Team Penske has announced a new partnership with Florida-based DEX Imaging, the nation's largest independent dealer of document imaging equipment.
DEX Imaging will be featured as a primary sponsor for three 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races this season on Team Penske's No. 12 Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney, including events at Atlanta Motor Speedway in February, Richmond Raceway in April and Kentucky Speedway in July. The Florida-based company will also serve as a full-season associate sponsor on the No. 12 MENCS Ford Fusion in 2018.
Wood Brothers Racing today announced a long-term partnership with Archie St. Hilaire, owner of Go FAS Racing. The agreement grants full operating control of one of the 36 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Charters to the Wood Brothers and its iconic No. 21 Ford. The Charter guarantees a starting position in every Monster Energy Series race, providing further competitive stability for a team that returned to full-time competition for each of the past two seasons and earned a berth in the Monster Energy Series Playoffs in 2017.
Nigel Mansell states the obvious knowing Aldo Costa design's Hamilton's cars
Lewis Hamilton is the "hot favourite" to win another F1 world title in 2018, according to former world champion Nigel Mansell.
But the 1992 champion believes Max Verstappen is ready to challenge for his maiden crown as Red Bull aim to make the 20-year-old F1's youngest-ever champion.
Hamilton and Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel are tied on four championships apiece heading into the new season, but Mansell believes it is the Englishman's team which gives the reigning champion an extra edge.
Ford throwing $11B at electric cars after failing to see the light
Bill Ford Jr. asleep at the wheel
Ford Motor Company said Sunday that it would more than double its investment in the production of electric vehicles, promising to spend $11 billion on the technology by 2022. The auto giant will roll out 16 fully electric cars within five years, the first of which would arrive in 2020.
It was a dramatic escalation in Ford’s crosstown rivalry with General Motors, which has seen its stock prices rise thanks to its commitments to both electrification and autonomy. GM has said it plans to roll out at least 20 new electric cars by 2023, a goal that puts it in a position to bring battery-powered driving to the mainstream. Last week, it unveiled a concept autonomous car without steering wheel or pedals.
Marchionne changes his tune, electric is the future
Marchionne will eat his words on his Ferraris never being electric
Sergio Marchionne, one of the longest-serving CEOs in the auto industry, has a stark warning: Carmakers have less than a decade to reinvent themselves or risk being commoditized amid a seismic shift in how vehicles are powered, driven and purchased.
Developing technologies like electrification, self-driving software and ride-sharing will alter consumers’ car-buying decisions within six or seven years, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV chief executive said in an interview. The industry will divide into segments, with premium brands managing to hold onto their cachet while mere people-transporters struggle to cope with the onslaught from disruptors like Tesla Inc. and Google’s Waymo.
Dan Gurney in a 4-wheel drift in 1967 in his Gurney Eagle
UPDATE "The employees and fans of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach are truly saddened to hear of the passing of racing legend Dan Gurney. As well as being an icon in the world of motorsports, he was one of the founders of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, and single handily responsible for providing credibility in the effort to conduct the first modern street race in America in 1975. Dan was also a longtime Association board member and, true to his competitive spirit, won numerous Toyota Pro/Celebrity races on our city streets. We thank his wife, Evi, and the entire Gurney family for sharing Dan with us for all these years. Dan’s phenomenal racing record, indomitable spirit and contributions to our success will not be forgotten."
Alex Barron Joins Swan-RJB Motorsports To Strengthen Staff
Alex Barron in 2008
One of the most intriguing stories of this year’s Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires off-season has been the impressive arrival of Swan-RJB Motorsports. The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda team is a new collaboration between RJB Motorsports and Swan Motorsports, and the united program has brought in a third component that only serves to show the team’s dedication to success and driver development. Former CART and IRL driver Alex Barron has joined the operation as its driver coach, and the positive effects of Barron’s efforts have been seen immediately during the team’s recent test outings.
