IndyCar wants $10-$15M annually from next series sponsor (Update)
If Miles thinks he is going to get $10-$15M annually from a sponsor with low TV ratings on a cable TV channel, and with little global reach, he's fooling himself.
UPDATE IndyCar would love to get the $20 million annually Monster is paying NASCAR for the Cup series - $10M in cash and $10M in series promotion. One executive that represents companies involved in sports sponsorships told IBJ that IndyCar officials are “dreaming” if they think they can land a title sponsor willing to pay $20 million--cash and promotion combined--annually. AR1.com has said for a long time that the TV deal with NBCSN would come back to haunt them as there is no way a company will pay that kind of money for those minuscule TV ratings.
If Mark Miles wants to land a big series title sponsor and a 3rd engine manufacturer, he needs to announce a 100% network TV deal very soon. A 100% network TV deal will almost ensure the lowest number of viewers for any given race will be 1 million and go up from there. International TV distribution will also be important. Then sponsors and manufacturers will become interested in IndyCar.
StarCom Racing acquires charter for full Cup season StarCom Racing acquired a NASCAR Charter for the upcoming 2018 MENCS season and will run a full 36-week schedule. SCR, a new team in 2017, led by Team Manager Derrike Cope will hit the track at the Daytona 500 in the 00 Chevy Camaro.
"What a wonderful opportunity it is for our organization to have secured a charter for 2018! We are so excited for Mike, Matt, Bill and Ashley at StarCom Racing for all their patience and generosity in facilitating this to happen," comments Cope. "We have a strong and enthusiastic team that are now working with renewed vigor and we can't wait to start the season."
Brad Keselowski says NASCAR chairman Brian France needs to be at tracks
Brad Keselowski certainly isn't the first one to say NASCAR chairman Brian France needs to show up at the track more often.
But the fact he said it would be the one thing he would change about NASCAR (he was asked that question) shows just how controversial France's leadership style is as the sport continues to face challenges.
Kyle Busch Motorsports Announces Driver Lineup for 2018
Kyle Busch Motorsports has announced their driver lineup for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.
Brandon Jones, Spencer Davis and Riley Herbst will each split time behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra as well as the team's No. 46 and No. 4 entries, with Jones and Davis making five starts each and Herbst making two starts.
Jones, who will be running a full-time schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series in 2018, will race the truck at Kansas on May 11, Chicagoland on June 29, Kentucky on July 12, Las Vegas on Sept. 14 at Las Vegas. He will also race the No. 46 Toyota at Charlotte on May 18.
Davis, who has raced in ARCA and the K&N Pro Series East, will campaign the No. 51 truck at Daytona on Feb 16, Atlanta on Feb. 24, Texas on June 8 and Michigan on Aug. 11 plus a start in the no. 4 truck on March 2 at Las Vegas.
Herbst will be entering his second full-time ARCA season driving for JGR, and competing in the truck series at Gateway on June 23 and Las Vegas on Sept. 14.
NASCAR To Allow Teams To Obtain Data On Competitors
NASCAR has confirmed that it will allow teams to share and obtain data from other racing organizations this season, including telemetry data such as braking, throttle and RPM data, but they stress it’s no different from what teams can already acquire on their own from fans and viewers at home can get from products such as "RaceView" and "FanView".
Several drivers who were interviewed during this weekend’s NASCAR Media Tour were unaware of new policy, since NASCAR has yet to make an official announcement.
At least one driver, Kyle Busch, was vehemently opposed to the idea.
"That's news to me," said Busch. "That's entirely not fair. I'd rather just disconnect all my stuff to begin with so nobody gets to see it.
"I'd much rather just not have anybody be able to see anything. Even if I'm behind, I feel like I'm better at being able to catch up than just being able to hand my data to somebody else and say, here, here it is, this is how you do it. That's not good. That's the first I've heard of that."
Right Around the Corner: Rolex 24 The biggest race of the year is right around the corner. See some of this year’s stars like Fernando Alonso, Scott Pruett, Andy Lally and more, as well as relive some of the best moments from last year’s Rolex 24 set again for Saturday, January 27, 2018. Watch live on FOX at 2 p.m. ET. Comment
RCR Announces Multi-Driver Lineup for the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Richard Childress Racing announced its No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS entry for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) will feature a talented multi-driver lineup. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) drivers Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon, ARCA Racing Series competitor Shane Lee, second-generation racer Jeb Burton and two-time NXS winner Brendan Gaughan will all share time behind the wheel of the Camaro SS throughout the season.
