After leading early on in today’s GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, Joey Logano has seen his first-ever Chase race end via an apparent engine failure with 91 laps to go.
Logano, the youngest of the 13 Chasers this year and the pole sitter for today’s race, fell back dramatically around the same time the caution came out at Lap 148 for a spin involving Justin Allgaier. He communicated to his team that he felt he had lost a cylinder, but was ultimately able to keep going until his No. 22 Penske Racing Ford finally gave up the ghost with a cloud of smoke.
“It’s just somewhere in the valve train, it let go,” Logano told ESPN upon his return to the garages. “It’s a bummer for this team. They did everything we needed to do this weekend to give us a shot at this championship right off the bat – sitting on the pole, leading laps.
“We took four tires after the rain delay to hopefully cycle us up to the front and then we could take two the next caution like the 24 [Jeff Gordon] did. It would’ve worked out perfect, but something just let go on it. Nothing we could’ve done different.”
And with that, Logano’s margin of error in contending for a Sprint Cup title has effectively gone to zero. One mulligan isn’t completely lethal to a Chaser’s hopes, but a second one definitely can be.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.
Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.
“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”
Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.
But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.
Monday was IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti’s 53rd birthday and son Marco was nowhere to be found – but with good reason.
The younger Andretti and Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay were both testing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio.
Also taking part in the test was Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s James Hinchcliffe.
It was Hinchcliffe’s second successful test since recovering from his horrific crash during practice for this year’s Indianapolis 500 in May.
Hinchcliffe’s first test was last week at Road America in Wisconsin.
Monday’s test session was not open to the public or media, but a Honda source told Motorsportstalk that drivers and teams reportedly focused on testing aerodynamics for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.