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Verizon Exclusive Access: Hinchcliffe and Kanaan at Sonoma

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It’s a double shot of this week’s Verizon IndyCar Series exclusive access “Rapid Fire” videos, shot this weekend at Sonoma Raceway (Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma is 6:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

In the double dip, NBCSN IndyCar pit reporter Katie Hargitt checks in with 2004 series champion and 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, and this year’s Indianapolis 500 polesitter James Hinchcliffe.

Kanaan is trying to secure third in this year’s championship while Hinchcliffe is in the national media spotlight as a “Dancing with the Stars” contestant.

Both videos are linked below.

Hinchcliffe

Kanaan

For all videos, check this link.

Previous individual installments are below:


Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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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.