|AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 22 June 2011 08:55|
Toyota/Save Mart 350
Site: Sonoma, Calif.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 3-4:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 11 p.m.-1 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 2:30-5 p.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: Jimmie Johnson won for the first time on a road course, taking advantage of Marcos Ambrose's gaffe. Ambrose lost the lead when he stalled his engine trying to conserve gas under caution with six laps left. He restarted seventh and finished sixth.
Last week: Denny Hamlin raced to his first victory of the year, holding off Matt Kenseth at Michigan International Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver also won the 2010 June race at the track.
Fast facts: Jeff Gordon has a Cup-record nine road-course wins, five at Sonoma and four at Watkins Glen. ... Juan Pablo Montoya won the 2007 race for his first Cup victory. He also won last year at Watkins Glen. Before joining NASCAR, the Colombian won seven Formula One races, the 1999 Champ Car title and 11 open-wheel races. ... Tony Stewart has seven round-course wins, two at Infineon and five at Watkins Glen. ... Carl Edwards leads the season standings, 20 points ahead of Kevin Harvick. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is third, 27 points behind Edwards. ... NASCAR fined Joe Gibbs Racing crew chiefs Mike Ford, Dave Rogers and Greg Zipadelli $50,000 each for bringing unapproved oil pans to Michigan. They also were placed on probation through the end of the year. Competition director Jimmy Makar and car chiefs Chris Gillin, Wesley Sherrill and Jason Shapiro also were placed on probation.
Next race: Coke Zero 400, July 2, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Site: Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Schedule: Friday, practice; Saturday, qualifying, race, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN, 5-9 p.m.)
Track: Road America (road course, 4.048 miles).
Race distance: 202.4 miles, 50 laps.
Last year: Carl Edwards won the inaugural series race at the track, passing Jacques Villeneuve on a restart with nine laps left. Ron Fellows was second.
Last week: Edwards raced to his fourth victory of the year, beating Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Michigan.
Fast facts: Villeneuve, the Canadian who won the 1997 Formula One championship, is driving the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge in place of Brad Keselowski. Villeneuve won CART races at the track in 1994 and 1995. ... Ron Fellows will pilot JR Motorsports' No. 7 Chevrolet. Fellows is a four-time Nationwide winner on road courses. The Canadian has Trans-Am and American Le Mans wins at Road America. ... Max Papis is driving Kevin Harvick Inc.'s No. 33 Chevrolet. ... Stenhouse leads the season standings, two points ahead of Elliott Sadler. Reed Sorenson is third, four points behind Stenhouse.
Next race: Subway Jalapeno 250, July 1, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.
CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS
Next race: UNOH 225, July 7, Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.
Last race: Ron Hornaday Jr. won at Texas on June 10, racing to his record 48th Trucks victory despite crossing the finish line second. First-place finisher Johnny Sauter was black-flagged because he moved to the inside in front of Hornaday before crossing the start-finish line on the final restart. Sauter was dropped to 22nd.
Iowa Corn Indy 250
Site: Newton, Iowa.
Schedule: Friday, practice, qualifying (Versus, 6-7 p.m.); Saturday, race, 8 p.m. (Versus, 6:30-11 p.m.)
Track: Iowa Speedway (oval, 0.875 miles).
Race distance: 218.75 miles, 250 laps.
Last year: Andretti Autosport's Tony Kanaan raced to his first victory in nearly two years, passing Helio Castroneves with 10 laps left.
Last week: Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti won for the third time this year, taking the lead at the Milwaukee Mile when Castroneves had a tire problem, and holding off Graham Rahal. Franchitti tied Will Power atop the season standings.
Fast facts: Power has three victories this year for Team Penske. ... Franchitti won the inaugural Iowa race in 2007. ... Former NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace designed the track. ... The 115-lap Indy Lights race also is Saturday.
Next race: Honda Indy Toronto, July 10, Streets of Toronto, Toronto.
NHRA FULL THROTTLE
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Site: Norwalk, Ohio.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10 p.m.-midnight); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8-11 p.m.).
Track: Summit Motorsports Park.
Last year: Greg Anderson raced to his first Pro Stock victory of the season and also won the K&N Horsepower Challenge bonus. Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
Last week: Robert Hight raced to his fourth Funny Car victory of the year, breaking the national speed record with a 316.45 mph run in the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. Dixon (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also won.
Fast facts: Del Worsham, a three-time winner this year, leads the Top Fuel standings - 31 points ahead of Dixon with seven events left in the regular season. ... Mike Neff has a 60-point lead over Jack Beckman in the Funny Car standings. Hight is third, 74 points behind Neff. ... The K&N winner will receive $50,000.
Next race: Route 66 NHRA Nationals, July 7-10, Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Ill.
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 won the second of his five 2010 victories en route to the season title. The German dominated from the pole in a race marked by teammate Mark Webber's spectacular crash. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was second.
Last race: McLaren's Jenson Button won the rain-soaked Canadian Grand Prix on June 11, working his way up from last place and taking advantage of points leader Vettel's last-lap slide. Button has 10 career victories.
Fast facts: Vettel has won five of the first seven races this season. He has a 60-point lead over Button in the season standings. ... Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix in April. ... The course has an F1-high 25 turns.
Next race: British Grand Prix, July 10, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, England.
ARCA RACING SERIES: Winchester ARCA 200, Saturday, Winchester Speedway, Winchester, Ind. Online: http://www.arcaracing.com
GRAND-AM ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES: Rolex Sports Car Series 250, Saturday (Speed, noon-2:30 p.m.), Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. Online: http://www.grand-am.com
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car, Saturday, Princeton Speedway, Princeton, Minn.; Sunday, Huset's Speedway, Brandon, S.D. Late Model, Firecracker 100, Saturday, Lernerville Speedway, Sarver, Pa. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Silver Crown, Caseys General Stores 100, Friday, Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa. Online: http://www.usacracing.com