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05/21/17
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Video: Scott Dixon 2017 Indy 500 pole run and interview
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05/21/17
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Video: Ed Carpenter 2017 Indy 500 Qualifying run and interview
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05/21/17
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Video: Alexander Rossi 2017 Indy 500 qualifying run and interview
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05/21/17
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Video: Fernando Alonso 2017 Indy 500 Qualifying run and interview
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05/21/17
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Video: AR1.com analyzes pole day at the 2017 Indy 500


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05/21/17
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Jamie Green scores a commanding win at Lausitz
Great satisfaction for Jamie Green: following bad luck on Saturday, the Brit scored a commanding win in the DTM race at the Lausitzring on Sunday in front of a 67,500 strong crowd. After 43 laps, he took the checkered flag as the race winner, 6.2 seconds ahead of his fellow Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom, who used an extreme strategy to move up from eighth place on the starting grid to second at the finish. Mercedes-AMG driver Robert Wickens, who had started the race from pole position, still managed to bring third place home.

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05/21/17
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Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Round 4 Postponed
BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Canada (May 21, 2017) – Due to a heavy rain storm Sunday afternoon at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Round 4 of the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX series has been postponed to a later date on the 2017 PWC schedule.

Per PWC series chief steward Peter Roberts, the historic 2.458-mile, 10-turn road racing circuit had standing water around the racing surface including two sections of running water due to the constant rain system traveling through the Ontario area.

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05/21/17
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Sebastien Bourdais Medical condition (2nd Update)
Sebastien Bourdais
Sebastien Bourdais

UPDATE "I'll be back at some point" said Sebastien Bourdais in a media release minutes ago. "I want to thank everybody for the support and the messages, quite a few drivers have already dropped by. It's got to take time, but I'm feeling pretty good since the surgery."

Which is amazing, considering that IndyCar officials are saying that his impact generated 100 G's with an impact speed of over 207 mph.

-- Tim Wohlford and Lucille Dust, reporting from IMS

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05/21/17
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James Davison to fill in for Bourdais (Update)
James Davison in for Bourdais
James Davison in for Bourdais

UPDATE Dale Coyne Racing announced on Sunday that Australian James Davison will be replacing the injured Sebastien Bourdais aboard the #18 GEICO Honda for the 101st Indianapolis 500.

Davison is familiar with the team, having last raced for DCR at the 2015 Indianapolis 500. He made two other starts with the Plainfield-based team in 2013.

“My thoughts are with Sebastien and Claire Bourdais,” expressed Davison. “This is never the circumstance that a driver wants to secure an opportunity to drive in the Indianapolis 500. With that said, I’m extremely excited and ready to take on this challenge. The prime goal will be to secure a strong result for the team, Sebastien and all our sponsors. I can’t wait to get started.”

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05/21/17
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IMS Sunday First Practice
Hazy skies, calm winds, lower temps (72 degrees) and massive tows combined for fast speeds in first practice. The session was for cars that qualified 10-33 yesterday (or not at all), but even then, nine of those drivers posted unassisted lap times that would've probably put them into the fast nine yesterday.

Ed Jones lead the overall speed for the morning practice at 233.008 mph, while Graham Rahal posted the fastest solo lap at 231.733.

-- Tim Wohlford and Lucille Dust, reporting from IMS

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05/21/17
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Electric vehicles to cost the same as conventional cars by 2018
Chevy Bolt
Chevy Bolt - an EV has no radiator, no ICE, no exhaust system and catalytic converter, no fuel tank and lines, no air filters, no spark plugs, no fuel injection system, etc. The list is long.

The cost of owning an electric car will fall to the same level as petrol-powered vehicles next year, according to bold new analysis from UBS which will send shockwaves through the automobile industry.

Experts from the investment bank’s “evidence lab” made the prediction after tearing apart one of the current generation of electric cars to examine the economics of electric vehicles (EVs).

They found that costs of producing EVs were far lower than previously thought but there is still great potential to make further savings, driving down the price of electric cars.

As a result, UBS forecasts that the “total cost of consumer ownership can reach parity with combustion engines from 2018”, with this likely to happen in Europe first.

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05/21/17
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Diesel vehicles are releasing 50 percent more toxic gas than we realized
Any time you are following a diesel powered vehicle you are inhaling toxic fumes, even if you cannot smell them
The undisclosed emissions spewing from Volkswagen vehicles may be closer to the rule than the exception, with a comprehensive new study published this week finding that real-world emissions from diesel vehicles have been underestimated by as much as 50 percent. The pollutant in question, nitrogen oxide, is linked to thousands of premature deaths, with the scientists calling for stricter regulations to limit further damage.

In 2014, scientists from the International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT) and West Virginia University carried out a real-world emissions tests and discovered elevated levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) coming from Volkswagen's diesel vehicles. This would lead to the company famously admitting it had used "defeat devices," sophisticated software that detects when the vehicle is undergoing official emissions testing and turns on full emissions controls only during that test. These same real-world emissions tests have now revealed that the problem is much more widespread.

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05/21/17
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Volvo ditching diesel engines
The diesel engine
The diesel engine
Volvo, which is owned by China's Geely, will not develop any new diesel cars because the cost of reducing nitrogen oxide emissions is too great, according to the company's chief executive.

Hakan Samuelsson told the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that Volvo will instead invest in hybrid and electric cars, with its first all-electric car going on sale in 2019.

Geely, which also owns the London Taxi Company, recently opened a new plant to produce electric and hybrid taxis in Coventry, England.

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05/21/17
IRL

Sunday (Pole Day) update from Indy (Raining Now)
UPDATE Rain has hit the Speedway again but we do not expect it to last all day. The rain should end this morning and we should be dry the rest of the day. Sunshine is expected during the run for the pole late today.

05/21/17 Good morning from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A cloudy and misty day so far, but by the time the cars are scheduled to get on track, the temperature should be in the low 70s and sunny. We dodged the funnel cloud that was about 35 miles from the track last evening. Today is Pole Day on Crown Royal Armed Forces Weekend. There is an enlistment ceremony today at 10:30 today.

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05/21/17
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Video: INDYCAR 101 with Professor B: Steering Wheel


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05/21/17
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Rookie Jones Impresses in Day 1 of qualifying for Indy 500
Ed Jones
Ed Jones

Indianapolis, IN – Rookie Ed Jones put in an outstanding qualifying performance on Saturday during the first day of qualifying for the 101st Indianapolis 500 by placing 10th, missing out by just 0.141 seconds on the Top nine and a chance to go for pole position on Sunday.

The rookie remained in the top nine throughout the majority of the qualifying session but was bumped out by the second to last driver to take to the track for his qualifying attempt.

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05/21/17
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Van Gisbergen ends Ford's dominance with dramatic victory in Winton
Defending Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen has broken Ford's six-race winning streak after claiming a dramatic race victory at the Winton SuperSprint this afternoon.

It was a Red Bull Holden Racing Team one-two with van Gisbergen's teammate Jamie Whincup finishing second after leading for the majority of the race.

Whincup was on track to claim a record-equaling 105th career race win until the Safety Car was called in lap 50 of 67 in what would prove to be the most critical turning point of the race.

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05/21/17
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Aspar Team renews contract with Ducati for 2018
The Aspar Team has renewed its contract with Ducati Corse to contest the 2018 MotoGP World Championship with the Italian factory machinery. The agreement between the Spanish MotoGP team and Ducati includes an option to run two Ducati GP17s, the bikes being used this season by the factory team, or one Ducati GP17 and one Ducati GP16. This decision will be taken later this season.

