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May 29, 2010 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
INDIANAPOLIS - Wade Cunningham held off a late challenge from Charlie Kimball to win the Freedom 100 on Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Cunningham and Kimball pulled away from the rest of the field and dueled over the final stages of the 40-lap event, with Cunningham having just enough to pick up his third win in the race at the historic 2.5-mile oval. James Hinchcliffe was third, followed by Dan Clarke and Martin Plowman. Pippa Mann, who became the first woman to win the pole on Thursday, crashed on the second lap after Jeff Simmons lost control and slammed into her. Both Mann and Simmons were uninjured.
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May 29, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
INDIANAPOLIS - IndyCar hit the jackpot with the Indianapolis 500: a record number of lead changes, a thrilling final dash for the trophy, a popular podium finish and 500 miles of racing under a blistering sun. "What a tremendous race. We couldn't have asked for anything better for our marquee event," IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said Monday. That's the hard sell for the attention-starved series. Despite good racing, strong story lines and colorful characters, IndyCar can't seem to grow its fan base.
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April 11, 2013 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
INDYCARS were on Pocono Raceway's 2.5-mile tri-oval Wednesday for the first time since 1989. The reaction from drivers following the testing for the July 7 IndyCar 400 race? Very favorable. "Definitely it's a really nice track, very smooth with the resurfacing," Penske Racing's Will Power said. "It's very fast. I've already been wide-open all the way around. Maybe a little bit heavy on downforce, but nice. " The cars were clocked unofficially at 215 mph during the testing conducted by Firestone.
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August 6, 2007 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Tony Kanaan held off Marco Andretti for the final 27 laps yesterday to win the Firestone Indy 400 in Brooklyn, Mich. The race was marred by a spectacular wreck in which Dario Franchitti took a wild, upside-down ride. The crash came on Lap 144 when Dan Wheldon, trying to overtake leader Franchitti, appeared to drive his right front tire into Franchitti's left rear. Suddenly, Franchitti's car soared high in the air, backward and upside down. He came down on top of the car driven by Scott Dixon.
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October 3, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Dario Franchitti's much-anticipated move to stock cars will begin Friday with an ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway, the Associated Press has learned. The 2007 Indy 500 winner and IndyCar Series champion has agreed to a multiyear deal to replace David Stremme in the No. 40 Dodge for NASCAR's Chip Ganassi Racing, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who requested anonymity because the deal had yet to be announced. An official announcement is expected today at Ganassi's race shop in North Carolina.
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July 2, 2008 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
For the first time since 1996, a NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway will have a name besides Pocono and Pennsylvania in the title. Make that two names. The Aug. 3 Sprint Cup race at Pocono will be known as the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. The raceway, Sunoco and the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter announced a partnership yesterday. Sunoco, headquartered in Philadelphia, is the official fuel of NASCAR. Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono's president, said the raceway will donate 10 percent of revenue from online ticket purchases to the Red Cross.
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May 27, 2013 | By Jenna Fryer, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Kanaan had one more lap, one anticlimactic last lap under the yellow caution flag, to end 12 years of frustration in the Indianapolis 500. He flipped up his visor to wipe away tears as the crowd roared its approval, and then in Victory Lane he gave his bride of two months a long kiss and poured the celebratory winner's milk over his head. Kanaan is Indy's hard-luck loser no more. He is its champion at last, fittingly with a dose of good luck for a change. "I have to say, the last lap was the longest lap of my life," Kanaan said.
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January 30, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE BIG TEN might put more emphasis on geography when shuffling divisions after eastern schools Maryland and Rutgers join the Midwest-centric league by 2014. Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said officials within the league have had several discussions over the phone about potential divisional alignments. "I have a feeling it will be more geography-based," Joyner said. "There seems to be a lot of sentiment for that. " It would be especially helpful, Joyner said, to ease travel issues and funding for travel, especially for Olympic sports.
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February 1, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
L INDSAY LOHAN briefly appeared in court Wednesday for the first time this year and left with a new attorney, a new trial date and a new judge. Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner shook her head when she saw Lindsay seated with her new attorney, Mark Heller , just months after the judge had warned the "Liz and Dick" star to grow up and stay out of trouble. LiLo was required to attend Wednesday's pretrial hearing involving three misdemeanor counts filed after a car crash last summer.
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July 14, 2013
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron signed an eight-year extension through the 2021-22 season. The contract worth $52 million begins after next season, the last of Bergeron's current three-year deal with Boston. The signing of their alternate captain on Friday comes two days after the Bruins signed goalie Tuukka Rask to an eight-year, $56 million deal. Rask had been a restricted free agent. Bergeron tied for the team lead with nine postseason goals. He played the last game of the Stanley Cup Finals with a broken rib and separated shoulder.
