Rosberg opens gap over Hamilton Lewis Hamilton lost ground to team-mate Nico Rosberg in the Championship when he was forced to retire from the Canadian GP.
Racing his teammate for the victory, Hamilton briefly took the lead after the second round of pit stops only to run wide and allow the German back through.
Fighting back, Hamilton missed the chicane and mounted the curbs resulting in a puncture. But with smoke also coming from his brakes, his race was over.
Rosberg finished in second place, putting him onto 140 points in the Championship, 22 ahead of Hamilton. "Well I've had a lot of work to do since race one - that is now two DNFs that I have had and zero for Nico," he told Sky Sports F1.
Alonso delusional if he thinks Ferrari is going to win For three years now we said Ferrari's pull-rod front suspension would be its undoing. They are wasting their time. Fernando Alonso has lamented another poor race day for Ferrari after the team left Montreal with just nine points.
The double World Champion finished sixth while his teammate Kimi Raikkonen was down in 10th, but it would've been much worse had Force India's Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa from Williams not crashed out on the penultimate lap as they were fourth and fifth respectively at the time.
"We were lucky with some DNFs at the end to pick up some points but sixth and tenth is too little for us," Alonso said. "Jenson took the opportunity at the end with one of his banzai moves to gain two places.
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. and his amateur partner, Peter Klutt were the winners of the Charity Indy Legends Pro-Am race this afternoon on the recently reconfigured 2.43-mile road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association served as the sanctioning body of the three-day Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational where more than 700 racecars competed in 12 different race groups on the IMS road course. The event, which also featured exhibition runs on the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval, gave race fans the opportunity to meet drivers, get close to historic racecars and speak with knowledgeable car owners. The Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational marked the first time that a vintage racing series has ever competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Scott Speed wins again for Andretti Autosport Scott Speed's No. 77 7UP Volkswagen Polo captured his second X Games gold medal at Circuit of the Americas. It was the second victory for the debut season of Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
"Our plan A worked to perfection! We had a really bad qualifying draw during the weekend, and I think our best performance of the week was qualifying second. That set the tone coming into today - that let us know that we had the pace again. Then it was just on to me not making any mistakes and staying focused, and we were able to do that in every single heat race."
Millennium Racing withdraws Millennium Racing has withdrawn from the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours. The team the no. 22 Oreca 03R-Nissan supposed to be driven by Fabien Giroix, John Martin and Oliver Turvey will not be at the start of the 82nd Le Mans 24 Hours on 14-15 June.
Thus, the field for the 2014 Le Mans 24 hours breaks down as follows: 9 LM P1s (7 LM P1 Hybrids, 2 LM P1 Lights), 17 LM P2s, 9 LM GTE Pros, 19 LM GTE Ams and one CDNT (the car in the 56th garage) – 27 prototypes and 28 GTs, a total of 55 cars.
Upcoming IndyCar testing IndyCar won’t race for three weeks, but its teams will be testing. There will be sessions at Iowa Speedway (June 10 and June 13), the Milwaukee Mile (June 11-12) and Pocono Raceway (June 17-19)
Grand Prix of Kansas Notebook DUTCHMAN DREAMS OF NASCAR RIDE Considering that he is Dutch and drives a Prototype Challenge class car for a top TUDOR United SportsCar Championship team and is coming off his first victory in the class, Renger van der Zande has a dream that sounds kind of bizarre.
"My dream," the 28-year-old wheelman for Starworks Motorsports said, "is to one day drive in NASCAR."
“Really," he said Saturday afternoon as he rested up for Saturday night’s two-segment race on the Kansas Speedway road course. "It’s really fast and when something starts to get dangerous, I really start liking it."
Van der Zande, who, along with teammate Mirco Schultis won at Laguna Seca a month ago, admits he doesn’t know much about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In fact, he had some questions about it. One question was, “How many chassis does each team have?"
