Campeonato Verizon Indy Car

Mar 16, 2018

Campeonato Verizon Indy Car

Por Luis Sánchez

Sebastien Bourdais fue el ganador de la primera Carrera del campeonato en la cuidad de ST. Petersburg. Tras su espantoso accidente en Mayo del año pasado en las calificaciones para las 500 Millas de indianapolis, Bourdais demostró que todavía tiene mucho que dar a la serie Verizon.  Sebastien completo las 110 vueltas con tan solo 12 segundos adelante del segundo lugar Rahal Graham. En tercer lugar quedo el piloto americano Alexander Rossi.

La carrera fue espectacular pero no sin la controversia que normalmente suele pasar en cada carrera, a 4 vueltas del final de la competencia el piloto Max Chilton y su carro tuvieron problemas en la curva 8 donde se detuvo el auto, mala suerte para el Rookie piloto Robert Wickens que habiendo calificado en la primera posición y llevando el liderazgo a escasas 4 vueltas para ganar la competencia tubo que esperar a que los oficiales de la carrera limpiaran la pista, dejando solamente dos vueltas para el final de la competencia.

Wickens fue sorprendido con la decisión para la ultima largada quedando solamente dos vueltas, ya que el auto guía de precaución no apago las luces indicando que todo estaba listo para el arranque y la bandera a cuadros. La reacción de Wickens fue hasta cierto punto tarde, ya que Rossi aprovecho la oportunidad queriendo rebasar al puntero, pero su llantas traseras se patinaron pegándole al auto de Wickens que fue lanzado en espiral perdiendo la oportunidad de coronarse campeón de St. Petersburg en 2018.

El cuatro veces campeón de la serie Champ Sevastien Bourdais aprovecho el incidente escurriéndose a la primera posición por las dos ultimas vueltas de la carrera y así ganar por segunda ves consecutiva el Firestone Grand Prix de St. Petersburg, marcando esta como su victoria numero 37.

Graham Rahal que empezó la competencia en último lugar pudo lograr terminar en la segunda posición. Rossi quedo tercero seguido de Hinchcliffe en cuarto, Hunter-Reay y Scot Dixon respectivamente.  Wickens que domino la competencia por 69 vueltas en cinco oportunidades, terminando en la posición 18 al final de la carrera.

Abril es un mes con mucha actividad ya que la siguiente competencia será el Phoenix Grand Prix en Arizona el próximo 7 de Abril, donde veremos duelos interesantes entre todos los pilotos de la serie Verizon Indy Car.  Después la gema del campeonato, el Toyota Grand Prix de Long Beach, en Abril 15, que la mayoría de los aficionados consideran esta carrera como el Monte Carlo de la Indy. Terminando el mes en la fecha Abril 22, con el Honda Indy Grand Prix de Alabama.

Estaremos pendientes de los acontecimientos de la serie Verizon Indycar series, para informarles los últimos acontecimientos.  Stay tune!

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Meeke closes on Mexico win

Apr 3, 2017

Meeke closes on Mexico win

Kris Meeke takes 30.9sec lead over Séb Ogier at Rally Guanajuato Mexico.

The Briton won just one of the nine speed tests, most on dirt roads in the mountains near León, but it was a decisive victory. While Meeke carried out a planned attack to perfection, Ogier spun and a deficit of just over 20sec became almost twice that.

The duo traded seconds through the opening four special stages before Meeke pounced in his Citroën C3. Ogier promised this morning it would not be an ‘all or nothing’ day, and after pirouetting at a hairpin bend, he signalled his challenge was over.

“It has been a perfect weekend so far. That was going to be the defining loop of the rally. I had to make it stick on this loop and it worked,” said Meeke, who gambled with hard compound Michelin tyres despite the threat of rain. Fortunately for him it stayed dry.

Ogier won two tests in his Ford Fiesta and ended 39.6sec clear of Thierry Neuville, who also won a stage. The misfire which slowed Neuville’s Hyundai i20 Coupe last night, along with team-mates Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo, was traced to a blocked fuel filter and all three cars ran cleanly today.

Neuville regretted opting for soft tyres this afternoon when forecast rain failed to arrive, but with a large gap in front and behind, an error-free day kept him on course for strong points.

