– Jamie McMurray (#1) pushes Kurt Busch (#22) through the field to the front to cross the finish line Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway locked to the rear bumper of the Budweiser Shootout winner’s Penske Dodge Charger. Denny Hamlin (#11) was black flagged for a slingshot pass of Ryan Newman (#39) below the yellow out-of-bounds line as the cars approached the finish line, hence McMurray finished second and Newman third;
– Jules Bianchi and Stefano Coletti shared the wins in the GP2 Asia Series season opener at the Yas Marina Circuit. Bianchi crossed the line in P4 in the sprint race, due to a post race penalty for overtaking under yellow flags, he dropped back to P8 but still leads the championship with a total of 12 points;
– 16-year-old kiwi sensation Mitch Evans, 16, has won the 2011 New Zealand Grand Prix, becoming the youngest driver to ever win an FIA-recognised Grand Prix. The youngster from Auckland als sealed the TRS International Trophy and is on his way to successfully defend his title in the Toyota Racing Series;
– Mikko Hirvonen has got his 2011 World Rally Championship campaign off to a dream start with his second successive victory on Rally Sweden as the new World Rally Car era began in Scandinavia. With Ford taking all three podium positions with their Fiesta RS WRC;
– Jamie Whincup won his 100th championship event start in the V8 Supercars season opener at the Yas Marina Circuit, while reigning champion James Courtney won his first race for Holden Racing Team in race 2;
– Veteran Bobby Gerhart wins the ARCA Racing Series’ 200 miles season opener at Daytona International Speedway for the seventh time, adding to one of the most prestigious records in ARCA’s 59-year history.
– Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Coors Light pole award for next Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500, narrowly edging Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for pole. Earnhardt also will start from the pole in the first of Thursday’s two Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying races. Gordon will lead the field to the green flag in the second Duel. Those races will finalize the field for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500.
– Media sites all over the World kept reporting from the Jerez Formula One tests, pumping out news of Felipe Massa, Michael Schumacher, Kubica replacement Nick Heidfeld and at good last Rubens Barrichello recording the fastest lap of the day. As you will have noticed, we don’t jump on that train. In issue no. 3 we explain why test times are – more than ever – misleading as far as each F1 team’s real potential is concerned at this time. We also cover all of the aforementioned series plus much more. So don’t miss the latest issue of P1Mag.