V8 Supercars is "putting its money where its mouth is to find a female driver good enough to race full-time at the elite level," according to Mark Fogarty of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.
Backing a "declared ambition to have a woman competing in the main championship as soon as next year, V8 Supercars will provide the funding for a team to run a female who has the potential to match the established male drivers."
Video: Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 2016 NASCAR Media Tour Interview Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins the 'NASCAR Race Hub' crew to talk about the upcoming 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
Bruton Smith Discusses Coca-Cola Deal In NASCAR HOF Speech
Speedway Motorsports Inc. Exec Chair Bruton Smith "delighted the audience with an off-the-cuff speech Saturday while accepting his place in NASCAR's Hall of Fame, touching on everything from his building of Charlotte Motor Speedway to his unwavering support of Coca-Cola."
Smith in his 16-minute speech at the Charlotte Convention Center said that he "offered Pepsi Cola a 50-year deal as the exclusive soda supplier" at CMS, but the company "declined."
Last November, during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, Shell claimed that it's products and development work had been responsible for at least 25% of Ferrari's 2015 increase in performance.
The Dutch oil company said that last season it had enabled the Scuderia to gain a half a second a lap, or about 30 seconds over the distance of a race last, by elaborating five different blends of fuel over the course of the season.
The claim was questioned by Mercedes and its technical partner Petronas given the consistent sheer advantage of the German manufacturer's hybrid power unit in Formula 1.
Barcelona Finishing Renovations Ahead Of Preseason F1 Test The Circuit de Barcelona is "finishing renovations and maintenance" ahead of holding a preseason F1 test on Feb. 22, according to Josep Viaplana of SPORT.
Circuit Dir Aman Barfull said, "All the work that we are doing is from requests from the FIM and together with Uncini and Whiting we were able to find a common solution."
Ex-IndyCar driver gets into a new kind of business Former Dutch IndyCar driver Robert Doornbos is co-founder of Amsterdam-based Kiiroo. The company spent the last two years figuring out how to use the latest computer technology to simulate human touch without having someone else actually there. We warn you he is in the sex business but it's not what you might think. If you care to find out more click here. And his website goes into a lot more detail.
Senna claims first Formula E Race Off title An enthusiastic crowd was treated to a thrilling conclusion of the first ever Formula E Race Off as Bruno Senna beat Nico Prost at the Gfinity Arena in London.
Fans arrived early to set their best times around the Long Beach track and earn a shot at racing alongside their Formula E heroes. The fastest 16 went into the semi-finals, which was streamed live across Formula E’s official Twitch and YouTube channels.
Mario Andretti's love affair with racing still burns bright
Mario Andretti at his California winery
NAZARETH, Pa. -- 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.
Stallone: Senna asked me to play him in film (Update)UPDATECorrection: article says all of Senna’s wins and poles were with McLaren. This is incorrect. Senna scored pole positions (3) in every race he had with Williams. It wasn’t until after his death that Schumacher was finally able to score his first F1 pole position (1994 Monaco – the next race after the tragic San Marino race).
Stallone (L) and Senna
US actor Sylvester Stallone has claimed that three-time Formula 1 World Champion Ayrton Senna asked if he would play him in a movie before the Brazilian's fatal accident.
Stallone, best known for his roles as Rocky Balboa and John Rambo, made the comments at a recent Heritage Auctions event, where he offered up a Senna helmet gifted to him.
Senna, who took 65 pole positions, 41 wins and the aforementioned three titles - all with McLaren - during his Formula 1 career, was killed in a crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
When Earnhardt Jr. retires NASCAR will see a 50% drop in attendance and TV ratings
Despite his peers Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart announcing their own retirements, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s improvement on the track makes it difficult to answer one of the biggest questions that confronts the 41-year-old driver: When will he hang up his fire suit for good? For Earnhardt, it's a delicate balance. "I don't want to be here too long, (but) I don't want to (retire) too early," Earnhardt said.
"You want to feel like the time's right. "(Gordon and Stewart) felt like the time was right. And hopefully I'm in the same position. I've said before, that you want it to be your decision. You don't want to be fired out of the sport. You want it to be on your terms."
