Johnson wins at Daytona
The Danica 500 (oops we mean the Daytona 500) was won by
Jimmie Johnson who started 9th. Crowd favorite Danica
Patrick finished 8th after starting in the pole position.
It was a disappointing day for Matt Kenseth who led for over
80 laps before engine trouble sidelined his car. In
addition to Johnson, Kenseth and Patrick, 11 other drivers
were at the front of the pack at various points in the race.
Jeff Gordon snatched the lead from Patrick in just the second
lap. A fiery crash in Saturday's race the day before the
500 showered a portion of the stands with flying pieces of
metal and car parts resulting in numerous injuries, but no
fatalities among either fans or drivers.
NASCAR at Mid-Ohio? Yep! The Nationwide Children's
Hospital NASCAR 200 will come to the Mid-Ohio race course
outside Lexington, Ohio, on August 17th, 2013. The 2.4
mile, 15 turn Mid-Ohio course joins two other iconic race
courses, Road America in Wisconsin and Watkins Glen in New York
State, as parts of the 2013 NASCAR circuit. Mid-Ohio
replaces Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, in the
series. Ironically, the last time NASCAR raced in Ohio was
in 2008 when a truck series event ran at the now defunct
Mansfield Motorsports Park.
It will take some serious globe trotting to keep up with the
2013 Formula One World Championship series. From
Melbourne, Australia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in March, to
Shanghai, China and Sakhir, Bahrain in April. Then
Catalunya, Spain and Monaco, Monte Carlo in May to Montreal,
Canada and Silverstone, Great Britain in June. In July and
August the series moves from Germany to Hungary and on to
Belgium. In September and October, Formula One heads to
Italy, Singapore, Korea and Japan. Finally, the U.S. race
(in Austin, Texas) comes on November 15th through the 17th,
followed by Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 22nd through the 24th.
50 Years ago
Winning the 1963
Indianapolis 500 was racing legend Parnelli Jones (setting a new
track record at 151.15 mph). Carroll Shelby's Cobra wins
the 1963 SCCA A-Production National Championship. And the
Sports Car Club of America began its ground breaking United
States Road Racing Championship series in 1963 with an eight
race schedule at Daytona Beach, Pensacola, Monterey, Watkins
Glen, Pacific Raceway in Washington State, Castle Rock, Road
America in Wisconsin and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.