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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dario Franchitti can't avoid talking about his race team's early season troubles and his hopes of getting his Chip Ganassi Dallara-Honda sorted out in time to win Sunday's Indianapolis 500. But Monday, while making the rounds with various media outlets, he was just as interested in chatting about the Baltimore Grand Prix, which has had its own troubles. It seems both the IndyCar driver and the race are coming from behind. "Is everything going well for Baltimore's race now?"
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
The big names of IndyCar Series racing keep dropping out of Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore. Reigning champion Ryan Hunter-Reay's No. 1 DHL Chevrolet stalled out on the opening lap and after climbing back into contention later on, finally ended his day on the 42nd lap with what he called “electrical issues.” On the 53rd lap, it was pole sitter Scott Dixon's turn. Coming down a straightaway, Dixon's Target Chip Ganassi's No. 9 Honda was forced into the wall when archrival Will Power had maneuvered in front of him, though Power's Team Penske No. 12 Chevrolet brushed the wall and was able to continue.
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By Don Markus | August 31, 2013
Some of open-wheel racing's biggest names didn't make it into the Top 12 Saturday for Sunday's Izod IndyCar Series race in the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Dario Franchitti, who has won the pole at four events this year, will start 15 th , one spot ahead of Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan and three ahead of Marco Andretti. Kanaan, who finished second to Will Power in the inaugural Baltimore race two years ago, said afterward that he thought he was headed for the second round of qualifying before “we got caught up in some traffic” that resulted from a single-car crash involving E.J. Viso.
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By Don Markus | August 31, 2013
Some of open-wheel racing's biggest names didn't make it into the Top 12 Saturday for Sunday's Izod IndyCar Series race in the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Dario Franchitti, who has won the pole at four events this year, will start 15 th , one spot ahead of Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan and three ahead of Marco Andretti. Kanaan, who finished second to Will Power in the inaugural Baltimore race two years ago, said afterward that he thought he was headed for the second round of qualifying before “we got caught up in some traffic” that resulted from a single-car crash involving E.J. Viso.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
The big names of IndyCar Series racing keep dropping out of Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore. Reigning champion Ryan Hunter-Reay's No. 1 DHL Chevrolet stalled out on the opening lap and after climbing back into contention later on, finally ended his day on the 42nd lap with what he called “electrical issues.” On the 53rd lap, it was pole sitter Scott Dixon's turn. Coming down a straightaway, Dixon's Target Chip Ganassi's No. 9 Honda was forced into the wall when archrival Will Power had maneuvered in front of him, though Power's Team Penske No. 12 Chevrolet brushed the wall and was able to continue.
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By Ed Hinton and Ed Hinton,Orlando Sentinel | May 28, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS -- Have you seen the trailers for Ashley Judd's latest performance? They've been all over TV. Terrific stuff. She's a race driver's wife, running barefoot in a pouring rain down the pit lane at Indianapolis, soaking wet, hair and dress stuck to her skin, shivering more with joy than cold - just ecstatic. She's trying to get to victory lane to kiss her husband, who has just become the first Scotsman to win the Indianapolis 500 since Jim Clark in 1965, by gambling that rain would cut short the race before he ran out of fuel.
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2012
Here at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, four-time IZOD IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti and two-time champion and Chip Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon had breakfast Friday -- from boxes with their pictures on them. "This is so cool," Franchitti said, picking up a box of Kellogg's cereal called VROOMS and looking genuinely excited. "when I was a kid, I wanted to be on a cereal box!" Franchitti, Dixon and Juan Pablo Montoya, the 1999 CART Champion, who now races full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Ganassi, will have their photos on a variety of Kellogg's breakfast foods in celebration of Target's 23rd anniversary in motorsports with Ganassi Racing.
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By BILL ORDINE | April 22, 2008
In her 50th race, Danica Patrick, the speed world's golden girl, had a golden ride. Nursing her fuel tank so that she had a few extra RPMs when she needed them, she flew by Helio Castroneves on the high side just a few laps from the finish and cruised to victory in the rain-delayed Indy Japan 300 over the weekend, thus making history as the first woman to win a major auto race. For Patrick, the whirlwind is just beginning. In an interview on ESPN after the race she said she had initially intended to spend an evening enjoying Tokyo but that winning Saturday's race changed her plans.
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April 30, 2008
The Buffalo Bills will receive $78 million -- more than double their calculated 2006 operating income -- to play eight games in Toronto over the next five years. The payment to the Bills was disclosed for the first time in Rogers Communications' 2008 first-quarter report released yesterday. The Toronto-based company is part of a consortium that negotiated a deal with the Bills to have them play five regular-season and three preseason games, starting this year, at the downtown Rogers Centre.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2011
As his fellow competitors bounced over man-made curbs and bumps, and sometimes bumbled their way through tight turns on the temporary street course at the inaugural IndyCar Baltimore Grand Prix, Will Power drove like a man out for a Sunday drive -- only faster. Power took his Team Penske Dallara on the smoothest ride of the afternoon. He didn't brush a wall, run over a curb or make contact with anyone else's fenders. "I didn't have any near misses," he said after averaging 75.046 mph and beating Oriol Servia to the finish of the 75-lap race by 10.2096 seconds.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2012
Takuma Sato nearly won the Indianapolis 500 in May, but a bold move for the lead relegated the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver to 17th as he spun while trying to pass eventual winner Dario Franchitti on the final lap. His car owner Bobby Rahal found no fault with his effort, but he admits his tongue sometimes "bleeds" as he bites back his thoughts on the man some say is brave, others define as crazy and all agree is fast. "You couldn't leave that day and be disappointed," Rahal said.
