Looking back at Sunday's motor-racing action, including the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Atlanta and the
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4. After Baltimore, IndyCar now goes dark for ... a month. After successive races in Sonoma and Baltimore that were filled with crashes, angry drivers and unexpected names on the podiums, the Izod IndyCar Series disappears until Oct. 5-6, when it has a doubleheader on the streets of Houston. That hardly seems a recipe for building momentum and fan interest heading into the series' final three races of the year. After Houston, the finale is Oct. 19 on the fast, two-mile oval in Fontana.
5. Sebastian Bourdais still knows how to wheel a race car. It's unclear whether the 34-year-old Frenchman will again have an IndyCar ride next season but on Sunday, at least, Bourdais showed he can still get around a street course. Bourdais, who won the championship for four consecutive years in the old Champ Car World Series, finished third in Baltimore -- his third top-three finish in the last five races -- after leading 19 laps.