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05/21/17
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Video: NASCAR All Star Post-Race Q&A
Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Adam Stevens, Joe Gibbs

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05/20/17
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Video: AR1.com analysis of Day 1 of qualifying for the 2017 Indy 500


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05/20/17
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Video: Bourdais Indy Crash


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05/20/17
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Bourdais has big accident at Indy during qualifying (2nd Update)
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Bourdais' damaged car photos
Tim Wohlford/AutoRacing1.com

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05/20/17
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Why an Indy 500 winner sued Paul Gentilozzi and won (Update)
UPDATE Gentilozzi had to put up more than $6M in real estate equity to guarantee payment, plus agreed to sell real estate and Hunter-Reay would get 75% of the net proceeds.

Ryan Hunter-Reay
Ryan Hunter-Reay

05/19/17 Paul Gentilozzi fired one of the best race car drivers in the world. 

Ryan Hunter-Reay would go on to win the Indianapolis 500 and many other races. 

But not before he sued Gentilozzi writes Christopher Haxel of the Lansing State Journal

He won, but Gentilozzi paid only $230 of a $2.7 million judgement.

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05/20/17
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Buemi hands Renault e.dams emotional Paris win
Sebastien Buemi
Sebastien Buemi

Sebastien Buemi gave Renault e.dams its most important win of the year by producing a dominant display in front of its home crowd in the Qatar Airways Paris ePrix - round six of the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship.

From Julius Baer pole position, Buemi defended stoutly into the first corner from the charging Jean-Eric Vergne. He then established a small but comfortable lead, as the two leaders eased away from the chasing pack.

However, this wasn’t to be Vergne’s day and broken steering sent him crashing out of the race. The Qualcomm Safety Car was deployed, which bunched up the field and gave DS Virgin Racing’s Jose Maria Lopez a shot at fighting for the win.

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05/20/17
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GEICO to Sponsor #18 Bourdais Entry at Indy 500

Sebastien Bourdais' new livery

Indianapolis, IN – As four-time open-wheel Champion Sebastien Bourdais readies for qualifying for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, he will find a familiar logo on-board his car when he takes to the famed Brickyard today with longtime partner, GEICO, stepping up to offer primary support of the #18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.

GEICO has been involved in IndyCar as a sponsor for 12 years and visited the winner’s circle at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2013.

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05/20/17
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Pole Day -- Quals starts at 4:00
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Amazon Prime girls
The rain has stopped, the ark has landed, and the jet dryer is doing its thing. Track officials hope to have qualification starting at 4:00 pm if not sooner. If it takes 5 minutes per run attempt, that is (counting on toes) 165 minutes, or (counting on fingers) almost 3 hours. Qualifications, therefore will probably run past 7:00 pm. The plan now is that everyone gets a single run, with the top 9 trying for the Pole tomorrow.

Forget the Bubba Burger cook out here at Indy. Lazier team members are wearing a new shirt, without the Bubba's logos. Turns out that... well, another auto racing sponsorship screw-up story happened.  

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05/20/17
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Austin Cindric Graduates High School, Then Goes Racing
Austin Cindric
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Lots of high school kids dream of being a race car driver, but for recent high-school graduate Austin Cindric, he's living the dream every day.

Cindric, who drives the no. 19 Ford F-150 for Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, accepted his high school diploma from the Cannon School in Concord, N.C., got a kiss on the check from his mom, then head off to nearby Charlotte Motor Speedway to qualify for Friday night's North Education Lottery 200.

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05/20/17
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Still raining at Indy
A gloomy day at Indy
A gloomy day at Indy
The rain is falling pretty heavy here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway putting a hold on qualifying and putting the new two day qualifying format in question.  What happens if no one qualifies today?  What if it rains again tomorrow?  The answer is yet to be determined.  I know we cannot control the weather nor can we install a dome over the race track.

The driver's biggest concern is the points for the pole position because they award more points for the qualifying here.  42 points for the pole is almost a race win for other races.  Graham Rahal, driving for Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing, commented on the points.  "As far as qualifying and points, last year in May we lost 89 points to Rossi. That's two full races worth of points."

