Dixon wins in IndyCar Series return to Pocono
LONG POND, Pa.
Scott Dixon felt like his losing streak stretched as long as IndyCar’s absence from Pocono. After 24 years, the series returned to the triangle track and it was a big welcome back to Victory Lane for Dixon. He led a monster day for Chip Ganassi Racing, leading a podium sweep for the team with a win Sunday at the IndyCar Series event at Pocono Raceway. He was followed by Ganassi teammates Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti in IndyCar’s first race at Pocono since 1989.
Dixon struggled this season to make a serious run at wins and had led only one lap, at the Indianapolis 500. He led the final 27 at Pocono for his 30th career IndyCar victory. He snapped a 13-race winless streak that dated to the Aug. 12, 2012 race at Mid-Ohio.
Sebastian Vettel wins 1st Grand Prix at home
Pushed hard by a driver who may become his teammate, Sebastian Vettel finally won at home in Germany on Sunday. The three-time defending Formula One champion surged ahead in his Red Bull by the first curve and then had to resist the challenge of two fast Lotus cars. He took the checkered flag a second ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who is being mentioned as Vettel’s possible future colleague.
Vettel had been without a win in Europe for 22 months His 30th career victory extended his championship lead to 34 points over Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who finished fourth
Holtgraver captures All-Star race at Mercer
Danny Holtgraver won his fourth race of the season at Mercer Raceway Park, this time in the All-Stars Circuit of Champions on Saturday.
Mike Miller romped to the win in the Bonnell’s Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Leigh Wheeler picked up the victory in the Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars, snapping Rusty Moore’s five-race skein. Alex Paden scored his third straight win in the Mini Stocks presented by Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles.
On July 13 the FASTRAK Northeast Regional Series will return to the track. Also on the card will be the 410 Sprints, 358 Modifieds, Outlaw Sprint Warriors, Modified Lites and Mini Stocks.
Froome shows he can take Tour punches
The mighty mountains of the Pyrenees offered at least two important insights about Tour de France leader Chris Froome: He can land terrible blows to his rivals with his grinding uphill speed and can take their punches, too. In short, if the Briton in the yellow jersey perhaps isn’t unbeatable, he seems very close to it.
After nine hectic days of racing over 1,513 kilometers (940 miles), the Tour luxuriates in its first rest day today. The pause allows the contenders to lick their wounds and regroup after Froome knocked them dizzy and grabbed the race lead with a triumphant first day of climbing in the Pyrenees on Saturday. But they’ll also be ruing the opportunity they collectively wasted the very next day on Sunday to hurt Froome right back.
On what may well prove to have been one of the toughest and decisive days of this 100th Tour, and certainly one of the most tactical and interesting, Froome’s rivals isolated him from his Sky teammates and forced him to ride alone — one man against many — up four consecutive climbs as jagged as sharks’ teeth. But they could not make Froome crack.
Washington edged in Grand Challenge Cup
The University of Washington lost by 1 length in Sunday’s final of the Grand Challenge Cup for international eights at the Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames. The Great Britain national squad won in a record time which at 5 minutes, 54 seconds was three seconds faster than the previous mark.
The Grand Challenge Cup is the senior event of the whole regatta, and the British crew included three Olympic gold medalists from 2012, while the Washington crew had gone through the season undefeated till this point.