Race Results Week Ending 6/25/12

Sprint Cup Series– Toyota Save Mart 350- Clint Bowyer
Nationwide Series– Sargenta 200@ Road America- Nelson Piquet Jr

East- Visit Hampton Virginia 175- Corey LaJoie
West- PickNPull Racing to Stop Hunger- David Gilliland

Mr. Rooter 161, Doug Coby

Grand Am
Rolex 250 Driven by VISITFLORIDA.com- Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas DP
Jeff Segal, Emil Assentato GT

World of Outlaws
Boot Hill Showdown-Kraig Kinser

Iowa Corn 250- Ryan Hunter Reay

Chase the Taste 200- Alex Bowman

European Grand Prix- Fernando Alonso

Tim Allison

This past weekend was our memorial race for “Run for the Rabbit” who was a great fallen friend and race car driver. Aways a prestigious race to win and we have won this race twice already and it was looking like we was going to get the 100th win and plus be the first 3 time winner!

The evening started out again with another great car count and awesome fast race track, we drew for the heat race and again the draw did not go in our favor so we started 6 in the 2nd heat and the car was great and we finished 2nd and on a lighting fast track and we got qualified for the feature and was hoping for the inversion to go our way for once but the inversion was a 10 and we would end up starting in the 6th position for a fast track for 25 laps of racing
the race got underway and we got going and by lap seven we was up to 3rd and reeling the leader in and a caution came out and for some reason the scorers put 3 cars back in front of us again which was not suppose to be but nothing we could do,as the race started again we got going and was flying as the race was winding down and lapping cars and got to 2nd and catching the leader again and we could taste the victory almost and again lapping cars and had a a couple of close calls but in the end we ended in the 3rd position,but it was an awesome race as you could have put a blanket over the top 5 cars,so we was knocking on the door again and the 100th was almost there but will have to wait for another week,but the car is working great right now and everything appears to be going in the right direction,but in all we again had another great finish for the team!!
 this week we will be off, but the next race is on tuesday july 3rd for the first annual bob reynolds memorial race at waynesfield raceway park and paying $6000 to the winner,it will an awesome race as i am sure and this is our highest paying race ever in our region,till  the next update thansk agin for all your continued help and support and have a great day!!!  thanks,tim alliosn

RCR Post Race Report — Sonoma– Sprint Cup

RCR Post Race Report — Sonoma  
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series   
RACE:      Save Mart 350       
TRACK:    Sonoma  
DATE:       June 24, 2012  
Race Highlights:        
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 11th (Jeff Burton), 16th (Kevin Harvick) and 20th (Paul Menard).
Harvick ranks sixth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, 64 points behind Matt Kenseth’s lead, while Menard ranks 14th and Burton ranks 19th.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Burton made 67 green-flag passes during the annual road-course event at Sonoma.
Burton passed six competitors over the final 11 laps, ranking him third in the Closers category.
Burton took home NASCAR’s official USG “Improving the Finish” Award by gaining 24 positions over the course of the 112-lap event.
Harvick ranked sixth in the Closer category, gaining four positions within the last 10 percent (11 laps) of the race. He was also the seventh-Fastest Driver Late in a Run with an average speed of 89.515 seconds and ranked 10th in Speed in Traffic (89.018 seconds).   
Menard made 68 Green-Flag Passes, ranking him 10th in the NASCAR Loop Data statistics category.
Menard ran as high as ninth and maintained a 20.018 average running position en route to a 20th-place finish in the Save Mart 350.
Clint Bowyer earned his first Sprint Cup Series win of the season and was followed to the finish line by Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Brian Vickers and Jimmy Johnson.
The next scheduled Sprint Cup Series race is the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, June 30. The race is scheduled to be televised live on TNT beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

