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INDY 500 - Pole Day Story - Carpenter Nails Indy Qualifying, Hammers Competition

The entire weekend, weather threatened to influence the story. But the atmospheric thunderstorms never materialized.

The thunderstorm that did materialize came from the tailpipes of Ed Carpenter’s #20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. The popular local driver earned his third career Indianapolis 500 pole position today (previously 2013 and 2014) with a blistering four lap average of 229.618 mph - almost a full mile per hour faster than second-position winner (or as he dubbed himself, “first loser”), Simon Pagenaud.

The 37-year old Butler University grad clearly has special relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While his finishing record here has been disappointing, his best finish being fifth ten years ago, his starting record since 2010 has included five top ten starts.

“I heard the roar from inside the car,” Carpenter said of the cheer that went up after his 230+ mph first qualifying lap.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 7:37 PM, 05.20.2018

INDYCAR - Fast Friday Notes

Fast Friday was just that at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

With added horsepower at their disposal, drivers exceeded 231 mph for the first time in practice this week for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, on the eve of qualifying for the world's largest single-day sporting event.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 11:20 AM, 05.19.2018

INDY 500 - Speeds ratchet upward in final Indy 500 practice day before qualifications

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 18, 2018) - Fast Friday was just that at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

With added horsepower at their disposal, drivers exceeded 231 mph for the first time in practice this week for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, on the eve of qualifying for the world's largest single-day sporting event.

Marco Andretti was fastest with a lap of 231.802 mph in the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda. It earned the Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian driver a $10,000 check from Harding Group for turning the top lap in Fast Friday practice.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 7:55 AM, 05.19.2018

INDYCAR - Thursday May 17 Practice Quotes

'What They're Saying' from Day 3 of Indianapolis 500 practice

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "Interesting day with a lot going on. We did qualifying work. We did race work. Hopefully, we can get some time out tomorrow, but it looks like the weather forecast is not so good, so we tried to get most of our qualifying work done today. We'll see what the weekend holds, but we still need a little work in race conditions. That's what we were chasing at the end of the day. I think Team Chevy has done a great job. The car seemed quick. We just need to get a little more out of it in race trim."

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 8:49 PM, 05.17.2018

INDYCAR - Wednesday May 16 Practice Notes

Andretti races to front of Indianapolis 500 practice speed chart

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, May 16, 2018) - The speed chart provided the proof when Marco Andretti said he had a good race car on the second day of Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil practice.

The third-generation Indy car driver was fastest in Wednesday's seven-hour session on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, turning a 227.053-mph lap in the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda. Andretti led a parade of four Honda drivers atop the timesheet a day after Chevrolet owned the first three spots in Tuesday's opening practice.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 1:10 PM, 05.17.2018

INDYCAR - Carpenter Wins P1 Award for Indy Pole

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is like a second home to Ed Carpenter. The Verizon IndyCar Series team owner/driver, who grew up and still lives in Indianapolis, showed his lasting affinity for the cathedral of motorsports by winning the Verizon P1 Award in pole day qualifying for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Driving the No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet for his namesake team, Carpenter thrilled the hometown crowd by putting together a sensational four-lap, 10-mile run at 229.618 mph in the Fast Nine Shootout featuring the fastest drivers from first-day qualifications on Saturday. He got the better of four Team Penske drivers in a thrilling conclusion to qualifying and collected his third Indy 500 pole position, becoming the 10th driver in race history with three or more.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 8:10 PM, 05.20.2018

INDYCAR - Bump Day Notes - Hinch and Pippa Miss the Show

The first day of qualifying for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil was its typical emotional roller coaster. It was filled with nail-biting four-lap attempts, rain delays that ruined strategies, last-minute bids to bump into the field of 33 and ultimate heartbreak for those left on the outside looking in.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:21 AM, 05.20.2018

INDYCAR - Bump Day Qualifying Speeds

Results of first-day qualifying Saturday for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race presented by PennGrade Motor Oil Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with rank, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, time and speed in parentheses.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:05 AM, 05.20.2018

INDY 500 - Bump Day Shocker - Hinch Heads Home to Hinchtown

In a day with more starts and stops than rush hour traffic on the Dan Ryan in Chicago, Bump Day qualifications are complete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 102nd running of the Indy 500.

The day started with threats of rain, and delivered on those threats. Two rain delays broke up the full 35-car qualifying order - the first following #22 Simon Pagenaud’s qualifying run, the second as #6 rookie Robert Wickens was starting his run.

When the rain ended and the track was dry, the overcast and dry air was gone, and full-sun and humid conditions were the result.

When the checkered flag fell at day’s end, the Fast Nine was set for tomorrow afternoon’s pole position shootout.

Meanwhile, in the first bumping to take place for the 500 in seven years, the losers were #63 Pippa Mann  and #5 James Hinchcliffe.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:13 PM, 05.19.2018

IndyCar, Chevrolet, and Honda Announce New 2021 Engine Formula

Bucking the automobile industry's trend toward more fuel-efficient vehicles and alternative technologies, IndyCar announced today that they've reached an agreement with current engine suppliers Chevrolet and Honda to introduce a 2.4L twin-turbo V6 engine formula in 2021, to be run through the 2026 IndyCar season.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 12:02 PM, 05.19.2018

IndyCar, Chevrolet, and Honda Announce Next Engine Formula

Bucking the automobile industry's trend toward more fuel-efficient vehicles and alternative technologies, IndyCar announced today that they've reached an agreement with current engine suppliers Chevrolet and Honda to introduce a 2.4L twin-turbo V6 engine formula in 2021, to be run through the 2026 IndyCar season.

Opting for "fast and loud" over fan and market relevance, IndyCar is responding to drivers' requests for more horsepower (the new formula should yield "900+ horsepower", says INDYCAR VP of Competition and Operations, Jay Frye).

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 12:00 PM, 05.19.2018

Welcome to Bump Day at Indy

It's a weekend in May in Indianapolis, so that always means something is going on at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Today, that means the first day of qualifying for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

Nowadays, it's referred to as Bump Day, though in year's past the first day of qualifying used to be Pole day, as the polesitter for the Indy 500 had to qualify as fastest on the first day of qualifying to attain pole position for the race.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.19.2018

INDY 500 - Fast Friday is Done, Qualifications Next

Indianapolis - RIS - May 18, 2018 - Light rain moved over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a little after 4:00pm.  Even though the track went back green after about ten minutes, most teams packed it up for the day.
 
All 35 entries were on the track today testing for the first time with the added horse power for qualifications.

Marco Andretti had fast time for the day at 231.802, worth a cool $10K to the third generation driver, but that speed was with a big tow. He was followed by Robert Wickens, and Ed Carpenter.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:37 PM, 05.18.2018

INDY 500 - Bump Day Saturday and Maybe, Sunday too?

Indianapolis - RIS - May 18, 2018 - After James Davidson made contact with the Turn two wall, the question, naturally, came up about qualifications starting tomorrow.


We will attempt to make this convoluted and frankly contrived, rule clear.


If the AJ Foyt/Hollinger/Belardi Team can not repair the number 33 in time to make a qualification attempt on “Bump Day” tomorrow, “At Race Control’s Option” they may be allowed to make one attempt on Sunday.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 4:06 PM, 05.18.2018

INDY 500 - James Davidson Hit Turn Two Wall at Indy.

Indianapolis - RIS - May 18, 2018 - Driver James Davidson, driving the number 33, AJ Foyt/Hollinger/Belardi, brought out the first significant yellow flag for the 102nd running of the Indy 500.



At 2:46 pm while going through turn two, the rear of the car stepped out just as the car went passed the mid-point of the turn. The car rotated to the left doing 180 degrees, hitting hard on its left side against the SAFER barrier.



Davidson got out of the car with assistance from the AMR Safety Team. He has been transported to the in-field car center.

 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 3:28 PM, 05.18.2018

INDY 500 - Fast Friday start Fast! Rain on the Way?

Indianapolis - RIS - May 18, 2018 - It’s Fast Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the 102nd running of the 500 Mile Race. Honda and Chevy get to turn up the boost of their engines today in preparation for two days of qualifications this weekend. Somewhere between 50 and 75 horse power will be added for the “Go Fast” days.

The field of 35 entries is tight, really tight. There is only an unbelievable 0.8 seconds in lap times, separating all 35 cars. That translates into about 240 feet on the track. The slightest mistake on track during qualifications can quite literally, be the difference the pole and not making the show as only the 33 fastest cars on Saturday get to attempted a run Sunday for their grid spot.

Marco Andretti’s speed of 227.053 set on Wednesday set the standard for the week, Conor Daly and Stefan Wilson are the 34th and 35th just 0.35 seconds back.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 11:46 AM, 05.18.2018

INDYCAR - Thursday May 17 Notes

Rahal, Kanaan, Andretti lead third day of Indianapolis 500 practice

Famous names set the pace in the third day of practice for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, with the likes of Rahal, Kanaan and Andretti atop the speed chart.

Graham Rahal, the son of 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, was fastest of the 35 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers on track Thursday, putting down an early lap at 226.047 mph in the No. 15 United Rentals Honda that held up throughout the seven-hour session.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 8:47 PM, 05.17.2018

INDY 500 - Busy Day at Indy, Honda and Chevy Vie for Supremacy

At the end of the day’s practice session, it was a classic Honda/Chevrolet battle. Graham Rahal versus Tony Kanaan. Marco Andretti versus Ed Carpenter.

The breakdown of the fastest four was Honda-Chevy-Honda-Chevy.

Most engine-savvy insiders believe Chevy has closed the performance gap here at Indianapolis, where Honda had held the trump cards in year’s past. It’s believe to be a level field this year in terms of horsepower and fuel efficiency.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 8:35 PM, 05.17.2018

INDY 500 - Indianapolis 500 Drivers and Teams

As we wind up what is very likely the last fine-weather practice day here a the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, let's take a look at the breakdown of 35 drivers, and their teams and engines competing for the 33 coveted positions in the 2018 Indianapolis 500 field.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 5:45 PM, 05.17.2018

INDY 500 - Thursday, Midday Practice Report; Oladipo to Drive Pace Car.

Indianapolis - RIS - May 17, 2018 - It is a lovely day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sunny, about eighty degrees and practically no wind. In the first couple of hours we have seen all 35 entered cars on track. All the teams are working very hard today, due to a less than optimistic weather forecast for the upcoming days. Fast Friday has a 60% chance of rain, with 80% both Saturday and Sunday.

Graham Rahal leads the speed chart for today at 226.047, followed by Tony Kanaan at 225.896 and Marco Andretti at 225.584. Most crews were working on simulated qualification runs in the first two hours, with race setup work going on now. We would expect a lot of traffic later in the afternoon.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:14 PM, 05.17.2018

INDYCAR - I-PAS Goggles Test for Concussions

INDYCAR drivers are now required to undergo a clinical eye-tracking computer test recently cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. It has been implemented as part of the sanctioning body's concussion evaluation protocol, it was announced today.

Drivers competing in this month's Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil - plus drivers in the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder program - have been tested by the innovative system known as I-PAS and created by Pittsburgh-based Neuro Kinetics, Inc. The I-Portal Portable Assessment System, commonly referred to as the "goggles test," runs high-quality diagnostic tests to evaluate patients with symptoms of dizziness and/or balance disorders, especially those associated with medical conditions such as concussions, migraines or BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo).

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 1:15 PM, 05.17.2018

INDY 500 - Flury of Practice Laps Fill the Day at Indy

With near-ideal weather conditions all day, a blistering total of 5257 laps of practice were turned by all 35 entrants for this year’s qualifications for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

It was all-Honda at the top of the speed chart, with four different teams being represented.

Marco Andretti, driving the #98 Andretti/Herta/Curb/Agajanian entry, delivered the day’s best speed of 227.053 mph. Behind the third generation Andretti were Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon (226.329), Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Takuma Sato (226.108), and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie Robert Wickens (226.329).

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:55 PM, 05.16.2018

INDY 500 - Compare and Contrast - the 2017 and the 2018 Dallara IndyCar Side-by-Side

Long-time IndyCar Series followers know that, to control costs and manage parity between the two series engine suppliers, the IndyCar chassis provider, Dallara Automobili, LLC, has to juggle aerodynamic concerns for the 230 miler per hour Indy cars.

Dallara provides the tub and basic components for the Indy Car - the IR12, also known as the DW12, named in honor of the late Dan Wheldon - two-time Indy 500 champion, and test driver of this chassis.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 5:05 PM, 05.16.2018

INDY 500 - Wed. May 16 Midday Update

The threat of rain has been reduced to a suggestion, and the entrants for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 here at the Indianapoplis Motor Speedway have taken advantage of the partly cloudy, 78-degree weather to work on settling the new IndyCar aero package. All 35 entrants have appeared on-track, thus far turning over 1300 practice laps.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:50 PM, 05.16.2018

First Day of Practice for the 102nd Indy 500

The day's threat of thunderstorms never materialized, and the annual thunder from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2.5-mile oval proceeded pretty much as planned.

The day's best team was no surprise to anyone familiar with Indianapolis. Team Penske put 2016 IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud in the fastest car of the day. The #22 Menards Team Penske Chevy pinged the chart at 225.787 mph during the morning open session.

Teammate Helio Castroneves, running only two IndyCar events thus far this season - both the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500, was the morning's second-quick at 223.445.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:44 PM, 05.15.2018

INDY 500 - The Track is Green for Practice for the 102nd 500!

