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Sato Shines with Gratitude during Unveiling of Likeness on Borg-Warner Trophy

  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Press Release For Immediate Release   Sato Shines with Gratitude during Unveiling of Likeness on Borg-Warner Trophy INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 – An anxious Takuma Sato leaned in, but that wasn’t close enough. So he knelt for an even better view of his sterling-silver likeness on the 65-inch, 110-pound Borg-Warner Trophy when...

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Sonoma Raceway Opens 50 Acres Campground to Evacuees

SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2017) – Sonoma Raceway will open its 50 Acres campground to evacuees seeking temporary refuge from the Northern California fires. The raceway, which is equipped to handle up to 2,000 campers during its major event weekends, will open its largest campground to evacuees in RVs beginning this afternoon. The 50 Acres...

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Tony Kanaan Joins AJ Foyt Racing To Drive the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet

Tony Kanaan Joins AJ Foyt Racing To Drive the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet October 5, 2017 INDIANAPOLIS, IN– Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan, of Miami, Fla., will join AJ Foyt Racing to drive the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series team officials announced today. The pairing of a modern legend...

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HELIO CASTRONEVES JOINS TEAM PENSKE’S IMSA LINEUP

Legendary Team Penske Driver Set for New Challenge; Will Race in 2018 Indianapolis 500 MOORESVILLE, NC (October 4, 2017) – Team Penske today announced that longtime winning INDYCAR driver Helio Castroneves will join the team’s new Acura Team Penske program that will begin racing in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Castroneves will join previously-announced drivers...

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Value-Packed Bronze Badges Available Now for IMS Insider Access during May 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 – Bronze Badges for the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one of the most treasured keepsakes and best values in sports, are available for fans seeking insider access to the INDYCAR Grand Prix and 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. A Bronze Badge provides gate admission and...

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Patrick’s Sonoma Travel, A little Racing stuff, and a LOT of THANK YOU’s!

By Patrick Stephan The TSO staff is working to get caught up, and since Steve just sent some notes from Sonoma, here come so more from me. Yes, Ganassi Racing (as sent yesterday) went down to two cars – which was pretty much expected. Earlier in the week, worst secret in racing became official as...

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More Sonoma Post Race Notes (but not nearly all of them – we’re slackers!)

By Patrick Stephan Race fans, here comes a piece of our Sonoma final report. I’m now abandoning any hope of sending all of the notes and thoughts in one big package. It’s mostly the thoughts part getting in the way. Ok, it’s really my real job getting in the way of compiling a stack of...

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Race Report: GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

    SONOMA, Calif. – The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season ended Sunday with Josef Newgarden winning the championship in his first year driving for Team Penske, and his teammate, the defending series champion Simon Pagenaud, claiming the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.   Driving the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet, Conor Daly finished 10th after starting 13th...

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First Pass at Sonoma Post Race Thoughts, Notes, Quotes!

By Patrick Stephan and Steve Wittich Note, since this race ends “late” on the West Coast, its really late on the East Coast. That creates some stress in the media center as reporters working off East Coast deadlines are now pounding away on their keyboards, but it also starts a whirlwind run for 2017 Verizon...

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Rough Race Report – SPOILER!!

By Patrick Stephan The ambient temperature was 76 with the track at 101 when the green flag waved, and Josef Newgarden got off to a nice clean start, taking the lead in to Turn 1. Behind him there was a lot of battling. We saw Helio and Will Power side by side through Turn 3,...

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