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06/23/17
irl

Penske Chevy team 1-2-3-4 in Kohler GP practice 2 (Update)
UPDATE Added quotes and photos below.

Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden - note the open butt-bumpers unlike the closed Hondas

06/23/17

Not having to tow the Honda parachute butt bumpers on the long Road America straights, the Penske team turned the top 4 times in the 2nd practice session Friday afternoon for the Kohler GP IndyCar race in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Josef Newgarden's time of 1m42.823s just nipped teammate Will Power by 0.049 sec. and ahead of Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves.

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06/23/17
promazda

Franzoni and Juncos Racing Dominate Pro Mazda GP
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Despite losing the advantage of his pole position on the opening lap, Juncos Racing’s Victor Franzoni swept effortlessly past primary Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires rival Anthony Martin (Cape Motorsports) to take the lead of this afternoon’s Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Road America Presented by Allied Building Products. The talented and popular Brazilian then drove off into the distance. Los Angeles-based Russian Nikita Lastochkin earned his first podium finish with a solid run to third for Team Pelfrey.

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06/23/17
usf2000

VeeKay's USF2000 Dutch Delight for Local Pabst Team
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – A dramatic first of two Cooper Tires USF2000 Grand Prix of Road America Powered by Mazda races this afternoon ended with Dutch teenager Rinus VeeKay claiming an emphatic maiden victory for the locally based Pabst Racing team.

Chicago’s David Malukas, in just his second USF2000 weekend, qualified on pole and finished second for BN Racing, while Brazilian youngster Lucas Kohl drove by far his most impressive race since joining Pabst Racing this season by finishing in third.

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06/23/17
irl

Gateway to be repaved before IndyCar race
The Gateway surface was terrible and has to be repaved.
The Gateway surface was terrible and has to be repaved.
RACER.com's Robin Miller reported Gateway Motorsports Park outside St. Louis is "going to repave the entire 1.25-mile oval" prior to the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 on Aug. 26 in an "effort to try and ensure the best possible return" of IndyCar. 

Gateway President Curtis Francois "pursued IndyCar for the past three years and is promoting the 15th race in the Verizon IndyCar Series."

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06/23/17
nasmon

NASCAR Sonoma Pre-Race Q&A
Alon Day (No. 23 Earthwater Toyota), Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Cars 3 Ford), Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)

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06/23/17
f1

FIA confirms grid penalties for both McLarens
Both McLarens penalized. What a turn off to the sport for all McLaren fans.  This has been going on for three years. These fans may quit F1 and never return
Both McLarens penalized. What a turn off to the sport for all McLaren fans. This has been going on for three years. These fans may quit F1 and never return
Both McLarens have been issued with a 15-place grid penalty at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after new turbochargers and MGU-H components were fitted to the cars of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne on Friday.

McLaren went into this weekend knowing Honda would bring an update that would in turn incur a penalty, but it has now been formalized by the FIA's stewards.

The newly-fitted components are the sixth turbo and MGU-H on both cars, meaning Alonso and Vandoorne are subject to a 15-place penalty each for using another set of components beyond their quota of four for the season. McLaren also fitted a fourth engine and fourth MGU-K to Alonso's car, but neither are subject to penalties as they are within the quota.

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06/23/17
f1

Verstappen again tops Baku practice in session 2 (Update)
UPDATE Added quotes and photos below.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

06/23/17

Drivers continued to go off course on the dirty and slick Baku street course in the 2nd practice session Friday afternoon. As a result Friday was really just one big track cleaning day.

Max Verstappen in the Red Bull again was fastest with his teammate Daniel Ricciardo only 0.111s behind in third.

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06/23/17
irl

Jones honors Payton
Dale Coyne driver Ed Jones
Dale Coyne driver Ed Jones

Ed Jones, the 22 year old who hails from Dubai, wanted to cheer up his team owner, Dale Coyne, after all the crash damage from the last race in Texas.  So Jones is sporting a new helmet that bears the famous number 34 of Walter Payton and Payton's nickname of Sweetness when he played for the 1985 Super Bowl winning Chicago Bears.

AR1 talked about the new gear with Jones.  Jones replied, "It has been a tough year for Dale and the team so far.  I wanted to give something back to Dale to cheer him up a little bit.  Payton was partners with Dale and the team quite a while ago.  And Walter actually had his first race at Road America as well.  This place is close to Chicago.  So it is quite fitting.  I love doing things like this, a one off."

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06/23/17
motogp

Vinales leads Yamaha 1-2 in Assen
Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales

Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) struck back after a tough Catalan GP to top Day 1 at the ‘Cathedral’ – the TT Circuit Assen – by over three tenths. The weather threatened in the afternoon after a fully dry FP1, but track conditions remained good enough for the field to improve in FP2.

The rider from Roses was followed by Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha tech 3) on the combined timesheets as the German rookie impressed once again, with reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) shooting back up the order in FP2 to complete the top three overall on Friday.

