Kalitta, C. Force, T. Gray, Hines Quickest in zMax Qualifying
Doug Kalitta, Courtney Force, Tanner Gray and Andrew Hines took the provisional no. 1 qualifying positions for Sunday's 10th annual Carolina Nationals NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at zMax Dragway - the opening race in the six-race Countdown to the Championship.
Doug Kalitta edged out Clay Millican for the provisional pole in Top Fuel, jumping from second place to the top of the ladder with a run of 3.723 seconds at 329.50 mph in the second session of the afternoon – and nearly three hundredths quicker than his first-round pass.
Kalitta, the defending Carolina Nationals top qualifier, has yet to post a victory in two final-round appearances this season and has secured just one no. 1 qualifier this season, coming at Norwalk back in June. Kalitta's qualifying performance also earned him five bonus points, pushing him to fourth in the Countdown standings.
The other Chevy cars are slow but the Team Penske Chevys ran 1-2-3-4 in the 2nd practice session for the IndyCar season finale at Sonoma. What makes the Penske cars so fast? The superior Penske shock package that only Team Penske has.
Josef Newgarden, as he was in practice 1, turned the fastest lap at 1m16.249s to top teammate Pagenaud, Castroneves and Power.
THE MODERATOR: We'll get started with our media availability here. We'd like to welcome Zachary Claman DeMelo, the driver of the No. 13 Paysafe Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Welcome. Making your Verizon IndyCar Series debut this weekend. How does it feel so far?
Group One Thousand One Enters IndyCar with Zach Veach
Starting in 2018, Zach Veach will take the wheel of the No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda Indy car as the fourth entry in Andretti Autosport’s Verizon IndyCar Series effort. Veach has raced in every step of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder with Andretti Autosport, including a career-best Indy Lights championship finish of third in 2014.
The U.S.-based insurance holding company Group One Thousand One will serve as Veach’s primary sponsor, building on the support that Dan Towriss, CEO, gave Veach in his first Indianapolis 500 race, earlier this year.
IndyCar points leader Josef Newgarden turned the fastest lap in opening practice for the IndyCar season finale at Sonoma. Newgarden's lap of 1m16.395s led a Team Penske 1-2-3 using the superior Team Penske shock package.
Will Power was 2nd quick in the #12 Penske Chevy ahead of defending IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud.
The fastest non-Chevy and non-Penske shock car was Alexander Rossi in the #98 NAPA Andretti Honda just 0.177 sec behind Newgarden.
It is a beautiful, cool morning here in Sonoma, California. The sun is out and the temperature is 60 degrees. Practice 1 for the IndyCars will start at 10 am today. The wind was definitely an issue for the testing yesterday, changing direction during the sessions. But today it much calmer.
The drivers we talked too yesterday mentioned how hard setting up the car is when the wind and the temperatures keep changing.
Ricciardo leads Red Bull 1-2 in 2nd Singapore Practice
Verstappen tried but he came up short to his teammate
Daniel Ricciardo was fastest in opening practice on the streets of Singapore and after the sun went down he was even faster, leading a Red Bull 1-2 in the 2nd practice session for the Singapore GP. His time of 1m40.852s was 1/2-sec faster than his teammate Max Verstappen.
It was a very smooth and collected Hamilton who got closest to them, albeit seven-tenths down, after Vettel aborted his out-of-sequence run on ultras having stumbled across traffic. The German then whacked a wall and ripped down an advertising hoarding, bringing out the Virtual Safety Car temporarily while the debris was cleared. Thankfully for him, his Ferrari escaped damage.
Scuderia Toro Rosso is pleased to announce that it has reached a multi-year agreement with Honda Motor Co. Ltd. to run Honda power units starting from the 2018 Formula 1 season.
Franz Tost (Scuderia Toro Rosso, Team Principal): “Everyone in our team is very much looking forward to working with Honda. Ever since its founder Soichiro Honda entered his motorcycles in events, racing has always been a central part of the company’s ethos. It’s a very exciting challenge and I hope that both parties will gain a great deal from it as we develop together. Honda has a long history in Formula 1, dating back to 1964 when it first entered the sport with its own team and, as an engine supplier it has taken five Drivers’ World Championship titles and six Constructors. This heritage, together with the full confidence that we have in Honda’s capabilities to succeed, make me strongly believe that we will achieve a fruitful future together.’
Fernando Alonso considering F1 racing future Formula 1 stars Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz are both open to leaving their current teams. In Alonso's case, it could mean a move stateside to race in IndyCar. VideoComment
Ground broken on $30 million expansion of Richmond Raceway
Less than a week after NASCAR’s top circuit rolled out of town, Richmond Raceway wasted no time getting started on a $30 million expansion to the track.
A groundbreaking ceremony Thursday was dedicated to the fans, with longtime Richmond Raceway attendee Tom Enroughty given the opportunity to dig the first hole.
Many more will follow, and an entire section of the track will be removed to create a wider pedestrian tunnel underneath to accommodate increased viewing of the pits, garages and victory lane before and during races.
Copyright 1999-2019 | AutoRacing1 is an independent internet online publication and is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by IndyCar, NASCAR, FIA, or any series sponsor.
This material may not be published, broadcast, or redistributed without permission.