Dakar Stage 12: Peterhansel, Price and Patronelli protect leads on penultimate Dakar stage
A mammoth penultimate day at the Dakar Rally forced the remaining competitors in the world’s toughest rally to cover a whopping 931km. Half of this distance was raced against the clock along perilous mountain tracks with the promise that one false move could undo a fortnight’s hard work.
Of the 110 cars that entered this attritional race only 69 were still in the running at the start of this morning’s stage. The quickest of those cars on the stage between San Juan and Villa Carlos Paz was Mikko Hirvonen with Nasser Al-Attiyah just nine seconds behind in second place. Al-Attiyah holds onto the overall runner-up spot while Giniel de Villiers stays third in the general classification after setting the fourth-fastest time of the day.
Lionel Taking Over Mass-Distribution Rights To NASCAR's Diecast Collection
NASCAR licensee Lionel Racing has assumed mass-distribution rights for NASCAR's diecast collection, expanding its prior role that saw it previously sell to collectors. The 115-year-old toy maker, which became a licensee of the sanctioning body in '10 and takes over from Spin Master, will now sell its NASCAR Authentics diecast collection at retailers like Wal-Mart, Target and Toys "R" Us.
Lionel President Howard Hitchcock said, "Attaching to NASCAR in the mass space allows us to leverage a lot of what we do in the collector space and really create a platform for the youth toward being a collector." Hitchcock expects that the company will “easily” grow at a double-digit clip thanks to the new rights it has picked up. NASCAR VP/Licensing & Consumer Products Blake Davidson said the deal “really gives us a lot of continuity across the entire category."
Gerber named NHRA vice president of sales, chief development officer
Brad Gerber, a skilled sales executive with vast experience in the world of automotive publishing and digital media, has been named NHRA vice president of sales and chief development officer.
Gerber will lead NHRA’s sales and business development team and oversee all media sales, corporate sponsorships, and revenue development initiatives. He will report to NHRA President Peter Clifford and be a part of NHRA’s leadership team.
“Brad has a solid reputation as a talented and creative person who is solutions-oriented,” Clifford said. “Brad is excited about the future of NHRA racing, and we’re thrilled to have him join our team. We’re confident that our existing sponsors will enjoy working with Brad and that he will find creative solutions for new sponsors that will enhance their businesses while supporting the sport. NHRA continues to offer an incredible value proposition. Brad and his team will offer tailored solutions to expand the league’s marketing partnerships.”
Kyle Busch prepares for first race since off-season surgery
Kyle Busch's recovery from off-season leg and foot surgery is apparently going according to schedule.
The best evidence yet came this week when Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that the 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion will compete in a 200-lap ARCA/CRA Super Series Late Model event on Jan. 31 at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Georgia.
Pocono Raceway, NMPA Partner For Spirit Award Pocono Raceway and the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) have partnered for the annual presentation of the NMPA Pocono Spirit Award, it was announced today.
Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky has renewed the 2.5-mile raceway’s long-time sponsorship of the award.
The cold and snow couldn’t keep racer Helio Castroneves away from Cobo Center on Thursday.
While the warm Florida sun is more to the Brazilian’s liking, the Team Penske ace was at the North American International Auto Show doing what he does better than any other race driver in the world — shaking hands, smiling, taking care of sponsors and playing the role of team leader.
Video: Racing in Traffic Part 2: Making the Right Moves The last Safe Is Fast video covered the basics of racing in traffic - Situational Awareness. Their newest video shows you how to use traffic to your advantage - how to work your way through efficiently and safely.
Former F1 test driver Susie Wolff said that her "new initiative to increase the number of women in motorsport is not just about unearthing a female Formula 1 driver," according to Andrew Benson of the BBC.
The 33-year-old Scot, who retired from racing in November, "launched Dare To Be Different on Thursday." She "aims to promote women in motorsport as well as branching out into other areas of life."
Another sandy stage at the Dakar Rally resulted in further movement on the leaderboards today as caution was thrown to the wind across all four categories. Stage 11 featured a mix of soft terrain including the infamous fesh-fesh sand synonymous with northern Argentina along the route from La Rioja to San Juan. Today's stage winners featured a trio of Red Bull Desert Wings: Antoine Meo, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Eduard Nikolaev.
