Scott Dixon lucks in to Nashville win (Indy Car)

A pit lane error handed the Ganassi team a lucky one-two at Nashville. Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon failed to make it into the pits during a late yellow flag period but when rain fell on the track it handed the pair a fortunate one-two.

Helio Castroneves took third ahead of Tony Kanaan and Danica Patrick - her best result since her win at Twin Ring Motegi.

The same five drivers are the top five in the championship and very nearly in the same order. Dixon has a 63 point lead with 420 to Castroneves’ 357. Wheldon is on 351, Kanaan 339 and Patrick 266.

Zandvoort disqualification hits Hülkenberg’s title hopes (F3)

Nico Hulkenberg, Mika Maki, F3 Euroseries, 2008, 400266

Nico Hülkenberg finished first on the road in the F3 Euroseries feature race at Zandvoort. With championship rival Edoardo Mortara spinning out. Hülkenberg was poised to take the lead in the title race.

But Hülkenberg was sensationally stripped of his win after stewards found his car 3kg under the 540kg minimum weight limit - a surprising mistake from the multiple championship-winning ART squad.

His disqualification handed victory in yesterday’s race to Mika Maki, with Jules Bianchi second and Sam Bird third. Niall Breen is promoted to eighth and thus starts the second race from pole position, alongside Robert Wickens.

Goodwood Festival of Speed - Sports cars

Here are some more pictures from the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed. These are some of the sports car that were driving up the hill including the 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours winning Aston Martin DBR9.

Previous Le Mans winner Bentley was also there with the Speed 8 that triumphed in 2003. Other cars featured are the 1989 Sauber-Mercedes C9 and 1990 Jaguar XJR12. Read more…

Goodwood Festival of Speed - British Touring Car Championship 50th anniversary cars

Here’s a selection of pictures of some of the cars present at the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrating the 50th anniversary of the British Touring Car Championship. Read more…

Filed under BTCC, Touring Cars

Ryan Hunter-Reay takes maiden win at Watins Glen (Indy Car)

Ryan Hunter-Reay scored a surprise maiden win at Watkins Glen in a surprising conclusion to the race at the New York circuit.

Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon led much of the race but Darren Manning and Hunter-Reay used an alternate pit strategy to hit the front. That paid off after a spate of full-course yellows hit the closing stages.

In a dramatic twist Dixon, who’d won on the last three occasions at Watkins Glen, lost control of his car during the caution period and was hit by Briscoe, leaving Manning and Hunter-Reay to battle for the win. Read more…

Bruno Senna masters wet conditions to win at Silverstone (GP2)

It’s a shame that Bruno Senna’s every move in motor racing evokes parallels with his uncle. But his victory at a soaking wet Silverstone in today’s GP2 race brought back strong memories of Ayrton Senna’s ttriumph in similar conditions at the same track 20 years earlier.

Luca Filippi started from pole position courtesy of his eighth place in yesterday’s feature race. But as the race began on a wet track Bruno Senna passed him for the lead halfway around the first lap by taking the outside line at Abbey. Filippi then lost several more places by spinning off at Brooklands. Read more…

Giorgio Pantano wins again in gripping Silverstone race (GP2)

Giorgio Pantano, Silverstone, GP2, 2008, 400266

Another victory for Giorgio Pantano sees the experienced Italian driver stretch his CP2 championship lead even further.

He hit the front in an exciting feature race at Silverstone after passing Romain Grosjean and leader Lucas di Grassi.

Series returnee di Grassi acquired the lead when pole sitter Bruno Senna went off at Stowe on lap four. Senna fell to fifth and was further delayed during his pit stop when di Grassi was waved out of his pit box into Senna’s path, forcing his fellow Brazilian to brake. Surprisingly, di Grassi has not received a penalty. Read more…

Dario Franchitti should swallow his pride and return to Indy Car after being dropped by his NASCAR team

Dario Franchitti has been dropped as a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver by Chip Ganassi Racing. He will no longer compete in the top tier of the championship, and it remains to be seen whether he’ll now race in the Nationwide or Craftsman Trucks series.

I’m no fan of NASCAR and I thought Franchitti’s decision to switch in the first place was poor timing. He won the Indianapolis 500 and Indy Car title last year, but turned his back on the series just months before it sealed an historic reunion with Champ Car.

Surely it would be best for all concerned if Ganassi now brought Franchitti back to what he does best - racing single seater Indy Cars?

Paffett, not winner Green, excluded from Norisring results (DTM)

Most people expected the stewards to get involved after the DTM’s annual visit to the Norisring. But to the surprise of many it was fifth placed man Gary Paffett, not winner Jamie Green, who was penalised.

Paffett was disqualified from the final results. Did the stewards get the wrong British driver? Read more…

Birthday boy Dan Wheldon wins in Iowa (Indy Car)

Dan Wheldon took a canny victory in Iowa after covering the final 90 laps without stopping for fuel - and he did it all on his birthday!

He was able to stretch out his final stint thanks in part to a length caution period after Tony Kanaan crashed out of third on lap 212 of 250.

Wheldon had fallen back in the pack early in the race and made contact with John Andretti after Andretti squeezed him high. Wheldon’s Ganassi car left a doughnut ring of rubber on Andretti’s white sidepods after the contact. Read more…

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