For its 40th edition, the 10th to be held in South America, the Dakar rally is revisiting the Pacific Ocean and the dunes of Peru, which drivers and riders will tackle after a few days sampling the delights of the capital, Lima. Competitors will then head through to Bolivia, for a welcome rest day in the festive atmosphere of La Paz. Argentinean aficionados top the podium when it comes to enthusiasm and good humor, and the most joyous of them will be waiting to acclaim the riders in Córdoba, host to the Dakar finish line for the first time.
The Dakar has left Peru and its formidable sand dunes and entered Bolivia, not far from the splendid Lake Titicaca, giving the competitors the opportunity to taste the mountains and quicker tracks. However, they still had to be wary of the high plains of Bolivia and sections at a height of 4,722 meters above sea level before a rest day in the capital La Paz, which will help them acclimatise to the altitude.
Texas Motor Speedway Race Winners To Continue to get Six Shooters
Graham Rahal gets his guns in 2016 in Texas
Texas Motor Speedway's tradition of race winners "firing off six shooters in Victory Lane will continue" when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to the track in April, according to John Henry of the Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM.
TMS President Eddie Gossage "called off the tradition at the November race out of respect for 26 people killed in a mass shooting near San Antonio" that occurred on the same day as the AAA Texas 500. Gossage said, “I just thought ‘this isn’t the thing to do today.’
The Trans Am Race Company has announced the appointment of Dorsey Schroeder as Chief Steward of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli for the upcoming 2018 season.
The appointment marks a reunion between the two parties; Schroeder campaigned in Trans Am from 1989 to 1999, capturing 17 victories and 52 top-five finishes across 81 starts and still stands seventh all-time in TA class victories. Included in that tally is Schroeder’s 1989 season, a dominant six-win performance that saw him named Series champion.
New regulations designed to increase rider safety set to come into force for the new season
From 2018, it will be compulsory across all classes within the FIM MotoGP World Championship for riders’ race suits to be fitted with airbag systems. These must be worn in every session by every permanent rider, and must be functional when on track. Wildcard riders are the only exceptions, and replacement riders are exempt from the rule for their first two events only. Thereafter, replacement riders’ suits are subject to the same requirements and specifications as those of permanent entrants.
Charlie Schwerkolt's Team 18 has revealed their 3rd year of partnership with Preston Hire as naming rights sponsor as Lee Holdsworth prepares to pilot a new look ZB Commodore and updated livery in the 2018 Supercars Championship.
2018 is shaping up to be the year for Holdsworth as the team re-bodies its existing Triple Eight-built Commodore to ZB specification for the Championship.
With Trump's lower corporate tax rates, factories and jobs are coming back to America
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle joined Mazda and Toyota leaders today to announce the automakers have selected Huntsville, Alabama as the site of their new joint-venture manufacturing plant.
The new plant will have the capacity to build 300,000 vehicles annually, with production split evenly between two lines for each company to produce Mazda’s crossover model that will be newly introduced to the North American market and the Toyota Corolla.
Better come up to speed on your electric motor vocabulary
One of Chevy's electric motors
Internal combustion engines have been around for about 140 years. In that time, we’ve become fully versed in all their nuances writes Eric Adams of The Drive.
We can chat with our pals about compression ratios and horsepower and valve timing. We know the advantages of displacement and the efficiency of turbos. Car meets quickly turn into oceans of popped hoods. Even the most cutting-edge engine tech in the latest hypercar is parsed out thoroughly in the automotive media. We know engines. We talk engines. We love engines.
Sand galore! The fifth and final stage in Peru was just like the ones that preceded it. The cars and trucks, racing on their own separate course, went through another day in hell. The Tacna region and its mountainous dunes showed no mercy, but the competitors got to take a breather with a stretch on the beach prior to the long transfer to Arequipa.
Harman shows digital dashboard with 5G connectivity at CES
Harmon digital cockpit revealed at CES 2018
The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show is full of futuristic vehicle technology and connected-car solutions, but Harman is differentiating itself by bringing 5G connectivity to the automotive world. The company revealed its digital cockpit and 5G-ready telematics solution and announced a "leading European automaker" will be first to implement the 5G connectivity.
Planning and preparation for the 2018 season reached an important milestone this week as track services professionals from the U.S., Canada and Mexico participated in the 18th annual NASCAR Safety and Operations Summit presented by American Medical Response.
The three-day conference, held at the Concord (North Carolina) Convention Center, featured numerous presentations and small-group seminars that addressed best practices in the safety, track services, medical and security functional areas.
Kyle Larson Opens 32nd Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals With Victory
TULSA, Okla. - In a car owned by his father, California’s Kyle Larson picked up his fourth career Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire preliminary victory to tie the driver of the iRacing No. 01 with the late Bryan Clauson for third on the all-time preliminary night win list.
“It’s great to get a win for my Dad. I haven’t been in a car he’s owned since I was in Karts,” said Larson who will take the green in his sixth Lucas Oil Chili Bowl championship event on Saturday night.
Audible Flagging Systems Becomes Official Trans Am Series Flagging System
Ernie Francis leads Trans-Am action at NJ Motorsports Park in 2017
The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC) has announced today that it has reached an agreement with Audible Flagging Systems (AFS), now the Official Flagging System Provider of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. AFS, the industry leader for in-car race flagging systems, will be installed in all Trans Am race cars to warn drivers of caution flags immediately and simultaneously. The system is proven to also minimize secondary collisions, which can be particularly dangerous and damaging.
ISM Raceway Kicks Off 2018 With Third-Annual Indycar Prix View
Phoenix pit action - Ed Carpenter
Kicking off the 2018 racing season, ISM Raceway is excited to invite fans and media back to the track for the third-annual Verizon IndyCar Series “Prix View” test session on Saturday, Feb. 10. Fans will be able to see virtually the entire field of drivers on the track as the stars of the sport prepare for the Phoenix Grand Prix, which takes place on April 7, as well as interact with their favorite drivers at an autograph session.
Gates open at noon with free admission for all fans to find the perfect seat for the two testing sessions throughout the day, the first from 1 – 4 p.m. and the second beginning at 6 p.m.
Ferrari has signed former Red Bull and Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat as its development driver.
The announcement came via social media, as the Italian team, merely revealed: "Daniil Kvyat to become Scuderia Ferrari’s development driver."
Though dropped by Toro Rosso and the Red Bull program after last year's Italian Grand Prix, Helmut Marko and Franz Tost both subsequently sang the Russian's praises, admitting that though he was fast and deserved a place in F1 he lacked consistency.
2018 Daytona 24 Practice: Day 2 for United Autosport The Roar before the 24 practice continues as McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris return to the wheels of United Autosports' car number 23. Comment
Xtrac, a world leader in high performance transmissions for the motorsport and automotive industries, has announced that Joe Greenwell is to be appointed non-executive chairman with effect from July 2018. Having recently joined the main board as one of three new non-executive directors, Greenwell will take over the role from Peter Digby, who becomes company president. Xtrac’s chief executive, Adrian Moore will continue to head up the executive team responsible for day-to-day operations.
Chevrolet Racing Program Manager Alba Colon (right center), stands with Kevin Harvick while celebrating in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 in 2013 at Daytona
Harold Hinson for Chevrolet
Hendrick Motorsports has hired veteran engineer Alba Colon to oversee its competition systems group.
Colon, who for years has successfully helped advance Chevrolet’s NASCAR program, takes over the position at Hendrick Motorsports from Darian Grubb, who will be William Byron’s crew chief in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this year.
Colon is expected to help to improve the team’s simulation programs, at-track research and development and much more. She’ll officially join Hendrick Motorsports later this month.
Defending winner Christopher Bell is one of the NASCAR drivers among more than 325 entries for the 32nd Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla., that begin Tuesday with four nights of qualifying.
Bell book-ended the 2017 season with two big accomplishments in his early racing career by winning the 2017 Chili Bowl and then the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.