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July 9, 2013 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND, Pa. - All weekend the Andrettis of Nazareth were the theme as IndyCar racing returned to Pocono Raceway for the first time since 1989. Marco won the pole for yesterday's Pocono IndyCar 400 Fueled by Sunoco. Two Andretti Autosport teammates shared the front row with Marco. Marco dominated the early portions of the race, leading the most laps (88). But after he had to conserve fuel in his Chevrolet-powered race car he finished a disappointing 10th. Scott Dixon led the first-ever one-two-three finish for Ganassi Racing in any series.
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July 9, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONG POND, Pa. - Scott Dixon tentatively eyed his massive, nontraditional trophy, a hunk of dark rock with a bald eagle carrying an American flag perched on top. Dixon, standing on the podium moments after winning the IndyCar Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday afternoon, struggled to grip the heavy award. At Dixon's sides, his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti lent a hand as the New Zealander raised the trophy in the winner's circle. The victory was Dixon's first in the IndyCar Series since August, and it was a milestone day for Honda cars and Ganassi Racing.
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July 9, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONG POND, Pa. - For Dario Franchitti, just one thing was missing from IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway on Sunday for the first time in 24 years. Franchitti said he wanted to know: "What happened to all the Pocono bugs?" In a typical race at Pocono, racers go through many tear-offs - the disposable film that covers a racer's visor. Franchitti exaggerated only slightly when he said with a smile that he expected to go through 50. It seems that even the aggravating Pocono bugs knew not to spoil open-wheel racing's return.
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June 27, 2013
'I HAVEN'T stopped smiling since Sunday. " That's how Martin Truex Jr. felt 2 days after finally ending his 218-race winless drought with his second career Sprint Cup victory in Sonoma, Calif. A racer goes that long without winning and it's understandable that his confidence would be shaken. Not Truex. "There were times when I wondered when I was going to win again, but I never questioned if I would ever win again," the Mayetta, N.J., native said. "I know what I can do in a race car. Our cars have been so fast.
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May 27, 2013 | By Jenna Fryer, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Kanaan had one more lap, one anticlimactic last lap under the yellow caution flag, to end 12 years of frustration in the Indianapolis 500. He flipped up his visor to wipe away tears as the crowd roared its approval, and then in Victory Lane he gave his bride of two months a long kiss and poured the celebratory winner's milk over his head. Kanaan is Indy's hard-luck loser no more. He is its champion at last, fittingly with a dose of good luck for a change. "I have to say, the last lap was the longest lap of my life," Kanaan said.
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April 11, 2013 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
INDYCARS were on Pocono Raceway's 2.5-mile tri-oval Wednesday for the first time since 1989. The reaction from drivers following the testing for the July 7 IndyCar 400 race? Very favorable. "Definitely it's a really nice track, very smooth with the resurfacing," Penske Racing's Will Power said. "It's very fast. I've already been wide-open all the way around. Maybe a little bit heavy on downforce, but nice. " The cars were clocked unofficially at 215 mph during the testing conducted by Firestone.
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February 1, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
L INDSAY LOHAN briefly appeared in court Wednesday for the first time this year and left with a new attorney, a new trial date and a new judge. Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner shook her head when she saw Lindsay seated with her new attorney, Mark Heller , just months after the judge had warned the "Liz and Dick" star to grow up and stay out of trouble. LiLo was required to attend Wednesday's pretrial hearing involving three misdemeanor counts filed after a car crash last summer.
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January 30, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE BIG TEN might put more emphasis on geography when shuffling divisions after eastern schools Maryland and Rutgers join the Midwest-centric league by 2014. Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said officials within the league have had several discussions over the phone about potential divisional alignments. "I have a feeling it will be more geography-based," Joyner said. "There seems to be a lot of sentiment for that. " It would be especially helpful, Joyner said, to ease travel issues and funding for travel, especially for Olympic sports.
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May 29, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
INDIANAPOLIS - IndyCar hit the jackpot with the Indianapolis 500: a record number of lead changes, a thrilling final dash for the trophy, a popular podium finish and 500 miles of racing under a blistering sun. "What a tremendous race. We couldn't have asked for anything better for our marquee event," IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said Monday. That's the hard sell for the attention-starved series. Despite good racing, strong story lines and colorful characters, IndyCar can't seem to grow its fan base.
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