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Unofficial Indianapolis 500 starting grid and IndyCar points

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Not only was this weekend qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, but with the new format came a new points system that could see a maximum of 42 points achieved if a driver qualified fastest on both Saturday (33 points) and Sunday (9 points). And Indianapolis 500 polesitter Ed Carpenter has done just that.

Obviously, those that broke into the Fast Nine shootout took home the bulk of the qualifying points.

Six others – James Hinchcliffe (38), Helio Castroneves (37), Will Power (36), Carlos Munoz (35), Marco Andretti (34) and Simon Pagenaud (31) – took home more than 30 points on qualifying weekend, the net equivalent of at least a fifth-place finish in a normal race.

Here’s a breakdown of where every driver qualified Saturday, Sunday and their points totals.

Car Sat. Order (Pts) Sun. Order (Pts) Total Pts
20 Carpenter 1 (33) 1 (9) 42
34 Munoz 2 (32) 7 (3) 35
3 Castroneves 3 (31) 4 (6) 37
27 Hinchcliffe 4 (30) 2 (8) 38
12 Power 5 (29) 3 (7) 36
25 Andretti 6 (28) 6 (4) 32
77 Pagenaud 7 (27) 5 (5) 31
67 Newgarden 8 (26) 8 (2) 28
21 Hildebrand 9 (25) 9 (1) 26
26 Busch 10 (24) 12 24
28 Hunter-Reay 11 (23) 19 23
98 Hawksworth 12 (22) 13 22
2 Montoya 13 (21) 10 21
19 Wilson 14 (20) 14 20
9 Dixon 15 (19) 11 19
7 Aleshin 16 (18) 15 18
8 Briscoe 17 (17) 30 17
14 Sato 18 (16) 23 16
83 Kimball 19 (15) 26 15
15 Rahal 20 (14) 20 14
22 Karam 21 (13) 31 13
6 Bell 22 (12) 25 12
10 Kanaan 23 (11) 16 11
11 Bourdais 24 (10) 17 10
63 Mann 25 (9) 22 9
17 Saavedra 26 (8) 32 8
5 Villeneuve 27 (7) 27 7
33 Davison 28 (6) 28 6
16 Servia 29 (5) 18 5
18 Huertas 30 (4) 21 4
68 Tagliani 31 (3) 24 3
41 Plowman 32 (2) 29 2
91 Lazier 33 (1) 33 1

Which means that, unofficially, the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings looks like this coming out of qualifying:

POINTS
1.  Will Power, 185
2.  Simon Pagenaud, 175
3.  Ryan Hunter-Reay, 171
4.  Helio Castroneves, 139
5.  Marco Andretti, 121
6.  Scott Dixon, 121
7.  Justin Wilson, 107
8.  Josef Newgarden, 99
9.  Ryan Briscoe, 97
10. Carlos Munoz, 96
11. James Hinchcliffe, 94
12. Mike Conway, 93
13. Tony Kanaan, 93
14. Jack Hawksworth, 93
15. Juan Pablo Montoya, 91
16. Sebastien Bourdais, 91
17. Takuma Sato, 91
18. Charlie Kimball, 82
19. Mikhail Aleshin, 77
20. Sebastian Saavedra, 71
21. Graham Rahal, 69
22. Carlos Huertas, 67
23. Oriol Servia, 60
24. Ed Carpenter, 42
25. JR Hildebrand, 26
26. Kurt Busch, 24
27. Martin Plowman, 14
28. Sage Karam, 13
29. Townsend Bell, 12
30. Pippa Mann, 9
31. Franck Montagny, 8
32. Jacques Villeneuve, 7
33. James Davison, 6
34. Alex Tagliani, 3
35. Buddy Lazier, 1

And now, the starting grid for the 98th Indianapolis 500, after Saturday’s, Sunday’s Group 1 and Fast Nine qualifying:

ROW 1
20-Ed Carpenter, 231.067
27-James Hinchcliffe, 230.839
12-Will Power, 230.697

ROW 2
3-Helio Castroneves, 230.649
77-Simon Pagenaud, 230.614
25-Marco Andretti, 230.544

ROW 3
34-Carlos Munoz, 230.146
67-Josef Newgarden, 229.893
21-JR Hildebrand, 228.726

ROW 4
2-Juan Pablo Montoya, 231.007
9-Scott Dixon, 230.928
26-Kurt Busch, 230.782

ROW 5
98-Jack Hawksworth, 230.506
19-Justin Wilson, 230.256
7-Mikhail Aleshin, 230.049

ROW 6
10-Tony Kanaan, 229.922
11-Sebastien Bourdais, 229.847
16-Oriol Servia, 229.752

ROW 7
28-Ryan Hunter-Reay, 229.719
15-Graham Rahal, 229.628
18-Carlos Huertas, 229.251

ROW 8
63-Pippa Mann, 229.223
14-Takuma Sato, 229.201
68-Alex Tagliani, 229.148

ROW 9
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

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Formula 1 gets colorful: Here are all 10 liveries for 2017

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Following Scuderia Toro Rosso’s launch of the new STR12 car on Sunday night, the Formula 1 grid is now set ahead of the start of pre-season testing in Barcelona on Monday.

