Racing News: Philip Morris Ends Lengthy Sponsorship of Penske IndyCar Teams

Philip Morris ends long-standing sponsorship of Roger Penske and Penske Racing IZOD IndyCar Series teams; Damion Gardner continues hot streak in AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series by winning four out of the five events run so far this year; Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway has begun adding 160 feet of SAFER barriers at the exits of turns two and four; and more racing news.

Identifying Performance Parts Trends

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Racing News: USF1 Battles Financial Trouble, Asks to Skip First Four Races

Amid financial uncertainty, USF1 requests permission to miss first four races of 2010; spectator Susan Zimmer was killed during the NHRA Arizona Nationals when she was struck by a tire from Antron Brown's dragster; Atlantic Championship Series introduces a value program that guarantees any driver paying $495,000 a seat for the 2010 season; and more racing news.

NHRA Newsmakers: Racers Celebrate 50 Years of Dragging at Season Kick-Off Winternationals

wait is officially over as the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing
Series season official begins this week at historic Auto Club Raceway
at Pomona. And what better way to kick it off than with one of the most
anticipated events of the year: the 50th annual Kragen O'Reilly Auto
Parts NHRA Winternationals?


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