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FIA World Touring Car Championship Series-Sonoma

Introduction and Photos by: J.R. Andres/SMM Editor-in-Chief

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Sonoma, Calif. (September 8, 2013) — Imagine being in a restaurant that specialized in four-star offerings from at least 13 different countries. Each has different taste and yet each is somehow the same. The FIA WTCC Series is somewhat like that and for the second year, the rock-em sock-em cars from Europe put on an impressive show that demonstrated the skill and the daring it takes to wheel these compact pocket rockets at speeds the NTSA would never recommend. On the downside, the races are only 13 laps but maybe that's a blessing, since longer races would result in total destruction. Its refreshing to see raFIA World Touring Car Championship Series-Sonoma | Speedway Motorsports Magazinecers not hesitant to trade paint even during the warmups and totally entertaining to see what can be done with short wheelbase subcompacts like the Chevy Cruze and LADA Grantas, cars most of us have designated as weekly grocery getters.


Tom Chilton and Gabriele Tarquini recorded victories on Sunday in the FIA World Touring Car Championship's (WTCC) second visit to the United States at Sonoma Raceway.


Chilton (Chevrolet) converted his first-ever WTCC pole position into his maiden victory in the first 13-lap sprint race around the 12-turn, 2.50-mile road course, holding off a determined challenge from Tiago Monteiro (Honda).


Chilton's teammate, Yvan Mulller, on the verge of securing his fourth WTCC title, started from second place on the grid, but was passed by Monteiro in the second corner of the 13-lap race. Muller then drove a comfortable race to finish in third place.


"It was a tough race. Tiago was fully lit and I had to make sure I made no mistakes whatsoever, which is very hard to do here," said Chilton. "What a place to win my first WTCC race; it's a really cool place and I really love this track Ė it's mega!"

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Tarquini's victory in the second race at Sonoma also meant that Honda mathematically secured the WTCC Manufacturers' Championship in its first full season in the series. After starting in second place, it took only two corners for Tarquini to pass pole-sitter Mehdi Bennani (BMW), and the Italian led for the remainder of the 13-lap race to take a comfortable victory.


Despite struggling throughout the race with damaged power-steering, Bennani held on for a second-place finish. Norbert Michelisz (Honda) was third, fending off a late-race challenge from Muller throughout the closing laps.


"The key to my victory was the start. It's quite unbelievable and a masterpiece because to beat a rear-wheel drive car under acceleration is very, very nice," said Tarquini.


With the second- and fourth-place finishes, Muller extends his dominating points lead over second-place Tarquini (343-199) in the championship as the season concludes in China, Japan and Macau. Muller is looking for his fourth consecutive championship.


In other racing on Sunday, Vacaville's Tim Barber (Touring Car) and Los Angeles' Geoff Sykes (GT) posted victories in the U.S. Touring Car Race 2.


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FIA/WTCC 2013 Sonoma Race Results



Race 1
 
Race2
 
1. Tom Chilton — Chevrolet Cruze1. Gabriele Tarquini — Honda
2. Tiago Monteiro — Honda Civic2. Mehdi Bennani — BMW
3. Yvan Muller — Chevrolet Cruze3. Norbert Michelisz — Honda
4. Alex MacDowall — Chevrolet Cruze4. Yvan Muller — Chevrolet Cruze
5. James Nash — Chevrolet Cruze5. Tiago Monteiro — Honda
6. Gabriele Tarquini — Honda6. Tom Coronel — BMW
7. Tom Coronel — BMW7. Fredy Barth — BMW
8. Robert Huff — SEAT8. James Nash — Chevrolet Cruze
9. Marc Basseng — SEAT9. Marc Basseng — SEAT
10. Stefano D'Aste — BMW10. Stefano D'Aste — BMW


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GONZALEZ PICKS UP SECOND E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES WIN OF THE SEASON AT SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT MOTORSPORTS PARK


NORWALK, Ohio ‚Äď After qualifying in the top spot to start the day at the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series driver Jose Gonzalez took home the win at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

The Norwalk event marked the fourth race of the 2021 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season, and with today’s victory, Gonzalez currently sits second in the points standings.¬†

His journey to the winner’s circle began when he defeated Alex Laughlin in the opening round. He then took down Mike Castellana in the quarterfinals and later Doug Winters in the semifinal round. It was his 5.723-second pass at 250.09 mph over points leader Brandon Snider.

Snider, the No. 7 seed, defeated Justin Jones, Lyle Barnett and Jerico Balduf en route to his first final round of the season.



The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service returns to action July 16-18 at the Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. 

Final finish order (1-16) at the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. The race is the fourth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:

1. Jose Gonzalez
2. Brandon Snider
3. Jerico Balduf
4. Doug Winters
5. Justin Bond
6. Mike Castellana
7. Lyle Barnett
8. Jim Whiteley
9. Steve Jackson
10. Mike Salinas
11. Eric Latino
12. Justin Jones
13. Alex Laughlin
14. Jeffery Barker
15. Khalid alBalooshi
16. JR Gray.




Sunday's final results from the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. The race is the fourth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified:

Jose Gonzalez, Chevy Camaro, 5.723, 250.09 def. Brandon Snider, Chevy Corvette, 5.777, 248.84. 



Final round-by-round results from the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the fourth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED: 

ROUND ONE:

Jerico Balduf, Chevy Chevelle, 5.880, 244.92 def. Mike Salinas, Chevy Camaro, 5.909, 245.58; Doug Winters, Chevelle, 5.906, 245.76 def. Jeffery Barker, Toyota Camry, 6.057, 219.76; Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.795, 248.48 def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 5.931, 239.78; Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 5.858, 244.87 def. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.846, 247.79; Lyle Barnett, Camaro, 5.936, 243.50 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 6.628, 154.07; Brandon Snider, Chevy Corvette, 5.829, 248.52 def. Justin Jones, Corvette, Foul - Red Light; Justin Bond, Camaro, 5.836, 247.88 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.913, 242.45; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.871, 245.23 def. JR Gray, Camaro, 6.712, 199.43;  QUARTERFINALS -- Winters, 5.923, 243.02 def. Whiteley, Foul - Red Light; Snider, 5.819, 247.97 def. Barnett, 6.248, 166.66; Gonzalez, 5.800, 246.89 def. Castellana, 5.847, 246.35; Balduf, 5.862, 244.25 def. Bond, 5.812, 248.66;  SEMIFINALS -- Snider, 5.794, 248.25 def. Balduf, 5.833, 246.21; Gonzalez, 5.752, 248.93 def. Winters, 5.922, 223.14;  FINAL -- Gonzalez, 5.723, 250.09 def. Snider, 5.777, 248.84. 




Point standings (top 10) following the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the fourth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified:

1. Justin Bond, 328
2. Jose Gonzalez, 322
3. Brandon Snider, 294
4. Steve Jackson, 254
5. Khalid alBalooshi, 204
6. Jeffery Barker, 192
7. Mike Castellana, 177
8. JR Gray, 169
9. Doug Winters, 164
10. Alex Laughlin, 147.

 

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