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Photo by Eric Schwarzkopf

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, August 9, 2014 – Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez of Spain posted a lap of 1 minute, 31.619 seconds on Saturday on his Repsol Honda to win the pole for Sunday’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Marquez, the winner from the pole at last year’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP, has now won eight pole positions this season and 17 in his MotoGP career. A perfect nine-for-nine in MotoGP races this season, Marquez will look to tie Australian legend Mick Doohan’s modern-era record of 10 consecutive wins. He will also be chasing his fourth win at IMS to go along with his Moto2 victories in 2011 and 2012 and his MotoGP win last year.

The 27-lap MotoGP race starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

“We found a really good setup with the new layout and corners,” Marquez said. “We changed a little bit from last year because it’s less stop and go, and you need to keep more corner speed. So we tried to do that. And I feel good, especially for the race. I have a good rhythm. I feel comfortable. In the qualifying and practice, I’m happy for the pole because after holidays, again to get the confidence, it’s important. Tomorrow I hope for a normal race, dry race, and try to fight for the victory.”

A top-5 finisher in five of his six starts at Indianapolis, Andrea Dovizioso of Italy posted the second-fastest qualifying time of 1:31.844 on his Ducati and will start on the grid next to Marquez. This is Dovizioso’s best qualifying effort of the season. He started third in France in his only other front-row start this season.

Rounding out the front row will be two-time MotoGP World Champion and 2009 Red Bull Indianapolis GP winner Jorge Lorenzo of Spain on his Movistar Yamaha, who turned a best lap of 1:31.869. With his performance Lorenzo continues his streak of starting on the front row in each of the seven years of this event.

Other notables in qualifying today include Valentino Rossi of Italy, the six-time MotoGP World Champion and winner of the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP in 2008, who posted a lap of 1:32.160 on his Yamaha to land in the middle of Row 2. Dani Pedrosa of Spain, last year’s runner-up and winner in 2010 and 2012, will start on his Honda from the middle of Row 3 after posting a time of 1:32.331.

During an afternoon practice session, Pedrosa set the record trap speed for a motorcycle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway of 216.9 mph (349.0 km/h), topping the previous standard of 214.5 mph (345.2 km/h) set during today’s morning practice session by Dovizioso.

American Colin Edwards, who will retire from racing at the end of this season, will start on the outside of Row 5 after turning a lap of 1:33.625 on his Forward Yamaha.

 Mika Kallio of Finland won the pole for the Moto2 race on his Kalex bike with his time of 1:36.883. The 25-lap Moto2 race will start on Sunday at 12:20 p.m.

Current points leader Jack Miller of Australia, who crashed this morning during a practice session, won his sixth Moto3 pole of the season with a lap of 1:40.727. The 23-lap Moto3 race will begin at 11 a.m.

The winner of the first of two AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series races this weekend at IMS was pole-sitter Jeremy McWilliams of Northern Ireland, who grabbed the lead for good on Lap 8 of 10 laps.

McWilliams’ winning margin over runner-up Ben Carlson of West Bend, Wis., was 0 .083 of a second, with Kyle Wyman of Macedon, N.Y., finishing third. McWilliams also won the first of two AMA Vance & Hines Harley Davidson races during last year’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend.

The second AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series race of the weekend will start Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Public gates open tomorrow at 7 a.m. On-track action begins with a Moto3 warm-up at 8:40 a.m., with the Moto2 warm-up at 9:10 a.m., followed by the MotoGP warm-up at 9:40 a.m. 

Photo Courtesy of Eric Schwarzkopf & the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin –  One of the biggest racing events in Wisconsin returns August 7-10 as the newly titled “Continental Tire Road Race Showcase” brings in some of the top racers in the world to tackle America’s National Park of Speed. The weekend will include the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge on Saturday and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race on Sunday, plus races from the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge, IMSA Prototype Lites and the Mazda MX-5 Cup.

Last year Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf rolled to their fifth consecutive TUDOR United SportsCar victory on Sunday, holding on after a surprisingly strong challenge by the DeltaWing LM12 in its best showing to date. The race featured a pair of TUDOR milestones. The DeltaWing led for the first time — leading twice for 16 laps — while the SRT Viper took its first factory-backed victory since New Year’s Eve in 2000 when Dominick Farnbacher and Marc Goossens won a tight GT battle in the No. 91 Viper GTS-R. The DeltaWing team will bring a new coupe version of the revolutionary racer to Road America, following a fire at the recent TUDOR Championship event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park that destroyed the chassis.

