Lewis Hamilton has taken an initial 15-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Formula 1 race in Belgium after exceeding the number of permitted power unit components for the season. Issues in the early races of 2016 meant a grid drop was inevitable for Hamilton later in the year, given that drivers are limited to using five of each power unit component across the course of the season. Hamilton confirmed on Thursday that he would be taking his grid drop in Spa in the hope that further penalties could be avoided later in the season. Mercedes announced during first practice on Friday that both Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg had taken fresh power units for the race weekend. “Fresh power units
Kasey Kahne was blunt when talking about his struggles on Wednesday. Kahne’s contract with Hendrick Motorsports runs through 2018 and said that if he’s not competitive by the end of his deal, then it’s time to move on. Byron, who has won five races in the Camping World Truck Series this season, signed a contract with Hendrick Motorsports last week.
Mid-Ohio winner Justin Marks returns to the Xfinity Series this weekend, aiming for another victory at Road America with Chip Ganassi Racing. In an interview with Dave Burns, Marks talks about life since his breakthrough victory, his preparations for the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, track’s passing zones and why the road course is among his favorites despite being “a formidable challenge.”