The Toyotas have put 2 laps on the entire field at the end of four hours of the 24 Hours of LeMans and they are not even trying hard, such is the advantage God (the ACO) has given the Toyotas over the other LMP1 cars.
The Japanese team has kept their two cars within striking distance so as not to put the crowd asleep with Fernando Alonso chasing down Jose Maria Lopez.
The Toyotas are very far ahead after 1-hour and everything is go to the ACO's plan
There was carnage in the first 15 seconds of the start of the 2018 24 Hours of LeMans when Andre Lotterer in the #1 Rebellion clipped the rear of the #8 Toyota, which sent his nose flying into the Ben Hanley's DragonSpeed car.
However, the race has since settled down and the two Toyotas are walking away from the field because God (ACO) did not give the other LMP1 cars a BoP adjustment. For publicity reasons, they desperately need Fernando Alonso to win and will do whatever it takes to ensure that.
#7 Toyota. The fix is in, Alonso will win. Toyota has zero competition and the ACO won't give the other teams a BoP adjustment because they want the headlines from an Alonso win. It will be a stroker-ace race
Glorious sunshine and barely a cloud in the sky – the perfect start to raceday at Le Mans, although Race Control was predicting “Rain Level 2” from late morning through to midday.
Official Warm-up began at 9 am. There was an enthusiastic take-up, with only seven cars not joining in from the first moments, although the majority of these completed installation laps only.
Mike Conway in the #7 Toyota was first to set a sub 3:20, ten minutes into the half-hour session.
McLaughlin holds off flying van Gisbergen in Darwin
McLaughlin wins at the line
Scott McLaughlin used all his guile to hold a flying fellow Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen at bay in a Darwin thriller constructed from two vastly different race strategies.
McLaughlin held on desperately to fend a fast-finishing Van Gisbergen, who had the benefit of newer race rubber courtesy a later stop, for his sixth win of the season. ARMOR ALL Pole Sitter David Reynolds, who used the same late stop strategy as Van Gisbergen, landed third.
The two Kiwis put on a classic Darwin finish in a fight to the flag with McLaughlin under enormous pressure in the closing stages, admitting his concern at Van Gisbergen’s closing speed.
“We all know Shane is a hard charger and I respect him like no other. It certainly was great for me to hold him off and for the team. I really wanted that win badly,” McLaughlin said.
Rafa Matos on Trans Am Pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Ex-IndyCar driver Rafael Matos on pole
Rafa Matos captured his second pole of the 2018 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli season today in TA2 class qualifying action for the Berryman Muscle Car Challenge at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).
Matos, the current class points leader and driver of the No. 88 3-Dimensional Services Chevrolet Camaro, secured first place starting position by way of a 1:29.671 lap around the 2.43 combined road course at IMS. The pole puts Matos in prime position to continue his hot streak of five consecutive podium finishes on the back of a win last round at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. Better yet, the pole is another opportunity to race at the fabled speedway for the 2009 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year.
Road America Aerial. Track is substandard to ever host an F1 race. Not wide enough
Continuing the recent tradition of moving the Sports Car Club of America annual National Championship to a different region of the country each year, the SCCA announced today that the Runoffs will return in 2020 to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and Road America's beautiful 4.048-mile, 14-turn circuit.
The 57th SCCA National Championship Runoffs is scheduled to take place Oct. 5-11, 2020, at the storied track located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Runoffs last visited the Midwest in 2017 during a record-breaking event that included nearly 1,000 entries and took place on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
FIA announces 2020-2024 Revolutionary Regulations for WEC
It's still undetermined what the final cars will look like. Below is a rendering
A new top class will be launched for 2020-2024: sleeker prototypes with more marque cachet. While these racing cars will cut quite an imposing figure, they will also retain the usage of a hybrid system while leaving free the choice of combustion engine at a predetermined and fixed cost. The name of the new class will be chosen by popular vote.
The 2020-2024 plan will usher in a new era of endurance racing with an ultramodern style of prototype called.... whatever the fans of the discipline decide! Super Sportscar, GTPrototype, Le Mans Supercars or Le Mans Hypercars? The choice is the fans’!
Finish Line Approaching for Renewal of 2019 Month of May Tickets
The final weekend has arrived for fans to renew their tickets for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 - at the lowest prices - as the deadline is Sunday, June 17.
Fans are encouraged to renew or upgrade their Indy 500 tickets at www.ims.com/renew, by calling 317-492-8500 or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office. The renewal window will continue through Sunday evening, June 17, approximately 500 hours from the finish time of the 102nd Indianapolis 500, won by Will Power of Team Penske.
Pirelli is bringing the following compounds to the 2018 Russian Grand Prix (September, 28-30). A reminder of the rules:
Each driver must save one set of the softest of the three nominated compounds for Q3. This set will then be returned for those who qualify in the top 10, but the remaining drivers will keep it for the race.
Chicago picks Elon Musk's The Boring Company for high-speed link to airport
Passengers will be ferried from downtown Chicago to O'Hare Airport at up to 150 mph in autonomous electric pods called skates
Rush hour gridlock in downtown Chicago could be set to ease thanks to an underground express transportation system that will ferry passengers to the city's O'Hare Airport. The City of Chicago has just selected Elon Musk's Boring Company to design, build, pay for, operate and maintain the Express Loop, which will see electric pods carry up to 16 people to or from the airport in as little as 12 minutes.
The Chicago Infrastructure Trust, acting on behalf of the City of Chicago, chose the Boring Company's proposal for the Chicago Express Loop service from downtown Chicago to Terminals 1 - 3 at the city's O'Hare Airport – where nearly 80 million passengers boarded or disembarked at the Illinois airport in 2017.
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