Tristan Vautier, Rodolfo Gonzalez to race for Dale Coyne Racing in Detroit Duals


Dale Coyne Racing has announced via Twitter who will be racing its two entries this weekend in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park.

Driving in the No. 19 will once again be Tristan Vautier, who was in the car for the Indianapolis 500 and finished 28th.

In the No. 18 will be Rodolfo Gonzalez, who drove the car in Grand Prix of Alabama and finished 20th.

Through six races in 2015, four different drivers have piloted the No. 18: Gonzalez, Carlos Huertas, Conor Daly and Vautier.

Vautier will be the third different driver in the No. 19, following James Davison in the Indy 500 and Francesco Dracone in the previous five races.

DCR also announced that the pit crew member  injured during the Indy 500 has been released from the hospital.


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.