Charlotte Motor Speedway Will Not Host Annual NASCAR Media Tour This Year
The NASCAR Media Tour ends after 35 years
The NASCAR Media Tour is no more.
The annual pre-season event that brought together motorsports journalists from all over the world to meet with NASCAR teams and industry officials in the run-up to the start of the NASCAR racing season has been a tradition dating back to 1982.
On Friday, Charlotte Motor Speedway - which has hosted the tour since it's inception - announced the annual event would not be held this year. Instead, individual teams will host their own media events at their own shops or at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Bass Pro Shops To Sponsor Truex For 24 Cup Races In '19
NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. and Joe Gibbs Racing have officially "landed Bass Pro Shops as sponsor for 24 races" in the '19 Monster Energy Cup Series season. Bass Pro "first partnered with Truex" in '01 and served as his primary sponsor during his two Xfinity Series championships in '04 and '05. It also backed Truex for his "first three seasons" in the Cup Series, as well as his '17 championship year and '18 AP.
Bass in '18 served as "co-primary sponsor of Truex in 27 races" with the now-folded Furniture Row Racing NBCSPORTS.com
We knew this was inevitable when the FBI raided DC Solar
Chip Ganassi Racing is shutting down its No. 42 NASCAR Xfinity Series ride after sponsor DC Solar's HQ got raided by the FBI late last month. Ganassi was set to run the No. 42 this year with driver Ross Chastain.
Jefferson Hodges Joins Team Penske As Nascar Team Manager
Team Penske announced today that Jefferson Hodges, who most recently served as General Manager and Director of Competition for Rev Racing, will join the organization as NASCAR Team Manager beginning with the 2019 season.
Hodges will report to Team Penske Competition Director Travis Geisler and help manage various administrative and competition-related duties for the team’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) and NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) programs.
Franchitti Excited by Prospect of Rosenqvist in IndyCar
Will Rosenqvist turn the #10 from a losing car to a winning car?
Chip Ganassi Racing’s driver advisor Dario Franchitti says he’s excited by the prospect of Felix Rosenqvist on the team next year, but has also defended the departed Ed Jones who endured a difficult 2018 season.
Franchitti, who claimed three of his four IndyCar titles and two of his three Indy 500 wins with Ganassi’s team has filled an advisory role for the squad since his enforced retirement from the cockpit over five years ago. He will therefore be working closely with Rosenqvist who joins CGR as a rookie for 2019, but has won races in almost every open-wheel category in which he’s competed, including in a part-time Indy Lights campaign in 2016.
Ghosn to make first public appearance in 7 weeks in court Tuesday
Carlos Ghosn fuming mad. Says he was framed
Ousted Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is set to appear in a Tokyo court on Tuesday after he requested an open hearing to hear the reason for his continued detention.
It would be Ghosn's first public appearance since he was arrested on Nov. 19 on allegations of financial misconduct. He has been detained since then and has also been re-arrested over further allegations.
Ryan Hunter-Reay and Josef Newgarden to race for Team USA at ROC Mexico
Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and his fellow IndyCar Champion Josef Newgarden have become the latest drivers to sign up for the Race Of Champions – on January 19-20, 2019 at the Foro Sol, the amphitheatre forming part of Mexico City’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Formula 1 circuit.
Hunter-Reay and Newgarden will also join forces for Team USA, competing against a field featuring F1 legends Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard, ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen, triple Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, reigning FIA World RallyX Champion Johan Kristoffersson, FIA Formula E Champion Lucas di Grassi plus FIA F3 European Champion Mick Schumacher and Mexican racers Memo Rojas, Daniel Suárez, Benito Guerra and Patricio O’Ward.
DRS uses will be unrestricted on new FIA Formula 3 car for 2019
New F3 car, complete with safety Halo, will feature unlimited DRS
Drivers in the new FIA Formula 3 Championship will have unlimited DRS uses during the 2019 season.
Formula 3 cars have never used DRS but, because the new FIA series will replace the GP3 Series on the Formula 1 support package, the overtaking assist will be in unrestricted use in 2019. In GP3, drivers were limited to six uses of DRS in the feature race and four in the sprint race.
All-Women's league to make big splash at Autosport show
Like every other sport in this world, females now have their own racing series
The ground-breaking all-female W Series is heading to Autosport International to meet fans for the first time ahead of its launch in Spring 2019 with a host of drivers confirmed for the show.
Formula One winner David Coulthard is confirmed to attend Friday of the show as he goes on the main Autosport stage to discuss how W Series was created and how it intends to change the face of motorsport.
Dover Int'l Speedway Reveals 50th Anniversary Plans For ''9
Dover Int'l Speedway today unveiled plans for its 50th anniversary season in '19, when it also will host its 100th NASCAR Cup Series race. The track's iconic Monster Mile trophies will be converted from their customary concrete-like finish to a brilliant metallic gold color.
Risi Competizione Announces Driver Line-Up for 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona
Today the Risi Competizione Ferrari Team announced its driver line-up for the 57th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona race, January 24-27, round one of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Ferrari Competizione GT drivers Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, David Rigon and Miguel Molina will return to the Ferrari 488 GTLM cockpit for the Houston, Texas-based team for the legendary endurance race held at the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Jorge Lorenzo on the team switch that shocked MotoGP
Jorge Lorenzo sent shockwaves through the MotoGP paddock when he announced his plans to team up with Marc Marquez, the dominant force of the sport, at Repsol Honda.
