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Couch Potato Tuesday: Indy 500 vs Coca-Cola 600 TV Coverage

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In the world of motorsports, Memorial Day Weekend is a biggie.  You have Indianapolis, Charlotte, Monaco, Lime Rock and the Nürburgring.  With the exception of Monaco, all of those places saw great finishes over the weekend.  Just thinking about all the action gives me a headache.  There’s a reason why we posted Lime Rock race …

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Pace Laps: Austin Dillon Steals Victory, Takuma Sato Gets Redemption at Indy

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Austin Dillon Stretches Fuel, Picks up First-Career Victory – The No. 3 car is back in Victory Lane, as Austin Dillon went the final 70 laps of the 600-mile race on a single tank of fuel. What went from another Martin Truex Jr. invitational, dominating, yet, again another Coca-Cola 600, Dillon and …

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Scott Dixon Escapes Breathtaking Crash in Indy 500

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Scott Dixon made a lucky escape after a horrific crash in Turn 1 on lap 55 of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. Following a brush into the wall by Jay Howard, Dixon came around the corner and impacted the left side of Howard’s off-the-pace No. 77. Dixon was then launched in the air before landing into the …

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Scott Dixon Fastest in INDYCAR Long Beach Final Practice

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Scott Dixon continued his great form on Saturday, turning in the best lap of the 45-minute final practice session of the weekend.  However, Dixon topped the charts by the smallest of margins. Dixon’s lap of 67.1348 seconds (105.531 mph) on his final lap of the session was only two-ten thousandths (you read that right) quicker …

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Will Power Fastest in Friday Long Beach INDYCAR Practice

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On Friday afternoon, Team Penske’s Will Power was fastest overall in the two practice sessions for the Verizon IndyCar Series on the streets of Long Beach.  Power’s best lap of 67.0800 seconds (105.617 mph) in the afternoon session was less than a tenth of a second faster than Helio Castroneves‘ pole time from last year. …

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Mazda Motorsports Gets Their Groove Back on Roar Day No. 2

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Overnight thunderstorms and lingering rains made the early morning session No. 3 a complete toss-up for teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  A couple of stories did come out of the session.  First, Continental’s rain tires are still not as good as Michelin’s, and the margins between the DPi and LMP2 Prototypes can change …

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Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s US and European Arms Unite for Rolex 24

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On Wednesday morning, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing announced that the team’s two divisions (the North American and UK divisions) will join together as one four-car team for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  The unification has been done for one purpose: To go out and win. Team owner Chip Ganassi has been happy with the Ford …

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Returning to Pocono is Best Medicine 1 Year After Justin Wilson’s Death

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As the Verizon IndyCar Series approaches the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway this weekend, the sport is on the verge of another step forward in moving on from tragedy. Following the death of three-time Indianapolis 500 starter, Bryan Clauson, this past week, the series finds yet another shocking reminder, as it approaches the one-year …

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Scott Dixon Leads, But Crashes in IndyCar Mid-Ohio Warmup

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It was a combination of highs and lows for four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champ Scott Dixon as the New Zealander topped Sunday’s warmup, but crashed at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Dixon’s fastest lap, good for a time of 1:04.4039, served as the quickest lap of the planned 30-minute warmup for the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio. …

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Scott Dixon Salvages Fifth-Place Result After Team Penske Pinball

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On a typical race weekend, a fifth-place finish for Scott Dixon would be expected, if not disappointing. However, Sunday’s Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans – Dual II proved be anything but routine for the four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion. Dixon overcame a broken suspension from an opening lap melee with Helio Castroneves and …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Chase Elliott Grab a Third-Straight Top 5 in Richmond?

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Will Chase Elliott Grab a Third Straight Top 5 in Richmond? Following back-to-back top 5s for Chase Elliott this season, the Sprint Cup Series rookie will look for a third this weekend at Richmond. Will he do it? One thing he has going for him – unlike most tracks on the circuit – is past …

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Simon Pagenaud Withstands Review, Scott Dixon to Score Long Beach Win

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Looking to get the winless monkey off of his back, Simon Pagenaud surged to a late lead to claim the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. However, in typical Verizon IndyCar Series style, the win came amid controversy. Pagenaud inherited the lead after his final pit stop and withstood a furious charge from Scott Dixon to …

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