All 10 teams have sported cars that are quite the deviation from their predecessors, as forced by the overhaul of the technical regulations for the new season.

While the changes are mainly in place to make the cars quicker on-track, they also look more visually appealing than the 2016 grid – even if the debate over the ‘shark fin’ is set to rage on.

F1 has also got more colorful, with a number of teams sporting big livery changes that will make cars easier to pick out when you tune in across NBC Sports this season.

Here is what the grid will look like for F1 in 2017.

Mercedes W08 EQ Power+

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Red Bull RB13

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Force India VJM10

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Williams FW40

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McLaren-Honda MCL32

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Toro Rosso reveals STR12 F1 car with striking new livery

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Scuderia Toro Rosso has completed a busy launch week for Formula 1 by unveiling its new STR12 car that will race in 2017.

As rumored, Toro Rosso presented a car with a drastically different livery to the one that has been present for much of its time in F1, varying from the dark blue and red colors the Red Bull sister team has been known for.

Now a metallic blue becomes the primary color for the car, with silver and red highlights being used for the Red Bull branding.

Drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat were on-hand to unveil the STR12, which sported a radical new look to fall in line with the new technical regulations in F1 for 2017.

Most noticeable on the car is the addition of a ‘shark fin’ to the engine cover, something that the majority of teams have ran with for their launches so far.

The team also released a launch video showing the STR12 enjoying its first on-track test.

Toro Rosso ended last year seventh in the constructors’ championship, but suffered a dip in form towards the end of the season after sticking with 2016-spec Ferrari power units.

For 2017, the team will once again link up with Renault and use current-year engines, giving it the chance to compete throughout the campaign.

Sainz was one of F1’s unsung heroes through 2017, leading Toro Rosso’s charge following Max Verstappen’s promotion into a Red Bull seat four races into the year.

After spending the middle part of the season regaining his confidence after moving in the opposite direction to Verstappen, Kvyat looked much stronger in the final flyaways, doing enough to secure a seat with Toro Rosso f0r 2017 in the process.

The STR12 has already completed a filming run at Misano in Italy, but will hit the track publicly for the first time on Monday with the start of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Marc Marquez dislocates shoulder during private Honda MotoGP test

PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 15:  Marc Marquez of Spain and the Repsol Honda Team rides during 2017 MotoGP pre-season testing at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on February 15, 2017 in Phillip Island, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez suffered a dislocated shoulder during a private test earlier this week, the Repsol Honda team has confirmed.

Marquez, 24, was testing with Honda at the Jerez circuit in Spain when he suffered a crash on the second day of running.

The Spaniard sustained a dislocated shoulder, but Honda confirmed that it does not expect him to miss the next private test in Qatar prior to the start of the season.

“Medical checks show neither further damage nor any other injuries, and the rider from Cervera should be fit to finish preseason testing ahead of the first race of the season,” a statement reads.

“Today was a productive day, as we were able to do many laps and to work on our bike well. We did most of the work we had planned, which is good,” Marquez said of his test day.

“I crashed in the afternoon and dislocated my shoulder, but luckily it was nothing serious. Now I’ll have some rest back at home and get ready for the next test, in Qatar.”

The new MotoGP season gets underway on March 26 with the Qatar Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso confirms contact from Mercedes following Nico Rosberg’s retirement

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Fernando Alonso has confirmed that he was contacted by Mercedes following Nico Rosberg’s decision to retire from Formula 1 last December.

Just five days after winning his maiden F1 drivers’ championship in Abu Dhabi, Rosberg sent shockwaves through the driver market by announcing his immediate retirement from racing.

The majority of drivers racing in F1 were linked with the vacant Mercedes seat, including Alonso, who has not won a world title since 2006.

Alonso stressed at the time that he had no interest in leaving McLaren as he prepared to enter the third and final year of his contract with the British team.

Speaking earlier this week at the launch of McLaren’s new F1 car, the MCL32, Alonso confirmed that he was contacted by Mercedes, but that conversations never gained traction.

“Mercedes, after the surprise of Rosberg, had to check with everyone. It is understandable,” Alonso said.

“It was nothing really strange, nothing really deep to the conversations, but they did with everyone.

“They wanted to hear my situation, which was very clear. I had this year at McLaren and I was happy here.

“There was no point in talking anymore.”

Reflecting on Rosberg’s decision to retire, Alonso said that he would never be able to make a similar decision and would continue racing.

“In my case I cannot stop, [racing] is like a drug,” Alonso said.

“For Rosberg he was very brave to step away, I wish him the best.

“I will be 80 years old and I will be in a go-kart on a circuit racing and pushing the kids off the track in front of me.”