NASCAR stars, drag racing legend join Int’l Motorsports Hall

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Three key NASCAR figures and a drag racing icon were inducted Thursday night into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama. Rusty Wallace (pictured), Dale Inman and Rick Hendrick make up the stock car side of the IMHoF’s Class of 2013, joining the NHRA’s Don Schumacher.

All four have been champions in their respective categories. Wallace, who claimed 55 Cup wins in his driving career, took the 1989 series title over the late Dale Earnhardt and was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998; Inman earned eight Cup titles as a crew chief (seven with Richard Petty and one with Terry Labonte); Hendrick has won 10 Cup titles and 14 titles across all three of NASCAR’s major national series (including the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series) as owner of Hendrick Motorsports; and Schumacher has 11 NHRA world titles to his credit as a team owner, as well as five event titles as a driver — including a 1970 triumph in drag racing’s biggest event, the U.S. Nationals.

In order to be inducted into the IMHoF, a person must be retired from their particular line of work for at least five years. After said period has passed, he or she then needs 51 percent of the total number of votes to be inducted.

Hartley to make F1 debut from back of grid after penalty

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Brendon Hartley’s hopes of a points finish on his Formula 1 debut took a hit on Friday after the FIA confirmed the Toro Rosso driver will start the United States Grand Prix from the back of the grid due to an engine penalty.

Porsche factory driver and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Hartley was drafted in by Toro Rosso as a surprise replacement for Pierre Gasly in Austin, with the Frenchman tied up with Super Formula duties at Suzuka this weekend.

Hartley took to the track in an official grand prix session for the first time on Friday in Austin, marking his first run-out in an F1 car since a test with Mercedes in 20120.

However, FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer confirmed in his pre-race report that changes had been made to the power unit on Hartley’s Toro Rosso car since the last race in Japan, triggering a grid penalty.

Toro Rosso elected to take a new internal combustion engine, MGU-H, energy store and control electronics on Hartley’s Renault power unit, totaling a 25-place grid drop that will be applied after qualifying. Confirmation of the penalty is set to follow later today.

The penalty comes as a setback for Hartley, but was necessary as Toro Rosso found itself short on engine elements to get to the end of the season.

Hartley is not the only driver to have a penalty confirmed, with Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne also taking new engine elements, also confirmed in Bauer’s report.

A new ICE, turbocharger and MGU-H for Hulkenberg will see him drop 20 places on the grid, while an eighth ICE of the year for Vandoorne will trigger a five-place drop.