Video: Alexis DeJoria Injured in Funny Car Crash at Sonoma NHRA Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria suffered a fractured left pelvis following a hard crash in Sunday's opening round of eliminations in the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.
DeJoria was competing against John Force in the first round when her Tequila Patron Toyota Camry snapped to the left immediately after crossing the starting line and slammed the retaining wall barely 100 feet down the track.
DeJoria was able to exit the car under her own power but it was clear something was wrong and she was taken immediately to the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Calif. DeJoria underwent x-rays and a CT scan that confirmed a high-energy fracture of the left pelvis. DeJoria was later released from the hospital and made preparations to return home.
IndyCar drivers surprised with return of long-missing helmets
Helio, Ryan Sarah and Ed are happy to get their helmets back
Drivers typically don't care for surprises in their race day routine, but this morning provided an undeniably sentimental moment as four previously missing racing helmets were returned to their owners. Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Carpenter and Sarah Fisher had just emerged from the drivers' meeting for The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Jaws dropped and eyes widened as the helmets were uncovered.
"A blast from the past," Andretti Autosport's Hunter-Reay said of the Rahal Letterman Racing helmet he wore for his 2007 Verizon IndyCar Series debut, ironically at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. "This makes me feel old. Thank you."
Double Win for Urrutia Vaults Him into Indy Lights Points Lead
LEXINGTON, Ohio – One year ago, victory in the first of two Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course cemented Santiago "Santi" Urrutia's position as championship leader. He went on to clinch the title, plus a Mazda scholarship to facilitate graduation into this year's Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the next step on the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. Fast forward 12 months and Urrutia's hopes of repeating the feat and following in the footsteps of current Verizon IndyCar Series driver Spencer Pigot by claiming back-to-back Mazda scholarships in Pro Mazda and Indy Lights have been bolstered by sweeping both races that comprised this weekend's Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio.
Pocono race might rain out (2nd Update) UPDATE NASCAR made history on Sunday at Pocono Raceway, postponing a Sprint Cup race at the track for a second time in one year. With rain falling and more coming, facing the prospect of not getting at least half the Pennsylvania 400 compete, officials decided to run the race on Monday instead.
The green flag will be 11 a.m. ET on Monday, August 1.
Parking lots will open at 7 a.m. ET and gates will open starting at 8:00 a.m. ET.
IndyCar: Sunday afternoon update from Mid-Ohio Looks like race day in Mid-Ohio is going to be beautiful after all. The teams are busy eating lunch and getting the final touches put on the cars. Some fans are watching the Indy Lights race now while others are moving to their spots to catch the race this afternoon.
I got an opportunity to talk with Pippa Mann at lunch. I asked her if she was planning on running Pocono with Dale Coyne Racing. She chuckled and said she had no idea at this time if that was going to be possible. She would love to drive there next month if given the chance. Even in light of the tragedy that happened last year with Justin Wilson's fatal accident.
Martin Takes USF2000 Field to the Cleaners in Mid-Ohio Sweep
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Anthony Martin came into this weekend’s Allied Building Products USF2000 Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio 20 points adrift of Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammate Parker Thompson in the battle for this year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. Up for grabs is a Mazda scholarship to graduate to the next step on the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, in 2017. Today Martin, from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, leaves with a crucial 21-point advantage after sweeping this weekend’s triple-header in front of an appreciative crowd for the Honda Indy 200 Verizon IndyCar Series main event.
Good morning from the rolling hills of Ohio. The sun is shining and it looks like it will stay that way today. There is scattered storms forecast for 4 pm, but we might get lucky like yesterday and not get wet. The temperatures have been only in the low 80s the last two days and should stay that way today.
Coming into the track, the chairs and canopies are lined up in the keyhole. The weather should convince people to come out today and watch a couple of the four races scheduled for today.
NASCAR has increased the number of timing zones on pit road this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Last week, NASCAR had 12 timing zones at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - an average of one timing zone about every three pit stalls.
Four drivers were penalized for speeding at Indy: Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray.
Alex Lynn cruised to victory in this morning's Sprint Race in Hockenheim, making a strong start before leaving his rivals to squabble over the scraps and then easing late in the race for his second win of the season ahead of new standings leader Sergey Sirotkin and Arthur Pic.
When the lights went out the Williams tester was gone: Lynn easily claimed the lead of the race into Turn one from the front row when poleman Antonio Giovinazzi was slow off the line, pushing Pic wide into the first turn as Oliver Rowland slid inside for P2 and Gustav Malja squeezed inside his teammate for P4, with Sirotkin moving up two spots from 8th ahead of a fierce battle between countrymen Raffaele Marciello and Luca Ghiotto for the final points positions.
Video: NASCAR Pocono Aric Almirola Q&A #43-Aric Almirola met with the media Saturday at Pocono Raceway:
The top four teams have an alliance. Do you think an alliance with another team would be beneficial for [Richard Petty Motorsports]? "I think so. I think we've kind of seen that this year. We still have an alliance with Roush, but it's a little less this year than it's been in year's past. We've gotten a little more autonomous with building our own cars and hanging our own bodies and brought on some of our own engineering staff and things like that. To be honest with you, we knew that going into it it was going to be a work in progress. We weren't just gonna be able to build from ground zero and come out of the box and be super-successful and ultra-competitive, but we did have a lot higher hopes for success than what we've seen this year... So it makes it very challenging and very difficult to start a program like we have, especially when you're competing against teams that have been doing it for years and years and years and have a lot of resources, a lot of people and a lot of experience at doing it. That being said, I feel like there could be some positives from having a stronger alliance with some of the top teams, but, currently right now, we're devoted and right in the middle of trying to scratch and claw and work our guts out to figure out our program."
Video: NASCAR Pocono Truck Series Post Race Q&A NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Race winner William Byron (No. 9 Liberty University Toyota, crew chief Rudy Fugle (No. 9 Liberty University Toyota), second-place finisher Cameron Hayley (No. 13 Cabinets By Hayley Toyota), third-place finisher Brett Moffitt (No. 11 Toyota) and 10th-place finisher Christopher Bell (No. 4 SiriusXM Toyota) Comment
Hughes rockets to first GP3 race win in Hockenheim
From left, Aitken, Hughes, Leclerc
They say the first one is always the sweetest…Jake Hughes and his DAMS squad were overjoyed to celebrate their first win in the category in their debut season. The Briton had started on reverse pole but he dropped to second at the start of the race. Hughes remained calm and re-took the lead after a brief Virtual Safety car period and drove home to a confident and mature victory, much to the delight of his French squad. Arden International's and Renault Academy's Jack Aitken grabbed his first podium after passing ART Grand Prix's and Scuderia Ferrari Team development driver Charles Leclerc on the penultimate lap.
Sirotkin wins dramatic Hockenheim Feature Race (Update) UPDATE GP2 Series leader Pierre Gasly has had his title advantage cut to just six points after he was excluded from the results of the Feature Race at Hockenheim on safety grounds.
Gasly originally finished third, having edged out Raffaele Marciello by just 0.030s across the line, but post-race checks discovered that his fire extinguisher was empty.
Stewards considered that his Prema-run machine did not comply with the safety equipment regulations.
K-PAX Teammates Parente, Cindric Score 1-2 LEXINGTON, Ohio – Alvaro Parente of Porto, Portugal secured the GT Round 14 win at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio presented by Honda Racing HPD. In GTA, Glen Cove, N.Y.'s Michael Schein took the top of the podium, while GT Cup points leader and Woodlands, Tex. native Alec Udell posted another class win.
Parente, driving the No. 9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3, came into the weekend with a small lead in points but managed to qualify for P2 next to teammate Austin Cindric in the pole position, in spite of the lack of practice on-track Friday due to inclement weather. Taking advantage of a full-course yellow just after the rolling start, Parente put himself in the position to overtake Cindric in the third lap in Turn 5. Even with two more full-course yellow conditions in the 30-lap race, Parente managed to keep a lead over Cindric until the checkered flag.
