Michael Schumacher’s son Mick to race in ADAC F4 championship this season

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Michael Schumacher’s 15-year-old son Mick will advance from karts into cars this year, with confirmation the younger Schumacher will enter the German ADAC F4 Championship.

Mick Schumacher will run with the Dutch team, Van Amersfoort Racing. Max Verstappen raced with the team last year in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship.

“In the last couple of years, it has become a tradition for us that we offer the runner-up from the German junior karting championship (DJKM) a test session in our simulator,” team boss Frits van Amersfoort said, via PaddockScout.com.

“This is handled by the DMSB, the German motorsport authority, and that is how we first got in touch with Mick Schumacher last autumn. He spent a full day in the simulator at our headquarters in The Netherlands. Then we witnessed him during a test session at Valencia and eventually, we reached an agreement to compete together in this year’s ADAC Formula 4 series.”

The younger Schumacher has impressed in karting the last couple years, particularly last year when he was the runner-up for the world, European and German kart titles.

The confirmation to this seat comes following the aforementioned test session, then-described as “secret,” back in December.

Michael Schumacher continues his rehabilitation from his December 2013 skiing accident, although no official updates on his condition have been issued September, when he returned home per a statement from his manager, Sabine Kehm. The seven-time World Champion turned 46 in January.

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.