Mechanical failure knocks out Ryan Hunter-Reay at Texas

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Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay desperately needed a good race tonight at Texas Motor Speedway after a dismal doubleheader in Detroit last weekend, but has been knocked out of the Firestone 600 with a mechanical failure.

Hunter-Reay was running in the Top 10, but brought his No. 28 DHL/Andretti Autosport Honda into the pits as the race restarted on Lap 135.

“We lost power – aggressively lost power,” the American driver said to NBCSN. “And then we had an oil pressure alarm, and then it sounded really bad after that. I tried to get down to the apron and I thought we were spilling oil everywhere, which I guess we were.

“It’s really frustrating. We made a change on that last stop that I thought would bring us in the game there. We were running seventh and still had a shot at it. But it was a long night and we needed the points tonight most of all.”

After winning the ‘500’ on Memorial Day weekend, Hunter-Reay suffered 16th and 19th place finishes in the twin Detroit races that knocked him from first to third in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship going into Texas.

Now, it appears that he’ll be dropping even further down the standings.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.