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Mar 28

Takuma Sato tops day one of practice at St. Pete

On opening day of practice at St. Pete, Takuma Sato placed third and then first, respectively, in the opening two practice sessions. (Photo: Getty Images)

Takuma Sato placed third and then first, respectively, in the opening two practice sessions at St. Pete. (Photo: Getty Images)

Takuma Sato was third fastest in opening practice in St. Petersburg this morning, then was able to move up two markers during second practice, topping the timing sheets by 0.05 seconds over Graham Rahal. Will Power got the top spot for Chevrolet, again, in third.

Mar 28

Lotus Endures Disastrous First Day In Malaysia

Romain Grosjean's Lotus is removed from the track after breaking down during practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Romain Grosjean’s Lotus is removed from the track after breaking down during practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

 

Lotus endured another disastrous day in Sepang as Pastor Maldonado failed to log a lap time.

Maldonado did only two installation laps in the morning before he was forced to park the car, and a power unit change – including key components such as the V6, the turbo and the motor generator units – meant that he could not run in the afternoon.

Mar 28

Hinchcliffe tops opening IndyCar practice at St. Pete

James Hinchcliffe with a new livery during the 2014 season at St. Petersburg. (Photo: Russell LaBounty/LAT Photographic)

James Hinchcliffe with a new livery during the 2014 season at St. Petersburg. (Photo: Russell LaBounty/LAT Photographic)

As far as season openers go, IndyCar’s one at St. Petersburg tomorrow is chock-full of unknowns. Everyone is curious as to how Juan Pablo Montoya will perform in his return, and as to how the grid will shake up with new entrees and engines.

Nonetheless, this weekend is already off to a familiar showing with last season’s winner at St. Pete, James Hinchcliffe, topping the opening practice session.

Mar 28

Formula 1 paddock sends support for missing Flight MH370

#Prayfor370 is printed on Marcus Ericsson's Caterham at this weekend's Malaysian GP. (Photos: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic)

#PrayforMH370 is placed on Marcus Ericsson’s Caterham at this weekend’s Malaysian GP. (Photos: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic)

FIA’s premier open-wheel racing series, Formula 1, is in Sepang this weekend for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. While the teams and drivers have a busy weekend ahead of them, each of them are taking time to send support for those who were onboard Flight MH370 and their families.

Flight MH370 disappeared during its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, prompting an ongoing search that is now taking place in the Indian Ocean.

Many in the Formula 1 paddock have taken to Twitter and other forms of social media to send their support to the missing passengers and their families. Formula 1 will hold a moment of silence prior to its Grand Prix on Sunday. 

Mar 28

Cars: 2014 VW Passat TDI Review

The new diesel-ran Volkswagen Passat TDI produces 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.

The new diesel-powered Volkswagen Passat TDI produces 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, and gets 43 miles per gallon on the highway.

The Volkswagen Group, parent company of a host of automakers including Volkswagen and Audi, is one of the world’s leaders in diesel passenger-car technology and in recent years has really stepped up its game.

In Europe, diesels have been popular for decades because of their frugality with fuel, an important factor given the expense of filling up a car in Europe. In Germany, for example, gas is now about $8 a gallon, more than double what it costs in most U.S. markets.