It’s Monday, September 18, 2023 and this is Racing Recap, your summary of last weekend’s motorsports action. Joey Logano, the defending NASCAR Cup Series Champion, was eliminated from the playoffs after a crash during Saturday night’s elimination race at Bristol. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz snapped Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s record F1 win streak at the Singapore Grand Prix. Also, Porsche finished 1-2 in IMSA’s return to Indianapolis.
Joey Logano Crashes Out At Bristol
After two tumultuous races, Denny Hamlin locked himself into the next round with a win at Bass Pro Shops Night Race. Hamlin looked strong the past two weeks, but misfortune and mistakes kept him out of victory lane. Hamlin will also be joined in the next round by both drivers on his 23XI team, Tyler Reddick and Bubba Wallace.
Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari drove a tactically and strategically great race to win the Singapore Grand Prix, taking advantage of Red Bull’s rare dip in performance. Both Red Bull drivers failed to make Q3 in qualifying, with Max Verstappen lining up 11th on the grid. The world champion would be a factor for the win after a failed tire strategy gamble. Verstappen finished fifth, ending his record win streak at ten races.
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However, it wouldn’t be a cakewalk for Sainz with Red Bull out of the picture. The closing stages of the race had Mercedes charging towards the front on fresh medium tires. The Spaniard used McLaren’s Lando Norris as buffer, purposely driving slow enough to keep Norris with DRS range and help the McLaren stay ahead of Mercedes.
1. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
2. Lando Norris (McLaren) - +0.812 seconds
3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - +1.269 seconds
4. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) - +21.177 seconds
5. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - +21.441 seconds
Porsche Penske Motorsport came out victorious in the IMSA Battle on the Bricks. In IMSA’s return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after a nine-year absence, Nick Tandy and Mathieu Jaminet won the two-hour, 40-minute sprint race in the No. 6 Porsche. The team’s other car crosses the line second. The Porsches were strong all weekend and locked out the front row in qualifying. Next year, the Battle on the Bricks will be extended to a six-hour race and join the Michelin Endurance Cup alongside IMSA’s other endurance classics.
1. No. 6 Penske Porsche 963
2. No. 7 Penske Porsche 963 - +17.421 seconds
3. No. 25 Team RLL BMW M Hybrid V8 - +32.964 seconds
4. No. 31 Whelen Cadillac V-Series.R - +48.431 seconds
5. No. 10 WTR Acura ARX-06 - +1:00.008
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