Graham Rahal last year at Sebring. He's in Honda's new aero kit today. Photo: INDYCAR

IndyCar arises from its winter slumber for Sebring test (VIDEO)

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Let’s face it – the winter months as a Verizon IndyCar Series fan, observer or onlooker can be tough. There isn’t much going on.

Which is why when cars are on track, even if it’s just the first day of testing and it’s only manufacturer testing with ability to see the video obscured by a camouflage James Bond movie-style intro wrap, it’s still a glorious thing.

Thanks to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Twitter feed and sports car veteran Guy Cosmo – who’s recently expressed an interest in one day driving an IndyCar – we have that most mega noise of the 2.2L V6 turbos cranking at the Sebring International Raceway short course for a Honda manufacturer test day.

Enjoy the below videos. And if you’re particularly eagle-eyed, see if you can spot the visual differences on the new-for-2016 Honda aero kit, which is making its debut this test with RLL Racing (Graham Rahal) and Andretti Autosport’s trio of Carlos Munoz, Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

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This post may be updated later upon further photos or videos.

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.