Ruthless Alexander Rossi "this isn’t a popularity contest or a buddy-buddy thing. We’re here to win races, right?"
When the budding Schmidt Peterson Motorsports star Robert Wickens was asked about the incident in Lap 1 at Road America, Turn 6 with Alexander Rossi -- they banged wheels, sent Wickens into the grass and allowed three cars to pass him -- his voice was even-keeled and his explanation matter-of-fact:
"Give Alexander Rossi an inch of space, and you'll wind up regretting it, Wickens said. That's just who he is. That's just how he races," Wickens told the IndyStar.
"It’s just frustrating," Wickens said after Sunday's Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. "The kid is so fast. ... I think he needs to concede from time to time. He races every corner like it’s the last lap. That’s the way he's been. That’s the way he’s always been, even when he was in Europe. Honestly, it’s probably what got him to IndyCar. He’s a ruthless guy.
Marco Wittmann had to wait for this moment at the Norisring for nine races to be able to win a DTM race in his home round at the street circuit in Nuremberg. On Sunday, it finally happened. The driver from Fürth came out on top after an incredibly thrilling race and secured the eleventh DTM race win of his career, the second of the current season.
The race winner loudly expressed his joy while still in the car: “That was really cool! Absolutely smashing! That was the race of my life,” the BMW driver enthused over the team radio.
Sonoma Monster Energy Cup post-race Q&A Third place finisher Clint Bowyer (No. 14 One Cure Ford), Second place finisher Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford) and Race winning team, Martin Truex Jr.,owner Barney Visser, President Joe Garone and crew chief Cole Pearn (No. 78 5- hour ENERGY/BASS Pro Shops Toyota) Comment
WHY Alonso's Triple Crown is SO IMPORTANT With Fernando Alonso's victory in the 2018 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, he now only needs one victory... the Indianapolis 500... to accomplish the auto racing version of the Triple Crown. Comment
Victor Franzoni drove to a resounding victory in the second Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race of the Road America weekend on an emotional weekend for his Juncos Racing team.
A week after his Pro Mazda teammate from 2017, Jeff Green, died in a vintage racing crash in Canada, Franzoni led 18 of 20 laps and won by nearly nine seconds to secure his first Indy Lights victory and become the latest in a select group to win races in all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy.
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – This past week has been a roller-coaster of emotion for popular Brazilian Victor Franzoni. After losing his mentor and good friend (and fellow Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires racer) Jeff Green to an accident during a vintage event last weekend in Canada, the reigning Pro Mazda champion claimed his first Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires pole yesterday. Franzoni finished a slightly disappointed third on Saturday, but fully made amends this morning by securing his first victory on the highest rung of the Mazda Road to Indy open-wheel development ladder for Juncos Racing.
Portugal (Vila Real) - Race 1 - Start Crash The opening race of the World Touring Car Cup in Vila Real, Portugal, Saturday had to be stopped on the first lap after a huge crash halted the event for two hours. Pole-sitter Rob Huff and his Sebastien Loeb Racing teammate Mehdi Bennani came together exiting a curve. The rest of the field behind came around the blind curve only to find the track blocked. Most of the field stacked up behind them. In all 27 cars were involved. Comment
Open Wheel oval track racing has claimed another popular driver. They tried oval racing in Europe back when racing first began, but they quickly recognized the insanity and stopped doing it
Jason Johnson, a five-time Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series champion and one of the most popular winners of the prestigious Knoxville Nationals, has died.
The 41-year-old native of Eunice, La., died this morning of injuries suffered in a violent crash during last night’s World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race at Beaver Dam Raceway.
Officials from the World of Outlaws confirmed the news of Johnson’s passing just after 9:30 a.m.
Johnson was racing for the lead with Daryn Pittman on a lap-18 restart when his car went into a series of flips at the entrance to turn three before coming to rest. A lengthy extrication period followed before he was airlifted to Aurora Summit Hospital in Summit, Wis. Pittman won the race.
De Vries charges to victory in Le Castellet Sprint
Louis Deletraz (Charouz Racing System), Nyck de Vries (PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing), Luca Ghiotto (Campos Vexatec Racing)
Nyck de Vries was rampant in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race at Le Castellet, France, storming to his first championship win of 2018. Making a number of crucial overtakes at the beginning of the race, the PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing driver won by 9.6 seconds over second-placed Louis Deletraz, as Luca Ghiotto collected consecutive third place finishes.
Feature Race winner George Russell was immediately thrust out of contention having encountered technical difficulties, before a flurry of unfortunate events preceded the start – Nirei Fukuzumi was unable to pull away for the formation lap, in which Jack Aitken spun and was unable to get going. At the start, polesitter Tadasuke Makino was immediately swamped by the cars around him, falling to fifth as fellow front-row starter Nicholas Latifi assumed control of the lead, with Deletraz, de Vries and Ghiotto slotting in behind the Canadian driver.
