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Texas IndyCar Postscript and IndyCar safety
by Brian Carroccio
I'm going to do something a little different today. Typically, in these postscripts I elaborate on a number of the subjects du jour
in the Verizon IndyCar Series. However, given that I covered some of those in last week's Pocono Postscript
, IndyCar's return to Texas was such an abbreviated affair, and I'll have a postscript after Watkins Glen, I figured this might be a good time to do something different. Furthermore, Saturday evening's restart/conclusion of the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway brought a topic to the fore that has been hotly-debated in recent years: the style of racing IndyCar should pursue on high speed banked ovals.
And I'll admit: I'm torn.
Stealing the 500 - Part 1 of 2
by Stephen Cox
He wasn't the first to try, nor was he the last. Armed with a huge budget, a massive turbine engine and two of the finest drivers on the planet, in the spring of 1968 Carroll Shelby was ready to steal the Indianapolis 500. The plan was straightforward. Ken Wallis, a 38-year-old British aircraft engineer, had designed the famed Granatelli-Lotus Turbine with which Parnelli Jones had nearly won the race in 1967. Wallis had left Granatelli's team and was now looking for work. Shelby hired Wallis to build the team's racecars, and then hired reigning Formula 1 champion Dennis Hulme and defending Can-Am champion Bruce McLaren to drive them.
IndyCar GP at Watkins Glen preview
Newly paved track set for new lap record
There have been eight different winners in the 14 previous Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2016: Juan Pablo Montoya (Streets of St. Petersburg), Scott Dixon (Phoenix International Raceway), Simon Pagenaud (Streets of Long Beach, Barber Motorsports Park, Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course), Alexander Rossi (Indianapolis 500), Sebastien Bourdais (Raceway at Belle Isle-1), Will Power (Raceway at Belle Isle-2, Road America, Toronto and Pocono), Josef Newgarden (Iowa Speedway) and Graham Rahal (Texas Motor Speedway). Who will win at The Glen?
Magnussen, Garcia Take First Win of Season at VIR
by Steven Cole Smith
As strong as the two-car Chevrolet Corvette Racing C7.Rs have been in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans class, it's hard to believe that the No. 3 Corvette of Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia hasn't won since the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March -- of 2015. "It's been a long time," Magnussen said. "We just haven't had things go our way." But things did today in the Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway, with Magnussen qualifying on the pole and driving a near-flawless first stint before turning it over to Garcia, who kept the car ahead of a powerful Ford GT, the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand.
NASCAR Post Race Press Conference
From Michigan International SpeedwayParticipants:
Kyle Larson (Driver)
Chad Johnston (Crew Chief)
Chip Ganassi (Team Co-owner)
Robert Kauffman (Team Co-owner)
Kyle Larson First Time Sprint Cup Winner at Michigan
by Pete McCole
The next generation of NASCAR's superstar drivers was on full display Sunday at Michigan International Speedway as twenty-four year old Kyle Larson beat out 20-year-old rookie Chase Elliott to score his first-career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in the Pure Michigan 400. Larson snatched the lead away from Elliott on a restart with nine laps to go and hit his marks over the final laps to beat Elliott by nearly 1.5 seconds for his first win in 99-career series starts and secure himself a spot in the field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Belgium GP Sunday Press Conference
1 - Nico ROSBERG (Mercedes)
2 - Daniel RICCIARDO (Red Bull Racing)
3 - Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
Rosberg leads all the way to win Belgium GP
Ahead of Daniel Riccardo
Nico Rosberg put his Mercedes in front at the start while Max Verstappen next to him got away slow and Rosberg then motored to an easy win in the Belgium GP at Spa ahead of Daniel Riccardo and Lewis Hamilton up from last in the superior Aldo Costa masterpiece. There was a lot of carnage behind Rosberg at the start, including the two Ferraris hitting each other and Kevin Magnussen losing control at over 200 mph through Eau Rouge and hitting the barriers so hard the race had to be red-flagged while they were repaired.
Firestone 600 Post-Race Press Conference
Winner of the Firestone 600, Graham Rahal, driver of the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda led only one lap tonight -- the last lap and that's all he needed to. He became the 14th driver in IndyCar history to lead only the last lap of the race and win. There was some action there at the end, cautions, so to speak, but the drivers put on a great show for the fans, and I think anybody that watched that race, they can come back next year and understand that when they come to an IndyCar race they're going to get the best racing possible.
Rahal edges Hinchcliffe to win Firestone 600
by Tim Wohlford
Ya had to wait for it. 77 days in fact, then another 100 laps as one car put a hurting on the rest of the field. But in that last 8 laps, racing addicts got their fix as cars went 4-wide to decide the race by 8/1000th of a second, the fifth-closest in IndyCar history. But yes, you had to wait for it.
Michael McDowell Scores First Xfinity Series Victory
Leads 24 of Final 25 Laps at Road America
Michael McDowell led 24 of the final 25 laps of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville for his first victory in 94 series races. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular finished .534 seconds ahead of his Richard Childress Racing teammate Brendan Gaughan after two late restarts, including a green-while-checkered overtime finish.
Brett Moffitt Wins On Last-Lap Pass
First Career NASCAR Truck Series Victory
In five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Brett Moffitt had never led a lap. But in Saturday’s Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway, Moffitt picked the perfect time to take the point for the first time. Powering around Red Horse Racing teammate Timothy Peters and five-time series winner William Byron off the second corner of the final lap at the two-mile track, Moffitt held off Peters by .098 seconds to win a NASCAR national series race for the first time.
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