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Irish rider Roche signs up for Team Sky (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: September 30, 2014, 11:18 am]
London (AFP) - Irish rider Nicolas Roche was on Tuesday unveiled at Team Sky along with four other new names for 2015.

Qualifiers tour Australia in Cricket World Cup warm-up (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: September 22, 2014, 2:48 am]
Sydney (AFP) - The four qualifiers for the ICC Cricket World Cup -- Afghanistan, Scotland, Ireland and the UAE -- are all in Australia this week in preparation for next year's tournament.

Qualifiers tour Australia in World Cup warm-up (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: September 22, 2014, 2:02 am]
The four qualifiers for the ICC Cricket World Cup -- Afghanistan, Scotland, Ireland and the UAE -- are all in Australia this week in preparation for next year's tournament.

IndyCar to race in Brazilian capital in 2015 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 7:28 pm]
SAO PAULO (AP) -- IndyCar says it will race in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia next year, returning to the country after a one-year absence.

Russian driver released from hospital (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 9:24 pm]
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin has been released from an Indianapolis hospital and is expected to make a full recovery from injuries suffered in a crash last month.

Barfield leaves IndyCar for IMSA race director (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 5, 2014, 8:25 pm]
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Beaux Barfield is leaving his role as race director of IndyCar for the same position with the Tudor United Sports Car Championship Series.

Teary-eyed Aussie Power wins first IndyCar crown (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 7:31 am]
Will Power, who had his championship dreams destroyed twice before when he crashed out of season-ending races, was overcome with emotion as he finally claimed his first IndyCar Series crown. I was crying when I crossed the finish line," said Power, who raced strategically to take the crown with a ninth-place finish in Saturday's season-finale at the Auto Club Speedway track. It was enough to give the Australian a 62-point victory over runner-up Helio Castroneves. Tony Kanaan won Saturday's 250-lap race to earn his first win since last year's Indianapolis 500.

Power wins first IndyCar championship (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 6:13 am]
Will Power claimed his first IndyCar Series championship, using a conservative racing approach that allowed him to finish ninth in the final race of the season. Power had entered the 18th race of the season at the Auto Club Speedway with a 51 point lead over his Team Penske teammate. I was crying when I crossed the finish line," said Power on Saturday. The 33-year-old Power was able to avoid the mishaps that destroyed his earlier attempts to maintain the overall points lead going into the last race of the season.

Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 5:11 am]
Will Power won his first IndyCar Series championship Saturday night, finishing ninth in the final race and claiming the season title after a career filled with agonizing misses. Tony Kanaan won the 500-mile, double-points race at Fontana for his first victory of the season, but Power drove an intelligent race with just enough aggression to preserve his healthy points lead. After briefly taking the lead late, Power comfortably held off second-place teammate Helio Castroneves and wrapped up Team Penske's first IndyCar title since 2006. He led the IndyCar points standings heading into the final race in 2010 and 2012, and he led with two races left in 2011 - but he failed to claim the title each time.

Auto racer Aleshin upgraded to stable after crash (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 1:33 am]
Russian rookie driver Mikhail Aleshin was upgraded to stable condition after suffering head and chest injuries during a multi-car practice crash ahead of the IndyCar auto race. Aleshin had already qualified for Saturday's race when he was involved in a flying wreck on the final practice run of Friday night's schedule at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, 81 kilometers (50 miles) east of Los Angeles. The 27-year-old from Moscow, who earlier this year became the first Russian to compete in the Indianapolis 500, was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center. IndyCar doctor Terry Trammell said Aleshin's injuries included "fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle, a concussion and chest injuries."

IndyCar driver Aleshin healing after Fontana crash (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:54 pm]
Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin has been upgraded to stable condition after undergoing a procedure for a chest injury from his horrific crash during a practice session. IndyCar announced Aleshin's improvement Saturday before its season-ending race at Fontana. Aleshin was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center on Friday night after his car flew and spun into the air in Turn 4 at Fontana.

Aleshin in serious condition after IndyCar crash (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 8:25 pm]
Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin was in a serious condition in a California hospital on Saturday with a concussion, broken ribs and chest injuries after an IndyCar qualifying crash. Aleshin had qualified for Saturday's race in Fontana, east of Los Angeles, when he was involved in a flying wreck on the final practice run of Friday night. IndyCar medical consultant doctor Terry Trammell issued a statement early Saturday detailing Aleshin's injuries, which include "fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle, a concussion and chest injuries."

Aleshin hospitalized after Fontana IndyCar crash (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 7:40 am]
Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was hospitalized in serious but stable condition Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale. Aleshin was taken away from the Fontana track in an ambulance and airlifted to nearby Loma Linda University Medical Center. The Russian driver has broken ribs and a broken right collarbone along with a concussion and chest injuries, an IndyCar spokesperson said. He slid back up the track and collided with Charlie Kimball in a shower of sparks and smoke, sending Aleshin's car flying into the catch fence while spinning.

Big wreck in final IndyCar practice at Fontana (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 3:20 am]
Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was taken away from the track in an ambulance and airlifted to a hospital Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale. He was taken to nearby Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Castroneves on pole at Fontana IndyCar race (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 2:50 am]
Brazil's Helio Castroneves won the pole position while championship points leader Will Power, of Australia, qualified 21st for Saturday's Fontana IndyCar auto race, the final event of the season. With Friday's pole victory, Castroneves moved from 51 points to 50 behind Power in the battle for the 2014 IndyCar series title. It's just beginning," said Castroneves, who is aiming for his first championship. Castroneves posted a two-lap average speed of 351.6 km/h (218.5 mph) during Friday's qualifying.

Power faces final obstacles in IndyCar title race (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 12:03 am]
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) -- Will Power has been through too much heartbreak for too many IndyCar seasons to think his first series championship would be simple.

Power finishes 21st in IndyCar finale qualifying (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 29, 2014, 11:04 pm]
Will Power has struggled in qualifying for the final race of the IndyCar season, leaving the series leader starting in 21st place when he chases his first championship. Power had the second-worst performance in qualifying, while Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves won the pole. Castroneves turned a lap with an average speed of 218.540 mph. Castroneves trails Power by 51 points in second place heading into the season finale. Both drivers are attempting to win their first IndyCar titles.

Houston removed from 2015 IndyCar calendar (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 29, 2014, 9:42 pm]
IndyCar officials confirmed Friday that Houston, which hosted two races each of the past two seasons, will not be on next year's schedule. The two Grand Prix of Houston races were staged the past two seasons on a temporary circuit but no date could be arranged for next season. "(IndyCar) will always keep our options open when it comes to an important market like Houston," IndyCar chief executive Mark Miles said. The announcement came days after IndyCar announced a new race for 2015 would be staged just outside New Orleans, the Grand Prix of Louisiana.

Houston races dropped from IndyCar slate in 2015 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 29, 2014, 7:09 pm]
The Grand Prix of Houston has been dropped from the IndyCar schedule for 2015. Scheduling conflicts prompted the change, IndyCar president Mark Miles says. Four-time IndyCar series champion Dario Franchitti was seriously injured at the Houston track in 2013, forcing his retirement from racing. Franchitti's car flew into a fence after he attempted to avoid contact from Takuma Sato, whose car came off line after hitting a bump in the temporary track.

Power looks for elusive IndyCar title at Fontana (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 28, 2014, 8:18 pm]
Stay on the lead lap, keep his car out of scrapes and within shouting distance of Helio Castroneves and the IndyCar championship will be Power's after Saturday's race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. He has a 51-point lead over Penske teammate Castroneves - another elite driver in search of his first series title - and will clinch the crown by finishing sixth or better. ''It's just about, obviously, just aim for a top-five finish,'' said Power, who won last year's race at Fontana. Dario Franchitti won the title by a mere five points, even though Power had the dominant car all season.





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