14-Year-Old Aghakani Scores Buttonwillow Win

July 27, 2017 - 14-year-old Steven Aghakani won for the first time in a Lamborghini Huracán on Sunday at Buttonwillow while participating in the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) SoCal Region as part of his driver development program with US RaceTronics. The California native will also be attending this upcoming weekend's LSTNA event at Watkins Glen International to conduct meetings regarding his future plans and to support the rest of the team's drivers. Aghakani was thrilled with his first-place finish and thankful to all of his supporters. "The heat was exhausting," Aghakani said. "We had some mechanical challenges, but all the hard work and perseverance paid off. It feels so incredible to be holding this first-place trophy and celebrating with my crew and sponsors. I am so happy to be first in the southern region and to be moving my driving status to pro! I can't thank everyone enough for all the [...]

Danger Rides With Clint Bowyer

  June 26, 2017 --Remember comedian Jeff Foxworthy’s joke about the famous last words of a “redneck?”   “Hey y’all, watch this!”   Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), is certainly an expert on racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and, admittedly, he’s witnessed his fare share of redneck behavior in his lifetime, the kind referred to by Foxworthy. So, take Bowyer’s word when he says that what the world’s best stock car drivers will do during Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 presented by Coca-Cola at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway isn’t nearly as easy as it looks. “I saw something on Twitter after that wreck that we had in Kansas with Aric Almirola and Danica (Patrick) and Joey Logano, and it was captioned, ‘Do you still think that you could do this just like you’re driving down a highway?’” [...]

Black Swan Racing Scores Road America Podium

June 26, 2017,  by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com --- Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing driver Tim Pappas and his team, Black Swan Racing, earned a pair of third-place finishes in the Pirelli World Challenge Sprint series at Road America this weekend. The twin-podium finishes led the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing ranks at the Road America doubleheader that also saw CRP Racing and MCC Motorsports compete in the top-tier GT class. After a season-best second-place qualifying result on Saturday morning, Pappas never raced out of the top three in the No. 54 in each of the weekend’s 50-minute sprint races. The third-place showings will move Pappas and Black Swan Racing into the top five in the GTA Sprint championship point standings and topped the No. 54 team’s previous best 2017 finish of fifth at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix. Road America was the first race weekend for the Pirelli World Challenge Sprint series [...]

Capps Nominated For ESPY Award

June 25, 2017 — Ron Capps’ 2016 Funny Car world championship season and hot start to the 2017 season has earned him a nomination for an ESPY award in the Best Driver category, it was announced this week. This is the first time he has been nominated for the prestigious honor in his 23-year NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series career. Capps is nominated alongside Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud and NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. The ESPY Awards, for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, was created by ESPN in 1993. The nominees are selected for their performances over the past 12 months. “What we did with our NAPA Auto Parts team last year was huge after trying to win the championship for about 20 years,” Capps said. “Just to be nominated with this group is unbelievable.” The 2016 season was a breakthrough [...]

Harvick Wins Sonoma, Truex Jr. Wins First Stage

June 25, 2017 – Martin Truex Jr. led the most laps (25) but his potential run for a victory came to a screeching halt late in the race when his engine suffered a power failure at the Sonoma road course The power issue knocked Truex out of Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Lap 86 of 110 with a finishing position of 37th. Erik Jones, competing in his first Cup road race, finished 25th in the Furniture Row Racing’s No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Toyota. Before Truex started to experience the power issue with his Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, he was leading Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race when he came in for his final pit stop on Lap 70. However, he lost his lead over Kevin Harvick due to a pit road issue. Harvick went on to win the race by more than eight seconds. According to Truex, the power issue was [...]

Dixon Conquers Road America

June 25, 2017 - One outstanding prize eluding Scott Dixon in his illustrious Indy car career was a win at Road America's picturesque and lightning-fast permanent road course. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver checked that box today, winning the KOHLER Grand Prix. Dixon crossed the finish line 0.5779 of a second ahead of Team Penske's Josef Newgarden to earn the 41st win of his impressive career. It moved the four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion within one victory of tying Michael Andretti for third on the all-time list. It's also the 13th straight season Dixon has won at least one race, extending his Indy car record. "We raced as hard as we could," Dixon said. "We had a little bit of luck go our way, we had good strategy, the pit stops were fantastic. These are the days you have to capitalize on. "This is huge for Honda at a track [...]

Castroneves Scores 50th Pole

 June 24, 2017 ---  Helio Castroneves will lead the Verizon IndyCar Series field to the green flag for the 50thtime in his career on Sunday for the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America.  With a lap of 1 minute, 41.3007 seconds/142.649 mph around the 14-turn, 4.013-mile natural-terrain road course, Castroneves captured the Verizon P1 Award for third time in 2017.  It is his sixth front row starting position in 10 qualifying sessions this season. The driver of the No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet broke a tie for third on the all-time pole-winner list with Bobby Unser, leaving Castroneves behind only Mario Andretti (67) and A.J. Foyt (53) in Indy car career poles. Teammate Will Power will start alongside Castroneves on the front row.  Power turned a lap of 1:41:3611seconds/142.564 mph behind the wheel on the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet and puts the defending Road America race winner on the first [...]

Force A Challenge At Four-Wide Nationals

Photo credit: Gary Nastase and Auto Imagery June 24 – John Force earned his best NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying effort since the Four-Wide Nationals, and will start No. 3 for Sunday’s Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park. Force, driving the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS, earned a best pass in Friday’s second session – at 3.911 seconds at 319.98 mph, though a mechanical issue caused an eruption and damage to the car. He still made two strong passes Saturday in spite of considerably warmer temperatures, which bodes well as Sunday’s race will also be held in the same time frame in similar weather conditions. Force’s best pass Saturday came in the fourth and final round, when he ran 4.075 seconds at 293.28 mph, just a thousandth of a second better than his third-round pass. Still, No. 3 is a good position for [...]

Gallagher Gains MX-5 Cup Victory

June 23, 2017 --- During a radio interview earlier in the day, Patrick Gallagher predicted that it would take a last lap pass to capture the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires victory this weekend at Road America. It turned out that he was the one making that pass when he won a drag race to the finish line and edged Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Copeland Motorsports/Bella Racing) by .0263-seconds to score his fourth win of the 2017 season. Dean Copeland (No. 18 Copeland Motorsports), who had been hooked up in the draft with his Copeland Motorsports teammate Ortiz in the final laps of the race, came home in third place and earned the Battery Tender “Hard Charger” Award after having started from 17th on the grid. 2009 Series champion Todd Lamb (No. 84 McDonalds/Winding Road Racing) came home in fourth, with 2016 Global MX-5 Cup champion Nathanial “Sparky” Sparks [...]

Larson To Challenge For More Points At Sonoma

June 23, 2017, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com --- NASCAR Winston Cup race driver Kyle Larson definitely has some really good momentum going for him in all different types of motorsports right now, and this week he will ply his NASCAR talents at Sonoma Interbational Raceway in Northern California. "I always enjoy coming to Sonoma and hanging out in Napa Valley with some friends, and coming to do road course racing is always fun too," Larson said.  "I feel like I’ve gotten better at it over the last couple of years.  Hopefully, we can qualify good and have a good race.” Although most NASCAR Cup races are primarily on ovals, Sonoma is a twisty, challenging road-course with a tight hairpin turn just before the start-finish line that has helped many drivers pass and win there in the past.  "I feel like I can feel the car better at these places," said Larson. [...]