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BUHL CAPTURES IRL OPENER

Traffic was the last thing race leader Eddie Cheever wanted. And it was exactly what Robbie Buhl needed to win for the first time in almost three years.

Cheever, the two-time and defending winner, was within two laps of winning again Saturday at Walt Disney World Speedway. Then he got bogged down by slower cars.

That allowed Buhl to win the Delphi Indy 200, the opening race of the Indy Racing League season. Buhl averaged 102.292 mph.

Meanwhile, the IRL announced a new sponsorship deal with Northern Light Technology Inc., an Internet search engine headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., that will bring the struggling series $50 million over five years.

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