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It's dubbed "Fast Friday" and the final full day of practice before qualifying for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge was just that.

A dozen drivers turned laps in excess of 230 mph as teams dialed in their NTT IndyCar Series cars for the emotional next two days when the 33 grid positions for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will be determined. Conor Daly set the pace in the No. 25 United States Air Force Honda for Andretti Autosport with a lap of 231.704 mph, followed by teammate Marco Andretti with a lap of 230.851 mph in the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda for Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian.

INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRESENTED BY GAINBRIDGE: Practice 4 results I Combined practice results I Practice 4 no-tow results I Qualifying order

It was the first time in four practice days that anyone exceeded the 230-mph mark.

"I'm just super thankful to be here, honestly," said Daly, a veteran of 39 career NTT IndyCar Series starts, whose only scheduled race this season currently is the Indianapolis 500. "It's incredible to be a part of this team.

"I've been super happy with my group and our engine and our car. We're just (taking it) step by step, one change at a time - trying to make this thing go as fast as possible - and we'll see what happens tomorrow."

All 36 entered cars benefited from an extra 1,000 millibars of turbocharger boost that increased engine output by some 50 horsepower Friday and through qualifying weekend. While most of the fastest laps were also aided by an aerodynamic tow from a leading car, Ed Jones did eclipse the 230 mark with a no-tow lap of 230.106 mph in the No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet.

Other drivers to surpass 230 mph with tow-aided laps on Friday were Takuma Sato, Spencer Pigot, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Carpenter, Simon Pagenaud, Charlie Kimball, Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Tony Kanaan.

While they were jockeying at the top of the speed chart, two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso spent the day regaining his footing with his first time on track since crashing in Wednesday practice. Alonso totaled 77 laps on the day - the most of any driver - in the backup No. 66 McLaren Racing Chevrolet, with his final circuit of 229.328 mph on the 2.5-mile oval standing as his best and 24th among all drivers.

"It was a positive day for us," Alonso said. "We were able to put the car on track and try different directions on the setup and learn a little bit about the track and the day. Obviously, the boost was up today, so the speeds were higher and it was more a (qualifying) preparation than race setups. 

"But we had a lot of new tires (unused) from the last couple of days, so we were able to do a lot of runs. Hopefully, that information will give us tomorrow a little bit of confidence into qualifying."

Daly's day got even better when his team drew the first spot in the qualifying order for his entry. It means the 27-year-old Indiana native and son of former Indy car and F1 driver Derek Daly can make his initial four-lap qualifying attempt in potentially the coolest, best conditions of the day.

"All right, I'll take it," Daly said. "That's good. We'll take that. I hope it's nice and cool - 65 degrees, no wind and full power. We'll see."

Pigot drew the second qualifying position, with 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi third. Zach Veach, Rossi and Daly's teammate at Andretti Autosport, drew the last qualifying position of the 36 primary cars.

Kyle Kaiser was involved in the only incident of the day when his No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet made hard contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 3. The 2017 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion was uninjured. The car sustained heavy damage and the Juncos crew expected to work into the night to repair it in a bid to qualify on Saturday.

A final pre-qualifying practice begins at 8 a.m. ET Saturday (livestream on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold) and is split into three parts - 30 minutes for half the qualifying order, 30 minutes for the other half and 30 minutes open to all cars. 

First-day qualifying runs from 11 a.m.-5:50 p.m. Saturday, with the fastest 30 drivers at the end of the day securing a spot in the race. Drivers may make as many qualifying attempts as they wish, weather and time permitting. Grid positions 10 through 30 are locked in then, while the fastest nine drivers on Saturday advance to the Fast Nine Shootout. 

Sunday's qualifying conclusion features the Last Row Shootout at 12:15 p.m., where each driver who failed to qualify on Saturday makes one attempt, with the fastest three earning the final spots in the 33-car field. Following that comes the Fast Nine Shootout at 1:15 p.m. to determine the pole sitter and grid order of the first three rows. 

Saturday's qualifying streams on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with coverage switching to NBCSN from 5-6 p.m. Sunday's qualifying airs from noon-3 p.m. on NBC, with a practice for the 33 qualifiers airing on NBCSN from 3-6 p.m.