Hitachi To Continue Team Penske Partnership In 2018
Hitachi returns but not Castroneves
Team Penske and Hitachi Group today announced an extension of their partnership for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
After a productive five-year relationship working with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves of Team Penske, the familiar Hitachi branding will transition to the No. 1 Dallara/Chevrolet of reigning INDYCAR champion Josef Newgarden for eight races in the 2018 season.
On Thursday, Ford confirmed that a defective Takata airbag inflator caused another death, this time in a Ranger pickup truck. This latest death spurred Ford to recall 2,902 2006 Rangers in the U.S. and Canada. This narrow recall is all of the Ranger pickups built at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in Minnesota from Aug. 10, 2005, to Dec. 15, 2005.
If you happen to own a 2006 Ford Ranger, you can enter your VIN into Ford’s recall tool, but stopping by your dealer should be just as effective. Ford says that the replacement parts are currently available to make a permanent repair, and the company is willing to tow the vehicle to the shop. Ford also says loaner vehicles are available if necessary. As with all recalls, the work is free of charge.
Bell races to second consecutive Chili Bowl crown after Larson engine failure
With the thunderous applause of packed grandstands, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell added his name to the history books yet again with his second Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire victory in as many years.
Handing Keith Kunz his seventh win as a car owner, and fourth consecutive since 2015, the weekend included three preliminary night wins and a Saturday night podium sweep.
FOX Sports has elected not to renew its television contract for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and FIA World Endurance Championship, ending a 21-year run of live coverage of the French endurance classic across its networks.
The change will result in North American coverage shifting to a different network, which has yet to be announced.
Dakar Stage 8: Peterhansel prevails in marathon day
At 500 km, the longest special of the 2018 Dakar was also one of the hardest. Rain on the Bolivian Plateau and sections at altitudes exceeding 4,800 meters made the challenge even more daunting. The competitors had to contend with their own fatigue as well as the wear and tear of their vehicles after the rules of the marathon stage left them without assistance service the night before.
Dan Gurney - The All American Victory From the old Speed network a brief look at the 1967 Gurney-Weslake, V12 Eagle. Hosted by Bob Varsha with David Hobbs, Steve Matchett and an interview with Dan Gurney. Comment
The Henry Ford pays tribute to racing legend Dan Gurney with the Edison-Ford Medal for his ingenuity and lifetime of innovative achievements. In addition to a number of memorable wins in a variety of racing categories, Gurney established himself not only as one of racing’s most successful drivers, but also as an innovative car builder and team owner.
Dan Gurney’s wide-ranging curiosity and hands-on attitude have resulted in a number of innovations including the downforce-increasing “Gurney flap” and the “rolling wind tunnel,” at his race shop All American Racers, built to test the at-speed aerodynamics of scale models.
This is the $2.4m Apollo IE! | FIRST LOOK The Apollo IE has arrived! With IE standing for Intensa Emozione, there is not much that carries more presence - just feast your eyes over it! Joining a private preview with Apollo, I have the opportunity to walk around it and be shown more details by the team responsible for the development in a very first look at the new hypercar.
2017 US Plug-In EV Sales: Market Grows 26%, Record 1.6% Share In December
The Tesla Model S edged out the Chevy Bolt for top-spot in the USA
In December, plug-in sales reached a new all-time record of 26,107, which was 5.3% more than a year ago. Records are usually set in December because of the additional wave of consumers who seek to quickly gain back the federal tax credit of up to $7,500 on purchases.
Another new record in December was a plug-in market share of more than 1.6%. We are confident that the level of 1% is captured, and year 2018 will open this to way beyond 2%.
Edmunds’ newest long-term test vehicle is a Tesla Model 3, so this is the first of an upcoming assortment of professional reviews.
As many of you are aware, when Edmunds acquires a vehicle for long-term testing, there’s generally an initial article/video, followed by more detailed information at a later date, and then concluded with a recap at the end of one year of use. This is meant to give the reader an idea of what it’s like to “live with” the vehicle.
