Paris at Dawn: Rendezvous - C'etait un Rendez-vous - 1976 French movie director Claude Lelouch adapted a movie camera to a Ferrari 275 GTB and asked a friend, a Formula 1 driver, to drive through the heart of Paris at the greatest speed possible. It was filmed just before dawn. The film lasted only 10 minutes. The itinerary was from Porte Dauphine through the Louvre and on to the Sacré Coeur basilica.
Lelouch did not have the Prefecture's authorization for this exploit. If he had police officers would have ensured maximum security by blocking off the roads to traffic. In this case they did not. The driver made the trip in 9 minutes, reaching speeds of 260 kph (161 mph).
IMSA Parks Two GTD Cars on Sandbagging Allegations
#93 Shank car accused of sandbagging
IMSA threw down the hammer to two GT Daytona teams in Saturday evening’s test session at the Roar Before the 24, having parked entries from P1 Motorsports and Michael Shank Racing on allegations of sandbagging.
Both the No. 71 Mercedes, driven by Loris Spinelli at the time, and the Mario Farnbacher-driven No. 93 Michael Shank Racing Acura were shown to have exhibited “performance management” at times during the night-time running, according to an IMSA spokesperson.
Cadillac V-Performance Racing teams Konica Minolta Cadillac, Mustang Sampling Cadillac, Whelen Engineering Cadillac, and Spirit of Daytona Cadillac completed a successful three-day Roar Before the 24 test at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the IMSA WeatherTech Championship Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona to run January 27-28.
Dakar Day 2: Peugeot takes back control and Barreda lays down the law
Cyril Despres on top at end of Day 2
After a short appetizer on Saturday, the competitors faced the full might of the dunes of Ica near Pisco on Sunday. The second stage in Peru was 90% off the track. The 267 km challenge required some serious navigational skills, especially among the car drivers, who for once had to open the road. In the end, the Peugeot drivers capitalized on the tracks of the top 10 to burst back onto the scene after a disappointing opener.
Most F1 drivers are small in stature and can fit into a tight cockpit. It seems the LMP2 cars used in the WEC and now IMSA, were designed with them in mind. Unfortunately many American drivers are tall and they are finding the LMP2 cars too small.
Austin Cindric, who makes his Prototype debut, said the No. 85 JDC-Miller MotorSports Oreca is a "tight fit" for his 6'3" frame. "I'm sitting on carbon and I don’t have much of a seat insert," he said. "I tore up my knees real bad yesterday. It will be interesting to tough it out for 24 hours."
Taylor fastest in Test Session 3, Nasr Session 4&5 (Update) UPDATE Added results for sessions 4 and 5 below - led by Felipe Nasr in the #31 Cadillac.
Jordan Taylor in the #10 Cadillac
All Photos by LAT for IMSA
Throughout the first two days of the Roar Before The Rolex 24 test at Daytona International Speedway, the four Cadillac DPi-V.R race cars have resided at or near the top of the time charts.
In fact, through Saturday night’s fifth IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice session, a Cadillac has led every session, topped by a best overall lap of 1 minute, 36.973 seconds (132.154 mph) by Felipe Nasr in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi in the fourth session on Saturday afternoon. Defending series and race champion Jordan Taylor was able to pinpoint why Cadillac has been so strong prior to the Saturday night session.
Dakar Warmup: Toyota 1-2 as Peugeot comes up short
Leader Nasser Al-Attiyah gets air
The opening stage (Pre-race) of the 2018 Dakar consisted of a spectacular link section along the Pacific coast followed by a 31 km sprint near Pisco--the ideal warm-up before the first real difficulties of the rally emerge in the next few days. It helped competitors to get a feel for the dunes of the Ica Desert near Pisco (where the famous Peruvian brandy of the same name is made) before a beautiful downhill that gave specialists the chance to shine.
16-year old De Angelis Picks Up Historic First Win
Roman De Angelis just 16
In a weekend of firsts for the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda, 16-year-old Roman De Angelis scored an historic first of his own Saturday, winning the series’ inaugural race at Daytona International Speedway in his series debut in the No. 4 Ligier JS P3 for ANSA Motorsports.
The season-opening race – which took place on the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 weekend – was the series’ first one hour, 45-minute endurance race. The new-for-2018 format allows teams to run a single or two-driver combination with a required minimum-time pit stop.
Buttera, Fisher, Gordon, Hughes, Merkel, Patrick, Tullius Announced as 2018 MSHFA Inductees
Pat Patrick finally getting some of the credit he deserves. He was instrumental in help getting CART off the ground - the greatest era in IndyCar racing - until Anton George destroyed it.
An illustrious seven-man list representing six motorsports disciplines and one iconic racing facility comprise a most unique class of 2018 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) inductees announced today at Daytona International Speedway.
The milestone 30th Annual Induction Ceremony presented by Bridgestone is set for Tuesday, March 13 at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. Honorees include drag racing car builder John Buttera, Indianapolis Motor Speedway founder Carl G. Fisher, four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, record-setting pilot – and world-famous billionaire – Howard Hughes, motorcycle great Fred Merkel, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion owner U.E. Pat Patrick and sports car legend Bob Tullius.
“Our inductee classes are always intriguing but this year is even more so,” said MSHFA President Ron Watson. “Howard Hughes and Jeff Gordon in the same class – that is probably the best example we’ve ever had to illustrate the breadth of our inductee roll.”
Of course you would lease, in 3 years you will have better batteries and more choice of cars - like the awesome Porsche Mission E shown above
The market for plug-in vehicles in the United States is dominated by leases, as many EV drivers opt to not buy their vehicles. According to a Bloomberg report, these drivers are often choosing to lease their cars because they believe upcoming models will exceed today’s vehicles in technology and value.
Jeffrey Jablansky, who leased a Chevy Bolt early last year, told Bloomberg he did not consider buying the car.
“I just think in three years I’m going to be delighted at what else is available,” said Jablansky, who writes about cars as a freelance journalist. “And we’re going to laugh one day that we used to plug cars in for eight hours at a time.”
Pruett to become Lexus brand ambassador (Update) UPDATE Correction: The title of this story originally read 'brand manager'. Pruett will be a 'brand ambassador'.
Lexus announced today that veteran sports car racer Scott Pruett will continue as a brand ambassador for the luxury automaker following his retirement from racing later this month. In his new role, Pruett will continue his long-standing partnership with Lexus as a brand advocate, while also assisting with product testing and development, Lexus Performance Driving School events, select Lexus at-track experiences and special appearances at Lexus brand events.
Scott Atherton is naive if he thinks sandbaggers will show their true potential and get hit with a weight or power penalty just for a good pit stall
IMSA President Scott Atherton hopes adding a qualifying session to Sunday’s Roar Before The 24 will eliminate sandbagging in advance of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener, but of course it won't because where you pit or where your garage is located in a 24 hour means absolutely zero.
A set of 15-minute qualifying sessions on Sunday morning for the Prototype, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes will determine the pit box and garage locations for the Rolex 24, something Atherton hopes will encourage teams to show their full speed three weeks before the event.
MSA has always used the Roar test session to make adjustments to the Balance of Performance. However, teams always mask their full potential over the weekend, with the intent of avoiding technical regulations intended to encourage parity.
Goodyear tire test at Texas Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola will participate in a Goodyear tire test Tuesday, January 9 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The test will be a historic day for both Chevrolet and NASCAR as Elliott will be behind the wheel for the on-track debut of the Camaro ZL1, which will be the manufacturer's new entry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season. The Camaro will replace the Chevy SS, which registered 71 victories since its 2013 debut in NASCAR's premier series. The Camaro ZL1 will make its competition debut in February during Speed Weeks at Daytona International Speedway, highlighted by the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18.
Video: Scenes from 2018 Roar Before the 24 Testing at Daytona Teams from the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship testing their cars at Daytona International Speedway to prepare for the 2018 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Comment
Video: Fernando Alonso at Daytona Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso makes his first visit to Daytona during the Roar Before the 24 and shares the experience of lapping the high banks in his United Autosports LMP2 car, along with other insights, with the IMSA media corps. Comment
If all goes according to plan, Fernando Alonso could have completed his quest for motorsport's unofficial Triple Crown by May of 2019.
This week Alonso started his preparations for his debut at the Daytona 24 Hours sports car race. His appearance at the event, which takes place on January 27-28, is seen as a test of endurance racing ahead of what could be a maiden appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours later this year with Toyota, whose LMP1 car he tested in November last year.
NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano and his wife, Brittany, had their first child, a son, on Thursday, they announced Friday on Twitter with a photo of the new mom holding her "little miracle" in the hospital.
The baby - whose name the couple didn't reveal - was due Jan. 11, Logano tweeted in June when he announced that Brittany was expecting.
The two were married in 2014, and Logano, 27, said "God gave us a little miracle last night"
Indy Lights champion Kaiser gets part-time Juncos 2018 IndyCar seat (Update) UPDATE It has now been confirmed that the 21-year-old Kaiser is set to drive in the Phoenix Grand Prix and the Grand Prix of Long Beach in addition to the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2018.
10/19/17 Kyle Kaiser will remain in familiar surroundings when he makes his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in 2018. Juncos Racing, the team for which Kaiser has driven the past four years as he climbed the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires ladder, announced today that it will field the reigning Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion for four Verizon IndyCar Series races next season.
