Promoted: Leclerc vs Newgarden: Challenge accepted | Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc takes on Team Penske IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden in a hilarious head-to-head challenge

Promoted: Leclerc vs Newgarden: Challenge accepted

Promoted: Leclerc vs Newgarden: Challenge accepted

Promoted: Leclerc vs Newgarden: Challenge accepted

Promoted: Leclerc vs Newgarden: Challenge accepted

Promoted: Leclerc vs Newgarden: Challenge accepted

Promoted: Leclerc vs Newgarden: Challenge accepted
Promoted: Leclerc vs Newgarden: Challenge accepted
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Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc takes on Team Penske IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden in a hilarious head-to-head challenge.

Just how good is Leclerc with a magic marker? Read on for answers to this and other questions you never thought you'd ask.

Being a top-flight driver in any series is about precision, timing, intuition, and knowing the track inside out.

So what happens when you blindfold two top drivers in their respective series - Leclerc from Formula 1 and Newgarden from IndyCar - and challenge them to draw famous circuits from memory?

The answer isn't as slapstick as you might think. Rather annoyingly for those seeking calamitous outtakes, both drivers seemed very competent when we put pens in their hands and blindfolds over their eyes when we caught up with them in Mexico City in October.

Leclerc deserved the 'podium' for his unnervingly accurate circuits - but Newgarden should be applauded for being the only one of the two to successfully get his track to join up again (though where he decided to take it between start and finish is anybody's guess!)

Thankfully for Josef, this head-to-head is about more than just artistic skill.

The drivers were quizzed on a variety of questions relating to their teams' partnership with Shell, including in their own series, and each other's. Newgarden, it seems, follows Formula 1 a little more closely than Leclerc follows IndyCar.

In the final round, the duo had to identify legendary drivers from their series using only a still, historic image.

A real challenge, particularly for Newgarden - as some IndyCar machines look remarkably similar season-to-season - but one which both drivers gave their best shot. How many of the quiz questions can you answer correctly?

Overall, Leclerc's track-drawing skills just gave him the edge over Newgarden. Make sure you check out the video for the full story.

Stacked Field Expected For Wall’s Turkey Derby

Stacked Field Expected For Wall’s Turkey Derby

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. – The list of tour-thpe and Wall/SK modified teams planning to compete in the Thanksgiving weekend Turkey Derby continues to grow.

Well more than 80 race teams from all divisions were in the Wall Stadium Speedway pit area for both the Nov. 16 and the Nov. 23 final practice session. If these practice turnouts are any indication, the 46th running of the Turkey Derby could feature a record setting field in both quality and quantity.

The Turkey Derby is presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend during the daylight hours.

Among the tour-type modified standouts expressing interest in the annual classic are multi-time Turkey Derby winner Jimmy Blewett who tested his Wall and tour-type modifieds during practice. Also seen turning fast laps were Andrew Krause, Andy Jankowiac, Anthony Sesely and Bobby Jones.

Former winner Eric Mauriello, Matt Hirschman, defending winner Dave Sapienza, Derek Hopkinson, Zane Zeiner, Ricky Collins and Kenny Darch also reportedly plan to see action. Also reportedly planning to compete in tour-type modified action are Justin Bonsignore, Ron Frees, Chas Okerson, Kyle Ellwood, Jonathan Mandato and Blake Barney.

The speedway’s own Wall/SK modifieds will also be well represented by both local favorites and invaders. Former winner Blewett, newly crowned champ Steven Reed, Jason Hearne, Marc Rogers and Eric Mauriello are all reportedly planning to compete in the Wall modified 100-lap feature. Tyler Truex, Kenny Van Wickle, Joey Merlino, Shaun Carrig, Zack Alspach, Jason Treat and Chris Andretta are also expected to be in the field.

Many of the above mentioned racers participated in practice.

Several racers are contemplating competition in both pavement type modified races. In fact, Andrew Krause plans extra duty he is planning to compete in the dirt modified feature race. A healthy field of dirt modifieds practiced during the two tune-up sessions.

The current list is compiled of teams that have filed entries, secured tires for the weekend and participated in two Saturday practice sessions on Nov. 16 and 23.

Like the modified classes, all divisions that will compete in Turkey Derby action look to be well represented by both locals and invaders on race weekend.

On Friday, day one of Turkey Derby, pit area gates will open at 6:30 a.m., practice will begin at 8:30 a.m. and grandstand seating will open at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying is set for noon with feature racing scheduled to start at 2 p.m. The Sportsman cars will compete in a 50-lap main event, the Limited Late Models will battle in a 50-lapper and the Factory Stocks and the 4 Cylinder Stocks will each battle in 40-lap races.

On Saturday, the pit area will again open at 6:30 a.m. with practice at 8:30 a.m. and grandstands opening at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying will start at 11:00 a.m. with main events set for 1 p.m. The tour-type modifieds are set for a 150-lap, $6,000 to win feature race while the speedway’s Wall/SK modifieds will compete in a 100-lap feature race that offers $5,000 to the winner. Dirt Modifieds will also be on the Saturday card in a 50-lap feature and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars will compete in a 30-lapper. The TQ Midgets will race on the inner oval in a 30-lap race.

The Turkey Derby weekend will then wrap up on Sunday, December 1, with pit gates opening at 10 a.m., practice starting at 11 a.m., grandstand opening at 11:30 a.m., qualifying at noon and main events set for 1 p.m. The Legend Cars will be competing in a 40-lapper and the Factory Stocks will race in a 50-lapper. The 4 Cylinder Stocks are set for a 50-lapper on Sunday while the Dirt Outlaw Stocks and the Dirt Sportsman cars will each compete in 25-lap main events. Demolition Derby action will cap off Sunday’s card.

Lewis Hamilton does not regret "experimenting" with Brazil strategy

Lewis Hamilton does not regret "experimenting" with Brazil strategy

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Busy Schedule Set For Irwindale Speedway

Busy Schedule Set For Irwindale Speedway

IRWINDALE, Calif. – Irwindale Speedway & Event Center has revealed its 2020 calendar.

NASCAR will return on the second Saturday of each month from March through October with the NASCAR Whelen All American Series serving as the sanctioning body.

The fan favorite Night of Destruction presented by LKQ Pick Your Part, will return with seven events spanning January to December. New to the Speedway in 2020 will be Outlaw Stock Car Racing, which will see some new, open-style, Irwindale Speedway sanctioned divisions take to the track featuring super late models, pro late models and modifieds.

Regional series and special events will play an even bigger role for the speedway. Irwindale will see the SRL Spears Southwest Tour and Spears Manufacturing Modifieds come to town for multiple events.

The premier race will take place on Feb. 1, the Sunrise Ford All-Star Showdown presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. The big money show will see super late models tackle the half-mile for a grueling 200-lap showdown that will pay $25,000 to the winner.

The pro late models will make their debut on the third-mile with $10,000 to the winner of the 100 lap showdown.

In March, the ARCA Menards West Series (previously known as NASCAR K&N Pro Series West) will compete at Irwindale Speedway as part of the March 28th Night of Destruction.

Summer Motorsports Mayhem will return again in June with Stunts and Pyrotechnics. Formula Drift: Title Fight will also return in October.

On the dragstrip side, Thursday Night Thunder will continue each week, except during holidays. Additionally, the first Saturday of the month will be reserved for drag racing (except February).

Saturday Drags seeks to provide a location for car enthusiasts to meet up and talk shop, race their cars, do burnouts in the Burnout Box or just watch the action.

The NHRA Summit ET series will continue, running March through August.

The event schedule includes some special events, the first of which will kick off the year in glorious fashion. JJ’s Arm Drop Drags will feature JJ Da Boss and the Memphis “Street Outlaws” from Discovery Channel, taking on Southern California’s best racers in a regional showdown.

The schedule also includes fan favorites such as Nitro Revival, Hot VW, Truck Mayhem and Match Race Madness.

Click here for the full Irwindale Speedway schedule.


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