Everything begins on Thursday with test sessions for all the classes from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Practice and qualifying takes up the majority of the day on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:40 p.m., and there will be no shortage of things to do for fans on Friday afternoon. From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a fan forum at the Road America Center. After all the qualifying and practices are done the evening is filled with awesome activities. The Tour de Road America kicks off the evening at 6 p.m., where fans will get a chance to bike around the track with proceeds going to cancer research. Then at 7 p.m., the band Copper Box will play live music at the Road America Center and the ‘Party in the Park’ is included with every event ticket. Also happening is an auction to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation, plus all weekend there will be public karting at the Blain’s Farm & Fleet Motorplex. As part of its Race to Feed the Hungry promotion, Road America is offering $10 off gate admission if more than $5 of non-perishable; non-expired food is donated per ticket holder.

Saturday is an action packed day full of world-class racing. The feature race will be the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at 12:15 p.m. Earlier on Saturday will be the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites race at 10:40 a.m. Practice and qualifying for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race fills the afternoon as the best sports car racers in the world will be looking to get a good starting position for Sunday.

Sunday is just as exciting as Saturday with Cooper Tires Prototype Lites racing early in the morning and IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge racing later in the morning. Fans will have plenty to look forward to with autograph sessions, parade laps, and a chance to get up-close to the cars on the front straightaway before the afternoon action begins. The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Continental Tire 245 hits the twists and turns of Road America at 1:15 p.m., with some of the best sports cars and drivers in the world looking for a win on the revered 4-mile, 14-turn road course.  The race will air on Fox Sports 1 at 5:30 p.m. central time on Sunday.

Tickets and camping areas are available and additional event details, schedules, ticket pricing and camping information can be found at www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800-365-7223. Kids 12 and under are free with an adult. All races run rain or shine.

About Road America: Established in 1955 as the first permanent road racing course in the United States, Road America is located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.  The world’s best racers have competed at this legendary four-mile, 14-turn road circuit for over 58 years. The 640-acre, park-like grounds offer amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high-speed excitement to hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. In addition to public race weekends, Road America offers a variety of group event programs, the Blain’s Farm & Fleet Motorplex for karting and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools. For more information, visit www.roadamerica.com Follow Road America on www.facebook.com/RoadAmerica and on Twitter: @roadamerica or call 800-365-7223.
EVENT DETAILS

Tentative Event Schedule Click HERE – (download PDF) – All schedules subject to change.

Gate entrances open at 7 am.

Main Gate: Ticket sales — Cash, Visa, Mastercard or Discover accepted (located on Hwy 67)

EJA_D_-1463INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, August 8, 2014 – Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez of Spain led the first day of MotoGP practice for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Friday, Aug. 8, turning a top lap of 1 minute, 32.882 seconds on his Repsol Honda at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Marquez has a perfect record in winning the first nine MotoGP World Championship series races this season. A 10th win on Sunday would continue his streak & tie Australian legend Mick Doohan for the most consecutive wins (10) in a season in the modern era.

The winner of three races already in his career at Indianapolis – Moto2 in 2011-12 and MotoGP last year – Marquez, 21, seems right at home on the  newly reconfigured 16-turn, 2.591-mile IMS road course that features new pavement on the circuit’s infield section and five modified corners.

“We showed this afternoon that we work well on the new layout and we will be fighting for the victory,” Marquez said. “The end of the course and Turns 2, 3 and 4 feel better. I think the biggest improvement is near the end of the course. Between the morning and afternoon practices, I thought the bike was slightly better in the afternoon.”

2Alvaro Bautista of Spain recorded a trap speed of 212.8 mph (342.5 km/h) on his Honda during the second MotoGP practice session today, which is the fastest ever by a motorcycle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Before today, the previous standard of 209.2 mph (336.7 km/h) was set by Dani Pedrosa in 2013. The speed trap is located just past the start-finish line on the main straightaway.

The winner of the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP and a nine-time world champion, Valentino Rossi of Italy posted the ninth-fastest time of 1:34.535 on the reconfigured IMS road course, and he appreciates the new and improved circuit.

“For me, I like the circuit very much,” Rossi said. “The corners, for me, are a lot faster and a lot more fun. The big step is the asphalt. The surface has very good grip; it’s flat. You can control the bike in a better way. I’m very, very happy about the track because the layout is better. It’s faster and better to ride the bike. But especially the bigger step is the surface. The new asphalt works very, very well. It has a lot more grip. They did a very good job.”

