It was one of the biggest days of the year for motorsport fans on Monday, with the Grand Prix of Monaco, the Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 offering plenty of internally combusted action.
Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, driving the Red Bull Renault powered F1 entry in Monaco, had misfortune continue to plague him as his support team made strategic errors that have cost him as many as 21 championship points at this early juncture of the season. Still, he has managed to arrive at third in the overall standings.
The latest incident in Monaco found Ricciardo waiting in the pit for nine interminable seconds because his crew had neglected to have fresh tyres waiting for him when he pitted on the 32nd lap.
The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 was attended by around 350,000 fans who witnessed Alexander Rossi, a 66 – 1 longshot and a former F1 driver for Manor Racing, take advantage of perfect fuel strategy to stay out on the track to beat faster cars who had been forced to pit to take on enough gas to finish the race.
Australian Will Power finished 10th and compatriot Matt Brabham finished 22nd.
In NASCAR action, Denver based Furniture Row Racing’s Martin Truex dominated the Coca-Cola 600 from start to finish, leading all but eight of the 400 laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.