Italy's Mancinelli Records Top GT Practice Time Friday
Italy’s Daniel Mancinelli recorded the quickest lap time Friday in the opening practice for the Pirelli World Challenge Round 3 GT Sprint event in the 44th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach at the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit along the picturesque Long Beach Harbor.
Mancinelli, a three-time 2017 GT SprintX race winner, drove the No. 31 TR3 Racing/Ferrari of Vancouver Ferrari 488 GT3 to a best lap of one minute, 19.262 seconds (89.41 miles per hour) on his final lap of the one-hour practice session at the legendary Long Beach track. Alvaro Parente set the PWC GT track record last year in qualifying at 1:18.883 (89.94 m.p.h.).
Friday afternoon the temperatures really came up, the track surface got hot and the practice times for the IndyCars were slightly slower than the cooler morning session.
Word is that Honda is going all out to win the race this weekend and have brought some extra upgrades. Rumor has it that Honda's global CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, will be here to celebrate HPD's 25th anniversary and a win for Honda will make Hachigo quite happy.
Alexander Rossi led an Andretti Autosport 1-2 in the hotter and slower 2nd practice session in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Rossi's time of 1m08.557s on a greasy track was enough to top his Andretti Honda teammate by 0.15sec.
Josef Newgarden, who had to sit out the final 10 minutes for missing a driver weigh-in, was third quick at 1m08.931sec. They were the only drivers to crack the 1m08s bracket.
Crown Royal Enlists Racing Icons Marco Andretti And Alexander Rossi To Honor Military Heroes
For the second year in a row, and as part of the brand’s “Live Generously and Life Will Treat You Royally” campaign, Crown Royal is enabling race fans of legal drinking age to submit names of their military heroes for display on the Crown Royal Wall of Gratitude.
Foyt partners with Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi to field James Davison in the 102nd Indy 500
From left, Brad Hollinger, James Davison, Larry Foyt and David Byrd
James Davison has been named to drive the No. 33 Chevrolet in the Indianapolis 500; the car has been entered by Foyt Racing with partners Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Hollinger MotorSport and Belardi Auto Racing.
“I am honored to be driving for the legendary A.J. Foyt with Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi at the Indianapolis 500,” said Davison who has competed in five Verizon IndyCar Series events, including three Indy 500s. “This will be my first full two-week program in the four years that I have been a part of the event now. We have expectations to meet and I cannot wait to get after it.”
Dixon leads Honda 1-2-3 in opening IndyCar practice
Scott Dixon led a strong showing for the Honda powered cars with a time of 1m08.411s to top opening practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Andretti Autosport drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi were close behind in the 2nd and 3rd positions. Honda powered cars were 5 of the 6 fastest cars in this session with only Simon Pagenaud in the Penske Chevy spoiling the party in 4th.
Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya are two of the more iconic personalities in American open-wheel racing, and now the two stars will be etched in history forever.
Castroneves, who won the Indianapolis 500 three times, and Montoya, who won Indy twice and the 1999 CART World Series, were inducted Thursday in to the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame during a ceremony in front of the Long Beach Convention Center.
VIP Racing Experience, a full-service marketing company with over 30 years of experience in the racing industry has come on board as the primary sponsor for Reed Sorenson in this weekend's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 'Food City 500'. This will be Sorenson's third race of the year for Premium Motorsports in the #55 Chevrolet.
"I'm very excited to be back in the race car again for Premium Motorsports. Bristol is always a tough track to drive but I'm definitely up for the challenge. It's a driver's race track for sure. My guys at the shop know that and they're doing everything they need to do to give me a fast car that will handle well there."
Hamilton nips Raikkonen in 2nd Chinese GP Practice
Hamilton flies to fast time
There is not much separating Mercedes and Ferrari after two practice session in Shanghai for the Chinese GP. Lewis Hamilton (1m33.48s) barely outpaced Kimi Raikkonen to lead the 2nd practice session by just 0.007s.
Valtteri Bottas was close behind in the 2nd Mercedes with a time just 0.033s behind Hamilton while Sebastian Vettel was 4th in the #5 Ferrari 0.108s behind Hamilton.
Mercedes looked in confident mood in China on Friday morning, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finishing first and third. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen split them in the times, but did so on the quickest ultrasoft tire – while the Mercedes cars used much harder tires
Hamilton had a convincing three-tenths' advantage over Raikkonen, and four-tenths over team mate Bottas. Also right in the mix, the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen – both on the ultrasofts – were next up, followed by the second Ferrari of championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
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