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RACING NEWS: CASTRONEVES CLEARED TO RACE DESPITE TAX EVASION INDICTMENT

FREE TO TRAVEL: Helio Castroneves, who was indicted on tax evasion charges, will be allowed to leave the country to compete in the October 25th IndyCar Series event in Surfers Paradise, Australia. Castroneves is free on a $10 million bond. United States Magistrate Judge William Turnoff agreed to modify the conditions of his bail to allow the Brazilian driver to race in Australia.

BIG WINNERS: Justin Allgaier sewed up the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship with his sixth victory of the season, while veteran modified racer Frank Cozze won the Rite Aid 200 at the New York State Fairgrounds for the first time.

HIRED: Luczo-Dragon Racing has hired Indy Lights champion Raphael Matos, and the team will contest the full IRL IndyCar Series schedule in 2009. The team ran a limited schedule this season with Tomas Scheckter driving.

ARMY STRONG: The U.S. Army will sponsor the Stewart Haas Racing No. 39 driven by Ryan Newman in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season.

ATTENDANCE HIKE: The American Le Mans Series reported an attendance increase of 6% during its 10-race campaign on North American road courses.

POWER RANKINGS: NHRA Top Fuel point leader Tony Schumacher remained at the top of the National Speed Sport News Power Rankings after posting his 14th victory in 17 final-round appearances this season Sunday at Virginia Motorsports Park. The National Speed Sport News Power Rankings are published weekly in the 74-year-old motorsports publication.

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