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06/17/17
nasmon

Jack Roush talks NASCAR future, passion for MIS
Jack Roush
Jack Roush
Jack Roush, the winningest owner in NASCAR history, still loves being at the track, particularly at Michigan International Speedway, where he’s hosting clients and employees this weekend in a private suite overlooking pit lane.

The Northville resident spoke to Detroit Free Press sports writer George Sipple on Saturday about the improvements made by his Roush-Fenway Racing drivers compared to 2016, how much longer he'll be involved in NASCAR and his place in automotive history. The interview comes ahead of Sunday's Monster Energy Cup Series race at MIS:

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06/17/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 14: 10 lap lead for #1 Porsche
Still steady going for the leader, #1 Porsche of Andre Lotterer, now with a 10-lap lead.

The #2 Porsche (Hartley) is still second in class, but back in 13th overall.

The sole Toyota (#8) is still a long way back in 30th overall.

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06/17/17
f1

Video: Mercedes 2017 Canadian Grand Prix Strategy Analysis
The strategy calls that led to the team's first 1-2 of the year - and the decisive moments of an enthralling battle throughout the field... 

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06/17/17
f1

Video: Valtteri Bottas Turns Petronas Lab into Race Track!
For one day only, PETRONAS Lubricants International converted their Villastellone plant into a high-speed circuit! No prizes for guessing what happened when F1 star Valtteri Bottas turned up...

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06/17/17
wec

Corvette Racing: LeMans Halfway Race Report
#63 Corvette needs a full course caution
#63 Corvette needs a full course caution
This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans is halfway complete with the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R still in the thick of things in the GTE Pro class. Jordan Taylor drove an impressive two hour-plus stint in the second six hours to keep the No. 63 Corvette on the lead lap as it chased a ninth class victory at the French classic.

Taylor, driving with Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen, was within two minutes and five seconds of the lead group. Numerous slow zones and a pair of safety car periods widened the gap from the No. 63 to the group of three cars running within 56 seconds of each other.

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06/17/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 13: Leading LMP2 Rebellion loses lead
LMP1

Still steady going for the leader, #1 Porsche. Nick Tandy has gotten out of the car and handed it over to Andre Lotterer.

The #2 Porsche (Hartley) is still second in class, but back in 16th overall.

The sole Toyota (#8) is still a long way back in 38th overall.

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06/17/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 12: Porsche has 9-lap lead at halfway
The lone #1 Porsche streaks through the night
The lone #1 Porsche streaks through the night

LMP1

The 24 hours of LeMans is now a borefest up at front. With the demise of all three Toyotas, the leading #1 Porsche now has a 9-lap lead over a lowly LMP2 car and is in stroker-ace mode for the last 12 hours of the race. Unless the lone LMP1 car also fails, which it should not in stroker mode, the over winner is a foregone conclusion.

The #1 Porsche continues to lead with Nick Tandy at the wheel. The #2 Porsche is P16 overall, 18 laps behind its sister car.

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06/17/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 11: Toyotas self-destruct
All three Toyotas have run into major trouble
All three Toyotas have run into major trouble

LMP1

After losing last year's 24 Hours of LeMans on the last lap, the Toyota team has egg all over its face again as all three of its LMP1 cars have self destructed and are 30 or laps down. It's over for the Japanese.

First the Toyota Gazoo Racing team watched its leader and Le Mans lap record holder #7 grind to a halt with polesitter Kamui Kobayashi aboard, then its #9 (Lapierre) was hit in the Dunlop Chicane and sent flying through the gravel. Initially, it looked like just a puncture for the #9, but a puff of smoke from the back of the car showed that it was much worse.

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06/17/17
wec

Video: LeMans 24 - The world's biggest race for Porsche
The Le Mans 24-hour race started at very high speed. Four hours into the race and after several position changes, the Porsche 919 Hybrid no. 1 is running second behind Toyota. At 7.30 pm, after 75 laps on the 13.629 kilometer track, the best placed 919 Hybrid is 45 seconds behind the leader. After a good start into the initial phase of the French long-distance classic, the new Porsche 911 RSR now rank sixth and 12th in the GTE-Pro class.

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06/17/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 10: #1 Porsche takes 1-lap lead
Service for the leading #1 Porsche
Service for the leading #1 Porsche

The Toyota team is running into one trouble after another and they have lost the lead in the 24 Hours of LeMans. The #1 Porsche with Nicky Tandy at the wheel has assumed the lead of the race at 1:00 AM in the morning. 

Porsche claimed the lead after the leading Toyota ground to a halt with a suspected clutch problem.

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06/17/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 9: #8 Toyota hits trouble

Night has fallen over the 24 Hours circuit. The temperature outside, approximately 33°C at the start of the race, has now dropped by 10°C. These are significant changes and should be taken into account as they alter the behavior of the cars and can affect the correlation between adversaries in each class. Overall, the lap times during the last hour were slower than previous hours by two to three seconds.

LMP1

In LMP1, the ninth hour of the race proved less than stellar for the Toyota team: the #8 stopped in its garage for the entire hour due to problems with its front hybrid system. Remember the #2 Porsche lost a considerable amount of time with similar troubles during the fourth hour. So two Toyotas and one Porsche are still contenders for the overall win. At midnight, one minute separated the #7 Toyota driven by Mike Conway from the #1 Porsche with Neel Jani at the wheel. Nicolas Lapierre's #9 Toyota trails one lap behind.

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06/17/17
IRL

Vintage Racing, Pro-Am results, Trans-Am postponed
The team of Sarah Fisher and Kirk Blaha won their class as well as the overall victory in the 2017 Indy Legends Charity Vintage Pro/AM, driving a 1968 Corvette.  Coming in second in another 1968 'Vette were Al Unser Jr and Peter Klutt ("Restoration Garage" host on TV).  Coming in third, and first in their class, were Max Papis and Curt Vogt in a 70 Ford Boss 302.

Notable among those running were Bill Elliott, who had created a "very special" 1970 Boss 302, to come in second in class, 4th overall.  Also notable were Dick Simon, who, at age 84, finished 15th in class with co-driver James Heck.  Paul Tracy was forced into an early retirement after a minor incident on the track -- this is vintage racing after all, and there is a zero-contact policy in force.  

The action was suspended when a brief, but notable shower, hit the speedway around 4:20.  The Trans-Am guys called it a day and will line up tomorrow based on points.  The Miata guys will run in an official "rain race".  No word yet on further vintage events, including the laps by vintage Indy cars.

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06/17/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 7: Toyotas 1-2 again
Toyotas are 1-2 again
Toyotas are 1-2 again
As night time approaches, the #8 Toyota with Kazuki Nakajima at the wheel moved ahead of the #1 Porsche of Andre Lotterer and into 2nd place at the 7 Hour mark of the 24 Hours of LeMans.  The #7 Toyota of Stephane Sarrazin continues to lead as it has for much of this race.

The #9 Toyota runs 4th and is playing the tortoise for Toyota, staying within striking distance, in case the faster sister cars falter.

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06/17/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 6: #7 Toyota and #1 Porsche do battle at 1/4 mark
The #7 Toyota has dominated up until this point
The #7 Toyota has dominated up until this point

LMP1

The top class has settled into a rhythm with the #7 Toyota (Sarrazin) continuing to lead the #8 Porsche (Lotterer) by nearly 28 seconds. The #8 and #9 Toyotas follow.  The #2 Porsche is still numerous laps down after its long stint in the garage.

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06/17/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 4: #7 Toyota leads, #1 Porsche takes over 2nd
Toyota and Porsche battle early
Toyota and Porsche battle early

LMP1

The #7 Toyota is still the leader, but now the # 1 Porsche driven by Nick Tasnady has taken over 2nd place.  Trouble hit the #2 Porsche which is now down in 24th with Nick Tandy at the wheel.

Toyotas run 3rd and 4th so we are down to 3 Toyotas against 1 Porsche 919 racing for the win.

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06/17/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 3: #7 Toyota still leads
Kobayashi leads in the #7 Toyota
Kobayashi leads in the #7 Toyota

LMP1

The order is the same, but the drivers and the gap have changed. The #7 Toyota is still the leader, but now Kamui Kobayashi is behind the wheel and has pulled out a 28-second gap over teammate Anthony Davidson in the #8.

Porsches are third and fourth with Nick Tandy in the #1 followed by Earl Bamber in the #2.

LMP2

Vaillante Rebellion have an inter-team fight on their hands! The #31 ORECA with Nicolas Prost at the wheel had been leading his teammate Mathias Beche in the #13 ORECA, but Beche caught his teammate after a string of quick lap times and has taken the class lead.

Jackie Chan DC Racing continues to be the nearest challenger, but it is the #37 ORECA with Alex Brundle aboard that will have to shoulder the work. His teammate Thomas Laurent in the #38 ORECA went off course at Indianapolis, grazed the tires and lost some time.

LMGTE Pro

Aston Martin is very strong in LMGTE Pro; the #95 (Sorensen) and #97 (Serra) have locked up the top two positions. Only now and then are they being challenged by the #66 Ford (Pla) or #67 Ford (Tincknell) and the #51 Ferrari (Calado).

LMGTE Am

Aston Martin also leads in LMGTE Am, but they need to beware of Dries Vanthoor in the #84 Ferrari. Since taking over the car, Vanthoor has climbed up to second behind the #98 Aston Martin driven by Paul Dalla Lana. The #62 Ferrari has fallen to third with Bill Sweedler at the wheel.  

Hour 3 Standings

Pos#DriverCarGapLapsCat.
1#7KOBAYASHI KamuiToyota TS050 - Hybrid 50P1
2#8DAVIDSON AnthonyToyota TS050 - Hybrid1 Lap49P1
3#1TANDY NickPorsche 919 Hybrid6.24149P1
4#2BAMBER EarlPorsche 919 Hybrid31.03649P1
5#9LOPEZ Jose MariaToyota TS050 - Hybrid56.29749P1
6#31PROST NicolasOreca 07 - Gibson3 Laps47P2
7#13BECHE MathiasOreca 07 - Gibson0.16547P2
8#37BRUNDLE AlexOreca 07 - Gibson4 Laps46P2
9#24VERGNE JEAN-ERICOreca 07 - Gibson23.00946P2
10#25TRUMMER SimonOreca 07 - Gibson31.42146P2
11#38LAURENT ThomasOreca 07 - Gibson1:58.20046P2
12#35NEGRÃO AndréAlpine A470 - Gibson2:01.60446P2
13#27SHAITAR VictorDallara P217 - Gibson2:22.40246P2
14#32OWEN WillLIGIER JSP217 - Gibson2:38.15146P2
15#40BRADLEY RichardOreca 07 - Gibson2:48.81646P2
16#28PERRODO FrancoisOreca 07 - Gibson2:56.14246P2
17#47SERNAGIOTTO GiorgioDallara P217 - Gibson2:59.58746P2
18#21HEDMAN HenrikOreca 07 - Gibson3:52.98946P2
19#34CHANDHOK KarunLIGIER JSP217 - Gibson5 Laps45P2
20#23BURET TimothéLIGIER JSP217 - Gibson28.92645P2
21#17LAFARGUE PatriceLIGIER JSP217 - Gibson1:53.52945P2
22#36RAO MatthewAlpine A470 - Gibson2:09.99645P2
23#43KEATING BenRiley MK30 - GIBSON2:17.19245P2
24#29BARRICHELLO RubensDallara P217 - Gibson6 Laps44P2
25#33MARIS ErikLIGIER JSP217 - Gibson9.78744P2
26#95SORENSEN MarcoAston Martin VANTAGE7 Laps43Pro
27#97SERRA DanielAston Martin VANTAGE9.66443Pro
28#66PLA OlivierFord GT9.95343Pro
29#67TINCKNELL HarryFord GT14.61743Pro
30#92CHRISTENSEN MichaelPorsche 911 RSR16.89943Pro
31#51CALADO JamesFerrari 488 GTE24.50743Pro
32#64MILNER TommyChevrolet Corvette C7.R31.96843Pro
33#71RIGON DavideFerrari 488 GTE32.35743Pro
34#82FISICHELLA GiancarloFerrari 488 GTE37.00543Pro
35#63MAGNUSSEN JanChevrolet Corvette C7.R41.85843Pro
36#91LIETZ RichardPorsche 911 RSR42.58643Pro
37#68MÜLLER DirkFord GT46.36243Pro
38#69BRISCOE RyanFord GT8 Laps42Pro
39#39GUIBBERT EnzoOreca 07 - Gibson1:18.07942P2
40#98DALLA LANA PaulAston Martin VANTAGE2:27.21642Am
41#84VANTHOOR DriesFerrari 488 GTE2:56.51342Am
42#62SWEEDLER WilliamFerrari 488 GTE3:12.18242Am
43#77DIENST MarvinPorsche 911 RSR 9913:13.18142Am
44#90YOLUC SalihAston Martin VANTAGE3:19.92542Am
45#55CAMERON DuncanFerrari 488 GTE3:53.89242Am
46#65BALZAN AlessandroFerrari 488 GTE9 Laps41Am
47#99HOWARD AndrewAston Martin VANTAGE34.76841Am
48#50BRANDELA RomainChevrolet Corvette C7.R1:47.76641Am
49#86WAINWRIGHT MichaelPorsche 911 RSR (2016)1:58.18441Am
50#93AL FAISAL AbdulazizPorsche 911 RSR 9912:06.01441Am
51#61GRIFFIN MattFerrari 488 GTE2:06.29641Am
52#83KROHN TracyFerrari 488 GTE3:15.54141Am
53#54FLOHR ThomasFerrari 488 GTE4:28.05041Am
54#60WEE RichardFerrari 488 GTE10 Laps40Am
55#45CAPILLAIRE VincentLIGIER JSP217 - Gibson16 Laps34P2
56#22ROJAS MemoOreca 07 - Gibson17 Laps33P2
57#49KONOPKA MiroslavLIGIER JSP217 - Gibson22 Laps28P2
58#26RUSINOV RomanOreca 07 - Gibson30 Laps20P2
59#88AL QUBAISI KhaledPorsche 911 RSR 99132 Laps18Am
60#4WEBB OliverENSO CLM P1/01 - Nismo43 Laps7P1


