Muscle Milk team owner Greg Picket is a happy man today
Hormel Foods Corp. HRL -0.30% agreed Monday to buy Muscle Milk maker CytoSport Holdings Inc. for about $450 million, a fresh move by the meat processor to expand into other retail food businesses.
Adding Muscle Milk and other CytoSport products, such as 100% Whey protein powder, to its product line gives Hormel, whose products include Spam, a broader profile in the burgeoning market for high-protein supplements. Consumers have embraced these products as fitness and weight-loss aids.
"Our acquisition of Muscle Milk will build upon our strength in protein, but allow us to further diversity our portfolio," Hormel Chief Executive Jeffrey Ettinger said in an interview.
National Guard Indy Car Entry to Feature Special Livery at Pocono
Pocono livery for Rahal
The No. 15 National Guard Dallara-Honda-Firestone entry driven by Graham Rahal in the Verizon IndyCar Series will feature a special livery at the Pocono INDYCAR 500 to commemorate the Fourth of July weekend and honor the more than 350,000 Army National Guard Soldiers who serve in over 3,200 communities across 54 US states and territories. The unique one-race design features a patriotic mix of red, white and blue with iconic brand elements for the National Guard, including highlights of ‘urban camouflage’ used on the team’s crew apparel this season.
Last year saw a decent size crowd at Pocono. Can they grow it this year?
This season, the Verizon IndyCar Series condensed its 18-race schedule to have it conclude by Labor Day weekend.
That has made things very demanding for the drivers and teams.
Last weekend’s doubleheader in Houston kicked off a grueling 10-race stretch where they will have only two off-weeks between now and the August 30 finale in Fontana, California. The series is at Pocono Raceway on Saturday and Sunday for the Pocono IndyCar 500 Fueled by Sunoco.
Michael Andretti responds to IndyCar's penalty on son Marco
Michael Andretti (with wife Jodi) not happy with call
After INDYCAR officials penalized Marco Andretti on Saturday and fined him on Sunday morning for "failure to yield to the blue (move over) flag,” team owner and father Michael Andretti was fuming mad.
Andretti was the last car on the lead lap when the leader, Takuma Sato, was coming from behind. Andretti was maintaining the same pace as the leader of the race and trying to keep from dropping one lap down before INDYCAR waved the blue flag, ordering the Andretti Autosport driver to move over and let Sato by.
Andretti did not move over and continued racing in front of Sato believing he was holding his racing line and not impeding the leader’s progress. After several laps, however, INDYCAR black-flagged Andretti, forcing him to serve a "drive through” penalty.
Andretti was able to fight back to an eighth-place finish on the lead lap and thought the issue was over until he was fined $2,500 and placed on probation for the next three races.
IndyCar critic says Houston was some great racing As readers of this column know, I've long been underwhelmed with street or temporary road course races, because I find them to be contrived and too often resulting in races that are boring processionals, with the Grand Prix of Monaco the lone exception. (Not that Monaco is all that different, except for the exceptional setting and the history that drips from the place, and the fact that they still actually run modern day Grand Prix cars on the circuit, which is simply mind boggling.)
For spectators, street and temporary road course races can be extremely trying to attend, with the CSS factor (for Can't See Shit) usually off of the charts. Being forced to sit in a grandstand as opposed to having the freedom to walk around a natural-terrain road racing circuit is not my idea of a good time, and many racing enthusiasts seem to agree, which is why it's difficult for these kinds of events to sustain themselves over time.
State police will put special traffic patterns into effect to help motorists attending the Pocono IndyCar 500 race on July 6 at Pocono Raceway.
On Sunday, prior to the race, Route 115 will be one way in the southbound direction between Interstate 80 and the raceway, with two lanes open. That pattern is expected to last from 8 a.m. until all traffic has entered the track grounds.
Following the race, Route 115 will be one way in the northbound direction between I-80 and the raceway, with two lanes open. That pattern will begin with 25 laps left in the race and end when the raceway parking lots are cleared.
