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Matheus Leist: ‘Phoenix Will be one of the Hardest Races’

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Matheus Leist has never raced on an oval or at night in an Indy car. He’ll do both at ISM Raceway on Saturday evening. Leist, 19, is a rookie in the Verizon IndyCar Series who competed in last year’s Indy Lights championship, finishing fourth in the standings. The Brazilian made his first IndyCar start at St. …

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Robert Wickens Tremendous in Debut, But Sebastien Bourdais Repeats at St. Petersburg

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It was a heartbreaking finish to Robert Wickens’ fabulous IndyCar Series debut. Wickens, 28, made his first start with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports from the pole at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and led 69 laps, but contact from Alexander Rossi following a restart on Lap 109 cost the Canadian rookie a chance at victory. …

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Conor Daly Joining Thom Burns Racing-Dale Coyne Racing for 102nd Indianapolis 500

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Through an uncertain offseason and a fourth-place finish in the popular reality series The Amazing Race, Conor Daly has secured a ride for the 102nd Indianapolis 500. Daly, 26, will drive the No. 17 Honda with sponsorship from the U.S. Air Force. The paint scheme is resemblant of a Thunderbird fighter jet. The car is …

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Danica Patrick Joining Ed Carpenter Racing for Final Indianapolis 500

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As the only woman to lead laps in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, Danica Patrick has done a lot in her racing career. But on Wednesday, she admitted to doing something new, saying, “I’ve never done that in my career.” What was it? Patrick accidentally revealed that her last race would be …

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This Week in INDYCAR: Windscreens, Testing & College Basketball?

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The 2018 IndyCar Series season doesn’t officially start for another month, but teams are already preparing to race. The series is in Phoenix this week for its annual Prix View test sessions at ISM Raceway and is also promoting the sport to a broader audience. Pagenaud, Kanaan go to College While Alexander Rossi and Conor …

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Thoughts on the Chip Ganassi Racing-PNC Bank Partnership

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On Tuesday (Feb. 6), Chip Ganassi Racing and PNC Bank announced a partnership that will see the financial corporation on Scott Dixon’s No. 9 Honda for the 2018 IndyCar Series season. Last year, Dixon’s team struggled to secure sponsorship. For preseason testing in Phoenix, Dixon piloted a blank white car and donned an unsponsored firesuit. …

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Michael Shank Racing Unveils Jack Harvey’s Indy 500 Entry

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Michael Shank Racing’s Indy car was unveiled at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Thursday. The No. 60 Honda will be driven by Jack Harvey in six IndyCar Series races this year, including the 102nd Indianapolis 500. MSR and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entered an alliance that will allow them to share resources. The announcement of …

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Martin Truex Jr. Hopes 78 Becomes the New 48

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When the same driver-team combination wins five consecutive championships and seven overall in an 11-year span, the competition will want to replicate it to find success. That’s what Jimmie Johnson and the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 crew have accomplished. Many teams looked at them as a role model because of the dominance they’ve had in …

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Ryan Truex Shocked Himself a Bit When Kaulig Racing Deal Was Finalized

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When Kaulig Racing announced Ryan Truex as its new driver for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, it was a shock to some, and to a degree, Truex himself. Kaulig made the announcement two weeks ago, but a deal wasn’t secured until the night before. As Truex sat in front of the media to discuss …

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Fernando Alonso Talks 24 Hours of Daytona Attempt, Stock Car Future

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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso is no stranger when it comes to trying something new. After all, he competed in the Indianapolis 500 last year and will drive in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona this weekend. Alonso, 36, competes with McLaren in F1, and that is his primary job. But he’s in the …

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