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WEC: 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas preview

With the FIA World Endurance Championship’s fourth annual 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas now just 5 days away (Sept. 17) as part of Lone Star Le Mans weekend at COTA it seemed like a good time to dust off the tops of the season points standings in the various classes and provide a few notes regarding the season so far. A 6-hr race win scores 25 points, with 18 for second, and 15 for third, etc. Points are doubled for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The COTA race is the first of four remaini...

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IndyCar: Watkins Glen – Dixon wins, Pagenaud extends points lead

Photo: Chris Owens The penultimate round of the 2016 championship started with Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevy) on the pole, followed by Will Power (#12 Team Penske, Chevy), Sebastien Bourdais (#11 KVSH Racing, Chevy, and the all-time road course winner) and Helio Castroneves (#3 Penske). Jack Hawksworth (#41 AJ Foyt Racing) was the highest qualifying Honda at P9. The race was IndyCar’s first at Watkins Glen since 2010, a late addition to the schedule when road race in Boston...

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F1: Italy – Hamilton blows start, Rosberg wins

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the pole, his seventh of the season, outrunning teammate Nico Rosberg by roughly 0.5 sec. Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen made held down Row 2 for Ferrari. Rosberg took the lead at the start, followed by Vettel and Raikkonen. Hamilton fell to sixth. Raikkonen pitted during Lap 16 (of 53), Vettel following one lap later. Hamilton led Vettel by 18.7 sec when he took his first stop to start Lap 26. Rosberg remained in the lead following his first pit stop, ahead o...

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WEC: 6 Hours of Mexico City – Porsche wins, home RGR team takes LMP2

The fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Mexico saw a 6 hr race with two periods of rain that force teams to adjust their strategy to cope with the changing conditions. The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley, and Timo Bernhard took its second win of the season but had to overcome some setbacks on the way to beating the #7 Audi R18 of Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler and the #6 Toyota TS050 of Mike Conway, Stephane Sarrazin, and Kamui Kobayashi. In LMP2 it w...

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IMSA: VIR – Corvette Racing, Paul Miller Lambo take wins

The series’ stop at Virginia International Raceway featured only the two GT classes. In six GT Le Mans races so far this year points leaders Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner (#4 Corvette Racing C.7R) had four wins and six podiums and Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westrbrook (#67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT) three wins and five podiums. Jan Magnussen (#3 Corvette) started on pole, with the #4 right next door. Joey Hand (#66  Ford GT) lined up third and Giancarlo Fisichella (#62 Risi Competitz...

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F1: Belgium – Rosberg wins, Ricciardo follows; Hamilton P21 to P3

The summer break ended with intrigue and accomplishment. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg won pole at Spa-Fracorchamps, while grid penalties put his championship-leading teammate on the back row of the field. With a race win worth 25 points and 19 points separating the two, the implications were clearer. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) lined up next to Rosberg, at 18 years-old becoming the youngest driver ever to start on the front row of a Formula 1 grid. Verstappen was the only driver in the Top 5 to st...

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IMSA: Road America – Action Express posts third straight 1-2, Corvette wins GTLM

Jonathan Bomarito (#55 Mazda Prototype) started on the pole and by the 2 hr 27 min mark of the 2:40 race had built a 3-sec lead on Christian Fittipaldi (#5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP) and Ricky Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP). Dirk Mueller (#66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT) won the GT Le Mans pole but suffered damage early and fell back into the field. Patrick Pilet (#911 Porsche North America 911) led the class in the early running, followed by Giancarlo Fisichella (#62 Risi...

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IndyCar: Mid-Ohio - Pagenaud wins from pole, but not easily

Photo: Chris Owens For the third time in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud won from pole, but it took one untimely caution, then a timely caution and a little bit of beating and banging with his teammate to claim victory in The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Pagenaud took the checkered flag after 90 laps around the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 4.1620 seconds ahead of teammate Will Power, his chief rival for the 2016 championship. CLICK HERE: Honda In...

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F1: Germany – Hamilton wins; Red Bull 2-3 passes Ferrari

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) tallied his fifth pole of the year and 27th of his career. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) lined up next to him, carrying a 6-point lead in the driver championship over his teammate. Red Bull held down Row 2, Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Max Verstappen, with Ferrari sweeping Row 3, Kimi Raikkonen besting Sebastian Vettel. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) lined up P7 and Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) P8. Verstappen jumped to fourth on the start, with Ricciardo also passing Rosberg for t...

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IMSA: Lime Rock – Starworks, Corvette, Magnus Audi winners

Robert Alon (#52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports), James French (#38 Performance Tech Motorsports), and Jose Gutierrez (#7 Starworks Motorsports) were the first three cars on the grid, all in Prototype Challenge (Oreca 05-Chevrolet’s) as the Prototype’s had the weekend off. Richard Westbrook (#67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT) started on GT Le Mans pole, followed by Dirk Werner (#25 BMW Team RLL M6) and Tommy Milner (#4 Corvette Racing C7.R). Spencer Pumpelly (#16 Change Racing Lamborghini ...

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