Chaz Mostert, Paul Morris claim crazy Bathurst 1000 win

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A fuel gamble came up short for Jamie Whincup, and a potential win at the 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 went out the window right with it.

Whincup, who co-drove with Paul Dumbrell in the No. 1 Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore, was poised to capture his fifth Bathurst victory but ran out in the final couple of laps.

It promoted the odd couple of Chaz Mostert, 22 and Paul Morris, 46, in the No. 6 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Ford Falcon to the lead and the overall win for the marquee event of the Australian V8 Supercars season.

In one of the best post-race quotes you’ll ever read, Mostert said about Whincup’s fuel struggles, via the official V8SC website: “I kept screaming in the cockpit – cough you bastard, cough.”

He added, “I never even thought I would get into the top 10. It’s fantastic. Who would know that we would go from 25th to first!”

The pair started, as mentioned, 25th and last in the field but over the course of the near-eight hour, 161-lap and 1,000-kilometer race, survived as chaos seemingly occurred from all other places at Mount Panorama.

There was a red flag that lasted more than an hour to fix the track surface.

There were multiple accidents – including the pairing of James Moffat and Taz Douglas, twice, who in neither instance sustained enough damage to knock the No. 360 Norton Hornets Nissan Altima from contention (they still finished second).

There was a stall from then-leader Shane van Gisbergen, sharing with Jonathan Webb in the No. 97 Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods Commodore, on what should have been a routine pit stop.

Lastly there was another surprise podium finisher in Nick Percat and Oliver Gavin, in the No. 222 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing Commodore. Gavin, a regular in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with Corvette Racing stateside, is entered in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

More here from the official V8SC website on a crazy day at Bathurst.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”