Motorsports Monday: Hunter-Reay Breaks Slump, DTM Thrills In Russia

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IndyCar – Iowa Corn Indy 300: Slump? What slump? Ryan Hunter-Reay broke his streak of bad luck since winning the Indy 500 in May, and used brilliant strategy to steal a win in Iowa over the weekend. The win also catapults him back into the championship conversation, with a firm hold on third place and plenty of racing left to do.

Hunter-Reay started P13 in the wacky race, which included several incidents and the first red flag delay for rain since 2011. When they restarted, it appeared that Tony Kanaan had the day’s best car and he built a commanding lead as the night wore on. That was all before the yellow, though. more

Motorsports Monday: Montoya Wins Pocono As IndyCar Shakes Up

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IndyCar – Pocono 500: Double points and the second leg of the Triple Crown brought special prestige to Pocono Raceway this weekend, with control of the IndyCar championship standings hanging in the balance. Drivers responded in kind, with balls-to-the-wall style that paid off for some and may have cost others dearly.

Those that may have regrets today include heavyweights like Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power and Tony Kanaan. After his Indy 500 win, Hunter-Reay had a shot at the Triple Crown if he could manage wins at Pocono and Fontana in a few months. But his hard pushing caused the car to bottom out and break the front suspension. Hunter-Reay came back out to finish 19 laps back in 18th place, but it earned him 24 crucial points that keeps him in fifth place overall. Others were less lucky. more

Motorsports Monday: Audi Outlasts Toyota and Porsche At Le Mans

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World Endurance Championship - 24 Hours of Le Mans: The race that everyone had been waiting for did not disappoint. Fourteen years since Audi began their dominance in the event, three years since Toyota entered the fray and two years since Porsche announced this would be the year they threw their hat in the ring, Le Mans threw them all in a big pot and cooked up a classic.

But while all of those flavors sizzled and cooked in the gumbo, two of the most exciting ones eventually faded away. Porsche and Toyota both had troubles they couldn't overcome, and the indomitable force of Audi again became the main ingredient. The German factory team scored their 13 th overall Le Mans victory, moving to within three of the record (16) set by Porsche. more

Porsche and Audi Look To Add To Their Le Mans Legends

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With all the talk of Audi dominance and the long-awaited return of Porsche at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, the final qualifying session saw the two winningest marques in race history on the outside looking in. It was, actually, Toyota that nabbed the top spot with a dominating lap of 3:21.789 on Friday.

Porsche managed a 3:22.146 to take second, but neither they nor Audi look as quick around La Sarthe as the team they’ll be following to the start line on Saturday morning. Of course, Le Mans is about a whole lot more than flat-out speed. In fact, both Porsche and Audi remain in prime position to contend for victory. Here’s why. more

Motorsports Monday: Ricciardo Claims Maiden Win In Canada
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Formula One – Canadian Grand Prix: The dominance of Mercedes was on full display yet again in Canada on Sunday, until it wasn't. Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg suffered engine trouble that knocked out the former and slowed the latter, as Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Infiniti pounced on the opportunity and took the checkered flag at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Hamilton and Rosberg led the race with a clear 1-2 advantage over the rest of the field, before Hamilton lost braking power due to an apparent issue with the energy recovery system. He lost several places and cut one corner after another, and Rosberg soon slowed with the exact same issue but managed to stay out. It allowed Ricciardo to blast past him on the back straight, however, and his teammate Sebastian Vettel finished third to complete easily the best finish for Red Bull this season. more

Motorsports Monday: Madness In Indianapolis As Hunter-Reay Wins
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 IndyCar – 98th Indianapolis 500: It seems almost unbelievable that five hundred miles of racing could end with two cars finishing just inches apart for the win, and yet that’s exactly what happened on Sunday in one of the most thrilling Indy 500 races to ever hit the IMS oval. In the end, Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay barely held off Team Penske ace Helio Castroneves by 0.0600 seconds to become the first American driver to win the race since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006.

Hunter-Reay and Castroneves traded the lead back and forth several times over the final seven laps, drafting off one another and sling-shotting past until the other found space to make their move. Finally, on lap 197 of 200, Hunter-Reay edged closer to Castroneves and dove to the inside of Turn 3 to grab the lead. Castroneves grabbed it back with a move to the outside of Turn 1 as 198 began, but as they came around to the front stretch again, Hunter-Reay made a run on the outside and headed into the final lap with a lead that Castroneves was not able to snatch. Marco Andretti finished in third, while last year’s runner-up Carlos Munoz took fourth and 2000 winner Juan Pablo Montoya slotted fifth. more

Pop The Hood: Formula E Electric Racecar
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This may be the weekend that races in Monaco and Indianapolis dominate global motorsports, but Formula E has sure taken some of their thunder around these parts. Yesterday, we attended a press conference announcing a 2015 Formula E race to take place in Long Beach.

