BUZZING
Aug 6

Hartley Seizing The Moment In Sports Cars

hartley seizing the moment in sports cars

Photo Credit: Nick Busato

Three years ago, Brendon Hartley was on the fast track to Formula One.

As a Red Bull test and reserve driver, the New Zealander, who moved to Europe at the age of 16, had come up through the single-seater ranks and showed promise in Formula Renault 3.5, being touted as the energy drink giant’s next greatest star.

But after being dropped from the Red Bull Junior Team midway through the 2010 season, Hartley was forced to re-evaluate his long-term prospects for F1, despite later making repeated attempts of breaking into the sport’s pinnacle.

“Growing up, my dream was F1,” Hartley says in a SPEED.com interview. “But the start of last year, I realized that it’s not as easy to get there as meets the eye. There are only 22 seats and the majority of the seats are taken up by drivers who are paying to be there. I’m not saying I deserve to be there more than anyone else.

“I had a big chance and was very close to being a Formula One driver, probably more than people realize. But at that moment in my career, I was young and a bit lost within my head and I didn’t cope with the pressure I had around me and missed out on the opportunity.”

Aug 4

Charlie Kimball Breaks Through With Big Mid-Ohio Win

Charlie Kimball celebrates with his Ganassi Racing/Novo Nordisk team in Victory Lane at Mid-Ohio after scoring his first IndyCar Series win

Photo Credit: Marshall Pruett

Charlie Kimball overtook Simon Pagenaud at the end of the long backstretch on Lap 73 of 90 and went on to win the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio for his first IZOD IndyCar Series victory.

The Camarillo, Calif., native is the ninth different winner in 14 races this season and the fourth first-time winner. In the previous five seasons, there were five total first-time winners. Four different teams were represented in the top five.

“It’s nice when the team gives you such a great car,” said Kimball, who started fifth in the Honda-powered No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chip Ganassi Racing car on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course. “All I needed to do was to hit the lap times they needed me to.”

Aug 3

Hunter-Reay Takes Mid-Ohio Pole

Ryan Hunter-Reay took his second pole of the year--both on road courses.

Photo Credit: Marshall Pruett

Ryan Hunter-Reay posted a lap of 1 minute, 05.3519 seconds in the Chevrolet-powered No. 1 DHLcar for Andretti Autosport to earn the Verizon P1 Award for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 4.

The reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion came tantalizing close to the track record of 1:05.347 shared by Dario Franchitti (August 1999) and Gil de Ferran (August 2000) in the Firestone Fast Six to claim his third pole of the season and first in eight starts at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

There are six races left in the season and Hunter-Reay is third in the standings (68 points behind front-runner Helio Castroneves).

Aug 3

Champions Crowned At Loretta Lynn’s

Photo Credit: Skyler Wilder/Red Bull Signature Series

Photo Credit: Skyler Wilder/Red Bull Signature Series

Day four of the 32nd Annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL wrapped up its second set of motos on Friday at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The day was a jam-packed full of racing as 20 National Champions emerged after three hard fought motos on the most prestigious amateur motocross platform in the country – Loretta Lynn’s.