Compiled By Erik Tomas, The Raceline Radio Network.
2023 is our 31st Season on the air across Canada!
Formula One World Driving Championship: Back from Summer Break!
Last Grand Prix: The Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort, on Sunday August 27th:
Max Verstappen equaled Sebastian Vettel’s record of nine wins in a row in a rain-soaked, red-flagged affair! Max survived two separate down-pours of rain that caused chaos at the start and finish to take his 11th win in 13 starts to thrill his raucous home crowd with career win 46! After a 40 minute delay to finish the last 7 laps, Fernando Alonso claimed 2nd in his upgraded Aston Martin, ahead of Pierre Gasly, who completed the podium for Alpine. Sergio Perez threw away 2nd, sliding off the course just before the red flag rain stoppage, while also receiving a 5-second penalty for speeding in the pits that dropped him to 4th. Carlos Sainz wound up 5th in Holland with Lewis Hamilton behind in 6th. Canada’s Lance Stroll finished up in 11th, spending most of his race near the back once the rain arrived.
Standings: Max Verstappen tops teammate Sergio Perez by 138 in the Driver’s Championship. Red Bull has theoretically already won the 2023 Constructor’s Crown, leading Mercedes by 285 points with only 8 GP’s to go.
Next Race: The Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Sunday September 3rd. Last year’s winner: Max Verstappen.
NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series:
Last Race: Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway, Florida, on Saturday August 26th:
Chris Buescher stayed hot to secure his third win in five weeks to make the post season! Buescher got a push from teammate and car owner Brad Keselowski to stay out front. His win also locked Bubba Wallace into the playoffs. The overtime finish was set up by a nasty crash where Ryan Preece flipped nearly a dozen times, reminiscent of some of Rusty Wallace’s airborne shunts back in the 1990’s. Preece was checked out in hospital, sustaining only minor injuries. Former champ Chase Elliott, who missed races earlier with injuries, did not make the cut after finishing the race 4th. The Cup playoff opening Round of 16 rolls out on September 3rd with the Southern 500 at Darlington.
Playoff Drivers: Buescher, Harvick, Keselowski, Byron, Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Hamlin, Larson, Bell, Chastain, Blaney, Logano, McDowell, Reddick, Stenhouse Jr., and Wallace.
Points: Martin Truex Jr. wins regular season championship.
Next Race: Darlington, South Carolina on Sunday September 3rd.
NTT IndyCar Series:
Last Race: World Wide Technology Raceway in Gateway St. Louis, Sunday August 27th:
Chip Ganassi’s Scott Dixon is taking dead aim at teammate Alex Palou and his 7th championship. The Kiwi scored his 2nd IndyCar win in a row and 55th of his career! Dixie took the St. Loo lead back with 39 to go for good after pit stop cycling. Pato O’Ward finished 2nd with Dave Malukas 3rd. Alex Palou wound up 7th. Canada’s Devlin DeFrancesco back in 19th.
Standings: Heading into the second-last race of the season, Ganassi Racing Spaniard Alex Palou holds a 74-point lead over Scott Dixon.
Next Race: The Grand Prix of Portland, Oregon on Sunday September 3rd. Last Year’s winner: Scott McLaughlin.
IMSA Sports Cars:
Last Race: Virginia International Raceway on Sunday August 27th:
GTD Pro winners and 1st overall: Jordan Taylor in the Corvette. GTD winner: The Madison Snow BMW. Klaus Bachler in the Canadian Pfaff Motorsports Porsche, 3rd in GTD. Nothing is stopping Canada’s Kyle Marcelli and ‘mate Dan Formal in their Wayne Taylor Racing entry! The duo taking their 8th win in a row in the IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Series at VIR. They could run the table and sweep the season!
Next Race: Road Course at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, September 15-17th.
Canadian Rally Championship presented by Subaru:
Last Rally: Rally Baie Des Chaleurs, New Richmond Quebec, July 2nd:
Joel Levac & Laurence-Fanny L’Estage in their Mini Countryman win by less than a minute over Ricardo Cordero & Marco Hernandez in their Citroen.
Next Rally: Rallye Defi Petit Nation, Montpellier Quebec, Sunday September 10th.
World Rally Championship:
Last Rally: Rally Finland, August 6th:
Elfyn Evans takes it for Toyota Gazoo to keep his title hopes alive. A dramatic crash for points leader and team-mate Kalle Rovanperä set it up. Evans now just 25 points back with 4 rallies remaining.
Next Rally: Rally of The Acropolis, Greece, September 10th.
Raceline Radio Show Guest Schedule The Week of:
August 27th: NASCAR Trucks’ Stewart Friesen… NASCAR Canada’s DJ Kennington and The Subaru-Raceline E-Mail Bag Trivia Contest.
September 3rd: Part two with Stewart Friesen… NASCAR Cup regular season champion Martin Truex Jr…. and The Subaru-Raceline E-Mail Bag Trivia Contest!
2023 Raceline Radio Network Affiliate Stations/March 2023:
Stations feature live audio streaming, podcasting and Iphone access.
Sportsnet 590 The FAN Toronto: ( Co-Flagship ) Mondays 10 PM Eastern and Sundays 7am (replay). The FAN / Raceline is also available in HD FM: 92.5 Channel 3, The Radio Player Canada App, Bell Express-Vu Sat. channel 959, and carried live and podcasted on the Web at sportsnet.ca
TSN 690 Montreal: Tuesdays 6 PM Eastern. On-line: TSN690.ca, The I-Heart Radio App and TSN App.
Sportsnet 650 The FAN Vancouver: Monday 10 PM and Saturday 6 AM Pacific. Also in HD at 96.9 – HD 3, and on the Radioplayer Canada App.
Sportsnet 960 The FAN Calgary: Monday 10 PM Mountain and Saturday 7 AM Mountain. Also on-line at Sportsnet.ca/960 and the Sportsnet App.
CityNews 95.7 Halifax: Monday 8 PM Atlantic
Global News Radio 900 CHML Hamilton: ( Co-Flagship ) Sunday 8 PM Eastern, HD FM at 95.3 Channel 3 and podcasted.
News Talk 610 CKTB St. Catharines-Niagara-Western NY: Monday 11 PM and Saturday 6 PM Eastern, I-Heart Radio and podcasted.