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By Chris Korman and Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2012
When they sweep through the streets of Baltimore next weekend, driving some of the most powerful cars in the world at speeds that make their sport as dangerous as any, the IndyCar drivers will be mostly anonymous. Two veterans who have dominated the series, Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti, might be familiar names, but only because of outside interests. Castroneves won a "Dancing With the Stars" TV competition; Franchitti is married to actress Ashley Judd. Seeing their sport on the fringe of the mainstream for all but one race a year - the iconic Indianapolis 500 - has tormented racing insiders, who relentlessly promote the quality of the current circuit.
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2012
Here at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, four-time IZOD IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti and two-time champion and Chip Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon had breakfast Friday -- from boxes with their pictures on them. "This is so cool," Franchitti said, picking up a box of Kellogg's cereal called VROOMS and looking genuinely excited. "when I was a kid, I wanted to be on a cereal box!" Franchitti, Dixon and Juan Pablo Montoya, the 1999 CART Champion, who now races full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Ganassi, will have their photos on a variety of Kellogg's breakfast foods in celebration of Target's 23rd anniversary in motorsports with Ganassi Racing.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dario Franchitti can't avoid talking about his race team's early season troubles and his hopes of getting his Chip Ganassi Dallara-Honda sorted out in time to win Sunday's Indianapolis 500. But Monday, while making the rounds with various media outlets, he was just as interested in chatting about the Baltimore Grand Prix, which has had its own troubles. It seems both the IndyCar driver and the race are coming from behind. "Is everything going well for Baltimore's race now?"
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2011
As his fellow competitors bounced over man-made curbs and bumps, and sometimes bumbled their way through tight turns on the temporary street course at the inaugural IndyCar Baltimore Grand Prix, Will Power drove like a man out for a Sunday drive -- only faster. Power took his Team Penske Dallara on the smoothest ride of the afternoon. He didn't brush a wall, run over a curb or make contact with anyone else's fenders. "I didn't have any near misses," he said after averaging 75.046 mph and beating Oriol Servia to the finish of the 75-lap race by 10.2096 seconds.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2011
If you want to talk about street and road courses, Penske driver Will Power is the man to start with. Over his seven-year career, Power has won 14 races — 13 of them on the twisting roads. But the 30-year-old Australian says dominating the streets isn't something that comes naturally. It's a skill he's been working on for more than three decades. "It takes about a decade of just doing street races to perfect the skills," he said. "I grew up doing that. The U.S. is the only place for ovals.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2011
Picking up speed into the fourth turn when the green flag waved on Lap 61, Scott Dixon planned to hold the line beside his teammate Dario Franchitti and then try to pull ahead out of the turn. But Franchitti got such a good start, Dixon had to change his plan. "He took off like a bloody cannon," Dixon said. "So then, the only option I had to do was to slip back inside. No one was expecting it. I was lucky he moved back over to the left, which left the inside open. And he couldn't defend.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2011
In a town known for its birds, Oriol Servia wants everyone to know he fits right in. "My name is Oriol," the IndyCar driver was excited to point out before a recent interview even began. "I am from Spain. Ever since I moved to the United States in 1998, people say to me, 'Oh, Oreo, like the cookie.' And I say, 'No, Oriol, like the Baltimore Orioles.'" The name is actually Spanish for Oriole, and Servia — who is currently fourth in the points standings — hopes that helps him win over fans at this weekend's Baltimore Grand Prix.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2011
In a town known for its birds, Oriol Servia wants everyone to know he fits right in. "My name is Oriol," the IndyCar driver was excited to point out before a recent interview even began. "I am from Spain. Ever since I moved to the United States in 1998, people say to me, 'Oh, Oreo, like the cookie.' And I say, 'No, Oriol, like the Baltimore Orioles.'" The name is actually Spanish for Oriole, and Servia — who is currently fourth in the points standings — hopes that helps him win over fans at this weekend's Baltimore Grand Prix.
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By Sports Network | August 28, 2011
Will Power trailed IZOD IndyCar Series championship front-runner Dario Franchitti by 47 points entering the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. He moves on to the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix on Sunday considerably closer. Power pulled away early, didn't have any issues on pit lane, withstood the lone restart challenge and went on to become the first two-time winner in seven years of the event on the 2.303-mile, 12-turn Infineon Raceway road course. With the bonus points for the pole start and leading the most laps (71 of 75)
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