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Foyt Teams Struggle in Final Practice

May 21 ,2018  -- The final practice before Carb Day proved to be a temperamental day for the AJ Foyt Racing team. Each driver found issues early on in the practice session, but fortunately, all three moved in the right direction by the conclusion of the three hour session. After finishing Pole Day as the fastest rookie qualifier, Matheus “Matt” Leist began his day with electrical problems that limited his practice time. "Tough day,” the rookie said. “We had a lot of problems with the car that caused us not to be able to run much. The issues left us with only 30 minutes to turn laps in traffic.” He turned 19 laps in his No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet. However, the problems have not deterred his focus on the upcoming 500-mile race. “Now, it's time to just focus on the race. I want to get the car fixed and [...]

Truex Jr. to Honor Veteran at Charlotte MotorSpeedway

.May 2o, 2018 -- Riding along with Martin Truex Jr. in Sunday night’s Memorial Day Weekend Classic – the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway – will be a fallen hero from the Vietnam war – 1st Lt. Arlen Del Richardson, whose name will grace the windshield of Truex’s No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota. The tribute is part of NASCAR’s 600 Miles of Remembrance which honors military service members who paid the ultimate price to defend freedom. A native of Lawrence, Kan., Richardson served in the U.S. Army for seven years and was a medevac helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He was on a reconnaissance mission when he was killed on Feb. 17, 1970 in Quang Ngai Province. Richardson, who served in the 123rd Aviation Battalion, was 27 at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife Sharon, five-month-old son Ryan, parents (Clara and Delbert) sisters [...]

Indy 500 Fast Nine Scheduled foe Sunday Pole Run

May 19, 2018 -- Bump Day” is back and so is the major stress associated with four laps of qualifying around Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. For A.J. Foyt, the stress factor was limited to just one of his three entries because the ABC Supply Chevrolets driven by Tony Kanaan and rookie Matheus Leist were safely in the field of 33 cars. For James Davison, it came down to the final minute of qualifying as he and the Foyt/Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi crew breathed a huge sigh of relief when the gun went off signaling the end of qualifying.  They were 33rd quickest, on the bubble and as of 5:50 p.m. ET, they were officially in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Kanaan and Leist barely missed qualifying for the Fast 9 as they ended up 11th and 12th respectively overall. Leist posted a thrilling qualifying run (at [...]

Morad Wins Pirelli From Pole

  May 19, 2018 - - Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing team CRP Racing and driver Daniel Morad scored a convincing win from the pole on Saturday in a rainy Pirelli World Challenge Sprint GT race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). Morad led every lap from the pole in the No. 2 CRP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 for his and the team’s first win of the 2018 season.   The successful day of competition for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams at CTMP also saw Robinson Racing and Shane Lewis break through to give the Mercedes-AMG GT4 its first podium finish in North American competition during Saturday afternoon’s Pirelli World Challenge Sprint GTS race.   A Canadian native competing on his home track, Morad didn’t let day-long rain showers and a lengthy fog delay distract his focus in winning both the pole Saturday morning and that afternoon’s 50-minute sprint race.   Battling [...]

Courtney Force Earns Fifth Qualifier

Photo Credit: Gary Nastase, Auto Imagery May 19, 2018 — Courtney Force and her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car will start race day from the No. 1 position for the fifth time this season after holding on to the top spot through qualifying Saturday at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park. John Force will kick things off from the No. 11 spot, Robert Hight will be looking to shake things up from the No. 14 spot and in Top Fuel, Brittany Force will be looking to go rounds from the No. 7 spot. Courtney Force collected her third consecutive No. 1 qualifier when her 3.911-second pass at 321.73 mph from Friday night held through two additional qualifying rounds on Saturday. Force had a 4.574 and a 4.453 during the two rounds on Saturday. “Everyone said it was going to be hotter today but then [...]

Torrence Leads in NHRA Top Fuel

May 18, 2018 -- The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continued Friday as Courtney Force powered to the Funny Car qualifying lead at the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park. Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the eighth of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Force is atop the Funny Car category with a run of 3.911-seconds at 321.73 mph in her Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro SS recorded during her second qualifying pass of the day. The current Funny Car points leader is chasing the top position in Topeka as she aims for her fifth No. 1 qualifier of the 2018 campaign and third consecutive. “We had a decent run in the first qualifying round but I knew we had [...]

Harvey Still Courting More Speed at Indy

May 16,  2018 -- Day two at the Brickyard set the stage for a full day of practice, with seven hours of open track for teams to take advantage of. Jack Harvey and Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) continued to test the new 2018 aero kit – which differs from last year’s design. Putting the technical partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) to full use, MSR and SPM worked together during the early afternoon hours of practice to generate data from the four  Honda-powered IndyCars across the partnership. For nearly 30 minutes of group running, Harvey and the three SPM machines worked nose to tail, testing options as they alternated the running order. Harvey immediately showed improvement from the previous day of testing, jumping to a speed of 223.593-mph on just his 12th lap around the 2.5-mile oval. Harvey continued to add laps into his bank, circling the track 56 times before the two [...]

Nobile on Hot Pro Stock Streak

May May 16, 2018 -- It is way too early in the season for Vincent Nobile to be thinking about world championships, but after a frustrating 2017 where he sat out the final five races, Nobile has enjoyed every bit of his Pro Stock team’s early-season success heading to this weekend’s Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park. Nobile won the most recent NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in Atlanta, becoming the first two-time winner in Pro Stock in 2018, also taking over the points lead in his Mountain View Tire Chevrolet Camaro. It’s a far cry from the last three seasons when Nobile had just one overall win and for that Nobile is thankful and also hopeful he can keep a strong start going in Topeka. “It’s so early in the year we’re really not looking at points,” Nobile said. “Don’t get me [...]

Harding Racing to Compete in Indy Grand Prix

May 10, 2018 -- Verizon IndyCar series competition resumes this weekend with the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course. On Saturday, the Harding Racing #88 Chevrolet piloted by Gabby Chaves will turn clockwise for 85 laps on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn course among a field of 23 other cars. Harding Racing finished ninth at the 2017 Indianapolis 500 race. This will be the team’s first race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. “We have been doing quite a lot of work trying to improve our road course baseline setup going into the Grand Prix of Indianapolis,” said Gabby Chaves. “This week in preparation we’ve been at the simulator in order to create a more competitive package to work on at the track right out of the gate.” “I’m especially excited about this upcoming weekend with the Indy Grand Prix,” said Al Unser Jr. “I feel [...]

Truex Jr. Looks for Kansas Three-Peat

May 8, 2018 – Martin Truex Jr. will be aiming for a three-peat at Kansas Speedway, a track where he suffered a few misfortunes over the years but rebounded with a vengeance last season scoring both wins at the 1.5-mile oval. “Winning three straight at Kansas would be pretty special,” Truex said. “We’ve been so good there the past three or four years but also had some heartbreakers after having the best car and not winning. Getting those two last year meant a lot. It was gratifying to get the job done but still feel the track owes us a few more.” Truex will have the opportunity to score his first three-peat at a NASCAR Cup Series venue Saturday night while driving the No. 78 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Toyota in the 267-lap, KC Masterpiece 400. “For whatever reason Kansas has always been a good track for me,” Truex noted. [...]