No. 915
September 20, 2017

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(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)
Alexander Rossi (
No. 98 Andretti Autosport NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda) won the 60-lap INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen from the pole on Sunday. The 25-year-old Californian led a race-high 32 laps and finished 0.9514 of a second ahead of four-time Watkins Glen winner Scott Dixon (No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing No. 9 NTT Data Honda). Rossi overcame a malfunctioning fuel probe on his second pit stop that left him short of Sunoco E85 ethanol and forced an earlier third stop than scheduled. From there, Rossi laid down laps at near-qualifying pace, regaining the lead on Lap 29 and building an advantage of more than 12 seconds. The full-course caution for Newgarden's incident on Lap 46 bunched the field, but Rossi held off Dixon over the final 11-laps. The victory was the second for Rossi in the Verizon IndyCar Series and first since his memorable triumph as a rookie in the 2016 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. "An amazing job by the whole team today," Rossi said. "We had an issue in the beginning with the fuel thing, but whatever. It doesn't matter, the team recovered. We had the pace to do it, but it's pretty amazing." Before the race at Watkins Glen International, it was announced he would return to Andretti Autosport next season in a multiyear deal along with sponsor NAPA Auto Parts. "It's a huge team effort," Rossi continued. "I've talked about so much how much we've improved, I'm so happy we're finally able to win." Watch video highlights from the IndyCar race at Watkins Glen here.
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Four-time Watkins Glen International race winner Scott Dixon (No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing No. 9 NTT Data Honda) delivered another gritty performance to finish second to Rossi. "Definitely a good move in the points," Dixon said. "I'm kind of shocked we ended up where we did. I locked up coming in on the first stop on the wet (tires) and it wouldn't downshift, so almost stalled the car, got into the pits and we couldn't fuel it. And then we had a fumble later - we lost another four or five spots - so we had to pass a lot of cars today. ... Nice recovery by the team, ended up second." Dixon is now just three points behind Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Team Penske DeVilbiss Chevrolet), who threw the race away when he slid into the guardrail at pit exit after his final pit stop, finishing eighteenth. "I felt like we were in a good position until that final pit stop," Newgarden said. "No excuse for it. It was my fault. I saw Will leave right in front of us and I just locked it up and slid over into the wall. Then (Bourdais) got into the back of me. It's unfortunate, but there's nothing I can do about it. We'll go to Sonoma in a couple of weeks and race for it." Newgarden's nightmare incident in the race leaves the Verizon IndyCar Series championship battle wide open for the 12th straight year heading to the season finale, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, on Sept. 17. The race offers double race points with seven drivers still mathematically alive in the title hunt. The Verizon IndyCar Series champion has been determined in the season's final race every year dating to 2006.
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Ryan Hunter-Reay finished third in the No. 28 DHL Honda at The Glen to give Andretti Autosport two podium finishers. Helio Castroneves (
No. 3 Team Penske Hitachi Chevrolet) placed fourth and retained third in the championship, 22 points behind Newgarden.
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Lewis Hamilton (No. 44 AMG Petronas F1 Team), determined to take it to Ferrari on its home turf, qualified on the pole in the rain in spectacular fashion, and then led a dominant Mercedes 1-2 at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday. Valterri Bottas
(No. 77 AMG Petronas F1 Team) finished second. Hamilton now leads the World Championship standings by three points over Sebastian Vettel (No. 5 Scuderia Ferrari), who finished third, a distant 36 seconds behind. “Beast mode all the way,” Hamilton said, after becoming the first driver in 2017 to record back-to-back wins. It was Hamilton's 59th win in F1 in 201 Grand Prix starts, and his pole was his 69th, giving him the most pole positions in F1 history. Watch video highlights from Monza, courtesy of F1 here.