No one is going to beat Lewis Hamilton this weekend
Lewis Hamilton kept Mercedes on top in the third and final practice for Sunday's Canadian GP on the Isle of Notre Dame in the St. Lawrence Seaway in Montreal. He was the only driver to break into the 1m15sec bracket with a lap of 1m15.610s.
Another Mercedes powered car was 2nd quick and 3rd quick. Felipe Massa was 2nd for Williams ahead of the other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.
The Mercedes both set their best times on the soft tire and were unable to improve on super-softs, unlike the majority of the field, because they were sandbagging - lifting a coasting to not show just how powerful their car really is. Some say they have 100 extra HP in hand.
Fernando Alonso was 4th for Ferrari and Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top-5 for Red Bull. He was the highest placed inferior Renault powered car.
Rossi is trying to break into F1 by avoiding the open wheel cancer - i.e. buying his ride
Alexander Rossi made his 2014 Formula 1 debut in the Caterham F1 Team's CT05 under sunny skies at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. A productive session saw Alexander run through all the required programs for the team without any issues, completing a solid 27 laps during the first practice session of the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix weekend, the seventh round of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship.
As the Reserve Driver for the team, Alexander's task was to run through the program set by the team, and to help with the setup and balance of the car for the forthcoming race weekend. Overall, the session was positive for both Alexander and the team, ending with a valuable and productive morning in Montreal.
Grand Prix of Kansas Notebook RAYHALL LOOKING FOR PC BOUNCE-BACK Sean Rayhall stood in front of television cameras after his last outing in a Prototype Challenge race, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last month, smiling and talking about positive things. But underneath the smile were teeth biting a tongue.
Yes Rayhall led the race, yes he had a fast car under him and yes a victory was in sight for the 18-year-old driver for 8Star Motorsports in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship class.
But an aggressive move on a slower GT Daytona car when he was gaining on the race leader resulted in a heartbreaking incident that decimated all that Rayhall and his team had accomplished to that point in the race.
And man, he said Friday before practice at Kansas Speedway for Saturday night’s Grand Prix of Kansas, mustering up that smile for the cameras was tough.
"It was definitely rewarding [to run well at Mazda Raceway], it was definitely devastating.” Rayhall said. “It was good on one end, bad on the other. But at the end of the day, we should have won that race."
Three drivers went head-to-head for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge (PC) class pole Friday night at Kansas Speedway with lap times dropping throughout much of the 15-minute session.
With just a few minutes remaining, Chris Cumming jumped to the top of the leaderboard with a lap of one minute, 11.839 seconds/118.766 mph in the No. 08 RSR Racing ORECA FLM09 he shares with Alex Tagliani. He then held off Frankie Montecalvo and Sean Rayhall over the remaining minutes to earn his first career TOTAL Pole Award.
Thanks to a unique two-segment race format for Saturday’s Grand Prix of Kansas, Cumming got the rare opportunity to qualify the entry normally qualified by Tagliani. The qualifying driver will run the first 45-minute race Saturday at 4:15 p.m. CT, with the results setting the starting grid for the second 45-minute race at 10:15 p.m. CT. Points will be awarded based on the results of the second race.
The Ganassi trio of Scott Dixon (213.215 mph), Tony Kanaan and Ryan Briscoe topped the final practice session for the Firestone 600 IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night under the lights. In conditions similar to what the drivers will experience tomorrow night in the race, seven Chevy powered cars topped the time charts with polesitter Will Power and Ed Carpenter rounding out the top-5.
The fastest Honda was Ryan Hunter-Reay in 8th at 212.249 mph, just 1/10th of a second slower than Dixon.
Juan Pablo Montoya made 17 NASCAR starts at Texas Motor Speedway, but he's a newcomer to the speed on the 1.455-mile, high-banked Texas Motor Speedway oval in a Verizon IndyCar Series car.
IndyCar eliminates double file restarts AR1.com said when they announced double-file restarts that they would result in many crashed. IndyCar finally took our advice.
