Russell prevails in action-packed Barcelona feature race
Race 1 podium de Vries, winner Russell and a dejected Lando Norris
George Russell claimed victory in a thrilling FIA Formula 2 Championship Feature Race at Barcelona, Spain, as the ART Grand Prix driver took the lead from a fast-starting Nyck de Vries before holding on throughout four virtual safety car periods for the win, keeping the PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing racer at bay as Carlin’s Lando Norris followed the pair home for third.
Heavy clouds loomed over the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with sporadic spots of drizzle peppering the start-finish straight at the start of the race. The rain held off, and a flurry of activity at the race start resulted in de Vries wresting control of the lead after polesitter Alexander Albon endured a slow getaway, which also allowed Russell and Luca Ghiotto to filter through. Immediately, a virtual safety car was called for Maximilian Gunther’s beached BWT Arden machine at turn 2, neutralizing the race before the action resumed on lap 4.
Second-generation racer Colton Herta (Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing) out-dueled Santiago “Santi” Urrutia to claim a dramatic victory in this afternoon’s 35-lap Royal Purple Synthetic Motor Oil Grand Prix of Indianapolis supporting the Lupus Foundation of America.
IndyCar Grand Prix Prerace Notes Lots of hugs and handshakes from old friends here at IMS. Given the laid-back nature of the weekend, it's more like an SCCA National event than an IndyCar weekend. The unwelcome guest could very well be the weather, which feels like afternoon thunderstorms are a definite possibility.
UPDATE It is getting close to warm up time. Clouds have moved into the area and it is a pleasant 76 degrees. There are some rain tires sitting in certain pits.
Helio Castroneves, making his return to IndyCar for the month of May, will serve a five minute penalty in the warmup. He is being penalized for taking the checkered flag twice during his qualifying session yesterday.
Parker Thompson just won the F2000 race which started off with a yellow flag on lap one.
Will Power Starts today on the Pole
05/12/18 Good morning from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is 72 degrees and sunny right now. The weather today is predicted to be in the low 80s by the time the race starts, just a few degrees cooler than yesterday. Rain is in the forecast, so we will watch for that scattered thunderstorm which is expected around race time.
NASCAR crew member arrested and suspended after altercation with team owner (Update)
Lawrence Hayden breaks his boss's jaw
UPDATE Lawrence Hayden, the Xfinity Series crew member who broke his car owner's jaw in a fight a week ago at Dover International Speedway, said he was provoked and was defending himself in the incident.
Hayden, 33, faces a second-degree assault charge over the May 4 fight. He appeared in a Dover, Delaware, court today, and said his case will continue June 1.
In a phone interview Friday, Hayden said he and JP Motorsports owner Jerry Hattaway argued in the Xfinity Series garage, so he quit the team and picked up his bag and headed to the truck series garage. He said Hattaway approached him in the truck garage about 20 minutes later and was "extremely verbally aggressive" toward him.
Mercedes again fastest in final Spanish GP practice
The two superior Mercedes cars were again fastest in final practice for the Spanish GP ahead of qualifying in 2 hours. Lewis Hamilton set a new track record of 1m17.281s in his #44 Mercedes to beat his teammate Valtteri Bottas who set a near identical time on Supersoft tires just 0.013 sec. behind.
Sebastian Vettel was third quick for Ferrari 0.269 sec slower than the two Mercedes.
Nikita Mazepin amazed in his GP3 Series debut to take victory in Race 1 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, producing a controlling drive to secure a first time out win with a gap of 3.6s over teammate Anthoine Hubert, as Callum Ilott clinched third place to ensure ART Grand Prix locked out the podium in the season-opening race.
Why Fernando Alonso will not run full-time in Indy Car in 2019 (2nd Update)
If he stays in F1 Alonso will make more money than the entire IndyCar grid combined. Why? Because globally F1 has 390 million TV viewers per race, IndyCar next year will have under 1 million TV viewers when it goes dark globally under NBC
UPDATE (GMM) Fernando Alonso has played down rumors he might quit F1 at the end of the year.
The Spaniard said on Thursday that he is no longer desperate to win grands prix. He also said winning Le Mans later this year would mean more than another victory in F1.
"I'm not worried," McLaren executive Zak Brown said in Barcelona.
"He's saying that because he's never won Le Mans and because Spain is not in the 'triple crown'.
"One thing about Fernando is you can never question his desire to achieve the maximum possible result, no matter what category he's racing in," he added.
Alex Baron Wins Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 Thriller at Indy
Earlier this week, difficulties in obtaining a new visa meant that Alex Baron wasn’t even sure he would be able to make it to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend’s Royal Purple Synthetic Motor Oil Grand Prix of Indianapolis supporting the Lupus Foundation of America. Thankfully, the 23-year-old who holds dual French and English citizenship, was granted the correct paperwork on Wednesday. He immediately jumped on a plane from Europe... and ended up with a hard-earned victory this afternoon for Swan-RJB Motorsports.
The Detour, Episode 3 - How to Build an F1 Race Weekend What does it take to get a Formula One team up and running for a race weekend? This is the story of the unsung heroes who set the stage long before the cars turn a wheel and the cameras start rolling. Comment
Crazy F1 Onboard Through the Streets of Italy 13km of public roads. Valtteri Bottas. And a Championship winning car. Because it's not every day that you get to drive a F1 car through an Italian town. Comment
Tesla's Engineering Chief Takes Leave of Absence at Pivotal Moment
Tesla Inc.’s top engineer overseeing vehicle development is taking a leave of absence from the company at a crucial moment when the electric-car maker is struggling to boost production of the Model 3 sedan, according to people familiar with the matter.
