Dominating Win Sends Harvick to Next Round of Chase
Responding in style to the pressure of a must-win situation, Kevin Harvick led for 355 laps of the Chase playoffs race at the Dover International Speedway on Sunday and took the checkered flag to qualify for the 12-driver second round of NASCAR’s year-end playoff series. The defending Sprint Cup champion joins Matt Kenseth and Danny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing, who had already qualified previously. Others to advance include Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch.
Crash Causes Multiple Injuries at Malta Motorshow
A serious mishap involving British GT3 racer Paul Bailey and his Porsche 918 Spyder caused multiple injuries at a motorshow in Malta on Sunday. The 55-year-old driver was offering passengers a ride in his car for a local charity when he lost control of the car, sending it crashing into an area where onlookers were gathered. 25 people were injured, including five people listed in critical condition in hospital.
Mercedes Reports Big Losses in 2014 F1 Season
Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd, owner of Mercedes’ Formula One team, has revealed that its losses for the 2014 F1 season totaled nearly $117 million U.S., this despite dominating the circuit on the track. The season saw the team record an unprecedented 16 wins and Lewis Hamilton take the individual drivers’ championship. Much of the losses are being attributed to higher bonuses paid out due to on-track success, and ot increased costs due to changes in regulations imposed by F1’s regulatory body.
Verstappen Now Street Legal!
Max Verstappen, veteran of 14 Grand Prix races for the Toro Rosso F1 team, celebrated his 18th birthday this past week by taking – and passing – his driver’s licence test. The first 17-year-old pilot in the history of the Formula One circuit was not until now able to drive himself to the practices and races in which he drove multi-million dollar cars at incredibly high speeds, but the Dutch racing phenom passed his driving exam on the first attempt, despite claiming to be nervous about making mistakes.