Q: What does the London Grand Prix by Santander mean to you?
A: It really captures my imagination. Racing up The Mall, along Piccadilly – how many fans would be there? How cool would the atmosphere be?
The film has really drawn lots of thinking together, from a possible route to the practical logistics and having spent some time helping assess and develop the circuit, it would be a pretty special track.
Growing up, I always wanted to win the Monaco Grand Prix. But the feeling you get from winning at home is something special. A London Grand Prix could easily become just as iconic as Monaco. There’s so much history here. It’d be a race I’d really want to win.
How hard is it to assess a new circuit like this with a simulator?
A: This one was very tricky at first because the early Santander simulator model was a grey track with red buildings. From a driver’s perspective, very much at ground level, street circuits can look pretty much the same, so you’re always looking for landmarks that help you familiarize yourself with the location.
When you learn a new track you need clear reference points – where to brake, where to turn in – and it was a very surreal experience with this track as suddenly you’d register that you’re were on the streets of London with no other traffic around! A landmark would flash by and it would prompt the sudden thought, ‘Oh, right, that’s the Houses of Parliament…’
F1 Team Principal Peter Sauber Reconsidering His Retirement F1 team principal Peter Sauber "reconsidered his recently announced retirement at the end of the season" in a TV interview with ServusTV. Not long ago, the 68-year-old Swiss said that he does not want to sit on the pit wall with his headphones on at the age of 70. In an interview with ServusTV, Sauber seems to disagree with his previous statement and said that "the exact date is still unclear." Clear is that when Sauber steps down, he will hand over his team to current Sauber F1 Team CEO Monisha Kaltenborn. Sauber transferred a third of his equity in the team to Kaltenborn, who will most likely become "the first female team principal in F1 history." Sauber said, "It is really important to know what you want and what direction you want to go" Motorsport Total
IndyCar approves Lotus request to improve engine INDYCAR this week approved Lotus' request to modify homologated parts to improve performance of its 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine pursuant to engine technical regulations established before the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.
At mid-season and again at the end of the year, manufacturers whose engines are statistically more than 2½ percent deficient in power may, at the discretion of INDYCAR, make improvements to components to be homologated. Alterations are intended to put the engine within the 2½ percent window, and they will be introduced on only new engines being sent to the track.
Q & A: Rob White on Renault failures Q. What was the issue with the Red Bull and Lotus cars during the European Grand Prix?
Rob White: On both Sebastian and Romain's car, the alternator - which converts mechanical energy into electrical energy to power the engine and ancillary systems - failed. In both cases the failure of the alternator cut the electrical supply, causing the engine to shut down very quickly and stop the car on the track. It appears that both alternators overheated. We've checked over the parts thoroughly now and it seems that there were no obvious reasons for the failure, so we are conducting further tests on the dyno at Viry to replicate conditions and double checking the findings.
Q. Were the failures linked to the safety car period?
RW: No. We had evidence that the alternator on Sebastian's car was showing signs of overheating before the safety car period, but the slower speeds prolonged its life expectancy slightly. Of course, when Sebastian went back up to racing speed the problem stepped up again and the result is now well known. With Romain's, the problem occurred very suddenly some laps after the safety car had been withdrawn.
Spies Kicks Off Assen Weekend on Top Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies began his Assen weekend today with a confident turn of speed to wrap up the first sessions as the fastest rider. The 2011 Assen race winner put in a productive simulation run in the afternoon session on the harder tire before switching to the soft to take the top spot on the time sheets with a 1’34.866 lap.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow finished the opening day of practice for the historic Dutch TT in second position after the British rider showed tremendous courage and impressive speed at the Assen circuit today. Only 11 days after breaking and dislocating his left ankle in a practice crash for his home round at Silverstone, the British rider demonstrated his bravery and skill once again by finishing just 0.006s behind fastest rider Ben Spies. Crutchlow, who rode to a heroic sixth place from the back of the grid at Silverstone, was ninth quickest this morning but was able to knock 1.2s off his best pace this afternoon to finish with an impressive lap time of 1.34.872.
Frederic Lenart appointed General Manager of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest This morning Frederic Lenart took up his job as General Manager of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. He will work in close collaboration with the President, Pierre Fillon.
Since 2007, 46-year-old Frederic Lenart was the general manager of Leroux 1 Lotz Technologies, a company selling equipment and services for energy and the environment.
He comes from the world of industry and has worked in the Ugine & Alz Company belonging to the Arcelor-Mittal Group, first of all as manager controlling the European subsidiaries before becoming the General Sales Manager for Central Europe based in Poland.
Credit to Bernard for not replacing China in haste Credit IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard for taking a big step forward for his decision to not only keep the season finale at Auto Club Speedway but restore a long-standing tradition.
Perhaps the next step in the process will be to add another 500-mile race at Michigan International Speedway (or even Pocono Raceway) and offer, let's say, $5 million to an IndyCar driver for sweeping the revised Triple Crown.
Nothing captures the imagination, ratings and media attention like a million-dollar check. It might even cause NASCAR to take a look at the series it has beat up on a consistent basis for the past 10 years.
American Alexander Rossi will not be eligible to drive the Red Bull F1 car because he is under contract to drive the Caterham F1 car on some F1 Fridays.
The battle for the Formula Renault 3.5 Series title is already proving intense, with the first five races of this season each producing a different winner. Sam Bird (ISR) is the man on top at the moment, ahead of Robin Frijns (Fortec Motorsports) and Nick Yelloly (Comtec Racing) as the field gears up for the next meeting at the Nürburgring. The man who leaves Germany as the championship leader will earn an invite to drive the RB6 at the Formula One demonstration at the Moscow Raceway, the following venue on the World Series by Renault calendar, provided that the driver in question is not under contract with one of Red Bull Racing’s Formula One competitors. Should that be the case, the invite will go to the next eligible driver in the standings.
With a different driver topping the podium in each of the first five races, the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season promises to an exciting one. Nick Yelloly and Robin Frijns took the honors at Motorland Aragon, while Sam Bird won at Monaco, and Marco Sorensen and Kevin Magnussen came out on top at Spa-Francorchamps, with all five bunched together at the top of the standings, Bird leading the way from Frijns, Yelloly, Sorensen and Magnussen.
Cesar Ramos to sub Richie Stanaway in team Lotus Richie Stanaway was injured during the third event of the season at Spa-Francorchamps and his recovery is going to take at least five months. Brazilian Cesar Ramos takes the wheel of the black-n-gold car.
Starting from round four, which takes place at Nürburgring between 29th June and 1st July, Czech Lotus team is going to have a new pairing. Marco Sorensen has a new team mate in Brazilian Cesar Ramos.
Cesar Ramos already knows the environment of the World Series by Renault as he raced there last year with Fortec Motorsport. The Brazilian scored 47 points out of 17 races and finished 11th in the final standings. Ramos also got two pole positions in Motorland and Monza. However, there is a challenge of learning new car comparing to last year.
Wildfires force postponement of Pike's Peak Hill Climb Wildfires threatening the Colorado Springs area have forced postponement of the 90th Pike's Peak International Hill Climb, which was scheduled for July 8.
Organizers hope to stage the event later this summer.
“We have been informed by the U.S. Forest Service that conditions are so extreme, along with the inability to forecast the future of the fire, and with access to Pikes Peak in jeopardy that the agency can't permit the event to go as scheduled, “said Tom Osborne, Chairman of the Board of the PPIHC and President & CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.
USF2000 concludes test at Road America Twenty-one drivers participated in an exclusive Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda test session this week at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn Road America circuit. The two-day outing, which wrapped up yesterday, offered competitors 15 hours of track time in preparation for the series’ first triple-header event at the permanent road course on August 17-18 in support of the American Le Mans Series.
While times were unofficial, the trio of Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing drivers were understood to have topped the standings with Matthew Brabham (No. 83 DTE Group) besting last year’s pole time set by teammate Spencer Pigot to break into the 2:09.9 range. He was closely followed by points leader Pigot (No. 2 Team Pelfrey, Doug Mockett & Company, E-merging Technologies, Parathyroid.com) and Trent Hindman (No. 3 Premier Woodcraft, Zydro+, DFL Construction, RaceLite Protection).
Kenseth on why he left Roush Driver Matt Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, joined host Steve Byrnes and NASCAR Race Hub on SPEED tonight following yesterday’s announcement that he’s slated to leave Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the 2012 season.
Kenseth, who’s also the current point’s leader, talked about the move, what the rest of this season could bring and what lies ahead in the future;
Steve Byrnes: There aren’t many surprises in this sport, but that was a shocker yesterday. This weekend you were asked if you had anything to report and you said, “No.” How did this all happen? How did this happen this quickly, this week?
