Pastrana started his week on a high note, qualifying on speed and making the Daytona 500. However, late in the evening with the checkered flag in sight, Pastrana appeared at the backend of the top-ten. It looked like he might even come away with a top-five finish in the chaos, but one awkward push on the white flag lap sent him sideways down the track. Along with dirt racing at Volusia and the 500, he also ran the Truck race on Friday night. Even the Truck race, my heart rate was 170 in a three-wide pack.
During Sky Sports’ coverage of qualifying for the United States Grand Prix, it was suggested that Ricciardo could return to his former team Red Bull in a possible reserve role. Asked after the session if he had an agreement to become a reserve driver for a team next season, Ricciardo replied: “I don’t, I don’t. It prompted former F1 driver Romain Grosjean to tweet that Ricciardo was “made for IndyCar”, having made a successful switch himself to the American series last year after leaving F1. But when asked by Motorsport.com if he would consider making a move to IndyCar, Ricciardo replied: “F**k that. “They look fun, but I think because I’m just not out of F1, I haven’t really entertained it,” said Ricciardo.5 months ago Motorsport.com
The Ducati rider did win the race, but Quartararo finished third to keep his title hopes alive going to the final round in Valencia, with 23 points now the gap between the two. While Ducati management looked pensive on the pitwall on Sunday at Sepang, Bastianini was seemingly given no instructions not to race Bagnaia, with the Gresini rider battling hard and hounding his future teammate to the chequered flag. Asked if he planned a last-lap attack on Bagnaia, Bastianini said: “I was really close, especially in the last lap, but I think it was difficult to catch him in the last part of the track and it was important for me to remain close to the first. Bagnaia admits Martin’s pace at the start was too much for him anyway, while noting the Bastianini battle was the “hardest” part of the race. “But I was braking so hard, so I think the braking was the thing that helped me to win the race today.”5 months ago Motorsport.com
Horner: Verstappen F1 recovery “almost scripted” as win honours MateschitzChristian Horner says Max Verstappen’s charge to victory in the Formula 1 US Grand Prix felt “almost scripted” as Red Bull secured the 2022 constructors’ championship to honour the late Dietrich Mateschitz. The double success came the day after Red Bull boss Mateschitz passed away, an event that Horner suggested made Verstappen even more determined to win. He thus had a fight on his hands, but he quickly moved up the order and eventually passed Lewis Hamilton for the lead to score a record-equalling 13th race win of the season. “I think that Max was driving a very controlled race today,” said Horner. "I think Max had a determination going into the race.5 months ago Motorsport.com
Wehrlein’s test hints at Porsche considering giving the German a double programme next season in Formula E and in sportscars. Asked if Wehrlein was a contender for an LMDh drive, a Porsche spokseman said he “would not take part in the speculation game”. Porsche 963 LMDh Photo by: PorscheThe Frenchman was the first to drive the Porsche LMDh on both the simulator and the race track. When Porsche announced six LMDh drivers at the official launch of the car in June, Makowiecki’s input into the project was recognised in its statement. Porsche’s Sebring test last week began on Tuesday with a day of set-up work, before PPM moved on to endurance testing on the Wednesday.5 months ago Motorsport.com
This season the WRC introduced new Rally1 hybrid regulations representing a significant shift from the previous ruleset and a first step towards a more sustainable future. Rally director Wheatley has been heavily involved in the consultations and says the FIA is still on target to deliver its roadmap for the future by the end of the year. “I would say percentage-wise 70%,” Wheatley told Motorsport.com when asked for an update as to how close the FIA is with its plan for the future. “We have done a lot of canvassing of manufacturers that are involved in WRC, we have spoken to some manufacturers that are involved in rally generally. This year the WRC has witnessed prototypes of future rally car concepts through demonstrations of an all-electric Hyundai Kona, developed by former factory Hyundai WRC driver Hayden Paddon, at Rally New Zealand, and the hydrogen-powered Toyota Yaris at Ypres Rally Belgium.5 months ago Motorsport.com
De Oliveira eager to escape SUPER GT "comfort zone" in 2023SUPER GT star Joao Paulo de Oliveira has expressed a desire to add more overseas races to his 2023 schedule in a bid to push himself outside of his "comfort zone". He was also due to contest the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2020 for ByKolles, but Japan's strict border restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic forced him to give up the drive and focus solely on SUPER GT. "I feel endurance racing is where I should be focusing, so hopefully I can do Le Mans, Nurburgring, Spa, these big 24-hour races." However, de Oliveira underlined that he plans to continue his relationship with Kondo Racing in SUPER GT for a fourth season. "It’s good to have the stability of racing somewhere where I have the experience, and SUPER GT gives me that," he said.3 months ago Motorsport.com
2023 Formula 2 and 3 drivers: Who is driving for each team? Zak O'Sullivan, Carlin leads Jak Crawford, Prema Racing at the start Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport ImagesWhere is Formula 2 racing in 2023? MP MotorsportFelipe Drugovich, MP Motorsport Photo by: Formula Motorsport LtdReigning double champions MP Motorsport will be hoping to replicate its hugely successful 2022 season this year. Verschoor is a strong signing for the newcomers and will be a good steer for the team heading into their second F2 season. Verschoor is a strong signing for the newcomers and will be a good steer for the team heading into their second F2 season.2 months ago Motorsport.com