Over the weekend, a crazy and long Indy Car season came to an end in a pretty suspenseful way. You definitely should have watched it! But, you didn’t so that’s why you’re here and as usual I’m here to help you out. Simply scroll below for the official results of the GoPro Grand Prix Of Sonoma and learn who the new 2015 Indy Car champion is! Oh, there is also a video highlight reel of the final race below as well.
WARNING!! SPOILERS BELOW!!!
GoPro Grand Prix Of Sonoma Results:
1st: Scott Dixon
2nd: Ryan Hunter-Reay
3rd: Charlie Kimball
And your 2015 Indy Car Series Champion is…..
Scott Dixon! Yes the Kiwi has done it for the fourth time. What happened to Juan Pablo Montoya, the guy who was leading the championship for nearly the entire season? Well he had an unfortunate incident with his teammate and it put him back in the field. Scott Dixon took the lead of the race so at that point Montoya needed to finish 5th or better to win the championship. However the best he could muster was a 6th place finish which led to a tie in the points. When there is a tie in points the amount of race wins is used as a tie breaker. Since Scott Dixon won the race it was his third win of the season to Montoya’s two wins which gave Dixon the championship! Great for Scott Dixon, tough for Juan Pablo Montoya!
The next and final race in the Indy Car 2015 season is the Grand Prix Of Sonoma up in northern California. To promote the race, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was shut down (at least half of it was anyway) and five Indy Cars were sent across it to deliver the Astor Cup (series championship trophy) to the race venue.
While this event was likely at its birth a plan to simply promote the last race of the season, it was also turned into a tribute to Justin Wilson who tragically passed away earlier this week due to an accident. Leading the Indy Cars was Marco Andretti (Justin’s teammate) driving Justin’s #25 car. Will Power, Josef Newgarden, and Graham Rahal followed while James Hinchcliffe brought up the rear driving a two seater Indy Car with the Astor Cup occupying the back seat.
Two safety vehicles were on hand as well, flying Justin Wilson’s flags to further honor the driver. You can watch a video of the event below.
Formula Drift had quite the event in Texas over the weekend. The 6th round of the pro 1 championship and 7th round of the world championship seemed to be riddled with controversy and surprises. We’ll start with some surprises. A few seasoned veterans were taken out early by privateer drivers. For example, Tyler McQuarrie fell to Kristaps Bluss and his V8 powered BMW in the top 32. James Evans in the Sikky 350Z managed to move on past Vaughn Gittin Jr but that was mostly due to Vaughn having an argument with a wall, and losing. Either way, its pretty shocking to see names like McQuarrie and Gittin go out that early.
It was when the top 16 started that things got really crazy. It seems that there was more OMT calls in this event than in any other event in the history of Formula Drift. The guys at Wrecked Magazine are still working out the math on that but safe to stay there was a ton of OMT (One More Time) calls where some felt that there shouldn’t have been. This caused the event to go on much longer than anticipated as the OMT calls continued into the final four which came down to Ken Gushi vs Daigo Saito and Chris Forsberg vs Masashi Yokoi.
Gushi managed to defeat Saito (no easy task) to move on to the final and Yokoi (a new crowd favorite) defeated the reigning champ Chris Forsberg. Gushi and Yokoi battled hard but it was Yokoi who came out on top. Forsberg managed to nab 3rd spot on the podium, landing some decent points.
Fredric Aasbo still has a very comfortable points lead going into the final round at Irwindale in October but he still has more than a few contenders. It should be exciting to see how it all shakes out!
The weekend was a big one for motorsports fans. There was Indy Car in Pennsylvania (even though it ended on a bad note), Drifting in Texas, and Formula 1 in Belgium. If you happened to miss out on that last one, we have the official Belgian GP results for you below along with a race recap by the guys at NBC sports. Scroll down for all the info.
WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!
2015 Belgian Grand Prix Results:
1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Romain Grosjean
Current top 5 points standings:
1st: Lewis Hamilton (227pts)
2nd: Nico Rosberg (199pts)
3rd: Sebastian Vettel (160pts)
4th: Kimi Raikkonen (82pts)
5th: Felipe Massa (82pts)
Veteran driver Justin Wilson is currently in a coma after suffering a head injury during the ABC Supply 500 race in Pocono over the weekend. The incident occurred when driver Sage Karam who was leading the race, suddenly lost control of his car and hit a wall. On impact pieces of his car flew off and on to the track. As drivers were trying to avoid the debris, Wilson was struck in the head with what is believed to have been the nose cone of Karam’s car. After the impact Wilson was immediately knocked unconscious and his car coasted off and hit an inner wall.
When the safety team reached him he was still unconscious and unresponsive so he was immediately air lifted to the local hospital. A short while later an update was released stating that Wilson is was in a coma and is in critical condition. Currently there have been no further updates. Justin Wilson is still in a coma and is condition is still classified as “critical”. Doctors are continuing to evaluate him.
Fellow drivers from various motorsports have been tweeting out their well wishes for Justin Wilson with the hashtag #PrayersForJustin.
As soon as any further updates are released this post will be updated and/or a new post will go up.
Our thoughts are with Justin Wilson, his family, and his friends.
I know normally when I do these posts I make some kind of joke poking fun at you for missing the race. However, considering all the stuff that happened at this event including the terrible accident with Justin Wilson (more on that in a separate post), I am just going to get to the point and ask you scroll down for official race results if you should need them.
WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!
ABC Supply 500 Results:
1st: Ryan Hunter-Reay
2nd: Josef Newgarden
3rd: Juan Pablo Montoya
Top 5 Points Standings:
1st: Juan Pablo Montoya (500pts)
2nd: Graham Rahal (466pts)
3rd: Scott Dixon (453pts)
4th: Will Power (439pts)
5th: Helio Castroneves (423pts)
Next weekend is GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, which is also the last race of the season. While it looks like Juan Montoya has a comfortable lead in the points, the last race is worth double points per the new rules. This means as of now the top 6 are still mathematically contenders for the 2015 championship.
Not in Texas for Formula Drift round 6 this weekend? No worries we got you covered. Just scroll down for the official live stream. We will keep this post pinned to the top of the page for the rest of the day and tomorrow so it will be easy to find. Enjoy!
There is a lot going on this weekend up in Monterey, California. There is a few hundred million dollars worth of exotic, and classic cars are staging up for Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance show, tour, and auctions. A few minutes down the way a ton of vintage race cars will be gathering at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion event. With everything going on, there will be a ton of eyes focused on Monterey this weekend so Mazda figured this would be the best time to debut the newest Mazda Raceway pace car: a 2016 MX-5 Cup racer!
This particular MX-5 is actually the very first 2016 cup car built so its only fitting that it will lead the pack during the festivities this weekend. It should be awesome to watch the new MX-5 on track pacing a full grid of pristine vintage race cars! Hopefully Mazda will give the fans what they want and rip off a few laps at speed in the new car as well! Click the thumbnail below for a larger picture of the new MX-5 pace car and for more info the official press release is below as well.
Mazda Raceway Is Ready to Pace The Future
First Production 2016 MX-5 Cup Race Car Becomes Newest Pace Car
MONTEREY, Calif. (August 13, 2015) – Mazda Motorsports used the annual car-fest known as the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to roll out the first production 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup race car. This particular vehicle is guaranteed to lead races as it will be the newest pace car in the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca fleet of Mazda safety vehicles.
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup race car follows a 26-year history of the MX-5 Miata in motorsports. The first race cars to be sold to customers will be used in the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup, known in the U.S. as the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup. With the 2016 racing season still many months away, placing the first production race car into pace car duty allows Mazda to gather additional durability data while showcasing it in front of one of the most influential motorsports crowds of the year.
“For Mazda, this weekend is the perfect blend of past, present, and future,” noted John Doonan, director of motorsports for Mazda North American Operations. “We are celebrating our motorsports heritage on the track with our vintage race cars. We are showcasing our current line-up of race-inspired products in our consumer display in the paddock, and with this pace car, we are giving a glimpse into the 2016 racing season when the latest MX-5 Miata will be racing in the Global MX-5 Cup.”
The graphics design was completed at the Mazda Design studio in Irvine, California, and applied by StickyFingers Design.
The 2015 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca racing season will conclude on September 11-13 with the Mazda Road to Indy, and Pirelli World Challenge finales.
Did you check out the live stream of Formula Drift Seattle over the weekend? What a crazy event! There was rain on and off making track conditions super unpredictable and the battles were nuts! There was even a fair share of car carnage when Tyler McQuarrie had a literal run in with the wall during a battle with Justin Pawlak. It was all pretty exciting to watch. In the end though, it was Fredric Aasbo who once again made it to the top of the podium by defeating Alec Hohnadell in the final battle. Justin Pawlak’s car held together after his rough battle with McQuarrie and managed a 3rd place podium finish.
Aasbo’s win gives him a pretty big lead in the points, especially considering that his closest competition Ryan Tuerck failed to make it out of Top 32. With only two rounds left Tuerck really needs to step his game up if he wants a shot at the 2015 Pro Championship title. So, to wrap up the podium once more it was Fredric Aasbo getting the win with Alec Hohnadell in second place, and Justin Pawlak taking third.
Here are the top 5 Pro Championship points standings after round 5:
1st: Fredric Aasbo -373 points
2nd: Ryan Tuerck -297 points
3rd: Odi Bakchis -293 points
4th: Ken Gushi -264 points
5th: Chris Forsberg -261 points
The next round in the Formula Drift Championship will be in Fort Worth, Texas at Texas Motor Speedway. Expect any and all challengers for the Championship to go completely HAM as time is running out for the 2015 season!
What? You didn’t watch the F1 race this weekend? What the heck were you doing then? Watching Paper Towns? Ugh fine, I’ll give you the results to get you caught up but next time you’re own your own! …Who am I kidding? I can’t stay mad at you! I got your back! Anyway, scroll down for official results of the Hungarian GP and a race recap from NBC Sports.
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!
2015 Hungarian Grand Prix Results:
1st: Sebastian Vettel (Vettel dedicated his win to the late Jules Bianchi)
2nd: Daniil Kvyat
3rd: Daniel Riccardo
2015 Formula One World Championship Driver Standings:
1st: Lewis Hamilton -202 points
2nd: Nico Rosberg -181 points
3rd: Sebastian Vettel -160 points
4th: Valtteri Bottas -77 points
5th: Kimi Raikkonen -76 points