The Driver of the Century (the 20th, that is) is 75 years old and hasn’t driven competitively for years.
That doesn’t mean, however, that Mario Andretti has slowed down -- or that he plans to.
After a Christmas holiday that saw the entire Andretti clan (wife Dee Ann, three children and seven grandchildren) gather at Mario’s sprawling estate on the outskirts of town for the first time in several years, Andretti is looking at a 2016 schedule that will find him hopping across the country for appearances and to drive fast cars as part of the pre-race show at Verizon IndyCar Series events.
Jaynes named 'Voice' of Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network Veteran broadcaster Mark Jaynes has been named chief announcer for the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network that airs every Verizon IndyCar Series race. Included among the 16 events in 2016 is the highly anticipated 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
Jaynes will become just the sixth "Voice of the 500" for the radio network as it enters its 65th season on air. He follows in the audio tracks of Sid Collins, Paul Page, Lou Palmer, Bob Jenkins and Mike King.
IMSA, FOX Sports Announce Enhancements For 2016 Television Coverage FOX Sports telecasts of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge events will take on an exciting new look in 2016 through a number of enhancements.
The IMSA broadcast team in 2016 will include Greg Creamer handling play-by-play alongside analyst Calvin Fish, with Brian Till and Justin Bell calling the action from pit road. Additions for 2016 include the use of aerial cameras for a majority of events and special feature segments led by Bell that will highlight the personalities, technology, event experience and lifestyle of IMSA racing.
GM Statement on Government Guidelines for Autonomous Vehicles General Motors supports the government/industry collaboration to advance principles for autonomous vehicles given our shared goals for consumer safety and satisfaction. We see automation and autonomous technology leading to large advances in convenience, mobility and safety, since most crashes are caused by driver error. We are committed to working with the government and the rest of the industry on standards. GM has millions of miles of real-world experience with embedded connectivity through OnStar and advanced safety features that are the building blocks to more advanced autonomy features and eventually to autonomous vehicles.
Autotrader And Team Penske Announce Multi-Year Extension
Joey Logano at Bristol in 2015
Team Penske and Autotrader, the popular online car shopping website and app, today announced a multi-year extension that will see the companies build on their partnership in 2016 and beyond. As part of the new agreement, the Autotrader brand will be featured on both the No. 2 and No. 22 Ford Fusion cars driven by Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, respectively, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with each driver running primary races in the Autotrader livery this season.
Keselowski will race the Autotrader Ford Fusion on Feb. 28 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and again on August 20 at Bristol Motor Speedway, while Logano will have the familiar orange No. 22 Autotrader design in the April 17 event at Bristol. Logano will also run an Autotrader/Shell-Pennzoil co-branded car at the July 9 event at Kentucky Speedway. Autotrader will continue to be featured as an associate sponsor on both cars throughout the course of the season.
Air Resources Board rejects VW 2-liter diesel recall plan The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today notified Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. that it is rejecting VW’s submitted recall plan for 2-liter diesel passenger vehicles sold in California between 2009 and 2015. It also notified VW of violations of California air quality regulations associated with the company’s use of a “defeat device” in those cars.
"Volkswagen made a decision to cheat on emissions tests and then tried to cover it up,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “They continued and compounded the lie and when they were caught they tried to deny it. The result is thousands of tons of nitrogen oxide that have harmed the health of Californians. They need to make it right. Today's action is a step in the direction of assuring that will happen."
Video: Highlights of Dakar Stage 10 Interviews with Carlos Sainz (ESP), Cyril Despres (FRA), Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT), Toby Price (AUS) and Kevin Benavides (ARG)
Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot) smashed the opposition at the end of a frantic stage in the car category. He rose above the difficulties and capitalized on the misadventures of his direct rivals to assume a very comfortable lead in the classification of the 38th Dakar. As the day draws to a close in La Rioja, it is hard to see who could possibly deny him a twelfth victory in Rosario.
Dakar Stage 10: Price is right at Dakar as Peterhansel and Patronelli purr
As sure as day follows night, the Dakar Rally’s perennial trip to the Fiambala dunes proves a decisive factor in determining success and failure at the world’s toughest race. Legions of competitors fell by the wayside during today’s 245km timed special stage between Belen and La Rioja, but a trio of Red Bull Desert Wings stood tall to lead the car, bike and quad races at this Dakar.
2016 Rolex 24 TV Times Set This year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona TV coverage will be split on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 for the majority of the race, with streaming on FOX Sports Go for the entire 24 hours.
On Saturday, January 30, TV coverage starts on FS1 at 2 p.m. ET and runs until 4 p.m. ET. Coverage shifts to FS2 from 4 to 10 p.m. ET.
Red Bull design genius Adrian Newey’s son Harrison will compete in this year’s FIA European Formula 3 championship, as he graduates from BRDC F4 with Van Amersfoort Racing.
Newey Jr. finished runner-up to Will Palmer -- Jolyon’s younger brother -- last year, securing two wins, 12 podium finishes, two pole positions, and three fastest laps for his maiden year in single-seaters.
The 17-year-old dovetailed his British commitment with select appearances in the Germany-based ADAC F4 championship, where he already raced with Van Amersfoort Racing (VAR).
Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown will not be held in 2016 Amid uncertainty about Langley Speedway's future, the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, scheduled for the track April 21, has been canceled. Race coordinator Buck Reuss said Denny Hamlin Foundation management informed him Tuesday that the charity race will not be held at Langley or any track this season.
"This is due to the situation at Langley Speedway," Reuss said. "I don't blame anyone operating the track, because I think (Victory Lane Motorsports owner) Bill Mullis and (Langley Speedway general manager) Chuck Hall have done more for the track than anyone since Joe Carver (Langley's promoter from the mid-1970s to early '80s). But the drivers needed to set their schedules by Jan. 5 at the latest."
Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch will be racing in the 200-lap ARCA/CRA Super Series Late Model event scheduled as part of SpeedFest 2016 on Sunday, Jan. 31 at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Ga. Busch, a three-time SpeedFest winner, will pilot KBM's #51 Camry with primary sponsorship from Rheem Heating and Cooling and major associate sponsorship from JEGS.com.
Busch was victorious at SpeedFest in 2009 and 2010 when the event was held at Lanier Speedway in Braselton, Ga., and most recently won the event in 2012, the first year it was held at its current location. William Byron, the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, will join his owner at this year's event in a second KBM entry.
Retirement of Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz after stage 10
Sainz and Cruz examine the terminal damage to their Peugeot
Winning the hellish stage 9 on Wednesday must have taken a toll on his car. At kilometer 213 of stage 10 between Belen and La Rioja, Carlos Sainz was stopped by a breakage of the spacer between the gearbox and the engine.
The number 303 Peugeot 2008 DKR reached the bivouac on tow from a service truck. After a full analysis, the team engineers concluded that as well as the breakage of the spacer between the engine and gearbox, there was other significant collateral damage that will prevent the crew of Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz from continuing in the 2016 Dakar.
They were in the overall lead of the rally as today’s leg got underway, with two stage wins (stage 7 and stage 9).
Dakar Stage 9: Price widens lead, Sainz wins again TOBY Price's lead on the Dakar Rally has ballooned to almost half an hour after his only real rival for overall honors struck trouble on Stage 9.
While Price set a searing pace to claim his fifth stage victory aboard his KTM, Paulo Goncalves' challenge for victory has all but ended when a branch pierced his Honda's radiator halfway through the test.
Exacerbating Goncalves' woes is that, as it is the first leg of a marathon stage, his bike can't be repaired by his crew nor does he have access to spare parts to repair his bike.
GoBowling.com Taking Over Sponsorship For Kansas Speedway NASCAR Race Kansas Speedway today announced GoBowling.com is taking over naming rights for the track's May 7 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. A source said that the ISC-owned track was asking $700,000 for the race, which will be called the GoBowling.com 400.
GoBowling, owned by Strike Ten Entertainment, gets at-track signage and activation space, plus digital promo rights. The race last year was sponsored by Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon plans to return to NASCAR this year, but has not revealed details of its plans in the sport. GoBowling.com previously title-sponsored the summer Sprint Cup race at Pocono from '13-14. Adam Stern, Staff Writer/SportsBusinessDaily.com.
Six Indy 500 winners slated for Arizona Concours roundtable
Six Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winners, whose victories span four decades, will gather for a roundtable discussion about the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" hosted by the Arizona Concours d'Elegance on Jan. 23 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix.