The Indianapolis 500 airs for the first time this year on NBC, with race coverage starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 26.

It wasn’t until Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park that Jeff Kingsley was able to stand on the podium at a Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama event.
 
However, after his performance in the 2019 season opener, Kingsley may very well get comfortable there, especially on the top step. Starting from the pole position, Kingsley in the No. 16 Policaro Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car led flag-to-flag to claim his first career victory in GT3 Cup Challenge Canada competition.
 
The Ontario native is pulling double duty this year between GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and its USA counterpart – Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama – but had previously only scored a best finish of fourth in both series. Saturday’s breakthrough for his first pole in qualifying and first win in the 45-minute race proved Kingsley will be one to watch in both Platinum classes throughout the season.
 
His first career victory didn’t come without pressure though. For the final 10 minutes of the race, Kingsley fended off the looming No. 3 SCB Racing Porsche of Parker Thompson, who ultimately finished runner-up by 1.104 seconds. If there was anyone who could take the lead from Kingsley, it would be his GT3 Cup Challenge USA teammate Thompson, who owns a victory already this year in GT3 Cup Challenge USA.
 
“We got a good start today, got the big jump and I think we were about 2 ½ seconds clear, then with some lapped traffic, he started to close the gap,” said Kingsley. “Towards the end, he was really putting the pressure down. We’re teammates down in The States so we know each other a little bit, but he stayed clean and so did I and ultimately came away with a win.
 
“It was a lot of pressure, mentally and physically, I’m exhausted right now, so I’m looking forward to celebrating this one with the guys and the Policaro Motorsport/Porsche Centre Oakville/Liqui Moly car was unbelievable today and I hope for the same tomorrow.”
 
Kingsley will start first in Race 2 on Sunday at 11:55 a.m. ET. Timing and scoring for the race will be available on www.scoring.imsa.com.
 
Finishing third and capturing the first Platinum Masters win of the season was Marco Cirone in the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Porsche. As Kingsley and Thompson battled, Cirone was able to close in, but not quite enough to join in. Cirone crossed the stripe 1.934 seconds behind Kingsley.
 
“I was trying my hardest, I was doing everything I possibly could to not make a mistake,” said Cirone. “But the kids in front of me, Parker Thompson and Jeff Kingsley, they were just driving practically mistake-free. I got on the radio with my crew chief and we were running very similar times, so I tried to stay as close as I could but unfortunately, they didn’t make any mistakes and I couldn’t make up any ground. They drove brilliantly and I’m just glad to make it to third place.
 
“It’s a fantastic feeling, especially for me because I missed last year. I just did a couple races in Gold, so I’m really happy. Thank you to Mark Motors and Lisa Mrak, Michael Mrak for bringing me back for the whole season. I’m really proud to bring home a third place and a win in Masters today.”
 
Cirone’s teammate, Roman De Angelis in the No. 79 Porsche, scored the Yokohama Tire Hard Charger Award for gaining the most positions in the race. Starting 14th on the grid, De Angelis moved up 10 spots to fourth, salvaging a good points day for the team.
 
“It took me a really long time to get by some guys as I didn’t want to do anything to my car to lose some points, but I finally got by,” said De Angelis, who is also competing in GT3 Cup Challenge USA with three wins in four rounds. “We had pretty incredible pace considering the car’s a bit damaged and the tires are gone. But yeah, I would’ve liked to have had a better qualifying so I could’ve challenged for the win because I think we had the car to do it, but tomorrow’s another day.”
 
In his debut at his home track, Sam Fellows – son of sports car legend Ron Fellows – won his first GT3 Cup Challenge Canada race in the Gold class in the No. 35 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche.
 
For Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama news and updates for the remainder of the weekend, check IMSA.com, Porsche.com/Canada and join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #GT3Canada and #IMSA. 
Laying down a dominating performance on night-one of the matchup between the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network at the Great Lakes Super Sprints, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. won every time he rolled onto the I-96 Speedway on Friday night.
"All the criticism I've been hearing lately and all the bullshit, I was just tired of listening too it," stated Hafertepe entered the weekend ninth in tour standings. "Hats off to the race track these guys provided for us. Right around the lip like that, you can't get much more fun than that in a Sprint Car for 25-laps."
Locked into Saturday's A-Feature, Hafertepe can breathe easier knowing his day will be light. On what that means for Sam in terms of being able to watch and figure out what to do with the car, he explained, "We don't have to do a whole lot. That's a really good Racecar. We laid down a fast time in Hot Laps, good in our Heat Race and pretty dominant in our Qualifier. In the Feature, I just stayed up top. I had to pass some lapped cars sliding through the middle of one a two, but I don't know where else my car could have gone, but I just have to say hats off to my guys. It's been a struggle with all the rainouts; it gets you thinking about you're only as good as your last race, and our last race we didn't even make the show so to come out tonight and have my guys stick behind me through trying times, It really shows what this team is all about."
Challenged briefly by Ryan Ruhl on the first start, the driver of the No. 16 got another shot as the red lights came on for a multi-car crash through the fourth turn. Not able to get the jump on the Heidbreder No. 15h, Hafertepe was still able to hold point after a Lap 2 caution, eventually opening his lead by 5.608 seconds, despite being in traffic by Lap 9. Yellow on Lap 19 for Shawn Dancer whose left year shredded down the front straightaway, the race slowed one final time on Lap 21 for John Carney II who kept from going over after contact with Matt Covington.
With lapped cars in the mix for the final restart, Hafertepe was able to run away by 4.009 seconds at the checkered flag. With Phil Gressman breathing down his neck off the final turn, Ryan Ruhl was able to hold off the wily veteran with Matt Covington fourth. Coming from ninth, Blake Hahn rounded out the top five.
Involved in the opening lap red flag, Jared Horstman charged back through the field for a sixth-place finish. Harli White in seventh was trailed by Scott Bogucki with Dylan Westbrook advancing 12 spots for the night's Hard Charger honors. Dustin Daggett rounded out the top ten.
With a field of 41 drivers on hand, the night's run of events broke down into five Heat Races going to Ryan Ruhl, John Carney II, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Brett Mann, and Danny Sams III. Qualifier wins were earned by Ryan Ruhl, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Scott Bogucki. A pair of B-Features were topped by Jared Horstman and Jordon Mallett. The only provisional used was by Tucker Doughty.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network at the Great Lakes Super Sprints will go at it again on Saturday, May 18, 2019, with the second round of competition at I-96 Speedway going green at 8:00 P.M. (ET).
Admission is $20. Kids 6-11 get in for $10 and children five an under get in free. I-96 Speedway is located at between Lansing and Grand Rapids at 3823 W. Portland Rd. in Lake Odessa, Mich. Details on the facility can be found online at http://www.i96speedway.com or by phone to (616) 642-0555.
Fans not able to attend can find the weekend broadcast live at http://www.racinboys.com.
For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the nine Regional Tours that make up ASCS Nation in 2019, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).
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Logan Seavey led 13 laps on the way to placing second as the highest finishing Toyota in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series’ “Rivertown Showdown” at the Tri-City Speedway, Friday night.

Overall, three different Toyota-powered drivers took turns leading the 30-lap race, beginning with pole-sitter Kevin Thomas who jumped to the lead on the opening lap ahead of Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Brady Bacon and Seavey. Thomas, winner of the most recent USAC event at Kokomo, held the top spot for the first three laps before fellow Toyota driver Brady Bacon dove inside of him on lap four to take the lead.

The Frank Manafort Racing driver looked like he might have the car to beat as he began to distance himself from the field. Things changed dramatically on lap eight, though, when Bacon appeared to hit the turn three infield tire, resulting in steering issues. He slowed to a stop to bring out a caution, but was able to resume at the back of the field after having work done in the pits.

Bacon’s misfortune gave the lead to Seavey, followed by Thomas, Grant, Tyler Courtney and Zeb Wise. As Seavey paced the field, Grant overtook Thomas for second, as Thomas began to fall back.

Seavey continued to lead the field through the mid-way point and held the top spot until Courtney used a slider to pass him late on lap 22. Courtney then opened up a two-second lead over Seavey, who held a comfortable advantage on third-place Grant. That’s how the top three would finish, with Chad Boat finishing fifth to give Toyota two of the top-five finishers.

“I got out front and I was running pretty good, but then the 7C (Courtney) got by,” said Seavey, the 2018 USAC champion. “We were really good at the start of the race and strong through the middle portion, but we need to be better in the last 10 laps. I can’t thank everyone at Keith Kunz Motorsports and Toyota enough for sticking with me. We’ve started the season off slow, but we showed a lot of improvement tonight and now we need to keep improving tomorrow.”

Toyota-powered drivers also captured positions six through ten, with Jerry Coons, Jr., placing sixth, followed by Cannon McIntosh, C.J. Leary, Zach Daum and Thomas.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series is scheduled to complete the Tri-City double-header on Saturday night. 

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It's dubbed "Fast Friday" and the final full day of practice before qualifying for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge was just that.

A dozen drivers turned laps in excess of 230 mph as teams dialed in their NTT IndyCar Series cars for the emotional next two days when the 33 grid positions for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will be determined. Conor Daly set the pace in the No. 25 United States Air Force Honda for Andretti Autosport with a lap of 231.704 mph, followed by teammate Marco Andretti with a lap of 230.851 mph in the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda for Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian.

INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRESENTED BY GAINBRIDGE: Practice 4 results I Combined practice results I Practice 4 no-tow results I Qualifying order

It was the first time in four practice days that anyone exceeded the 230-mph mark.

"I'm just super thankful to be here, honestly," said Daly, a veteran of 39 career NTT IndyCar Series starts, whose only scheduled race this season currently is the Indianapolis 500. "It's incredible to be a part of this team.

"I've been super happy with my group and our engine and our car. We're just (taking it) step by step, one change at a time - trying to make this thing go as fast as possible - and we'll see what happens tomorrow."

All 36 entered cars benefited from an extra 1,000 millibars of turbocharger boost that increased engine output by some 50 horsepower Friday and through qualifying weekend. While most of the fastest laps were also aided by an aerodynamic tow from a leading car, Ed Jones did eclipse the 230 mark with a no-tow lap of 230.106 mph in the No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet.

Other drivers to surpass 230 mph with tow-aided laps on Friday were Takuma Sato, Spencer Pigot, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Carpenter, Simon Pagenaud, Charlie Kimball, Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Tony Kanaan.

While they were jockeying at the top of the speed chart, two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso spent the day regaining his footing with his first time on track since crashing in Wednesday practice. Alonso totaled 77 laps on the day - the most of any driver - in the backup No. 66 McLaren Racing Chevrolet, with his final circuit of 229.328 mph on the 2.5-mile oval standing as his best and 24th among all drivers.

"It was a positive day for us," Alonso said. "We were able to put the car on track and try different directions on the setup and learn a little bit about the track and the day. Obviously, the boost was up today, so the speeds were higher and it was more a (qualifying) preparation than race setups. 

"But we had a lot of new tires (unused) from the last couple of days, so we were able to do a lot of runs. Hopefully, that information will give us tomorrow a little bit of confidence into qualifying."

Daly's day got even better when his team drew the first spot in the qualifying order for his entry. It means the 27-year-old Indiana native and son of former Indy car and F1 driver Derek Daly can make his initial four-lap qualifying attempt in potentially the coolest, best conditions of the day.

"All right, I'll take it," Daly said. "That's good. We'll take that. I hope it's nice and cool - 65 degrees, no wind and full power. We'll see."

Pigot drew the second qualifying position, with 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi third. Zach Veach, Rossi and Daly's teammate at Andretti Autosport, drew the last qualifying position of the 36 primary cars.

Kyle Kaiser was involved in the only incident of the day when his No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet made hard contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 3. The 2017 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion was uninjured. The car sustained heavy damage and the Juncos crew expected to work into the night to repair it in a bid to qualify on Saturday.

A final pre-qualifying practice begins at 8 a.m. ET Saturday (livestream on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold) and is split into three parts - 30 minutes for half the qualifying order, 30 minutes for the other half and 30 minutes open to all cars. 

