Courtney Force Wins NHRA Springnationals

May 1, 2016 ---  For the first time in the history of NHRA two women sit atop the Top Fuel and Funny Car point standings. Brittany Force and the Monster Energy team held onto their points lead and Courtney Force and the Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car won the event and jumped from sixth to a tie for first place with Tim Wilkerson in Funny Car to win the final round at the NHRA Springnationals.  Force dismissed Bob Bode, Ron Capps, Tommy Johnson Jr. and finally Tim Wilkerson to claim her eighth career Funny Car victory. She is leaving Houston tied for the points lead in Funny Car while her sister Brittany occupies the top spot in the Top Fuel point standings. "To be in the points lead, tied with Tim Wilkerson, I didn't even know that was possible this weekend so that was music to my ears. To [...]

Thirkettle Scores Irwindale Victory

 April 30, 2016 ---  Travis Thirkettle called his shot. It wasn't quite as dramatic as Babe Ruth's called shot back on October 1, 1932, but it had more than enough drama for Thirkettle. All Ruth had to was hit a Charlie Root fastball. Thirkettle had to overcome 28 Lucas Oil Modifieds and seven caution flags on his way to victory in the SuperClean Spring Shootout presented by BILSTEIN Shocks Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway. “I love Irwindale. It's the best race track in the country,” Thirkettle said after finishing 0.493 seconds ahead of Ryan Partridge after 75 laps around the fast, high-banked half-mile oval where both Thirkettle and Partridge have enjoyed great success. Thirkettle, who led the final 60 laps, now has 39 wins at the track where he won a Late Model championship and the Toyota All-Star Showdown. Partridge has 51 wins and a pair of Late Model titles. [...]

Courtney Force Qualifies Third In Funny Car

April 30, 2016 --- Traxxas backed Courtney Force qualified in the provisional No. 3 spot today after two sessions in the Texas heat. She was No. 12 after the first pass, but came back on the second run to put a 3.915 ET on the board at the 29th annual NHRA SpringNationals. The 27-year-old Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car driver picked up one bonus point for making the third-quickest pass of the second session. “We’re lucky we were able to get two qualifying sessions in today at Houston. The weather held off great. We got a pretty good crowd out here. Our Traxxas team made a decent pass on the first run. The car tried to pull me hard to the left and I made two minor corrections and it wasn’t doing the job so I tried to pull it a little bit harder and it pulled me hard [...]

Torrence Leads NHRA Top Fuel Field

April 29, 2016 ---  Texas native Steve Torrence raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday at the NHRA SpringNationals, the sixth event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.  Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) were also qualifying leaders in their categories at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston.  Torrence, winner of the season-opening Winternationals, piloted his Capco Contractors/Torrence Racing dragster to a track record 3.724-second pass at 329.42 mph during Friday’s second qualifying session. The Kilgore, Texas native is two sessions away from securing his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season and third in-a-row.  “Houston is one of the racetracks I get to call home. It is really gratifying to be able to run well in front of the home town crowd and all the friends and family I’ve grown up racing with,” Torrence said. “Just have a lot of support here.”  Doug Kalitta [...]

Stefan Wilson Will Honor Justin In Indianapolis 500

April 29, 2016 ---  Stefan Wilson will have a special co-pilot as he strives to qualify and race in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil: his late brother Justin. KV Racing Technology announced April 26 that it has entered Stefan Wilson as driver of the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives - KVRT Chevrolet for the historic race. The program is run in conjunction with the Indiana Donor Network's "Driven2SaveLives" initiative to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation. Justin Wilson died in August 2015 from injuries sustained in an incident during the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway. Because Justin had previously registered as an organ donor, he was able to save five others' lives through organ donation. Stefan Wilson will attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 for the first time, something Justin did on eight occasions with a best finish of fifth [...]

