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Carpenter, Newgarden test in Texas (VIDEO)

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CFH Racing endured a nightmare race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway this year, so Wednesday’s team test at the Verizon IndyCar Series’ lone 1.5-mile facility was an important one for Ed Carpenter and newly re-signed Josef Newgarden.

But luckily, the two found elements they needed to get things right as they continued to dial in the Chevrolet aero kit at the track.

“Any time you come to the track, you learn things,” Carpenter, driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet and co-owner of CFH Racing, said in a release. “When we were here in June for the race we hadn’t really gotten our cars dialed in yet to the new Chevrolet aero kits.

“This is a good opportunity to come back and reaffirm what we learned and what we felt like we got better at Fontana (Auto Club Speedway) and Pocono (Raceway). So we are able to come back here and say, ‘Yeah, we have fixed the issues that were bothering us here last year.'”

This marked Newgarden’s first formal test since re-signing with CFH for 2016. He also tested at Road America in September, a few weeks ago.

“I think probably because this year we had such a successful season – we won a couple of races and were close in the championship battle – I think that just reinvigorated me to get going immediately,” Newgarden said of continuing to test. “I really don’t want to have an offseason this year.”

You can see a video of the two of them – including rocking flat-brimmed hats – below.

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.