RCR Post Race Report–Road America–Nationwide Series

NASCAR Nationwide Series
Sargento 200  
Road America
June 23, 2012
Race Highlights:   
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished fourth (Max Papis), 15th (Elliott Sadler) and 18th (Austin Dillon).
Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings over Austin Dillon by 11 points. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. ranks third, followed by Sam Hornish and Cole Whitt.
The No. 2 Chevrolet team is second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, 61 points shy of the No. 18 car’s lead, with the No. 33 team third in the standings and the No. 3 team fourth.
Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Papis led the field in Quality Passes with 33, was the third-fastest driver Early in a Run, had the fifth-fastest Green Flag Speed, was sixth fastest on Restarts and earned a Driver Rating of 107.6, ranking him sixth.
Papis posted the fastest lap of the race for two circuits.
Sadler tied for second in the Closers category, gaining three positions in the last 10 percent of the race, while Dillon ranked fourth in the category with two positions gained.
Sadler made 56 Green Flag Passes and Dillon made 50, ranking them eighth and 12th, respectively.
Nelson Piquet Jr earned his first career Nationwide Series win and was followed to the finish line by Michael McDowell, Ron Fellows, Papis and Sam Hornish.
The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway on Friday, June 29. The 15th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Kraig Kinser Gets Out of Dodge with Boot Hill Showdown Victory

Kraig Kinser Gets Out of Dodge with Boot Hill Showdown Victory
Kinser outlasts his father, Steve, for his third win in the last seven Outlaws events
DODGE CITY, Kan. – June 23, 2012 – The hottest driver on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series picked up yet another victory at the hottest race of the season.
Kraig Kinser beat the heat and the rest of the Outlaws on an extremely windy and hot Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park for Night 2 of the Boot Hill Showdown.

Kinser led all 30 laps and held off his father, 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser, to record his third win in the past seven events on a day when the temperature climbed into the mid-100s and wind gusts of more than 40 miles per hour bombarded the 3/8-mile track.

“I knew the bottom was going to be tough to beat early,” Kraig Kinser said. “It’s hard sometimes (when) you lead the race. You don’t know whether to get off the bottom and move to the top or move around a little bit. I got lucky lapped cars pushed me up a little bit to get around them and got trucking around the middle there.”

It was his third victory in the past 19 days, which ties the number of Outlaws wins Kinser amassed since 2005 – when he won a career-high seven features. The win was also his 14th career World of Outlaws feature victory, which ties him for 20th all time.

As neat as the statistics are, Kinser is more pleased in whom he beat – his father and car owner.

“The one-two finishes are real nice, especially when I’m in front,” Kraig Kinser said. “This little swing we’ve had has been great with the exception of last night. The car has been there every step of the way.”

As Kraig shot to the lead from his pole position on lap one, Steve Kinser charged from his fifth starting position to the runner-up spot on the opening lap. He maintained second position the entire race, but only closed within a car length shortly after the duo entered traffic on lap eight.

“If someone’s gotta outrun me I’d assume it’d be Kraig,” Steve Kinser said. “Toward the end there wasn’t no place to go, the bottom sort of locked down a little bit. It was hard to pass anybody out in the middle the last six or seven laps.”

Traffic began to play a role in the closing laps as Kraig Kinser lapped up to 12th place, where there was a three-way battle for a top-10 position. Kinser was caught behind the trio sliding each other, which allowed his father to close the gap to within a handful of car lengths. However, it was too little too late.

The win pulled Kraig Kinser to within 107 points of his father, who moved back into the World of Outlaws championship standings lead.

Craig Dollansky drove from seventh to third in the first eight laps and maintained the podium finish to record his 14th top five of the season.

“I definitely felt like we were with them,” said Dollansky, who is only 57 points behind Steve Kinser in the championship standings. “It just took me too long to get into third place.”

Joey Saldana was fourth and Cody Darrah ended fifth. Jason Sides placed sixth, Kerry Madsen seventh, Donny Schatz eighth, Bill Rose ninth and Lucas Wolfe rounded out the top 10.

Sammy Swindell, who set quick time with a lap of 13.462 seconds, brought out the initial caution of the race on the opening lap after contact with Madsen entering turn three. Swindell, who started third, fixed a flat left rear tire and restarted 23rd. He finished 12th and was the last car on the lead lap.

Sixth-starting Chad Kemenah was part of the final caution – also on the first lap – when he spun in turn one to avoid contact with another driver. Steven Richardson slid into Kemenah and flipped, ending both of their races.

After the two quick cautions, the feature went green to checkered with Kraig Kinser in front.

Steve Kinser, Jason Sides and Darrah each won a heat race, and Wolfe picked up the Last Chance Showdown victory. Patrick Stasa was the KSE Hard Charger after driving from 22nd to 14th.