Ott Tänak was fourth in a Fiesta. The Estonian struggled for confidence in his car’s set-up this morning but headed a frustrated Hayden Paddon. The Kiwi punctured after hitting a rock and experimented with new settings in a bid to find his pace.

Jari-Matti Latvala overhauled Toyota Yaris team-mate Juho Hänninen for sixth in the penultimate stage. Latvala overcame morning brake problems and punctured after hitting the same rock as Paddon.

Just finishing was a victory for Hänninen. Struck down by sickness, he persevered and by the day’s end his health was improving.

Sunday’s final leg comprises two tests. After a mid-morning start, crews drive the 32.96km La Calera ahead of the 21.94km Derramadero live TV Power Stage, which offers bonus points for the fastest five drivers.

Cortesia: Red Bull Newsroom

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ANAHEIM DUCKS SIGN DUSTIN TOKARSKI TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION

Jan 6, 2017

ANAHEIM DUCKS SIGN DUSTIN TOKARSKI TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION

 

SAN DIEGO – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed goaltender Dustin Tokarski to a one-year contract extension through the 2017-18 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

Tokarski, 27 (9/16/89), owns a 10-12-5 record with one shutout, a 2.84 goals-against average (GAA) and .904 save percentage (SV%) in 34 career NHL games with Anaheim, Montreal and Tampa Bay. The 6-0, 204-pound goaltender has also appeared in five career NHL Playoff games, including a 35-save effort in a 3-2 overtime win in Game 3 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Final on May 22, 2014 at the New York Rangers.

 

Acquired from Montreal in exchange for Max Friberg on Jan. 7, 2016, Tokarski has appeared in one game with Anaheim this season, stopping all five shots on Oct. 28 vs. Columbus. He has also posted a 9-6-1 record in 16 games this season with the San Diego Gulls, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

 

Selected by Tampa Bay in the fifth round (122nd overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Tokarski has gone 138-99-5 with 18 shutouts, a 2.51 GAA and .910 SV% in 265 career AHL games with Norfolk, Hamilton, Syracuse, St. John’s and San Diego. The 6-0, 205-pound goaltender was an AHL All-Star with Hamilton in 2013-14 and helped lead Norfolk to a Calder Cup Championship in 2012 after compiling a 12-2-0 record with three shutouts, a 1.46 GAA and .944 SV% in 14 AHL playoff games. Tokarski has also won gold with Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship and helped lead Spokane of the Western Hockey League (WHL) to the 2008 Memorial Cup.

Cortesia; San Diego Gulls

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Di Grassi’s shoreline sensation

Apr 2, 2016

DI GRASSI’S SHORELINE SENSATION

Abt Schaeffler star retakes championship lead with stunning drive

LONG BEACH, USA (April 2 2016) – Redemption came to Lucas di Grassi in the shape of a perfectly-judged win in the FIA Formula E Faraday Future Long Beach ePrix.

 

The Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport driver had sprayed the victory champagne at the last race in Mexico City, only for the disappointment of disqualification to hit home long after the bubbles had fizzled out.

But with a steely determination to take advantage of any opportunity that would come his way in the fight for the 2016 FIA Formula E Championship, di Grassi produced a drive of genuine quality.

 

From pole position, it was DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird who led in the early stages of the race, but di Grassi kept him in his sights, and when he managed to get a better run down the back straight he pulled a great move on the Brit into Turn 5 to take the lead.

 

Bird managed to keep on di Grassi’s tail through the mid-race car change, but in his second car he was caught out by cold brakes and locked up into Turn 5, sending him down the escape road. He managed to avoid any serious damage, but lost a hat full of places and any hope of victory.

 

Di Grassi now had a comfortable lead over Venturi’s Stephane Sarrazin, only for all of it to be wiped out when last year’s winner – Nelson Piquet Jr – crashed over the kerbs at the first chicane and walloped into the wall. The Qualcomm Safety Car was required to retrieve his stricken NEXTEV TCR machine, handing Sarrazin an unexpected shot at the win.

 

But di Grassi timed the restart to perfection and cruised home for his second win of the year. With Sebastien Buemi suffering a disastrous race – he collided with Robins Frijns, which not only damaged both cars so badly they were forced into making an early car change, he then received a drive-through penalty – di Grassi has taken over the lead in the points standings he lost along with his Mexico win.

 

“I’m very happy to show that if you keep your focus, keep up your work, good results come,” he said. “From the outside races always look comfortable, this is a tricky track, it’s very easy to do mistakes, it was an extremely difficult race. Stephane was quick and was putting pressure on me. It’s an extremely difficult car to drive on the edge so we had no comfort in winning the race, we just had to focus on making no mistakes.”

 

For Sarrazin second place was his first podium finish and keeps up his record of scoring points in every race so far this season.

 

“It’s amazing that since last year we have been quick but never on the podium,” said Sarrazin. “It was a very good race and we’ve improved a lot. The team has come from zero – it was completely new – so we are very happy with the car and the total package, and it was a good result.”

 

Third place fell to Daniel Abt, ensuring Abt Schaeffler scored its first ever double podium. The team piled on to the huge podium stage, where a sizeable chunk of the 17,000-strong crowd was on hand to give the drivers a fantastic ovation.

 

“I love California and I knew that coming here we would be strong,” said Abt. “I set the overall fastest lap today in FP2, but it didn’t quite work in qualifying, so I was a bit disappointed coming into the race. In the race I tried to stay cool while others around were making a lot of mistakes, and that helped me a lot. This result was so important for the team and our first double podium is for them.”

 

Fourth and fifth place for Nick Heidfeld and Bruno Senna meant it was the biggest ever points haul for Mahindra, while Bird was left ruing his error in sixth. Mexico City race winner Jerome D’Ambrosio received FanBoost for the first time in his Formula E career (di Grassi and Heidfeld were the other recipients), but it was a low-key race for the Dragon Racing driver, who finished seventh, one place ahead of his team-mate Loic Duval.

 

The final two points places were filled by maiden top-10 finishers. Simona de Silvestro became the first female driver to score points in Formula E with a strong drive to ninth place for Andretti, while Mike Conway opened his account for Venturi by claiming a single point in 10th.

 

Buemi did manage to salvage something from the race by setting the Visa Fastest Lap and the two bonus points it brings, but for him and the Renault e.dams team it was a race to forget. They will now be re-doubling their efforts and hoping to get back on the front foot as the series heads to their home race – the inaugural Visa Paris ePrix – which takes place on April 23.

2016 Faraday Future Long Beach ePrix (Rd 6) – Race results

 

1.           Lucas di Grassi, Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport, 45:11.582s (25)

2.           Stephane Sarrazin, Venturi, +0.787s (18)

3.           Daniel Abt, Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport, +1.685s (15)

4.           Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing, +2.343s (12)

5.           Bruno Senna, Mahindra Racing, +4.968s (10)

6.           Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing, +5.229s (11)

7.           Jerome D’Ambrosio, Dragon Racing, +6.735s (6)

8.           Loic Duval, Dragon Racing, +8.057s (4)

9.           Simona de Silvestro, Andretti Formula E, +10.505s (2)

10.      Mike Conway, Venturi, +10.900s (1)

11.      Nico Prost, Renault e.dams, +11.205s

12.      Oliver Turvey, NEXTEV TCR, +17.417s

13.      Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Virgin Racing, +1 lap

14.      Salvador Duran, Team Aguri, +1 lap

15.      Robin Frijns, Andretti Formula E, +1 lap

16.      Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.dams, +3 laps (2)

17.      Antonio Felix da Costa, Team Aguri, DNF

18.      Nelson Piquet Jr, NEXTEV TCR, DNF

 

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About FIA Formula E Championship:

Formula E is a ground-breaking FIA championship and the world’s first fully-electric racing series. It represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a framework for research and development around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability. The first season began in Beijing in September 2014 and completed in London in June 2015, racing in 10 major cities (11 races) around the world. The championship sees nine teams, each with two drivers, going head-to-head to create a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans. Season two got underway in October in Beijing with the series becoming an ‘open championship’ allowing approved manufacturers to develop new powertrain solutions. Future seasons will see the regulations open up further allowing manufacturers to focus on improving battery technology.

 

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