Without a ridebuyer another XFINITY team shuttered
Without ridebuyer money to grab, the NASCAR truck and Xfinity Series do not make sense financially
After three years of existence and 18 races later, Richard Gdovic, owner of Precision Performance Motorsports has decided to close the doors on an XFINITY Series entry because he cannot find ridebuyers to prop up his team financially.
Heading into the 2017 season, Gdovic had set out to run the entire 33-race schedule, kicking it off with a 22nd-place finish at Daytona with Anthony Kumpen. Quin Houff recorded a pair of top-15 finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway (15th) and Iowa Speedway (12th) before Parker Kligerman picked up the organization’s lone top-10 finish in its existence at Road America in August. The team competed in just 10 races last year, failing to qualify at Kentucky Speedway and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
One concern is that the aeroscreen will ruin the look of the IndyCar, much like what the Halo is doing to F1 cars. Optical clarity is also a concern
IndyCar president of competition and operations Jay Frye told Motorsport.com the fact that a cockpit aeroscreen is to be tested at Phoenix next month doesn’t necessarily mean it will be used in competition in 2018 – if at all.
IndyCar’s aeroscreen has already been extensively tested on a simulator, and as part of next month's two-day Open Test – or the rookie day that immediately precedes it – the screen will be tried on track for the first time at Phoenix International Raceway.
However, Frye says that IndyCar is not rushing toward a conclusion and it is not definite that the aeroscreen will get the green light.
GM now at the head of the autonomous driving technology pack, Tesla last
GM has now moved to the top of the leaderboard with the announcement they will have their first product to market in 2019
Navigant Research has issued a new iteration of its Leaderboard Report on Autonomous Driving (AD), reflecting the new partnerships, strategic investments and acquisitions made since the early version less than one year ago.
The Navigant AD Leaderboard assesses which participants are best-equipped to be the Leaders in developing complete automated driving stacks--including perception systems, processing, and control software--and services platforms. It quantifies the current relative position of each of these companies as the latest features are being developed and commercialized to help improve safety.
Time lapse: a fond farewell to the VJM10 The most successful Sahara Force India car in their history, the VJM10, has been officially consigned to the history books and it will now grace the reception of our Silverstone headquarters. It was an emotional moment, bringing up memories of happy points-scoring Sundays and of performances that brought us to the biggest championship tally in our history. As work behind the scenes continues on its successor, our crew assembled in the lobby of our factory to build the VJM10 one final time. In less than one hour our creation, the very specimen used by Checo Perez in the 2017 season, was sent off into a happy retirement, never to turn a wheel in anger again. Comment
Dan Gurney The All American Victory The old Speed network stopped by the museum and we surprised David Hobbs with a ride in the Mag-Ti car. This is a look at the 1967 Gurney-Weslake, V12 Eagle & the life of Dan Gurney. Hosted by Bob Varsha with David Hobbs, Steve Matchett and an interview with Dan Gurney. Comment
Chevrolet Corvettes Raise $2.325 Million at Barrett-Jackson
Limited to 650 vehicles globally, and available on Grand Sport 3LT and Z06 3LZ trims, the Carbon 65 Edition features visible carbon fiber exterior elements, a new Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior color and special interior appointments, including a new carbon fiber-rimmed steering wheel.
GM and Chevrolet offered two first retail production Corvette models for auction at Barrett-Jackson today raising a total of $2.325 million to benefit military veterans.
First up on the auction block was the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe signed by President George W. Bush was bought by John Staluppi, owner of Atlantic Automotive Group, for $1.4 million. The proceeds will benefit the Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative. The primary goal of the Military Service Initiative is to ensure post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life with a focus on gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war.
With Brian Barnhart's recommendation, Mike Harding has hired Al Unser Jr. as a driver coach and executive consultant at Harding Racing for driver Gabby Chaves.
"Brian and I had been together for many, many years," Unser said. "He was my left rear on both my Indy 500 wins, both my IndyCar championships. Really Brian came on board, either '89 or '90, and he started working with me and I with him since then. He was a very large part of my success without any doubt.
IndyCar Manufacturers To Scale Back Engine Development In 2018
Honda IndyCar engine
With the next set of engine regulations in the works, the Verizon IndyCar Series, Chevy and Honda have announced that both manufacturers will step back from the full slate of engine development options for the 2018 race season, as reported by RACER.
Based on the current 2.2-liter Twin-Turbo V6 engine formula (created in 2012), odd-ending years like 2017 called for limited R&D, while even years allowed teams to update and replace cylinder heads, turbos and induction systems, camshafts, and other core pieces. Always available for upgrades are pistons and valvetrain components.
Ford did well in F1 when Cosworth built their engines. Ford could never compete themselves against a Mercedes or Ferrari.
Ford's Motorsport boss, Mark Rushbrook, has ruled out another foray into Formula 1 for the foreseeable future for the American car giant, with costs of competing being far too high to consider an entry.
Rushbrook explained to Autocar that F1 is more attractive than other alternatives such as Formula E, due to its use of hybrid power units.
“Hybrid power will be relevant for a long time for Ford, especially if it introduces budgets,” he told Autocar, later explaining that controlled spending in the series would be needed for Ford to consider an entry as, at present, “cost reduction in F1 is all relative. If you cap in one area, [manufacturers] will spend in another”.
