The World Rally Championship’s makeover
for 2017 will include the exclusion of
privateer teams. It’s part of an effort by the
FIA to clamp down on who drives next year’s
more powerful and faster WRC cars.
RAISING THE ROOF
Racing stars are less likely to appear in
other disciplines than was the case back
in the day, but a few keep bucking the
trend. In June, a pair of NASCAR aces
slotted into open-wheelers “just for fun”
– but who knows where it might lead?
At Road America, Penske’s Brad
Keselowski (LEFT) took IndyCar stablemate
Simon Pagenaud’s Dallara-Chevy for a spin.
“You have to kind of unlearn everything
you learned in a stock car to be good in
Amid a three-year winless streak and a
previously frustrating final NASCAR
Sprint Cup season, it looked like Tony
Stewart was already edging toward
retirement. But at Sonoma in late June,
the three-time Sprint Cup champion
shook such assumptions with a tenacious
drive to victory, outdueling Denny Hamlin.