No Further Actions Against Harvick Following Talladega Incident
NASCAR officials announced in a statement on Tuesday that after a review of a race incident involving Kevin Harvick at Talladega on Sunday, no further actions will be taken against the defending NASCAR season champion. Several drivers complained after the Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff race that Harvick intentionally caused the crash to preserve his spot in the next round of the playoff. With his engine sputtering and unable to give him acceleration, Harvick stayed on the track for a restart and bumped Trevor Bayne’s car. Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin, among others, were unable to attempt to catch the race leaders due to the ensuing caution flag.
Villeneuve Turns Page on Formula E Crash
Jacques Villeneuve claimed no ill will towards driver Antonio Felix da Costa after he bumped into the former F1 champion and rookie Formula E driver and damaged his car during the inaugural race of the second Formula E season in Beijing. De Costa has taken responsibility for the collision immediately after the race and apologized to Villeneuve, for whom that was enough to allow all parties to simply move on without rancour. Villeneuve also explained that a number of issues that arose prior to the race prevented him and his team from implementing the race strategy they had intended.
Can Hamilton Surpass Schumacher’s Record?
Debate has started in earnest about the prospects newly crowned F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has of surpassing Michael Schumacher’s record of seven individual titles on the Grand Prix circuit. Both 22 years old when they first entered Formula One, both were multiple-times champions by the time they hit their thirties. But while Schumacher had collected two titles in that time, Hamilton now has three, with the momentum of two straight titles to carry him through to next season and beyond. A lot may depend on how Mercedes handles the major regulations expected to be implemented by F1’s governing body in 2017.
IndyCar Extends Calendar for 2016
IndyCar officials announced on Tuesday that 2016 will feature an extended 16-races schedule, with three races being added – two returning to Road America and Phoenix, and a new race planned for Boston. The Phoenix race will see IndyCar return to that city for the first time since 2005. The Boston race will take place in September on a street circuit running along the South Boston waterfront. The 100th edition of the iconic Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to take place on May 29.