NASCAR: Former Truck Series champ Mike Skinner sets Goodwood record (VIDEO)

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Inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and former Sprint Cup veteran Mike Skinner was among a healthy NASCAR contingent that visited last weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

But he wasn’t there just to take in the festivities. Skinner, a former teammate of seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt Sr., claimed victory in the Festival’s Early Rally Cars division of competition.

Driving one of his former No. 5 Toyota Tundras, Skinner blitzed Goodwood’s 1.16-mile Hillclimb course in 50.75 seconds to break Rusty Wallace’s old mark and win the day.

“I love participating in the Goodwood Festival of Speed,” Skinner said in a statement. “It’s such an iconic event that brings the best drivers and cars from all forms of motorsports together.

“It’s a great atmosphere to be a part of, and it meant a lot to me to be able to come out here with our 10-year-old truck and break the record time. We had so many friends and family members behind this effort, so it’s really cool to represent all of them in a winning way.”

Upon the end of his winning run, Skinner also showcased his burnout skills to the appreciative crowds at Goodwood:

“Even though we went over there and were competing, we worked very closely with Danny Lawrence and the Richard Childress Racing guys,” Skinner continued. “We all helped each other–even with the Michael Waltrip Racing and the Richard Petty Motorsports efforts.

“We had four Daytona 500 winners represented, and The King, Richard Petty, was there–it was just really cool. It’s such a neat event, there’s just one big thing after another for three days of competition; it’s like the Kentucky Derby of auto enthusiasts.”

For more Goodwood fun, check out Kerry Earnhardt driving his father Dale Sr.’s No. 3 and this dazzling assortment of classic F1 and sports cars.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool