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Nov 15

MotoGP: Pedrosa Undergoes Successful Surgery In Barcelona

Dani Pedrosa underwent surgery Thursday to remove a plate and 13 screws from his right collarbone. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dani Pedrosa underwent surgery Thursday to remove a plate and 13 screws from his right collarbone. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dani Pedrosa looks forward to his recuperation period, having undergone surgery in Barcelona on Thursday immediately after the MotoGP test session in Valencia.

The operation, carried out by Dr. Xavier Mir at Barcelona’s Quiron Dexeus University Hospital, involved removing a plate and 13 screws from the Repsol Honda Team rider’s right collarbone. These had been inserted after the Spaniard was injured in a crash with Marco Simoncelli at the 2011 French Grand Prix.

“I’ve undergone surgery to remove the plate and 13 screws from my right collarbone operation in 2011, which I required as a result of the crash I had that season,” Pedrosa explains on Friday.

Nov 15

What To Watch: Your Weekend Racing Schedule

What To Watch: Your Weekend Racing Schedule

Narain Karthikeyan of India and Hispania Racing Team drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on Nov. 18, 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)

Friday, November 15

On Demand – Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli | Imola (www.Speed2.com)

10 a.m. – Formula 1 | USGP Austin P1

2 p.m. – Formula 1 | USGP Austin P2

Saturday, November 16

On Demand – Superstars GT Sprint | Imola (www.Speed2.com)

10 a.m. – Formula 1 | USGP Austin P3

1 p.m. – Formula 1 | USGP Austin Qualifying

Sunday, November 17

On Demand – Superstars International | Imola (www.Speed2.com)

2 p.m. – Formula 1 | USGP Austin Race

2 p.m. – Lucas Oil Off Road | Las Vegas (FOX Sports 1)

8 p.m. – FIA World Touring Car Championship | Hungary (FOX Sports 2)

9 p.m. – FIA GT1 World Championship | Netherlands (FOX Sports 2)

**All times Eastern Standard

Nov 14

IndyCar: Dario Franchitti Announces He’s Unable To Continue Racing Career

IndyCar: Dario Franchitti Announces He Is Unable To Continue Auto Racing Career

Dario Franchitti, of Scotland, is a former IndyCar champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti said on Thursday that doctors have told him he can no longer race because of injuries sustained in an IndyCar crash last month.

Franchitti broke his spine and right ankle and suffered a concussion in the Oct. 6 crash at Houston. The crash occurred on the last lap when his car made contact with another car and went sailing into a fence.

The 40-year-old Franchitti underwent two surgeries on his ankle and recently returned home to Scotland to recover.

“One month removed from the crash and based upon the expert advice of the doctors who have treated and assessed my head and spinal injuries post accident, it is their best medical opinion that I must stop racing,” Franchitti said. “They have made it very clear that the risks involved in further racing are too great and could be detrimental to my long-term well-being. Based on this medical advice, I have no choice but to stop.”

The four-time IndyCar champion has been the face of the series since he returned in 2009 following a brief stint in NASCAR. He won three consecutive titles from 2009 to 2011, and two of his three Indy 500 wins.

Franchitti had crossover appeal for the IndyCar Series through his 11-year marriage to actress Ashley Judd, which ended in January. But he was personable, well-spoken, popular in the paddock and passionate about the series. It resonated with fans and made Franchitti one of IndyCar’s all-time greats.

Franchitti’s 31 victories are tied for eighth on the all-time list, and his 33 poles are sixth on the all-time list.

“Dario Franchitti has done so much for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, so it will be very disappointing to not see him in our cars next season,” Ganassi said. “But simply put, Dario is a motorsports legend and will be sorely missed on the race track by everyone in the paddock and in the stands. His contributions to the sport of motor racing are too many to list, but I can tell you that they go way beyond what he has done on the track.”

Nov 14

SportsCars: Exclusive Q&A with Mazda’s John Doonan on New P2 Program

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John Doonan. (Photo: Mazda Motorsports)

On the heels of Mazda’s announcement of its entry into the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a pair of factory SKYACTIV-D powered Lolas, FOX Sports’ SPEED blog caught up with Mazda Motorsports director John Doonan for added insight into the program and its goals for 2014 and beyond.