Starting Sixth, Line Has Work to Do in Seattle

Starting Sixth, Line Has Work to Do in Seattle

Event:  25th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals

Location: Pacific Raceways, Kent,

Day/Date: Saturday, August 4, 2012

Mother Nature threw the racers at the NHRA Northwest Nationals a curve on Saturday, with the mercury topping ninety degrees for the first time in the Kent, Wash. area this year, completely changing the tuning requirements, especially in the normally-aspirated Pro Stock category.  Although this prevented any changes among the top qualifiers, it gave competitors a chance to prepare their cars for race day when conditions are expected to be the same.

After posting the sixth-quickest time on Friday, Jason Line and the Summit Racing team took the atmospheric changes in stride, recording the second- and third-quickest times in the final two sessions at 6.587 and 6.603 seconds.  Although this did not change their starting position for Sunday, it did improve upon their best time from Friday, allowing them to garner three bonus points, and seemingly put the team in a good position to defend their victory at this event from a year ago.  However, the highly competitive Minnesotan was not totally pleased, feeling there was even more room for improvement.

“Today’s performance was really not what I was looking for,” said Line.  “Although we ran closer to the top of the pack today, we really didn’t make what I would consider a great run.  Having said that, it’s nothing that can’t be undone, although at this stage we really need to keep moving forward.

“The bottom line is that the performance is in there somewhere, and it’s up to us to find it. We’ll go over our notes from the last two days and come up with a game plan for tomorrow. I know there is a lot left in this Summit Racing Camaro, and if we’re going to repeat as winners here in Seattle, we’ll need every aspect of this program to perform at its very best, and that’s what we plan to do.”

Will Power Puts Chevrolet on the Pole at Mid-Ohio with New Track Record


Will Power Puts Chevrolet on the Pole at Mid-Ohio with New Track Record
 
LEXINGTON, Ohio – August 4, 2012 – Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, set a new track record of 1:05:6474/123.825 mph (time/speed) on the way to his third pole of 2012. Power will lead the 25-car field to the green flag for tomorrow’s Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio for the IZOD IndyCar Series.
 
It is Power’s second pole at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and the 27th of his career. His other 2012 poles came at St. Petersburg and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The difference in the times from fastest to sixth in the Firestone Fast Six was just over five-tenths of a second.
 
“Congratulations to Will Power and Team Penske on their pole winning effort today at Mid-Ohio,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, IZOD IndyCar Series. “With the competition in the IZOD IndyCar Series being so close, track position on a technical road course like Mid-Ohio is an advantage. In the end, it is going to take great execution on Sunday to get the win.”
 
Power’s pole is the seventh time this season that a driver with the Chevrolet 2.2 liter V6 direct injected twin turbo charged engine has held the coveted spot on the starting grid.
 
Ryan Briscoe qualified sixth behind the wheel of the No. 2 PPG Automotive Refinishes Chevrolet. Sebastien Bourdais, No. 7 TrueCar/McAfee Chevrolet, turned in the seventh fastest time of the day.
 
Two additional Team Chevy drivers had fast laps that landed them in the top-10 in the final qualifying results.  Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda/Pelotonia Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, was eighth quickest, and Marco Andretti turned in the ninth quickest time behind the wheel of the No. 26 Team RC Cola Andretti Autosport Chevrolet.
 
The 85-lap Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is scheduled to start on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. ET with live television coverage on the ABC TV.

Franchitti Runs Second in Mid-Ohio Qualifying”

Franchitti Runs Second in Mid-Ohio Qualifying

Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti extended his streak of front-row qualifying runs to five consecutive races Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Franchitti was one of four Honda- powered drivers to make the final “Fast Six” qualifying round, and will start second in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200.  Simon Pagenaud produced his best qualifying effort of 2012, and will start third on Sunday, behind Franchitti and pole qualifier Will Power. Alex Tagliani continues to impress since his Bryan Herta Autosport team switched to Honda power before the Indianapolis 500, and turned the fourth-fastest qualifying time in the “Fast Six” shootout.

Scott Dixon, a three-time winner at Mid-Ohio in the last five years, rounded out the top five in qualifying today. Sunday’s 75-lap Honda Indy 200 starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.  Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) second quickest in qualifying, his fifth consecutive front-row start in 2012: “Qualifying was a lot of fun. I got everything out of the car and thought it was a pretty good lap, but then I saw [pole qualifier Will] Power’s time and knew it hadn’t been quite enough. If it stays dry for tomorrow, we’re in a great position to challenge for the win. But if it rains, then it’s anyone’s race.