Dixon Leads, Pagenaud Stars for Honda in Iowa

Dixon Leads, Pagenaud Stars for Honda in Iowa

Scott Dixon led 76 laps of a rain-delayed Iowa Corn Indy 250 Saturday night at Iowa Speedway and appeared to be in contention for his second win for 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season. But Dixon slipped to a fourth-place finish in the closing laps after getting caught by eventual race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and then held up by lapped traffic.

In just his fourth oval race, Simon Pagenaud starred in his Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda Dallara, coming from 25th and last on the starting grid to a fifth-place finish, solidifying his hold on sixth place in the overall drivers’ championship and increasing his lead in the chase for series Rookie of the Year honors.

Dixon started eighth in tonight’s 250-lap contest, which was delayed approximately 40 minutes while workers dried the track after a series of mid-afternoon showers. He spent most of the first half of the race at the tail end of the lead pack. But his Target Chip Ganassi Racing team elected to take him “off sequence” with a pit stop on Lap 100. That moved him to the front when most of the remaining cars made their next scheduled stops, and put Dixon in contention for the victory.
However, an encounter with lapped traffic on Lap 237 cost him valuable momentum, and he quickly dropped to fourth place as Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan quickly worked their way past.

Meanwhile Pagenaud, who had struggled mightily in Friday’s practice and qualifying heat races, suddenly found a great balance as the race wore on, and steadily moved through the field, reaching the top-10 by mid-race and climbing to fifth at the checkers.

Other Honda-powered drivers had less luck tonight. Polesitter Dario Franchitti was the first retirement when a sudden engine failure – the same engine that powered him to victory in last month’s Indianapolis 500 – ended his race as the field approached the green flag. Texas race winner Justin Wilson ran in the lead group several times, but lost ground during each pit stop. Josef Newgarden raced near the front of the field during the first 100 laps, but then lost ground and ended his race on Lap 178 as a result of contact with race leader Ryan Briscoe.

Concluding this run of five consecutive race weekends that opened with the Indianapolis 500 in May, the IZOD IndyCar Series now takes a week off before resuming with the series’ annual Canadian swing, starting with the July 8 Honda Indy Toronto.

Honda Racing Report- Iowa Corn Indy 250 Qualifying

Franchitti Takes Iowa Pole

Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti gave Honda his second consecutive pole of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season Friday night at Iowa Speedway, and his second short-oval pole in as many weeks, by winning the third of three heat races used to set the grid for Saturday night’s Iowa Corn Indy 250. Franchitti started on the outside of the front row, based on practice times, and moved around early-race leader Marco Andretti with an outside pass exiting Turn 4 on the eighth lap. He led the remaining 22 laps of the 30-lap heat to win by 1.6 seconds over Helio Castroneves. Franchitti has won two of the five
IndyCar races previously run in Iowa, including the 2007 debut race and again in 2009.

Honda-powered drivers won two of the three heat races tonight, with Graham Rahal winning the first heat in his Service Central Honda Dallara. Rahal started from the pole and led for the entire distance, with fellow Honda-powered driver Josef Newgarden taking second for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.

In the second heat, Alex Tagliani worked his way into an early lead, but was caught and passed by Tony Kanaan on Lap 20. Tagliani held on to finish second in the heat, with Justin Wilson fourth and Charlie Kimball fifth.

Television coverage for Saturday night’s final short-oval race of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar
Series will air on the NBC Sports Network, starting at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) pole qualifier, his 2nd pole in as many weeks, 2nd short-oval pole and 2nd pole of 2012; his 28th career pole and Honda’s 4th pole of 2012: “Yeah, that was good, a nice surprise because our car wasn’t perfect in the heat of the day, but was much better this evening. I was able to make an outside pass work on Marco [Andretti] and our car was good on the high line. Tomorrow night is going to be very interesting, I think it’s going to be a physical race.”

Kinser Victorious on Night 1 of the Boot Hill Showdown

Kinser Victorious on Night 1 of the Boot Hill Showdown
‘The King’ picks up career Outlaws win No. 573 at Dodge City Raceway Park
DODGE CITY, Kan. – June 22, 2012 – The spin seemed like it was in slow motion.
Polesitter Jason Sides, who led the first 12 laps on a gusty Night 1 of the Boot Hill Showdown on Friday at Dodge City Raceway Park, looped it in turn one just prior to the midway point. As Sides kept his car under power, Steve Kinser dodged the melee to capture the lead and eventually the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory, which was career No. 573.

