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08/19/17
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Hunter-Reay transported to hospital (3rd Update)
UPDATE OFFICIAL MEDICAL UPDATE: Verizon IndyCar Series driver Ryan Hunter-Reay was evaluated at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Saturday for injuries to his left knee and hip during a crash in qualifying for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. Hunter-Reay was treated and released but has not been cleared to drive, pending a re-evaluation Sunday morning.

Ryan Hunter-Reay No. 28 DHL Honda
"During qualifying today, out of nowhere, the car stepped out on me. It was a bit of a wiggle, which I caught. The second time it happened, it came with no warning – which is a bit confusing. I hit my hip pretty bad as well as my knee, so the doctors thought it would be best to go in for further evaluation. After a CT scan and MRI, I am able to go and get a good night’s sleep. I'm sure I'll wake up sore, but will hopefully be able to get back in the DHL machine tomorrow.

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08/19/17
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Power leads final Pocono practice
Will Power led Simon Pagenaud in a team Penske 1-2 in final practice for the ABC Supply Co. 500 at Pocono Raceway. Max Chilton, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves rounded out the top-5. 

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08/19/17
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Schmidt: Willing to commit to longer Honda deal
Sam Schmidt. co-owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, talks about a team expansion and being willing to commit to a longer deal with Honda.

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08/19/17
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IndyCar Pocono 500 Hildebrand Pre-Qualifying Q&A
AR1 catches up to JR Hildebrand prior to qualifying for the ABC Supply IndyCar Pocono 500

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08/19/17
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Video: Pocono 500 Marco Andretti Q&A
Marco Andretti answers questions from the media ahead of qualifying  for the ABC Supply IndyCar Pocono 500

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08/19/17
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Frank Kerr injured at Bristol
Frank Kerr, who calls the shots for the #72 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entry for Tristar Motorsports, was transported to a local hospital earlier today after the car fell on him.

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08/19/17
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Catching up with Helio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves clung to the frontstretch fencing at Iowa Speedway a few seconds longer than his grip advised, committing to memory the smiling faces of fans who flocked to the impromptu celebration of his 30th career IndyCar victory.

The moment instantly rekindled thoughts of his first win on June 18, 2000, at Belle Isle.

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08/19/17
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Hunter-Reay tops opening Pocono practice (Update)
UPDATE Our apologies. The previous table of results for opening practice for the ABC Supply Co. 500 at Pocono Raceway was incorrect. Below, is the amended table with the correct results. Simon Pagenaud snuck in a fast late lap at the very end of practice that we missed to make him 2nd fastest.

Brian C.

REVISED RESULTS 

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08/19/17
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IndyCar Pocono 500 Qualifying Order
POSNO.DRIVERTEAM
19Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing Teams
212Will PowerTeam Penske
315Graham RahalRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
47Sebastian SaavedraSchmidt Peterson Motorsports
510Tony KanaanChip Ganassi Racing Teams
64Conor DalyA.J. Foyt Enterprises
73Helio CastronevesTeam Penske
888Gabby ChavesHarding Racing
918Esteban GutierrezDale Coyne Racing
1083Charlie KimballChip Ganassi Racing Teams
1121JR HildebrandEd Carpenter Racing
125James HinchcliffeSchmidt Peterson Motorsports
12a20Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter Racing
148Max ChiltonChip Ganassi Racing Teams
1598Alexander RossiAndretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian
162Josef NewgardenTeam Penske
1719Ed JonesDale Coyne Racing
181Simon PagenaudTeam Penske
1914Carlos MunozA.J. Foyt Enterprises
2027Marco AndrettiAndretti Autosport with Yarrow
2128Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport
2226Takuma SatoAndretti Autosport



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08/19/17
irl

Video: Pocono 500 Saturday Morning Report-2
AR1 President Mark C. filed this report from Pocono Raceway as morning practice was beginning for the ABC Supply IndyCar Pocono 500.

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08/19/17
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Video: Pocono 500 Saturday Morning Report - 1
Brian Carroccio files this Saturday Morning report from Pocono Raceway for AR1.com during opening practice for the ABC Supply Pocono 500

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08/19/17
automotive

Mercedes G63 And Old ML Go To War In Shocking Road Rage Incident
In what looks like a small convoy of very to moderately expensive cars, two similarly-branded vehicles all of a sudden start ramming each other in this video.

To be fair, it appears that the driver of that first-generation ML started it, at least from what the footage shows. It's the ML that first hits the G63, and even after the AMG-powered car retaliates, the driver of the ML goes on to be the more aggressive party.

