Compiled By Erik Tomas, The Raceline Radio Network.
Weekend of: June 17, 2012
2012 is Raceline’s 20th anniversary!
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
Last Race: Sunday June 17th: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn MI: Dale Earnhardt Jr. ended a 4-year, 143 race winless drought in dominant fashion taking victory on at a very fast Michigan International Speedway ! NASCAR’s most popular driver finally got back to victory lane leading just about half the race distance and looked untouchable in the closing stages, when reigning champion Tony Stewart was his closest combatant. Following the final stops for fuel, where the frontrunners went for 2 tires, Earnhardt was in a league of his own, able to stretch the gap
to Stewart to almost 6 seconds, pulling away easily, the fans at Michigan going berserk! It was 1,463 days since Little E’s last win at the same track in his first season with Rick Hendrick!
Cup Points: E is now 2nd in the totals, just 4 back of leader Matt Kenseth. ( 3rd )
Next Race: Sunday June 24th. Road Course at Infineon Raceway, Sonoma CA. Last year’s winner: Kurt Busch.
IZOD IndyCar Series:
Last Race: Saturday June 16, The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis Wisconsin: Rain delay to kill, then tire management on a green race track to deal with. Michael Andretti saves the race them two of his drivers win and podium. Not shabby! Ryan Hunter-Reay got an early handle on tire management on
a green race track after the rain, then dominated the final stint with splendid pit work for his first win of the season. Tony Kanaan 2nd.
Canadians: Toronto’s James Hinchcliffe, another podium for 3rd. Montreal’s Alex Tagliani 7th.
IndyCar Points: Hinchcliffe slides up to 2nd in points, 31 back of Will Power who finished 12th at the Mile.
Next Race: Saturday NIGHT June 23: Iowa Speedway. Last year’s winner: Marco Andretti.
Formula One World Driving Championship: Next Race: Sunday June 24th: Grand Prix of Europe, Valencia Spain Street Circuit. Last year’s winner: Sebastien Vettel.
Last Race: Sunday June 10th: Canadian Grand Prix Montreal: England’s Lewis Hamilton shook off a sluggish 2nd pit stop, cracked his DRS ( Drag Reduction System ) with 6 laps to go to overhaul Fernando Alonso who was fading on worn tires on a one-stop strategy, and Hamilton goes on for his 1st win of the season for McLaren, but his 3rd in Montreal. Another F-1 record: 7 different winners over the first 7 races of a season! Unfamiliar’s Roman Grosjean 2nd for Lotus, Sergio Perez 3rd for
Sauber. No trouble with student protesters upsetting the event.
F-1 Points: Hamilton vaults into the lead, 2 better than Alonso in Drivers… Red Bull leads
Constructors by 31 over McLaren.
American LeMans Series:
Next Race: July 7th, Lime Rock Connecticut.
Last Race: May 12th: Monterey CA: Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner also took their 2nd consecutive class win. Canada’s Kyle Marcelli, 7th in PC.
Mosport Toronto: July 22nd.
24 Hours of LeMans: Audi claimed the first win for a hybrid race car as Lotterer/Treluyer/Fassler repeated their win from last year in the 80th running of the around the clock classic! The trio led a one-two for the new “E-Tron” to head an all-Audi podium. LMP2: to the HDP-ARX anchored by former IndyCar driver Ryan Dalziel. GTE Pro to former F-1 pilot Giancarlo Fisichella and crew… GTE to Pedro Lamy’s trio!
Canadian Rally Championship presented by Subaru: Next Rally: June 30: Rallye Baie des Chaleurs, New Richmond PQ. Last Rally: May 26th, Rocky Mountain Rally, Calgary: Antoine
L’Estage won his 5th Rocky Mountain Rally, by a margin of more than one minute, 30 seconds. Second place was between Pat Richard and his Subaru WRX STi, and “Crazy” Leo Urlichich in his Soob!
World Rally Championship:
Next Rally: June 24th: Rally New Zealand. Last Rally: May 27th: Acropolis Rally, Greece: Sebastien Loeb extended his WRC lead to 31 points as he clinched his 4th win in 6 starts.
He finished 40 seconds ahead of Mikko Hirvonen.
COMING UP ON RACELINE RADIO on SportsNet 590 The FAN:
Monday June 18th late after Jays: The latest on the Canadian Motor Speedway development on the eve of the Ontario Municipal Board hearing! Chief developer AZHAR MOHAMMAD previews the critical final phase of the approval process… Fort Erie Mayor DOUG MARTIN tells us why CMS is vital to the re-building of the border town… and our Tissot/Raceline E-Mail Bag Contest!
Monday June 25th: Two F-1 races in the USA? New Jersey Grand Prix President TOM COTTER details the formation of the event in view of the NYC skyline… F-1 and IndyCar don’t have a lock on
international racing! TANA ROBINSON talks up Ransomville Speedway’s July 3rd “Battle of The Border” 358 DIRT Modified trail race… plus another play of our Tissot/Raceline E-Mail Bag contest!
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