The Mazda Road to Indy development ladder sanctioned by INDYCAR has doubleheader weekends scheduled for all three levels at Portland. The first race in each series took place Saturday.
Patricio O'Ward capped a dominating Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires season Saturday by winning for the ninth time in 16 races. He held off Andretti Autosport teammate Colton Herta to secure the series title. The season concludes Sunday with a race at 12:55 p.m. ET.
Salinas, Todd, Gray, Krawiec Still On Top In U.S. Nationals Qualifying
Mike Salinas remained in the top spot Saturday for Top Fuel at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the world’s biggest drag race, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
J.R. Todd (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were the provisional No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 18th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Salinas ran a 3.756-seconds at 321.04 mph during the first round of qualifying on Friday in his Scrappers Metal Racing dragster. This is his first appearance at the prestigious U.S. Nationals and is on the hunt for his first career No. 1 qualifier.
O'Ward wins $1M Lights prize and is going to shake up the IndyCar paddock with his talent and his personality
Patricio O’Ward, from Monterey, Mexico, concluded a topsy-turvy day at Portland International Raceway by claiming a well-earned victory for Andretti Autosport in this afternoon’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix of Portland Powered by Mazda. It was enough to clinch this year’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire title – and a scholarship valued at $1M to guarantee entry into three Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2019, including the Indianapolis 500 – with one race remaining.
Colton Herta, from Valencia, Calif., tried his hardest to keep the title-chase alive with a bold early pass of the polesitter before eventually having to settle for second for Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing. Brazilian Victor Franzoni completed the podium for Juncos Racing.
Hinchcliffe crashes in final IndyCar practice James Hinchcliffe went off on the backstraight of Portland International Raceway Saturday morning in final practice and our Betty Garcia caught the accident.
Alonso thinks Magnussen is a wanker, Magnussen says Alonso acts like a god
Following their clash in qualifying Q2 Kevin Magnussen said Fernando Alonso "laughed in my face" and "thinks he's a god".
Alonso tried to pass Magnussen round the outside into the first chicane on the final lap in Q2, but the pair ended up scrapping for position and ruining each other's laps as they both missed out on a berth in the top 10 shootout.
Tadasuke Makino rocketed to a surprise victory in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Feature Race at Monza, Italy, expertly converting an alternate strategy call into a win from 14th on the grid. The Japanese driver pitted with three laps to go to emerge ahead of teammate Artem Markelov, holding station to give the RUSSIAN TIME team a one-two finish. Alexander Albon of DAMS completed the podium.
Bourdais tops final Portland practice then crashes
Dale Coyne Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais turned the fastest lap (57.471s) with 2 minutes to go in final practice for the Portland GP IndyCar then as time ran out he stuffed his Honda hard into the barriers pretty much writing off his car. The team is in a race against time to get the backup ready in time for qualifying.
Graham Rahal was 2nd quick 0.0435s back in his Rahal Honda.
Despite persistent questioning, Matt Kenseth refused to budge.
The driver who returned to Roush Fenway Racing in a part-time role this season isn’t ready to talk about next year. In fact, Kenseth says his sole focus is on finishing out the current season in the No. 6 Ford he shares with Trevor Bayne.
“I’m just kind of honestly trying to concentrate on the rest of this season and trying to get this done,” Kenseth said on Friday at Darlington Raceway. “Those are probably things to talk about at a later date, but the season has been up-and-down.
“I wish our results were better than what they were, but yet, on the other hand, I feel like we’ve made a lot of progress. It doesn’t really show necessarily on the stat sheets or the box score all the time, but I feel like we’ve made a lot of progress, and (we’re) really just trying to keep that going and keep moving forward and keep trying to get more competitive by the end of the season.”
Salinas, Todd, Gray, Krawiec Lead Open Day of U.S. Nationals Qualifying
Defending Funny Car event winner J.R. Todd powered to the top of the category Friday evening during the single qualifying session at the 64th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Mike Salinas (Top Fuel), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also lead qualifying in their respective categories at the 18th of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Todd’s ran a 3.910-second pass at 325.45 mph in his DHL Toyota Camry during the first of three qualifying days and first of five qualifying sessions. He is on the hunt for his first career Funny Car No. 1 qualifier. In Top Fuel, Mike Salinas piloted his Scrappers Racing dragster to a 3.756 at 321.04 to lead the Top Fuel class for this first time in his NHRA career.
It is a chilly morning at Portland International Raceway with temperatures in the low 50s right now. It is expected to warm up to 74 degrees today about the time of IndyCar qualifying at 3:20 pm Pacific time. The final practice session will be at 10:45 am this morning. There is no Sunday morning warmup due to the procedure change, so this is the last chance to test some changes before qualifying and race day.
Local favorite Sebastian Vettel turned the fastest lap in final practice for the Italian GP at Monza Saturday morning. The Ferrari driver turned a lap of 1m20.509s to beat Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton by 0.081s.
Kimi Raikkonen was a close third in the second Ferrari 0.173s behind Vettel while the 2nd Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas was not close in 4th some 0.6s off the pace.
Anthoine Hubert (ART Grand Prix), David Beckmann (Trident), Callum Ilott (ART Grand Prix)
David Beckmann notched up his second GP3 Series victory in dominant fashion in Race 1, converting pole position at Monza, Italy into a comprehensive win to continue his strong form since joining the Trident team. The German driver crossed the line six seconds ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Anthoine Hubert, who extends his championship advantage as teammate Callum Ilott finished in third.
Lucas Oil Raceway is in the midst of a multimillion-dollar renovation aimed at turning the motorsports park into a multi-purpose facility that can be used year-round.
The dragstrip is home to the prestigious U.S. Nationals, NHRA's biggest race. There is also a 0.686-mile oval that once hosted NASCAR Xfinity, Truck Series and USAC races. The 2.5-mile road course hasn't been used in 10 years.
Three Verizon IndyCar Series Teams To Test at Sonoma Raceway
Newgarden in Turn 9 at Sonoma
Race fans are invited to enjoy Verizon IndyCar Series cars on track at a free test session at Sonoma Raceway on Thursday, Sept. 6, just one week prior to the Grand Prix of Sonoma race weekend, Sept. 14-16.
Teams slated to participate in the teams are Team Penske, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Harding Racing. The test session is FREE to race fans and will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 2.385-mile, 12-turn road course. Race fans can watch the race cars from open seating areas and grab lunch at the Raceway Café. Tickets for the Grand Prix of Sonoma will be available for purchase.
Christensen Proves Porsche is Quickest in GT Practice Friday
Denmark’s Michael Christensen drove his No. 24 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R to the quickest practice time Friday at Watkins Glen International in preparation for this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge of Watkins Glen presented by TM Performance, the final doubleheader of the 2018 season.
Christensen, the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner, was the only driver to break the one minute, 44 second barrier Friday with a 1:43.921 and an average speed of 116.81 miles per hour at the famed 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course.
Santino Ferrucci was the big surprise on Friday - third quick
JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "The Verizon car is really quick. We just kept getting held up today. There were a lot of yellow flags and a lot of people making mistakes. It was difficult to put a lap together. I don't think Practice 2's times were relative to our pace, but I think we should be in the top five tomorrow. We have a car to do that. The guys have been working really hard all weekend. I'm excited to qualify tomorrow."
The Formula 1 draft 2019 schedule was released Friday, and the race at Circuit of Americas in 2019 is scheduled for the same weekend NASCAR is scheduled to race in Fort Worth.
Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage: “Shame on Formula One for doing this to the fans. Fans have recognized this as the NASCAR date on this weekend since its inception long before Circuit of the Americas was built. I would think a lot of fans – myself included – would enjoy going to both races. Now Formula 1 is making fans choose only one. Yet another bad call by Formula 1 showing their infamous indifference toward the fans.”
Trident’s David Beckmann celebrated his second consecutive pole position in GP3 Series Qualifying at Monza, Italy, squeezing past ART Grand Prix’s Anthoine Hubert by 0.011s to set a 1:37.959 as Leonardo Pulcini of Campos Vexatec Racing qualified third at his home circuit. The session was preceded by a 10-minute Free Practice session, which was topped by Jenzer Motorsport’s Tatiana Calderon.
Dale Coyne Racing's Sebastien Bourdais placed the No. 18 Honda atop the time sheets in today's opening practice for the Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway. Series championship leader Scott Dixon was second, with Josef Newgarden, Marco Andretti and Will Power rounding out the top-five.
The Verizon IndyCar Series will be back on track at 5:35 Eastern Time for Practice 2.
George Russell is much better than overrated Lando Norris
George Russell led the way in Qualifying for the FIA Formula 2 Championship round at Monza, Italy, beating Carlin’s Sergio Sette Camara to the fastest time on the second set of runs after the Brazilian headed the timing boards before the mid-session tire change. The ART Grand Prix driver set a 1:31.546 to clinch his fourth pole of 2018, while DAMS’ Alexander Albon was third quickest.
A group of investors based in Raleigh, N.C, have purchased Rockingham Speedway.
According to a report from the Richmond County Daily Journal, Rockingham Properties LLC has purchased the facility from its most recent owner, Billy Silas and BK Rock Holdings. The sale was expected to be finalized Thursday.
Despite a ride through the gravel trap exciting the Parabolica that was more damaging to his ego than his car, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel turned a lap of 1m21.105s to top the 2nd practice session for the Italian GP at Monza.
Vettel's teammate Kimi Raikkonen was 2nd quick at 1m21.375s and Lewis Hamilton was close in his Mercedes at 1m21.392s.
Ericsson flips as corner worker almost gets killed
Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson went for a wild ride when he crashed at the beginning of FP2 when he hit the brakes for the first chicane. Ericsson's car veered hard left, hit the barrier, dug into the grass and went flipping.
He walked away unscathed but his car is a complete write-off.
The corner worker shown in the photo to the right saw his life pass before his eyes.
Sergio Sette Camara secured the fastest time in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Free Practice session at Monza, Italy, clocking in a 1:33.810 during the final stages as the wet circuit began to dry over the course of the allotted running. The Carlin driver beat RUSSIAN TIME’s Artem Markelov to the top of the timesheets by 0.048s, as the Russian driver brought out a yellow flag at the end of the session. DAMS’ Alexander Albon completed practice in third place.
Formula 1 is delighted to release the draft calendar of the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. This will be submitted for approval during the FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting on October 12th.
For the third time in history, the pinnacle of motorsport, the Formula 1 World Championship, will be contested over a record number of 21 Grands Prix, equaling the races held in 2016 and 2018. Eleven of the 21 races will take place in Europe, five in Asia, four in the Americas and one in Australia.
The Indycars are back at Portland International Raceway this weekend after an eleven year absence. The Grand Prix of Portland will be a 105 lap race on Sunday, running on Labor Day weekend instead of the traditional Father’s Day race that was held back in the CART days. And the weather is cooperating with the return with perfect temperatures in the mid 70s and no rain in the three day forecast.
The drivers were able to test at the track yesterday in two sessions totaling five hours.
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