Edwards knows little about new crew member

AVONDALE, Ariz. --- Carl Edwards' fate at Phoenix International Raceway could rest with a crewman he barely knows.


Roush-Fenway Racing shook up Edwards' pit crew after its costly performance two weeks ago, removing the tire changer that bungled the final pit stop and cost Edwards a win at Texas Motor Speedway.

Asked to name his new crew member, Edwards had to think: "It's Brandon," he said. "I don't know his last name."

Brandon Hopkins joins Edwards' crew at Phoenix, while Chad Edwards moved to front-tire changer from the rear.

INDYCAR SERIES: Paul Tracy is returning to the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since 2002, and this time he wants to leave no doubt about being the winner.

KV Racing Technology, co-owned by former open-wheel champion Jimmy Vasser and Kevin Kalkhoven, announced that the 40-year-old Tracy will be teamed in May at Indy with full-time driver Mario Moraes.

The last time the longtime open-wheel start raced at Indy, he lost to Helio Castroneves in one of the most controversial finishes in the history of the famed Brickyard.

The race ended under caution and the dispute was over whether Tracy had passed Castroneves before or after the yellow flag came out. Tony George, who founded the Indy Racing League and whose family owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway, eventually made the decision in favor of Castroneves, leaving Tracy angry and frustrated.

NHRA: In Commerce, Ga., Ashley Force Hood earned the provisional No. 1 Funny Car qualifying position in the Summit Racing NHRA Southern Nationals, her first session at Atlanta Dragway since her historic at the track last year.

A year ago, Force Hood became the first female driver in the history of NHRA Funny Car to win a race when she defeated her father, John Force, in the final round.

On Friday, Force Hood had a 4.073-second run at 310.05 mph in her Ford Mustang.


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