Advertisement
  1. Archive

WIN CAN'T HIDE WEBBER'S GRIPES

SILVERSTONE, England - Mark Webber earned his third Formula One victory of the season after overtaking Red Bull Racing teammate Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap Sunday of the British Grand Prix.

The Australian, angry after having to hand over a key car part to Vettel, beat series leader Lewis Hamilton by 1.36 seconds. Nico Rosberg was third.

"Not bad for a No.2 driver," Webber said over his radio during his victory lap.

Webber's car has had the old version of Red Bull's front wing since qualifying Saturday. A new design was stripped and handed to Vettel, who then got the pole.

But Webber led throughout the race after pushing Vettel wide on the opening lap, when Vettel also punctured a tire.

"(Saturday), I wasn't happy, clearly," Webber said. "I would never have signed a contract for next year if I believed this would be the way going forward."

Vettel wound up seventh.

* * *

Reutimann committed

Zephyrhills' David Reutimann, in the midst of celebrating his second Sprint Cup victory Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway, reaffirmed his commitment to his team, Michael Waltrip Racing.

Reutimann has a handshake deal on a new contract.

"I'm not going anywhere," Reutimann, 40, said after winning the LifeLock.com 400. "I'll be at Michael Waltrip Racing. I may be cutting the grass, but I'll be at Michael Waltrip Racing."

MWR general manager Ty Norris said the team would have a formal announcement on the future of Reutimann and crew chief Rodney Childers this month at Indianapolis, adding, "But these guys proved (Saturday) they deserve a contract. They deserve to be around."

* * *

NHRA driver killed

KENT, Wash. - Driver Mark Niver, 60, of Phoenix died when his dragster crashed in the shutdown area during the Top Alcohol final at the Northwest Nationals. NHRA officials were investigating, but ESPN.com reported that Niver's parachutes ripped off, leaving him unable to slow down. The website said the car hit the netting at the end of the track and buckled. Pro class winners were Cory McClenathan (Top Fuel), Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock)..

TRUCKS: The black No.3 Chevy returned to Victory Lane thanks to a precocious rookie. Austin Dillon held off Johnny Sauter in a green-white-checkered finish for his first series win, at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Dillon, at 20 years, 75 days, became the second-youngest driver to win a trucks race behind Kyle Busch (20 years, 18 days). Dillon is the grandson of longtime NASCAR owner Richard Childress, who owns Dillon's truck and owned the black No.3 Cup car made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt. "I wanted to do it for the fans, too. I know they want to see it out front," Dillon said.

AMERICAN LE MANS: Simon Pagenaud and David Brabham won the Utah Grand Prix in Tooele in a Honda ARX-01c.

EAST BAY RACEWAY: Tim Gay won the Limited Late Model class late Saturday.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Advertisement
Advertisement