Kvyat to start from back of grid due to engine penalty

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AUSTIN – Daniil Kvyat will start tomorrow’s United States Grand Prix from the back of the grid after being slapped with a 10-place penalty by the stewards following another engine component change.

The Toro Rosso driver switched to a seventh internal combustion engine (ICE) ahead of today’s running at the Circuit of The Americas, thus breaching the new, stricter engine regulations for the 2014 season.

The statement from the stewards reads as follows:

“The seventh internal combustion engine has been sued by car #26. This is in breach of article 28.4a of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations.

“A 10 grid position penalty is imposed in accordance with Article 28.4c, as this is the first time a seventh power unit element has been used.”

Kvyat qualified in 14th position today in Austin, finishing at the bottom of the timesheets in Q2.

“Today’s Q2 was more promising, but at the end we couldn’t do better than this,” Kvyat said. “We just had no pace and now we have to understand why. We really didn’t have the speed and we’ve been struggling with the car, the tyres and the grip.

“In addition, this weekend and the next one in Brazil are compromised by the 10 grid positions penalty. We have to accept the truth, we had a poor qualifying.

“Anyway we’ll try to do our best, making the most out of the car. Yesterday’s long runs worked quite well, so we’ll see what we can achieve tomorrow.”

As mentioned, Kvyat will also receive a six-place grid penalty for the race in Brazil next weekend as he can only serve four of the 10 places in Austin. The new engine penalties for 2014 state that the remainder of any sanction must be carried over for one additional race weekend.

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Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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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.