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PREVIEW: Weekend of June 28-30, 2019 – F1 Austria, NASCAR Chicagoland, IMSA at the Glen

PREVIEW: Weekend of June 28-30, 2019 – F1 Austria, NASCAR Chicagoland, IMSA at the Glen

This week the F1 circus goes to Austria where they will race on the Red Bull Ring. F1 races have been held in this locality off-and-on since 1963. The first championship race was held on a temporary circuit laid out on the local airfield but it was deemed to be unsatisfactory and no more Austrian GPs were held until the Österreichring was built nearby in the foothills of the Styrian mountains. The circuit featured a long front straight which shot up a hill to a right-hand curve. In 1975, the Penske driver Mark Donahue crashed here into the ‘chicken wire’ catch fencing and he was struck on the head by one of the small posts used to support the fencing. At first he did not seem to be seriously injured but he died in hospital soon after. After that, the race authorities installed a chicane at this corner to slow the cars at the end of the long front-stretch run. The final GP held on this configuration was run in 1987.

This was followed by a nine-year hiatus, during which there was no Austrian GP on the calendar despite this being the home country of multi-year champion Niki Lauda. In 1997 the track was reopened, reconfigured into a shorter version with a truncated front straight. In its new form it was called the A1-Ring and its location was then referred to as Spielberg (instead of the former reference town - Zeltweg). Eight GPs were run on the ‘A1-Ring’ before it was dropped off the calendar once again.

Another ten-year hiatus followed before the track (in the A1 configuration) reopened in 2014 as the Red Bull Ring – obviously with a new commercial backer. This year’s race will be the sixth GP run on the ‘Red Bull Ring’.

From the off-and-on nature of this date, one might assume that this is not a GP worth attending. This place is a bit like Watkins Glen. It is located distant from any large metropolitan centre and it is hard to find lots of nearby accommodation (Like most who went to that venue, I favoured a camper or a tent). But the venue, on the edge of the green foothills, is excellent. There is an enthusiastic fan base of Austrians, Germans and Italians – all of whom remember ‘Niki’. The local food and drink is similar to that of southern Germany – in my book, it’s excellent. This is an event you should consider for your bucket list.

In North America this weekend, the six-hour IMSA WeatherTech race at the Glen is the third round in IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup, the-series-within-a-series which is made up of the four long distance events on their calendar – The Daytona 24-hour, the Sebring 12-hour, the Watkins Glen six-hour and the Petit Le Mans (a 10-hour run at Road Atlanta). The additional race distance, compared to the other rounds of the WeatherTech series, means that most teams opt to add a third driver to their usual driver lineup. (Check out the entry list to see the driver line-ups planned for this race.)

Friday, June 28

1. NASCAR Gander Outdoors Trucks Overton’s 225, Chicagoland Speedway
• TV: FSR at 9:00P
• 1.5 mi; 150 laps = 225 mi; Stages: 35/35/80 laps
• in 2018, Brett Moffitt was the race winner while Ben Rhodes was second and Johnny Sauter was third.
• Last week at Gateway (St. Louis) Ross Chastain had a comeback win which potentially qualifies him for the season-end playoffs. This win was redemption for his disappointment the previous week at Iowa when his win was taken away after his truck failed post-race inspection. Todd Gilliland finished second at Gateway while Steward Friesen was third. Despite a lot of strong performances, Friesen is still looking for his first win in this series.
• Click HERE to see the entry list for the NGOTS race.

Saturday, June 29

2. IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Tioga Downs 240, Watkins Glen International
• online streaming: imsa.tv at 1:45P
• 3.4 mi; 240 min (4 h) race
• Last year here, the Multimatic No. 8 Mustang of McCumbee/Gallagher won the four-hour race. The No. 82 BMW M4 of Clay/Cooke was second and the No. 60 Roush/KohR Mustang was third. There were seven TCR class entries, all Audi RS3s but for a single VW Golf. The TCR class winner was the No. 77 Compass Racing Audi of Casey/Long.
• The most recent race this year was held at Mid-Ohio in early May. The No. 7 Porsche 718 Cayman of A. Brynjolfsson / T. Hindman was the race winner over the No. 35 Mercedes-AMG of J. Cox / D. Murry and the No. 39 Audi R8 of T. McQuarrie / J. Westphal. There were 14 TCR entries with the No. 98 Hyundai of M. Wilkins / M. Lewis winning the class and finishing fifth overall, just 33 seconds behind the GS-class race winner.
• Click HERE to see the entry list for the Michelin Pilot Challenge race.

