Joey Logano says he’s made peace with Danica Patrick over Charlotte wreck

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Joey Logano spun out Danica Patrick two weekends ago at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but last weekend’s restrictor-plate madness at Talladega Superspeedway was no place to seek payback.

However, the rough-and-tumble Martinsville Speedway – site of this Sunday’s Eliminator Round-opening Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 – can be.

But the Team Penske pilot said during today’s Eliminator Round Media Day activities that he doesn’t expect to have that issue with Patrick.

According to him, the two have made peace with Logano telling her that he should’ve given her more space on the track in Charlotte.

“It was one of those points that we were both being very aggressive,” he said about their incident according to the Associated Press. “She was going to, obviously, try to take the spot and come down across me, and I probably should have gave at that point and I didn’t.

“I told her, really in all honesty, I probably should have backed out in that situation.”

Patrick ended up tagging the Turn 4 wall after being spun out by Logano, and was furious enough to declare over her team radio that she wanted to retaliate.

Her No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing squad gave her permission to do just that before she added that it was “too bad” that taking out Logano would do nothing to ruin his Chase since he had already won the Contender Round opener at Kansas to advance into the Eliminator Round.

Obviously, Logano would rather not have a target on his back as he tries to make next month’s Sprint Cup Championship Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway by scoring another win in these next three events.

But it would seem that attaining such a victory will be his only worry.

“I think we came to a good conclusion of what happened – that’s in the past, that’s in the mirror, and we’ll move forward,” he added.

Toyota No. 8 car wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans for third consecutive year

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LE MANS, France — Toyota Gazoo’s No. 8 car comfortably won the 24 Hours of Le Mans by five laps Sunday to secure a third straight victory in the prestigious endurance race.

It was also a third consecutive win for Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi and Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima driving. Brendon Hartley was the other driver, having replaced two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.

Buemi and Hartley sat on the side of the car as Nakajima drove toward the podium. Hartley won for a second time after tasting success with the Porsche LMP Team in 2017 before an unhappy season in Formula One.

The Swiss team’s Rebellion No. 1 featured American driver Gustavo Menezes and Brazilian Bruno Senna – the nephew of late F1 great Ayrton Senna.

It finished one lap ahead of Toyota Gazoo’s No. 7, with Rebellion’s No. 3 finishing in fourth place.

For much of the race it looked like Toyota’s No. 7 would win after leading comfortably from pole position. But late into the night the car encountered an engine problem and the 30-minute stop in the stands proved costly.

The race was first held in 1923. A total of 252,500 spectators attended in 2019, but there were none this year when the race started three months late because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We miss the fans,” New Zealander Hartley said. “I look forward to seeing all the fans again.”

In other divisions:

United Autosports won the LMP2 division with the entry of Filipe Albuquerque, Paul Di Resta and Phil Hanson.

–In LMGTE Pro, the victory was claimed by Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Maxime Martin, Alex Lynn and Harry Tincknell (who drives for Mazda in the DPi division of IMSA).

–TF Sport won the LMGTE Am class.

The Toyota No. 7 took pole after former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi narrowly edged out the Rebellion No. 1 team in qualifying.

In damp and humid conditions Mike Conway got away cleanly from the start, while Senna held off Buemi.

After nearly seven hours, Toyota’s No. 8 fell back after a 10-minute stop in the stands to fix a brake-cooling problem on Kazuki Nakajima’s car. Rebellion’s No. 1, driven by Frenchman Norman Nato, took advantage to move into second place behind Toyota’s No. 7.

Then came the decisive moment at 2:40 a.m. as the No. 7 – also featuring Argentine Jose Maria Lopez – encountered a turbo problem. When the car came back out it was back in fourth.

“We had a few problems early in the race,” Nakajima said. “Later they had a bigger issue than us.”

Rebellion’s No. 1 encountered a problem on the hood at around 9 a.m. and the change took six minutes, allowing the Rebellion No. 3 (Nathanael Berthon-Louis Deletraz-Romain Dumas) to close the gap.

It was becoming a tight battle between the two Rebellion cars behind Toyota’s No. 8.

At 12 p.m. Rebellion No. 3 with Dumas behind the wheel was only one second ahead of No. 1 driven by Menezes. Then both cars came in for a driver change with Deletraz swapping for Dumas on a lengthy stop, and Nato for Menezes as Rebellion No. 1 suddenly moved ahead of its team rival.

Dumas, a winner in 2016 with Porsche, appeared unhappy at the strategy decision to bring his car in first and the length of the stop. There were tense explanations in the team garage.

Colombian Tatiana Calderon, an F1 test driver with Alfa Romeo, was in the Richard Mille Racing Team in the LMP2 category. She was joined by German Sophia Florsch – an F3 driver – and Dutchwoman Beitske Visser. They placed ninth out of 24 in their category.