Sebastien Bourdais looking forward to Toronto race Sebastien Bourdais drove his motor home from St. Petersburg, Fla., to the Indianapolis 500 last month, before getting in his No. 7 Dallara Chevrolet and competing in the race.
When the Honda Indy kicks off in Toronto two weeks from now, he'll be doing the same.
Stopping for races in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Pocono, Pa., along the way, the man who drives for a living doesn't mind the long trek. His family, who'll meet him in Rochester, N.Y., before heading on the open road with Bourdais for the next few weeks, doesn't seem to mind either.
Broken Collarbone Parks Jorge Lorenzo Despite being the fastest rider in the first day of practice today, the Assen TT proved again to be a disaster for the third year running for current World Champion Jorge Lorenzo. The Mallorcan had dominated the morning dry session and had shown an impressive pace in the afternoon’s wet practice until a huge high side at the fastest corner of the track. The first diagnosis is a left clavicle fracture which will require surgery. As a result the title challenger will miss Saturday’s Dutch Grand Prix.
Seven races into 2013 and just five points on the board. It’s a far cry from the success that was 2012 for Sauber. As she approaches the midway point of her first full season in charge of the Swiss squad, team principal Monisha Kaltenborn discusses what’s gone wrong and how they plan to fix it, as well as pondering the implications of the 2014 rule changes and the recent testing controversy…She had this to say on the official F1 website:
Q: Monisha, the International Tribunal’s decision in the Mercedes-Pirelli case has again highlighted the question of Formula One teams pushing the rules to the limit. How far is pushing too far? Monisha Kaltenborn: In my view the ultimate test is always done against the rules. The rules are the laws we have and you always have to measure your actions against these rules - the sporting and the technical rules. They should be very clear so that you know exactly where your limits are. It is inherent to anything you write that the wording is subject to interpretation. You will always have people who see things from different angles, so you have to formulate them as clearly as you can because you will never reach a level when it is beyond any kind of interpretation. So the focus must be to have clear rules.
Bourdais and Kaffer Join Starworks Motorsport Sebastien Bourdais and Pierre Kaffer will join the Starworks Motorsport team at this week’s Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, Watkins Glen, NY, June 28-30, 2013 - the second round of the North American Endurance Championship and seventh round of the Rolex Sports Car Series.
Seabass will co-pilot the #2 Starworks Motorsport Riley-Ford Daytona Prototype with Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel, while Pierre joins the 8 car pairing of Scott Mayer and Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley.
In 2012 Starworks Motorsport came home on the podium in third place at the end of the Six Hours. It will be Alex Popow's fourth visit to WGI where the inaugural NAEC Driver Champion scored his first podium. He is consistently quick here and considers it one if his favorite tracks.
Unpredictable first half sets stage for IndyCar championship battle Entering the second season of the chassis-engine platform, IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and team personnel knew that the competition at each of the 16 venues would be exceptionally keen.
The field's depth of talent and experience, combined with knowledge gained about the car's characteristics on the diverse racetracks, immediately set in motion scintillating racing and unexpected results.
IZOD IndyCar Series drivers nominated for ESPY Awards 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay and 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan have been nominated for an ESPY Award in the "Best Driver" category.
The 21st ESPYs will be broadcast live July 17 (9 p.m. ET on ESPN) from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles with host Jon Hamm. The event celebrates the best sports moments of the year.
Fans have the opportunity to select the winners in each category by voting online through July 17 at http://espn.go.com/espys/2013/
After Webber news, 2014 call 'not easy' - Raikkonen (GMM) A departing Mark Webber has swung the door open at Red Bull, but Kimi Raikkonen on Thursday insisted he has not made a decision about what to do beyond 2013.
The 2007 world champion is a free agent beyond his contract with Lotus this year, and Red Bull team boss Christian Horner admitted this week the Finn is "an option" to replace Australian Webber.
FIA not banning teams from 2013 car Pirelli tests (GMM) In the fallout of the 'test-gate' scandal, F1's governing body has moved to clean up its procedures regarding tire testing.
While Mercedes was banned from the forthcoming young driver test and Pirelli reprimanded over their secret Barcelona test in May, the FIA also resolved to ensure its own "control of the testings is strengthened".
Indeed, as Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reported on Thursday, Pirelli has not been banned from tire testing with F1 teams -- even if 2013 cars are used.
