Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud took his fifth IndyCar Series win of his career at the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California, April 17.
However, it wasn’t without controversy.
As the 31-year-old French racing driver exited the pits after his second pit stop, he appeared to cut the pit exit line and, in doing so, was able to pass Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon for the lead and for the win. IndyCar reviewed the incident and handed Pagenaud a warning.
Formula 1 has been through a turbulent time over the last year or so.
There have been rows, stand-offs and threats. At times, the very future of the sport has seemed in doubt.
Falling TV audiences and a poisonous atmosphere within the sport have led to the acceptance that something has to change.
And now, finally, F1's bosses are poised to sign off on a set of new regulations that they hope will guarantee a rosier future for the next few years, with faster cars, happier drivers, better racing and less financial strain on smaller teams.
The third edition of the air-cooled Porsche celebration known as Luftgekühlt was staged April 10 at home decor brand Modernica’s property in Los Angeles, California. The brainchild of Porsche factory racer Patrick Long and Howie Idelson, Luftgekühlt has become one of the major social occasions in the Porsche community, especially for the crowd that isn’t necessarily interested in the world of Concours.
That the racing at the opening round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship would be intense was never in doubt; the ultimate result of the meeting, however, proved more elusive.
At the end of a frenetic and incident-packed six hours on April 17, it was the No. 7 Audi of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer that took the chequered flag, the marque’s first win since the second round at Spa last year. Their celebrations were short-lived, however, after the car was deemed to have broken sporting regulations by the stewards in post-race scrutineering, giving the victory to the second-placed Porsche No. 2 of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb.
As much as vintage racers hate to admit it, we aren't creating history when we compete; we are merely celebrating it. So if you're going vintage racing, is it smarter to drive something faster and more durable? In other words, something less vintage?