Doug Field, Tesla’s senior vice president of engineering, is stepping away from the company for several weeks, these people said. One person described the absence as a “six-week sabbatical,” and Tesla declined to say when he would come back.
KTVU investigation has uncovered new information about the deadly Tesla crash in Mountain View earlier this year along with a serious warning for all firefighters responding to electric vehicle crashes.
KTVU has obtained a 13-page safety alert written by Mountain View Fire Chief Juan Diaz, in which he highlights the dangers firefighters faced while responding to that wreck, including a high-voltage battery they had no way to stop.
Pulcini secures maiden pole in Barcelona qualifying
Leonardo Pulcini took his first GP3 Series pole position in an exciting Qualifying session for the opening round in Barcelona, Spain, the Campos Racing driver snatching a late 1:32.258 time to wrest pole from ART Grand Prix’s Nikita Mazepin - as his teammate Anthoine Hubert secured third place on tomorrow’s Race 1 grid.
Colton Herta Wins a Wild Race No. 1 For The Indy Lights
Colton Herta, 18, from Valencia, Calif., this afternoon claimed an emphatic victory for Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing in the first of two Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires races which will comprise this weekend’s Royal Purple Synthetic Motor Oil Grand Prix of Indianapolis supporting the Lupus Foundation of America.
Headed Into Year 5, The Indy Grand Prix was the wrong move
IndyCars put a great show on at Indy. A 400-miler to end the IndyCar season would attract over 100,000 fans instantly
AutoRacing1.com has said at least 50 times that instead of running the Indy GP, the other IndyCar race at the Indy Speedway should be a 400-miler on the oval to end the season. It would be spectacular and would attract far more fans than the season finale currently at Sonoma.
And to make matters worse, the 'family' moved the failing NASCAR race to September to prevent IndyCar from ever having a spectacular season finale.
Alexander Albon held on from a flurry of last-minute flying laps to secure pole position in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Qualifying session, his 1:28.142 good enough to withstand an onslaught from PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing’s Nyck de Vries and Campos Vexatec Racing’s Luca Ghiotto.
Roush Fenway Racing will field three Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustangs at Road America for the NASCAR Xfinity race on Saturday, August 25th. Lilly Diabetes Drive Down A1C driver Ryan Reed will be joined by Wisconsin hometown driver Ty Majeski in the No. 60 and IndyCar driver Conor Daly will round out the trio behind the wheel of the No. 6. Daly, like Reed, competes at the highest levels of racing while managing his Type 1 diabetes. The Xfinity race at Road America will be his NASCAR debut. Majeski also has a close tie to the diabetes community as his grandfather has Type 2 diabetes.
Will Power says the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield circuit is “probably my favorite road course.” It’s easy to see why.
The Team Penske driver, a two-time winner and pole sitter at the INDYCAR Grand Prix, was fastest in today’s second practice session to set himself up as the favorite to claim the pole again in Verizon P1 Award qualifying later this afternoon.
DAMS’ Alexander Albon completed the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship Free Practice session at Barcelona, Spain as the fastest driver, setting a 1:29.327 to stand three tenths clear of second-placed Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin) as Luca Ghiotto of Campos Vexatec Racing ended the session in third.
Last year's Indy GP winner Will Power (Chevy) turned a lap of 1m10.087s to beat Alexander Rossi (Honda) by just 0.033s in opening practice for the Indy GP to be run Saturday on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course.
Jordan King (Honda) was third quick for Ed Carpenter Racing.
Lewis Hamilton kept the Mercedes at the top of the practice timesheets in FP2 for the Spanish GP in Barcelona.
Hamilton's time of 1m18.259s was 0.1sec. slower than teammate Valtteri Bottas in FP1 this morning, but still fast enough to beat the two Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Crashstappen did not hit anyone in this session but he did lose control and slide into the pea gravel.
Brian France needs to sell NASCAR now while it still has some remaining value
UPDATE Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series Dover 400 earned a 1.7 rating and 2.8 million viewers on FS1, down 19% in ratings and 17% in viewership from last year (2.1, 3.4M) and down 32% and 30% respectively from 2016 (2.5, 4.0M).
The race was delayed 49 minutes due to rain, with the delay earning a 1.6 and 2.6 million.
Kevin Harvick's win was the lowest rated edition of the race since at least 1998 and the least-watched since at least 2001.
Bottas over Hamilton in opening Spanish GP practice
Valtteri Bottas dominated opening practice for the Spanish GP in Barcelona with a time of 1m18.148s to beat his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.849s as Robert Kubica made his official race weekend comeback with Williams..
Sebastian Vettel was third quick for Ferrari but almost 1-second per lap off of Bottas' pace.
Jake Hughes drew first blood in the 2018 GP3 Series by setting the quickest lap of the Free Practice session in Barcelona, Spain, clocking in a 1:32.908 to beat ART Grand Prix teammate Anthoine Hubert to the top of the timesheets at the death, as Leonardo Pulcini of Campos Racing took third.
Parker Kligerman returning to Cup to race in Coca-Cola 600
NBC Sports analyst Parker Kligerman announced on Thursday’s NASCAR America that he will return to the Cup Series to drive in the May 27 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kligerman will race the No. 96 for Gaunt Brothers Racing.
This will mark Kligerman’s first Cup start since the 2014 Southern 500. He has competed in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series since and won at Talladega last year for his second career Truck series victory.
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