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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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Sports Digest | September 7, 2013
Lacrosse Bayhawks acquire Mundorf, deal Grant, Simon The Chesapeake Bayhawks acquired attackman Brendan Mundorf (UMBC, Mount St. Joseph) from the Denver Outlaws for attackman John Grant Jr. and defenseman Michael Simon (Stevenson, Fallston) and the 16th pick in the 2014 college draft, the Bayhawks announced Friday. "We have been trying to get Brendan for the last four years," coach Dave Cottle said. "He plays with great competitive toughness and we are reuniting him with his college teammate Drew Westervelt . " Mundorf, an Ellicott City native who was drafted 21st overall by Denver in 2006, has 229 goals and 118 assists in 90 games with the Outlaws.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2013
A year ago at the Grand Prix of Baltimore, race car driver Will Power thought what he viewed as an illegal restart after a late yellow caution flag helped give Ryan Hunter-Reay a win on Pratt Street and ultimately the overall Izod IndyCar championship. It was one of a "million times" during the past 16 months when the circumstances seemed to conspire against Power since his last victory, in Brazil in April 2011. On Sunday at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Power became the beneficiary of another controversial finish.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
Helio Castroneves began the day at the Grand Prix of Baltimore from the seventh position and finished 75 laps at the 2.04-mile course in ninth place. It was still a successful outing for the 38-year-old native of Sao Paolo, Brazil. With Scott Dixon forced out of the race after a collision with Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay suffering a power outage in his car, Castroneves further distanced himself from his top two competitors. Castroneves now leads the IZOD IndyCar Series with 501 points.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2011
Lexington, Ohio - Scott Dixon has not started from the pole for an IZOD IndyCar race in nearly two years, but that's where he'll be Sunday after turning the fastest lap in qualifying for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. "I thought we'd have a good battle among the six of us [for the pole]," said Penske driver Brian Briscoe, who will start on the outside of the front row. "But Dixon just blew us all away. " In IndyCar racing, the pole is determined by a series of three 15-minute qualifying sessions that eventually reduce the field to the fastest sixth.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
Sebastien Bourdais, who will start Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore from the last spot, registered the fastest time in the final practice before the race, finishing a lap of the 2.04-mile circuit in 1 minute, 18.4535 seconds Sunday morning. Bourdais, a 34-year-old native from Le Mans, France whose best outing this season was a runner-up finish to Scott Dixon at the Honda Indy Toronto 2 on July 13, lost his fastest lap for causing a red flag during Saturday's qualifying session and was bumped to the 24th spot.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
Another practice session, another second shaved off the fastest time at the Grand Prix of Baltimore. In Saturday's morning practice, Simon Pagenaud, who races the No. 77 car for Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports, posted the session's fastest time of 1 minute, 18.4391 seconds. That time was better than the 1:19.4792 registered Friday afternoon by rookie Tristan Vautier, who flew by reigning race champion Ryan Hunter-Reay's 1:20.8632 set Friday morning. Pagenuad, a 29-year-old native of Poitiers, France, has two top 5 showings this year, including a victory at the Indy Dual in Detroit.
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August 5, 2011
I'm glad that Indy driver Scott Dixon likes the race course that we built for him. ("Dixon takes wheel," Aug. 3). I hope he and his companions have a nice race and that lots of out of town fans spend lots of dollars. Baltimore will get on TV. After the Baltimore Grand Prix , Mr. Dixon and the TV crews will fly off to their next race. The spectators will leave. Maybe they will come back in a year. Unfortunately, I'm just a Baltimorean, and I will still be here, walking our downtown streets.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2013
IZOD IndyCar Series points leader Helio Castroneves has not had the best experience in his first two runs in Baltimore. Two years ago, Castroneves' car acted as a "shock absorber" when fellow Brazilian Tony Kanaan lost his brakes in the Sunday morning warmup. Castroneves had qualified seventh, but because of the damage his car sustained in the crash, he had to change cars and start in the back. He wound up 17th. A year ago, he finished 10th. Castroneves said the 2.02-mile course is "not one of the toughest" among the IndyCar street races, but he adds that "it's a very challenging one" because of the change from smooth to bumpy surfaces.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
Helio Castroneves began the day at the Grand Prix of Baltimore from the seventh position and finished 75 laps at the 2.04-mile course in ninth place. It was still a successful outing for the 38-year-old native of Sao Paolo, Brazil. With Scott Dixon forced out of the race after a collision with Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay suffering a power outage in his car, Castroneves further distanced himself from his top two competitors. Castroneves now leads the IZOD IndyCar Series with 501 points.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
The tension between Scott Dixon and Will Power that flared last week in California continued in Baltimore. Two of the IndyCar Series' top drivers collided in the 53rd lap of Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore, and the cause of the crash was not in dispute. After a restart and heading into Turn 1, Power tried to pass Sebastien Bourdais' No. 7 car. Dixon, who was trailing Power, attempted to do the same thing, and Power cut off Dixon, sending the No. 9 car into the wall and damaging the right side of the vehicle.
