No. 793,
April 22, 2015

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The Line


APRIL 29, 2015


(Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for GM/Chevrolet Racing)
Josef Newgarden (No. 67 CFH Racing Hartman Oil Chevrolet) scored his first Verizon IndyCar Series win in the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, on Sunday. Newgarden held off a hard-charging
Graham Rahal (No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Steak 'n Shake Honda) to win by 2.2061 seconds at the end of the race. Newgarden, a 24-year-old from Hendersonville, Tennessee, delivered the first victory for CFH Racing since the merger of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing; and the team's sixth win overall. It was Newgarden's 55th IndyCar start. (See more coverage in this week's "Fumes" -WG)

(Photo by Gregg Ellman/LAT for GM/Chevrolet Racing)
"This is the way I wanted to do it. I didn't want to win on some crazy incident, or on luck," Newgarden said after his first IndyCar win. "This team deserves it. They gave me an incredible car and let me get out there and rip with the thing and pass people on pure merit. And that's due to CFH Racing - they were just incredible today. We're going up against the giants, but I think this team can be a giant one day."

(Photo by Chris Owens/IndyCar)
Graham Rahal drove an inspired race, charging from fifth in the final ten laps on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park road course, and passing Scott Dixon on the final lap to claim his first podium finish since Belle Isle Race 1 last May. "The Honda did a great job for me today," Rahal said. "I passed a lot of guys and I hope everyone enjoyed the race because we were pushing to the last seconds. A few more laps and I think we would have had (Newgarden)."

(Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for GM/Chevrolet Racing)
Scott Dixon (No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Coca-Cola/Target Chevrolet) finished third in the Grand Prix of Alabama. Dixon has finished on the podium in all six IndyCar Series races at Barber Motorsports Park. Will Power (No. 1 Team Penske Verizon Chevrolet) placed fourth after an eventful day. Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 Andretti Autosport DHL Honda) finished fifth.

(Photo by Andrew Coppley/HHP for GM/Chevrolet Racing)
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Haas Automation Chevrolet SS) dominated the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday, leading 291 of the 400 laps. This was Busch's first win in nine races with crew chief Tony Gibson, his second win at Richmond and the 26th win of his Sprint Cup career. Kevin Harvick (No.4 Stewart-Haas Racing Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet SS) finished second for a Stewart-Haas 1-2, and Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Lowe's Pro Services Chevrolet SS) finished third. Get more info from NASCAR here.

(FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy/newspress)
Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson (No. 3 Volkswagen Team Sweden Polo RX Supercar) dominated this weekend’s Bompiso Rallycross of Portugal, round one of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. Reigning World RX Champion Petter Solberg (No. 1 SDRX Citroën DS3) clinched the runner-up spot and Timmy Hansen (No. 21 Team Peugeot-Hansen) finished third.

(Pirelli World Challenge Series)
Kevin Estre
(No. 9 K-PAX McLaren 650S GT3), of Lochau, Austria, won Round 7 of the Pirelli World Challenge Series in the GT class at the - deep breath - MOMO Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park presented by Porsche, part of the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama weekend. It was the second win for Estre and his McLaren this season. The GTA win on Sunday went to Bryan Heitkotter (No. 05 Nissan GT Academy/Always Evolving/ReplayXD Nissan GT-R GT3), of Fresno, Calif. Colin Thompson (No. 11 Porsche of Bucks County/PenVal Porsche 911 GT3 Cup), of Doylestown, Pa., scored his second win of the weekend in GT Cup presented by MOMO. Rounds 6 and 7 of the GT/GTA, and GT Cup presented by MOMO class will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Teams and drivers now head to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, on May 15-17. 

(Concours of Elegance)
The Concours of Elegance 2015, which takes place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 4-6, will feature a tribute to Scottish motor racing heroes and a world-first gathering to celebrate the Ecurie Ecosse racing team, including the Jaguar D-type "Long Nose" Ecurie Ecosse racer, which finished second at Le Mans in 1957, just behind the winning Ecurie car. Sir Jackie Stewart has been named Concours of Elegance Vice Patron, alongside Patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent and three of Stewart's Formula One world championship cars will be displayed on the lawns of the Palace. There will be a separate homage to some of Scotland’s motor racing heroes, including two Formula One cars driven by Jim Clark and Johnny Dumfries’ Le Mans-winning Jaguar XJR-9. Concours of Elegance will also see the first members of the Scottish Motoring Hall of Fame inducted at the event.