Ryan Villopoto extended his Lucas Oil Pro Motocross points lead with a sweep of RedBud while title rival Ryan Dungey struggled following two straight overall wins.
Sebastian Vettel finally won his home Grand Prix in Germany after holding off the challenge of Kimi Raikkonen in the closing laps at the Nurburgring.
It was the reigning three-time World Champion’s first win in July, an unusual statistic that has followed him around in recent years.
“To be honest, for sure, there are a lot of expectations,” said Vettel of the pressures of racing at home. “Especially when you have a good car and for a couple of years you’ve had a good run, when you come to home soil (and) people expect you to win. I think the whole team, including myself, we never ever let that get to our head, but it just feels very, very sweet now to have succeeded after a couple of tries. Sometimes we were close.
RedBud MX celebrated 40 years of hosting the world’s fastest racers on Saturday for Round 7 of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Taking place over Fourth of July weekend, a massive crowd was on hand to witness some of the most intense racing of the season at Buchanan’s Red Bull RedBud National in southwestern Michigan.
Amongst some of the sports most decorated racers, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto swept both motos in the 450 Class to capture his fourth overall victory of the season; further extending his points lead in the class. In the 250 Class, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen maintained his points lead after capturing a 2-1 moto score en route to his second overall win this season.
The track record is going to get wiped out Saturday in qualifying for Sunday’s Pocono 400 Fueled By Sunoco but Marco Andretti hopes that’s just the beginning of a great weekend.
Andretti ripped off a lap of 220.963 mph in his RC Cola Dallara/Chevy during Thursday’s open test — nine mph quicker than Emerson Fittipaldi’s mark of 211.715 set in 1989 — around the tricky tri-oval during seven hours of practice on a track that hasn’t hosted Indy cars in 24 years.
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Q: Regarding the start of the Iowa race and Mark Miles saying they wanted it on ABC. I think the series is going to have to decide if it is going to be a racing series for the fans at the track or a TV show trying to get ratings. They can’t have both ways. Even NASCAR is losing its longtime fan base because the races, season, and mostly TV production are too long. Also Indy Car needs to stop with the “Festival of Speed” label on many of its events. Fan zones, play zones for the kids, and of course the famous Ferris Wheel will not keep bringing people back. It’s the on-track product that will, with the last two years being incredible. Before live TV, I attended dozens of races at Mid Ohio including the Can Am, F 5000, IMSA, and CART. Every weekend was a thrill. The on-track product was great and we saw lots of action including support races before the main event. For TV to stick it to the live fans at the track is wrong. This past weekend I watched the Iowa race on DVR after I knew the winner. I still enjoyed the race and didn’t feel like it lost anything because I didn’t see it live. Maybe its time for Indy Car to tape its races (except the Indy 500) and present the best possible race to the loyal fans in the stands.