Hulkenberg: “It’s our job to make the most of it” (VIDEO)

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While 2014 was a career year for Nico Hulkenberg with Force India, it still didn’t reach all the heights he sought to achieve.

In 2015, the ideal goals are to build off the success, score his first podium and crack the 100-point threshold.

He spoke about the outlook with NBC’s Will Buxton at Force India’s livery launch in Mexico City.

“My hopes are clearly to do better than last year,” Hulkenberg told Buxton. “It was a decent year with a flat period in the middle. My side of the garage had some technical issues, but otherwise it was a successful year. We did some good developments, have some good personnel. It’s our job to make the most of it.”

Hulkenberg reflected on his return to Force India. He tested for the team in 2011 and raced for them in 2012, with a one-year sojourn to Sauber before coming back last year.

“In the beginning, I’m long beyond the point of getting comfortable,” he said. “I’m looking forward to jump in the new thing and play with the new toy.

“We know what it was like last year, rules are pretty consistent so don’t expect any mix-ups. Mercedes should have the edge on everybody.

“The goals are just to just deliver a solid and consistent season,” he said. “Last season was the best I’ve done. We need 100 points and a podium.”

Video of Buxton’s interview with Hulkenberg is below.

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.