“I was pretty sure we were going to drive by him,” said a grinning Kinser, who also won the first-ever Outlaws event at Dodge City Raceway Park in 2004. “He did get a little sideways. It made it a little bit easier.”

For Sides, it was the latest heartbreak during a season when he has started on the pole of a World of Outlaws feature a series-best four times.

“We ran in behind a lapped car going into turn one there and I ran in way faster than I thought he was running,” he said after finishing third. “I had to pitch it sideways to keep from running over him. I thought I was going to be able to save it, but once it started to come around I just had to stand on it and keep it going and hope for the best.”

However, the race was anything but over following the spin. One lap later the fourth-and-final caution bunched the field up for a shootout during the second half of the 30-lap feature.

Kinser choose the outside lane on the double-file restart with Sammy Swindell and Lucas Wolfe between himself and Sides. Kinser got a solid jump with Swindell tucking into second and Sides sliding by Wolfe for third place on the restart.

Kinser sailed into a big lead with Swindell dramatically cutting into it once they reached traffic with 10 laps remaining. Swindell’s best opportunity to win came in the closing laps as he reeled Kinser within a car length.

As the duo entering turn three coming to the white flag Swindell nearly pulled to the inside of Kinser, but traffic slowed his momentum and Kinser utilized the preferred line to cruise to the victory.

“Just too much traffic and it didn’t work out for us,” Swindell said after finishing second. “We were just as quick as he was. He had the line and I had to kinda go somewhere else. That’s just the way it is sometimes.”

Wolfe was fourth and Donny Schatz earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after driving from 13th to fifth. Chad Kemenah ended sixth, Joey Saldana seventh, Kerry Madsen eighth, Tim Kaeding ninth and Craig Dollansky rounded out the top 10.

Kraig Kinser was the quickest in qualifying with a lap of 13.481 seconds, but was caught up in an opening-lap crash during his heat race. Kinser failed to finish and was relegated to the Last Chance Showdown, which he dominated for the second time this year.

Kaeding, Kemenah and Rose each picked up a heat race win.

Introducing Racing to Remember

Racing to Remember started last year when Rich Bodmer ( driver) was approached by Racing World Magazine to build a rally
cross car from the ground up. The idea was to fabricate a car and document it step by step so that anyone could do it themselves without any difficulty.

Last year, of course, was the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 so Rich came up with the idea of building a tribute car to the 343 firefighters who perished (this was an issue very close to his heart; Rich witnessed first-hand the devastation of the attacks and had spent all day at Ground Zero helping out as much as he could.) He went to Racing World Magazine with the idea (which they liked) and that’s pretty much how it started. Rich contacted Rally America and changed his car number to 343, and began to search for a charity that firefighters could really benefit from. He approached Friends of Firefighters with the idea, and they immediately came on board.

The car has been in two races so far, and is doing a number of appearances in various locations in New Jersey. Proceeds from any of the races or decal sales that we make during any event goes to Friends of Firefighters. Our goal is to put garner as much attention and funds as we can for Friends of Firefighters (http://www.friendsoffirefighters.org/fof/).

Permatex/Follow A Dream Team Embarks On 3-Race Tour

Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream Top Alcohol Funny Car team heads to one of drag racing’s oldest and most storied
facilities this weekend, Lebanon Valley Dragway in upstate New York, for the first of back-to-back-to-back events. Driver Todd Veney won his first race for the Follow A Dream team here two years ago and reached the semifinals
last year.

A large turnout from one of the team’s valued associate sponsors, the Porter and Chester Institute, will join the Follow A Dream crew at Lebanon Valley. “We’re very excited to have them,” Blake said. “I made 15 presentations for Porter and Chester last week – three a day every day of the week – and the whole team is really looking forward to seeing hundreds of students from Porter and Chester in our pit this weekend.

“I had the best day of my drag racing life two years ago at Lebanon Valley,” Veney said. “I’ll never forget that day – winning the first round in the first pair after the National Anthem, racing Frank Manzo in the semifinals, and racing Eric Lourie in a really close final – and the whole team is ready to do it again.”

