Veteran Lotus F1 designer Len Terry passes away

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The architect of Team Lotus’ success from the ’60s through the early ’80s was of course Colin Chapman, but among the many who had an impact on the program was veteran designer Len Terry.

Terry has passed away, Classic Team Lotus reported Tuesday.

Terry was almost single-handedly responsible for designing the Lotus 38, which Jim Clark took to victory in the 1965 Indianapolis 500. The Lotus 38 followed after the previous generation Lotus 29 and 34.

After Lotus, Terry worked with Dan Gurney and helped him pen the Eagle chassis. Gurney’s famous 1967 Belgian Grand Prix victory is the only one by an American in his own American chassis in Formula One history.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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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.