AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 9, 2014 at 10:29 am •  Published: April 9, 2014
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Race distance: 157.4 miles, 80 laps.

Last year: Takuma Sato became the first Japanese winner in IndyCar history, giving A.J. Foyt Racing its first victory since 2002.

Last race: Team Penske's Will Power opened the season with a victory in St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 30. He has won three straight races and four of the last six.

Fast facts: Power won at Long Beach in 2008 and 2012. ... Juan Pablo Montoya, the 1999 winner, was 15th in St. Petersburg for Penske in his return to IndyCar after almost five seasons in Formula One and seven in NASCAR. ... Mike Conway, the 2011 winner, is driving for Ed Carpenter Racing. ... The Indy Lights race also is Sunday (NBC Sports Network, 2:30-4 p.m.). Andretti Autosport's Zach Veach won at St. Petersburg in his series debut.

Next race: Grand Prix of Alabama, April 27, Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala.

Online: http://www.indycar.com

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NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING

NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS

Site: Concord, N.C.

Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 9-8 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8-11 p.m.).

Track: zMAX Dragway.

Last year: Matt Hagan won in Funny Car to end a 17-month winless streak. Spencer Massey won in Top Fuel, Mike Edwards in Pro Stock, and Hector Arana Jr. in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Last event: Alexis DeJoria won in Funny Car and Erica Enders-Stevens topped the Pro Stock field in Las Vegas on March 30 for the second female double in NHRA history. Enders-Stevens and Courtney Force also accomplished the feat in the 2012 Northwest Nationals. Tony Schumacher won in Top Fuel for his division-record 73rd victory and eighth at Las Vegas.

Fast facts: The event features racing in four lanes instead of the traditional two. A center wall separates the second and third lanes. ... John Force won the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., for his record 139th victory. The 64-year-old driver won his record 16th season title last year. ... The series will return to zMAX Dragway in September for the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, the opener in the six-race Countdown to the Championship.

Next event: O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals, April 25-27, Royal Purple Raceway, Baytown, Texas.

Online: http://www.nhra.com

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FORMULA ONE

BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

Next race: Chinese Grand Prix, April 20, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai.

Last week: Lewis Hamilton won in Bahrain for his second straight victory, beating Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by a second. Hamilton and Rosberg also finished 1-2 in Malaysia.

Online: http://www.formula1.com

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OTHER RACES

TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP: Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach, Saturday (Fox Sports 1, 6-8:30 p.m., Streets of Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif. Online: http://www.imsa.com

WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Friday, Kings Speedway, Hanford, Calif.; Saturday, Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, Calif. Late Model: Friday, Duck River Raceway Park, Wheel, Tenn.; Saturday, Tazewell Speedway, Tazewell, Tenn. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com

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