First-day qualifying runs from 11 a.m.-5:50 p.m. Saturday, with the fastest 30 drivers at the end of the day securing a spot in the race. Drivers may make as many qualifying attempts as they wish, weather and time permitting. Grid positions 10 through 30 are locked in then, while the fastest nine drivers on Saturday advance to the Fast Nine Shootout. 

Sunday's qualifying conclusion features the Last Row Shootout at 12:15 p.m., where each driver who failed to qualify on Saturday makes one attempt, with the fastest three earning the final spots in the 33-car field. Following that comes the Fast Nine Shootout at 1:15 p.m. to determine the pole sitter and grid order of the first three rows. 

Saturday's qualifying streams on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with coverage switching to NBCSN from 5-6 p.m. Sunday's qualifying airs from noon-3 p.m. on NBC, with a practice for the 33 qualifiers airing on NBCSN from 3-6 p.m.

The Indianapolis 500 airs for the first time this year on NBC, with race coverage starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 26.

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Fredric Aasbo drove a perfect weekend at Road Atlanta to bring home the win in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla hatchback on Saturday. With this result, the driver has now stood atop the podium at every track in the Formula Drift series over the course of his career with Papadakis Racing.
 
"It feels great to finally come out on top at Road Atlanta," said Aasbo. "It has been my favorite stop since the first time I drove it: the track is challenging, the fans are die-hard and it has an incredible atmosphere. I love everything about this place."
 
Aasbo started strong, scoring the top qualifying spot under sunny skies on Friday with a near-perfect 99-point score and setting up an exciting competition day. But as a storm system moved through the area on Saturday, everything changed.
 
"When rain starts coming down in Formula Drift, it turns everything upside-down," he said. "In this kind of weather you really have to trust your car and I can't thank my team enough for getting our Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla hatchback dialed."
 
Drifting in the rain calls for careful management of the ever-changing surface, a challenge magnified in Atlanta by the track's elevation changes and the slick clay that makes its way into the course as drivers push the limits. Setup is key.
 
"These cars are capable of 1,000-plus horsepower and, when it's wet, the question becomes how to find enough grip to get as much of that power to the ground as possible," said team owner Stephan Papadakis. "This weekend was about refining our setup so Fredric could attack the course with confidence despite the difficult conditions."
 
Local fans, accustomed to unpredictable weather, hunkered down with their umbrellas and stayed late into the night on Saturday to watch the best drifters in the world deliver an incredible show of car control on the slippery track.
 
In the opening round, Aasbo faced down Pro series newcomer Kevin Lawrence to meet Matt Field, who spun out to hand the Top 16 match to Aasbo. The Great 8 saw a battle between titans, as Aasbo edged past three-time series champion Chris Forsberg to advance to the Final 4.
 
There, he met two-time defending champion James Deane, a longtime rival from Europe who has proven tough to beat in Formula Drift competition over the past two seasons. The duo showed what it takes to compete in difficult conditions, driving edge-to-edge on the wet track. Aasbo delivered a strong lead run and close chase to earn a spot in the Finals, where he faced Toyota Racing teammate Ryan Tuerck.
 
The battle was close, and when the panel of judges delivered their verdict it was Aasbo who came out on top. Tuerck finished second and Deane rounded out the podium, in third. The win boosts Aasbo to second in the championship points heading into Round 3 at New Jersey's Wall Speedway July 7-8.
 
Aasbo, the 2015 series champion, is the most winning driver in Formula Drift history, with this weekend's result bringing his career total to 13 series wins -- all since joining Papadakis Racing in 2011. 
 
Drifting is a high-skill, high-powered motorsport with an emphasis on car control. In the Formula Drift series, drivers compete in knockout heats on a closed course, sliding sideways in trials judged on speed and style. With origins in Japan, it is one of the fastest growing forms of motorsport in the world.

The stage was all set for the premiere test event of the TitansRX Rallycross Series at the MJP Arena in Fuglau, Austria, last week. The recent Barcelona rallycross event dominators Timmy and Kevin Hansen led the pack, but the Swedes had to take on strong opposition with Toomas Heikkinen, Lukas Kornel, Tamara Molinaro and others. Kevin Hansen stormed through the qualifying rounds but was side-lined with a technical issue ahead of the final. So, the decider turned into a two-way-battle between the elder Hansen brother Timmy and Heikkinen, in which the Finn edged him out with a new track record in the last lap. “CsuCsu” Kornel held off Molinaro, the series’ first female driver, to secure third place.