In honor of the announcement, let’s take a closer look at the silent speed-monsters that will be racing all over the world when the inaugural season kicks off in China this September. It will be a spec series, though Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag has stated he wants manufacturers to eventually produce their own unique powertrains. For now, they’re all the same, so let’s see what makes the Formula E car special. more

Motorsports Monday: Hamilton Grabs F1 Lead With Spain Win
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Formula One – Spanish Grand Prix: Drivers swapped positions and battled for track space and argued with their pit bosses and some even turned in remarkable performances, but in the end it was the same old 2014 result, as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg cruised to a 1-2 finish for Mercedes. Hamilton led a majority of the Spanish Grand Prix without much trouble but Rosberg rallied to close just 0.6 seconds back.

The win leapfrogs Hamilton ahead of Rosberg in the Championship standings, while Daniel Ricciardo took his Infiniti Red Bull to third and teammate Sebastian Vettel just refuses to die and jumped his Infiniti Red Bull from 15th to fourth. Valtteri Bottas finished fifth for Williams, and Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen battled intensely before the inevitable happened and Kimi flamed out to take sixth. Romain Grosjean scored the first points of the season for Lotus and neither McLaren scored a point for the second straight race. What a weird season so far. more

General Motors Breaks Ground on Performance and Racing Center
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Just a few minutes behind the wheel of the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and it’s obvious that knowledge gained from the world of racing had made its way into that car. In the future, you can expect a whole lot more of that feeling.

General Motors recently announced that they’ve broken ground on the future GM Performance and Racing Center (GMPRC), a brand new facility that will house development of their motorsports efforts and strengthen the bond between racecar and road car. It will also feature an electric motor laboratory and gear center, but the part we really care about will be focused on the track. more

Motorsports Monday: Toyota Outlasts Audi and Porsche at Spa (VIDEO)
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WEC – 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps: The fight for WEC supremacy is already proving to be as good as advertised, as Toyota took a decisive victory in the Six Hours of Spa this weekend over top rivals Audi and Porsche. The driving trio of Anthony Davidson, Nicolas LaPierre and Sebastien Buemi piloted their No. 8 Toyota TS040-Hybrid from a second place start to their second straight win. They finished 1:13.926 ahead of the No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro and the No. 7 sister Toyota as well.

After claiming pole position, the No. 14 Porsche 919 Hybrid could only manage fourth place due to small mistakes and miscues that added up to cost them a run at the top. They finished a lap down while the sister No. 20 Porsche had to retire with mechanical problems. Audi also took fifth and sixth place, while the No. 12 Rebellion R-One took seventh in its official debut. more

2014 Grand Prix of Long Beach A Racing Fan’s Dream
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All the talk surrounding the 40th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend centered around the event’s prestigious history and stunning oceanfront backdrop. Those things are great, but the real draw that brought nearly 200,000 fans to the track is the cars. And this year, the Grand Prix brought out possibly the best lineup of racecars that Long Beach has ever seen.

Both on the racetrack and in the museum inside, the diversity and wow-factor of all the cars on display were enough to make any racing fan drop their jaw. Whether you prefer open-wheel Indy cars, low-slung prototypes, homologated sports cars or suped-up drift machines, the 2014 Grand Prix of Long Beach had something for everyone. Check out some of our favorites in the photo gallery above, and our tribute to them after the jump. more

2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Preview
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Being that it's right in our own backyard, we take a special interest in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach every year. This time around is no exception, as the longest running street race in North America celebrates its 40 th anniversary with another impressive schedule. So what should you be watching and why? Let’s dive right in.

First up is the main event, the running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in the IndyCar series. Behind only the Indy 500, this is the most prestigious win that drivers can notch on their belt. “I giggled a little on the way to the track here,” Team Penske driver Juan Pablo Montoya said during a media preview on Thursday. Motoya returns to Long Beach a former winner, with the 1999 race to claim. On Sunday, he’ll be one of a whopping seven former winners vying for another trophy. more

Motorsports Monday: Power Wins IndyCar Opener (VIDEO)
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IndyCar – St. Petersburg Grand Prix: Veteran ace Will Power is still in search of his first IndyCar championship, and his 2014 campaign got off to a great start on Sunday with a win at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Power honed his Chevrolet on pole-sitter Takuma Sato as the two pulled away, and went outside on Lap 31 into Turn 1 to get better position to grab the lead in Turn 2. He would hold on for the next 80 laps to take the win.

Ryan Hunter-Reay brought his Honda to second place less than 2 seconds back, followed by Helio Castroneves in third. Sato finished seventh and Juan Pablo Montoya took 15th in his return to the series. A restart on Lap 87 allowed the rest of the field to catch up, but Power took his time finding the accelerator. His delay shook off the timing of Huntr-Reay and Castroneves, and rookie Jack Hawksworth ran into the back of Marco Andretti near the back, knocking them both out. Just another day in IndyCar. The series return April 13 in Long Beach. more

Toyota TS040 Hybrid Debuts For Le Mans Showdown
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The Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid, the company’s newest endurance racing prototype, will put out 1,000 total system horsepower through its advanced hybrid system. The TS040 Hybrid will compete in the 2014 World Endurance Championship, including the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans.

At the heart of the TS040 sits a 3.7 liter V8 engine with over 500 horsepower. Electric hybrid systems feed additional power to all four wheels, bringing total system output to around 1,000 horsepower. more