55th Daytona 500

Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson earned his second Daytona 500 win, after a perfectly well timed attack on the final laps of the race and then a successful defense of the first place on the last six laps of the “500” after a restart. After this result, Johnson celebrates his 61th win in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in his 400th start. Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried an attack on the final lap of the race that was well blocked by Johnson. Earnhardt Jr. jumped from fourth to second in the last lap of the race.

Polesitter Danica Patrick finished eighth, the best-ever finish by a woman in the Daytona 500. Patrick made history when she led the field to green from the pole position. On Lap 90, she reached another milestone. Surging to the lead after a restart, she paced the field on Laps 90 and 91, and, in doing so, became the first female driver to lead a lap in the Daytona 500 and the first female to lead a green-flag Lap in the Cup series.

There were two multi-car wrecks during the race, in lap 33 and 138. In the first one, Kyle Busch tagged the back of Kasey Kahne’s car, turning Kahne into colombian Juan Pablo Montoya’s Chevrolet SS and igniting a nine-car incident that made Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick go to garages and also damaged the cars of Keselowski, Kurt Busch and Casey Mears. Montoya also went to the garage for repairs and finished 39th, 56 laps down.

Cuban-american Aric Almirola was 13th.

 

Results

1. Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet, 48)
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Chevrolet, 88)
3. Mark Martin (Toyota, 55)
4. Brad Keselowski (Ford, 2)
5. Ryan Newman (Chevrolet, 39)
6. Greg Biffle (Ford, 16)
7. Regan Smith (Chevrolet, 51)
8. Danica Patrick (Chevrolet, 10)
9. Michael McDowell (Ford, 98)
10. JJ Yeley (Chevrolet, 36)

Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR

Source: NASCARmedia.com

February 25, 2013 NASCAR

Sprint Unlimited

Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya will start seventh in the Daytona 500, first race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season that is set for this sunday in the 2.5 mile oval in Daytona Beach, Florida. Montoya obtained his seventh place in the grid after finishing third in the first “Budweiser Duel” race. The Duels are 150 mile races that are used to set the grid for the 500. Kevin Harvick won the first of the Duels and will start third, Kyle Busch won the second and will start fourth. Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon are in the front row after qualifying in first and second spot last Sunday.

Cuban-american Aric Almirola will start 26th. Brian Keselowski and Mike Bliss failed to qualify for the most important race in NASCAR’s calendar.

Starting Grid

1. Danica Patrick (Chevrolet, 7)
2. Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet, 24)
3. Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet, 29)
4. Kyle Busch (Toyota, 18)
5. Greg Biffle (Ford, 16)
6. Kasey Kahne (Chevrolet, 5)
7. Juan Pablo Montoya (Chevrolet, 42)
8. Austin Dillon (Chevrolet, 33)
9. Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet, 48)
10. Clint Bowyer (Toyota, 15)

Photo: Montoya in the 42 during the Sprint Unlimited – Getty Images for NASCAR

February 22, 2013 NASCAR

gustavo yacaman

Colombian driver Gustavo Yacamán will race in the Rolex Grand-Am Series in 2013. Yacamán will share a Ford Riley with brazilian Antonio Pizzonia for Michael Shank Racing. Pizzonia and Yacamán will drive the #6 entry in Grand-Am. This is a huge step for Yacamán’s career, after four seasons in Firestone Indy Lights. This wasn’t Yacamán’s original plan: He moves from Firestone Indy Lights to the sportcars series after he wasn’t able to reach the budget to race in a top IndyCar team. His good results in Grand-Am, where he got a podium finish in his first Rolex 24 Hours in Daytona, last season, and the good relationship with Michael Shank were key for this big step in young Gustavo’s career.

Source: Racing5.cl

February 22, 2013 Rolex Grand-Am Series

On a snow setting in Tignes, France, Dakar rockstar Guerlain Chicherit shows the world why he’s one of the biggest motorsport daredevils, after he completes a full backflip with a modified car with a MINI John Cooper Works appearance.
Enjoy this magic clip!

February 18, 2013 Action Sports, Dakar Rally

55th Daytona 500 - Qualifying

Danica Patrick made NASCAR history today during qualifying for the Daytona 500, becoming the first female driver to win a pole at NASCAR’s top racing series – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Patrick turned a lap of 196.434 mph (45.817 seconds), giving her the first starting position for next Sunday’s Daytona 500. It was the fastest pole-winning speed in Daytona since 1990.

The previous best starting position for a female in the Daytona 500 was 18th by Janet Guthrie in 1980.