3. NASCAR Pinty’s Series, Chaudiere, QC, June 29/19
• online streaming: FansChoice.tv at 2:00P
• TV: TSN1/4/5 at 1:00P (delayed)
• 0.25 mi; 300 laps = 75 mi
• Last June at Chaudiere there was a 17-car field. Andrew Ranger was the race winner. L.P. Dumoulin was second and Donald Theetge was third.
• The most recent Pinty’s race this year was held at Jukasa on June 2. Ranger was the winner here over Kevin Lacroix and Peter Shepherd III
• Sixteen competitors have entered for this year’s race. The young Quebec hopeful Raphael Lessard, who is cherry-picking races in various series, is entered here in both the Pinty’s race and the undercard late model race – hoping to impress team owners in hopes of landing a ride in one of the NASCAR national series (e.g. NGOTS).
• Click HERE to see the entry list for the Pinty’s race.

4. NASCAR Xfinity, Camping World 300, Chicagoland Speedway
• TV: TSN2 at 3:30P
• 1.5 mi; 200 laps= 300mi; Stages: 45/45/110 laps
• Last year this race was won by the Cup driver Kyle Larson. Another Cup driver, Kevin Harvick was second, while Cole Custer was third. Daniel Suarez was fourth and Daniel Hemric was fifth. Of these five, Custer is the only one contesting the Xfinity championship this year.
• The previous race this year was held two weeks ago at Iowa. Championship hopeful Christopher Bell won the race ahead of Custer and Justin Allgaier – all contenders for the series title this year. At the moment, Bell and Custer are favourites to win the championship – so far Bell has four race wins to three for each of Custer and Tyler Reddick (another championship contender). Allgaier has yet to win an Xfinity race this year.
• Click HERE to see the entry list for the Xfinity race.

Sunday June 30

5. FIA Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria
• TV: TSN1/4/5 at 9:05A
• 4.318 km; 71 laps = 306.6 km
• Max Verstappen (Red Bull) won last year’s race here. Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) was second and Sebastian Vettel was third. The Mercedes drivers – Bottas and Hamilton – had qualified one-two but they both dropped out of the race with mechanical problems.
• The most recent Grand Prix was the somewhat somnolent race at Paul Ricard a week ago. Lewis Hamilton won with his teammate Valtteri Bottas second, racking up another Mercedes one-two win and continuing the Mercedes sweep of every Grand Prix held so far this year. It was Hamilton’s sixth win this year with the other two GP wins going to Bottas. Charles Leclerc was third in his Ferrari. Vettel had a bad weekend, starting the race in seventh place and finishing fifth behind Max Verstappen.
• Click HERE to see the entry list for the Austrian Grand Prix.

6. IMSA WeatherTech Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, Watkins Glen International
• TV: Discovery Velocity at 9:30A
• 3.4 mi; six-hour race
• Last year the overall winner was the No. 99 ORECA-LMP2 entry driven by M. Goikhberg / S. Simpson / C. Miller. The similar No. 54 LMP2 ORECA of J. Bennett / C. Braun / R. Dumas was second with the No. 6 Acura DPi of D. Cameron / J. Montoya third. Last year, the LMP2 cars and the DPi cars were in a combined class. This year the LMP2 cars have been segregated out into a separate class and this has resulted in few LMP2 cars running in this series in 2019.
• The most recent race this year was the short race at Belle Isle at the end of May. The No. 6 Acura won here over the No. 31 Cadillac DPi of Felipe Nasr/Pipo Derani. The second Acura, the No. 7 car driven by Ricky Taylor/Helio Castroneves, was third.
• Click HERE to see the entry list for the IMSA WeatherTech Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

. NASCAR MENCS, Camping World 400, Chicagoland Speedway

• TV: TSN1/4/5 at 3:00P
• 1.5 mi; 267 laps = 400.5 mi; Stages: 80/80/107 laps
• Kyle Busch was the winner here last year. Kyle Larson was second and Kevin Harvick was third.
• A week ago, in California, Martin Truex held off his teammate Kyle Busch for the race win. Ryan Blaney was third.
• Click HERE to see the entry list for the NASCAR MENCS Camping World 400.

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