Motorsports briefs: Fernandez starts 4th in Acura challenge today

first_img“Qualifying went pretty well,” said Herta, a Hart High of Newhall graduate. “I can’t complain too much. The balance of the XM Satellite Radio Acura was pretty good, but we had a little too much understeer. “We were getting faster as the session went on and maybe we outsmarted ourselves a bit by waiting, but I wasn’t going to go seven-tenths of a second faster, so we’ll take it and get the car ready for the race.” The Highcroft Racing Acura entry qualified sixth. Romain Dumas, driving one of Penske’s Porsche RS Spyders, won the pole for the Acura Sports Car Challenge. He and teammate Ryan Briscoe, both drivers in the LMP2 class, will start on the front row for the race. Coverage of the Acura Sports Car Challenge will be tape-delayed on Speed beginning at 5 p.m. today. Adrian Fernandez was the highest qualifying Acura driver on Friday for the American Le Mans Series race at St. Petersburg, Fla. Fernandez, driver and owner for Lowe’s Fernandez Racing, will start fourth overall in the Acura Sports Car Challenge today. His LMP2 Acura-powered entry was the third fastest qualifier in its class. “I was happy with our qualifying run,” Fernandez said. “The car was a lot better than it was in Sebring, where we were scratching our heads. We had an excellent result with a second place and one-two for Acura, but the car was not fast enough.” Valencia’s Bryan Herta qualified his Andretti Green Racing Acura fourth in class, fifth overall, for the American Le Mans Series race. – Daily News Race cars and biofuels: The St. Petersburg Grand Prix this weekend will feature two racing series using renewable biofuels made with ethanol. The IndyCar Series began its season last Saturday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the first race by any series using a blend of 98 percent ethanol and 2 percent unleaded fuel. The league is the first racing series to have all of its cars run on renewable fuels. Because engines have to be optimized to run on such high biofuel blends, Honda, which provides all the engines to IndyCar, made the necessary conversions for the race teams. The league also had to shrink its fuel tanks from 30 to 22 gallons, matching up with tire wear to ensure that drivers will take the same number of pit stops as when the league ran on a methanol blend before this year’s conversion. The American Le Mans Series, which also will race in St. Petersburg, will race almost all its cars on an E10 biofuel mixture. The change came in response to the league’s manufacturers, including Porsche, Ferrari and General Motors, said Scott Atherton, president and CEO of the American Le Mans Series. Only a diesel Audi model is not running on the ethanol blend this season. “The series becomes an accelerated test lab for manufacturers so the technology can be mainstreamed,” Atherton said. He said the E10 that the ALMS is using this season is an entirely street-legal blend. The same technology used in the ALMS cars will be seen in the manufacturers’ product lines in 12 to 18 months, he added. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgLETTERKENNY LADIES GOLF NEWSOpen Week was a great success with members and visitors enjoying sunny weather and warm temperatures with no excuses for good scoring.Con Boyce of Donegal Sports and Golf Centre sponsored the Tuesday Competition and have a long association with the Ladies Club. The Ladies Club would like to thank Con for his generous sponsorship.The winner was Angela Kilgallen 37 points B.O.T., Runner– Up, Mena Breslin37 pts., Gross – Angela Bradley , 26 Gross Points and 3rd was Peggy Forde, 36 pointsVisitor – Geraldine Crossan, City of Derry, 31 pts..B 9 : Celine Bradley ,21 pts.F 9 : Grainne Hines 20 pts. The only 2 was won by Marian Keating.Thursday’s Open was sponsored by our Resident Professional, Seamus Clinton and the winner was Vera Kearney, 38 pts., Runner – Up Monica Mc Donagh,37 ptsB O.T., Gross, Angela Bradley 23 Gross pts.,B.O.T. , 3rd Connie Reddan 37 pts.. B 9, Anne Condon ,20pts., F 9, Rena O’Herlihy,21pts..Visitor, Margaret Buckley Donegal Golf Club, 29 pts. Senior cat: BridieGildea 36pts.. 36hcp. Winner was Patricia O’Sullivan with 32pts. 2’s; Maureen Sweeney, Cynthia Fueryand Marian O’ Sullivan. Congratulations to all the winners. Seamus Clinton invited the winners ie 1st 2nd and 3rd placed to join him in the Pro Am in the Farnham Estate with golf, dinner and transport included on a fantastic day out on 5th Sept. What a fantastic prize to win; enjoy ladies as there are many waiting to take your place!There were 3 nine hole competitions and the winners will be announced next week along with the winner of Golfer of Open Week.Congratulations to Marian Keating’s Intermediate Team who defeated Ballyclare on Sunday, qualifying for the quarter finals of The Ulster District. The team was Celine Markey, Monica McDonagh, Vera Kearney, Karen McGlinchey and Eileen Williamson. They won 3 matches and 2 halves to secure victory.The Challenge Team and the Junior Team play their matches away this week against Mahee Island in Co Down and City of Derry respectively. Good Luck to the teams. The Maura O’Donnell Team , captained by Celine Bradley, fought gallantly in Gweedore and only lost by 3 Holes. Such is golf, always down to the last putt. We wish Gweedore continued success in the competition.The July Medal draw is on the notice board. The mixed foursome draw is done and available in the Ladies Locker room with July 5th the first round deadline. GOLF NEWS: LETTERKENNY LADIES ENJOY FANTASTIC OPEN WEEK was last modified: June 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:golfLadiesletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more