Tuesday, Aug 16
Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America returns for an 11th season in 2023 with a schedule including a first visit to iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Once again, six doubleheader race rounds are on the calendar, plus the World Finals where North American teams and drivers will compete head-to-head with their European counterparts.
 
“As we celebrate a decade of great competition and growth for Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America this year, we’re very excited to announce the 2023 schedule,” said Chris Ward, senior manager of motorsports, Automobili Lamborghini America. “We’ve lined up five legendary racetracks across the U.S. to host the domestic rounds, where the Huracán Super Trofeo Evo2 cars can really flex their muscles. Adding Indianapolis Motor Speedway to that impressive list of tracks makes this the most prolific schedule to date, and we can’t wait to get the season rolling.”
 
The 2023 schedule opens at the same site as this year’s curtain raiser, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca from May 12-14. Rounds to follow will be at Watkins Glen International (June 22-25), Road America (Aug. 4-6) and VIRginia International Raceway (Aug. 25-27) before the single-make series sanctioned by IMSA heads to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course from Sept. 15-17 as part of the IMSA Battle on the Bricks weekend.
 
The final round in the North American championship will take place at the World Finals circuit, with the dates and location to be named. The World Finals pairing the North American and European series drivers and teams will follow.
 
Lamborghini Super Trofeo features four classes of competition, with all teams running the identical Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo2 cars that debuted this year. The 2022 season has witnessed record fields at each round, with 36 entries on hand this weekend at Road America. Remaining rounds this year are set for VIRginia International Raceway (Aug. 26-28) and Portimao, Portugal (Nov. 2-4) in conjunction with the 2022 World Finals.
14-year-old Brent Crews, who became the youngest winner in Trans Am history when he took the checkered flag at Road America last month, went back-to-back, winning the Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers Challenge presented by Race for RP at the Music City Grand Prix. Crews stalked Connor Mosack for much of the event before making a late-race pass for the victory.
 
Thomas Merrill, driver of the No. 26 BridgeHaul/HP Tuners/Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang, earned his second pole of the 2022 season when he set a record-breaking lap in qualifying. Unfortunately, when the green flag waved, Merrill was overtaken by Connor Mosack in the No. 28 Open Eyes/Franklin Road Apparel Ford Mustang, Crews in the No. 70 Trackhouse Ford Mustang and Scott Borchetta in the No. 48 Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers Ford Mustang. Merrill took back the third position by lap nine, but in an attempt to pass Crews, he made contact and seriously damaged his rear wing, forcing him onto pit road and out of contention for the win.
 
An incredibly fast Mosack held the lead through multiple restarts, but as the laps clicked by, Crews was never far behind. Meanwhile, Borchetta was passed for the third position by Connor Zilisch in the No. 5 Silver Hare Racing Camaro on lap nine, but he regained the third spot by lap 15 when Zilisch grazed the wall and cut down a tire. As the field came to lap 23, Mosack could no longer hold off Crews, and the 14-year-old passed him for the lead. On lap 30, a full-course caution slowed the field and seemed that it would allow Mosack another shot at the lead, but a long cleanup effort delayed the restart as the 75-minute race clock continued to tick down. Finally, when it was determined there was not enough time to allow a restart, the white flag was waved and the race came to a conclusion with only 34 of the proposed 46 laps completed. Crews was declared the winner, followed by Mosack and Borchetta, who earned his first-career Trans Am podium finish. Teammates Adam Andretti in the No. 86 3-Dimensional Services Group Mustang and Rafa Matos in the No. 88 3-Dimensional Services Group Mustang rounded out the top five. Matos, who was tied for the lead with Merrill, will now lead the standings as a result of his strong finish and Merrill’s misfortune.
 
“I just want to thank the Lord, none of this would be possible without Him,” said Crews in Victory Circle. “All glory to the Lord. I want to thank Scott Borchetta and everybody for putting on an amazing show at this amazing track. I want to thank Justin Marks and Trackhouse for all they do for me and all the support they give me. And I want to thank my team, Nitro Motorsports. We struggled in the beginning of the weekend, and they never stopped working. They worked all night, they get up early and they’re the first ones at the track; they just keep on working. They gave me the fastest racecar and here we are with the win.”
 
“I want to thank Mr. Borchetta and everybody who puts on this race; it’s an unbelievable weekend,” said Mosack. “It’s so good to have Open Eyes on the car, Nacarato Truck Centers, and Franklin Road Apparel. It’s tough to be this close to the win again this year. I led a lot of laps both years, and unfortunately, couldn’t get it done. I wish we’d had the chance for the race to finish under green. Overall, it was still a great weekend for us and hopefully we can be back and win it next year.”
 
“We’ve been working on this idea for so long,” said Borchetta, who founded Big Machine Label Group, owns Big Machine Distillery and was a key component to putting on this weekend’s event. “We always thought, ‘How cool would it be to race across the bridge? How cool would it be to run red lights legally?’ This is such a great event. I’ve been saying ‘I’ve got to get on the podium’ for so long, and now we’re so close to being number one. In this TA2 class, we drive against such great drivers. Remember these two names: Connor Mosack and Brent Crews. You’re going to see them move up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series, you’re going to see them in the NASCAR Cup Series. For any of you hardcore race fans, you can remember when you saw these two rock it at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. These are two future stars of our sport. It’s an honor for me, as an older guy, to be up here racing with the kids.”
 
Following the event, Mosack was awarded the ChillOut Keep Cool Move of the Race and was presented with the Omologato custom-branded Trans Am watch after earning the Young Gun Fast Lap Award. Scott Borchetta won the TA2 Masters award.
 
The broadcast of the race, presented by Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers and Race for RP, will air on CBS Sports Network on Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation later that evening at 1:00 a.m. ET.
 
TA2 returns to the track at Watkins Glen International on September 8-11.
 
Full race results can be found here

It was a year ago when NASCAR Cup Series driver Erik Jones launched his own charitable foundation in his home state of Michigan. Today, with Jones back in the Great Lake State to race at Michigan International Speedway in the FireKeepers Casino 400, the Erik Jones Foundation proudly made a $20,000 donation to the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF), the largest independent organization devoted to melanoma.

 

Encouraging early cancer detection and care is one of the three pillars of the Erik Jones Foundation, along with advocating for literacy and promoting animal welfare. But cancer detection and care have been a priority for Jones since his father, Dave, succumbed to the disease in 2016.

