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F1: US Grand Prix – Hamilton wins fourth COTA out of 5

Lewis Hamilton took pole over Mercedes teammate and championship leader Nico Rosberg. Red Bull Racing made up Row 2, with Daniel Ricciardo starting P3 on supersoft tires (vs. the softs both in front of him and on teammate Max Verstappen’s car). The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen lined up in Row 3. Ricciardo pushed for second in Turn 1 and took it through the next turn at Circuit of the Americas. Ricciardo pitted during Lap 9 to take off the supersofts and change to softs....

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WEC: 6 Hours of Fuji – Toyota, G-Drive take first wins of 2016

The #7 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 started on pole, but all three LMP1 makes led at some point early in the race. The #7 retired during the first hour, race officials determining that its drive-train was out of homologation. Leaders half way in were the #8 Audi, the #42 Strakka Racing Gibson-Nissan (LMP2), the #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK GT (GTE Pro), and the #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage (GTE Am).   Competition at the front of the field was extremely tight, the #6 Toyota Gazoo R...

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F1: Japan – Rosberg tops Verstappen, Mercedes takes title

Mercedes came to Japan looking to clinch its third consecutive constructors championship. Nico Rosberg held a 23-point lead on his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg started on pole, followed by Hamilton. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo occupied Row 2. Verstappen passed Hamilton for second at the start. Sergio Perez (Force India) took third from him in the first corner. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) passed Perez for P3 during Lap 3. Rosberg held a 5.7-sec lead on Versta...

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WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Porsche, Audi, Toyota 1-3 overall; Aston Martin tops GT

Photo: Erik Junius Mark Webber (#1 Porsche 919) took second in Turn 1 of the first lap from Loic Duval (#8 Audi R18) who was playing defense for his pole-sitting teammate Marcel Fassler (#7). Duval retook P2 three minutes in. Marco Sorensen (#98 Aston Martin Vantage V8), led Davide Rigon (#71 Ferrari 488 GTE) and Stefan Mucke (#66 Ford GT) in early GTE Pro competition. The #44 Manor (Roberto Mehri) passed the pole-sitting #36 Signatech Alpine (Nicolas Lapierre) to take first in LMP2. Kevin Es...

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IMSA: Circuit of the Americas – Wayne Taylor Racing wins, Porsche 1-2 in GTLM

The Porsches jumped from the second GT row to P2 and P3 at the start, the #62 Ferrari remaining in the lead and Ryan Briscoe falling to fourth in the #67 Ford GT. Ricky Taylor led overall after the first lap, followed by Tristan Nunez and Joel Miller in the Mazdas. The two Action Express Corvette DPs collided in Turn 14 with 2 hr 26 min left (out of 2:45), but both remained in competition. The #31 received a drive-through penalty for initiating the contact. Twenty minutes into the race Taylor ...

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WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Audi locks down front row, Aston Martin tops GT

LMP1: #7 Audi R18, Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer – 1:45.750 #8 Audi R18, Lucas Di Grassi, Loic Duval, Oliver Jarvis, +0.233 #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley, +0.810 #6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, +1.468   LMP2: #36 Signatech Alpine A460-Nissan, Gustavo Menezes, Nicolas Lapierre, Stephane Richelmi – 1:55.892 #44 Manor Oreca 05-Nissan, Matthew Rao, Richard Bradley, Roberto Merhi &...

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IMSA: Circuit of the Americas – Qualifying

Prototype Ricky Taylor, #10 Wayne Taylor Motorsport Corvette DP – 1:58.712 Tristan Nunez, #55 Mazda Motorsports Prototype – 1:58.715 Joel Miller, #70 Mazda Motorsports Prototype – 1:59.120   Prototype Challenge (all Oreca FLM09-Chevrolet): R. Alon, #52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports – 2:01.847 J. Gutierrez, #7 Starworks Motorsport – 2:02.272 Alex Popow, #8 Starworks Motorsport – 2:02.274   GT Le Mans: Ryan Briscoe, #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing ...

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CTSCC: Circuit of the Americas – Multimatic Mustang out front green to checkers.

The Top 3 on the overall grid were Scott Maxwell (#15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350/R-C), Daniel Burkett (#33 CJ Wilson Racing Porsche Cayman GT4) and Paul Holton (#76 C360R Ford Shelby). ST’s first three qualifiers were Tyler Cooke (#84 BimmerWorld Racing BMW 328i), Sarah Cattaneo (#44 CRG-I Do Borrow Nissan Altima) and Drake Kemper (#34 Alara Racing Mazda MX-5). Holton took second early in Lap 2. A full course caution came out less than 3 min into the 2 hr 30 min race. Green-...

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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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