Indianapolis - RIS - May 15, 2018 - The first day of practice for the 102nd running of the 500 Mile Race got underway at 11:00 am with a two hour session for veteran drivers. That is to be followed by a two hour period for rookies and refresher laps for drivers that have not been in an Indy car foe awhile.

The first group saw Team Penske make a statement with the 22 car of Simon Pagenaud, 225.787 MPH,  the 3 of Helio Castroneves, 223.445, and the 1 of Josef Newgarden, 223.229, in the top three spots. Marco Andretti, rounded out the top four with a top speed of 223.214.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:03 PM, 05.15.2018

Power Commands a Fuel-Saving Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Fuel mileage. On America's highways. And Speedways.Those who excelled in today’s running of the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway juggled the new IndyCar chassis’s aero grip and two significantly different tire compound options to take the checkered flag up front today.

Taking the top step on the podium at the race’s end was Will Power, earning his first win of the season, and his third Grand Prix of Indianapolis victory in the last four years.

A late-race full course caution allowed the field to pit on Lap 59, but forced fuel mileage performance to stretch to 24 laps from the usual 20. Power was given the fuel number he had to hit in the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevy, and he successfully held off a hard-charging Scott Dixon.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:36 PM, 05.12.2018

Indy Grand Prix - A Sign of the Future?

Indianapolis - RIS - May 12, 2012 - Editorial - The Indy Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a big deal no matter what you think? The entire Road to Indy Ladder Series is here, as are of course the Indy Car Series, the BIG cars.

This is the kick-off event of the most important month of the year for open wheel racing. The top of the ladder of the Road is Indy Lights, billed as the last step climbing to the Indy Car Series.

Just as IndyCar management has boosted about more interest and growth, a justifiable claim, there are signs all may not be peaches and cream. TV ratings remain flat, attendance remains flat. That said, there are more sponsors in the series. Are they bring more money to the sport? That’s hard to tell but there are fewer empty side pods at least in the premier level.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:05 PM, 05.12.2018

Indy Grand Prix - Practice Session Two, Getting Ready to Qualify

Indianapolis - RIS - May 11, 2018 - Session two for the Verizon Indy Cars started with much warmer temperatures than the first practice. Teams started working on a more aggressive setup in preparation for this afternoon’s qualifications.

 Clearly the new, lower down force package is showing itself as a bit of a handful to drive on the flat but very fast IMS road course. Most all of the drivers are experiencing significant understeer all around the circuit. 

 Rookie Robert Wickens, driving for Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports jumped to the top of the speed chart with a 1:11.0202, a time nearly four seconds off the track record. There is no question, the “new” car is slower than the older car used the last few years.

 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 1:34 PM, 05.11.2018

Indy Grand Prix - Day One at Indy, The Indy Grand Prix!

Indianapolis - RIS - May 11, 2018 - It is May, and this is Indianapolis. Do we need to say anything more? The fifth running of the Indy Grand Prix, the kickoff event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 2018, will be run on the infield road course at the historic Brickyard.

 24 cars are entered in tomorrow’s event. Certainly at least on paper, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power have to be considered favorites with two wins each. The pair have alternated for the top spot in the previous four runnings.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:40 AM, 05.11.2018

Heavy rain suspends Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on 23rd lap

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Sunday, April 22, 2018) - Heavy rain pounded Barber Motorsports Park throughout the day and forced suspension of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America's First on Lap 23. The race will be completed starting at noon ET Monday.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 3:39 PM, 04.23.2018

Josef Newgarden Wins Rain-Delayed Race at Barber Motorsports Park

BIRMINGHAM (April 23, 2018) – After winning his first pole at his favorite race track, Josef Newgarden had to wait out an overnight rain-delay to put an exclamation point on the weekend. It is the second win of the season for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, and the third win at Barber Motorsports Park for the driver of the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet.  With his victory, Newgarden moved into the series point lead.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 3:38 PM, 04.23.2018

Heavy rain suspends Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on 23rd lap

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Sunday, April 22, 2018) - Heavy rain pounded Barber Motorsports Park throughout the day and forced suspension of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America's First on Lap 23. The race will be completed starting at noon ET Monday.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 11:55 PM, 04.22.2018

Alexander Rossi Wins 44th TOYOTA Grand Prix of Long Beach

Rossi caps dominant Long Beach weekend with impressive victory

LONG BEACH, California (Sunday, April 15, 2018) - Alexander Rossi sought redemption for the one he felt got away a year ago at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Andretti Autosport driver made up for it in dominant fashion, completing a nearly flawless weekend with a flawless drive to win today's race.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 12:46 AM, 04.16.2018