Formula E: Bird is the word in delayed Miami ePrix free practice

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MIAMI – Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird topped the timesheets in a truncated 35-minute free practice session ahead of the Miami ePrix, Round 5 of the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship.

The on-track activity was delayed nearly three full hours from the scheduled first start time of 8:15 a.m. due to track construction.

Rather than two free practice sessions as was planned, a single one ran from 10:55 to 11:30 a.m., with only a 40-minute break until qualifying at 12:10.

Bird’s best lap was 1:06.588 around the 2.17 km, 8-turn street circuit. Karun Chandhok (Mahindra) and Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) were also in the 1:06 bracket and completed the top three.

Nick Heidfeld (Venturi) had an off-course excursion, but was the only driver to encounter issues in the session.

Qualifying follows at 12:10 until 12:57, and will be run in four groups drawn by a random lottery. Groups are linked here via the FIA Formula E website.

The race is still scheduled to start of 4:05 p.m. ET and local time, with the grid opening at 3:30.

Free practice results are linked here.

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.