Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway almost 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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Not many racers are as eager to test their abilities at challenging Bandimere Speedway more than six-time world champion Andrew Hines. It’s brought out the best in the Pro Stock Motorcycle star and he’ll look to pick up his sixth career victory in Denver at this weekend’s Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil.
 
The victory would also be the first of the season for Hines on his Vance & Hines Buell, and would mark a great moment in the career for the rider who class the most wins in class history. Racing at more than 5,800 feet isn’t easy and makes for one of the most difficult tracks to navigate in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. But if there’s going to be a breakthrough anywhere in 2021 on a brand-new bike, Hines figures it might as well be in Denver, where he’s racked up more victories than anyone in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
 
“It’s such a unique place and cool facility with it being cut out of the side of a mountain,” said Hines, who has 56 career wins. “All the time, you’re getting new fans going to that event. There’s such a great history at the track and the Bandimere family put on such a great race. There’s a long list of what we do to get ready for this race and we try to do things differently from everyone else. It’s such an anomaly race, but we try to not get through it, but to conquer it.”
 
Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) and Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were winners of the 2019 event in Denver. This year’s race will be televised on FOX Sports 1, including final eliminations coverage starting at 4 p.m. (ET) on FS1 on Sunday, July 18. It is the eighth race of the 2021 NHRA season and the sixth race for the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Hines and teammate Eddie Krawiec both missed the first two races getting their new bikes ready and there’s plenty still to work out on both motorcycles.
 
Hines has displayed plenty of speed, making his first career 200-mph runs, but he has yet to make it out of the second round in three starts. It’s hardly panic time, but the veteran standout is ready to get things moving in the right direction at a quicker pace.
 
“Our engines have been good, but to be brutally honest, Eddie (Krawiec, teammate) and I are way off in our 60-foot times,” Hines said. “We’re not stellar there, historically, but we’re really struggling right now. It’s hard to turn on win lights when you’re giving it up in the first 100 feet. We’re working on that and Denver is kind of the equalizer, so it might play to our advantage.”
 
Hines hopes that’s the case as he tries to break into the top 10 in points in a loaded Pro Stock Motorcycle class. It won’t be easy, but he’s always performed well at Denver over the years. The bad news — at least when it comes to winning at Bandimere Speedway — is Krawiec has four wins at the facility and is also comfortable on Thunder Mountain. Hines also knows he can’t count out the likes of points leader and defending world champ Matt Smith, Ryan Oeheler, Scotty Pollacheck, Angelle Sampey and Steve Johnson, who won in Charlotte.
 
“This class is so tough, you never know who’s going to win,” Hines said. “There’s 10-12 or so good bikes that can win any weekend. With all the changes you have to make in Denver and our engine not the same it was two years ago, it might take a bit to get everything dialed in. It’s also a rider’s track. It’s demanding on the rider style. You have to be smooth and natural on the bike and get every thousandth of a second you can.”
 
Torrence will look to keep rolling in Top Fuel. The points leader and defending three-time world champ has enjoyed recent success in Denver and he’ll look to keep that going against the likes of Brittany Force, Leah Pruett, Antron Brown, Clay Millican, Doug Kalitta, Alex Laughlin, who is making his Top Fuel debut in Denver, and Shawn Langdon.
 
Cruz Pedregon is riding high after winning in Norwalk and he boasts the same team, led by crew chief John Collins, that won in Denver in 2019. Trying to prevent back-to-back wins for Pedregon is a star-studded lineup featuring points leader Bob Tasca III, John Force, defending world champ Matt Hagan, Robert Hight, Ron Capps, Tim Wilkerson and J.R. Todd.
 
The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service makes its first-ever appearance at Bandimere Speedway, marking what should be a thrilling Denver debut for the action-packed class. It is also the fifth appearance of the 2021 season. The event also features thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, showcasing the future stars of the sport, as well as the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown class.
 
As always, fans are granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity gives fans a chance to see teams in action and service their hot rods between rounds. 
 
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature one round at 8:00 p.m. MT on Friday, July 16 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, July 17 at 4:45 and 8:00 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 18. Television coverage includes qualifying action on FS1 at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, and then eliminations action at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
 
To purchase general admission or reserved seats, call 800-664-UWIN (8946). Tickets also are available online at www.bandimere.com. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. To honor the Salute to First Responders, military and first responders can save 20 percent on general admission tickets at the gate. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

 

(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Zacharie Robichon remembers it all too vividly … and all too nervously.
 
Watching anxiously from the pit stand as his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win was within grasp, excitement quickly turned to agony when the report of a tire losing pressure came over the radio on the final lap at Lime Rock Park in 2019. But just when it looked like exuberance was becoming misery, Dennis Olsen somehow nursed the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R around the 1.474-mile circuit to win the GT Daytona (GTD) class by a slim 0.01 seconds in the Northeast Grand Prix.
 
Since Lime Rock didn’t host a race last year, Robichon and Pfaff return to the track in Lakeville, Connecticut, as defending champions.
 
“The emotion on that last lap was just crazy!” Robichon said Wednesday when recalling the drama two years ago that delivered the first series win for driver and team.
 
“Dennis did a fantastic job just to hang on. When he came over the radio saying, ‘I have an issue, I think a tire’s going down,’ I remember thinking, ‘Of course. There’s no way that luck could go our way after the races we’d had to that point.’ I had basically lost all faith going into the last lap. Then he managed to hang onto it.
 
“I think had it been any other track that wasn’t quite as short as Lime Rock, we wouldn’t have made it,” Robichon admitted. “Seeing that finish just made it all that much sweeter because we went from being super excited to almost accepting that we weren’t going to win and then going back to winning the race.”
 
Robichon will share the No. 9 entry this weekend with Laurens Vanthoor, who finished on the GTLM podium in a Porsche in the last three Lime Rock races (2017-19) and started the 2019 race from the pole position. The duo sits fourth in the GTD standings, highlighted by their win at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts in March.
 
The lessons the then-fledgling “Plaid Porsche” team learned the weekend of that maiden victory at Lime Rock have helped carry the Canadian-based group forward to more success.
 
“It wasn’t a particularly good weekend up until the race,” Robichon said about 2019. “I’ll admit, I didn’t really love the track – I hadn’t been there before. It was a race that was super hot; very, very hot. Tire wear was a huge issue.
 
“We kind of just stayed out of trouble and had some amazing pit stops. I don’t think we were outright the fastest car that weekend, but we put ourselves in a position to win and it taught us a lot about what it takes to win at this level. It’s not always about being the fastest car; it’s about making smart decisions and making the right strategy calls and just keeping yourself out of trouble. I think the lessons we learned have stayed with us.”
 
As for this weekend’s return to Lime Rock Park, Robichon said the team is at a better baseline setup because of the 2019 experience. The same goes for the 29-year-old from Ottawa, though he admits he has less track time at Lime Rock than any other circuit on the schedule.
 
“We’re excited to go back because we won,” he said. “But for me, I know that I still have a lot of work to do there. That’s what I’m thinking of right now, not necessarily that we won there.
 
“It’s a very condensed weekend so Friday’s going to be super important,” Robichon added. “Our team’s really going to have to thrash on Friday in those first two (practice) sessions and qualifying, but I have all the confidence in the world in our team so I’m not too concerned that we’ll have a car that can compete.”
 
Practices are set for 11:25 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. ET Friday, with qualifying at 5:15 p.m. (livestream on IMSA.com/TVLive). The two-hour, 40-minute race airs live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and IMSA Radio (Sirius 216, XM 202, SiriusXM Online 992) beginning at 3:10 p.m. Saturday. NBCSN’s telecast begins at 5:30 p.m.

 INDYCAR has formed a new, official partnership with leading racing game developer, publisher and esports ecosystem provider Motorsport Games Inc. (NASDAQ: MSGM) to create and distribute INDYCAR video games, with a debut title expected to launch in 2023 on Xbox and PlayStation consoles and PC.

In addition to the new game, an NTT INDYCAR SERIES esports competition featuring potential driver participation and collaborations could begin as early as this year. Details will be announced at a later date.

“Our partnership with Motorsport Games will bring the fierce competition of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES to a global gaming audience hungry for quality motorsports content,” said Mark Miles, president and CEO, Penske Entertainment Corp., the parent company of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. “Like the talent and depth of our field, INDYCAR’s universe continues to expand and grow rapidly. Motorsport Games is an industry leader with a track record of innovation, and we know our fans will have 2023 and the debut of this new NTT INDYCAR SERIES video game circled on their calendars.”