Formula E Secures $101M In Backing From Swiss Technology Firm ABB (Update)
IndyCar will once again in 2018 have it's 2nd biggest race of the year (Long Beach) on NBCSN where few people will see it.
UPDATE A reader asks, Dear AutoRacing1.com, I am a big time IndyCar fan. How come IndyCar cannot command large sponsorship deals like this? Jane Marsh
Dear Jane, It's the TV stupid. And I do not mean you are stupid Jane. Although Formula E does not attract many fans at the track (few people want to watch silent race cars), they model their global TV deal after Formula 1, and it truly is global. Although their viewership numbers in any one country are not high, cumulatively around the world their TV viewership numbers dwarf IndyCar which cannot produce any evidence a lot of people are watching.
IndyCar is clueless how to grow an international product. It's owners only care about one thing, the Indy 500. Formula E started from nothing just three years ago and already dwarfs IndyCar in global awareness and popularity. Until IndyCar is sold to an entity who really cares about making it a global TV powerhouse, IndyCar will never command a sponsorship deal like Formula E landed with ABB.
Dakar Day 4: Van Beveren tops bikes, Sunderland injured, Peugeot sweeps
Sebastien Loeb leads Peugeot sweep in Autos
A splendid fine sandy beach with a spectacular grouped start, more than 100 kilometers of dunes of all sizes and a tricky canyon to tackle just before the finish was the setting in the region of San Juan de Marcona for the long fourth stage that was favorable to surprises!
Truex Jr, Blaney, Elliott, Almirola to test, Johnson re-energized
Can the new Chevy Camaro beat the Toyotas?
Four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will officially bring in the sport’s New Year during a two-day closed Goodyear tire test at Texas Motor Speedway this week.
Newly crowned Monster Energy Series champion Martin Truex Jr. (Toyota) joins Ryan Blaney (Ford), Chase Elliott (Chevrolet) and Aric Almirola (Ford) on the 1.5-mile Fort Worth high banks Tuesday and Wednesday.
Andretti's Rob Edwards on the start of 2018 testing with new bodywork RACER's Marshall Pruett and Andretti Autosport Chief Operating Officer Rob Edwards break down the start of 2018 IndyCar testing at Sebring and what's in store for teams this week in Florida. Most teams are behind the 8-ball compared to the Penske and Ganassi teams who did the bulk of testing on the new bodykits. Comment
GM Patents an Electric Motor With Multiple Magnet Lengths
One of Chevy's existing electric motors
Anyone who thinks General Motors isn’t serious about electric vehicle leadership doesn’t have a clue.
Despite Silicon Valley’s derogatory ideology regarding conventional car companies like General Motors, the dinosaur from Detroit has been at the forefront of electrifying personal mobility. GM’s flirtation with electric vehicles began in earnest back the early ’60s. It started with the Electro-Vair and Electro-Maro programs in the ’60s, then came a battery-powered Chevette in 1977, followed by production of the EV1 in the late ’90s, before culminating with the Chevrolet Bolt, the industry’s first long-range-yet-affordable-mainstream-electric-car.
Ralf Aron rejoins Prema Theodore Racing for the 2018 FIA Formula 3 season
Prema Theodore Racing is proud to announce another valuable addition to the team’s 2018 FIA European Formula 3 Championship roster with the return of Ralf Aron. The 19-year-old Estonian has already been part of the Prema family and won the Italian Formula 4 title in 2015. Born in Tallinn, Aron is currently studying at the Franklin University in Switzerland.
He started racing in 2013 and quickly became one of the most looked after young prospects in European racing. Moving up to Formula 3 with Prema in 2016, he cruised to his first win only at his second appearance in the series at Hungaroring.
Dakar Day 3: Sunderland and Al-Attiyah take the stage
Following a first long stage that enabled initial gaps to be opened on Sunday, the competitors had to tackle the dunes of the Ica Desert for one last time, allowing them to showcase their navigation and dune-crossing talents. There was much time on offer to be made up for the unfortunate participants of the previous day before swooping down into San Juan de Marcona and its big fine sandy beaches.
