The NTT IndyCar Series, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, and off-road racing may have all been off this weekend, but never fear: the NHRA, Formula 1, and rally had you covered. From a historic pair of victories just outside of Seattle for once of drag racing’s most iconic teams, to rally and rallycross action on both sides of the Atlantic, here’s a look at the competitors who most impressed us:
NHRA Funny Car: John Force
Finally! The most legendary name in drag racing took his 150th Wally at Pacific Raceways on Sunday, scoring his first Funny Car victory in over a year after taking down Ron Capps in the final round. The 16-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champion scored his ninth win in the Magic Dry Northwest Nationals, and finally joined points-leading teammate Robert Hight in the win column this season.
NHRA Top Fuel: Austin Prock
To be the best, you have to beat the best, and that’s what Prock did on Sunday to complete a sweep of the NHRA’s nitro categories in Washington for John Force Racing. Steve Torrence returned to the final round for the 10th time in the last 11 races, but Prock, who had already won over Leah Pritchett, Clay Millican, and Mike Salinas on Sunday, took the Top Fuel points leader down in the deciding race.
ARX: Andretti Rallycross
For the first time since Scott Speed departed for Subaru Motorsports USA, the Andretti-prepped Volkswagen Beetles took a victory at Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres on Sunday. Tanner Foust scored his first win of the season in the main event, while teammate Cabot Bigham put an 0-for-3 streak of final round appearances behind him for a second place finish and his first career Supercar podium.
Formula 1: Max Verstappen
Last week, we highlighted Sebastian Vettel’s drive from 20th to second in Germany when Verstappen won. This week, it’s Verstappen’s turn to get the nod despite missing out on a win. The Red Bull driver started first and led much of the race from Hungary, only for Lewis Hamilton to catch him in the closing laps. He’s within striking distance of Valtteri Bottas for second in points.
WRC: Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia
Forget the results for a second. Just watch this jump.