An interview with Jens Marquardt and Michael Andretti
BMW to join the FIA Formula E as an official manufacturer
The course has been set for BMW to join the FIA Formula E Championship as an official manufacturer with a works team in Season 5. In an interview, BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt and MS&AD Andretti Formula E CEO Michael Andretti talk about the close partnership and their expectations for the future of Formula E. In a relaxed discussion, they also chat about their personal interests away from motor racing.
Formula E: Abt stripped of Race 2 win in Hong Kong
Rosenqvist new winner
Felix Rosenqvist was elevated to first place in Hong Kong and earned his second victory in the FIA Formula E Championship, after Daniel Abt was disqualified for a technical infringement. The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver was denied his first-ever win in Formula E on his 25th birthday following a post-race penalty, which found that the FIA security stickers (barcodes) on the inverter and MGU units didn’t correspond with those declared on the technical passport provided by the competitor for the event.
Some 20,000 tickets dished out for free for races around downtown streets of Central Saturday for the opening of the Formula E season, but many seats were empty to watch DS Virgin Racing's Sam Bird survive a drive-through penalty to win on the streets of Hong Kong. The DS Virgin Racing driver held off Jean-Eric Vergne of Techeetah, who led for the opening stages of the race after starting on pole. Nico Heidfeld finished third in a dramatic and frantic race that was halted on the first lap after a pile-up at the chicane.
Di Resta: "You have to follow your heart sometimes"
Part 3: Paul talks about F1, a return to DTM and more
Paul Di Resta really knows how to live life in the fast lane – first time in a kart at the age of three, DTM champion at 24, start in Formula 1 at 25. We present the man behind the racing driver in a three-part interview. Part 3: Paul talks about 1) his dreams of a Formula 1 contract, 2) his return to the DTM, 3) battling on the limit: "A qualifying lap in a DTM car is just as exciting as in a Formula 1 car."
Penske driver McLaughlin chokes in Supercars finale
Jamie Whincup confirmed his standing as the greatest driver in Australian motorsport history in extraordinary circumstances at the season-ending Coates Hire Newcastle 500. Whincup grabbed a seventh Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in heart-breaking scenes as young challenger Scott McLaughlin was effectively ruled out by three in-race penalties. A devastated McLaughlin was consoled by his team, including team owner and American racing legend Roger Penske, after the race.
Ticktum wins Macau GP as leaders crash in final corner
Red Bull junior driver Daniel Ticktum claimed victory at the Macau Grand Prix, pulling off a four-abreast move on Lando Norris and Maximilian Gunther simultaneously into Lisboa with two laps remaining, and then leaders Sergio Sette Camara and Ferdinand Habsburg crashed at the final turn on the final lap and Ticktum was through for the win. At the line Ticktum was just 0.568 seconds in front of Norris.
Di Resta: "Otherwise, it would have been Game Over"
"and I would never have got where I am today"
Paul Di Resta really knows how to live life in the fast lane - first time in a kart at the age of three, DTM champion at 24, start in Formula 1 at 25. We present the man behind the racing driver in a three-part interview. Part 1:
McLaughlin creates history with first ever win at GC600
Supercars on the streets of Surfers Paradise
A perfect pit stop strategy has seen Shell V-Power Racing Team driver Scott McLaughlin sensationally win his first ever race on the streets of Surfers Paradise this afternoon and claim a memorable victory at the Vodafone Golda Coast 600. McLaughlin and co-driver Alex Premat started from 13th position on the grid which is now the furthest back any driver has ever started from to win a race at GC600. James Courtney and Jack Perkins started from 11th in 2015.
The first FIA Formula 2 champion discusses his season
Charles Leclerc is the first FIA Formula 2 Drivers’ Champion after claiming victory in this afternoon’s feature race at the Circuito de Jerez, leading all race long apart from the pitstop crossover and hanging on despite slowing enormously on the last lap as his tires gave up to cross the line 0.2s ahead of title rival Oliver Rowland and teammate Antonio Fuoco.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship unveiled the F2 2018 to the international media in Monza today. The new car, which will be raced in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons, was revealed in the Formula 1 paddock ahead of the 9th Round of the 2017 F2 season. The new car, which complies with the latest F1 safety standards, features architecture typical of a modern F1 car and a 3.4 liter turbo-charged Mecachrome engine, which delivers 620 HP at 8,750 rpm.
Lucas di Grassi is the new FIA Formula E champion after taking a solid seventh place in the Hydro-Quebec Montreal ePrix. With his title rival Sebastien Buemi enduring another torrid afternoon, di Grassi was able to play the percentages, keep out of trouble and bring his Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport car home safely for the six points that were more than enough the wrap up the championship.