Mercedes Formula 1 Team's 2018 Engine To Be 'Pretty Much All New'
Mercedes F1 engine
Mercedes Formula 1 engine boss Andy Cowell said that the engine for the '18 season will be "pretty much all new," according to Lawrence Barretto of MOTORSPORT.
The Mercedes engine has been F1's "benchmark" since the turbo V6 hybrid rules were introduced in '14. Ferrari "provided a sterner challenge during this campaign," with Red Bull "emerging as a strong threat in the closing stages of the season."
The ESM team kicked off its second season with Nissan power at the Roar before the 24 test – the final run before this year’s season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The No. 2 and No. 22 Nissan-powered Onroak machines completed 333 laps over the three-day test at Daytona International Speedway, which included a night practice and a qualifying session to determine pit positions and garage locations for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
At CES Amazon announces plans to put Alexa Onboard in your car
At CES today, Panasonic announced a partnership with Amazon that will bring Alexa to your car. Dubbed Alexa Onboard, it works with Panasonic's Skip Gen IVI technology and is meant to make life with your virtual assistant more seamless as you move from your home to your vehicle.
Carl Edwards said he's content with his life since he shocked the racing world one year ago by walking away from his ride with Joe Gibbs Racing, shortly after nearly winning a NASCAR Cup Series championship. He lives in the Columbia, Missouri area with wife Kate and their two children.
Many people believe Edwards - who won 72 races in NASCAR's top three divisions - will return to racing's big leagues at some point. But he doesn't sound like a guy who's coming back.
The Amazing Race - Great Heights in Iceland The teams retrieve an Icelandic flag while dangling high above a raging river. Watch how IndyCar drivers Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly do. Hint: The Best. Comment
Team Penske hires Robby Benton as NASCAR team manager
Robby Benton with NASCAR studio host on FS1 and girlfriend Danielle Trotta
Motorsports industry veteran Robby Benton will join Team Penske in 2018, serving as NASCAR Team Manager, the organization announced today. Benton, who has spent time as a driver and owner in a number of different series from NASCAR to IMSA, will report to Competition Director Travis Geisler.
Benton will help handle various administrative and competition-related duties for both the team’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) as well as the team’s NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS). Team Penske will field four full-time NASCAR programs in 2018 with the addition of the No. 12 Ford Fusion and driver Ryan Blaney to its Cup program.
Omologato and SPM Join Forces Omologato, purveyors of the world’s largest and finest collection of motorsport-inspired watches, has agreed an exciting new tie-up with top US single-seater squad Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
In a multi-year deal agreed just after Christmas, the distinctive Omologato logos will appear on the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara-Honda IndyCar machines of James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens in all 17 rounds of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Risi Competizione Pleased with Daytona Roar Test Days
62 Risi Ferrari
The Risi Competizione two-car team used the Roar Before the 24 test days to get both Ferrari 488s prepared for the upcoming Rolex 24 At Daytona race, January 25-28.
Italian Alessandro Pier Guidi piloted the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM entry all weekend and was happy with the progress made with the team to get the Prancing Horse race ready for the twice-around-the-clock endurance race. Toni Vilander and James Calado will co-drive with Pier Guidi for the race and all are Ferrari factory GT drivers.
Video: Lewis Hamilton Goes Sneaker Shopping in LA F1 champion Lewis Hamilton goes Sneaker Shopping with Joe La Puma at BAIT in Los Angeles and talks about getting his own signature sneaker, plus his love for fashion. Comment
ROC Factor returns to unearth next Middle Eastern superstar driver
2017 ROC drivers
The Race Of Champions’ unique ROC Factor competition returns in Riyadh later this month when amateurs and professionals alike from across the region will be offered an incredible opportunity to compete against some of the world’s best-known racing drivers.
ROC Factor Middle East’s finalists will travel to King Fahd International Stadium in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on February 2-3 to take part in both the individual Race Of Champions and ROC Nations Cup, as well as trying their hand at the technical ROC Skills Challenge course.
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