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06/23/17
irl

Rossi tops opening IndyCar practice at Road America

Alexander Rossi

American Alexander Rossi turned the fastest lap in opening practice for the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America Friday morning. Rossi's fast lap in his Andretti NAPA Honda of 1m43.329s was 0.23 sec faster than Penske-Chevy  driver Simon Pagenaud.

Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon rounded out the top-5.

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06/23/17
irl

Friday morning update from Road America
Can George Bruggenthies deliver another big crowd in 2017?
Can George Bruggenthies deliver another big crowd in 2017?
It is a picture perfect morning here at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.  The weather looks like we will have sunshine all weekend and temperatures in the 70s today.  I will take that after the heat of Texas!

This will be the 27th IndyCar race at Road America since the first event in 1982.  All eyes will be on the expected crowd this year after last year's well attended return to the 4 mile, 14 turn road course.  It is early morning here so not too many people walking around yet.  And the track has never released their attendance numbers.  

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06/23/17
f2

Leclerc scorches to fourth pole
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc has continued his imperious form in qualifying by claiming his fourth pole position in a row with two stunning laps during this afternoon’s qualifying session at the Baku City Circuit, setting the two fastest times to ensure that Nobuharu Matsushita and Nicholas Latifi had no chance to break his pole position run this season.

The Monegasque driver stopped the clocks at 1:52.129 at the close of the session to improve on an earlier lap which was already good enough for the top spot: the McLaren-Honda development driver was half a second off his pace despite only putting one hot lap into his second set with one eye on the race tomorrow as he and his rivals were unable to come to terms with the PREMA man’s qualifying pace.

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06/23/17
nasmon

Truex Jr. Switches Gear, Throws out First Pitch at Rockies Game
Truex Jr.
Truex Jr.

Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. was a big hit with the Colorado Rockies players before throwing out the first pitch Thursday prior to the Rockies/Arizona Diamondbacks game.

A number of Rockies players came up to Truex to talk racing, including Rockies manager Bud Black.

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06/23/17
dtm

Audi driver Ekstrom to race in DTM at the Norisring
Mattias Ekstrom
Mattias Ekstrom
Good news for all DTM fans: Mattias Ekstrom in his Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM will be on the grid of the DTM season’s highlight at the Norisring on the first weekend of July and skip the World RX round in Holjes (Sweden).

“It was a very difficult decision because we’re still early in the season and Mattias has title chances in both championships,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “But the factory commitment in the DTM has priority for us. Mattias can win his third DTM title this year and has always been very strong at the Norisring. In addition, this is our home round and we need Mattias there.”

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06/23/17
f1

Verstappen leads Red Bull 1-2 in opening practice at Baku
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
In recent days and weeks, there have been cries of frustration about the Red Bull-Renault situation, but Daniel Ricciardo says the team has been improving the car and it showed in opening practice in Baku.

Max Verstappen and Red Bull teammate Ricciardo ran 1-2 in opening practice for the Azerbaijan GP.

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06/23/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Nico Hulkenberg awaits news of his new teammate
    Nico Hulkenberg awaits news of his new teammate
    No preference for Palmer replacement - Hulkenberg
  • No contract news in Baku - Vettel
  • Bottas has 'earned' Mercedes seat - Hamilton
  • Alonso unenthused over Honda upgrade
  • Mercedes has solved tire trouble - Hembery
  • Williams rules out Honda switch
  • Kaltenborn exit 'a shame' - Wehrlein
  • Driver atmosphere 'fine' at Force India
  • Fourth year at Toro Rosso 'difficult' - Sainz
  • Alonso wants 'safe' F1 team for 2018
  • Force India not confirming Auer test rumors
  • Renault has upgrade in Baku - Ricciardo

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06/23/17
f1

F1 Red Hot Zone
After a red-hot finish to the race in Montreal, with things getting a little heated at Force India and Sebastian Vettel scorching his way through the pack to claim fourth place and save Ferrari’s blushes, this weekend will see the heat turned up even further as we head to the Land of Fire, Azerbaijan. 

After last year’s fact-finding first steps around the calendar’s second longest circuit (after Spa-Francorchamps), this year should see teams attacking the Baku City Circuit more aggressively, aided by last year’s data and by this year’s quicker cars.

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06/23/17
f2

De Vries leads the way in Baku
Nyck De Vries
Nyck De Vries
Nyck De Vries has claimed the top spot in a busy free practice session this morning at the Baku City Circuit, grabbing P1 late in the session and holding on despite the best efforts of his rivals to depose him over the closing minutes to lead the way by a tenth from Jordan King and Luca Ghiotto.

In a session slowed by three VSCs and a red flag the McLaren development driver stopped the clock at 1:54.187 with just 4 minutes remaining: the final minutes flew past in a blur as everyone made their best efforts to make up for lost time, but the Dutchman held onto the top spot as the checkered flag emerged.

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