Ed Jones turned in a strong qualifying effort at Iowa Speedway
It was a slippery track this afternoon for IndyCar qualifying. With the hot sun beating down on the race track, the drivers attempted to put down their fastest lap for tomorrow's late afternoon race.
Ed Jones, driving the number 19 Dale Coyne entry, had the pole for a while early in the qualifying session. It was determined at Road America that Jones had broken a bone in his left foot in an accident that happened in Texas two weeks earlier.
AR1 spoke with Jones right after he qualified 8th today. "We had a good result in Road America, despite my broken foot. I am sure we will be strong this weekend. I didn't know how long I was going to last being on the pole. Hopefully we end up towards the front."
Jack Hawksworth has escaped injury after a heavy accident for the No. 15 3GT Racing Lexus RC F GT3 in Saturday’s third practice session for the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The Englishman went wide on the exit of Turn 3 and dipped into the grass, which launched the GT Daytona class car into the tire barriers, and momentarily becoming airborne.
Newgarden leads Penske sweep in opening Iowa IndyCar practice
Team Penske waited until the end of the opening practice for the Iowa Corn 300 to make its presence known, but did so with triple the authority.
Josef Newgarden, who won the Verizon IndyCar Series race a year ago when he drove for Ed Carpenter Racing, set the fastest lap in the first practice today with a lap of 185.609 mph in the No. 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Chevrolet. Directly behind Newgarden on the speed chart were teammates Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, 185.260 mph) and Simon Pagenaud (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, 184.401). Each of the Team Penske drivers logged their fast lap in the final 10 minutes of the practice.
Saturday morning IndyCar update from Iowa (Update) UPDATE The Scott Dixon penalty was clarified and given to the media this morning right before the practice session. Dixon drove out to pit lane from the paddock and entered the race track after the checkered flag was out in the warm up session Sunday morning at Road America. An angry Dixon had choice words when he had to park his car for 20 minutes during today's practice, part of the penalty IndyCar handed down to the team.
We asked Mike Hull for his thoughts on the penalty, as he was leaving pit lane. "IndyCar does what they want to do and we live by the rules that they make. We are working on Iowa today."
B. Force, Hight, T. Gray, Smith Lead NHRA Qualifying at Route 66 Raceway
Robert Hight powered to the Funny Car qualifying lead Friday evening at the 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N Filters at Route 66 Raceway.
Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the 13th of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Friday Notebook BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada – If Friday's practice times from both IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice sessions at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park are any indication, we're in for a treat in Sunday's Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix (Live, FS1, Noon ET).
Ryan Dalziel posted the day's fastest time in the afternoon session, clocking a lap of 1 minute, 8.994 seconds (128.306 mph) in the No. 2 Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan DPi. However, his next closest pursuer, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by Ricky Taylor was just 0.059 seconds behind, and Dalziel's teammate, Pipo Derani was third quickest in the session in the No. 22 Nissan DPi, just 0.099 seconds behind the leader.
As reported in the motorsports media, Belardi Auto Racing can confirm that driver Chad Boat, who was set to make his Indy Lights debut this weekend at Iowa Speedway, has not been medically cleared to race in the Mazda Iowa 100 Presented by Cooper Tires due to injuries sustained during a National USAC midget race on Sunday, July 2.
"To say I'm disappointed doesn't begin to describe how I'm feeling right now, but I trust the doctors and medical staff at INDYCAR and know they have my best interest in mind,” said Boat. “I'll continue to follow the instructions I'm receiving for recovery and look forward to being back soon. Thanks to Pristine Auction and Belardi Auto Racing for the opportunity."
NASCAR increasing inspection penalties Scott Miller didn't mince words when he put the Monster Energy Cup teams on notice.
NASCAR's senior vice president of competition told Motorsport.com last week that the sanctioning body was upping the ante if the teams did not make a better effort at expediting the inspection process.
Russell holds on for pole in Austria George Russell emerged on top despite the best efforts of his rivals in this morning’s hectic qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, defying the almost constantly changing timesheets to hang on for pole by less than a tenth from ART teammate Jack Aitken and Dorian Boccolacci.
The Briton stopped the clock at 1:19.114 with 3 minutes remaining of the overcast but dry session, and with the constantly evolving times throughout it looked like it was too early: his rivals improved their times again, but fell just short of Russell’s target.
Vettel over Hamilton in final practice for Austrian GP
Vettel goes quickest for Ferrari
F1 championship leader Sebastian Vettel put his Ferrari on top in final practice for the Austrian GP Saturday morning. The Ferrari driver posted a 1m05.092s, a new fastest lap of the 2.68-mile Red Bull Ring circuit, on the ultra-soft tires to edge out Hamilton by 0.269 seconds.
Fast man on Friday, Lewis Hamilton was 2nd at 1m05.361s in his Mercedes but he ran into trouble at the end. The session ended under yellow when Hamilton went off in Turn 3 with a suspected front brake failure. He limped back to the pits and he did not participate in practice starts after the session.
Mclaughlin On High Up North Shell V-Power Racing Team youngster, Scott McLaughlin, has moved another step closer to his first ever Supercars championship after winning this afternoon’s action-packed opening race of the 2017 Watpac Townsville 400.
Red Bull Holden Racing Team's Jamie Whincup finished second and Bottle-O Racing Team's Mark Winterbottom was third.
2017 Austrian Grand Prix | FP2 Highlights A recap of FP2 action as Daniil Kvyat's session is summarily extinguished and a number of drivers take unplanned excursions through some Austrian meadows. Comment
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