Clay Russell Earns RRDC Mark Donohue Award at SCCA National Runoffs
Clay Russell, of Spartanburg, S.C., was named the 48th recipient of the RRDC Mark Donohue Award. This unique award is presented annually by the Road Racing Drivers Club for outstanding performance, competitiveness and sportsmanship during the amateur Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs. It is voted on by RRDC members attending the Runoffs and/or viewing them live on the Internet.
In his fourth attempt to win the Runoffs, Russell pulled off his first victory driving his No. 31 Angry Llama/SVN/Comprent Motorsports Spec Racer Ford in the 55th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Sonoma Raceway (Oct. 16-21, 2018). The win, in the SpecRacer Ford Gen3 class, gave him his first Runoffs podium finish, along with a fourth- and a sixth-place finish since 2015.
John Darby joins USAC as national technical and safety director
The United States Auto Club (USAC) announced its USAC.25 Series (quarter midgets) has retained the services of seasoned motorsports official John Darby to oversee the technical and safety processes of USAC.25 effective immediately.
Darby, the former Managing Director of Competition at NASCAR, brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to USAC.25, most notably from his more than 30-year career span at NASCAR. In 1998 he was named the Series Director for the NASCAR Busch Series (now Xfinity Series). Three years later, Darby was promoted to Director of Competition for the Winston Cup Series (now Monster Energy Cup Series).
McMurray to race in Daytona 500 with Spire Motorsports (Update)
Jamie McMurray's Daytona 500 livery
UPDATE Ganassi Team Release:
Spire Motorsports, through a partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR), announced today that 2010 Daytona 500 Champion Jamie McMurray will drive the No. 40 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the 2019 Daytona 500. McMurray will be making his 17th start in the “Great American Race”, when the Daytona 500 kicks-off the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) regular season on Feb. 17.
Lorenzo to have surgery on scaphoid fracture (Update)
UPDATE Team Statement: Jorge Lorenzo sustained a broken left scaphoid while training, the Majorcan then undergoing successful surgery to repair the break.
While continuing his preparations for the 2019 MotoGP World Championship, Jorge Lorenzo suffered a fall while riding just outside of Verona, Italy. After multiple checks, it was unfortunately confirmed that the five-time world champion had sustained a broken scaphoid.
HUBERT F. (HANK) IVES Widely-known and respected Southern California journalist Hank Ives passed away in his Balboa Island home Dec. 31 from pneumonia complications. He was 92.
Born in Pasadena on Feb. 7, 1926 to Franklin and Henrietta Ives, he attended Pasadena High School and Pasadena Junior College before enlisting in the Navy at age 18, serving as a signalman on the SS Francis Parkman. Following his service, he enrolled at the University of Southern California to study journalism. An avid sports fan from the time he read his first Sporting News at age 10, Ives started his own sports public relations business in the 1960s.
He was a columnist for the Pasadena Star-News for two years, but his proudest and most lasting project was a weekly newsletter about junior college football titled "JC Gridwire" that he published for 48 years, until 2008. He and his publication's extensive contributions earned him berths in the California Junior College Coaches Hall of Fame, as well as the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
Dover International Speedway offering "Golden Ticket" promotion
One lucky fan has the chance to attend each NASCAR Cup Series event at Dover International Speedway for the next 50 years as part of the Monster Mile’s “Golden Tickets” promotion, track officials announced today.
The winner of the “Golden Tickets” contest receives four tickets to each Dover International Speedway NASCAR Cup Series race through the year 2069, starting with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, May 5, 2019.
The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has landed, and what an aggressive beast it is! Boasting over 700hp and featuring elements from both the Mustang GT4 racecar and the Ford GT supercar, it's certainly a weapon I'd love to add to my collection. What do you think?
The Shelby GT500 is powered by a 5.2l supercharged V8 and controlled with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission - no manual gearbox for now. With the optional carbon track pack it comes with the large rear wing, carbon wheels and a rear-seat delete that makes it very much focused for the track.
Gallagher Returns to NTT IndyCar Series with Carlin and Max Chilton
Max Chilton returns with Carlin
Gallagher, a leading global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, is proud to announce that they will renew their motorsports partnership with Carlin for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season with Max Chilton behind the wheel of the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet.
