IndyCar Paddock Pass: Texas (VIDEO)

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NBCSN’s coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series continues from this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway through to the end of the year at Sonoma Raceway.

The NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass is also along for the ride, and this week features interviews from the lone 1.5-mile oval on the calendar.

Anders Krohn checks in for the latest edition of the show from Fort Worth, and catches up with a number of winners.

Krohn interviews Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato, Detroit doubleheader and defending Texas race winner Graham Rahal, and Le Mans-bound Tony Kanaan, who is a past Texas winner (2004, race one).

Sato, Rahal and Kanaan start eighth, 11th and fourth for Saturday night’s race (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

You can see the episode above. Past IndyCar Paddock Pass episodes are below:


Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool
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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool