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Jan 4

SX: Barcia Quickest In Practice For Season Opener At Anaheim

Justin Barcia was quickest ahead of Saturday night's season opener. (Photo: Team Honda Muscle Milk)

Justin Barcia was quickest ahead of Saturday night’s season opener.
(Photo: Team Honda Muscle Milk)

Honda Muscle Milk rider Justin Barcia topped the overall time sheets during Saturday’s qualifying practice at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Barcia’s lap time of 57.656 – set in the second and final timed session – placed him atop the leaderboards ahead of Saturday night’s season opener. Rookie Ken Roczen pushed hard to try and bump Barcia from the top spot, but would ultimately finish in second, seven-tenths off Barcia’s torrid pace.

Jan 4

SX: 2014 Supercross Countdown – Villopoto’s Quest For History

Ryan Villopoto enters the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season as the three-time defending Champion. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

Ryan Villopoto enters the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season as the three-time defending Champion. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

Throughout his career, Ryan Villopoto has let his riding do his talking. For the last three years he’s been the most dominant rider on the planet and given how seemingly untouchable he’s been en route to three straight Monster Energy Supercross titles, it’s surprising to think that he’s done so unassumingly.

In reality, that’s how it’s been. His quiet demeanor and get-the-job-done style has set him apart from dominant stars of the past, but make no mistake about it, Villopoto is still the sport’s brightest star even if he doesn’t necessarily crave the spotlight. As the start of a new season looms in just a matter of hours inside Angel Stadium, Villopoto is gearing up for a historic run at a fourth career title.

Jan 4

SportsCars: Ganassi Quickest In Day 2 At Roar

Jamie McMurray put Ganassi on top of the timesheets with a 1:38.980 lap time. (Photo: John Dagys)

Jamie McMurray put Ganassi on top of the timesheets with a 1:38.980 lap time. (Photo: John Dagys)

After a day led by Corvette DPs, a Ford EcoBoost-powered Riley led the way Saturday at Daytona in the second day of official pre-season TUDOR United SportsCar Championship testing.

NASCAR star Jamie McMurray topped the time sheets following the completion of the three daytime sessions on the 3.56-mile oval/road course.

McMurray’s 1:38.980 lap time in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing DP entry, set in the 90-minute early afternoon session, was quickest of the day, although more than two-tenths slower than Friday’s pace-setting No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP of Christian Fittipaldi.

Jan 4

SportsCars: Patrick Dempsey Completes Rolex 24 Lineup

Patrick Dempsey (pictured) will be joined by Joe Foster, Marc Lieb and Andrew Davis in this year's Rolex 24. (Photo: LAT Photography)

Patrick Dempsey (pictured) will be joined by Joe Foster, Marc Lieb and Andrew Davis in this year’s Rolex 24. (Photo: LAT Photography)

Actor Patrick Dempsey’s racing team completed its lineup Friday for the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, adding factory Porsche Prototype driver Marc Lieb.

Dempsey and Lieb will team with U.S. Porsche driver Andrew Davis and Joe Foster in the No. 27 Porsche 911 GT America for the season-opening Jan. 25-26 race.

Jan 4

F1: Ecclestone Backs Ferrari’s Controversial New Driver Pairing

F1: Bernie Ecclestone May Wait Weeks For Court Verdict

F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone walks in the paddock before the start of the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Some – even Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo – believe pitting former undisputed ‘number 1′ Fernando Alonso against the team’s 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen is a bold risk.

“But I have been here since the early 70s,” the Italian said recently, “and I know that risk is something you have to live with in Formula 1.”

Ecclestone, Formula 1′s chief executive, usually likes to see the sport’s top drivers spread across the most competitive teams.

But he thinks Alonso versus Raikkonen at Ferrari, Formula 1′s most famous team, will be “fun”.