Motorsports Update – June 18, 2012

British Grand Prix, Silverstone
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo wins again!

At the beginning of the race Yamaha’s Ben Spies took the holeshot ahead of Repsol Honda Team’s Stoner and San Carlo Honda Gresini’s pole-sitter Álvaro Bautista. Spies made a tremendous start leading the early stages from Stoner, Bautista and Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden.

With 17 laps remaining Lorenzo started to find his rhythm as he looked to close the gap to the front four. Soon after, Stoner made a move past Spies, as the Texan made a mistake, going too hot into a turn.

With 11 laps left Lorenzo was closing in on the rear wheel of Stoner. Heading into lap nine, Lorenzo took Stoner on the final turn, yet the Australian fought straight back in the next turn, the Lorenzo took the lead again.

A lap further on, the duo of Pedrosa and Bautista started to slowly close the gap on Stoner. With six laps left it turned into a three-way battle for second place, as Lorenzo was opening a gap at the front.

In the end it was Lorenzo who crossed the finish line ahead of Stoner and Pedrosa.  Fourth went to Álvaro Bautista, ahead of Ben Spies, and Cal Crutchlow, who battled from the back of the grid and put in a brave ride with an injury that he sustained in qualifying. The top ten were completed Hayden, Bradl, Ducati’s Rossi and Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá. 

AMA Pro Racing
Next race:
Triumph SuperBike Classic, Barber Motorsports Park, June 22-24

GRAND-AM Road Racing
Next race
: GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series 250 Driven by VISTFLORIDA.COM, June 21-23

American Le Mans Series
Next race:
The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix, Lime Rock Park, July 6-7

Formula 1
Next race:
Grand Prix of Europe, Valencia, June 24

The Milwaukee Mile

Hunter-Reay, who started second, led Tony Kanaan across the start-finish line by 5.1029 seconds.

“It was one of the most physical races I’ve ever driven,” added Hunter-Reay, who overtook Helio Castroneves for the lead (for good as it turned out) in Turn 3 on Lap 142.

Kanaan Moved up from the sixth starting position, earning his second podium finish of the season. James Hinchcliffe was third and Orial Servia jumped from the 20th starting position to fourth. E.J. Viso finished fifth.

Note: Following the Milwaukee IndyFest race director Beaux Barfield acknowledged an error on a Lap 122 restart led to a drive-through penalty issued to Scott Dixon.

Dixon was running fourth – after starting 21st in the 225-lap race because of a 10-grid spot penalty for an unapproved engine change – when the cars lined up two-by-two for the restart. Dixon was cited for passing under yellow (jumping the start), but restart was waved off and the green flag flew on the next lap.

“Due to a glitch in technology, there was a discrepancy between the official race clock and the clock on the replay machine,” said Barfield, INDYCAR’s president of competition. “Therefore, the review of the jumped start was one lap off, leading Race Control to make the call on the wrong lap.”

Quicken Loans 400, Michigan International Speedway
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. snapped a 143-race winless Sprint Cup streak at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.

Earnhardt, who drives the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet and started 17th, dominated the last half of the race, taking the checkered flag by 5.393 seconds over Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth.

Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol Dragway, Bristol TN
Seven-time Top Fuel world champ Tony Schumacher ended a 32-race winless streak with his win Sunday at Bristol Dragway.

His DSR teammate Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also claimed victories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

World Superbike
Next race:
Motorland Aragon, Spain, July 1

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