Qualifying gets underway at 2 p.m. Friday and concludes with a final session that evening at 6. Eliminations are set to go off at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, with the semifinals scheduled for 2 p.m. and the final at 4 p.m. From Lebanon Valley, the team heads straight to Chicago for the Route 66 Nationals and from there to Norwalk, Ohio for the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals.

Road America Next Venue for Subaru Road Racing Team

Road America Next Venue for Subaru Road Racing Team
– Drivers and Crew Eager to Capitalize on Performance Potential in Subaru WRX STI –

Phoenixville, PA. – June 22 – Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) drivers Andrew Aquilante (AJ) and Bret Spaude look with enthusiasm to the second half of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Championship racing season as they travel to round six; hosted on the famed Road America track, located north of Milwaukee and near Elkhart Lake, Wis.
A third place finish at Miami, a win at New Jersey, and a run as high as second place at Mid-Ohio have given Aquilante and Spaude a quiet confidence mainly grounded in expectations of their #35 SRRT WRX STI around the 4.048-mile race course this weekend.
“Road America is a very fast track with long straights that seem to stretch to the horizons, plus breathtaking downhill runs into a heavy braking,” said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance in Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team’s Subaru WRX STI racecars.  “The all-wheel-drive capability from our Subaru will give AJ and Bret a lot of ’dig’ coming out of the turns.”
As is the case all season, team driver Bret Spaude, of Bushnell, Fla., will qualify the Subaru at Road America. Spaude will start the race until it is time to slot teammate Andrew Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., into the cockpit for the charge to the checkered flag.
“We have momentum, confidence, and determination in our Subaru WRX STI and ongoing race preparations by each of our team members,” added Joe Aquilante. “Our race starts have been strong and we want to continue to show that consistency.”
James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc. said, “SRRT’s efforts and preparations haven’t always played out in race results, but our car’s performance is highly consistent and accessible.  Our all-wheel drive WRX STI is a great foil to the rear-wheel drive-based eight-cylinder cars which make up the bulk of the Grand Sport field.  We’ll approach the balance of this season determined to make good on the performance that our Subaru shows in qualifying.”
The two-and-a-half hour race takes the green flag Friday at 6:15pm (CT).

Tough Weekend for Hoek at The Big House

Tough Weekend for Hoek at The Big House
Holland, MI (June 2, 2012) – Ross Hoek Motorsports was looking forward to getting the #21 Ignite Racing Fuels/Venom Energy/Allstar Performance Ford back on track at Crandon after an up and down weekend of racing at Red Bud. The Big House as Crandon’s race track is so aptly named, has been host to some of Ross Hoek’s greatest finishes, including a World Championship ring. Unfortunately forces beyond his control saw the team labor through the annual Spring Run in Crandon.
The days leading up to the race weekend saw heavy rains put enough moisture in the 1.75 mile long track to create ideal short-course racing conditions. The Friday afternoon qualifying session saw the team take a conservative approach to the session and stopped the watches tenth fastest in the fourteen truck field.
The next morning race teams awoke to partly sunny skies and above normal temperatures. The weatherman predicted rain for later in the evening, so it looked to be a great day for Northwoods style short-course off-road racing. The race schedule had the PRO-Light group competing mid-afternoon and very few racers figured rain would be an issue. Unfortunately the weatherman was wrong as rains hit the area just before Saturday’s PRO-Light race and lasted into the evening.
The Pro Light race started with dry skies, but the race track was wet and really muddy just about everywhere. The landrush start saw the Ignite Racing Fuels Venom Energy Ford exit Turn One safely in tenth place. The opening five laps showed Ross gain control of the muddy track as he worked his way up to fourth place at the mandatory caution. As the green flag flew Ross was ready to challenge for the podium when heavy rains began to fall making visibility impossible. Somehow, Hoek stayed out of any major contact and finished Round 5 in seventh place.
“The vision was a problem before the rain came,” remarked Ross Hoek. “But the heavy rain made it impossible to race. After the mandatory caution I had used up all my tearoffs and I had to race with the helmet shield up. Somehow we made it to the end, but my eyes are trashed.”

