Megennis, Askew Wins USF2000 Season Openers at St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Robert Megennis (Team Pelfrey) and Oliver Askew (Cape Motorsports) shared the limelight today as the new-look Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda kicked off in style on the streets of St. Petersburg. The brand-new Mazda-powered Tatuus USF-17 chassis provided some spectacular action as the talented young American duo each claimed a race win during today’s season-opening double-header. Last year’s top rookie, Megennis, from New York, N.Y., secured his first win this morning despite a late charge from former karting star Askew, from Jupiter, Fla., who…

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Anthony Martin Wins Pro Mazda Season Opener at St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Anthony Martin began his bid to follow Matthew Brabham as only the second driver to claim back-to-back Mazda Scholarships in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with a flag-to-flag victory in the Hi-Tide Kids on Track Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The 22-year-old from Kalgoorlie, Australia, driving for St. Petersburg-based Cape Motorsports, remained under pressure virtually throughout the 25-lap, 30-minute race from Brazilian Victor Franzoni (Juncos Racing) before taking the checkered flag to earn victory…

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Joey Logano Dominates XFINITY Series Race in Las Vegas

Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway wasn’t a drag race, but lane choice proved critical to Joey Logano’s 28th NASCAR XFINITY Series victory in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford. Choosing the top side for a restart on Lap 196 of 200, after Ty Dillon’s spin on Lap 192 necessitated the ninth and final caution of the afternoon, Logano cleared Kyle Larson off Turn 4 after an intense side-by-side battle and pulled away to win by .602 seconds. “It was hard to figure out what to do,…

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Aaron Telitz Dominates 1st Indy Lights Race En Route to Victory

St. Petersburg, Fla – Aaron Telitz tried his utmost to turn the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season opener into a procession, but fortunately his fellow protagonists failed to follow his script during an otherwise action-packed Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Cooper Tires. As Telitz, 25, from Birchwood, Wis., romped to an impressive debut victory from the pole for Belardi Auto Racing, the remainder of the 15-car field staged a thrilling contest which ended with fellow Americans Colton Herta (Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing) and Neil Alberico (Carlin) completing…

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Elliott, Truex Lead Cup Practices on Saturday in Vegas

Martin Truex Jr. topped the leaderboard in the final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, logging a lap at 188.613 mph in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. Right behind him was Chase Elliott, who led Monster Energy Series practice earlier in the day, in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 188.574 mph. Rounding out the top five were: Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 188.436 mph, Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing…

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Top 5 Drivers to Watch for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Team Penske has dominated the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete the last several years. They’ve won eight of the 12 years the Verizon IndyCar Series has been coming to the 1.8-mile street circuit, including the last three years and four of the last five. Furthermore, Penske drivers have started 1-2-3-4 the last two years and led 90-percent of the overall laps in those races. But, that looks like it could be changing this year. Honda’s have been the strongest teams so far this weekend while…

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For 7th Time in 8 Years, Will Power Wins the Pole for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Last year, Chevrolet’s dominated the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. On tracks like St. Pete, they led all but 116 laps throughout the entire season from a year ago. Furthermore, Team Penske has seen their cars start 1-2-3-4 the last two years here, so with an aerokit freeze in the offseason, why expect anything less? Well, it couldn’t have gone more opposite this weekend so far. Honda’s have been strong since the first practice started yesterday, and that carried over to qualifying this afternoon. Honda’s took…

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Changes Made Has Marco Andretti Starting 15th for Sunday’s IndyCar Season Opener at St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Marco Andretti called the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season the most frustrating year of his career. He said he  had to work both physically and mentally on himself in the offseason and spoke on the importance on getting out of the gates much stronger in the season opener at St. Pete. So far, I’d say whatever he’s done differently, it’s working. Andretti, is now driving like the driver we all thought he could be. He came out of the gates like he hoped to on Friday…

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James Hinchcliffe Quietly Having a Stellar Weekend in St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Racing on the streets of St. Pete has been either feast or famine for James Hinchcliffe. He didn’t race here in his rookie season in 2011 and in his first start in 2012, he came home fourth. The very next year, he would win his first career Verizon IndyCar Series race on the 1.8-mile street circuit in reaching victory lane in 2013. Unfortunately, its been a struggle ever since. Hinchcliffe’s last three finishes at St. Pete are 19th, 16th and 19th respectively. But, this weekend is…

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Takuma Sato Makes Firestone Fast Six and Will Start 5th for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – On Friday, Takuma Sato crashed on his first lap in the second practice session. He didn’t get to complete a lap after locking the brakes up entering Turn 13. That comes after crashing in the Phoenix test last month as well. Two weekends, two crashed cars. Because of that, I think everyone already started writing off the Japanese driver despite moving to a new team in Andretti Autosport for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Most though Sato would continue to keep crashing cars even with…

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