitz ready to pull plug on F1?
    Mateschitz ready to pull plug on F1?
    Mateschitz confirms Red Bull quit threat
  • Palmer at Lotus to 'finance team budget' - Grosjean
  • Hamilton questions F1's 'green' credentials
  • Rosberg 'up to date' with Hamilton contract talks
  • Toro Rosso car 'as good as Williams' - Sainz
  • Vettel doubted Ferrari seat offer - Arrivabene
  • Spectator arrested after running across track New
  • Massa's crash due to rear wing stall New

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Chinese GP: Hamilton leads Raikkonen in practice 2
Hamilton pulls into the pits after setting fast time
Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets in the 2nd practice for the Chinese Grand Prix Formula 1 race ahead of the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel's Ferraris in 4th.

The session was interrupted by a spectator running across the track and Felipe Massa losing his Williams at high speed under braking at the end of the back straight, scraping the wall in the hairpin run-off.

Kvyat's session then came to an early end when smoke started pouring from his rear brakes. The Russian could not slow down sufficiently into the Turn 14 hairpin and skated all the way to the wall.

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Leonard Wood Remembers A Bad Bull And One Tough Texan
1969 Indy 500 Front Row. Andretti (C-1967) and Foyt (R-1972) are still the only IndyCar drivers to go to the Daytona 500 and give the NASCAR boys a schooling.
The Motorcraft/Quick Lane team heads to Texas Motor Speedway this week for the Duck Commander 500, and just like every time that either NASCAR or any other circuit visits the Lone Star state, it isn’t long before A.J. Foyt’s name comes up.

Foyt, a native of Houston, Texas, is regarded as one of the greatest drivers of all time. His name is almost synonymous with the Indianapolis 500, which he won four times. He’s considered one of the best sprint car drivers ever. He won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He’s also one of just a few drivers to be able to come from the Indy car circuit to NASCAR and achieve the same success in stock cars that he did in open-wheel cars.

But, in fairness to other open-wheelers who have tried NASCAR with limited success, most of them didn’t get to drive the iconic Wood Brothers Ford and work with Hall of Fame crew chief Leonard Wood.

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04/10/15
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Pit road penalties are up significantly with NASCAR's new officiating system
Pit road penalties are up more than 50 percent from last year in the Sprint Cup Series with much of the change related to NASCAR"s new officiating system.

NASCAR Talk examined violations from the first six races this year and last and found that penalties are up 52.9 percent with one infraction increasing by 1,000 percent and another by 166 percent.

The change comes as NASCAR uses a camera system this season to monitor every pit stop.

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