The Weekend Motorsport Digest (August 11)

Marc Marquez Indy

On a relatively quiet weekend in the racing world we’ve still got news from MotoGP, NASCAR and the United SportsCar Championship.

There was a time when we believed that, at some stage, Marc Marquez would stop winning. Now we’re not so sure. The 21-year-old secured his tenth MotoGP win in as many races on Sunday, beating Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi to victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His championship lead is now 89 points, meaning Marquez could go on holiday for the next three events and still top the standings. And even then, he’d probably find a way to win. Meanwhile the supporting Moto2 and Moto3 races were won by Mika Kallio and Jack Miller respectively

READ MORE: IMS success for Marquez as he wins tenth successive race

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series travelled to the historic Watkins Glen circuit in New York State last weekend for its second road course event of the season.

But it was run under a cloud following a tragic accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday, where Sprint Cup star Tony Stewart was competing in a dirt track event between qualifying and the race. Stewart collided with Kevin Ward Jr. during the contest, prompting the 20-year-old to climb from his car to remonstrate with Stewart. Walking down the track at the oncoming traffic, Ward was struck by Stewart's car and later died from his injuries; an investigation is now underway, but Stewart will not face criminal charges.

READ MORETony Stewart hits and kills fellow sprint-car racer

After initial reports that he would contest the Watkins Glen event, Stewart quite understandably withdrew. The race was won by ex-single-seater racer AJ Allmendinger, with former V8 Supercars star Marcos Ambrose second. Ambrose had triumphed in the supporting Nationwide Series race on Saturday, beating fellow Cup star Kyle Busch, with Chase Elliot the top Nationwide regular in P6.

READ MORE: Allmendinger wins first Cup race at The Glen

At another wonderful U.S venue, Wisconsin's Road America, Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa extended their United SportsCar Championship lead with their third win of 2014, and the second in succession following victory at Indy last month. The Action Express squad held off Ozz Negri to seal the win in a race punctuated by a number of lengthy full course cautions. The PC class was won by Renger van der Zande and Mirco Schultis, with Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer taking GTLM honours for Ferrari. Dane Cameron and Markus Palttala won in GTD.

READ MORE: Action Express takes Road America win

ADAC Formel Masters returned to action in Slovakia over the weekend, with three winners emerging from as many races. Points leader Mikkel Jensen took the first, Fabian Schiller triumphed in the second, and Tim Zimmermann took the third thanks to a final-lap pass. Jensen heads the standings by 56 points from Max Gunther, whose best finish was P4 in the second race. Three triple-header rounds remain.

READ MORE: Race 1 | Race 2 | Race 3