Jeremy Mayfield’s legal challenge against NASCAR over his 2009 failed drug test finally is over.
With a Wednesday deadline to file a request to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal in the case, Mayfield opted not to continue his quest to prove that NASCAR erred in determining that his May 1, 2009 drug test was positive for methamphetamines. Mayfield, who has five career Cup wins and made the Chase twice, has been suspended by NASCAR since May of 2009 except for a brief period when he won a temporary injunction but never raced. He claimed that the test was a false positive caused by a mix of the prescription medication Adderall and the over-the-counter allergy medication Claritin D.
Villeneuve gets wrist slapped for taking out Danica Discount Tire, which sponsors the Penske Racing No. 22 Nationwide Series car, issued a statement Wednesday expressing its displeasure with Penske driver Jacques Villeneuve’s actions in Saturday's race at Road America.
The sponsor wasn’t upset that Villeneuve spun Danica Patrick on the final lap. It was upset over Villeneuve’s laissez-faire attitude following the race.
Villeneuve said he had dirt on his tires and couldn’t slow down to avoid hitting the rear of Patrick’s car while trying to make a turn as they battled for fourth. Patrick, whose fourth place last year at Las Vegas was the highest finish for a female in a NASCAR national touring series, ended up 12th while Villeneuve was sixth.
Magnus Racing Adds Patrick Long For Sahlen's Six Hours With a super tight GT Championship unfolding in the Rolex Sports Car Series, Magnus Racing has enlisted the one-time help of Porsche’s very own Patrick Long for the upcoming Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
As the second longest event on the Rolex Series schedule, the traditional two-driver format will expand to three for the six-hour event taking place on Sunday, July 1st, and the Magnus gang looked no shorter than Long, the lone American factory-hired driver in the world.
Breeden joins INDYCAR staff Matt Breeden, a respected attorney and business advisor, has joined INDYCAR as Vice President of Business Affairs.
Breeden will help lead development of strategic and business plans for INDYCAR, sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights and the Mazda Road to Indy driver development ladder as well as oversee and monitor sanction agreements and contracts between INDYCAR and its partners.
Day, Belardi part ways Belardi Auto Racing and Alon Day have mutually decided to cut short their Firestone Indy Lights program together. Both parties remain content and respectable for the efforts made by all those involved and parted company on amicable terms.
A decision was made soon after qualifying for the Sukup 100 in Iowa last weekend, and the No. 9 car was withdrawn from Saturday's race. A replacement driver for the No. 9 entry will be announced in the coming days.
Franchitti nominated for ESPY Award Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti is one of four champion racers nominated for best driver at the 2012 ESPY Awards.
The three-time Indianapolis 500 and four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion winner is joined by NASCAR champions Tony Stewart, Formula 1 champion Sebastien Vettel and NHRA champion Del Worsham in the category which will be awarded July 11 in Los Angeles.
On May 27, Franchitti became the sixth driver to win the Indianapolis 500 for a third time. In 2011, Franchitti earned his third consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series championship and fourth overall.
The ESPYS will be hosted by actor/comedian Rob Riggle and televised live (9 p.m. ET, ESPN). Voting for the award is underway at ESPN.com/ESPYS.
IndyCar implements Champ Car version of Push-To-PassUPDATE The IZOD IndyCar Series announced today that Push to Pass will return for the remaining road/street course events on the 2012 schedule, beginning with the Honda Indy Toronto on July 6-8.
The following quote is attributed to Jay O’Connell, Vice President Technology for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing:
“Push to Pass will increase the ability to pass an equally fast (lap time) car on the straights which should make the racing more competitive and exciting. I am pleased to see this feature added as we head into a series of five road and street course events because it gives the driver significantly more power when activated to overtake another car. Since Push to Pass allows more turbocharger boost for a specific time, the existing electronic boost sensors are well placed to monitor the new feature and keep it fair for all the competitors.”
City to consider $5.5 million customs facility for F1 flights The City of Austin, concerned that the customs and immigration facility at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is too small to effectively handle potential Formula One charter flights, could spend almost $5.5 million on a temporary facility under a no-bid contract coming before the City Council on Thursday.
The city does not intend to ask organizers of the November race to help pay for the airport terminal extension and customs facility, officials said, arguing that efficient processing of travelers will help burnish the city's international image and that the facility would be available to handle large commercial flights from Europe that the city hopes to attract.
NASCAR Sonoma TV Rating For the third straight week, ratings and viewership increased for NASCAR on TNT. Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Sonoma earned a 3.3 U.S. rating and 5.200 million viewers on TNT, up a tick in ratings and virtually even in viewership compared to last year (3.2, 5.188M), and up 22% and 16%, respectively, from 2010 (2.7, 4.479M). The telecast ranks as the third straight Sprint Cup race on TNT to have an increase in ratings and viewership compared to last year. So far this season, NASCAR coverage on TNT has averaged a 3.3 U.S. rating, up 6% from a 3.1 through the comparable point last year. Sports Media Watch
Kenseth departure from Roush reactions Roush Fenway Racing officially announced Tuesday that current points leader and 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth will leave the organization at the conclusion of the season, and will be replaced in the No. 17 Ford by defending NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Below, SPEED analyst and former Roush Fenway Racing crew chief Jeff Hammond offers his perspective on this situation and its ramifications not only within Kenseth’s team but throughout the sport.
In 2011, Hendrick also took part in Chevrolet’s Corvette engine build experience.
“Last year’s Corvette engine build was such a memorable experience that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do it again with a COPO Camaro. As a Chevy enthusiast and collector, it’s a real privilege to do something like this,” Hendrick said. “I want to thank everyone at the Performance Build Center for having me back. It means so much to spend time with people who share my passion for cars and work so hard to produce some of the best engines in the world.”
Bourdais to run Grand-Am race Starworks Motorsport has added Sebastien Bourdais to its driving force for this weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
The open-wheel and sports car ace will join Ryan Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio, fresh off their LMP2 class victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in the team’s No. 8 Riley-Ford, which sits second in the overall Daytona Prototype championship standings and also in the NAEC title race.
"I think it really says how determined we are to try and get a result here at The Glen," team owner Peter Baron said. "We were already working on our plans for the Daytona 24 Hours [next year] and trying to put together optimal lineups.
“We had Bourdais on our radar screen and thought it was [good]. The guy is incredibly fast. He knows these cars a bit and knows the track. For us, he was the best person to put in the car to work on bringing forward our [Rolex] 24 program as well as winning this race here."
Circuit of The Americas gets ‘thumbs up’ from V8 Supercars driver Circuit of The Americas today welcomed one of the current stars of the Australian-based V8 Supercars series, Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom, to the circuit for a tour and test drive, and the popular Aussie driver gave the soon-to-be-completed facility a ringing endorsement.
“The circuit’s topography, including the dramatic changes in elevation, will make for some really fun racing and a great show for fans,” Winterbottom said. “While I didn’t get to drive the full circuit, the sequence of turns I did sample were fantastic, and I can’t wait to come back and take a lap around the finished racecourse. Circuit of The Americas will be a welcome addition to our future V8 Supercar line-up!”
NASCAR Road America Nationwide TV Rating ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Saturday, June 23, earned a 1.6 household coverage rating (1.4 U.S. rating), averaging 1,924,648 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company.
The rating grew 33 percent from last year’s race, which earned a 1.2 rating, and continued the ratings growth that the event has seen since the 1.1 for the inaugural race in 2010.
MIS chief Roger Curtis miffed by IndyCar snub Michigan International Speedway president Roger Curtis said he would still welcome open-wheel racing back at his track one day, but he described the handling of the recent on-and-off interest shown by the IZOD IndyCar Series in returning to the Irish Hills as "junior high school stuff."
Curtis said Monday evening he was puzzled by IndyCar's announcement earlier in the day that it would stay with 15 races this season, ending speculation of an additional event being held at MIS in September following the cancelation of the race in China, which had been scheduled for Aug. 19.
IndyCar penalizes Pagenaud team INDYCAR, the sanctioning body of the IZOD IndyCar Series, announced today a penalty following post-race technical inspection June 23 of the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway.
The No. 77 entry of Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports driven by Simon Pagenaud has been fined $5,000 for not complying with Rule 14.7.2.
14.7.2 Fuel System (Updated March 15, 2012 via Bulletin)
The maximum capacity of the fuel cell shall be 18.5 U.S. Gallons.
INDYCAR officials determined that the discrepancy in the size of the fuel cell had no impact on the race result of the No. 77 car.
The member may contest the imposition of the penalty pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the protest and appeal procedures of the IZOD IndyCar Series Rulebook.
It's official - Kenseth leaving Roush Roush Fenway Racing announced today that 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will compete for the team full-time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition beginning in 2013, while Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway will part ways at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
“Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has more than proved his abilities on the race track,” said team co-owner Jack Roush. “We feel that he is not only a key piece of our team’s future, but a key piece of the future of the sport. Roush Fenway is an organization with a wonderful past and present, as well as an extremely promising future, and I can’t think of a better candidate than Ricky to usher in the next era of success for the team.
Since its inception in 2005, the GP2 Series main goal has been to prepare young drivers to the pinnacle of motorsport: Formula 1. Tire management has always been key in helping the drivers to step into F1 easily and be competitive quickly.
Formula One and GP2 Series’ sole tire supplier Pirelli has been working closely with the Series to provide the GP2 drivers with compounds as close as possible to the ones used in F1. In order to keep in line with the Series’ philosophy of preparing young drivers for the next step, it has been decided that from Silverstone race weekend onwards, each driver will be provided with an additional set of Prime tires which will bring the total sets of dry-weather tires allowed to five.
Game-changing win has Hunter-Reay thinking title The 3½-foot tall green ethanol pump trophy caught the attention of Ryan Hunter-Reay a few years ago at Iowa Speedway.
"I think it's the coolest thing. It's got a plug in the back and it lights up," said the driver of the No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda car, who late June 23 prevailed in the entertaining Iowa Corn Indy 250 on the .894-mile racetrack to become the first driver with consecutive oval victories since Helio Castroneves in 2010. "I've wanted that trophy for a long time."
500 Mile Finale at Auto Club Speedway to Crown IZOD IndyCar Series Champion A myriad of storylines, highlighted by the announcement of a 500-mile IZOD IndyCar Series Championship Finale Sept. 15 at Auto Club Speedway under the lights was announced by Auto Club Speedway and INDYCAR officials today.
In addition to the mileage announcement, INDYCAR announced that as a result of the cancelled event in China, the 2012 season will consist of 15 races, rather than the originally announced 16 races and NBC Sports Network will culminate its coverage of the 2012 Series with the World Championships Weekend airing of the INDYCAR finale on Sept. 15.
IndyCar announces that China race will not be replaced INDYCAR announced today that the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule will remain at 15 races.
INDYCAR was exploring a potential replacement event after it announced June 13 that its inaugural race in China, scheduled for Aug. 19, had been canceled.
"After carefully considering all possible options for an additional race, we felt it was in our best interest to keep our schedule at its current 15-event lineup," said Randy Bernard, CEO, INDYCAR. "We want to make sure that when we add events to our roster they have long-term potential and are given every opportunity to be successfully promoted. The more we explored, the more we felt like we were rushing what could be good, long-lasting opportunities for the sport.
NASCAR announces development of fan center During its NASCAR Fuel for Business Council Meeting today in San Francisco, NASCAR announced plans for the development of the Fan and Media Engagement Center (FMEC), a resource that will enable the sport to better serve the industry, media and fans through a platform that facilitates near real-time response to traditional, digital and social media. HP Enterprise Services has been selected as an exclusive partner in the development.
"The Fan and Media Engagement Center will leverage industry-leading technology from HP in order to better engage with the massive community that is the NASCAR fan base," said Steve Phelps, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "This is a clear example of our commitment to using cutting-edge technology to better inform our sport. Ultimately, this tool will help our industry connect with media and fans more effectively and efficiently."
Pastor Maldonado (Right) races hard at the start Sunday
Pastor Maldonado has been given a drive-through penalty, which converts to a time penalty of 20 seconds, for his part in the incident with Lewis Hamilton on the penultimate lap of the European Grand Prix. The contact left the McLaren driver in the tire barriers.
As Hamilton struggled with shot tires, he was passed first by Kimi Raikkonen for second place before Maldonado attacked around the outside of Turn 12. The touch came on the apex of Turn 13, putting the McLaren into the air and breaking the Williams’ front wing.
Although Maldonado slides down the order to 12th place, Williams receives no loss in the Constructors’ Championship as team-mate Bruno Senna inherits tenth position.
(L to R) James Calado (Lotus GP), Luiz Razia (Arden International), Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering)
Luiz Razia stole victory in this morning's sprint race in Valencia with a cunning and stylish drive, saving his tires early in the race while his rivals squabbled with each other before turning up the wick late in the race to slice past James Calado and Fabio Leimer on the last lap for a stunning victory.
The Brazilian had it all to do at the start, where he dropped from P6 on the grid to P8 in short order, while at the front poleman Calado led Nathanael Berthon when the lights went out, but the Frenchman was soon under attack by a fast starting Marcus Ericsson, while inside them Rio Haryanto mugged teammate Max Chilton for track position.
Maldonado blames Hamilton for crash at end of European Grand Prix
Pastor Maldonado blames Hamilton
Pastor Maldonado said Lewis Hamilton was entirely to blame for their collision in the final moments of the European Grand Prix. Williams driver Maldonado was trying to overtake Hamilton's McLaren for third place when they came together on the penultimate lap, sending the Briton into the barriers and out of the race.
Maldonado said the incident would not have happened if Hamilton had given him more space.
"He tried to put me off the track," said Maldonado. "He didn't leave any room for me to stay on and do the corner side by side. I jumped over the curb and I couldn't avoid the accident."
Latest F1 news in brief - SundayUPDATE “Further to the medical problem which prevented Timo Glock from participating in yesterday’s qualifying session for the European Grand Prix in Valencia, the Marussia F1 Team can confirm that Timo is unable to compete in today’s race.
“Timo received medical guidance yesterday afternoon and his symptoms suggest that he is suffering from an intestinal infection. He has been advised that it would be unwise for him to race given the severity of the complaint and that he should focus instead on recuperating.
“Timo spent the evening resting at his hotel in Valencia and is in good spirits. He will return home later today.” Marussia F1
Niederhauser claims maiden win in Valencia Swiss driver Patric Niederhauser raced to the top of the podium at the Valencia Street Circuit for Race 2 of the 2012 GP3 Series. The Jenzer Motorsport driver started from reverse pole to celebrate a commanding victory, to finish ahead of Lotus GP’s Daniel Abt and Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas.
It was Daniel Abt who made the best getaway from third on the grid and he edged past Niederhauser briefly to go P1 down the straight. It was tight between the two with Niederhauser just edging the German driver to regain his lead. Kevin Ceccon (Ocean Racing Technology) dropped to third while Ellinas progressed to P4, passing Matias Laine in the early stages.
Give IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard some credit For Randy Bernard, the embattled CEO of IndyCar, it's one step forward and two steps back. Which makes you wonder, halfway through this IndyCar season and halfway through Bernard's five-year contract, if the former Professional Bull Riders chief is really the right man for this difficult and often thankless job.
Some days, when you're talking about the success of the new car and the quality of racing, the answer is an unqualified yes; he's an outsider who's brought fresh eyes to the sport.
Other days, when he's tweeting concerns about being ousted by an owner, or overseeing a staff that's making massive mistakes in both the Milwaukee and Texas races, the answer is no; he's making rookie mistakes and still doesn't have the respect of the racing establishment
At the midway point of his five-year contract, Bernard is pretty accurate in his self-appraisal.
Esteban Guerrieri held off Gustavo Yacaman by 0.4005 of a second to win the Sukup 100 at Iowa Speedway.
It was the third victory of the season for the driver of the No. 11 Pistas Argentinas/Sam Schmidt Motorsports with Curb Agajanian car. Guerrieri has finished in the top five in all but one race (seventh at Belle Isle), which has led him to the Firestone Indy Lights championship points lead.
Guerrieri, running second to teammate Tristan Vautier, inherited the lead on Lap 71 of 115 as Vautier was metered a drive-through penalty for blocking. He rallied to finish fourth (3.9 seconds back) in the No. 77 Mazda Road to Indy/SSM with Curb Agajanian car.
Piquet Jr. wins Road America Nationwide race Nelson Piquet Jr. enjoyed a lot of firsts during the Sargento 200 race weekend at Road America.
A regular in the Camping World Truck Series, Piquet used his first career pole and laps led to earn his first NASCAR national-series win on the Wisconsin road course. In his third career Nationwide Series start, he drove a flawless final 17 laps with the lead, earning a 2.258-second victory over runner-up Michael McDowell. Piquet led a race-high 19 laps to become the first Brazilian to win a NASCAR national-series race.
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