Wolfe’s Wait is Over after World of Outlaws Win in Bloomington

Wolfe’s Wait is Over after World of Outlaws Win in Bloomington
He leads the final 22 laps and survives a green-white-checkered finish
 
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Aug. 3, 2012 – It’s finally over.
There were hugs and high fives, smiles and tears, greeting a subdued Lucas Wolfe in Victory Lane on a muggy Friday evening at Bloomington Speedway. Wolfe led the final 22 laps to claim his first career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature victory.

“I’m not very loud of any kind; I stay pretty even,” he said. “Obviously I’m usually this way on a terrible night and on the best of nights I stay pretty calm, but I’ll be pretty happy. I might do a bit of screaming in the helmet, but I’ll try to keep it pretty cool for right now.”

After many near wins during the last five seasons as an Outlaws driver and overcoming a gamut of mechanical woes this year, Wolfe had arguably the best car in Friday’s main event. He charged from his seventh starting position to the top three within the first 10 laps and took the lead before the midpoint. However, it wasn’t without drama.

Wolfe was leading by a straightaway with less than two laps remaining when the event’s second caution was waved for a spin by Kody Kinser in turn two. That erased Wolfe’s commanding advantage and he chose the inside lane on the double-file restart.

Wolfe powered into the lead, but the final caution came on the restart as Sammy Swindell and Kerry Madsen tangled in turn four. However, once again, Wolfe mastered the restart and drove away to the sizeable victory.

“I was a little bit worried about the double-file restarts from where the track might have got a little bit of rubber laid down, about how it was going to be to get going,” he said. “I felt the bottom was my best bet and obviously that was the wrong decision. I was able to get a good enough start there and obviously it didn’t count anyway because we had an accident.

“(I) certainly was happy to see it go back single file. That was a relief that we didn’t have to do anymore double-file restarts and were able to just finish it right there. I’d had enough; my nerves were about shot. (I was) certainly happy to finally finish a deal off.”

Joey Saldana, who led the first 18 laps after starting on the pole, lost the lead in traffic as Wolfe split him and a car about to be lapped while the trio raced down the backstretch. Saldana then held off Donny Schatz for the runner-up position.

“It’s well deserved,” Saldana said. “The guy’s been knocking on the door and having bad luck.

“He could maneuver through traffic really well. I could get through traffic as long as it went my way, but I couldn’t force the issue. I had to settle for second and I really had nothing for him.”

Both drivers shared a special moment with Wolfe in Victory Lane.

“I can still remember that feeling,” said Schatz as he reminisced about his first Outlaws win. “I’m happy for him. It’s been a long time coming. He should have won one long ago, but I’m sure tonight’s very special for him having to wait that long.”

Jason Sides passed Cody Darrah for fourth place on the final restart. Greg Wilson finished sixth, Kraig Kinser was seventh, Logan Schuchart ended eighth, Craig Dollansky placed ninth and Steve Kinser, who was involved in a flip on the opening lap and had to restart 21st, rounded out the top 10.

Line Rebounds to Place Sixth on Friday in Seattle

Line Rebounds to Place Sixth on Friday in Seattle

Event:  25th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals

Location: Pacific Raceways, Kent,

Day/Date: Friday, August 3, 2012

With only four attempts in which to not only secure as high a spot as possible in Sunday’s final eliminations field, but also learn as much as possible about the racing surface, every qualifying session at an NHRA event is an important step towards ensuring success on race day.  Therefore, when defending event and series champion Jason Line suffered a malfunction in his transmission on his opening run, his Summit Racing team found themselves scrambling to recover in time for the evening session.

Despite running in the very first pair, Line recorded a respectable 6.597-second elapsed time with a top speed of 210.54 mph to slot sixth with two attempts remaining on Saturday.

“You never want to be the first one out in the session, but we had not choice after breaking a piece in the transmission on our first attempt,” said Line. “It wasn’t a terribly good run, and we gave up a couple hundredths in the first sixty feet, which prevented us from being with the cars higher in the order.

“We just got behind, which happens. Things break, which is a part of racing, and we now have to figure out how to bounce back.  We have two more attempts tomorrow to move this Summit Racing Camaro up the ladder and in a better position for race day, and that is what we’ll be focusing on.”

Anderson Opens Seattle Qualifying in Fifth

Anderson Opens Seattle Qualifying in Fifth  

Event:  25th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals

Location: Pacific Raceways, Kent,

Day/Date: Friday, August 3, 2012

The final race of the NHRA’s Western Swing got underway on Friday with the start of qualifying for the NHRA Northwest Nationals in Kent, Wash.  With a repaved racing surface and temperatures in the mid- to upper seventies, Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro racer Greg Anderson and the remainder of the Pro Stock contingent looked to take advantage of the favorable conditions and record some quick elapsed times.   

