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An interview with: ART ST. CYR

An interview with:

ART ST. CYR

T.E. McHALE: Good afternoon, everyone. Thanks for taking the time to join us for this next in our series of media availabilities during the 2017 season. Our guest today, again, is Art St. Cyr, president of HPD. Thanks for being with us today.
ART ST. CYR: Thanks.
T.E. McHALE: We’ve had about a month now to reflect on what’s been a series of pretty successful results for the Honda Racing program. Let’s just start by getting your general impressions of our IndyCar successes at the 500 and at Detroit the following weekend. Continue reading An interview with: ART ST. CYR

Dixon, Rahal Lead Honda Qualifiers at Road America

Dixon, Rahal Lead Honda Qualifiers at Road America
• Championship leader Scott Dixon qualifies fifth for Kohler Grand Prix
• Two-race winner Graham Rahal will start sixth
• Honda teams and drivers claim eight of top 12 starting positions

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 24, 2017) – Verizon IndyCar Series championship points leader Scott Dixon led the way for Honda Saturday at Road America, advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying to fifth on the starting grid for Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix. Graham Rahal also advanced to the top six, his third consecutive Fast Six appearance of 2017.

Dixon, who has qualified eighth or better in all 10 races this season, currently leads the drivers’ championship with 326 points, to 313 for defending series champion Simon Pagneaud in second. Eight Honda drivers advanced out of first-round qualifying to complete the top 12 starting positions.

Sunday’s 55-lap, 220-mile race, the 10th round of the 2017 season, begins at 12:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “It was [a] decent [qualifying run]. I think we struggled with balance yesterday, then we made some big changes overnight and definitely got better. Our car has been pretty good today in practice and qualifying. Overall, we’re pretty happy. We know the deficit [to the fastest qualifiers] we’re dealing with; it is what it is. We’ll try and do our best tomorrow.”

Graham Rahal (Rahal Lettterman Lanigan Racing Honda): “We got all of it. I think [the gap to the pole] is more of a handling thing than straight-line speed. Hopefully, tomorrow we can have a good race. We strategically did not use the [optional, softer-compound] ‘reds’ [tires] in round three, because I didn’t want to. I wanted to be pretty race-minded. I wanted to put myself in the best spot possible for tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes. Go out there and take the challenge to them, as will Dixie, and see what happens.”

World record helps Troy Coughlin qualify on Pro Mod pole; Ohioan also claims Round 1 win

World record helps Troy Coughlin qualify on
Pro Mod pole; Ohioan also claims Round 1 win
NORWALK, Ohio (June 24) — Troy Coughlin ran the fastest pass in Pro Mod history — a stunning 259.31 mph top speed achieved during a 5.756-second pass — to easily earn the top qualifying spot in the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Saturday in Norwalk. He then scored a big first-round victory over Danny Rowe to further his chase of a third world championship in the popular category.

Coughlin’s record run came in the hottest qualifying session Saturday and unseated retired pro Melanie Troxel from the top spot in the record books, a perch she held for six full years since running 258.71 mph on June 4, 2011. Continue reading World record helps Troy Coughlin qualify on Pro Mod pole; Ohioan also claims Round 1 win

Continuous Qualifying Improvement Brings Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Determination for Norwalk Raceday

Continuous Qualifying Improvement Brings Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Determination for Norwalk Raceday

NORWALK, Ohio (June 24, 2017) – In the most closely packed Pro Stock field in ages, Marathon Petroleum Co./J&J Racing Dodge Dart driver Allen Johnson will take on the competition from the No. 9 spot at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park. Continue reading Continuous Qualifying Improvement Brings Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Determination for Norwalk Raceday

Helio Castroneves Puts Chevrolet on Pole at Road America

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
KOHLER GRAND PRIX
ROAD AMERICA – ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING NOTES AND QUOTES
JUNE 24, 2017

Helio Castroneves Puts Chevrolet on Pole at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, WISC: Helio Castroneves will lead the Verizon IndyCar Series field to the green flag for the 50th time in his career on Sunday for the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. With a lap of 1 minute, 41.3007 seconds/142.649 mph around the 14-turn, 4.013-mile natural-terrain road course, Castroneves captured the Verizon P1 Award for third time in 2017. It is his sixth front row starting position in 10 qualifying sessions this season. Continue reading Helio Castroneves Puts Chevrolet on Pole at Road America

Hagan Sets Norwalk Track Record in Mopar Dodge Funny Car, Claims No. 1 in NHRA Qualifying