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08/19/17
automotive

U.S. prosecutors recommend 3 years in prison for VW engineer Liang
Federal prosecutors on Friday recommended a three-year prison sentence for Volkswagen AG engineer James Liang for his role in widespread diesel emissions violations that have cost the German automaker as much as $25 billion.

Liang, who pleaded guilty to misleading regulators, is cooperating with prosecutors and will be sentenced on Aug. 25.

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08/19/17
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Saturday morning report from Pocono
Josef Newgarden comes into Pocono with the points lead
Josef Newgarden, here spinning at Indy, comes into Pocono with the points lead

After heavy rains yesterday Saturday morning as dawned sunny and warm as the IndyCars get ready for morning practice for the ABC Pocono 500 on the 2.5-mile Triangular shaped Pocono Superspeedway. Morning practice is from (;00 AM to 10:15 AM ET followed by single car qualifying at 1:00.  A final practice session is slated from 5:00 to 5:30 PM.

Four races remain in the season and 19 drivers are mathematically alive for the title. Fifty-eight points separate the top six drivers; 95 points separate the top eight.

Josef Newgarden leads the way. The 26-year-old American moved atop the standings for the first time in his career by winning the past two races at Toronto and Mid-Ohio.

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08/19/17
v8

Coulthard Back To The Top In Sydney
Fabian Coulthard
Fabian Coulthard
Fabian Coulthard was strong all day, netting a fourth place qualifying result. He got a solid start from the second row of the grid, and settled into fourth place.

When the pit stops began to unfold he ran consistent laps and good work from the crew saw him gain positions in pit lane. He was fifth at the late race Safety Car restart, before an incident at Turn 2 saw him jump into second place.

He then used his fresher tires to overtake McLaughlin for the lead and then drive away to a three second victory, his fourth of the season. It also saw him close the gap to both Whincup and teammate McLaughlin in the Championship.

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08/19/17
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Video: NASCAR Bristol Xfinity Series Post-Race Q&A
Third-Place Elliott Sadler (No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet), Second-Place Daniel Suarez (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) and Race Winner Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) and crew chief Eric Phillips

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08/19/17
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Video: NASCAR Bristol Monster Cup Post-Qualifying Q&A
Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) and Pole Winner Erik Jones (No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota)

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08/19/17
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Video: NASCAR Bristol Cup Series Pre-Race Q&A
Chris Buescher (No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet) and car owner Tad Geschickter, Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet), Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

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08/19/17
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Video: NASCAR Bristol Kenseth and Elliott Q&A
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) and Chase Elliott (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

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08/18/17
nhra

Leah Pritchett, Robert Hight Set National Records in Brainerd Qualifying
Leah Pritchett
Brainerd International Speedway saw a record setting night of racing at the 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals on Friday. 

Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Robert Hight (Funny Car) ran national elapsed-time record runs in their respective categories during qualifying.

Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also provisional qualifying leaders at the 17th of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Pritchett piloted her Papa John's Pizza dragster to the quickest run in NHRA history with a pass of 3.640-seconds at 330.63 mph to close out the second qualifying session while Hight's 3.793 pass at 338.00 in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS also landed him in the record books. 

Pritchett held the previous Top Fuel national record of 3.658 set in Phoenix at the beginning of the season. 

"We've looked forward to this night session for a long time," Pritchett said. "Knowing that Brainerd, this track, this surface, the conditions and what NHRA is able to do to it, lays down the ground work for us to pull out the most power possible. That's what this team did. They have been working tirelessly at finding small amounts of power here, there and everywhere and to be able to put it on the track tonight was incredible."

Robert Hight
Hight's pass was the first 3.7 second run in Funny Car history, he also holds the Funny Car national speed record of 339.87 set recently at Sonoma Raceway.

In Pro Stock, rookie Gray holds the No. 1 position with a 6.607 at 208.617, while Arana Jr. leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle field after running a 6.879 pass at 194.24 on his Lucas Oil Buell in the second qualifying session. 

Qualifying at the 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals will continue Saturday at 1:50 p.m. ET. 

 



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08/18/17
nastruck

Keselowski Racing to End Operations Following 2017 Season (Update)
UPDATE 

It's clear the Truck Series just needs to go away. The next to fold his team will be Kyle Busch
NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski has said more than once that his lower-level Camping World Truck Series team loses about $1 million annually, but that he keeps doing it because the team is what’s “in [his] heart.” But after this year, Keselowski said the team will be no more “for a number of reasons.”

Keselowski races for Team Penske in the top-level Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and won the 2012 championship. He also owns Brad Keselowski Racing, a team his website says he started in 2007 and that runs two entries in the Truck Series. Keselowski’s race team isn’t to be confused with BK Racing, a Cup Series team that NBC Sports reported earlier in August owes nearly $700,000 to the IRS for three tax liens in less than a year.

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08/18/17
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Sahlen's Joins Supporters of Argetsinger Award Dinner Honoring Mario Andretti

Sahlen’s, familiar to race fans in the Northeast, is the latest industry leader to join the International Motor Racing Research Center’s Cameron R. Argetsinger Award dinner honoring Mario Andretti.

A family-owned producer of quality meat products since 1869 in Buffalo, N.Y., Sahlen’s has signed on as sponsor of the reception at the Aug. 31 event at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y.

“We at Sahlen’s are proud to support the IMRRC dinner honoring America’s iconic racing legend. Mario Andretti and his accomplishments are known worldwide, and we're honored to be part of this gala evening,” Joe Sahlen, company president, said.

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08/18/17
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BMS Latest NASCAR Track To Offer Promos To Attract Younger Fans
Bristol
Bristol
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, and fans will "not only get to experience racing, but also concerts and other activities -- all in an effort to broaden the sport’s appeal," according to Zach Irby of the BRISTOL HERALD COURIER.

BMS VP/Corporate Sales Greg Harvey said that the track has "made it a priority in recent years to market certain events and ticket prices to college students during race week."  

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08/18/17
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Why is there so much instability in the IndyCar paddock?
A reader asks, Over the years I have seen drivers come and go in IndyCar, even from race-to-race. What is up with that? You cannot build a fanbase that way. George Steele

Dear George, That is because ride-buyers make up about half the grid. With low TV ratings on NBCSN teams cannot get sponsors to hire a driver for the entire season, so they have to rely on ride-buyer money to stay afloat. When their money dries up they are gone. If fact the entire IndyCar ladder system is funded by ride-buyer money. Young drivers pay the team for the opportunity to race. It's sad situation really. While some of these youngsters are real talents, one has to wonder how many talented youngsters are being missed because daddy did not have any money to buy them a ride to show it. I sometimes wonder if I can buy myself the starting quarterback job for the Dallas Cowboys. Mark C.

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08/18/17
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Video: NASCAR Bristol Xfinity Series Pre-Race Q&A
Cole Custer (No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford), Daniel Hemric (No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet) and Matt Tifft (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

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08/18/17
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Video: NASCAR Bristol Earnhardt Jr. Q&A
Dale Earnhardt  Jr. (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

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08/18/17
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Bristol Speedway Unveils Sign Honoring Dale Earnhardt Jr. Catchphrase
As Dale Earnhardt Jr. "gets ready to take his final lap" at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night, the track "decided to unveil a sign at its north entrance" honoring the longtime driver. A large sign reading "It's Bristol, Baby" pays homage to an '04 race at BMS where Earnhardt "uttered his now-famous phrase."

BMS GM Jerry Caldwell said that the sign "gives race fans a new way to engage with the property."

It was designed by Bristol-based Corporate Image constructed by Kingsport-based Mycroft Signs. Visitors and passers-by "will be able to stop for selfies and photos of the new sign." HERALDCOURIER.com



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08/18/17
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NASCAR to live-stream in-car cameras on Twitter during the playoffs
For the first time in the sport's history, NASCAR will live-stream an in-car camera on Twitter for all 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs races in 2017, NASCAR announced today.

Beginning with the first race of the NASCAR Playoffs at Chicagoland Speedway, NASCAR will provide fans a unique look from inside the race car with a live camera stream that can be accessed via its official Twitter handle, @NASCAR, and NASCAR.twitter.com.

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08/18/17
track news

Work Underway For $100M Motorsports Racetrack, Leisure Park In Nigeria
Ogun State Banner
Ogun State Banner
West Africa's first motorsports racetrack and leisure park "is set to be open" in a $100M project, according to THE VOICE.

The Ogun State Motorsport is a project proposed by event planner EMC3 Chair Baba Epega, who is based in London, and "nurtured and supported" by Senator Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Nigeria.

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08/18/17
f1

Hembery hits the nail on the head
Paul Hembery hit the proverbial nail square on the head
Paul Hembery hit the proverbial nail square on the head
Former Pirelli motorsports director Paul Hembery gave up his F1 post to head up the company’s operations in Latin America, but he still keeps in touch with what goes on in the F1 paddock.

He asks a very relevant question: Is Formula 1 a series for manufacturers or teams?

Either way cost reduction and creating a balance of power should be the priority for the rule makers, because Hembery is concerned that the complexity and expense of Formula 1 is keeping manufacturers away to the benefit of alternative racing series’ such as Formula E.

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08/18/17
v8

Scott McLaughlin quickest in practice for Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint
Scott McLaughlin
Scott McLaughlin
Kiwi flier Scott McLaughlin continued his golden run in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship on a blustery Sydney day by topping Friday practice at the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint.

But there were plenty of contenders lining up behind the Championship leader including Sydney-born Mark Winterbottom who had a return to the top three after a troubling year.

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08/17/17
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Miller, Bechtolsheimer Pacing Themselves Towards Championship Run
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It doesn’t always take winning races to be in the hunt for a championship at the end of a season.

For the No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing team, sitting third in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Grand Sport (GS) class standings just eight points out of the lead, the 2017 season has been about consistency and making the most of every race.

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08/17/17
v8

Supercars Take First Steps Towards Sydney Night Race
Sydney Night Test
Sydney Night Test
Supercars has staged a successful lighting test at Sydney Motorsport Park and will progress with plans for a race under lights in 2018.

Drivers Fabian Coulthard, Simona de Silvestro and Alex Davison took part in the Harvey Norman Nissan Altima, Shell V-Power Racing Falcon and Vodafone Safety Car across three locations at the circuit.

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08/17/17
TV News

Weekend TV Times

Thursday

NASCAR

  • Bristol Xfinity Series 1st Practice, Thursday at 1:00 pm on NBCSports.com
  • Bristol Xfinity Series Final Practice, Thursday at 3:00 pm on NBCSports.com
  • NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Thompson, Thursday at 6:00 pm on NBCSN

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08/17/17
irl

Andretti Autosport Launches MilitaryToMotorsports.com
Michael Andretti
Michael Andretti

Andretti Autosport announced today the launch of MilitaryToMotorsports.com, a unique hiring initiative to help U.S. Military Veterans transition into the civilian workforce upon retirement, specifically into the motorsport industry.  

The initiative, started with the help of retired U.S. Navy Seal Team Member and Deep Sea Diver and Andretti Autosport chassis owner, Chief David Tilton, seeks to give back to our nation’s Armed Service members by hiring the most qualified Military Veterans to join Andretti Autosport across its diverse family of race teams. Opportunities span across various positions and racing disciplines, including front office operations, transport drivers and pit crew members.

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08/17/17
nasmon

Denny Hamlin, Jordan Fish announce birth of second child
Denny Hamlin and girlfriend Jordan Fish have welcomed their second child into the world, Molly Gold Hamlin born on Aug. 15, 2017.

The couple took to Twitter to share the news. Jordan revealed that the couple was expecting on the day of the Daytona 500.

Hamlin and Fish also have a 4-year-old daughter, Taylor.



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08/17/17
f1

Ruth Buscombe On The Role Of The F1 Strategy Engineer
Sauber's senior strategy engineer Ruth Buscombe discusses her role on an F1 race weekend...

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08/17/17
nasmon

Video: Sharing Information – Stewart-Haas Racing's 4 Crew Chiefs
As one of the leading teams in NASCAR, Stewart-Haas Racing are constantly striving to better themselves. At the forefront of those efforts are SHR's four crew chiefs, who share information between the cars in order to help find the perfect set-up and winning formula.

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08/17/17
irl

Video: INDYCAR Photo Finish: Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon is the first guest on INDYCAR Photo Finish and he takes a look back at key moments from both his career and INDYCAR history.

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08/17/17
irl

Rahal riding momentum into Pocono
Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal
LONG POND -- Given his rough start to the season, it certainly didn’t appear as if Graham Rahal would be a championship contender in the Verizon IndyCar Series writes Scott Walsh of the Pocono Standard Speaker.

However, thanks to eight top-10 finishes in nine races -- including two wins -- the 28-year-old driver is in the thick of the title chase heading to Pocono Raceway this weekend for the ABC Supply 500.

“I’m proud of my team and the work the guys have done to put us in this position,” Rahal said. “We’re a small team, but as I always say, we’re mighty.

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08/17/17
nastruck

Video: NASCAR Bristol Truck Series Post-Race Q&A
Second-Place John H. Nemechek, Third-Place Matt Crafton, Race Winner Kyle Busch and Crew Chief Cody Glick

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08/17/17
dtm

Gary Paffett: "I don't do this job to be famous"
Gary Paffett
Gary Paffett
DTM champion, team captain and thoroughbred racing driver – that's Gary Paffett as we know him in the DTM. We reveal the person behind the racing driver in a three-part interview. In the final part, Gary talks about...
  • ... his wife Lisa: “She's certainly changed me as a human being from the very first day we met”
  • ... his promoter, Martin Hines: “He was the one person who believed in me more than any other. He was never in the slightest doubt about my ability”
  • ... his future in motor racing: “I'd love to work with teams and drivers, help them improve, win races and be successful”

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