NHRA U.S. Nationals qualifying
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Ron Capps tops Funny Car qualifying at U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS — Ron Capps topped NHRA Funny Car qualifying Friday night at the prestigious DENSO Spark Plugs Indianapolis Nationals.

Coming off his first career win at Lucas Oil Raceway, Capps had a 3.895-second run at 330.63 mph in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to move into position for his 25th career No. 1 qualifier.

A 65-time event winner, Capps is aiming for his first U.S. Nationals victory after breaking through for his first victory at the Indianapolis track last month.

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“The guys went out there to run a certain number, and the weather changes, and that’s what makes (crew chief) Rahn Tobler so great to have on the team,” Capps said. “He can make changes on the fly like that. It was a handful, and it was moving around, but great job by my guys.”

Shawn Langdon led in Top Fuel, Greg Anderson in Pro Stock, and Angie Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Langdon had a 3.728 at 313.22, Anderson ran a 6.549 at 209.52 in a Chevrolet Camaro, and Smith rode her EBR to the top with a 6.807 at 197.31.

The event will conclude Sunday after another round of qualifying Saturday.

Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.