Hornaday’s crew chief is dismissed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ from Palmdale, is the winningest driver in Truck Series history with 27 victories. “This deal is all about chemistry, and we felt like we needed to go in a different direction,” Harvick said. “We appreciate all of Chris’ efforts and wish him the best of luck in the future.” The next race is April 29 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. No replacement for Rice was announced. Indy Racing League: Valencia’s Bryan Herta took advantage of a late-race collision between Tomas Scheckter and Buddy Rice to post a fourth-place finish Sunday in the Indy Racing League Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Fla.). Herta moved up to second place during the race, using a alternate pit strategy, but fell to sixth when he had to make a stop late in the race. He climbed a couple of spots when Scheckter and Rice crashed on lap 97 of the 100-lapper around the streets of St. Petersburg. “It was a tough race out there,” said Herta, a Hart High graduate and driver of the No. 7 Honda-powered entry for Andretti Green Racing. “It was good, though. We had a lot of green-flag racing, and it was an exciting event.” Helio Castroneves won the St. Petersburg race, followed by Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, Herta’s teammate. The race ended under caution. “The car was really good, the traffic just didn’t play out right for us,” Herta said. “But it was important for the team to come out and get some points, and that’s something we can build on.” The next race is the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi on April 22. Herta and his teammates went from St. Petersburg to Indianapolis for a day of testing in preparation for next month’s Indianapolis 500. Herta tested on Wednesday in the car his boss and team owner Michael Andretti will drive in the Indy 500. Herta turned 55 laps and posted the ninth fastest time during the test session. “We work very hard at Andretti Green Racing to make the cars all the same, so it feels like I am in my car,” Herta said. “Everything transfers over. When we’re here in April and it’s really cool, like it is today, we’re really looking at the big picture, trying some different concepts so we know where we want to begin when we come back for the start of May.” Dixon, a driver for Chip Ganassi’s Team Target, was the fastest driver in the test. His best lap was at 226.012 mph. Herta was the fastest of the Andretti Green Racing drivers. His best lap was at 222.986 mph. Kanaan was 13th fastest at 220.917 mph and Dario Franchitti was 14th at 220.379 mph. The 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 28. Irwindale Speedway: Rain washed out another slate of races at Irwindale Speedway last Saturday night. Weather permitting, the track will try again tonight to get the season rolling. The first evening will feature NASCAR Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Super Trucks and figure eights. Todd Southwell, a Canyon High graduate, leads the Super Late Model standings after one race, and Pat Mintey Jr. of Quartz Hill is second in the Super Truck standings. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 6. Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News. [email protected] (818) 713-3715160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chris Rice, the crew chief for Ron Hornaday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team, was fired Wednesday, team owner Kevin Harvick said. Hornaday, driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Inc., is 19th in points and has not recorded a top-10 finish in the first four races of the year. His best finish was 14th place April 1 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. “This was a difficult decision,” Harvick said. “While we feel like we’ve got a driver and a crew chief capable of running up front, the combination of the two has not produced the results that we expected.” last_img