|AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 20 June 2012 01:33|
TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350
Site: Sonoma, Calif.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 3-4:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 11 p.m.-1 a.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 3 p.m. (TNT, 2-6:30 p.m.).
Track: Infineon Raceway (road course, 1.99 miles).
Race distance: 218.9 miles, 110 laps.
Last year: Kurt Busch raced to his first career road-course victory, leading 76 laps. Jeff Gordon was second.
Last week: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Michigan to end a 143-race winless streak dating to his June 2008 victory at the track. The victory was Earnhardt's 19th overall and second in 159 starts for Hendrick Motorsports.
Fast facts: Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth leads the season standings, four points ahead of Earnhardt. ... Gordon has a Cup-record nine road-course wins, five at Sonoma and four at Watkins Glen. Tony Stewart has seven road-course victories, two at Infineon and five at Watkins Glen. ... Juan Pablo Montoya won the 2007 race for his first Cup victory. He also won in 2010 at Watkins Glen. Before joining NASCAR, the Colombian won seven Formula One races, the 1999 Champ Car title and 11 open-wheel races. ... Marcos Ambrose won last year at Watkins Glen. ... Robbie Gordon, a winner at Sonoma and Watkins Glen, is attempting to make his first Cup start since March 4 at Phoenix.
Next race: Quaker State 400, June 30, Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.
Site: Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10-11:30 a.m.), race, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN, 3-7 p.m.)
Track: Road America (road course, 4.048 miles).
Race distance: 202.4 miles, 50 laps.
Last year: Reed Sorenson won in a chaotic overtime finish. Justin Allgaier led after the final restart and appeared to have the win sealed up when the yellow flag waved because of another rash of crashes, but Allgaier didn't have enough fuel to make it to the finish on the large track.
Last week: Joey Logano won at Michigan for his fourth victory in the last five races and fifth of the season in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Toyota.
Fast facts: Elliott Sadler leads the season standings, eight points ahead of Austin Dillon. Sadler has two victories this year. ... Jacques Villeneuve, the Canadian who won the 1997 Formula One championship, is driving the No. 22 Dodge for Roger Penske. Villeneuve won CART races at the track in 1994 and 1995. ... Ron Fellows will pilot the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. Fellows is a four-time Nationwide winner on road courses. The Canadian has Trans-Am and American Le Mans wins at Road America. ... Michael McDowell is driving Gibbs' No. 18 car.
Next race: Feed the Children 300, June 29, Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.
CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
Next race: UNOH 225, June 28, Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.
Last race: Johnny Sauter won at Texas on June 8, passing ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton for the lead with 22 laps left.
IOWA CORN INDY 250
Site: Newton, Iowa.
Schedule: Friday, practice, qualifying heat races (NBC Sports Network, Saturday, 7:30-8:15 p.m.); Saturday, race, 9 p.m. (NBC Sports Network, 9:15 p.m.-midnight).
Track: Iowa Speedway (oval, 0.875 miles).
Race distance: 218.75 miles, 250 laps.
Last year: Marco Andretti raced to his second career victory, beating Tony Kanaan.
Last week: Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay won for the first time this season, holding off Kanaan at the Milwaukee Mile.
Fast facts: The race is the fourth oval event of the season. ... Penske Racing's Will Power, the winner this year on road and street courses at Barber, Long Beach and Sao Paulo, leads the season standings - 31 points ahead of James Hinchcliffe. ... ... The field will be set in three heat races. The third race, limited to the top eight in the final practice session, will determine the first four rows on the starting grid. ... Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti won at the track in 2007 and 2009. Kanaan won in 2010 for Andretti Autosport. He now drives for KV Racing Technology. ... The Indy Lights race is Saturday (NBC Sports Network, 8:15-9:15 p.m.).
Next race: Honda Indy Toronto, July 8, Streets of Toronto, Toronto.
EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX
Site: Valencia, Spain.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 8-9:30 a.m.; Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 8-9:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (Fox, noon-2 p.m.).
Track: Valencia Street Circuit (road course, 3.367 miles)
Race distance: 191.93 miles, 57 laps.
Last year: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel raced to the sixth of his 11 victories in 2011 en route to his second straight season title, winning in 115-degree heat. The German also won the 2010 race.
Last race: McLaren's Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix on June 10 to take the lead in the season standings.
Fast facts: No driver has more than one victory in the first seven races of the season, two more than the previous F1 record for most events at the start of a year without a repeat winner. ... Hamilton has a two-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. Vettel, the Bahrain winner in April, is third - three points behind Hamilton. ... The course has an F1-high 25 turns.
Next race: British Grand Prix, July 8, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, England.
NHRA FULL THROTTLE
Next race: Route 66 NHRA Nationals, June 28-July 1, Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Ill.
Last week: Seven-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher won the Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn., to end a 32-race winless streak. Ron Capps topped the Funny Car field, and Mike Edwards won the Pro Stock competition.
ARCA RACING SERIES: Herr's Chase the Taste 200, Sunday, Winchester Speedway, Winchester, Ind. Online: http://www.arcaracing.com
GRAND-AM ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES: Rolex 250, Saturday (Speed, noon-2:30 p.m.), Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. Online: http://www.grand-am.com
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Boot Hill Showdown, Friday-Saturday, Dodge City Raceway Park, Dodge City, Kan. Late Model: Friday, Autodrome Granby, Granby, Quebec; Sunday, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, Ontario. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Silver Crown: Casey's General Stores USAC Challenge, Friday, Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa. Sprint Car: Saturday, Wilmot Raceway, Wilmot, Wis.; Sunday, Angell Park Speedway, Sun Prairie, Wis. Online: http://www.usacracing.com