Kyle Kirkwood underscored his dominance in this year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda by taking another flag-to-flag victory in this morning’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Mid-Ohio Grand Prix Powered by Mazda. He posted a new record fastest race lap for good measure on his final tour around the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. After putting the championship crown beyond the reach of his rivals on Friday – and clinching a $325,000 Mazda Scholarship to progress onto the next step on the Mazda Road to Indy, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in 2019 – Kirkwood, from Jupiter, Fla., has now won nine consecutive races for the Cape Motorsports team.
Patricio O’Ward and Andretti Autosport tightened their grip on the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship – and a Mazda Scholarship valued at $1 million to guarantee entry into at least three Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2019, including the 103rd Indianapolis 500 – during a weekend of perfection at the Cooper Tires Mid-Ohio Grand Prix Powered by Mazda.
O’Ward, 19, from Monterrey, Mexico, this afternoon held off a race-long challenge from championship rival and teammate Colton Herta (Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing) to secure his seventh win of the season.
Steinbrenner and Herta eye move to IndyCar in 2019 (Update)
No room at the Andretti-Inn for Bryan Herta's son Colton Herta
UPDATE Perhaps the most-talked about Indy Lights driver in recent memory is preparing to make the jump to IndyCar. And it could be happening quite soon writes Jim Ayello of the Indy Star.
Colton Herta, along with his longtime friend and team co-owner George Steinbrenner IV, are closing in on a deal with a for-now unknown Verizon IndyCar Series team.
"When we'll announce, we're not sure, but we’re definitely moving fairly quickly in the process of moving to IndyCar," Steinbrenner told IndyStar minutes after Herta picked up his 10th podium of the season Saturday at Mid-Ohio. "I couldn’t give a timetable because I’m not entirely sure. But things are looking up, and I think joining IndyCar in 2019 with Colton Herta is certainly a good possibility."
Alexander Albon took a magnificent victory in the FIA Formula 2 Championship race at Budapest, Hungary, hunting down long-time leader Luca Ghiotto and passing him with five laps to go to secure his third win of the season. Ghiotto followed the DAMS driver home, albeit 9.5s further down the road as Sergio Sette Camara took third place to complete the podium.
In increasingly hot conditions, Ghiotto kept his cool off the line to dart around the outside of Markelov and Sette Camara at the start, bolting into an early lead as Albon followed the Italian driver past the front-row starters. Immediately, a virtual safety car period emerged as a three-way tussle between Ralph Boschung, Roy Nissany and Alessio Lorandi left the Swiss driver off the road at turn 3, with Lorandi also retiring.
Good morning from Lexington, Ohio and the rolling hills of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The temperatures are not as cool this morning as yesterday but the 61 degrees feel nice. We should not get over 80 degrees for the 3:42 pm start of the IndyCar race.
It was mentioned in our Overheard at Mid-Ohio Saturday report that there is no morning warm up today. It was decided by the series to eliminate this on the permanent road courses because teams can test at this track. Not sure what they were thinking but we will have had five races from three different series on track between qualifying and the race today.
Boccolacci streaks to assertive Budapest Race 2 win
Callum Ilott (ART Grand Prix), Dorian Boccolacci (MP Motorsport), Anthoine Hubert (ART Grand Prix)
Dorian Boccolacci clinched victory in the GP3 Series Race 2 at Budapest, Hungary through a well-managed race from reverse-grid pole. The MP Motorsport driver beat nearest rival Callum Ilott by 2.3s at the line, as the ART Grand Prix driver closed the championship lead to teammate Anthoine Hubert to 15 points. Hubert completed the top three to claim consecutive third place finishes.
In hot, sunny conditions - the air temperature approaching 30 degrees C – Boccolacci got off the line well, albeit accosted by fellow front-row starter Juan Manuel Correa, who hustled the Frenchman on the run to the first corner. Boccolacci came out of the fight best, avoiding trouble and managing to get away while Correa became embroiled in a skirmish with the ARTs of Ilott and Hubert, dropping to fourth.
Terrifying Lamborghini Crash Took Out Four Marshals at Spa 24
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The second Lamborghini Super Trofeo race of the season, taking place at Spa-Francorchamps, was red-flagged after Swedish driver Fredrik Blomstedt’s #32 Bonaldi Motorsport machine struck a tire barrier and, subsequently, the marshal stand the barrier was protecting.
