Bizarre start continues with engine failure for Kevin Harvick

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Just a few laps after the Duck Commander 500 went back to green after Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed early on, another contender has dropped by the wayside: Kevin Harvick.

Since winning the second race of the season at Phoenix, Harvick’s competitiveness has been consistently undone by bad luck.

This time, the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Chevrolet slowed dramatically on Lap 28 while running second to pole sitter Tony Stewart. Harvick had started the race third after setting a track record lap in qualifying on Saturday.

According to multiple reports, Harvick said over the team’s radio that the engine “blew up.” He took the car to the garage and it has now been confirmed that he’s out of the race.

Harvick did not make himself available for comment afterwards according to Fox Sports. However, he did furnish a quote for Chevrolet, which can be found in today’s halfway update.

In the last four races, Harvick has had to deal with a broken wheel hub at Las Vegas (41st), an oil line problem at Bristol (39th), a blown tire at Fontana (36th), and a rear-end chain issue last week at Martinsville, which he overcame to finish seventh.

But there will be no coming back for him this time at Texas.

Your heart will start racing with IndyCar’s new “The Future Starts Now” video

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One of the biggest challenges for any motorsport series — whether it’s NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar, Formula One and so many others — is to find ways to attract new fans.

That’s particularly important when attempting to lure young fans, especially the much-coveted millennials (born after 1981) and teenagers.

As all series prepare for the upcoming 2018 racing season, kudos have to be given to IndyCar for its new “The Future Starts Now” video, which debuted Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit.

Even if it’s five degrees below zero where you’re at, one look at this video and you’ll likely not only start warming up a bit, we bet you’ll start getting even more excited for the start of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, which begins March 11 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Check out the new video above and watch if it doesn’t get your heart racing real quick: