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Takuma Sato Dominates In Birmingham

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Chevrolet has dominated at Barber Motorsports Park the last four seasons. But on Sunday, Honda went back to Victory Lane in Birmingham for the first time since 2014. Until Sunday, Honda won the Grand Prix of Alabama three times of the last 10 races at Barber Motorsports Park. That changed, though, as Honda took home …

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Takuma Sato Returning to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 2019

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Takuma Sato will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 2019, the organization announced on Sunday (Sept. 16). It will be his second straight and third overall season with the organization. Sato was able to earn his first victory with the RLLR racing team in 2018 at Portland, the only victory for the organization this …

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Takuma Sato Earns Best IndyCar Finish Since 2nd Detroit Race in 2017

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Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has had a consistent season with Takuma Sato. Sunday’s race at Road America was no different and it resulted in Sato almost earning his first podium finish since his victory in last years Indianapolis 500. As noted, the season has been a consistent one for RLLR including with Sato’s teammate Graham Rahal, …

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Josef Newgarden Earns 10th Career IndyCar Series Victory at Road America

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The first goal for Josef Newgarden this weekend was to earn the pole position. A last minute fast lap during Saturday’s qualifying session put a check mark in that box, and much like his winning performance at Barber in April, Newgarden put in another dominating performance on Sunday in the KOHLER Grand Prix. The Hendersonville, Tenn. …

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Scott Dixon Scores 1st Victory at Belle Isle Since 2012

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Honda came into Chevrolet’s backyard and completely dominated Saturday’s first of two races at The Raceway at Belle Isle. The Hondas of Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay battled for the victory in the end with Dixon holding off Hunter-Reay for his 42nd career victory. With the victory, Dixon moves into third on the all-time wins …

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Rahal’s Team Grows While Ganassi’s Shrinks For 2018

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Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will grow to a two-car team while Chip Ganassi Racing will shrink to a two-car team in 2018. Reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato will return to RLL next season, which he drove for in 2012, joining Graham Rahal as a teammate. The Japanese wheelman was part of AJ Foyt Racing’s …

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Takuma Sato Wins Pole for ABC Supply 500 at Pocono

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Takuma Sato won the pole for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday afternoon, edging Simon Pagenaud by 0.19 seconds in qualifying. It’s the second pole of the season for Sato; his first came at Race No. 2 of the Detroit Grand Prix weekend. Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Charlie Kimball and Tony Kanaan …

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Double Take: More Memorial Day Weekend Doubles, Please

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The greatest weekend of racing has passed, and boy, were fans treated to an awesome trifecta of events. Fans started off the day by seeing Sebastian Vettel win the Monaco Grand Prix, his third win of 2017 and 45th overall in Formula 1; he’s now won 50 percent of the races contested this season, only …

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Did You Notice?: How Quickly Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 Winners Forgotten

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Did You Notice? … By Wednesday, no one seems to care who triumphed on the greatest weekend in racing? That the biggest story from both the Indianapolis 500 and Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Coca-Cola 600 had nothing to do with who won? It’s not just that both races suffered through ratings declines (both were down 13 percent). Other sideshow-like …

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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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