Barracuda Racing, the team led by Bryan Herta and Steve Newey, made two wise choices when it came to filling the cockpit of the No. 98 Honda for the remainder of the IZOD IndyCar Series season.
After being sidelined since the Indianapolis 500 when his contract with Panther Racing was terminated, Sausalito, Calif.’s JR Hildebrand will have a go for two races in his home state at Sonoma (Aug. 25) and Fontana, Calif. (Oct. 19).
Luca Filippi, who impressed on debut last race in Mid-Ohio, will race at Baltimore (Sept. 1) and the Houston doubleheader (Oct. 5-6).
Hildebrand’s (pictured right, photo by LAT) got more laps at Sonoma than almost any other track on the IndyCar calendar and is keen to make his IndyCar return after a long layoff.
“Sonoma is where I got my racing start, so it’ll be great to have another new experience there with a new team, and one that I’ve heard nothing but great things about,” Hildebrand said in a team release. “The Sonoma racetrack is not only in my backyard, but Barracuda Networks’ also, so we’ll be working hard to make it a good one all around. I can’t wait to get started.”
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.
Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.
“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”
Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.