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May 10

IndyCar: Saavedra Stalls To Trigger Wreck At Start Of Grand Prix Of Indy

A massive crash at the start of the GP of Indy destroyed the cars of Sebastian Saavedra and Mikhail Aleshin. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

A massive crash at the start of the destroyed the cars of and . (Photo: LAT Photographic)

What should have been one of the glorious moments of Sebastian Saavedra’s young career as a Verizon Series driver turned out to be an incredible disaster. Saavedra was starting Saturday’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis from the pole position at the .

As the 25-car field was awaiting the lights to go out for the first-ever standing start of an IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saavedra’s car stalled. Cars sped past him as IndyCar officials kept the green light on with some of the cars squeezing to the inside of Saavedra’s Dallara/Chevrolet and the pit retaining wall at very high speed. Some made it but Carlos Munoz drilled the back of Saavedra, ripping the rear assembly from the car.

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May 10

IndyCar: Peterson’s Faith In Saavedra Pays Off In A Big Way At Indianapolis

Sebastian Saavedra and his AFS Racing team celebrate after winning the pole for Saturday's GP of Indy. (Photo: Getty Images)

and his AFS Racing team celebrate after winning the pole for Saturday’s . (Photo: Getty Images)

When Sebastian Saavedra was a young teenage driver trying to make it in the Indy Lights Series team owner Gary Peterson saw something in the kid from Bogota, Colombia that made him a believer. Peterson became more than a car owner for Saavedra; he was a benefactor.

Peterson was a team owner and former driver in the Indy Lights Series – a ladder series that was designed to prepare young drivers for a potential career in .

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May 10

F1: Vettel Hit With Grid Penalty After Gearbox Change At Spanish GP

Sebastian Vettel watches as his car is removed from the Spanish GP circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

watches as his car is removed from the circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel will start the Spanish GP from 15th place after being forced to change his gearbox following Saturday’s qualifying session.

The four-time World Champion was exiting pit lane when his RB10 stalled momentarily. He managed to get going again but the car would lose drive in the first turn, forcing Vettel out of the 10-minute Q3 session.

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May 10

IndyCar: Qualifying Crash Costs Hunter-Reay Pole At Grand Prix of Indy

Ryan Hunter-Reay sits in his damaged race car during qualifying at Indianapolis. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

sits in his damaged race car during qualifying at . (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Ryan Hunter-Reay took the two toughest hits Friday in qualifying at Indianapolis.

First, he damaged his car, then he was stripped of his two fastest laps — costing him the pole position for Saturday’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

The 2012 Series champ said afterward that he was OK, though the ramifications of his late crash will linger all night.

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May 10

MotoGP: Hayden Provides Injury Update

Nicky Hayden finished 11th in the Spanish Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

finished 11th in the Spanish Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicky Hayden has provided an update on his condition ahead of the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, having missed the post-race Monday test at Jerez due to swelling around an old wrist injury.

The Drive M7 Aspar rider saw a wrist injury – which required surgery in 2013 – become inflamed over the weekend of the Spanish Grand Prix and was forced to sit out the day of testing in the south of Spain.

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