ThorSport Racing Partners With Ford For 2018 (Update) UPDATE1/24/18
Matt Crafton sporting a new Ford logo on his drivers suit
ThorSport Racing drivers Ben Rhodes and Grant Enfinger will return to the team for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, joining driver Matt Crafton.
Enfinger, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series champion, will return to drive the no. 98 Ford F-150, while Rhodes will pilot the no. 41 Ford which will utilize the owners points from the no. 27 truck Rhodes campaigned in during the 2017 season.
ThorSport Racing announced Monday that they will field Ford F-150’s for their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entries for the 2018 season.
ThorSport announced last week it was severing their six-year partnership with Toyota. The Sandusky, Ohio-based team won back to back championships with driver Matt Crafton driving for Toyota in 2013 and 2014. The team previously fielded Chevrolet’s from the team’s founding in 1996 until 2012.
DHL Express renews partnership with Race Of Champions
DHL Express delivers ROC trophies
DHL Express will be the Official Logistics Provider at the first Race Of Champions in the Middle East – to be held on February 2-3, 2018 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Riyadh’s King Fahad International Stadium.
The international shipping and courier delivery company will support the logistical demands of putting together the world’s fastest stadium race, including shipping the event’s competition cars and the time keeping system. DHL Express will also use its fast international shipments to transport the famous ROC Winners Trophy, which will be awarded to the overall Champion of Champions.
Taco Bell Employees Are Eligible for Discounts on Corvettes and Cadillacs
Taco Bell employee Steve Smith upon hearing he can buy a Corvette Grand Sport for $62K
For any Taco Bell crew members "on-break" reading this on their phone in the bathroom stall, we have good news. According to Cars Direct, you're eligible for some pretty substantial discounts on virtually any General Motors vehicle. And yes, that includes the cool stuff like Corvettes and Cadillacs. Okay, so we suspect the average Taco Bell "food champion" fry cook won't exactly be in the market for a CTS-V, but something like a nicely-equipped Chevy Cruze or Sonic might just be the set of wheels to make all of those long nights and weekends feeding the hungover worthwhile.
Vinales Extends Contract with Yamaha for 2019 - 2020
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced the re-signing of Maverick Vinales with the Yamaha Factory Racing Team for two further years. The news was made official today, during the 2018 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team presentation, held in Casa Del Lector, Matadero (Madrid, Spain).
Vinales finished his first year with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP in third place in the MotoGP Championship standings. With three brilliant race wins and a total of seven strong podium finishes in 2017, Yamaha is confident in their partnership with the 23-year-old Spaniard and looks forward to being a serious title contender in 2018 and the following two seasons.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Presents its 2018 Colors in Madrid
Revised Yamaha Livery
The Italy-based Yamaha Factory Racing team traveled to Madrid not only to present a new livery, but also to celebrate its strong partnership with telecommunications giant Telefonica Spain.
The two companies signed a five-year partnership agreement in the premier class of road racing in 2014, underlined with Movistar becoming the team's title sponsor. In the past four years, Yamaha and Telefonica Spain's shared values and passion for innovation laid the groundwork for success, resulting in a MotoGP Triple Crown in 2015 and the MotoGP Team's Title in 2016.
New Era Cap, in its fourth year as the official headwear of IndyCar, has teamed up with top US single seater team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) on an exciting new collaboration.
The team has inked a deal with the 98-year-old company to expand beyond headwear and include team kit and fan merchandise for drivers James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens and Jack Harvey as well as all SPM team members and executives. The track-side collection will feature polo shirts, coats, dress shirts, vests, winter headwear, training apparel and custom victory shirts all donning the SPM and New Era logos. The New Era logo will also be featured on their cars and fire suits throughout all 17 rounds of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Relive Danica's history making 2013 Daytona 500 Watch as Danica Patrick becomes the first woman to lead laps in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in the 2013 Daytona 500. She finished 8th, her best finish ever at Daytona. Comment
IndyCar CEO thinks old car with new bodywork will attract manufacturers
Mark Miles thinks a better looking car will attract new manufacturers. Psst, someone please tell him manufacturers are not coming until IndyCar gets a minimum of 1 million TV viewers per race. IndyCar needs a 16-race network TV deal. Will he succeed or fail?
Mark Miles was recently asked why the Verizon IndyCar Series’ brain trust visionaries place so much importance on eventually adding a third engine manufacturer.