Following Mark Webber’s decision to retire from Formula One racing at the end of the year, Infiniti Red Bull Racing would like to thank him for the extensive contribution he has made to the team during the seven seasons he has driven for us.
During that time, the Australian has achieved nine wins*, 35 podiums (36 in total during his F1 career) and 11 pole positions. Marks’ dedication and success has also been a major factor in the team achieving three Constructors’ World Championships (2010, 2011 and 2012).
Danica Patrick 91st on Forbes list NASCAR's superstar driver, Danica Patrick, once again joined Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Steven Spielberg, Bon Jovi and Justin Bieber -- to name a few -- on the World's Most Powerful Celebrities list published by Forbes. The Sprint Cup rookie ranked 91st. No other driver in motorsports was ranked. This marks the highest Patrick has ranked. She was 95th in 2007, 96th in 2010 and 2011. ESPN
Formula 1 Pilot Mark Webber to Contest Le Mans for Porsche Stuttgart. The Australian Formula 1 pilot Mark Webber has signed a contract with Porsche that extends over several years. From the 2014 season he will compete in Porsche’s new LMP1 sports prototype at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the sports car World Endurance Championship (WEC). The 36-year-old Australian has already raced at Le Mans twice. In 1998, he finished runner-up in the FIA GT Championship at the wheel of a sports prototype. Over the course of his Formula 1 career from 2002 until today, Webber has achieved 36 podium places, nine race victories and has started from pole position eleven times.
“It’s an honor for me to join Porsche at its return to the top category in Le Mans and in the sports car World Endurance Championship and be part of the team. Porsche has written racing history as a manufacturer and stands for outstanding technology and performance at the highest level,” says Mark Webber. “I’m very much looking forward to this new challenge after my time in Formula 1. Porsche will undoubtedly set itself very high goals. I can hardly wait to pilot one of the fastest sports cars in the world.”
Big TV change for motorsports fans If you watch racing on the SPEED television network, it’s probably not breaking news to you by this point that SPEED will soon be FOX Sports 1. While they have mentioned the re-launch of SPEED to FOX Sports 1 a lot and often, not a lot has been said about exactly what the change means for motorsport enthusiasts. This isn’t just a mere name change; it’s a lot more than that.
Gone will be the lone automotive and motorsport-specific channel in the US. While specific channels for sports like golf, basketball, basketball, football, horse racing, hockey, tennis and others across various cable and satellite systems will remain, motorsport fans will no longer have that luxury with the demise of SPEED.
Is Jimmie Johnson the greatest NASCAR driver of all time?
NASCAR Race Hub’s Matt Clark sat down with fellow NASCAR on FOX/SPEED analyst Kyle Petty to talk about the many topics currently shaping the sport’s landscape.
Among the topics, five-time champion Jimmie Johnson. Considering his father, ‘The King’ Richard Petty, and what he accomplished, Kyle might be one of the more unique voices to talk about Johnson’s eventual place in history.
Richard Petty, a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, captured seven championships, earned 200 victories and won seven Daytona 500 titles – numbers that made him a legend. Johnson, 37, is starting to amass heady numbers himself with five championships, two Daytona 500 victories and 63 victories already to his name.
LeMans record statistics The Le Mans 24-Hours anniversary race, marred by the tragic death of Allan Simonsen, was a huge popular success with record audiences. The first analyses speak for themselves and this event will remain in the annals for a long time. Here are the main figures.
Spectators at the circuit
245,000 spectators at the circuit, 5,000 more than in 2012
24,000 spectators on the first day of practice (Wednesday 19th June), 47,000 the second day (Thursday 20th June)
23,000 spectators at the test day (Sunday 9th June)
15,000 spectators at the Earth, Wind & Fire experience’s concert featuring Al McKay on Saturday 22nd June.
IndyCar’s TV deal is dysfunctional AR1.com has been saying for years that IndyCar's TV deal is a noose around its neck that keeps getting tighter. They went for the money grab - pennywise and pound foolish - ending up with two dysfunctional TV deals. This motosport.com article makes some valid points.
Iowa Speedway put on a great show with its Iowa Corn 250 this past weekend. Even though Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe dominated the race, there was passing throughout the field. Ryan Hunter-Reay came back through the field to finish second while Tony Kanaan held off Ed Carpenter and Graham Rahal for the last podium spot. And the ABC/ESPN broadcast of the race did a pretty good job of making sure the viewers knew those things were happening. After all the commentary bashing the ABC/ESPN coverage, that was good news.