G.M. Announces Worldwide Recall of 8.4 Million Vehicles In a vast expansion of its safety crisis, General Motors recalled more than 8.4 million vehicles worldwide on Monday, bringing its total figures for the year above 28 million cars — more than the 22 million recalled last year by all of the automakers combined.
Among the recalled vehicles, G.M. said it was aware of seven crashes, eight injuries and three fatalities. About 8.2 million of the newly recalled cars have ignition defects that lead to inadvertent key rotation, and are models of the Cadillac CTS and SRX, and the Chevrolet Malibu, Monte Carlo and Impala, as well as the Oldsmobile Intrigue and Alero, and Pontiac Grand Am and Grand Prix. The model years range from 1997 to 2014.
Verizon IndyCar Series hits halfway point of 2014 season Entering the 18-race 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season, drivers and team personnel predicted that the competition at each of the 15 venues would be exceptionally competitive.
The field's depth of talent and experience, combined with knowledge gained about the fourth-generation Verizon IndyCar Series chassis set in motion a season featuring close racing and unexpected results. Such as:
• Seven different winners representing five teams in the 10 races. • Seven different Verizon P1 Award winners. • Seven different teams represented in the top 10 of the standings. • No pole sitter having won a race. In fact, the highest starting position for a race winner is third, and four drivers have won after starting 17th or lower. • No driver has led laps in all 10 races and no driver has completed every lap. • All four full-season Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates have recorded a podium finish.
LONDON, UK (June 30 2014): A host of celebrities, VIPs, MPs, teams, drivers and press gathered at London’s Roundhouse this evening to celebrate the official Global Launch for the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship.
Hosted by David Garrido, more than 500 guests attended the prestigious event – including motorsport greats Alain Prost, Damon Hill, Emerson Fittipaldi and Sir Frank Williams – which saw organizers reveal a number of key announcements for the world’s first fully-electric race series, which begins in less than three months’ time in Beijing.
The evening began with a video message from FIA President Jean Todt before guests were treated to exclusive footage of the team’s Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E cars driving on Westminster Bridge, together with the backdrop of the iconic Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. The incredible scenes were shot the day before to provide fans with a taste of what a Formula E street race will look and sound like
Iowa Corn renews title sponsorship of IndyCar Series race in 2014 Iowa Speedway is proud to announce that Iowa Corn will return as the title sponsor of the IndyCar Series at Iowa Speedway for 2014 and 2015. In addition to bringing the race back to Newton, the race now includes an additional 50 laps based on overwhelming fan feedback.
"After last year’s IndyCar Series race, many of our loyal fans immediately took to their social media channels, sent emails, or called us to let us know they wanted more,” said Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small. "The fans asked for it, and alongside our best-in-class partners at Iowa Corn, we delivered fifty more intense laps under the lights at the Iowa Speedway."
Tanner Foust leads the way in the Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen at World RX of Finland.
Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust returned to the top step of the podium this weekend at World RX of Finland, making it the second year in a row that the American has won the Finnish stop of the championship.
"Racing in Finland is always a challenge, especially when it rains" said Foust. "The track is technical and it gets really slimy when it is wet. The key for me was getting a good start and not having to worry about getting covered in somebody else's mud."
Foust progressed through the field over two days of competition to win his Semifinal round and line up the Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Polo R in the front row for Sunday's Final. There, he shot off the start and led from wire to wire for his first overseas win this year.
Despite miserable weekend, Power retains points lead Will Power’s weekend at Houston included: Two 18th place starting positions, an unforced error Saturday, a late-race mechanical issue Sunday, his first race where he didn’t finish on the lead lap, and two finishes outside the top-10.
It was not a great weekend for the Australian - it was nearly as bad as his Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves’ 2013 Houston debacle – but yet Power retained what Castroneves didn’t coming out of the event last October, in the form of the Verizon IndyCar Series points lead.
