Rahal Passes Hinchcliffe To Win Closest Race At Texas

August 27. 2016 --- Graham Rahal passed James Hinchcliffe coming out of the last turn of the last lap and held on for the win by 0.0080 of a second - the closest finish in the 20-year history of the 1.455-mile oval and the fifth-closest finish of any Indy car race in history. "I didn't want to go through this year without a win," Rahal said. "On that last yellow, I was telling myself this could be my chance, you'd better get it done. We're just lucky it all worked out." The nail-biting finish climaxed an evening of thrilling Verizon IndyCar Series racing as the event suspended by rain after 71 laps June 12 was completed under the lights at TMS. Eight drivers swapped the lead 14 times throughout the 248 laps (including the June portion), with Hinchcliffe setting the pace for 188 laps in the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt [...]

Police Officers Heroes Serve As Co-Grand Marshals

August 27,  2016 --- The co-grand marshals for the resumption of the Firestone 600 headlined "Back The Blue Night" at Texas Motor Speedway to honor law enforcement and first responders. Matt Pearce of the Fort Worth Police Department and Jorge Barrientos of the Dallas Police Department, both injured in shootings this year, issued the command for the cars to refire their engines and continue the race suspended June 12 by rain. Pearce was shot in the cheek, arm, chest and leg March 15 while pursuing a fugitive in western Fort Worth. The 36-year-old also sustained a bruised heart and fractured femur and spent two months in the hospital. Barrientos was shot in the hand and received shrapnel wounds in the chest when a sniper opened fire on police working traffic control during a peaceful protest July 7. Despite the wounds, he continued providing help to his fallen partners. Three of [...]

June IndyCar Race To Finish At Texas

 Aug. 26, 2016  --– Will Power has been chasing down Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) championship points leader Simon Pagenaud throughout the season. For 177 laps on Aug. 27, Pagenaud will be chasing his Team Penske teammate in an effort to keep his grip on first place with two races left.  Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet, will restart fourth and Pagenaud will restart 15th in the No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprises Chevrolet when the 20-car field takes the green flag for Lap 72 to complete the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race was red-flagged June 12 because of rain.  Power, the 2014 VICS champion, closed to 20 points of Pagenaud with his fourth victory in the past six races Aug. 22 at Pocono Raceway. Pagenaud, who entered the 500-mile outing at the “Tricky Triangle” 58 points clear of Power, was involved in a single-car incident on Lap [...]

Garcia Finds Speed On New VIR Surface

Aug. 26, 2016, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com --- Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia set the best time on the opening day of the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR on Friday with a 1:42.623 (114.7 mph) in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. His time came in the second of two practice sessions at the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road circuit on a day where air temperatures reached 99 degrees and track readings approached 130 degrees according to tire engineers with Michelin. This is the first race for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on the newly paved VIR surface which was completed about one month ago. As a result, drivers reported a huge increase in grip over past seasons. Corvette Racing’s two Corvette C7.Rs got to sample the new asphalt for the first time Friday. “The new surface here at VIR is very nice,” said Garcia. “We are already going faster here [...]

Johnson Jr. Quickest In U.S. Nats Testing

August 25, 2016 --- Tommy Johnson Jr. posted the quickest time in Funny Car Thursday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis during the final day of testing for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series drivers took part in two-day test in preparation for the world’s most prestigious drag race, held Aug. 31-Sept. 5, at the famed NHRA-owned multi-purpose motorsports facility just west of downtown Indianapolis. The event, which will also feature the lucrative Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel and Funny Car, is the final race in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season and will be televised by FOX and FOX Sports 1 with expanded coverage during Labor Day weekend.  Johnson Jr., who finished third in the championship points for the second consecutive year in 2015, posted the quickest Funny Car pass of the session when he piloted his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger [...]

Harvick Wants Good Day At Michigan

Aug. 24, 2016 –-  Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), once again raced his way to the top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings by winning Sunday night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. This Sunday, in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, he is looking to reach victory lane for the second consecutive week and the third time in 2016. “"It’s all about confidence and it’s all about momentum," said Harvick, regarding that Bristol victory after a dry spell. "I think we’ve been confident in our cars, just not confident in closing everything out, from myself to, ‘Is it ever really going to happen again?,’ and I think that went away (at Bristol). And you get back into that, ‘We know we have fast cars,’ knowing that you can win again." The good news for the Sprint Cup [...]

NASCAR Intro’s Xfinity And Truck Races To Kids

August 23, 2016 --- Kids everywhere are going back to school, but not before celebrating the end of summer with NASCAR. All this week, Kids Drive NASCAR is engaging the sport’s young fans with news, events and social content geared toward kids leading up to the NASCAR national series races at Michigan International Speedway and Road America.  As part of the festivities, NASCAR today announced the launch of the Acceleration Nation app, the first digital experience created just for kids featuring racing-themed games, activities and fun ways to learn more about NASCAR. Parents can download the new app for their children at the App Store and Google Play.   “This week is all about the kids and bringing NASCAR’s youngest fans even closer to the sport through innovative platforms like NASCAR Acceleration Nation,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “With Kids Drive NASCAR, we’ve created a [...]

Bleekemolen Re-Upped To Drive For ViperExchange

August 22, 2016  ---  ViperExchange.com principal and driver Ben Keating has announced the purchase of a new Riley Mk. 30 LMP2 race car and that he has signed co-driver Jeroen Bleekemolen for a fourth-consecutive season in 2017. Keating’s full racing program for his new LMP2 effort is being finalized, but he is presently targeting a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans the next three years and a campaign in the IMSA WeatherTech Jim Trueman Award sub-championship in 2017. With the Riley Mk. 30, Keating has a race car eligible for competition in a variety of global championships and races, including IMSA, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and, of course, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) 24 Hours of Le Mans. In partnership with Multimatic, Riley Technologies led the design of the Riley Mk. 30, which is one of four approved LMP2 [...]

Power Pads Points With Pocono Win

Aug. 22, 2016 --- It's a whole new race for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. By winning today's ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, Team Penske's Will Power claimed his fourth victory of the season and closed within 20 points of the top of the standings. Power held off Verizon P1 Award pole winner Mikhail Aleshin by 1.1459 seconds on the 2.5-mile "Tricky Triangle" oval to also collect the 29th win of his Indy car career. It tied him with a pair of Team Penske greats for 11th on the all-time victory list - Rick Mears and Helio Castroneves. "I love winning 500-mile races and this is one of the toughest ovals that we race on," said Power, whose other 500-mile victory came in the 2013 season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. The 200-lap race was delayed a day after heavy rain Sunday forced its postponement. [...]

Hicks Loves Orange Show Speedway

August 20, 2016  by Jim Short  –-- Matthew Hicks knows how to keep a romance alive. Last week, in the days leading up to the return of the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by LoanMart to Orange Show Speedway, Hicks talked about how often he has raced there and the success he had had and said “I love Orange Show.” That's not a sentiment shared by many because the small, tight quarter-mile oval has driven young men to frustration and old men to more drink than usual. But Saturday night Hicks demonstrated why he's so fond of the oft-maligned matron by winning there for the second year in a row. The 29-year-old from Lakeside, California, started fourth in the 24-car field, took the lead during a caution period on lap 28 and stayed in front for 72 more laps to take the checkered flag for the LoanMart Super Fast 100 [...]