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STEAM CORNERS, OHIO -- Road racing has become the bread and butter of the Verizon IndyCar Series, and the open-wheelers headline one of Americas top summer road racing festivals this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.?The Honda Indy 200 weekend features not only the IndyCar Series, but the full Mazda Road to Indy lineup as well as multiple classes in the Pirelli World Challenge, creating three days of dawn-to-dusk action.?While oval tracks like Texas Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway struggled to fill the seats this summer, business was booming for IndyCar in June on its return to the Road America road course in Wisconsin after a nine-year absence. The Honda Indy Toronto also demonstrated a substantial increase in attendance this year as well, and Long Beach, St. Petersburg and Barber Motorsports Park continue to perform well for IndyCar at the gate.?Boosted by the presence of the Columbus-based Truesports team and driver Bobby Rahal, open-wheel racing built a substantial crowd base in Ohio when the CART-sanctioned IndyCar Series raced there from 1983-2003. After dropping off the calendar in the latter years of the IndyCar split, Mid-Ohios crowds have grown every year since 2007, the year the modern IndyCar Series made its debut on the 2.38-mile road course located -- logically enough -- midway between Columbus and Cleveland.?The IndyCar event, known as the Honda Indy 200, succeeds almost in spite of itself. Mid-Ohio was built in the early 1960s, updated and expanded in the early 80s, and it is still state-of-the-art 1983. Thats part of its charm, but its also frustrating to think just how much potential the venue would have if track owners Kevin Savoree and Kim Green would make the same kind of investment that has resulted in Road America maintaining its old-fashioned allure while providing modern amenities to spectators and competitors.?At Mid-Ohio, its the facility itself that continues to draw people. The hilly, wooded terrain is perfect for camping and hiking, and the race track that winds through the land is a gem for spectators, compact enough to walk most of a lap and watch from almost all of the 14 corners in an hour.?Its a favorite among drivers too. Youll often hear words like technical, challenging, and physically demanding come up in discussion.?The corners range from the 50-mph hairpin known as the Keyhole to the fearsome Turn 1, an off-camber, 90-degree left-hander taken flat in fifth gear more than 100 mph faster. Theres hard braking into the Keyhole and the unique banked Esses, and many good qualifying efforts have been thrown away when a driver failed to properly negotiate the Carousel that ends the lap.?Its a course that really has a bit of everything, observed Chip Ganassi Racings Charlie Kimball, who earned his only Indy car win with a dominant drive in 2013. Tight corners, flowing corners, elevation changes -- it can be challenging, for sure.?More than any other team, Ganassi Racing has gotten a handle on Mid-Ohio and its quirks. Ganassi drivers have won six of the last seven Indy car races at Mid-Ohio, with a total of 10 wins since 1996.?Four-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon is responsible for half of those victories, taking the honors in 2007, 09, 11, 12 and 14. There have been times when the New Zealander has been simply peerless, such as in 2009 when he won by nearly 30 seconds.?Dixon arrives at Mid-Ohio this year not only needing a win to get back into championship contention (hes fourth in the IndyCar Series standings, 83 points behind leader Simon Pagenaud) but also to gain some momentum and positive attention for Ganassi in the wake of this weeks news that longtime sponsor Target Stores is ending its support of the team at the end of the 2016 season after 27 years. ?Dixon was unofficially fastest in a recent open test at Mid-Ohio, reported lapping about 0.1 second under his track record of 1:04.55.?Its a place that we always feel that all four of our teams will have a shot at winning, and there arent many tracks out there where your confidence level is that high as a team, Dixon stated. We always have a stable platform to work with at Mid-Ohio and its a track that really feels like home.?Mid-Ohio truly is a home track for Graham Rahal, who despite no longer living in greater Columbus, has taken on his fathers mantle as the local favorite.?Graham Rahals victory at Mid-Ohio in 2015 was one of the most popular wins in recent memory, and he made it even more special to the partisan crowd by wearing a helmet designed to look like an Ohio State Buckeyes football helmet.?This year, Rahal has refined the design, adding additional buckeye stickers to signify the five podium finishes he achieved in the last year -- and a few grass stains too. Hell also wear a firesuit that incorporates Steak n Shake branding into an OSU football uniform theme.?To win at Mid-Ohio is a career accomplishment that I will never forget or take for granted, Rahal remarked. The way it all came together last year, every aspect of it, made it perfect for me.?Other drivers to watch this weekend include points leader Pagenaud, who has seen his margin shrink to 47 points over Will Power. Helio Castroneves is 74 points back as Team Penske drivers