Coca Cola 600 Under Rain Delay UPDATE 9:35pm Engines have been fired in the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the red flag has been lifted.
UPDATE 9:30pm Drivers have been called back to their cars, and NASCAR expects to go back racing around 9:40 pm. The radar is clear to our west and it looks like we'll be rain-free for the rest of the distance here at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Rain at Charlotte Motor Speedway
8:30pm Rain has moved out here at Charlotte Motor Speedway and track drying is underway. NASCAR expects an hour-to-two-hour delay before we go back racing in the Coca Cola 600.
8:00pm The Coca Cola 600 is currently under a rain delay after the skies opened up about just before 8pm at lap 143 of the 400-lap race. NASCAR brought the field to pit road and put the race under a red flag, while the speedway asked fans in the grandstands to seek shelter.
Drivers were allowed to exit their cars and most headed to the motorhome lot, indicating they expected it to be a lengthy delay.
The Indy 500 is under a red flag on lap 55 of 200 after a scary accident that saw polesitter Scott Dixon's car hit Jay Howard's car that had bounced off the wall exiting Turn 1. Dixon's car flew 30 feet into the air at over 200 mph and landed on top of the inside wall. The impact sheered the transmission off the car and Dixon's head, with no canopy to protect his head, was inches from instant death as his head almost hit the wall.
If the car had the windscreen the series is looking at, it would have done no good. Luckily, very luckily, Dixon walked away uninjured and IndyCar avoided another funeral.
Bourdais Presser Postscript (Update) UPDATE Photo and transcript added.
Bourdais shows up to visit with team
By now, most AR1 people have seen Bourdais press conference, or perhaps read the transcript online. We were able to observe some things, and ask some question, to add a bit more to the story.
Sebastien was, at first, his very usual self -- self-depreciating at times, openly honest, determined. But at one point, when he talked about the effect that the crash had on his family, he did seem to get very emotional. He doesn't recall about 10 seconds of the event (mostly the rolling over part) but obviously it had a big effect on his family.
Race Day update from the Indy 500 (2nd Update) UPDATE Sebastien Bourdais will soon talk to the media here at IMS. The announcement was met with applause. We'll have a full transcript as soon as it's released.
We're all meteorologists at IMS. Current race forecasts have us getting at least half of the race done before significant threats of rain. Some 20 years ago, funnel clouds moved thru the area at the end of the race, when most of the crowd was stuck in traffic -- highlighting that the decision to end the race might not entirely be an on-track matter.
Nicky Hayden's funeral will be held in his home town of Owensboro, Kentucky, on Monday, and will be streamed live on his Facebook fan page.
An obituary for Nicky Hayden, written by the Hayden family:
Born into a large extended Catholic family in Owensboro, Kentucky, Nicky was the middle child of Earl and Rose Hayden, with two brothers and two sisters. The entire family loved motorcycles, and shortly after he could walk, Nicky declared that his dream was to be a world champion. Although life on a farm meant that animals--horses, pot-belly pigs, even llamas--were a part of every day, for Nicky they were just novelties, and while he was a natural athlete, childhood sports leagues were little more than a lark. Racing--for the whole family, but especially for Nicky--was everything. Apart from an annual spring-break jaunt to Panama City, Florida, family trips were to racetracks, first around the Midwest, then the Eastern U.S., and eventually the entire country.
That said, there was never any doubt about where home was. Even after he began traveling the globe to race in exotic locales, Nicky would always return to his beloved "OWB." He received his education through local Catholic schools--Precious Blood Elementary School, Owensboro Catholic Middle School and Owensboro Catholic High School--and his first jobs comprised helping out at his uncles' nearby farms, where he began developing the tenacious work ethic for which he would be known throughout his racing career. He remained close with his core group of childhood friends throughout his life, and he helped many young local racers to pursue their own dreams.
For Nicky, a distinguished amateur dirt track and road racing career transitioned into a successful stint in the AMA Grand National Championship and AMA Superbike series, in which he earned the 1999 AMA Supersport and 2002 AMA Superbike crowns with American Honda. He was promoted to the FIM MotoGP series with Repsol Honda, for whom he achieved his dream of earning the World Championship in 2006. Nicky also rode for Ducati and Aspar Racing in MotoGP, and last year he transitioned to the FIM Superbike World Championship with the Ten Kate squad. Along the way, his charisma earned him legions of fans the world over, while his dedication and professionalism earned the respect and admiration of his teams, teammates and competitors.
Among those who knew him best, Nicky was cherished for his generosity, kindness, and mischievous sense of humor. His famous grin was never far from his lips, and he invariably had time to engage with others, even strangers. The life of any party, Nicky loved to dance, wear funny costumes, and pull pranks, often with a microphone in hand.
Throughout it all, family was Nicky's anchor. Many Americans who race internationally opt to relocate overseas, but Nicky always preferred to return home between events. Well into his professional career, he resided in an apartment above his parents' garage, and even after purchasing his own home nearby, he religiously showed up for his mother's 6 o'clock dinners when he wasn't traveling. Several years ago, he purchased and refurbished an old building on an Owensboro lake, and what he dubbed Victory Lane Lodge became the family's preferred location for functions of all types, from Sunday get-togethers to weddings. He loved children and was a model uncle, and friends and family say he was never happier than after meeting girlfriend Jackie, with whom he became engaged last year.