 

“In February of 2016, my dad was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, and four months later he was gone,” said the 26-year-old Jones. “Even with radiation and immunotherapy, the cancer spread. It was pretty aggressive. And what I’ve learned since then is how important early detection is, because the sooner you diagnose it, the more options you have for treatment.

 

“That’s how I got to know the Melanoma Research Foundation. They’re committed to supporting the medical research necessary to develop effective treatments and, ideally, a cure for melanoma. They also advocate for the melanoma community and educate patients, caregivers, and the general public about prevention, awareness, diagnosis and treatment. It’s a cause that’s pretty important to me, so when we had our first fundraiser, I wanted the MRF to be the beneficiary.”

 

On May 19 at Birch Run (Mich.) Speedway, located 40 miles north from Jones’ hometown of Byron, the Erik Jones Foundation held its first fundraising event, 3 Reasons to Race. Through a unique race-gaming experience where guests could win cash and prizes, along with a 50/50 raffle and silent auction that featured mementos from NASCAR personalities, $20,000 was raised for MRF to support mission critical research and educational resources.

 

Cheryl Stratos, an MRF board member and stage four melanoma survivor, accepted the check from the Erik Jones Foundation.

 

“It cannot be overstated how important donations like this one from the Erik Jones Foundation are to life-saving research and drug development,” said Stratos, who received her diagnosis in November 2009. “I am here today because of the work of so many people. I enrolled in a phase one clinical trial at UCLA and it saved my life. But the amount of money and work it takes to even have a clinical trial is staggering. That’s why this donation, and this moment, where Erik and I can advocate for prevention, early cancer detection and care, is so valuable. There’s someone today who is in the same position I was back in 2009 who will benefit from the efforts made by Erik and his foundation with this donation to the MRF.”

 

Committed to the support of medical research and education, MRF is a dedicated advocate for the melanoma community, helping to raise awareness of this disease and the need for a cure. MRF’s website, www.melanoma.org, is the premier source for melanoma information. MRF can also be found on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and TikTok.

 

In addition to raising funds for MRF, Jones has raised awareness. During this year’s Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Jones partnered with MRF and local dermatologists to promote sunscreen use. Before racing his No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet Camaro for Petty GMS, which sports an Erik Jones Foundation logo this weekend at Michigan to commemorate its one-year anniversary, Jones joined members of his foundation and distributed 10,000 travel-sized sunscreen containers to fans while encouraging them to schedule annual exams with their dermatologist.

 

“You can’t just talk about it, you have to go and do it,” Jones said. “That’s why I started the foundation. I wanted to find a way to do more on a larger scale. We’re only a year into it and I already feel like we’re making an impact. But the truth is, we’re just getting started.”

 

The foundation’s first gift was a donation last June to the Genesee District Library, a public library system with 19 locations serving the residents of Genesee County, Michigan. It was an extension of Jones’ #READwithErik series, which began in the spring of 2020 when COVID-19 forced NASCAR to take a 10-week break and schools transitioned to remote learning. Jones saw an opportunity to share his passion for reading and the first #READwithErik event took place on April 21, 2020 when he sat down in front of a camera and read Dr. Seuss’ iconic “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” via his Facebook page. Since its debut, #READwithErik has featured 70 books – 50 dedicated to youths with 20 other featured titles geared toward adults – all of which have generated more than 200,000 views and a reach in excess of 430,000.

 

In the past year as COVID-19 restrictions eased, Jones has been able to take his #READwithErik series from the digital realm to in-person gatherings. He has read to students in the campgrounds at NASCAR venues, with his first in-person reading coming last August at Michigan where Jones read “M is for Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet” by Annie Appleford, to kids and their families at the Graves Family Campground. Subsequent visits have included Estrella Vista STEM Academy for Engineering in Avondale, Arizona, last November, where the Erik Jones Foundation donated 100 books to the school library, and Celeste Henkel Elementary School in Statesville, North Carolina, earlier this year where Jones read another Dr. Seuss classic, “The Cat in the Hat”. Jones returned to an at-track campground event in May during the Southern 500 race weekend at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, reading “Back Roads, Country Toads” by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers to kids and their families. Most recently, Jones joined author Neal Thompson on a panel hosted by North Carolina Humanities on June 23 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, that discussed Thompson’s book, “Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels and the Birth of NASCAR”.

 

Those wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Erik Jones Foundation can do so via the following address:

 

Erik Jones Foundation

370 E. Maple Road, 4th Floor

Birmingham, Michigan 48009 

 

 

After the carnage of St Louis, the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship teams seemed relieved to arrive at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA for Round 6: Throwdown. Greeted by warm weather and a familiar banked track, drivers quickly got down to assessing repairs and resetting the muscle memory for what would be a crucial event for Championship contenders.

With five different drivers claiming victories in the first five rounds (three of them for the first time in their careers), points leader Matt Field (USA) had reached the top thanks to consistency rather than wins. And with a 32-point lead over his nearest rival, Fredric Aasbo (Norway), may students of drift have been recalling Chris Forsberg’s 2016 Championship title (his third), which he achieved without ever standing on the top step of the podium.

Would Field maintain his lead? Would he be the sixth driver to win a round in 2022? Or could his closest rivals reorganize and mount a determined challenge with only three rounds left?

Regardless of the result, it would take place in front of a sellout crowd, which was treated some incredible action under blue skies.

 

PRO QUALIFYING

If Kazuya Taguchi (Japan) surprised fans in St Louis with his first ever top qualifying position, imagine how the Seattle crowd responded to him repeating the feat.

As always, qualifying order is determined by the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship points table. In previous years, the top driver went last, putting pressure on him to perform. However, the script was flipped in 2022, meaning Field would set the benchmark. His 90-point run was warmly received as he seemed to do everything right. However, he’d be one of five drivers to be awarded the same score. When this happens, position is determined by the individual scores for style, angle and line. With style being the first differentiator, Chelsea DeNofa (USA) claimed second place thanks to a 28-point style score in his Pennzoil / BC Racing Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD. Third went to Forsberg who resolved the terminal engine/nitrous problems he experienced in St Louis that saw him eliminated from the Top 32. He scored 27 style points in the NOS Energy Drink Nissan Z on GT Radials while Field to placed fourth in the Drift Cave / Falken Tire C6 Corvette with 26 style points.

It wasn’t until Taguchi, running tenth in the K&N Qualifying session, received a 93-point score that the siege ended. With an almost perfect score for his line through the four Outside Zones and single Inside Clip, the Japanese driver again showed what he’s capable of behind the wheel of his ISR UpGarage / GT Radial Scion FRS.

Most of the top seeds qualified well, but defending Champion and second-placed Aasbo could only manage 11th; a position Aurimas "Odi" Bakchis (Lithuania) would have gratefully accepted. However, repeating his misfortune from St Louis, Bakchis again experienced technical problems on his first run in the Falken Tire / Feal Suspension Nissan S15. With an incomplete run, Bakchis was relegated to the Knockout Qualifying Format (KQF), which sees the bottom eight drivers run a second time. And with thirty six drivers attempting to qualify for the Top 32 competition heats, four would be eliminated in KQF. 

Bakchis was among the fortunate four who would compete on Saturday, but the best he could hope for was 29th, which meant he faced Field in the Top 32 competition heats. While far below Bakchis’ potential, it was preferable to the fate that befell leading Rookie Daniel Stuke (USA), Darren Kelly (New Zealand), Ola Jaeger (Norway) and Trenton Beechum (USA). All scored insufficient points to continue and checked out early.

With Stuke out, it gave the other series rookies a chance to catch him in the 2022 Rookie title chase. Nick Noback (USA) scored 83 qualifying points in the KoruWorks E46 BMW, placing him 24th overall. He’d need to fight hard to make up the points difference in Stuke’s absence.

 

PRO COMPETITION

Sadly, Taguchi’s fairy tale came to an abrupt end in the very first tandem run of the Top 32 competition heats. After a copybook lead run, he got lost in the tire smoke created by the RAD Industries / GearWrench / GT Radial MkIV Toyota Supra of Dan Burkett (USA) on the chase run. Running wide in Outside Zone 2 (OZ2), Taguchi ran off-track and later admitted to a mistake. “I should have been more chill but wanted to give the spectators a good battle,” he explained. “I had no vision in his smoke but I’m still learning and I’ll come back stronger for the next round.

The Top 32 was also challenging for a number of title contenders. Notably, Bakchis was eliminated by Field after a One More Time battle when the judges asked them to repeat both runs. Even after the second turn, Field won on a split decision following a titanic battle among the Falken Tire teammates. 

Ryan Tuerck (USA), who sat third in the FD PRO Championship coming into FD SEA, had to use his only 5min Competition Time Out (CTO) before his Top 32 battle against Kyle Mohan (USA). The driver of the Rain-X / Nitto Tire Toyota GR Corolla suffered a massive oil leak while warming his tires in the burnout box. Fortunately, it was a loose oil pipe from the turbo, possibly the consequence of an engine change after practice. Tuerck was able to put it behind him and win the heat but would be handicapped if the car encountered further problems during the event.

And it happened when Tuerck snapped an axle in his Top 8 battle against DeNofa. With both combatants showing no mercy, Tuerck was tight to the Mustang’s door, tapping both the wall and DeNofa before spinning out. With no time to make repairs, Tuerck was the final Toyota to be eliminated.

Dylan Hughes (USA), fifth in the standings after St Louis, incurred significant damage during his Top 32 run against Simen Olsen (Norway). The driver of the Boost Racefuel / Toyota GR Supra was slow to transition into OZ4 and gave Hughes nowhere to place his DHR / Royal Purple / Falken Tire BMW. The inevitable collision threw the BMW into the air but fortunately there were several hours before the Top 16 heats to effect repairs.

Hughes would reach the Top 8, eliminated by Field after a dramatic heat that saw them run six times before the judges could separate them. Showing tremendous respect for each other, Hughes and Field held a masterclass in zone-filling and proximity. The confrontation was finally decided in Field’s favor after Hughes tapped the wall in OZ1. His subsequent throttle lift gave the Corvette driver no escape route and his spinning car was the inevitable consequence. Despite an appeal from the team and vocal fan support for the local driver, Hughes placed fifth, dropping to fifth in the title race.

Field dispatched Burkett in the Top 4, but this was the Supra driver’s best FD PRO result to date and reflected his new approach this season. Field advanced to the Final to meet DeNofa, who had already beaten two previous round winners and three-time Champion Forsberg.

The intense Top 4 battle against Forsberg saw the Nissan driver correct his line in OZ1. It caused DeNofa problems throughout the reainder of the run and gave him the judge’s decision. Forsberg’s third place kept him fourth in the title race.

With neither man winning a round in 2022, either Field or DeNofa would be the sixth FD PRO victor in six rounds. And while three of the previous winners were top step virgins, both Field and DeNofa know the taste of victory and were thirsty for more.  

It would be a battle of Goliath versus Goliath. Both drivers have immense reputations and are equally capable of winning on any given Saturday. With spectators on the edge of their seats, the Final was decided by a single mistake. With Field in the chase position he brushed the rear of DeNofa’s Mustang as the pair transitioned into OZ3. With both cars on the edge of grip, the bump push DeNofa off-line, forcing his car to straighten.

With Field ruled at fault, DeNofa was given time to check his car while Field used his 5min Competition Time Out. As the cars returned to the starting line, Field set a blistering pace through the Evergreen course but DeNofa simply needed to shadow him to take the win.

“My goal here was to have fun,” DeNofa told us after the podium ceremony. “And while everybody else was competing and doing the best they can, for me it was about having fun and enjoying drifting again. I didn’t want to be so competitive and worry about every aspect of the weekend. I’ve been doing it for 20 years, so I just trusted my gut on every run and drove as hard as I could, and it worked out. I ended up on top!

“This is the first time I’ve won an event where I was just having a blast the entire time. There’s always been something going on in the past but this was different. We had some crazy action all weekend, getting hit on almost every run, but I put the car where it needed to be. Luckily, the judges saw it and we ended up on top.”

The result moved DeNofa from sixth to fifth overall while Field extended his lead at the top of the table thanks to early retirements from most of his nearest rivals. He’s now 56 points ahead of second-placed Aasbo.

Just like St Louis, Nick Noback (USA) was again the leading Rookie. He placed 22nd in the KoruWorks E46 BMW but dropped to 23rd in the overall title race. The previous Rookie leader, Daniel Stuke (USA), failed to qualify and dropped to 24th. That allowed Mike Power (USA) to lead the Rookie field, sitting 21st overall.

After six rounds, Toyota continues to lead the 2022 Formula DRIFT PRO Auto Cup and Falken heads the Tire Cup.