hold down positions 1-2-3 in the IndyCar Series championship standings.?Pagenaud was pleased with his recent Mid-Ohio test program, declaring Were ready to go.?Castroneves owns two Mid-Ohio wins, but they came back in 2000 and 01 in the CART-sanctioned Indy car series. Team Penskes fourth driver Juan Montoya won at Mid-Ohio for Ganassi Racing in 1999.?Surprisingly, Power has never won at a track that would seem to suit him. Hes earned multiple poles and led many laps, but never bettered a second place finish.?Weve built a lot of momentum in the middle part of the season and well look to keep it going at Mid-Ohio, Power said. Weve gotten ourselves into the championship fight, but its still a little early to be counting points. We just need to keep doing what we have been and let the points manage themselves.?It is not a track that Ive won at before, so this would be a great time to do that, he added. But well need to work hard to accomplish that. Air Max 97 Ultra 17 Nere Argento . Aduriz headed home Markel Susaetas cross in the sixth minute to open the scoring at San Mames Stadium. He bettered that with a long-range blast that went in off the goal frame in the 18th, and converted a penalty in the 72nd after Diego Mainz was sent off for fouling Aduriz with only the goalkeeper to beat. Uomo Nike Air Max Plus TN Ultra Bianche AQ0242-100 .C. -- Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said after all of these years in the NBA hes still amazed at some of the things LeBron James does. .J. Jefferson has been charged with assaulting his girlfriend. Nike Air Max 97 Scontate .Y. - Rob Manfred was promoted Monday to Major League Baseballs chief operating officer, which may make him a candidate to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner. Air Presto Off White 2018 . PETERSBURG, Fla. MIAMI -- Two days after Brandon Crawford battered the Miami Marlins with seven hits, he beat them with one swing.Crawford homered in the fourth inning and the San Francisco Giants won a series for the first time since the All-Star break, beating Miami 1-0 Wednesday.Crawfords seven hits in the opener of the three-game set tied an NL record. In the finale he put San Francisco ahead with his 11th homer leading off the fourth inning.He had a great series, manager Bruce Bochy said. We needed a shot in the arm, and he gave it to us.Crawford, who went 9 for 16 in the series to hike his average to .277, pulled a 3-2 changeup from David Phelps over the fence.They had been mixing on me pretty good the past couple of days, Crawford said. I had to be ready for anything. Fortunately I hit the changeup pretty good.Before the game, Crawford posed for photos with Rennie Stennett, who paid a visit to offer congratulations. Crawfords seven-hit game was the first since Stennett went 7 for 7 at Wrigley Field in 1975.The Giants finished 4-5 on their trip and improved to 8-16 since the All-Star break. They have a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. Philadelphia beat the Dodgers 6-2 on Wednesday.While their frustration eased, on the Marlins side it peaked in the sixth inning, when hitting coach Barry Bonds was ejected for arguing after pinch hitter Chris Johnson took a called third strike to end a threat.He didnt think it was a strike, Johnson said. And I didnt think it was a strike.Bonds was in the dugout when plate umpire Cory Blaser gave him the thumb. Bonds then came onto the field to briefly argue further before being pulled away by manager Don Mattingly.Despite the early departure, Bonds didnt miss any runs by his team. Jeff Samardzija (10-8) pitched 5 2/3 innings to best his former Notre Dame teammate, David Phelps, and four Giants relievers completed a five-hitter.Santiago Casilla pitched around a two-out double in the ninthh by Ichiro Suzuki, striking out J.ddddddddddddT. Realmuto to earn his 26th save.With that one-run lead, I was trying to protect it, Samardzija said. You have to tip your hat to our bullpen -- to go 3 1/3 innings and hold them at 1-0, they should get the win.Samardzija had lost his past three starts.Suzuki singled and doubled to increase his career hit total to 3,002, and teammate Marcell Ozuna singled to end an 0-for-18 slump. But Miami bunched two hits in an inning only once -- in the second -- and Derek Dietrich was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double.The Giants won with six hits, and took the series despite scoring just one run in the final 24 innings.Were too good of a ballclub for this to continue, Bochy said. Well get the bats going. These guys have it in them. Im not concerned about them.Phelps (5-6), making his second start of the season after moving from the bullpen into the rotation, pitched five innings and allowed one run -- on Crawfords homer.Whoever said solo home runs dont beat you is a liar, Phelps said. I was telling myself not to walk him. Thats what happens when you do that. I threw a pitch in the middle of the plate and he timed it up.TRAINERS ROOMMarlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, nursing a sore right hip, pinch-hit with two on in the fifth and flied out to end the inning. Mattingly said he hopes Stanton will be able to return to the starting lineup for the Marlins next game Friday.UP NEXTBoth teams have Thursday off. 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