Cool Texas Temperatures Put F4 U.S. Drivers To The Test
Cold winds and unseasonably low temperatures challenged the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda drivers during the morning portion of their first official series test day at MSR Houston in Angleton, Texas, on Saturday. The just-above-freezing morning temperatures were ideal for top-speeds from the Honda Civic Type R engine, however, it was less than ideal for tire grip.
Kahne and Stenhouse not faring so well in Chili Bowl
TULSA, Okla. -- Kasey Kahne, competing in only his second Chili Bowl Midget Nationals event in the last four years, couldn't match the drivers who regularly compete in those cars and will have to race his way into the main event Saturday night at the Tulsa Expo Center.
Justin Grant, who finished third in the Chili Bowl last year, won the main qualifying race Friday night, followed by the 2017 U.S. Auto Club Midget national champion Spencer Bayston. Andrew Felker picked up the third and final automatic spot Friday for the 24-driver main event on the quarter-mile dirt oval Saturday.
The Rolex 24 At Daytona: One Of A Kind With The Roar Before The Rolex 24 in the rearview mirror, all eyes are on the 56th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Everyone wants to triumph in this twice-around-the-clock race, but who will take home a coveted Rolex watch? Comment
Stage 7 was a muddy day for Carlos Sainz and all competitors
Refreshed after a well-deserved rest day at 3,600 meters in Bolivia's beautiful capital, La Paz, the competitors tackled the longest special since the start of the rally. Rain had made the fast earth and sand tracks on the 425 km course even trickier. As if this were not enough, this was a marathon stage, so competitors will have to personally carry out any necessary repairs at the bivouac.
Racing legends Mario Andretti and Roger Penske, along with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden, will headline the public unveiling of INDYCAR’s new race car for the upcoming season. Media are invited to attend at INDYCAR’s NAIAS exhibit in Detroit at 9:05 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Newgarden will present the universal aero kit to be used by all competitors from his unique perspective as a driver, outlining the new aerodynamic and safety features that will create even more thrilling racing action in 2018.
GM files petition asking DOT permission to deploy self-driving Cruise AV in 2019; no steering wheel or pedals
No steering wheel coming
General Motors has filed a Safety Petition with the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) for GM’s fourth-generation self-driving Cruise AV--No driver. No pedals. No steering wheel. Just seats and screens and doors that can close themselves. That's what riders will see when they get into one of General Motors' Cruise self-driving electric vehicles, scheduled to hit the road in 2019.
110 bikes, 41 quads, 71 cars and SxS, and 30 trucks have reached La Paz in Bolivia for the rest day, at the end of a week’s racing which witnessed a significant cull carried out by the dunes in the Peruvian deserts. Led by Argentinean Kevin Benavides, the bike race arrived in La Paz with a top 10 within less than thirty minutes of the leader. In the car category, the cull was more dramatic: Stephane Peterhansel has isolated himself from most of his rivals, but now is faced with a duel against his teammate Carlos Sainz, his nearest pursuer in the general standings.
Christopher Bell wins to keep Toyota perfect at Chili Bowl
Christopher Bell used the Chili Bowl a year ago to open the biggest season of his career.
He's got a chance now to defend his victory, and perhaps launch yet another breakthrough for one of NASCAR's upcoming stars.
Bell scored a dominating win in Thursday night's qualifying event at the Chili Bowl to earn one of the automatic berths into the main event at the Tulsa Expo Center. The 55-lap Saturday night feature is the Super Bowl of midget racing.
NHRA Debuting Welcome Center At Each Venue To Help Orient Attendees
The NHRA this season will debut a new welcome center near the entrance of every venue.
The idea is to help first-time attendees better navigate the venue they are attending. NHRA President Glen Cromwell said the effort took a “significant” investment by the series. The setup, which will travel to all 24 NHRA Mello Yello Series race weekends, will include info card and booklet handouts.
Danica Patrick Ending Full-Time Racing Career, will run Indy and Daytona only (2nd Update)
No one appears to want to run Danica at Daytona or Indy
UPDATE Chip Ganassi Racing President Steve Lauletta said that Danica Patrick "would not be driving in either" this year's Daytona 500 or Indianapolis 500 for CGR. Lauletta on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio said that CGR, which operates teams in both IndyCar and NASCAR, "was talking with Patrick at one point."
