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Road America to open paddock for IndyCar test

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Good news for the upcoming Road America test next week on September 22, as race fans and media will be allowed into the paddock following a last-minute decision.

The track release is below:

A last minute decision by the participating teams means race fans and the media will now be allowed in the paddock on Tuesday, September 22 for the previously announced Verizon IndyCar Series test session.

The test session is being held in advance of the series’ return to the revered road course for the Road America Grand Prix, June 23-26, 2016. Admission to the test session is $20, with 50 percent of every ticket sold going to the Wilson Children’s Fund to benefit the family of the late Justin Wilson. Fans will also have the option to make additional contributions on site. Road America Season Pass holders will be admitted with a $10 donation to the Wilson Children’s Fund.

The test session will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT. Entrance to the test session for fans and media will be at the main gate located off of Highway 67. This will mark the only test session open to the public before race weekend in June.

Teams scheduled to participate in the test session include: AJ Foyt Racing, CFH Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Team Penske.

Anyone interested in donating to the Wilson Children’s Fund individually can give through the fund website at http://www.wilsonchildrensfund.com.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.