Andrea Dovizioso wins pole in Qatar Andrea Dovizioso claimed a sensational pole position in Qatar, with Ducati filling 3 of the top 5 positions on the grid for Sunday’s race.
After the free practice sessions we knew that it would be close in qualifying, but few would have predicted the outcome of QP2. Andrea Dovizioso blitzed his way to pole in spectacular fashion as he took advantage of the softer tire option to set a time two-tenths quicker than the rest of the field, and funnily enough, seemed quite pleased: “I am very happy because the pole today is the result of a group effort: after two years in which we have suffered, we finally managed to achieve a competitive motorbike, and I honestly did not think we would have been so fast right away with the GP15."
Overheard at St. Petersburg - Saturday I was enjoying breakfast this morning in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg paddock when along came Bobby Rahal to liven up the morning conversation. Someone at the table mentioned the upcoming wedding of Graham Rahal and Courtney Force. Bobby mentioned that the wedding will take place in Montecito, California and that it should be a spectacular wedding. In fact, Bobby called John Force to discuss the announcement and Bobby mentioned to John that being the father of the bride he had to pay for it and it was going to cost him big time. John quickly (and in typical Force fashion), said, not to worry, "I will get one of my sponsors to pay for it." I love John Force! By Wayde Alfarone
It was a memorable Indy Lights debut for Carlin today as the team took victory with Ed Jones, who led the Cooper Tires Indy Lights Series season opener in St Petersburg, Florida from start to finish. It was a race of mixed fortunes though, as Max Chilton looked to be in a strong position running in second, but contact with Felix Serralles left the British racer in the wall and out of the race.
Ed Jones and Carlin come to USA and take Americans to school
Ed Jones is congratulated by Team Owner Trevor Carlin
Ed Jones and his Carlin team (from England) led every practice session, won pole and then took a flag-to-flag victory in today's Indy Lights race on the 1.8-mile St. Petersburg, Florida street circuit.
If not for a first corner accident with Flex Serralles, his Carlin teammate Max Chilton, would likely have made it a Carlin 1-2.
Working until 10:30 PM every night, the powerhouse European team took the American teams to school in their USA debut.
Q and A with Team Penske Drivers in St. Pete WILL POWER, NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: ABOUT WANTING TO REPEAT AS CHAMPION: "I can’t help but want to win. Your own personal pressure comes with that. Nothing has changed; I feel the same as I did when I wasn’t a champion. I have to go out there and win races; it’s what I want to do."
BUZZ AROUND THE SEASON OPENER: "It’s the most competitive open-wheel series in the world. It’s not going to get any more competitive than this, and with the new aero kits people are taking notice."
Neil Alberico began his sophomore campaign in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with a dominant victory for St. Petersburg-based Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in this afternoon's Allied Building Products Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Alberico, from Los Gatos, Calif., qualified fastest this morning and led throughout the 23-lap race to score a resounding 4.6819-second win - his first in the series - on the challenging 1.8-mile, 14-turn street circuit.
Eidson wins U.S. F2000 race St. Petersburg, Fla. - Second-year Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda driver Jake Eidson this morning scored a flawless victory for Pabst Racing in the opening round of the season in the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Eidson, 19, from Littleton, Colo., who finished third in the 2014 title-chase, secured the pole during an early morning qualifying session and led throughout the 18-lap, half-hour race which was interrupted by two caution periods.
Tony Stewart and Matt DiBenedetto shared some words with one another on Friday afternoon after Sprint Cup Series practice. The cause for the conversation was that Stewart was upset with DiBenedetto’s on-track etiquette. The result of the conversation was DiBenedetto putting Stewart on blast for anyone that was willing to listen.
DiBenedetto explained the incident and shared his thoughts on Stewart via Motorsport. com.
