First-timers Davison, Filippi find problems in IndyCar quals

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Dale Coyne Racing’s James Davison and Barracuda Racing’s Luca Filippi (pictured) – who are both making their IZOD IndyCar Series debut in tomorrow’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – will have to come from the back of the grid after their Saturday qualifying sessions went sour.

Early in the first round, Davison made contact with Ed Carpenter in Turn 6 while attempting to warm up the tires on his No. 18 Honda. The incident forced Carpenter to pit for a new nose cone and both drivers were unable to advance into the second round.

“He was going to the left to set up for Turn 6 and turned right back in the front of me when I was making a run on him,” Carpenter said. “I’ve been there. There’s a lot going on. But he’s not paying attention to what’s going on.

“If that’s how he’s going to drive in tomorrow’s race, he’s going to end up getting run into.”

Davison would post a time of 1 minute, 6.2839 seconds but will have to start 17th. Carpenter will start on the inside of the final row alongside Filippi, who appeared to have carried over his strong pace from Friday practice.

Unfortunately for him, he lost control of the No. 98 Barracuda Honda while on his first flying lap of the session and hit the tire barriers near Turn 12 to bring out the red flag.

Filippi was running fourth in his qualifying group at the time, but INDYCAR rules state that any driver who causes a red flag during qualifying sessions will have his/her two fastest laps not be counted. With those times wiped away, his third-best lap of 1 minute, 6.8757 seconds put him 24th on tomorrow’s grid.

“We were close to the guys on top and I had a great feeling, so it’s really a shame for the Barracuda Racing team,” said Filippi, who replaces long-time veteran Alex Tagliani this weekend in the No. 98. “We’ve had a great weekend, so we’ll keep working hard and aim for a good finish in the race tomorrow.”

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Get your motor running: American Flat Track’s new season premieres Sunday on NBCSN

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If you like racing two-wheel style, make sure you catch the debut of a new multi-year TV broadcast deal featuring the American Flat Track motorcycle racing series on NBCSN.

The 18-round series debuts this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the season-opening race that was held at Daytona International Speedway on March 15.

Going forward, all 18 rounds of the series will be televised on NBCSN in highly-coveted weekend afternoon programming slots without two weeks of each event.

Last season, AFT drew nearly two million viewers on NBCSN with regular primetime coverage on Thursday nights.

This season, the one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts will be part of NBCSN’s regular weekend programing, following or preceding coverage of NASCAR, INDYCAR and Pro Motocross.

AFT is now in its 65th season, with two distinct classes: powerful, twin-cylinder rides in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines division, and the competition in the 450cc AFT Singles division.

“We are very excited to kick-off our second season of AFT on NBCSN,” NBC Sports Group Senior Director of Programming Jeff Macaluso. “The 2017 season provided us with some incredible racing and showed us how passionate the riders and fans are of this historic sport.

“The move to weekends this year, around other marquis motorsports properties, is sure to raise the level even higher.”

Here’s the 2018 AFT schedule on NBCSN:

Round Track, Location Track Type Premiere Time (ET) Time (PT)
1 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL TT Sun, 3/25 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
2 Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA Short Track Sat, 4/14 5:30 PM 2:30 PM
3 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX Half-Mile Sun, 5/06 4:00 PM 1:00 PM
4 Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Half-Mile Sun, 5/20 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
5 Turf Paradise, Phoenix, AZ Mile Sat, 5/26 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
6 Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA Mile Sun, 6/03 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
7 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 6/09 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
8 Red Mile, Lexington, KY Mile Sat, 6/16 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
9 Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK Mile Sat, 6/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
10 Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH Half-Mile Sat, 7/07 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
11 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY Short Track Sun, 7/15 6:00 PM 3:00 PM
12 Buffalo Chip Campgrounds, Sturgis, SD TT Sat, 8/11 12:30 PM 9:30 AM
13 Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD Half-Mile Sat, 8/18 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
14 Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL TT Sat, 9/01 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
15 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 9/22 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
16 Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Half-Mile Sun, 9/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
17 Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN Mile Sun, 10/14 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
18 Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ Mile Sun, 10/21 2:00 PM 11:00 AM


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