Michelin confirms bid for 2017 F1 tire contract

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One of the storylines that is occurring this week is which companies are or are not submitting a bid for the 2017 Formula 1 tire contact.

Nearly 10 years after its last year in F1 in 2006, Michelin seeks to get back in the game, having confirmed earlier this week it would launch a bid for the 2017 contract.

On Tuesday, Michelin confirmed their announcement via Twitter:

“We have submitted our proposal to . 18 inch of course and for the driver pleasure

The switch to the 18-inch tire would replace the current standard of 13 inches as in place by Pirelli.

Michelin has long been a proponent of welcoming competition in the series it competes in, so being a single supplier would run counter to that long-standing standard.

Michelin has spoken about its desire to re-enter the sport earlier this year, given the planned regulation changes.

Goodyear, which last supplied rubber to F1 in 1998, confirmed on Wednesday it would not submit a bid.

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.