TUDOR: Sahlen’s Six Hours of Watkins Glen Preview


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Sunday morning marks the third round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s Patron North American Endurance Cup and the sixth overall round of the championship. The TUSCC is back in a normal rotation of races after the month long break after Detroit Belle Isle for the 24 Hours of LeMans which saw the American factory Corvette’s win in their respective class.

This is a special race in my opinion for the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, it marks the 3/4 way of the NAEC but it also is at a prestigious racing venue in Watkins Glen. TV coverage starts at 10:00am EST on Fox Sports 1 and transitions to Fox Sports 2 at 2:00pm EST to make way for Sprint Cup at Sonoma. Now onto the class previews, enjoy!

Prototype

The prototype class in the 2015 TUDOR United Sports Car Championship has been a very interesting one to say the least. We’ve seen five different winners in five races, and surprisingly none of these include Ganassi’s American duo of Scott Pruett and Joey Hand in the 01 Ford Ecoboost Riley. The duo sits fourth in the championship 14 markers behind the Action Express #5 guys of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi who have 156 points. THe AER #5 guys are tied for first in points with the #90 Spirit of Daytona guys of Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook.

At these stage of the season with five prototype events left including the two NAEC rounds this weekend and the season finale at Road Atlanta, the season title is completely up for grabs. Some questions to consider…

Will Ganassi win a race and/or be title contenders?

Will there be any breakways in the championship?

Any upset winners?

Watkins Glen could see the start of all of this, its a wildcard. Its going to be one hell of a show on Sunday morning into the afternoon in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

PC

The PC season has been dominated by two entrants; CORE Autosport and PR1. Even though the CORE duo of Jon Bennett and Colin Braun have not won a race, they sit atop of the table with 128 points and the PR1 duo who won Daytona sit 5 markers behind. Like Prototype this is an open championship and anyone can take it.

GT LM

GTLM has a very close title battle between Corvette, the RLLR BMW teams and the Risi team. Coming off the Corvette team’s victory at LeMans two weeks ago, they will be riding a lot of confidence heading into another big race. The four teams are just seperated by ten points! Ten points! That is a very close championship for sure. Like the other classes its a wide open championship and Watkins Glen will tell a lot about the championship with the races winding down.

GTD

GTD also has a very close championship battle going, four teams are separated by 9 points.  The weird thing is none of the top four in points have scored race victories this season. I think this trend will end and whoever winds up winning the Watkins Glen race will get enough momentum to win the title.

-Not much to say this week considering they’ve had month off, more to follow after the race in Monday in the Week in Review.

-Kent Mueller

MAVTV 500 ENTRY LIST: FONTANA JUNE 27TH


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The entry list for the MAVTV 500 on Saturday afternoon for the Verizon IndyCar Series was released today. Only change is  Sage Karam is back in the Chip Ganassi Racing #8.

Reminder the MAVTV 500 starts at 4:00pm EST on Saturday June 27th. Leigh Diffey, Paul Tracy and Steve Matchett are your booth this weekend with Townsend Bell racing in GT Daytona at the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for the Sahlen’s 6 Hours at Watkins Glen Sunday morning 10:00am EST on Fox Sports 1. Pit reporters are Kevin Lee, Kelli Stavast, Jon Beekhuis and Robin Miller.

Number Driver Sponsor Aero/Engine Team
1 Will Power Verizon
Chevrolet
Team Penske
2 Juan Montoya PPG
3 Helio Castroneves AAA
4 Stefano Coletti KV Racing KV Racing Tech
5 Ryan Briscoe Arrow/Lucas Oil
Honda
Schmidt Peterson
7 James Jakes SPM Schmidt Peterson
8 Sage Karam Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records
Chevrolet
Chip Ganassi
9 Scott Dixon Target
10 Tony Kanaan NTT Data
11 Sebastian Bourdais Mistic E-Cigs KV Racing Tech
14 Takuma Sato ABC Supply Company
Honda
AJ Foyt Racing
15 Graham Rahal Mi Jack RLLR
18 Pippa Mann TBA
Dale Coyne Racing
19 Tristian Vautier TBA
20 Ed Carpenter Fuzzys Vodka
Chevrolet
CFH Racing
22 Simon Pagenaud Penske Truck Rental Services Team Penske
26 Carlos Munoz Cinsay/Andretti TV
Honda
Andretti Autosport
27 Marco Andretti Snapple/Merchant First
28 Ryan Hunter-Reay DHL
41 Jack Hawksworth ABC Supply Company AJ Foyt Racing
67 Josef Newgarden Hartman Oil
Chevrolet
CFH Racing
83 Charlie Kimball Novo Log Flex Pen Chip Ganassi
98 Gabby Chaves Bowers and Wilkins/CURB Honda Bryan Herta Autosport

Predicting the 2015 F1 Championship off of Averages!


