Two videos to hit from Tuesday’s NASCAR AMERICA on NBCSN:
First, with another top-five finish achieved Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, Paul Menard is now moving up the ranks of those without a win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings. He’s also coming off a win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend.
Carolyn Manno, Kyle Petty and Jeff Burton discuss standings after Michigan’s Quicken Loans 400, where Menard and Clint Bowyer climbed into the top 16 and Austin Dillon and Brian Vickers fell out.
Meanwhile no team is hotter than Hendrick Motorsports, which is riding a wave of five consecutive race victories with three of its drivers (Jimmie Johnson with three, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with one apiece).
Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.
Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.
Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.
“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.
“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”