After opening with a solid 6.585-second, 210.83 mph pass in the afternoon session, Anderson picked up the pace in the evening session, improving to a 6.577-second time with a top speed of 210.97 mph to place fifth midway through the qualifying procedure.   

“The best way to describe our day is that it was uneventful,” remarked Anderson. “We made it through the goal posts twice, and even though we missed the mark on both runs, we were only off by half as much on the second one.   All in all, it wasn’t a bad day.

“We’re still looking to find a happy home with these Summit Racing Camaros as far as the set-up is concerned, but we did make a better run on our second attempt, so maybe we are getting closer.  We’ll try to do even better tomorrow, although it’s supposed to be a lot hotter, which could be a new challenge, forcing everyone to regroup.  In any case, we’ll take what we learned from today’s runs and apply to tomorrow’s tune-up, seeing if we can continue our forward progress.”

Dyson Racing- Rising to the Challenge

Rising to the Challenge
LEXINGTON, OH August 3, 2012 – Dyson Racing qualified second and third for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge, the sixth round of the ten-race American Le Mans Series. Chris Dyson turned a time seven tenths off pole on his second to last lap of qualifying in the #16 ModSpace Mazda entry. Eric Lux qualified third in the #20 Dyson Racing entry that he co-drives with Michael Marsal with a time a second and a half quicker than the car’s fastest lap in practice prior to qualifying.
Lux, who won here in GT in 2008, said that “last weekend we were saying how quickly the car came off the trailer and this weekend is more how racing usually goes: finding speed. The whole team worked hard yesterday and last night to find time in the car and today we made a number of changes in practice to find mechanical grip and it paid off for us just in time for qualifying. It is good to see the car at its potential.”
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“The car is greatly improved from Mosport two weeks ago,” noted Dyson. “Dunlop has worked hard to come up with a new rear tire construction for this race and it has been a large step forward. It is a credit to Peter Weston and our technical team and their hard work with a limited amount of track time. We have identified some issues and Guy Smith, myself and the team are feeling much better about the rest of the season.”
As the series enters the second half of the season, Rob Dyson commented on the season to date. “In true Dyson Racing fashion, we gathered up rapidly from day one as we faced the challenges of a new car and the ripple effects that we have been dealing with since. Our guys never cease to amaze me in how imaginative and how disciplined and how competent they are in problem solving and getting things done quickly in challenging circumstances. We still have a ways to go but everyone who works with the team, Dunlop, AER, Penske Shocks and Mazda, have been pulling together. We have given a good account of ourselves in the past couple races and with the car constantly improving, I think we have a good shot at it for the season.”
The team has historically done well at Mid-Ohio. They have three one-two finishes at Mid-Ohio: 2005, 1999, and 1998. They have won a total of four times and in the past fourteen Mid-Ohio races, Dyson Racing has three poles, three fastest laps and has finished on the class or overall podium eight times. Last year, Guy Smith won pole and led fifty-eight of ninety-six laps. In 2010, the #16 car of Dyson and Smith won the race, giving Mazda, Dunlop, and the biofuel isobutanol their first overall American Le Mans Series win.

Team Chevy IndyCar 200 at MidOhio

IZOD INDYCAR SERIES
INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO
MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST PRACTICE QUOTES
AUGUST 3, 2012
 
LEXINGTON, Ohio – August 3, 2012 – Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, led the way in Friday’s only practice at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Sunday’s Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Today’s practice on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course consisted of back-to-back 45-minute sessions.  The first session was just for rookies and cars outside the top-10 in the championship standings, followed by a second session featuring all 25 cars entered for Round 12 of the 15 race IZOD IndyCar season.
 
Marco Andretti, No. 26 Team RC Cola Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, posted the third quickest lap of the day, setting the stage for tomorrow’s qualifying sessions that lead to the Firestone Fast Six and a run for the pole. There will be a one-hour practice session from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET leading up to the 11:00 a.m. start time for qualifying.
 
The 85-lap Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is scheduled to start on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. ET with live television coverage on the ABC TV.
 