Earnhardt's own terms deem that the retirement process also be steady, well thought-out -- he wants to avoid saying "what if?" when the curtain does eventually fall. "I'd be a fool to turn this off right now," Earnhardt said.
Tulsa County Sheriff's Office issues statement on officer in Stewart confrontation
Stewart confronts drunken 'bubba' police officer Kyle Hess
The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office issued a brief statement Friday regarding the dustup between one of its off-duty corporals and racing legend Tony Stewart at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa a week ago. Cpl. Kyle Hess and Stewart got into a confrontation in the Expo Square grandstands during car racing the night of Jan. 15.
Cellphone video depicts the two men locking arms or hands and exchanging words, eventually ending with shoving. Sheriff's Office spokesman Justin Green said Hess remains on the job but is the subject of a personnel investigation.
Of course he says he likes twinbill. Mark Miles likes whatever IndyCar kingpin Roger Penske wants
IndyCar CEO Mark Miles sees no reason to tinker with Belle Isle's Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader format.
Miles supports the unique two races on the island, which the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix adopted in 2013.
"I expect to continue with it," said Miles during a visit to the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center on Friday. "It isn't the way we want to build out the whole series, obviously. But it started here in Detroit, and it worked well. It adds value here."
IndyCar owner Chip Ganassi said in a recent trip to Detroit that he didn't favor the twinbill, the only doubleheader on the IndyCar schedule, saying it was too hard on teams, drivers and budgets.
Video: 1992 Indianapolis 500 When IndyCars were real race cars. Note the huge crowd at Indy, with 100% full grandstands and grandstands in the infield that are long gone now. What was so wrong with CART that Tony George had to destroy it all and reduce IndyCar to a mere shadow of what it once was?
Labor of love in restoring Jeff Gordon's car for sale
Gordon's Baby Ruth Flyer
Well of course it was a fellow named Jeff Gordon who discovered a fellow named Jeff Gordon's celebrated inaugural NASCAR winning car – the debutante drive of what would become a Hall of Fame racing career.
And now -- after years of effort to historically and meticulously restore the former Busch Grand National car that Jeff Gordon first drove to a NASCAR Victory Lane in 1992, three times total -- the famed No. 1 Baby Ruth Ford will be showcased and available for purchase at the Barrett-Jackson auction Jan. 29 in Scottsdale, Arizona under the rather nondescript lot heading: "1094.1: 1992 T-Bird NASCAR."
It has been both a labor of love and antiquity for the dozen or so involved in this project from the original guys who worked on the car like Billy Hess [original chassis builder], Keith Simmons [crew chief] and Ray Evernham -- efforts led and inspired by the retired NHRA star Darrell Gwynn, who will donate the money raised in the auction to his Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.
Ground Effect F1 Cars Celebrated At 74th Goodwood Members' Meeting
Andretti in the Lotus 79
The brutally dramatic ground effect F1 cars of the late 1970s and early ’80s will be celebrated in spectacular style at the 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting on March 19-20, 2016.
Ground effect aerodynamics represented a quantum leap in F1 design; F1 teams had been utilizing front and rear wings to create downforce for nearly a decade, but when Lotus’ Peter Wright turned his attention to the underside of the vehicle instead, the results were remarkable, and cornering speeds increased dramatically.
NASCAR Not Planning To Alter Tonight's HOF Induction Schedule due to storm UPDATE They lied. NASCAR on Friday unveiled an amended schedule for its HOF induction weekend due to the winter weather, with the induction ceremony to air live on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM Radio starting at 2:30pm ET Saturday. The event, originally slated for Friday night, also will stream on NBC Sports Live Extra.
Some ancillary events, including HOFer autograph sessions, a red carpet procession and Saturday's Fan Appreciation Day activities, have been canceled altogether. The HOF will honor its free-admission policy for Saturday's Fan Appreciation Day. NASCAR
INDYCAR to play key role in Phoenix Car Week activities The car collector world turns its attention to the Phoenix area Jan. 23-31 for its annual Classic Car Week.
