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IndyCar notes: Next Road America test lineup set and more

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A handful of quick news and notes items from the Verizon IndyCar Series heading into the weekend:

  • Hinch and more at Road America test. INDYCAR has confirmed the other drivers and teams testing on Monday at Road America besides James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Andretti Autosport will have Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay, KVSH Racing with Sebastien Bourdais and Dale Coyne Racing with Tristan Vautier. Andretti and RHR will also test at Mid-Ohio on October 5.
  • Hinch’s delayed starters ring. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will put a ring on it… James Hinchcliffe, that is. “Hinch,” who did qualify for this year’s Indianapolis 500 but was not able to start after his accident in practice that left him seriously injured, will be presented with his 2015 Indianapolis 500 Starters Ring on Wednesday at the SPM team headquarters.
  • Awaiting management, schedule news. The target was end of September for the 2016 schedule to be released and per Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles, who has quietly, at least temporarily, assumed the duties left by former INDYCAR president of competition and operations Derrick Walker, it still is. Per the Indianapolis Star, Miles is still awaiting a couple signed contracts to dot the i’s and cross the t’s (Pocono, Phoenix, Mexico City and now potentially Gateway is an option). Miles also told The Star’s Curt Cavin to expect at least one additional hire from an operational side.
  • IndyCar on the silver screen. “Indianapolis,” a short film from part-time Verizon IndyCar Series photographer and full-time visual arts teacher at White Bear Lake Area High School in Minnesota, Shawn “Gritzy” Gritzmacher, will be screened Saturday at the Jalopnik Film Festival in Los Angeles. A trailer to the cool stop-motion video is linked here.
  • Damien Power’s video series debuts. We’re hoping it’s as irreverent as the trailer looks, but Will Power’s brother Damien’s video series debuts on Saturday. Here’s the preview piece we posted after Sonoma.
  • Pro Mazda/USF2000 air time set. Watch highlights of the fourth quarter of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda seasons at midnight ET, the night of Oct. 1/Oct. 2, on NBCSN. So it’ll be Friday, Oct. 2 for those on ET time and Thursday, Oct. 1 for those in earlier time zones.

Adam Cianciarulo sweeps to second straight Pro Motocross 450 win

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Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.

After scoring his first career victory Sept. 8 at RedBud, Cianciarulo made it two consecutive victories on his Monster Energy Kawasaki. He won the first moto by 1.7 seconds over Blake Baggett and the second moto by 2.7 seconds over Baggett.

“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”

With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.

In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).

Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos for his second win of the season in the 250 class (Align Media).

Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.

“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.


RESULTS

Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
  8. Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
  9. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
  10. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
  5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-11)
  7. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (7-5)
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (12-8)
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki (11-9)
  10. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM (8-12)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 257
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 254
  3. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 202
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 194
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 186
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 164
  7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 162
  8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 140
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 123
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 114
Adam Cianciarulo won the holeshot in both motos at Spring Creek (Align Media).