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05/10/14
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Video: Accident at start of GP of Indianapolis (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 At the start of the race Mayor Greg Ballard was struck by a piece of debris that resulted from the accident at the start of the race and had a minor soft tissue injury.  He was evaluated and treated here, and the doctors sent him home to rest.  So he is fine.

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05/10/14
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Video: Martin Plowman and Franck Montagny GP of Indy Incident
Martin Plowman gets loose and goes overtop Franck Montagny.



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05/10/14
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Attendance update at Indy
Although on TV the grandstands crowd looks sparse, in fact there are a LOT of people here at the Indy Speedway for the inaugural GP of Indianapolis.  The infield is packed and there may be 50,000 people in there alone.  AR1.com's Mark Cipolloni talked to IndyCar CEO Mark Miles and asked him if he was happy with the turnout.

"I am very very happy," said Miles.  I don't have the gate count yet, but it is something we can definitely build from."

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05/10/14
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Razia holds off Harvey to win Indy Lights race
Luiz Razia had a race long battle with Jack Harvey and held on to win the 2nd Indy Lights race of the weekend on the road course at Indianapolis.  Razia, from Brazil, and a former GP2 driver, finished 2nd to Matthew Brabham in race 1 Friday, played his tire wear just right this time and was able to hold off the intense pressure from Harvey right to the end.  Alex Baron was third and Brabham finished right behind him in 4th.

LUIZ RAZIA: "It was really difficult. Today was one of those wins that you really dig, dig, dig deep to get. I’m just really pleased that I got it. It was a difficult condition. It was not perfect - but I did it, so that is what matters. We changed the setup (from yesterday). It was not bad. We had some problems with the gear box, for sure. We were not right. But it was good. We won. That’s it. I just focused on myself. I try to win every race. At the end of the day, if I am the champion, I am happy."

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05/10/14
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Seen at GP of Indianapolis - Saturday
It’s hot outside early in May, the cars are running 'backwards', and Sebastian Saavedra is on the pole.  Are you sure I’m at Indy?

- What we have here at Indy feels more like a club race than a warm-up to the biggest motor sports event in the world.  It’s a small crowd -- optimism exists for a 40,000 person turnout, which is what used to show up for a rainy practice session -- lots of different cars in different classes, flagging crews and people pretty much just being themselves.  I spent a weekend at VIR a few weeks ago volunteering at a SCCA event, and I certainly enjoyed that experience, but... this is Indy.  Or it is supposed to be Indy.  I half expect a fleet of battered Miatas show up for a couple of the events today.

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05/10/14
f1

Sebastian Vettel gets five-place gearbox penalty
Vettel's Red Bull Renault
Not only did Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull lemon leave him stranded on track in qualifying for the Spanish GP, to rub salt in his wounds Vettel has been given a 5-place grid penalty because the team had to change the gearbox on the lemon.

Revised grid:

Pos Driver Team/Car
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault
4. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes
5. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault
6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
7. Fernando Alonso Ferrari
8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
9. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes
10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes
11. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes
12. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault
13. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari
14. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes
15. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
16. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari
17. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari
18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari
19. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault
20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault
21. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault
22. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault

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05/10/14
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Davison confirmed as 33rd driver for Indy 500
KV Racing Technology, the defending Indianapolis 500 champion team, announced today it will field a car for rookie driver James Davison in the 2014 Indianapolis 500. Davison will drive the No. 33 Always Evolving Racing/KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone machine, bringing the total to four cars competing under the KVRT umbrella at the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Davison, joins Sebastien Bourdais, who'll drive the No. 11 Hydroxycut/Mistic E-Cigs / KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone, Sebastian Saavedra, in the No. 17 KV AFS Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone, and Townsend Bell, driving the No. 6 Robert Graham KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone, on the team.

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05/10/14
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Hargrove wins Pro Mazda Indy race
Scott Hargrove has won Race #2 of the Pro Mazda Series ahead of the GP of Indianapolis.  Hargrove was in a good battle with Spencer Pigot for the win but Pigot and Costa got together on a restart in Turn 1 and Pigot had to recover from 20th to finish 8th.