Pigot Bounces Back in Style to Reclaim Points Lead in Houston
Spencer Pigot bounced back from a series of misfortunes to score a commanding victory in today's second leg of the Allied Building Products Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Houston Presented by Marlin CNG Services. Starting second on the grid, Pigot, 20, from Orlando, Fla., made an explosive start, then dived to the inside of polesitter Garett Grist under braking for the tight chicane at Turn Two on the unforgiving 1.7-mile MD Anderson Cancer Center Speedway at NRG Park. He remained under pressure from fellow American Neil Alberico for the first dozen or so laps, then edged clear to win the 30-lap race by almost four seconds.
German Touring Car Championship Race In China Won't Go As Planned The German Touring Car Championship (DTM) "will not run its second to last race as planned on a city course in Guangzhou," according to the SID. The ninth round of the '14 season was supposed to take place at a city circuit in the south Chinese city on Sept. 28. However, it turned out that construction work for the track was "too extensive." Hans Werner Aufrecht, exec chairman of DTM rights holder ITR, said, "Guangzhou can't be prepared in the short period of time, and we will race at an alternative location." Despite the news, the ninth round "is still expected to take place in China." SID
TV War Over V8 Broadcast Rights Stops Craig Lowndes From Defending Bathurst Title A TV war over V8 broadcast rights "will stop Craig Lowndes from defending his Bathurst 12-hour title, with the fabled event to be robbed of its biggest stars," according to James Phelps of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH.
A spat between "heavyweight networks" Seven and Ten "turned nasty last week with V8 Supercars scheduling an official Test day on the weekend of the 12-hour, which prevents V8 stars such as Lowndes competing in the rival event."
This year's Verizon IndyCar Series at Pocono Raceway is 500 miles — 100 more than last year's race.
That's 40 more laps around the 2.5-mile triangular track in Long Pond, which, according to driver Graham Rahal, is 40 more chances for something to happen — good, bad or otherwise.
"Five-hundred milers, they're fun for us," Rahal said. "It's a long day, a tiring day. But if something bad happens, you have some time to recover and get yourself back with a chance to win. So I think it will be good."
Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) is the first driver to score two consecutive triple victories in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Following his clean sweep at Spa-Francorchamps, the 16-year-old Dutchman also won all three races at the 2.3 kilometers long Norisring in Nuremberg. Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) in second place and third-placed Jordan King (Carlin) accompanied him on the podium. In the drivers’ standings, the son of ex-Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen reduced his gap to points’ leader Esteban Ocon to 74 points.
Starting from pole position, Max Verstappen took the lead right away and turned into the first corner while leading the field. Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) was still second at that time, but when he took the Grundig hairpin for the first time, Jake Dennis (Carlin) collided with him. Following this accident, after which Dennis and Blomqvist retired, Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) dropped to the back of the field. Earlier on, Roy Nissany (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Jules Szymkowiak (Van Amersfoort Racing) had collided; the safety car was deployed.
HOUSTON (AP) — IndyCar fined Marco Andretti $2,500 on Sunday for failing to heed to an order from race control during the Grand Prix of Houston.
Andretti ignored a blue flag during Saturday's first race to give way to leader Takuma Sato as Andretti tried to stay on the lead lap. Race control could have perceived that Andretti was holding up Sato to allow Andretti Autosport teammate James Hinchcliffe to catch the leader.
Because Andretti ignored the blue flag, he was given a black flag and a drive-thru penalty.
In addition to the fine, IndyCar placed Andretti on probation for three races beginning with Sunday's race. Andretti Autosport was also fined $2,500.
Sebastien Bourdais starts today's race on the Firestone 'Blacks'.
Once again, we are seeing the field overwhelmingly opt to begin the race on the alternate Firestone 'Red' tires. Only two drivers, Sebastien Bourdais and Charlie Kimball, have elected to start today's race on the primary 'Blacks'. The rest of the field will start on 'Reds'.
Bourdais will roll off in the fifth grid position. Kimball starts 19th.
Race winner Brad Keselowski gets service. Notice all the empty seats
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Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger repeatedly said heading into the Quaker State 400 that ticket sales were ahead of a year ago and that he was "optimistic" as long as the weather cooperated.
