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INDYCAR OFFICIALS EXPECTED TO APPROVE TURBOS AND OTHER RACING NEWS

TURBO LOVERS: IndyCar Series officials are expected to approve turbocharged engines for competition in the series at a manufacturer’s meeting later this week. Indy Racing League engines have been normally aspirated since 1997.

NAMED: Joey Logano, 18, was officially named to replace Tony Stewart in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season.

RIDE SWAPS: Casey Mears was officially introduced as the fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver for Richard Childress Racing next season. He will move to the No. 07 currently piloted by Clint Bowyer, while Bowyer will take control of the new No. 33 car, which will be sponsored by General Mills.

HEADING OUT: After 20 years, the last five with Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevron Texaco will end its NASCAR sponsorship at the end of the 2008 season.

NOT INKED: Dan Wheldon is still working to re-sign a contract with Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2009 IRL IndyCar Series season.

HITTING THE ROAD: IndyCar points leader Scott Dixon will drive for de Ferran Motorsports in the Petit Le Mans American Le Mans Series event at Road Atlanta October 4.

RIBBON CUT: Lowe’s Motor Speedway officially opened its new zMax Dragway with a ribbon-cutting ceremony August 20 and a public open house August 23. More than 10,000 people attended the open house at the state-of-the-art dragway.

POWER RANKINGS: NHRA Top Fuel point leader Tony Schumacher remained at the top of the National Speed Sport News Power Rankings heading into the biggest drag race of the season—this weekend’s U.S. Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. The National Speed Sport News Power Rankings are published weekly in the 74-year-old motorsports publication.

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