IndyCar’s problem is marketing When it comes to pure racing, no national series in America can compete with your local dirt track. That is a fact.
After that, though, when discussing the national series that you watch on national television every week, there probably isn’t anything better right now than the product that the IZOD IndyCar Series delivers.
Despite James Hinchcliffe “walking the dog” in Sunday’s Iowa Corn Indy 250, fans in attendance saw side-by-side action all afternoon long — much more than they did during the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ trip to Newton earlier this month.
After weeks of anticipation, the gloves are finally off. Today, the Pikes Peak competitors went head-to-head in competition against each other for the very first time, in qualifying for Sunday’s epic hill climb event.
The 13 Unlimited class competitors – a category where the only rules are the ones governing safety – completed at least one run over the lower part of the hill climb to set a qualifying time. The fastest qualifier in each class gets to start first, with all the class competitors as a whole deciding which start window they would like to take on Sunday.
Aussies don't rust So if a race car drivers with a family heritage of racing and winning spends 8 years honing his craft in open wheel formulas and then just before his final rung of the ladder to the top league has to wait four year years for his chance, one might be a bit rusty. Not for Australian James Davison as he proved quite impressive in his one day full on Indy Car test yesterday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The 26 year old from Melbourne, Australia took to the Mid-Ohio track yesterday, driving one of Dale Coyne Racings 2013 Indy Cars for a full day of testing.
Richard Petty Motorsports Announces New Partnership with GoBowling.com The number one recognized car in NASCAR will now feature the number one participatory sports activity - bowling! Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) and Strike Ten Entertainment announced today at the International Bowl Expo (IBE) the launch of a new partnership that will feature GoBowling.com as a primary sponsor of the No. 43 Ford Fusion driven by Aric Almirola.
Also at IBE was the official unveiling of the No. 43 GoBowling.com Ford Fusion. Richard Petty appeared on the Expo floor and helped give attendees a first look at the historic car as well as posed for photos and signed autographs. Later this summer the car will make its on-track debut at the GoBowling.com 400 on August 4 at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. The GoBowling.com Ford will also be the primary partner for the No. 43 team at the same event in 2014.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) readies for a daring return to the EV Division of the prestigious 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) with a pair of 100% electric-powered MiEV Evolution II race cars, set to compete on June 30th near Colorado Springs, CO.
Two-time Dakar Rally overall champion Hiroshi Masuoka returns for the 2013 Pikes Peak effort, partnered this year with six-time Pikes Peak overall motorcycle champion Greg Tracy.
The Mitsubishi Motors Racing Team conducted vehicle testing of the all-new MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak on June 15-16 in preparation for this year's Race to the Clouds and the 100 percent electric-powered racing prototype performed flawlessly.
Will Stevens Joins Caterham Racing Academy British driver Will Stevens is the latest name to be added to the Caterham Racing Academy roster, the driver development program designed to create a clear route to F1 and provide all the training required for future motor racing champions.
Will, currently in fourth place overall in the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, began his motorsport career in karts aged 11. By 2008 he was widely recognized as one of the top karters in the world, having secured European and Asia-Pacific titles with the factory Tony Kart team.
German Automobile Club Plans To Buy Bankrupt Nurburgring Racetrack German automobile club ADAC "is planning on buying the historic Nurburgring" racetrack, according to the SID. The second-biggest auto club in the world "has joined the bidding process for the bankrupt track."
ADAC President Peter Meyer said, "The Nurburgring is without a doubt the birthplace of German motorsports. You can call it an automobile artifact. Therefore we've started our effort to preserve this sporting facility for the future."
Stadium SUPER Trucks added to Toronto IndyCar weekend The Honda Indy Toronto weekend has added the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks the list of supporting events for the July 13-14 IndyCar double-header weekend.
Round No. 7 of SST competition will take to the temporary street course at the conclusion of Saturday's IZOD IndyCar Series main event while Round No. 8 will roll off Sunday just prior to the green flag of IZOD IndyCar Series Race 2.
Rahal over 217 MPH at Pocono (Update)UPDATE IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay thought he was lost when he saw "NASCAR" signs lining the entrance road into Pocono Raceway.
"I saw 'NASCAR' on both of the tunnels coming in here. I thought there was a new tunnel we had to find" to get in, Hunter-Reay joked during a midday break from testing to help drivers figure out the track known as the "Tricky Triangle."