Before packing the trucks and heading to Utah for the Link ECU PROSPEC Final on September 15-17 we spoke to Formula DRIFT President, Ryan Sage: “With the sixth round in the books we’ve now have six winners and Matt Field is not one of them. It feels very much like Chris Forsberg in 2016 but Matt has a fairly substantial lead and it’s essentially his to lose at this point. 

“From Seattle we’re heading to a new track in Utah and then back to Irwindale for the Final. Nobody has any data from the Utah Motorsports Campus and the drivers throw everything against the wall at Irwindale, so the Championship certainly isn’t decided. It’s great to see new faces continuing to rise to the top but congratulations to Chelsea for claiming his first well-deserved win of the year.”

 

2022 FORMULA DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

 

ROUND 6 FD PRO TOP 16 DRIVER POINTS

POSITION

DRIVER

POINTS

1

Chelsea DeNofa

102

2

Matt Field

91

3

Chris Forsberg

81

4

Dan Burkett

80

5

Dylan Hughes

67

6

Fredric Aasbo

67

7

Ryan Tuerck

67

8

Taylor Hull

67

9

Michael Essa

52

10

Wataru Masuyama

52

11

Ken Gushi

52

12

Justin Pawlak

52

13

Jeff Jones

52

14

Travis Reeder

52

15

Dean Kearney

52

16

Jhonnattan Castro

52

 

2022 FD PRO TOP 16 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

POSITION

DRIVER

POINTS

1

Matt Field

506

2

Fredric Aasbo

450

3

Ryan Tuerck

447

4

Chris Forsberg

417

5

Chelsea DeNofa

412

6

Dylan Hughes

390

7

Travis Reeder

342

8

Aurimas Bakchis

334

9

Rome Charpentier

315

10

Ken Gushi

304

11

Dan Burkett

304

12

Kazuya Taguchi

297

13

Wataru Masuyama

293

14

Justin Pawlak

278

15

Taylor Hull

276

16

Branden Sorensen

276

 

2022 AUTO CUP TOP FIVE STANDINGS

Toyota

938

Chevrolet

782

Ford

690

Nissan

609

BMW

261

 

2022 TIRE CUP STANDINGS

Falken Tire

968

Nitto Tire

965

GT Radial

919

Nexen Tire

665

Federal Tire

625

 

NEXT ROUND

Utah Motorsports Campus in Grantsville, UT will host the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 7: Type S Elevated presented by Autozone and the Final Round of the Link ECU PROSPEC Championship on September 15-17. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream

 

The Central Coast is about to be filled with enthusiastic car-loving visitors who annually descend for the internationally-renowned Monterey Car Week. Visitors are returning by the tens of thousands, filling hotels, restaurants and local shops bringing an enormous positive affect on the economy. “It’s our Christmas” has been the common refrain by many businesses who welcome the return of Monterey Car Week.

The main hub of the 10 days is the 550-acre WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, which hosts eight days of activities and filled campgrounds, making it the most active venue on the Central Coast.

“We are running non-stop since we serve as the week’s kick-off with the free race car show in downtown Monterey and share the weekend’s closing with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance,” says John Narigi, president and general manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “Although on Sunday, we’re doing it differently by hosting a low key, fun community day that is highlighted by the Corkscrew Hillclimb, which is an absolute first for the 65-year-old race track.”

Here is a daily rundown of the activities visitors can expect to enjoy:

Friday, Aug. 12

Monterey Race Car Show Kick-Off

The official kick-off to Monterey Car Week with more than 30 race cars leaving the track under CHP escort and driving through the streets into Downtown Monterey for a free race car show on Alvarado Street. This is the 13th year of bringing the show to the public.

Saturday, Aug. 13

Monterey Pre-Reunion. Nearly 300 historic cars race in 10 groups twice each day. It’s a relaxed affair where guests can enjoy the paddock ambiance and see the cars. Visitors can also get an exclusive sneak peek at a number of highly collectible cars from Bonhams’ Quail Auction before they go up for bid on Aug. 19.

Sunday, Aug. 14

Monterey Pre-Reunion continues with every car on track in two sessions.

Wednesday, Aug. 17

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion revs up Monterey with approximately 400 authentic and period-correct cars stretching across nearly every decade of motorsports racing in 14 groups. The massive Le Mans Legends Display, presented by Motul, opens to showcase 50 overall and first-in-class winners from the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, in what is the largest collection ever assembled in America.

Thursday, Aug. 18

The racing continues and guests will be treated with the arrival of a very special Bentley Le Mans tribute, as the Bentley rally arrives in Monterey with a parade into WeatherTech Raceway and on-track exhibition at 12:30. Guests may also enjoy treats from Café Le Mans and sip Moet Champagne as part of the Le Mans meets Monterey experience.

Friday, Aug. 19

The racing begins at 8:30 and concludes at 5:10. Amid the family zone that features a Ferris Wheel, go-karts and other attractions, the wide-ranging activities will appeal to all ages. But the day’s not over, as a special movie feature of the “real story” of Ford v. Ferrari with the documentary “Shelby American and the 24 Hour War” will be shown in the Hagerty Marketplace. The movie will be preceded by special guest appearances.

Saturday, Aug. 20

Where Legendary drivers reunite. The racing action is continuous, and the paddock is active with a lively Q&A with Grand Marshal Tom Kristensen, the most decorated driver of the 24 Hours of Le Mans winning it an astounding nine times, four-time winner Henri Pescarolo, Shelby Cobra Daytona designer Peter Brock, and other surprise guests who will also be available for an autograph session. Throughout the day there will be special activities like seeing, and hearing, the revolutionary Gordon Murray-designed T.50 supercar. The day ends in a festive way with the prize-giving ceremony in the paddock, and a showing of the now cult-film status Ford v Ferrari in the Hagerty Marketplace.

Sunday, Aug. 21

Corkscrew Hillclimb and Community Day. A new form of racing takes over Laguna Seca Recreation Area with the first-ever Hillclimb where entrants race reverse course up the iconic Corkscrew. From a high-torque 1925 Bugatti to a high-revving Formula One car, there will be plenty to experience. Even the rarely seen Doc Hudson Hornet from Pixar’s movie Cars, and voiced by Paul Newman, will take a run at the hill. Early risers who attend the Cars & Coffee will receive complimentary admission between 6 and 7:30 a.m. before the party in the paddock begins, which also includes a collection of ultra-rare Pagani hypercars displayed in the paddock and enjoyed at speed on track. General admission is $35 per person online or at the gate.