The live radio coverage will air on the IMS Radio Network on SiriusXM (XM 94 and Sirius 212). In addition, IndyCar live timing and scoring with the radio broadcast can be found at

Dixon Runs Second in Opening Mid-Ohio Practice

Dixon Runs Second in Opening Mid-Ohio Practice
Scott Dixon, winner of three of the past five IndyCar races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, paced the
Honda-powered entries Friday in preparation for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200, posting the second-fastest
time in a tight field during IZOD IndyCar Series practice on the challenging, 2.258-mile road course.
Dixon ended the day’s single practice session less than two-tenths of a second off the quick time set by
Will Power.
Honda-powered drivers dominated the top 10 in practice, with Simon Pagenaud fourth quickest on the
day, followed by Graham Rahal, James Jakes, Josef Newgarden, Alex Tagliani, Dario Franchitti and Mike
Conway, rounding out the top 10.
Giorgio Pantano made his 2012 IndyCar debut, substituting for the injured Charlie Kimball in the #83
Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara. Kimball suffered a broken bone in his right hand in a
testing crash at Mid-Ohio last week, and was not cleared to drive this weekend by INDYCAR medical
officials.
IZOD IndyCar Series activities at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course continue Saturday, with final practice
and “Fast Six” knockout qualifying. Sunday’s 75-lap race starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT, with live television
coverage on ABC.
Simon Pagenaud (#77 Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda) fourth quickest in Friday practice: “It was a
very good day for us. We improved the car tremendously on our last run, and I think we are very close
now, so I am happy with the car. I love this race track, it is challenging and fun for the driver and the
entire team. It’s an important race for Honda, too, so we really want to run well for them this weekend.”

Successful Seattle Defense at Top of Line’s List

Successful Seattle Defense at Top of Line’s List

Mooresville, N.C., August 1, 2012 – Summit Racing driver Jason Line is in the midst of another outstanding year.  In the first 15 races of the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season, the reigning Pro Stock champion has logged one win in four final round appearances, along with five No. 1 qualifying positions.  In addition, he has earned valuable bonus qualifying points in all but one race, a showing that has allowed him to not only remain solidly in the top three positions in the championship standings, but also claim one of the coveted positions in the Countdown to the Championship playoff.

Lost in the midst of this solid performance is that after ten races Line parked the car which carried him to the championship one year ago in favor of his all-new Summit Racing Camaro, requiring that both he and the KB Racing crew adapt on the fly to their new mount’s tuning envelope.   Rising to the challenge, they come into this weekend’s NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Wash. with one final round appearance already under their belt, as well as five starts in the top five positions.  However, as Line is quick to point out, the learning process has just begun.

“The good news is that we continue to make progress with our Summit Racing Camaro, making it better with every race,” said Line.  “But even though we are headed in the right direction, we still have a long way to go before we get it to the level of consistent performance that we need to contend for wins on a weekly basis.  Naturally, we would prefer to spend a little time testing, but that’s not an option during the Western Swing.

“As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention, so at the moment we’re forced to do things a little differently than we might like, but as long as it’s effective, it really doesn’t matter how we get the job done.  Therefore, we will take everything we’ve learned over the past few weeks and look to keep moving forward this weekend in Seattle.  It all comes down to doing a better job of adapting our car to the conditions, and doing whatever it takes to successfully defend our win from a year ago.”

Ironically, Line has experienced his own learning curve at Pacific Raceways, site of this weekend’s event. After struggling to advance in his first four starts at the Kent quarter-mile, Line turned his fortunes completely around in his next four appearances, with two wins (including one year ago) in three final round appearances.  As such, it is easy to see why he is looking forward to this year’s edition.

“I like racing in Seattle,” said Line.  “It’s a great area, and we’re going to a high-horsepower track with a decent racing surface, which under the right conditions allows you to run really fast.  We’ve had our share of success there in recent years, and we’d like to continue that trend this weekend.  To do that, we’ll need to have our Summit Racing Camaro dialed in from the first qualifying pass and build on it from there.

“Our primary goal for this weekend will be to figure out how to step things up and do everything just a little better than we have been lately.  I know that’s easier said than done, but I believe this Summit Racing team is capable of doing just that.  It has been way too long since I won in Phoenix, and I believe everyone on this team is more than ready to get back in the winner’s circle. It’s just up to us to get it done.”

Anderson Searching for the Sweet Spot in Seattle

Anderson Searching for the Sweet Spot in Seattle

Mooresville, N.C., August 1, 2012 – The sweet spot.  It is a phrase used by baseball players, golfers and racers to describe that area of the bat, club or tune-up which provides the maximum performance.  As each will tell you, it can be an elusive target, the pursuit of which can be rather lengthy and, at times, somewhat frustrating.  Such has been the experience of Greg Anderson and his Summit Racing team with their new Chevrolet Camaro.

In their first six races with the legendary muscle car they have certainly experienced their share of success, with one win in three final round appearances, a statistic made even more impressive by the fact that the KB Racing crew has yet to get fully acclimated to the needs of their still-new race car.  Even so, as Anderson prepared to head to the Evergreen State for this weekend’s NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Wash., he admitted that both he and his team still had some work ahead of them.

