Carpenter, Dixon get their Nathan’s Hot Dog judging game on (PHOTOS)

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Ed Carpenter and Scott Dixon are Verizon IndyCar Series race winners and Indianapolis 500 polesitters.

They’ve also entered another club as of this Independence Day Friday: Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest judges.

In this day of sanctioned gluttony out on Coney Island in New York, before the pair race the Pocono INDYCAR 500 fueled by Sunoco on Sunday, Carpenter and Dixon turned in their team gear for judges’ shirts to determine how many hot dogs each one of this competitors put down.

We’ll update after the airing of the hot dog eating contest today to see if there was any aftermath.

Meanwhile, here’s a mere sampling of the atmosphere there today in the build-up to chow down:

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.