 

Excitement and Joy everywhere

“It is always great to win a race. However, this time, it was even more important to see that TitansRX is ready to kick-off. Everything has worked really well - the cars, the races, and the organisation. The grid is strong, and the fans will love the excitement,” Heikkinen was content. “This event gave a first taste of what Titans RX will be like. It was good racing and a great show at the test and media day for everybody. I am looking forward to getting the season started at end of June in France,” Timmy Hansen said. Consequently, TitansRX CEO Max J. Pucher was also delighted saying: “Seeing TitansRX Europe come together at the MJP Arena was truly fantastic despite the freezing cold and rainy weather. I want to thank everyone at MJP Promotions and our partners for the smooth organization. Engineering delivered a set of exciting Pantera RX6 cars which drivers and spectators enjoyed immensely. The cars have proven competitive, reliable and easily serviceable, which raises high expectations for a good season.” He added: “Most of all, it was good to see that the LionRX3 FIA Supercars and the PanteraRX6 delivered close-up racing action running side-by-side at similar performance. The LionRX3 has five years of WorldRX level development under the belt, while the Pantera is only a few months old.” The FIA has already signed off the Pantera car giving highly positive comments on the car’s safety and overall technical quality.

 

New Location for season opener

“We are now looking forward to running the TitansRX Series maiden race in France,” Pucher said. The 2019 TitansRX Championship will take off on June 29/30 in Essay, after the race has been moved from Dreux in the last few days. “Essay has previously hosted many European events and enjoys a great reputation in the Rallycross community.” TitansRX Series promotion on Eurosport is also starting to kick in, so it’s high time for all Rallycross fans to sign up on Eurosport Player, not to miss any of the all-day Rallycross action coming their way!


About TitansRX Europe:

TitansRX is a Rallycross Series focusing on the excitement of drivers and fans participating in one of the most competitive and fastest growing motorsports. TitansRX will hold twelve races on six double header weekends in six different countries. The innovative one-design PanteraRX6 car will provide a level grid, emphasising driving skill. The new regulations will create more exciting and closer racing. The TV production will put drivers to the foreground and capture the most energetic and emotional moments on and off the track.

 

Titans RX 2019 Race Calendar

Rds 1 & 2         JUN 29-30        FRANCE           ESSAY

Rds 3 & 4         JUL 27-28        ENGLAND        LYDDEN HILL

Rds 5 & 6         AUG 10-11       PORTUGAL      MONTALEGRE

Rds 7 & 8         SEP 7-8            AUSTRIA          MJP ARENA

Rds 9 & 10       OCT 5-6           HUNGARY        NYIRAD

Grand Finale   OCT 19-20       GERMANY       BUXTEHUDE

 

Current Titans RX Driver Line-Up 2019 Season

Alex Wurz - former F1 driver and 2-time LeMans Winner (wildcard)

Toomas Heikkinnen - World Rallycross Championship, 2014 runner-up, 2011 GRC Champion

Reinhold Sampl - Austrian Rally Champion M1 Class

Timmy Hansen - World Rallycross Championship, 2015 runner-up

Kevin Hansen- World Rallycross Championship, 2015 Lites Cup Champion

Hayden Paddon - World Rally Championship, race winner

Stephane Sarrazine - former F1 driver and 2-time LeMans Series Champion

Lukacs "CsuCsu" Kornel - World Rally Championship & World Rally Championship starter

Andreas Steffen - World Rallycross Championship starter (wildcard)

Andrew Jordan - World Rally Championship starter, 2013 BTCC Champion

Craig Breen - World Rally Championship starter, 2012 WRC 2 Champion

Tamara Molinaro – World Rally Championship starter, 2017 ERC Ladies Champion

Ronny Wechselberger – World Rallycross Championship starter, World Parallel Parking Champion

Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, and its championship-winning FTR750 earned its fourth win of the 2019 season at the So-Cal Half-Mile in Perris, Calif. Indian Privateer Brandon Robinson (Kennedy Racing/Armbruster Racing Indian FTR750) secured his second win of the season, while Wrecking Crew Rider and current points leader Briar Bauman continued his 2019 perfect podium streak with a second-place finish.