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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 Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
Sebastien Bourdais, who will start Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore from the last spot, registered the fastest time in the final practice before the race, finishing a lap of the 2.04-mile circuit in 1 minute, 18.4535 seconds Sunday morning. Bourdais, a 34-year-old native from Le Mans, France whose best outing this season was a runner-up finish to Scott Dixon at the Honda Indy Toronto 2 on July 13, lost his fastest lap for causing a red flag during Saturday's qualifying session and was bumped to the 24th spot.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
If there was one driver feeling confident about his chances at Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore, it might have been Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won last year's race en route to capturing the IZOD IndyCar Series title. But his bid to become the event's first two-time winner ended shortly after his No. 1 car stopped in the 43rd lap on the course in Turn 10. “We just had an electronic issue that made the car stall on the start,” the 32-year-old Dallas native said. “And then we were ultimately sidelined because of a power outage in the car. The electronics completely failed.” Hunter-Reay said the car hadn't had a severe mechanical problem since the 2011 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 27, which made Sunday's issue just as bewildering.
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Peter Schmuck | September 1, 2013
No doubt, a lot of open-wheel racing afficionados were shaking their heads after the Grand Prix of Baltimore turned into a demolition derby on Sunday, but the "chaos" that prevailed on the debris-strewn downtown course was just what the event needed to capture our admittedly primative imaginations. This is America. We don't like soccer. We don't like chess. We didn't even like real baseball until the steroid scandal shamed us back into it. Let's be honest, we claim we want to support public broadcasting, but we'd rather watch Shark Week.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
Scott Dixon, the only driver to record top 5 finishes in each of the previous two Grand Prix of Baltimore races, will open Sunday's competition in the lead after winning the pole in Saturday's qualifying session. Dixon, a 33-year-old native of Auckland, New Zealand who drives the No. 9 car for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, finished the 2.02-mile course in 1 minute, 18.0838 seconds. It is only the second time this season that Dixon has won the pole, but he is tied with James Hinchcliffe for the most wins in the IZOD IndyCar Series with three victories each.
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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 Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
If there was one driver feeling confident about his chances at Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore, it might have been Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won last year's race en route to capturing the IZOD IndyCar Series title. But his bid to become the event's first two-time winner ended shortly after his No. 1 car stopped in the 43rd lap on the course in Turn 10. “We just had an electronic issue that made the car stall on the start,” the 32-year-old Dallas native said. “And then we were ultimately sidelined because of a power outage in the car. The electronics completely failed.” Hunter-Reay said the car hadn't had a severe mechanical problem since the 2011 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 27, which made Sunday's issue just as bewildering.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
Another practice session, another second shaved off the fastest time at the Grand Prix of Baltimore. In Saturday's morning practice, Simon Pagenaud, who races the No. 77 car for Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports, posted the session's fastest time of 1 minute, 18.4391 seconds. That time was better than the 1:19.4792 registered Friday afternoon by rookie Tristan Vautier, who flew by reigning race champion Ryan Hunter-Reay's 1:20.8632 set Friday morning. Pagenuad, a 29-year-old native of Poitiers, France, has two top 5 showings this year, including a victory at the Indy Dual in Detroit.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
Robby Gordon was on his way to winning the 1999 Indianapolis 500. His pit crew kept telling him to keep driving, but as Gordon was less than two laps from getting the checkered flag, he encountered a problem to which many can relate whether they're in a $1 million race car or a rusted clunker. Gordon's car ran out of gas. "I want to sit and cry," Gordon said that day. While one of the universal goals of racing is what race team strategists like Target Chip Ganassi's Mike Hull, whose driver, Scott Dixon, won the pole for today's race, call "full to finish" - having just enough gas left in the tank to get to the end - decisions about when to pit and when to pass often makes the difference between winning and losing.
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