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The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series drivers are back on track at Tours Speedway for the final meeting of the regular season on the first purpose-built NASCAR short track in Europe. At the end the Friday’s two practice sessions, Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) led the ELITE 1 division classification thanks to his 16.478 seconds lap around the .403-mile oval.
The Belgian, who went .013 seconds below the current track record set by Nicolò Rocca (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) in 2015, was followed by NASCAR Next driver Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS). The israeli driver topped the Junior Jérôme Sarran Trophy by edging Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang). Frederic Gabillon was fourth fastest, a mere .010 seconds slower than Day. Thomas Ferrando completed a top-5 encompassed in less than two tenths of a second.
Dario Caso led the Challenger Trophy classification with his 12th fastest time, just .637 from the leader.
Brands Hatch winner Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) was fastest in the ELITE 2 Division with a lap in 16.752 seconds, ahead of Ferrando and Gabriele Gardel (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS). Italian rookie Riccardo Geltrude (#7 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang) led the Rookie Cup with the fourth fastest lap time overall. RDV Compétition driver Hugo Bec (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) rounded out the top-5 three tenths of a second behind the leader.
Renzo Calcinati (#12 Virgin Radio Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang) was 9th fastest and dominated the Legend Trophy classification, while Arianna Casoli (#8 Vict Motorsport Ford Mustang) led the Lady Cup.
Qualifying will start at 10:00am CET on Saturday June 25 and each driver will have two flying laps to go for the pole position. All the action from Tours Speedway will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv (http://bit.ly/nweslive). Live updates from the track will be available on the Race Central Live page on NASCAR Home Tracks (http://bit.ly/nwes16x04rcl) and on the official NWES social media profiles on Twitter (@EuroNASCAR), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/
- A mandatory systems check (an out/in lap only);
- A 25-minute practice session: Cars will be split into two groups, each group receiving 10 minutes of practice time with a five-minute break in between;
- A driver autograph session on the track's concourse;
- Completion of the race in the evening.
History was made on the iconic Circuit de la Sarthe as the No. 68 Ford GT driven by Sébastien Bourdais, Joey Hand and Dirk Müller crossed the finish line to claim victory in the LM GTE Pro category at 24 Hours of the Le Mans. Known globally as the world's most famous endurance race and the ultimate test of man and machine, the No. 68 Ford GT ran 340 laps and was ahead of the rival Ferrari 488 GTE that had to settle for a second place finish. The No. 69 Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon and Richard Westbrook also joined the winners on the podium after scoring third place. The Nos. 66 and 67 Ford GTs finished in fourth and ninth places, respectively.
A slew of strategically planned pit stops and driver changes allowed the No. 68 Ford GT to maximize the car's fuel mileage while maintaining a solid lead among the other competitors. The twin-turbo 3.6L Ford EcoBoost V6 engine, producing over 600 horsepower, ran flawlessly throughout the 24-hour race as Castrol® EDGE® oil provided the performance needed for the Ford GT's vital internal engine components in the most torturous and competitive racing environment.
"It's an unbelievable feeling to be able to make this happen," said Bourdais. "There was so much effort, so much emotion, and to be the one that wins the trophy to give to the Ford family and everyone involved is very special. Everything aligned for us today - - the history, the Ferrari/Ford battle, 50 years on and the Ford family being here. To come out on top of all that is an amazing feeling."
The 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans marked the 50th anniversary of Ford's triumphant victory, when in 1966, the Ford GT40 race cars crossed the finish line in first, second and third place. In preparation for this year's race, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing stable brought four Ford GTs to compete for another remarkable and historic win on the hallowed grounds of Le Mans.
Geobrugg Donates Spectator Protection System to Motorsport Safety Foundation's Adopt-A-Corner ProgramWritten by Adam Sinclair Thursday, 23 June 2016 18:01
The results are particularly sweet as VARX mechanics spent all night repairing both cars after a series of on-track incidents during the weekend’s first round on Saturday. While leading, Foust damaged his suspension on a large hole in the dirt section of the course, sending the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC into a spin. Foust’s car was collected by another competitor, causing extensive damage that the crew needed to fix overnight.
Speed inherited the lead after his teammate’s accident, but within two laps of the checkered flag, a fire broke out under the hood of the No. 41 BFGoodrich Beetle GRC, forcing him to stop just shy of the complete race distance. The reigning Global Rallycross champion emerged from the flames unscathed, but his car was not as lucky. The damage necessitated a switch to the team’s backup car, adding more work to the already extensive tasks at hand for the VARX crew.
After pulling an all-nighter, the crew quickly refreshed at the hotel and commenced work again, getting the cars ready for the morning warmup session. Speed set the fastest time and followed the performance by sitting atop the time sheets in qualifying. His move to the backup car incurred a three-spot penalty in the session, giving pole position for the day to VARX teammate Foust, who in turn made the most of the prime starting position by winning both his Heat and Semifinal races. Speed was not as fortunate, suffering another mechanical failure after contact in the Heat.