The president and CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent company of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, reiterated why growth is a continual priority after unveiling the Verizon IndyCar Series’ new redesigned car with a universal aero kit last week.
“We’re standing here at the North American International Auto Show and you just see the marketing power of these companies,” Miles said, referring to the many eye-catching auto industry displays at Cobo Center. “Our two (engine manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda) are great, but add another one and, sure, there would be an alternative engine supplier and that’s important, but it’s also you’d have a third major global company that’s invested in and we’ll be talking about in marketing the series. It’s really for both technical and commercial purposes.”
Speedway Motorsports outlines 2018 fan initiatives
Continuing its "Fans First" approach and building on its lasting legacy of providing exceptional sports entertainment experiences, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK) officials have revealed new, cutting-edge developments at several speedways.
"Speedway Motorsports works very hard to continually modernize our facilities, with the ultimate goal of providing fans with the very best amenities and experiences," said Marcus Smith, President and CEO of Speedway Motorsports. "We are privileged to roll out the newest additions to our ongoing 'Fans First' initiative in what we believe will give our fans the most spectacular ways to enjoy the unforgettable entertainment at our multi-purpose sports venues."
Watkins Glen to Open 2018 Season; Road Atlanta to Serve as Finale
F2000 at Watkins Glen
The iconic Watkins Glen International will play host to the season opening Formula Race Promotions (FRP) event for the Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 Championships, May 11-13. The previous season-opening weekend scheduled at Road Atlanta, April 20-22, has been moved to October 20-21 at the request of the track owner and will now serve as the invitational-only season finale.
Despite a booming economy, RCR has been shedding cars in all NASCAR divisions
Richard Childress Racing will contract to just two cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, closing the #27 team over the offseason.
Contraction has been the story for many NASCAR teams over the offseason ahead of the 2018 season. From the Truck Series up to the Cup Series, a number of big-name teams have either shut their doors or cut back on their number of teams. Add Richard Childress Racing to that list now, cutting back on their Xfinity Series and Cup Series operations.
Roush Fenway Racing Releases No. 60 Ford Development Team Driver Schedule
Roush Fenway Racing has announced the full 2018 driver schedule for the No. 60 Ford Mustang, that will feature the trio of talented young up-and-coming Ford Development drivers Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe and Ty Majeski competing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Cindric will kick off the season in the No. 60 Ford Mustang, making his Daytona NXS debut at the famed superspeedway on Feb 17. Briscoe makes his No. 60 debut the following week in Atlanta (Feb. 24) and Majeski takes the helm for the first time in 2018 at Bristol (April 7).
Mahindra Racing forms strategic partnership with Pininfarina and Tech Mahindra
Mahindra driver Nick Heidfeld
Mahindra Racing, the only Indian team to compete in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, today announced the formation of a strategic partnership with Pininfarina and Tech Mahindra. This agreement gives Mahindra Racing access to Pininfarina’s globally renowned design expertise and Tech Mahindra’s digital technology prowess.
Pininfarina, will also become a sponsor of the Mahindra Racing Formula E team. This enables the team to leverage Pininfarina’s legendary design and technology expertise to enhance the performance of its M5Electro race car, currently under development for Season 5 of the Formula E Championship which begins in December 2018.
Indianapolis 500 qualifying points modified among 2018 rules update INDYCAR teams have received the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Official Rule Book that includes rules updates and procedural modifications for the upcoming season. Among the changes are the amount of championship points earned for Indianapolis 500 qualifying.
Qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil are set for May 19-20, a week ahead of the 102nd running of the race on May 27. This year, driver and entrant points will be awarded to the top nine qualifiers for the race. The pole winner earns nine points and the second-fastest qualifier eight points, with awarded points decreasing by one point for each position down to one point earned by the ninth-fastest qualifier.
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today the No. 20 Toyota Camry driven by 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Sunoco Rookie of the Year Erik Jones will carry DEWALT, Reser's Fine Foods, Sport Clips Haircuts and Circle K for his sophomore season and first season back at JGR.
Chevrolet Continues Its Support of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
St. Pete GP
The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is proud to announce the renewal of its partnership with Chevrolet for the upcoming event on March 9-11, 2018. For the fifth consecutive year, Chevrolet will serve as the official truck and have a strong on site presence both on and off the racetrack.
For Chevrolet in its seventh Verizon IndyCar Series season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg serves as the 2018 opener as well as the highly anticipated debut of the new Dallara IR-12 chassis featuring a more aggressive, sleeker universal aerodynamic body kit into competition. The event also offers Chevrolet the opportunity to showcase its 2018 vehicle lineup.
