Mother’s Day weekend means that most of the major racing action in America takes place on Saturday, as the motorsports world takes Sunday to honor all the moms who supported (and put up with) their competitive exploits over the years. Aside from the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, that mostly meant fans were in for an action-packed Saturday.
With both the Verizon IndyCar Series and Formula Drift back in action for the first time since last month, the weekend went exactly as advertised. Between the IndyCar Grand Prix—the kickoff event to open-wheel racing’s most important month—and the Road to the Championship, one of drifting’s longest-tenured American events, here’s what impressed us about the weekend (with a little F1 for good measure):
Verizon IndyCar Series: Will Power
It was a special weekend for Team Penske, as Power delivered its 200th victory in IndyCar competition at the IndyCar Grand Prix. Power, the defending winner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course race, qualified on the pole and became the first three-time winner of the event after holding off Scott Dixon by over two seconds. Working his way back from two DNFs in the first four rounds of the championship, Power’s second podium of the season enabled him to climb to seventh place in points.
Formula Drift: Kristaps Blušs
Who doesn’t love a first-time winner at any level of motorsport? That’s exactly what Blušs did on Saturday night at Road Atlanta, and he pulled off a pair of major upsets to do it. First, he took down defending FD champion James Deane in the semifinals, setting up a showdown with Long Beach winner and points leader Fredric Aasbo in the final. Once there, the Latvian driver managed to outduel Aasbo with his HGK Racing Team BMW, jumping into the top five in the championship in the process.
Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton
The defending world champion finally had a race worthy of that title this year, as Hamilton took his second straight victory by more than 20 seconds over his Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport teammate Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton, who also won in Barcelona last year, helped Mercedes take the lead of the World Constructor’s Championship away from Ferrari, while he himself now holds a 17-point advantage over Sebastian Vettel going into the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks from now.