INDIANAPOLIS – A new environmentally friendly tire and cool morning temperatures had NASCAR drivers clocking speeds they weren’t even sure were possible Tuesday.
On the first day of a closed tire test on Indianapolis’ historic 2.5-mile oval, Mark Martin wrote on Twitter that he had hit 212 mph in the morning. When Jeff Gordon saw the post, he asked his own team how fast he reached and said he was told 214.
Drivers attributed the speed to almost perfect conditions in the morning – good grip and a cool track. In the heat of the afternoon, Gordon said the tire wear increased and the speeds slowed.
Mann to run Indy with Coyne Racing
British driver Pippa Mann will run in this month’s Indianapolis 500 for Dale Coyne Racing, her first race since she was injured in the 2011 IndyCar season finale that killed Dan Wheldon.
2 on Childress crew penalized for fight
NASCAR suspended the two Richard Childress Racing crew members arrested for fighting with Nelson Piquet Jr. at Richmond, Va. Thomas Costello and Michael Searce were both suspended for four Nationwide Series races and fined $15,000 each.
Alford resisting $1 million buyout
A University of New Mexico lawyer says former Lobos basketball coach Steve Alford is willing to pay a $200,000 buyout for leaving the Albuquerque school to take a job at UCLA but won’t pay the $1 million payment that New Mexico wants.
Kidd repeat winner for sportsmanship
New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd has become the first player to win back-to-back NBA sportsmanship awards – the Joe Dumars Trophy.
No Duke violation in jewelry purchase
Duke says the NCAA did not find any wrongdoing after looking into a jewelry purchase of nearly $100,000 by Lance Thomas, who played on the Blue Devils’ most recent national championship team.
Jaguars’ WR out for substance abuse
The NFL suspended Jacksonville wide receiver Justin Blackmon for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policies.
PGA Tour halts Singh doping case
The PGA Tour dropped its doping case against Vijay Singh on based on new information from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which said using deer antler spray is no longer prohibited because it contains such small amounts of a growth hormone factor.
Homestead senior Jack Hagedorn will sign with Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., for soccer.
Around the NHL
Brian Rolston retired after a 17-year NHL career in which he played for five teams and helped the New Jersey Devils win their first Stanley Cup. Nashville signed forward Patric Hornqvist to a five-year, $21.25 million contract.
Preakness bans bags, backpacks
Backpacks and duffel bags will be prohibited at the Preakness this year, part of a new security policy at Pimlico Race Course influenced by the bombings at the Boston Marathon. For the first time, only clear coolers will be allowed inside the track.
Ohio grand jury probes rape case
A Steubenville, Ohio, grand jury finished its first day of work investigating whether other laws were broken in the case of a 16-year-old girl a judge said was raped by two high school football players. Possible crimes include situations in which adults knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it.
IPFW lands 3 on academic teams
IPFW placed three tennis players on the Summit League Academic All-League teams. Seniors Anita Henestrova and Caterina Kiefer of the women’s team and men’s sophomore Martin Muadi were selected.