Proof Honda's IndyCars are towing a parachute around the track AR1.com has maintained that Honda's struggles on street and road courses are due to the fact that their Butt Bumpers are closed off whereas Chevy's are open. We also show you the back of all the World Endurance Prototypes that have similar appendages behind the rear wheels. Why? Because air flowing off and around the rear tires is significant enough that it causes a drag on the car if blocked off. See how all the other designers do it except for Honda, which are getting their lunch eaten in IndyCar.
IndyCar race on CNBC Sunday A final 30-minute warmup practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. ET Sunday. Coverage of the 90-lap race begins at 2 p.m. ET on CNBC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, with a race re-air on NBCSN at 5:30 p.m.
The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is the 13th of 16 rounds on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, but will be the 12th race completed. The Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway was suspended by rain after 71 laps June 12 and will resume Aug. 27
Road to Indy Roundup from M-O (Update) UPDATE "I was so happy to win today," said Urrutia. "I really like this track, I won and finished third here in two Pro Mazda races and that really helped me in the championship. I hope it is the same this year. But the first thing I said when I got out of the car was, 'I have to win again tomorrow.'
"I saw that Jones was sixth, so I came into this race 24 points back and now I'm only seven points back. If you watched the race, it would look like an easy race for me but it wasn't at all - it's so easy to make a mistake when you're out in front by yourself. I just worked on my pace, which was really good. I wanted to get the quickest lap and I did. I'm really happy for what we did today but I've won three races this year and I'm still second in the championship, so I have to keep winning.
Today's qualifying session was unique in the way the sessions ran with a few raindrops threatening the outcome. The rain started to fall lightly towards the last few minutes of Group 2. Then it stopped before the top 12 went out. And it started to rain lightly again during Qualifying 3 session. Not enough rain to warrant the use of the new rain tire that was introduced last year at Mid-Ohio and has still not been used for a race or qualifying session. The rain moved out and the fast six qualified on the red tires.
LEXINGTON, Ohio – Teenager Austin Cindric enjoyed an Ohio homecoming Saturday in GT Rd. 14 qualifying at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio presented by Honda Racing HPD by capturing his first PWC pole position with a track record in the No. 6 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S machine at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Cindric, 17, was born in nearby Columbus before growing up in Charlotte, N.C., as Austin’s father, Tim, is president of Penske Racing, a leading team in the Verizon IndyCar Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup. The high school senior is making his second PWC start at Mid-Ohio after debuting last year in the GTA division. Austin finished second in 2015 at Mid-Ohio in a Lamborghini.
The Italian national anthem rung out over the Hockenheimring as Trident and Ferrari Driver Academy’s Antonio Fuoco stood victorious on the top step of the podium after winning Race 1. Fuoco had lined up fourth on the grid and capitalized on a VSC period to pass Alexander Albon and lead the race until the checkered flag. The last few laps were full of position changes in the top five with ART Grand Prix’s Nyck de Vries pocketing second position ahead of Koiranen GP’s Matthew Parry.
Series leader Albon started from pole with Arden International’s Jake Dennis due to start alongside him. Unfortunately the Briton failed to getaway from the pre-grid before the rest of the pack had passed him and therefore he had to start the race from the pitlane undoing all of his hard work.
IndyCar Celebrity Family Feud Tomorrow evening Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, James Hinchcliffe, Will Power and Conor Daly will be appearing on Celebrity Family Feud – competing against the Sports Illustrated swimsuit models.
The story includes a couple short video clips from the show -- which are hilarious.
Florescu wins as Carlin lock out the podium In what was an incredible race Carlin has secured a podium lock-out in the second British Formula Four Championship certified by FIA race at Snetterton this afternoon. Petru Florescu took the lead at the first corner and didn’t look back until the finish however it was a fight through the field and on to the podium for both James Pull and Devlin Defrancesco who joined him in second and third. Having clinched 800 podiums earlier in the day following a great result in the opening race of the weekend, Florescu went one better to take a fantastic victory, and the championship lead, with the team adding three more trophies to their collection. Max Fewtrell put on a strong show having started in 18th position to work his way all the way up to ninth as the flag fell.
