(CONCORD, NC – MAR 29, 2015 – RIS) A Saturday sellout and near capacity crowd on Sunday saw Don Schumacher get a boost in his recovery from cancer over the winter by taking both nitro class wins at the only four-wide event on the NHRA national schedule. Funny Car went to 'Fast' Jack Beckman's Ultimate Hero car in a win over Del Worsham. Fellow Don Schumacher Racing driver Antron Brown laid down a pass of 3.749/ on a reaction time of .041 to defeat Steve Torrence. Pro Stock went to Larry Morgan in his new FireAde Camaro over Greg Anderson, and Andrew Hines' HD V-Rod beat out fellow Vance & Hines rider Eddie Krawiec's similar bike.
ST PETERSBURG, FL – RIS – Juan Montoya drove his No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to victory Sunday in the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He started from the fourth position. Teammate Will Power finished second. Chip Ganassi driver Tony Kanaan, and Montoya’s other Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top five. It was Montoya’s 13th Indy car victory and 175th for Team Penske.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Denny Hamlin held off a determined Brad Keselowski as the laps wound down in a close finish to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Hamlin became the first Toyota driver to win at the paper clip-shaped speedway just south of Roanoke, Virginia. Hamlin won by using a tactic of slowing down on his exit to pit road to assure that he wouldn’t be on the outside, a position that can almost assuredly give you a disadvantage. It nearly backfired for him on the last pit stop when two cars, those of Joey Logano and Brad Keslowski got by him, putting him fourth on the restart, but he marched through the field and for the win.
New Dallara IL-15 chassis, powered by 450 HP, 2.0-liter turbocharged Mazda MZR-R engines made a flawless 2015 debut. Edward Jones from Dubai UAE won both weekend event races in St. Petersburg.
Jones’ team Carlin is one of the most successful teams in junior motorsport, with race winning success in championships such as British F3, Porsche Supercup, World Series by Nissan, Formula Renault 3.5, FIA Formula 3 European Championship, GP3 Series and GP2 Series.
ST PETERSBURG, FL – RIS – Welcome to sunny Florida. Clear blue skies and mild temperatures in the 70s have treated race fans to two days of exciting racing. RIS is here again to bring you event coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg - stay tuned.
What is up with those Ganassi Aero kitted front wings?
Were they sandbagging the rest of the competition? Or are they struggling to find the right setup? None of his four Chevrolet drivers drove into the Firestone Fast Six qualifying round at a race where the winner usually comes from the front three rows. His rookie driver Sage Karam, from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, injured his hand during a practice session a few weeks ago. He will start from the 18th position. IndyCar champion and Indy 500 race winner Scott Dixon qualified ninth. Charlie Kimball qualified 13th. Tony Kanaan almost made it into the top six after he was slowed in round 2 by some other drivers that were accused of blocking the Indy 500 champion.
CONCORD, N.C. (March 28, 2015) – Courtney Force powered to the No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car on her final attempt Saturday at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
ST PETERSBURG, FL – RIS – Team Penske swept the front two rows starting positions for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg during qualifying on the 1.8 mile temporary street circuit.
The new Chevrolet Aero kit worked beyond expectations for the IndyCar powerhouse. Engineers at Chevy put together the right combination of pieces and parts for 2014 IndyCar champion Will Power to break the event track record twice and win the pole positon.
MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS - Joey Logano remained perfect at Martinsville Speedway by winning the Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series race. Logano had already won the pole position for Sunday's STP 500 Sprint Cup race and the pole for the Kroger 250. His win in the Kroger 230 makes him 3-3 with one more race to go on Sunday.
Starting Line Up 17th Annual Martinsville Speedway
ST PETERSBURG, FL – RIS - Honda and Chevrolet competitively debut their Aero kit configurations this weekend at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Here is a closer look:
The Aero kit program was initiated by the ICONIC committee in 2010 and supported by Honda and Chevrolet.
*Honda and Chevrolet each designed one aero kit with parts for road/street courses, short ovalsand superspeedways (tracks 1.5-miles and longer).
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 27, 2015) - Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power kicked off the "aero era" by recording the quickest lap time in today's initial practice session for the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Power's lap of 1 minute, 1.4709 seconds in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet breezed past the 2014 Verizon P1 Award-winning lap of 1:01.8668 produced by Takuma Sato on the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit.
Power was among five drivers, including Team Penske teammates Juan Pablo Montoya (1:01.6996) and Helio Castroneves (1:01.7000), to better last year's pole time, even without the Firestone Firehawk alternate tires that they'll be allowed to use in the three rounds of Saturday qualifications.
(MARTINSVILLE, VA – MAR 27, 2015 – RIS) Joey Logano may have learned drag racing from Cruz Pedregon and Roy Hill on Wednesday but he carried that knowledge to Martinsville's 'paperclip' scoring his tenth career and second season pole.
NHRA Friday Falls to Mother Nature
(CONCORD, NC – MARCH 27, 2015 – RIS) Rain showers lasting through most of the day resulted in NHRA cancelling Friday's qualifying round and only two rounds slated for Saturday's on-track action. Even nine jet-engined driers couldn't get the track readied for competition in the face of persistent rain and mist conditions. Weather forecasts for the remainder of the weekend promise sunny skies with high temperatures in the mid-50s both days, so speeds and times on the brand-new pavement may be record-breaking.
Joey Logano and Cruz Pedregon Participate in the Snap-On Seat Swap
(CONCORD, NC – MAR 25, 2015 – RIS) Joey Logano and Cruz Pedregon both stepped out of their comfort zones at sMAX Dragway (for Logano) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (for Pedregon) in the Snap-On Seat Swap promotional event.
Track: 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit (clockwise)
Race distance: 110 laps / 198 miles
2014 race winner: Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car)
FONTANA, CA - RIS - Brad Keselowski passed Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch on the final lap to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. While Harvick chased Busch down the stretch in a battle of the best cars in the Fontana Keselowski was buried in 17th place -- until the yellow flags started flying.
A caution for debris allowed Keselowski to move up to sixth. When a second flag went up, he took four new tires while Harvick and Busch got only two.
"I knew Harvick and Busch had been the class of the weekend and deserved to win on speed," Keselowski said after his 17th career Sprint Cup victory. "Maybe we kind of stole one today."
FONTANA, CA – RIS – Kevin Harvick continues to win and win again in NASCAR races. Today it was the drive4clots.com 300. Once again, Harvick had a dominating performance against a strong field. It has become the norm in 2015. Harvick took the lead on Lap 38 of the event and never looked back. His margin of victory at the end was 3.317 seconds over second-finishing Brenden Gaughan, but he led by twice as much during the course of the race. Domination is a word that has been used to describe Harvick’s 2015 season, and for good reason.
FONTANA, CA – RIS – Kurt Busch, in just his first race back after his suspension for alleged domestic violence, won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race after a top five finish last week at Phoenix International Raceway. His pole position made the front row for the race a complete Stewart-Haas Racing sweep, as the circuit’s hottest driver, Kevin Harvick, will start alongside Busch.
Harvick Dominates Phoenix Flag to Flag
(PHOENIX, AZ – MAR 15, 2015 – RIS) Kevin Harvick became the 2015 season's first repeat winner in a dominating performance, leading 225 of the 312 laps and finishing 1.154 second ahead of Jamie McMurray's second place finishing Chevy. The top five finishers were all Chevys, with Ryan Newman third, Kasey Kahne fourth and Kurt Busch fifth in his first race back after a NASCAR suspension.with Brad Keselowski bringing his Ford home in sixth. Harvick's win was his fourth consecutive victory at Phoenix, and the 30th of his career which began in 2001. Harvick has accomplished a top three finish in all events in 2015.
Logano Dominant for First Phoenix Win
(Phoenix, AZ – Mar 14, 2015 – RIS) Joey Logano had the obvious fastest car in qualifying, setting fastest times in all three sessions and parlaying that speed into a lead over Matt Kenseth of nearly three tenths of a second in winning Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race. Logano led 176 laps in the 200 lap race.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – To no one’s surprise, Kevin Harvick will sit on the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick toured the one-mile track in 25.577 seconds (140.751 mph) during the final round of Friday’s knockout qualifying to win his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season and the 15th of his career. Harvick has won five of the last six races at this track.
(CONCORD, NC – March 11, 2015 – RIS) Kevin Harvick's No. 4 Chevy continued to be tops in the field, posting an unofficial fastest time in testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After yesterday's closed NASCAR testing and the open test scheduled for today, ended, nothing remained but to await the 'Test & Tune' at zMAX Dragway this Saturday.
Stewart-Haas Racing driver still on indefinite probation
(CONCORD, NC – MARCH 11, 2015 – RIS) In a NASCAR press release today, NASCAR announced today that, effectively immediately, the indefinite suspension of Kurt Busch has been lifted. He is eligible to return to NASCAR racing under indefinite probation subject to additional mandatory requirements that include but are not limited to participation in a treatment program and full compliance with any judicial requirements placed upon him.
TORRANCE, Calif. (March 9, 2015) – Honda today debuted the package of aerodynamic upgrades and components its teams will use in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series, as the manufacturer seeks to add to an already impressive list of accomplishments in American open-wheel racing.
The 2015 Honda Indy car “aero kit”, produced by Honda Performance Development, Honda’s racing arm in North America, includes nearly 200 individual pieces that can be fitted to the existing Honda-powered Dallara Indy car chassis. All are intended to give Honda’s six IndyCar Series teams the ability to maximize performance at each of the 15 circuits that make up the 2015 championship schedule.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Kevin Harvick followed the pattern of the last race, and dominated the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick led 142 of the 267 laps en route to his win, the first of the season and the 29th of his career. The 2014 Sprint Cup Champion had a winning speed of 143.677 mph, but that doesn’t tell the story of just how much better he was than the rest of the field. He passed cars at will and moved away once he got to the front.
LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS - Austin Dillon survived a strong challenge from Ryan Blaney to win the Boyd Gaming 300 Xfinity race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Blaney had four fresh tires on his car when battled Dillon in the last seven laps. Blaney went high in an attempt to pass Dillon, but Dillon blocked him and went on to get the chers for his first Xfinity win since 2012.
The 20th season of racing at Perris Auto Speedway began March seventh with the “Sokola Classic” and a second Perris win by Richard Vander Weerd who lead the last 23 of the 30 lap feature after a fifth place start.
LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS - Jeff Gordon continued his fast qualifying speeds in 2015, as he will sit on the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gordon has won poles at two of the first three races in 2015. It is the last year Gordon will compete in the Sprint Cup Series.
Covering the 1.5-mile distance in 27.738 seconds (194.679 mph), Gordon shaved .201 seconds off the track record Joey Logano set last year.
40,000 Horsepower, Three Days, One Track:
NHRA 4-Wide Nationals By the Numbers
-- For Immediate Release -- by zMAX Dragway
CONCORD, N.C. (March 2, 2015) – With the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway less than one month away, fans are already getting revved up for the most intense motorsports spectacle around. The nitro-fueled thrill show, March 27-29, brings three days of excitement unlike anything else in sports, with the fastest-accelerating machines on the planet unleashing a 40,000 horsepower assault on the Bellagio of drag strips. For this exclusive event, we’ve gathered the numbers that racing fans will only experience at zMAX Dragway.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Starting 27th had little effect on Jimmie Johnson. The six-time champion moved up through the field, taking the lead for the first time on lap 198 (of 325). From then on, it was light’s out, as he dominated the field, finishing 1.802 seconds ahead of second place finisher Kevin Harvick. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished third, Joey Logano was fourth, and Matt Kenseth was fifth.
It was the 71st victory of Johnson's career, and his fourth at the 1.54-mile track south of Atlanta. It also gives him an almost-certain spot in the season-ending Chase, going for a title that would tie him with Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Two-time Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton raced from his 15th place starting position to scorch the field in the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 NCWTS race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Kevin Harvick watched Joey Logano lead the first 49 laps and then dominated the remainder of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Logano and Harvick were the class of the field. It was the third straight Xfinity race win at AMS for Harvick. Logano has been the runner-up the last two years.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano picked up where he left off last Sunday. Backing up his big win in the Great American Race, Logano streaked to the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Fold of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. With a lap at 194.683 mph in the final round of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series knockout qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Logano put his No. 22 Team Penske Ford in first Place again on this day.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Joey Logano held off Kevin Harvick and a host of other cars to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Daytona 500 on Sunday. The race ended under a yellow flag for a seven-car pileup on the final lap. The Great American Race was the Amazing American race with 33 of the 43 competitors finishing on the lead lap. Three wide racing at times and over the final 20 laps made this edition of the Daytona 500 full of suspense and drama.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 22, 2015 – RIS) Joey Logano held off a challenge from Kevin Harvick and used a push from Denny Hamlin to win the Daytona 500 and close out a Ford clean sweep of all four major races at the Speedway's Speedweeks. "What an amazing moment. Wow. To win this race is just amazing," said Logano in Victory Lane. "I have the best team on pit road for sure. These guys are awesome. My spotter did a great job giving me the information I need to get our front and stay out front before that last caution and be able to have a good restart there at the end. I knew I had the 15 behind me and Clint Bowyer was the best pusher I could find out there and was able to push me to the lead and I knew I wanted the outside to make sure he was behind me to work up there again."
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Ryan Reed came from back in the pack on the final lap, to win the Alert Today 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International speedway on Saturday. The race marked the first-ever event with new series sponsor Xfinity. To get his first Xfinity victory, Reed was running third behind leader Brad Keselowski on the final lap when he got a big push from teammate Chris Buescher and the duo shot to the front and taking the checkered flag in that order.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 20, 2015 – RIS) Tyler Reddick raced his No. 19 DrawTite Ford to Victory Lane in Friday evening’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win. Starting third, he outlasted pole winner Ty Dillon who faded to 11th at the finish and held off Erik Jones and Scott Lagasse Jr after a late race caution when Ryan Ellis’ truck stalled on the track.
Nascar Indefinitely Suspends Driver Kurt Busch
Driver suspended for actions detrimental to stock car racing
(Daytona Beach, Fla. Feb. 20, 2015) -- NASCAR has indefinitely suspended driver Kurt Busch for actions detrimental to stock car racing following the release today of a supplemental disposition setting forth the findings and conclusions that formed the basis for the Family Court of the State of Delaware’s decision on Monday to issue an Order of Protection from Abuse against him.
The starting lineup for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Daytona 500
Driver Date Time Speed
Track Race Record: Bill Elliott 02/08/87 12:15:10 197.802
Pos Car Driver Team Reason
Row 1: 1 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet
Row 2: 3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet
4 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Crispy Toyota
Row 3: 5 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford
6 19 Carl Edwards Arris Toyota
Row 4: 7 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet
8 16 Greg Biffle Ortho Ford
Row 5: 9 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – When the dust cleared at Daytona, two familiar faces emerged as winners in the two Budweiser Duel qualifying races for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. Even though Matt Kenseth led the most laps, it was Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in Victory Lane at the end of the first race. Earnhardt got the lead by using the old slingshot move on Kenseth and never gave up the lead. Earnhardt, with new sponsorship from Nationwide Insurance, crossed the finish line to secure his third place starting spot in the Daytona 500. Earnhardt fought off pole-sitter and teammate Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano, Tony Stewart, and Clint bowyer for the win. Kenseth faded and was not a factor at the end.