INDYCAR will be in the thick of the auction and car show excitement on the brink of a historic 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season that includes the legendary 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and the return of Indy car racing to Phoenix International Raceway.
Felix Rosenqvist to join Zach Veach at Belardi for Homestead test BROWNSBURG, IN (January 22, 2015) – Belardi Auto Racing is ready to break cover at Homestead-Miami Speedway next week to begin their quest to regain the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship that they won in 2014 with Gabby Chaves. The team announced the popular signing of series race winner Zach Veach back in November and the young American will be joined by reigning European F3 champion Felix Rosenqvist on the 2.21-mile 14-turn road course on January 26-27. This is the first official test of the 2016 season and the Mazda Road to Indy technical staff will be trackside to make sure the cars are legal and the drivers are primed and ready to go.
Street racing extraordinaire Mike Conway will be an upgrade for Venturi Formula E.
Mike Conway, 32, will be on the starting grid with the Venturi Formula-E Team in Buenos-Aires on February 4th for the next round of the FIA Formula-E the electric single-seater championship.
"Venturi is a top team in Formula-E so it’s great to be able to join … " said Mike from the Venturi Headquarters in Monaco on Thursday " … the series is innovative and quite unique. It is quickly growing momentum and it’s attractive to a lot of manufacturers to showcase their technologies - so, it’s exciting to be a part of the series."
Comerica Bank Returns as Sponsor of Free Prix Day in Detroit
The best way to boost weekend attendance numbers is to make Friday free
Comerica Bank is helping the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix build on an established tradition that began in 1982 with the very first Grand Prix in Detroit. It was announced today that Comerica Bank will return as the sponsor of "Free Prix Day" and help Detroit start its summer right on Friday, June 3.
All fans are welcome to attend the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix free of charge and have courtesy access to the Paddock area, known as "the locker room of motorsports," on Comerica Bank Free Prix Day. This marks the fourth year that Comerica Bank will provide fans the opportunity to come and experience the sights and sounds of the first day of the Grand Prix with free access to Belle Isle Park.
Buckler, Ganassi, Rahal and Riley are candidates for 2015 Rolex Snodgrass Award Four sports car team owners – Kevin Buckler (Petaluma, Calif.), Chip Ganassi (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Bobby Rahal (Chicago, Ill.) and Bill Riley (Mooresville, N.C.) – have been named as candidates for the 2015 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence, presented by Gorsline Company, based on their team's success on the track during the 2015 race season. The award recipient will be chosen by a panel of motor sports professionals and announced on Friday, January 29, 2016, during the Grand Marshal dinner at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The 2015 honoree will be presented with a specially engraved Rolex Stainless Steel and Platinum Yacht-Master timepiece.
Tony Stewart might be in the best shape of his life, and just in time. At 44, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has declared this to be his final Sprint Cup season as a driver, and he's doing everything in his power to make it memorable.
"I'm eating better, drinking better, working out, doing stuff I swore I would never do - and I'm doing it in my last year," said Stewart, facing Thursday's a media during the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour.
NASCAR and Sprint Cup Series team owners continue to work toward an agreement on a possible charter system. While no official word has been given on when the plan may be put into place that would afford owners equity in the series, several key players have spoken on the subject.
"We don't have it finished and it's still moving around a little bit," NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said earlier this week. "The time line is sooner rather than later. This is a complicated plan and structure that will require some time to phase in. We'll announce things as soon as we can, but I'm optimistic." Prominent team owners echo France's sentiment that the plan will be good for the sport when it's finally completed.
Stewart would like Brian France to be more hands on as a CEO
Brian France, the invisible man
Tony Stewart wants to see Brian France around the Sprint Cup circuit a whole lot more. Stewart, who is competing in his final Sprint Cup Series season in 2016, said on SiriusXM Speedway on Thursday afternoon that he would like to have NASCAR's CEO be present more frequently, both in discussions with drivers and during race weekends.
