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Jun 23

Castroneves Scores Iowa Pole

Castroneves Scores Iowa Pole

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It was a good news/bad news day for Helio Castroneves here Saturday at Iowa Speedway.

The IZOD IndyCar series point leader captured the pole position, earned nine points and extended his advantage to 25 points over Ryan Hunter-Reay.

But instead of starting Sunday’s Iowa Corn 250 from the point, Castroneves will take the green flag in 11th after taking a 10-spot grid penalty for changing engines on Saturday night.

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Jun 22

Dungey Takes Budds Creek

Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

The 24th Annual National showcased ultra-competitive racing action for Round 5 of the 2013 Pro Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Reigning 450 Class champion captured his second overall victory of the season in the 450 Class. Blake Baggett returned to his winning ways from 2012 as the defending 250 Class champion secured his first overall victory of the season with a big win in Mechanicsville, Md. Saturday’s win marked back-to-back Budds Creek victories for both riders in their respective classes.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s laid down the fastest lap of the day in the 450 Class, where he came into Moto 1 with the first choice of gate pick. However, it was Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Justin Brayton and Smartop/MotoConcepts Racing’s Mike Alessi who went head-to-head for the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot, which Alessi secured at the last second. From there, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s grabbed the early lead and immediately put a gap on the rest of the field.

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Jun 21

Miller’s Mailbag, 6.21

Miller’s Mailbag, 6.21

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Hello open-wheel types and thanks for all your questions. I intend to answer your questions every week during the season, so just email me at openwheelmailbag@gmail.com. Don’t feel left out if I didn’t directly respond. I appreciate your interest and passion.

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Q: My first memory of Jason Leffler was at the new 16th St. Speedway on opening night. The Midwest USAC regulars were learning their way around the baseball diamond shaped track and going what appeared to be fast. Quietly, two immaculately prepared black midgets appeared on the track. The cars were from the Keith Kuntz stable. The drivers were a couple of kids from California; Jason Leffler and Jay Drake. After one slow lap, Jason and Jay stood on the button and made that track one large circle, slinging dirt everywhere in the process, and man were they fast. Life was good and I followed Jason ever since. Glad The Captain gave him a shot at Indy. Rest in Peace.

Ralph Power

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Jun 19

Remembering Leffler, Helping Charlie

Remembering Leffler, Helping Charlie

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From 1982-2007 there were at least two races in Wisconsin: the traditional Milwaukee Mile and the 4-mile splendor of Road America. For most of that time both shows were a rousing success because of the passionate fans, although The Split in 1996 eventually sucked the life out of Milwaukee’s legendary oval and Elkhart Lake was dropped after unification in 2008.

But it would appear there’s a decent chance both could be on the 2014 schedule.

“I’ve reached out to IndyCar and had a meeting with Mark Miles back in April at Long Beach and we’d like to bring Indy cars back,” said George Bruggenthies, longtime president of Road America’s scenic, challenging road course.

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