INDYCAR

NEWGARDEN SCORES ANOTHER DOMINANT WIN AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

NEWTON, Iowa (Sunday, July 21, 2019) – The hour of day at Iowa Speedway was different, but the domination by Josef Newgarden was not. And this time, he won the Iowa 300.

For the fourth time in five years, Newgarden led the most laps in the race at the NTT IndyCar Series’ smallest track. Last year, he led 229 of the 300 laps but settled for a fourth-place finish. This time he went to victory lane by leading 245 laps in Team Penske’s No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet.

In 2016, Newgarden led 282 laps in an Ed Carpenter Racing car – he won that race — and in 2015 he led 111 laps and finished second.

Newgarden capped this victory, his fourth of the season and the 14th of his career, at 2:14 a.m. ET due to a pair of rain delays.

RESULTS: Iowa 300

The start of the race was delayed four and a half hours due to severe weather, including lightning and heavy rain. The green flag finally waved at 11:45 p.m. ET.

A brief shower at 12:12 a.m. ET led to a red flag at Lap 55. Newgarden was leading then, having passed teammate Will Power amid traffic in Turn 1.

Newgarden admitted being sour after qualifying third Friday behind his teammates, polesitter Simon Pagenaud and Power. But he regrouped and refocused, channeling that energy to getting the car ready to race.

“I’m much happier tonight, I can tell you that,” Newgarden said. “I was really a little bit frustrated yesterday just because I knew we had a pole-winning car. We didn’t put it together. It’s competitive.”

The victory allowed Newgarden to extend his series points lead to 29 over Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi, who finished sixth. Newgarden lapped Rossi on Lap 185, although Rossi battled back to make it interesting for a few laps.

Alexander Rossi pit stop

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon finished second for the fifth time this season in the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda after falling a lap off the pace early in the race. The recovery came as a result of smart pit strategy initiated by the crew – they gave him new tires on Lap 268 — and it keyed Dixon’s 45th career second-place finish. The five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion has now finished first or second in 90 of his 316 career starts (28.4 percent).

It was quite the comeback.

“Huge credit to the team,” Dixon said. “They (left) me out pretty long before the last caution. It enabled us to stay on the lead lap, get that lucky yellow, get new tires. (We) had a good restart, were able to (pass) some cars. … We were actually probably going to be happy with a top 14 or 15 (finish), so that was pretty stellar.”

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe, who won last year’s race, finished third in the No. 5 Arrow Honda. The top-three finish was his first since this race a year ago.

“For all the fans that stayed out, weathered the storm – literally – huge thanks,” Hinchcliffe said. “I think it was well worth the wait. Hopefully everybody that did come and stayed for the race enjoyed the show. It felt pretty exciting from where we were sitting.”

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Motorsports Mondial

NARDO TECHNICAL CENTER TRACK REOPENS AFTER RENOVATION

Apulia, ITALY — Porsche Engineering Group — which has managed the Nardo Technical Center since 2012 — reopened the historic track late last week after a seven-month, $40 million renovation.
At the heart of the work was renovating the 12.6-kilometer high-speed circular track and other testing circuits.
In a statement, Porsche said “besides the complex asphalting of the renowned circular track, an innovative guardrail system developed by Porsche Engineering specifically for the high-speed testing activities in Nardo was installed. The project also included the complete renovation of the car dynamic platform with an area of 106,000 square meters.”
1994 World record with fastest natural gas vehicle by Bugatti
Founded in 1975 as a Fiat testing facility, Nardo includes more than 20 tracks and 90 automotive clients. Among the record speeds recorded on its circular track were the first lap at 400 km/h by the Mercedes-Benz C111-IV in 1979, a diesel-powered record by the Volkswagen ARW in 1980, 24-hour speed records by various Porsche 928s, a methane-powered record by the Bugatti EB110GT in 1994 and an electric car record by the Bertone ZER in 1994.

F1Weekly podcast # 796

THE HOST CONTINUES TO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW LCH GOES ON UNCHALLENGED WEEK AFTER WEEK WHILST NASIR IS FILLED WITH GLEE RACE AFTER RACE AFTER RACE.

HERE IS FURTHER COMMENT FROM FERRARI ON THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX…

Charles and Max. When the five red lights went out, Charles kept his third place, while Sebastian immediately passed Pierre Gasly to move up one. Then Max Verstappen closed on Charles and a exciting duel ensued over ten laps, as the two men passed and re-passed each other. The battle even continued to rage after both men made their first pit stops on lap 13. Verstappen actually managed to come out of pit lane very slightly ahead of Leclerc, but the Monegasque didn’t give up and a few corners later, he got in front again, which had the crowd on their feet.

Charles Leclerc #16
“It was a good day for me. This was by far the most fun race of my Formula 1 career to date. From inside the cockpit, the duel with Max was really enjoyable and I reckon those watching it at home or at the track also thought it was a good show.
In a way, I have to say that what happened in Austria allowed me to understand how aggressive I can be in the race and I didn’t hold back. It was also a good fight with Pierre: to overtake him I had to be daring because he was very quick down the straights.
From a technical point of view, I think we need to further improve our race pace and how we manage the tyres, because today we struggled a bit.”

Sebastian Vettel #5
“Regarding the incident with Max, it was my mistake and I spoke to him afterwards and apologized. I had thought a gap would open up on the inside but it didn’t and it looked for a second as if he was pulling into the middle but he stayed left, but by that time it was already too late, I was too close and I couldn’t avoid the crash. Ferrari and Red Bull have been very closely matched in the last few races and I think it would have been difficult to fight Max off anyway.
Apart from that, our race pace was really good, and the initial laps went well and I benefited from the Safety Car to get ahead of three cars. I don’t think we could have won today, but I’m not happy that I didn’t even score any points.”

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FORMULA 1

BOTTAS DENIED LCH TAKES RECORD SIXTH HOME VICTORY

LCH said his record British Grand Prix victory ‘feels like the first time’. The British Formula One driver won his sixth title on home soil on Sunday, beating Valtteri Bottas to first place.

The win sees Hamilton move 39 points clear of Bottas in the championship – taking him closer to a sixth world title.

And speaking after his seventh win from 10 this season, the 34-year-old hailed his home crowd.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am to be here today in front of my home crowd and my family, too,” said Hamilton following his 80th career win.

“You would think you would get used to something like that but it feels like the first time.”

The world champion took advantage of a safety car to jump ahead of Bottas, delighting the bumper 141,000-strong Silverstone crowd.

On a sensational day for Hamilton, the Englishman also secured a bonus point by posting a stunning track record on his final lap.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished third after Sebastian Vettel crashed into the back of Max Verstappen.

Red Bull driver Verstappen managed to finish fifth, but Vettel dropped to 16th with the damage sustained in the incident.

The Ferrari driver was also hit with a 10-second penalty for causing the collision.

FORMULA 2

AITKEN SECURES HOME WIN AT SILVERSTONE

British racer finishes ahead of Delétraz and De Vries in the Sprint Race.
Jack Aitken gave British racing fans a reason to cheer at Silverstone, clawing his way from fourth on the grid for a first home win in the Sprint Race. The Campos driver achieved his best finish since Azerbaijan, crossing the line ahead of Carlin’s Louis Delétraz and ART Grand Prix’s Nyck De Vries.
Aitken got the better of another British driver at the race start, as he joined Delétraz and De Vries in lunging ahead of reverse grid pole-sitter Callum Ilott who was slow off the line. The trio flung themselves down the right of the Ferrari Junior and dropped him to fourth at Turn 1.
Delétraz made the best start of the three and headed the group going into Lap 2, as Aitken began to hone in on De Vries. The Brit unsettled the Championship leader and made his move, arrowing beautifully down the side of him, having taken a tow. The Dutchman briefly fought back, but bumped the back of the Campos car and handed over the position.
Race winner Jack Aitken (GBR, CAMPOS RACING) celebrates in parc ferme with his team
This left the Championship leader in view of Ilott, who took a peak at the right of the ART machine, however, the Briton appeared just short of the pace required for an overtake and remained in behind.
Feature Race winner Luca Ghiotto continued to display UNI-Virtuosi’s pace advantage at Silverstone, moving up to fifth with an overtake on Nicholas Latifi. The Italian had eyes on Ilott, but was unfortunately forced into a tyre change and returned from the pits at the back of the field, in an agonizing end to his weekend.
Back at the front, Delétraz had held a near 3s lead over Aitken, but the Campos man was running quicker and twice set a faster lap as he began to eat into the air between them. The Renault test driver whittled it down to DRS range within two laps and the strain on the Carlin was too much for Delétraz.
No sooner had the gap dropped beneath a second, had Aitken arrived in the shadow of the race leader, halving the time difference to under 0.5s. The 23-year-old looked up and glided down the side of Delétraz who was powerless to prevent the move.
From there, the order remained unchanged, as Aitken kept his cool in front and held on ahead of Delétraz. De Vries completed the podium in third to salvage something from Round 7, ahead of Ilott, Latifi, Mick Schumacher, Nobuharu Matsushita and Guanyu Zhou.

FORMULA 1

BOTTAS PIPS LCH FOR POLE AT SILVERSTONE

LCH denied pole position for the British Grand Prix by just six thousandths of a second. Bottas will start from the front at Silverstone .

Mercedes locked out the front row for Sunday’s race with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc third ahead of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. Pierre Gasly starts fifth with Sebastian Vettel a disappointing sixth.

Hamilton was bidding to secure his fifth consecutive pole at the Northamptonshire circuit, but the world champion made a critical error on his first run in the shootout for pole.

The Briton wobbled through Brooklands, temporarily losing control of his Mercedes, to leave him well behind Bottas ahead of the final runs.

Circuit atmosphere – fans in the grandstand.
13.07.2019. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Silverstone, England, Qualifying Day.
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Hamilton attempted to make amends for his error, but despite improving on his time it would prove no match for the Finn – Bottas ending Hamilton’s streak of four poles.

“It wasn’t good enough,” said Hamilton, 34, in front of a flat British crowd. “We worked hard but it got away from us. I had that mistake on the first lap and the second one wasn’t that great.

“Tomorrow is a long race, but we have got a great crowd here so hopefully I can do something. It is the best grand prix of the whole year. Without people like this to fill it up, and bring energy it would be nothing, so that is why we have got the best fans in England.”

Bottas added: “It feels good. It has been close all weekend with Lewis and it was great to get in a good lap and get pole. I knew that the first lap was good but it was not perfect. I should have improved in the second run. It is easy to make mistakes so I am happy to be on top.”

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