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FIA WEC: Shanghai – Porsche wins, takes manufacturer’s title

The #17 Team Porsche 919 Hybrid (Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley) came into the race with the points lead, having won three straight. The #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage (Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana, Matthias Lauda) topped GTE Am qualifying. Toni Vilander and Gianmaria Bruni started on GTE Pro pole in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia, followed by the #71 piloted by teammate Davide Rigon. The #26 G-Drive Racing Ligier-Nissan (Roman Rusinov, Julien Canal, Sam Bird) qualified fastes...

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F1: United States – Hamilton wins race and 2015 championship

Nico Rosberg qualified on the pole in wet conditions, beating out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who started P2. Red Bull locked down Row 2, Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Daniil Kvyat, and Force India Row 3, Sergio Perez besting Nico Hulkenberg. The two Ferrari drivers—Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen—started back in the pack due to 10-grid spot penalties for using their fifth engine of the season. Hamilton needed to outscore Vettel by 9 points to clinch the 2015 driver championshi...

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NHRA Fall Nationals: Alexis DeJoria interview

Photo: Chris Smith Alexis DeJoria drives a Nitro Funny Car in the National Hot Rod Association. She’s also a self-made billionaire entrepreneur’s heiress—daughter of John Paul DeJoria, founder of both Paul Mitchell and Tequila Patron—and is married to West Coast Choppers’ Jesse James. But aside from having inherited her father’s will to succeed and work ethic you’d never be able to tell by talking with her. She is 100% driver. And there’s no st...

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F1: Russia – Hamilton, Vettel joined by Perez/Force India on podium

Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to pole position. Mercedes came into the race needing to score 3 more points than Ferrari to clinch the constructor’s championship. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas qualified third. Most drivers were expected to stop just once on the low-abrasion Sochi circuit. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) started P4. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) took third from Bottas through the first few corners. A safety car came out following a spin and collisions at the ba...

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USCC: Petit Le Mans – Tandy wins overall in GTLM; Barbosa, Fittipaldi take second straight title

  Watching steady rain fall throughout the day Friday at Road Atlanta, Tudor United SportsCar Championship Prototype (P) points leader Richard Westbrook knew his #90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette DP would start on the pole for Saturday’s season-ending Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda if qualifying was cancelled due to weather.   When the decision was made to hold the session, Westbrook won the pole the hard way, running a lap of 1:27.860 (104.075 mph) to capture his first P1 of the ...

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F1: Japan – Hamilton returns to the top; Rosberg, Vettel follow

Lewis Hamilton came into the race after DNF-ing in Singapore with a 41-point lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the driver championship; Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) another 8 points back. Vettel had won 4 times in 6 starts at Suzuka. Rosberg won the pole, with Hamilton starting P2. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) was next on the grid, followed by Vettel. Rosberg dropped to P4 through the first series of turns after dueling Hamilton for the lead. Vettel ran second, Bottas third. The yellow ca...

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F1: Singapore – Vettel wins, followed by Ricciardo; Hamilton DNF

Sebastian Vettel took his first pole as a Ferrari driver, breaking Mercedes streak of 23 straight, the second longest ever in F1. Hamilton and Rosberg occupied Row 3, P5 and 6 respectively. Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen lined up third. Mixed into the front of the gird was Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo qualifying on the front row (the constructor’s first Top 3 start of the year) and Daniil Kvyat starting next to Raikkonen. Alexander Rossi made his F1 race debut, the first American t...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas – Porsche wins, Audi 2-3

Porsche came into this event with momentum in both LMP1 and GT Pro classes. Porsche’s LMP1 team claimed a 1-2 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and its top finishing full-time car in that race, the #17, went on to win the following (and most recent) race at Nurburgring. The team leads the LMP1 manufacturers title chase, and Richard Lietz is on top in the GT drivers championship, having also won GTE Pro at Nurburgring. And as an extra bonus for the US round, Dempsey-Proton racing (#77 Porsche 911 ...

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USCC: Circuit of the Americas – Pruett, Hand repeat; CORE, BMW, Viper also win

Photo: Chris Smith Last year’s Lone Star Le Mans race winners the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford (Scott Pruett, Joey Hand) started on the pole this year, the #60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2-Honda (Oz Negri, John Pew) on the outside of Row 1. The Shank entry was carrying special Justin Wilson livery, in honor of his life and time spent with the team, including an overall  victory at the 2012 24 Hours of Daytona. Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa (#5 Action Express Corvet...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA - Marcel Fassler interview

Marcel Fassler is co-pilot, with Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer, of the drivers-championship leading #7 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro. Porsche is gaining ground, but Fassler remains cool. Fassler: “For sure we’ll try everything we can do to stay in front. We know that for one lap, especially for qualifying, that Porsche has a big advantage to us. We cannot beat them in qualifying. But that’s also not the points to get. I think over the distance our car is quit...

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