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05/20/17
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Torrence, Hight, Butner Lead Rain-Shortened NHRA Qualifying In Topeka
Robert Hight
Robert Hight is the current No. 1 qualifier for Funny Car after only one qualifying session due to inclement weather at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Park Topeka.

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) are also current No. 1 qualifiers at the eighth event of 24 on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Hight powered his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car to a 3.826-second pass at 337.66 mph to set the national speed record for the category during the lone qualifying session of the day. 

Torrence leads qualifying with his run of 3.682 at 328.54 in his Capco Contractors dragster, while Butner holds the Pro Stock top spot after running a 6.613 at 207.78 in his Jim Butner Auto Chevrolet Camaro. He most recently won at Atlanta and is currently second in points.



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05/20/17
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DTM Race 1: Lucas Auer beats Robert Wickens at Lausitzring
Auer's Pink Panther Mercedes strikes again
Auer's Pink Panther Mercedes strikes again

Second strike in a row for the ‘Pink Panthers': Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM driver Lucas Auer (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM BWT) kicked off the Lausitzring Motorsport Festival with his second win of the season. The Austrian started this season's third race from pole position and with his third DTM victory repeated last year's triumph at the Lausitzring when he took his maiden win in the DTM. After two wins and a fourth place in the first three races of 2017, Auer on 68 points now leads the drivers' standings. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport also head the rankings in the manufacturers' and team standings after the first three races of the season.

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05/20/17
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Indy 500 Qualifying order
When the rain stops and we do qualify here is the order:

Qualifying order:

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05/20/17
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Saturday morning update from Indy (2nd Update)
UPDATE  The first six cars were down in the qualifying line at 10:35 but the officials told everyone to seek cover since the storm, presently dumping rain on the track, was approaching.  We are on delay for now.  The weather looks like it will hang around Speedway for a long time. 

Updates to come. Lucille Dust reporting from a very wet Speedway, Indiana


05/20/17  Rain is approaching the Speedway so qualifying may be delayed but it is expected we will get some or all qualifying in today. Pole qualifying is tomorrow. Tomorrow's forecast only calls for a 20% chance of rain

05/20/17 Good morning from Indianapolis.  The skies this morning are cloudy and grey.   Looks like the rain could start any minute.  All the weather apps have various predictions about what time the rain will come.  It is so foggy you cannot even see downtown Indy from the Media Center.

Today is the first day of qualifying for the 101st running of the Indy 500.  Will Sebastien Bourdais be able to maintain the fastest time?  Or will we see a completely unexpected driver take the pole today?   Pippa Mann will be the first car to qualify when the track is ready.  

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05/20/17
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Marco Andretti Partners with Ritmo Mundo
Marco Andretti
Marco Andretti
LOS ANGELES
 -- Beverly Hills based watch company Ritmo Mundo is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with star IndyCar driver Marco Andretti. Andretti, 30, is an American auto racing driver who pilots the No. 27 car in the Verizon IndyCar Series for fabled Andretti Autosport. He is the third generation of the famous Andretti racing family and carries on the family tradition of speed, style, and success. He will serve as a brand ambassador to Ritmo Mundo, join the team of brand partners and be a spokesperson for the Ritmo brand on and off the track.  

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05/20/17
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Video: Le Mans Racing is Everything trailer
Here is the Le Mans: Racing is Everything trailer. There will be six episodes released all at once on June 9 that offer unprecedented access to the 2015 24-hour race in France!

Here at Indy 500, they’re doing a Amazon Prime Video’s takeover of the IMS Media Center during Qual Weekend (5/20 and 5/21), Carb Day (5/26) and Race Day (5/28)! Each day we will be offering special food, drinks, fun activities and a sneak peek of Amazon’s new Original series Le Mans: Racing is Everything to the media before it premieres on June 9.

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05/20/17
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Jim Clark skipped Monaco to run Indy 500
Jim Clark and Colin Chapman came to Indy and smoked the American 'bucket of bolts' cars
Jim Clark and Colin Chapman came to Indy and smoked the American 'bucket of bolts' cars
The 49th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana on Monday, May 31, 1965.

The five-year-old "British Invasion" finally broke through as Jim Clark and Colin Chapman triumphed in dominating fashion with the first rear-engined Indy-winning car, a Lotus 38 powered by Ford. With only six of the 33 cars in the field having front engines, it was the first 500 in history to have a majority of cars as rear-engined machines.

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05/20/17
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Indy 500 confusing qualifying procedures explained (Update)
UPDATE If they get qualifying in Saturday and not Sunday, the times from Saturday will hold.  They will not requalify on Monday.

Same if we get rained out on Saturday and they can qualify on Sunday. Monday will only be used if both weekend days are a washout.

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05/20/17
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Chaves to also run Texas and Pocono, full-time in 2018
Fledgling IndyCar team Harding Racing is preparing to add Texas and Pocono to its 2017 schedule ahead of a full-time entry next year.

The Mike Harding-owned team, which is making its debut at the Indianapolis 500 with its No.88 Chevrolet-powered entry driven by Gabby Chaves, had previously signaled its intention to have a permanent presence on the 2018 grid, but Harding told RACER that it will run an additional two races this year to assist with its preparations.

"We're going to run Texas and Pocono," he said. "And then next year, we're going to try to run the whole series."

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05/20/17
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McLaughlin makes it three from three
McLaughlin makes it three for three
McLaughlin makes it three for three
Ford young gun Scott McLaughlin has signalled a changing of the guard following his third straight victory this afternoon, but a dramatic ending to James Courtney’s afternoon will be a major talking point following the opening race of the 2017 Winton SuperSprint.
 
Courtney’s Mobil 1 HSV Racing Team Principal, Adrian Burgess, was sensationally dumped by the Walkinshaw Team last week after a string of poor results.

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05/20/17
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Penske Sustains Success by Having the Best Drivers, No 'Pay For a Ride' Talent
Penske uses his huge automotive empire to do Business-To-Business deals to bring sponsors into IndyCar so he can pay for the best talent. Not every team owner has that luxury
Because of NBCSN TV ratings IndyCar teams cannot get sponsors for a full season. Penske uses his huge automotive empire to do Business-To-Business deals to bring sponsors into IndyCar so he can pay for the best talent. Not every team owner has that luxury. The IndyCar TV model is broken

Unfortunately, this era of motorsports rewards drivers with deeper pockets than those without. It doesn’t matter how talented you are, if you don’t have a check that can clear the bank account of most owners in any series around the world, you likely won’t be racing.

Too many talented drivers see seasons come and go while they’re on the sidelines because they don’t have the funding necessary to compete. Most teams, even those within the Verizon IndyCar Series, see drivers race for them that are bringing the money to them and may not be a deserving of the ride if not.

For Team Penske, they pride themselves that they’re not one of those teams.

“We look at having it be tough to get in the organization,” Roger Penske said in his media availability on Fast Friday from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “I say it many times in our normal business, I want it to be tough to join our organization, but I want it to be tough to leave. I think that’s why you see the same people with the same probably white shirts and black pants on, you know, year after year at these races.

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05/20/17
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Video: NASCAR All Star weekend Aric Almirola and Ty Dillon Q&A
Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford), FOX Driver Takeover, Truex (5-Hour Energy Extra Strength Toyota), T. Dillon (No. 13 Chevrolet)

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05/20/17
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Video: NASCAR Charlotte Truck post-race Q&A
Kyle Busch (No. 51 Cessna Toyota), Johnny Sauter (No. 21 Allegiant Airlines Chevrolet), Christopher Bell (No. 4 SiriusXM Toyota)

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05/20/17
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Video: NASCAR All Star weekend Kyle Busch and Larson Q&A
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Caramel Toyota), Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)

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