American Colin Edwards, who will retire from MotoGP racing at the end of this season, posted the 16th fastest time of 1:34.994 on his NGM Forward Racing Yamaha.

Dominique Aegerter of Switzerland led Moto2 practice at 1:37.518 on his Technomag carXpert Suter, and Isaac Vinales of Spain paced Moto3 practice at 1:42.507 on his Calvo Team KTM.

The winner of the first of two AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series races last year at IMS, Jeremy McWilliams won the pole for Saturday’s Race 1 with a lap of 1:49.370.

Action on Saturday will begin with an AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series warm up session at 8 a.m., followed by morning practice sessions for Moto3 at 9 a.m., MotoGP at 9:55 a.m. and Moto2 at 10:55 a.m.  Qualifying will begin with Moto3 from 12:35-1:15 p.m., followed by the first MotoGP qualifying session from 2:10-2:25 p.m. and the second session from 2:35-2:50 p.m. Moto2 qualifying will be held from 3:05-3:50 p.m.  The first of two AMA Pro Vance & Hines Series races will begin at 4:20 p.m., with riders competing for 10 laps.

2014 Ticket information: To buy reserved and general admission tickets for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, visit www.ims.com/tickets, call the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticket office at 317-492-6700 or 800-822-INDY, or visit the ticket office on the first floor of the IMS Administration Building at 4790 W. 16th St. in Indianapolis. Ticket office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET Monday-Friday.

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Data and Photos courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Saturday, Aug. 9 – Qualifications Day

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Schedule of Events

7 am – Gates Open – IMS
8 am – 8:15 am – AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Warm Up – Track
9 am – 9:40 am – Moto3 Practice 3 – Track
9:40 am – XDL Street Jam – Moto Midway
9:55 am – 10:40 am – MotoGP Practice 3 – Track
10 am – Red Bull Trials Performance by Geoff Aaron – Vendor Marketplace — Westfield Powersports
10 am – 6:00 pm – IMS Kids Zone Open – IMS

View more information about the IMS Kids Zone

10 am – 6:00 pm – Moto Midway Open – IMS

View more information about the Moto Midway

10 am – 6:00 pm – Vendor Marketplace Presented by Westfield Powersports Open – IMS

View more information about the Vendor Marketplace Presented by Westfield Powersports

10:45 am – 11:55 am – Picture Yes Concert – Moto Midway Stage
10:55 am – 11:40 am – Moto2 Practice 3 – Track
12 pm – XDL Street Jam – Moto Midway
12 pm – 1:00 pm – Cycle World Industry Panel – Moto Midway Stage
12:30 pm – Red Bull Trials Performance by Geoff Aaron – Vendor Marketplace — Westfield Powersports
12:35 pm – 1:15 pm – Moto3 Qualifying – Track
1 pm – 1:20 pm – Yamaha Champions Riding School Q&A – Moto Midway Stage
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm – MotoGP Practice 4 – Track
2:10 pm – 2:25 pm – MotoGP Qualifying Group 1 – Track
2:35 pm – 2:50 pm – MotoGP Qualifying Group 2 – Track
2:50 pm – 4:20 pm – Brent James and the Vintage Youth Concert – Moto Midway Stage
3 pm – Red Bull Trials Performance by Geoff Aaron – Vendor Marketplace –Westfield Powersports
3:05 pm – 3:50 pm – Moto2 Qualifying – Track
3:50 pm – XDL Street Jam – Moto Midway
4 pm – Motorcycles on Meridian – Downtown Indianapolis

View more information about Motorcycles on Meridian

4:20 pm – AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Race #1 (10 Laps) – Track
5:15 pm – Public Pit Lane Walk – Pit Lane

View more information about the MotoGP Pit Lane Walk

5:15 pm – 5:45 pm – Colin Edwards Farewell Celebration – Moto Midway Stage

Plus Yamaha Riders Q&A

6 pm – Gates Close – IMS

TICKETS: $20. Children 12 and under admitted free with adult general admission ticket-holder.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 7 a.m. (local time). Pedestrian gates open are Gates 1, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 6, 6A, 7 Vehicle, 7 South Pedestrian, 9A, 10, 10A, 12.

