Chinese Grand Prix
Schedule: Friday, practice (NBC Sports Network, 2-3:30 a.m.); Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 2-3:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 3 a.m. (NBC Sports Network, 2:30-5:30 a.m., 2:30-5:30 p.m.).
Track: Shanghai International Circuit (road course, 3.39 miles).
Race distance: 189.7 miles, 56 laps.
Last year: Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso pulled away for a 10-second victory.
Last race: Lewis Hamilton won in Bahrain on April 6 for his second straight victory, beating Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by a second.
Fast facts: The race is the fourth of the season. Rosberg won the season-opening race in Australia and also was second behind Hamilton in Malaysia. ... Four-time defending series champion Sebastian Vettel won 13 races last year for Red Bull to match Michael Schumacher’s record. ... On Tuesday, the International Court of Appeal, motorsport’s dispute-resolution tribunal, rejected Red Bull’s appeal of Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification in Australia. Ricciardo, second in the March 16 race, was disqualified for violating new rules on fuel usage. ... Hermann Tilke and Peter Wahl designed the track. The course is shaped like the Chinese character “shang,” which stands for “high” or “above.”
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Last week: Kevin Harvick won the Southern 500 at Darlington to become the first repeat winner this season. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second.
Next race: ToyotaCare 250, April 25, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.
Last week: Chase Elliott won at Darlington for his second straight series victory. He’s the 18-year-old son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott.
CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
Next race: SFP 250, May 9, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Mo.
Last race: Defending series champion Matt Crafton won the rain-delayed race at Martinsville on March 30 for his fourth career victory. Darrell Wallace was second.
Next race: Grand Prix of Alabama, April 27, Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala.
Last week: Mike Conway won at Long Beach for Ed Carpenter Racing, taking the lead when Scott Dixon stopped for fuel two laps from the finish.
NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING
Next event: O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals, April 25-27, Royal Purple Raceway, Baytown, Texas.
Last week: Robert Hight became the first two-time Funny Car winner in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, beating John Force, Alexis DeJoria and Tim Wilkerson in the final. Antron Brown won the Top Fuel division, Sweden’s Jimmy Alund topped the Pro Stock field to become the first European winner in the series, and Andrew Hines won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
World of Outlaws: Sprint Car: Texas Outlaw Nationals, Friday-Saturday, Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, Texas. Online: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com.
U.S. Auto Racing Club: Sprint Car: Saturday, Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, Ohio.