But he added, "We're not talking any longer. ... We couldn't come to a solution that worked for both of us." Lauletta said that he "hoped something could be worked out for Patrick to get her into the Indy 500"
Newgarden to meet fans in Gateway Motorsports Park booth
Verizon IndyCar Series champion and inaugural Bommarito Automotive Group 500 winner Josef Newgarden will greet fans and sign autographs in the Gateway Motorsports Park booth at the St. Louis Auto Show at the Dome at America's Center in downtown St. Louis.
Newgarden, who won four INDYCAR races in 2017 en route to the championship, will greet fans and sign autographs in the Gateway Motorsports Park booth on Saturday, January 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pirelli: F1 lap times should be 1.5s quicker in 2018
Would someone please inform Pirelli that wider tires and faster lap times reduces passing and ruins a good race! Imagine all the tire marbles with the softer rubber this year. They need to be stopped.
Pirelli chief Mario Isola says lap times in Formula 1 should reduce by 1.5 seconds in 2018, due to the rate of car development and the move to softer compounds.
Pirelli, the sport’s sole supplier since 2011, adopted a relatively conservative stance in 2017, amid Formula 1’s widespread regulation changes, which featured wider tires and higher downforce levels, leading to faster cars.
As a reaction to a spate of one-stop races through 2017, Pirelli has made its compounds one step softer, and also introduced a new pink-banded Hypersoft tire, which is set to debut in Monaco.
Race Fans Invited to Vote on Favorite Design credit card design
First Bank card designs
Race fans will soon be able to show off their auto racing pride every time they open their wallet. As the Official Bank of Daytona International Speedway® and the DAYTONA 500, Fifth Third Bank will soon offer fans the new Daytona International Speedway Debit Card.
Fans are invited to come along for the ride and help select the best design for the debit card. They can race to 53.com/racing from Jan. 11-25 to view four unique designs and vote for their favorite. The winning card design will be announced prior to Speedweeks®, which runs Feb. 10-18.
Hans-Joachim Stuck is a legendary race-car driver and president of the DMSB, the German motorsports federation. A two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, he has since retired but is still smitten with fast cars.
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HRC announce Alberto Puig as Team Manager of the Repsol Honda Team
Honda Racing Corporation is pleased to announce that Alberto Puig has been appointed as the new Team Manager at the Repsol Honda Team, beginning with the first MotoGP test of the year, at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit, 28-30 January.
Following a racing career that included a 500cc race win and a lengthy stint aboard Hondas, Puig established himself as one of the most respected managers in the motorcycling field. As HRC Advisor, his most recent role has been as Director of the Asia Talent Cup and British Talent Cup.
Kenworth Hydrogen Fuel Cell T680 day cab at the Port of Seattle
Kenworth showed a zero-emissions T680 day cab equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell as part of its Paccar Innovations booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
This is the first time Paccar and Kenworth have exhibited at CES, an electronics industry trade show with an eye on future technologies and innovations that draws in close to 200,000 visitors. Kenworth's zero-emissions project was announced in May 2017 and is part of the Zero Emission Cargo Transport demonstration project managed through Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Walkinshaw Andretti United looking to build on 2017
Walkinshaw and Andretti
Walkinshaw Andretti United is looking to build on a challenging 2017 season as it begins converting two of its Holden Commodores to ZB configuration for the year ahead.
Officially, the partnership between Walkinshaw Racing, Andretti Autosport, and United Autosports, came into being on January 1, though the trio of companies have been working together since the collaboration was announced at Bathurst in October.
Fiat Chrysler will move Ram production to Michigan from Mexico
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is feeling good about tax reform. So good that it says it's moving some of its truck production from Mexico to Michigan.
The automaker announced Thursday that it will spend more than $1 billion to revamp its Warren Truck Assembly Plant, which will start making the Ram heavy-duty truck in 2020. The truck is currently made in Saltillo, Mexico.
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