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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.

May 17

F1: ‘Something Wrong’ With Original Chassis, Says Vettel

Sebastian Vettel is winless in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel is winless in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel has admitted there was “something wrong” with his original 2014 RB10 chassis.

After Barcelona, where the German impressed at the wheel of Red Bull’s winter testing monocoque, it was reported that the team had discovered a ‘bend’ in the car with which Vettel struggled during the first four races of 2014.

May 17

MotoGP: New Pole Record For Marquez At Le Mans

Marc Marquez maintained his perfect pole record qualifying first for the MotoGP race at Le Mans. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Marc Marquez maintained his perfect pole record by qualifying first for the MotoGP race at Le Mans. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Having secured MotoGP pole again at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France Marc Marquez will head the grid for Sunday’s fifth race of 2014, with the front row also featuring Pol Espargaro and Andrea Dovizioso.

After the first flying laps Marquez was immediately top with a 1:32.567, to set a new fastest ever lap of Le Mans, the World Champion then improving to a remarkable 1:32.042 time to maintain his 100 percent qualifying record in 2014.

May 16

Patrick Dempsey, Adam Levine May Team Up To Race Sports Cars

Adam Levine could soon be strapping into a race car. (Photo: Getty Images)

Adam Levine could soon be strapping into a race car. (Photo: Getty Images)

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine could soon be teaming up with actor and race car driver Patrick Dempsey for a joint venture into the racing world.

The two heartthrobs exchanged a series of tweets on Friday in which Levine showed interest in joining Dempsey on track.

May 16

Making sense of this weekend’s qualifying format for the Indy 500

11-19 May, 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Ed Carpenter turned a lap at over 230 MPH before rain halted practice ©2014, Phillip Abbott LAT Photo USA

Ed Carpenter turned a lap at over 230 MPH before rain halted practice on Fast Friday. (Photo: Phillip Abbott/LAT Photographic)

INDIANAPOLIS – Call this year the “Bizarro World” of the Indianapolis 500.

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Bump Day is now on the first day of qualifications, instead of the second, and Pole Day is on Sunday and not Saturday.

It’s the latest attempt to generate interest in Indianapolis 500 Qualifying – an event that used to draw race day-sized crowds to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway just two or three decades ago.