Los Angeles Times
Hamlin stripped of win at Pocono
NASCAR stripped Denny Hamlin of his win at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., on Sunday when his No. 11 Toyota failed inspection and was disqualified, awarding Chase Elliott the Cup Series victory.
Joe Gibbs Racing had Hamlin’s car and runner-up Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota both disqualified. Hamlin lost his record seventh victory at Pocono and his third win of the season. Busch led a race-high 63 laps.
The penalties can be appealed and both Toyotas were sent to NASCAR’s research and development center in North Carolina for further evaluation.
“There was some issues discovered that affect aero in the vehicle,” NASCAR Cup Series managing director Brad Moran said. “There really was no reason why there was some material that was somewhere it shouldn’t have been. And that does basically come down to a DQ.”
Newgarden alert after collapsing
Josef Newgarden collapsed in the motorhome lot after his late crash at Iowa Speedway and was taken to a Des Moines hospital by helicopter for evaluation. Team Penske said he’d be held overnight.
IndyCar medical director Dr. Geoffrey Billows said Newgarden was transported to Mercy One Des Moines Medical Center because the infield care center lacked the equipment to properly evaluate the driver, who cut open the back of his head.
Billows said Newgarden was awake and alert.
Newgarden led 148 of the 300 laps. But something on his car broke with 64 laps left and he spun hard into the outside wall — creating an opening for Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP to win the race.
Verstappen wins French Grand Prix
Max Verstappen won the French Grand Prix after Charles Leclerc crashed out while leading, a mistake that dropped the Ferrari driver 63 points behind the defending Formula One champion.
Verstappen’s seventh win this season increased his career total to 27 victories.
Seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton finished second in his 300th grand prix — his fourth consecutive podium and highest finish in what has so far been a winless season.
Force sets top fuel record at Sonoma
Brittany Force raced to her fourth top fuel victory of the season and 15th overall in the Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
Force had a 3.709-second run at 335.48 mph to beat Mike Salinas in the final round to take the season lead. She had the quickest run in Sonoma Raceway history in the first round with a 3.662, then set the track speed record on three consecutive runs, capped by a 337.75 in the semifinals.