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Rossi Fifth in Detroit Race 1, Remains Fifth in Points

Alexander Rossi finished fifth in today's Detroit Grand Prix, and is fifth in points for the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. Running in the top three during the race, Rossi fell back a couple spots after the off-strategy drivers were able to advance up the charts.

"We weren’t quite quick enough today," said Rossi. "The top four were on another level. I think our first stint on reds was strong, but on blacks we slowed a little bit in speed. Once those off-strategy guys squeezed past me, I just couldn't catch them."

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Takuma Sato wins Indy 500, Alonso suffers engine failure

Takuma Sato, driving for Andretti Autosport, became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500, prevailing at the 101st edition of the iconic IndyCar Series race.

Sato sped to victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday ahead of Brazil's Helio Castroneves, with Team Penske, who came within a whisker of his fourth Indy 500 win, and newcomer Ed Jones, with Dale Coyne Racing, a Briton born in Dubai.

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Vettel wins Monaco Grand Prix, Raikkonen takes second

ferrari-170045_mon-media-featFerrari claimed a rare one-two at the Monaco Grand Prix with their presumptive nominee for the Drivers' Championship Sebastian Vettel finishing ahead of his Finnish teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Vettel's win was his third of the season and his second at Monte Carlo, having won here last in 2011. Vettel's triumph was also the 44th of his career and his sixth with Ferrari.

Furthermore, victory in Monaco opened up his lead over Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton, who came in seventh place and stands at 104 points in the season's rankings, behind 1st place Vettel who has 129 points. Red Bull's Australian driver, Daniel Ricciardo, took third place behind the Ferraris.

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Fernando Alonso to start from 5th place at Indy 500

Spanish two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will look to make history again when he competes as a rookie at Sunday's Indianapolis 500, a challenge that has recharged the competitive batteries of one of auto racing's greatest drivers.

Alonso will start fifth on the grid at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after an impressive showing in last weekend's time trials, when the McLaren-Andretti Honda driver posted a four-lap average of 231.300 mph in the so-called Fast Nine Shootout.

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Kimi leads Ferrari front row lock out at Monaco Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen took pole in today’s qualifying at the Monaco street circuit, with a time of 1:12.178, while his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel was second, just 0.043 of a second slower. Tomorrow’s race will see the second all red front row of the season after the one in Russia. Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes will start tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix from P3, after finishing just 0.002s in a very tight-fought Qualifying session.

Bottas' Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton struggled for grip throughout the session and was eliminated in Q2 - after being unable to complete a lap that would have put him into Q3 owing to yellow flags for a crashed car.

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Former Moto GP Champion Nicky Hayden dies age 35

American motorcycling champion Nicky Hayden has died from injuries he sustained in an accident on his road bike last week, the Maurizio Bufalini hospital in eastern Italian city of Cesena tweeted on Monday.

Hayden had been in intensive care with severe head and chest injuries after he was hit by a car while driving along a road near the Adriatic coastal resort of Rimini last Wednesday.

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Rossi Qualifies on the Front Row for 101st Indy 500

One of the most exciting non-race weekends in motorsports is qualifying weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. From the qualifying draw to the second-by-second weather changes, many different factors play into the lightning-fast speeds posted by some of the best race car drivers in the world.

Alexander Rossi, last year's rookie winner of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, was smack dab in the middle of the qualifying drama, finishing P3 and earning a spot in the illustrious front row of 33. 

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