The Indianapolis 500 roundtable is part of a weekend celebration of vintage automobiles with the Arizona Concours on Jan. 24 as the centerpiece. The Concours events kick off Arizona's famous Classic Car Week of auctions, shows and special events.
INDYCAR ready to shine at North American International Auto Show
The stars and cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series await fans at the North American International Auto Show when it opens to the public Jan. 16 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Both the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and the Verizon IndyCar Series have a strong presence at the show, the largest of its kind in North America.
Beginning Jan. 16, fans can visit the Verizon IndyCar Series display located in Hall D for a photo with Juan Pablo Montoya's 2015 Indianapolis 500-winning car and receive more information on the upcoming season, which includes the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29, from the INDY girls. Helio Castroneves' No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet will be located in the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix booth in Hall B for photos.
Sarah Fisher has been waiting the last 51 weeks for the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals to come around.
The former Verizon IndyCar Series driver and current CFH Racing co-owner competed in the annual indoor midget race at the Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway inside the River Spirit Expo Center for the first time in 2015. After finishing mid-pack among a field of more than 300 cars, she's ready to go back this week with a year's experience.
"Last year I was able to cross the Chili Bowl off my bucket list," said Fisher, who hadn't raced competitively before the 2015 Chili Bowl since competing in the 2010 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Enhancements Made To Pocono Raceway Pocono Raceway has added additional SAFER Barriers and extended the pit wall as part of enhancements made at the 2.5-mile track, President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky announced today.
The pit wall has been lengthened 100 feet and 6,600 feet of SAFER Barrier has been added, Igdalsky said. An additional 5,100 feet of SAFER Barrier will be installed prior to the 2017 season when all outside walls, including straightaways will be covered, he added.
2016 CART Reunion announced If you missed the fantastic CART reunion last year, you will have a chance to mingle and catch up with everyone this year. The 2nd reunion will be held October 7 and 8 in Indianapolis. Any credentialed member of the CART series from 1979 to 2008 is invited to attend. Last year's event was the Friday night barbecue and Saturday night was a dinner with an awards presentation.
"We had an overwhelming 70% response to our survey after the last reunion and the consensus was to have another one" stated Paul Leyton, president of the committee.
Reports detail thousands of failures in self-driving cars On the same night President Obama pressed the need to build a "21st century transportation system" in his final State of the Union speech, a new report released by one of the companies leading that charge showed serious potholes remain ahead writes Pete Bigelow of Autoblog.com.
Self-driving cars are one of the most promising technologies in that vision. One day, they could help reduce traffic fatalities, improve mobility and ease congestion.
Organizers of the FIA Formula E Championship have today revealed the location and circuit layout for the Paris ePrix.
Taking place on April 23, the race in Paris is the first European round of the 2015-2016 season and will see fully-electric single-seaters battling it out around the architectural complex of Les Invalides.
The 1.93km circuit, which remains subject to FIA track homologation, was unveiled in front of a gathering of assorted media, government officials, local authorities and distinguished guests at the Hotel de Ville in Paris.
Mercedes Ends AMG Sport Line A few weeks ago, we were a bit surprised to learn that the AMG version of Mercedes' new SLC-class roadster—it replaces the SLK-class-would be powered by the engine found in the AMG Sport models of the C- and GLE-classes, the C450 AMG and GLE450 AMG. (AMG Sport was launched to neatly split the difference between regular Mercedes vehicles and full-bore AMGs.) AMG hadn't offered a six-banger in many years, and the twin-turbocharged V-6, while an impressive powerplant, doesn't adhere to Affalterbach's "One Man, One Engine" gospel, whereby one technician assembles a complete engine from start to finish.
2016 NASCAR test schedule set NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams are currently scheduled for five open team tests this season, according to the 2016 Unified Testing Master Schedule. Four of the tests will be two-day affairs and will take place at Indianapolis (July 12-13), Watkins Glen (July 26-27), Chicago (Aug. 23-24) and Homestead (Oct. 18-19). Each organization is allowed to send no more than one team to an open test. A single-day open team test is scheduled for Thursday, March 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway leading into the track's race weekend. All teams entered in the race will be eligible to participate in that test. The open team test at the 1.5-mile track comes as teams roll out a base rules package that will be used for all events other than those held on superspeedways.
