Archive for August 12th, 2006
Reigning Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher continued his amazing second-half run Saturday at Brainerd International Raceway by qualifying No. 1 for the 25th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Schumacher has raced to four finals in a row and back-to-back low qualifiers to pull to within 121 points of the POWERade Series championship lead, held by [...]
The Grand Prix of Denver Sponsored by Bridgestone has been the private playground of Newman/Haas Racing over the last four years as the Illinois-based team has won in each of its last three starts in Denver, winning two of those races from the Bridgestone Pole Position.
Helio Castroneves claimed his third consecutive Marlboro Pole Award, claiming the top starting position for the Aug. 13 Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Secret at Kentucky Speedway. Castroneves, who won the pole at Milwaukee on July 22 and Michigan on July 29, posted a lap of 24.4037 seconds, 218.328 mph, in the No. [...]
In another Dodge garage, Bobby Labonte said he didn’t expect Petty Enterprises to miss a beat despite the defection of crew chief Todd Parrott to Robert Yates Racing. With Greg Steadman as interim crew chief and executive vice president of race operations Robbie Loomis taking a more hands-on role, Labonte qualified 38th.
Mark Martin’s racing future remains unresolved, but the veteran driver is eliminating one possible option for 2007 – he won’t own a Nextel Cup race team. Martin, who drives the No. 6 Ford, said Friday that he shot down that idea floated by Jack Roush, his current team owner who will soon be restricted to [...]
BRAINERD, Minn. – Thirteen-time Funny Car champion and budding A&E real life television star John Force is the provisional qualifying leader at the 25th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Force drove his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang down Brainerd International Raceway in 4.773 seconds at 323.74 mph to take a big step toward his 130th career [...]
Texas Motor Speedway will not host the first IRL IndyCar race after the Indianapolis 500 for at least the next three years, a schedule slot series officials have awarded to The Milwaukee Mile beginning in 2007. Citing an open-wheel tradition in West Allis, Wis., dating to 1946, Indy Racing League officials announced the ABC Supply/A.J. [...]
Narain Karthikeyan is keen to remain a Williams test driver in 2007 and hopefully become their official third and reserve driver. After a disappointing debut season with Jordan (now known as Midlands) in 2005, Karthikeyan moved to Williams in the role of number two tester this season. However, with Alex Wurz being promoted to race [...]
Istanbul Chamber of Commerce chairman Murat Yalcintas expects the upcoming Grand Prix in Turkey to be a sellout, according to the semi-official news agency Anatolia. The report said the Istanbul Park Otodrom, which hosted its first Formula One race last year, has a capacity of 120,000. [GMM]