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April 22, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tony Kanaan of Brazil took the lead with four laps remaining to win the Indy Japan 300 on Saturday at Motegi, Japan. Kanaan, who started from the second row, crossed the finish line at the 1.5-mile Motegi oval 0.4828 seconds ahead of England's Dan Wheldon to give Andretti Green Racing its first win of the Indy Racing League season. Kanaan took the lead for good on the 196th lap.
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April 29, 2006 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Ben Spies held off teammate Mat Mladin and a severe head cold Friday to win the provisional pole position in record time for this weekend's AMA Suzuki Superbike Challenge at California Speedway. The superbikes race today and Sunday, and the pole winner starts first in both events. But Spies first has to defend his top spot in a second round of qualifying this morning on the 2.3-mile, 21-turn course. Spies (pronounced speez) ran a lap at 99.311 mph, breaking the qualifying record of 99.
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March 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Ryan Hunter-Reay opens his defense of the IndyCar championship Sunday with the series season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Honda Grand Prix on a 1.8-mile street course in St. Petersburg is the first of 19 races on the Izod IndyCar Series calendar. The series then moves to the Barber Motorsports Park road course in Birmingham, Ala., on April 7, followed by the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach that's held on the city's seaside streets April 21. Hunter-Reay, who drives for the Andretti Autosport team, won the series title in dramatic fashion in Southern California in September at the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
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March 8, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Continuing his racing rebound after a failed drug test, A.J. Allmendinger was hired to drive in two IndyCar races for Team Penske this year, including the Indianapolis 500 on May 26. Penske announced Friday that Allmendinger, a 31-year-old Los Gatos, Calif., native, also would drive April 7 in the IndyCar race at the Barber Motorsports Park road course in Birmingham, Ala. The move "means more than anything I could have imagined," Allmendinger said...
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April 16, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Will Power won the pole position for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the third consecutive year that the Australian has started first in the Izod IndyCar Series race. Power also has captured the pole for all three of the series' races so far this season, and he won the second race, last weekend, at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. The Team Penske driver said: "We've put ourselves in the best possible position" for Sunday's race. But he noted the field's close qualifying times: "It's going to be a tough day tomorrow.
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April 28, 2006 | JIM PELTZ
James Stewart is in a heated battle to win this year's supercross motorcycle title, but even he wouldn't dare try his hand -- or risk the rest of his body -- by riding the superbikes that are racing this weekend at California Speedway. They simply go too fast, he says. Whereas supercross requires deft navigation of tight turns and high-flying jumps from hills on a dirt track, superbikes are mostly about speed and precision on the pavement.
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April 8, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
It's no surprise that with three wins in the first six races, reigning champion Jimmie Johnson again sits atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings. But there are curiosities among other drivers even though it's early in the stock car racing season. Kevin Harvick, for instance, has come roaring back — he is fourth in the standings — after a dismal performance in 2009 with Richard Childress Racing. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also is on a rebound of sorts, at least so far. Still looking for his first win in a points-paying race in nearly two years, NASCAR's most popular driver is 10th in the standings, 159 points behind Johnson, his teammate at Hendrick Motorsports.
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April 7, 2013 | Wire reports
Breanna Stewart put on quite a show to help Connecticut finally vanquish Notre Dame. The stellar freshman scored a career-high 29 points to go with four blocks, leading the Huskies to the women's national championship game with an 83-65 win over Notre Dame on Sunday night at New Orleans. The Huskies will face Louisville in the championship game Tuesday night in an all-Big East final after the Cardinals rallied to beat California, 64-57, in the other NCAA semifinal. Connecticut will be going for its eighth national championship to match Tennessee for the most in women's basketball.
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