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May 12

IndyCar: Carbon-fiber helmet strip ‘tested’ in Indianapolis crash

A carbon-fiber strip on the top of Martin Plowman's helmet helped the Brit get through the opening lap wreck at Indianapolis. (Photo: Geoffrey Miller/LAT Photographic)

A carbon-fiber strip on the top of Martin Plowman’s helmet helped the Brit get through the opening lap carnage at Indianapolis. (Photo: Geoffrey Miller/LAT Photographic)

Rookie Martin Plowman tweeted a scary image after the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

The No. 41 A.J. Foyt Enterprises car may have made it through the opening lap carnage in Indianapolis unscathed, and the Brit was able to drive it home to an 18th place finish. His helmet, however, tells a different story.

May 12

IndyCar: Hildebrand set for Indianapolis redemption

J.R. Hildebrand (L) will drive the No. car for Ed Carpenter in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 next Sunday. (Photo: Bruce Martin)

J.R. Hildebrand (L) will drive the No. 21 car for Ed Carpenter in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 next Sunday. (Photo: Bruce Martin)

INDIANAPOLIS – J.R. Hildebrand has literally come “full circle” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the driver can’t help but smile when he considers the irony of his return to the Indianapolis 500.

The day after last year’s Indy 500, Hildebrand was fired by Panther Racing team owner John Barnes after crashing on the third lap of the race in Turn 2.

May 11

IndyCar: Hinchcliffe To Miss More Time With Concussion

James Hinchcliffe suffered a concussion during the Indy Grand Prix. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

James Hinchcliffe suffered a concussion during the Indy Grand Prix. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

James Hinchcliffe’s tough IndyCar start is getting more clouded.

E.J. Viso replaced the injured Canadian on Sunday in the opening practice for the Indianapolis 500 and it’s still unclear when the popular Hinchcliffe will turn his first laps on the famed 2.5-mile oval.

May 11

F1: Spanish GP Victory Gives Hamilton Championship Lead

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Spanish Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Spanish Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton finally eased into the lead of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship with his fourth straight victory of the season in Spain.

Hamilton didn’t have it easy, as he had to work hard to stay clear of Nico Rosberg in the closing laps, when the latter was on the more competitive medium tire and Lewis was on the hard. He also wasn’t entirely happy with the balance of car, which led to some terse radio traffic with his engineer.

May 11

IndyCar: Penske Sweeps Top Three Spots On Slow Day At Indy

Will Power (front) was quickest on the opening day of practice for the Indianapolis 500, while teammate Helio Castroneves (back) was third fastest. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Will Power (front) was quickest on the opening day of practice for the Indianapolis 500, while teammate Helio Castroneves (back) was third fastest. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Roger Penske’s team got off to a fast start on a slow day at Indianapolis.

Less than 24 hours after working feverishly to convert three cars from road-course setups to oval setups, the winningest owner in Indianapolis 500 swept the top three spots on the first day of practice Sunday.

Australia’s Will Power finished with a fast lap of 223.057 mph, Colombia’s Juan Pablo Montoya was second at 222.502 and Brazil’s Helio Castroneves was third at 222.373. Only three other drivers topped 222.