"You never see Brian France," Stewart said. "He shows up at the drivers' meeting and you never see him after that. But I picked up what Brian was putting down. And he's right's it's their series and they've got to make the decisions. Just because it's my idea doesn't mean it's the right idea. I would like to think in the 37 years I've been in racing that I've learned a thing or two."
Tony Stewart disinterested in discussing argument with fan at Lucas
Tony Stewart had no interest in explaining what happened Friday when he approached a fan in the stands during the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.
The three-time Sprint Cup champion made national headlines when he moved toward a heckler -- who turned out to be off-duty Tulsa County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Kyle Hess -- during the annual event at the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Double debut for Porsche at the long distance classic in Florida
Porsche 911 GT3 R
Stuttgart. The IMSA SportsCar Championship heads into the new season on 30/31 January with the 24 Hours of Daytona. Porsche celebrates a double debut at the 54th running of the sports car classic in Florida: Both the new Porsche 911 RSR as well as the new Porsche 911 GT3 R contest their first races on the Daytona International Speedway. The Porsche North America works squad campaigns the 911 RSR in the GTLM class, with the 911 GT3 R fielded by customer teams in the GTD class. Porsche's track record at Daytona includes 22 overall and 76 class victories, making Porsche the most successful manufacturer in the history of this prestigious race.
The race Next to Le Mans, Daytona is the greatest long distance classic in international motor racing. The 24-hour event is held on the 5.729-kilometer Daytona International Speedway, one of the most famous racetracks in the world. Combining the original oval and the infield, the circuit includes twelve turns, two of them banked.
Repucom to provide sponsorship research and consulting services to INDYCAR (Update) UPDATE "This is a good, smart move as Repucom is the leader in sponsorship exposure valuation," said Zak Brown, founder of Zionsville-based Just Marketing International, one of the world’s biggest motorsports marketing firms. "I see this move as IndyCar providing a service and data to demonstrate sponsor exposure and value."
Since the report is paid for by IndyCar the report will say just how great everything is.
The IndyCar Series' television ratings and live attendance have crept upwards in recent years. But most IndyCar races are still below the 1.0 Nielsen rating [1 million viewers nationwide] that many sponsors demand. And that is the #1 issue. IndyCar likes to collect the check from NBCSN instead of putting all the races on ABC or NBC terrestrial TV, which would guarantee the average rating per race would be over 1.0. In other words, IndyCar cares about themselves, not their teams. Who cares if the teams have to rely on ride-buyers instead of getting sponsorship on their own using solid TV numbers, as long as IndyCar gets that check from NBCSN every month....right?
PennGrade becomes first ever Indy 500 presenting sponsor (Update) UPDATE The Speedway and the company declined to name the price, but two people with knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sport and the Indianapolis Star that it is worth roughly $5 million over three years. The people requested anonymity because terms of the deal were to be undisclosed.
01/21/16 The historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29 added more history today with the race's first presenting sponsor, PennGrade Motor Oil.A brand of Lebanon, Indiana-based D-A Lubricant Company, PennGrade Motor Oil will serve as presenting sponsor through a multi-year deal running through 2018.
"This historic announcement is welcome news for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and generates even more momentum for the entire Verizon IndyCar Series," Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles said. "PennGrade Motor Oil, with its deep understanding of the heritage and tradition that fuels the Indy 500, is the perfect presenting sponsor for the world's greatest race."
Laughlin Motorsports Teams Up with Gas Monkey Garage For 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Series in Pro Stock
Gas Monkey Garage Chevrolet Camaro
Laughlin Motorsports and Gas Monkey Garage announced a partnership today for a Pro Stock entry in the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello drag racing series with young Texas driver Alex Laughlin at the wheel of the 2016 Gas Monkey Garage Chevrolet Camaro.
The highly-popular Gas Monkey Garage, featuring collection cars and auto rebuilding in the worldwide television show, “Fast n Loud” on the Discovery Channel, makes its return appearance in the 24-race NHRA Mello Yello national drag racing circuit beginning Feb. 11-14 at the NHRA Circle K Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
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