|Auto Racing Glance|
|Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:07 AM|
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.); Saturday, practice (ESPN2, 9-11 a.m.), qualifying (ESPN, 2-4 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (ESPN, noon-5 p.m.)
Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval, 2.5 miles).
Race distance: 400 miles, 160 laps.
Last year: Jimmie Johnson raced to his fourth victory at the track to match Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for the Sprint Cup record. Johnson also won in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Last event: Brian Vickers won at New Hampshire on July 14 in Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 Toyota he shares with Waltrip and Mark Martin.
Fast facts: NASCAR will return to NBC in 2015, ending its 8-year partnerships with ESPN and Turner Sports. The 10-year deal with NBC Sports Group gives the network the final 20 Sprint Cup races of the season and final 19 Nationwide races. … Johnson leads the season standings, 56 points ahead of Clint Bowyer. … Tony Stewart, from Indiana, won the 2005 and 2007 races. … Juan Pablo Montoya won the 2000 Indianapolis 500. … Danica Patrick made seven starts in the Indy 500, finishing third in 2009. … Nationwide regular Austin Dillon is driving the No. 33 Chevrolet.
Next race: GoBowling.com 400, Aug. 4, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 10:30-11:30 a.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, noon-2 p.m.); race, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN, 4-7 p.m.).
Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval, 2.5 miles).
Race distance: 250 miles, 100 laps.
Last year: Brad Keselowski won the first Nationwide race at the historic track, taking the lead when Elliott Sadler was penalized for jumping a late restart. Sam Hornish Jr. was second.
Last week: Joey Logano held off Penske Racing teammate Hornish at Chicagoland Speedway for his second Nationwide victory of the year and 20th overall.
Fast facts: Kyle Busch is coming off a victory two weeks ago at New Hampshire, his seventh win of the year and series-record 58th overall. … Hornish won the 2006 Indy 500. He leads the standings, seven points ahead of Regan Smith. Austin Dillon is third, eight points behind Hornish.
Next race: U.S. Cellular 250, Aug. 3, Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa.
CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
Next race: Pennsylvania Mountains 125, Aug. 3, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa.
Last race: The series raced at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on Wednesday night.
HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
Site: Budapest, Hungary.
Schedule: Friday, practice (NBC Sports, 8-9:30 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports, 8-9:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (NBC Sports, 7:30-10:30 a.m.; 1-4 p.m.).
Track: Hungaroring (road course, 2.72 miles).
Race distance: 190.53 miles, 70 laps.
Last year: Lewis Hamilton raced to the second of his four victories in his final season for McLaren, holding off Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton now drives for Mercedes.
Last race: Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the German Grand Prix on July 7. The German driver leads the standings and has a series-high four victories.
Fast facts: Vettel, the 3-time defending series champion, has a 34-point lead over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. Vettel also won this year in Malaysia, Bahrain and Canada. Alonso won in China and Spain. Raikkonen is third in the standings, 41 points behind Vettel.
Next race: Belgian Grand Prix, Aug. 25, Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING
NHRA SONOMA NATIONALS
Site: Sonoma, Calif.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 7-9:30 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations (ESPN2, 8-11 p.m.).
Track: Sonoma Raceway.
Last year: Antron Brown raced to his third Top Fuel victory at the track in four years. Johnny Gray won in Funny Car, Allen Johnson topped the Pro Stock field, and Eddie Krawiec won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Last week: Johnson won the Mile-High NHRA Nationals for the fifth time, beating V. Gaines in the Pro Stock final. Spencer Massey won in Top Fuel, Cruz Pedregon topped the Funny Car field, and Shawn Gann won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Fast facts: Shawn Langdon leads the Top Fuel standings, 19 points ahead of seven-time champion Tony Schumacher. They each have three victories this season. … Matt Hagan has a 40-point lead over Pedregon in Funny Car, Edwards tops the Pro Stock standings and Hector Arana Jr. is the Pro Stock Motorcycle leader.
Next event: NHRA Northwest Nationals, Aug. 2-4, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash.
Next race: Honda Indy 200, Aug. 4, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio.
Last events: Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon became IndyCar’s active victory leader with 32, following his Pocono win with a doubleheader sweep in Toronto on July 13 and 14. He’s seventh on the career victory list.
GRAND-AM ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES: Brickyard Grand Prix, Friday (Speed, 7:30-11 p.m.), Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis. Online: http://www.grand-am.com
ARCA RACING SERIES: Barbera’s Autoland 150, Sunday, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J. Online: http://www.arcaracing.com
U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Silver Crown: Saturday, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Clermont, Ind. Online: http://www.usacracing.com
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car: Saturday, Autodrome Drummond, Drummondville, Quebec; Sunday, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, Ontario. Late Model: Saturday, Fairbury American Legion Speedway, Fairbury, Ill. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com.