Indy 500 qualifying update: Positions 10-33 are set

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Qualifying, day two, for this year’s Indianapolis 500 saw the runners 10-33 from Saturday qualify in reverse order today.

With the exception of Buddy Lazier, they all eclipsed the 227 mph mark, which should make for a faster field average once the Fast 9 run later today.

Mikhail Aleshin, Sunday morning practice leader, and Scott Dixon were the first to burst into the 230s on their Sunday runs. Dixon’s 230.928 was faster than Saturday’s fastest four-lap average set by Ed Carpenter, 230.661.

Juan Pablo Montoya then posted the first 231-plus mph four-lap average, with 231.007. He headlines a storyline filled Row 4 with defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Dixon in the middle and Kurt Busch on the outside, after a qualifying run of 230.782 was enough to start 12th for the first of his 1,100-mile race day.

Row 11 will have the youngest driver in the field, Sage Karam, 19, on the inside, the oldest in 46-year-old Lazier on the outside and Grand Prix of Indianapolis polesitter Sebastian Saavedra, 23, in the middle.

After this group has completed their runs, here’s how they’ll line up from positions 10-33:

2-Juan Pablo Montoya, 231.007
9-Scott Dixon, 230.928
26-Kurt Busch, 230.782

98-Jack Hawksworth, 230.506
19-Justin Wilson, 230.256
7-Mikhail Aleshin, 230.049

10-Tony Kanaan, 229.922
11-Sebastien Bourdais, 229.847
16-Oriol Servia, 229.752

28-Ryan Hunter-Reay, 229.719
15-Graham Rahal, 229.628
18-Carlos Huertas, 229.251

63-Pippa Mann, 229.223
14-Takuma Sato, 229.201
68-Alex Tagliani, 229.148

6-Townsend Bell, 229.009
83-Charlie Kimball, 228.953
5-Jacques Villeneuve, 228.949

ROW 10
33-James Davison, 228.865
41-Martin Plowman, 228.814
8-Ryan Briscoe, 228.713

ROW 11
22-Sage Karam, 228.436
17-Sebastian Saavedra, 228.088
91-Buddy Lazier, 227.920

For a breakdown of how each driver’s four-lap run went, refer to the below screen cap from INDYCAR Timing & Scoring. Each driver’s warmup lap is first, followed by Lap 1, Lap 2, Lap 3, Lap 4, and the four-lap average.


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NHRA: Alexis DeJoria brings free mammograms to Texas, Las Vegas races

DeJoria pink race car for breast cancer awareness month
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Some drivers see red when they’re behind the wheel of a 300-mph Funny Car.

But NHRA Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria is seeing pink in the month of October – and she’s proud of it.

DeJoria, who owns Alexis DeJoria Racing and drives the Tequila Patron Toyota for Kalitta Racing, is using the color pink to call attention to breast cancer awareness month in October.

DeJoria has partnered with Baylor Healthcare Systems to offer free mammograms to race fans attending this weekend’s AAA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex (Friday and Saturday) in Ennis, Texas.

She’ll reprise that role, partnering with Nevada Health Centers for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip in Las Vegas Oct. 30-31.

According to a media release, ‘”Mammovans’ (mobile mammography units) will be parked in the nitro pits of the racetracks, and free mammograms will be available on-site during both weekends to female ticketholders over the age of 40, regardless of whether or not they have health insurance.”

Those who seek to be screened do not need an appointment or referral. If you have health insurance, bring your insurance information to the race. Test results will be sent via mail approximately ten days after the event.

This year’s initiative continues a program DeJoria began three years ago when she launched the “Free Mammograms for the Fans” program.

Also, DeJoria will drive a hot pink race car in both events.

“I really want to thank the Patrón Spirits Company and Toyota for their support, as well as Kalitta Motorsports, everyone who bought items on our eBay fundraising page, purchased our pink Fight Like a Girl bracelets and made donations,” said DeJoria. “It all goes toward this very wonderful life-saving cause and we would not be able to provide this service to our fans without their support.”

Added Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing, performance and guest experience for Toyota Motor Sales USA, “If we are able to save the life of so much as one mother, daughter, sister, wife or friend, it will be well worth our additional investment in our partners at DeJoria (Alexis DeJoria Racing). It truly is rewarding to be able to assist one of our race teams on a program that is so meaningful to so many people.”

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Sir Stirling Moss: Enclosed cockpits in open-wheel racing ‘ridiculous’

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While IndyCar mulls some type of enclosed cockpits or canopies in their race cars as early as 2017 to enhance driver safety, one racing legend scoffs at the notion that open-wheel racing should go down that path.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Sir Stirling Moss told Road and Track at the recent Lime Rock Historic Festival. “Motor racing is dangerous. And one does it – some of us do it – because it is dangerous. I was one of those. And I think to go and put forward things like that is absolutely ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.”

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It’s the opinion of the 85-year-old Moss that safety elements in one form of open-wheel racing – namely, Formula 1 – are as good as they can be at the moment.

“I think quite honestly, most events have good flag marshaling, which is very important,” Moss said. “The drivers know what they can do and they usually stick within their realistic limits.

“But of course, obviously, the sort of racing and etiquette you have on a circuit like this, or, a club circuit, is necessarily pretty different when you start talking Formula One.

“But, I think (danger) is part of the sport. I don’t think anybody wants to get hurt, but they’re all going to push themselves up to their limit, and that’s pretty good.”

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