It was announced earlier this evening on Sirius XM Radio that Regan Smith would be replacing Alex Bowman in the #7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet. We'll pass along the official release when we receive it.
Dreyer & Reinbold - Kingdom Racing announced tonight that Gas Monkey Garage will serve as its primary sponsor partner for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 set for May 29, 2016 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway with young star Sage Karam driving.
The highly-popular Gas Monkey Garage, featuring performance car builds in the global television show, “Fast N’ Loud” on Discovery, makes its first appearance in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
Share of young and old with driver's licenses is declining, survey shows
This article supports what Mark Cipolloni wrote recently in this article - that motorsports is going to be in huge trouble when driving is something people no longer do. What are the leaders doing to prepare for it?
A University of Michigan study of state driver's licensing statistics shows a sharp decline over the past two decades among people under 25 years of age getting their driver's licenses.
The drop signals high-schoolers and college-age Americans are less interested in driving than previous generations. And the change is spreading to their parents and grandparents, moves that have auto makers scrambling to ramp up investments in alternative mobility services such car-hailing services.
Vantage Hotels Checks In With Jonathan Byrd's Racing Jonathan Byrd's Racing, which recently announced a partnership with Dale Coyne Racing that will bring Bryan Clauson to the Indianapolis 500 as the centerpiece of his "Chasing 200 Tour," while also putting Conor Daly in a full-time IndyCar seat for the 2016 season, is pleased to announce a partnership with Vantage Hotels as the official lodging partner of Jonathan Byrd's Racing.
More than 100 hours of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action will air on FOX Sports television platforms in 2016, including FS1 coverage of every race and a FOX network telecast.
The 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona kicks off 63 hours of live FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2016 WeatherTech Championship season beginning on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. ET on FS1. FOX Sports will televise 16 hours of the Rolex 24 live across its FS1 and FS2 cable networks as well as FOX Sports Go with FS1 authentication. A highlight of the 2016 WeatherTech Championship television schedule will be the FOX network live telecast of the Northeast Grand Prix from Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut on Saturday, July 23.
Vantage Hotels checks-in with Jonathan Byrd's Racing
Vantage Hotels gets on board with Bryan Clauson's Cchasing 200 Tour."
Greenwood, IN – Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, which recently announced a partnership with Dale Coyne Racing that will bring Bryan Clauson to the Indianapolis 500 as the centerpiece of his “Chasing 200 Tour,” while also putting Conor Daly in a full-time IndyCar seat for the 2016 season, is pleased to announce a partnership with Vantage Hotels as the official lodging partner of Jonathan Byrd’s Racing.
Vantage Hotels (www.vantagehotels.com), a top 10 global hotel company, is a family of hotel brands with over 1,200 locations and 65,000 guest rooms worldwide. From economy to upscale, the roster of Vantage Hotels includes the Lexington Inns & Hotels, Americas Best Value Inn, Canada's Best Value Inn, Jameson Inn, Signature Inn, 3 Palms Hotels & Resorts, Country Hearth Inn & Suites, America’s Best Inns & Suites Value Inn Worldwide, Value Hotel Worldwide and brands, offering customers exceptional comfort, quality and service at an affordable rate.
Utah Motorsports Campus announces 2016 schedule TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH — Tooele County and Utah Motorsports Campus are pleased to announce their schedule of events for the 2016 season, with a full and diverse slate of professional and amateur races.
Utah Motorsports Campus, which is managing the facility on behalf of Tooele County while the procedures to sell the former Miller Motorsports Park take place, has been able to put together a complete schedule of events on very short notice.
Juncos breaks ground on new headquarters in downtown Speedway Speedway, Ind. — Argentinean racing team Juncos Racing is today breaking ground on a new facility and headquarters in downtown Speedway. Joined by the Speedway Redevelopment Commission (SRC), Speedway Town Manager Ian Nicolini and President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Doug Boles, Juncos dug the first shovels into its new $3 million, 41,000-square-foot facility situated at the corner of Gilman Street and Allison Way in Speedway.
The facility will house a body shop and office space for its six drivers and 25 employees. An additional 30,000 square feet will be available for future expansion, and Juncos has future plans to do machining, painting and other work in-house, limiting the need for outsourcing. Completion is projected for summer or early fall 2016.
Video: Team Penske Celebrates 50 Years With Gala At NASCAR HOF Team Penske last night at the NASCAR HOF held an event to celebrate the organization's 50 years in motorsports. Attendees included 43 of the 85 drivers in team history, as well as a surprise appearance by comedian and well-known car enthusiast Jay Leno. The dinner and celebration opened with a video recounting the team's history, narrated by Tom Brokaw.
Nexteer Automotive Partners with Richard Childress Racing Nexteer Automotive joins Richard Childress Racing's family of leading-edge companies in 2016 with a partnership that positions the global leader in intuitive motion control with the 47-year-old NASCAR organization in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
"Nexteer has been part of NASCAR competition for many years. Our base hydraulic steering systems that have made production vehicles safe and fun to drive are also used in the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series," said Luis Canales, Nexteer director of corporate affairs. "Nexteer's and RCR's shared history of innovation and reliability is a perfect fit. The Nexteer team looks forward to expanding our role in the thrilling world of NASCAR to grow our brand and engagement with our global customers and employees."
Stefano Coletti moving from IndyCar to sportscars so he can get paid to drive and earn a living
SMP Racing will test Monegasque driver Stefano Coletti at Circuit Paul Ricard today in one of its BR Engineering BR01 Nissans.
Coletti, 26, ran the full Verizon IndyCar Series season in 2015, but struggled with only one top-10 finish in 16 starts with the KV Racing Technology team. He finished lowest of all full-season drivers in 19th place in points in his first season after coming over from the GP2 Series.
SMP Racing has one of its FIA WEC seats still to fill in LMP2, with Nicolas Minassian having confirmed to Sportscar365 that he and Maurizio Mediani would be in one of the BR01 Nissans. The other car will feature an all-Russian lineup of Vitaly Petrov, Kirill Ladygin and Victor Shaytar.
General Motors’ new car-sharing service, Maven, will provide customers access to highly personalized, on-demand mobility services
General Motors announced today its next step in redefining personal mobility with a new car-sharing service called Maven, which combines and expands the company’s multiple programs under one single brand.
Maven’s mission is to give customers access to highly personalized, on-demand mobility services. The global Maven team includes more than 40 dedicated employees from the connected car technology industry as well as ride- and car-sharing professionals from Google, Zipcar and Sidecar.
"GM is at the forefront of redefining the future of personal mobility," said GM President Dan Ammann. "With the launch of our car-sharing service through Maven, the strategic alliance with ride-sharing company Lyft, and building on our decades of leadership in vehicle connectivity through OnStar, we are uniquely positioned to provide the high level of personalized mobility services our customers expect today and in the future."
Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth aren't likely to be dining together soon, but the discomfort produced by their late-season on-track troubles last year seems to have eased. Logano knocked Kenseth's car out of the way as he raced to a win Oct. 18 at Kansas Speedway. Kenseth retaliated two weeks later at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia, sending Logano's car into the wall and keeping from an almost-certain victory. NASCAR suspended Kenseth for two races because of the crash. NASCAR called the two drivers into a meeting the weekend of the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Walt Czarnicki, Executive VP, Penske Corporation & Vice Chairman, Team Penske was asked: YOU ALSO HAVE GREAT CONTINUITY WITH YOUR SPONSORS. TALK ABOUT SOME OF THOSE RELATIONSHIP AND PROGRAMS.
"I think one of the hallmarks of our team over the years has been continuity of sponsorship. Miller Brewing Company has been with us since 1983-84, Snap On tools and other companies like that. PPG for example. Over the course of time we have expanded that context to sponsors and we are at a point now where we are happy to announce here that we have extended our relationship with Bosch.
Wood Brothers Racing will be running a full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule for the first time since 2008. Ryan Blaney will drive the #21 Ford, running for Rookie of the Year. The team spoke about that topic as part of Wednesday's Charlotte Media Tour at the Ford Technical Center. Eddie Wood was asked: How many of the 36 races will we see Motorcraft (and Quick Lane) on the (#21) car?
Speedway Motorsports executive chairman and founder Bruton Smith has earned his reputation as a visionary.
Smith’s latest grand vision will unfold Sept. 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
During a Wednesday night stop on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour in downtown Charlotte, BMS general manager Jerry Caldwell offered some insight on an event that has been discussed, debated and dreamed about for decades.
Spec engine on track for Trucks NASCAR Camping World Truck Series director Elton Sawyer confirmed with members of the media during the Charlotte International Speedway Media Tour that the new Delta spec engine for the series is still on schedule for debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway this May.
"Everything looks good for a Charlotte debut," Sawyer said. "We've gotten great response from the industry and the teams. We look forward to seeing it on the track in Charlotte."
Activist group starts campaign to kill Boston IndyCar race (3rd Update) UPDATE #3
Mark Miles, the CEO of IndyCar's parent company Hulman & Company, has dismissed latest call for cancellation for the series' newest event according to Motorsport.com.
Mark Miles has rejected the notion that September's Grand Prix of Boston is under threat, following a public letter written to Boston's mayor Martin J. Walsh by a group calling itself Coalition Against IndyCar Boston.
At the same time, the mayor himself has also expressed his belief in the event to be held on a 2.25-mile temporary layout around the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the Seaport district on Labor Day.
Smithfield to sponsor Almirola for 31 races in 2016
Late last season, Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) and Ford Performance announced their commitment to winning races and championships together in an extension that will see RPM carrying the iconic blue oval in years to come. RPM will continue to have the championship caliber engineering, technology and resources of Ford Performance. Officials from RPM and Ford Performance have worked diligently toward building a mutually beneficial relationship that saw immediate results. They have worked together in the wind tunnel, on aerodynamic packages and on collecting engineering data. The result was increased consistency and performance for the organization.
Audi ushered in the famous Hahnenkamm weekend in Kitzbuhel (Austria) with a new discipline. At the Audi quattro #SuperQ that was held for the first time, the leader of the Slalom World Cup, Henrik Kristoffersen (Norway), and MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) triumphed on Wednesday.
Four skiing aces and four other professional athletes accepted the challenge of the two-time DTM Champion Mattias Ekstrom to test his near-580-hp Audi S1 EKS RX quattro from the FIA World Rallycross Championship before the Hahnenkamm ski races. Two 367-hp Audi RS 3 Sportback* cars were available as well for fast laps on a course of snow and ice specifically prepared by Audi for this purpose. Two athletes each formed a team.
McLaren Automotive announces 4 new retail locations in USA
McLaren 570S Coupe
McLaren Automotive continues to strengthen its retail footprint with the opening of four new locations in the US. The appointment of McLaren retailers in Bergen County NJ, Boston MA, Houston TX and Palm Beach FL is an important step in the development of the brand and follows the introduction of the new Sports Series model range, which just arrived in showrooms a few weeks ago.
The four new retailers now offer sales and aftersales facilities for all McLaren models, and they will soon complete their new state-of-the-art retail facilities featuring the latest McLaren visual identity. These locations will provide the ultimate in retail experience coupled with market-leading customer service and personal approach.
Renault's new F1 car passes FIA crash tests Renault is the latest Formula 1 team to announce that it has passed the FIA's mandatory crash tests, clearing the renewed works outfit to take part in the upcoming pre-season test sessions in Barcelona.
After a spell as an engine supplier, Renault opted to buy back Lotus, the team it previously owned from 2002-2010, and return to Formula 1 as a full-time factory entry from 2016.
Wood Brothers Racing Eager for Return to Full-Time Racing
PAST, MEET FUTURE
Long a part of NASCAR’s past, the iconic Wood Brothers Racing team is positioning itself to be a big part of its future with the return of the No. 21 Ford to full-time Sprint Cup Series racing in 2016.
Ford Wednesday’s lunch stop on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom highlighted several reasons Ford Performance has to be optimistic about the upcoming year both on the track and off, including unveiling the newly designed Ford Fusion stock car that will debut at the Daytona 500 next month.
Christian Bale is out of Michael Mann's Enzo Ferrari movie, says Hollywood pub Variety. Sources told the publication that Bale was concerned about the weight gain required to play Ferrari for the movie, which starts shooting in spring.
That's a little bit of a surprise to Bale fans. The actor dropped an amazing amount of weight to play Trevor Reznik in "The Machinist" and gained a ton of muscle to play Bruce Wayne in the "Dark Knight" series. So he's no stranger to physically getting into a role.
Jean Todt wants to make sure closed cockpits are safe. Hilarious given the hundreds of drivers who have died in open cockpit cars over the years from head trauma. Hundreds of drivers will have to die in closed cockpit cars before there is even a tie.
FIA president Jean Todt says he will only consider closed cockpits in Formula One once he is certain it would not come with additional consequences.
Calls for closed cockpits to be introduced in open wheel racing increased last year following the death of IndyCar's Justin Wilson, who was struck by a loose piece of debris in an August race. It came just weeks after former Marussia driver Jules Bianchi succumbed to the severe head injuries he suffered at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix following a collision with a recovery vehicle.
Since Wilson's death the FIA has been looking into three cockpit protection solutions but there are lingering concerns about driver visibility and the impact such designs would have on a swift exit from a car. Todt says he will not seriously consider implementing closed cockpit solutions in motor racing until all the facts and consequences of doing so are fully understood.
An artificial caution every 20 min. will bunch up the trucks so they can wreck more.
NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series revealed a brand-new feature that has never been seen in motor racing, and based on that fact alone, it's worth asking how the NCWTS found value in an idea Formula 1, IndyCar, and every other major championship left on the cutting room floor writes Marshall Pruett of Road & Track.
Announced during NASCAR's pre-season Media Tour on Tuesday, the NCWTS will actually schedule caution periods this season using a countdown clock. For those who are familiar with motor racing, a caution period is traditionally used when a problem arises—a car has crashed and needs to be retrieved, harmful debris is on the racetrack, or some other issue has necessitated a temporary halt to the action. With the new NCWTS caution clock, those halts will happen every 20 minutes, regardless of whether it's needed.
Audi of America announces pricing for the all-new 2017 R8
2017 Audi R8
Faster, more efficient, and more capable both on and off the racetrack, the all-new 2017 R8 is the most powerful Audi production model ever. The R8, with its breathtaking performance, high-revving naturally aspirated motor, precise handling and driver-focused interior, embodies the automotive distinction that has become synonymous with the four rings.
IndyCar Testing Schedule Below, is an updated 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series testing schedule beginning with today's Honda Manufacturer test at Sebring International Raceway. Changes are certainly possible as the offseason progresses, so stay tuned to AR1 for all the details.
Date: Jan. 20, 2016 Track: Sebring International Raceway
McLaren and Haas launch speculation Per the Judge13:
McLaren – 21 February
What to Expect: Last year Ron Dennis rejected the unanimous cries for a retro McLaren-Honda look. Instead, the design techs opted for a “predatory look“, accompanied by a clumsy snub nosed model. Who would have thought “Size Zero” could be so…unattractive? This year we have hopes that his graphics team can muster up something that can match their legacy, and not last season’s pace. There are no clues, all we can hope for is something different.
Albertsons Companies and Shore Lodge to Join RPM and Brian Scott in 2016 Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that Albertsons Companies and Shore Lodge will partner with the No. 44 team and driver Brian Scott. Scott, an Idaho native, will be making his team debut in February's season opener Daytona 500 and will compete for Rookie of the Year. Albertsons Companies and Shore Lodge, both Idaho-based companies, will adorn the hood of the No. 44 Ford for 16 races and have associate placement for the remaining 20 races.
Daytona Rising Update: Installation Of Grandstand Seats Complete The last of 101,500 new grandstand seats at Daytona Int'l Speedway was installed yesterday by ISC Chair Jim France and longtime DIS ticket holder Ted Swartzlander.
The ceremony concluded the latest phase of the Daytona Rising project, which was begun in July '13.
DIS Senior Dir of Ticketing Kari Gritton said that there has been a "high retention" rate, with a "big response from those who had backstretch grandstand seats, which are now gone." Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL
Roush Fenway Racing Signs KFC As Primary Sponsor Of No. 16 Ford
Greg Biffle's new livery
Roush Fenway Racing this morning will announce that KFC will replace Ortho in '16 as primary sponsor of Greg Biffle's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 16 Ford Fusion.
The multi-race deal with the QSR subsidiary of Yum! Brands starts at the Daytona 500 and Sprint Unlimited All-Star event leading up to it. KFC will activate its crispy Nashville Hot Chicken line to start by having the Nashville Hot Chicken logo on the car.
KFC jumps into the fold after Ortho, which is owned by Scotts Miracle-Gro and sponsored about half of the 36 points races for the No. 16 last year, indicated to RFR that it would not return for '16. Adam Stern/SportsBusinessDaily.com
VIDEO: Introducing Stefan Mucke Stefan Mucke was one of the first drivers signed by Ford Chip Ganassi Racing for its return to the Le Mans 24 Hours. The German driver will compete in the full FIA World Endurance Championship but he actually makes his race debut in the Ford GT in just over a week at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. He joins the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA team as the third driver in the #67 Ford GT for the 24 hour race.
Kyle Busch skipping restrictor-plate races in Xfinity and Trucks
The 2016 schedule for defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch is coming into focus. He plans to run a full Sprint Cup Series schedule for the first time since 2014, about 15 to 18 Xfinity Series races and no Camping World Truck Series races as of now.
And notably, Busch is skipping all of the restrictor-plate races in the lower series after getting badly injured during one of them last season.
"No restrictor-plate races," he said Tuesday. "I'm out of that stuff."
Leavine Family Racing has announced parts of their 2016 season plans. So far the team has announced that driver Michael McDowell will return to drive and that the team will run the full 2016 Sprint Cup Series season.
Supposedly Joe Falk, owner of the #33 Circle Sport team, has merged / sold the team to Leavine Family Racing, so the #95 team has owners points to be eligible for a charter (when/if NASCAR goes to that ownership system) or be higher in owners points.
Sources have confirmed that David Ragan has a deal to drive the #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota for BK Racing in 2016. Heading into the season-finale at Homestead in 2015, Ragan was the favorite to drive the #9 Ford (new the #44) for Richard Petty Motorsports but a last-minute influx of sponsorship and cash helped foist Brian Scott into the driver's seat.
Although the details of the agreement are still in their infancy and haven't yet, been made public, sources did confirm that Ragan had a deal.
Monster Energy MXGP of the Americas To Put Charlotte, zMAX Dragway on Global Racing Stage
Charlotte Motor Speedway is known for firsts, and Labor Day weekend will launch another first with the running of the inaugural Monster Energy MXGP of the Americas at zMAX Dragway. The best Motocross riders from 16 countries will compete on the one-mile dirt course installed at the world-famous four-lane dragway in what is known as the "F1" of motocross.
The MXGP World Championship is the premiere Motocross Championship in the world where the series is run on 18 top race tracks in Europe, USA, Qatar, Thailand, Argentina and Mexico from February through September with the famous Motocross Energy Motorcross of Nations closing the eight-month season. The MXGP World Championship has its roots in Europe where it was established 59 years ago in 1957 by the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme). It is the leading off-road motorsports series in the world and the fastest growing motorsports series in the U.S. ahead all other motorcycle specialties.
Video of incident with Robby Gordon on final day of Dakar Rally Robby Gordon had to withdraw from the Dakar Rally on the final day after this incident with a support vehicle. Someone in the support vehicle was handing something to Gordon's co-driver (food?) when they touched. The car videoing the whole thing appears to roll and the video cuts off. Two people were injured.
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