The news marks an advancement for both team and driver. Kaiser has been a fixture at Juncos since joining its Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires program in 2014. He drove for team owner Ricardo Juncos in Indy Lights the past three seasons, culminating this year when he won the championship that also earned a $1 million Mazda scholarship to compete in at least three Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2018.
Action Express Fastest in Opening Day for Rolex 24 Testing
Filipe Albuquerque topped the combined time charts on Day 1 of the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R.
The Portuguese driver set the fast time in both IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship testing sessions of the day, marginally bettering his pace-setting lap from Session 1 with a fast lap of 1:37.196 in Session 2.
INDYCAR names Novak as Verizon IndyCar Series race director
Kyle Novak - this was reported days ago but IndyCar finally put this press release out
INDYCAR has named veteran race official Kyle Novak as race director for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations, made the announcement today.
As race director, Novak will lead operations in Race Control at all Verizon IndyCar Series events. Race Control utilizes a variety of video, audio and data communications to oversee all aspects of competition and assure a safe, timely and competitive event. Novak will also work in conjunction with INDYCAR's race stewards to initiate reviews of on-track incidents, though it will remain with the panel of stewards to decide whether a penalty should be levied against a driver or team.
Hattori Racing Parts With Driver Ryan Truex, Still Plans Full Schedule
Ryan Truex will not be returning to HRE for the 2018 season
Hattori Racing Enterprises has announced that the team has parted ways with driver Ryan Truex but still plans to run a full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2018, according to a statement released by the team.
The team has not yet named a replacement driver, but did say that crew chief Scott Zipadelli is remaining with the team.
Truex has spent the past two seasons driving for the HRE - including a full-time schedule in 2017 - where he's tallied nine top-five finishes, 17 top-10's as well as two pole positions.
It all begins in August 1981: The FIA introduces a new sports car prototype class into the World Sportscar Championships beginning with the 1982 season. World championships are held for these “Group C” vehicles for ten years. The new regulations mean that Porsche has free rein to build a new racing car. The regulations mainly concern fuel consumption, so there is plenty of room for innovation.
Nicholas Latifi joins Sahara Force India as reserve and test driver
Sahara Force India is pleased to welcome Nicholas Latifi as the team’s reserve and test driver for the 2018 season. The 22-year-old Canadian, a race winner and nine-time F2 podium finisher in 2017, will take part in young driver test sessions and participate in a number of Friday practice sessions at Grand Prix events.
'Bachelor' Nation Reacts After Arie Luyendyk Jr. Meets The 29 Ladies Vying For His Heart The most memorable first impressions from the premiere of 'The Bachelor' and all the details on Arie's first kiss of the evening. Comment
Video: Ferrari celebrates 70th anniversary Excitement and innovation are values deeply rooted in the history of Ferrari. So although a year packed with festivities and celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the Prancing Horse is closing, we are sure that 2018 will be full of new developments and many unforgettable experiences for all Ferrari fans. Ferrari also gives a shoutout to Michael Schumacher. Comment
Get driving lessons from Hunter-Reay and Hinchcliffe IndyCar drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe are teaming up in a race to beat cancer and you can help by buying this 2-day class for yourself or someone else.
McLaren scored its best sales year in its history in 2017, shifting 3340 cars across the 12 months.
Although that is only a modest increase over 2016's 3286 cars - which itself represented growth of 99.3% over the previous year - McLaren's newest model, the 720S, achieved the same sales figure in six months as its predecessor did across the whole of 2016.
Patrick: Finding Rides For Indy, Daytona "Taking Longer Than I'd Like"
Danica Patrick today said the search for rides in this year's Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 is "taking longer than I'd like it to take."
Patrick in an interview on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive" said, "I thought it was going to be a quicker process. You can't rush things."
She added, "I'm pushing politely but you can't make things happen before they're ready to happen. I kind of thought it would get more simple. There's less people involved, less sponsors, less things. ... It's just taking a little bit of time. Hopefully we'll have something to announce soon enough" NBCSPORTS.com
Rossi and teammate King in Bahrain in 2015 for the GP2 race
New IndyCar rookie Jordan King said that encouragement from former GP2 teammate Alexander Rossi was a factor in his decision to switch to IndyCar for 2018.
The Briton, who was confirmed earlier today as the road/street course driver in the team's No.20 entry, raced alongside Rossi at Racing Engineering in 2015, and said that the 2016 Indy 500 winner was among those that he sounded out when the opportunity to move to the U.S. arose.
Musk may be a true visionary but he has no clue how to mass produce an automobile
The new Model 3, crucial to the company’s success, won’t hit full-scale production until the end of June, Tesla said Wednesday – nearly a year after the company began manufacturing the car in small numbers writes Russ Mitchell, LA Times.