“Ever since we started racing this Summit Racing Camaro, we’ve been working non-stop to find its sweet spot, getting the right balance of performance,” said Anderson.  “Right now, it doesn’t want to run the first part of the track.  Anything down track is more related to the aero or engine packages, and even though we still have some work to do in that area, our biggest issue remains in the first 330 feet.

“Obviously, we’d love to spend a week at a track testing, but that’s not an option at the moment, so we turn our qualifying runs into learning sessions.  You hate to race that way, but it’s what we need to do at the moment in order to get these cars dialed in.

“Until we get the performance back where we need it to be, we’re also probably going to have a little inconsistency, as we make wholesale changes trying to make them better. These Camaros are completely different cars than the ones we ran before, presenting us with a new challenge that we just haven’t conquered yet.

“The good news is that we got closer with Jason’s (teammate Line) blue car in Sonoma, so now we just need to find something that my red car likes as well.  That’s why we’re in test mode right now, working to have them ready for the Countdown.  We know they are going to run, we just have to determine what they want.”

For the second consecutive week, the “factory hot rods” will enjoy conditions that are conducive to creating horsepower, with cooler temperatures and plenty of oxygen.  Nestled among the trees in the Seattle suburb of Kent, Pacific Raceways will test the teams as they try to match their 1,400-horsepower hot rods to a racing surface that, as Anderson describes, has a personality all its own.

“The track at Pacific Raceways is pretty quirky, and it all comes down to the weather,” said Anderson.  “For some reason, it does not seem to like sunshine at all.  You have to know when you’re racing there that it can be a very, very good track if it doesn’t have direct sunlight on it.  If it’s cloudy with cool temperatures it’s one of the best we race on and with the power we make you can run really fast.

“However, that will change in a heartbeat once the sun pops out. When it gets over 80 degrees, you had better be ready to make some major changes trying to hook all that power up to the track.  It’s one of the racing surfaces on the circuit that changes more from cool to hot conditions, which can be tough, but we know that going in.  The key is knowing when to make the changes and when not to, and doing it better than your competition, which will be the test facing this Summit Racing team this weekend.  It’s going to be a battle, but I believe we’re up to it.”

Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Teams and Drivers take Lead in Manufacturers’ and Driver’s Point Standings to Mid-Ohio

Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Teams and Drivers take Lead in Manufacturers’ and Driver’s Point Standings to Mid-Ohio
 
DETROIT – August 1, 2012 – This weekend, the 13 Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers will take on the intricacies of the  2.4-mile, 15 turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio. The 85-lap Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will be Round 12 of the 15-race 2012 IZOD IndyCar Season
 
“This weekend our Chevrolet IndyCar V6 teams and drivers take on the challenge of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, IZOD IndyCar Series.  “It is a very technical and physically challenging track for the drivers with a combination of fast, medium and low speed corners, one long straightaway and several dramatic elevation changes.  Chevrolet’s technical partners in our IndyCar V6 program are working closely with our team engineers to ensure the Chevy engine delivers the necessary performance and reliability.  They are also employing an array of tools to provide setup insight to the teams for this driver-focused track. The racing is so close every weekend that every detail matters.
 
“IndyCar is enhancing the push-to-pass parameters this weekend with a 5 second activation delay to reduce the use of the feature in a defensive manner.    This should keep the racing interesting and will require more strategy from the drivers in the cockpit to make the best use of the extra boost.”
 
With Helio Castroneves and the No. 3 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet team’s victory in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, his second trip to Victory Lane this season, Team Chevy drivers have notched eight wins in the Bowtie Brand’s return to IndyCar competition.  Chevrolet continues to lead the IndyCar Manufactuers’ Championship standings, a position it has not relinquished since the checkered flag flew at the season’s opening race at St. Petersburg, also won by Castroneves.
 
“With just four races remaining in the season,” Berube continued.  “And Chevrolet drivers holding down the top-three positions in the driver’s point standings, every position and ever point count in their quest to win the top prize – the IZOD IndyCar Series Driver’s Championship.  The intensity continues to ratchet up.  Everyone involved in the Chevrolet IndyCar program is committed to giving all the teams and drivers the best possible on-track package.”
 
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay with three wins to his credit is at the top of the standings heading into the Mid-Ohio event.  He leads Castroneves by 23 points.  Castroneves Team Penske teammate, Will Power, sits in third, just three points behind second position and 26 points out of the lead.
 
In previous Indy car races at Mid-Ohio two current Team Chevy drivers have visited the Winner’s Circle.  Castroneves has scored two victories – 2000 and 2001.  Ryan Briscoe was the 2008 race winner.
 
Chevrolet competed previously in Indy-style competition as an engine manufacturer in 1986-93 and 2002-05 with V-8 engines, winning 105 races, that powered Chevrolet to six driver champions, and included seven Indianapolis 500 victories. Five of those wins were at Mid-Ohio as Emerson Fittipaldi took the checkered flag in 1988, 1992 and 1993.  Michael Andretti won twice – 1990 and 1991.

Clint “The Milkman” Hairston Goes #1 at NMRA/NMCA Joliet

Clint “The Milkman” Hairston Goes #1 at NMRA/NMCA Joliet

 

Joliet, IL (July) – HMR returned to action at the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals after sitting out the Maryland race while repairs and updates to the car were being finished up at Jerry Bickel Race Cars.

 

Sporting a new front end design and fresh paint job, Clint Hairston hit the ground running going 6.03 in qualifying to capture the #1 spot in the tough Pro Street class which included Donnie Walsh fresh off a NHRA Pro Mod win at Norwalk.

 

Running consistent 6.0’s in qualifying, the HMR team felt confident that this could be the weekend to win their first NMCA title.  A competition bye in Round One netted a strong 6.06 pass in the heat of the day low for the round.  Clint turned on the win light in Round Two against Tony Williams running 6.12 followed with a Semi-Final win over Dan Stevenson setting up the Final against Donnie Walsh.  Unfortunately, we did not have lane choice, which lead to a poor pass by spinning the tires at mid-track.  We probably wouldn’t have an enough to cover Walsh after he made his best pass of the weekend.  Congratulations to Donnie and his team for great outing.

 

Our next event will be at Bowling Green, Kentucky for the Quick Fuel NMCA Muscle Car Nationals August 3-5.  Make sure you visit www.hairstonmotorsports.com to view new exciting race action video.

Stewart Returns to Victory Lane at Ohsweken – Again

Stewart Returns to Victory Lane at Ohsweken – Again
The NASCAR star earns his second World of Outlaws win this month and third overall
 
OHSWEKEN, Ontario – July 31, 2012 – Tony Stewart, Ohsweken Speedway and Victory Lane are beginning to become synonymous.
The NASCAR driver led all 30 laps on Tuesday to claim his third career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory and his second in a row at the 3/8-mile oval. Counting Monday’s win in Corr/Pak Sprints action, he has ended his last three events at Ohsweken Speedway a top the podium.

“Last year we won the thing running through the middle and tonight we were really good right on the top edge of the race track,” Stewart said. “It wasn’t really anything consistent between the nights. It’s just a neat, little race track. It’s a lot of fun. You can race all over the place.

“And what an honor it is to stand here with this group of guys. To win with the World of Outlaws is awesome.”

A year after picking up his first-ever Outlaws win, Stewart dominated in the return to Ohsweken Speedway in front of the largest crowd in the track’s history. He maneuvered from third to first in the opening turn of the dash and held off World of Outlaws championship standings leader Craig Dollansky for his first dash victory of the season.

That earned Stewart the pole for the feature on a track that had started to slick off early in the heat races. The main event was caution free and featured a variety of close calls throughout traffic for Stewart and Dollansky, who stayed within several car lengths the entire race.

“He’s rolling around here good,” said Dollansky, who has recorded a top three in four of his last five events. “He did last year and he did again this year. We were with him and working through lapped traffic. A couple things go a little bit different in lapped traffic, I think we had a shot at the win.”

The duo entered traffic on lap nine, which forced both to move around the track and leave the preferred top groove. Midway through the feature Stewart had to check up as a car slid in front of him exiting turn four, which allowed Dollansky to close to the rear bumper. However, Stewart maintained the position and later held off a late rally from Dollansky, who closed to within two car lengths on the final lap.

“You just had to play when you caught those guys a little bit and make sure you didn’t get to a part of the corner where you just got stuck,” Stewart said. “Just keeping the momentum up was the big thing just to get by those guys.”

Had there been a late caution, Tony Stewart Racing driver Steve Kinser could have played a spoiler role. Kinser charged from 12th to sixth in the first 12 laps and cracked the top five at the midpoint of the feature.

As Kraig Kinser worked past Donny Schatz for third place with five laps remaining, Steve Kinser split the duo and eventually gained third place on the ensuing lap. He finished third to earn a podium for the second consecutive race after starting in the middle of the field.

“We’re making recoveries, but that’s not the way to be doing it,” Kinser said.

Kraig Kinser, who set quick time in qualifying, placed fourth and Schatz was fifth. Cody Darrah ended sixth, Chad Kemenah seventh, Sammy Swindell eighth, Kerry Madsen ninth and Michael Parent charged from last – 24th – to round out the top 10 and earn the KSE Hard Charger Award.

Darrah, Schatz and Swindell each won a heat race, and Jamie Collard claimed the Last Chance Showdown.

Racer Results, Week Ending 7/29/12

GrandAm
Brickyard Grand Prix
DP- Starworks, Sebastien Bourdais, Max Popow
GT- Magnus Racing, John Potter, Andy Lally
ARCA
Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200- Frank Kimmel
MotoGP
US Grand Prix- Casey Stoner
F1
Hungarian Grand Prix- Lewis Hamilton
NASCAR
Nationwide Series- Brickyard 250- Brad Keselowski
Sprint Cup- Brickyard 400- Jimmie Johnson
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RCR Post Race Report — Indianapolis Motor Speedway–Sprint Cup Series


RCR Post Race Report — Indianapolis Motor Speedway  
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series   
RACE:       Brickyard 400           
TRACK:    Indianapolis Motor Speedway   
DATE:       July 29, 2012  
 
Race Highlights:        
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 13th (Kevin Harvick), 14th (Paul Menard) and 32nd (Jeff Burton).
Harvick maintained an average running position of 17.594 during the Brickyard 400 while spending 69 of the 160 laps (43.1 percent) running within the top 15.
Menard maintained the eighth-best Average Running Position (11.688) according to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics.
Spending 153 of 160 Laps in the Top 15 (95.6 percent), Menard ranked fifth in the Loop Data Statistics category.    
Burton made 69 green-flag passes over the course of the 160-lap event.
Jimmie Johnson captured his fourth career win at the Brickyard and was followed to the finish line by Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon.  
The next scheduled Sprint Cup Series race is the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 5. The race is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Anderson Scrambles to Runner-Up Finish in Sonoma

Anderson Scrambles to Runner-Up Finish in Sonoma  

Event:  25th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Location: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California

Day/Date: Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team continued their strong 2012 campaign, scoring a runner-up finish in Sunday’s final eliminations of the NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, Calif..  Starting from the sixth position, Anderson defeated Ron Krisher, Erica Enders and Mike Edwards in the early rounds before squaring off against No. 1 qualifier Allen Johnson in the final.

Facing the combination of an apparent performance disadvantage and a lack of lane choice, Anderson knew he would need every possible advantage in order to secure the 75th win of his career. Reacting almost instinctively to the starting line Christmas Tree, the four-time champion used a near-perfect .001 reaction time to gain a slight edge.  Unfortunately, his 6.573-second, 210.93 mph pass was not enough to hold off us his rival’s 6.542-second, 211.76 mph charge.  Although disappointed to have missed out on the win, Anderson admitted that it had still been a good day for his KB Racing crew.

“To be honest, we made it to the final today based on some decent performance and a lot of good luck,” said Anderson.  “Once there, we were in the unusual position of being the underdog, which is something this KB Racing team does not really enjoy, but that Mopar is fast right now and not making any mistakes.  I know with some time and testing we should be able to gain on him and give him a run, but to do that we have to learn a little more about these Summit Racing Camaros.

“As good as the drivers are in this class, nine times out of ten you’re not going to make several hundredths up on the tree, which is what we needed to do. That’s why we made wholesale changes between every run trying to find some added performance.  In hindsight, our run in the first round might have been our best one at this moment, and something we should have stuck with, but when you’re behind, you make moves you might not make otherwise, but that is going to happen when you’re in test mode.

“We’ll take what we learned today and see if we can figure out what worked and go in that direction when we get to Seattle.  We’re going to keep digging until we get back to the level of performance we expect from these cars and this team.”

Line’s Sonoma Run Ends in Semifinals

Line’s Sonoma Run Ends in Semifinals  

Event:  25th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Location: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California

Day/Date: Sunday, July 29, 2012

After bettering his time on every attempt in qualifying, Jason Line and the Summit Racing team entered Sunday’s final eliminations of the NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, Calif. cautiously optimistic about their chances. Starting from the fourth position, he got off to a good start in the opening stanza, using one of the quickest passes of the round at 6.526 seconds with a top speed 212.13 mph to defeat Shane Gray.

It was a similar situation in the second round, as Line combined a near-perfect .001 reaction time and a 6.534-second, 211.76 mph pass to eliminate sophomore runner Vincent Nobile, sending him to the semifinals for the tenth time in 2012.  With teammate Greg Anderson having already defeated Mike Edwards in the other semifinal pairing, the final obstacle between Line and an all-Summit Racing final was No. 1 qualifier Allen Johnson.

Although Line’s 6.535-second, 212.03 mph run kept pace with Johnson’s 6.532-second effort, it was not enough to overcome his opponent’s starting line advantage, with the reigning Pro Stock champion taking full responsibility.   Even so, he found reason to smile as the teams head north for next week’s race in Seattle.

“We had a shot at an all-Summit final, but unfortunately I didn’t do a great job staging in the semifinals and was late,” said Line. “It’s one of those things that happens from time to time, so we’ll put it behind us and move on.  The good news is that not only did we make our best pass of the weekend on that run, but with a race next week we don’t have long to wait to try and fix it.

“Still, it was a productive weekend.  We gained ground on everyone in the points but Greg (teammate Anderson) and AJ and we kept pace with Mike (Edwards, who currently sits fourth in the championship standings), so we’re still in a good position heading towards the Countdown.  We also learned a few things about our Summit Racing Camaro and are continuing to make it better every time out.  Basically, we have a few races left before the Countdown starts, and we’re trying to accelerate our learning curve so we can be ready.  We have a short week ahead, and a lot of work to be done.”

Schatz Cruises to Victory in Outlaws Debut at Cornwall Motor Speedway

Schatz Cruises to Victory in Outlaws Debut at Cornwall Motor Speedway
He snaps a 33-race winless streak after leading all 40 feature laps at the quarter mile
 
CORNWALL, Ontario – July 29, 2012 – A quarter-mile track couldn’t have come at a better time for Donny Schatz.
A night after a violent flip destroyed his sprint car and left him beaten and bruised, Schatz rebounded in a backup car to lead all 40 laps on Sunday in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series debut at Cornwall Motor Speedway.

It was his third victory in six races at a quarter-mile track this season and it snapped a 33-race winless streak.

“Last night I was just glad to walk away from it,” Schatz said. “To come back with a victory, it’s the best thing you can ask for. We haven’t won a race in a while. We did everything we could tonight right and got a win, so it feels really good.

“It’s the way our program is built. Any time we get in that gear range we seem to have a little better handle on things – the way the car works, the way the motors run and all that. We really want to work on our big track stuff.”

After winning three of the first 12 World of Outlaws events of the season, Schatz hadn’t found the winner’s circle since April 25. Not only did he end Sunday night in Victory Lane, Schatz did so in style.

He qualified eighth quickest, led all 10 laps to win his heat race and then paced all eight laps of the dash to earn the pole for the feature.

Schatz shot out to the feature lead at the drop of the green flag with Kraig Kinser maintaining a close second. The duo entered traffic on lap eight and Kinser nearly caught a break when Schatz jumped the cushion in turns three and four while trying to lap Jessica Zemken on lap 17.

Schatz held on to the position amid tight traffic, which allowed Craig Dollansky – who drove from sixth to third in the first 15 laps – to join the battle for the lead.

“The track held up pretty well,” Dollansky said. “It definitely got slick as the night wore on. You could race the top. You could race the bottom, especially in (turns) three and four.”

The trio navigated its way through the cluster of cars as Steve Kinser began to edge closer to the front. After starting 12th, Kinser cracked the top five on lap 22 and was up to fourth on lap 25.

“We just got moving pretty good on the bottom and the middle,” he said. “The track was actually pretty good for the feature. You could move around. You could run the bottom, middle and the top. Once the cushion left it made it to where you could pass. It made a good race out of it then. Everybody could move around on it.”

As Kinser closed in on the front three, Dollansky made contact with the back of Kraig Kinser as they entered turn one with eight laps remaining. Kinser spun around, but kept his car going as Kerry Madsen slid off the track in turn four to force the only caution of the race.

Kinser, who fell to fourth, let Dollansky know his frustration during the caution. Schatz then had a clean restart and Steve Kinser got by Dollansky for the runner-up position on lap 35. Traffic appeared with three laps remaining, but Schatz negotiated the slower cars with ease to record his fourth win of the season.

“I didn’t overdrive anything,” he said. “I’ve got a little pain and thinking about that probably more than anything. Probably not overanalyzing things and trying to stay cool, calm and collected and not spin the tires, so that probably helped us get the win tonight.”

Sammy Swindell finished fourth and fast qualifier Lucas Wolfe ended fifth. Chad Kemenah was sixth, Kraig Kinser seventh, Joey Saldana eighth, Michael Parent ninth and Cody Darrah earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after driving from last – 21st – to round out the top 10.

Saldana, Schatz and Kraig Kinser each claimed a heat race.

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