 

The 2019 So-Cal Half-Mile will best be remembered for a red flag restart that occurred eight laps into the Twins Main. Starting from the front, Robinson was able to maintain his lead and bring home the win. Bauman, who started deep within the lineup, strategically took an inside line and passed a pack of riders to slide into second as he exited turn one.

 

“Briar took full advantage of the restart, as he was able to escape a log-jam of riders and slide into second by taking that inside line,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle.  “It was a great night of racing with outstanding competition, and we’re extremely proud of all the hard work and effort from the Indian privateers and our factory race team.”

 

Fellow Wrecking Crew Riders, Jared Mees and Bronson Bauman, finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Mees, the defending AFT champion, showcased determination as he bounced back in the Main to finish fifth after starting in position 15. Bronson Bauman was fast all night, though, he experienced adversity from the restart and had to battle his way to sixth place.

 

Robinson’s victory keeps him placed second in the season standings with 89 points behind Briar Bauman’s dominating 102 points. Mees maintains third with 78 points, while Bronson Bauman is ninth with 50 points.

 

The season continues on May 18 with the legendary Sacramento Mile at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, Calif. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

For more information Indian Motorcycle Racing’s sponsors, visit their websites: Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, S&S Cycle, Indian Motorcycle Oil, Parts Unlimited, Drag Specialties, Alpinestars, Bell Helmets and J&P Cycles.

CrowdStrike, the Official Internet and Cloud Security Provider of SRO America, continues the opening stage of the Blancpain GT World Challenge America schedule with an international race this weekend.

 

The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will see CrowdStrike host local staff and customers while it competes on the track with the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/Accel/DXDT Mercedes-AMG GT3 in 90-minute races Saturday and Sunday. CrowdStrike’s contingent will be among the thousands of spectators who will flock to the historic 2.5-mile, 10-turn road course just outside Toronto on Canada’s Victoria Day weekend. 

 

The opportunity to entertain guests and at the same time compete at premier circuits like CTMP is a major reason why CrowdStrike, led by co-founder and CEO George Kurtz, has expanded its partnership with SRO America in recent years. 

 

“Everyone at CrowdStrike is looking forward to experiencing the SRO America weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park,” said Kurtz, a previous race-winner at the circuit. “It’s a great opportunity to see our involvement in the series as an Official Partner and as a competitor with DXDT Racing and the Mercedes-AMG GT3. Of course we couldn’t do any of this without our team sponsors AWS, Accel, CeramicPro, SimCraft, SINET and Sparco. Thanks to them for all they do.”

 

Kurtz and teammate Colin Braun will look to maintain their momentum from their Pro-Am category second-place finish last month at Virginia International Raceway. The pairing continues to grow more comfortable with the CrowdStrike/AWS Mercedes-AMG, which is prepared and run by DXDT Racing.

 

“I’m looking forward to racing at CTMP!” said Braun. “There are a lot of elevation changes and the track has a good rhythm to it, it’s very unique. The CrowdStrike team had a great second race at VIR and we’re certainly looking to build on that at CTMP. George and I have started to find our groove in the Mercedes and I think it’s going to be a good weekend for us!”

 

The pairing of Kurtz and Braun will be tested at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, which is one of the most respected tracks on the SRO schedule. Its history dates back 60 years and was the site of the Formula One™ Canadian Grand Prix from 1967-77, and the track also has played host to top-level sports car, superbike and stock car events over the years.

 

The CTMP weekend is the first of two Canadian racing events this year for CrowdStrike. It is gearing up for next month’s FORMULA 1 PIRELLI GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2019 as part of a global partnership with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. It will be the first North American race in CrowdStrike’s first year as the official cybersecurity partner for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.

 

The Blancpain GT World Challenge America will compete at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park from May 17-19. Race One is set for 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday with Race Two at 10:10 a.m. ET on Sunday and airing live on CBS Sports Network. For more information, visit CrowdStrikeRacing.com.