Hagan Sets Norwalk Track Record in Mopar Dodge Funny Car, Claims No. 1 in NHRA Qualifying

Matt Hagan qualifies Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car No. 1 at Summit Motorsports Park
Hagan sets track elapsed-time record with pass of 3.865 seconds at 333.33 mph
Mopar HEMI®-powered cars from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) have set quick time in qualifying on 10 occasions this year (six in Top Fuel, four in Funny Car)
Hagan takes third No. 1 qualifier of 2017 and 29th of career
Six Mopar Dodge Funny Cars qualify for 16-car field
Mopar Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett qualifies fourth, teammate Tony Schumacher is eighth
June 24, 2017, Norwalk, Ohio – Mopar Funny Car driver Matt Hagan turned in a record-setting performance during qualifying for the 11th annual NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park, putting HEMI® power in prime position to take home yet another win during its thus-far dominant 2017 campaign on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Continue reading Hagan Sets Norwalk Track Record in Mopar Dodge Funny Car, Claims No. 1 in NHRA Qualifying

Courtney Force, Advance Auto Parts team ready to bounce back after DNQ in Norwalk

Courtney Force, Advance Auto Parts team
ready to bounce back after DNQ in Norwalk

NORWALK, Ohio (June 24) – Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force vowed to bounce back after failing to qualify for this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals for the first time in her professional career.

Force had qualified for the first 130 races of her Funny Car career before coming short of the top 16 for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals on Saturday at Summit Motorsports Park. Continue reading Courtney Force, Advance Auto Parts team ready to bounce back after DNQ in Norwalk

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force claims No. 2 qualifying position for Norwalk

Monster Energy driver Brittany Force claims
No. 2 qualifying position for Norwalk

NORWALK, Ohio (June 24) – Brittany Force put her fellow NHRA Top Fuel competitors on alert Saturday for tomorrow’s Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

The driver of the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster led both qualifying sessions Saturday with two solid passes, and will stand on Friday’s qualifying effort of 3.714 seconds – a career-best elapsed time at the track – at 327.66 mph. That put her No. 2, which she held throughout Saturday’s two sessions. Continue reading Monster Energy driver Brittany Force claims No. 2 qualifying position for Norwalk

16-time Funny Car champ John Force takes PEAK Chevrolet to No. 3 for Summit Racing Equipment Nationals

16-time Funny Car champ John Force takes PEAK Chevrolet to No. 3 for Summit Racing Equipment Nationals

NORWALK, Ohio (June 24) – John Force earned his best NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying effort since the Four-Wide Nationals, and will start No. 3 for Sunday’s Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park.

Force, driving the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS, earned a best pass in Friday’s second session – at 3.911 seconds at 319.98 mph, though a mechanical issue caused an eruption and damage to the car. Continue reading 16-time Funny Car champ John Force takes PEAK Chevrolet to No. 3 for Summit Racing Equipment Nationals

Blaney Qualifies Seventh At Sonoma

Blaney Qualifies Seventh At Sonoma

June 24, 2017

For the 11th time in 16 races this season, Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team have qualified seventh or better.

The latest came on Saturday at Sonoma Raceway where Blaney qualified seventh in just his third Cup start on a road course. Last year he qualified 26th at Sonoma and 19th at Watkins Glen, the other road course on the Cup circuit. Continue reading Blaney Qualifies Seventh At Sonoma

Once again, Erica Enders opens eliminations against an Elite Motorsports teammate

Once again, Erica Enders opens eliminations against an Elite Motorsports teammate
NORWALK, Ohio (June 24) — For the fifth time this season, two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders will face a teammate from her Elite Motorsports camp at the start of eliminations. This time its Vincent Nobile, who she’s opened against twice previously and faced four times overall in 2017 competition.
Continue reading Once again, Erica Enders opens eliminations against an Elite Motorsports teammate

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Sonoma Qualifying Notes

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350
SONOMA RACEWAY
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING NOTES AND QUOTES
JUNE 24, 2017

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – POLE WINNER
DID YOU THINK YOU THREW AWAY YOUR LAP IN A WHEEL HOP?
“The whole lap actually felt pretty bad. I messed up into (Turn) 1 and into (Turn) 2 and was out a little bit too far. Yeah, I felt like I gave up enough there that I wouldn’t have a shot at the pole. I thought maybe I’d maintain and run about the same lap time as the previous run. So, I was surprised and I was happy about that. This is cool to get a pole on a road course at my home state. This is my closest track to Sacramento or Elk Grove where I grew up. I have lots of friends and family here. We’re going to celebrate with the team. The Target Chevy was good. And then we’re going to head out to Calistoga and go watch some Sprint Car racing. So, I’m excited about that.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Sonoma Qualifying Notes

