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Dixon Has Competition From Teammates
July 4 - One the one hand, you can say that reigning IndyCar
champion Scott Dixon is having a good year. On the other
hand, one must note that he sits third in points and his
teammate, Alex Palou, sits in first.
In ten events so far, Dixon has won once, finished in the
Top 5 six times and never finished worse than 9th, except
for the Indy 500 (but he was on pole!)
What is unusual though, is Dixon has some real competition
from his teammates this year.
He has only beat his teammates thrice this year – at both
Texas races and at St Pete.
Palou won Birmingham and Mid-Ohio, then bested Dix in
Detroit, the Indy 500, the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis
and at Mid-Ohio today.
Dixon’s other teammate, Marcus Ericsson, won one of the
Detroit races, and beat both of his teammates at Mid-Ohio
Dixon hasn’t had this much trouble from teammates since
2016, when he was behind one or more of his three
teammates at 9 of 16 events. He still beat them all in points
at the end though.
Dixon has not had much competition from his teammates in
the last four years.
In 2020, there were only 14 events when Dixon won the
championship. Teammates Felix Rosenqvist beat him twice
and Max Chilton beat him once last year.
In 2019, Dixon’s sole teammate was Rosenqvist. Dixon beat
him at all 17 events except for the two he wrecked in.
In 2018, Dixon beat his sole teammate, Ed Jones, at 15 of
17 events. (Jones bested him at Long Beach and beat him
by one position in Detroit’s 2nd race.)
In 2017, there were 17 events and Dixon had 3 teammates
(Charlie Kimball, Tony Kanaan & Chilton)
Dixon beat all of them at all the races except for the three he
crashed in, and, at Pocono, where Kanann finished just
ahead of him.
Is Palou destined to be the next Dario Franchitti?
F1 Sprint Qualifying Begins
July 15 - Formula One's experiment with qualifying begins
this weekend at Silverstone.
See F1 Adds Saturday Races
The new weekend schedule shortens practice sessions from
1.5 hours to 1 hour.
It also drops the 2nd practice session on Friday and replaces
it with qualifying. However, the results from qualifying are
not for the race on Sunday, but for a new, short 100Km
race, with no pitstops, on Saturday. F1 says it is not a race,
and are calling it "sprint qualifying."
There will be a second practice on Saturday and later, sprint
qualifying. The finishing order of sprint qualifying determines
the grid for the race on Sunday.
Normally, the teams get 3 hours of on-track practice before
the car set-up is set for qualifying and the rest of the
weekend. With qualifying on Friday, the teams only get 1
hour. After qualifying, the teams can only adjust front wing
angle and replace brake pads or discs. So, the teams need to
get the car set-up right in a third of the time as normal.
The normal F1 weekend format will resume at the next race.
Sprint qualifying might be used again this year, and could
become the new normal next year.
The top 3 finishers in the sprint qualifying earn points:
1st - 3 points, 2nd - 2 points, 3rd - 1 point.
Ferrari Days at Indy Motor Speedway
July 19 - Ferrari provides a club for owners, called the Corse Clienti, to participate in various racing activities:
Ferrari Challenge - FIA approved sprint race championship for Ferrari owners in Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo race cars.
XX Program - Ferrari engineers manage a few owners of extreme cars on track to aid them in improvements.
F1 Clienti - Owners of historic Ferrari Formula One cars get to drive them on tracks
All three classes were at IMS this weekend.
The North American Corse Clieni club also goes to VIR,
Sonoma, Watkins Glen, Road America and Homestead.
On Saturday morning, the Ferrari Challenge cars qualified
for for their afternon race.
Jason McCarthy won the AM1 class as well as the Trofeo
Pirelli race as well. Keysin Chen won the AM2 class.
The cars of the XX program got out on the track.
The F1 cars took laps around the oval track. Joining them
was also a Ferrari 333SP - a 90s proto-type sports car racer.
The drivers of Ferrari Racing Days enjoyed taking laps
around the oval track in the traditional three abreast
formation of the Indy 500. All of the drivers participating
in the weekend were able to take their turn for a few laps
around the Indy 500 track.
On Sunday, Jeremy Clarke won the second race, the
Coppa Shell, from pole. He had to endure three caution
periods during the 30-minute race. Lisa Clark hit the wall
outside the second oval corner. Brad Fauvre won the AM
For the first time in North America, ten owners of Ferrari
Monzas gathered for on-track lapping session. The
centerpiece of the cars is its engine, producing over 800hp
from a 6.5L naturally aspirated V12. And as is the case for
any barchetta, the Monza offers no roof or weather
I had not been able to find a schedule for this event from
Ferrari, nor any information from IMS, and I spaced it. I
wish I would have been there to hear the roar of all those
Part of Race Course Inside Building!
July 25 - Formula E visited London, racing around the city's
Royal Docks and ExCeL London exhibition center for the
Heineken London E-prix this weekend.
The ExCel circuit has the drivers run along the Thames
waterfront and thanks to the emissions-free nature of the
electic race cars, the unique track weaves its way both inside
and outside of the huge convention center - a first for
top-level international motorsport.