More to follow......

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05/10/14
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Video: Alonso post qualifying interview


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05/10/14
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Video: Spanish GP - Pastor Maldonado Crash


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05/10/14
gp2

Cecotto powers to GP2 feature victory
Johnny Cecotto
Johnny Cecotto put in an immaculate drive for victory in this afternoon's feature race in Barcelona, making a strong start and keeping out of trouble after making the right call on tire strategies before putting in one of his best drives to steal victory from Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr.

The Venezuelan lined up in P16 on the grid, but picked up a couple of positions because of the restart following poleman Stephane Richelmi and Stoffel Vandoorne's stalls, but all eyes were on the front of the grid: Palmer made a decent start from P2 but Mitch Evans' and Stefano Coletti's were even better, with the pair blasting past the slower Raffaele Marciello off the grid and on either side of the Briton into turn one, but the pair touched and damaged each other's cars in the process.

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05/10/14
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GP of Indianapolis starting lineup and tire choice
SP Car Driver C/E/T Tire
1 17 Saavedra, Sebastian D/C/F Alternate
2 98 Hawksworth, Jack (R ) D/H/F Alternate
3 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan D/H/F Alternate
4 77 Pagenaud, Simon D/H/F Alternate
5 12 Power, Will D/C/F Alternate
6 9 Dixon, Scott D/C/F Alternate
7 11 Bourdais, Sebastien D/C/F Alternate
8 2 Montoya, Juan Pablo D/C/F Alternate
9 10 Kanaan, Tony D/C/F Alternate
10 3 Castroneves, Helio D/C/F Primary
11 27 Hinchcliffe, James D/H/F Alternate
12 15 Rahal, Graham D/H/F Alternate
13 25 Andretti, Marco D/H/F Alternate
14 8 Briscoe, Ryan D/C/F Alternate
15 67 Newgarden, Josef D/H/F Alternate
16 14 Sato, Takuma D/H/F Primary
17 18 Huertas, Carlos (R ) D/H/F Primary
18 19 Wilson, Justin D/H/F Primary
19 34 Munoz, Carlos (R ) D/H/F Alternate
20 41 Plowman, Martin (R ) D/H/F Alternate
21 26 Montagny, Franck D/H/F Alternate
22 16 Servia, Oriol D/H/F Alternate
23 83 Kimball, Charlie D/C/F Primary
24 20 Conway, Mike D/C/F Alternate
25 7 Aleshin, Mikhail (R ) D/H/F Primary


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05/10/14
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Vettel: Car problems getting boring
Time and again the Red Bull lemon lets Vettel down
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has described as "a bit boring" the persistent technical problems he is suffering.

The German was restricted to just four laps of running on the opening day of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, before a gearbox problem caused him to stop on track in Saturday's final qualifying phase.

"I'm quite disappointed. I didn't get much time in the car at all this weekend," Vettel explained.

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05/10/14
f1

Lotus, Caterham deny late payments
Both Lotus and Caterham insist they are not the late payers that engine supplier Renault complained about in Spain.

On Friday, Renault Sport F1 head Jean-Michel Jalinier complained that late-paying teams were hurting Renault's chances of recovering from a disappointing start to the new V6 era.

"I must say we are not at an acceptable situation, because some of the teams are just late in payments, and at the time you need to spend resources to catch up you cannot afford to have those [late] payments," he stated.

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05/10/14
f3

Home F3 victory for points' leader Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon on the streets of Pau
Rookie driver Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) extended his points’ lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with an undisputed victory in the streets of Pau. At the 2.76 kilometers long street circuit, the Lotus F1 junior driver took the lead at the start and safely brought first place home in spite of two safety car interventions. Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport) took the checkered flag in second place from Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing), the second-best rookie in the classification. For Ocon, it was already his third victory from seven races held so far this season. FIA president Jean Todt presented the trophy to Ocon on the podium after the race.

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05/10/14
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Boles: Anything over 40,000 a success
Doug Boles thinks 40,000 today is very doable and may easily be exceeded.  The weather forecast is good.
Following up on our Overheard in Indy report from Friday, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles said ticket sales for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis have been "really strong" since March, and he thinks attendance for Saturday's road race could top projections by a wide margin.

"Our goal was 40,000, and I really feel comfortable we're going to exceed that," Boles said. "If the weather is good, we could break that mark by quite a bit."

If the race draws 40,000 spectators that will be three times the number who came to the opening weekend of May last year, Boles said.

Boles spent much of Thursday touring the track and mixing with fans who came to the Speedway to take in practice on the re-made road course.

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05/10/14
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5-Hour Energy "good" with NASCAR
After questioning NASCAR's integrity last season, the president of 5-Hour Energy said the company's sponsorship extension with Clint Bowyer is an endorsement of the Sprint Cup Series' direction. "We're good," 5-Hour president Scott Henderson said Friday at Kansas Speedway, where the company launched a new flavor that will help benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

"Obviously, we wouldn't have signed up for three more years if we weren't OK with it." Last September at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Henderson cast doubt on the sponsor's future in NASCAR in the wake of a race manipulation scandal at Richmond International Raceway. NASCAR levied an unprecedented penalty on Michael Waltrip Racing drivers Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Brian Vickers, but the sanctioning body issued lighter punishments to Team Penske and Front Row Motorsports.

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05/10/14
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NASCAR Express Offers Train to NASCAR in Sonoma
For the second consecutive year, NASCAR fans can get on board the NASCAR Express train to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway. The raceway will partner with Key Holidays to offer an express train that will transport fans directly from the Sacramento area to the raceway on race day, Sunday, June 22. The train will depart from Sacramento, with stops in Davis and Suisun City, and traverse some of Northern California's most spectacular scenery before dropping passengers just steps from the raceway's main entrance. Last year's inaugural NASCAR Express sold out five days before race weekend, and this year's train is also expected to be a sellout.

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05/10/14
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Carlin’s Alex Lynn starts the GP3 season in style in Spain
An enthralling GP3 qualifying session at the Circuit de Catalunya saw rookie Alex Lynn achieve his maiden pole position in Round 1 of the 2014 Series. ART Grand Prix’s Marvin Kirchhofer will join the Brit on the front row. Richie Stanaway (Status Grand Prix) will start from third.

The thirty minute qualifying session got underway with a track temperature of 21 degrees. The 27 drivers fed onto the track, eager to see who could secure the first points on offer with four points for the coveted pole position. Dino Zamparelli (ART Grand Prix) and Jimmy Eriksson were first to exit the pitlane. Following the installation laps, it was Zamparelli who was first to lap in the 1m36’s, until Eriksson and Alex Fontana bettered his time.

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05/10/14
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Mercedes increases gap over rivals in Spain
Rosberg
The 2014 F1 borefest continues as Mercedes starts to show their real hand.  In the Saturday morning practice for the Spanish GP in Barcelona both Mercedes drivers increased their advantage over their rivals - fastest in 100% of the sessions, 100% of the qualifying and leading 100% of the laps.

Nico Rosberg tuned the fastest lap with a time faster than yesterday at 1m25.887s to top his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by almost a full second and 1.3 seconds over everyone else.  However, Hamilton was running full tanks and just playing with him.  In qualifying this afternoon it is expected Hamilton will put the hammer down.

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05/10/14
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Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • This is the only view the other F1 drivers will see of the Mercedes all year. And they will only get this close when they are being lapped.
    Russian crisis has stopped F1 sponsor talks
  • Car, not focus, the difference in 2014 - Hamilton
  • Schumacher still at Grenoble hospital - report
  • Hulkenberg would consider GPDA top job
  • Perez slams Pirelli over 'boring' tires
  • Lotus isolated as non-paying Renault team

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05/09/14
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Rookie Will Owen Takes Advantage of a Brave Strategy to win at Indianapolis
The standing start
A thrilling fifth round of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda fell the way of rookie driver Will Owen, from Castle Rock, Colo., who took advantage of an inspired strategic call by his team, Pabst Racing, to score a historic and unexpected victory on the series' first-ever visit to the newly reconfigured Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Jake Eidson led the most laps on his way to a second-place finish for defending champion team Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, while another rookie, Aaron Telitz, completed the podium for ArmsUp Motorsports.