STANDS OPEN: A Stand (as needed GA, Sec. 1-4), B Penthouse (as needed GA, Sec. 1-4), C Stand (as needed GA, Sec. 12-14), E Stand, E Penthouse, H Stand, J Stand (as needed GA, Sec. 1-4), Corner 9 Terrace (Reserved), Ducati Island, North Vista Wheelchair (as needed GA, Sec. 21), Northwest Vista (as needed GA, Sec. 1-4), Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock (as needed GA, Sec. 9-18), Paddock Penthouse (as needed GA, Sec. 12-24), South Terrace, South Vista (as needed GA, Sec. 1-5, 12-22), South Vista Deck, Southwest Vista (as needed GA, Sec. 19-20), Southwest Vista Deck, Tower Terrace (as needed GA, Sec. 37-40, 79), Tower Terrace Wheelchair (as needed GA, Sec. 37-40), Wheelchair Accessible (Inside), Backstretch Family Mounds, Turn 2 Mounds, Gasoline Alley Roof (Suite GA and Paddock only).

2014 Ticket information: To buy reserved and general admission tickets for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, visit http://www.ims.com/tickets call the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticket office at 317-492-6700 or 800-822-INDY, or visit the ticket office on the first floor of the IMS Administration Building at 4790 W. 16th St. in Indianapolis. Ticket office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET Monday-Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at 866-221-8775 for more information.

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AT THE TRACK: FRIDAY, AUG. 8

INDIANAPOLIS — Information about 2014 Red Bull Indianapolis GP activity Friday, August 8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and in greater Indianapolis …

SCHEDULE — (all times local):

8 a.m.-7 p.m.                   Public Gates Open
9-9:40 a.m.                      Moto3 Practice
9:55-10:40 a.m.               MotoGP Practice
10:55-11:40 a.m.             Moto2 Practice
11:55 a.m.-12:20 p.m.    AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Practice
1:10-1:50 p.m.                 Moto3 Practice
2:05-2:50 p.m.                 MotoGP Practice
3:05-3:50 p.m.                 Moto2 Practice
4:05-4:50 p.m.                 AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Qualifying

PROMOTIONS

10 a.m.:                            Vendor Marketplace, Moto Midway & IMS Kids Zone Open
10:40 a.m.:                      Motorcycle Stunting featuring XDL Street Jam – Moto Midway
12:40 p.m.:                      Motorcycle Stunting featuring XDL Street Jam – Moto Midway
3:50 p.m.:                        Motorcycle Stunting featuring XDL Street Jam – Moto Midway
4:55-6:30 p.m.:               Riders for Health Charity Auction – Moto Midway Stage
6 p.m.:                              Vendor Marketplace, Moto Midway & IMS Kids Zone close
6:30-7:45 p.m.:               Motorcycle Track Laps – Gate 10 *must have a track lap voucher
7 p.m.:                              Public Gates close
7 p.m.-12 a.m.:                Motorcycles on Meridian – Downtown Indianapolis
7 p.m.:                              Indy Mile AMA Pro Flat Track Racing: Indiana State Fairgrounds

TICKETS: $20. Three-day general admission: $75. Children 12 and under admitted free with adult general admission ticket-holder.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN : 8 a.m. (local time). Pedestrian gates open are Gates 1, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 6, 6A, 7 Vehicle, 7 South Pedestrian, 9A, 10, 10A, 12.

STANDS OPEN: A Stand (as needed GA, Sec. 1-4), B Penthouse (as needed GA, Sec. 1-4), C Stand (as needed GA, Sec. 12-14), E Stand, E Penthouse, H Stand, J Stand (as needed GA, Sec. 1-4), Corner 9 Terrace (Reserved), Ducati Island, North Vista Wheelchair (as needed GA, Sec. 21), Northwest Vista (as needed GA, Sec. 1-4), Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock (as needed GA, Sec. 9-18), Paddock Penthouse (as needed GA, Sec. 12-24), South Terrace, South Vista (as needed GA, Sec. 1-5, 12-22), South Vista Deck, Southwest Vista (as needed GA, Sec. 19-20), Southwest Vista Deck, Tower Terrace (as needed GA, Sec. 37-40, 79), Tower Terrace Wheelchair (as needed GA, Sec. 37-40), Wheelchair Accessible (Inside), Backstretch Family Mounds, Turn 2 Mounds, Gasoline Alley Roof (Suite GA and Paddock only).

2014 Ticket information : To buy reserved and general admission tickets for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, visit www.ims.com/tickets, call the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticket office at 317-492-6700 or 800-822-INDY, or visit the ticket office on the first floor of the IMS Administration Building at 4790 W. 16th St. in Indianapolis. Ticket office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET Monday-Friday. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at 866-221-8775 for more information.