History was made Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway as Michael Shank Racing’s new Ford EcoBoost-powered Riley Daytona Prototype smashed a 26-year old track record, while also unofficially breaking two longstanding world speed records.
The calculations are simple for Sebastien Vettel as he chases victory in the Japanese Grand Prix to secure a fourth straight Formula One championship.
If Vettel wins at Suzuka on Sunday, and his nearest rival Fernando Alonso finishes worse than eighth, the German driver will join his compatriot Michael Schumacher and Argentine Juan-Manuel Fangio as the only men to win four consecutive titles. And if he does it in Japan, where he has won three of the last four GP races, he’ll be the youngest in the exclusive list to achieve four straight titles.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing announced Wednesday that driver Alex Tagliani will substitute for four-time IndyCar Series champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti in the season-ending MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway as Franchitti continues to recover from injuries suffered at the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston last weekend.
Now in its fourth year, the annual Dix Mille Tours (Ten Thousand Laps) meeting at the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track has quickly become the traditional season finale for the Peter Auto Racing events. All of the major race classes organised by event host Patrick Peter were on track again this year, including the Sixties’ Endurance, Trofeo Nastro Rosso and two Classis Endurance Racing groups.
They were complemented in 2013 by the Mini Classic & Touring Cup, Group C and a revival of the BPR Championship organised by Peter along with Stephane Ratel and Jurgen Barth between 1994 and 1996. As a result, the 2013 Dix Mille Tours saw sports racing cars from the early 1950s through to the 1990s take to the high speed track on the French Mediterranean coast. In addition to the races, the track was also opened to clubs during the lunch-breaks, while in the paddock various specialist vendors welcomed competitors and spectators alike.