Motorsport Games’ partnership with INDYCAR will produce a brand-new franchise that has been eagerly anticipated by racing and gaming fans. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ bold, audacious and unapologetic style of racing is primed for a video game franchise built entirely around its expanding brand.

North America’s premier open-wheel racing series features a growing roster of rising young stars and talented veterans with global name recognition. These defiant athletes compete across a uniquely challenging and diverse set of ovals, road and street courses.

“I am super excited our fans will be able to bring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES into their homes with this new video game franchise,” Arrow McLaren SP driver Pato O’Ward said. “This is such a great opportunity for fans to connect to our series even more, from watching us on the weekends to playing as us on their favorite tracks whenever they want.”

Motorsport Games, a Motorsport Network company, combines innovative and engaging video games with exciting esports competitions and content for racing fans and gamers around the globe.

The company is the officially licensed video game developer and publisher for iconic motorsport racing series and events, including NASCAR, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). Motorsport Games is an award-winning esports partner of choice for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Formula E, BTCC, the FIA World Rallycross Championship and the eNASCAR Heat Pro League, among others.

“Motorsport Games and INDYCAR are thrilled to provide fans with a long-overdue dedicated gaming experience,” said Dmitry Kozko, CEO of Motorsport Games. “After decades of world-class racing, we cannot think of a more deserving league for a video game franchise. INDYCAR shares our commitment to bringing authentic experiences to motor racing enthusiasts. Fans can anticipate the NTT INDYCAR SERIES to meet the same level of excellence and immersive gameplay they expect from Motorsport Games.”

Information about the new NTT INDYCAR SERIES video game will be available in the future at https://indycargame.com. For more information about Motorsport Games visit: www.motorsportgames.com.

Our neighbors to the north are going drag racing as Bonfield Event Park in Canada becomes the eighth NHRA member track in the great white north.
 
Located in Ontario, Bonfield Event Park sees racing competition from cars, trucks and sleds. Owned and operated by Lisa Groves, the Bonfield Event Park staff looks forward to joining the NHRA member track lineup.
 
“Our family is very excited and proud to become part of the NHRA family,” said Groves. “If you ever find yourself in beautiful northern Ontario, please stop by to say hello.”
 
“We are excited to add another track in the Canadian market,” said Dave Mohn, the NHRA Division 1 Director. “We look forward to meeting the racers in the area and the growth of our sport in the region.”
 
Bonfield Event Park becomes NHRA’s eighth member track in Canada, and fifth within Division 1. It also marks the eleventh international NHRA location.
 
The track joins a group of nearly 120 NHRA member tracks worldwide. As an NHRA-sanctioned track, the facility will be eligible to offer racers a variety of NHRA racing opportunities, including the NHRA Summit Racing Series, the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League and NHRA Jr. Street.
 
NHRA Division 1 includes seventeen tracks across the region. Racers in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Virginia and Maryland make up the division in the northeast region. Division 1 hosts competitions throughout the year along with countless other events for the heartiest of drag racing competitors and fans. For more information, including schedules, point standings and more, go to the Division 1 website, NHRADiv1.com.

 

(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

ABB FIA Formula E Championship heads to the United States for Rounds 10 and 11 of the 2021 season for the ABB New York City E-Prix with live television coverage airing across CBS Sports on Saturday, July 10 & Sunday, July 11. Six races remain in the Formula E season as the competition heats up with five teams within 15 points of first place in the team standings and six drivers within 15 points of first place in the driver standings . 
 
Round 10 coverage begins at 3:00 PM, ET on Saturday, July 10 on CBS Sports Network with an ABB FIA Formula E Preview Show before the race action gets started at 4 PM, ET. Round 11 shifts to the CBS Television Network with broadcast coverage beginning at 1:00 PM, ET on Sunday, July 11. Sunday’s broadcast coverage will also stream live on Paramount+ Premium. 
 
