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Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Bristol Post Race

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
FOOD CITY 500
BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 16, 2018

KYLE LARSON GIVES CAMARO ZL1 RUNNER-UP FINISH AT BRISTOL
Three Camaro ZL1 Drivers Earn Top Five Finishes in ‘Thunder Valley’

BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 16, 2018) – After completing 204 circuits around the 0.526-mile Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) on Sunday, the race was suspended due to weather. The eighth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season resumed on Monday amid threatening snow, sleet and rain. Despite all those factors and an on-track spin while leading, Kyle Larson piloted his No. 42 McDonald’s Camaro ZL1 to a runner-up finish. Larson came just shy of collecting his first win at ‘The Last Great Coliseum’, but his machine became too loose in the closing laps to hold the top spot. Larson led a race-high 200 laps and it was his fifth top 10 finish in nine races at BMS and fourth top 10 finish of the 2018 season. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Bristol Post Race

Will Power puts Chevrolet on Podium with Runner-up Finish in Long Beach Grand Prix

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
STREETS OF LONG BEACH
TEAM CHEVY RACE RECAP WITH POST RACE TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 15, 2018

Will Power puts Chevrolet on Podium with Runner-up Finish in Long Beach Grand Prix

LONG BEACH, Calif (April 15, 2018) – Will Power capitalized on his front row starting position and scored a strong runner-up finish in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) champion was credited with leading once for six laps in his No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

Defending VICS champ Josef Newgarden was seventh at the finish behind the wheel of the No, 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Newgarden led three of 85 laps in today’s race, contested on the 1.968-mile, 11 turn temporary street circuit. He currently sits second in the standings with three of the 17-race schedule in the record books. Continue reading Will Power puts Chevrolet on Podium with Runner-up Finish in Long Beach Grand Prix

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Grand Prix of Long Beach Post Race Quotes

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
STREETS OF LONG BEACH
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST RACE QUOTES
APRIL 15, 2018

DRIVER QUOTES:

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 2ND:
YOU WERE RUNNING QUALIFYING LAP SPEEDS AT THE END, ROSSI JUST HAD A LITTLE BIT MORE
“Yeah, they were definitely good early in the stint. But that was absolutely driving just as hard as I could go and I am sure he was driving has hard as he could go. I am sure he was using push to pass and the Hondas are just a little bit better out of the hairpin. On the restarts, I couldn’t get close. I think we had better top end but their drive out of the hairpins was really good. Chevy has done a great job and we have great horsepower this year and its awesome to get the Verizon Chevrolet on the podium this year.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Grand Prix of Long Beach Post Race Quotes

Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Postponed Due to Inclement Weather After 204 Laps

Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Postponed Due to Inclement Weather After 204 Laps

Camaro ZL1 Driver, Kyle Larson Leads

BRISTOL, Tenn. – April 15, 2018 – After completing 204 circuits around Bristol Motor Speedway, the remainder of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 has been postponed to Monday, April 16th due to persistent rain.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driver, Kyle Larson, was scored as the leader when the race was suspended. The theme thus far in the eighth race of the 2018 Cup Series season has been stop and go. The start of the Food City 500 was slightly delayed in order to get the track dry from morning rain showers. Three red flag periods, two for weather and one for an on-track multi-car accident, halted the green-flag action for a total of 51 minutes. Continue reading Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Postponed Due to Inclement Weather After 204 Laps

Top Six Finishes for Acura Team Penske at Long Beach

Top Six Finishes for Acura Team Penske at Long Beach
• Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron bring #6 Acura ARX-05 home fifth
• Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor finish sixth in #7 Acura
• Montoya records first pole for ARX-05, leads 20 laps

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2018) – Starting from the pole, Acura Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya led the first 20 laps of Saturday’s Bubba burger Sports Car Grand Prix, and with co-driver Dane Cameron brought the #6 Acura ARX-05 home fifth for the team’s best result in three rounds of the 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Acura Team Penske
Both Montoya and teammate Helio Castroneves, in the #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05, had strong early-race runs in the 70-lap contest on the Long Beach temporary street circuit. Montoya led the way, with Castroneves gaining a position in the opening laps to run third. Continue reading Top Six Finishes for Acura Team Penske at Long Beach

Chevy Fast Facts–Bristol

CHEVY FAST FACTS
FOOD CITY 500
BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
April 15, 2018

A total of 18 Team Chevy Camaro ZL1 drivers will start the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Bristol Motor Speedway The 500-lap/265.5-mile contest around the 0.533-mile venue is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m., ET. Live coverage will be available on FOX, PRN Radio, Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and NASCAR.com. Continue reading Chevy Fast Facts–Bristol

Rossi, Honda Dominate Long Beach Qualifying

Rossi, Honda Dominate Long Beach Qualifying
• Alexander Rossi clears the field in knockout qualifying
• Scott Dixon, Graham Rahal also advance to final qualifying round
• Seven Honda drivers to start from top-10 positions

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2018) – Alexander Rossi took his Andretti Autosport Honda to the pole today in qualifying for Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, leading both the opening and final rounds of “knockout” IndyCar Series qualifying. In the third and last round, Rossi’s time of 1 minute, 06.5528 seconds was 0.3526 seconds quicker than nearest rival Will Power, and a larger gap than that which covered the entire remaining Fast Six final qualifiers.

