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Aug 15

Maximizing Mid-Ohio, Waiting For Baltimore

Jack Hawksworth landed on the podium at Mid-Ohio, but wasn't overly pleased to miss out on the win.

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Well, that was an interesting weekend at Mid-Ohio to say the very least, and with almost a month to our next Firestone Indy Lights Race, we’re left sitting and waiting to get back to the action.

Mid-Ohio for me began on Thursday morning as I made the four-hour drive from Indianapolis with my manager Chris. We arrived in the early afternoon, watched the USF2000 boys and then walked the circuit before transferring to the hotel for an early night.

On Friday, we had a one-hour practice session to dial the car into the track and get back into a rhythm around what has to be one of the best road courses in America. We rolled out instantly with good pace and spent most of the session turning in very fast laps. Despite not being entirely happy with the balance, we ended up feeling very comfortable with our speed and confident we had plenty more on-tap when required. A great start to the weekend.

Aug 15

Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Spies Talk Recovery

Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, and Ben Spies are hoping to come out swinging with some time to mend now behind them.

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PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Red Bull Indianapolis GP will air LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, August 18 in a four-hour programming block that starts at 11:00am ET.

The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix got underway today as a star-studded press conference saw proceedings kick-off at the infamous Brickyard. Repsol Honda Team’s championship leading rookie Marc Marquez was joined by teammate Dani Pedrosa, Yamaha Factory Racing duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl, as well as Ignite Pramac Racing’s Ben Spies, who makes his long-awaited return from injury.

Crutchlow, whose switch to the Ducati Team for 2014 was announced during the summer break, was the center of attention for the gathered press. He commented: “After Laguna we decided that we were going to stay in America and take a break here, but it wasn’t too much of a break. We had a busy first week and then we obviously released that I’ll be riding for Ducati next year. Really pleased and it was nice to get that done, we can settle for the rest of the year now and see how that goes. Yes there are pros and cons for everything. The most difficult thing was making the phone call to Herve. It was quite an emotional phone call. It was a difficult decision to make but I am pleased to secure my future.”

Aug 15

Marquez Dares To Dream Of Title

Marquez Dares To Dream Of Title

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PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Red Bull Indianapolis GP will air LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, August 18 in a four-hour programming block that starts at 11:00am ET.

It has taken six months, nine races, and three wins, but now even rookie sensation Marc Marquez admits he can be a contender for the MotoGP worked championship.

And King Kenny Roberts, the last rider to win the title as a rookie, feels 20-year-old Marquez is capable of completing a championship winning season.

Roberts, riding a Yamaha, won the first of three consecutive 500cc titles in 1978.

Aug 14

IndyCar News & Notes, 8.14

Lucas Luhr tested an Indy car for the first time at Sonoma Raceway just two days after winning the ALMS race at Elkhart Lake.

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1. Luhr learns in first IZOD IndyCar Series test: Lucas Luhr enjoyed his first experience in an IZOD IndyCar Series car, despite his time being limited by a mechanical problem.

The German, who will make his series debut through a partnership between RW Motorsports and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing at Sonoma Raceway, completed 10 laps on the 12-turn, 2.385-mile road course Aug. 13 as the team overcame issues with the brakes and radio harness.

“Got my first laps in the Indy car today,” Luhr wrote on Twitter following the test. “Great (experience) we have some work to do but love it so far.”