Edoardo Mortara of Rocket Venturi Racing is currently leading the driver standings in Season 7 and will be looking to capture his first championship. Also in the running, António Félix da Costa, who won the Season 6 Drivers' Championship, is looking to reclaim his title. Mercedes EQ and Jaguar Racing will be fighting to take the throne from DS TECHEETAH, who previously won the Teams’ Championship in both Seasons 5 & 6. All three teams are in the running and a victory by one of their drivers will secure their position at the top.
 
CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, is widely available through all major cable, satellite and telco distributors as well as via OTT streaming service providers YouTube TV, fuboTV, DirecTV and Hulu.  Additionally, a live CBS Sports Network stream is available through CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App by authenticating with select providers.  
 
Formula E and the FIA have today published the provisional calendar for  the 2021/2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, featuring three new locations as part of a  record 16-race season spanning 12 cities across four continents. 
 
The calendar was ratified following the day’s earlier FIA World Motor Sport Council in Monaco,  confirming the busiest season yet of electric racing.  
Getting underway in late January, the season opener will once again take place under the stars of  Diriyah following the success of last season’s inaugural night race. The Formula E grid will then head  to Mexico City before visiting the first of three new cities with South Africa’s Cape Town – returning  single-seater FIA World Championship racing to the country for the first time since the 1993 South  African Grand Prix. 
 
China then makes a welcome return to the Formula E calendar in March 2022 before events in Rome  and Monaco, with the race in the Principality moving from a biannual to an annual event following  May’s hugely successful E-Prix and the accommodation of the Automobile Club de Monaco. 
Berlin, the only city to have featured in every season, takes its familiar place on the calendar in May  followed shortly after by the second new venue with Vancouver. 
 
Racing then heads to the Big Apple for a series of double headers beginning with the New York City  E-Prix, before two races at London’s ExCeL and a climatic double-header season-finale in Seoul  utilising a circuit incorporating the Olympic Stadium.  
 
After two consecutive years of absence due to the global pandemic, Formula E plans a return of the  Parisian race in 2023 for the arrival of Formula E’s Gen3 cars. The Paris E-Prix will move to a  biannual event format, adapted to provide a new balance for the championship’s calendar. Each year  of racing will see Paris welcome the Allianz E-Village, the electric mobility celebration and laboratory  of innovative ideas promoting clean mobilities. 
 
Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Deputy CEO of Formula E, said: “In Formula E’s short history, we have  always looked to grow the championship and our reach. Next season is set to be another landmark  for the series with a record number of races and incredible new cities backing Formula E and our  electric movement. To be returning racing to South Africa, along with the likes of Vancouver and  Seoul, is a huge achievement for the series, on top of expanding Monaco to an annual event. As our  last season with the Gen2 car, it promises to be one of the most exciting yet and lay the foundations  for the all-new Gen3 era in season nine.”  
 
To follow the latest news and information on Formula E visit www.FIAFormulaE.com
 
2021/2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship – Provision Calendar 
EVENT ROUND LOCATION DATE 
1 1 & 2 Diriyah, Saudi Arabia 28 & 29/01/2022 
2 3 Mexico City, Mexico 12/02/2022 
3 4 Cape Town, South Africa* 26/02/2022 
4 5 China (TBC) 19/03/2022 
5 6 Rome, Italy 09/04/2022 
6 7 Monaco, Monaco 30/04/2022 
7 8 Berlin, Germany 14/05/2022 
8 9 TBC 04/06/2022 
9 10 Vancouver, Canada* 02/07/2022 
10 11 & 12 New York City, USA 16 & 17/07/2022 
11 13 & 14 London, UK 30 & 31/07/2022 
12 15 & 16 Seoul, South Korea* 13 & 14/08/2022 
* Subject to track homologation  

Hailie Deegan will compete in the Camping World SRX Series season finale July 17 at the Nashville (Tenn.) Fairgrounds Speedway.

 

Deegan made her Camping World SRX Series debut earlier this year in a substitute role for regular driver Tony Kanaan, finishing second to race winner Tony Stewart June 19 at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway. Deegan is back in place of Kanaan this Saturday night at Slinger (Wis.) Speedway. At Nashville, however, Deegan will race against Kanaan as a part of the 12-driver field.