Scott Dixon, the 2015 Long Beach winner, and Graham Rahal also advanced to final round qualifying for Honda. Another four Honda drivers advanced as far as the second qualifying round, including Ryan Hunter-Reay, defending race winner James Hinchcliffe, impressive rookie Robert Wickens and St. Petersburg race winner Sebasties Bourdais.

In all, seven Honda drivers will start from the top-10 grid positions in Sunday’s third round of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. The 85-lap race starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) pole qualifier, first pole of 2018 and second career IndyCar Series pole: “The whole Andretti Autosport NAPA team has done such a great job, and Honda has continued their development and their push in the off-season, so it’s a huge result for us, and I think that we’ve been – we were close in St. Pete, had we not had the penalty on the qualifying. So, to get the pole here was good, a good start for tomorrow. But this sport has a way of humbling you pretty quick, so we have to execute against tomorrow, and hopefully we can get that redemption we’re talking about.”

Will Power puts Chevrolet on Front Row for Long Beach Grand Prix

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
STREETS OF LONG BEACH
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUALIFYING RECAP
APRIL 14, 2018

Will Power puts Chevrolet on Front Row for Long Beach Grand Prix

LONG BEACH, Calif (April 14, 2018) – Will Power put his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet on the front row for tomorrow’s running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Despite a slight brush with the wall, Power sat atop the leaderboard until less than a minute left on the clock.

With a lap of 1 minute 6:9054 seconds/105.893 mph, the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) champion will start second, just ahead of his teammate, 2016 Series’ champion Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 DXC Technologies Team Chevrolet who will roll of third for the 85-lap/167.28-mile race on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit.

Defending VICS champ Josef Newgarden was the third Chevrolet 2.2 liter V6 twin turbocharged engine driver to make the Firestone Fast Six. Newgarden will start for the third race of the 2018 season from the sixth position on the grid after a significant side-hit to the wall late in the six-minute final session. Continue reading Will Power puts Chevrolet on Front Row for Long Beach Grand Prix

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Qualifying Notes

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
STREETS OF LONG BEACH
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUALIFYING QUOTES
APRIL 14, 2018

DRIVER QUOTES:

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 2ND:
“It was good. I felt like we had a really good car. Got to the Fast Six like we needed to, and yeah, just were not fast enough basically to be on pole, but very happy to be on the front row. You know, we’ve kind of crept up all weekend and definitely made the car better and in a good window now. Yeah, that was a lot of fun”

SIMON PAGENAU”D, NO. 22 DXC TECHNOLOGY TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 3RD:
“It is a really good result, all three of us in the Fast Six. It’s not easy these days. I have to say, I just want to pull my hat off to Team Penske for obviously understanding the street course setup. It’s been difficult just because of the success we’ve had with the previous aero kits. We’ve had to rethink a little bit, and three races we’ve been able to do it. Quite impressive I have to say. I’m quite excited to see that we could get the car in such a good place, and myself, I just have to extract a little bit more out of it, but obviously it was a fun and great qualifying. Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Qualifying Notes

An interview with: ART ST. CYR

An interview with:

ART ST. CYR

T.E. McHALE: Our guest, as per usual, is the president of Honda Performance Development, Art St. Cyr.
Art, thanks for making time for us this morning.
ART ST. CYR: Good morning, everybody.
T.E. McHALE: I want to talk about the scope of HPD’s racing programs, which are on display here this weekend in Long Beach. We have the IndyCar headliner tomorrow, then this afternoon we also have a headline event in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event, in which Acura has entered two Daytona Prototype entries for Team Penske. I think most of you know we won our first pole yesterday with that particular program with Juan Montoya.
Just give us a sense of what’s involved from an HPD standpoint in running those two high profile events here this weekend? Continue reading An interview with: ART ST. CYR

Gavin and Milner take No. 4 Corvette C7.R to Victory Lane at Long Beach – Winning Driver’s Quotes

Gavin and Milner take No. 4 Corvette C7.R to Victory Lane at Long Beach – Winning Driver’s Quotes with Jim Campbell Quote

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SIRIUS XM CORVETTE C7.R, RACE WINNER: “There is something about Long Beach. Something about having magic here. I don’t know what it is. We had it today. We had it last year. Whatever it is, I want to keep it. Really tough race today. The track was really, really tough with the marbles off line. Super difficult. I almost threw it away on the last corner, last lap. Really, really tough conditions. But, Corvette was great. Michelins were great. They were super strong right to the end. Just had that little bit of magic, litle bit of luck and that’s all we needed today!”

