Video: Martin Truex Jr. spins and wins Ricky Stenhouse Jr. slides up the track, spinning leader Martin Truex Jr. on Lap 314 during the NASCAR Playoffs race at Richmond Raceway. Luckily for Truex Jr. he was still able to win. Comment
Mike Harding, George Michael Steinbrenner IV and Colton Herta
Colton Herta and the No. 88 Capstone Turbine Honda team dominated the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend after pacing the field in Thursday’s open test, securing the pole starting position, and leading 84 of 90 laps to win today’s race.
Herta finishes seventh in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series championship standings with two wins, three pole starting positions, seven Firestone Fast Six starts, and eight top-ten finishes.
Team Penske and Hitachi Group announced today that they will continue their winning partnership for the 2020 IndyCar Series season. Building on a relationship that first began in 2012, Hitachi and Team Penske have agreed to an extension that ensures the global technology, electronics and automotive company will remain a key collaborator with the team.
VeeKay Underlines his Class with Dominant Indy Lights Victory
Rinus VeeKay might not have won this year’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship trophy but he certainly demonstrated his class during this weekend’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products. VeeKay, 19, from Hoofddorp, Netherlands, claimed a complete sweep at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, securing two pole positions, two race wins and two fastest race laps, and for the second day in a row he led all 30 laps en route to an emphatic victory for Juncos Racing.
Sunday Report from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Good morning from the busy Laguna Seca. Fans and teams are streaming into the facility for the final IndyCar race of the season. Temperatures are expected to reach almost 80 degrees by race time of 12:15 pm local time.
Josef Newgarden, the championship points leader, finally seemed a bit relaxed yesterday in the last press conference on Saturday. Not obtaining an extra point for the pole, all four contenders are in the first three rows for today's race. Newgarden, going for his second IndyCar title of his career, just has to finish 4th or better to capture the Astor Cup.
Kirkwood on the Cusp of Indy Pro 2000 Title With Laguna Win
Kirkwood is dominating IP2000 just like he dominated Americas F3 last year
Kyle Kirkwood is an unstoppable force in this year’s Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. The 20-year-old from Jupiter, Fla., overcame a deficit of more than three seconds to polesitter Sting Ray Robb in this afternoon’s Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca before grasping the lead when Robb ran briefly off the road at Turn Five with just over four laps remaining. Kirkwood needed no second bidding as he reeled off the laps to claim his ninth victory in 10 races for RP Motorsport USA.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist blasted IndyCar officials for wanting an American to win the Rookie of the Year title after a qualifying penalty hurt his chances of winning 2019 Rookie of the Year.
“They ruined our day,” he told IndyCar on NBC reporter Marty Snider in a rare display of rage for the oft-reserved Swede. “I don’t why. Maybe someone has something against me. Or they want (Colton) Herta to win the rookie championship, whatever. But I guess I have to regroup for the race and find a good strategy starting from the back.”
Boris Said Dominates Trans Am at Virginia International Raceway
After being edged out by two one thousandths of a second in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli qualifying on Friday, Boris Said strapped into his newly-built No. 2 Technique/SRI Performance Dodge Challenger with a vengeance on Saturday.
Said stormed to a dominating win in the all green 100-mile Trans Am class feature at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), taking the checkered more than 10 seconds ahead of championship leader Ernie Francis Jr. (No. 98 Frameless Shower Doors Ford Mustang).
Renault's Daniel Ricciardo has been disqualified from Singapore GP qualifying for a technical infringement.
Ricciardo had qualified eighth but will now start from the back of the field in Sunday's race.
A bulletin released by the governing body stated that "it was established in the hearing, beyond any doubt in the opinion of the stewards, that the competitor exceeded the MGU-K power flow limit permitted under Appendix 3, per Article 5.2.2 of the 2019 Formula 1 Technical Regulations".
Following a dominate season, rookie Oliver Askew has clinched the 2019 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Driver Championship. Askew’s championship hands Andretti Autosport its second Indy Lights Team Championship and marks the fourth driver championship for the team.
