Kevin Harvick's Car Fails Pre-Qualifying Inspection
Kevin Harvick's No. 4 Ford failed inspection three times on Thursday
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Kevin Harvick cashed in a million dollars after winning the NASCAR All Star Race last weekend, but wound up with a stiff penalty on Thursday after his No. 4 Ford Fusion failed to make it through pre-qualifying inspection three times prior to knockout qualifying for Sunday's Coca Cola 600 and Harvick was not able to make a qualifying attempt - putting him at the tail-end of the field for Sunday's race.
Harvick's team will lose 30 minutes of practice time on Saturday, and Harvick's car chief Robert "Cheddar" Smith has been ejected for the weekend.
Harvick's crew chief Rodney Childers said the didn't make it through the Optical Scanning Station despite passing inspection earlier in the day.
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TRD to serve as presenting sponsor for Keith Kunz Motorsports Giveback Classic
President of Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A. (TRD) David Wilson, Keith Kunz Motorsports owner Keith Kunz, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Christopher Bell and Keith Kunz Motorsports driver Logan Seavey were made available to the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway after Keith Kunz and TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) announced today that TRD will serve as the presenting sponsor of the Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) Giveback Classic at Millbridge Speedway on Wednesday, October 31.
IndyCar Inks Deal With Hookit, Becomes Official Data Supplier
For exposure on the ABC races sponsors ask where can we sign on the dotted line?
IndyCar has named sponsorship analytics and valuation company Hookit its official data supplier of both the racing organization and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The company will provide insights and evaluation for IndyCar on the performance of its events and promotional campaigns for its sponsors. Hookit will also provide data and insights to all IndyCar teams.
Le Mans Entry List Features 26 Imsa Full-Timers, Five Teams
Night action at LeMans
IMSA once again will have a strong contingent of full-time drivers and teams competing in the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 16-17.
The official, 60-car entry list released today by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), which organizes the prestigious, twice-around-the-clock race, revealed 26 drivers competing full time in IMSA and five IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams responsible for fielding a total of seven cars. Among this group, there are 11 drivers who have previously won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Denny Hamlin Fastest In Opening Cup Series Practice
Denny Hamlin led the opening practice round for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, knocking two of Team Penske's drivers from the top of the speed charts.
Hamlin clocked in with a lap of 28.401 seconds (190.134 mph) in the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, besting Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski who the fastest Fords in the session. Austin Dillon was fourth fastest, followed by Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Erik Jones.
10 drivers were penalized 15 minutes of practice time in the first practice due to failing pre-race inspection at Kansas Speedway and last weeks All Star event, including Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson and All Star Rae winner Kevin Harvick.
Red Bulls again run 1-2 in 2nd practice for the Monaco GP (Update)
Daniel Ricciardo lights up Monaco
UPDATE Added quotes from the day below.
Daniel Ricciardo set a new track record to top the timesheet for the second time on Thursday. His Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen was two-tenths back, while the nearest non-Red Bull car Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, over half a second off the pace.
Lewis Hamilton, who was the leading Mercedes in fourth while Kimi Raikkonen came home fifth for Ferrari - 0.702s behind Ricciardo - closely followed by his fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes.
Petty Team Partners With Kroger and Coca Cola for Coca-Cola 600
Bubba Wallace will sport Red White & Blue in the Coca Cola 600
Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 entry for driver Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. will feature new patriotic red, white and blue pain scheme for this weekend's Coca Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
RPM will partner with the Kroger grocery store chain and Coca Cola to promote their barbeque campaign that kicks off with Memorial Day weekend. Kroger's "Honoring Our Heroes" campaign, which is a nationwide initiative to help veterans and transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities.
Wallace's car will carry the name of a fallen soldier in honor of Memorial Day, honoring Technical Sergeant (TSgt) Scott Duffman who gave his life in the line of duty while stationed in Afghanistan on Feb. 18, 2007.
Capital Funding Group To Partner With Ed Carpenter Racing
Sponsors pour onto cars when the races are on ABC TV with a minimum of 1 million viewers. Sponsors flea from all the NBCSN races
Capital Funding Group (CFG), an equal opportunity lender for financial subsidy within the multifamily and healthcare industries, announced today a partnership with Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2018 Indianapolis 500. CFG will be prominently displayed on the rear wing of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, driven by Ed Carpenter. CFG will ride with Carpenter as he starts his 15thIndianapolis 500 from the pole position.
Albon grabs third successive pole in Monaco qualifying
Alexander Albon - pole is key to winning in Monaco
Alexander Albon took his third consecutive pole position in an action-packed FIA Formula 2 Championship qualifying session at Monte Carlo, Monaco, the DAMS driver clocking in a 1:21.727 lap to stave off Nyck de Vries by 0.01s for the fastest time, while Artem Markelov (RUSSIAN TIME) will start from third in tomorrow’s feature race.
Red Bulls run 1-2 in opening practice for the Monaco GP
Daniel Ricciardo (1m12.126s) and Max Verstappen (+0.154s) led a Red Bull 1-2 Thursday morning in opening practice for Sunday's Monaco GP. Normally this session would be held on Friday but at Monaco, Friday is left free to allow fans to get into Monaco.
Lewis Hamilton (+0.354s) had the third best time for Mercedes ahead of the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel (+0.915s) and Kimi Raikkonen (+0.940s).
Nyck de Vries cruised to the fastest time in Free Practice for the FIA Formula 2 Championship round in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing driver clocked in a 1:21.670 to secure his place at the top of the timesheets, batting off DAMS’ Nicholas Latifi with a 0.650s advantage while Lando Norris of Carlin finished the session in third.
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