Tomas Scheckter wants to repeat last year's victory at Michigan International Speedway without the off-track drama.
Scheckter earned his second straight pole at the Indy Racing League event Saturday, putting himself in good position to win his second Firestone Indy 400.
Scheckter turned a fast lap of 357.935kph for his second pole of the season and fifth of his career.
A repeat victory at MIS on Sunday would make Scheckter the third driver in track history to win two straight Indy-style races along with Mario Andretti and Bobby Unser.
Scheckter's first IRL victory came last season at MIS during a week in which he verbally sparred with team owner Eddie Cheever of Red Bull Cheever Racing.
Just before last year's race, Cheever added a third driver, Buddy Rice, and gave his new driver the crew that was working with Scheckter.
Scheckter lashed out at Cheever last year and did so again earlier this season.
Now a member of the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team, Scheckter refused to be drawn into controversy Saturday.
"I have to apologize to the press that this year's press conference is not as exciting as last year's," Scheckter said, smiling. "I'm a lot happier this year and it's great to have a teammate like Scott [Dixon] and a great team like I do.
"It's great to have all the tools to do the best job you can do and to know that every time I go out there that everybody does everything within their power to make sure Scott and I are in front."
Dixon's streak of three straight pole starts was snapped by his teammate. He'll start second in the 21-car field.
"It is good for the team," Dixon said. "It doesn't really bother me."
Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves will start from the second row with Sam Hornish Jr., who got a boost from his new Gen IV Chevy Indy V-8. Hornish, who won a record five races in 2002, is winless this year. In fact, none of the drivers using a Chevrolet engine have won. Hornish's average starting point has been 13.6 in nine races.
The IRL said last week that Hornish would be able to use the new engine, a move intended to help the competitive balance between drivers with Chevy engines and those with Toyota and Honda engines.
The next Chevy driver in the points standings will be able to race with the new engine Aug. 10 at St. Louis, before all teams are able to use the new engine Aug. 17 at Kentucky. While Dixon called the rule change "shady," Hornish said it was fair.
"We had some good laps [Friday] and a lot of people were upset about that, thinking we had something that had a lot more horsepower," Hornish said. "I think this puts us to even as far as horsepower goes. A lot of people were complaining about it. I would rather be fast and have them be unhappy than be in the back and have the rest of the pack happy."
A feel-good campaign allowing fans to have cardboard cutouts of themselves at Australian rugby league games has been hijacked by pranksters, with a notorious serial killer among those making an appearance — while one TV show edited an image of Adolf Hitler into the crowd. The NRL launched “Fan In The Stand” to coincide with the sport’s return at the weekend after its season was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporters are barred from stadiums under strict health protocols, but can pay A$22 (US$15) to have their photograph printed on a life-size cutout and placed in the stands of
When Atalanta BC coach Gian Piero Gasperini was struggling with COVID-19 in the middle of March, the prospect of entering Bergamo’s hospital — which was overflowing with coronavirus patients at the time — made him fear for his life. “Every two minutes an ambulance passed by. It seemed like a war,” Gasperini said. “At night, I would think: ‘If go in there [the hospital], what will happen to me?’” Fortunately for Gasperini, he quickly recovered and did not have to check into Pope John XXIII hospital. The coach only recently confirmed that he had the coronavirus when the entire team was tested 10
The losing captain thanked the winning team’s players for their personal sacrifices leading into the match and a charter flight pilot received a big round of applause when his plane beat incoming fog to touch down after midnight following another game as feel-good stories off the field matched those on it as the National Rugby League (NRL) restarted its season in Australia over the weekend. The New Zealand Warriors’ 18-0 win over St George Illawarra was the Auckland-based team’s first of the season after three rounds and it could not have come at a better time. Due to international travel restrictions
“Road Runner” Alphonso Davies lived up to his nickname with another lightning sprint on Saturday as Bayern Munich opened a 10-point lead in the Bundesliga. Having defeated second-placed Borussia Dortmund 1-0 away in midweek, Bayern enjoyed a 5-0 romp over Fortuna Duesseldorf. Defender Mathias Joergensen scored an early own-goal before Benjamin Pavard, Robert Lewandowski (2) and Davies scored for Bayern. With five games remaining, the defending champions, who have won their past eight league games, are comfortably on course for an eighth straight league title. Davies scored the best goal of the game when the fleet-footed defender pressed Duesseldorf into making a mistake, barged