Logano Tops Field Again in Chase Race
With a late-race crash causing havoc behind him, Joey Logano completed a sweep of the second round of NASCAR’s Chase series at Talladega, Florida, with a third straight victory. Eliminated from further contention for the driving championship were Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman. Controversy dogged the result as Earnhardt was denied an opportunity to challenge Logano for the checkered flag due to a crash caused by Kevin Harvick keeping his car on the track despite being unable to accelerate. The ensuing pileup ensured the race was completed under the caution flag, and Earnhardt was out of the Chase as a result.
Three-Time Champion Hamilton
British driver Lewis Hamilton garnered his third overall driver’s championship in Formula One with a victory in the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on Sunday. The 30-year-old Mercedes pilot beat out teammate Nico Rosberg and third-place finisher Sebastian Vettel to equal the number of championships won by his idol Ayrton Senna. The event-filled race included crashes, safety cars, virtual safety cars and some late suspense thanks to Vettel challenging Rosberg for second spot on the podium. That would have meant extending the championship race between Hamilton and Vettel to the next F1 race of the season, but in the end the former gained enough points to place himself beyond reach of the latter.
Buemi Takes First Formula E Race of New Season
Pole-sitter Sébastien Buemi of Renault e.Dams led from the start to take the first race of the Formula E circuit’s second season in Beijing, outdistancing Lucas Di Grassi of Abt Audi and Nick Heidfeld of Mahindra. Defending champion Nelson Piquet was running in eighth position until technical difficulties forced him out, while Canadian Jacques Villeneuve, making his debut in the all-electric series with the Venturi team, survived a collision with Antonio Felix da Costa and ended up finishing 14th.
Trulli Formula E Team Misses Beijing, Malaysia Race in Doubt
After missing the inaugural race of the second Formula E season in Beijing, the Italian Trulli team is still unsure if it will make the next race in Putrajaya, Malaysia, in two weeks. Team head Lucio Cavuto explained on Monday how it came to be that Trulli’s motors and inverters were held by Chinese customs authorities, causing them to miss this past weekend’s race. Efforts continue to get the parts released to travel on to Kuala Lumpur in time for the second race of the season.
Hathaway Takes Final NASCAR Canadian Tire Season Race, Steckly Takes Title
Driver Jason Hathaway of the Ontario-based Team 3 Red/HER/Choko Motorsports needed a victory in the Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway this weekend, combined with a 6th-or-worse finish by points leader Scott Steckly. Hathaway did what he needed by taking the checkered flag for the win, but unfortunately for him second place went to Stockly, handing him the NASCAR Canadian Tire season title by a mere three points.