NHRA officials announced the 24-race 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, which will again feature intense racing action at tracks across the country. Millions of fans will experience sensory overload at its best with side-by-side racing action where victories may be determined by mere thousandths of a second. Competition schedules for individual categories will be released this summer. 
 
Throughout the season, NHRA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pro Stock Car. Fans will experience special treats and features along the tour to commemorate this important category and honor its history. 
 
A special highlight on the 2020 tour will be the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, which will kick off the 2020 season at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. February 6-9. One of the most iconic events in the series, the Winternationals draws fans from all around the world to experience the power of NHRA Championship Drag Racing at its best during the season opener.
 
The 40th annual NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta will take place May 15-17. Fans won’t want to miss joining the stars of NHRA as we celebrate 40 years of heart-pounding racing action. Other milestone events include the 20th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals June 19-21 in Bristol, Tenn., the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at fan-favorite Texas Motorplex October 15-18 and the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals October 29-November 1 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 
 
All locations on the series schedule are confirmed for the 2020 season and several stops are changing dates. The Virginia NHRA Nationals in Richmond, Va. move to the end of the month, taking place May 29-31. The Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago will commence July 9-12 to lead in to the iconic Western Swing. Fans of the NHRA New England Nationals will get a chance to see the series as competition heats up at the end of summer, August 21-23. Two events in the Mello Yello Countdown To The Championship are changing places with the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte, N.C. September 25-27, followed by the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals October 2-4. 
 
As always, the 2020 season will conclude with the Auto Club NHRA Finals, November 12-15 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. 
 
All 24 events in this exciting series will be aired exclusively on FOX Sports with select events on FOX broadcast network. With over 575 hours of programming, fans can tune into action from Friday and Saturday qualifying rounds as well as Sunday finals.
 
2020 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE
 
NHRA Mello Yello Series Regular Season
 
Feb. 6-9 - Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, Calif.
Feb. 21-23 - Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix
March 12-15 - AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.
April 3-5 - DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Las Vegas
April 17-19 - Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals, Houston
April 24-26 - NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.
May 15-17 - NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta
May 29-31 - Virginia NHRA Nationals, Richmond, Va.
June 12-14 - Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals, Topeka, Kan.
June 19-21 - NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol, Tenn.
June 25-28 - Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio
July 9-12 - Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago
July 17-19 - Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver
July 24-26 - NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma, Calif.
July 31-Aug.2 - Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals, Seattle
Aug. 13-16 - Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 21-23 - NHRA New England Nationals, Epping, N.H.
Sept. 2-7 - NHRA U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis
 
NHRA Mello Yello Countdown To The Championship
 
Sept. 17-20 - Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa.
Sept. 25-27 - NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte
Oct. 2-4 - AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis
Oct. 15-18 - AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, Dallas
Oct. 29-Nov. 1 - Dodge NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas
Nov. 12-15 - Auto Club NHRA Finals, Pomona, Calif.
 

ESPN2’s live telecast of the Formula 1 Emirates Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, May 12, attracted the largest U.S. television audience on record for the event and continued the positive momentum for the championship on ESPN networks this season.

 

Of the five races run so far this season, four have seen year-over-year viewership increases on ESPN networks and three have attracted the largest U.S. television audience ever for the event.

 

The Spanish Grand Prix, which started at 9:05 a.m. ET, earned an average audience of 645,000 viewers, up 27 percent from last year’s race telecast on ESPN2 (507,000) and up 16 percent from the audience of 558,000 on NBCSN in 2017. In addition to being the largest U.S. TV audience for the event on record, it also is the sixth most-viewed F1 race to air on a cable network on record.

 

Through five races this season, Formula 1 telecasts are averaging 564,000 viewers on ESPN networks, up 28 percent from the first five ESPN telecasts last season (442,000 average) and up 44 percent from NBC networks’ first five races in 2017 (393,000 average). ESPN’s audience for the first five races is also up 107 percent over last year in the Adults ages 18-34 demographic.

 

The next race on the Formula 1 schedule is the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, May 26. The race airs live on ESPN at 9:05 a.m. with an encore presentation on ABC at 3:30 p.m.

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