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Live blog: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Follow all of the action on and off the track the week of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, from the setup to the Pirelli, USF2000, Pro Mazda, Stadium Super Trucks, Indy Lights and IndyCar races, Friday through Sunday in downtown St. Petersburg.


  1. Newman skips tire change to snap losing streak

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    AVONDALE, Ariz. — Ryan Newman gambled and skipped a tire-changing pit stop to move from seventh place to the lead and held on for the final two laps for a surprise victory in Sunday's Camping World 500.

    Ryan Newman is cooled down with ice in victory lane after winning in Arizona where temperatures reached 97 degrees.
  2. Schumacher takes No.1 spot in Top Fuel at Gatornationals

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    GAINESVILLE — Tony Schumacher secured his first No. 1 qualifying spot this season in Top Fuel for today's eliminations at the NHRA Gator­nationals at Gainesville Raceway.

  3. Logano captures Phoenix pole

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    AVONDALE, Ariz. — Joey Logano capped a day in the spotlight with a fast late lap Friday to claim the pole for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup's Camping World 500.

  4. Gatornationals: Need for speed is in Brittany Force's genes

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    TAMPA — The concept of going 265 mph in a car is more than most people can handle. The thought of doing so within a few seconds from a standing start is certainly mind-blowing to nearly everyone.

    In this photo provided by NHRA, Brittany Force races in her Monster Energy dragster at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., Friday, March 18, 2016. (Jerry Foss/NHRA via AP) NY163
  5. Truex wins NASCAR race in Vegas; Logano, Kyle Busch brawl

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    LAS VEGAS — Martin Truex passed Brad Keselowski with two laps left and avoided a last-lap wreck that led to a pit-road brawl and left Kyle Busch bloodied in a wild finish to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race Sunday.

  6. Fennelly: Vive la St. Pete: Sebastien Bourdais passes Publix test so he's a local

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    ST. PETERSBURG — He's one of us.

    Drives faster, but he's one of us.

    St. Petersburg's Sebastien Bourdais won the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday afternoon. He won it going away, a remarkable performance since he started last. He finished first. His tears followed.

    Sebastien Bourdais drives in the Grand Prix … or is he making a run to the 38th Avenue Publix?
  7. James Hinchcliffe: Yellow flag 'a bogus call'

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    James Hinchcliffe was pleased to have the speed to pass pole-sitter Will Power for the lead early in Sunday's IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

    The #5 car driven by James Hinchcliffe takes turn 10 during early laps of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday, March 12, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  8. Susie Wheldon, wife of late IndyCar champion Dan Wheldon, opens up about life without him

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    At the edge of the racetrack, on a wide pad of asphalt, Susie Wheldon stooped to help her small son.

    Susie Wheldon, 38, hands her son Sebastian, 7, his crash helmet at Ocala Grand Prix January 29, 2017. The helmet was designed by the same artist who did helmets for his father, race car legend Dan Wheldon.  It depicts a caricature of Dan Wheldon, the Lionheart, in knight's armor fist bumping Sebastian.
  9. Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: Meet the drivers

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    IndyCar's reputation as a destination for drivers around the world is borne out in the 21-car entry list for today's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The drivers who will race on the downtown streets hail from 11 countries on five continents; nine are American. But don't be surprised to see the international stars …

    Scott Dixon, above, qualifies second for today’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg behind Will Power.
  10. Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: Will Power takes the poll again for Sunday's race

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Will Power will start from the pole at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.