Ahead of a mouth-watering inter-team duel in 2019, three-time MotoGP world champion Lorenzo, who boasts 47 top-flight race wins to his name, spoke about his toughest challenge yet two months out from the season start.
General Motors (NYSE: GM) today announced the appointment of Mark Reuss as company president, effective immediately. Reuss currently leads the Global Product Group and Cadillac and will now assume responsibility for the Quality organization.
“Mark’s global operational experience, deep product knowledge and strong leadership will serve us well as we continue to strengthen our current business, take advantage of growth opportunities and further define the future of personal mobility,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.
Sergey Sirotkin. His check was not big enough for another year in F1, but it is large enough to test a Formula E car
Following the Marrakesh E-Prix, round two of the 2018/19 season, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will see its second in-season test take place on Sunday 13 January 2019. Restricted to rookie drivers, Mahindra Racing will be running former Formula 1 driver Sergey Sirotkin and its Simulator and Development Driver Sam Dejonghe for the test.
Sirotkin already has a season of Formula 1 under his belt after racing with the Williams team at 23 years old. He secured his first karting championship title at the age of 11 before making his single-seater debut just three years later. Sirotkin made a fast impact, taking European Formula Abarth title a year later, in the same year he finished as runner up in the Italian Formula Abarth. By 2012 he was taking race wins in Auto GP and Formula 3.
Tesla Shares Nose-Dive Despite Record-Breaking Q4 Production Numbers
Tesla Model X
Tesla announced a record-breaking number of fourth quarter deliveries on Wednesday, stating that it made homes for 90,700 vehicles since September. Despite the increase, shareholders felt a certain unsteadiness as stock prices declined and investors expressed their disappointment over failed expectations to close out the year.
Richard Petty's 1971 Plymouth Road Runner replica on sale
1971 Petty Plymouth Road Runner
If you’ve ever wanted to experience what it was like to be Richard Petty on the 1970s NASCAR circuit, you can get pretty close with this 1971 Plymouth Road Runner replica that’s heading to Mecum's upcoming Kissimmee sale. The high-performance car is a tribute to the legendary No. 43 Road Runner that Petty drove after the rules forced the Plymouth Superbird aero cars off the track.
A new season for Corvette Racing will bring a familiar look and feel to race fans across North America in 2019 as the program confirmed its lineup today for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It’s a roster that remains intact for the fourth consecutive year.
Corvette Racing’s four full-season drivers – Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner – are back together for the eighth consecutive season.
(L-R) Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa
The Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R will return to Daytona International Speedway for this weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24, continuing preparation in a quest for its second consecutive victory in America’s premier endurance race.
Joao Barbosa, Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi return from the 2018-winning lineup, to be joined by Mike Conway, who finished second a year ago in Action Express Racing’s No. 31 Whelen Engineering entry.
AIM-Vasser Sullivan team announces Rolex 24 lineup
AIM VASSER SULLIVAN announced today that Aaron Telitz, Nick Cassidy, Austin Cindric and Jeff Segal will join the team for the Rolex 24 At Daytona set for January 26-27, 2019 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL.
The quartet will join Townsend Bell, Jack Hawksworth, Frankie Montecalvo and Richard Heistand for the 54th Running of North America’s premiere endurance race.
Mazda adds Pla and Bernhard to 2019 DPi Driver Lineup
A combination of Mazda racing veterans and new faces with endurance racing pedigree will drive the Soul Red Crystal Mazda RT24-Ps in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Mazda Team Joest delivered their best result of the 2018 season in the final race with a second and third place at Petit Le Mans. Carrying that momentum into the off-season, the team has furthered its goal of delivering success for Mazda with its selection of drivers for 2019.
Schumacher family issues rare statement on Michael
Understandably, since his skiing accident in 2013 which resulted in catastrophic injuries, despite intense media pressure, Michael Schumacher's family have opted not to make public comment on the German's condition. However, ahead of his 50th birthday tomorrow, the family has broken its self-imposed silence and issued a brief statement.
"We are looking forward to it and would like to thank all of you for celebrating your Michael's 50th birthday tomorrow with him and with us," it reads.
Galp, an integrated energy company based in Lisbon, Portugal, will partner with Mustang Sampling Racing as a key component to Galp’s marketing activation in North America. GALP will sponsor the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac Dpi-V.R in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Porsche Motorsport enters into a multi-year partnership with PUMA
Porsche works driver 2019
As of January 1st, 2019, Puma, the globally active sports lifestyle brand, has become the exclusive technical partner of the whole Porsche Motorsport team for fireproof racing clothing as well as shoes and luggage. The Puma logo will be featured on both Formula E race cars and all racing clothing of the Porsche factory drivers and pit crews from the beginning of Season 6.
Mike Rockenfeller: "2019 DTM will be mega thrilling"
Audi RS 5 DTM 2019, Test Car
Four months to go before the new Audi RS 5 DTM with some 600 horsepower celebrates its racing debut. Mike Rockenfeller, 2013 DTM Champion and long-standing Audi factory driver, shares more about the fascinating new DTM era that will begin on May 4/5 at the Hockenheimring.
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