If you’re heading out to the NASCAR races this weekend at Kansas Speedway, you can expect heightened levels of security following Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.
“People might notice a little bit of an increased police presence or something else, which is normal after an event like this,” track president Pat Warren told Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News. “But there will also be things they don’t see. What I would ask from our fans is to have patience when they’re at the gate, patience when they’re in the parking lot.
“Obviously, we’ll check bags, we check coolers, everything that we normally do. But if it takes a little bit longer this weekend, I hope people understand why that’s the case.”
Kansas is hosting both the Sprint Cup Series (STP 400, Sunday) and the Camping World Truck Series (SFP 250, Saturday) this weekend, with CWTS practice beginning the proceedings on Friday morning.
Warren would not go into specific details of his track’s security plan, saying that “we don’t want to share that information with people who want to do something bad.” However, Pockrass reports that Warren said his facility would not add metal detectors or change its existing gate policies. Soft-sided coolers up to 14x14x14 inches and school-size backpacks are among the list of items that fans are allowed to bring in, while firearms, sheath knives and fireworks are among those that aren’t.
Kansas Speedway opened in 2001 and can seat more than 81,000 people.
Greaves car, lineup confirmed for FIA WEC’s Mexico City race
Junqueira (above) back in action. Photo: Getty Images
Diaz (right) is another prototype class veteran, with recent PC experience (8Star Motorsports and PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports) added to his LMP2 days with Fernandez Racing.
All three of them also competed in Champ Car World Series races in Mexico City, with Gonzalez and Diaz part of a six-Mexican driver entry in the 2003 race (Adrian Fernandez, Michel Jourdain Jr., Mario Dominguez and Rodolfo Lavin).
Ricardo Gonzalez co-drives the No. 43 RGR Sport Ligier JS P2 Nissan with Bruno Senna and Filipe Albuquerque in the WEC.
Around two-thirds of the Formula E grid also race in the WEC, with the two championships preventing clashes so that drivers do not have to pick between them. As a result, it seems inevitable that one of the races will have to change date.
Jolyon Palmer felt “gutted” after a likely top-10 finish in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix was lost following a spin in the closing stages, costing him his first Formula 1 points.
2014 GP2 champion Palmer joined Renault for its return to F1 as a constructor in 2016, but arrived in Hungary without a point to his name from the opening 10 races of the season.
Palmer was left disappointed on Saturday after a red flag knocked him out of qualifying at the first hurdle, but a long first stint brought him into contention for points.
Palmer moved into the top 10 after jumping Nico Hulkenberg in the pits, only for Renault’s hard work to be undone when he spun off at Turn 4, losing three positions in the process.
The Briton was ultimately classified 12th after Esteban Gutierrez’s time penalty, extending his points drought to 11 races.
“I’m gutted as my first points in Formula 1 were there for the taking,” Palmer said.
“The car was good and I was driving well within myself in P10. I turned in the same as normal at turn four – I wasn’t hanging everything out and I was looking after the tires – but for some reason I lost the car in a massive snap.
“I need to look at everything with my engineers to see if there is anything we could have done to prevent it.
“I was running tenth, we had completed all our pit stops, we had good pace relative to those ahead and behind so it looks like we’ve made a real step forward this weekend.
“It was the best drive of my career today and just one small spin took away those points.
“I’m gutted today but I’ll be fighting to get in the same position or better in Hockenheim.”