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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 – Race 13, Red Bull 1-2

The teams started the race with the expectation that tires would last roughly 16 laps of the scheduled 27, with at least one tire change compulsory. Craig Lowndes (Red Bull Racing Australia) inherited the lead from teammate Jamie Whincup when Whincup made his first pit stop. Lowndes pitted on Lap 15. Whincup stayed in front of Lowndes at pit exit, with pole-sitter Fabian Coulthard (Lockwood Racing, Holden) running third. This remained the Top 3 running order and race-end, with Will Davison (...

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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 - Davison, Lowndes, Tander press conference

The three fastest drivers in the four practice sessions leading up to V8 Supercars Austin 400 at Circuit of the Americas took some time to answer questions regarding their impressions of the track, the series coming to the States, and things racing-in-general. Though Will Davison (Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford), Craig Lowndes (Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden), and Garth Tander (Holden Racing Team) might be fierce competitors on the track this footage demonstrates that there's also a good deal of cam...

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Pirelli World Challenge Race 4: COTA – Pole-sitters O’Connell, Aschenbach win

  Photo: General Motors Pole-sitter Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS-V.R) led 13 laps in followed by James Sofronas (Global Motorsports Group Audi R8), Randy Pobst (K-Pax Racing Volvo S60), Andy Pilgrim (Cadillac Racing), and Alex Figge (K-Pax Volvo). GTS leaders after 14 were Nic Jonsson (Kinetic Kia Racing Russell Smith Optima), Lawson Aschenbach (Black Dog Racing Camaro), and Mark Wilkins (Kinetic Kia). Aschenbach took the GTS lead from Jonsson during Lap 16, with O’C...

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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 – Whincup takes Race 14 pole

 Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden) took his sixth pole of the season and 44th of his career in qualifying for Race 14, the second race of the Austin 400 at Circuit of the Americas, with a time of 1:32.0311. Teammate Craig Lowndes was 0.2598 sec back. Race 13 pole winner Fabian Coulthard (Lockwood Racing, Holden) took P3 with a time of 1:32.3257, some 0.27 sec faster than his pole winning time in the previous qualifying session. Starti...

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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 – Coulthard tops Race 13 qualifying

Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. Limited tire supplies for the US trip placed a premium on getting the fastest lap possible as quickly as possible in qualifying for the first race of the Austin 400, Race 13 of the V8 Supercars season Fabian Coulthard (Lockwood Racing, Holden) took the pole with a time of 1:32.5934, more than 0.3 sec faster than the fastest time set in practice (Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden 1:32.5934). Lowndes teammate Jamie Whincup was second quick...

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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 – Practice 4, Lowndes drops the hammer

Craig Lowndes (Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden), who after the first couple of practices wondered if teams would use new tires to try to post better times, threw some on his ride and blew Scott McLaughlin’s (Fujitsu Racing GRM, Holden) then-best practice time of 1:34.2269 away, posting a 1:32.9042. A number of other teams followed suit, with the Top 10 fastest times all in the 1:33s. Will Davison (Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford) was second quickest, 0.3361 sec off Lowndes pace. Garth Tander (...

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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 – Van Gisbergen tops Practice 3; tire wear comes into play

Shane van Gisbergen (TEKNO Team VIP, Holden) continued to shine in practice for V8 Supercars Austin 400 at Circuit of the Americas, topping Practice 3 after being third quickest in Practice 1 and second in Practice 2. Van Gisbergen’s time of 1:34.5358 was roughly 0.31 sec off the fastest practice time of the two earlier sessions, posted by Scott McLaughlin (Fujitsu Racing GRM, Holden) in the second session. Fabian Coulthard (Lockwood Racing, Holden), the fastest driver in Practice 1, was ...

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V8 Supercars: Austin 400 – McLaughlin fastest Practices 1 and 2

Friday morning’s Practice 1 saw the Australian V8 Supercars take to Circuit of the Americas with a purpose for the first time. Lapping, car tweaking, and general race prep all taking place in equal measure. Fabian Coulthard (Lockwood Racing, Holden) was fastest in the morning at 1:34.3492, with James Moffat (Norton 360 Racing, Nissan) 0.47 sec behind. The Holdens of Shane Van Gisbergen (TEKNO Team VIP) and Jason Bright (Team BOC) were next quickest. Will Davison (Pepsi Max Crew FPR) was ...

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Pirelli World Challenge: Circuit of the Americas ride-along

Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. I’ve been a racing fan for as long as I can remember. It and music enthralled me from the first time I laid eyes and ears on them. My first favorite drivers were Johnny Rutherford, Nicki Lauda, and Jody Scheckter. My favorite cars were the Martini Porsche 936s that dominated sports car racing at the time. Given all this, I’ve long tried to imagine what it would be like to go around a world-class road course in an actual race car. Thanks to...

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Australian V8 Supercars: Whincup rules Perth

Three-time V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden) won both Sunday races at the Chill Perth 360, reinforcing the championship lead he took Saturday. He won the first race of the day over Team BOC's Jason Bright (Holden) and Pepsi Max Crew's Mark Winterbottom (Ford). He scored the double in by beating teammate Craig Lowndes with Bright third. Whincup’s focus now turns to the series US debut at the Circuit of the Americas, May 17-19. "Going to Texas is going t...

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