Tanner Foust Sweeps Red Bull Global Rallycross Phoenix
Tanner Foust waves to crowd
Tanner Foust extended his Red Bull Global Rallycross career win record by taking Sunday’s Red Bull GRC final in Phoenix. Foust, who also won Saturday’s main event, took the ninth victory of his Red Bull GRC career over Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammate Scott Speed.
“It’s going to be a great season--obviously it’s a great way to start the season for Volkswagen,” the two-time Supercar champion said from the podium. “But different cars have different skills on different tracks, so it’s going to be a mix up. A lot of the new cars out there are extremely fast, and it’s going to be a great season!”
Video: Indy 500 Pole Day Highlights Shot list: Scenic shots Fans No. 35 Alex Tagliani qualifying crash - four replays and Tagliani safely out of the car Tagliani sound Pole sitter No. 5 James Hinchcliffe on track
It has been an incredible week of top action and high drama at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Alexander Rossi and the Andretti Autosport team prepared and today qualified for the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Following a positive week of testing, which saw Alexander topping the time sheets and taking P1 in two out of the seven practice sessions, the IndyCar Series rookie narrowly missed out on securing a place in the Fast Nine Shootout, and was able to qualify in P11 overall, claiming the top rookie position overall, and lining him up on the third row of the grid for the highly anticipated and historic forthcoming race.
The first part of qualifying took place on Saturday 21st May, as the stage was finally set for qualifications at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Overnight and morning rain left the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval saturated, delaying final practice before the start of qualifications until 12:37 p.m. ET. Alexander joined a total of 21 cars of the 33 entered turning laps in the session, with the rookie driver of the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian finishing P1 again with an impressive 231.249 mph, followed by Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay in the No. 28 DHL Honda at 231.107mph.
Video: Team owner Schmidt tops 150 mph in SAM Project car laps It was a completely satisfying day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Sam Schmidt. Not only did his car win the pole position for the 100th Indianapolis 500 with James Hinchcliffe, but Schmidt was able to do his own "qualification run" driving the Arrow Electronics Semi-Autonomous Motorcar (SAM) Project's modified 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray earlier in the day.
Using his breathing and neck movements to drive the car, Schmidt - a quadriplegic due to an Indy car testing crash in 2000 at Walt Disney World Speedway - improved his pace each lap to reach trap speeds of more than 150 mph on the oval and averaged more than 105 for the four-lap run.
What a satisfaction for Timo Glock. After his post-race disqualification at Hockenheim, the BMW driver crowned an extremely strong DTM weekend at Spielberg with an impressive win on Sunday. On the second lap, the 34-year-old had overtaken Jamie Green for the race lead and held on to it until the finish. During the prize-giving ceremony, pole sitter Green celebrated his first championship points of the season for finishing third.
In the final third of the race, the Brit had to let his fellow Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom pull away, the Swede having made great progress at the Red Bull Ring from eleventh place on the grid to finish second.
NASCAR attempted a new Sprint All-Star Race format to increase passing in the final green-lap dash to the finish and succeeded, as Joey Logano outmaneuvered Kyle Larson with two laps remaining to win the $1 million exhibition race. But a whole lot of confusion reigned before the outcome Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. ESPN
The complex format, the brainchild of Logano's Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, was thwarted by a scenario that NASCAR admitted no one saw coming. "It's just very unfortunate that this situation cropped up and a lot of people walked away from here disappointed," NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller said. "We're disappointed as well."
The situation was complicated, but here's an attempt to explain:
Sunday Qualification - JPM Kills Trash Bag? During his qualification run, Juan Pablo Montoya had a black trash bag come out from under his car. His laps slowed until the last lap was at 192 mph. IndyCar officials quickly conferred, and decided to give him another run. JPM is permitted to refill the fuel and change tires before his next attempt, which presumably will happen as soon as track inspection is completed.
-- Tim Wohlford and Lucille Dust, reporting from IMS
Coming to the green flag on his qualification attempt, Alex Tagliani looped the car in turn 4 and tagged end of the pit road wall. He quickly exited the vehicle under his own power, and appears to be okay. Even though no attempt was made, he can't return for another attempt, so it looks like he'll start in 33rd position on Sunday.
Next-slowest, if no one else crashes, will likely be Buddy Lazier, who qualified 2 3/4 seconds slower than Pippa (over the 4 laps).
-- Tim Wohlford and Lucille Dust, reporting from IMS
Reader: Dumb and Dumber running IndyCar A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, As a reasonably interested fan, I set my Tivo to record the ABC Pole day telecast yesterday. I obviously forgot that the first day of quali was no longer pole day. Oops. So when I got home I sat down and prepared for what turned out to be non-pole day. So, I naturally watched and hoped that the unbearably horrible ABC team of Bestwick, Cheever and Goodyear (all shills for IMS) would at least explain the procedure. Nope. They never ran through that as one would expect at the onset of the show. But eventually from their comments I picked it up.
Sunday Qualification - Pursuit of the Pole 2:45 PM....
Alexander Rossi fastest
Scott Dixon experienced a motor failure during morning practice, and will be installing his race motor for qualification. The idea for most teams is to change the motor after qualifications so they have a fresh motor for the race, but Dixon's will have a few more miles on it.
Topping the speed chart this morning was rookie Alexander Rossi. We caught up with Rossi this morning, and asked him about his run last weekend. Yes, they discovered some things. Yes, he has all of the confidence that we'd normally expect from a veteran. Yes, you really should keep an eye on him if you have an office pool. The list of F1 drivers that never figured out starts with Ascari and Fangio, so for a F1 person to figure this much out this quickly indicates a rare level of natural talent.
Top adviser to Marty Walsh had Boston Grand Prix stake
Ticket sellers: We don’t have the money to refund to fans
A top campaign adviser for Mayor Martin J. Walsh -- who lobbied him to support the Boston Grand Prix -- confirmed to the Herald he was a part owner of the race, while new questions are emerging about what happened to the proceeds from ticket sales of the canceled event.
Chris Keohan, a key architect of Walsh’s 2013 election win, said he got stock in the Grand Prix of Boston, the local promotion group running the now-defunct street race that Walsh championed for more than a year.
It's been a good morning here in Indianapolis, Armed Forces Pole Day. The sun is finally shinning like it should be and the temperatures should reach 80 today. A welcome relief from the cooler temps and rain.
It is quiet in the garages this morning since the public gates do not open until 10am. The teams are here working on the cars getting ready for day 2 of qualifying. Max Chilton's and Pippa Mann's cars are repaired and ready to get out today for their first qualifying laps.
American Rookie Alexander Rossi was left disappointed after finding himself on the wrong side of the cut off point for the pole position shoot-out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.
The Andretti Herta Autosport driver had been inside the top nine for most of Saturday’s qualifying session, but was bumped down to tenth by the day’s final qualifier Mikhail Aleshin of Schmidt Peterson Motorsport, with the American having no opportunity to respond and improve on his four-lap average of 230.048mph.
Video: Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart Involved in Big Wreck Chase Elliott attempts to get to pit road and stacks up the field behind him, starting a wreck that involves Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, and Kasey Kahne. Comment
Fastest on "Irrelevant Saturday" - James Hinchcliffe
James Hinchcliffe's story of pain and recovery has been well-chronicled since a practice crash at last year's Indy 500.
Saturday, he began to write a new story.
The driver of the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda soared to the top of the qualifying chart during a wild final 75 minutes of Day 1 qualifying for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, hitting 230.946 mph for his four-lap qualifying attempt after withdrawing a previous attempt in order to try to crack the top nine.
Rain Cancels All Star Qualifying Rain has forced NASCAR officials to cancel qualifying for tonight's Sprint All Star Race, which was scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm. The field will now be set by owners points.
In a dominant way, Marco Wittmann has won the DTM race on Saturday at Spielberg in Austria: having started from pole position, the 2014 DTM champion crossed the line as the winner after 30 laps. For Wittmann, this is the sixth win of his DTM career. At the 4.326 kilometers long Red Bull Ring, he won ahead of his fellow BMW driver Tom Blomqvist, who finished second in the third DTM race of the season. Edoardo Mortara took the final slot on the podium at Spielberg after finishing third with his Audi RS 5 DTM.
Pippa crashes at Indy (Update) UPDATE As it turns out, Pippa had a rear wing failure during her qualification run. The end plate on the left side came loose, causing her to spin. As it turns out, Dale Coyne team mate Gabby Chavez had earlier seen the same issue, and the team has pulled Conor Daly out of the qualifying line in order to look at his rear wing.
The team was complimentary of Pippa's near-save, and is optimistic they can have her back on the track by the end of the day.
-- Tim Wohlford
05/21/16 The winds are nasty, pushing cars deep into turn 1, and it appears that Pippa Mann might've been a factor in her spin into the south cute walls. Her first lap was at 226.346 before her second lap was ended with the crash.
Video: Nikita Zlobin crash Another, very big and spectacular open wheel racing accident today, this time at Spa-Francorchamps during the Formula Renault 2.0 race this afternoon. Driver involved was Russian Nikita Zlobin. Comment
Foust wins Phoenix GRC Race 1 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Tanner Foust edged Patrik Sandell by 6.024 seconds to win the opening round of the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season. Brian Deegan was third with Steve Arpin and Scott Speed rounding out the top-five.
Buemi rediscovers winning ways Sebastien Buemi has reduced Lucas di Grassi’s lead in the FIA Formula E Championship to just a single point following victory in the BMW i Berlin ePrix.
Buemi’s first win since Punta del Este in December came after he battled his way past polesitter Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Virgin Racing) and built up a comfortable lead. This was reduced to nothing when the Qualcomm Safety Car was called out to retrieve the stricken Dragon Racing car of Loic Duval.
On irrelevant Saturday at Indy Townsend Bell has turned the fastest lap so far with 22 of 33 cars posting times.
If Indy followed its tradition, today would be pole day and only the front row locked in. But today is now called "Irrelevant Saturday" because speeds from today are basically meaningless and the teams/drivers will have to do it all over again on Sunday.
Sunday would have been bump day but they can't even get enough cars to have any bumping anymore, so they have made Saturday irrelevant and Sunday (tomorrow) is now pole day.
Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards were fastest in Saturday's practice session for tonight's NASCAR Sprint All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Keselowski and Edwards paced the field at 192.027 mph during the session, after which the teams practiced their pit road entries for the qualifying sessions held later tonight.
Denny Hamlin was third quickest, turning in a lap of 191.904 mph. Kurt Busch was fourth with a speed of 191.795 followed by Joey Logano at 191.700 mph.
Video: FIA F3 Red Bull Ring Huge Crash Replay (Update) UPDATE Li fractured vertebrae and broken feet in the massive European F3 crash.
05/21/16 Today at Spielberg i.e. Red Bull Ring, Austria, Formula 3 experienced one of its most spectacular accidents ever, see video below:
On lap 17, the race was stopped after an accident involving Ryan Tveter, Zhi Cong Li and Pedro Piquet. Tveter had spun through the gravel trap and returned onto the track where Li, unable to see Tveter’s car due to the dust that was whirled up, hit the American’s race car almost at full speed. The upcoming Piquet was unable to avoid the two, but the Brazilian escaped unscathed. Tveter and Li incurred injuries and were taken to hospital for further examination. The race was stopped immediately.
Max Chilton caught the wall in turn two at Indy at 12:41 EDT, coming to a rest in the runoff area on the inside of turn 2. The car is heavily damaged but Max appears to be uninjured. It appears that the rear car stepped out at the apex, and went towards the safer barrier at the end of Turn 2 grandstands.
-- Tim Wohlford and Lucille Dust, reporting from Indy
Indy Qualification Schedule Weather, and the legendary IMS "weepers" that keep pumping water onto the track long after the rain stops. IMS officials just announced that practice will begin "momentarily" (I hear engines now) and that each of the 2 groups will get 20 minutes to practice. Expect Group 2 practice 25 minutes or so after that, so around 1:10 pm or so.
Saturday morning update from Indy (2nd Update) UPDATE The rain has stopped here. The safety trucks are on track attempting to dry this track. Schedule has just been updated and it is dependent on the track being dry by these times.
Hagan, Force Set National Records In Topeka Qualifying
Matt Hagan and Brittany Force took advantage of cool weather conditions and a fast race track to produce national record performances Friday at the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.
Hagan set Funny Car national records for time and speed with his leading performance of 3.862 seconds at 335.57 mph, while Force closed out the record-setting qualifying session where many teams in both Top Fuel and Funny Car posted career-best performances, with a national record time of 3.676 seconds.
In Pro Stock, series points leader Jason Line, who has advanced to all seven final rounds this season, led qualifying in the factory hot rods with a 6.578 at 210.37.
Iannone remains the man to beat at Mugello Free Practice 3 for the premier class began with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) revealing his custom Mugello helmet. The one for 2016 featured even more yellow than usual and paid tribute to the great Mugello circuit, combing the track's name with 'giallo' which is Italian for yellow. Both Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) also debuted special helmets for their home round.
Saturday got off to a disastrous start for Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) who lost the front at Turn 13 early in the session. He went to the medical center holding his left arm and was later diagnosed with a broken left collarbone, ruling him out of the weekend.
SMI Looking To Upgrade Charlotte Motor Speedway To Keep Pace With Other Tracks SMI CEO Marcus Smith "has his sights set on an ambitious renovation and upgrade" for Charlotte Motor Speedway that could include "higher-priced deck and terrace seating areas similar to what the company opened" at Sonoma Raceway last year, according to Erik Spanberg of the CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL.
The project also could see "lower-level loge boxes" added to CMS like the ones at at Bristol Motor Speedway. SMI has also "changed the design and look of some suites at its tracks, another wrinkle that could be expanded in Charlotte."
The No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy to Feature Special Bass Pro Shops Design Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that 2014 Sprint All-Star Race winner Jamie McMurray’s No. 1 Chevrolet SS will feature a special Bass Pro Shops paint scheme to honor the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) in this weekend’s Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS).
Noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder, Johnny Morris, announced to an enthusiastic crowd of fellow conservationists earlier this year, at the annual NWTF Convention and Sports Show, that he would pay special recognition to the NWTF by way of offering the paint scheme for this year’s Sprint All-Star race as a way to acknowledge the members and volunteers that make up the NWTF.
Andretti's Faust takes Phoenix GRC pole The 2016 Red Bull GRC season kicks off with a doubleheader for the first time in series history, as drivers will battle for a pair of victories at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix. At 0.929 miles, the Wild Horse Pass course features 12 turns, multiple dirt sections, and a Joker Lap that allows drivers to bypass the jump once per race session. Tanner Foust and Scott Speed will team up together for a third straight season, forming one of the strongest pairings in the sport. Foust set the best time for the day out of the 11 car field, while Speed suffered a mechanical issue that ended his day in the last qualifying position.
Weather Updates for the NASCAR All-Star Race As unsettled weather continues ahead of this weekend's events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, officials are taking precautions to make sure everything runs smoothly. So far this week, the Charlotte metro area has received over a half inch of rain. With mainly light and scattered showers expected on Wednesday and Thursday, NASCAR expects to get all practice and qualifying races in without problems.
Problems may arise Friday night, as strong storms look to move into the Carolinas. Crews have already made the call for at least eight jet dryers ready to go for Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200, starting at 7:00pm/et.
Tony Stewart named grand marshal of Sprint All-Star Race
Tony Stewart has had a rough 2016, missing the first eight Sprint Cup races of his final season, but he will get a nice honor Saturday night.
Stewart will serve as the grand marshal of the Sprint All-Star Race and give the command to fire engines from inside his car. Stewart, who won the 2009 all-star race, is retiring from driving after this season
Stewart, who has not won a Cup race since 2013, is eligible for the all-star race based on his 2009 win, which came in his first season as an owner-driver for Stewart-Haas Racing. He is a three-time Cup champion.
During second round qualifying for the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, John Force made contact with the left lane wall in his John Force Racing Peak/Chevrolet Camaro SS. Contact with the wall was significant enough to damage both the chassis and body beyond repair and the team is forced to go with a new backup car for the remainder of the weekend. The body on the damaged car was the first based on the sixth-generation Camaro SS and was making its debut this weekend at Topeka.
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