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IT'S OFFICIAL: INDY OUT AS FORMULA ONE RACE SITE

As expected, Indianapolis was dropped from the Formula One calendar for 2008, marking the first time in eight years there will be no F1 event in the United States.

Negotiations broke down between F1 series boss Bernie Ecclestone and Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George after this year's race, which rookie Lewis Hamilton won on June 17. This month the parties announced the race contract would not be extended; Ecclestone had said F1 did not need to race in the United States, the world's largest car market.

The Canadian GP, scheduled June 8 in Montreal, is listed as provisional because of its financial link to the United States GP.

The European Grand Prix, scheduled Aug. 24, will move from Germany to a street course in Valencia, Spain.

CHAMP CAR: Series leader and St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais earned the provisional pole for Sunday's San Jose (Calif.) Grand Prix. His lap of 49.509 seconds (104.926 mph) around the 1.44-mile temporary street circuit edged Justin Wilson (104.424 mph). Qualifying continues today. Also, rookie Tristan Gommendy, injured in a crash during qualifying for last weekend's race in Canada, has been cleared to drive. Gommendy missed last Sunday's race in Edmonton, Alberta, after an MRI exam revealed swelling of two vertebrae.

TRUCKS: Qualifying was canceled and the race start was delayed more than two hours by rain at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis. The Power Stroke Diesel 200 was not over at presstime; see www.racing.tampabay.com for results.

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