Kenseth Remains Confident of Chase Advancement
Despite leading for over 150 laps in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 in Kansas City, Matt Kenseth saw his hopes of gaining automatic advancement in NASCAR’s year-end Chase thwarted by a successful late challenge by rival Joey Logano. Logano took the lead with five laps remaining to secure his spot in victory lane, while Kenseth spun out and will have to enter next Sunday’s race at Talladega with a must-win mentality if he hopes to move on to the third round of the Chase.
NASCAR Rule Changes Earning Praise
NASCAR’s recently announced rule changes for its cars are earning widespread praise from Joey Logano and a number of other top drivers on the circuit. The new base package, already tested successfully earlier this season at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway, will be implemented in full for 2016, and its primary aim is to reduce downforce and increase ease of passing and thus competitiveness in races.
Di Grassi Demurs on Being Formula E Race Favourite
With the new Formula E season looming, last year’s Beijing ePrix winner is denying he should be considered a favourite to repeat in the race. Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi took last season’s late-2014 inaugural race on the track in the fledgling Formula E series, but the track has undergone some alterations, and di Grassi points out that a number of new, elite-level racers have joined the all-electric racing circuit for its second season.
Honda Bullish About New F1 Engine for McLaren
Having introduced an upgraded Honda engine for the recent Russian Grand Prix, the McLaren brain-trust is pleased with the development changes Honda has offered on the engine used by the team. This comes from Honda F1 chief Yasuhisa Arai, who added that McLaren will be adding a new aero package for this coming weekend’s United States Grand Prix. The Honda development teams will be using the last four races of the current F1 season to gather further data and fine-tune elements of its engine package.