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"If she's going to drive in this series, she's going to have to drive with her mirrors.  There are 15 turns on this course and she's the 16th."  IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay talking about backmarker IndyCar driver Milka Duno at Watkins Glen after she messed up his fast lap by being in the way.


Rain delays start of Coke 400
The Coke Zero 400 was delayed because of rain Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.

A light rain was falling for about 45 minutes before the scheduled 7:40 p.m. EDT command to start engines for the 160-lap event.

The National Weather Service predicts a 40 percent chance of showers for the remainder of the evening. The race track was on the edge of a band of showers going through Central Florida.

Depending on the amount of rain, it could take more than two hours to dry the 2.5-mile trioval. In 2005, NASCAR started the race under caution at 10:38 p.m. with the first green-flag lap at 11 p.m.

A Sprint Cup race has never been postponed because of rain at Daytona, with the only postponement the July 1998 event because of wildfires.

If the race is postponed, the race would be run Sunday.


Hinchcliffe wins pole for Indy Lights race
James Hinchcliffe earned his third Firestone Indy Lights pole of 2010 by topping Sunoco Pole Qualifying for the Corning 100.

The Canadian recorded a lap of 1:37.3594 in the No. 2 Xtreme Coil Drilling -TMR car. He was followed by rookies Stefan Wilson (1:37.6394) and J.K. Vernay (1:38.1532).

The Corning 100 starts at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 4.

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F2000: Erickson Wins Race One at the Glen
Daniel Erickson notched his first F2000 win in his third ever start by getting around pole-sitter Chris Livengood midway through an all green race that saw 32 cars get through turn one without incident. Fellow rookie Livengood led from the drop of the green with Erickson holding station on his gearbox, halfway through the 14-lap lap race Erickson pounced, never looking back to take the win for Quantum Mechanics/Primus Racing. Rounding out the top five behind Work Racing’s Livengood were Tim Minor, Cole Morgan and championship points leader Victor Carbone.

“Once I got the lead I just tried not to mess anything up,” said Erickson, from Australia. “I got a good run at Chris (Livengood) midway through the race and went for it. I feel confident going into tomorrow but it won’t be easy.”

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Lorenzo wins MotoGP pole in Spain
Jorge Lorenzo took an impressive third straight pole at his home track of Montmelo this afternoon, Fiat Yamaha's championship leader storming to his 12th MotoGP pole with an impressive lap that was 0.364 seconds faster than Casey Stoner in second. His temporary team-mate Wataru Yoshikawa made an impressive improvement of more than two seconds, as he continues to gain a deeper understanding of Valentino Rossi's YZR-M1.

23-year-old Lorenzo was fastest once again in morning practice but spent most of the qualifying session a little further down the standings, as he concentrated on perfecting his race set-up and gathering as much information as possible about the two available Bridgestone tire compounds. With just under ten minutes to go he leapt up the leader board to take pole, surrendering it briefly to Stoner before improving again on both of his next two laps to ensure himself a hat-trick of pole positions from the last three races.

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Mario Andretti selected for IndyCar Road Racing trophy
Mario Andretti
IZOD IndyCar fans have selected racing icon Mario Andretti as IndyCar road racing legend to be honored by the series.

In his book, "What's It Like Out There," Mario Andretti relays that as youngsters he and his brother, Aldo, were hired to park cars at a garage in Nazareth, Pa.

"The first time I fired up a car, felt the engine shudder and the wheel come to life in my hands, I was hooked," he writes. "It was a feeling I can't describe. I still get it every time I get into a race car."

Andretti, who turned 70 in February, was one of the most successful Indy car drivers with 52 victories – second to A.J. Foyt on the all-time list– and a record 67 pole positions. He earned four Indy car titles in his career and won the Indianapolis 500 in 1969.

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Briscoe tops  morning practice at The Glen
Penske Racing's Ryan Briscoe picked where he left off on Friday and led IndyCar practice at Watkins Glen on Saturday morning. He was followed by his teammate Will Power, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti, Dario Franchitti, Justin Wilson, Ryan Hunter-Reay, EJ Viso and Takuma Sato.


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Viso crashes in morning practice
KV Racing's EJ Viso crashed his indyCar in Saturday morning practice at Watkins Glen. Viso ran wide into the runoff area on the outside of Turn 1. His car then ran over a curb which propelled him across the track and into the inside Armco Barrier. That impact threw him back across the track again and this time he hit the outside Armco Barrier. Viso is fine but his car is pretty much torn up. He will probably be forced into the team's backup car.