The next morning cooler temperatures and clear skies prevailed and thanks to Mother Nature and the great work of the Crandon track crew, the race track was in near perfect condition for Round 6 action.
Based on his Saturday finish, the #21 Ford started in the middle of the front row. The first half of the race was uneventful as Hoek was running mid pack waiting for second half of the race to make the charge for a podium finish.
As the race trucks headed in single file formation for the starter’s flag one of the front running trucks hit the brakes (commonly known as brake checking) causing the majority of the field to run into each other. The race officials waved off the start because of the incident, but it was too late for Ross Hoek. When the accordion effect happened, the truck behind Hoek got underneath the rear bumper and broke a brake line on the orange #21 Ford. Realizing there wasn’t any possible quick fix, Hoek just cruised the final four laps looking to stay out of everyone’s way, finishing in eleventh place.
“The restart saw someone up front brake checking, and it ruined a lot of equipment,” commented Ross Hoek. “They need to start throwing black flags for this BS. Only then will it stop. We didn’t tear much up today, because we really didn’t get the chance. The restarting incident caused us to lose the brakes, so all I could do was coast around the track. The issues we had this weekend we not of our own doing, our race program is really on the upward swing. Chicagoland is a lot like Charlotte so I look forward to a couple of great finishes.”

Honda Racing Prerace: Iowa Corn 250, Iowa Speedway

Iowa Corn 250, Iowa Speedway
June 23, 2012
7:30 p.m. EDT
NBC Sports Network

• Saturday night’s race at Iowa Speedway will be the fifth consecutive week of IZOD IndyCar Series racing, and Honda-powered drivers have claimed the top two finishing positions at three of the four races contested during that run. Iowa is the second and final short oval on the 2012 schedule, and the first to feature three, 30-lap heat races, which will be run on Friday night to set the field for Saturday night’s 250-lap feature event.

• The Honda winning streak started May 27 at the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500, won by Dario Franchitti ahead of his Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon in a thrilling race.

• The following week, Dixon dominated the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, qualifying on the pole and leading every lap for his first victory of 2012, followed by Franchitti. Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports completed a podium sweep for Honda by finishing third.

• For the third consecutive race, Honda-powered drivers finished 1-2 on June 9 at Texas Motor Speedway. Justin Wilson came from 17th on the starting grid to chase down late race leader Graham Rahal, claiming the lead and the victory after Rahal brushed the Turn 4 wall with just two laps remaining. Despite sustaining rear suspension damage, Rahal held on to finish second for Honda’s third consecutive 1-2 result.

• The 2012 season marks the return of manufacturer competition to the IZOD IndyCar Series after six years of Honda serving as single engine supplier. Chevrolet and Lotus now join Honda in providing engines to the 25-car starting field.

• Honda comes to this weekend’s race second in the Manufacturers’ Championship, with 57 points, to 63 for Chevrolet. Lotus is third, with 32 points.

• Dixon has led an IZOD IndyCar Series-high 329 laps this season, more than double the laps-led total of any other driver. Dixon led all 60 laps at Detroit, and race-high totals of 133 at Texas, 37 at St. Petersburg and 38 at Barber Motorsports Park. Will Power is ranked second with 135 laps led.

• Honda-powered drivers have led a total of 584 laps this season, while Chevrolet drivers have led 325 laps. Race lap leaders for Honda include Dixon (329), Franchitti (92) Takuma Sato (58), Rahal (28), Pagenaud (26), Wilson (26), Alex Tagliani (22) and Charlie Kimball (3). Dixon has led more race laps by himself than all Chevy drivers combined.

• Honda’s popular “Fastest Seat in Sports” sweepstakes makes its eighth stop of the 2012 season at Iowa Speedway this weekend. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk will take Alfred Arlic of Roanoke, Indiana, for the ride of a lifetime around the high-banked 1.5-mile oval in a two-seater IndyCar, in advance of the green flag for Saturday night’s race. Interested fans can find out more information on the “Fastest Seat in Sports” at shophonda.com.

• As the single engine supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series from 2006-2011, Honda has powered all five previous winners at Iowa Speedway. The 2012 race will be the first with manufacturer competition from Honda, Chevrolet and Lotus.

• Previous Honda-powered race winners at Iowa include Franchitti, at the inaugural 2007 event and again in 2009; the late Dan Wheldon in 2008; Tony Kanaan in 2010 and Marco Andretti in 2011, the first night event here.

• A fleet of new 2012 Honda Civic Si coupes and sedans is being utilized for Safety Car and Pace Car duties in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series. The Civic Si Coupe made its debut as an IZOD IndyCar Series Safety Car at last year’s Honda Indy Toronto. That first Civic has now been joined by additional coupes and sedans, replacing the Honda Accords formerly used by the series.