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBILE 1/SIRIUS XM CORVETTE C7.R, RACE WINNER: NOTE-TODAY’S VICTORY IS THE 50TH FOR GAVIN DRIVING FOR CORVETTE RACING: “Amazing the way that all came around. Yes we had a little bit of luck, but Tommy had to drive brilliantly at the end there and stay out of trouble. There were a number of incidents there. Man, we could have gotten taken out. We could have gotten in the wall. Tommy just navigated. We had a great pit stop. The guys did an amazing job at the stop. We jumped a number of people and put us in position there we we could challenge for that victory. And we got it! That is our first win in season No. 20 for Corvette Racing. And it is my 50th victory with the team. That is pretty amazing. I am just thrilled.”

JIM CAMPBELL, US VICE PRESIDENT PERFORMANCE VEHICLES AND MOTORSPORTS: “This team just does not give up. While we didn’t have the ideal starting position, Olly and Tommy took advantage of every opportunity on track and the crew executed in the pits. Congratulations to the #4 Corvette team for back-to-back wins at Long Beach.”

Richard Childress Racing–Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

On-Track Incident Ends Matt Tifft’s Day Early at Bristol Motor Speedway

“We had a strong run going in our No. 2 Tunity Chevrolet Camaro, running in the top 10 during Stage 1 before the No. 7 car spun us out. I’m not sure what he was thinking to be that aggressive so early on. He could have showed a little more patience but ruined our day instead. I was really hoping to get my first top-10 finish at Bristol this weekend. We had a good No. 2 Tunity Chevrolet Camaro that Randall (Burnett, crew chief) and the team had worked hard on. I hate to see our day end like this, but that’s the nature of this place.”

-Matt Tifft Continue reading Richard Childress Racing–Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

Dixon Leads Honda 1-2-3 Result in Long Beach Practice

Dixon Leads Honda 1-2-3 Result in Long Beach Practice
• Scott Dixon tops time charts in opening-day IndyCar Series action at Long Beach
• Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi round out top three for Honda
• Previous Long Beach winners James Hinchcliffe and Takuma Sato also post top-six times

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2018) – The Honda-powered trio of Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi led the way Friday in “opening day” Verizon IndyCar Series practice today in preparation for Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Defending race winner James Hinchcliffe and 2013 Long Beach winner Takuma Sato made it five Hondas in the top six at the end of the day.

Unlike most temporary street circuits, where lap times generally get quicker with each session as racing rubber builds on the track to generate more traction, it was this morning’s opening practice that produced the fastest times for all but three drivers in the 24-car field. But it was a Honda driver at the top of the time charts in both sessions, with Dixon leading the morning – and overall – with Rossi leading the way in the afternoon practice to finish the day third overall.

Activities on the temporary street circuit continue tomorrow with final practice and qualifying. Sunday’s 85-lap race starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) quickest in opening-day practice: “The PNC Bank car was fast right out of the box. We went out and were quick in our first run, then improved upon that in the second run. It’s a big weekend for Honda, so we’ll try to get the most out of it for them and for the team. The [new, universal aero kit bodywork] cars are so fun to drive now. The track is really awesome without the added downforce. The braking zones are a bit bigger and the power-down is impressive, especially out of the hairpin corner. I think come around Lap 20, drivers are going to be screaming for new tires! It’s great to be back here overall. Great cars, great atmosphere, and being out there pounding around the Long Beach city streets.”

CORVETTE RACING AT LONG BEACH: Second and Third Rows in GTLM Qualifying

CORVETTE RACING AT LONG BEACH: Second and Third Rows in GTLM Qualifying
Defending GTLM champions will go for seventh class victory at venue

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2018) – Corvette Racing will go for its seventh victory on the streets of southern California from the second and third rows of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) category following qualifying for Saturday’s Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.

Jan Magnussen qualified the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R fourth Friday and Oliver Gavin fifth in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R for the third round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which will air live on FOX starting at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT LONG BEACH: Second and Third Rows in GTLM Qualifying

Montoya, Acura Claim Pole at Long Beach

Montoya, Acura Claim Pole at Long Beach
• Juan Pablo Montoya tops qualifying with lap-record run at Long Beach
• First WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole for new Acura ARX-05 prototype
• Helio Castroneves qualifies fourth in his Acura Team Penske entry

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2018) – Juan Pablo Montoya took his Acura ARX-05 prototypes to a lap record run Friday around the 1.968-mile Long Beach temporary street circuit, with the Acura Team Penske driver claiming the pole for Saturday’s Bubba burger Sports Car Grand Prix. Continue reading Montoya, Acura Claim Pole at Long Beach

Menard Earns First Top-10 Start Of 2018

Menard Earns First Top-10 Start Of 2018

April 14, 2018

Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford team qualified a season-best seventh on Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

For most of this season, Menard and the No. 21 team have been fast in the first of three rounds of knock-out qualifying but struggled in the second. On Friday at Bristol, they were consistently fast throughout all three rounds.