“We are pleased to renew our relationship with Carlin for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season. After a successful first season with Carlin and Max Chilton, we will continue to leverage this partnership to further increase awareness of our company to a global audience and deepen our relationships with clients and prospects,” said Christopher E. Mead, Gallagher Chief Marketing Officer. “Carlin shares Gallagher’s principles of teamwork, innovation and excellence. Both of our teams strive to succeed on the racetrack and in the office, and we’re both dedicated to mitigating risks and creating solutions. We wish Carlin a very successful year.”
Red Bull lost interest in Alonso after secret meeting in 2007
Alonso in 2007
The saga of Red Bull’s alleged “numerous offers” to lure Fernando Alonso has entered a new chapter with Helmut Marko weighing in with his version of events on why we never saw the Spaniard suit up in the blue of the bulls.
During the F1 summer break last year, a war of words erupted between Alonso and team principal Christian Horner, the latter claiming his team had no interest in hiring the Spaniard for 2019, prompting the F1 double-world champion to charge that he has been approached by Red Bull on half a dozen occasions during his career.
Augusto Farfus replaces Tom Blomqvist at BMW for Rolex 24
BMW works driver Tom Blomqvist has been forced to withdraw from next weekend's Rolex 2 at Daytona because he failed to obtain his visa in time.
Blomqvist was set to share the #25 BMW M8 GTE with Connor de Phillippi, Philipp Eng and Colton Herta, however, his place will be taken by Augusto Farfus, who will make his fifth Daytona start with BMW.
When it comes to past success and high expectations, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more heralded group of teammates than the Acura Team Penske lineup for the Jan. 26-27 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
As it has done seamlessly in the past, the team has brought together a diverse and accomplished group of drivers to contend for the season-opening trophy in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s annual twice-around-the-clock event.
Betty Rutherford in 1980 with husband Johnny who won the Indy 500 in the Pennzoil machine
A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about the passing of Betty Rutherford, the wife of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford. Betty Rutherford died Jan. 20.
"We're all very saddened about the passing of Betty Rutherford. From the minute she and Johnny met at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1963 when he was an Indy 500 rookie and she was a student nurse in the infield medical center, Betty has been a beloved member of the racing community.
Video: Fernando Alonso Joins Forces With Wayne Taylor Racing
#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac
Two-time Formula 1 Champion Fernando Alonso is embarking on his second attempt at victory in the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 26-27, 2019.
Joining forces with Jordan Taylor, Renger Van Der Zande and Kamui Kobayashi in the No. 10 Konica Minolta DPi-V.R., Alonso and the Wayne Taylor Racing squad will battle on the banks of Daytona International Speedway for 24 hours with the goal of receiving a coveted Rolex watch.
The 2020 show will start 1 week after the Detroit GP IndyCar race, unless IndyCar moves the race by 1-week in 2020 so show fans can take in the race and increase attendance
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced that starting in 2020 the show would make a transformational move to June and will start the week of June 8th. The ability for participating brands to deliver dynamic exhibits and experiential opportunities outside of the show’s four walls for attending journalists, industry members and consumers, will provide new avenues to showcase the products and technologies on display. Delivering greater ROI through reduced costs and dynamic opportunities will be a key aspect of the future show.
“Our show is undergoing its most significant transformation in the last three decades,” said Rod Alberts, Executive Director, NAIAS. “Detroit will continue to be a global stage for some of the world’s most significant and iconic vehicle reveals and host an unparalleled international audience of media and key industry influencers.”
Bell outduels Larson to win 3rd straight Chilli Bowl
Three-in-row for Bell
TULSA, Okla. A finish for the ages, Kyle Larson looked to have his first Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire in hand, but with a furious run as the leaders worked into traffic, Christopher Bell found the hole on the low line entering turn one on the white flag lap to win his third Golden Driller in a row aboard the iRacing/Keith Kunz Motorsports No. 71w.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be able to win the Chili Bowl. To do it three straight times is just unbelievable, but man, I don’t even care about three-straight. What about that race? I don’t think I’ve ever really been a part of a last lap race like that, so I’m just glad that thing came out in the end,” stated Bell who earned Keith Kunz his eighth Golden Driller as a car owner.
James Baldwin crowned eROC Champion in Mexico City
The two finalists go head-to-head
British simracer James Baldwin has come out on top in the 2019 eROC World Final, seeing off strong competition from some of the world’s fastest gamers at Mexico City’s Foro Sol. And the Briton’s victory isn’t just about glory, it also comes with quite a prize…
IndyCar's partnership with NTT will bring pluses and a few minuses
NTT has zero interest to grow IndyCar popularity with consumers, but it does want to do deals with other sponsors in the paddock. Many American IT staff will lose jobs to India
While NTT does not sell product to consumers, and hence has zero interest to promote IndyCar to consumers with TV ads, magazine ads, and the like, it does have two interests.
One is to sell its IT services to other sponsors in the paddock with B2B deals to justify the cost to sponsor the IndyCar series - providing lower cost IT services from India, Mexico, Japan and a small percentage in the USA, putting American workers on the unemployment line. But NTT isn't alone in doing this. Firms like Cognizant, DXC Technology, WiPro, HCL, IBM, TCS, Atos, etc have all been doing this for years resulting in hundreds of thousands of American IT staff who have lost their jobs. It's globalization in the true sense of the word - lower overhead costs so the company President gets his big bonus.
The second is to provide IndyCar with IT services, including data mining and analysis.
First tanker of Indy fuel leaves MPC refinery (Update)
IndyCar Fuel Tanker
UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, It is unclear, absent, what type of fuel IndyCar will be using for 2019. Is it Ethanol? A blend? Straight HiTest 110 Gas or.....? Inquiring minds want to know. Nate from Tampa, Florida
Dear Nate, With the switch from Sunoco to Speedway as the fuel supplier, there has been no announcements that IndyCar was switching from the fuel blend they have used for a number of years now - E85R fuel (blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent racing gasoline). If they were going to change it could have a big knock-on effect with the engine manufacturers and would likely have been announced. Mark C. reporting for AR1.com
Ducati Team have officially released the covers off the Desmosedici GP19 with riders Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci joining the likes of Luigi Dall’Igna, Paolo Ciabatti and Davide Tardozzi in Neuchatel, Switzerland on Friday 18th January.
Take a look at Ducati’s 2019 machine in all its glory.
Formula 1's TV and digital audiences grow for the second year running
490 million unique viewers watched F1 in 2018. The USA was up 20% on ESPN2 vs. NBCSN the years before
Formula 1 has registered a significant increase in its audience figures during the 2018 season, across both digital and TV platforms, compared to the previous year.
In terms of unique viewers, during 2018 the sport once again had an improvement globally (+10%), reaching 490.2m. This increment is even higher in the top 20 markets* (+14%). China, who benefited from the return to CCTV as the main free-to-air broadcaster, increased its reach more than three times since 2017. Other markets with a very significant increase included: Indian subcontinent (+87%), France (+51%), Russia (+27%) and USA (20%). Brazil (115.2m viewers), China (68m) and USA (34.2m) are the top three markets in terms of TV reach.
There’s something to be said about an 18-year veteran in this day and age of NASCAR. Especially one with a Daytona 500 win, Brickyard 400 win, and Rookie of the Year title under his belt. But with anything new comes a learning curve, one Ryan Newman is excited to embrace heading into his first season in the No. 6 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing.
New faces, new leadership, a new shop and a new ride. For Newman, everything is new heading into the 2019 season. The 2008 Daytona 500 Champion recently caught up with SiriusXM’s Claire B. Lang on ‘Jack’s Garage’ to talk through the transition.
This year’s Ferrari F1 car has passed the mandatory FIA crash tests with less than a month to go to the first day of preseason testing in Barcelona next month.
Autosprint reports that the new Ferrari Formula 1 car passed a multitude of dynamic impact tests performed to the front, sides, and rear of the chassis, plus the steering column while the driver’s survival cell remained undamaged throughout as per regulations. All the boxes were ticked.
Ross Chastain and Reid Wilson to drive for Niece Motorsports in 2019
#45 TruNorth Truck
NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) winner Ross Chastain will pilot the No. 45 TrüNorth Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports during the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway.
