August 16, 2020

Alonso nears perfection in qualifier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I am a little bit surprised to be on pole position, but the car was perfect,’ Alonso said. “Tomorrow I am full of confidence for all the team.’ McLaren and Renault are dueling for the constructors title, whose standings determine how much funding each team receives from auto racing’s governing body. Renault leads McLaren by two points, reversing the two-point advantage that McLaren held last week. The competition could go down to the last lap of the last race, just as Raikkonen passed Fisichella on the final circuit of last week’s Japanese Grand Prix. Raikkonen has seven victories this season, including four in the last six races, to Alonso’s six. Raikkonen and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya have won the last six races, with three each. Alonso hasn’t won since July. CONCORD, N.C. Feeling singled out by NASCAR’s proposed cap on teams, Roush Racing distributed a 10-point argument Saturday outlining the benefits of multi-car ownership. First, he’ll have to fend off a surging Kimi Raikkonen, the Formula One runner-up hoping to capture the team title for McLaren today. Alonso won the driver title two races ago, becoming Formula One’s youngest champion at 24. The Spaniard earned his sixth pole position of 2005 and the ninth of his career. With teammate Giancarlo Fisichella qualifying second, Renault will dominate the front row of the starting grid for the first time this season. NASCAR chairman Brian France said last weekend he was looking at placing a limit on the number of teams a car owner will be able to field in the Nextel Cup series. Any limits would be phased in over the next few seasons. Car owner Jack Roush who owns five teams and all five qualified for NASCAR’s Chase for the championship was told of the plans second-hand, and his management group spent a large part of this week preparing the five-page document they placed around the garage area at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. FONTANA Honda will be supplying engines to Indy Racing League teams through 2009, it was announced Saturday at California Speedway. Whether any other engine manufacturers will join Honda in the IRL is yet to be determined. Honda made its commitment to the IRL as Chevrolet and Toyota are preparing to leave the open-wheel racing series. Chevrolet is gone after the 2005 season. Toyota will leave after 2006. As it stands, Honda will be the sole engine supplier to the IRL when the 2007 season starts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img SHANGHAI, China Renault’s Fernando Alonso turned in a nearly flawless qualifying lap Saturday, putting him in position to add the team title to his driver championship entering the season-ending Chinese Grand Prix. last_img