Boston Marathon runners to finish race Sunday before Indy 500

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Approximately 35 runners that were unable to complete the 2013 Boston Marathon due to the horrific bombings near the start/finish line will complete the distance on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the beginning of the 97th Indianapolis 500.

Boston Marathon participants from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan will run about half a mile from Turn 4 to the Yard of Bricks on IMS’ front straight. The run will take place between 11:55 a.m. ET and Noon ET, less than 10 minutes before the command will be given to start engines.

“The tragedy last month in Boston still resonates with everyone, so we wanted to give runners the chance to finish the race in front of thousands of fans who will appreciate their persistence and determination,” said IMS chief operating officer Doug Boles in a statement. “Everyone will remember the victims while also celebrating the strength and indomitable spirit of these special competitors as they cross the hallowed Yard of Bricks.”

IMS had extended the invitation to the Boston Athletic Association, who in turn contacted non-finishers from Indiana and surrounding states. In a related note, about 3,000 runners and bombing victims gathered in Boston yesterday morning to run the final mile of the famous Marathon route.

SMP Racing unveils BR1 LMP1 car in Bahrain ahead of WEC entry

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SMP Racing has publicly unveiled its new BR1 LMP1 car that will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2018.

SMP Racing opted to pull out of racing full-time in the WEC for 2017 in order to focus on its preparations for an LMP1 entry the following year, with the decision being taken long in advance of Porsche’s exit announcement.

Officials from the Russian-backed SMP Racing, as well as drivers including recent IndyCar racer Mikhail Aleshin (sporting a broken arm in a sling), Vitaly Petrov and Sergey Sirotkin were all on hand to unveil the car on Friday in the Bahrain International Circuit paddock ahead of this weekend’s WEC finale.

The BR Engineering BR1 features a Dallara chassis and an AER engine, and has completed over 2,000 km in private testing, with further running set to be completed in the coming weeks.

SMP Racing plans to field two cars in the WEC’s LMP1 class next year, and is keen to get as many Russian drivers as possible in the seats from its wide pool of talent.

Even with Porsche’s departure from LMP1, the class is set to feature a bigger field thanks to the increased number of privateers moving up, with Toyota set to remain the sole manufacturer in the class.