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  1. NHRA: Tony Pedregon hopes to keep momentum going in Norwalk

    Jul 2, 2015, 11:08 PM EDT

    Tony Pedregon (Photo courtesy Tony Pedregon official Twitter account)

    The way his season had been going, two-time NHRA Funny Car champ Tony Pedregon was threatening to become a “Whatever Happened To?” question.

  2. NHRA: New president Peter Clifford full of ideas to get drag racing back on-track

    Jul 2, 2015, 10:18 PM EDT

    New NHRA president Peter Clifford. He succeeds Tom Compton, who retired after 15 years as the sanctioning body's chief executive officer. (Photo: Getty Images)

    New NHRA Peter Clifford has the experience and apparently plenty of ideas already to get the sport of drag racing moving forward and out of neutral.

  3. Matthew Brabham completes first IndyCar test, eyes 2016 Indy 500

    Jul 2, 2015, 6:36 PM EDT

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    Today, Iowa. Next year, Indianapolis? That’s what Matthew Brabham is hoping for, after completing his first full IndyCar test with Andretti Autosport Thursday at Iowa Speedway.

  4. Ryan Briscoe making most of filling in for James Hinchcliffe

    Jul 2, 2015, 4:10 PM EDT

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    At the same time that James Hinchcliffe was seriously injured while practicing for the Indianapolis 500, Ryan Briscoe didn’t have a ride for either the 500 or for the season.

  5. NHRA shakeup: Tom Compton retires as president, Peter Clifford named successor

    Jul 1, 2015, 2:42 PM EDT

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    In a surprise move, the NHRA announced Wednesday that president Tom Compton has retired after 15 years as the sanctioning body’s chief executive officer

  6. Report: Roger Penske intends to keep his ‘four aces’ in IndyCar

    Jun 29, 2015, 9:29 PM EDT

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    The 2015 season is the first time Roger Penske has captained four teams on the IndyCar circuit. And it appears it will be full steam ahead with four teams going forward.

  7. Mario Andretti gets Jay Leno up to speed — and then some

    Jun 29, 2015, 8:53 PM EDT

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    Comedian and former late-night talk show host Jay Leno has spent his career making millions laugh. But recently, the joke was on Leno, so to speak – but in a good way.

  8. Racing legend Parnelli Jones featured in upcoming Indy 500 film

    Jun 29, 2015, 8:24 PM EDT

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    If you’re a big fan of the Indianapolis 500 and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, put this on your bucket list for next year.

  9. NHRA: Antron Brown looks to make Top Fuel fireworks this weekend

    Jun 29, 2015, 7:18 PM EDT

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    With five races coming up in the next six weeks, Top Fuel driver Antron Brown knows how crucial this stretch of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season will be.

  10. Pippa Mann revels in career-best IndyCar finish at Fontana

    Jun 29, 2015, 5:47 PM EDT

    Pippa Mann earned a career-best 13th-place finish in Saturday's MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

    Finishing 13th in her Dale Coyne Racing Honda, Pippa Mann enjoyed the best showing of her IndyCar career in Saturday’s MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

  11. After tough recent outings, Jack Hawksworth relishes 10th-place showing at Fontana

    Jun 29, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

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    Jack Hawksworth enjoyed one of his better runs of 2015 in Saturday’s MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

  12. MAVTV 500: Despite being nerve-racking to crazy, drivers glad safety won out

    Jun 29, 2015, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Although it’s been two days since the MAV TV 500, a number of IndyCar drivers are not going to soon forget one of the wildest races the series has seen in a long time.

  13. Sage Karam enjoys best run of budding IndyCar career

    Jun 27, 2015, 9:56 PM EDT

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    It was 150 years ago that author Horace Greeley wrote those famous words, “Go West, Young Man,” and IndyCar driver Sage Karam put that advice to good use in Saturday’s MAV TV 500.

  14. Montoya increases points lead, but not happy with how it happened (VIDEO)

    Jun 27, 2015, 9:21 PM EDT

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    With Will Power involved in a late-race wreck in Saturday’s MAV TV 500, Juan Pablo Montoya finished fourth to extend his points lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

  15. IndyCar: Briscoe goes airborne in frightening crash, but emerges unscathed

    Jun 27, 2015, 8:50 PM EDT

    Despite the wicked end-over-end crash he had at the end of Saturday's IndyCar race at Auto Club Speedway, Ryan Briscoe was still able to smile about things afterward.

    In one of the most frightening wrecks of the season, Ryan Briscoe went airborne and flipped end-over-end on the final lap of Saturday’s MAV TV 500 IndyCar race — but was unhurt.

  16. IndyCar: Will Power’s second straight championship hope takes big hit after wreck at Fontana (VIDEO)

    Jun 27, 2015, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Will Power’s hopes for a second straight IndyCar Series championship took a big hit after a late-race wreck in Saturday’s MAV TV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

  17. Fontana: CFH Racing teammates Newgarden, Carpenter wreck together

    Jun 27, 2015, 6:42 PM EDT

    Josef Newgarden had nowhere to go when teammate Ed Carpenter washed up the racetrack, causing both cars to collide and knock each other out of Saturday's MAV TV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

    The high hopes CFH Racing had coming into Saturday’s MAV TV 500 came to a sudden end when teammates Ed Carpenter and Josef Newgarden wrecked.

  18. Helio Castroneves’ hopes of climbing up in standings end with wreck at Fontana

    Jun 27, 2015, 6:19 PM EDT

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    Helio Castroneves’ hope of moving up in the IndyCar point standings came to an early end in Saturday’s MAV TV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

  19. Marcos Ambrose back racing in Australia, will receive extra practice in upcoming events to get up to speed

    Jun 25, 2015, 6:54 PM EDT

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    Former NASCAR driver and road course specialist Marcos Ambrose is back racing in his native Australia.

  20. NHRA: Erica Enders shifts into high gear for 2nd Pro Stock title bid

    Jun 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    When someone yells “You go, girl,” Erica Enders typically does – at over 200 mph.

  21. Pippa Mann to make third IndyCar start of season at Fontana

    Jun 24, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT

    Pippa Mann makes her third start of the season for Dale Coyne Racing in Saturday's MAVTV 500 race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

    A welcome return for Pippa Mann, back again in Coyne’s No. 18 car, this weekend.

  22. Ed Carpenter looks to turn California dream back into reality

    Jun 24, 2015, 8:16 PM EDT

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    To borrow from the 1966 hit song by the Mama’s and the Papa’s, Ed Carpenter has been spending a lot of California Dreamin’ lately – of Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

  23. IndyCar: Graham Rahal looking forward to racing 3 ovals in a row

    Jun 24, 2015, 4:44 PM EDT

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    Graham Rahal’s mind has been going around in circles lately. Or more precisely, ovals.

  24. Fontana IndyCar race finds itself in a different place of sorts

    Jun 24, 2015, 3:32 PM EDT

    Will Power won the 2014 IndyCar championship in the season-ending race at Fontana, Calif.

    There will be a much different vibe for IndyCar drivers in this Saturday’s MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

  25. IndyCar: Bid to tie/break record for most wins by different drivers in season slipping away

    Jun 24, 2015, 1:38 PM EDT

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    The chances of tying or breaking the Verizon IndyCar Series record for wins by the most different number of drivers in a single season (11) are quickly evaporating.