F1: Report says Honda nixed Fernando Alonso’s Porsche drive for Le Mans

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Fernando Alonso apparently will have to wait to make his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut.

A report from German publication Auto Motor und Sport says that the two-time Formula One World Champion was in line to co-drive Porsche’s third car for this year’s Le Mans with fellow F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg, who will make two World Endurance Championship starts this year along with his regular Force India duties.

But AMuS reports that Honda, which returns to F1 in 2015 as the engine supplier for Alonso’s new/old team, McLaren, blocked the Spaniard’s bid to race one of Porsche’s 919 Hybrids in the endurance classic.

Thus, Alonso will have to put his full focus this year on helping McLaren and Honda get the Woking team back to the top of the heap in F1.

Last summer, Alonso expressed his interest in Le Mans but figured that he would have to wait until his F1 career was finished before he could take part in the world’s biggest sports car event. Earlier in 2014, he had waved the French tricolour to start the race.

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.