INDYCAR announced a modification to restart procedures today that stipulates the Verizon IndyCar Series will utilize single-file restarts at all remaining events this season. The series previously employed double-file restarts on all oval tracks, except the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and single-file restarts on all road and street course events.
"This year we've made improvements in our ability to monitor and police restarts that has resulted in great single-file restarts at all of our events, including the Indianapolis 500," said Derrick Walker, INDYCAR President of Competitions and Operations. "We also felt it was important to place our competitors in the exact running order as they were prior to the caution and not provide an advantage to some drivers because of the lane they were in during a double-file restart."
Hamilton and Rosberg 1-2 in 2nd Canadian GP practice Still sandbagging, the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were 1-2 in the 2nd practice for the Canadian GP in Montreal.
Sebastian Vettel was a close third in the Red Bull Renault while his teammate Daniel Ricciardo could only manage the 12th quickest time after his Red Bull lemon experienced gear change issues. For once Vettel's lemon did not break down too many times on him and he showed his stuff 3/10ths of a second behind the Mercedes of Rosberg.
The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso rounded out the top-5.
Marco Andretti drew the final qualifying spot for this afternoon's session.
Here is the order for Verizon IndyCar Series single-car qualifying for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. The session begins at 3 p.m. ET and will be shown on tape delay at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
1. #10 Tony Kanaan 2. #83 Charlie Kimball 3. #14 Takuma Sato 4. #67 Josef Newgarden 5. #77 Simon Pagenaud 6. #8 Ryan Briscoe 7. #34 Carlos Munoz (R) 8. #27 James Hinchcliffe 9. #11 Sebastien Bourdais 10. #18 Carlos Huertas (R) 11. #98 Jack Hawksworth (R) 12. #7 Mikhail Aleshin (R) 13. #19 Justin Wilson 14. #20 Ed Carpenter 15. #17 Sebastian Saavedra 16. #12 Will Power 17. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 18. #2 Juan Pablo Montoya 19. #9 Scott Dixon 20. #15 Graham Rahal 21. #3 Helio Castroneves 22. #25 Marco Andretti
Fogarty will join Action Express Racing for 6 Hours of Watkins Glen
This National Speed Sport News article says Jon Fogarty will return to Action Express Racing for the Six Hours of Watkins Glen.
DENVER, N.C. – Sports car veteran Jon Fogarty brings a formidable record at Watkins Glen Int’l to Action Express Racing as he rejoins the team alongside American brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen in round six of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Fogarty first joined Action Express Racing in the Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year, sharing the driving duties with brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle in the No. 9 Corvette Daytona Prototype.
The addition further strengthens the team as the Action Express Racing squad looks to capture a third consecutive victory on the fabled upstate New York circuit.
Tony Kanaan leads a Ganassi 1-2-3 in opening practice at TMS.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Tony Kanaan set fast time in the opening Verizon IndyCar Series practice for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. With a lap of 219.382 miles-per-hour Kanaan was 0.11 seconds quicker than teammate Scott Dixon. NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing's Ryan Briscoe made it a Ganassi and Chevrolet top-3 sweep, clocking in 0.17 seconds slower than Kanaan.
Andretti Autosport's Marco Andretti was the quickest Honda in fourth. 2013 Texas winner Helio Castroneves rounded out the top-5.
Castroneves' Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya made it 5 of the first 6 spots for The Bowtie Brigade. Dale Coyne Racing rookie Carlos Huertas was the second fastest Honda placing an impressive P7 in his first visit to TMS. Ed Carpenter, Justin Wilson, and Will Power completed the top-10.
Alonso leads opening practice in Montreal as Mercedes sandbags Fernando Alonso topped the opening practice session for the Canadian Grand prix in Montreal with a time of 1m17.238s. That was slightly better than Lewis Hamilton at 1m17.254s and his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at 1m17.384s.
However, the Mercedes drivers were reminded on the radio to lift and coast so they obviously are sandbagging.