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05/09/14
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Hargrove Claims a Thrilling Victory at Indianapolis
Hargrove leads
Canadian Scott Hargrove finally broke through into Victory Lane this afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway following an action-packed race and an impressive performance for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in the first of two races that will constitute the Allied Building Products Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Shelby Blackstock (Andretti Autosport) finished second to earn his best finish of the season so far, while Hargrove's teammate, Neil Alberico, finished third after leading for much of the race.

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05/09/14
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An IndyCar race in Louisiana is a bad idea
Reports surfaced this week that the Verizon IndyCar Series is in discussions with the privately-owned NOLA Motorsports Park, a flat and relatively new circuit outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, about the possibility of bringing open-wheel racing to a venue that’s previously hosted AMA Superbikes.

For the life of me, I can’t understand why. Nothing against the NOLA Motorsports Park itself, for I’m led to believe it’s a fairly racy, if completely flat circuit, but IndyCar has tried and tried for years to really establish a solid southern footprint and, for the most part, it just hasn’t worked.

There’s a string of failed races down south – Nashville, Charlotte, Atlanta, Richmond and the very short-lived Miami street race.

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05/09/14
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Vergne gets grid penalty for lost wheel
Vergne
Jean-Eric Vergne has been hit with a 10-place grid drop for the Spanish Grand Prix after losing a wheel in practice.

Toro Rosso has also been fined $40,000 for the incident, which occurred in Friday's second session.

"This is regarded as a serious offence and the stewards are of the opinion that this was a significant breach of the safety requirements," read a report from the stewarding panel, which this weekend includes Danny Sullivan.

The FIA has requested that all cars are examined by the technical delegate once more to avoid a repeat.

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05/09/14
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Kurt Busch has sore hands after IndyCar tests
Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch got a feel for what 200 laps around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in an Indy car will be like when he ran 114 laps last Monday in preparation for the Indianapolis 500.

Busch, the 2004 Cup champion but an IndyCar rookie, is preparing to run both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. His training has included a mix of running, martial arts and other activities.

“It’s going to be upper-body strength,” Busch told reporters Friday at Kansas Speedway. “On the physical side of it, my hands have been very sore after each of the (Indy) practice sessions just from the death grip on the wheel.

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05/09/14
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Hawksworth keeps impressing the IndyCar paddock
Jack Hawksworth was superb in the wet
Jack Hawksworth and his BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian team earned a season-best second place on the starting grid for Saturday's inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

The 23-year-old British driver has been turning heads all season, advancing to the final round of the Firestone Fast Six twice in just four Verizon IndyCar Series qualifications this year.

To prepare for the newly-designed, 14-turn, 2.434-mile road course at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, teams were given three practice sessions. Hawksworth started strong with a P10 in the first practice, followed by a P15 in session two due to changing track conditions and finally a P2 in the third practice on Friday morning.

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05/09/14
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Brabham holds off Razia to win 1st Indy Lights race at Indy
From left, Razia (2nd), Brabham (1st) and Harvey (3rd)
The Brabham family finally has a victory to its credit at the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway after third generation racer Matthew Brabham made light of treacherous conditions to lead throughout this evening's fifth round of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. Brabham, who had qualified Andretti Autosport's #83 United Fiber & Data/MAZDASPEED entry on the pole earlier in the day, held off a race-long challenge on a rapidly drying track from Brazilian GP2 graduate Luiz Razia (#7 Lucas Oil with Curb-Agajanian) to score his first Indy Lights race win.