"It's always a compromise," Hunter-Reay said when asked if he had a feel yet for how to set up the car. "If you make one corner perfect, the next one is going to be loose. That's just the way this place is. You've got to look at what pays off the most."
Justin Wilson joins Michael Shank Racing at Watkins Glen Justin Wilson will join Michael Shank Racing this weekend in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen to co-drive the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley with Gustavo Yacaman.
Justin made his first Rolex Series start with the team in 2006, finishing second in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and going on to win the 50th running of the fabled race in 2012 with Michael Shank Racing. He followed up that effort with another run to the podium in the 2013 Rolex 24 with the Ohio-based team after the group rallied from being several laps down early in the event to cross the finish line in third.
Teams use test day to get to know Pocono (Update)UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, this report is useless. As a fan I want to see test times and speeds. Did you guys write this trash? Joe Balardo, Clifton NJ.
Dear Joe, Sorry, but while test times are made available for all other series, including F1, IndyCar is so high-tech and so sophisticated, they don't release test times for fear one team might learn another team ran faster with their spec cars. How fast cars go is all very hush hush. We'll see if anyone has a printout from the manufacturers in an effort to keep you fans engaged. Mark C.
06/25/13 Eight IZOD IndyCar Series teams took an opportunity June 25 to get a close-up look at Pocono Raceway during a test day at "The Tricky Triangle."
Seat time and race setups were the order of the day as Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay and E.J. Viso (Andretti Autosport), Sebastian Saavedra (Dragon Racing), Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing), Ryan Briscoe (Panther Racing), Simona De Silvestro and Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology), Helio Castroneves and Will Power (Team Penske) logged laps on 2.5-mile tri-oval as part of a Chevrolet manufacturer's test.
NASCAR drivers, owners start looking to 2014 It was curious when Kurt Busch slipped last Thursday after he was asked a silly question about who he would prefer to have dinner with when given a list of drivers. His focus turned to Ryan Newman, his former Penske Racing teammate with whom he experienced a not-so-friendly feud on and off the track as the two free agents searched for rides last year. "Maybe Newman and I need to have a sit-down, because we're both out there charging hard and trying to get into the Chase, and we're looking for rides," said Busch, who almost immediately regretted the last few words. Busch, 34, signed a one-year deal with Furniture Row Racing last year. Although team owner Barney Visser attempted to extend the contract with Busch after he posted three consecutive top-10 finishes to close out the 2012 season, the driver believed it was best to hold off.
Toyota president delivers highest returns for lowest pay Toyota Motor Corp. made its name on the value and efficiency of its cars. Its chief executive is earning a similar reputation for his compensation.
While the company generated the highest return last year among the world's five biggest automakers by sales, President Akio Toyoda, 57, is the lowest-paid chief of the group, earning less than one tenth as much as his best-compensated counterpart.
Toyoda has led a profit revival since taking control in June 2009, just after the global recession and the surging yen helped spur the automaker's first annual loss in 59 years. Toyoda, the founder's grandson, helped the company recover from Japan's earthquake and tsunami and a recall of millions of cars.
LeMans TV ratings in Europe nothing to brag about Pan-European sports network Eurosport (Europe's version of ESPN) averaged 80,000 viewers tuned in to watch the LeMans 24 Hour race for the entire 24 hours. In the target demographic 14-49, Eurosport's broadcast had a 3.5% market share. At 9:27am on Sunday, Eurosport attracted a peak audience of 270,000 viewers, which translated into a 2.3% market share. In the target demographic, the race had a 2.5% share during that peak period. Less successful was Eurosport's broadcast of the U20 World Cup match between England and Iraq on Sunday evening. The game attracted 90,000 viewers and had a 0.1% market share in the target demographic.
Pair of former IndyCar drivers score Le Mans class wins Three drivers with former IndyCar ties won their classes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and one current part-timer also secured a class podium.
Bertrand Baguette and Martin Plowman, who each drove part-time in IndyCar in 2011 with Baguette full-time a year earlier, shared the winning No. 35 OAK Racing Morgan Nissan (sister No. 24 car, which finished second, pictured) in the LMP2 class with Ricardo Gonzalez.
Baguette, who nearly stole the 2011 Indianapolis 500 for Bobby Rahal’s team on fuel mileage, had to take evasive action when another LMP2 Oreca Nissan spun in front of him with just over one hour remaining. He avoided the other car and the Armco barriers to bring the car home to the finish.