"When I hit the curb it broke my underwing and I had no control after that," Viso told AR1.com. "I will probably be forced into the backup car if it cannot be fixed."


With 2010 pretty much lost, Andretti looking ahead to 2011
A distant ninth in the standings halfway through his fifth season in the IndyCar Series, Marco Andretti knows his chance at the overall title has long since vanished.

"A shot at the championship? Nah. From here on out it's about winning races and just kind of going for it, getting what we can at the end of the year," Andretti said as he prepared for Sunday's Camping World Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International. "I'm going to be realistic. A couple of wins would be nice. I still think that's definitely possible, so that's the goal."

The series begins a stretch of five events on road and street courses, and Andretti has a pair of top-threes in the past three races as he tries to rebound from a season that went awry at the start.

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IndyCar Watkins Glen Friday notebook
Newman/Haas Racing driver Hideki Mutoh took advantage of the week off between the Iowa Corn Indy 250 on June 20 and this event to make his second trip to Japan since the season started.

HIDEKI MUTOH: "I was able to go to Japan for six days since we had a weekend off. It always feels good to go home to see my family and friends. We just hung out and relaxed. I didn't go crazy, crazy."


Team Penske has started from the pole position in all five previous IZOD IndyCar Series races at Watkins Glen International (Helio Castroneves in 2005, 2006, 2007 and Ryan Briscoe in 2008 and 2009).

Though the team has fared well in qualifying at The Glen, it has not been able to produce a race victory.

Additionally, Team Penske is riding a series-record streak of seven consecutive earned poles. It includes poles won by all three drivers (Will Power - 4, Briscoe - 2, Castroneves - 1) and poles at all types of tracks (road courses, street circuits, short oval, 1.5-mile oval and superspeedway).

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Tire test at Bristol UPDATE Goodyear had a tire test earlier this week at Bristol Motor Speedway and has more testing planned later this year elsewhere. Greg Stucker, director of Goodyear race tire sales, said that the tire test was held after seeing signs of stress on the right front tire by teams during the spring race at Bristol. Stucker said they're looking at using a tire similar to that used at bigger tracks because of the high speeds and banking in the corners at Bristol. Stucker also said Goodyear has a tire test scheduled Aug. 24-25 at Talladega Superspeedway. That's to prepare for Daytona International Speedway. Daytona will be repaved after Saturday night's race but the work is not expected to be done until the end of the year. The compound in the asphalt to be used at Daytona is to be similar to Talladega, so by testing at Talladega, Goodyear can have a tire ready for a January test session at Daytona. Roanoke Times

06/30/10 NASCAR drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, Denny Hamlin, Scott Speed and David Ragan participated in a Goodyear tire test Tuesday at Bristol Motor Speedway in preparation for the August NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race. BMS PR


Jolyon Palmer posts Portimão pole
Jolyon Palmer took his fourth pole of the season at the Algarve
Jolyon Palmer put in a stunning late effort to take pole position for the opening race in the Algarve - the fourth time the Briton will have started from the front.

Palmer's late surge denied Benjamin Bailly a second consecutive pole, although the Belgian will be happy after securing a front row starting berth for the third race in a row.

Behind them Jack Clarke continued his impressive recent form to take third, with Nicola De Marco lining up alongside him in fourth.

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NASCAR News Conference Transcript - Brian France

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France answers questions from the media and gives a mid-season update
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: Good morning, everyone. We're now joined by NASCAR's chairman and CEO, Brian France, who will open up with a few remarks and then we'll take questions from the media.

Brian, welcome.

BRIAN FRANCE: Yeah, good morning, everybody. We were just talking about all the things that are going on this weekend with the new Nationwide car and bigger plates, a little activity yesterday in practice. So the racing action, as you might think, certainly how we see things, has got a trajectory that it's going in the right direction.

We're real pleased. There's always an event here or there that, you know, you could be critical of. But by and large, some of the policies that we announced back in January feel good to us. And the drivers have been terrific, mixing it up differently, not being in most situations crazy about that, but giving our passionate fan base what they want most, which is the close, competitive racing action. So we're pretty pleased.

I'd also like to thank many of you in the room. We just yesterday in Gainesville announced with the V Foundation our biggest single gift yet for the NASCAR Foundation. That's not possible unless the media helps us with NASCAR Day and throughout the year generating interest and all that. So thank you for your effort. It paid off for the Shands Teaching Hospital, the oncology center there.

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