No. 968
October 17, 2018

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JUNE 27, 2018

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)
Josef Newgarden (
No. 1 Team Penske Verizon Chevrolet Turbo V6) led all but two of the 55 laps on his way to winning the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America on Sunday. Newgarden established a new race record speed of 132.101 mph in the caution-free Verizon IndyCar event. Newgarden won by 3.3759 seconds over Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 Andretti Autosport DHL Honda Turbo V6) to pick up his third victory of the 2018 season and 10th of his seven-year career. "It was a hard-fought day; it was not as easy as it looked," Newgarden said. "I was looking at my mirrors half the day at Ryan closing in on me." Starting from the pole position after winning the Verizon P1 Award in qualifying on Saturday, Newgarden led the first 13 laps on the 14-turn, 4.014-mile permanent road course - "America's National Park of Speed" - until making his first pit stop. 
(Photo by Chris Ownes/INDYCAR)
Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 Andretti Autosport DHL Honda Turbo V6) recorded his best Road America finish in five attempts with his runner-up finish. It moved the Andretti Autosport driver into second place in the championship after 10 of 17 races, trailing Scott Dixon by 45 points. "I thought we had the pace for (Newgarden) early on," said Hunter-Reay, the 2012 series champion. "But after we took that second-to-last set of reds and then at the end with him on the new reds, I could keep up with him for a bit but then in the dirty air I just couldn't do anything with him. That's about all we had today. Good, fun day. One position short."
(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)
Scott Dixon (No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing PNC Bank Honda Turbo V6) crests the hill at Turn 6 at Road America on his way to a third-place finish. Dixon, the four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion and 2017 winner at Road America, recovered from his worst starting position 
(eighth) in five starts at the track to finish third. "Had we started a little further up, we could have had a good shot at trying to fight for the win today," Dixon said. "Speed-wise, we were right there. Had a bit of a crack at Hunter-Reay on his out lap on the last stint there, but cooked it too much going into (Turn) 14, got a bit loose, lost momentum. That would have been really the only chance of passing him. All in all, great points day for us, lead in the championship, which is important."
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Volkswagen has made history at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Romain Dumas, driving the 500-kW (680 PS) I.D. R Pikes Peak, not only broke the previous record for electric vehicles, but also bettered Sébastien Loeb’s all-time course record from 2013 – by a full 16 seconds. Dumas’ new record time on the 19.99 kilometers, 156 corners mountain course is 7m 57.148s minutes. The I.D. R Pikes Peak was developed and built in just 250 days.
(BBC Sport)
Lewis Hamilton (No. 44 Mercedes AMG Petronas) reclaimed the world championship lead with a dominant victory in the French Grand Prix. Hamilton led from start to finish except for one lap around his pit stop. Hamilton moved fourteen points ahead of Sebastian Vettel (No. 5 Scuderia Ferrari) in the F1 title chase, who finished fifth. It was Hamilton's 65th Grand Prix victory. Max Verstappen (No. 3 Aston Martin Red Bull) was second and Kimi Raikkonen (No. 7 Scuderia Ferrari) finished third.
(Jared Tilton/Getty Images)
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing 5-Hour Energy/Bass Pro Shops Toyota) captured his third race win of 2018 when he won at Sonoma Raceway in California on Sunday. The defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion led a race-high 62 laps (of 120) on the natural-terrain road course. Truex and his crew chief, Cole Pearn, feinted a pit stop maneuver but stayed on the track at the last second. With little time to react, Truex’s closest competitors continued to pit road as the Toyota Camry driver then waited to pit laps later, leaving Truex with fresher tires for the finish and resulting in a 10-second victory over Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Mobil 1 Ford). Clint Boyer (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing One Cure Ford) finished third.
(Larry Chen)
Travis Pastrana took the win in the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Time Attack 1 class on Yamaha ADVAN A052 street tires at the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Pastrana’s “Race to the Clouds” victory clocked in at 10:33.897, which bested a field of seven other competitors in the new class. David Donohue (2017 Porsche GT3R) captured the win in Time Attack 1 on ADVAN A005 racing slicks with a time of 9:37.152, which placed him him 6thoverall and gave him a new class record in the process.
Denmark’s Michael Christensen (No. 24 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R) powered to a 2.2-second GT Sprint victory in the 50-minute Pirelli World Challenge 
GT Sprint Round 7 event at Road America on Sunday.  Last Sunday, Christensen teamed with Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor to capture the LMGTE Pro class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was Christensen's second PWC win of the 2018 season. Christensen made a sensational start in the 21-lap GT/GTS feature following the Verizon IndyCar Series race at "America's National Park of Speed." He was able to extend his advantage to 3.2 second by lap four and cruised to the win over Saturday GT Sprint race winner Alvaro Parente (No. 9 K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3). Daniel Mancinelli (No. 31 TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3) finished third. In the other Pirelli World Challenge classes Sunday, it was 17-year-old Parker Chase (No. 19 TruSpeed Autosport Audi R8 LMS) nipping veteran Martin Fuentes (No. 007 Squadra Corse Italia Ferrari 488 GT3) by inches (0.008 seconds) to capture the GTA category. Ian James (No. 50 Panoz) took his second GTS win of the weekend and in the GTSA class, local favorite Jeff Courtney (No. 99 JCR Motorsports Maserati Grand Turismo GT4) took his first class win Sunday over Mike Hedlund (No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS GT4) and Drew Staveley (No. 12 Ian Lacy Racing Ginetta G55).      Next up for the Pirelli World Challenge Championships is Portland International Raceway on July 13-15 with all eight series classes competing in its first PWC event at the track since 2006.   
(Porsche images)
When 37-year-old Timo Bernhard crossed the finish line of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife on Friday morning (6/29) at the wheel of the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo he set a new, absolute, all-time track record with a blistering lap of 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds. (Watch the video . -WG) The two-time Le Mans winner and reigning World Endurance Champion beat the lap record on the revered 20.8 kilometer long German race circuit that had stood for 35 years. On May 28 in 1983, Stefan Bellof lapped the world-renowned track with a Porsche 956 C in a legendary time of 6:11.13 minutes. The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo is a development of the Le Mans prototype with which Porsche won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well as the FIA World Endurance Championship three times in a row – manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles respectively.