Ken Block and the Hooligan Racing Division will contest the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship
America's Ken Block has confirmed he will compete in all 12 rounds of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. Block’s participation in World RX is a result of his extended factory partnership with Ford Performance.
In 2014, Block competed in his first World RX round in Norway, where he celebrated a podium finish. He followed this up with an appearance at the French RX round, finishing fourth overall and setting the fastest lap of the event. With his renewed partnership with Ford Performance, as well as their factory support, the team’s goal is to compete for a world title in 2016.
FCA's Marchionne meets with NHTSA's Rosekind after $175 million in fines
Fiat Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been doing a $175 million dance with each other for the last six months over years of safety regulation violations.
Today at the Detroit auto show, the man cashing those checks, NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind, finally got a chance to meet face-to-face with the man who's been writing them, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne.
Sonny Gee appointed as director of The Mid-Ohio School
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is pleased to announce the promotion of Sonny Gee to the role of director of The Mid-Ohio School.
Gee has been with the school 13 years as fleet manager, overseeing the maintenance, safety and function of all vehicles for The Mid-Ohio School. In his role as director, Gee will manage day-to-day operations of The Mid-Ohio School for its 18 riding and driving programs.
Buick Avista Receives EyesOn Design Excellence Award
The Buick Avista concept received the EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence -- Concept Car at a ceremony Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show. See feature story here.
It was the second consecutive year Buick received the award, which was bestowed on the Avenir concept in 2015. EyesOn Design – a benefit for Henry Ford Health System’s Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology -- recognizes the best production and concept vehicle designs making their worldwide debut in Detroit.
Tony Stewart decides on what he will do after retirement
Just over a month remains until Tony Stewart begins his final season in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series, but the future Hall of Famer isn't going to quit racing. Instead, he plans to return to his roots.
“I plan on running a lot of dirt races after the end of the season when I retire from the Cup stuff, so I would say this is on the radar,” Stewart said during a press conference Monday at dirt racing's Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla.
The plans aren't a big surprise for Stewart, 44, who came up through the sprint-car and dirt-track ranks to IndyCar and NASCAR, continuing to race at small-town tracks during the week before heading to NASCAR Sprint Cup tracks on the weekend.
Carlos Sainz is not the type of man to miss an opportunity a second time. Deprived of victory yesterday by 12 seconds, today he won a stage shortened due to the extreme heat by a similar margin of 10 seconds. The Spaniard triumphed on top of a new-look stage podium, as Erik Van Loon (Mini) finished on his coat-tails and Mikko Hirvonen (Mini) completed the day in third, only 17 seconds behind.
Sainz especially took advantage of Stephane Peterhansel's arrival down the stage order at the advanced finishing line in order to regain the commands of the general standings.
The Spaniard now boasts a lead of 7'03'' over his French team-mate. Toby Price (KTM) again won in the bike category, but due to the premature finish to the race, he did not fully benefit from his show of force today. Having started the day in second place in the overall rankings, Paulo Goncalves came very close to plummeting down the race hierarchy, but was given a life-line by the possible application of a grouped time that could keep him in the club of pretenders to the title.
PALMETTO, Fla. – 15-year-old Robert Megennis makes the jump to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda this year after a successful season with Team Pelfrey in F1600. The young New Yorker moves up to the team’s Mazda Road to Indy squad after finishing eighth in the F1600 standings with eight podium finishes. There’s much more to this young man than meets the eye.
What got you interested in karting and in racing?
We went to England for my dad’s 40th birthday and we all went to a karting track. I just went to watch but they told me I could drive even though I was only 9. So I went out and I just loved it. When we came home, I wanted to keep driving. We found a little indoor karting track and it all went from there with the Saturday junior racing leagues.
Steep Drop In Number Of Out-Of-State Fans More Bad News For Austin's F1 Race
Out-of-state attendance for the '15 U.S. Grand Prix at Austin's Circuit of the Americas "plunged from earlier years," as just over 50,000 non-Texans "attended the main Sunday race on Oct. 25," according to a front-page piece by Eric Dexheimer of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN.
By comparison, in '14 the "number was 75,500." A crowd of 77,000 non-Texans turned out in '13. The numbers "are estimates based on surveys and projections."
The under-inflated football phenomenon -- softer ball, better grip -- is part of the auto racing industry, too.
Doctoring of tires with illegal substances to make the rubber softer gives tires a stronger grip, and better cling to the racetrack. And it leads to faster acceleration, smoother turns and quicker lap times.
But unlike footballs in the NFL, which can be measured by pounds per square inch of air pressure, detecting illicit chemicals used on race tires is virtually impossible.
VW CEO says $7.3 billion will cover diesel fixes Volkswagen Group does not expect additional costs from fixing U.S. cars capable of cheating diesel emissions tests, CEO Matthias Mueller said.
"We have prepared 6.7 billion euros ($7.28 billion) for the repair process of all the cars globally. We suppose that that should be enough," Mueller said in an interview with Reuters TV at the Detroit auto show.
NASCAR announces the 25 drivers eligible for season-opening Sprint Unlimited
2015 Sprint Unlimited action
NASCAR announced the 25 eligible drivers and the format for the season-opening 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at the new Daytona International Speedway motorsports stadium on Saturday, Feb. 13.
The event, which will be broadcast live on FOX, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, marks the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race following the completion of DAYTONA Rising, the $400-million frontstretch redevelopment project that has transformed Daytona International Speedway into the first motorsports stadium in the world.
Daytona Rising Project Almost Complete, With Certificate To Be Signed Today is a "monumental day" for Daytona Int'l Speedway and its $400M Daytona Rising project, with the city's permits and licensing department expected to sign the track's "long-awaited certificate of occupancy." While the upgrades are not "completely finished," the "heavy lifting is over."
Track President Joie Chitwood III: "It will be a couple of months after the Daytona 500 when we truly get through all the punch lists and all those final items." Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL
Formula V8 3.5 replaces World Series by Renault FR 3.5 RPM Racing announced that the name of the International Series Formula 3.5 V8 released on November 6, in 2015, will be now officially named Formula V8 3.5
This slight modification in the Series name has been accepted by RPM Racing following a request from the FIA and by mutual agreement.
Elon Musk isn't worried about an Apple electric car
Elon Musk with one of his Tesla Model S cars
Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims that Apple is indeed working on an electric car, saying in an interview: “It’s pretty hard to hide something if you hire over a thousand engineers to do it.” However, as his company starts to face more competition, he says he’s not worried and that he believes competition will ultimately help the industry.
Musk calls Apple’s rumored efforts to develop its own electric vehicle “an open secret,” and certainly, the technology giant doesn’t seem to be trying very hard to cover its tracks. In the past few months, it has already hired experts like Doug Betts and Johann Jungwirth (former head of Mercedes-Benz’s Silicon Valley R&D unit), while also reportedly bringing on board over a thousand people to work on code-named “Project Titan.”
Every promoter wants to see a season close with the leading teams battling over a championship heading into the final race, something the GT Asia Series has been able to achieve consistently over recent years, but no more so than the 2015 season where the title contenders started that last race of the year on equal points and side-by-side on the front row of the grid.
It’s old news now that Craft-Bamboo Racing’s Darryl O’Young was classified the race winner and the team’s first series champion after eleven rounds in five countries and whilst last season will be a tough act to follow, the 2016 calendar promises a lot more of the same.
History is repeating itself when it comes to preparing the new NASCAR Fusion for its competition debut in February at Daytona Speedweeks. Much like three years ago, when NASCAR allowed manufacturers to include more brand-specific characteristics, Ford once again used the talents of its designers to ensure the same eye-catching components on the 2017 Ford Fusion production car are included on the new racing version.
This latest iteration marks the third major body change for Fusion, and represents another step toward keeping "stock" a relative part of stock car racing. The result of the efforts of designers and engineers is an aggressive-looking new race car capable of producing 750 horsepower at 9,000 rpm under the current rules package.
Can Billy Scott do what no crew chief before him could do- turn Danica Patrick into a winner?
Danica Patrick didn't have input in choosing new crew chief Billy Scott, but a few days around him in the Stewart-Haas Racing shop last week have her encouraged.
"Billy's great; I feel like he has a lot of common sense about everything," Patrick told NASCAR Talk Saturday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in her first public comments about Scott, whose hiring was announced Nov. 30.
"I feel he's going to do a really great job. He's crafting a good team."
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