• Cars start out as standard Civic Si models, and one coupe has been developed into an IndyCar Series Safety Car by Honda Performance Development in Santa Clarita, Calif.

• Modifications installed at HPD include Sparco seats and four-point racing harnesses; an HPD high-performance brake system, with four-piston calipers, competition rotors, racing pads, and stainless brake lines; a Honda Genuine Accessory aerodynamic body kit, consisting of front, side and rear under spoilers; Firestone Firehawk 225/40 R18

RCR Post Race Report — Michigan International Speedway–Sprint Cup

RCR Post Race Report — Michigan International Speedway   
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series   
RACE:      Michigan 400      
TRACK:    Michigan International Speedway  
DATE:       June 17, 2012  
Race Highlights:       
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 10th (Kevin Harvick), 21st (Jeff Burton), 22nd (Paul Menard) and 24th (Austin Dillon).
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Harvick made 74 green-flag passes and spent 90 laps running in the Top 15 while maintaining a 16.675 Average Running Position throughout the race.  
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Burton made 90 Green-Flag passes ranking him fourth in the category.
According to NASCAR Loop Data Statistics, Menard logged three of the Fastest Laps Run out of 153 green-flag circuits.
Menard ranked 10th in the Loop Data category Laps in the Top 15 (125 laps) while maintaining an average position of 15.730.
Dillon posted a top-25 finish in his second career Sprint Cup Series start and his first at Michigan International Speedway.
Dillon made 56 green-flag passes during the 200-lap event.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Michigan 400, and was followed to the checkered flag by Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson.  
The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the Sonoma 350 on Sunday, June 24, televised live on TNT and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.   

Line Pleased with Progress Made During Semifinal Run in Bristol

Line Pleased with Progress Made During Semifinal Run in Bristol

Event:  15th annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Location: Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tennessee

Day/Date: Sunday, June 17, 2012

Having only made eight test runs with their new Chevrolet Camaro prior to coming to Bristol Dragway, Jason Line and the Summit Racing Pro Stock team knew they would face a steep learning curve during this weekend’s Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee.  As expected, the team responded to challenge, posting some of the quickest times throughout qualifying and securing the fourth starting position.

Line was equally solid on race day, using a 6.682-second, 205.69 mph pass to defeat Warren Johnson in the opening stanza. After eliminating V. Gaines in the second round, he then squared off against hometown favorite and No. 1 qualifier Allen Johnson in the semifinals.

Although Line was able to make his best run of eliminations at 6.677 seconds with a top speed of 206.54 mph, it was not enough to hold off his opponent’s 6.659-second charge, putting a premature end to his day. Even so, the reigning Full Throttle champion was pleased with how quickly his team was able to adapt to their new ride.

“I am very pleased with the progress we made this weekend with this new car,” said Line.  “I think this Summit Racing Camaro is a good piece and it’s only going to get better.  I could have done a better job of tuning and driving it, and we’re only completely satisfied when we win, but all in all, I’m really happy with our performance, especially considering how few runs we have on it.

“As I have said repeatedly, nobody could have done a better job with this new Camaro than what our guys on this KB Racing team did this weekend.  With as little track time as we had coming into this race, it ran quite well, and we were able to qualify fourth and make it all the way to the semis.  I made notes of areas I wanted to address throughout the weekend, which we’ll do between now and the next race in Chicago, building on what we learned here.  I’m really looking forward to what we can do with this car.”

Race Winners Week Ending June 17, 2012

Top Fuel — Tony Schumacher
Funny Car — Ron Capps
Pro Stock — Mike Edwards
Pro Modified — Rickie Smith
Stock Eliminator — Russell Johnson
Super Stock — Peter Biondo
Super Comp — Tyler Caheely
Super Gas — Emily Lewis
Top Dragster — Steven Furr
Nitro Harley — Tommy Grimes

24 Hours of le Mans
Marcel Fassier, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer- Audi

World of Outlaws
Sammy Swindell

Milwaukee IndyFest- Ryan Hunter Reay

Rain Eater Wiper Blades 200- Chris Buescher

British Grand Prix at Silverstone- Jorge Lorenzo

Nationwide Series- Alliance Truck Parts 250- Joey Logano
Sprint Cup Series- Quicken Loans 400- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Starworks Wins Le Mans LMP2 for HPD

Starworks Wins Le Mans LMP2 for HPD

For the second time in three attempts, Honda Performance Development has won the LMP2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the American-based Starworks Racing claiming the category victory in its first Le Mans start.

