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Valtteri Bottas beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton by just three thousandths of a second to top of the timesheet in an extremely tight final practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Just six hundredths of a second covered the top four drivers with Kimi Räikkönen finishing just 0.045 behind Hamilton and Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel fourth 0.013s further back. The session began under grey skies and the threat of rain, though in the end the session remained dry throughout. Räikkönen, using supersoft tyres, set the pace in the first half of theRead More

Posted On November 10, 2017By Motorsports TribuneIn Breaking News, Formula One, Headline News

Hamilton Leads Mercedes 1-2 in FP1 in Brazil

Lewis Hamilton headed a dominant Mercedes 1-2 in the opening free practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix, the Briton finishing a tenth of a second ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas and half a second clear of Ferrari’s third-placed Kimi Räikkönen. After spending the first half of the session controlling matters on Pirelli’s soft compound tyre, Hamilton switched to supersofts and after Bottas had taken top on the same compound with a time of 1:09.329, Hamilton responded by lowering the benchmark to 1:09.202. The lap was good enough to keep HamiltonRead More
By Frank Santoroski, Staff Writer The much-anticipated return to Gateway Motorsports Park for the Verizon IndyCar Series is now in the books. Fans were treated to a fine event that saw Josef Newgarden take his fourth win on the season for Team Penske. Lets take a Monday morning look at some of the stories coming out of the St. Louis area. 1 ) Great Effort for a First Year Event The Verizon IndyCar Series has a number of venerable events with a long history such as Long Beach, Texas, TorontoRead More
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Posted On May 9, 2017By Frank SantoroskiIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Event Preview: The INDYCAR Grand Prix

By Frank Santoroski, Staff Writer This coming weekend the Verizon IndyCar Series will kick off the Month of May with the 4th running of the INDYCAR Grand Prix. The race weekend is slated for May 12-13, 2017. About the Race The INDYCAR Grand Prix is round five of seventeen for the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2017. The event is held on a permanent road course, one of six such events in 2017. The defending race winner is Simon Pagenaud. For the Team Penske driver, it was his third consecutive seriesRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service FORT WORTH, Texas -– Jimmie Johnson proved on Sunday that you can’t keep a good driver, a good car and a good team down for long—even if you change the playing field at one of his favorite race tracks. The seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion passed Joey Logano for the lead on Lap 318 of 334 and pulled away for his first victory of the season in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at newly repaved and reconfigured Texas Motor Speedway. The winRead More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Writer FORT WORTH, Texas — For the first 170 laps of Sunday’s 334 lap O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, it was all Ryan Blaney. The 23-year old driver for the Wood Brothers Racing Team had led 148 laps — the first time that the No. 21 team has led more than 100 laps in an event since October of 1982 — But a caution near the end of Stage 2 set up a disappointing conclusion to the race for Blaney. While Blaney optedRead More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Writer FORT WORTH, Texas — Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to his old form in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Being mired deep in the starting lineup didn’t faze him, neither did a new track configuration. The only obstacle that really challenged Earnhardt all day was the intense Texas heat. During the race, on a bright sunny 81 degree day, Earnhardt’s helmet cooling fan malfunctioned. A gassed Earnhardt talked about his boiling day after climbing from his racecar. “It was warm. I thought the carRead More
By Beth Lunkenheimer, Contributing Writer FORT WORTH, Texas — The offseason brought about some pretty major changes to Texas Motor Speedway. While many drivers were quite fond of the rough surface at the 1.5-mile oval, nestled just north of Fort Worth, Texas, something had to give after the porous surface held rainwater through multiple race weekends last season. The speedway announced a major improvement project back in January that brought a fully repaved surface. Additional drainage was added, and the surface was reconfigured. The banking in Turns 1 and 2Read More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Writer FORT WORTH, Texas — It had been a rocky start to the season for NASCAR Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year contender Cole Custer. Through the first five races of 2017, the 19-year-old driver had already crashed out twice (Daytona and Fontana), and had finished 21st-or-worse in three races. In Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, Custer flipped the script and had one of the best races of his brief Xfinity Series career. Custer rolled from the grid in the sixth position toRead More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Writer FORT WORTH, Texas — Bubba Wallace came into Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway riding a four-race streak of finishing his No. 6 Ford Mustang in the sixth position. Early in the running of Saturday’s race he looked like a safe bet to have another good run, but at lap 66 it looked like the streak had been busted. Contact by Tyler Reddick, who was running the high lane at the treacherous reconfigured 1.5-mile speedway, sent Wallace spinning and the spin collectedRead More