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Entry List: 20th Running of the Motul Petit Le Mans

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This weekend, the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship comes to an end at Road Atlanta in Georgia.  39 cars in four classes will battle for glory. In the Prototype class, the biggest story of the race is the appearance of Team Penske. They’ll run an ORECA 07-Gibson with big names behind the wheel.  Juan Pablo Montoya, …

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Team Penske to Enter Motul Petit Le Mans

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Ever since the Acura Team Penske DPi effort for 2018 was announced, there have been inklings that Penske was going to enter the Motul Petit Le Mans as a dress rehearsal.  On Thursday, Team Penske made it official. Team Penske has filed an entry for next weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans.  The press release doesn’t …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Power of NASCAR Social Media

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ONE: Twitter Wars I’m sure by now you’ve seen the tweet from Brad Keselowski Friday, prior to the race at Chicagoland Speedway this past weekend where he took to Twitter to opine on the form of the Toyotas. Just in case, here’s the tweet in question: We are all in for a rude awakening. Haven't seen …

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Simon Pagenaud Wins IndyCar at Sonoma, Josef Newgarden Takes Series Championship

2017 Long Beach IndyCar Simon Pagenaud Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Simon Pagenaud may have won the battle in Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series contest at Sonoma Raceway, a thrilling open-wheel finale on the winding road course, but the big winner on the day was Josef Newgarden. On a picture perfect day in the rolling hills of northern California’s wine country, Newgarden took home his first IndyCar title and …

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Pace Laps: Championship Favorites Reign at Chicago, Josef Newgarden Wins IndyCar Title

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: The Importance of Execution – It ended some days and opened opportunity for others. Heck, it even had its place in the day of the race winner Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Execution is an important factor in tying one end of the race to the other, especially once the playoffs …

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Simon Pagenaud Fastest in INDYCAR Long Beach Warm-up

2017 Long Beach IndyCar Simon Pagenaud Car Phil Allaway

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Sunday is destined to be a tough day for defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud.  A penalty for impeding traffic in qualifying means that he has to start last.  Luckily, Pagenaud has a fast car.  In the morning warm-up in Long Beach, Pagenaud was quickest with a lap of 66.6497 seconds (106.299 mph). Pagenaud’s …

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Helio Castroneves Wins Long Beach Pole with Track Record

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(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves won the pole for Sunday’s 43rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Castroneves’ lap of 66.2254 seconds (106.980 mph) is a brand-new track record. Afterwards, Castroneves was very pleased with his performance. “[The] car felt pretty good,” Castroneves said during the Firestone Fast Six press conference.  “Especially …

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4 Burning Questions: Should We Expect the Unexpected at Chicagoland?


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Should We Expect the Unexpected at Chicagoland Speedway? Wow, here we go again. The week-to-week dance called the regular season is finished, and now we’ll take a couple jives into the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series championship. With 16 drivers, 10 races and one champion, Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway is where it all starts. Kicking …

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IndyCar Championship Turns Into Team Penske Prizefight as 2016 Winds Down


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Simon Pagenaud and Will Power have spent the better part of the last month fighting among themselves for position on the track and in the points standings. The battle continued to rage on at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with the Team Penske teammates bouncing off of each other twice before Pagenaud prevailed for the position …

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Simon Pagenaud Soars to Iowa IndyCar Pole, Penske’s 500th Pole


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Drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock hoping to make gains on Simon Pagenaud‘s impressive points lead at Iowa Speedway will have to pass the Frenchman to make it happen. Pagenaud’s 185.855-mph circuit around the .894-mile Newton, Iowa, oval proved fast enough to score the pole for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300. The result is Pagenaud’s eighth-career pole, …

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