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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

NBC Sports Announces TV Times for Austria This Weekend


Earlier this afternoon, NBC Sports released its schedule for TV times for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

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GP2 can be seen at 9:00pm EST on NBCSN Saturday night.

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.

Indycar and Road America Finally Getting Back Together?


The following is from RACER.com’s Robin Miller 

It sounds like Elkhart Lake and IndyCar are serious about 2016.

Road America president George Bruggenthies confirmed to RACER.com that he’s been in discussion with Derrick Walker and is hopeful of bringing back open-wheel after a nine-year absence.

“I’ve talked with Derrick about a potential date for IndyCar next year and we’re trying to work something out,” said Bruggenthies on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s not a done deal but I know our fans want to see IndyCar return and I’d love to see how that new car ran around here.

“We’re hopeful we can get something done shortly because I’d like to have my schedule finalized by the end of this month.”

Walker admitted Road America was on the radar.

“It’s never been off our radar and it’s one of several places we are seriously looking at for next year,” said IndyCar’s president of competition and operations. “It’s just a matter of finding the right time to sit down and talk through the possibilities to see if it could happen but George is definitely interested.”

Michael Andretti stated that unless fan support picks up next month, The Milwaukee Mile could be in jeopardy as far as his group returning as the promoter. The rumor at Toronto over the weekend was that Road America would replace Milwaukee in 2016.

“I had not heard that, Milwaukee and Elkhart Lake are classic Indy car tracks and have produced some great racing over the years – love to have them both but as for Milwaukee is still part of our planning for 2016.” said Walker.

There hasn’t been a major open-wheel race at the picturesque 4-mile road course since Champ Car in 2007 (TOP: A rookie Graham Rahal passes Will Power in that race) but drivers, teams and fans have been clamoring for areturn.

lm elkhartBruggenthies hosts big weekends at his track for IMSA’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (RIGHT), vintage cars and NASCAR’s Xfinity Series. Might a double-header with TUDOR/IndyCar be in the works?

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to Test New Rules Package at Kentucky


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Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, announced on Tuesday that NASCAR has delivered to the Sprint Cup Series teams a rules package that will be raced at Kentucky Speedway on July 11th. So following what’s been really well-documented and unprecedented communications and collaboration with NASCAR’s OEM partners, the race teams, drivers and Goodyear, NASCAR made the decision to move forward with the package. Some of the changes include:
Reduced spoiler height: The spoiler height will be 3½ inches (down from 6 inches), and the cars will have a 25-inch wider splitter extension panel (radiator pan, was 38 inches), and the splitter will have a 1¾ inches less overhang than the current splitter.
Tires: the tires for the event will have more grip than in 2014, but they are not specifically built for the package.
Practice: Teams will be afforded extended practice time (4 hours) on the racetrack, and that will occur opening up Wednesday, July 8, for them to tune their race cars.
Some Q&A’s about the package from the NASCAR Teleconference with O’Donnell:
Q. And then what will you look for at Kentucky to determine whether this is a success or whether it’s something you might want to see again in future races?
O’DONNELL: “I think ultimately that’s up to the fans, but certainly we’ll look for — we’ve been very, very vigilant in talking about tighter racing. I think we’ve achieved that in terms of 1st to 43rd. You see that those teams are closer than ever, but we certainly want to see more lead changes on the racetrack. We’ll evaluate not only that but a number of different factors coming out of Kentucky and see what we can learn and potentially what we can implement down the road.”
Q. A couple of quick things: I didn’t hear you address whether or not the package will be used beyond Kentucky, or is that going to be the only race where it’s in place this season? And also, how much of a risk is putting that package on the track without extensive testing?
O’DONNELL: “Yeah, on your first question, this is a Kentucky package only, but any options are on the table coming out of Kentucky. But for now, that’s been the dialogue with the industry. And as for your second question, I’d go back to we’ve had an extensive testing plan with the industry over the last 18 months. The teams have some data on this package, so we feel confident, and we wouldn’t implement this if we didn’t feel confident as an industry to implement it at Kentucky. And then you also look at some of the things, even in a test, there’s only so much you can learn, and then you validate it ultimately at a race, and we feel like that’s the direction we’re headed.”
Q. And can you also talk about testing — the concept in our sport of testing during a race, they’ll have Wednesday, but it’s like some people have said, the off-season should be longer so that maybe this testing could be done then, but obviously you need all the cars on the track in order to test this fully.
O’DONNELL: “Yeah, let me be clear. This is not a test; this is a race. This is the Kentucky package, and we have tested this over the last 18 months. There’s been a number of tests done. There’s been a number of simulations done. The OEMs are involved. I want to be very clear that this is the Kentucky race package and not at all a test for us.”
Q. And again, do you plan to add any sort of tire tests or anything for future looks at this package?
O’DONNELL: “Still looking at that.”
Q. Worst case scenario, if Kentucky is an abnormal race, if there are an abnormal number of cautions, if it’s rain delayed, rain interrupted, if it doesn’t go full distance, if drivers don’t really ever get a chance to run a significant number of green flag laps, is there any chance y’all will just throw out that result and say, okay, we can’t use this as a template, we’ll try again somewhere else, or are you all in based on Kentucky, period?
O’DONNELL: “No, that’s a good question. Let me back up on a couple things. So we’re opening up on Wednesday. Number one, you want to look at any feedback you get from the industry, safety, anything, we want to make sure that the package meets anything that we’ve seen in simulation, so we’ve built in time for that. We’ve built in time if it does rain and we lost Wednesday, we’ve got a plan in place with the industry of getting practice time in. And then from there if you get to the race, I would say this is still a specific Kentucky race package, so I wouldn’t say we’re building our entire rules package by any means on one race, and it goes back to what I’ve said earlier, and this has been on me in terms of describing the 2015 rules package in its totality, and if you go to Las Vegas and the race maybe wasn’t as good as we all had hoped, is that an indictment on the entire year’s package, and it shouldn’t be, because it’s specific to that race, and that’s more where we want to go in terms of having that rules package, more specific to the race, to put on the best race possible as we head into each track that weekend. “

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