For the first time this season there is a different name at the top of the FIA Formula E Championship points table, after Lucas di Grassi delivered a near-perfect performance to win the inaugural Hydro-Quebec Montreal ePrix. Di Grassi came into the weekend 10-points in arrears, but that was reduced to seven as he beat title rival Sebastien Buemi in a head-to-head fight for Julius Baer pole position, claiming three bonus points in the process.
Salty Dog's Grand Prix and the Future of American Racing
by Stephen Cox
I started late. I didn't drive in my first professional auto race until age 21. Before that, I was addicted to go kart racing. No, not the World Karting Association or the National Karting Alliance. I'd never heard of them. My karting career began by paying five dollars for ten minutes of track time in a 5 horsepower, 25 mile per hour fun kart at tiny, tourist-driven venues during our family vacations. We stopped at go kart tracks from Virginia to Utah. Any track, any time. It wasn't real racing, but it was the only racing I had.
Sam Bird followed up his win in the inaugural FIA Formula E Qualcomm New York City ePrix with an emphatic victory in the second race of the double-header event held on the Brooklyn Circuit. The DS Virgin Racing star produced a faultless lap to record his first pole position of the season, but he was beaten off the line by the Mahindra of Felix Rosenqvist, and the Swede held on out front during the opening stages.
round nine of the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship
Sam Bird became the first driver to win an international motor race in New York, with a superb drive in the FIA Formula E Qualcomm New York City ePrix. The DS Virgin Racing driver had to work hard for his win. His rookie team-mate Alex Lynn scored a stunning pole position on his debut, while fellow front row starter Daniel Abt of ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport both had to be overcome before the Brit could lead the race.
The FIA Formula E Championship - the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series - is joining forces with Enel to offset the emissions of the inaugural race in New York, making it the first-ever zero-emission event in the championship’s history. Ahead of the eagerly-anticipated event making its debut at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook on July 15 & 16 - Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, was joined by Chairman of Enel Patrizia Grieco, CEO of Enel Francesco Starace, and Ken Allen, CEO of DHL Express, at the New York Stock Exchange to ring the closing bell.
New Jersey Motorsports Park home of Forty7 race cars
Expand Race Teams and Grow Automotive Service Businesses
Last winter, a member of the New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) Drivers Club had a vision--to build a racecar capable of turning Le Mans level lap times--while being manageable driven by a novice. The DC member brought his concept to Forty7 Motorsports, a design and fabrication facility located at NJMP’s on-site Speedplex High Performance Service Complex.
Montpelier Motor Speedway - A Century of Motorsports
The new Stephen Cox Blog covers one of the oldest race tracks in the world - a small, little known dirt track in eastern Indiana that still runs a weekly program. Montpelier Motor Speedway held its first automobile race on May 4, 1915, just a few weeks prior to Ralph DePalma's win in the 5th Indianapolis 500. Indianapolis. Le Mans. Milwaukee. Those are the places that come to mind when discussing the oldest and most legendary race tracks on the planet. Montpelier is rarely mentioned, though it should be.
George Kibilov won his second consecutive Super Touring class race at round two of the United States Touring car Championship while Thomas Pitre had to fight all race long to win the Sportsman class. Gary Sheehan won the Touring Car class while Daniel Akhromtsev had a fight on his hand in order to come out ahead in the GT class.
As low as last, Lucas di Grassi won the first race of the 2016/17 Formula E season in Mexico City in what can only be described as chaotic. The Abt Audi Sport driver was last after having to pit on the third lap to fix a broken rear wing, but gambled on a safety car just before the halfway mark and claimed the win ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne and Sam Bird.
The New Peugeot 208 WRX To Break Cover In Barcelona
FIA World Rallycross Championship this weekend
Ahead of the opening round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship this weekend, Sebastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen are to take the wraps off the all-new, 2017-configuration PEUGEOT 208 WRX which proudly boasts a bold new livery and a strikingly aggressive look. Kevin Hansen, meanwhile, is fired-up to start his maiden full campaign at the pinnacle of the sport behind the wheel of his ‘2016 plus’-specification 208.
Formula Drift 2017 Pro Championship Season Kicks Off
In 4 Days In Long Beach
The Formula DRIFT Black Magic Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras will kickoff the 14th Pro Championship season beginning with Round 1: Streets of Long Beach in 4 days. On March 31 - April 1, drifting will return to city streets in Long Beach, CA. 3-time Formula DRIFT champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Nissan 370Z will look to defend his championship and has teamed up with top driver Ryan Tuerck.