 

“SRX has been a blast and I’m super pumped to run the finale at Nashville,” Deegan said. “Knoxville was a great experience and finishing second to Tony Stewart was a huge accomplishment. That was on dirt, so I’m definitely interested to see what these SRX cars feel like on pavement this Saturday night at Slinger, and one of the best things about racing Nashville is that I can take what I learn at Slinger and apply it there.”

 

Deegan is a fulltime driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The 19-year-old racer from Temecula, California, is a three-time winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and was the first female to win a race in that series.

 

“We all saw at Knoxville how quickly Hailie adapted to these SRX cars and it was pretty obvious that she has no reservations about mixing it up with these guys,” said Ray Evernham, co-founder of the Camping World SRX Series. “She gained positions in each heat and in the feature and then finished second to one of the best racecar drivers in the world. Hailie has definitely earned her spot in the Camping World SRX Series.”

 

Saturday’s race from Slinger and next Saturday’s race at Nashville will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on the CBS Television Network with streaming live on Paramount+ Premium.

 

The Camping World SRX Series features world-class drivers from an array of motorsports backgrounds competing in identically prepared racecars on some of the most iconic short tracks in America. Stewart, Kanaan, Ernie Francis Jr., Helio Castroneves, Bobby Labonte, Marco Andretti, Michael Waltrip, Paul Tracy, Bill Elliott and Willy T. Ribbs are the 10 regular Camping World SRX Series drivers. At Nashville, they’ll be joined by Deegan and reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott, who will race against his father, Bill, the 1988 NASCAR Cup Series champion.

 

The Camping World SRX Series’ inaugural season kicked off June 12 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway where local all-star Doug Coby won. The series then headed to back-to-back dirt tracks, with Stewart winning at Knoxville and then again on July 26 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The Camping World SRX Series returned to pavement July 3 at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis where Francis took the victory. This Saturday night at Slinger marked the series’ penultimate race before a champion is crowned July 17 in Nashville.

 

In early 2020, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced their intention to work hand-in-hand to create a joint top class for Endurance racing. The three parties have now come to an agreement on the technical specifications for the new category. This agreement means LMH prototypes will be able to compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023.
 
The convergence work done by the ACO, the FIA and IMSA to align their technical regulations aims to allow cars with different technical definitions to compete alongside one another on both sides of the Atlantic, in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the WeatherTech Championship. They are:
 
  • the LMH, or Le Mans Hypercar, officially introduced in 2021
  • the LMDh, or Le Mans Daytona h, officially introduced in 2023.
 
At a high-level technical meeting bringing together the ACO, the FIA, IMSA and all the manufacturers officially involved in LMDh and LMH programs, the parties came to an agreement that aims to balance the performance of these different types of car (most notably the powertrain and the four-wheel drive set-up) so that LMH cars can compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
 
The specifics for four key technical elements – tire fitment, acceleration profile, braking capability and aerodynamics – were converged and agreed upon by ACO, FIA, and IMSA prior to being approved by the WMSC on July 8th 2021.
 
 
Tires (Front/Rear Width in cm):
  • AWD: 31/31
  • RWD: 29/34
 
Acceleration Profile:
  • AWD: Activation speed deployment will be BOP tool (removed from TR) and it will be monitored with PDST (from Speed 1 to Speed 2)
  • AWD: Due to the track variations in global competition, there will be two BOP activation speeds (dry/wet linked to tire fitted to the car). With our current knowledge, a 120-160 kph range would be implemented
  • LMDh: Control software to limit the contribution of eMotor to traction control capability
 
Braking Capability:
  • ·AWD & RWD: Total differential potential on coast identical on all cars (AWD = Fr + Rr, RWD = Rr)
  • delta torque front axle + delta torque rear axle < Limit overall delta torque
  • Limit overall delta torque = function (virtual engine drag power, virtual locking ratio)
  • AWD: Front differential with a zero-lock mechanism on coast (twin or single eMotor)
  • delta torque front axle < limit delta torque front (to cope for internal friction)
 
Aero:
  • LMH
  • Homologation = Sauber
  • Taking part in IMSA = wind tunnel characterization in WindShear
  • LMDh
  • Homologation = WindShear
  • Taking part in FIA WEC = wind tunnel characterization in Sauber
 
Final Technical Regulation language pertaining to the above will be developed jointly by ACO, FIA and IMSA. 
 
