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05/10/15
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Final Entry List For 99th Indy 500 Revealed
Six former champions are among the drivers named to the entries filed for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24.

Thirty-three drivers have been named for 34 entries. Chevrolet engines will power 17 entries, Honda 17 in the race, which will mark the debut of superspeedway aerodynamic bodywork produced by the engine manufacturers.

The former Indianapolis 500 champions entered are: Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014) of Andretti Autosport, Tony Kanaan (2013) and Scott Dixon (2008) of Chip Ganassi Racing, Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002 and 2009) and Juan Pablo Montoya (2000) of Team Penske and Buddy Lazier (1996) of Lazier Racing Partners.

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05/10/15
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Should Castroneves been penalized? (Update) UPDATE In this video Tony Kanaan complains bitterly about IndyCar Race Control led by Brian Barnhart and says Castroneves should have been penalized.  He talks about another mistake race control made.

Castroneves plows under Scott Dixon in Turn 105/10/15
Castroneves plows under Scott Dixon in Turn 1
Rob Chinn/AR1.com
A reader writes, Dear AR1.com Why wasn't Helio Castroneves penalized after ruining the race for several drivers when he plowed into the back of Scott Dixon at the start of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis? Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles

Dear Mordichai, Brian Barnhart used to work for Roger Penske, and Roger still calls the shots in IndyCar, so Brian isn't going to make a call on his old boss. Besides IndyCar drivers crash at the start a lot anyway.  Last year they crashed with the standing start and this year with the rolling start. They crash when it rains. There are just some things you just have to take for granted I suppose. Mark C.

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05/10/15
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Ryan Hunter-Reay, the face of AutoNation's $20 million ad campaign (Update) UPDATE Here is the video:


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05/10/15
nassprint

SpongeBob Takes Over NASCAR Weekend, With Merch Selling Fast
Winner Johnson with SpongeBob looking on
Winner Johnson with SpongeBob looking on
The backstretch at Kansas Speedway for yesterday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SpongeBob SquarePants 400 "featured a long SpongeBob mural in the grass designed by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist KAWS, who also created the SpongeBob trophy" for yesterday's winner. Six drivers "drove SpongeBob-themed cars" over the three-race NASCAR weekend.

Track President Pat Warren said he is "not sure" if the title sponsorship deal with Nickelodeon will be "more than a one-year situation" K.C. STAR.

SpongeBob merchandise at the speedway "sold out" on Friday NASCAR.com

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05/10/15
f1

Hamilton questions message to hold second place in Spanish GP
Another Rosberg-Hamilton parade was not meant to be
Lewis Hamilton has questioned a message he received in the closing stages of the Spanish GP to consolidate second place behind eventual winner Nico Rosberg.

Having re-claimed second place from Sebastian Vettel after switching from a two to a three-stop strategy, the world champion was about 18 seconds behind Rosberg after making his final stop on lap 51 of the 66-lap race.

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05/10/15
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Rising Star Racing looks forward after Indy GP weekend
Neil Alberico of Rising Star Racing came home third in Pro Mazda Race 1
Indianapolis, Ind. (9 May 2015) - Just two weeks after enjoying an incredible day at the races with all three drivers taking big victories, it was tough weekend in Indianapolis for Rising Star Racing's drivers Neil Alberico, Spencer Pigot and Josef Newgarden as bad racing luck troubled the trio of drivers in the Angie's List Grand Prix.

Alberico kicked off the weekend with a podium in Race 1 which was held as the make-up event to the rained-out NOLA Motorsports Park race. After starting eighth, he moved all the way up to third in a race that saw just 11 minutes of green flag running. But following that big performance, the No. 2 Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing entry suffered from mechanical gremlins all day on Friday and those issues plagued Alberico in Race 2 of the weekend which saw him take a 17th place finish.

