DTM champion Marco Wittmann to test for Toro Rosso

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Toro Rosso has a shortlist of drivers for its now-vacant second seat in 2015 and so this will likely amount to nothing, but it’s still cool anyway.

DTM champion Marco Wittmann, an up-and-coming 24-year-old German, will have his first test of Formula One machinery with Toro Rosso later this year. It’s a prize awarded to Wittmann by BMW motorsport chief Jens Marquardt after the DTM season finale in Hockenheim this past weekend.

“It is up to us to reward [Wittmann] for his services,” Marquardt said, via the official F1 website. “Therefore, BMW M GmbH has come up with something special – I am delighted we can make his childhood dream come true with the Formula One test.

“Thanks to good relations with our premium partner Red Bull, we were able to arrange a test drive at Toro Rosso. We are excited to see how he fares in this vehicle!”

Wittmann moved into DTM after spending much of his formative years in European single-seaters.

Red Bull junior Antonio Felix da Costa went the other way in this instance; after being passed up for a Toro Rosso race seat last year, he moved into the DTM with BMW.

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.