Ferrari and Marussia complete show runs in Jerusalem

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Scuderia Ferrari and Marussia F1 Team have both taken part in the Jerusalem Peace Road Show, undertaking show runs in front of over 180,000 fans as part of an event to promote motorsport and unite people in the region.

Giancarlo Fisichella got behind the wheel of Ferrari’s 2009 car, the F60, whilst Rodolfo Gonzalez represented Marussia at the event which was hosted along a 2.8km route in the historic city.

Fisichella last raced in F1 for Ferrari in 2009, and has become a part of their test and endurance racing programme since then, with the Italian driver relishing events such as this.

“Even if I’m not racing in Grands Prix anymore, I still get to drive fantastic cars like the Ferrari Formula 1 in events like this, but I don’t believe I’ve ever experienced such a special atmosphere as here in Jerusalem,” Fisichella said on the team’s website. “These have been historic days and unforgettable ones for me.”

Now though, three-time GP winner Fisichella will return to Europe for the 24 Hours of Le Mans where American driver Alexander Rossi will also be competing.

“I’m now dashing back to Italy to prepare for the most important racing event of my career, the Le Mans 24 Hours, which takes place next weekend, when I will race an AF Corse 458 GT2.

“It is one of the most important races in the world and winning it last year was one of the best moments of my career.”

NHRA Gatornationals: John Force qualifies 15th with no motor explosion, says ‘I need to race smart’ Sunday

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There’s good news and bad news for John Force fans.

The good news is the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ did not suffer yet another motor explosion after enduring his third in three races during Friday’s qualifying session at Gainesville (Florida) Raceway.

In fact, Force intentionally feathered the gas pedal on his Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car to make sure it wasn’t again overtaxed, qualifying 15th with a run of 4.281 seconds at 222.88 mph.

Now for the bad news.

When Sunday’s final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. ET, Force will be matched against daughter and No. 2 qualifier, Courtney Force (3.914 seconds at 332.18 mph).

“It is a little bit of a bummer that I have to race him in the first round,” Courtney Force said of her father. “Tomorrow is a new day and we will have all our stuff ready and we will put on our game faces to go for that win.”

Courtney Force is seeking her second consecutive win, having also won two weeks ago at the second national event of the season in suburban Phoenix.

“I want to have a good side-by-side safe race tomorrow in round one,” Force said. “Our goal is to take my dad down and have a long day at the track winning rounds.

“We want to move the momentum over from Phoenix. I feel like my guys have a good handle on this Advance Auto Parts Camaro.”

But don’t count out dear old dad, an eight-time Funny Car winner at Gainesville.

“I am the kind of guy that, when it is qualifying day, I run it to the edge.,” John Force said. “I run it even if I know it will hurt itself.

“(With his three motor explosions this season) I am rethinking all that. What I am looking is the long haul. To go out here and say I have to win this race or I have to qualify low after as much stuff as we have put on the ground in Pomona and Phoenix and then to come here and do it again is bad. … We want to fix this problem and move on.

“Tomorrow I am going to have to play the odds game. I am going to run it to 700 or 800 feet and hope (Courtney) gets in trouble. I need to race smart.”

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