Blomstedt had gotten stuck in traffic with just nine minutes in the race remaining. What could have been an exciting five-wide battle quickly got ugly when the close-quarters racing saw Lucas Mauron bump into the #32 car.
Lime Rock Announces The Return Of Trans Am On Memorial Day Weekend
Lime Rock Park, the historic motorsports and entertainment destination nestled among the hills of beautiful Northwest Connecticut, is pleased to announce that the Trans Am Series by Pirelli and the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) will headline the track's 2019 season opening event.
“Racing at Lime Rock Park during Memorial Day Weekend is a tradition,” said Skip Barber, Lime Rock Park President. “We look forward to carrying on that tradition in 2019 with classic sports car racing. This news will delight our fans as Trans Am was previously a great series at Lime Rock. With renewed enthusiasm, we think it’s getting stronger and we look forward to offering it again.”
What's on the horizon for the Monster Energy Cup Series in 2019?
A new car package resembling the configuration from the All-Star Race could be put in play at a number of tracks next season.
RacinBoys.com obtained a copy of a NASCAR document featuring the "Proposed 2019 Event Implementations" at 14 races on next year's schedule. The proposals were kicked around during a July 11 meeting with the NASCAR Rules Committee.
Forest Of Dreams - Bentley Team M-Sport On The 24 Hours Of Spa-Francorchamps Spa-Francorchamps sits alongside fellow classic circuits Le Mans and the Nurburgring in hosting one of the most famous endurance races in motor racing. Mobil 1 The Grid got the lowdown on this year's 24-hour Blancpain GT event – from the incredible history and scenery to the challenges of racing at night and managing traffic – with Bentley Team M-Sport drivers Vincent Abril and Steven Kane. Comment
O'Ward Beats Herta at Mid-Ohio to Extend Indy Lights Points Lead
Patricio O'Ward produced another textbook performance for Andretti Autosport to win this afternoon’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Mid-Ohio Grand Prix Powered by Mazda. The 19-year-old from Monterrey, Mexico, led every one of the 30 laps from pole position to claim his sixth win of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season and extend his championship lead over chief rival Colton Herta (Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing) to 25 points with four races remaining.
At stake is a Mazda Scholarship valued at $1 million to guarantee entry into at least three Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2019, including the 103rd Indianapolis 500.
Mid-Ohio: Mazda Road to Indy Saturday recap Starting today's race from pole, O'Ward crossed the finish line first after leading all 30 laps. The talented rookie collected his sixth win and delivers Andretti Autosport its tenth Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires victory of the season.
Extending his lead in the points championship, O'Ward's momentum shows no sign of slowing as the young driver has led 293 laps this season collecting eight poles and now ten podium finishes.
Andretti Autosport IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti told Autoweek if two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso comes to IndyCar in 2019 it will be for the “full season, or not at all.”
“It was put to Alonso if he wants to do a partial season and he said no,” Andretti told Autoweek. “If he does it, he wants to do the whole thing or not at all.”
Andretti, a full-time Verizon IndyCar Series team owner, continues to work with McLaren CEO Zak Brown on the possible formation of a McLaren entry in IndyCar next season. That is contrary to other media reports in Europe that declared a McLaren IndyCar effort dead. But Andretti emphasized to Autoweek that a deal needs to come together soon if it is going to happen.
Nikita Mazepin produced a dominant display in the GP3 Series Race 1 at Budapest, Hungary to capture his second victory of the season. The ART Grand Prix driver took the lead at the start of the race and surged across the line to win with 10.6s advantage over second-placed Leonardo Pulcini, while polesitter Anthoine Hubert finished third after losing ground at the start of the race with a slow getaway.
From left, Lando Norris (Carlin), Nyck de Vries (PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing), Antonio Fuoco (Charouz Racing System)
Nyck de Vries produced a storming drive in a wet/dry FIA Formula 2 Championship Feature Race in Budapest, Hungary, hacking away at Lando Norris’ considerable lead on the wet-compound tire and driving off into the distance to secure his second victory of 2018. Carlin’s Norris trailed home sixteen seconds behind the PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing driver to cut George Russell’s championship lead to 19 points as the ART Grand Prix driver failed to finish, while Antonio Fuoco captured third place at the death following the Charouz Racing System driver’s collision with Sergio Sette Camara.