Chastain and Reid Wilson will share the No. 45 TrüNorth Chevrolet Silverado during the 2019 NGOTS season.
A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about the passing of legendary NASCAR team owner and driver and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Glen Wood, who died Jan. 18 at age 93:
"Everyone at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is saddened by the passing of Glen Wood. The word 'legendary' sometimes is overused, but it absolutely fits Glen and the team that he and his brother, Leonard, founded and built into a powerhouse in NASCAR. Wood Brothers Racing has such a deep, rich connection to IMS through its multiple entries in the Brickyard 400 and by serving as the pit crew for the Lotus/Ford that Jim Clark drove to victory in the 1965 Indianapolis 500. Glen's legacy as a fine driver and motorsports innovator will be matched only by his enduring status as one of racing's true gentlemen and class acts."
Foyt winning Daytona in 1972 with the Wood Brothers
“Glen Wood was a good friend and one of my favorite people in NASCAR along with his brother Leonard. I never had as much fun down there as I did driving for the Wood Brothers. Their cars were unbelievable to drive. They pioneered the quick pit stops and were part of the reason Jimmy Clark won the Indianapolis 500 because they pitted him. Their team was the kingpin of stock car racing and I felt honored to be driving for them. My thoughts are with Leonard, Eddie and Len and the entire Wood family.” – A.J. Foyt
Foyt drove in 13 races for the Wood Brothers during 1971-72. Together they won seven poles and four races including the 1972 Daytona 500. Foyt finished in the top three an additional four times.
Four Audi executives charged in new emissions manipulation
How many people got cancer because of disgusting diesel pollution generators? Put them behind bars and throw away the key
Four senior officials at Audi have been indicted in the United State District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, accused of using devices to cheat on emissions tests with several different vehicle models.
The scheme is similar to one that federal officials say was run by Audi's parent company Volkswagen.
Richard Bauder, Axel Eisner, Stefan Knirsch and Carsten Nagel are all named in an indictment that alleges Conspiracy to Defraud the United States, to Commit Wire Fraud, and to Violate the Clean Air Act, six counts of Violation of the Clean Air Act, and 5 counts of Wire Fraud.
SPM Announces Title Partner, Unveils 2019 IndyCar Liveries
Hinchcliffe, Wickens and Ericsson pose with the #5, #6 and #7 SPM Hondas respectively
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announced today, from its 2019 IndyCar Series season unveiling at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., a significantly deepened partnership with Arrow Electronics, Inc. The Denver-based technology company is now the title partner of the newly branded Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, providing additional technical expertise and resources to the racing team.
UPDATE It looks like the 2019 tires Firestone will provide to the series will be faster than last year's tires. The top three times shown below are rumored to have been set on the 2019 Firestone R&D tires and only one driver per team was given the tires to test.
01/15/19 While many in the IndyCar Series were in Detroit today for the big NTT IndyCar sponsorship announcement, eleven drivers were pounding around the 1.7-mile Sebring short course in the first big 2019 test ahead of the season opener in St. Petersburg in March.
Ahead of the new MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship season, the provisional list of entrants has been made public announcing 18 riders set to line up on the 2019 WorldSBK grid. Alongside established names of the category, many are the emerging figures that will debut in the new campaign, which will begin at Phillip Island on February 23-24 and comes to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for its ninth round on July 12-14.
Bill Ford Envisions Electric Pickups, EV Sales, Going the Last Mile
Bill Ford Jr.
Soft demand for electric vehicles and an unclear regulatory future were among the challenges facing the automotive industry debated during a variety of panel discussions at AutoMobili-D on Thursday at NAIAS.
On one hand, automakers and suppliers are busy reinventing the future with the multi-billion dollar investments in hybrid, electric and self-driving vehicles. At the same time, the industry – along with regulators and municipalities – continue to debate the most effective ways to fit all of the new forms of emerging transportation together in a way that is both profitable and benefits consumers.
A STUNNING field of teams, cars and drivers from around the globe has been assembled for the 2019 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
The world-class grid mixes the best domestic talent with some of the finest drivers from around the world for Australia's International Endurance race, the opening round of the 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge presented by Pirelli.
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