F1: Bottas, then Massa in new Williams FW37 at Jerez test

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Images of the Williams FW37 are already out, but this coming Sunday, the car will make its on-track debut in the first Formula One preseason test at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

The Grove gang has confirmed via Twitter that Valtteri Bottas, who finished fourth in the 2014 standings on the strength of six podium finishes, will handle the first two days of the Jerez test in the new car.

After Bottas is through, the car then goes to the team’s veteran pilot, Felipe Massa, for Days 3 and 4.

Williams’ test driver, Susie Wolff, has already been confirmed to take part in the second preseason test of the year at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

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.