Weekend of 5/28/2017 Racing Update

This was the golden week of racing with more races than you can handle! There was the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco, Indycar Indy500, 24 Hours of LeMans, the Spa Francorchamps GT open, and more!

Indycar

History was made this weekend when Takuma Sato of Japan took pole position for the first victory for a Japanese driver for Andretti Autosports in the Indy 500. It was a close race between Sato and Helio Castroneves, who was trying hard to move up in the rankings by obtaining the top spot.

On a different note, Scott Dixon, was able to walk away from his number 9 car after the horrific accident. It just goes to show the increased safety of these cars and the engineering behind it. Check out the accident below:

Formula 1

Sebastian Vettel took first in the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix in his Ferrari, with his partner, Kimi Raikkonen. close behind at second. However, this win was not without it’s controversy. There are speculations that Ferrari had utilized their pit stop to allow Vettel to take pole position, effectively helping his overall league standings. Ferrari claims Kimi’s earlier pit stop was to prevent #3 Daniel Ricciardo from passing both of them. Do we think there was some strategy involved? Clearly, but was it illegal? We’ll let you be the judge of that.

NASCAR

Austin Dillon won the 2017 Coca Cola 600, passing Jimmie Johnson to take pole position. Dillon’s strategy to not come into a pit stop to refuel paid off when he was able to get ahead of the group when the other cars were stopping to refuel, just 30 laps before the end of the race. He beat out racers Busch and Truex Jr., to bring the #3 Chevy car back to podium position since 2000. Dillon had only led 2 laps the entire night, the last 2 laps before the checkered flag. In comparison, Truex Jr. had led 233 laps but finished 3rd.

Sports Car Racing (ADAC)

The ADAC Zurich 24 Hour Race at the legendary Nürburgring heavily favored Audi to win from the start, however, lady luck would also be on Audi’s side thanks to some bad luck that turned into good luck. Land’s #29 Audi had been performing strongly for most of the race, but began experiencing electrical problems towards the final leg of the race. When the #29 car came into the pit for some diagnostics and fixes to their electrical systems, the weather turned, allowing Land Audi’s team to put on rain tires for their car ahead of the pack. This allowed Connor de Phillippi a crucial time advantage as other cars were stopping to swap out their tires, eventually leading him to a first place checkered flag.

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