Ghosn will remain in jail as Japan court rejects bail
Carlos Ghosn’s latest bail application was rejected by a Japanese court, extending his detention and helping prosecutors build their case against the fallen car titan who has already been in jail for almost two months.
The decision was announced Tuesday by the Tokyo District Court. Ghosn’s lawyers had submitted a bail application last week after the executive was indicted for a second count of financial misconduct accusations. The court did not give a reason for denying bail. At a hearing last week, when his lawyers asked for reasons for his continued detention, the court cited concerns that Ghosn would try to flee or tamper with evidence.
Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb Agajanian will debut the Hyundai Veloster N TCR in the 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season opener at Daytona International Speedway as part of the 2019 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona event. Hyundai and Bryan Herta unveiled their #98 Bryan Herta Autosport Veloster N TCR race car and announced their 2019 driver roster at the North America International Auto Show in Detroit.
Brown: 'Dangerous' for McLaren to think Indy will be easy
McLaren CEO Zak Brown has stressed that the organisation must approach its venture at the Indianapolis 500 with humility, rather than rest on its Formula 1 laurels.
The operation announced last November that it will be tackling this year’s Indianapolis 500 with Fernando Alonso, as the Spaniard goes in search of the final piece of motorsport’s unofficial Triple Crown.
Alonso and McLaren most recently competed at the event in 2017, running competitively, though this was undertaken in conjunction with Andretti and Honda.
NTT announces IndyCar sponsorship to its employees
The following message was sent to all NTT Data (The USA are of NTT) employees today:
If you haven’t heard yet, NTT has become the Title Sponsor of the IndyCar Series! This is a huge step that will increase our brand awareness in North America, and we’ll use it to showcase our capabilities and drive even deeper client engagements.
New Jersey Motorsports Park Gears Up for 2019 Season
New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) Chief Operating Officer, Brad Scott, announced the 2019 season schedule and the facility updates today as NJMP moves into season 11.
“New Jersey Motorsports Park looks forward to hosting our schedule mainstays such as the MotoAmerica Series, Vintage Racer Group, Championship Cup Series, American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA), Millville’s Fourth of July Festival and the Monster Truck and Thrill Show,” said Scott. “The 2018 season was a huge success and included many enhancements and additions to improve the overall fan and track participant experience. From open paddock access at events and the addition of our skid pad car clinics during track days, we have seen record crowds throughout the facility marking 2018 as our highest occupancy rate since opening in 2008.“
When you come out to the North American International Auto Show this weekend you will see several IndyCars on display.
Roger Penske, an American businessman and entrepreneur involved in professional auto racing and formerly a professional auto racing driver himself spoke with Local 4 while touring the floor at the auto show.
Following news in late November that General Motors would kill off the Chevrolet Volt, one of the pioneers of modern plug-in cars, a senior GM executive has hinted—strongly—that it won't be back.
On Friday, in the Q&A session after the company's investor conference, incoming company president Mark Reuss doused those hopes. In response to a question about building future hybrids, Reuss said, "Hybrids are just countermeasures to an ICE," referring to an internal combustion engine.
Marchionne to be posthumously inducted into Automotive HOF
Former Fiat Chrysler chairman Sergio Marchionne headlines the 2019 class of influential auto industry figures set to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame during a special ceremony July 18 at the MGM Grand Detroit.
Marchionne, who died in July, will be posthumously inducted along with Indycar driver Janet Guthrie, American Axle Manufacturing co-founder Richard E. Dauch and auto dealership finance and insurance innovator Patrick Ryan.
W Series has announced Hankook as the official tire supplier to the all-female single-seater series for the inaugural 2019 season.
The Tatuus T-318 Formula 3 cars will be fitted with the F200 slick and Z217 wet tires when the championship gets underway in May at Hockenheim, supporting the DTM series, of which Hankook is also the official supplier.
Lindh ready to move up to Indy Pro 2000 if opportunity arises
Rasmus Lindh is ready to make the next move in his racing career.
The 17-year-old Swede – runner-up last year in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, the entry level for the Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires – tested an Indy Pro 2000 (formerly Pro Mazda) car for Juncos Racing at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test in late September on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course last fall. He adapted quickly to the more powerful cars with advanced aerodynamics, running in the top three in all six sessions and clocking the third-best overall lap.
Carlos Ghosn was going to have the Nissan President, who is Japanese, fired. Paybacks are a bitch
Ex-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn requested release on bail after he was indicted for two new charges in Tokyo last Friday, Reuters reports. Ghosn was charged with aggravated breach of trust for temporarily transferring his personal losses to Nissan in 2008. On top of that, Ghosn, his former aide Greg Kelly and Nissan were all charged for under-reporting Ghosn's income for three additional years through March 2018.
To pile on even more, Nissan filed a criminal complaint against Ghosn on Friday for misusing a "significant amount" of company funds. "Nissan does not in any way tolerate such misconduct and calls for strict penalties," the company said in a statement republished by Reuters.
