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Former IndyCar winner Robbie Buhl forming new team to attempt Indy 500

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Two-time IndyCar winner Robbie Buhl and business partner Robert Citrone have announced the formation of a new team with an intent of entering the Indianapolis 500 this May.

According to a release on Buhl Sport Detroit’s website, Citrone/Buhl Autosport plans to make its debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 9 before attempting to qualify for the 500 later in the month. A driver and sponsor for the new entry have yet to be announced.

Buhl is no stranger to IndyCar. The Michigan native competed in 78 races between 1993-2004, including eight starts at the Indy 500. He has two career victories in the series (New Hampshire in 1997 and Walt Disney World Speedway in 2000).

Following his retirement from driving in 2004, Buhl served as an ownership partner of Dreyer & Rienbold Racing through 2013. The team has no affiliation with Buhl’s new entry.

Citrone is the founder of Discovery Capital Management and is the largest minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. His son, Nick, and Buhl’s brother, Tom, also will be partners in the new team.

“The underlying goal of Citrone/Buhl Autosport is to be competitive while partnering with the right people to deliver results,” the team’s release said. “The Citrones and Buhls see this as the start of a continued racing endeavor with aspiration of more entries at more races in the future.”

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Champion Marc Marquez leads MotoGP into virtual world Sunday

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During its layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, MotoGP will become the latest racing series to enter the virtual world.

The MotoGP Virtual Race will be held at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, March 29 with 10 riders. It will be streamed on several platforms, including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel. Reigning series champion Marc Marquez is among the riders in the field.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.