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05/17/19
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2019 Indy 500 Fernando Alonso Interview on Fast Friday
English and Spanish interview with Fernando Alonso on Fast Friday before qualifying for the 103rd running of the Indy 500.

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05/17/19
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Indy 500 Fast Friday Quotes
Ed Jones a favorite for pole
Ed Jones a favorite for pole
JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet):
"It was a pretty productive day. We learned a lot out there. I think the Shell V-Power Chevrolet feels fast. I know it looks fast out there. We will see what we got for tomorrow. I think we got a good shot to be in the top nine and that is what you really want, which is to give yourself a chance to go for pole on Sunday. We will go back tonight, crunch the numbers and just do our job tomorrow. If we do that, we will be in the running for Sunday and get to go for pole."

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05/17/19
nhra

Millican, J.Force, Line, Smith On Top At Richmond
John Force
The 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force paced the Funny Car category Friday evening to the provisional qualifying lead at the second annual Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. 

Clay Millican (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the eighth of 24 events during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. 

J. Force is chasing his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and 157th of his career after he set the track E.T. record of 3.899-seconds at 321.88 mph in his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / Heculiner Chevrolet Camaro SS took the top spot during the second qualifying session.

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05/17/19
nasmon

Daniel Hemric Wins Pole For Monster Open
Daniel Hemric
HHP/Garry Eller
Daniel Hemric's bid for a million-dollar payday will start from the front row in the Monster Open prior to the Monster Energy All Star Race with Hemric taking the top spot in Friday's qualifying session for Saturday's 50-lap race.

Hemric topped the speed charts with a lap of 29.643 seconds (182.168 mph) to beat out Michael McDowell for the pole in his first Monster Open start. William Byron, Daniel Suarez and Paul Menard made up the rest of the top five.

The three-stage, 50-lap race will be run prior to the main event, with each of the three stage winners advancing to the All Star Race. Those three lucky drivers, along with the Fan Vote winner, will fill the last four spots in the 19-car field.

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05/17/19
irl

Indy 500 Qualifying Draw - Daly out first
A representative from the Air Force draws the number 1 qualifying position for Conor Daly
A representative from the Air Force draws the number 1 qualifying position for Conor Daly
Here is the order in which they will qualify on Saturday for the Indy 500.

T=Backup Car

Draw#Car #
Draw#Car #
Draw #Car #
1.25
25.60T
49.5
2.21
26.7
50.31
3.27
27.33
51.39T
4.30T
28.18T
52.15
5.20
29.25T
53.10T
6.18
30.33T
54.4
7.22T
31.4T
55.48
8.77T
32.9T
56.28T
9.14
33.63
57.15T
10.98
34.30
58.12T
11.23
35.22
59.3T
12.32T
36.14T
60.20T
13.12
37.39
61.28
14.88T
38.24T
62.32
15.5T
39.66
63.10
16.81
40.7T
64.98T
17.59
41.24
65.27T
18.19T
42.26T
66.88
19.48T
43.42
67.63T
20.60
44.3
68.26
21.2T
45.2
22.19
46.77
23.21T
47.9
24.66T
48.81T

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05/17/19
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Video: Marco Andretti interrupts Daly and Alonso Fast Friday Press Conference


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05/17/19
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Austin Dillon, Daniel Hemric Pace Cup Series Practice at Charlotte
Austin Dillon sporting a gold paint scheme this weekend
Pete McCole/AR1
Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric paced Friday’s final practice session for Saturday’s Monster Open and Monster Energy All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Dillon was the fastest among the 15 drivers already qualified for Saturday’s main event, posting a top speed of 179.450 mph (30.092 seconds) in the final session of the afternoon.

Dillon – who finished ninth in his all-star debut last year – says he would love to win the All Star race and earn a lifetime entry into the annual event like Ryan Newman has.

“I think the biggest thing is cherishing the moment of being in the All Star Race, because the following year you could be out of it if you don’t get a win,” said Dillon. “I’d like to go out there and win the million and lock myself in for life. I think (Ryan) Newman is in a really good spot – he didn’t win a race last year but he won the All Star Race so he’s locked in and doesn’t have to run those (Monster) Open races.”

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05/17/19
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nhra

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and live unless noted
Friday, May 17LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Truck QualifyingCharlotte4:30-5:30pmFS1
NASCAR Cup QualifyingCharlotte6:00-8:00pmFS1
NASCAR Truck RaceCharlotte8:30-10:30pmFS1
Saturday, May 18LocationTV TimesNetwork
IndyCar PracticeIndy 5008:00-9:30amNBC Sports Gold
IndyCar QualifyingIndy 50011:00am-6:00pmNBC Sports Gold
IndyCar QualifyingIndy 5005:00-6:00pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup All-Star RaceCharlotte open6:00-7:00pmFS1
NASCAR Cup All-Star RaceAll-Star Race8:00-10:00pmFS1
Sunday, May 19LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP raceLe Mans7:55-9:00amBeIN Sports
IndyCar PracticeIndy 50010:15-11:15amNBC Sports Gold
IndyCar QualifyingIndy 50012:00-3:00pmNBC
Blancpain GT RaceMosport2:00-4:00pm (SDD)CBS-SN
IndyCar Bump QualifyingIndy 5003:00-6:00pmNBCSN
NHRA FinalsRichmond7:30-10:30pm (SDD)FS1

Legend: SDD: Same day delay

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05/17/19
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Vinales over Marquez in Friday LeMans practice
Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) has taken Friday honours at the Shark helmets Grand Prix de France after setting a 1:31.428 in the second Free Practice session.

The Spaniard went almost two tenths quicker than second place Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) as FP1 leader and home hero Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) completed the top three.

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05/17/19
nasmon

Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Drive 2019 Corvette for Indy 500
IndyCar gets a NASCAR hero to drive the pace car. We guess the IndyCar heroes are not good enough.
IndyCar gets a NASCAR hero to drive the pace car. We guess the IndyCar heroes are not good enough.
Racing legend and NBC Sports motorsports analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport Official Pace Car for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, leading 33 drivers to the green flag Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Earnhardt will perform a dual role during "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," which starts at 12:30 p.m. (ET). Along with driving the Pace Car, Earnhardt will serve as an NBC Sports commentator for the network's first live telecast of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

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05/17/19
irl

Rain delay at Indy, Andretti on top
Andretti fastest with a tow
Andretti fastest with a tow

Fast Friday remains under caution as the crews dry the track after rain showers passed through a little over an hour ago.

Fastest so-far are Andretti Honda teammates Marco Andretti and Conor Daly - both over 230 mph with a tow.

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05/17/19
IRL

Fast Friday Report from Indy *** Update
Jones was fastest Thursday
Jones was fastest Thursday

UPDATE After an hour delay due to threatening weather and a sprinkle at the track, the track is going green at 3:40 pm.  

05/17/19 Good morning from a the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  There are signs of the wicked storm that blew through the area yesterday afternoon around 5 pm.  Portable toilets and large garage cans are lying on the ground.  There was some damage to a couple of radio masts in pit lane due to the high winds.  We also heard that metal barriers were also blown over during the short storm.

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05/17/19
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Juncos Racing Statement on Fast Friday Incident
Kyle Kaiser
Kyle Kaiser
After suffering a major set-back during Fast Friday's NTT IndyCar Series practice session, Juncos Racing is vigorously working to have the No. 32 Chevrolet entry on track for qualifying for the 103rd Running of the Indy 500 presented by Gainbridge. Kyle Kaiser was medically cleared after the incident. 

"We are very grateful that our driver Kyle (Kaiser) was not injured and safely walked away from the massive hit he experienced today at IMS," said Team Owner Ricardo Juncos.

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05/17/19
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Wickens showing some great progress

Injured IndyCar driver Robert Wickens is showing some great progress since being partially paralyzed in an accident at Pocono Speedway last August.

Here Wickens is at PitFit pushing a heavy sled.

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05/17/19
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Video: Kyle Kaiser explains his Indy accident


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05/17/19
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Video: Kyle Kaiser crashes, gets airborne at Indy
Kaiser
Kaiser
Another driver has crashed hard during practice at Indy.

Juncos Racing driver Kyle Kaiser plastered the Turn 3 wall and went for a wild ride. He was OK and cleared to drive.

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05/17/19
f1

Haas team orders to be decided by bosses - Magnussen
Haas teammates Grosjean and Magnussen at odds
Haas teammates Grosjean and Magnussen at odds

(GMM) Kevin Magnussen says he isn't sure if Haas will impose team orders on its two race drivers.

In Barcelona, Magnussen clashed on track with his teammate Romain Grosjean, and a furious team boss Steiner seemed to blame Magnussen.

On the radio, Steiner told Magnussen: "Kevin, the first one to come and see is me, please."

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05/17/19
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F1 experts praise Seidl at McLaren
Andreas Seidl (L) has helped turn the hapless McLaren team around
Andreas Seidl (L) has helped turn the hapless McLaren team around
(GMM) F1 experts say Andreas Seidl is a good addition to the improving McLaren team.

After the disastrous Honda years, and two subsequent seasons of struggle with current customer engine partner Renault, the once-great British team is finally showing signs of promise in 2019.

And now the appointment as team boss of Seidl, who is best known for leading Porsche to dominance at Le Mans, is being hailed by F1 experts including Martin Brundle.

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05/17/19
f1

Horner admits Red Bull 'not as competitive' in 2019
Adrian Newey's car designs just can't beat Aldo Costas
Adrian Newey's car designs just can't beat Aldo Costa's
(GMM) Christian Horner has admitted that Red Bull has taken a slight step backwards compared to 2018.

The team switched from customer Renault power to a works Honda collaboration for 2019, and Red Bull officials say they are delighted with the move.

But Horner admitted: "We are not as competitive as we were at the end of last season for a number of reasons."

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05/17/19
f1

Mercedes 'on another planet' - Briatore
Briatore back in 2006 when he used to say the Ferraris "are on another planet." Yes, Aldo Costa designed those Ferraris too
Briatore back in 2006 when he used to say the Ferraris "are on another planet." Yes, Aldo Costa designed those Ferraris too
(GMM) The number of F1 experts who believe Ferrari can win the 2019 world championship is dwindling.

Flavio Briatore, the flamboyant former Renault boss, observes that after five consecutive 1-2s for Mercedes, the German team is on "another planet".

"Barcelona is a circuit that tells you the truth," he said. "If you go badly there, you are not going to be able to compete for the world championship, even if from the interviews it seems that everything is going well."

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