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Road America–Press Conference

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
KOHLER GRAND PRIX
ROAD AMERICA – ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
JUNE 24, 2017

TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET DRIVERS HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 REV GROUP CHEVROLET, JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 DEVILBISS CHEVROLET AND SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 1 MENARDS CHEVROLET MET WITH MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA AT ROAD AMERICA AND DISCUSSED:

HELIO CASTRONEVES: We are here today in Road America. We had the first session here with Team Penske, Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden. Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Road America–Press Conference

FRONT ROW QUALIFYING SWEEP FOR GANASSI AND CHEVROLET AT SONOMA Kyle Larson Wins Pole, Jamie McMurray Second

FRONT ROW QUALIFYING SWEEP FOR GANASSI AND CHEVROLET AT SONOMA
Kyle Larson Wins Pole, Jamie McMurray Second

SONOMA, Calif. (June 24, 2017) – Kyle Larson drove his No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS to the top spot in qualifying for the Toyota/SaveMart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Sonoma Raceway with a fast lap of 75.177 seconds, 95.295 mph. His Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) teammate, Jamie McMurray, was right behind and placed his No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS in the second spot to give CGR and Team Chevy a front row-qualifying sweep for Sunday’s race. Continue reading FRONT ROW QUALIFYING SWEEP FOR GANASSI AND CHEVROLET AT SONOMA Kyle Larson Wins Pole, Jamie McMurray Second

Jeg Coughlin Jr. to chase missing jewel in his Pro Stock crown from No. 6 position

Jeg Coughlin Jr. to chase missing jewel in
his Pro Stock crown from No. 6 position
NORWALK, Ohio (June 24) — With six world championships and 76 victories, Jeg Coughlin Jr. wants for nothing in his drag racing career, but the 47-year-old from Delaware, Ohio, admits a victory Sunday at Norwalk — one of only two racetracks on tour where he has yet to win a national event– would be a sweet addition to his resume.
Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. to chase missing jewel in his Pro Stock crown from No. 6 position

JFR drivers Robert Hight, Brittany Force each snare provisional No. 2 spot at Norwalk

JFR drivers Robert Hight, Brittany Force
each snare provisional No. 2 spot at Norwalk

NORWALK, Ohio (June 23) – The wait was worth it for John Force Racing drivers Robert Hight and Brittany Force.

After a long Friday that saw rain and qualifying run late into the night for the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, both Hight and Force soared to the No. 1 spot for short stints before both settling into the provisional No. 2 qualifying position in Funny Car and Top Fuel, respectively. Continue reading JFR drivers Robert Hight, Brittany Force each snare provisional No. 2 spot at Norwalk

Rossi, Hinchcliffe Head Honda Field Friday at Road America

Rossi, Hinchcliffe Head Honda Field Friday at Road America
• Alexander Rossi leads morning session, ends day fifth overall
• Hinchcliffe posts sixth-fastest time
• All five Honda teams represented in top 10

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 23, 2017) – Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi led the first of two Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions Friday at Road America, and finished the day fifth overall in preparation for Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix. Continue reading Rossi, Hinchcliffe Head Honda Field Friday at Road America

CHEVY Racing–NASCAR–Sonoma–Dale Earnhardt Jr.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350
SONOMA RACEWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPTS
JUNE 23, 2017

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Sonoma Raceway and discussed making his final start at Sonoma as a full-time Cup Series driver, his potential future in the broadcast booth, his thoughts about competing at Daytona next weekend and many other topics. Full Transcript: Continue reading CHEVY Racing–NASCAR–Sonoma–Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Sonoma–Kyle Larson

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350
SONOMA RACEWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPTS
JUNE 23, 2017

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Sonoma Raceway and discussed his approach to Sonoma this weekend, all the success he has experienced thus far in 2017, competing at his home track and many other topics. Full Transcript: Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Sonoma–Kyle Larson

F4 DRIVERS IN ACTION: ENTWISTLE AND ABEL SPREAD JOY AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

F4 DRIVERS IN ACTION: ENTWISTLE AND ABEL SPREAD JOY AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (June 23, 2017)- Armed with enough balloons and stuffed animals for an entire floor of children, Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda drivers John Andrew Entwistle of Katonah, New York, and Jacob Abel of Louisville, Kentucky, made their way through the burn unit at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, to spread a bit of cheer. Continue reading F4 DRIVERS IN ACTION: ENTWISTLE AND ABEL SPREAD JOY AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL