Photo: IndyCar

Castroneves leads second practice in Detroit

1 Comment

DETROIT – Helio Castroneves topped the second of two 45-minute practice sessions on Friday for this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear doubleheader.

The driver of the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet posted a best time of 1:15.1511 around the 2.35-mile Raceway on Belle Isle to lead the standings.

Castroneves leads the points standings after finishing second in the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, but is looking to snap a now three-year winless drought that dates to race two here in 2014.

Graham Rahal carried over his morning pace in the afternoon in the No. 15 SoldierStrong/TurnsForTroops.com Honda for RLL Racing at 1:15.3519 with Alexander Rossi third in the No. 98 ShopAndretti.com Honda for Andretti-Herta Autosport at 1:15.4323.

Rossi had an incident at Turns 8 and 9 that ended his session early, as he lost the back end. It’ll require slight rear end repairs but he should be good to go for tomorrow’s qualifying.

Max Chilton also had a brake fire on his No. 8 Gallagher Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing but made it back out later afterwards.

Drivers ran between three and 19 laps in the session, and teams tapped into their first sets of Firestone red alternate tires.

Notes from Thursday and Friday are linked here. More on Esteban Gutierrez’s first session and IndyCar arrival is linked here.

Times are below.

Video highlights from Stage 13 of the Dakar Rally

Dan Istitene/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Friday’s Stage 13 of the 40th Dakar Rally went from San Juan to Cordoba to set up the concluding stage of the event.

The video highlights of Stage 13 will air on NBCSN on Saturday at 6:30 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Friday:

CARS

Nassar Al-Attiyah strengthened his hold on second with a stage win as defending winner Stephane Peterhansel crashed in the penultimate stage.

BIKES

Toby Price won his second stage of the 2018 Dakar, his ninth overall, while Matthias Walkner retained the lead ahead of the final stage.

TRUCKS

Eduard Nikolaev continued to make a case for his second consecutive Dakar win after an epic battle to capture Stage 13.

QUADS

Jeremias Gonzalez took Stage 13 of the quads, tightening his grip on third overall in the 2018 Dakar Rally.