2017 WORLD RALLY CARS UNCOVERED

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THE WRC IS EVOLVING. AND FROM 2017, NEW TECHNICAL REGULATIONS WILL USHER IN A FRESH AND EXCITING BREED OF WORLD RALLY CARS THAT ARE MORE POWERFUL, DISTINCTIVE AND DRAMATIC.

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Marquez says Ducati one-two “the good thing” about Austria

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MotoGP points leader Marc Marquez says Ducati taking first and second was the “good thing” about the Austrian Grand Prix, as main rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi could only finish third and fourth.

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Force wins again in Sonoma

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John Force scored his second consecutive Funny Car victory as J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won in front of a sell-out crowd at Sonoma.

FUNNY CAR

Force secured his 145th career victory in the category when he defeated Ron Capps in his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T in a tightly contested race. Force powered his Realtree Peak Antifreeze Camaro to a winning pass of 3.948 seconds at 324.59 mph to Capps’s 3.960 at 320.13.

“We won Denver and that got me motivated,” said Force. “My daughter (Courtney Force) and Robert (Hight) were outrunning me in Denver but we got the win. We knew it was going to be a different animal here. We got down here and I was amazed.” 

Capps who raced to his third runner-up finish on the season, along with his category leading four wins, retains his points lead in Funny Car. Capps, along with Courtney Force of John Force Racing who is second in the points, become the first two Funny Car competitors to earn berths in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

TOP FUEL 

Todd piloted his SealMaster Top Fuel dragster to his first win in nearly a year when his 3.745sec run at 324.83mph defeated Richie Crampton’s 3.806 at 313.07. It earned Todd his ninth career Top Fuel victory and his first since Seattle last year.

He said: “It has been a long time coming for these SealMaster boys. We’ve been to a few finals and haven’t been able to close the deal. I had all the faith and confidence in Connie Kalitta and Rob Flynn and they made the right calls all day.”

Steve Torrence, the No. 1 qualifier who raced to a semifinal appearance and Brittany Force who has two wins on the season also gained entry in the Countdown to the Championship on Sunday.

PRO STOCK

Anderson continued his dominance in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro when he defeated his KB Racing teammate Bo Butner for his seventh win of the season. Anderson, who notched his 85th win, raced to victory with a pass of 6.580 at 210.54.

The win ties Anderson with Bob Glidden as the second-most successful Pro Stock racer in history behind Warren Johnson who has 97 victories. This is the fifth career win at Sonoma for Anderson and he is the Pro Stock points leader.

“This track has been magical to KB Racing, not just to me but Jason Line too,” said Anderson. “It is a great racetrack, great weather conditions, and full grandstands. You don’t get any better than that. It cranks us up and gives us a lot of energy.”

Butner retains his third place position in the points and joins Anderson and Jason Line as the first three racers in Pro Stock to lock in a position in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYLE

Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Tonglet scored his first win since 2011, defeating Andrew Hines in the final. Tonglet, who was 2010 Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, had the winning run of 6.813 at 196.73, and had to beat Katie Sullivan, Hector Arana, Eddie Krawiec as well as Hines to secure the win. 

“It has been five years since we have won and to bring home the Wally after beating Andrew and Eddie back to back is just huge for our team,” said Tonglet. “We just come out here to have fun and it wasn’t getting fun. We had to change some things up, and it is just great.”

 

Final finish order at the 29th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway. 

TOP FUEL: 1.  J.R. Todd; 2.  Richie Crampton; 3.  Steve Torrence; 4.  Doug Kalitta; 5.  Brittany Force; 6.  Antron Brown; 7.  Tony Schumacher; 8.  Scott Palmer; 9.  Leah Pritchett; 10.  T.J. Zizzo; 11.  Terry McMillen; 12.  Terry Haddock; 13.  Shawn Langdon; 14.  Bill Litton; 15.  Clay Millican; 16.  Troy Buff.

Final: J.R. Todd, 3.745 seconds, 324.83 mph  def. Richie Crampton, 3.806 seconds, 313.07 mph.

FUNNY CAR: 1.  John Force; 2.  Ron Capps; 3.  Del Worsham; 4.  Courtney Force; 5.  Chad Head; 6.  Robert Hight; 7.  Matt Hagan; 8.  Jack Beckman; 9.  Tommy Johnson Jr.; 10.  Cruz Pedregon; 11.  Tim Wilkerson; 12.  John Hale; 13.  Tim Gibbons; 14.  Gary Densham; 15.  Jeff Diehl; 16.  Alexis DeJoria.