Briscoe returns to Panther for Pocono Panther Racing's driver rotation will continue at Pocono, with Ryan Briscoe scheduled to take over from Oriol Servia as driver of the team's No. 4 car.
Panther has also made changes on the technical front, with the team confirming during the Iowa weekend that engineer David Cripps has left. Tino Belli, who was hired during the off-season as technical director of the joint Panther/DRR program, will assume Cripps' responsibilities according to racer.com
IndyCar teams take on tests before off-weekend Following eight consecutive weekends of on-track activity, there's one more point of business for most IZOD IndyCar Series teams this week before personnel grab a few days off. Manufacturer/private testing is scheduled for three venues - two of which are approaching on the schedule.
"Pocono is our next big challenge; we need to turn our attention to that and try and be as fast as we can there," Graham Rahal, driver of the No. 15 Midas/Big O Tires car for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, said about the 2.5-mile oval where he and teammate James Jakes will log laps June 25. "That's the goal right now."
IndyCar updates engine change rule for testing INDYCAR announced today that it has added a rule relating to engine failure during approved INDYCAR on-track testing to the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook.
Rule 15.5.8 (Approved Engine Change Outs): An Engine that fails during a Team Test, Rookie Test, Engine Manufacturer Test or straight line test may be changed with an Engine from the pool without penalty. This Rule will not apply to Engine failures at Open Tests in Pocono, Mid-Ohio or Sonoma.
Engine failures that occur during Open Tests will still be subject to Rule 15.6 (Unapproved Engine Change Outs). Open Tests in advance of IZOD IndyCar Series races will be held July 4 at Pocono Raceway, July 31 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Aug. 21 at Sonoma Raceway.
Race Car Driver Deaths: The Medical Causes of Racing Deaths The death of Allan Simonsen at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the death of Jason Leffler one week prior prompted a review of the six different medical causes of race car driver deaths, and what is being done to make racing safer.
Auto racing is the second most popular form of sports worldwide. There are many reasons for racing’s popularity, but the inherent danger of the sport surely plays a role.
Saturday’s death of race car driver Allan Simonsen in the early minutes of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has caused many of our fellow racers to question the safety of the sport, and to call into question whether the sanctioning bodies are doing enough to keep us safe. Our friends and co-drivers / racers feel vulnerable during these times, as they did only one week ago following the tragic death of Jason Leffler during a race in New Jersey. The feelings of vulnerability and sadness, and the questions about safety that are expressed by our fellow drivers today is exactly the same expression of grief and disbelief we saw in our friends and co-drivers just over 1 year ago with the tragic death of Dan Weldon during an IndyCar race at Las Vegas. Often, we see anger in our fellow drivers as they wrestle with these emotions thinking that something should have been done to prevent another racer’s death. Yes, we have a long way to go, but let’s take a look at just how far race car safety has come.
Another driver has been confirmed to contest the top class of the sports car World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Le Mans 24 Hours. The ex-Formula 1 test pilot Neel Jani (29) from Switzerland will join Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) for testing and from 2014 onwards will take the wheel of one of the two new LMP1 vehicles from Weissach. Jani’s contract with Porsche extending over several years begins on 1st July. In addition to test driving the Porsche, the experienced sports car pilot will complete his planned race schedule for 2013 with the Rebellion team in the American Le Mans Series and in the sports car WEC.
Gordon would like to see change to car for road courses After racing the new Gen-6 car for the first time on a road course, runner-up #24-Jeff Gordon has a note for NASCAR's suggestion box. "There's one thing I'm going to talk to NASCAR about with this car," Gordon said after posting a much-needed top five that vaulted him three positions to 13th in the Cup standings. "We don't have the body in the right position for the road courses to turn right. When we go to Watkins Glen, as fast as those right-handers are, we're going to have some issues. There's nothing to lean on. You have plenty of grip on the lefts, because the body still has a little bit of rake on the rights. It has nice sideforce for the right side of the car for those left turns, but on the right turns, the cars are just so out of control." That's an issue Gordon hopes NASCAR will address. NASCAR Wire Service
NASCAR Superstar makes NASCAR history at Sonoma, but not much else
Superstar Danica Patrick: "I kept going through Turns 3 and 3A and thinking to myself, 'Is it because I'm doing it like I did in IndyCar that I'm terrible through here and I can't get the car to turn?'" she said. "But overall, it's nice to know where you're going."
