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Josef Newgarden (No. 1 Team Penske Hitachi Chevrolet/Dallara) raced to the win in Monday's completion of the rain-postponed Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America's First. It was Newgarden's third Verizon IndyCar Series win at Barber Motorsports Park in the past four years. Newgarden finished 9.9607-seconds ahead of Sebastien Bourdais (No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda/Dallara) on the hilly 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course, despite increasingly treacherous track conditions as rain that caused the race to be suspended after 22 laps on Sunday reappeared for the final 15 laps Monday. "More hectic than you would want at the end," Newgarden admitted. "It seemed like it was pretty straightforward all day. We weren't having yellows, it was dry, then that rain made it very nerve-racking." The victory was the ninth of Newgarden's six-year Verizon IndyCar Series career. It was also the sixth Team Penske win in nine Barber races and the 199th overall Indy car win for the historic team. 
James Hinchcliffe (No. 5 SPM Arrow Electronics Honda/Dallara) finished third. With the win, Newgarden goes back in the championship lead after four of seventeen races. He has 158 points, thirteen more than Alexander Rossi (No. 27 Andretti Autosport Kerauno/ Honda/Dallara), who gambled longest on slick tires and finished eleventh. Bourdais is third with 119 points, the same number as Graham Rahal (No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Mi-Jack Honda/Dallara), who finished seventh on Monday. Next up for the Verizon IndyCar Series is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the month of May. Most drivers and teams will participate in testing on the iconic 2.5-mile oval from April 30-May 2 in preparation for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27 (11 a.m. ET, ABC). Prior to that comes the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the IMS road course, set for Saturday, May 12 (3:30 p.m., ABC).  
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Marc Marquez (No. 93 Repsol Honda RC213V) ignored his three-place grid penalty to dominate the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas for his sixth MotoGP win in a row at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Maverick Vinales (No. 25 Movistar Yamaha YZR-M1) and Andrea Iannone (No. 2Team SUZUKI ECSTARcompleted the podium, the first for the Italian on a Suzuki.
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Kyle Busch waded into the stands to celebrate with fans after driving his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing M&Ms Toyota to the win in Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway to win his third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
 Busch streaked away from the rest of the field on a series of late restarts, ultimately beating Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet) to the checkered flag in overtime to record his fifth victory at the .75-mile short track and the 46th of his career, tying him with NASCAR Hall of Famer Buck Baker for 15th on the all-time list. Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing FedEx Ground Toyota) finished third.
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Volkswagen Motorsport unveiled its fully-electric racing machine — the I.D. R Pikes Peak — on Sunday (4/22) in Alès, France. The car will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill climb in Colorado Springs, CO, on June 24, seeking to beat the existing electric car record of 8:57.118 minutes in the annual “Race to the Clouds.” The I.D. R Pikes Peak weighs less than 2,500 lbs and produces 680HP and 479 lb-ft of torque, giving it a 0-60 time of 2.25 seconds. VW says that its top goal when developing the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak was not on maximum performance, but rather to find the ideal balance between energy capacity and weight. The I.D. R Pikes Peak features two electric engines and Lithium-ion batteries are used as the energy storage system, similar to production EVs. Roughly 20 percent of the electric energy required is generated during the drive, so when braking, the electric engines act as generators, converting some of the braking energy into electricity and feeding this into the battery. VW introduced the 
the I.D. R Pikes Peak in Alès, because testing on the 12.42-mile route of the hill climb in Colorado Springs is very limited, and only possible on certain sections, so the bulk of the testing will be conducted at racetracks. Defending Pikes Peak champion, Romain Dumas, will be at the wheel of the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak for the attempt to break the existing record for electric cars. Including his three victories at Pikes Peak, the 39-year-old Frenchman (and Alès native) has also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice. The Race to the Clouds involves a 4,720 vertical-foot climb, 156 corners, and just one single attempt. 
The fully-electric Volkswagen Motorsport I.D. R Pikes Peak being tested in Alès, France. That's some rear wing. 

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