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Catch first look at sleek and racy new Indy car in this weekend’s tests in Phoenix

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IndyCar teams and fans will get the opportunity to see the new 2018 Indy cars put through their paces today and Saturday during a four-session test at ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix International Raceway) in Avondale, Arizona.

Every team that will take part in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season is on hand at the one-mile track, working out offseason rust, while also learning to adapt to the new bold and sleek IndyCar chassis.

There will be two test sessions today and two more on Friday. The times are identical both days: 3-6 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET.

You can watch the test sessions via live stream by clicking here, as well as on IndyCar.com, IndyCar’s YouTube page and IndyCar’s Facebook page.

 

You’ll get play-by-play and commentary, as well as pit reports, from Dave Furst, Jake Query, Mark Jaynes and NBC’s Katie Hargitt.

If you can only get audio, tune in to INDYCAR Radio, which will carry all practice sessions on IndyCar.com and the INDYCAR mobile app.

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Last night, INDYCAR champions Tony Kanaan and Simon Pagenaud attended the Arizona State Sun Devils men’s basketball game vs. the visiting USC Trojans.

But they didn’t just sit idle in their seats. Oh, no. The two veteran drivers took part in ASU’s traditional “Curtain of Distraction” stunt in the second half, where they provided distraction movements to “help” make the Trojans miss their free throws.

Kanaan and Pagenaud not only forced USC to miss its free throw attempt at the time, but who knew how pivotal their distraction efforts would prove to be, as the host Sun Devils wound up winning by two points.

Here’s some social media posts about Pagenaud and Kanaan and their game-winning distraction moves:

 

 

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.