Brabham, 20, who was born in Florida and raised in Australia, now has added a race win at the highest level of the Mazda Road to Indy after winning back-to-back titles in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

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05/09/14
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BHA Announces Integrity Energee Drink as primary sponsor
Jack Hawksworth
Indianapolis 500 winning team Bryan Herta Autosport announced today that Integrity Energee Drink will be the primary sponsor of the No. 98 BHA/BBM w/ Curb Agajanian entry driven by Jack Hawksworth in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series.

Integrity Assets Group, Inc. created Energee to not only adjust or increase energy during the day, but also to carry loads of nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, phytonutrients and other valuable ingredients that promote health and well-being in the human body.  IndyCar fans will be invited to "Join the Family" of Integrity associates at IndyCar venues throughout the season.

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05/09/14
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Kansas Lottery, Kansas Speedway Ink Five-Year Sponsorship Extension
The Kansas Lottery signed a five-year extension of its deal with Kansas Speedway, "ensuring it will remain the title sponsor" of the track's fall NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The Kansas Lottery 300 this year will be held on Oct. 4. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Kansas Lottery first partnered with the track in '04 and "later added title sponsorship" of the venue's IndyCar and NASCAR Nationwide Series races. BIZJOURNALS.com

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05/09/14
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Afternoon update from Indy (4th Update) UPDATE #4 Just as the Fast Six group went out to try and claim the pole, a heavy downfall hit the track and the session was red-flagged.

05/09/14 On a very wet track rookie Jack Hawksworth turned the fastest lap in 2nd round of qualifying for the GP of Indianapolis.  Also advancing to the Fast Six were Power, Hunter-Reay, Dixon, Saavedra and Pagenaud.

05/09/14 Montoya was fastest in group 2 ahead of Bourdais, Dixon, Kanaan, Hawksworth and Rahal.  Aleshin was third fastest but got moved to last for blocking.  Servia, Kimball, Aleshin, Conway, and Plowman were knocked out.  Just as round 2 is to begin rain began to fall and now the track is wet.

05/09/14 Just as the first group began to qualifying it began to sprinkle, but then it stopped.  Pagenaud was fastest of the first group followed by Power, Hinchcliffe, Castroneves, Saavedra and Hunter-Reay.  All the rest were knocked out - Andretti, Newgarden, Munoz, Huertas, Montagny and Kimball.  The second group of first round qualifying is up next.

05/09/14 The weather has cleared a bit and it looks like IndyCar qualifying will be run in the dry.

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05/09/14
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Brabham wins Indy Lights pole (Update) UPDATE Results added below.

05/09/14
Matthew Brabham wins his first Indy Lights pole position.
Andretti Autosport's Matthew Brabham has won pole position for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series Race 1 of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. It was the first career Indy Lights pole position for the 2013 Pro Mazda champion. 

Belardi Auto Racing's Gabby Chaves was second, with Jack Harvey of Schmidt Peterson Racing with Curb-Agajanian third.

A full qualifying grid will follow shortly.

Results

Pos Driver No. Time Speed Behind Gap
1 Matthew Brabham 83 01:18.4256 111.958 --.---- --.----
2 Gabby Chaves 5 01:18.5046 111.846 0.0790 0.0790
3 Jack Harvey 42 01:18.5379 111.798 0.1123 0.0333
4 Luiz Razia 7 01:18.5766 111.743 0.1510 0.0387
5 Zach Veach 26 01:18.9094 111.272 0.4838 0.3328
6 Alex Baron 4 01:19.0477 111.077 0.6221 0.1383
7 Juan Piedrahita 77 01:19.3046 110.717 0.8790 0.2569
8 Zack Meyer 2 01:19.7360 110.118 1.3104 0.4314
9 Juan Pablo Garcia 10 01:19.7400 110.113 1.3144 0.0040
10 Scott Anderson 24 01:20.0916 109.629 1.6660 0.3516
11 Lloyd Read 28 01:20.8097 108.655 2.3841 0.7181

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05/09/14
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Pigot wins Pro Mazda pole
Spencer Pigot continues his dominance of the Pro Mazda Championship.
Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires championship leader Spencer Pigot scored pole earlier today for the Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The Orlando native will look to score his fifth victory of the season in Race 1 of the Pro Mazda doubleheader later today.

