Monday Finish Line - June 1, 2009: Redline: Time Attack! Willow Springs, D1 GP USA Miami
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Redline: Time Attack! Series
Round 2, May 30-31
Willow Springs International Motorsports Park, Rosamond, California

Records were smashed in the second round of the 2009 Redline: Time Attack! championship on Sunday, as Billy Johnson in the FX Motorsports Acura NSX demolished by some three seconds the Willow Springs track mark that was set just the previous weekend, registering a flying lap of 1:18.555. His time was good enough to win the Unlimited-RWD class, best the entire Unlimited run group, and earn the distinction of Round Two event champion.

In U-AWD, Atlantic Championship pilot Jonathan Bomarito guided the Sierra Sierra Enterprises Mitsubishi EVO VIII to a 1:20.454 to lead the category, while Chris Rado and the World Racing Scion tC won U-FWD with an unbelievable 1:22.623. The incredible time for a FWD was apparently due in part to the unconventional aero the World team had on Rado's car, consisting mainly of a large forward wing that extended from the front of the tC.

The Modified group's overall winner was JC Meynet, who headed up the AWD class in his Harmon Motive Subaru WRX STi with a 1:26.417. M-FWD's Tim Kuo in the Sportcar motion Honda Civic triumphed with a 1:29.693, two tenths better than M-RWD's best, which was a 1:29.824 from Brian Lock in the Goto/Tapped Racing RX-7.

The overall winner from the Street classes was Street-AWD's Jeremy Toye in the Reese Tuning EVO, who turned in a 1:28.817. Matt Andrews in the Nitto/KBR Performance/Robispec Eclipse won S-FWD with a 1:31.267, and Jeremy Croiset in the Berktech/Sparco/KW Toyota MR2 took S-RWD with a 1:32.399.

In the new Stock classes, Dusty Nabor led Stock-AWD with a 1:34.103 in the 101pipe&casing/NNIRacing STi. Eric Emerson in the ENA Motorsports Type R was victorious in Stock-FWD with a 1:40.127, while Thomas Barett nailed Stock-RWD in his Corvette Specialty C6 clocking a 1:40.342.

Next for RTA is Round Three, set for June 13-14 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville.

Round 2, May 30
Gulfstream Park, Miami, Florida

2008 D1 Japan series champion Daigo Saito made it two for two in America this Saturday, clinching his second victory of the 2009 D1 Grand Prix USA Pro Drift season by defeating fellow D1 Japan competitor Ken Nomura in the event final. Finnish driver Harry Hokkanen, piloting the Martelius/Comp Turbo Nissan S14 240SX, took third.

Behind the wheel of his trusty FNATS/Artworks Toyota Chaser, Saito mounted his repeat effort by first dispatching Will Parsons in Super 16, followed by wins over Aaron Losey and Kazuhiro Tanaka in subsequent rounds. With half the D1 season done and back-to-back triumphs, Saito is a virtual shoo in for series champion.

For his part, Nomuken in the Blitz/Dunlop R34 Skyline put away Russell Walker, a tough Toshiki Yoshioka (their battle went to OMT) and Hokkanen before facing Saito. His silver medal-finish is some redemption after the monkey man completely missed Super 16 at Round One: Anaheim.

Next for D1 Grand Prix USA is Round Three on July 18 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA.

D1GP USA Round 2
Gulfstream Park, Miami, Florida

Super 16Super 8Final 4FinalCHAMPION
1 Daigo Saito
Vs. Saito
16 Will Parsons
Vs. Saito
8 Aaron Losey
9 Estie Falero
Vs. Saito
5 Quoc Ly
Vs. Ly
12 Forrest Wang
Vs. Tanaka
4 Kazuhiro Tanaka
Vs. Tanaka
13 Janne Lenionen
3 Harri Hokkanen
Vs. Hokkanen
14 Takahiro Ueno
Vs. Hokkanen
6 Chelsea Denofa
Vs. Denofa
11 Bill Sherman
7 Ken Nomura
Vs. Nomura
10 Russell Walker
2 Toshiki Yoshioka
Vs. Yoshioka
15 Jason Jiovanni

NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series
O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals, May 29-31
Heartland Park, Topeka, Kansas

Ron Capps continued his dominance over the Funny Car field with his win at the 21st annual O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka this past Sunday. Larry Dixon and Allen Johnson also visited winner's circle after dominating their respective classes at the race that marks the halfway point of the regular season for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing series.

Capps showed why he's the competitor to beat this season in Funny Car, driving his NAPA Dodge Charger R/T to a 4.265-second run at 286.07 mph - enough to push the driver past runner-up and No. 1 qualifier Ashley Force Hood and give Capps his third win of the season. The win helped strengthen Capps' lead over second-place Del Worsham in the point standings.

Larry Dixon was dominate over the Top Fuel class the entire day and picked up his second win of the season with a 3.971 run at 301.74 in the final round. The run in his Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing dragster was just enough to push Dixon past Clay Millican, who was making his first final round appearance in over five years.

The win pushed Dixon from sixth into the fourth spot in the points, just 141 points behind first-place driver and defending world champion Tony Schumacher.

In Pro Stock, Allen Johnson grabbed his first win in almost three years, driving his Team Mopar / J&J Racing Dodge Stratus to a holeshot win at 6.726 at 204.94 over Mike Edwards.

The runner-up finish for Edwards closed the gap between he and current points leader and defending world champion Jeg Coughlin to just 75 points.

The Full Throttle Drag Racing Series is back in action next weekend for the United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals, June 4 to 7 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois (photography provided by NHRA Communications).

O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals
Heartland Park, Topeka, Kansas

Top Fuel
W/L Driver R-Time E-Time Speed
(W)Larry Dixon (Al-Anabi Racing Dragster) 0.0643.971301.74
(L)Clay Millican (MPE Motorsports Dragster) 0.0284.056293.41
Funny Car
(W) Ron Capps (NAPA Auto Parts Charger) 0.0544.265286.07
(L)Ashley Force Hood (Castrol GTX Mustang) 0.1094.495238.26
Pro Stock
(W)Allen Johnson (Mopar/J & J Racing Stratus) 0.0356.726204.94
(L)Mike Edwards (A.R.T./Young Life GXP) 0.0456.718205.88

IndyCar Series
ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt 225, May 30-31
Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin

Reigning IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon became the first driver to win for the second time in 2009, taking the checkered flag in the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 at The Milwaukee Mile ahead of 2008 race winner Ryan Briscoe.

In doing so, Dixon took over the points lead for the first time since the end of the 2008 season.

The start of the race saw Graham Rahal move ahead of polesitter Briscoe before Tony Kanaan leapt past Rahal to lead the first 25 laps. Briscoe dominated the race thereafter, leading 154 laps after passing Kanaan. But Briscoe got caught up in lapped traffic on the tight circuit, and Dixon seized the opportunity, passing for the lead on Lap 201 of the 225-lap event.

Traffic would play its usual role at Milwaukee, as the leaders were routinely thwarted by slower traffic. However, it wasn't always slower drivers at the heart of the passing problem.

Helio Castroneves, running in 12th after starting last, put up a tough fight to prevent Briscoe from lapping him just before the halfway point, slowing the Aussie and allowing the rival Target cars to draw closer. Castroneves would also make passing difficult for Dixon and Long Beach winner Dario Franchitti after he let Briscoe pass, giving Ryan a 20-car length lead. With Helio out of the way, it took Dixon just a handful of laps to pull within striking distance of Briscoe.

A round of pit stops on Lap 134 found Briscoe slowed slightly by Justin Wilson on pit entry. After the stops, the order of Briscoe-Dixon-Franchitti became Franchitti-Briscoe-Dixon.

Lap 154 would see that order change back yet again as Briscoe made a daring pass into Turn One, causing Franchitti to move high. By start/finish, Dixon would move past Dario, taking second place.

A yellow for debris on Lap 160 allowed the field to make their final stop, running for an extended period behind the pace car, saving fuel as the IRL brought out the sweepers to clear marbles from the racing line. The 10 laps of caution helped ease any fears of making it to the end for the front-runners.

Dixon provided the only serious competition for Briscoe, staying within a few car lengths as the rest of the field struggled to keep pace with the Aussie and Kiwi.

The lapped Dreyer & Reinbold car of Tomas Scheckter would set the stage for the final pass of the race as he slowed Briscoe and gave Dixon the opportunity needed to get by on Lap 201. Dixon's lead would stretch to three seconds as Franchitti began working on Briscoe for the second spot.

Briscoe would nearly fall into Franchitti's clutches in the final laps, but held on to second with the Scot on his rear wing as the two crossed the start finish line, just 0.138 behind.

Dixon holds a four-point advantage over Briscoe and Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Franchitti. Rahal finished fourth and Danica Patrick finished fifth, her fourth consecutive top-five finish.

The series moves to its third race in as many weeks at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth for the Saturday evening Bombardier Learjet 550 on June 6 (photography provided by

ABC Supply Co. AJ Foyt 225
Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin

No: Car Number C/E/T: Chassis/Engine/Tire
S: Starting Position F: Finishing Position
XL: Times Led LL: Laps Led
Pts: Points  

Pos. Driver/Car No C/E/T S Qual
Laps XL LL Status Pts

1 Scott Dixon
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
9 D/H/F 4 167.089 225 2 27 Running 50

2 Ryan Briscoe
Team Penske
6 D/H/F 1 168.394 225 2 154 Running 43

3 Dario Franchitti
10 D/H/F 8 164.706 225 1 19 Running 35

4 Graham Rahal
McDonald's Racing Team
02 D/H/F 2 168.117 225 0 0 Running 32

5 Danica Patrick
Boost Mobile/Motorola
7 D/H/F 7 165.168 225 0 0 Running 30

6 Raphael Matos
US Marines Luczo Dragon Racing
2 D/H/F 9 164.671 225 0 0 Running 28

7 Marco Andretti
Team Venom Energy
26 D/H/F 13 161.531 225 0 0 Running 26

8 Hideki Mutoh
Formula Dream
27 D/H/F 6 166.139 224 0 0 Running 24

9 Mario Moraes
KV Racing Technology/Votorantim
5 D/H/F 5 166.791 224 0 0 Running 22

10 Dan Wheldon
National Guard Panther Racing
4 D/H/F 14 161.433 224 0 0 Running 20

11 Helio Castroneves
Team Penske
3 D/H/F 20 0.000 222 0 0 Running 19

12 Ryan Hunter-Reay
IZOD/WilliamRast/Vision Racing
21 D/H/F 18 160.381 222 0 0 Running 18

13 Tomas Scheckter
Charter/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
23 D/H/F 10 163.310 222 0 0 Running 17

14 Robert Doornbos
Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
06 D/H/F 12 161.657 220 0 0 Running 16

15 Justin Wilson
Z-Line Designs
18 D/H/F 15 161.411 219 0 0 Running 15

16 Ed Carpenter
Menards/Vision Racing
20 D/H/F 19 160.079 219 0 0 Running 14

17 Paul Tracy
ABC Supply Co. AJ Foyt Racing
14 D/H/F 16 160.798 219 0 0 Running 13

18 E.J. Viso
13 D/H/F 17 160.744 175 0 0 Mechanical 12

19 Tony Kanaan
Team 7-Eleven
11 D/H/F 3 167.793 132 1 25 Mechanical 12

20 Mike Conway
Roll Coater Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
24 D/H/F 11 162.187 55 0 0 Contact 12

21 Stanton Barrett
CURB/Agajanian/Team 3G
98 D/H/F 21 0.000 0 0 0 DNS 6

Coming up:

Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge
KONI Challenge at Watkins Glen, June 4-5
Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY

Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, June 4-6
Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY

IndyCar Series
Bombardier Learjet 550, June 4-6
Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX

NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series
United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals, June 4-7
Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL

Formula DRIFT
The Gauntlet, June 5-6
Wall Stadium, Wall, NJ

Formula One
ING Turkish Grand Prix, June 5-7
Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey

National Guard American Drag Racing League
ADRL Pizza Hut Summer Drags V, June 5-6
U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, Martin, MI

World Rally Championship
Acropolis Rally of Greece, June 12-14
Loutraki, Corinthia, Greece

Redline: Time Attack! Series
Round 3, June 13-14
New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ

Battle of the Imports
Round 2: BOTI MIR, June 14
Maryland International Raceway, Mechanicsville, MD

SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship
Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 3-5
Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY

American Le Mans Series
American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix, July 17-18
Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT

Round 3, July 18
Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA

Super Lap Battle Time Attack
Qualifying Round 3, July 31-August 2
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA

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