Funny Car — John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.948, 324.59  def. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.960, 320.13.

PRO STOCK: 1.  Greg Anderson; 2.  Bo Butner; 3.  Matt Hartford; 4.  Shane Gray; 5.  Drew Skillman; 6.  Vincent Nobile; 7.  Allen Johnson; 8.  Chris McGaha; 9.  Jason Line; 10.  Jeg Coughlin; 11.  Deric Kramer; 12.  Alex Laughlin; 13.  Aaron Strong; 14.  Joey Grose; 15.  Erica Enders; 16.  Alan Prusiensky.

Pro Stock — Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.580, 210.54  def. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.622, 210.70.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: 1.  LE Tonglet; 2.  Andrew Hines; 3.  Eddie Krawiec; 4.  Hector Arana Jr; 5.  Matt Smith; 6.  Hector Arana; 7.  Angelle Sampey; 8.  Jerry Savoie; 9.  Chip Ellis; 10.  Jim Underdahl; 11.  Steve Johnson; 12.  Karen Stoffer; 13.  Freddie Camarena; 14.  Angie Smith; 15.  Katie Sullivan; 16.  Michael Ray.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.813, 196.73  def. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.864, 194.52.

 

Point standings after 15 of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

Top Fuel: 1.  Antron Brown, 1,204; 2.  Doug Kalitta, 1,167; 3.  Steve Torrence, 1,072; 4.  Brittany Force, 1,008; 5.  Tony Schumacher, 971; 6.  J.R. Todd, 897; 7.  Shawn Langdon, 836; 8.  Richie Crampton, 754; 9.  Clay Millican, 715; 10.  Leah Pritchett, 586.

Funny Car: 1.  Ron Capps, 1,214; 2.  Courtney Force, 1,084; 3.  Jack Beckman, 1,031; 4.  Del Worsham, 960; 5.  John Force, 937; 6.  (tie) Matt Hagan, 936; Robert Hight, 936; 8.  Tommy Johnson Jr., 888; 9.  Tim Wilkerson, 827; 10.  Alexis DeJoria, 765.

Pro Stock: 1.  Greg Anderson, 1,587; 2.  Jason Line, 1,583; 3.  Bo Butner, 1,065; 4.  Allen Johnson, 939; 5.  Vincent Nobile, 811; 6.  Drew Skillman, 805; 7.  Shane Gray, 737; 8.  Chris McGaha, 718; 9.  Jeg Coughlin, 644; 10.  Alex Laughlin, 627.

Pro Stock Motorcycle: 1.  Eddie Krawiec, 824; 2.  Andrew Hines, 735; 3.  Angelle Sampey, 595; 4.  Jerry Savoie, 556; 5.  LE Tonglet, 484; 6.  Hector Arana, 427; 7.  Chip Ellis, 422; 8.  Matt Smith, 344; 9.  Hector Arana Jr, 305; 10.  Steve Johnson, 300.

NASCAR announces 2017 start times, moving closer to primetime

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NASCAR revealed the 2017 starting times for the Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday.

With consideration of the TV Partners and competition, the sanctioning body elected to move 17 national series events closer to primetime scheduling in an effort to expose the sport to a larger audience. Nearly half of the Cup point races will be featured on the primary networks of FOX and NBC — including the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, Coke Zero 400, Brickyard 400 and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 

“It’s our responsibility, collectively as an industry, to ensure the sport is healthy, strong and growing by delivering great racing in a way that best meets the needs of our fans,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. “Earlier insight on start times benefits not only fans, but also our teams and tracks, as it provides more opportunities to plan travel and to purchase race tickets.” 

Eight Xfinity and the fall truck race at Talladega Superspeedway will be televised on FOX. NASCAR has also changed two dates for NXS and NCWTS races. The NXS Road America race will be run on Sunday, Aug. 27, on NBC. The truck race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is scheduled for Sept. 3 on FS1 leading into the Southern 500 on NBCSN.

NASCAR also announced that the 2018 Daytona 500 will run on Feb. 18 over President’s Day weekend with the remainder of the Speedweeks schedule to follow.

2017 NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

Date

Location

Network

Race Start

Radio

2/18

The Unlimited at

Daytona International Speedway

FS1

8 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

2/19

DAYTONA 500 Qualifying at

Daytona International Speedway

FOX

3 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

2/23

Can-Am Duel at

Daytona International Speedway

FS1

7 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

2/26

DAYTONA 500 at

Daytona International Speedway

FOX

2 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

3/5

Atlanta Motor Speedway

FOX

2:30 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

3/12

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

FOX

3:30 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

3/19

Phoenix International Raceway

FOX

3:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

3/26

Auto Club Speedway

FOX

3:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

4/2

Martinsville Speedway

FS1

2 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

4/9

Texas Motor Speedway

FOX

1:30 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

4/23

Bristol Motor Speedway

FOX

2 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

4/30

Richmond International Raceway

FOX

2 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

5/7

Talladega Superspeedway

FOX

2 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

5/13

Kansas Speedway

FS1

7:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

5/20

NASCAR All-Star Race at

Charlotte Motor Speedway

FS1

6 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

5/28

Coca-Cola 600 at

Charlotte Motor Speedway

FOX

6 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

6/4

Dover International Speedway

FS1

1 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

6/11

Pocono Raceway

FS1

3 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

6/18

Michigan International Speedway

FS1

3 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

6/25

Sonoma Raceway

FS1

3 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

7/1

Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway

NBC

7:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

7/8

Kentucky Speedway

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

7/16

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NBCSN

3 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

7/23

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NBC

3 p.m.

IMS / SiriusXM

7/30

Pocono Raceway

NBCSN

3 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

8/6

Watkins Glen International

NBCSN

3 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

8/13

Michigan International Speedway

NBCSN

3 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

8/19

Bristol Motor Speedway

NBC

7:30 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

9/3

Darlington Raceway

NBCSN

6 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

9/9

Richmond International Raceway

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

9/17

Chicagoland Speedway

NBCSN

3 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

9/24

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NBCSN

2 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

10/1

Dover International Speedway

NBCSN

2 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

10/7

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NBCSN

7 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

10/15

Talladega Superspeedway

NBC

2 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

10/22

Kansas Speedway

NBCSN

3 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

10/29

Martinsville Speedway

NBCSN

1 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

11/5

Texas Motor Speedway

NBC

2 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

11/12

Phoenix International Raceway

NBC

2:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

11/19

Homestead-Miami Speedway

NBC

2:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule  

Date

Location

Network

Race Start

Radio

2/25

Daytona International Speedway

FS1

3:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

3/4

Atlanta Motor Speedway

FS1

1:30 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

3/11

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

FS1

4 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

3/18

Phoenix International Raceway

FOX

4 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

3/25

Auto Club Speedway

FS1

4 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

4/8

Texas Motor Speedway

FOX

1:30 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

4/22

Bristol Motor Speedway

FS1

12:30 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

4/29

Richmond International Raceway

FS1

12:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

5/6

Talladega Superspeedway

FOX

1 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

5/27

Charlotte Motor Speedway

FS1

1 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

6/3

Dover International Speedway

FS1

1 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

6/10

Pocono Raceway

FOX

1 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

6/17

Michigan International Speedway

FS1

1:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

6/24

Iowa Speedway

FS1

8:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

6/30

Daytona International Speedway

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

7/7

Kentucky Speedway

NBCSN

8 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

7/15

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NBCSN

4 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

7/22

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NBCSN

3:30 p.m.

IMS / SiriusXM

7/29

Iowa Speedway

NBC

3:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

8/5

Watkins Glen International

NBCSN

2 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

8/12

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

NBCSN

3:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

8/18

Bristol Motor Speedway

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

8/27

Road America

NBC

3 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

9/2

Darlington Raceway

NBCSN

3:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

9/8

Richmond International Raceway

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

9/16

Chicagoland Speedway

NBCSN

3:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

9/23

Kentucky Speedway

NBCSN

8 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

9/30

Dover International Speedway

NBCSN

3 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

10/6

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NBCSN

8 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

10/21

Kansas Speedway

NBC

3 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

11/4

Texas Motor Speedway

NBCSN

8:30 p.m.

PRN / SiriusXM

11/11

Phoenix International Raceway

NBC

3:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

11/18

Homestead-Miami Speedway

NBCSN

3:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule

Date

Location

Network

Race Start

Radio

2/24

Daytona International Speedway

FS1

7:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

3/4

Atlanta Motor Speedway

FS1

4:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

4/1

Martinsville Speedway

FS1

2:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

5/12

Kansas Speedway

FS1

8:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

5/19

Charlotte Motor Speedway

FS1

8:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

6/2

Dover International Speedway

FS1

5:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

6/9

Texas Motor Speedway

FS1

8 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

6/17

Gateway Motorsports Park

FS1

8:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

6/23

Iowa Speedway

FS1

8:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

7/6

Kentucky Speedway

FS1

7:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

7/19

Eldora Speedway

FS1

9 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

7/29

Pocono Raceway

FS1

1 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

8/12

Michigan International Speedway

FS1

1 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

8/16

Bristol Motor Speedway

FS1

8:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

9/3

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

FS1

2:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

9/15

Chicagoland Speedway

FS1

8:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

9/23

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

FS1

1 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

9/30

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

FS1

8:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

10/14

Talladega Superspeedway

FOX

1 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

10/28

Martinsville Speedway

FS1

1:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

11/3

Texas Motor Speedway

FS1

8:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

11/10

Phoenix International Raceway

FS1

8:30 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

11/17

Homestead-Miami Speedway

FS1

8 p.m.

MRN / SiriusXM

F1 2016: ten talking points from the Hungarian GP

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Hamilton took the championship lead

Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian GP for the fifth time in his career after overtaking teammate Nico Rosberg in the first corner moments after lights out, and never surrendered the lead en route to the chequered flag at the Hungaroring.

But it wasn’t a straightforward race for Hamilton, who had to contend with constant pressure from the other Mercedes throughout, especially during a difficult second stint in which the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo closed to within touching distance.

However, Rosberg was unable to mount a real challenge for the lead on a track where overtaking is incredibly hard, giving Hamilton his fifth victory in six races.

The triple world champion now leads the drivers’ championship for the first time this season, with a six-point cushion over his teammate in what will surely be another two-horse race for the title.

Hamilton denies triggering Rosberg investigation

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Lewis Hamilton had denied that a conversation he had with the FIA’s Charlie Whiting had an influence on the decision by the stewards to investigate Nico Rosberg over the yellow flag issue in Hungarian GP qualifying.

The stewards had initially decided not to conduct a formal investigation into Rosberg’s pole lap.

However, the German was summoned by an FIA document timed at 7.16pm, over three hours after qualifying ended, after new evidence emerged.

Sources have indicated that Hamilton had been in contact with the FIA, although it is not clear if he actually provided any new information.

Intriguingly, in the post-race press conference Hamilton talked extensively about the yellow flag issue and gave details about how Rosberg’s apex speed on the yellow flag lap had been the same as on his previous lap, so it’s possible that he provided similar information to the FIA.

Toto Wolff confirmed that Hamilton had been in touch with Whiting after qualifying, although the team principal was keen to play down the significance of that contact.

“I don’t believe I influenced the stewards’ enquiry,” said Hamilton tonight.

“I have spoken to Charlie for clarification, because as I said in the press conference, which obviously I don’t want to bring up again, but in the next scenario when I’m in the same position where I was all I have to do is lose a tenth in Turn 8, and even though there’s a car facing me on the track in Turn 9, all I have to do is lose a tenth.

“Lifting and coasting into a corner, that’s fuel saving. And braking at the same place and getting on the power five metres earlier or whatever it was, and being the same speed at the apex and actually much quicker at the exit…

“And also at the apex of the corner there was a yellow flag on the right for the Turn 9. It’s just important to know. If that is the case, the precedent was set yesterday.

“He said he’s going to think about it, because that’s not how it should be. If I do the same thing in the next race, do we get penalised. All the young racers, all of us here, need to know.”

Hamilton expects the matter to be discussed in the next driver’s briefing in Germany next week.

“I believe so. I will definitely raise it, because as I said knowing that on a double waved yellow now is [lift] and then gas it and go back on it, and still go purple.

“I can still get pole while there’s someone crashed or marshals on the track or a car in the middle of the road. If I get round him with only using a tenth, there should be no penalty.”

Mercedes optimistic Rosberg will escape gearbox penalty


Mercedes is hopeful that Nico Rosberg will escape a gearbox penalty at the Hungarian Grand Prix, despite the problems he suffered at Silverstone.

The German risked retiring from the British GP a fortnight ago when his car briefly got stuck in seventh gear towards the end of the race.
After being given radio messages to help him cure the issue – and advice from the outfit about avoiding the troubled gear afterwards – Rosberg made it to the finish line but received a post-race penalty for the assistance he got.
Mercedes had to wait until it arrived at the Hungaroring to be able to inspect the gearbox under FIA supervision, and its initial diagnosis is that it is not damaged.
A decision has subsequently been taken for Rosberg to run the unit during Friday’s free practice sessions so the team can better analyse if there are any problems that could risk trouble in the race.
However, a Mercedes spokesman said the team was ‘optimistic’ that the gearbox was okay to be raced.