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06/17/17
dtm

Di Resta wins for Mercedes in Hungaroring
Paul Di Resta
Paul Di Resta

Nobody had expected that after qualifying: after an undisputed dominance by Audi in the practice session, Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG), Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler (both BMW) were the drivers who celebrated on the winners’ podium after the first race at the Hungaroring. All three of them benefited from their pit stop strategy that was based on an early tyre change, as well as a safety car intervention. Mike Rockenfeller was the best-placed Audi driver. He made maximum use of his dominant race speed, made up more than 20 seconds, but eventually turned out to be unable to find a way past Spengler and took the checkered flag in fourth place.

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06/17/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 2: #7 Toyota takes the lead in second hour
Two hours into the 24 Hours of Le Mans Toyota continues to lead up top, while Vaillante Rebellion is looking strong in LMP2. Aston Martin and Ferrari are still the two to watch in both LMGTE classes.

LMP1

Mike Conway was able to get around his teammate in the #8 (Buemi) to re-take the overall lead. The #1 Porsche with Neel Jani on board is still third.

Following contact on the opening lap, the #4 ENSO has officially retired.

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06/17/17
nasmon

Johnson damages car in practice at Michigan
Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS – Spun during the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session Saturday morning

NOT THE WAY YOU WANTED TO START THIS FIRST MORNING PRACTICE.  TELL US WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT EXTENT OF DAMAGE YOU SEE TO THIS CAR RIGHT NOW:
“I got loose into Turn 3 and fought it for a long time and unfortunately came around.  Did a nice job of keeping it off the outside wall, but came back down the hill and into the grass and the front end dug in pretty good.  I’m pretty surprised the guys feel like the damage isn’t too bad and they can get that stuff pulled back out and get the shape of the body back.  So, we are out for the rest of this practice and we will get back on-track for the second one.  Not the way we wanted to start the day, but it is what it is.”

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06/17/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 1: Toyota runs 1-2
Toyota #8 leads
Toyota #8 leads
The #8 Toyota with Sebastien Buemi at the wheel leads the 24 Hours of LeMans by 1.6 sec. over the #7 Toyota of Mike Conway at the end of the first hour.

The #1 and #2 Porsche 919s with Neel Jani and Timo Bernhard at the wheel run 3rd and 4th and the #9 Toyota with Nicolas Lapierre at the wheel rounds out the top-5 - just as they qualified.

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06/17/17
v8

Coulthard leads another one-two finish for Penske Team
Coulthard and McLaughlin celebrate their 1-2
Coulthard and McLaughlin celebrate their 1-2

Shell V-Power Racing’s Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin claimed their third 1-2 of the season at the CrownBet Triple Crown in Darwin, continuing their red letter run in this year’s Supercars Championship.

The pair capitalized on strategy and the misfortunes of others to take a stranglehold on the race and strengthen Coulthard’s Championship lead. Brad Jones Racing’s Nick Percat grabbed the sixth podium of his career with third.

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06/17/17
ta

Ernie Francis, Jr., secures Indianapolis Motor Speedway pole position
For the third time this season Ernie Francis, Jr., captured pole position in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli, securing his place atop the 38-car, TA, TA3 and TA4 field for Saturday’s Trans Am Speedway Showdown, one of two 100-mile Trans Am races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, Round 5 of the 2017 Trans Am Championship.   Also turning fast-laps in qualifying around the 2.439-mile “Grand Prix” course were Preston Calvert in the TA3 class and Brian Kleeman in TA4.

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