Oct 8

Sports Cars: Q&A With Porsche Motorsport North America President

Porsche Motorsport North America President Jens Walther, right, with Porsche factory driver, Joerg Bergmeister, left. (Photo: John Dagys)

Porsche Motorsport North America president Jens Walther (right) talks with Porsche factory driver Joerg Bergmeister. (Photo: John Dagys)

Porsche has been in the headlines as of late, with the announcement that it will field a two-car full factory effort in next year’s Tudor United SportsCar Championship, while also providing more than a dozen cars to customers competing in the new GT Daytona category in 2014.

SPEED recently caught up with Porsche Motorsport North America President Jens Walther for more insight into the new 911 GT America, which will become the German manufacturer’s new customer car in America. Up to 15 cars of the GTD-specific model are expected to be produced for next year.

Oct 8

IndyCar: Franchitti Facing Second Surgery After Wreck

IndyCar: Franchitti Facing 2nd Surgery After Wreck

Dario Franchitti of Scotland drives the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara. (Photo: Getty Images)

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will need a second surgery on the broken right ankle he suffered when his car went airborne into the fence during the last lap of the Grand Prix of Houston.

Franchitti also fractured two vertebrae in his spine and received a concussion. He had surgery on the ankle Sunday night and remained in the hospital afterward. Franchitti is expected to return to Indianapolis on Wednesday and have a second surgery on his ankle.

Oct 7

MotoGP: Marquez Not Expecting MotorLand Penalty

MotoGP: Marquez Not Expecting MotorLand Penalty

Repsol Honda’s rider Marc Marquez celebrates with mechanics after winning the MotoGP race of the Aragon Grand Prix at the Motorland. (Photo: Getty Images)

MotoGP World Championship leader Marc Marquez claims to have been left ‘surprised’ that Race Direction is looking further into the incident between himself and Dani Pedrosa from Sunday’s Aragón Grand Prix, but the 20-year-old is not expecting to be penalised.

When running behind Pedrosa on the sixth lap of the race at MotorLand Aragón, Marquez out-braked himself and made passing contact with the Repsol Honda Team bike in front of him, thus slicing through a sensor cable on the back of Pedrosa’s machine which left the latter without traction control and therefore crashing out of the race just moments later.

Oct 7

MotoGP: Triple-Header Kicks Off With Marquez On Top

MotoGP: Triple-Header Kicks Off With Marquez On Top

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez (L) competes ahead of Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa (2nd L) and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi (3rd L). (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez’s rivals have a mountain to climb at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Sepang this weekend to chase down the Repsol Honda Team rider’s 39-point lead in the MotoGP™ World Championship with only four races to go.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo is Marquez’s closest challenger and will be giving his all to try and haul back points on the Honda rookie, who last time out in Aragón made the headlines for not only his latest win. His contact with teammate Dani Pedrosa, which led to the rear wheel sensor of the latter failing – resulting in a big highside – will be discussed by Race Direction this Thursday.

Oct 7

IndyCar: De Silvestro Becomes Third Woman On IndyCar Podium

De Silvestro Becomes Third Woman On IndyCar Podium

Simona De Silvestro, driver of the #78 KV Racing Technology during the IZOD IndyCar Series Shell and Pennzoil Race 1 at Reliant Park. (Getty Images)

An IndyCar season that started with so much promise for Simona de Silvestro finally delivered a payoff for the Swiss driver.

She scored the first podium finish of her career Saturday with a second-place finish in the Grand Prix of Houston, becoming only the third woman in IndyCar history to make the podium, alongside Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher.