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Veteran Verizon IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson has died from injuries suffered in a crash during Sunday's ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.  Click to read the full story…

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IMG_9904-1024x595.jpg Hefty Mr. DIRT Track USA Field Expected
Lebanon Valley Speedway's premier big-block modified event - Mr. DIRT Track USA 100 - the 14th event of the 2015 Super DIRTcar Series, is set for Tuesday evening. Click to read the full story…

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88C15_Valvoline_Throwback_3Q_High-300x179.jpg Earnhardt Unveils Throwback Valvoline Car
Dale Earnhardt Jr. may be driving the Valvoline car on Sept. 6 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, but thanks to a "throwback" paint scheme, his fans will likely feel as if they're watching a race more in line with his father's early career and track opponents. Click to read the full story…

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It wasn't that Road America President and General Manager George Bruggenthies wasn't listening to the fans of open-wheel racing in the upper Midwest.. Click to read the full story…

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It's Monday, which means it is time once again for SPEED SPORT Top Performers! Which five drivers make our list this week?  Click to read the full story…

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Joey Logano spent the final laps of Saturday's IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway worrying if Kevin Harvick could pass him. There wound up being no cause for concern. Click to read the full story…

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Scott Bloomquist scored his first victory at Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday night with his victory in the Whiskey City 50. Click to read the full story…

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Springfield-Silver-Crown-2015-06-300x179.jpg Swanson Masters Springfield Again
Kody Swanson joined exclusive company on Saturday afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds as he became the seventh driver to go back-to-back in the USAC Silver Crown Series Tony Bettenhausen 100 with a spirited drive from 16th to a dominant win. Click to read the full story…

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As Matt Plumb added to his all-time total as the leading winner in the history of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Saturday's 22nd career triumph at VIRginia Int'l Raceway certainly ranks as one of the strangest. Click to read the full story…

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Drama surrounded the final round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday afternoon as one of the closest 250 Class title fights in history was decided with the series' second ever visit to Ironman Raceway for the Bud Light Ironman National. Click to read the full story…

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Pit Notes

SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2015) – The Verizon IndyCar® Series returns to Sonoma Raceway this weekend for its season finale at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Aug. 28-30. Below are some points of interest regarding previous INDYCAR events in Sonoma:

•  The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma has featured seven different winners since the series’ first visit to Sonoma in 2005: Tony Kanaan, 2005; Marco Andretti, 2006; Helio Castroneves, 2008; Dario Franchitti, 2009; Ryan Briscoe, 2012; Will Power, 2010, 2011, 2013; and Scott Dixon, 2007 and 2014.

•  The 2014 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma set the track record for most lead changes at 10 and most race leaders at eight.

•  The raceway unveiled a modified track layout in 2012, with changes to Turns 7, 9 and 11 designed to enhance passing. With the modifications, the track length is 12 turns, 2.38 miles and race distance was increased from 75 to 85 laps. 

•  Will Power became the first repeat INDYCAR winner in Sonoma after claiming back-to-back wins in 2010 and 2011. He claimed his third victory in 2013. 

•  Will Power set the track qualifying record in 2014 with a fast lap of 1 minute, 17.2393 seconds at 111.161 mph. Power boasts four poles in Sonoma (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014), the most of any driver.

•  Marco Andretti won his first-ever INDYCAR race at Sonoma Raceway in 2006.  At 19-years, 167 days, Andretti became the then-youngest driver in history to win a major open-wheel event.  Andretti also claimed victory in Sonoma in the 2005 Firestone Indy Lights event. 

•  2008 marked the first year that the unified INDYCAR and Champ Car World Series competed in the Sonoma Valley.

•  Will Power has led the most laps in INDYCAR competition at Sonoma Raceway with 250.

•  The 2005 INDYCAR event in Sonoma marked the first major open-wheel event at the Sonoma facility in 35 years and the first permanent road-course event in the 11-year history of INDYCAR. 

•  Takuma Sato set the track record for the biggest improvement from qualifying to finish at 16 when he went from 20th to 4th during the 2014 main event.

•  Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan are the only drivers who have competed in all 10 INDYCAR events in Sonoma.

•  Four of the 10 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma winners have started from the pole (Castroneves, Franchitti, Power - twice).

•  The Sonoma Raceway road course features more than 160 feet of elevation change from its highest point (Turn 3a, 174 feet) to its lowest point (Turn 10, 14 feet).

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WHEN: Aug. 28-30
CIRCUIT: 12-turn, 2.38-mile road course
2014 POLE WINNER: Will Power (Team Penske)
2014 WINNER: Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
INFORMATION: 800-870-RACE (7223),
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