For tickets, parking and VIP hospitality packages in the Legends Club, with catering by local favorites Baja Cantina and Turn 12, or the exclusive Champions Club that is catered by Coastal Roots Hospitality and includes driver visits to the suite and private tours, call 831-242-8200 or visit WeatherTechRaceway.com.

 

 

(Courtesy of WeatherTech Raceway)

The event drag racing fans and drivers have waited for all season, the prestigious 68th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals, is set to take place on Aug. 31-Sept. 5 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, and there’s plenty in store on the sport’s grandest stage.
 
The biggest, longest, and most historic event in drag racing is set to be one to remember with action across several categories, the specialty Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Callout in both Top Fuel and Funny Car, special concerts throughout the weekend and thrilling bonus events like the Dodge HEMI Challenge and JEGS Allstars for sportsman racers. Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park is also welcoming fans to the Big Go with free parking throughout the entire race weekend.
 
It is the 16th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, as well as the final race before the Countdown to the Championship, and there’s nothing like winning a Wally on Labor Day Monday at the Big Go.
 
A victory on drag racing’s biggest stage ensures a place in the record books, and several top drivers have a chance to add to their legacies in new ways. The Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Top Fuel Callout started in Gainesville in March and now Brittany Force, Steve Torrence, Mike Salinas, and Justin Ashley are the final four in the specialty race, which will conclude on Saturday, Sept. 3. In the Pep Boys All-Star Funny Car Callout, eight drivers will vie for the win on Sunday, Sept. 4 during the special race-within-a-race, with the top three competitors getting a chance to call out their first-round opponent. In all, the specialty events in the thrilling, must-see 11,000-horsepower nitro categories will award an additional $260,000 in prize money during an already massive weekend at the prestigious Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals.
 
Torrence (Top Fuel), Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all picked up wins a year ago at the Big Go. This year’s race will be broadcast on both the FOX broadcast network and Fox Sports 1 (FS1), including live eliminations coverage starting at 12 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 5 on FS1 and continuing at 2 p.m. on FOX.
 
Top Fuel’s Torrence picked up his second U.S. Nationals win last year, parlaying that success to his fourth straight world championship. Torrence has been on a dominant tear in recent seasons, but he’ll look to pick up his first victory of 2022 at the biggest race of the year. Looking to stop him is a star-studded group of drivers, including points leader Brittany Force, who has four wins this season, four-time 2022 winner Mike Salinas, Tony Schumacher, who leads all NHRA drivers with 10 Indy wins, Justin Ashley, 2019 winner Doug Kalitta, Leah Pruett, Josh Hart, Clay Millican, Antron Brown, and Shawn Langdon, who has a pair of U.S. Nationals wins.
 
In Funny Car, Wilkerson played the underdog role perfectly a year ago, winning at the Big Go for the second time in his career. This one came 18 years after his first, defeating Ron Capps in the final round and denying the eventual world champ his first U.S. Nationals victory. Capps, a two-time world champ, will try to change that this year and finally crack through at the world’s biggest drag race against a multitude of stars in the class, including points leader Robert Hight, five-time race winner John Force, Dodge drivers Matt Hagan and Cruz Pedregon, Sonoma winner Bob Tasca III, J.R. Todd, who won the race in 2017 and 2018, and 2014 winner Alexis DeJoria,
 
Enders has reigned supreme in Pro Stock at the prestigious U.S. Nationals the past two seasons and the four-time world champion has been dominant thus far this year, winning six times and taking a commanding lead in the points standings. A third straight win – and her fourth overall at the track – would put her in elite territory, but it won’t be easy in a class loaded with talent. That includes reigning world champ Greg Anderson, who has six Indy wins and 99 career victories, Aaron Stanfield, 2016 winner Chris McGaha, reigning NHRA Rookie of the Year Dallas Glenn, Kyle Koretsky, Troy Coughlin Jr., Matt Hartford, Deric Kramer, Bo Butner, and rookie Camrie Caruso.
 
Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Angelle Sampey has enjoyed a terrific 2022 season as she aims for her fourth world championship. She is also after her fourth Indy win, as is Krawiec, who is the reigning event winner. That would be the most among active riders, but the competition is stiff as both Vance & Hines riders have to face off with defending world champ Matt Smith, who won the race in 2006, Sonoma winner Joey Gladstone, Steve Johnson, who has a pair of Indy wins, Angie Smith, Ryan Oehler, Jimmy Underdahl and Jerry Savoie.
  
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying for the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals will feature one round at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 2, two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 1:15 and 5:00 p.m. and the final two rounds on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 12:00 and 3:30 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 5.
 
The semifinals of the Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Top Fuel Callout take place on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 2:40 p.m., with the final round to follow at 6:25 p.m. The next day, the Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Funny Car Callout will begin with the opening round at 1:20 p.m., the semifinals at 2:45 p.m. and the final round at 4:55 p.m.
 
Television coverage of the prestigious Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals includes racing action on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3 and coverage of the Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Funny Car Callout from 4-5:30 p.m. Qualifying action will continue from 5:30-7 p.m. on Sunday on FS1. On Monday, live coverage from eliminations will begin at 12 p.m. on FS1 and continue on FOX from 2-5 p.m.
 
To purchase tickets to the 68th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals, fans can visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. All children 12 and under will be admitted free in the general-admission area with a paid adult. For more information about NHRA, visit www.nhra.com.

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By David Phillips
IMSA Wire Service
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Take all five classes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, turn them loose on four of the most historic and challenging miles of racetrack in North America amid changing conditions with championship implications riding on the outcome, and what do you get? Two hours and 40 minutes of action-packed sports car racing otherwise known as the 2022 IMSA Fastlane SportsCar Weekend at Road America.
 
What did we learn?
 
Nobody Ever Claimed Racing Is Fair
 
If they did, they were wrong. That maxim was proven for the zillionth time on Sunday when JDC-Miller MotorSports’ gamble of switching the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R to rain tires during an early full-course yellow paid off big time. Initially.
 
While the other five Daytona Prototype international (DPi) competitors tiptoed around a track that was alternately wet and damp on the slick tires with which they started the race, surefooted Richard Westbrook stormed into a huge lead on his grooved Michelins. Such was his pace that Westbrook was within sight of lapping the sixth-place DPi car when a full-course yellow was declared to clear a chunk of debris from the circuit.
 