Nicky is survived by his parents Earl and Rose; his siblings Tommy, Jennifer, Roger, and Kathleen; his fiancée Jacqueline Marin; nieces Olivia, Klaudia, Vera, Kyla Jo, and Kate; nephew Colt; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Bourdais plans to be back in car for season finale
Sebastien Bourdais was in one of the best race cars he'd ever had, so fast that most of his competitors thought he would win the pole for the Indianapolis 500.
Instead, he crashed during qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend, hitting the wall at 227 mph and with 118 Gs of force. He fractured his pelvis, a hip and two ribs when his car exploded into pieces and spun through Turn 2 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Chinese outlets added to growing list of INDYCAR international broadcasters (Update) UPDATE Dear AR1.com, Correct me if I am wrong, but broadcasting the Indy 500 live in China at 1:00 AM in the morning when everyone in China is sleeping ahead of work on Monday morning means a few hundred Chinese will watch the race. Once they realize there are no Chinese drivers in the race they will quickly fall asleep and the viewer count will fall to zero. Now if the race was a Saturday night race under the lights and broadcast live in China there is a good chance 100 million Chinese would be turned in, dwarfing the USA TV numbers. Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles, CA.
De Vries scorches to Monaco win Nyck De Vries crushed his rivals in this afternoon’s Sprint Race at the Circuit de Monaco, stealing a march on his teammate at the start before soaring off into the distance for a relatively simple, if well-deserved, win in the Principality to lead a Rapax 1-2 from Johnny Cecotto and Gustav Malja.
The victory was made at the start: everyone in the Rapax garage held their breath as the lights went out and the grid was released, with poleman Cecotto making a good start but fellow front row starter De Vries making a better one, running around the outside to claim P1 into Ste Devote ahead of his teammate and Malja, who did just enough to fend off Luca Ghiotto as they headed up the hill.
Kyle Larson will have his work cut out for him when he starts Sunday's Coca Cola 600 in the rear of the field after his car failed to get through technical inspection in Thursday's qualifying session, but he knows his car will be up to the task after he topped the Saturday's final practice session for Sunday's 400 lap race.
Larson paced the session with a lap of 28.970 seconds (186.400 mph) in the no. 42 Chevrolet, besting Ryan Blaney (185.861), Matt Kenseth (185.046), Kurt Busch (184.856) and Erik Jones (184.818).
Justin Allgaier collect his first NASCAR Xfinity Series pole position of the season on Saturday, earning the top spot for the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Allgaierran a lap of 29.591 seconds at 182.488 mph to hold onto the top spot in the third and final round of the morning session, besting Austin Dillon (181.519), Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).
Alllgaier steadily improved on his speed from the first two round of qualifying after running ninth in the opening round and fourth in Round Two. He headed out in the final round as the first car to officially post a time and jumped right to the top if of the leaderboard.
Much like Thursday's Cup Series qualifying, several teams had difficulty getting through technical inspection, including Cup regular Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong, who both were unable to make a qualifying attempt after their cars failed to make it through tech before the end of the front round. They will start 39th and 40th, respectively, in Saturday's race.
Jeff Green and Jordan Anderson failed to qualify for the event.
Ryan Blaney led the field in Saturday's first practice session for Sunday's Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Blaney turned in a lap of 28.715 seconds (188.055 mph) to lead all drivers in the first of two practice sessions for Sunday's race. Rookie Erik Jones was second with a lap 187.598 mph, followed by his Furniture Row Racing teammate Martin Truex, Jr. at 187.084. Rookie Daniel Suarez was fourth at 186.838, while Trevor Bayne rounded out the top five with a lap of 186.239.
Race Day Red Carpet Brings Star Power to 101st Indianapolis 500
Racing's biggest and best red carpet once again will feature an action-packed hour of celebrity interviews and fun photo opportunities for fans of the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.
This year's red carpet will take place from 9-10 a.m. (ET) Sunday, May 28, just north of Pagoda Plaza and will be hosted by ABC meteorologist and "Good Morning America: Weekend Edition" weather forecaster Rob Marciano.
Petty's Garage and Military AutoSource announce new Warrior Mustang
Warrior Mustang announced
Petty's Garage, in partnership with Military AutoSource, a subsidiary of Overseas Military Sales Corporation, today announced a new Warrior edition Ford Mustang during an unveiling at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, hosted by "The King" Richard Petty. The one-of-a-kind, high performance Mustangs will be sold exclusively to the military community stationed on U.S. bases outside the United States.
The Petty's Garage Warrior Edition Mustang is specifically built and designed for our nation's heroes. The 670 horsepower Mustangs feature a Magnaflow cat back exhaust and a slew of Petty's Garage features including a race inspired spoiler, leather interior with the Warrior logo, Ford Performance lower springs and more. Each Mustang will have a Warrior edition dash badge for "The King's" authentic autograph.
Gordon Ramsay, the British-born, award-winning chef who has gained international recognition for his original TV productions, will serve as the grand marshal for the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, June 4 (1 p.m. ET, FS1), track officials announced today.
Ramsay will give the command for the 40 drivers in the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" field to start their engines before the green flag drops.
Last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, fans were left unsatisfied with a strung out single file affair for the Monster Energy All-Star Race. So ahead of the Coca Cola 600, track officials chose to lay down a resin called VHTthrough the high groove of the 1.5-mile’s corners to improve the racing.
They are wasting their time with this gimmick, it's not going to work.
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