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The 2015 F1 season has been dominated by 3 drivers; Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel, below is a table with all of the drivers upcoming averages at the remaining Grand Prixs and the stats will predict the 2015 World Champion. Enjoy!

  Stats Since 2010
  British Grand Prix Career Stats
Driver Starts Wins Podiums AVG Finish AVG Points Scored
Hamilton 5 1 2 3.8 14.2
Rosberg 5 1 2 5.375 9.6
Vettel 5 1 3 7.6 9.8
Hungarian Grand Prix Career Stats
Driver Starts Wins Podiums AVG Finish AVG Points Scored
Hamilton 5 2 3 5.8 13.4
Rosberg 5 0 0 12.8 3
Vettel 5 0 3 3.8 13.6
Belgian Grand Prix Career Stats
Driver Starts Wins Podiums AVG Finish AVG Points Scored
Hamilton 5 1 2 13.6 8
Rosberg 5 0 1 5.8 9.2
Vettel 5 2 3 4.8 15.6
Italian Grand Prix Career Stats
Driver Starts Wins Podiums AVG Finish AVG Points Scored
Hamilton 5 2 2 7.6 12.8
Rosberg 5 0 1 8.6 8.4
Vettel 5 2 2 6.8 12
Singapore Grand Prix Career Stats
Driver Starts Wins Podiums AVG Finish AVG Points Scored
Hamilton 5 1 1 10.8 7
Rosberg 5 0 0 8.8 7.6
Vettel 5 3 5 1.4 22.2
Japanese Grand Prix Career Stats
Driver Starts Wins Podiums AVG Finish AVG Points Scored
Hamilton 5 1 1 7.2 11
Rosberg 5 0 1 12.2 4.6
Vettel 5 3 5 1.8 21
Russian Grand Prix Career Stats
Driver Starts Wins Podiums AVG Finish AVG Points Scored
Hamilton 1 1 1 1 25
Rosberg 1 0 1 2 18
Vettel 1 0 0 8 4
United States Grand Prix Career Stats
Driver Starts Wins Podiums AVG Finish AVG Points Scored
Hamilton 3 2 2 2 20.6
Rosberg 3 0 1 8 6.6
Vettel 3 1 2 3.33 9.8
Mexican Grand Prix is on Season Averages
Driver Starts Wins Podiums AVG Finish AVG Points Scored
Hamilton 8 4 8 1.625 21.125
Rosberg 8 3 8 1.87 19.875
Vettel 8 1 5 3.25 15
Brazilian Grand Prix Career Stats
Driver Starts Wins Podiums AVG Finish AVG Points Scored
Hamilton 5 0 1 11 6.4
Rosberg 5 1 1 6.8 9.8
Vettel 5 2 3 3 17.2
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Career Stats
Driver Starts Wins Podiums AVG Finish AVG Points Scored
Hamilton 5 2 3 6.4 14.8
Rosberg 5 0 1 9.8 6.6
Vettel 5 2 3 7.4 13.8
Projected Points Finishes
Driver Total Now Total Projected Final Standings  
Hamilton 169 154 323
Rosberg 159 103 262
Vettel 120 154 272

Will Hamilton win his 3rd career drivers title? Will Ferrari and Vettel step up? What will Rosberg do? Those are all questions to be answered from now until November at Abu Dhabi.

Hendrick Motorsports, Dale Jr and Microsoft Team up for the #88


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Press Release from Hendrick Motorsports

A global leader in technology and innovation, Microsoft has ramped up its involvement in NASCAR with new multi-year official agreements with both the sanctioning body and 11-time Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports. The collaborations designate Microsoft as an Official Technology Partner of NASCAR and a major technology partner of Hendrick Motorsports.
Hendrick Motorsports will adopt the Windows 10 platform and Microsoft Azure to deliver technology solutions to help improve performance on and off the track. In addition, Microsoft will support the upcoming launch of Windows 10 with primary sponsorship of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s #88 Chevrolet SS at Sonoma Raceway on June 28 and Pocono Raceway on Aug. 2. Windows 10 will be the Official Operating System of Hendrick Motorsports.
“NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports are perpetual innovators in motorsports,” said Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President, Developer Experience and Evangelism at Microsoft. “This sport demands constant innovation, to have its boundaries pushed, so that the sport delivers the exciting experiences expected by fans. The Windows mobile inspection application we launched last year is a great example of how innovative solutions can push boundaries and make the racing experience even better. We’re looking forward to the next solutions that we can deploy with both NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports to push each of our organizations forward.”
Microsoft will utilize two-time Daytona 500 champion Earnhardt as a spokesperson to promote Windows 10, which will be available July 29 as a free upgrade for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices.* In addition, its new multi-year partnership with Hendrick Motorsports will incorporate technology solutions and training across the team, including competition, business and IT functions.
“I’m a big technology user and really enjoy Microsoft products,” said Earnhardt, who is NASCAR’s 12-time most popular driver. “Kicking off the Hendrick Motorsports relationship with Windows 10 is a unique opportunity, and there’s no doubt our ongoing technical partnership will help us raise the bar in many areas. It’s great to see Microsoft is having such a positive experience with NASCAR and wants to do more across the sport. We’re excited to be a part of that.”

Earnhardt Jr is still unsponsored for 8 of the remaining 21 races.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Sonoma Entry List


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Car # Driver Sponsor Team
1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Ganassi
2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Penske
3 Austin Dillon DOW RCR
4 Kevin Harvick Outback Steakhouse Stewart Haas
5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Hendrick
6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Roush Fenway
7 Alex Bowman Golden Corral Tommy Baldwin
9 Sam Hornish Jr Jacob Companies Richard Petty Motorsports
10 Danica Patrick Go Daddy Stewart Haas
11 Denny Hamlin Fedex Freight Joe Gibbs Racing
13 Casey Mears GEICO Germain Racing
14 Tony Stewart Mobil1 Stewart Haas
15 Clint Bowyer 5 Hour Energy Michael Waltrip Racing
16 Greg Biffle Ortho Roush Fenway
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fastenal Roush Fenway
18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy Joe Gibbs Racing
19 Carl Edwards Stanley Joe Gibbs Racing
20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Joe Gibbs Racing
22 Joey Logano Shell-Pennzoil Penske
23 JJ Yeley Dr Pepper BK Racing
24 Jeff Gordon AARP Hendrick
26 Jeb Burton Maxim BK Racing
27 Paul Menard Menards RCR
31 Ryan Newman Wix Filters RCR
32 Boris Said TBA Go Green
33 Alex Kennedy MediaCast RCR/CircleSport
34 Justin Marks Dockside Logistics Front Row
35 Cole Whitt UPONOR Front Row
38 David Gilliland The Pete Store Front Row
40 Landon Cassill TBA Hillman
41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Stewart Haas
42 Kyle Larson VIVA Ganassi
43 Aric Almirola Nathan’s Famous Richard Petty Motorsports
46 Michael Annett Bene-fit H Scott Motorsports
47 AJ Allmendinger Kingsford Charcoal JTG Daugherty
48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Hendrick
51 Justin Allgaier Brandt H Scott Motorsports
55 David Ragan Aarons Michael Waltrip Racing
62 Brendan Gaughan Vydox Plus Jay Robinson
78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Furniture Row
83 Matt DiBendetto Burger King BK Racing
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Microsoft Hendrick
95 Michael McDowell K LOVE Radio Leavine
98 Josh Wise TBA Phil Parsons Racing

Dale Jr Breaks the Internet; Proposes to Longtime Girlfriend Amy Reimann


The following is from Fox Sports

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and girlfriend Amy Reimann are on vacation in Germany during this off week in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to learn about Earnhardt’s heritage.

It turns out Junior had other plans in mind too.

NASCAR’s most popular driver popped the question to Reimann while visiting a Lutheran church he says his family attended some 300 years prior.

Did she say yes? Indeed. Very enthusiastically, too.

The couple has been together for more than three years and shares a residence, but Junior downplayed marriage talk earlier this year in the lead-up to the Daytona 500.

Appearing on “The Dan Patrick Show,” he was asked if the couple was engaged yet and said, “Not yet. Me and Amy are doing great, though, and we’re heading in the right direction.”

Pressed by the host, who suggested it would be memorable to propose on-air, Earnhardt said: “If I want to get engaged, I don’t want to spoil the surprise on Dan Patrick’s radio show.”

“It’s not the time,” Earnhardt added. “The timing’s not right.”

Apparently, a vacation abroad is the right time.

Congrats to the happy couple.

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