Full Pro Mazda results below:

1. Spencer Pigot  01:22.9623  105.836 
2. Scott Hargrove  01:23.2465  105.475 
3. Shelby Blackstock  01:23.4679  105.195 
4. Garett Grist  01:23.4864  105.172 
5. Pipo Derani  01:23.5268  105.121 
6. Kyle Kaiser  01:23.5301  105.117 
7. Jose Gutierrez  01:23.6110  105.015 
8. Neil Alberico  01:23.6788  104.93
9. Kyle Connery    01:23.7345  104.86 
10. Ryan Booth  01:23.7901  104.79 
11. Nicolas Costa  01:23.9887  104.543 
12. Dalton Kellett  01:24.0260  104.496 
13. Julia Ballario  01:24.0261  104.496 
14. Brandon Newey  01:24.1244  104.374 
15. Michael Johnson  01:24.1412  104.353 
16. Michele Bumgarner  01:24.7917  103.553 
17. Jay Horak  01:25.0929  103.186 
18. Bobby Eberle  01:26.1038  101.975 
19. Jason Rabe  01:26.7319  101.236

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05/09/14
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Richelmi scorches to Barcelona GP2 pole
Stephane Richelmi
Stephane Richelmi shrugged off the scorching conditions to bring home pole position for tomorrow's feature race with a storming lap in this afternoon's qualifying session in Barcelona, leaving his rivals in his dust as he claimed the top spot from teammate Jolyon Palmer and Stefano Coletti.

The track temperature soared to 47 degrees as the pit lights turned green, with Alexander Rossi leading the field onto the circuit and consequently setting the first target time. Unfortunately for the American his time lasted less than a minute, when Richelmi blasted past the pits to stop the clock at 1:29.293 for a time which was not to be bettered.

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05/09/14
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IndyCar Qualifying Groups
Scott Dixon and Takuma Sato running wheel to wheel in practice for The Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Below, are the groups for today's Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying session at The Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Group 1:

#3 Helio Castroneves
#12 Will Power
#17 Sebastian Saavedra
#18 Carlos Huertas
#25 Marco Andretti
#26 Franck Montagny
#27 James Hinchcliffe
#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay
#34 Carlos Munoz
#67 Josef Newgarden
#77 Simon Pagenaud
#83 Charlie Kimball

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05/09/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief: Friday 2
  • Gribkowsky
    Ecclestone meets Gribkowsky at Munich trial
  • Renault losing patience with late-paying F1 teams
  • Small teams want mid-season car spec 'freeze'
  • 'Trumpets' will get F1 sound close to V8s - report

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05/09/14
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Pagenaud leads 1-2-3 Honda assault on 3rd Indy practice
Simon Pagenaud turned the fastest lap on a wet Indy road course track on Friday morning as practice continued for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

The times are so close in IndyCar compared to F1, even on a wet track the IndyCar series is so much more competitive vs. the snore fest in F1 this year.  Just 0.8 seconds covered the top 16 cars.  In F1 only the top two Mercedes are within 0.8 seconds.  All the rest are out to lunch.

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05/09/14
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Hamilton and Rosberg continue mockery of F1 field
Lewis Hamilton
While Sebastian Vettel never made it out of the garage in his Red Bull lemon, the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continued to make a mockery of the F1 season.

Hamilton came out on top again with a lap of 1m25.524s, which put him clear of his inferior teammate Rosberg by almost 1/2 second.

Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest in the Red Bull, almost a second slower than Hamilton, who is sandbagging and could easily be 1 to 2 seconds per lap faster. Strange how Ricciardo's red Bull has been reliable and Vettel's keeps having problems every weekend. 

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05/09/14
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Morning update from Indy
The rain began to fall just before activities were to begin here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the forecast is for showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. Therefore, today's sessions are likely to be in the wet, but it's the same for everyone.  the track will not be making much revenue from fans today it appears.

They are still hoping for at least 50,000 on race day tomorrow, and we think that is doable if the weather clears by then as forecast.

