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May 17

IndyCar: Carpenter Grabs Top Seed In Indy 500′s Pole Shootout

Ed Carpenter was the fastest qualifier on Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Ed Carpenter was the fastest qualifier on Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

When Ed Carpenter, Carlos Munoz and Helio Castroneves were pushed to the edge Saturday, each remained calm and came up with their best-qualifying runs of the day.

Now they have to do it again one more time Sunday.

The American, Colombian and Brazilian who have celebrated some of their biggest career moments at Indianapolis each made daring runs over the final 80 minutes Saturday to take the top three seeds heading into Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 shootout. Carpenter finished first with a four-lap qualifying average of 230.661 mph. Munoz was second at 230.460.

May 17

MotoGP: Grid Facts Ahead Of Le Mans Contest

Pol Espargaro enjoyed his best-career premier-class qualifying performance on Saturday at Le Mans. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pol Espargaro enjoyed his best-career premier-class qualifying performance on Saturday at Le Mans. (Photo: Getty Images)

A selection of key statistics relating to the MotoGP grid at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

- Marc Marquez is the first rider to start from pole at six or more successive MotoGP races since Casey Stoner in 2008 riding a Ducati. If Marquez wins the race it will be the first time that a rider has won five or more successive premier-class races from pole since Mick Doohan in 1997, on a Honda.

- Pol Espargaro starts from second place on the grid in just his fifth race in the MotoGP class, the best qualifying result by a satellite Yamaha rider since Cal Crutchlow was on pole at Brno last year.

May 17

SportsCars: Kansas TUDOR Championship PC Race Format Revealed

The format for the PC and Cooper Tires Prototype Lites event at Kansas Speedway has been released. (Photo: IMSA)

The format for the PC and Cooper Tires Prototype Lites event at Kansas Speedway has been released. (Photo: IMSA)

Prototype Challenge competitors will be in for a unique two-segment race in next month’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship round at Kansas Speedway.

IMSA confirmed Friday the format of the combined PC and Cooper Tires Prototype Lites event, which will see a pair of aggregate 45-minute sprint races on the 2.37-mile oval/road course.

May 17

MotoGP: Ducati’s Crutchlow Down On Confidence

Cal Crutchlow qualified 12th for Sunday's Grand Prix of France. (Photo: Getty Images)

Cal Crutchlow qualified 12th for Sunday’s Grand Prix of France. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ducati rider Cal Crutchlow admits he is struggling to regain confidence five weeks after his body bruising crash in the Grand Prix of the Americas at CoTA in Austin, Texas.

Crutchlow fractured his right hand and required recovery time in a hyperbaric chamber.

For Sunday’s French GP at Le Mans Crutchlow has qualified 12th on a day that his Desmosedici teammate Andrea Dovizioso claimed Ducati’s first front row start of season.

May 17

IndyCar: Pagenaud To Wear Senna Tribute Helmet In Indy 500

(L-R) Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Tony Kanaan, and Gil de Ferran with the Ayrton Senna design helmet that Pagenaud will wear during the Indy 500 race. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

(L-R) Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Tony Kanaan, and Gil de Ferran with the Ayrton Senna design helmet that Pagenaud will wear during the Indy 500 race. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Like many race drivers throughout the world who were youngsters in the 1990s Brazil’s, Ayrton Senna was Verizon IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud’s hero. When Pagenaud was growing up in France he remembers the great battles between Senna and France’s Alain Prost for the Formula 1 World Championship.

Pagenaud was heartbroken on that fateful day when Senna was killed in a crash on May 1, 1994 at Imola, Italy, but 20 years after his death, Senna remains an inspiration to the current generation of IndyCar Series and Formula 1 stars.