Gateway and Bommarito Automotive Group announce extension of INDYCAR event sponsorship
Officials at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, and the Bommarito Automotive Group today announced an extension of the automotive dealers’ sponsorship of the speedway’s annual INDYCAR race. This extends the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline sponsorship, which began in 2017, through the 2021 event.
VW to produce electric vehicles in Chattanooga, Tenn
Trump's lower corporate taxes are bringing additional manufacturing to the USA. The USA is open for business again
Volkswagen AG announced today that Chattanooga, Tenn. will be the company’s North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles.
Strengthening the company’s commitment to an electric mobility future, this expansion of Volkswagen's U.S. footprint will include an investment of $800 million into the Chattanooga facility and create 1,000 jobs at the plant, plus additional jobs at suppliers. EV production at the site will begin in 2022.
Ford CEO says a 'big surprise' coming next year with electric vehicles
Ford Motor is gearing up to launch new electric cars as soon as next year, CEO Jim Hackett told CNBC on Sunday.
Ford has previously announced its plans to invest $11 billion in electric vehicles by 2022 and produce 40 hybrid and fully electric cars, in a plan to revive its slowing business. However, the company's chief told CNBC that drivers should be prepared for 'a big surprise' from Ford.
Campbell Little appointed Supercars Technical Manager
Decorated race engineer Campbell Little has been appointed Motorsport Technical Manager as planning for the next generation Supercar begins.
Little most recently worked with Supercars Head of Motorsport, Adrian Burgess, at Tekno Autosports and commences the newly created role ahead of the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour and the season opening Superloop Adelaide 500.
"I don't care for what he is saying, to be honest," said Venturi Formula E's Felipe Massa following the Marrakesh E-Prix in which he was labeled an "amateur" by Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Nelson Piquet Jr.
"I think it's very sad because I had a problem with the car. I lost drive in the car, so that's why I was stopping," he explained after the race.
Audi PB18 E-Tron supercar confirmed for limited production
The Audi PB18 e-tron is a rocketship
The stunning Audi PB18 e-tron concept, which made its debut at Monterey Car Week in 2018, is getting the green light. Audi Global CEO, Bram Schot, in an interview with Autoweek Netherlands, said the all-electric supercar should show up sometime in the next year or two, though, just 50 examples will make their way to production.
Antonio Felix da Costa wanted to find a deep hole to hide in
Antonio Felix da Costa says he or his teammate Alexander Sims would have won the ABB FIA Formula E Marrakech E-Prix and blames himself for the contact between the BMW Andretti teammates that ruined it all.
When asked about the incident by Autosport, da Costa accepted the blame for the incident.
"I'm sorry - that's a mistake and a mistake coming from me only," he said.
UPDATE The No. 1 is reserved for the series champion to use the season following the championship. It’s the driver and team’s option to use it. And it’s certainly befitting for Dixon, who won the 2018 title and whose 44 career victories rank third on the all-time list.
But this was merely for laughs … and to see what reactions it would elicit.
Esteban Ocon says he could give up on his dream of becoming world champion and look to a series other than Formula 1 if he does not return to the grid in 2020. Ocon was left without a drive after Lance Stroll supplanted him at Racing Point and moves to Renault, McLaren and Williams failed to materialize.
Mercedes junior Ocon will instead spend the coming year supporting Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas as the Silver Arrows third driver, as well as taking a development role in the simulator.
Statement from Bob Carter, Executive VP of Toyota on the Passing of J.D. Gibbs
Sometimes life just isn't fair
"Our entire Toyota family mourns the loss of a great partner and friend in J.D. Gibbs.
"Our thoughts are with the Gibbs family and the extended family that is Joe Gibbs Racing. J.D. was a special soul and beloved family man who was an integral part of establishing the heart of the race team. His incredible personality, laugh and infectious smile will continue to live on.
Despite sustaining damage during the Qualifying session, Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird sails into Pole ahead of the Marrakesh E-Prix.
Behind Bird DS Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne and BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Antonio Felix da Costa in third (although the Portuguese driver came under investigation during the session). Former Marrakesh winner Sebastien Buemi will start the race in fourth with BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Alex Sims in fifth. Sixth on the grid is Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans who overshot the braking point on turn six, scuppering his chances of securing Pole.
J.D. Gibbs, co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing, dies at 49
Joe Gibbs and Son J.D.
J.D. Gibbs, who followed his famous father’s path from football to stock-car racing, died Friday evening. He was 49.
Gibbs’ passing was announced by Joe Gibbs Racing, the family’s racing team, citing “complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease.” Gibbs had undergone treatment for symptoms impacting areas of brain function in recent years.
Logano, Truex Jr. and Suarez satisfied with testing at Auto Club Speedway
The Mustang of Daniel Saurez
Three NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series drivers spent two days testing, getting a taste of the new rules package this past week at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.
Martin Truex Jr. marked his first on-track action in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota, and his predecessor -- Daniel Suarez -- took his first turn at the wheel of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Ford. The two were joined at the 2-mile track by 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford.
It was the first time for the drivers with changes that included air ducts, a larger rear spoiler and other aerodynamic changes, including a tapered spacer intended to reduce horsepower to a target number of 550.
View from atop the pit suites
“To continue to do a great job that this team did last year,” is how Suarez answered a question on how he expects to do at SHR. “Wednesday was a very productive day for us, it will bring information to the table for Stewart-Haas racing and my teammates as well.
“Everything was good in the shop, in the race car and then you come to the race track and you have to change things here and things there.”
Suarez’s transition to the No. 41 driver’s seat was two days (on his 27th birthday) after announcing he had joined SHR
“So far, everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing has made me feel like home,” Suarez said during a Monday press conference. “I feel like a lot of good things are happening so we can perform well on and off of the race track.”
Saturday Formula E Race Times and Qualifying Groups
Ahead of the 2019 Marrakesh E-Prix on Saturday 12, the Qualifying groups - the order the drivers will head out in during the Qualifying round- have been revealed. The order is decided by where the drivers rank in the championship standings, with the leader going out first and the 22nd driver heading out last.Read more & Comment...
Is Jim France just getting rid of redundant staff due to the merger of NASCAR and ISC, or is it all being sold?Nascar
UPDATE NASCAR has let go of approximately 50 staffers in a major restructuring effort, although the sanctioning body has not said who has been laid off, or where.
The cuts come amid rumors that NASCAR is seeking a buyer for the organization. Back in November, NASCAR made an offer to buy back all the outstanding shares of parent company International Speedway Corporation and also hired out Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to look for potential buyers.
All of this come on the heels of dwindling ticket sales, record-low television ratings and a rash of NASCAR's biggest names who have opted to walk away from the sport,as well as the current legal troubles of former chairman and CEO Brian France.
All of this leaves NASCAR on a precipice as they earnestly seek out a new title sponsor for their premiere series and a multi-billion dollar television deal that expires in just five years.
Gasly to partner Duval on Team France at ROC Mexico
Gasly and Duval
Formula 1 racer Pierre Gasly and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Loïc Duval have become the latest drivers to sign up for the Race Of Champions – on January 19-20, 2019 at the Foro Sol, the iconic stadium section forming part of Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez Formula 1 circuit.
Gasly and Duval will also join forces for Team France, competing against a mighty field featuring F1 legends Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard, ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen, triple Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, IndyCar champions Ryan Hunter-Reay and Josef Newgarden, reigning World RallyX Champion Johan Kristoffersson, Formula E Champion Lucas di Grassi plus F3 European Champion Mick Schumacher and Mexican racers Memo Rojas, Daniel Suarez, Benito Guerra and Patricio O’Ward.
Harrison Newey Claims Pole for the 4 Hours of Buriram
Harrison Newey on pole
After the very cold temperatures the teams experienced in the opening two rounds of the Asian Le Mans Series, the air temperature was in the low 30’s as qualifying got under way for the 4 Hours of Buriram.
First up was the GT qualifying. Setting the fastest time of the session was Alessandro Pier Guidi in the #51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3. Making it an all Ferrari front row was James Calado in the Car Guy Ferrari 488 GT3. Third fastest was Series debutant, Jean Karl Vernay in the TianShi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS.
The 'Racing Wives' Cast Sets The Stage For A Drama-Packed First Season (Update)
The cast is set. Find out which wives are starring in the sitcom
UPDATE A new reality show focused on NASCAR and the mega mansions housing some of the sport's top drivers and their families dotting Lake Norman has missed its January premiere date.
"Racing Wives," which has been billed as the dramatic behind-the-scenes look at the women of NASCAR, was originally supposed to debut on the CMT network Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. A spokesperson for CMT told Patch this week, however, there were no new updates on when the series would air.
Will this be the new IndyCar title sponsor announcement?
INDYCAR will make a major announcement at 12:15 p.m. ET Tuesday, Jan. 15 against the backdrop of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Among the dignitaries participating will be: Mark Miles, president and CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Jay Frye, INDYCAR president; and INDYCAR champion drivers and team representatives.
The announcement will take place on the Atrium Stage of the Cobo Center, site of the NAIAS.
Hendrick team Unveil New Paint Scheme For No. 48 Car
Johnson's Ally livery
New Hendrick Motorsports sponsor Ally and driver Jimmie Johnson unveiled the first paint scheme the company will use on the No. 48 Chevy -- a black matte base and unique purple and white accents in Ally colors.
Ally this year replaces Lowe’s as the full-season sponsor of the No. 48 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Carlin has announced its first driver signing for the 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship in the form of Honda-backed Teppei Natori as well as a new title sponsor in Buzz.
The Japanese investment firm Buzz will link up with the British team, this will see the signature blue color depart in place of a black and green day-glow livery. This livery was previously seen in the 2018 Macau Grand Prix which was used by Ferrari-backed Callum Ilott in the qualification race.
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