LMH eligibility will also require an individual business agreement between each manufacturer and IMSA, which respects its sporting regulations.
 
The initial objective shared by the ACO, the FIA and IMSA – giving constructors the opportunity to enter the same car in the world’s most prestigious Endurance races – will thus be achieved in 2023.
 
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: "This major announcement stems from our ambition to forge a common future for Endurance racing. We have all worked together to achieve this landmark agreement and I would like to thank all the stakeholders very sincerely. It is wonderful news for teams and fans alike and maps out a bright future for Endurance. The manufacturers dreamed of being able to participate in the greatest endurance races in the world with the same model of a car: this will now be reality."
 
Richard Mille, President of the FIA Endurance Commission: "The FIA, ACO and IMSA have been working towards a common future where teams running in LMH and LMDh can race on both sides of the Atlantic. Today we can see that the convergence has taken a step closer to reality, which is great news for all of us involved in endurance racing. The principles have been agreed by all parties. The dream of teams and manufacturers being able to compete in all of the top endurance races with the same car for the first time is now at hand. This represents a significant moment in the history of motor racing."
 
John Doonan, IMSA President: "What we achieved as a group a few weeks ago in Paris has the potential to revolutionize prototype sports car racing all over the world. The stage is set for a highly competitive top category that will include many of the world’s greatest automotive manufacturers, showcasing relevant technology in the world’s most prestigious endurance races. Collectively, we have an opportunity to engage with the next generation of endurance sports car racing fans and elevate our sport to the highest levels. I cannot be prouder of the spirit of collaboration between our IMSA team, our colleagues at the ACO and FIA, and all of our automotive partners."
BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Maximilian Guenther secured his first win of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season with a magnificent last three-lap overtake at the 2021 ABB New York City E-Prix Round 10 to become the ninth winner from ten races this season.
 
The race win in Brooklyn kickstarts what had been a slow season for the German, who profited from Jean Eric Vergne’s overtake of pole sitter Nick Cassidy to pass both drivers and then make full use of his extra energy to claim victory for the US team on home soil.
 
DS TECHEETAH’s Vergne finished second, with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi completing the podium places and pick up where he left off following victory in Round 8 in Puebla.
 
Envision Virgin Racing driver Cassidy began the race at the front of the grid having claimed Julius Baer Pole Position by some 0.161 seconds ahead of Frenchman Vergne.
 
Formula E’s renowned unpredictability came to the fore again as previous Championship leader Edoardo Mortara of ROKiT Venturi Racing began the race in 23rd but made his way up to finish 14th in the final standings.
 
The Swiss driver remains jointly top of the ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ World Championship - with Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns - heading into the second race of the double-header weekend in the Big Apple.
 
Mahindra Racing’s Alex Lynn failed to capitalise on his third-placed grid slot in qualifying, having lost ground at the start of the race after locking up at Turn 1.
 
The 27-year-old used both his ATTACK MODE boosts early in the race to try and put his predicament right but was left lagging behind the leading pack of Cassidy, Vergne & Sebastien Buemi of Nissan e.dams.
 
Shortly afterwards, TAG Heuer Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein collided into the back of Lynn outside the ATTACK MODE activation zone to force the German to the pits and continue a spell of back luck for the 26-year-old this season.
 
Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans briefly forced a Full Course Yellow outside of turn two when a technical problem brought his race to an early end.
 
That allowed Cassidy to gather momentum at the front of the pack as race control confirmed there would be no energy reduction following on from the yellow flag, with Guenther using the extra energy he had stored to keep on the tail of Vergne in second place.
 
With 15 minutes plus one lap to run, Guenther’s teammate Jake Dennis suffered powertrain problems of his own just as he’d made the points – meaning he wouldn’t build on two fifth-placed finishes in the previous rounds in Puebla.
 
Stoffel Vandoorne followed suit when he was forced to pit under the New York heat, with Mercedes-Benz EQ’s recent struggles continuing despite a promising start to the season in which the team secured three wins in the first five races.
 
There was also movement at the back of the pack, with Jaguar Racing’s Sam Bird managing to make up eleven places to finish ninth and take an extra ABB FIA Formula E World Championship point for the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap. A feat that is all the more impressive given his car was heavily damaged in both Free Practice and qualifying.
 
