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May 23

IndyCar: Ganassi Finds Speed In Final Indy 500 Practice

Tony Kanaan was fastest in the final Indy 500 practice with a lap of 227.838 mph. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Tony Kanaan was fastest in the final Indy 500 practice with a lap of 227.838 mph. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Scott Dixon insists that Ganassi Racing wasn’t trying to bamboozle anybody.

After struggling last week and failing to put a car in the fast nine for qualifying, the team led by defending Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan staged a rally on Carb Day. Kanaan was left atop the leaderboard Friday with a lap of 227.838 mph, while Dixon was next-fastest at 227.773 mph.

“We definitely didn’t do it on purpose,” said Dixon, who will start in the middle of the fourth row Sunday. “We would like to roll out straightaway and be quick. I think we are normally.”

May 23

Michelin To Become Official Tire Supplier Of MotoGP

Michelin will become MotoGP's Official Tire Supplier starting in 2016. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Michelin will become MotoGP’s Official Tire Supplier starting in 2016. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Following French tire manufacturer Michelin’s official tender, Dorna is pleased to announce that Michelin is to become the Official Tire Supplier to MotoGP as of the 2016 World Championship season.

At the beginning of May 2014 Dorna, in agreement with the FIM, opened a tender for tire manufacturers interested in becoming Official Tire Supplier to MotoGP from the 2016 season.

May 23

SportsCars: Nissan Announces Factory LMP1 Program For 2015

Nissan plans to begin testing the GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 car in October. (Photo: Nissan)

Nissan plans to begin testing the GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 car in October. (Photo: Nissan)

Following months of speculation and intrigue, Nissan officially announced Friday its entry into the LMP1 class for 2015, which will see a two-car full factory program in the FIA World Endurance Championship with the legendary GT-R model.

The Japanese manufacturer’s all-new prototype, the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO, will take on the likes of Audi, Toyota and Porsche in what will be a global effort encompassing technical resources and facilities in Japan, Europe and the U.S.

May 23

F1: Allison Has No Problem With Ferrari Adding Technical Talent

James Allison supports Ferrari's decision to search for more technical assistance. (Photo: Getty Images)

James Allison supports Ferrari’s decision to search for more technical talent. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari chassis technical director James Allison says he has no problem with the team searching for new technical talent to bolster the team – and he remains confident in the support that he receives from the management.

Stories about an approach to Adrian Newey continue to make the headlines, although not surprisingly new team boss Marco Mattiacci denied yesterday that he had made one.

May 23

Highs And Lows: History Of The Indy 500/Coca-Cola 600 Double

Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champ, will compete in his first Indianapolis 500 before flying to Charlotte for that night's Coca-Cola 600. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champ, will compete in his first Indianapolis 500 before flying to Charlotte for that night’s Coca-Cola 600. (Photo: Getty Images)

For more than a decade, the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s World 600 — now known as the Coca-Cola 600 — in Charlotte were held on different days, setting the stage for Cale Yarborough to make history in 1967 as the first driver to complete both races in one year.

But since both IndyCar and NASCAR have raced on the same day, the feat of running in both events has been pulled off eight times by three different drivers. Kurt Busch will attempt to add to that list Sunday, as the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion makes his first start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.