Starworks, which earlier this year won LMP2 at the 12 Hours of Sebring, made it’s 24 Hours of Le Mans debut in the most impressive way possible, with drivers Ryan Dalziel, Tom Kimber-Smith and Enzo Potolicchio piloting their HPD ARX-03b to a seventh overall finish, one lap ahead of the next LMP2 entry. In 2010, HPD’s first attempt at Le Mans, it was British-based Strakka Racing winning LMP2 in its HPD ARX-01c with a commanding margin of seven laps and LMP2 record fifth overall finish. This year’s race was far more dramatic, but just as rewarding for HPD.

Starting ninth in LMP2 and 22nd overall after electing to focus on race preparation rather than making an outright qualifying run, the Starworks trio also made a conservative start to the 24-hour endurance racing classic. But by the six-hour mark, the team had moved into the top-10 overall and third in LMP2. As night settled over the Circuit de la Sarthe, LMP2 settled into a multi-car battle between the HPD and several Nissan-powered teams.  But three hours later, at midnight, the Starworks HPD ARX-03b chassis and HPD HR28TT twin-turbo V6 engine combination was in the LMP2 lead and – although challenged for the remaining 12 hours by several Nissan-powered teams – Starworks was more than capable of defending it’s hard-won advantage, and maintained a steady, if narrow lead for the remaining 12 hours to take the LMP2 victory
over TDS Racing.

For the first time, HPD also fielded a pair of entries in the headline LMP1 class, utilizing the new ARX-03a chassis and normally aspirated HR-LM V8 engine. Strakka Racing moved up from LMP2 for 2012 and driver Danny Watts qualified the new combination seventh overall on Thursday, fastest of the “privateer” teams doing battle with the full manufacturer-supported teams from Audi and Toyota. Another British team, JRM Motorsports, started 11th in their ARX-03a.

JRM had a steady run in their first Le Mans attempt, after winning the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2011. The driving trio of David Brabham, Karun Chandhok and Peter Dumbreck moved into the top-10 in the opening hours, and seventh overall at the 16-hour mark. Other than a few minor delays, JRM pressed on for an excellent sixth-place finish, behind only the four “works” entries from the winning Audi effort and the first of two Rebellion entries.

Meanwhile, for Strakka, it was a drama-filled 24 hours. A transmission oil leak discovered shortly before the race start left drivers Jonny Kane, Nick Leventis and Watts still in their garage area as the green flag waved, with Kane finally starting 22 minutes later, six laps down on the leaders. The team rapidly went to work making up that deficit, climbing through the GT field, making up 35 positions in the first six hours.

At the 18-hour mark, Strakka was up to 10th overall, behind JRM and the Lolas of Rebellion Racing in the battle for independent team honors. But overheating issues slowed Strakka’s pace in the final hours, and the team settled for an eighth-place finish in LMP1.

HPD’s second LMP2 entry, the Level 5 Motorsports HPD effort of Christophe Bouchut, Luis Diaz and Scott Tucker, suffered early disappointment in its effort to build on a third-place class finish in 2011. Communication problems during the night led to the car missing its scheduled pit stop, and running out of fuel midway around the eight-mile circuit. Unable to make it back to pit lane, the ARX-03b was retired.

Steve Eriksen (Vice President, Honda Performance Development) on this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans: “What an incredible day. I believe Starworks has confirmed their status as a world-class racing team, their effort both here at Le Mans and earlier this year at Sebring is a real testament to [team owner] Peter Baron’s dedication and ability; as well as the skill and hard work from everyone in Starworks organization. We are proud to have them as a partner. All four of our teams put in an outstanding effort this year, with Strakka’s exciting early-race charge and the consistent race-long performance from JRM Racing just two of the highlights. Level 5 also again produced a very competitive effort prior to their unfortunate problem.
Congratulations to all of our teams for their efforts, and to everyone at HPD and our technical partner Wirth Research on our second LMP2 victory in just three starts. We’re already looking forward to defending our win here next year!”

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