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The veteran Porsche team of Patrick Long and Jorg Bergmeister (No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R) recorded another victory Friday at Circuit of the Americas in the Round 4 SprintX race, 60-minute, two-driver event in the Pirelli World last Challenge Grand Prix of Texas. Long, the PWC Overall GT point leader from Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Bergmeister of Germany continued their impressive performance Friday with a 3.241-second win over the Italian duo of Daniel Mancinelli and Niccolo Schiro in the No. 31 TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3. The race was a make-up SprintX event from May when Round 4 was postponed due to heavy rain at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport). With Friday’s SprintX event, a SprintX triple-header main event was scheduled at COTA to wrap-up the 2017 SprintX points championship with additional races on Saturday and Sunday. Ryan Dalziel of Scotland and Daniel Morad of Canada (No. 2 CRP Racing/DeVilbiss Mercedes-AMG GT3) finished third.
Long's victory unofficially extends his overall GT point lead from five to eleven (284-273) over Michael Cooper of Syosset, N.Y., who finished fourth Friday with co-driver Jordan Taylor of Orlando, Fla., in the No. 8 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V.R.
(Pirelli World Challenge)
Daniel Mancinelli and Niccolo Schiro (
No. 31 TR3 Racing/The Collection Ferrari 488 GT3) won Saturday's Pirelli World Challenge SprintX 60-minute race in 90-plus degree heat at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in the PWC Grand Prix of Texas. The Ferrari duo put in another sensational performance in the 24-lap feature as Mancinelli captured his third SprintX win of the year and Schiro collected his second victory. Mancinelli chased pole winner Ricky Taylor of Apopka, Fla. (No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V.R.) until the pit window opened on lap 12 in a close bumper-to-bumper battle. Both pitted and Schiro jumped into the Ferrari and four-time PWC GT champion Johnny O’Connell began his stint in the Cadillac. The duel continued with Schiro hounding O’Connell for another lap and a half. Then Schiro made an inside move for the lead at turn 12 of the 3.247-mile, 20-turn road circuit. The Italian then opened his advantage for the final ten laps to cross the finish line 2.158 seconds ahead of O’Connell. Jon Fogarty of Bend, Ore., and Germany’s Wolf Henzler (GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Porsche 911 GT3 R) finished third.
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Ryan Dalziel of Scotland and Daniel Morad of Canada (No. 2 CRP Racing/DeVilbiss Mercedes-AMG GT3) delivered a win in the Round 10 SprintX Pirelli World Challenge race on Sunday at the PWC Grand Prix of Texas at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). The duo delivered a sensational drive to hold off the Porsche pair of Patrick Long and Jorg Bergmeister in the No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R by 1.274-seconds in claiming the team’s second SprintX win. Pierre Kaffer of Germany and Spencer Pumpelly of Atlanta, Ga. (No. 4 Magnus Racing Audi RS8 LMS) finished third. The second-place finish for Long unofficially extended his overall GT point lead to 32 over Cooper with the final two GT Sprint rounds set for Sonoma Raceway on Sept. 16-17. (As for the series within the series, SprintX point leaders Jordan Taylor of Orlando, Fla., and Michael Cooper of Syosset, N.Y. suffered a rare DNF Sunday in the No. 8 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V.R. when Taylor made contact with Saturday SprintX race winner Daniel Mancinelli of Italy in turn two during the opening lap of the final 60-minute SprintX event of the year.  Despite the mishap, the Cadillac drivers still managed to unofficially clinch the two-driver SprintX Pro/Pro GT point championship over Dalziel and Morad, 175-172.)
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Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Sport Clips Toyota) won the Bojangles’ Southern 500 Sunday night, finishing off a sweep of the throwback Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series/NASCAR XFINITY Series weekend at Darlington Raceway. Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing M&Ms Caramel Toyota) was second and Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford) finished third. Editor-in Chief's Note: It was announced Wednesday afternoon that Hamlin was found to have an illegal rear suspension in both of his winning cars. NASCAR announced a few penalties, but until they start taking wins away, it doesn't mean a damn thing. -PMD