FIA smart cities, imagine for cities of the future
Electric Cars to clean up big city air pollution
In an age of rapid global urbanization, it becomes ever more pressing to redefine a new model for sustainable urban mobility. Today, at the Geneva Motor Show, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) launched a new initiative – the FIA Smart Cities– with the aim of helping cities to define solutions best suited to tackle new scenarios in which mobility has a central role. The launch platform for this initiative is the FIA Formula E Championship, the first race series for single-seaters entirely powered by electricity, with events held in the heart of some of the most important cities in the world, since 2014.
No vacation of mine is complete without visiting a race track or two, even in the gorgeous countryside of Auckland, New Zealand. And there are many tracks outside Auckland that have had many racing legends race on them. The youngest of those legendary drivers, IndyCars' own Scott Dixon, started his racing career at the tender age of 13 in this area. While there his Mother, Glenys Dixon, took me to the local race tracks to show me where Scott started his open wheel career.
Three wins in a row for reigning Formula E champion
Sebastien Buemi has made Formula E history by becoming the first driver to win three races in a row. Victory for the Renault e.dams ace continues the perfect start to his title defense. It was his ninth win in the all-electric street racing series, and the 12th for the team. That means Renault e.dams have now won half of all the Formula E races that have taken place.
Plymouth Superbird: The Car That Richard Petty Built
by Stephen Cox
It has been claimed that Plymouth's legendary winged muscle car, the 1970 Superbird, was the brainchild of NASCAR champion Richard Petty. The rumor has been around for decades but I've never found anyone with first-hand knowledge who could absolutely confirm or deny that the car's origins truly began with The King of Stock Car Racing.
5 Things You Won't Expect When Your Race Car's on Fire
by Stephen Cox
It was exactly one year ago that my race car caught fire at Circuit of the Americas during an endurance event. Suffice to say that as fires go, this one was bad. Perhaps my fellow racers will find the following thoughts from that experience helpful. When a fire breaks out while you're barreling down the race track at full speed, you'll realize that you cannot hit the fire suppression button because Fire extinguishing material will burst in every direction and potentially coat everything - including your face, visor and eyes - while you're still at speed.
The all-new specification World Rally Cars head for another fresh challenge as the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship takes the contenders to the snowy and remote forests of Sweden and Norway for the only true winter round in the series.
Almost a decade since scoring a hat-trick of Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 victories, Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes have rekindled their partnership in perfect fashion. In a dramatic finish to the Bathurst 12 Hour, Whincup drove the Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 that he shared with Lowndes and Toni Vilander to victory. Whincup, who made his GT Racing debut this weekend was ecstatic about the result.
The first ever Pirelli Top-10 Shootout at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour has been emotionally claimed by Ferrari team Maranello Motorsport – delivering them the prestigious Allan Simonsen pole award. Finnish ace Toni Vilander powered the team's Ferrari 488 GT3 to the top spot to claim the pole award named after the team's late driver, who tragically died in an accident overseas in 2013.
Team Germany are celebrating a record seventh win in the ROC Nations Cup after Sebastian Vettel took a stunning victory all by himself at Miami’s Marlins Park. On a warm afternoon in Miami, legends from the world’s biggest motor sport series initially teamed up in pairs to battle for national and regional pride. They raced a mix of cars on a brand new figure-of-eight style track, providing a feast of action for the race fans in the grandstands and watching around the world on television.
IndyCar driver and 2015 Indy 500 winner Juan Montoya gave the locals something to cheer about by winning the 2017 Race of Champions in Miami. Montoya is from Miami and he narrowly beat Tom Kristensen in the best out of three races in the finals. But to get to the finals both drivers had to defeat the best drivers in the world.
Motor sport legends prepare for this weekend's ROC
Friday Practice in Miami
Many of the world's greatest drivers have arrived in Miami ahead of this weekend's Race Of Champions – and today they put in their first practice laps of the unique ROC circuit winding its way around the inside of Marlins Park. The annual Race Of Champions, now in its 28th edition, brings together some of the world's greatest drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines – including Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans, Rally X and Touring Cars- and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.
The draw for this weekend's Race Of Champions at Miami's Marlins Park (Saturday January 21 and Sunday January 22) has thrown up some mouth-watering matches as some of the world's greatest drivers bid for the title of ‘Champion of Champions'. The draw for the group stages took place today at Marlins Park with the help of AutoNation's Marc Cannon and Indianapolis 500 winners Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Desert Racers, Manufacturers honored at SCORE Fete
BFGoodrich Tires, Carlos 'Apdaly' Lopez, Frank DeAngelo and brothers Jeff and Rick Geiser were among the major winners Saturday night as SCORE International officially concluded the 2016 SCORE World Desert Champioship with the annual SCORE Awards Night gala at the SCORE Tech facility in El Cajon, Calif., approximately 15 miles east of San Diego.
Dakar: Sunderland wins his first, Peterhansel wins 13th
Peugeot team dominates car division
There was no containing the outpouring of emotion at the finish line of the 2017 Dakar Rally. All off-road racers making it to the end of this year's edition have stood up extreme weather and terrain on an unprecedented scale. With this being widely regarded as the toughest Dakar ever to be held in South America it should be no surprise that the teams rich in experience came out on top.
The last long drive, the last sand dunes – and the last chance to make an impression at Dakar Rally 2017. Friday saw competitors cover 759 kilometers from San Juan to Rio Cuarto in Argentina. With Saturday’s final stage only 64km long, there shouldn’t be much room for any major upset before the finish in Buenos Aires. But Sebastien Loeb sent a strong message to his French rival nonetheless.
Joan Barreda obtained his third stage victory this year following a time penalty received by Michael Metge, but this change in the situation still leaves Sam Sunderland untroubled and more than ever leader of the bike category. Stephane Peterhansel also picked up his third stage win since the start and regained the lead in the general standings.
Heavy rains and an overflowed river meant yet another route modification at Dakar Rally 2017. Tuesday’s leg was eventually divided in two parts with a 176-kilometer liaison at the border between Bolivia and Argentina. Taking the vehicles through streams and dunes, the second half of this year’s marathon stage climbed up to 4,400m of altitude and saw the French battle in the car category intensify.
On the road to Uyuni, Ricky Brabec has won his first special on the Dakar at the end of a 174 kilometer sprint ridden at a devilish pace. In the car race, Stephane Peterhansel did justice to his rank of general standings leader thanks to a narrow victory over his team-mate Sebastien Loeb.
Sam Sunderland demonstrated his navigational skills to win in Oruro, taking advantage of his rivals' problems, on a special that was shortened to 219 kilometers due to poor weather. As for Sebastien Loeb, he picked up his second victory this year in the car category at the end of a very risky stage
Dakar Day 4: Price has bad fall, Despres wins stage
Despres now leads General Standings
The fourth stage has been fatal to the ambitions of the title holder Toby Price, who suffered a high speed fall. His team-mate Matthias Walkner deputized ably by grabbing victory from the hands of Joan Barreda, the race leader. In the car race, Cyril Despres won the stage and now leads the general standings.
In Bikes, Joan Barreda delivered a high-level performance on the tricky route leading to San Salvador de Jujuy and won his first special stage of the year with a huge lead over his rivals, perhaps a decisive step towards his first triumph on the Dakar. As for Stephane Peterhansel, he is aiming for a 13th win overall and picked up his first victory of the year in taking advantage of the problems suffered by the rally's first leader Nasser Al-Attiyah.
Toby Price took advantage of the 275-km long special to let his speed do the talking and pick up a very convincing win in San Miguel de Tucuman. With a lead of more than three minutes over his nearest pursuers, the winner in 2016 has a solid advantage in the general standings. Sebastien Loeb left his mark on the car category by dominating the second stage from start to finish. The Frenchman kept his most fierce rival Nasser Al-Attiyah at bay and picked up his first stage victory of the year as well as the lead in the general standings.
Nasser Al-Attiyah did not wait long to demonstrate that he made the right choice on swapping Mini for the Toyota which he already is mastering. The Qatari struck from the start to win his 26th stage on the Dakar, but ended up doing overtime on the link stage, along which he had to be towed following a fire on his pick-up. Xavier de Soultrait was the quickest biker but could lose the benefit of this first stage victory to Juan Pedrero due to a penalty he is likely to receive for speeding.
The 2017 Dakar Rally party just got started in Paraguay
Team Peugeot Total Preview The roar of engines has got the new year off to a flying start in Paraguay's capital city as the Dakar Rally hits the road once again. Thousands of thrilled spectators crowded into Asuncion's Parque Bicentenario to get a glimpse of the mighty machines that will contest motorsport's toughest test of endurance racing. Race fans were treated to an impressive display by the competitors' convoy of 83 cars, 146 bikes, 50 trucks, 37 quads and eight SSVs as Paraguay becomes the 29th country to host the Dakar.
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