Simon Pagenaud will turn 30 on May 18, and gave himself a birthday gift a few days early.

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05/09/14
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Black Noon - The Year They Stopped the Indy 500
Black Noon
"Black Noon is one of the best books on racing that I’ve come across.  It’s packed full of interesting stories about all of us who competed in the ’64 Indy 500, giving readers insight into how that tragic day unfolded.  That victory was one of the greatest and saddest of my career.  Art Garner captures not just that day but that whole era through perceptive reporting.  I think this book will appeal to both the serious race enthusiast and the casual fan who wants to know more about the golden era of Indy car racing."
-A.J. Foyt, International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee and 4-time winner of the Indy 500

"A compelling and intriguing tale."
-Matt DeLorenzo, former editor-in-chief of Road & Track magazine and former editor at AutoWeek magazine

"This is one of the best racing books I’ve read…I’d recommend it for everyone from the racing historian to the casual sports fan."
-Bobby Unser, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion

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05/09/14
f1

Teams refuse to pay for lemon Renault engines
Renault Sport F1 boss Jean-Michel Jalinier says that the manufacturer’s 2014 program could be compromised by teams being late with payments.

He admitted that the situation could become critical within the next few weeks – and confirmed that the ultimate sanction could be to cease supply.

Although he declined to name the teams involved – he confirmed it was more than one – it’s no secret that Lotus has been late with payments in the past, which is why its 2014 deal was confirmed so late.

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05/09/14
f1

Vettel sidelined by Red Bull lemon in both Friday sessions in Spain
Maybe he was winning too much and the team was told to make sure Sebastian Vettel does nothing this year.  Whatever the reason, the Red Bull lemon has let Vettel down again after being so reliable for 4 straight years.  Hmm......

Vettel has missed the second practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix after an electrical issue forced him to pull over to the side of the track during FP1 as well on Friday morning.

The defending Formula 1 world champion has endured a difficult start to the season, but he arrived in Spain with a spring in his step thanks to a new chassis and the promise of some updates on the RB10 car.

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05/09/14
gp2

GP2: Palmer leads the way in free practice
Jolyon Palmer
Jolyon Palmer has opened his Barcelona weekend in fine style, leading his rivals for almost the entire forty-five minutes of this morning’s free practice session in Spain to claim the top spot on the timesheets ahead of Felipe Nasr and teammate Stéphane Richelmi.

The Briton stopped the clocks with a time of 1:30.448, with his rivals unable to get within two tenths of his best time, despite the conditions: the session opened under the expected hot and sunny conditions, with temperatures rising throughout.

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05/09/14
f1

Mercedes makes case for how they will keep F1 a borefest
Mercedes hybrid power is superior
The technical revolution of 2014 can be expressed in one simple phrase: the engine is no more, long live the Power Unit! This change in terminology reflects the fact that the new powertrain is far more than simply an Internal Combustion Engine. Where the previous V8 format utilized a KERS hybrid system which was effectively 'bolted on' to a pre-existing engine configuration, the Mercedes-Benz PU106A Hybrid has been designed from the outset with Hybrid systems integral to its operation.

In recognition of the importance of this new philosophy to both Formula One and Mercedes-Benz, from the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix onwards the team's F1 W05 racing car will be rechristened as the "F1 W05 Hybrid" and will carry the Hybrid branding featured on series production Mercedes-Benz cars prominently on the engine cover.

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05/09/14
irl

Dario Franchitti reveals how he's adjusting to single life
Franchitti at the track Thursday
Dario Franchitti is now officially divorced from actress wife Ashley Judd and living back at his £4million mansion in Port of Menteith, near Stirling.

LOVE-SPLIT racing driver Dario Franchitti has told how he’s adjusting to being single since returning to Scotland.

The four-time IndyCar champion revealed he’s now officially divorced from actress wife Ashley Judd after they separated last year.

He has moved back to his $7million mansion in Port of Menteith, near Stirling, from the US after being forced to retire from racing through injury.

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05/09/14
nhra

Ever wonder what goes on in wind tunnel testing? Find out from NHRA
Drag racing is more than just a situation where you put the pedal to the metal and hang on for dear life.

Over the last decade-plus, technology found in other forms of motorsports such as IndyCar and NASCAR has also found its way into the world of National Hot Rod Association drag racing.

One of those technology elements that has taken on crucial importance is wind tunnel testing.

Racers talk about it all the time, it seems, but most fans really don’t have much of an idea of what goes on.

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05/09/14
irl

Foyt cars struggle with downforce on hot day in Indy
Fast man Dixon battles with Sato
Practice for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis took place under sunny skies and warm temperatures which was great for the Speedway’s opening day. Fans were able to “sample” the beginning of the historic weekend at the Brickyard for free today and many took advantage to do just that.

Drivers Takuma Sato (above) and Martin Plowman had little free time Thursday as they worked together to sort out the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda and the No. 41 Alfe Heat Treating Honda which didn’t appear to enjoy the hot weather as much as the fans.

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05/09/14
irl

Conway struggling with grip level at Indy
Mike Conway struggling between too much downforce and drag down the long straights vs. too little downforce and a slow car in the corners
It wasn’t the best of days for Mike Conway and his Ed Carpenter Racing/Fuzzy’s Vodka racing team in the opening round of the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis Thursday on the sensational 2.4-mile road course inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

Conway, the reigning Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach champion, had difficulty gaining a proper grip level with his popular No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet during the two practice sessions Thursday under sunny skies.

In the morning round, Conway recorded a best time of one minute, 12.01 seconds for an average speed of 121.796 miles per hour. After some changes with chassis setup, Conway improves in the afternoon 45-minute practice round with a clocking of 1:11.568 and a speed of 122.685 m.p.h.

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05/09/14
imsa
uscc

IMSA Working to Reduce Weekend Schedules, Increase Track Time
While last weekend’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix produced a pair of action-packed races, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competitors spent more days in the paddock than actual days on the track.

IMSA’s new weekend format, which saw teams arrive and unload at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Wednesday but not turn laps until Saturday, has been one of the major talking points, along with a reduced amount of track time over previous seasons in ALMS and GRAND-AM.

“There’s been constant dialogue and it begins right here, internally. Certainly, there was much discussion about that this past weekend. Everybody has an opinion,” IMSA President and COO Scott Atherton told Sportscar365.

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05/09/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Hamilton laughs as if to say, are you kidding me about using a team head shrink?  We are leading 100% of the sessions and laps in 2014 (a complete whitewash of the other teams, which has never been done in the history of the sport), what is the problem?
    Mercedes drivers say no to team head shrink
  • Mercedes to test 'megaphone' exhaust next week
  • Vettel raced kart in F1 calendar break
  • Vettel's new chassis for Spain is 'old'
  • Button doubts Mercedes' rivals can win in 2014
  • Red Bull keeping 'pressure' on Renault - Horner
  • Horner tips Ricciardo to get even stronger
  • Alonso jokes Raikkonen struggle 'no surprise'
  • Pressure on Vergne as Tost hails 'champion' Kvyat
  • Bottas to keep sitting out Friday sessions
  • 'Bad feeling' in Spain over now - Hamilton
  • Heavy Sutil tested 'no food' diet
  • Alonso tells Spanish fans that Barcelona podium is unlikely

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05/09/14
f1

Hamilton easily tops opening practice in Spain
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are making a mockery of their F1 competitors.
Lewis Hamilton was easily quickest for the opening Formula 1 practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend to continue his domination of this year's boring F1 championship - with ugly cars, horrible sounding engines and no competition.  Never has an F1 driver had such a superior car as Hamilton and Rosberg do this year. 

The Mercedes driver finished 0.868s ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button, also with the superior Mercedes power.  The rest may as well stay home.  They have zero chance of winning in 2014.

Button held the fastest time for the majority of the Friday morning session until Hamilton set the fastest time five minutes from the end of the session with plenty to spare.  Hamilton is playing with everyone.

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