Video: Simon Pagenaud knocks Will Power off pole for Alabama GP On his final attempt during IndyCar qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park, Simon Pagenaud bounces Will Power to claim the pole for Sunday's IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama. Comment
Video: Pagenaud: 'It was awesome' knocking Power off pole Simon Pagenaud talks about how much fun he had during his lap that allowed him to claim pole position for Sunday's IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. Comment
Video: Will Power will start on front row for IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama Will Power talks about his qualifying effort at Barber Motorsports Park and the lap that was put down by his teammate, Simon Pagenaud, to have the pole position stolen away from him. Comment
Video: Juan Pablo Montoya wonders 'what the hell happened' during qualifying Juan Pablo Montoya will have a mountain to climb on Sunday for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama when he starts from dead last after his car didn't click with Firestone's red alternate tires in qualifying. Comment
KVSH Racing tests special LED wheel lights For a brief time in Friday's opening practice at Barber Motorsports Park, the Chevrolet logo brilliantly glowed inside the wheel well of Sebastien Bourdais' No. 11 Team Europa - KVSH Racing car. If developers of the light-emitting diode (LED) displays have their way, all Verizon IndyCar Series cars will have that capability and more in the future.
Speed of Light Media used the practice as a test of the LED system in real-time conditions and to see how well the display would show on NBCSN's live telecast of practice. They were pleased with the results and said they've only scraped the surface of possible uses.
Castroneves, Kanaan and Newgarden to compete on 'American Ninja Warrior' Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Josef Newgarden - each a champion in his own right - will attempt to conquer a new kind of race when they compete on the NBC obstacle course challenge show "American Ninja Warrior."
The three racing stars will take part in the hit show's regional competition April 27 on a specially designed course at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Any of the three who finish among the top 30 contestants or complete the course will return April 28 for Round 2. If successful then, they move on to the show's finals in Las Vegas against qualifiers from other regional competitions. The Indianapolis episode is scheduled to air June 13 in prime time.
As you know, IndyCar made some Friday practice sessions promoter test days when they announced the testing schedule. So they were testing tires yesterday and if you read Dixon's comment, some teams had more tires than others. All teams had to return the test tires today.
Comments from Scott Dixon about Friday's practice sessions:
AR1: What changes did you make today to run better than yesterday?
NASCAR Bristol and IndyCar Long Beach TV Ratings (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Bristol (TN) earned a 3.4 'final' rating and 5.5 million viewers on FOX last Sunday afternoon, down 26% in ratings and 27% in viewership from 2013, the last time the race was run as scheduled (4.6, 7.5M). Both last year and in 2014, FOX aired only brief snippets of the race due to extensive rain delays. The network drew a 3.3 and 5.1 million for less than 15 minutes of racing last year, and a 4.5 and 7.3 million for 45 minutes of coverage in 2014. Despite the lower numbers, NASCAR on FOX was still the most-watched sports broadcast of the weekend - edging ABC's Pistons/Cavaliers NBA playoff game (5.4M)
Ed Jones became the fourth different winner in four Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires races to date this season when he led from flag-to-flag this afternoon in the first of two races that will comprise this weekend’s Legacy Indy Lights 100 at Barber Motorsports Park.
The Dubai-based Englishman never was able to relax as his Carlin Dallara-Mazda was pushed virtually every inch of the way by Puerto Rican teammate Felix Serralles, who started 11th but finished only 1.5581 seconds behind after 35 laps around the scenic 2.3-mile road course in rural Alabama. Zach Veach completed the podium for Belardi Auto Racing.
Video: NASCAR Richmond Q&A with Kurt Busch Ryan Blaney Kurt Busch (No. 41 Monster Energy / Haas Automation Chevrolet), Matt DiBenedetto (No. 83 E.J. Wade Construction Toyota), BK Racing owner Ron Devine and Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center Ford) Comment
Video: NASCAR Richmond Post-Qualifying Interviews Scott Miller (Senior Vice President of Competition, NASCAR), Coors Light Pole Award winner Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Busch Light Chevrolet) and Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford).
IndyCar: Sandbagging Chevys flex muscle in 3rd Barber Practice
We told you that the Chevys were sandbagging Friday to save tires for today and the race on Sunday. In the final practice for the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park Will Power and Scott Dixon topped the times for Chevy, ahead of the Hondas of James Hinchcliffe and Carlos Munoz.
The Chevys of Pagenaud, Bourdais and Montoya were 5th thru 8th with Aleshin (Honda) and Newgarden (Chevy) rounding out the top-10.
Clint Bowyer photographed in a rare moment not spouting expletives
HScott Motorsports driver Clint Bowyer slammed his team on the radio during the recently concluded NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice here at Richmond International Raceway.
"I've never been with such a (expletive) unprepared (expletive) team in my life," Bowyer said . "It’s a (expletive) joke."
We'll let you use your imagination as to exactly what expletive(s) Bowyer used. The 8-time Sprint Cup Series winner currently sits 29th in the standings scoring his best 2016 finish last week at Bristol. He is driving for HScott this season in a gap year of sorts, as he is slated to take over the retiring Tony Stewart's No. 14 seat in 2017.
Suffice to say, Bowyer is not very pleased with the current situation at HScott.
Brian Carroccio reporting from Richmond International Raceway
Can Andretti Autosport find the right setup today?
Today is a much different day than Friday was. The sun is shinning and the temperature is expected to be 80 degrees today and tomorrow. So we should see the drivers take to track more consistently, getting ready to qualify this afternoon at 3 pm local time.
The thunderstorms that moved through yesterday had the drivers waiting to go out until all of the track was dry. With the elevation changes on the track, the water runs off but collects in certain spots. So for the second practice, you saw the two cars of AJ Foyt Racing on the top of the charts. Their team tested here in March.
Servia to drive #77 SPM/Marotti entry in 100th Indy 500
Leeds, AL - April 23, 2016 - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announced today that Oriol Servia will pilot the team's third entry for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in the Schmidt Peterson with Marotti Racing No. 77 entry.
Servia, son of a Spanish Rally champion, has been racing since he was young, advancing steadily up the ranks in various series around the world. Before joining the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2008, he was the 1999 Indy Lights champion and saw success in the Champ Car World Series. He finished fourth in the 2011 IndyCar championship standings and had his best Indy 500 finish of fourth in 2012.
Carlin’s Ed Jones took his first Indy Lights pole position of the season this morning at a dry and sunny Barber Motorsport Park. Jones, who had topped yesterday’s final practice session claimed the top spot this morning with a lap 0.17 seconds fastest than the second quickest man. Team mate Felix Serralles was left disappointed with his qualifying position of 12th however, after being second fastest yesterday and having his fastest lap deleted this morning. Neil Alberico will also be frustrated with 14th today after showing strong pace in practice on Friday.
Friday’s practice sessions finished strongly for the Carlin trio, with all three in the top four on the timing screens. Jones was quickest of all just ahead of Serralles with Alberico fourth.
Kurt Busch celebrates his victory last spring at RIR
Regarding my earlier report about the numerous variables teams are dealing with here in Richmond, one thing I forgot to mention was the new low down force package.These changes include reductions in the rear wing and front splitter, and has been generally well-received by the drivers.
Also, Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet, and last year's winner of the Toyota Owners 400 noted an additional element I was unaware of.
Video: Sebastien Bourdais after first practice at Barber Friday Sebastien Bourdais was the fastest man in practice at Barber on Friday morning and what happened during his bump with Juan Montoya. Comment
Video: Simon Pagenaud really wants to drive a Ferrari Katie Hargitt goes rapid fire with Simon Pagenaud who does his best impression of a teammate, reveals his dream car is a Ferrari and admits he's deathly afraid of snakes. Comment
Australian Formula 4 champion Jordan Lloyd is setting his sights on a USF2000 title push following an impressive start to his maiden full season in America.
The Queenslander has quickly adapted to life stateside following his dominant run to the inaugural CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship crown last season.
Having signed a deal with Wisconsin-based Pabst Racing, Lloyd has wasted no time in stamping his mark on the Road to Indy series with victory and a second place finish at the St Petersburg season opener last month.
With the huge fine Tony Stewart was basically told "Son you want your team to ever win a race again, then you had better shut your mouth and mind your own business"
Tony Stewart spoke out and NASCAR fined him. So what else is new?
Well, for starters, you don't often see the NASCAR Driver Council immediately issue a statement in support of a fined driver, along with a pledge to pay the fine -- $35,000 in Stewart's case.
And it isn't every day that a senior NASCAR official publicly admits "it's time for us to take a look" at the issue involved.
Although NASCAR didn't offer any specifics, it is believed that Stewart incurred the fine by criticizing the organization in a Wednesday interview when he questioned why they are no longer having officials watch for loose lug nuts during pit stops. NASCAR dropped the practice at the start of the 2015 season as part of a pit road technology initiative that reduced the number of live officials on pit road.
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing’s McLaren 650S GT3 is set for this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge round at Barber Motorsports Park after an extensive rebuild following its weekend-ending accident at Long Beach.
The "Red Dragon" sustained major damage to the front-end, driver’s side of the car as well as gearbox and suspension damage in the rear from Jon Fogarty’s heavy impact with the wall in opening practice last Friday.
Hamlin comments on driver council's reaction to Stewart fine
Denny Hamlin was made available to the media at Richmond International Raceway Friday afternoon.
Q: Why did the driver's council make the statement supporting Tony Stewart's comments? Hamlin: "I think it kind of shows a unity amongst us. It really has nothing to do with lug nuts or no lug nuts or anything like that, it's more so the drivers believing that they have a right to express their opinion especially when asked in an interview. We try to do our best to give honest answers and sometimes those aren't always the best thing. I know at times I've been very guilty of being too honest at times or too opinionated at times and it costs you a nickel or two. We just think that there should be a little bit of leniency there for someone that knows a lot about our sport and has been in our sport a long time. He gave his opinion and especially when it's something on safety too. I think it's pretty important. As far as what we believe, it's all said in the statement. Everything I'm telling you here is my opinion and my opinion only."
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