There were two winners in today’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Teenaged Dutchman Rinus VeeKay drove a flawless race from the pole position to secure a sixth race win of the season for himself and Juncos Racing, but that wasn’t enough to prevent Florida’s Oliver Askew from clinching the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship. Askew’s low-key fourth place finish for Andretti Autosport was all he required to clinch a scholarship valued at a cool $1.1 million to guarantee entry into a minimum of three NTT IndyCar Series races in 2020, including the 104th Indianapolis 500.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that the team has extended its partnership with Honda Performance Development (HPD), who will continue to power their entries in 2020 and beyond in a multi-year deal. This season marked the 25th for the engine manufacturer in the sport after years of groundwork by Bobby Rahal led to their first season of competition in 1994.
“We are pleased to not only continue what is the longest-standing relationship our team has had but to also continue to strengthen it,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan. “We appreciate the belief Honda has put in our technical team and organization overall and our mutual respect will enable us to continue to grow as a team. The scope of the offseason projects we have lined up have us looking forward to the 2020 season and beyond as we approach the 30-year anniversary of the program in 2024.”
Harding Steinbrenner Racing partners with Andretti to run Herta in 2020
Why is this man smiling? He just landed a top IndyCar ride
SALINAS, Calif. (September, 21, 2019) – Andretti Autosport announced today that the team will join forces with Harding Steinbrenner Racing via a partnership that will see Andretti field a fifth entry for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series. The No. 88 Honda will join the Andretti stable under the Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport banner. HSR team principals Mike Harding and George Michael Steinbrenner, IV will join Michael Andretti as leadership partners of the 88 team.
Rosenqvist tops IndyCar Practice 3 over Penske Powerhouse
If final practice is any indication, Team Penske appears poised to freeze Alexander Rossi out of any chance to win the IndyCar title. While Felix Rosenqvist turned the fastest lap in this session, the sandbagging Penske IndyCar team ran 2-3-4 in their Chevys led by points leader Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud. Their goal is to start 1-2-3 and let Rossi suck their fumes all race on Sunday. Without a win, and with Newgarden out front, Rossi will be left wondering how many titles and Indy 500s he might have won had he signed with Team Penske.
Saturday morning report from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Herta testing the tires
Good morning from the scenic Monterey Bay Peninsula. The temperatures are going to warm up to the low 80s today. This will be almost ten degrees warmer today than yesterday, just in time for Firestone Fast Six Qualifying.
Tire degradation is the phrase we have been hearing from the drivers since the Thursday test. The primary black tire is falling off after only 5 laps, causing the cars to slide on the slippery track.
United Autosports Take First ELMS LMP2 Pole of 2019 at Spa
Filipe Albuquerque (C) on pole
United Autosports capitalized on their pace in free practice with Filipe Albuquerque taking pole position for the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in the no22 Oreca-Gibson by over seven tenths of a second.
The no28 IDEC Sport and no31 Algarve Pro Racing Orecas didn’t take part in the 12-minute LMP2 qualifying session after the separate accidents at Raidillon in Free Practice 2.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that they have exercised their option on NTT IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato for 2020. Sato first joined the team in 2012 and returned in 2018. He has earned five wins in the series to date, three of which coming with the team. The 2020 season will be his third consecutive with RLL, and fourth overall.
Sato earned his second win of the season, and fifth overall in the series in the Bommarito 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) on August 24. Other season highlights include a win from pole in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, pole for the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway and third-place podium finishes at the Indianapolis 500 and Race 1 in Detroit.
Rinus VeeKay stormed to pole for the opening race of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires doubleheader season finale weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
The driver of the No. 21 Juncos Racing Dallara IL-15 put down a monster lap of 1 minute, 16.017 seconds (105.987 mph), which cleared second-best Toby Sowery (No. 2 HMD Motorsports/Team Pelfrey) by a staggering 0.628 of a second.
(GMM) Formula 1 must learn from the crash that killed Anthoine Hubert and left fellow F2 driver Juan Manuel Correa seriously injured.
In a London hospital, 20-year-old Correa has now emerged from his artificial coma and life support, but doctors at a London hospital say he needs "major surgery" to avoid "irreversible injuries" to his right leg.
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