Rahal, others call out Anti-American Gunther Steiner (4th Update)
Bourdais disgusted with comments made by anti-American Guenther Steiner. And shame on Gene Haas for being buffaloed by this American hater.
UPDATE Sebastien Bourdais has hit back at claims by Haas Formula 1 team boss Guenther Steiner that there are no American drivers ready to compete in Formula 1.
American hater and Haas team boss Gunther Steiner told Autosport recently that finding an American F1 driver was "not on top of our list", adding "at the moment there is nobody ready for F1 in the United States in my opinion".
"Clearly, there is just no consideration," Bourdais told the IndyCar website. "They [F1] are in their little bubble on their own island.
At the age of 88, legendary racer Sir Stirling Moss will officially retire from motorsport affiliations. Moss' son, Elliot Moss, made the announcement on his father's official website, which will go offline in the near future.
Moss made a name for himself as a renowned racer in Formula 1. Although he never won the F1 World Championship outright, he placed as the runner-up four times and placed third three times. He also checked off 16 wins in the motorsport between 1951 and 1961. He is often referred to as the greatest driver never to win a championship.
There's a saying "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" but when 33-year-old Montreal resident Simon Laprise woke up to find a ton of snow outside his house, he decided to make a 'snow car.'
As you can see in his Facebook photos, Laprise created a relatively realistic looking vehicle out of snow complete with a real windscreen wiper that he found laying on the ground. The artist and machinist intended the vehicle to be a prank for the snow removal crews but it ended up catching the attention of police.
The 1967 Mark IV: Legend of Le Mans Few auto racing efforts were as ambitious as Ford’s quest to beat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s most important sports car race, in the 1960s. Ford’s dedication paid off, first in 1966 when GT40s finished 1-2-3 at the French endurance race, and then again in 1967 with an all-American victory by drivers Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt in the Ford Mark IV. Fifty years later, we look at the Mark IV – and Ford’s long road to glory at Le Mans. Comment
Ken Squier accepts NASCAR Hall of Fame induction Ken Squier brought vibrant descriptions of on-track actions to the airwaves and he discusses what becoming a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame means to him. Comment
Dakar Stage 13: Price and Al-Attiyah fight until the end
This was the last genuine opportunity to make the difference and gain a place in the general standings for the competitors. They had to be watchful on the first part of the special in which the dunes of San Juan had pride of place as well as a section of fesh-fesh that can cause major damage to racing hopes. The quick tracks at the end of the special suited WRC experts down to the ground, but there was always the danger of getting carried away with speed and making a mistake the day before the finish…
Penske sees great things happening with new Indy car for 2018
Roger likes what he sees - of course his team did most of the testing of the new car so has all the setups in their pocket. And no one can beat the Penske shock cars.
Roger Penske sounds eager to see how Verizon IndyCar Series drivers adapt to racing new cars with universal aero kits that reduce drag and require more skill to manage high speeds into the corners.
When the team owner with the most Indy car wins in history wasn’t expressing his satisfaction with how INDYCAR is helping teams manage costs with the 2018 car, he was praising its technical design Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center.
“What they’ve done from a competitive standpoint, and also when you look at it from the driver’s standpoint, it puts the driver back in the car,” Penske said at the car’s official unveiling. “It’s a whole different driving technique. It’s going to be interesting to see what drivers adapt to it quickly.
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today the crew chief lineup for its three full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams in 2018. Ryan “Rudy” Fugle will call the shots for Noah Gragson and the No. 18 team, Mike Hillman Jr., will work with Harrison Burton, Kyle Busch and other drivers yet to be announced in the No. 51 Tundra and Marcus Richmond will have Todd Gilliland as the primary driver of the No. 4 Tundra with Kyle Busch driving two races and David Gilliland competing in the season-opening event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
Kelley Blue Book and Hendrick Motorsports extend partnership through 2020
Kelley Blue Book will be an associate sponsor on Chase Elliott's #9 Camaro
Kelley Blue Book, the most trusted brand for car pricing, research, valuation and selling your car, has extended its relationship with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports with a three-year contract renewal through the 2020 racing season.
In 2018, 2019 and 2020, Kelley Blue Book will be featured as a two-race primary sponsor and full-season associate sponsor of driver Chase Elliott and his No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team. The company's partnership with Hendrick Motorsports began in 2014 with a one-race primary sponsorship of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and grew to two races in 2016 when it transitioned to Elliott for his rookie year.
Chinese car company GAC will sell cars in USA in 2019 (Update)
GAC Enverge - Will Trump hit the Chinese with a 25% tariff like they do to USA manufacturers?
UPDATE Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. (better known as the evocative GAC) had a massive display at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, filled with cars and SUVs that looked ready for American showrooms and driveways.
And GAC came with a promise to sell cars here by 2019, which, thanks to that display, was a lot more believable than when GAC said it would come over here in 2017 a few years ago, announced from a tiny stand on the edge of the Detroit Auto Show. I personally remember GAC from its tweeter and sackbut days.
Dakar Stage 12: Toyota's Al-Attiyah tops, Sainz still leads
The arrival in the region of San Juan was by no means a soft landing, because the competitors had to tackle the longest special of the rally, totaling 523 km. It was a mixture of sand, fast tracks and bumpy rocky sections that severely tested the riders’ and drivers’ capacities with the tiredness of the last 12 days starting to take its toll. Weather and safety problems forced the organisers to cancel the stage for the bike and quad categories
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