Corvette Racing Pleased With Le Mans Testing

June 3, 2018  -- by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com Corvette Racing ran through its scheduled testing items Sunday during eight hours of track time ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans as the team looks toward what it hopes is a ninth class victory in the annual French endurance race. At the end of testing, just 0.038 seconds separated both the bright yellow Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs around the 8.47-mile Circuit de la Sarthe. Oliver Gavin was the quickest Corvette Racing driver during the annual Le Mans Test Day in the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R with a lap of 3:54.179 (130.177 mph) lap. Driving with Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler, Gavin set his best lap in the final hour of the test, which was run in dry conditions, although weather did threaten throughout the final four hours. The lap was good enough for 10th place in the 17-car [...]

Truex Jr Conquers Pocono

June 3, 2018 – A combination of superior driving and sound pit strategy propelled Martin Truex Jr. to victory Sunday at Pocono Raceway. The victory was the second of the season for Truex and 17th of his career. It was also Furniture Row Racing’s 16th career win as a team. Truex moved from fifth to fourth in the driver point standings. Truex, who had runner-up finishes in the last two races at Kansas and Charlotte, came out of the gate strong, winning the first stage at the 2.5-mile triangular track. He then had to rally back to the front after a lengthy pit stop that sent him to 14th place at the start of the second stage. Truex’s No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota bolted through the field to finish fourth in the second stage. From that point on the Furniture Row Racing driver was a force to be [...]

Corvette Racing Ready for Le Mans

ckMay 30, 2018 –- Corvette Racing has made its annual venture across the Atlantic to Le Mans, France – for the 19th consecutive year – ahead of this year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. First up: Sunday’s Test Day at the 8.47-mile Circuit de la Sarthe for eight hours of track time ahead of the French endurance classic. It is the only time that Corvette Racing – and the other 59 teams entered for Le Mans – will get on the track ahead of raceweek from June 13-17. It may seem like plenty of time to run through a test program, but eight hours goes by quickly on such a long track, not to mention cycling through each of the drivers during the day. The Corvette Racing team has been diligent in its preparation for this year’s race after finishing third in the GTE Pro category in [...]

Will Power Earned $2,525,454 for Winning 102nd Indy 500

 May 28, 2018 --  Will Power earned $2,525,454 from an overall purse of $13,078,065 for his victory Sunday in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Power, from Toowoomba, Australia, became the first Australian winner of the Indianapolis 500, capturing his first victory in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. He beat pole sitter Ed Carpenter to the finish by 3.1589 seconds to score the record-extending 17th Indianapolis 500 victory for Team Penske. Power took the lead for good on Lap 196 of the 200-lap race. He led four times for 59 laps. Carpenter, from Indianapolis, earned $911,504 for his career-best "500" finish in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet. He led a race-high 65 laps, also a best among his 15 career starts. 2008 [...]

Aero Package Highlights Return To Pocono Raceway

May 30, 2018 -- Pocono Raceway has been a 2.5-mile track since 1971, but it wasn’t until recently (2016) that the NASCAR Xfinity Series started competing at the famous triangular-shaped facility. In the series’ third trip to the “Tricky Triangle” this weekend, fans and media alike will have the opportunity to see some action-packed, close racing as the aero package that incorporates the enlarged splitter and spoiler, specially designed air ducts and restrictor plates will be used in the Pocono Green "250" Recycled by JP Mascaro & Sons on June 2 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. This specific aero package hasn’t been used in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since last season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where it set track records in green flag passes for the lead (29) and lead changes (16). Kyle Larson took home the checkered flag in the inaugural NASCAR Xfinity [...]

Lone Star Scores Top-Five GT Pro-Class Finish

May 30, 2018 – Shaking off a frustrating race-start penalty for the second Pirelli World Challenge SprintX event in a row, co-drivers Mike Skeen and Scott Heckert co-drove the No. 80 ACS Manufacturing/Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 to a top-five GT Pro-class finish in the second race of Memorial Day Monday’s doubleheader at Lime Rock Park. Rounds 5 and 6 of the 10-race Pirelli World Challenge SprintX series, Lime Rock featured the only same-day doubleheader on the 2018 schedule. The Memorial Day event got off to a promising start as the Lone Star Racing No. 80 and Skeen were moved to the pole position for the start of Monday’s first race. Having qualified a close second on Saturday, Skeen instead was elevated to the pole when the original fastest qualifier had a technical infraction. The pole was the second in the year’s first three SprintX race weekends for Lone Star [...]

INDYCAR Med Director Henry Bock Passes

May 30, 2018 -- Longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Henry Bock, a pioneer in motorsports safety and medical treatment, died May 26 in Indianapolis. He was 81. Bock, an emergency medicine specialist at IU Health Methodist Hospital and Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, served as senior director of medical services at IMS from 1982-2006 and in the same role for INDYCAR since its inaugural race in 1996 through the end of the 2006 season. Bock also worked as a consultant for IMS and INDYCAR after his retirement from both organizations. "Dr. Henry Bock was one of the great leaders in safety for everyone involved in motorsports - drivers, crew members and spectators," said Tony George, chairman of the board of Hulman & Company, Hulman Motorsports and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "His work saved many lives and helped to form the standard [...]

Kyle Busch Conquers Charlotte, Truex Finshes Second

May 27, 2018 – Martin Truex Jr. overcame two penalties to finish second in Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Furniture Row Racing driver crossed the finish line 3.823 seconds behind race winner Kyle Busch. It was the second straight runner-up finish for Truex and his eighth top five in the first 13 races of the season. The second-place performance plus stage finishes of fourth, second and eighth lifted Truex from eighth to fifth in the driver point standings. There was an additional stage for this race. Truex once again showed his muscle in the Coke 600, one of the crown jewels in the NASCAR Cup Series. In the last four Coke 600s, Truex has had finishes of fifth, first, third and second for a 2.75 average. After finishing second in the first stage Truex was called for a pit-road speeding penalty which sent him back to [...]

Power wins Indy 500, Kanaan Spins Out of Race

May 27, 2018 -- “They knew we were here,” said A.J. Foyt after the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 concluded. For the first time since 2001 when Robby Gordon led 22 laps, a Foyt-owned car was pacing the field--not due to pit stop cycles but because of Tony Kanaan and the flat out speed of the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet. Kanaan served notice from the drop of the green flag, charging from 10th to seventh on the opening lap. On lap 2 he moved into sixth which he held until the first round of pit stops on lap 30. The ABC Supply crew delivered a fast stop under green and Kanaan moved from sixth to second when the stops cycled out. Through the next round of stops on lap 50, which were under caution, the crew again got him out in time to maintain his position behind pole [...]

Keselowski Foundation Honors Paralyzed Vets

May 24, 2018 - NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski today announced his Checkered Flag Foundation’s campaign to benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Paving Access for Veterans Employment (PAVE) program. The campaign will kick off at the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C., on May 27 and will conclude July 7 at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race in Daytona Beach, Fla. Started in 2007, the PAVE program provides vocational counseling and job placement assistance to any veteran, active duty service member, spouse, or caregiver across the country. This free program helps applicants identify career opportunities that fit their skills, education and individual goals, and also puts them in touch with prospective employers. PAVE has offices in VA medical centers around the country, and places an average of 350 applicants in jobs every year. During the campaign, Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation, which supports veterans and first responders during their road to recovery, will [...]