The best measure of Joey Logano’s dominance in Saturday’s Roseanne 300 at Auto Club Speedway came during one of the rare instances when the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford didn’t have the lead.
Off-cycle on pit stops late in the race, Logano chose to pit under caution on Lap 122 while most of the other contending cars stayed out on tires that had only six green-flag laps of use. Logano restarted 16th on Lap 125. By Lap 126, he was third.
It's still anyone's race at the halfway mark of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. Caution flags and pitstops keep the leaderboard thoroughly mixed up.
As the clock struck the 6-hour mark the green flew after another caution and the #22 Nissan with Pipo Derani at the wheel leading the #7 Penske Acura with Ricky Taylor driving,. But soon after the green flew the #7 Acura caught fire and pulled off on the side of the road.
The #31 Cadillac with Eric Curran at the wheel and the #22 ESM Nissan with Nicolas Lapierre driving were in a close battle at the front as the race crossed the 1/4-mark, but they really are not the leaders once pitstops cycle thru.
IAlessandro Pier Guidi led in GTLM in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE, followed by Ryan Briscoe in Gianmaria Bruni in the No. 912 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR and Frederic Makowiecki in the No. 911 RSR.
The #7 Penske Acura with Ricky Taylor at the wheel leads the 12 Hours of Sebring after 1 hour of running. The #31 Cadillac with Felipe Nasr is not far behind in 2nd while the #90 polesitting Cadillac of Tristan Vautier runs third overall.
The #24 BMW of Jesse Krohn leads the GTLM category over the #67 and #66 Ganassi Ford GTs.
A reader asks, Dear AR1.com, I see that Mercedes hired James Allison away from Ferrari and they put him up as Technical Director. Who designs the Mercedes F1 car, Allison or Aldo Costa that you talk about all the time? Stan Rosenberg
Dear Stan, James Allison does not design the Mercedes F1 team. He failed at Ferrari to bring results and Mercedes scooped him up and gave him the Technical Director title - a figure head. Aldo Costa heads the engineering team at Mercedes and the speed of that car for the past four years is because of him.
The #7 Penske Acura of Ricky Taylor, Helio Castroneves and Graham Rahal turned the fastest lap in warmups Saturday in Sebring. The 66th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts takes the green flag at 10:40 am.
The two sister Tequila Patron Nissan's were 2nd and third over 1-second behind while the #6 Penske Acura was 4th quick.
NHRA champion John Force exploded another Chevy engine Friday. In his second qualifying run of the day for the Gatornationals, the 16-time champion’s engine exploded, sending the body of the car into pieces in the air. The 67-year old was uninjured.
“All the crew chiefs from Jimmy Prock to Brian Corradi to Daniel Hood right down to Jon Schaffer and Jason McCulloch, Alan Johnson -- everybody had input into this race car to try and figure out what happened in Pomona and then again in Phoenix,” Force explained. “I really thought we had it. I thought we were there. In the first round we drove it 500 feet and shut it off. It looked great. We ran it again that run and I was only going to drive it 800 feet even if we didn’t make The Show.”
Krawiec, Millican, Beckman, Anderson top Friday Gatornational poles
Defending Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Eddie Krawiec took the provisional No. 1 qualifier position at the 49th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla. His pass of 6.785 at 199.67 on his Harley-Davidson Street Rod took him to the top while his teammate Andrew Hines qualified No. 3.
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