No. 968
October 17, 2018

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AUGUST 22, 2018

(Michelin Motorsport)
Co-drivers Alexander Sims and Connor De Phillippi (No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE/Michelin) delivered the new-for-2018 BMW M8 GTE's first victory anywhere in the world in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway. The winning duo combined to lead a race-high total of 32 laps of 88 trips around the 3.27-mile road circuit that comprised the two-hour, 40-minute race. Sims led the final 31 laps and crossed the finish line 1.323 seconds ahead of Jan Magnussen (No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R/Michelin, co-driven by Antonio Garcia) to take the victory. “It was down to the last pit stop,” De Phillippi said. "The Michelin tires were hooked up and held up so well we didn’t have to put any on the last stop. Alex just drove the wheels off to it for the finish. This win feels amazing. This is a new program, and obviously when you switch to a new brand and a new family you always want to win the first year out. I got one at the Nürburgring, and now to do one with my full-time team in this series, it’s really special to me and feels really great.” After winning the Michelin GT Challenge each of the past two years, Magnussen and Antonio Garcia came up just shy of a three-peat in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R . It was the team’s seventh podium result of the season and sixth consecutive, and it vaulted them into the GTLM championship lead by four points, 269-265, over co-drivers Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe (No. 67 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT/Michelin) with three races to go. John Edwards and Jesse Krohn made it two BMW M8s on the podium with a third-place run in the No. 24 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE/Michelin entry. In addition to it being the first victory for the M8, it also was the first time two M8s finished on the podium in the same race.
(Michelin Performance)
The IMSA GT cars put on a show in the 
Michelin GT Challenge at VIR on Sunday.
(Sideline Sports Photography © 2018)
Dominik Baumann was in the right place at the right time in a victorious effort alongside co-driver Kyle Marcelli in Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway. Running in the fourth position with 30 minutes remaining, Baumann drove his No. 14 3GT Racing Lexus RC F GT3 through a series of incidents involving the top three ahead of him. Once clear, he went on to lead the race’s final 17 laps, edging Patrick Long (No. 58 Porsche 911 GT3 R) by 0.567 seconds in a thrilling last-lap battle for the GT Daytona (GTD) class win. The race-winning sequence began when the No. 44 Audi R8 LMS GT3 of Andy Lally got a run on the race-leading No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 of Lawson Aschenbach. The two made slight , allowing the No. 33 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Jeroen Bleekemolen to pull alongside Lally for the lead. One corner later, Lally and Bleekemolen made side-to-side , sending the No. 33 into a spin with Baumann capitalizing to pass both for the lead. “I saw the Audi and Mercedes fighting in front of me and going off,” said Baumann, who won earlier this year alongside Marcelli at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. “We just stayed out of trouble and just did our race.” It certainly wasn’t easy for Baumann from there, however. In the closing minutes, Katherine Legge (No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian Acura NXS GT3) made up a nearly 10-second deficit to get to the bumper of Baumann on the final lap. The two raced side-by-side up the backstretch of the 3.27-mile circuit, but Baumann had the benefit of the inside line. Long took advantage of the battle ahead of him and was able to slip by Legge to finish second alongside co-driver Christina Nielsen. Legge and co-driver Mario Farnbacher finished third, with Legge making up significant ground in the GTD points race with two races remaining. Next up for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the penultimate round of the season, the America’s Tire 250 as part of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Sept. 7-9. The two-hour, 40-minute race will be televised live beginning at 5 p.m. ET on FS1. Live IMSA Radio coverage also will be available on ,  and SiriusXM Radio (Sirius 119/XM 202/App 972). Tickets are available now at .
(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)
Alexander Rossi (No. 27 Andretti Autosport NAPA Auto Parts Honda Turbo V6/Dallara) flat dominated the ABC Supply 500 Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, leading 180 of the 200 laps. It was Rossi's third win of the season and he's now 29 points behind Scott Dixon in the IndyCar Championship standings. The race was marred by a vicious crash involving Robert Wickens (No. 6 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Lucas Oil Honda Turbo V6/Dallara) on Lap 7. Wickens touched wheels with Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 Andretti Autosport DHL Honda Turbo V6/Dallara) and was launched up into the catch fencing near Turn 2. Wickens suffered two broken ankles, a broken arm and injuries to his spine, as well as a pulmonary contusion. The race was stopped for two hours to make repairs to the catch fencing. When it resumed, Rossi proceeded to spank the field. Will Power (No. 12 Team Penske Verizon Chevrolet Turbo V6/Dallara) was second, and Scott Dixon (No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing PNC Bank Honda Turbo V6/Dallara) finished third.

From INDYCAR: Medical update on Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens.
ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania (Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018) - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens underwent surgery Monday, Aug. 20 at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest to stabilize a thoracic spinal fracture associated with a spinal cord injury sustained during the INDYCAR event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 19. Titanium rods and screws were placed successfully in Wickens' spine during the surgery, which was performed without complication. The severity of the spinal cord injury is indeterminate at this time. Wickens is expected to undergo further surgeries to treat fractures in his lower extremities and right forearm. He remains in stable condition. Further updates will be provided when available.
(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)
Will Power (No. 12 Team Penske Verizon Chevrolet Turbo V6/Dallara) qualified first for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway with a two-lap average speed of 219.511 mph. It was the 2018 Indianapolis 500 champion's 53rd pole of his 14-year career, moving him into a tie for second on the all-time list with the great A. J. Foyt. Only Mario Andretti, with 67 career poles, has more. "I never thought I'd be up in that sort of company," Power said. "To be next to A.J. Foyt's name, I wouldn't have expected that when I started my career. So amazing!"
(Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
“Old guys rule!” screamed 40-year-old Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford) after he took the checkered flag in an action-packed NASCAR Bristol Night Race on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was Busch’s first victory since the 2017 Daytona 500, sixth at the .533-mile short track and the 30th of his career. Kurt Busch is now 26th on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series all-time list, and Kurt and Kyle Busch are the first pair of brothers to reach 30 victories each at NASCAR’s highest level. Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing DC Solar Chevrolet) was second and Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet) finished third. The victory locked Busch into the playoffs. With insurmountable points margins with two races left, non-winners Larson, Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski also clinched playoff spots.
Editor-in-Chief's Note: The following is courtesy of BMW; we thought our readers would enjoy it. -PMD

Next weekend, BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi will have a guest drive in a DTM BMW at Misano, Italy. The 51-year-old driver is a legend, successful both in motorsport and in paracycling. Zanardi took time out for a brief interview.
At Misano, you will race with the No. 12 – why that number?
Alessandro Zanardi: “The number 12 is a metaphorical gift to my friend Jimmy Vasser.”
You like to cook – do you have a favorite recipe?
Zanardi: “Yes, Pizza.”
What is the perfect evening for you?
Zanardi: “Spending it with my friends – and having a beer would make it even better.”
What’s your favorite book?
Zanardi: “Actually it would be cool to write a book. I like to write a lot. If it would be a book I read it would be adventure books, like Clive Cussler.”
You have an ocean going boat license – what do you like about the ocean?
Zanardi: “I fear the ocean, but I love it. I like to live on water, and to sink under water, and to just watch it around me. I enjoy that. But I do respect the ocean a lot.”
What’s your favorite music?
Zanardi: “I don’t have a special favorite song or artist, I can go from Celine Dion to Eminem. I like them both – and everything that is in-between.”
What did you want to become when you were a kid?
Zanardi: “A race car driver! Well, before that it was more to become an astronaut, but a race car driver came reasonably fast to my mind.”
With your “Bimbingamba” foundation, you support children with amputations and provide them with prostheses. Why is it so important for you to help them?
Zanardi: “I think to share in life is what keeps us alive. I like to be happy, but I am much happier if I live surrounded by people who are happier. So serenity comes also from being surrounded by people who suffer less, and I try to do what I can from my side to make a better world.”
What’s your favorite country to spend your holiday?
Zanardi: “Italy. In Italy, we don’t appreciate as much as we should what we have. If you see Italy, you’ve seen the world.”
What advice for life would you give your son?
Zanardi: “I can only try to set examples for him, but have to say: stay curious. When you are curious, you search for inspiration from others, and you don’t have to necessarily watch somebody famous to get the right one. You may be a mother getting up in the morning who, although she feels sick, prepares breakfast for her kids and goes to work because there is a family to feed.”
Is there any new adventure you dream of?
Zanardi: “Any new adventure? I don’t know? To be the first man on Mars? Something simple, you know (laughs).”
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