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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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Takuma Sato Holds Off Helio Castroneves for Indianapolis 500 Victory


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Forget 2012. Takuma Sato is now a winner of the Indianapolis 500. Following a late restart with Max Chilton out front, it was Sato who perfected the pass with five laps to go and held off the three-time race winner Helio Castroneves to win the 101st Indianapolis 500. The win, the first for a Japanese driver in …

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4 Burning Questions: Keselowski, Harvick & Truex, Who Wins Texas First?

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Keselowski, Harvick, Truex: Who Wins Texas Motor Speedway First? These guys may have kicked some arse at Texas in the past, but they hope a re-profiling will change their winless luck around. For Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, there are three specific drivers who shockingly haven’t scored a win at the 1.5-mile track yet. First …

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Takuma Sato Crashes Out Early in Pocono


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From the highest high to the lowest low in less than a minute. That’s how Takuma Sato will remember Monday’s rain-postponed ABC Supply 500 from Pocono Raceway, as the Japanese driver crashed out on Lap 1 after a season-best third-place qualifying effort. Backing into the Turn-3 wall, the No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Honda suffered …

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Takuma Sato Paces Rainy IndyCar Practice at Barber

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How’s this for a change of pace: the rainy second practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was led by three Hondas. A.J. Fort Racing’s Takuma Sato (1:07.2157) and Jack Hawksworth (1:07.2197) led the way with near-identical times to top the session, with James Hinchcliffe rattling off a 1:07.2455 to complete a Honda …

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