No. 1005
July 17, 2019

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JUNE 5, 2019

(Photo by Whit Bazemore/Special to
It was a classic and memorable 
Gran Premio D’Italia at the spectacular Mugello circuit as Danilo Petrucci (No. 9 Mission Winnow Ducati) overcame a furious last lap battle with Marc Marquez (No. 93 Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (No. 4 Mission Winnow Ducati) to take his first win in MotoGP™ in his eighth season of GP racing. Going into the last lap, after various lead changes, Dovizioso got ahead of Marquez at Turn 1 but ran wide, leaving the door open for Petrucci to get the position back. Petrucci found himself leading at his home Grand Prix to the roar of the crowd, with Marquez fighting into second, and the stage was set for a thrilling showdown. Marquez and Dovizioso tried their best to get back at Petrucci with Marquez gaining massively in the final corner, but Petrucci held on for his first-ever win, with Marquez finishing second and Dovizioso third.

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Exhausted and drained after the furious battle, Danilo Petrucci is overcome with emotion after his first MotoGP win in eight seasons.

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Scott Dixon takes a swim in the James Scott Fountain on Belle Isle after winning Sunday's Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear NTT IndyCar Series race. Dixon, who crashed out of Saturday's Race 1 (in a truly rare occurrence), started sixth and drove his 
No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing PNC Bank Honda Turbo V6 to the front of the field and kept it there. Rookie Marcus Ericsson (No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Arrow Honda Turbo V6) delivered a great result to finish second, and Will Power (No. 12 Team Penske Verizon Chevrolet Turbo V6) stormed back to finish third in a sensational drive after encountering gear-shifting problems early on. It was a very satisfying win for Dixon, his 45th in IndyCar competition. "Today was all about redemption," said Dixon, adding he felt like "an idiot" for crashing by himself in Saturday's race. "The team nailed the strategy, the car was super-fast. We were able to get the mileage we needed to, which was going to be really tough, with the exception of those last couple cautions. I can't believe we ended up here today and it's just fantastic. Fantastic." Before the race, it was announced that Queen Elizabeth II appointed Dixon the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of his services to motorsports. It came as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours List recognizing achievements of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom. Dixon's native New Zealand is part of the British Commonwealth. "It was definitely a huge honor to get the Companion Merit of Order, which is definitely very prestigious, something you don't expect," Dixon said. "For me, I think it's not like a normal accolade, like a trophy or a race win. It's something of a very different feeling, so for me it's definitely been outstanding. Very proud to get that. Yeah, a huge day and definitely not one I'm going to forget." Next up for IndyCar is the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway next Saturday night. Live coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)
A timely pit stop catapulted Josef Newgarden (
No. 2 Team Penske Hitachi Chevrolet Turbo V6) to victory in the rain-shortened opener of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear doubleheader, as well as back into the NTT IndyCar Series championship lead. Newgarden won Saturday's race by 0.8237 of a second over Alexander Rossi (No. 27 Andretti Autosport NAPA Auto Parts Honda Turbo V6) and capped a perfect day at Belle Isle Park for team owner Roger Penske, whose team also won the IMSA sports car race in the weekend event promoted by Penske's group. "It was great to have a victory here," said Newgarden. "I think we've been strong here in the past. We've not been able to fully get a win. I think, as a team, we executed. We had the car. We definitely had the compliance, the speed from the car. I think Chevy gave us the power, the drivability. Today was a lot about drivability, especially in the wet. We had all that we needed." Takuma Sato (No. 30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda Turbo V6) finished third. The start of Saturday's race was delayed more than an hour after a thunderstorm moved through the area. INDYCAR adjusted the race from its scheduled 70 laps to a timed event, with 43 laps completed when the checkered flag waved for Newgarden.

(Michelin Motorsport)
Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron (No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 DPi/Michelin) 
came away with their second consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory in Saturday’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic in a tight, 100-minute battle on the 2.3-mile street circuit, breaking GM Racing's nine-year win streak at the event. Felipe Nasr came in second0.820 seconds behind the winning Acura in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R/Michelin co-driven by Pipo Derani. Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor (No. 7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 DPi/Michelin) picked up their third podium result in five races this season and made it two Acura Team Penske DPis in the top three with a third-place showing.

(Michelin Motorsport)
Jack Hawksworth and Richard Heistand (No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3/Michelin) won the GTD class in Saturday’s 100-minute Chevrolet Sports Car Classic. After Heistand qualified the car in fourth and held steady in the top five, Hawksworth got behind the wheel and closed in on Patrick Long in the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R/Michelin. Long, who inherited the lead from substitute teammate and polesitter Zacharie Robichon, gave way as Hawksworth ducked inside the Porsche to steal the lead with 51 minutes remaining. Although Long was able to keep Hawksworth in his sights, the No. 14 Lexus did not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the race. Long and Robichon finished second. Frankie Montecalvo and Townsend Bell (No. 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3/Michelin) finished third.

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing M&Ms Hazelnut Toyota Camry) cruised to his fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season in Sunday’s Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. Busch led a race-high 79 of 160 laps — including the final 21 after a cycle of green-flag pit stops. With his 55th victory in the series, Busch tied NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace for ninth on the career win list. Next above him is the late Dale Earnhardt, who won 76 races. It was the ninth triumph in 14 races this season for Joe Gibbs Racing, equaling the organization’s total from 2018. “I just can’t say enough about everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing,” Busch said in Victory Lane. “Everybody that works there works so hard to build these awesome Camrys. … We’ve had an amazing roll this year here so far. We’ve been doing well." Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Wabash National Ford Mustang) shot past Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing DEWALT Toyota Camry) into the runner-up position on the final restart. He finished 2.224 seconds behind Busch, while Jones finished third.

Volkswagen's ID.R, powered by two electric motors, lapped the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 6:05.336 minutes – faster than any electric vehicle before it. Romain Dumas beat the previous record set by Peter Dumbreck in the NIO EP9 in 2017 by 40.564 seconds with an average speed of 206.96 km/h. The 500 kW (680 PS) emission-free ID.R race car is the racing flagship of the future fully electric ID. product family from Volkswagen. Romain Dumas already achieved the absolute track record of 7:57.148 minutes at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24, 2018. And just three weeks later, he achieved a new best time for electric cars of 43.86 seconds at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England. The new record on the legendary Nordschleife has now been added to these successful runs.

(Bentley Motors, Inc.)
Bentley Motors will attempt to break the outright production car record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the new Continental GT later this month. The current record and time to beat is 10:26.9. Last year, the record for a production SUV at Pikes Peak was set by the Bentley Bentayga in a time of 10:49.9 - taking nearly two minutes off the previous record by averaging 66.5 mph. The Continental GT - racing under No. 100 to celebrate Bentley's 100 years - is equipped with the W12. Former ‘King of the Mountain’ and Pikes Peak veteran Rhys Millen will drive the Continental GT during the record attempt, which will take place on June 30. 

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