Speed and Foust win semifinal races (Update 1) UPDATE Real quick note:
It is pouring here at RFK Stadium with about 10 minutes to go before the start of the Supercar LCQ. The Supercar final is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. local time, and my guess is this shower will pass through before that. Still, rain However, as of now (1:05 p.m.) we are getting absolutely pelted here, and the media tent is beginning to flood. I'm going to sign off and try to stay dry.
Earnhardt Jr. says no change lately Dale Earnhardt, Jr. tweeted Saturday morning, "Update: No change lately. Symptoms have plateaued over the last week. Balance/Gaze Stabilization are only issues. Docs preaching patience."
IndyCar: Saturday morning updates from Mid-Ohio UPDATE The morning practice was uneventful expect for a Conor Daly incident in the last minute of the session. Daly did not turn into the corner and drove straight off and into a tire barrier. Luckily the car did not sustain much damage.
Team Penske was awarded yet another Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award. The crew on the number 3 car of Helio Castroneves was given a check for $10,000 for the total pit time of 54.5 seconds in the Toronto race. The win marks the 3rd Pit Stop Performance Award of the season for the Castroneves crew and the 8th award for a Team Penske this season.
Defrancesco and Pull secure 800th podium for Carlin The opening British Formula Four Championship certified by FIA race of the weekend has yielded Carlin’s 800th podium finish thanks to a strong drive from both Devlin Defrancesco and James Pull who took a double podium in second and third to secure the fantastic result. Defrancesco and Pull both enjoyed strong starts with neither looking troubled as they dealt with two safety car restarts over the course of the 20 minute race. Petru Florescu also enjoyed a solid race in seventh position while Max Fewtrell sadly ended his race early off track.
As the lights extinguished it was drama for Jamie Caroline and Luis Leeds who came together just in front of Fewtrell who brilliantly managed to avoid the incident but unfortunately lost ground. Defrancesco and Pull maintained positions in second and third while Florescu moved up to ninth as the safety car came out on track to deal with the stricken Fortec car.
VW Andretti sweeps morning heats Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross remained on top in the morning heats at Washington D.C. Red Bull Global Rallycross. Scott Speed drove took the win in Heat 2A, with Tanner Foust scoring the win in Heat 2B.
Next up for the GRC Supercars will be the semifinals, scheduled to get underway at 12:20 p.m. local time.
Foust leads Andretti 1-2 in morning warm up The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team continued to lead the way here at Washington D.C. Global Rallycross in the morning warm up. With a lap time of 43.8s Tanner Foust edged teammate Scott Speed, with Bryan Herta Rallysport driver Patrik Sandell third 0.6s behind Foust. Austin Dyne was fourth with the Honda of Joni Wiman fifth.
Good morning from Lot 8 at RFK Stadium. It’s a muggy, slightly overcast morning here in the Nation’s Capital. The GRC Supercars will be on track in about five minutes for the morning warm up with heat races, the last chance qualifier and main event to follow this afternoon. While I haven’t seen a weather report, the talk here in the media tent is that there will be heavy thunderstorms starting either late this morning or early this afternoon.
The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team swept yesterday’s heat races with Scott Speed taking Heat 1A and Tanner Foust winning Heat 1B. Also, some of team Andretti’s top competition endured a difficult Friday.
Tony Stewart has seen two of his Stewart-Haas Racing crew chiefs suspended for failing to have lug nuts tight after a race, but he's not regretting his comments that sparked the strict rule.
After Stewart said in April that teams were playing games with safety because NASCAR had refused to legislate whether lug nuts should be tight, he was fined $35,000 for the derogatory statements -- and NASCAR created what many believe is a harsh rule. Any car that has a missing or loose lug nut after a race results in the crew chief receiving an automatic one-race suspension, a fine and probation for the rest of the year.
Video: Mobil 1 Virtual Showdown with Tony Stewart Something surreal happened Thursday night at Pocono Raceway.
