The Herald Bulletin

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Auto Racing

August 21, 2013

Ken de la Bastide: IndyCar to test on IMS road course

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Right now the hottest prospective free agent racing in IndyCar is James Hinchcliffe, in the final year of his contract with Andretti Autosport.

Reports are that Ganassi would like to lure Hinchcliffe away from Andretti next year.

The return of Montoya would be a boost for open wheel racing in terms of number of fans and exposure.

In other racing news: You have to feel bad for Ryan Newman, who was informed by Stewart-Haas Racing that his contract would not be renewed with the team for the 2014 Sprint Cup season.

Within two weeks of that announcement the team has reportedly offered a contract to Kurt Busch to drive a fourth car in the team, joining Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick.

With sponsorship from Quicken Loans, I hope that Newman is offered a ride in the Ganassi team’s No. 42, which is being vacated by Montoya. Another possible driver for that seat is Kyle Larson, under contract with Ganassi and currently competing in the Nationwide Series.

This weekend is a big one for fans of sprint car racing on dirt. Kokomo Speedway is hosting the second annual Kokomo SmackDown for USAC teams.

Racing is Thursday, Friday and Saturday, hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.

There was great racing last year and more can be expected this weekend.

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