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Auto racing: Sato seizes St. Pete IndyCar pole

Japan's Takuma Sato claimed the first pole position of the 2014 IndyCar season on Saturday in qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. After drivers waited out thunderstorms that delayed action for three hours, they then coped with the changing conditions from a wet to dry track as qualifying progressed. The forecast for Sunday's 110-lap race, the first of 18 races on the series' 2014 slate, is favorable.

Andretti Autosport says it has new primary sponsor to replace GoDaddy on 27 car for 2014

FONTANA, Calif. - Andretti Autosport will announce a new primary sponsor Saturday to replace GoDaddy next season on the car currently driven by James Hinchcliffe. Andretti gave no indication Friday on the status of contract talks with Hinchcliffe, who with three wins this season gave GoDaddy its most successful season on track in its seven years with the organization.

Dragon Racing joins Andretti in Formula E

(Reuters) - Los Angeles-based Dragon Racing will compete against IndyCar rivals Andretti Autosport in electric racing next year after being announced on Wednesday as the fourth team to enter the new Formula E championship. Organizers said Dragon, owned by media and publishing entrepreneur Jay Penske whose father Roger owns the Penske Racing NASCAR and IndyCar teams, had signed up for the FIA-sanctioned series due to start next September.

Auto racing: Hunter-Reay reigns again at Milwaukee

IndyCar series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay passed Takuma Sato for the lead with 53 laps remaining and roared to victory at the Milwaukee Mile on Saturday. Hunter-Reay won for the second straight year at Milwaukee, continuing the Andretti Autosport team's dominance at the circuit. Michael Andretti's drivers have won five of the last nine races here, and his son Marco had started from pole position this weekend. Hunter-Reay crossed the finish line 4.8 seconds ahead of Brazilian Helio Castroneves, the current points leader.

Auto racing: Hinchcliffe pips Sato for Sao Paulo win

Canada's James Hinchcliffe overtook Takuma Sato in the final turn Sunday to win the Sao Paulo Indy 300 on Sunday, denying the Japanese driver a second straight IndyCar triumph. Hinchcliffe won by .3463sec, his second victory of the year after winning the season opener at St. Petersburg, Florida. American Marco Andretti nabbed the last spot on the podium finishing third ahead of Spain's Oriol Servia. "There's no cooler way to win a race -- in the last corner of the last lap," said Hinchcliffe, who led the four Andretti Autosport cars finishing in the top 11.

Auto racing: Hinchcliffe wins IndyCar season-opener

Canada's James Hinchcliffe won the IndyCar season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday for his first career victory in the series. Hinchcliffe, driving for Andretti Autosport, passed Helio Castroneves for the lead after a restart on lap 85. He then held off the Brazilian for the remaining 25 laps on the 1.8-mile street circuit. Hinchcliffe is the first Canadian to win a US open-wheel series race since Paul Tracy took the chequered flag at Cleveland in 2007 in a Championship Auto Racing Teams series event.

Auto Racing: Viso among four to drive for Andretti

Venezuelan racer E.J. Viso has signed to drive for Andretti Autosport in the upcoming IndyCar season, giving the team four cars in the series in 2013, owner Michael Andretti said Thursday. The deal announced Thursday will see the South American speedster join reigning series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay and fellow American Marco Andretti plus Canadian James Hinchcliffe in the Andretti line-up. "I could not ask for more than to get the opportunity to drive for a championship team," Viso said.
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