No. 955
July 18, 2018
 

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JULY 18, 2018

(Photo by James Block/INDYCAR)
Scott Dixon (
No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing PNC Bank Honda Turbo V6) won the Honda Indy Toronto by 5.2701 seconds over Simon Pagenaud (No. 22 Team Penske DXC Technology Chevrolet Turbo V6) on Sunday. In doing so, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver extended his Verizon IndyCar Series championship lead and added to his career legacy. It was Dixon's third victory of the 2018 season and extends his points advantage to 62 over Josef Newgarden (No. 1 Team Penske Hitachi Chevrolet Turbo V6). The triumph was also the 44th of Dixon's illustrious Indy car career, moving the 37-year-old within eight wins of tying Mario Andretti for second on the all-time list. A.J. Foyt tops the chart with 67 wins. "I think A.J. is pretty safe; he's a long ways ahead," said Dixon. "I think for us, we take it race by race. We're in the business of winning races. If we're not doing that, I won't have a job for too long. That's the focus for right now." Dixon, chasing a fifth series title that would leave him second to only Foyt's seven championships, led 49 of 85 laps on the 1.786-mile temporary street course at Exhibition Place. Canadian teammates Robert Wickens (No. 6 SPM Lucas Oil Honda Turbo V6) and James Hinchcliffe (No. 5 SPM Arrow Electronics Honda Turbo V6) had a good day, as the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers finished third and fourth, respectively. 
(crash.net)
Marc Marquez (No. 93 Repsol Honda Team) delivered another dominant performance to win the German MotoGP at Sachsenring extending his world championship lead to 46 points over Valentino Rossi (No. 46 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who finished second. It was Rossi's best run of the season. Maverick Vinales (No. 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) passed Danilo Petrucci (No. 9 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati) on the second to the last lap to finish third.
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Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota) won the 
Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night. It was a typical NASCAR snooze-fest, unfortunately. Truex led 174 laps en route to his fourth win of the season and his 19th career victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Truex finished 1.901-seconds ahead of Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Penske Racing Dex Imaging Ford) at the line. Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Discount Tire Ford) rallied from an early pit-road penalty to finish third.

(Pirelli World Challenge)
The Pro-Am pairing of teenager Parker Chase and veteran Ryan Dalziel (No. 19 TruSpeed Audi R8 LMS) won the 60-minute GT SprintX Round 8 at the 58th annual Rose Cup Races featuring the Pirelli World Challenge at Portland International Raceway on Sunday. Chase, the 17-year-old from New Braunfels, Tex., drove an impressive final stint against Porsche factory drivers Wolf Henzler and Michael Christensen as well as other top GT racers to score his first GT Overall win on the 1.97-mile, 12-turn road course north of Portland. Dalziel, a multi-time GT race winner, started the race in the No. 19 Audi and was running third when he passed off the car to Chase. It was a spectacular weekend for the TruSpeed Autosport squad with an GT Overall victory on Sunday and a second overall and Pro/Am GT win on Saturday with Chase and Dalziel. Maxime Soulet and Rodrigo Baptista (No. 3 K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3) finished second in the 44-lap GT SprintX feature on Sunday, 2.056 seconds behind the winners. Scott Hargrove and Henzler (No. 96 Pfaff Motorsports/Castrol Porsche 911 GT3 R) finished third. The Hargrove/Henzler duo took the checkered flag first on Sunday but was penalized three seconds for an on-track infraction. Saturday’s GT SprintX winners, Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina (No. 61 RFerri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3), finished seventh overall Sunday after leading early in the event. The Ferrari duo suffered a drive-through penalty after an equipment malfunction during their pit stop.

(FIA Formula E)
Jean-Eric Vergne (No. 25 TECHHEETAH) picked up his fourth win of the season at the final race of the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in New York. The newly-crowned Formula E champion fended off pressure from the outgoing title-winner Lucas di Grassi (No. 1 Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) on a Sunday fight to the finish. Daniel Abt (No. 66 Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) finished third. The double podium finish and di Grassi’s seventh in as many races sealed the teams’ title for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. "I want to congratulate Audi for winning the teams' championship," said Vergne. "Also, I want to congratulate my team for the job they have done this year because it is really amazing."