Autos: Chicago Auto Show News & Notes

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Here’s a handful of news and notes from the media preview days at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show:

Nissan GT-R LM NISMO’s public debut

While it was revealed to the world on the whole during Super Bowl XLIX, this week’s Chicago Auto Show marks the first time the new Nissan GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 car has been revealed in a public setting.

The wraps came off the car during a Nissan launch event on Wednesday night, before they came off again during the Auto Show media preview itself on Thursday.

Darren Cox, NISMO’s global head of brand, marketing & sales, was on hand along with NISMO CEO Shoichi Miyatani, and three past Nissan GT Academy winners (Jann Mardenborough, confirmed to the LMP1 program, and past U.S. winners Steve Doherty and Nic Hammann).

The FIA World Endurance Championship season begins April 12 at Silverstone.

Ford GT a strong presence

After its official unveil at Detroit last month, the 2016 Ford GT – now adorned in Liquid Silver with black racing stripes – was also on hand as part of Ford’s fleet this show. Ford’s Garen Nicoghosian, (Ford GT senior designer) and Jamal Hameedi (Ford performance chief engineer) spoke Friday to give more details of the primarily carbon fiber car, which focuses on aerodynamics, efficiency and the EcoBoost powerplant.

Small racing presence outside the Nissan

While the Nissan was the star of the show among racecars, it wasn’t the only racecar on display.

Infiniti had the Red Bull Formula 1 show car at its booth, now listed with new driver Daniil Kvyat’s name alongside that of Daniel Ricciardo. The Alfa Romeo booth had some classic F1 cars as well, that were a sight to behold.

Two Andretti Autosport cars were featured. Ryan Hunter-Reay’s 2014 Indianapolis 500-winning No. 28 DHL Honda was featured in the Honda booth, and Tanner Foust’s No. 34 Rockstar VW Beetle (from Red Bull Global Rallycross) was at the VW stand. Both Foust and his Red Bull GRC teammate Scott Speed were on hand.

An early 1990s Eagle MK III Toyota GTP car, one of Carl Edwards’ No. 19 ARRIS Toyota show cars, and an NHRA Funny Car were in the Toyota booth. Additionally, the new Dallara IL15 Mazda Indy Lights chassis had prominent placing in Mazda’s booth.

Adam Cianciarulo sweeps to second straight Pro Motocross 450 win

Motocross Spring Creek Cianciarulo
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Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.

After scoring his first career victory Sept. 8 at RedBud, Cianciarulo made it two consecutive victories on his Monster Energy Kawasaki. He won the first moto by 1.7 seconds over Blake Baggett and the second moto by 2.7 seconds over Baggett.

“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”

With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.

In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).

Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos for his second win of the season in the 250 class (Align Media).

Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.

“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.


RESULTS

Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
  8. Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
  9. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
  10. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
  5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-11)
  7. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (7-5)
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (12-8)
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki (11-9)
  10. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM (8-12)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 257
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 254
  3. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 202
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 194
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 186
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 164
  7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 162
  8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 140
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 123
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 114
Adam Cianciarulo won the holeshot in both motos at Spring Creek (Align Media).