Throughout last year, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk trumpeted a production level of 5,000 a week by December 2017. In November, he pushed that goal to the end of March 2018. Now that target won’t be hit until the end of June. The electric car maker said online Wednesday it expects to produce 2,500 a week by the end of March.
Andretti Autosport To Field Pato O'ward For 2018 Indy Lights Campaign
Pato O'Ward (L) will drive the #27 for Andretti Autosport
Entering his first full season of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competition with Andretti Autosport, Pato O'Ward will pilot the No. 27 Mazda and join the team's roster alongside returning Andretti drivers Colton Herta, Dalton Kellett and Ryan Norman.
California Considers Banning Fossil Fuel Car Sales In 2040
California's smog will clear up with 100% electric vehicles
California would ban the sale of new cars and trucks powered by fossil fuels in 2040 under legislation introduced on Wednesday in the state legislature.
As introduced, AB 1745 requires all new passenger vehicles to be zero emissions vehicles after January 1, 2040. For the purposes of the bill, zero emissions vehicles cannot produce exhaust emissions of any criteria pollutant or greenhouse gas under any operational mode or condition. The bill does not apply to large commercial vehicles (larger than 10,000 pounds) and does not apply to vehicles owned by people moving into California from other states.
British driver Jordon King to Carpenter IndyCar team
After ascending the European motorsport ranks, Jordan King comes to Ed Carpenter Racing prepared for the next step in his career – Indy car racing. The 23-year-old joins the Verizon IndyCar Series field with numerous accolades, including the FIA Institute’s 2015 Driver of the Year and the 2013 British Formula 3 championship
Ed Carpenter Racing completed the lineup of the team’s No. 20 Chevrolet today with the addition of British driver Jordan King. The native of Warwickshire, England will compete in the 11 road and street course events for Ed Carpenter Racing in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet. The only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Ed Carpenter, will continue to pilot the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet at all oval races.
King’s transition to Indy car racing is the next step in a young career which has seen him ascend the European motorsport ranks. The Verizon IndyCar Series competes primarily in the United States, with only one international event over the course of a 17 race season. Though the 23-year-old has not yet competed in a US-based racing series, he joins the Indy car field with numerous accolades, including the FIA Institute’s 2015 Driver of the Year and the 2013 British Formula 3 championship.
City of Joliet renews use agreement with Chicagoland Speedway
Chicagoland Speedway with Rt 66 Raceway at bottom
The city and Chicagoland Speedway have signed on for another 20-year relationship.
The Joliet City Council on Tuesday approved a use agreement that officials said basically continues most of the terms of the original annexation agreements that brought two major racetracks into the city.
Iowa Corn 300 start time moved up with fans in mind
Start of 2017 IndyCar race
The Verizon IndyCar Series announced the open wheel series’ 2018 race start times and TV schedule Wednesday, and with it came a change for Iowa Speedway.
The 7/8-mile oval in Newton has been host to an IndyCar race since 2007, and over the course of those 11 races, the race date and start times have fluctuated. The last two years, the NBCSN broadcast has spearheaded a start time in midafternoon -- approximately 4:30 p.m. -- for the Sunday races. The 2018 event, still to be broadcast on NBCSN, will move back to 1 p.m. for the Iowa Corn 300 on July 8.
Navistar Will Have More Electric Trucks on the Road Than Tesla by 2025
Navistar electric truck concept. Tesla is changing the automotive world
While the Tesla Model S caught luxury automakers by surprise, manufacturers of commercial trucks are responding quickly to Tesla's new all-electric Semi. Companies like Daimler, Cummins, and Navistar are already working on their own electric trucks.
Navistar's stated desire to take on Tesla while lacking the appropriate product echoes another established truck maker: Daimler. The German company has said it isn't concerned about the Tesla Semi but hasn't discussed specific plans for an electric semi truck of its own. Daimler is already selling an electric truck, the Fuso eCanter, but it's a smaller box truck designed for local deliveries.
When former race director Brian Barnhart left the IndyCar executive board to be the president of Harding Racing, IndyCar was left without a race director. Not anymore. RACER is reporting that Kyle Novak is IndyCar’s new race director.
The move was somewhat of a hard sell to those in the paddock, who urged IndyCar president Jay Frye to rehire Beaux Barfield who served as IndyCar race director from 2012-2014. However one driver who will be glad Novak was hired instead is Scott Dixon, who called for Barfield’s dismissal in 2013.
Risi Competizione will enter the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season with a two-car team for the upcoming Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 25-28.
The Daytona entries consist of the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTLM (Grand Touring Le Mans class) with Toni Vilander of Finland, Brit James Calado and Italian Alessandro Pier Guidi. For the upcoming Roar Before the 24 Test Days, January 5-7, Pier Guidi will be the only driver on hand to do the testing chores for the GTLM team entry.
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