DARRELL ‘BUBBA’ WALLACE, JR. NO. 43 MILE 22 CAMARO ZL1, AND RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS (RPM) TEAM OWNER, RICHARD PETTY met with media and discussed their contract extension beyond the 2018 season.
IS THIS GOING TO HELP YOU DRIVE WITHOUT UNCERTAINTY FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR SO THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE END OF THE YEAR AND LAST-MINUTE THINGS?
BUBBA WALLACE: “I didn’t drive with uncertainty. We’ve got to get some turn in the front of our race cars, so that’s what I’ve been worried sick about driving. But this definitely helps. If you take a step back and help sponsorship efforts, knowing that we have a set future ahead, we can sell that. That’s the biggest thing as a whole, how we want to make our program better from the outside looking in. That goes a long way. So, for us, we’re still in here turning wrenches and trying everything we can to get out race cars better.”
Perez and creditors drove Force India into administration
Perez forces team into bankruptcy
Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley has confirmed that the F1 outfit has been put into administration following a court hearing in London on Friday.
On Wednesday, the Silverstone-based team was named on a winding-up list of companies by the Companies Court.
The originator of the petition was unknown, but according to Reuters the action was initiated by Force India's Sergio Perez, who is apparently owed more than $4 million by the team, a sum linked to the Mexican driver's sponsorship deals.
Graham Rahal edged out Josef Newgarden in morning practice at Mid Ohio. Will Power, Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon rounded out the top 5. Robert Wickens continues to figure out the course, and ran a solid 8th place.
Practice was stopped a couple of times, with the most notable event to pull Simon Pagenaud out of the tires. Red flags have been a common theme this weekend as teams struggle with the new car's lack of downforce. Sebastien Bourdais -- 7th in this morning's practice -- commented that his setup was great until something changed, such as an increase of a couple of degrees in track temp.
Saturday Morning Update from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Morning at Mid-Ohio
Greetings on a beautiful morning at Mid-Ohio. The temperature is 59 degrees this morning with the high expected to be only 76 degrees.
This morning's 10 am practice session for the Indy cars will be the final 45 minutes before the Firestone Fast Six Qualifying at 1:35 pm. The Firestone alternative (red) tires are a softer compound on the right side for increased grip from last year's tire compound used here.
Proposal to extend Detroit GP to be presented Friday (Update)
Despite the treehugger's protests, there is near-zero chance the Roger Penske backed Detroit GP won't continue
UPDATE Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources says it is interested in moving forward on a plan that would keep the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle.
The agency says key agreement areas such as compensation for using the island park, the number of days race officials need for setup and teardown, and offsetting revenue lost from the use of island facilities during the event need to be resolved.
DNR Parks and Recreation chief Ron Olson says the next step is presenting what the agency believes are “fair and equitable changes” to the race proposal.
Sebastian Vettel was again fastest in the final practice session for the Hungary GP in his #5 Ferrari Saturday morning. Vettel's lap of 1m16.170s was a new track record and beat Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas by just 0.059s on the tight twisty Hungaroring.
But the Mercedes appeared to be struggling as both Lewis Hamilton and Bottas went spinning off at the Chicane trying too hard to keep up with the Ferrari. Bottas actually kissed the barrier and may have bent his suspension. Hamilton spun haplessly at the same chicane on Friday.
Anthoine Hubert clinched his second consecutive GP3 Series pole position in Qualifying at Budapest, Hungary, clocking in a 1:31.409 on his second set of tires to beat ART Grand Prix teammate Nikita Mazepin. The Russian driver recovered from an earlier collision to collect second place, as Leonardo Pulcini ended the session with the third best time.
Mick Schumacher beat Prema team-mates Robert Schwartzman and Marcus Armstrong to take first ever win in the European Formula 3 Championship at Spa-Francorchamps.
The fourth Prema car of Guan Yu Zhou started the race on pole, but was swamped by his team-mates as they approached the end of the Kemmel Straight on the first lap and found himself at the back of the field after an incident with Schumacher.
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