An afternoon deluge ultimately gave way to sunny skies when the green flag waved for the Sprint Cup Series event, but some stands were vacant — attracting a number of postings from a Twitter handle called @EmptySeatsPics that monitors low attendance at sporting events.
NASCAR stopped releasing attendance figures in 2013. Kentucky Speedway hasn't sold out a race since the inaugural Quaker State 400 in 2011, when parking and traffic problems shut out an estimated 10,000 ticket holders unable to attend.
AR1.com readers know that all racing in the USA is going downhill because they have lost the interest of the youth of this country. There is a fix but the leaders of the sports think they know better. Nero fiddles while Rome burns.
Susie Wolff to end F1's 22 year wait for a female driver
Susie Wolff, the Danica Patrick of F1
Susie Wolff will become the first woman to take part in an official F1 race weekend session in 22 years next Friday at the British Grand Prix.
Wolff has worked with Williams as a reserve driver for over two years, and has taken part in a number of other test sessions during that time to earn her FIA superlicense.
However, she will now take part in a full practice session for her home race at Silverstone next week.
The last woman to take part in an official F1 weekend session was Giovanna Amati at the 1992 Brazilian Grand Prix. She failed to qualify for the race, finishing over ten seconds off the pole lap of Williams’ Nigel Mansell.
Keselowski cuts hand in victory lane Brad Keselowski cut his hand while in victory lane at Kentucky and had to go to the infield care center for treatment on his right hand:
WHAT HAPPENED IN VICTORY LANE? "We were playing around with some champagne bottles and as I told my good friend, 'We should have stuck with beer.' We were having too much fun with champagne and one of the bottles broke and I cut my hand open. It's no big deal."
HOW MANY STITCHES? "Four, but it's all fixed now, so we're good."
EVERYTHING IS AN ADVENTURE WITH YOU. "Yeah, welcome to the party. It's all good. I'm just glad we won. It's a lot better story when you win and get hurt." Ford Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing extends Kenseth's contact; Dollar General expands sponsorship Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and Dollar General announce an expanded partnership with a multi-year agreement for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and beyond. In addition, JGR announces the contract extension of driver Matt Kenseth that will keep him behind the wheel of the #20 Dollar General Toyota. Dollar General, based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, will increase its sponsorship to 30 races with Matt Kenseth and the #20 team, up from 27 in 2014 and 17 in 2013. One of the top contenders within the Sprint Cup Series, Kenseth is currently fourth the 2014 point standings with five top-five, 10 top-10 finishes and one pole award through the first 16 races. In 2013, his first year driving for JGR and Dollar General, Kenseth celebrated seven wins, marking both a Series and career-best season.
"Extending my deal with JGR is exciting and I'm still hoping we can match our win total from last year, but it's really been a special year-and-a-half together," Kenseth added. "Joe and J.D. have been fantastic and show a commitment to providing all of us with the resources needed for a winning organization and I've been blessed with a great team led by Jason (Ratcliff). The support we get from TRD has been tremendous and I'm excited for the future here with the #20 Dollar General team." Joe Gibbs Racing
Canada's Robert Wickens scores a lights-to-flag victory at Norisring
Mercedes-Benz driver Robert Wickens crowned a perfect weekend of racing at Norisring with his first victory of the season. In slippery conditions at the 2.3 kilometers long street circuit, the Canadian converted his pole position in an undisputed lights-to-flag victory. “I am overjoyed. I was able to fully concentrate on driving my own race and extend my lead. So far, it has been a craze season for us and because of that, this victory is all the more beautiful for me and my team. The Norisring has always been good to us,” the 25-year-old said after scoring the twelfth Norisring victory in a row for Mercedes-Benz. In total, 121,000 spectators attended the fourth race weekend of the most popular international touring car series in Nuremberg.
Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) also prevailed in the rain at Norisring and claimed his fifth consecutive win in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The race started at a drying track, but rain set in again during the race. At the 2.3 kilometers long track in the centre of Nuremberg, the son of ex-Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen did everything right and won from Jordan King (Carlin) and Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport). Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) had to make do with 14th place following a drive-through penalty for causing a collision with Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), but still remains in the lead of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings.
Andretti fined, placed on probation for rules infraction INDYCAR announced today that it has issued penalties against Verizon IndyCar Series driver Marco Andretti and entrant Andretti Autosport for actions in Race 1 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers on June 28.
INDYCAR has fined Andretti $2,500 and has placed him on probation for three races, beginning with Race 2 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on June 29, for violating Rule 126.96.36.199 (failure to heed the blue flag) of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.
INDYCAR has fined Andretti Autosport $2,500.
The members may contest the imposition of the penalty pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.
Video: Stefan Wilson on his full-time IndyCar ride for 2015 The RACER Channel's Marshall Pruett speaks with Verizon IndyCar Series hopeful Stefan Wilson who was announced by Fan Force United's as its driver for a new program in 2015.
The Greatest Day in Colombia Sports History Saturday was perhaps the greatest day in the history of Colombia sports. Three Colombian drivers sweep the podium at the Houston IndyCar race while the Colombian National Soccer team won over Uruguay and move to the quarterfinals in the World Cup.
Watkins Glen Newcomer Alex Brundle Captures Pole For Six Hours
Alex Brundle on his way to pole
Alex Brundle had only seven laps of practice during his first visit to Watkins Glen International prior to qualifying for Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
That’s all the second-generation British driver needed to get the pole position.
Brundle tackled the 3.4-mile course and turned the fastest lap of Saturday’s 15-minute session to capture the TOTAL Pole Award for the TUDOR United SportsCar Challenge endurance contest that also serves as the third round of the Tequila Patr¢n North American Endurance Cup. The race takes the green flag at 11:15 a.m. ET.
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo didn’t need a chauffeur for his lap around Watkins Glen International. The Governor drove a Corvette around the historic 3.4-mile circuit for a personal highlight of his visit prior to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race Saturday afternoon.
The Governor’s stop in the Finger Lakes Region proved to be good news for racing fans. He unveiled a new advertising campaign to take the “Ultimate Road Trip,” including a television advertisement featuring New Yorker Robert DeNiro that spotlights Watkins Glen International. " It's always a pleasure to be at Watkins Glen – there’s so much history here," Governor Cuomo said. "If you’re at all interested in road racing, it happened here first. This is an international icon of road racing, Watkins Glen, and it’s such a pleasure to see it up to its full glory.
Measured Marquez conquers elements in Assen Marc Marquez continued his perfect 2014 form by winning the Iveco Daily TT Assen MotoGP race on Saturday. Teammate Dani Pedrosa secured third after a hard fought battle.
Difficult weather conditions had all the riders and teams working frantically on the grid as the rain came in. Both Repsol Honda riders took advantage of the two extra sighting laps to assess the wet tires, both choosing to start on them.
Marquez became involved in a heated battle with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso as the track began to dry. Both riders entered the pits to swap bikes and tires at the same point. Marquez then made a mistake due to a cold tire, running wide. The subsequent laps had Marquez chasing Dovizioso, catching and passing him.
NASCAR driver Brian Rose accused of scamming investors A former NASCAR driver is at the center of a $15 million fraud investigation and is accused of creating a fake coal mining company to get money from investors. Federal agents launched a massive investigation into Brian Rose after an alleged victim from Charlotte came forward. The Secret Service said the accused tried to cover every detail to convince investors it was the real deal. In the indictment, federal prosecutors named Rose as the ringleader of this elaborate coal-mining scheme.
The defendants would call investors saying New Century Coal was looking to mine low sulfur and low ash coal in Kentucky and Tennessee, according to the documents. They promised a quarterly return of 6 percent until operations began. After that, investors would receive 100 percent or more during the first year of mining. The indictment stated the nine defendants were very careful to cover their tracks. Two of them legally changed their names and attached those names to New Century Coal. The defendants also created ghost companies to ease investors' suspicions. Prosecutors said the defendants also spent part of the $15 million on "lavish gambling trips to Las Vegas" and buying and training thoroughbred horses.
