Thursday, February 22, 2018
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IndyCar mood dicey two weeks later

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Helio Castroneves expects some fallout from the bad tempers left over from the last IndyCar race.

James Hinchcliffe, however, thinks most drivers have calmed down heading into Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Alabama — except maybe Simon Pagenaud.

On April 13 at Long Beach, Pagenaud refused to accept an apology after getting spun by Will Power. Ryan Hunter-Reay's attempt to pass Josef Newgarden on a tight turn led to a collision that collected Hinchcliffe and several other drivers.

"I don't think we're in the business of retaliating in IndyCar," said Hinchcliffe, a teammate of Hunter-Reay with Andretti Autosport. "That's not what it's about. … The only guy that really leaves Long Beach with anything to get back at is maybe Simon. So we'll see. Will might want to be careful around him on-track.

"For the rest of us, you've got to have a short memory in this business."

Castroneves thinks there might be some bad blood still, and Pagenaud has said Power, who was not penalized, "set the tone for the rest of the season."

Hunter-Reay, the defending champion at Barber Motorsports Park, said he has talked to Newgarden. He said if he had a chance to do it over again, he'd likely have waited a bit to try the pass and can learn from it.

"If you don't come out of something like that better, then it's useless," Hunter-Reay said.

NASCAR delay: The Nationwide series race at Richmond International Raceway was delayed because of rain. Check sports.tampabay.com for results.

NHRA: Del Worsham led Funny Car qualifying with a run of 4.051 seconds at 314.68 mph at the Spring Nationals in Houston. Richie Crampton (3.807 seconds, 322.11 mph) was fastest in Top Fuel and Allen Johnson (6.555 211.63) led Pro Stock after two runs. Qualifying continues today.

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