Having bided his time for the first 40 minutes of the race, Vergne made his move to overtake Cassidy after scenting blood with the Kiwi struggling for energy.
 
But that move opened up enough of a gap for Guenther to pull off an opportunistic double overtake that saw the German sneak in front of Vergne and take the lead in the race with just a few laps remaining.
 
From that point, the 24-year-old was not to be caught as he cruised to the finish line to secure the chequered flag, watched on by team owner – and US motorsport entrepreneur – Michael Andretti.
 
The next round of the 2021 ABB New York City E-Prix takes place on Sunday 11 July at 13.30 local time.
With 330-mph fire-breathing machines under the lights and the first nitro action in two years at Bandimere Speedway due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil on July 16-18 is sure to deliver a weekend full of unforgettable moments.
 
The race is the eighth event of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and serves as the challenging and traditional starting point of the NHRA’s famed three-race Western Swing. This year, the Western Swing includes stops at scenic Bandimere Speedway, Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. The event in Denver poses as one of the most thrilling and unique races in drag racing, as competitors compete at an elevation of more than 5,800 feet. That affects a multitude of items, including engine tune-ups to aerodynamics, as teams try and solve racing in the Rocky Mountains.
 
The action kicks off with a fan-favorite nitro session under the lights on Friday and continues all weekend at one of the most storied facilities on the NHRA circuit, as fans will pack the stands to catch all the must-see action from the stars in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock Motorcycle. Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were winners of the 2019 event in Denver. This year’s race will be televised on FOX Sports 1, including final eliminations coverage starting at 4 p.m. (ET) on FS1 on Sunday, July 18.
 
Torrence earned his second victory on Thunder Mountain with his 2019 triumph, which also contributed to a second straight Top Fuel world title. He has since extended it to three straight championships and he’s the odds-on favorite to make it four in a row after a dominant start to his impressive 2021 campaign. One thing he hasn’t done is sweep the swing, something the talented Texan will try to do starting in Denver. Standing in his way is a litany of worthy contenders, including 2018 winner Leah Pruett, three-time race winner Antron Brown, who last won the event in 2017, former world champ Brittany Force, Doug Kalitta, Shawn Langdon and Clay Millican.
 
Cruz Pedregon has plenty of fond memories at Bandimere Speedway in Funny Car, picking up two victories at the scenic facility. The last came in 2013 and he’ll look to keep rolling after picking up his first victory in more than three years thanks to his win at the most recent race in Norwalk. It adds another top-notch title contender to the loaded Funny Car ranks, with Bob Tasca III leading the charge as the points leader. He’ll try for his first Denver victory against a field loaded with standouts like John Force, who has eight career wins in Denver, Gainesville winner J.R. Todd, four-time Denver winner Robert Hight, defending world champ Matt Hagan, Ron Capps, Alexis DeJoria and Tim Wilkerson.
 
Hines has simply dominated on the mountain in Pro Stock Motorcycle, finding the perfect combination over the years to combat the high-altitude challenges on the two-wheeled machines. He has five wins at the track, including his 2019 triumph, while his Vance & Hines teammate, Eddie Krawiec, has four Denver wins. Getting past that duo will be tough, but a long lister of riders will look to end that Denver dominance. It’s a group that includes defending world champ and points leader Matt Smith, Steve Johnson, who has advanced to back-to-back final rounds in 2021, Scotty Pollacheck, Angelle Sampey, and Ryan Oehler.
 
The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service makes its first-ever appearance at Bandimere Speedway, marking what should be a thrilling Denver debut for the action-packed class. It is also the fifth appearance of the 2021 season. The event also features thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, showcasing the future stars of the sport, as well as the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown class.
 
As always, fans are granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity gives fans a chance to see teams in action and service their hot rods between rounds. 
 
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature one round at 8:00 p.m. MT on Friday, July 16 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, July 17 at 4:45 and 8:00 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 18. Television coverage includes qualifying action on FS1 at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, and then eliminations action at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
 
To purchase general admission or reserved seats, call 800-664-UWIN (8946). Tickets also are available online at www.bandimere.com. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. To honor the Salute to First Responders, military and first responders can save 20 percent on general admission tickets at the gate. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

 

(Courtesy of NHRA communications)