At Bristol, Menard was fast again in the first round, posting the fourth best speed of 127.563 miles per hour to easily be among the 24 drivers who advanced to the second round. Continue reading Menard Earns First Top-10 Start Of 2018

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Bristol Qualifying Notes

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
FOOD CITY 500
BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING NOTES AND QUOTES
APRIL 13, 2018

TOP TEAM CHEVY QUALIFIERS:
POS. DRIVER
6th KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 MCDONALD’S CAMARO ZL1
8TH ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CAMARO ZL1
11TH WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 AXALTA CAMARO ZL1
15TH KASEY KAHNE, NO. 95 WRL GENERAL CONTRACTORS CAMARO ZL1
16TH CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 MOUNTAIN DEW BAJA BLAST CAMARO ZL1

TOP FIVE QUALIFIERS:
POS. DRIVER
1ST Kyle Busch (Toyota)
2nd Kurt Busch (Ford)
3rd Brad Keselowski (Ford)
4th Ricky Stenhouse (Ford)
5TH Ryan Blaney (Ford)

The Foody City 500 is scheduled to begin on Sunday, April 15th at 2 pm, ET. Live coverage can be found on FOX, PRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Bristol Qualifying Notes

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Bristol–Jimmie Johnson

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
FOOD CITY 500
BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 13, 2018

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S FOR PROS CAMARO ZL1 met with media and discussed the season to date, the hard work and progress, the newly announced All-Star package, working with younger teammates, and more. Full Transcript:

YOU HAVE TWO WINS HERE AT BRISTOL. WHY DON’T YOU JUST TALK ABOUT COMING BACK HERE WHERE YOU ARE THE DEFENDING WINNER?
“I certainly hope to replicate what we did here last Spring; and even last Fall here we had a really strong race. We were competitive and really were able to knock out top 5 finishes here and gain points and get a nice trophy a couple of times. So, I’m excited to be back. This race track is one of my favorite ones to come to. It’s my favorite race track to watch a race here. I’ve been on the good side and the bad side of things that happen on-track, so it’s hard to say. I’ve joked here in the past that I love to watch a race here and don’t necessarily enjoy driving in a race here (laughs). There isn’t another track in the country like this place to get used to it. So, it really does take reps driving here and running here. Some guys have taken to it really quickly. For me, it’s taken some time and it’s been a crazy journey along the way. I love seeing this place packed and the energy that comes with it. So, I’m excited for another fun weekend.”
Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Bristol–Jimmie Johnson

OPENING F4 U.S. EVENT CHRISTENED AS ANDY SCRIVEN MEMORIAL RACE

OPENING F4 U.S. EVENT CHRISTENED AS ANDY SCRIVEN MEMORIAL RACE

SCCA Pro Racing to honor late chassis designer Andrew Scriven

INDIANAPOLIS (April 13, 2018)- SCCA Pro Racing will honor the late Andrew “Andy” Scriven, Onroak Automotive’s chief designer of the JS F4-16 and Ligier JS F3 chassis, by dedicating its annual Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda season opener as the Andy Scriven Memorial Race.

More than 30 F4 U.S. cars are anticipated to participate in the inaugural Andy Scriven Memorial Race April 27-29 at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. Each F4 U.S. chassis will be adorned with a cowboy hat decal, inspired by Scriven’s signature style. Continue reading OPENING F4 U.S. EVENT CHRISTENED AS ANDY SCRIVEN MEMORIAL RACE

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Bristol–Kyle Larson

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
FOOD CITY 500
BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 13, 2018

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 MCDONALD’S CAMARO ZL1, met with members of the media at Bristol Motor Speedway and discussed what it will take to get a Bristol win, his thoughts on the track package at Bristol, how much he pays attention to the NASCAR news cycle and many other topics. FULL TRANSCRIPT:

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO BREAK THROUGH FOR A WIN HERE AT BRISTOL?
“I don’t know. I think we or I and or team have to get better when the track kind of changes from the first half of the race into the second half. It seems like every time I’ve been here, whether it’s Xfinity or Cup I can pretty much dominate the first half and then I guess I come back to everybody else. And it seems like I always make mistakes on pit road and stuff like that. Just got to clean it all up and that will give me a better shot at getting a win here. And then you’ve got to get somewhat lucky being in the outside lane to restart. But, yeah, Bristol is my favorite track and I always get excited to come here, so really looking forward to the weekend.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Bristol–Kyle Larson