The closest championship battle in the 11-year history of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series visits Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., for Sunday’s Continental Tire Festival of Speed powered by Mazda. With two races remaining, the top 10 competitors for the Daytona Prototype championship are separated by only five points.
Paul di Resta has been in Italy in recent days.
That might not sound like noteworthy news, particularly in the days leading into the country’s annual grand prix.
But with a race cockpit at fabled Ferrari potentially available for 2014, di Resta’s pre-Monza holiday destination might actually be significant.
The race for pole position will go a long way to deciding the winner of the Italian Grand Prix this week, with Sebastian Vettel keen to step closer to a fourth straight Formula One title.
The German silenced talk of a Lewis Hamilton comeback with one of his most dominant performances of the season at the Belgian GP 10 days ago, and extended his championship lead to 46 points over Fernando Alonso and 58 over Hamilton.
For only the second time in the storied history of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, an IndyCar will hit the infield road course as part of an open test.
The infield road course has played host to Moto GP, Formula One, Indy Lights and NASCAR Grand-Am events, but never an IndyCar Series race.
On Wednesday, Ryan Briscoe and Graham Rahal are scheduled to run multiple configurations of the infield road course to “gather information about the current course layouts” as the speedway looks at a nearly $100 million upgrade to the facility with the possibility of future races in mind.
“As we look to the future of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the goal is to make changes to the road course that provide the most flexibility for its potential use and create a layout that is entertaining for our fans and enjoyable for our drivers – whether it is for INDYCAR testing or racing, sports cars, MotoGP or other uses,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president.
— Mark J. Rebilas (@rebilasphoto) September 1, 2013
Photographer Mark J. Rebilas was in the perfect position to capture this harrowing shot of Pro Mod NHRA driver Tim Tindle’s crash during the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway on September 1.
Update: Photographer Mark J. Rebilas has posted additional photos of Tim Tindle’s crash here.