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15hJohn Oreovicz

An unpopular restart, but a crucial race

Rules dictate that this weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway will only have 177 laps, as drivers finish a discontinued race. It's not popular, but there is plenty on the line.

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7dLaurence Edmondson and Nate Saunders

Mid-season driver and team ratings

In the first of two parts, ESPN rates the performance of the back half of the grid so far this season.

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2dJohn Oreovicz

Simon Pagenaud has a lead, but ovals stand in the way

Simon Pagenaud's 58-point cushion with four races to go is the largest lead a driver has enjoyed at this point in the season since 2010. But he has limited experience on ovals, and ovals remain.

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9dLaurence Edmondson

Hamilton wary Merc dominance could end in '17

The prospect of 2016 being Mercedes' last year of dominance ahead of major rule changes next season adds emphasis to the title battle, according to Lewis Hamilton.

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Who will benefit from 2017 changes? (2:44)
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Does Red Bull have the best driving pair? (2:08)
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Worsham first in Funny Car qualifying at Brainerd

Defending series champion Del Worsham broke the track time record with a 3.856-second pass at 326.71 mph Friday in Funny Car qualifying at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd.

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Brown, Capps win NHRA's delayed Seattle finals

The Washington finals moved to Minnesota after rain washed them out at Pacific Raceways two weeks ago. Don Schumacher Racing's Antron Brown and Ron Capps swept the makeup events.

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IndyCar drivers to honor police in Texas return

The rain-interrupted IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway that will resume Aug. 27 will feature decals on cars and caps representing local police and national law enforcement agencies.

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10dLaurence Edmondson

Is Fernando Alonso happy?

In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Fernando Alonso reveals whether he is truly happy with the decisions he has made during his Formula One career.

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15dNate Saunders

Rossi still a reserve driver at Manor

Alexander Rossi is still reserve driver at Manor despite Rio Haryanto's relegation to the same role, ESPN can confirm.

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Dale Coyne Racing to honor Clauson at Pocono

Dale Coyne Racing announced Tuesday that Conor Daly will drive the No. 88 in Sunday's IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway to honor the memory of Bryan Clauson.

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Which team has been the best of the rest? (2:25)
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Dynamic shift at Mercedes? (2:21)
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19dBob Pockrass and John Oreovicz

Clauson, 27, dies following midget car accident

Bryan Clauson died Sunday night from injuries suffered in a crash during a midget car race Saturday night at the Belleville (Kansas) High Banks. He was 27.

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IndyCar, Pocono reach 2-year extension

IndyCar and Pocono Raceway have reached a two-year extension that will keep the open-wheel series at the track through 2018.

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Cameron, Curran win again at Road America

Dane Cameron and Eric Curran raced to their second consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory of the season and second in a row at Road America on Sunday.

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24dNate Saunders

Haas: Gutierrez 'the best' at obeying blue flags

Haas boss Guenther Steiner has claimed Esteban Gutierrez is usually "the best guy" at obeying blue flags following Daniel Ricciardo's criticism in Germany.

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Bomarito claims IMSA pole at Road America

Jonathan Bomarito had a fast lap of 127.2 mph in the No. 55 Mazda Prototype on Saturday at Road America to win his first IMSA pole position since 2014.

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Ferrari's leadership problems (2:17)
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Does Kvyat have a future in Formula One? (2:09)
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26dJohn Oreovicz

Will Power was good, Simon Pagenaud was better

Simon Pagenaud demonstrated the kind of driving that any racing series can only hope to have while battling teammate Will Power for the win at Mid-Ohio, John Oreovicz writes.

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25dNate Saunders

Ferrari admits to lack of progress since May

Maurizio Arrivabene has put Ferrari's recent downturn in performance to the lack of aerodynamic progress made with the car since the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Worsham sets NHRA track record in Funny Car

Defending Funny Car season champion Del Worsham sprinted to the provisional top qualifier with a record run Friday in the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

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27dNate Saunders

Lauda: Rosberg's penalty was fair

Niki Lauda says he can understand why Nico Rosberg was penalised for his overtake of Max Verstappen during the German Grand Prix, saying the German simply went too wide at the corner.

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'Rosberg-Verstappen move was 50/50' (1:22)
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27dNate Saunders

Gutierrez the worst with blue flags - Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo has labelled Esteban Gutierrez is doing "a less good job" than any other driver at obeying blue flags after complaining about the Haas driver in Germany.

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Hines races to 2nd Pro Bike Battle win at Sonoma

Andrew Hines raced to his second career Pro Bike Battle victory Saturday in the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, beating Hector Arana, Jr., Matt Smith and teammate Eddie Krawiec.

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Is the German Grand Prix Rosberg's to lose? (1:38)
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When Jay Leno's joyride goes wrong (1:02)

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