Kevin Harvick sets track record, tops speed charts in first Cup practice at Phoenix

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Kevin Harvick wanted to get off to a good start for this weekend’s Quicken Loans for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

He has to be happy with his first practice effort, setting a new PIR track speed record (141.521 mph) in the process of Friday’s first practice session.

In fact, seven drivers broke the old mark, starting with Harvick, followed by Kyle Larson (141.471 mph), Brad Keselowski (140.851), Kurt Busch (140.526), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (140.362), Martin Truex Jr. (140.192) and the driver who originally started the record-breaking runs early in the session, Kyle Busch (140.171).

The next six drivers, from eighth to 13th, included four of the remaining eight Chase competitors: Denny Hamlin (140.083), Joey Logano (139.996), Tony Stewart (139.811), Paul Menard (139.784), Jeff Gordon (139.762) and Matt Kenseth (139.654).

But two of the eight Chasers were way off the pace and will likely have to make some serious adjustments prior to qualifying later Friday afternoon and Saturday’s final two practice sessions.

Carl Edwards was 25th-fastest (138.985 mph), while Ryan Newman was 27th-fastest (138.932).

“Practice did not go well for us, it was not very good,” Edwards said. “We’re not going to give up, we’re not going to quit.

“ … We’re slower, we’re not where we want. We just have to go out and do the work.”

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Steve McQueen’s famous Porsche 917K displayed in new museum

Photo courtesy of the Brumos Collection
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One of the most famous race cars in film history will be featured in a new automotive museum in Florida.

The legendary Porsche 917K driven by Steve McQueen in the 1971 film ‘Le Mans’, which was last seen in 2017 when it sold for $14 million in an auction, will be one of the prominent pieces in the Brumos Collection, a new automotive museum in Jacksonville.

Widely considered the most famous Porsche 917 ever built, the historic race car initially was used for Le Mans testing before being featured in the McQueen film. The car was housed in a barn for more than two decades before re-emerging fully restored in 2001.

The car was unveiled as the newest member of the Brumos Collection during a special event signifying the museum’s grand opening on Monday.

With more than three dozen vehicles, the Brumos Collection provides museum guests an up-front look at racing and automotive history.

Notable race cars in the collection include:

  • 1968 Porsche 908: In the second track appearance ever for Porsche’s then-new 908, drivers Jo Siffert and Vic Elford tackled the notorious Nürburgring’s 1000 km in this yet-unproven model. Starting in the 27th position, Siffert guided the 908 to second at the end of the first lap and into the overall lead after the second lap, setting a lap record. This historic 908 persevered through a grueling 44 laps around Nürburgring’s 14-mile course, skillfully navigating a 1000-foot elevation change and 160 turns through the forest.
  • 1979 Porsche 935: This #59 Brumos Porsche 935 is shown exactly as it raced when it won the 1979 IMSA Championship with Peter Gregg behind the wheel. It is authentic in every detail, down to his distinctive tartan seat upholstery. Arguably the finest season of his career, Gregg won eight races and eight consecutive pole positions in 1979. The car won 53 percent of the races it entered, carrying Gregg to 20 percent of his total career IMSA victories.
  • 1972 Porsche 917-10: The first 917/10 was produced in 1971. This Can-Am Racer had a twin-turbocharged engine capable of 200+mph speeds at 1100 hp. Peter Gregg raced the car to a 9th place finish in the 1972 Can-Am Championship, followed by Hurley Haywood’s 3rd place finish in the 1973 Can-Am Series season. The Brumos Porsche 917-10 was the first race car to carry what has now become the iconic and recognizable white, red and blue livery with the famous Brumos Racing “sweeps.”
  • 1923 Miller 122 Grand Prix: Miller was the first American race car bought solely to race in Europe. This 1923 Miller 122 Grand Prix was driven by Bugatti racer Count Louis Zborowski, who raced it in England, Spain and France. Returned to the United State 89 years later, this is considered one of the most complete surviving Millers.

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