Foust began the Final from pole position, with Speed starting from seventh. Contact between multiple drivers on the first lap left Speed stranded on course and caused a red flag. He was able to restart the race, but from the back of the field, setting up a nearly impossible task of getting to the front. Foust fended off other competition at the restart, while Speed began the methodical work of making his way up the field, using speed, precision, and a perfectly-timed joker lap to end the race second behind Foust. Exhausted, and in a bit of disbelief, the team rushed the track to congratulate their drivers.
Foust highlighted the team’s special accomplishment after the race. “Both cars have been getting chewed on all weekend. It’s just epic to come back first and secondafter all that, and it will be a well-deserved bit of champagne after this.”
Speed also appreciated getting the result for his team after their monumental effort to provide him with a capable car. “We were fastest in warmup and qualified quickest, so this result is definitely earned, and not a gift,” he declared after stepping from his car. “I’m glad for the guys that they got a little bit of a payoff after what they’ve been through. This result is very special for all of us.”
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will be back in action for another doubleheader at MCAS New River on July 2 and 3. Each race will air LIVE on NBC—Saturday, July 2 at 5:00PM (ET) for Round Six, and Sunday, July 3 at 5:00PM (ET) for Round 7.
For more information please visit AndrettiAutosport.com or Media.VW.com.
The racing action doesn't stop there as the Nostalgia Hemi Super Stocks, Outlaw Sleds and sportsman racers will run in conjunction with the professional competition. Fans will also witness flames and sparks, as a jet truck and fireworks close out the night on Saturday.
- Canadian-born AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car driver Tim Boychuk took home the Ironman at last weekend's President's Cup Nationals Fueled by Sunoco.The win marked his first since March 2015 and catapulted him to fourth in the point standings; 33 points out of first-place.
- Last week's President's Cup Nationals Nitro Motorcycle winner and 2015 Mopar Canadian Nationals winner is looking to repeat his performance. Bob Malloy is fifth in the point standings; 34 points out of first-place.
- 2014 IHRA Nitro Motorcycle World Champion Mike Scott is entered to compete in this weekend's race. The Canadian-born driver will compete with Jay Turner Racing.
- The 2015 winners of the Mopar Canadian Nationals include:
- AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car - Mark Sanders
- Nitro Motorcycle - Bob Malloy
- Pro Modified - Paolo Giust
- Pro Stock - Larry O'Brien
- The current points leaders heading into the Mopar Canadian Nationals include: Mike McIntire Jr. (AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car), Cary Goforth (Pro Stock), Billy Harper (Pro Mod) and Jay Turner (Nitro Motorcycle).
AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car
- Jason Rupert
- Mike McIntire Jr.
- Mark Sanders
- Tim Boychuk
- Steve Nichols
- Shawn Bowen
- Paul Romine
- Greg Jacobsmeyer
- Rob Brown
- Frank Capone
- Mark Conner
- Tracy Kile
- Bob Malloy
- Mike Scott
- Jim Fagan
- Jay Turner
- Jason Pridemore
- Trevor Eman
- JR Carr
- Cary GoForth
- John DeFlorian
- Larry O'Brien
- Dean Goforth
- John Konigshofer
- Matt Bertsch
- Tony Pontieri
- Billy Harper
- Sam Andreacchi
- Bruce Boland
- Paolo Giust
- Melani Salemi
- Al Martorino
- Jay Santos
- Doug Blowes
Each spectator ticket includes pit access to interact with drivers and witness teams service their race cars and motorcycles between rounds. To purchase advance general admission tickets, please go to BuyIHRAtix.com.
Josef Newgarden with the new book on his career.
Raphaël Lessard will compete in the fifth race of the CARS SUPER LATE MODEL TOUR 10-race championship at the wheel of his car, the 99 FRL Express/Team Coach Imaging/Toyota/JBL Audio of the David Gilliland Racing Team this Saturday in Greenville County.
In preparation for the race, he will be on track Thursday, June 23rd for an evening of private testing. The SUPER LATE MODEL race is to take place at approximately 8:30 p.m Saturday evening, following the Late Model stock car race. The #99 car will feature its partners, www.trdusa.com and Team Coach Imaging (in Québec: http://www.lettrapub.com), a Beauce company which specializes in fleet signage and digital printing for buses, recreational vehicles, racing haulers and race cars.
The Greenville-Pickens Speedway is one of the oldest NASCAR race track in the USA. From 1946 to 1969 the surface was dirt and it was paved in 1969." It's 0.500 miles long (0.805 km).
The 100-lap race, the LEFTTURNS AND SUNBURNS.COM 200 MOTORSPORTS APPAREL will air live on the site https://racefeedx.com. You may also follow Raphaël's performances in real time on https://www.race-monitor.com.
Raphaël Lessard PR