TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Dodging trouble all day, Brad Keselowski punched his ticket for the field of eight in the next round of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at Talladega Super Speedway on Sunday. The win in the Alabama 500 came on a day when all the attention was on Dale Earnhardt Jr.
TALLADEGA, AL - RIS - NASCAR's Most Popular driver sits on the pole at his favorite track. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for Sunday's Alabama 500 in what will be his final start at Talladega Superspeedway, a track where he has won six times in his career. Earnhardt won his second pole of the season and first career at Talladega. He toured the 2.66-mile track with a lap of 190.544 mph to capture the top spot.
TALLADEGA, AL – RIS - Parker Kligerman led the final two laps and won in overtime to score his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway. It was an elimination race to the series champiobship
Red Bull Air Race World Championship on the Line This Weekend at IMS
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 - With only one race left, four pilots from three continents remain locked in the fight for the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Who will triumph to kiss the famous bricks in Indianapolis and take home the World Championship trophy?
After seven global races spanning eight months, the wait is almost over: This Saturday and Sunday, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host the Red Bull Air Race season finale for the first time. In a weekend packed with heart-stopping action, one name will join the legends who have made sporting history at the holy grail of motorsport. Will it be Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic, Yoshihide Muroya of Japan, Pete McLeod of Canada or America's own Kirby Chambliss?
• Sixteen races return from this year's schedule, most retaining same slot
• Phoenix Raceway event reverts to preferred first weekend in April
• Important Pacific Northwest market re-entered with return to Portland International Raceway
INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017) - Consistency and stability, plus the return of a favored track in the Pacific Northwest, highlight INDYCAR's announcement of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule that again contains 17 races.
Sixteen of the 17 races from this year's exciting and momentum-building season return in 2018, with most falling in the same spot on the calendar to further capitalize on their date equity. The newcomer to next year's schedule is Portland International Raceway, which hosted Indy car races under CART and Champ Car sanction from 1984-2007, including what is still the closest race finish in Indy car history on a road or street course. The Portland event is set for Labor Day weekend in 2018.
America’s Premier Vintage Racing Series to Join Trans Am at Classic Road Racing Venue
Southlake, TX (October 12, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today revised its 14-race weekend schedule for 2018 to accommodate a recent opportunity to join the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at historic Road Atlanta Raceway, considered by many to be one of the greatest road racing venues in the United States. The event will begin with qualifying on Thursday, March 29 with racing on Friday and Saturday, March 30 & 31.
“This is all kind of sudden, but it is just too good of an opportunity to pass up. Since the first day I stepped into my role at SVRA, our racers have been asking for a Road Atlanta date,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella, who also is majority owner of the Trans Am Series. “Being able to again leverage the assets of Trans Am with SVRA is the right recipe for our growth strategy. Add to that the significance of Road Atlanta as one of the most revered sports car racing venues, it’s a winning combination.”
CONCORD, NC - RIS - Martin Truex, Jr. continued his hot streak, winning the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race in damp, dreary Charlotte Motor Speedway. Truex had to survive late cautions to earn the victory, his sixth of the season. Chase Elliott finished second for the second straight week and Kevin Harvick was third.
(CONCORD, NC – OCT 8, 2017 – RIS) Martin Truex Jr and his crew took a car that he admitted was nowhere near winning and drove it to Victory Lane after a late race overtime restart for Furniture Row Racing's sixth win and 21st top ten finish in the 2017 season. Kevin Harvick dominated the race, leading 149 out of the 337 laps, including an overtime restart, with Truex leading the next most laps – 91. Denny Hamlin headed 45 rounds while Kyle Busch was in front for 22 laps. Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson both led a dozen laps, while Jamie McMurray was in front for four laps and Kasey Kahne headed a pair of rounds.
SUZUKA, Japan-R.I.S.- Having to take advantage of one safety car, two virtual safety cars, a retirement from rival Sebastian Vettel, and a last-minute challenge from runner up Max Verstappen, did not deter Lewis Hamilton from edging ever so closer to his fourth world championship, as the Briton won the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday at the Suzuka International Circuit by 1.2 seconds over the Dutchman. Red Bull made it a double podium by having Daniel Ricciardo finish in third.
(CONCORD, NC – OCT 7, 2017 – RIS) Alex Bowman earned his career first NASCAR national series victory in the Drive for the Cure 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. Starting the race just after 8:30 at night, instead of the scheduled 3:00 in the afternoon, thanks to rain that fell through most of the day but finally stopped in time for the track to be dried. Second place went to Sam Hornish Jr and Ryan Blaney took third place, followed by Austin Dillon and Brennan Poole to complete the top five. Bowman has been tapped to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr in the No. 88 Hendrick Chevy, with his new livery unveiled just a few days ago.
SUZUKA, Japan-R.I.S.- Breaking the lap record of the Suzuka International Circuit three times on Saturday, Lewis Hamilton finally set a 1:27:319 fastest time, taking his 10th pole of the season, and his very first front position start at this track for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. Despite his grid spot penalty earlier in the day, Valterri Bottas finished in second, with Sebastian Vettel in third.
Hamlin Tops at Bojangle's Pole Night
(CONCORD, NC – OCT 6, 2017 – RIS) Denny Hamlin took his No. 11 Fed-Ex Toyota to the top qualifying position for Sunday afternoon's Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Only eleventh after the first session and moving to third in the second knockout qualifying session, he topped Matt Kenseth's Tide Toyota, also from the Joe Gibbs Racing stables, by sixteen thousandths of a second. Kenseth pipped Kevin Harvick by fourteen thousandths to put the Jimmy John's Ford in third, followed by a third JGR car. Kyle Busch will start off fourth, with Clint Bowyer fifth.
Charlotte Motor Speedway has updated its ROVAL course layout with synthetic turf installed at a new chicane added to the exit of oval Turn 4; For the 2018 Bank of America 500 race weekend, another chicane will be added to the oval backstretch, making the ROVAL a challenging 18-turn, 2.4-mile course with a 35-foot elevation change. Next year the ROVAL will host the first road course races in the history of NASCAR's Playoffs; Goodyear will host select NASCAR teams for a tire test on the ROVAL Oct. 17-18