This is Patrick’s second NASCAR pole, also winning the qualyfing session for the season-opening NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona last season. The only other female to win a NASCAR national series pole was Shawna Robinson in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1994.

Danica also holds the record of best finish by a female driver in NASCAR national series history when she finished fourth in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011. She finished 10th in the final 2012 NASCAR Nationwide points standings, the top finish by a female in NASCAR national series history.

Danica Patrick is also the first rookie to win the Daytona 500 pole since Jimmie Johnson in 2002.

Jeff Gordon was second and Trevor Bayne was third. Patrick’s Stewart Haas Racing teammates Ryan Newman and team-owner Tony Stewart rounded out the top five in the session, that sets the grids for Thursday’s Qualyfing races. Those two races set the grid and the field for the Daytona 500.

Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya set the 13th fastest time while Cuban-American Aric Almirola was 26th.

Photo: Chris Graythen / Getty Images for NASCAR
Sources: NASCARmedia.com

February 17, 2013 NASCAR

Sprint Unlimited

Richard Childress Racing’s Kevin Harvick won the first ever “Sprint Unlimited” at Daytona International Speedway. It’s Harvick’s third win in the exhibition race that kicks off NASCAR’s racing season. Only Harvick, NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt and three time champion Tony Stewart have won three or more times in this exhibition race. Harvick led almost all the last “segment” of the race, and succesfully blocked Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart, both who tried to pass him on the last lap.

Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya finished tenth. Cuban-american Aric Almirola completed the race in sixth position.

A wreck in lap 15 of 75 involved several of the candidates for the Unlimited. The crash started when Tony Stewart got sideways in front of the field after a contact with Marcos Ambrose. Both Ambrose and Stewart continued, but behind them Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson crashed. Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin also got involved in the wreck.

Results

1. Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet, 29)
2. Greg Biffle (Ford, 16)
3. Joey Logano (Ford, 22)
4. Tony Stewart (Chevrolet, 14)
5. Matt Kenseth (Toyota, 20)
6. Aric Almirola (Ford, 43)
7. Kasey Kahne (Chevrolet, 5)
8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Chevrolet, 88)
9. Martin Truex Jr. (Toyota, 56)
10. Juan Pablo Montoya (Chevrolet, 42)

 

Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR

February 17, 2013 NASCAR

Kurt Caselli Darryl Curtis

Kurt Caselli and Darryl Kurtis rocking it at Ruta 5 in La Serena, Chile.

February 17, 2013 Dakar Rally

Milka Duno segura de poder completar una gran temporada junto al equipo Venturini Motorsports

Milka Duno is gearing up for her first full season ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards campaign – behind the wheel of Venturini Motorsports’ (VMS) No.35 team entry.

With continuing sponsorship support from CANTV, Milka Way and Seguros Altamira, Duno will make her team debut on February 16th at Daytona International Speedway during ARCA’s 50th anniversary of the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real.

Milka Duno, a native of Caracas, Venezuela has gained international fame for her efforts both on and off the track. Widely noted for becoming the first-ever Hispanic female driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500 in its 101-year history, Duno has achieved eight major race wins in the highest classes (Prototype) in the American Le Mans Series and Rolex Series and the highest finish ever by a female driver (2nd Place) in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the 51-year history of the race.

“Milka possess a strong desire to succeed in the series and is expected to fit in well with our team and compete at a high level”, says Billy Venturini, Director of Competition for VMS.

In partial season competition in 2012, Duno earned her first top-ten finish in the ARCA Series at New Jersey Motorsports Park. She also earned two CGS Imaging “Hard Charger” awards – at NJMP and at Salem Speedway.

“I’m really looking forward to my first full ARCA Series season and to team with Venturini Motorsports is a fantastic opportunity”, says Milka Duno. “I can’t wait to get to Daytona and hit the track with the Venturini crew in the No. 35 Toyota”.

Milka became the first Venezuelan athlete to be inducted into the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame at their 35th Anniversary Induction Ceremony in January, 2010. In addition to being the most successful female sports car racer in history, Milka is also a qualified Naval Engineer with four master’s degrees – in Organizational Development, Naval Architecture, Aquaculture and Maritime Business – earning the last three degrees simultaneously. In continuing efforts to use her celebrity as a catalyst to promote her philanthropic interests, in 2004, Duno started “MILKA WAY”, and educational outreach program designed to promote academic excellence among children world-wide.

The 50th annual Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real airs live on SPEED Channel at 4:30 p.m. EST Saturday, February 16, and precedes NASCAR’s Sprint Unlimited.

February 6, 2013 ARCA Series, NASCAR