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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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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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Friday Faceoff: Who’s In, Who’s Out & Does It Matter?

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The big news this week were the departures of Danica Patrick from the No. 10 and Aric Almirola from the No. 43.  Who ends up in those rides? Michael Massie: It seems a given that Aric Almirola will get in the No. 10 and Darrell Wallace Jr. is the new No. 43 driver. I love …

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Zach Veach, Spencer Pigot Secure Full-Time Rides For 2018

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Two pieces of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Silly Season puzzle have been put into place this week as Zach Veach and Spencer Pigot announced full-time rides for 2018. Veach, who ran two races this season — including the 101st Indianapolis 500, will compete with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Honda. He’ll replace Takuma Sato, who …

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Despite Watkins Glen Trouble, Josef Newgarden Still Has Points Advantage, But .…


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Josef Newgarden finished 18th in the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen on Sunday after an accident with Sébastien Bourdais while leaving pit road, but nonetheless maintains a three-point lead over four-time champion Scott Dixon in the standings. Newgarden was racing Team Penske teammate Will Power off pit lane during the final round of stops when …

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Pace Laps: Denny Hamlin Dominates Darlington, IndyCar Series Title Battle Tightens

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Denny Hamlin Makes a Darling out of Darlington – Nobody, even the drivers, seem to understand why a certain track brings success to a certain driver. Jimmie Johnson has Dover, Jeff Gordon had Martinsville. Why? “It just suits my driving style.” For Denny Hamlin, a sweep of the weekend at …

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Kyle Kaiser Wins Indy Lights Title, Clinches Entry into 102nd Indy 500

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When Kyle Kaiser took the green flag for the final event of the 2017 Indy Lights season, he clinched the championship, a $1 million scholarship toward racing in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, and participation in three IndyCar races, including the 102nd Indianapolis 500. The 21-year-old Juncos Racing driver entered the last race at …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Will Be On the Outside Looking In?

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As 2017 winds down, a few surprising names are out of a ride in NASCAR.  With only a few seats still up in the air, which driver is most likely to be out in the cold without a ride next year? Michael Massie:  In NASCAR, drivers rarely have the option to go out on their …

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Pace Laps: Jeremy Clements Gets Long Awaited Victory, Josef Newgarden Extends Points Lead

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: What to Do With An Off-Week – Hopefully, you enjoyed your off-weekend, because they will be no more in 2017. After an 18-week stretch for the Cup guys, they all kept it easy this last weekend of August before a final 12-week haul leads us to the offseason. But let’s …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Busch Takes the Broom at Bristol & Bad News for Brad Keselowski Racing

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Bristol Win Slips Through Fingers of Erik Jones, Matt Kenseth – As American screenwriter Eric Roth once said: “Our lives are defined by opportunities… even the ones we miss.” Following a blinding qualifying lap Friday afternoon, rookie Erik Jones was in prime position to grab his first career Cup win …

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Alexander Rossi Continues to Impress on the 2.5-Mile Ovals

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When Alexander Rossi won the Indianapolis 500 last year, naysayers claimed a lucky strategy helped him make it to the finish when the race turned into a fuel-mileage competition. But for this year’s Indy 500, he qualified third and led 23 laps. He ended up seventh, but his performance was worthy of a podium — …

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