The Toyota Owners 400 consists of 400 laps, covering a distance of 300 miles (482.803km). Driving for Team Penske, Joey Logano took the checkered flag in 2014 with a time of 3:20.47 and an average speed of 91.369. For more information on the upcoming event visit nascar.com or rir.com
Date: 25 April 2015
Venue: Richmond International Raceway
Country: United States
This 350km NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event is held annually at Sonoma Raceway. As a road course, Sonoma Raceway features 12 turns on a hilly course with total elevation of 160 feet. The 2012 race was won by Clint Bowyer driving for Michael Waltrip Racing.
Date: 23 June 2013
Venue: Sonoma Raceway
Country: United States
After leading for fifty laps of the eighty lap Toyota Grand Prix at Long Beach on Sunday, Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver ever to win an IndyCar championship race. Driving the #14 car for AJ Foyt Racing, Sato crossed the finish line ahead of Graham Rahal, with Justin Wilson, Dario Franchitti and JR Hildebrand taking third, fourth and fifth places. Sato started the race in fourth position and clocked up an average speed of 85.763 mph, scoring 53 points for the race. In a post-race interview Sato noted that it had been a perfect weekend, commending his team for doing a tremendous job and saying that he had been comfortable in the car and was able to “push everything”.
Born in Toyko in January 1977, Takuma Sato started his racing career on two wheels, winning a number of national junior championships for bicycle racing. He was 19 when he starting karting in Japan, moving up into the All-Japan Formula Three Championship for part of a season before moving to England in 1998 in pursuit of a European racing career. After competing in the British Formula Three Championship for two full seasons during which time he won the championship in 2001, Sato graduated to Formula One in 2002, enjoying a measure of success during his seven years, but losing his seat when Super Aguri withdrew from F1 due to financial difficulties. Sato signed with KV Racing Technology, driving for the team in both 2010 and 2011, finishing the season 21st and 13th respectively. In 2012 he drove for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, finishing 14th for the season, and signed with AJ Foyt’s team for 2013.
The current top five in the 2013 IndyCar Championship are Helio Castroneves (99 points); Takuma Sato (93 points); Scott Dixon (89 points); Marco Andretti (87 points); and Justin Wilson (81 points). The next IndyCar Series event is the Sao Paulo Indy 300 in Sao Paulo, Brazil – the home country of Helio Castroneves.
On Sunday, 26 June 2011, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series continued with the hosting of the Toyota/Save Mart 350, which took place at the Infineon Raceway. With twenty-three Cup victories behind his name, Kurt Busch showed his worth and determination by delivering a winning road course performance, and snatching the victory away from Jeff Gordon by just under four seconds. The race was driven over seventy-six laps and was a vital moment in the series for the Penske Racing Team, as well as for Busch.
Over the last month, there has been a lot of activity behind the scenes of the Penske Racing Team, struggling to find their feet and making changes to their personnel to try and overcome some of the problems they were facing. On Sunday, all their hard work paid off as Kurt Busch crossed the finish line. The race was not without its own troubles and unfortunate incidents, keeping spectators on the edges of their seats. One of the most notable accidents for the day was between Brian Vickers and Tony Stewart. A small nudge from Vickers sent Stewart heading straight for the tires, and as his spinning car came to an abrupt halt against the tires, he lost the entire rear of his car. This retaliation came from Stewart nudging Vickers earlier, as he felt Vickers was blocking, but his actions did cause a multi car pileup.
Many speculated that the conflict between Busch and his team, due to poor performances, might break the back of the Penske Racing Team. But it seems that the outburst only made the team more determined to get back on track, and over the last few weeks the improvements have been noticeable. After ten starts, Busch was still without a victory and facing a road course was a daunting task. However, Busch and his team were able to pull off a victory, leaving Jeff Gordon to be content with second place.
Third place was taken by Carl Edwards and Clint Bowyer crossed the finish line in fourth position. Approximately ninety-three thousand fans turned up to watch this racing spectacular and they were not disappointed, as the race was filled with unfortunate incidents, driver feuds and unexpected victory. No one can argue that Sunday’s race was probably one of the most action packed races of the series so far.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series arrives at Infineon Raceway on 24 June 2011 for the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Spectators will be on the edges of their seats as 43 stock cars take on the challenge of Infineon Raceways’s twists and turns. Also worth noting is the Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200, a NASCAR K & N Pro Series West event, which will be held on Saturday 25 June. Don’t miss this thrill-filled weekend in Sonoma Valley
Date: 24 to 26 June 2011
Venue: Infineon Raceway
Country: United States of America