Following the resulting pit stop shuffles and repositioning of the field by class, Westbrook’s three-plus-mile advantage evaporated as all six DPi cars were positioned nose-to-tail for the subsequent restart. With the JDC-Miller inspired gamble effectively nullified, Tristan Vautier spent the remainder of the race battling for position in a race he and Westbrook might well have easily won by putting a lap on the DPi field barring that full-course caution – a yellow caused when the sister (or is that cousin?) car, the No. 90 JDC-Miller Duqueine D08 Le Mans Prototype 3 entry, lost a chunk of its bodywork.
 
Racing fair? No. Ironic? Certainly.
 
Yin and Yang of Consistency
The yin and yang of consistency was much in evidence at Road America. After capturing the 2022 Rolex 24 At Daytona, Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian has experienced a “so near yet so far” season, the No. 60 Acura ARX-05 consistently in the hunt for another win but just as regularly falling just short.
 
Thus, the No. 60 arrived at Road America with a string of five consecutive runner-up finishes. The regular collection of points enabled Meyer Shank to fashion a lead in the DPi standings that was at once substantial and fragile. Substantial enough that a win in Wisconsin would have built a comfortable championship lead heading to the Motul Petit Le Mans season finale; fragile enough that a lackluster finish coupled with a win by the chief rival No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura would force a must-win position in the season finale.
 
The late stages at Road America once again found the No. 60 Acura in the lead, with Oliver Jarvis battling to stay just ahead of Filipe Albuquerque in the No. 10. Not for the first time this year, Albuquerque pulled off a forceful – but clean – pass for the lead and went on to take the win. Meanwhile, under intense pressure from Earl Bamber in the No. 02 Cadillac Racing DPi V.R, Jarvis crashed in the Kink and was fortunate indeed that the resulting full-course yellow enabled him to nurse his badly damaged car to a fourth-place finish.
 
Thus, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura now heads to Motul Petit Le Mans with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, putting MSR in that must-win situation.
 
Speaking of Consistency …
Stevan McAleer and Mike Skeen steered the No. 32 Team Korthoff Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 to an eighth-place GT Daytona (GTD) finish Sunday, keeping McAleer and the No. 32 atop the GTD driver and team standings. After opening the season with third- and-second place finishes, respectively, at the Rolex 24 and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, the Korthoff Mercedes has not scored another podium finish. On the other hand, Road America was just the second time this season that the No. 32 Mercedes finished outside the top six.
 
While some other GTD campaigners have experienced higher “highs,” they’ve also experienced more “lows.” With races at VIRginia International Raceway and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta remaining on the schedule, that consistency finds McAleer and Team Korthoff 36 points clear of Ryan Hardwick, Jan Heylen and the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3 R, with three other teams within striking distance of the championship.
A perfect finish to the Western Swing has Top Fuel’s Tony Schumacher on the right track and that could be dangerous for the rest of the loaded class heading into this weekend’s Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park.
 
Schumacher won in Seattle two weeks ago, erasing some early-season struggles for a team that appears to be coming together at the right time. That has the eight-time Top Fuel world champ excited for his first appearance in Topeka since the 2018 campaign, as the longtime star returned to full-time racing this year. There were some early bumps in the road, but as Schumacher and his team showed in Seattle, this team may be primed for a run at another world title as the Countdown to the Championship approaches.
 
He holds the track record for the quickest pass at Topeka’s House of Speed and a 2010 win at the facility, and Schumacher, who has 86 career victories, will try to add another this weekend in his 11,000-horsepower Scag Top Fuel dragster, knowing full well the importance of this stage of the season.
 
“You’ve got perform this time of the year,” Schumacher said. “The right attitude is important and there was excitement (in Seattle). Coming into (Seattle), we found ourselves 12th in points, 100 out of the top 10 and you’ve got to perform. These drivers in this class are all great. It’s a tough sport and you’ve got to be able to overcome adversity. It’s all really close right now and you’re to the point where there’s just a few races before the Countdown. We’re going to keep trying and we’ve got a group of people who are excited.”
 
Brittany Force (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car) and Dallas Glenn (Pro Stock) won the 2021 event, and this year’s Topeka race will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 (FS1), including live eliminations coverage starting at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 14. It is the 14th of 22 races during the 2022 season and only two events follow the annual stop in Topeka before the six-race playoffs begin.
 
Schumacher is just 10 points out of 10th place and only 51 out of eight in a tightly-bunched Top Fuel category, finally turning the corner in Seattle in the first race with new majority team owners Joe and Cathi Maynard. The team qualified third there and made a series of strong runs as Schumacher continued to praise the work of his team.
 
They’ve worked through a lot this year and Schumacher likes where the group is headed, even while dealing with Top Fuel stars like Brittany Force, the current points leader who won in Topeka last year, four-time defending world champ Steve Torrence, Mike Salinas, who has four wins this year, Justin Ashley, Doug Kalitta, Denver winner Leah Pruett, Antron Brown, Josh Hart and 2018 winner Clay Millican.
 
“I’ve been doing this a long time and there’s ebbs and flows,” Schumacher said. “The worst thing I can do is to put pressure on them when they don’t need it. The guys weren’t making mistakes and you can’t point fingers. They’re giving everything and it’s hard on them. These guys have worked so hard and it’s so hard to get here. It’s a tough sport, but when the good stuff comes, it’s a beautiful thing.”
 
In Funny Car, John Force earned an incredible 10th Funny Car victory at Heartland Motorsports Park a year ago, slipping past J.R. Todd in the final round. Todd is eager to get some redemption this year in his 11,000-horsepower DHL Toyota GR Supra and he heads to Topeka with plenty of momentum after one of his best showings of 2022 in Seattle. Todd advanced to his first final round of the year before falling to Force’s teammate, points leader Robert Hight.
 
It gave Hight his sixth win of the year, but it also showed Todd, a former world champion, that things may be getting in order at the ideal time. They ran extremely well in warm conditions, moving back up to sixth in points, and Todd has plenty of good vibes from last year’s performance in Topeka. Combined, it might lead to Todd’s first win of the season as he faces off with the likes of Hight, Force, Matt Hagan, who has three wins this year, Sonoma winner Bob Tasca III, Tim Wilkerson, defending world champ Ron Capps, Alexis DeJoria, and Cruz Pedregon.
 
“Last year Topeka was a good race for the DHL team with a No. 1 qualifier and then a runner-up finish,” Todd said. “We just came up short in the final. We were runner-up in Seattle two weeks ago and we let one get away. The most important time of the year is coming up in the Countdown. We have three more races including this weekend in Topeka to make up some ground and build some momentum. The DHL Toyota guys are doing a great job, as always. We are just going to work on staying consistent and keep doing what we’re doing. I really believe the wins will come. Topeka will be hot, but it was hot in Seattle, and we did alright.”
 
Dallas Glenn’s memorable rookie season in Pro Stock included a huge moment in Topeka when he had a perfect .000 reaction time in the final round to pick up the victory en route to NHRA Rookie of the Year honors. He has a win in 2022, but everyone is chasing points leader and four-time champ Erica Enders, who has an impressive six victories already this season. She’ll look to keep rolling against stiff competitors like reigning world champ Greg Anderson, Kyle Koretsky, Seattle winner Troy Coughlin Jr., Aaron Stanfield Matt Hartford, and rookie Camrie Caruso.
 
It is Pro Stock Motorcycle’s first trip to Heartland Motorsports Park in 25 years and only points leader Angelle Sampey has a victory among active riders, picking up the win in 1997. Joey Gladstone, who picked up his first career win in the class at Sonoma, is only two points behind Sampey in the standings, while other standouts include reigning world champ Matt Smith, Steve Johnson, Angie Smith, Jerry Savoie, Karen Stoffer, Eddie Krawiec and Jimmy Underdahl.
 
The event also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, which includes some of the sport’s top drivers, as well as Street Legal exhibition runs and action in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon. After nitro qualifying on Friday and Saturday, fans can see an exciting performance from the “Miss Elle” jet funny car driven by Mickey McCormick, as well as a wheelstander exhibition from the “Walking Tall” PT Cruiser driven by “NitroMike.” On Saturday, fans can also attend Nitro School at 1 p.m. in the Tony Stewart Racing pits to learn more about how the cars operate and reach their thrilling speeds.
 
Race fans at Heartland Motorsports Park can enjoy the special pre-race ceremonies that introduce and celebrate each of the drivers racing for the prestigious Wally on Sunday and includes the fan favorite SealMaster Track Walk. The final can’t-miss experience of any NHRA event is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes, where fans are invited to congratulate the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor event winners.
 
As always, fans also get an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet in Topeka. This unique opportunity gives fans a unique chance to see teams in action and service their hot rods between rounds, get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers and more. Fans can also visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create an exciting atmosphere that includes interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.
 
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature one round at 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 12 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. CT on Sunday, Aug. 14. Television coverage includes qualifying action on FS1 at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, and then eliminations at 2 p.m. ET Sunday.
 
To purchase tickets to the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor, fans can visit www.nhra.com or call 800-884-6472. For more information about NHRA, visit www.nhra.com

 

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After 13 races in 20 weeks, the F1 teams have retired their helmets and headphones for a well-deserved summer break. The next race commences on the 28th of August at the Belgian Grand Prix, so what better time to review everything that’s happened so far this season.

 Casumo has created a pre-summer round-up to reveal the most costly and penalised drivers for 2022 so far. From collisions and pit lane speeding to unsafe releases and driving scooters on track, this season has seen it all in terms of offences and the FIA hasn’t been shy in dishing out the penalties.

By analysing the FIA’s official documents, Casumo can reveal the F1 drivers and teams who have been collecting the largest fines, seconds and points this season and are able to crown F1’s biggest rule breakers. Can you guess who they are…

Tsunoda and Albon are crowned the biggest rule breakers so far this year

Drivers

Total Number of Offences

22 - Yuki Tsunoda

8

23 - Alexander Albon

8

24 - Zhou Guanyu

7

5 - Sebastian Vettel

7

10 - Pierre Gasly

6

14 - Fernando Alonso

6

18 - Lance Stroll

6

31 - Esteban Ocon

5

55 - Carlos Sainz

5

77 - Valtteri Bottas

4

11 - Sergio Perez

4

3 - Daniel Ricciardo

4

20 - Kevin Magnussen

3

16 - Charles Leclerc

2

4 - Lando Norris

2

6 - Nicholas Latifi

2

63 - George Russell

2

1 - Max Verstappen

1

44 - Lewis Hamilton

1

47 - Mick Schumacher

1

Out of 13 races, two drivers’ names keep sticking out in the penalty documents - Yuki Tsunoda and Alex Albon. These rule breakers have the highest number of warnings and penalties – collecting 8 offences each so far this season.

Tsunoda got picked up for pit lane speeding in Canada, driving unnecessarily slow in the Australian qualifying and numerous accounts of impeding and collisions. This resulted in him being reprimanded, getting two-point penalties, one 5 second time penalty and €1,300 worth of fines.

Meanwhile, Albon has an accumulation of penalties such as gaining an advantage, leaving the track for unjustifiable reasons, pit lane speeding and impeding other drivers – just to name a few. This resulted in him collecting 6 penalty points, 15 seconds in time penalties and €1,800 worth of fines.

Surprisingly, despite his aggressive driving reputation, Max Verstappen is one of the golden boys of F1 in the eyes of the FIA - sat alongside Lewis Hamilton and Mick Schumacher for only collecting 1 penalty over the last 13 races.

 

Vettel is the costliest F1 driver, racking up €30,000+ fines for bad behaviour and riding a scooter

Driver Team Total Cost
5 - Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin  € 35,900.00
55 - Carlos Sainz Ferrari € 25,000.00
11 - Sergio Perez Red Bull € 10,600.00
44 - Lewis Hamilton Mercedes  € 10,000.00
3 - Daniel Ricciardo McLaren  € 10,000.00
24 - Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo € 10,000.00
16 - Charles Leclerc Ferrari  € 10,000.00
1 - Max Verstappen Red Bull € 10,000.00
18 - Lance Stroll Aston Martin € 5,900.00
77 - Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo € 2,000.00
23 - Alexander Albon Williams Racing € 1,800.00
22 - Yuki Tsunoda Alpha Tauri € 1,300.00
10 - Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri € 1,300.00

Unfortunately for some teams, their drivers’ penalties have resulted in a hefty fine. Sebastian Vettel has accumulated the largest sum of penalty fines so far this season – racking up a bill of €35,900 for Aston Martin.