It is race day at Road America in Wisconsin's scenic Kettle Moraine valley. The track is one of the world's fastest permanent road racing tracks. The weather should be perfect for all the races today. Temperatures should be in the mid-70s for the 55 lap IndyCar race.
Colton Herta won his fourth consecutive Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race, holding off teammate Patricio O'Ward to collect the victory in the first of two weekend races at Road America. Starting third, Herta passed Victor Franzoni for the lead on Lap 6 of 20 and led the rest of the way in the No. 98 Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing Mazda/Dallara IL-15.
Herta crossed the finish line 3.7061 seconds ahead of O'Ward, driver of the No. 27 Andretti Autosport entry. The last Indy Lights driver to win four straight races was Alex Lloyd in 2007.
Boccolacci wows home crowd with Le Castellet victory (Update)
Hubert gets win. In NASCAR the cheater would keep their win, but not in real race series
UPDATE Dorian Boccolacci has lost his GP3 win after being disqualified from the opening race at Paul Ricard, meaning fellow Frenchman Anthoine Hubert has inherited his first victory in the series.
Boccolacci had converted pole position into a dominant win, but was found guilty of failing to supply an adequate fuel sample post-race. MP Motorsport teammate Niko Kari - who finished fifth - was also excluded for the infringement.
"Following today's GP3 Series race one at Le Castellet, France, it was found that cars #22 and #24 were unable to provide an inadequate fuel sample following post-race technical checks,” a GP3 statement read.
Callum Ilott converted a reverse-grid pole start into his first GP3 Series victory in Race 2 at Le Castellet, France, wrestling control of the race from early leader Pedro Piquet to secure ART Grand Prix’s second win of the weekend. Piquet enjoyed a quiet race to second, as Joey Mawson ended a strong weekend with the final podium placing.
George Russell produced a stunning drive in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Feature Race at Le Castellet, France, overcoming tricky conditions and a late assault from Sergio Sette Camara to clinch his third victory of the season. Carlin’s Sette Camara pushed Russell all the way to the finish, while MP Motorsport’s Roberto Merhi secured his second podium of the year with a third place finish from P15 on the grid.
Haas boss Steiner says Grosjean back on form (Update)
Right after American driver hater Guenther Steiner said his boy, Romain Grosjean, was back on form, Grosjean promptly stuffed it into the barriers Saturday at Paul Ricard
UPDATE Indeed, he is back on form alright - promptly stuffing it into the barriers Saturday at Paul Ricard. That's American driver hater Guenther Steiner's boy.
The hapless Frenchman says he has "no explanation" for the spin that sent him into the barriers during qualifying for Formula 1's French Grand Prix - his home race.
"We don't know yet what happened," he said when asked if he had made a mistake. "It's the same braking point, the same entry speed.
"It's exactly the same as the previous lap, so there is no explanation. Same line, so I don't know what happened there." [Like so many times in the past, the driver ran out of talent, that's what happened]
Dad Who Pulled His Son From A Burning Race Car Gets Put On Probation By Race Track
Father fights back flames to grab son from car
No one except sweet baby Jesus” would have stopped one dad from jumping over pit wall and onto the track at South Boston Speedway to help his son get out of a burning race car, but the track will stop him from doing certain things in the future. He’s been put on probation for the rest of the year.
Dean Jones was at the NASCAR Late Model 100 last weekend at South Boston in Virginia, a 0.4-mile asphalt oval that’s 45 feet in width the entire way around, when his son Mike Jones’ car caught on fire after a wreck into the inside wall. Dean Jones jumped over the wall and onto the track, arriving at the car before the safety crew and helping pull his son out before the fire spread.
Saturday Morning Update from Road America (Update)
Fans watch from all vantage points
UPDATE That crazy Firestone Fast Six qualifying is now in the books. It was hard to predict who was going to win the pole today!
There was a great crowd here today and they were watching all the races going on today. All of the campsites are sold out this weekend, along with all the golf carts. The track makes this a family friendly environment so you can bring the whole family.
Colton Herta is on a roll. Despite qualifying only third for today’s Mazda Indy Lights Grand Prix of Road America Presented by Cooper Tires, the 18-year-old second-generation racer from Valencia, Calif., charged quickly to the front for Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing before streaking to a well-judged fourth successive victory. Herta thereby strengthened his points lead in the quest for an Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship and a Mazda Scholarship valued at $1 million to ensure entry into at least three Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2019, including the 103rd Indianapolis 500.
For the second time in his career, Edoardo Mortara was able to celebrate on the top step of the winner’s podium at the Norisring. After his success in 2016, the Mercedes-AMG driver again won a race during the DTM season highlight at the Norisring, the only street circuit on the DTM calendar.