Commemorating Mobil 1 adorning the No. 4, No. 10 and No. 14 Stewart-Racing vehicles this weekend, Tony Stewart competed against the top series of sim racers from iRacing in a one-of-a-kind event: The Mobil 1 Virtual Showdown.
Adding a second-to-last race at Pocono for Smoke, the sim race offered many highlights, including some fierce competition and contact. You can watch the full race here (race action starts at 8:16).
Stewart's insurance won't cover lawsuit of driver he killed
Tony Stewart had better get his checkbook ready
A federal judge ruled Friday that the insurance carrier for NASCAR driver Tony Stewart does not have to defend or indemnify him in a lawsuit brought by the family of a driver who died after being struck by Stewart's car during a race.
U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd ruled that Axis Insurance Co.'s policy with Stewart "unambiguously limited" the insurer's liability to specific races.
The family of Kevin Ward Jr. is suing Stewart, claiming that he acted recklessly when he struck and killed the young driver in an open-wheel race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in August 2014. According to the decision, Stewart's policy covered 105 "specified events."
RCR close to announcing 2017 plans Richard Childress Racing is expected to announce its 2017 Sprint Cup Series driver lineup in the coming weeks. Ryan Newman, in his third season as driver of the #31 RCR Chevrolet, isn't quite sure if he'll be a part of it. "We haven't talked about it in-depth yet, but we have talked about it," Newman, 13th in points, said Thursday at Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania.
"Hopefully, we'll get to sit down and talk about it soon."
Keselowski crashes hard at The Glen (Update) UPDATE Brad Keselowski considers road courses the most dangerous tracks the Sprint Cup teams compete on and says not everyone would have survived the hit he took Tuesday in testing.
Keselowski, who said a brake line was improperly installed, causing him to lose the brakes going into Turn 1 while testing at Watkins Glen, walked away from the accident where he hit a wrapped tire barrier in front of a steel guardrail while going more than 80 mph. He had been traveling around 165 mph when he tried to brake.
With minuscule TV ratings to sell sponsorship, drivers like Carlos Munoz (L) have to buy their rides in IndyCar
Two young Verizon IndyCar Series drivers don't know where they'll be next season. Mikhail Aleshin and Carlos Munoz are free agents after 2016 – will they return?
As we reach the tail end of another IndyCar season, it's time to speculate on the drivers' futures. Two of the league's "next generation" athletes, Mikhail Aleshin and Carlos Munoz, have contracts that will expire after 2016 – and their outlooks are considerably different.
Aleshin is in his second full campaign with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The 29-year-old Russian has demonstrated bursts of speed since returning to IndyCar after the 2014 wreck at Fontana that kept him out almost an entire season.
Video: Vettel swaps pits for paramedic challenge Sebastian Vettel's driving skills have passed a unique health-check - with flying colors - as the four-time world champion Scuderia Ferrari driver jumped behind the unfamiliar wheel of a three tonne ambulance to go head-to-head with an emergency services driver.
Under beautiful weather conditions Nico Rosberg and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton ran 1-2 in final practices for the German GP at Hockenheim Saturday morning but the gap to their competitors shrunk considerably. Rosberg's lap of 1m15.738s was only 0.057s faster than Hamilton and 0.099s faster than third place Daniel Ricciardo.
Kimi Raikkonen was 4th for Ferrari just 0.164s back with his teammate Sebastian Vettel who returned to pitlane with the front wing of his Ferrari askew, after a moment at Turn 10
Thai rookie Alexander Albon extended his GP3 Series lead by pocketing the four bonus points on offer for pole position. The ART Grand Prix ace clocked a best laptime of 1:28.431 which was 0.078s ahead of his teammate and title rival Charles Leclerc. Arden International’s Jake Dennis achieved his best qualifying result of his debut season with third.
Glorious conditions greeted the paddock at the Hockenheimring ahead of the thirty minute qualifying session for Round 5 of the 2016 season. DAMS and Haas F1 Team development driver Santino Ferrucci was first to lap under the 1m30’s mark before Scuderia Ferrari Team development driver Leclerc lapped half a second quicker to go top.
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