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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Barber Motorsports Park – Friday – Close

By Tony DiZinno and Steve Wittich The first of three busy days at Barber Motorsports Park is in the books. Today featured the combination of picture perfect weather, quintessential Southern hospitality in Birmingham and a busy, but never overly chaotic, schedule among the Verizon IndyCar Series, Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires and…

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Barber Motorsports Park – Friday at 4 pm – Second practice and Pro Mazda qualifying

By Tony DiZinno and Steve Wittich We bumped into two of the drivers who made headlines last weekend in Long Beach before second practice. Graham Rahal noted that drivers are continuing to adjust to the new braking points with the new Dallara UAK18. He told TSO that because of the increased top-end speed, it remains…

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Barber Motorsports Park – Friday at 1:30 pm – A bevy of paddock notes and Indy Lights first practice

By Tony DiZinno and Steve Wittich As Barber is the last race weekend before the month of May at Indianapolis, there’s a lot of final preparations being made for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Here’s a few things we’ve gathered this morning walking through the paddock. — A couple notes from two…

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Barber Motorsports Park – Friday at noon – First practice and Dixon notes

By Tony DiZinno Before first practice kicked off at 11:15 a.m. CT and local time, four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion – and Barber’s eternally podium-but-not-yet-winner – Scott Dixon paid a visit to the media center. He touched on his season so far, as well as address his recent announcement that he’d be on NBC’s next…

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Barber Motorsports Park – Friday at 8 a.m. – good morning from Alabama

Note from Steve – there is nothing like getting to the track, and realizing that Tony had already prepared most of Friday’s open. Thanks, TDZ. As Tony notes below, it’s been a bit of a hectic few days of travel. I flew home from Long Beach on Monday, arriving back in Indianapolis, Ind. at 10…

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Barber Motorsports Park – Steve’s Preview

By Steve Wittich It’s hard to believe that it was over a decade ago that a group of IRL IndyCar Series first visited the 2.3-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park natural terrain road course for a compatibility test in October 2007. With the merger of the IRL and Champ Car, it took until 2010 for the…

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Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach – Sunday – 7:33pm – close #1 – a beatdown and furieux

By Steve Wittich and Tony DiZinno Here are a lot of words about the 44th Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach – I’ve got more, but I’m hungry, so this will have to get you started. Mega thanks to Tony DiZinno for helping out with this report. Another successful Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach…

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Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach – Sunday -3:45pm – rough race notes and unofficial results

Former Indy car driver Scott Pruett gave the command to fire the twin-turbo V6 power plants. The ambient temperature when the green flag flew was 66F and the track temperature was 105F. There was some significantly cooler than the past two afternoons. The race start was straggly with only the first two rows able to…

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Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach – Sunday -1:40pm – quick pre-race strategy and tire type update

By Steve Wittich Just back from a quick grid walk. The biggest surprise? That the Chevrolet Indy V6 powered cars are worried about making the race in only two stops without a few cautions. Cars starting on sticker Firestone reds: 98, 12, 22, 15, 14, 4, 59, 26, 19, 23 Cars starting on scuffed Firestone…

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Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach – Sunday – 11:45am – social update and some celebrity type stuff

By Steve Wittich My social report after I left the track last night is pretty lame. Before I left for my hotel, I did take some time to watch 80’s rockers, The Cult, who were playing on the Plaza Stage. The Cult was a band that I loved in my high-school and college years, and…

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