Ferrari's Mancinelli Steals Pirelli World Challenge GT Pole
Italy’s Daniel Mancinelli came back from a Friday crash to steal the Pirelli World Challenge GT pole position Saturday morning at the historic Road America four-mile road circuit for Saturday’s 50-minute GT Round 6 event.
Running low downforce Wickens is quickest on Saturday morning
Zach Veach ran out of talent and spun at Road America just when all the drivers were on their fast lap, which brought out the red flag and all the fast laps were ruined. As a result, Robert Wickens was the only driver to get in the 1m42s range to lead the session at 1m42.99s on Firestone blacks. His time was over 3 seconds per lap slower than the CART IndyCar record set for this track by Dario Franchitti 18 years ago at 1m39.866s in his Honda, also on hard black race tires.
Ryan Hunter-Reay was 2nd quick in his Andretti Honda, 0.1810s back to give Honda a 1-2 for the session.
Ryan Malek - drinking is an epidemic with USA youth
A Kansas man was charged today with lewd and lascivious behavior for his repeated attempts to have sex with the tailpipe of a parked automobile, according to court records.
Ryan Malek, 23, was named in a Municipal Court complaint accusing him of exposing himself with the intent of arousing or gratifying “sexual desires.” Malek has been summoned to appear in court on July 19 to answer the criminal charge.
The McLaren chassis is so inferior they had to run more downforce than anyone else, making it appear the Honda engine was at fault. In fact it was the drag from the high downforce that made the car slow
The general manager of Honda’s motorsport division Masashi Yamamoto says he would be open to Fernando Alonso racing for a Honda-powered entry in IndyCar next year.
Honda was criticized by Alonso during its three poor years in partnership with McLaren in Formula 1, but now we know it was the chassis that was at fault, not the engine. McLaren's poor chassis meant it had to run more wing and hence was slow down the straights.
Yamamoto is not ruling out the possibility of the pair being reunited in IndyCar.
DTM and SUPER GT present joint technical regulations
Gerhard Berger and Masaaki Bandoh
The new “CLASS 1” regulations for DTM and the Japanese SUPER GT series have been completed. Within the framework of the DTM tradition-steeped race meeting at the Norisring, Masaaki Bandoh, Chairman of the SUPER GT umbrella organisation GTA and Gerhard Berger, Chairman of the DTM umbrella organisation ITR presented the new technical regulations to take effect next year. “A milestone for international motor racing,” Berger described the result of the collaboration of ITR and GTA. “These regulations enable manufacturers and teams to participate in spectacular motor racing at reasonable costs on two continents – and thereby to reach many people.”
It typically does not rain at Paul Ricard and they even installed lawn sprinklers to wet the track for wet weather testing
UPDATE Valtteri Bottas put Mercedes on top in the rain hit third practice session for the French GP with very few laps tuned. Bottas was right out on the track as soon as the track went green and snuck in a decent lap just as the rain drops started. Times listed below.
Renault’s Carlos Sainz was over 1.2s behind the Finn in second, followed by Sauber’s Charles Leclerc, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
With further rain expected for both qualifying and race, most teams chose to conserve their wet-weather tire allocation and kept their cars in the garage.
Josef Newgarden looking a bit sickly in this official IndyCar portrait
In addition to chasing a victory this weekend in the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America, Josef Newgarden is carrying the INDYCAR banner for this year’s ESPYS, the annual awards show honoring the best athletes and moments from the past sporting year.
Newgarden, the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion and a two-time race winner this year, is nominated in the Best Driver category along with NSACAR’s Martin Truex Jr., Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton and NHRA’s Brittany Force.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this year’s ESPY nominees,” Newgarden said. “I’m happy to be representing INDYCAR amongst a list of incredible athletes in the Best Driver category.”
2018 CART Reunion Announced Count them - 18 - years ago and today's IndyCars still cannot beat the best era of IndyCar ever - the CART era. The track record on the 4.048 mi, 14-turn road course in the hills of Road America in Wisconsin of 1:39.866 set by Dario Franchitti in his Team KOOL Green 1,000 hp CART IndyCar in 2000 does not look to be under threat. And they didn't have softer red qualifying tires back in those days.
Secret to Newgarden's speed at Road America revealed Josef Newgarden and Robert Wickens were the two fastest cars at Road America Friday and it's easy to see why. Look at Newgarden's rear wing compared to one of the Andretti cars that were slugs on Friday. Newgarden is running far less downforce on the long Road America straights and it's paid off.
Newgarden - fastest - top element of rear wing laid flattest
Wickens - fast - top element of rear wing laid back
Rahal - Slow - top element of rear wing too vertical
Rossi - needs to lay down top element of rear wing
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