Motorsports Update – July 23, 2012

Next race:
Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 27-29

AMA Pro Racing
Next race
: Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 27-29

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GRAND-AM Road Racing
Next race:
The Brickyard Grand Prix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 27, 2012

American Le Mans Series
Mobile 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing won for the third straight year at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a victory Sunday. Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won in the No. 6 Honda Performance Development ARX-03a by more than 10 seconds over Dyson Racing’s Chris Dyson and Guy Smith in their No. 16 Lola-Mazda coupe.

The P2 and GT battles really stole the show. Conquest Endurance’s Martin Plowman and David Heinemeier-Hansson won their first race in the No. 37 Morgan-Nissan with Plowman’s late-race drive to hold off Level 5 Motorsports’ Christophe Bouchut.

In GT, Extreme Speed Motorsports took its first ALMS victory when the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR was excluded in post-race technical inspections. It moved Scott Sharp, Johannes van Overbeek and the No. 01 Ferrari F458 Italia into first in class.

Formula 1
Formula 1 Grosser Preis Santander Von Deutschland 2012

Fernando Alonso extended his lead in the Formula One drivers’ world championship yesterday when he drove to victory for Ferrari in the German Grand Prix.

The Spaniard started from pole position and dominated the 67-lap race. He finished 3.7 seconds ahead of local hero and defending champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, who was later handed a 20sec drive-through penalty for passing Jenson Button.

Vettel was handed the penalty for running off the track at a hairpin exit as he tried to pass McLaren’s Button on the penultimate lap and dropped back to fifth place, leaving Button second.

Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus completed the podium. Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber was fourth with Vettel in fifth.

Edmonton Indy, July 22

Helio Castroneves held off Takuma Sato over the final 15 laps to pick up his second IndyCar win of the season in Edmonton, Alberta, moving him into second in the series standings. Castroneves trails Ryan Hunter-Reay by 23 points with four races remaining. Hunter-Reay finished seventh.

Next race:
Crown Royal presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 29, 2012

Mopar Mile High Nationals

Pro Stock racer Allen Johnson raced to his fourth Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals win Sunday.

Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also scored wins in their respective categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event near Denver.

World Superbike
Brno, Czech Republic

Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) scored a double today after winning the second 20-lap race of the weekend at Brno. The Italian rider made a final pass on long time leader Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) on the final lap and had just enough of a gap on Sykes on the final few corners to make sure the English rider would finish second, by only 0.140 seconds.

Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) had an eventual third place finish with championship leader Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) a lonely fourth. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing) won a duel for fifth place with Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia) and Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport).

In the championship fight Biaggi now has 271.5 points, Melandri has 250.5 and Sykes moved into third place, on 212.5 points. Checa is fourth on 204.5.

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