C&R Race Report June 23-25

Kevin Harvick Wins Sonoma Race 2017

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NASCAR

Kevin Harvick, driving the #4 Ford Fusion and using PWR Performance Products, returned to victory lane for the first time this season with a dominating run Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.

Harvick picked up his first win at Sonoma Raceway and 36th of his career on Sunday in a relatively clean race that didn’t feature a caution flag for over an hour of race time. Such a clean race is unusual at such a demanding course like Sonoma. 

Clint Bowyer finished second, followed by Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five. 

All cars in the series use C&R Racing and PWR Performance Products.

Dixon wins Road America

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IndyCar

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s Scott Dixon held off a charging Josef Newgarden in the closing stages of the Kohler Grand Prix to nail his first win of the season and extend his championship lead.  At the drop of the green, pole sitter Helio Castroneves got away cleanly but front-row starter Will Power bogged down slightly which allowed Penske teammate Josef Newgarden up into second. 

At Lap 17, Castroneves led Newgarden by one second, with Dixon 2.8sec behind and Rossi a further 1.4sec adrift and struggling to hold off Pagenaud. Rossi pitted again on Lap 18, moving Pagenaud into fourth and Power fifth.  Over the closing laps, Newgarden was the only Penske driver able to keep up with Dixon, but he couldn’t get close enough to make a serious lunge and he crossed the line 0.5779sec behind the Ganassi driver who scored his 41st IndyCar win, and his and the team’s first of the season.  Castroneves kept Pagenaud and Power bottled up behind him to grab the final podium spot, but Helio after the race had to be treated for severe dehydration.

All cars in the series use PWR cooling products.

Formula 1

Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has won the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix from Baku City Circuit punctuated by a huge flare-up in the rivalry between title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. Ricciardo started in 10th, but a crazy race that saw six retirements and multiple safety cars allowed Ricciardo to move through the pack to take the win.

Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari was given a penalty for dangerous driving and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes had to stop due to his headrest coming loose and presenting a safety issue. That put Vettel and 

Hamilton in the back of the top 10 with around 10 laps to go.  Both of them carved their way back to the front, but it wasn’t enough. Ricciardo took the win, and next to him on the podium was Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes, who passed Lance Stroll of Williams for the spot in the final seconds. Stroll, a rookie, settled for third and his first ever podium in Formula One.

20 of the 22 cars in the race used PWR Performance Products.