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05/10/15
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Hamlin questions NASCAR's delay in throwing caution
Hamlin
Denny Hamlin
Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin had a rough couple of laps late in Saturday night's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Hamlin was caught in the middle of a four-wide battle off Turn 2 and was pinched between #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. Contact with the left rear of Hornish's #9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford cut Hamlin's right front tire and caused him to slow dramatically on the track. With cars racing at full speed under him, Hamlin was unable to make it to pit road initially and had to limp his #11 JGR Toyota around for another lap before hitting pit road for four fresh tires.

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05/10/15
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Mears hopes to return to Germain Racing next year
Casey Mears' status is uncertain for next season. While the 37-year-old driver of the #13 Geico Chevrolet remains optimistic, Mears expected to have his next contract signed by now. "Honestly, I really don't know yet," Mears told motorsport.com on Friday. "We've had a lot more speed this year. Obviously, our stuff has gotten better. As far as I know, everything is really positive. We haven't really dove into those conversations yet. All indications are that we're moving forward into next year. But some point, we need to have that conversation for sure. I'm surprised that it took so long for someone to mention it because in this day and age, everything happens so early. Definitely, we need to start having conversations and find out when that's going to be."

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05/10/15
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GP of Indy: They crashed with the rolling start too
Turn 1 carnage
Turn 1 carnage
Rob Chinn/AR1.com

Maybe next year, you know? Maybe not. Maybe the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis is destined to become the IndyCar Cubs, just sad enough to be lovable.

There was a lot of good stuff to love about Grand Prix 2.0, don't get me wrong. We saw one of the best drivers in the business, Will Power, at his best. He pretty much lead start to finish - minus those pesky pit stops, which Power's team navigated in less time than it will take you to read the rest of this sentence - to win Saturday by 1.5 seconds. That's a blowout.

The crowd experience seemed lovable, in part because the crowd was so small - ahem - that traffic and lines weren't an issue. If you're a hardcore IndyCar fan, attending the 2015 Angie's List Grand Prix was like going to a Tuesday matinee. Same movie stars. Same plot. No crowding, no lines.

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05/10/15
GP2

GP2: Alex Lynn storms to maiden victory
From left, Vandoorne, Lynn and Gasly

DAMS Alex Lynn powered to victory with a strong drive in this morning's sprint race in Barcelona, claiming his first win with a mixture of aggression and maturity to claim the lead in the opening laps and then staying there despite the best efforts of Series leader Stoffel Vandoorne and Pierre Gasly.

There was drama before the start with Mitch Evans stopping on track on his outlap and Arthur Pic stopping before his grid position on the installation lap, causing the grid to have to form up once again and Nobuharu Matsushita to stall behind the Frenchman, forcing him into the pits to be restarted and handing Pic a five second time penalty for his efforts.

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05/10/15
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • Susie Wolff at a crossroads
    Susie Wolff at a crossroads
    Manager says Schumacher condition 'improving'
  • Alonso 'disillusioned' but not 'dark and moody'
  • 2016 German GP return '1000pc safe' - Hockenheim
  • Wolff happy to give Hamilton his freedom
  • Wolff admits wife Susie at F1 'crossroads'
  • Berger doubts Strategy Group can save F1
  • Red Bull crisis deepens in Barcelona
  • Mercedes supports fifth engine yet again
  • Rosberg's 'humiliation over now' - Lauda

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05/09/15
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Trans-Am: Beaten by a girl again!
Amy Ruman
BRASELTON, Ga.  – As Trans Am made history with an all-time record entry of 74 cars in a two-race showcase, The Foametix Trans Am 100 and the Foametix Muscle Car Challenge at Road Atlanta, Amy Ruman and Cameron Lawrence stole the show in very different ways as they each captured their third victories of the year in the TA and TA2 classes respectively.  For Ruman, it was a dominant performance, a driver’s clinic from behind the wheel of the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette; for Lawrence, a last lap come-from-behind victory in the No. 1 MOPAR Dodge Challenger in TA2. 

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05/09/15
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Allmendinger extends with JTG Daugherty Racing
AJ Allmendinger
AJ Allmendinger
AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 DILLON’S/SCOTT PRODUCTS CHEVROLET SS met with media and discussed his contract extension with JTG Daugherty Racing, sponsor commitments, his participation with the team, and more. 

TALK ABOUT KROGER’S LONG-TERM COMMITMENT AND WHAT THAT MEANS TO YOU AND THE TEAM AND THE PROGRAM YOU’RE DEVELOPING

“It’s through a lot of hard work by (team owner) Tad (Geschickter). I really haven’t done anything. Tad Geschickter is really amazing when it comes to picking up sponsors and making sure each sponsors works with each other well. Obviously a lot of our sponsors connect with each other.

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05/09/15
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IndyCar team personnel view GP of Indy as crown jewel of road courses
Sebastien Bourdais on the Indy Road Course
In just its second season on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis has already earned a special place among the drivers and teams that compete on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. Held two weeks before the biggest race of the season - the 99th Indianapolis 500 - it has given the month of May a bit of a boost, at least for the 25 drivers that will compete Saturday on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course.

"This is the race that opens the month of May,” said 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, who starts sixth on Saturday. "It's one of the best road courses we go."

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05/09/15
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Rayhall, 8Star Score Impressive Indy Lights Win at Indianapolis
Sean Rayhall
Sean Rayhall scored an emotional and well-deserved victory for 8Star Motorsports in today's Mazda Grand Prix of Indianapolis Presented by Cooper Tires on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2.439-mile Grand Prix road course. Rayhall, 20, from Winston, Ga., grasped the lead at the start of Round Seven of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and held on to win despite almost race-long pressure from yesterday's winner and 2014 Indy Lights championship runner-up Jack Harvey.

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05/09/15
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GP2: Vandoorne holds on for feature win
From left, Evans, Vandoorne and Rossi
Stoffel Vandoorne held off late pressure to win a tactical feature race in Barcelona this afternoon, having just enough to deny Mitch Evans and Alexander Rossi at the end despite their softer tires to claim the top step on the podium and extend his lead in the championship.

The race was always going to be a gamble between tire strategies: on the grid the top three (Vandoorne, Alex Lynn and Pierre Gasly) started on softs while immediately behind them Evans and Rossi were on the harder compound. With temperatures soaring once again the difference between strategies was a coin toss.

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05/09/15
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Formula E: Sebastien Buemi wins from pole in Monaco
Two records ended in Monaco. Firstly, for the first time ever, the driver on pole position managed to convert his qualifying advantage into a win. Secondly, there is finally a double winner in Formula E.

The driver to break this jinx was Sebastien Buemi. The e.dams-Renault racer made a good start from pole, which meant he was well clear of the carnage that took place behind him, and held firm despite a concerted attack from Lucas di Grassi after the pitstops, to take a well-deserved win.

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05/09/15
IRL

Grand Prix of Indianapolis Saturday Morning Report - 2
Pagenaud gets his ring for winning the inaugural GP of Indy
Under partially cloudy skies in Indy, the Indy cars have just finished practice.  talked with Simon Pagenaud and got a peek of his ring from winning last year's  Grand Prix.  I asked him if he thinks he could make it a second win today.  He replied, "Yes, I think I can do it".  when I asked him about the rain coming, he replied "I hope it does rain this afternoon.  I am good in the rain".

Sebastian Saavedra was happy with his car.  The Pole sitter from last year's inaugural race is starting 8th today in the Number 8 car. 

As Sage Karam, the other driver for the number 8 car of Ganassi Racing sits by looking a bit bored.  I talked with Sage, who is sporting a playoff beard.

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05/09/15
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Grand Prix of Indianapolis Saturday Morning Report - 1
Josef Newgarden
Morning practice is over at IMS, and the Chevy domination continues. Stefano Coletti was the fastest of the morning, and Graham Rahal did manage to be 6th fastest, but other than that there were no surprises -- Penske / Ganassi domination in Chevys.

Francesco Dracone suffered an apparent engine failure in morning practice, and if so, this would be the second engine failure for Dale Coyne Racing of the weekend. Twelve of the 17 Honda motors are closing into the 2500 mile scheduled limit, with five more running new engines (having previously mile'd out). Dracone would obviously have benefitted from more laps on the course as well.

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05/09/15
f1

Ferrari should be closer in race - Vettel (Wishful thinking)
Vettel is putting on a good face, but the sandbagging Mercedes team has actually widened the gap to Ferrari and Vettel knows they have no chance on Sunday. F1 is won in the design studio, not on the race track.
Putting on a good face knowing that Mercedes has actually widened the gap to Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel expects Ferrari to be closer Mercedes in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, although he admits it will be difficult to beat them.

Vettel will start in third place, having finished qualifying 0.777s off Nico Rosberg on pole and 0.510s off Lewis Hamilton in second. Despite the sizeable gap, however, the four-time F1 world champion said it would be incorrect to say the Scuderia was disappointed with the way things turned out.

“Disappointed is the wrong word. I think it is great to keep confirming that we are right behind them. Obviously we would love to have been a little bit closer, especially for this race as it is a home race for one of our main sponsors, Santander. We should still be in good shape for tomorrow though,” he noted, “and I hope for a good race.

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05/09/15
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Formula E: Buemi takes pole in heated Monaco qualifying
Sebastien Buemi
Sebastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) will start from pole position for this afternoon’s Monaco ePrix ahead of Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas di Grassi and Dragon Racing’s Jerome D’Ambrosio.

However, it wasn’t without controversy as the top two drivers in the championship standings had a disagreement in qualifying parc ferme.

Nelson Piquet Jr (NEXTEV TCR) set the early pace in the opening qualifying group with a 53.712s. The first group on track contained some key championship contenders including di Grassi who narrowly edged in front of Piquet to steal provisional pole position.

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05/09/15
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Formula E: Senna fastest in Monaco practice
The two e.Dams drivers ran 1-2 in the first practice
After running 15th in the first practice session, Mahindra's Bruno Senna went quickest in the dying stages of the second Monaco ePrix practice session to edge out Virgin Racing's Jaime Alguersuari.

The Brazilian produced a 53.770s - quicker than Nicolas Prost's best time from the previous session -  to pip the Virgin Racing driver, closely followed by Amlin Aguri's Antonio Felix da Costa, Jerome D'Ambrosio (Dragon) and Prost.

It was Alguersuari who lead the way for almost the entire session setting his best lap midway through the session which saw two brief red flags caused by loose bollards on the exit to the Swimming Pool chicane.

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05/09/15
f1

Spanish GP: Rosberg nips Vettel in final practice
Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg turned a lap of 1m26.021s to lead final practice ahead of qualifying for the Spanish GP at Barcelona.  Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel showed that the Italian team has closed the gap with a 2nd quick time of 1m26.177s - just 1/10th slower than the Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton was 3rd in the 2nd Mercedes just behind Vettel with a time of 1m25.222s.

Valtteri Bottas was 4th in the Mercedes powered Williams with Kimi Raikkonen rounding out the top-5 in the second Ferrari but almost 1-second behind Rosberg.

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05/09/15
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Sainz pans slow F1 cars: "It's not so nice in the cockpit when you're going so slowly"
    Barcelona staying on F1 calendar
  • Ferrari switch 'no problem' for Hamilton - Ecclestone
  • Lauda says Ferrari now 'closer' to Mercedes
  • Audi can win in F1 with Red Bull - Berger
  • Sainz disappointed with speed of F1
  • Marko urges F1 to act at meeting next week
  • Marciello determined to show potential in 2015
  • Ferrari picks successor for ousted Rivola
  • Wins 'impossible' for McLaren in 2015 - Rosberg
  • F1 'will be happy' with final calendar - Ecclestone
  • Lotus tension brewing over 'Friday' issue
  • Susie Wolff to rethink F1 role after Silverstone


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