Chip Ganassi Racing’s reigning four-time champion Scott Dixon said he had speed in reserve should the chasing Penske cars have mounted a challenge in the Phoenix Grand Prix.
The #9 CGR-Chevrolet led the final 155 laps of the race after both Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya were knocked out of contention by right-front punctures. Notably, however, he appeared to be pacing the race so as to keep first Will Power, then Simon Pagenaud behind him while also not feeling obliged to go off-line and lap backmarkers on a night when passing proved difficult.
“Yeah, it was really about management and how hard we had to push the car, whether we needed to pass some of that lapped traffic,” said Dixon who has joined Al Unser on 39 victories, fourth in IndyCar’s all-time winners’ list.
“The Target car was fast – really, really fast. I think at any point we had enough for anybody who was going to challenge. We had speed in reserve for sure. If we needed to push harder, I think it...
For Kyle Busch, winning his first race at Martinsville Speedway was worth the wait.
After winning his first Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Busch became the first driver in NASCAR history to sweep the weekend — adding a second grandfather clock to his trophy collection.
“What time is it? Time for all you haters to shut up,” Busch said over the radio. “Whoo! Martinsville Baby!”
“Tic toc, way to sweep ‘em, bud,” spotter Tony Hirschman replied.
The defending Sprint Cup champion dominated the STP 500 on Sunday. He led 352 laps, taking the lead from his teammate Matt Kenseth for the last time on Lap 327 and held the point to the finish. Busch’s 353 circuits at the point were the most by a Cup competitor at Martinsville Speedway since Bobby Hamilton in 1998.
“I’d say it certainly helps when you get to run other divisions and that’s why I do it to pay off on Sundays,” Busch said. "It doesn’t work every single weekend, but it works more times than it doesn’t, so can’t say...
Sebastian Vettel has labelled the proposed aggregate qualifying format as a "s*** idea" for Formula 1.
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt presented the new aggregate times system to F1 teams on Sunday as they refuse to go back to the 2015 format.
Under the aggregate system, drivers' grid positions would be based on their two best laps in each qualifying session.
"It's time to go to the circus," Vettel told Sky when asked about the proposed new system.
"It's a good idea if you want random things to happen, but Formula 1 should be about racing. It's a s*** idea."
Aggregate system failed before
If the system gets approved, it would not be the first time Formula 1 has had an aggregate qualifying format, however.
Back in 2005, the grid was decided by aggregating the times from two single-lap runs, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
The system was ditched after six races, however.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo also thinks the aggregate system would be wrong...
Although Bahrain was several continents away, a huge applause erupted in the No. 41 Haas NASCAR team's lounge at Martinsville as Romain Grosjean crossed the finish line fifth at the Sakhir circuit on Sunday.
"Beginner's luck," team owner Gene Haas said humbly.
Although pundits didn't anticipate that the Haas F1 Team would make a splash so early in the season, the only American entry in the Formula 1 World Championship has earned points in the first two races with Grosjean behind the wheel.
"They've done a great job, I think," Haas told Motorsport.com. "Romain, he's a heck of a driver. He got it done.
"We had a little bit of luck because [Esteban] Gutierrez has had two DNFs here, and Romain hasn't, so it's been lucky for us from that point of view."
Gutierrez was collected in a wreck by Fernando Alonso 16 laps into the season opener in Melbourne.
On Sunday, he suffered a mechanical failure in the first 10 laps. But Frenchman Grosjean has paid early dividends for the rookie...
The FIA's Charlie Whiting says that Pirelli's contract for the 2017-'19 supply deal has not been signed off because the Italian company wants to finalise details of its testing programme.
Pirelli has been asked by the FIA to build tyres to specific requirements for the new higher-downforce cars.
However, the supplier is adamant that it has to have a proper testing programme lined up to allow it to fulfill its obligations and develop suitable tyres.
“It's not unusual for a contract to be delayed like this,” said Whiting. “There's still some way before 2017. Pirelli wanted the targets that they were asked to achieve to be put in the contract, they wanted more specific items in the contract regarding testing.
“They really just want a guarantee of testing. If we're going to set them targets they want the tools with which to reach those targets. Those are the only points, I think.
"Everything else is sorted, but they just want this guarantee of testing. We've put it...
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