Hargrove Overcomes Penalty, Rain to Score Bizarre Victory in Houston
Scott Hargrove - happy today in Houston.
Houston, Texas - Scott Hargrove claimed victory today in the strangest of fashions during the first leg of the Allied Building Products Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Houston Presented by Marlin CNG Services at MD Anderson Cancer Center Speedway at NRG Park. The Canadian's third win of the season for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing moved him into the lead of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires after nine of this season's 14 races.
Fellow Canadian Garett Grist (Andretti Autosport) qualified on pole position for the second straight race but maintained his advantage only until Turn Two where erstwhile series points leader Spencer Pigot (Juncos Racing) made a bold maneuver around the outside. Pigot's teammate, Kyle Kaiser, demoted Grist one more position at Turn Three.
Starting Sunday's race in Detroit on Firestone 'Blacks' didn't work out for Mike Conway and the Fuzzy's Vodka boys.
Keep in mind, the strategy Saavedra is employing today did not work out four weeks ago for Mike Conway at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans. If you remember, Conway was the lone driver to start the Sunday race on Belle Isle on 'Blacks.' While Conway led the race in the early going, he was unable to extract a long enough stint out of his Firestone 'Reds' and finished the race eleventh.
We'll see how things work for Saavedra today. The likelihood is he will need to an incredibly long first stint to make the strategy work.
One other note:
Remember, the purpose of the teams having a choice between tires is in part, to mix up the grid by creating alternate strategies. However, for two races in a row (remember teams don't have tire choices at ovals like Texas) we have seen the teams essentially opt for the same strategy.
Villeneuve well placed to qualify in World RX of Finland
Jacques Villeneuve ran the Indy 500 last month. This weekend the former World Champ is running World Rallycross in Finland.
Kouvola, Finland — Saturday 28 June, 2014: Albatec Racing’s Jacques Villeneuve is well placed to qualify for tomorrow’s World RX of Norway after another strong pace in the opening two heats puts him joint 12th in the intermediate standings. The fourth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, held at the stunning Kouvola track, saw the former F1 World Champion power his two-litre, 16v Albatec Peugeot 208 to second place and the 13th fastest overall race time in heat one.
In the second round of heats held in changeable conditions, the former Indycar World Series Champion took fourth, and a respectable race time, however as track conditions improved the subsequent heat times tumbled, pushing the Indy 500 winner back to 14th. The joint results are enough to see the French-Canadian in joint 12th place though, with the results of tomorrow’s two final heats helping to determine the final grid line-up for the two six-car semi finals.
Canada's Robert Wickens claims first season pole position for Mercedes-Benz
A happy Wickens
Robert Wickens secured himself pole position for the Norisring DTM race. In qualifying for the fourth season round, the Canadian reached a lap time of 47.883 seconds with his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupe and will thus start from first place on the grid for the second time in his DTM career. "I simply like this track. Like last year, I am on pole position here. I can’t thank Mercedes-Benz enough for the fact that we are in first place. The team has put in many night shifts to make this happen. For me, this is a special moment because my father is on site to support me for the first time in a long while," the overjoyed 25-year-old said. His fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Paul Di Resta was only 0.093 seconds slower and will be starting from the front row alongside Wickens.
Max Verstappen also wins at Norisring Following his triple victory at Spa-Francorchamps, 16-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) continued his winning streak at the 2.3 kilometers long Norisring. The son of ex-Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen won the action-packed 16th season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship from Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) and Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport). With his fifth win of the season, Verstappen moves up into second place of the drivers’ standings, he is currently 106 points down on the leader, Lotus F1 junior driver Esteban Ocon.
The race at the Norisring in Nuremberg had plenty of action. On the opening lap, Mitch Gilbert (Fortec Motorsports) and Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) collided and triggered a chain reaction. After that, Giovinazzi had to turn into the pits, just like Jules Szymkowiak (Van Amersfoort Racing). Dennis van de Laar (Prema Powerteam) retired.
Q and A with Jeff Gordon - talks about improperly built Kentucky track
God this track is killing my back
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media and discussed the bumpy Kentucky track, his thoughts on marking Kentucky off as the final track on the schedule he has yet to record a victory at and many other topics. The track is bumpy because the proper subsurface work was not done before the asphalt was laid. They should plow it under and start again. Full Transcript:
TELL US HOW PRACTICE WENT FOR YOU GUYS: "It went pretty good. This is a tough place obviously you hear a lot about the bumps. We expected that coming in. It’s hot and slick like normal as well, but I thought the Drive to End Hunger Chevy was pretty good. I’ve been happy with the grip level just working with the balance and then we switched over into qualifying trim and had a pretty good run there too. Yeah, right now I’m fairly pleased."
IS THIS TRACK HARD ON YOUR BACK? "Yeah, I mean this track is hard on everybody’s back. If they could just repave the front straightaway I think we would be good here. I love the corners. I love the challenges of the grip, the cracks, the bumps and the corners. Those don’t bother us. That front straightaway is pretty absurd. Yeah, it’s going to play a slight toll on my back, but that kind of stuff is not what really bothers my back like what happened at Charlotte."
Horner knows his Renaults are no match for Mercedes Christian Horner talks about all things Silverstone and admits it won't be easy beating Mercedes at the British GP.
Q: What's special about the British GP? CH: Well, Silverstone is a fantastic event. It's the Factory's local event, it's great that there are so many fans there and it's a unique atmosphere with all the camping and the smell of BBQs - there's always a real buzz about the place. I've been going there since 1992 and you always get anticipation, in a good way, when you go through the main gates.
Q: And what about the British fans? CH: They're among the most knowledgeable in the world and there's a tremendous support for motor racing in the UK, not just in Formula One, but across all the disciplines of motorsport and they're some of the most loyal and dedicated fans of all the countries that we visit. We always get a fantastic reception - they appreciate good performances, so irrelevant of the nationality of the driver, they've always respected the performance of a sportsman.
WILL POWER: IT SEEMS LIKE YOU PICKED UP WHERE YOU LEFT OFF LAST YEAR FINISHING FASTEST OVERALL IN TODAY’S COMBINED PRACTICE. HOW HAS TEAM PENSKE HELPING YOU PREPARE FOR THE RACE THIS AFTERNOON AND QUALIFYING THIS MORNING? "It’s hard to tell actually we didn’t have a good session that last run was really difficult to get a lap. It’s normal IndyCar it’s really difficult. Obviously being in that front bunch is very competitive, but I think we’ve got a good chance tomorrow with about 10 other guys so we are doing everything we can tonight to really work out the set-up."
IN YOUR WORDS HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TRACK FROM LAST YEAR TO THIS YEAR? "It’s a little bit different. It’s very similar honestly. It’s no big deal it’s basically the same track to me it’s just you getting your car to ride the bumps well. I think that is the key."
HOW DO YOU FEEL IF EITHER OF THESE TWO RACES GOES TO RACING IN THE WET? "Well that always makes things really interesting. I mean it just depends how much it rains and how it dries up and when you go to slicks and when you put on wets and so on. It’s all stuff you’ve got to do on the fly you just can’t predict it. You don’t know how it’s going to be but it will definitely make it exciting for the fans."
Watkins Glen Continues to Make History with Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours Watkins Glen and sports car history have gone hand-in-hand since 1948, when the first post-World War II road race was held on the public roads of the village located in the New York Finger Lakes.
A new chapter will be written this weekend, with the debut of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at the 3.4-mile circuit in Sunday’s Sahlen Six Hours of The Glen. The unified series gives teams that formerly competed in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n their first opportunity to race at the circuit, joining the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series teams that competed here since 2000.
The race also takes its place in the Tequila Patr¢n North American Endurance Cup, following the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida. The unique competition will conclude with the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 4.
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