"I went up to him to apologize and explain the situation to him. I’m not an idiot. I wouldn’t just pull in front of him. I told him the No. 19 pulled out in front of me on the racetrack. That checked up all of my momentum and by that time – things happen so fast around here – that’s when I got to Turn 3, he was getting a few car lengths of me so I just pulled over to let him go. He didn’t understand. I tried to tell him what happened, but he just told me I just needed to get out of the way and whatever. He really just didn’t know what to say.
Eidson wins U.S. F2000 pole (Update)UPDATE Victor Franzoni of Afterburner Autosport will start today's race from the rear of the field after a violation of rule 14.2 (a) in technical inspection after qualifying.
03/28/15 Pabst Racing's Jake Eidson won pole position for the Cooper Tires U.S. F2000 Championship Powered by Mazda races at St. Petersburg today and tomorrow. Below are the full times.
Alberico wins Pro Mazda pole Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing driver Neil Alberico has won pole position for today's Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires race at St. Petersburg. Full qualifying results below...
Alonso locks a wheel in the painfully slow McLaren Honda
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton played an unusually forceful role earlier this weekend in the drivers' FIA briefing, according to a Spanish newspaper.
According to Diario AS, the meeting with Charlie Whiting was anything but routine in Malaysia as the reigning world champion demanded to know more about Fernando Alonso's mysterious Barcelona testing crash.
Earlier, Spaniard Alonso had utterly muddied the waters during the Thursday press conference by contradicting all of the fundamental elements of McLaren's official story about why he crashed five weeks ago.
Iconic European Venues 'Fall Silent' As Formula One Moves East
Mario Andretti passes Gilles Villeneuve at Monza in 1978. Monza may also soon be gone from F1
The "whine of the Mercedes W05 turbine that powers so many" of the F1 teams "will disappear from the European arenas," according to Tim Rich of the London INDEPENDENT.
The "greatest season" in the history of the sport, '76, was "fought out in Europe:" at Zolder, Zandvoort, Anderstorp, Brands Hatch and the Paul Ricard track near Marseille. It was "decided" at the Nurburgring -- none of these arenas "will stage a grand prix this year and in all probability they never will again."
Not even the Autodromo Nazionale in Monza, "at the sport's very heart, is safe." The circuit has been "described as a 'financial disaster'" by F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone. Unless Monza can "gain exemption" from a £15M ($22.3M) tax bill, the Italian GP "will go the same way as Germany."
Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for the fastest time in final practice for Formula 1's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, but Hamilton always lets Rosberg win the practice sessions, but when it's time to qualify Hamilton beats him..
Rosberg's time of 1m39.690s was enough to beat Hamilton by 0.184s.
The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen, who set the fastest first sector of all was 0.555s behind Rosberg, and Sebastian Vettel a few thousandths further back.
Symmons Plains: Race 1 results 1. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore 25 laps 2. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew PRA Ford FG X Falcon +2.2765 seconds 3. James Courtney Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore +3.0714 seconds 4. Shane Van Gisbergen Tekno Autosports Holden Commodore +8.4573 seconds 5. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew PRA Ford FG X Falcon +8.8020 seconds 6. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford FG Falcon +9.8875 seconds 7. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore +10.0823 seconds 8. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore +10.9610 seconds 9. Tim Slade Supercheap Auto Racing Holden Commodore +13.3501 seconds 10. Fabian Coulthard Freightliner Racing Holden Commodore +14.0249 seconds
Symmons Plains: Race 2 results 1. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore 25 laps 2. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore +1.6507 seconds 3. James Courtney Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore +5.4450 seconds 4. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford FG Falcon +7.5100 seconds 5. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore +8.6203 seconds 6. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew PRA Ford FG X Falcon +9.0513 seconds 7. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport Mercedes E63 AMG +9.5860 seconds 8. Shane Van Gisbergen Tekno Autosports Holden Commodore +10.2325 seconds 9. Scott McLaughlin Wilson Security Racing GRM Volvo S60 +12.6140 seconds 10. Lee Holdsworth Walkinshaw Performance Holden Commodore +13.2307 seconds
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