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1967 Honda RA300 to run demonstration laps before Italian GP

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Nearly 50 years to the day after the Honda RA300 won the 1967 Italian Grand Prix in Monza, with the late John Surtees driving the car on its debut from ninth on the grid to win on September 10, the car will run demonstration laps in advance of this year’s Italian Grand Prix at Sunday at the same track.

The Honda will run at 12:10 p.m. local time with GP3 racer Nirei Fukuzumi driving. The car will also be displayed during the weekend, as Honda will set up a booth for a special exhibition which will include the RA300 in the exhibition area.

“It is our great pleasure to be able to run the same machine on the same circuit on the 50th anniversary year of our victory with the RA300,” said Masashi Yamamoto/General Manager of the Motor Sports Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

“We hope that fans will enjoy the performance of this machine Honda created with strong passion to ‘win no matter what it takes’ and the Honda sound of this classic V12 engine. Also, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the FIA and FOM for their support and cooperation for this demonstration run.”

It marks the second historic car run before a race in as many weeks. Last weekend before the Belgian Grand Prix, Mick Schumacher got to run father Michael’s Benetton B194 in an emotional moment.

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.