His offences, however, are some of the most unique out of the whole paddock. Whilst he picked up €600 and €300 fines for pit lane speeding, and a €5000 fine for an unsafe release, the offences which cost him the most is for bad behaviour and riding a scooter.

Due to ‘behaviour during the Driver’ meeting’ at the Austrian qualifying, Vettel landed himself a €25,000 fine, one of the most expensive penalties on our list. He also drove a scooter on track within the five-minute window after P1 in Australia, resulting in a €5,000 fine.

 

Aston Martin have the largest penalty fine bill, exceeding €40,000 over 13 races

Team

Total Cost

Aston Martin

 €41,800.00

Ferrari

 €35,000.00

Red Bull

 €20,600.00

Alfa Romeo

 €12,000.00

McLaren

 €10,000.00

Mercedes

 €10,000.00

Alpha Tauri

 €2,600.00

Williams Racing

 €1,800.00

BWT Alpine

 € -  

Haas

 € -  

Aston Martin have felt the biggest repercussions of their driver’s bad behaviour, with Vettel and Stroll racking up a combined bill of €41,800 within the last 13 races for 13 different offences. Stroll added to Vettel’s already large bill with a €5000 fine for unsafe release and €900 for pitlane speeding.

Ferrari have the second biggest bill of €35,000 with Leclerc picking up a €10,000 fine for driver assistants in Parc Ferme and Sainz collecting a hefty €25,000 fine for impeding a car in practise 3 in Monaco.

Meanwhile, Red Bull is left with the third largest bill of €20,600 so far this year. Perez collected €600 worth of fines for two different occasions of pit-lane speeding as well as €10,000 of unnecessary impeding; whilst Verstappen picked up his only fine of €10,000 for driver assistants in Parc Ferme in Austria.

If you would like any more in-depth information on the F1 penalties which have been given so far this season, please don't hesitate to email.

Thanks,

Eve

 

 

Methodology

Data was collected from FIA's official offence documents and analysed accordingly. 

 

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From Championship Driver to XITE ENERGY Racing driver, Timo Scheider was thrown in the deep end as he took on his first race at Extreme E’s first double-header, co-organised by Automobile Club d’Italia and Regione Sardegna.

The German was called up to join Tamara Molinaro, who drove for the Championship alongside Scheider last season, behind the wheel for the XITE ENERGY Racing team in Sardinia.

Despite the difficult circumstances, it was a scenario that the 43-year-old took in his stride as he secured second on his maiden X Prix start in a dream debut.

Extreme E: What did you make of your Extreme E debut?
Timo Scheider: I think the entire paddock, the team managers, and drivers made something of this. They reacted nicely to my success and of course, it felt good to get that kind of feedback and spread that kind of energy in terms of performance.

It’s always something special when you’re on site for one and a half years, and you finally get the chance to prove yourself in terms of performance. In the end, we all know racing is down to performance and results.

To just jump in with XITE and Tamara without knowing each other as teammates and without knowing the team meant no advantages for us. We started from scratch, and we were guessing a bit in terms of set up and directions.
The team’s all-new driver line-up made an instant impact at the NEOM Island X Prix I to finish second in Sardinia after on-track winners Rosberg X Racing (RXR) received a 30-second time penalty which dropped them to third.

XE: A podium first time out is hugely impressive. How did you manage that?
TS: In the end, I think I was just lucky to jump in and feel comfortable and to set good pace straight away. I had confidence even though we had no idea about the set up, but it was more about finding ourselves as teammates and getting Tamara comfortable.

I couldn’t just focus on my own feelings which has been something new for all of us. That was the target, and in the end, it was about making no mistakes and avoiding problems and penalties and stuff like that.

It was pretty impressive to be honest because we didn’t expect anything coming into the weekend without testing and without knowing the new suspension – but that was a positive shock I would say!

XE: Yourself and Tamara looked like a great partnership, how did you gel so quickly?
TS: Well, we know each other like teammates but of course when it comes down to driving everyone has their own feelings and their own preferences. I have my thoughts on the car, but I understood quickly that getting Tamara comfortable in the car was just as important. We’ve known each for quite some time now and it was super lucky for us to team up and perform well together.

 
XE: You've been working with Extreme E and helping to develop the circuits throughout your time in the Championship. What were you advising the team in terms of development during the week?
TS: This time all the teams knew the track from last year. I had no idea about the last sector as that had changed. Honestly, yes, I was driving the track last year for a few laps in the ODYSSEY, but after this the other teams have been racing and testing, and I haven’t had anything.

Just knowing a track layout doesn’t mean you are facing any advantage. So actually, compared to the rest of the field in pure driving and knowledge we are way behind the others.

Whatever it was, the team was super motivated and that was really impressive. To go there and see every mechanic and engineer fighting so hard, that was something amazing to see.

Scheider and Molinaro failed to do one better in the second part of the Sardinian double-header, coming away from the Crazy Race with a DNF after a run of misfortunes in the NEOM Island X Prix II.

XITE ENERGY Racing finished Qualifying in ninth place. The team could have been higher up the order, but with Tamara Molinaro recovering from a dislocated shoulder after the previous Final, she lost crucial seconds in Q1 with a half-spin and a penalty for Scheider in Q2 saw the team finish fourth in the Heat.

It all came down to the Crazy Race, which saw XITE ENERGY Racing chasing down the pack until Molinaro charged off course, unsighted by the dust from Woolridge's spin and putting the team out of contention for another podium.

XE: You were not able to score a podium in the second event - was that much more challenging?
TS: It was not much more challenging in the second event. Of course, after the first result you build up some expectations and from pure speed, we would have been easily able to finish in the top five or even the top three.

You have to get everything together though and we got unlucky with Q1 when Tamara had her half-spin. We lost a lot of time and ended up P9 which means you’re in a bad starting spot for the Crazy Race.

I also got a 30 second penalty for contact with Timmy [Hansen] which from my point of view was not a penalty at all. The result saw Timmy gaining a position via contact, and we have seen that many times. It’s how racing is, and I think that’s what spectators want to see, but of course we need to be sensible.

The good thing is that we had the pace. If anything, we picked up more pace and closed the gap to the front runners which was nice to see. Of course, there are bits and pieces that I need to improve on, and this is the case for Tamara and the team as well.

XE: What are your expectations for Chile?
TS: It’s a new track for everyone, nobody knows anything about it. We will for sure aim again for the Final and once you’re there, anything is possible. It would be nice to prove another time of the high level of performance we can achieve.


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