Motorsports Update – August 13, 2012


GRAND-AM Road Racing
Continental Tire 200, Watkins Glen International
Ryan Dalziel held off teammate Sebastien Bourdias to give Starworks Motorsports its second consecutive Rolex Series victory in Satruday evening’s Continental Tire 200 pesented by Dunn Tire.

Dalziel joined new co-driver Lucas Luhr in giving the No. 8 Starworks Ford/Rile its first victory of the season. Bourdais and Alex Popow were coming off their first triumph in the No. 2 Starworks Ford/Riley in the inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas finished third to preserve their Daytona Prototype championship lead with only three races remaining.

Bill Auberlen and Paul Dall Lana scored their second victory of the season in the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW M3. Auberlen led the final 27 laps, holding off Eric Curran who drove the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette with pole winner Boris Said.

American Le Mans Series
Next race:
Road America Road Race Showcase, August 18

Next race: Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, August 17-19

AMA Pro Racing
Next race:
Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, August 17-19

World Superbike
Next race:
Moscow Raceway, August 26

Formula 1
Next race:
Shell Belgian Grand Prix, Spa, September 2

Next race:
GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, August 26

Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen, Watkins Glen International
In a wild final two laps, Marcos Ambrose beat out Brad Keselowski to win Sunday’s Finger Lakes 355 at Watkins Glen International.

Kyle Busch had the lead at the white flag, but slid in a patch of oil exiting Turn 1 on the final lap. Keselowski likewise slid in the oil, hit Busch’s No. 18 Toyota and spun it. For the rest of the final lap, Ambrose and Keselowski raced side-by-side for the lead, with Ambrose finally clearing the No. 2 Dodge in the last corner.

The victory was Ambrose’s second straight at Watkins Glen and the second of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. Jimmie Johnson finished third and took over the series lead by one point over Greg Biffle, who wound up sixth. Clint Bowyer was fourth, followed by Sam Hornish Jr., Biffle and Busch.

Next race:
Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, MN, August 16-19

Sources: series websites, press releases and various independent motorsports websites