Racing News: American Le Mans Joins IndyCar for Baltimore Grand Prix in 2011

BALTIMORE WELCOMES YOU: The American Le Mans Series will join
the IZOD IndyCar Series on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland, for the first
running of the Baltimore Grand Prix next year during Labor Day weekend.

THE BIG GO: Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Ashley Force Hood
(Funny Car), Greg Stanfield (Pro Stock) and L.E. Tonglet (Pro Stock
Motorcycle) were victorious during the 56th running of the NHRA Mac
Tools U.S. Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, Indiana, Monday.

Racing News: Paul Tracy Returns to IndyCar for Kentucky and Japan Races

WRAPPED UP: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas clinched their second-straight Grand Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype championship Saturday with their Grand Am single-season record eighth victory at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

GRANTED: Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway has received a $1.5 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission, which the track will match, making the total grant $3 million. The money will be used to improve track infrastructure. The International Speedway Corp., the track’s parent company, also pledged to do everything possible to keep two races at the track for the next five years.

STICKING AROUND: Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Regan Smith has signed a two-year contract extension to stay with Furniture Row Racing through the 2012 season.

Racing News: Kyle Busch Makes NASCAR History With Three-Win Weekend

Racing news: Kyle Busch becomes first NASCAR driver to win in all three national touring divisions at one track
during the same weekend at Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway; Wal-Mart possibly in negotiations to sponsor four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon next season; officials from Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas, signed Royal Purple to a multi-year title sponsorship agreement, resulting in a new name—Royal Purple Raceway—beginning in 2011; and more.

NHRA: Dixon Carries 30-Point Lead Into First of Six Countdown to the Championship Races

With the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series regular season a distant
memory, drivers prepare themselves for the biggest race of the season:
the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil and the
beginning of the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship
playoffs. In one week, drivers and fans will descend on historic
O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis for the 56th running of the event
and the first of six races in the Countdown to the Championship playoff


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