Two-time Formula One champion and Indianapolis 500 rookie Fernando Alonso made it into the top Fast Nine in today’s qualifying session for the 101st Indy 500. Qualifying points are assigned by starting position, so no matter where Alonso lands in the top nine qualifiers tomorrow, he’ll score more points in an orange…
Dale Coyne Racing IndyCar driver Sébastien Bourdais had been one of the fastest drivers in practice, setting the fastest time of Fast Friday. He was on track to set the fastest Indy 500 qualifying run of Saturday, but crashed hard into the wall after completing only two of his four qualifying laps, flipping in the…
If you’re just now following the Indianapolis 500 thanks to the appearance of a two-time Formula One champ on the grid, the Indy 500's qualifying system may look completely foreign to you. But it’s okay! We’re here to help you figure it all out, and it’s not as hard to follow from home as it may appear.
There’s no doubt that two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso is the best driver in the worst car, with a McLaren that failed him on his out-lap in Free Practice 1. Bizarrely, that McLaren F1 car held it together long enough to make into the final Qualifying 3 session and nab a seventh place start.
The same car that’s won all of the past three WeatherTech Sports Car Championship races this year is at it again. Here in Austin, Ricky Taylor just took the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R to a pole-grabbing lap of 1:54.809, 1.59 seconds faster than the next top Prototype-class car. That’s quick.
Honda’s Marc Márquez isn’t interested in letting anyone else in on his MotoGP dominance at the Circuit of The Americas. After a morning that featured the Spaniard dumping the bike twice in practice, Márquez grabbed his fifth consecutive pole position for the fifth-ever running of the race.
Christian Fittipaldi would have tried to fit in one more flying lap to try for pole position at the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship’s 12 Hours of Sebring on Friday, but he ran out of gas. Fittipaldi lost out to Neel Jani’s record-breaking fast lap by a mere 0.095 of a second, so he punched the first punchable…
If the lap times set in qualifying are any indication, we could see one of the fastest 12 Hours of Sebring races in years. Lap records were broken in all four classes, thanks largely in part to new cars and newer, grippier tires that were rolled out for this year. Lap times were ridiculously close between the cars,…
We’ve been waiting for months to discover just who exactly is the fastest out of all the brand-new prototype racers for 2017—in a true qualifying scenario, with all the sandbags (real or imagined) out of the car. Qualifying for this year’s Rolex 24 just wrapped up, so now we know: it’s the Cadillac!
World’s fastest selfie enthusiast and three-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton just crushed the old qualifying lap record at Circuit of the Americas to win pole position for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.
Are you the aging oligarch of a major racing series? Are you tired of seeing cars qualify on ovals one at a time? Have you grown bored of qualifying formats that people understand? Are you looking to spice things up for no reason? The backwards slalom is the answer.
As predicted, IndyCar broke its track record around Watkins Glen yet again today, with Scott Dixon’s pole-sitting time of 1:22.5259 taking the new record. Dixon’s lap was good for a blistering 147.008 average speed around the best little road course in New York. Holy crap, that’s nuts.
Conditions were so nasty at the Hungaroring yesterday that 11 drivers of the 22-car Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix field set qualifying times slower than 107% the time of Rosberg’s leading 1:33.302 lap, reports Racer. Under F1's 107% rule, anyone who qualifies that slowly gets pulled from the race.
Say it with me now: U-S-A! U-S-A! In its first ever running at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the all-new Ford GT will start on pole and in second in the LM GTE Pro class.
Fifty years after the Ford GT40's original 24 Hours of Le Mans win, there’s a Ford back at the top of its class. Ford GTs were the two fastest cars in the LM GTE Pro class for the first of three Le Mans qualifying sessions. Two LMP1-H Porsche 919s qualified the fastest overall.
Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya’s first qualifying run on Sunday got trashed this weekend. Montoya was given a do-over after running over a garbage bag on track.
The Verizon IndyCar Series’ James Hinchcliffe might have just pulled off one of the best comebacks in racing. In 2015, Hinchcliffe almost died in an Indianapolis 500 practice crash when a suspension piece went through his leg. This year, he’ll start the Indy 500 on pole position for its landmark 100th running.
One of this year’s rookies is more familiar with the Indianapolis 500 than most: Stefan Wilson. Stefan’s brother Justin died last year following a head injury sustained at Pocono, but Justin’s legacy lives on in an unlikely way— his notes. Stefan used Justin’s notes to help him through his first IndyCar drive since…
The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps is a huge deal for World Endurance Championship fans, as teams often compete with third cars and Le Mans-specific kit for the first time. Porsche may not have a third car, but their Le Mans package works: they locked out the front row for this weekend’s race.
If you ever want to feel as if you’ve wasted away your sad, underachieving life, take a look at Chase Elliott, the pole sitter for this weekend’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. The 20 year old gets to wave that underage flag high for winning pole on his first trip to Talladega in a Sprint Cup Series car.