Rookie Danica Patrick made history Sunday as the first woman to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series at Sonoma Raceway. In the end however, there was nothing else to celebrate.
After starting 31st, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver held station as she tried to gain experience in a stock car on the 1.99 mile oval. Trouble came early for the former IndyCar series driver when she was spun off course on lap 19 after contact. She was able to avoid hitting anything and continue.
On lap 64 however her second off course excursion ended with worse results. After cutting a tire Patrick’s No. 10 Chevy slid into a tire barrier. She was again able to continue but the Chevy suffered damage and although her crew was able to repair the damage, Patrick could only salvage a 29th place finish, although it was at least on the lead lap.
Q and A with Eric Boullier on Lotus team ownership
Team principal Eric Boullier discusses Lotus' ownership, the chase in the Championship and more.
Q: What can you tell us about the ownership of the team? EB: "This week we have some very good news which is another step in the development of the team by Genii Capital. A 35% stake has been sold to Infinity Racing Partners, an organization committed to furthering the team's goals and supporting Genii Capital's vision for the team's future. The day to day running of the team here at Enstone remains unchanged but for the future, access to the global network of Infinity Racing's principal partners means there are major opportunities to secure high level sponsorships. Investors taking a stake in a team is common practice in Formula 1 and other sports, and Genii have been talking to potential partners for some time as they wanted to make sure that they would select the right one. We're happy that a strong investor has been found to help bolster the team's position and allow us to push for the future."
Harraka makes embarrassing rookie mistake even before Sprint Cup race debut With tight turns and limited passing areas, beating and banging is expected on a road course. But Paulie Harraka and Alex Kennedy took things to a whole other level in their respective Sprint Cup debuts Sunday.
Now, if they could only have hit the rewind button instead of each other.
Harraka, who comes from New Jersey, the same state as Sunday’s race winner, Martin Truex Jr., couldn’t have had a more embarrassing start to his Cup career.
Harraka didn’t even wait to make the mistake on the race track. He plowed into the rear of Kennedy’s stopped car – while both cars were still on pit road, waiting to roll out onto the track for the two parade laps prior to the start of the race!
Harvick branches out to professional athlete management A perennial powerhouse in NASCAR in its 10 years of competition, Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI) has reached outside auto racing and into the world of professional athlete management, inking a deal to represent UFC fighter Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. KHI, co-owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, is renowned in the motor sports world not only for its on-track success, but also for its efficacious and innovative sponsorship relationships. In its NASCAR operations, the company has demonstrated expertise in marketing through sponsor activation, sales and promotion, event management, advertising and public relations.
The end results of the two Dale Coyne Racing drivers Justin Wilson and Ana “Bia” Beatriz show many hidden gems Sunday.
Bia in her Bardahl Special number 18 would start the race in 23rd position. She would then show the world that she truly belongs in Indy Car with an impressive move up the field.
“The car was very good today especially in the first stint,” commented Bia. “We were moving the Bardahl Special forward in the second stint as well, until we had a problem with one of the suspension corners that ended our day early.”
John Force led qualifications on Saturday, but.....
But Courtney Force shut her motor mouth father up on Sunday with a kiss and the win
In a rematch of their Father’s Day first round battle in Bristol last weekend Courtney Force came out on the winning side today taking out father and 15-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force in the final round of the Inaugural Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals.
The second year driver won for the second time this season and third time in her career outpacing her teammate 4.301 seconds to 4.361 seconds in front of a capacity crowd at New England Dragway.
“I told him I was definitely going to try to get revenge, but last time I told him I was going to beat him for a Father’s Day gift and give him the day off, it definitely backfired on me and he got the win.
"I decided to keep my mouth shut this time. I was just hoping we could get a little bit of revenge over him and we were able to do that. Being that it was my birthday weekend made it that much better,” said Force, who turned twenty-five on Thursday.
In contention again. No. 15 Graham Rahal battles Justin Wilson and Ryan Hunter-Reay in Iowa
Graham Rahal wasn't pleased with his fifth-place finish Sunday in the Iowa Corn Indy 250. Then again, he was.
Consider the context.
For much of the season, Rahal hasn't performed up to his potential, his ability or his past. In his first year with his dad's team, rare has been the top-10 finish. But after a rousing ride through Saturday's heat races and a 10th-to-second run late in Sunday's race, he was at once pleased and disappointed.
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