Vettel was 4th in the Red Bull lemon, at least until it breaks down, and Bottas rounded out the top-5.
Mercedes sandbagging in Montreal During the morning practice session on Montreal the Mercedes team is sandbagging, not showing their true hand. Lewis Hamilton was told on the radio to focus on lift and coasting.
Red Bull to lose to Mercedes in 2015 as well (GMM) Red Bull boss Christian Horner has announced that the reigning world champions are staying with inferior Renault power in 2015.
In recent days, the team's more outspoken director, Dr Helmut Marko, has suggested the forthcoming Austrian grand prix is the deadline for Renault to prove it has overcome its early-season competitive crisis.
The blunt Austrian has even mentioned Volkswagen as a potential alternative.
"There are no ultimatums for Renault," Horner insisted ahead of the Canadian grand prix, "other than we want to improve as quickly as we can."
Danica Patrick takes her wadded up race car back to the pits in 2013 at Pocono. The unique trioval gives some drivers fits.
Brad Keselowski seems to have a handle on NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying format.
Through the first 13 races, Keselowski has started on the front row in his No. 2 Ford eight times. He has won two poles, including last week at Dover, and qualified second six times.
"Speed is the backbone of any success in motor sports," Keselowski said. "That doesn’t mean it is the totality of what you need. You need more than just that. You have to execute and you can’t make any mistakes across the board with all the ancillary things you have to work on with these cars. In that sense, we have a strong backbone and great speed and we have been executing very well on qualifying day. We have to keep it up. It has been great."
The all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 is the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of a few production cars available in the United States that delivers more than 600 horsepower.
The Z06’s LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm) at 3,600 rpm.
“The LT4 Small Block sets a new benchmark for power and torque at GM,” said Steve Kiefer, vice president, GM Powertrain Engineering. “The engine also puts the new Corvette Z06 on par with the most powerful supercars offered in America, while delivering performance with impeccable manners that make it suitable for daily driving.”
You won't see any France Family style of sports car racing cars (Tudor Series) at the front in LeMans
The Le Mans 24 Hours (14-15 June) is the highpoint of the worldwide endurance racing season, and as such is at the summit of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s endurance pyramid! It is the race that the all the teams from the five continents dream of winning.
Since 1999 and the creation of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has patiently built the world endurance pyramid.
Its base is the continental series: the Tudor United Sportscar Championship born of the merger between the ALMS and Grand-Am in North America having its first season this year, the European Le Mans Series launched in 2004 and the Asian Le Mans Series entering its second year in 2014.
Grand Prix of Kansas all about newness So much will be new and unique in Saturday night's Grand Prix of Kansas that competitors could probably leave the notebooks back at their shops and instead just bring a 3-by-5 note card or two with them to Kansas Speedway this weekend.
In fact, so much about the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event to be held on the speedway's 2.37-mile infield road circuit will be new that Prototype Challenge class driver Colin Brown is dead certain about only one thing.
"My strategy; it will pretty much be to mash it and go," said Braun, who shares the PC points lead with Core Autosport co-driver Jon Bennett. "For all of us drivers, it’s an all-new thing to try to figure out."
Video: Hinchcliffe interviews some of his crew Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe, driver of the No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda, spends the weather delay at the Barber Open Test interviewing crew members. In this episode meet Dave Sharpley, Craig McCain and Amanda Lund.
Chevy hopes to keep momentum going from Detroit This weekend the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 contingent of teams and drivers head to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) for the 248-lap/372-mile Firestone 600, the second oval track race of the 2014 season.
Six of the first seven races of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season have been contested on either a road or street course. Team Chevy driver Will Power (in photo) scored the first victory in 2014, bringing the Chevrolet 2.2 liter twin turbocharged powered No. 12 Verizon Team Penske to Victory Lane at the Streets of St. Petersburg. His second victory of the year that propelled him to the lead in the point standings was race one of the Chevrolet Dual at Detroit last Saturday.
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