Sebastian Vettel came to Suzuka on a four-race winning streak and with a chance to clinch the 2013 Formula 1 driver’s championship, joining Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio and Alain Prost as the only drivers to win four or more. His teammate, Mark Webber, however, won the pole. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), second in the points, started P8 and would remain in contention even with a Vettel win if he placed there or higher. Webber started second on the grid, marking the first all-Red Bul...
Jibbies & Loond hit the town a couple of Sundays back for a great night of heavy rock music. Fitzgerald’s took what was initially booked as two shows on the same day – one tour headlined by Orange Goblin upstairs, another by Scorpion Child down – and decided instead to turn it into a mini-fest, with one ticket letting you go back and forth between the two. With the prog explorations of Lazer/Wulf, the garage cock rock of Wilson, the 70s-style greatness of both Gypsy Hawk and Kadavar, and the melodic thrash of Holy Grail also on hand, it created a metal buffet of truly epic proportions. And instead of telling you about it after the fact our duo took their gear into the field to report from the front lines while their ears still rang.
Horns Up! – J&L
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Music featured this episode:
Wilson – ‘Passing On The Left’
Holy Grail – ‘Ride The Void’
Orange Goblin – ‘Red Tide Rising’
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Will Power (Team Penske, Chevy) won the second race of the IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston, but Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda) moved into a 25-point lead in the season championships by taking second after having won Race 1 the previous day. Dixon had entered the weekend 49 points behind Power’s Penske teammate, Helio Castroneves, who finished near the bottom of both contests after mechanical problems in each.
The press conference had a subdued overall tone, as all participa...
Yesterday’s action knocked four of the drivers out of championship contention with today’s race and the oval action at Fontana, Calif., Oct. 19, remaining. Eliminated drivers were Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda), James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport, Chevrolet), Will Power (Team Penske, Chevy), and Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda).
Helio Castroneves (Team Penske, Chevy) will clinch the championship if he wins and Scott Dixon (Target Chi...
The starting grid for today’s Round 14 race was set by driver’s points, track adjustments earlier in the week having prevented a qualifying session. James Sofronas (Global Motorsports Group Audi R8 LMS) started on pole, with Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS-V.R) next to him on the front row. O’Connell’s teammate Andy Pilgrim and Randy Pobst (K-PAX Racing Volvo S60) started on Row 2, with Alex Figge in the second Volvo and Rene Rast (GMG, Audi) making up Row 3. ...
Simona de Silvestro (KV Racing Technology), who has been competing in the series since 2010, earned her first IndyCar podium finish at Race 1 of the Grand Prix of Houston, Saturday. The driver, from Mont-sur-Rolle, Switzerland, has been gaining strength late in the season, finishing P11 at Mid-Ohio, P9 at Sonoma, and P5 at Baltimore before taking the second step on the podium in Houston yesterday. She was in 9th place in the season standing through the fourth race in Sao Paulo, before hitting a ...
Takuma Sato (AJ Foyt Racing, Honda) started on pole with Will Power (Team Penske, Chevrolet) on the outside of Row 1. Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda) and Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon Racing, Chevy) qualified third, but a 10-grid spot penalty moved Bourdais back, moving Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports, Honda) Simona de Silvestro (KV Racing Technology, Chevy), and James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport, Chevy) up.
The first attempt at a standing start was aborted as Char...
Takuma Sato (AJ Foyt Enterprises, Honda) talks to the media after winning the pole for Race 1 of the IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston. Sato won earlier this year at Long Beach, but the pole was the Foyt team’s first since 1999. Houston-native Foyt, Indy Cars’ all-time wins leader with 67 stands second on the Indy Car list of all-time pole winners with 52 (behind Mario Andretti, 67).
Sato, who led the 2013 championship chase through the fourth race in Sao Paolo, entered the race week...
The two fastest drivers in Practice 2 for the Grand Prix of Houston – Just in Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing, Honda) and Will Power (Team Penske, Chevrolet) – talked to the press about the course, some of their competitors (Helio Castroneves, Team Penske, Chevy) and their expectations for the qualifying and races ahead.
You can watch the conference below. Listen carefully for a question from Chris, our resident sports car racing devotee.