JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet): "It was a pretty productive day. We learned a lot out there. I think the Shell V-Power Chevrolet feels fast. I know it looks fast out there. We will see what we got for tomorrow. I think we got a good shot to be in the top nine and that is what you really want, which is to give yourself a chance to go for pole on Sunday. We will go back tonight, crunch the numbers and just do our job tomorrow. If we do that, we will be in the running for Sunday and get to go for pole."
The 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force paced the Funny Car category Friday evening to the provisional qualifying lead at the second annual Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.
Clay Millican (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the eighth of 24 events during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
J. Force is chasing his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and 157th of his career after he set the track E.T. record of 3.899-seconds at 321.88 mph in his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / Heculiner Chevrolet Camaro SS took the top spot during the second qualifying session.
Daniel Hemric's bid for a million-dollar payday will start from the front row in the Monster Open prior to the Monster Energy All Star Race with Hemric taking the top spot in Friday's qualifying session for Saturday's 50-lap race.
Hemric topped the speed charts with a lap of 29.643 seconds (182.168 mph) to beat out Michael McDowell for the pole in his first Monster Open start. William Byron, Daniel Suarez and Paul Menard made up the rest of the top five.
The three-stage, 50-lap race will be run prior to the main event, with each of the three stage winners advancing to the All Star Race. Those three lucky drivers, along with the Fan Vote winner, will fill the last four spots in the 19-car field.
Austin Dillon, Daniel Hemric Pace Cup Series Practice at Charlotte
Austin Dillon sporting a gold paint scheme this weekend
Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric paced Friday’s final practice session for Saturday’s Monster Open and Monster Energy All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Dillon was the fastest among the 15 drivers already qualified for Saturday’s main event, posting a top speed of 179.450 mph (30.092 seconds) in the final session of the afternoon.
Dillon – who finished ninth in his all-star debut last year – says he would love to win the All Star race and earn a lifetime entry into the annual event like Ryan Newman has.
“I think the biggest thing is cherishing the moment of being in the All Star Race, because the following year you could be out of it if you don’t get a win,” said Dillon. “I’d like to go out there and win the million and lock myself in for life. I think (Ryan) Newman is in a really good spot – he didn’t win a race last year but he won the All Star Race so he’s locked in and doesn’t have to run those (Monster) Open races.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Drive 2019 Corvette for Indy 500
IndyCar gets a NASCAR hero to drive the pace car. We guess the IndyCar heroes are not good enough.
Racing legend and NBC Sports motorsports analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport Official Pace Car for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, leading 33 drivers to the green flag Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Earnhardt will perform a dual role during "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," which starts at 12:30 p.m. (ET). Along with driving the Pace Car, Earnhardt will serve as an NBC Sports commentator for the network's first live telecast of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
UPDATE After an hour delay due to threatening weather and a sprinkle at the track, the track is going green at 3:40 pm.
05/17/19 Good morning from a the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There are signs of the wicked storm that blew through the area yesterday afternoon around 5 pm. Portable toilets and large garage cans are lying on the ground. There was some damage to a couple of radio masts in pit lane due to the high winds. We also heard that metal barriers were also blown over during the short storm.
After suffering a major set-back during Fast Friday's NTT IndyCar Series practice session, Juncos Racing is vigorously working to have the No. 32 Chevrolet entry on track for qualifying for the 103rd Running of the Indy 500 presented by Gainbridge. Kyle Kaiser was medically cleared after the incident.
"We are very grateful that our driver Kyle (Kaiser) was not injured and safely walked away from the massive hit he experienced today at IMS," said Team Owner Ricardo Juncos.
Briatore back in 2006 when he used to say the Ferraris "are on another planet." Yes, Aldo Costa designed those Ferraris too
(GMM) The number of F1 experts who believe Ferrari can win the 2019 world championship is dwindling.
Flavio Briatore, the flamboyant former Renault boss, observes that after five consecutive 1-2s for Mercedes, the German team is on "another planet".
"Barcelona is a circuit that tells you the truth," he said. "If you go badly there, you are not going to be able to compete for the world championship, even if from the interviews it seems that everything is going well."
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