INDYCAR Drivers Compete On American Ninja Warrior Show

April 29, 2016 - by Kay Presto, www,carsandcompetition.com  ---    Three INDYCAR drivers on a mission to prove doubters wrong: Are race car drivers really athletes? Over two days on a uniquely complex obstacle course in downtown Indianapolis, they not only proved they were athletes, but also ninjas. Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and Tony Kanaan competed on NBC's popular "American Ninja Warrior" show, set along Indianapolis' Monument Circle and taped from dark to dusk April 27-28. They were joined by hundreds of other competitors hoping to move past the qualifying rounds and into the finals, which take place in Las Vegas later this summer. Picture these three -- Castroneves on the Salmon Ladder, Kanaan making a mighty effort to get up the challenging  Ninja Wall, and Newgarden trying to conquer another seemingly impossible obstacle on the course. "I hope we showed some of our athleticism, this is obviously a very different [...]

Pagenaud Wins, Dixon Fumes at Long Beach

Pagenaud Celebrates Long Beach Win     Photo Credit: (c) 2016 Larry Mason   Copyright © 2016 Larry Mason   April 17, 2016 --- Perfect weather greeted the fans and stars of the Verizon Indy Car Series today as 21 cars took the green flag for the 42nd running of this iconic event. There was no surprise with the results of the Firestone Fast Six qualifiers as the six drivers included all four from Team Penske and two from Chip Ganassi. In the morning warmup however, a Honda driver, Graham Rahal, set the pace. It’s always competitive here at Long Beach and this weekend was no different. All 21 cars qualified within 1.2 seconds of each other and in the warmup, all but one were within a second. Pole sitter Helio Castroneves got the jump at the start and immediately pulled out a slight lead over Scott Dixon. This [...]

Auto Club Speedway Hosts Historic Sports Car Festival

April 25, 2016 ---  Stock race cars, Formula and Indy cars from all eras will race and be on display during the  15th Annual Southern California Historic Sports Car Festival scheduled for April 29-May 1, 2016 at Auto Club Speedway.   The three-day event is open to the public and will incorporate special exhibition runs and displays celebrating 100 years of the BMW and 100 years of Indy including a selection of Indy cars from 1921-1961 driving the oval.  Activities include racing, car show, vendor area, car club corrals and more.  Spectators are welcome in the paddock and garage area to see the cars and to talk with the owners and drivers.  In addition, spectators will have the opportunity to purchase pace rides on Saturday and Sunday with proceeds benefiting Sports Car Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) charities. Limited space is  available, tickets are $20.00 person, with sign up in Garage 2 [...]

Brittany Force Wins Four-Wide Nationals

April 24, 2016  ---It's difficult enough to win at a two-lane dragstrip, but the Monster Energy Top Fuel Dragster team and driver Brittany Force werea juggernaut at Bruton Smith’s Bellagio of drag strips today. Over the course of three rounds of Four-Wide racing Force had the quickest Top Fuel dragster in all three quads she raced and when it mattered the most the four year pro used her rapidly improving driving skills to post the best reaction time to secure her second win in three races.  When John Force Racing unveiled Brittany's Top Fuel dragster four years ago, there was doubt that it could be successful against the likes of NHRA champions Tony Schumacher,  Antron Brown, and other strong competitors. It has taken some time, and changes to Brittany's Top Fuel mount, but success has finally come her way. It has also taken sweat, tears, and a great crew, including the addition of [...]

Pagenaud Holds Off Rahal For Barber Win

April 24, 2016 --- Simon Pagenaud is on a roll in IndyCar, and proved it with a dominating race at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Rahal stole the lead from Pagenaud with a pass on Lap 82 of the 90-lap event that involved contact between the two Verizon IndyCar Series drivers' cars, only to see Pagenaud return the favor four laps later and drive on to victory. It gave the Team Penske driver his second straight win of 2016 and sixth of his Indy car career, continuing the impressive start to the season that has seen the Frenchman finish in the top two at all four races and extend the championship lead. Driving the No. 22 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet, Pagenaud led all but six laps around Barber Motorsports Park's 2.3-mile permanent road course and accepted the checkered flag 13.747 seconds ahead of Rahal in the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan [...]