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Juncos Racing continues partnership with Chevrolet
Rene Binder in the famous Parabolica corner before his double win in Monza
Indianapolis, Indiana – Juncos Racing announced today the team will continue their partnership with Chevrolet for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. Kyle Kaiser will run a four-race schedule starting with Phoenix International Raceway for the 2018 season.
Juncos Racing began their relationship with Chevrolet during the 2017 season in the team’s first year in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Chevrolet powered the two-car team for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 where they finished a respected 15th with Sebastian Saavedra and 18th with Spencer Pigot.
Did Zak Brown forget CNBC and NBCSN won't be showing F1 races anymore?
McLaren and CNBC, the global business news network, have announced a multi-year partnership that, according to them, will highlight both brands' reputations for innovation and leadership through content and commercial activity.
Announced in Davos, McLaren will use the partnership with CNBC to unlock the potential of the network's powerful audience of business leaders and investors.
Officials of the Pirelli World Challenge have made two cost-saving measures for the GTS class teams in the 18-race Pirelli World Challenge schedule with reduced tire usage as well as no required tire changes in the GTS SprintX events.
In the GTS division, teams will be permitted to campaign three (3) new sets of Pirelli tires as well as one (1) set from a previous PWC event (four total). In addition, SprintX competitors will not be required to make any tire changes in the ten SprintX races scheduled in five doubleheader race weekends.
Lauda's bid was preferred over Anglo-Spanish group IAG/Vueling. It was the third offer the former Formula One champion had made since September.
"At the end of a transparent tender, Lauda came out early in the morning as the best bidder," administrators said in a joint statement. They had emphasized the need for a swift green light from the authorities in Austria and Germany.
Carlin completes first day of INDYCAR testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Charlie Kimball prepares to take the #59 out for a test run
Carlin participated in their first day of INDYCAR testing today at Homestead-Miami Speedway with drivers Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball behind the wheel. Today’s test started a four-day testing schedule for the team with two days at Homestead-Miami Speedway followed by two days at Sebring International Raceway.
“It’s a very exciting day for us as a team. It’s our first ever run with an Indy car at a shakedown test. It’s gone extremely well – we’ve had no technical issues whatsoever,” said Racing Director Trevor Carlin. “The car ran flawlessly which is a testament to Colin and his guys. We’re very happy and now tomorrow we can start pushing on with our test program.”
Risi Competizione Announces New Sponsor for Rolex 24 At Daytona
Effex will replace Ferrari of Houston on the side of the car
The popular No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM car will be carrying a new sponsor on its livery for the 56th Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 25-28, 2018, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Effex Management Solutions, a large volume contingent workforce staffing company, has joined fellow Texas-based Risi Competizione as a sponsor for the 2018 running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona race. This will be a first-time racing sponsorship for the 17-year old company.
Danica Patrick confirms Daytona ride with Premium Motorsports
Danica Patrick drove the #7 when she started in Stock Cars
Danica Patrick will race at the Daytona 500 for Premium Motorsports in a deal that will reunite her with the car number and crew chief with which she began her NASCAR career.
Patrick will drive the No.7 GoDaddy Chevrolet with Tony Eury Jr running the show from the pitbox. The entry has the charter from Premium's No.15 entry from last year, meaning that the 35-year-old will have a guaranteed place in the field for the race. According to ESPN.com, the entry will be run with engineering support from Richard Childress Racing, and does not include participation in the preseason Clash.
Renault Sport Formula One Team driver Carlos Sainz Jr. will follow in the footsteps of his double World Rally Championship-winning father when he takes on the final stage of the 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo. The 23-year-old Spaniard will make his Monte Carlo debut when he drives the 13.58km La Cabanette-Col de Braus stage on 28 January in the New Renault Megane R.S.
Carlos will pass through the stage as the ‘00’ course car that checks the stage before the timed World Rally Championship contenders. The road starts in the Alpes-Maritimes surrounding the Principality of Monaco at 1,400m above sea level and descends through a series of tight hairpin bends before climbing again over a high mountain pass and ending at the Col de Braus.
Love's Travel Stops returns to Front Row, Finley to crew chief
The Love's Travel Stops and Front Row Motorsports partnership will extend into a sixth season in 2018. The familiar yellow and red Love's paint scheme will return to the No. 34 Ford Fusion for 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races with driver Michael McDowell.
The Oklahoma City, Okla.-based company will adorn the No. 34 for a half-season schedule that includes the season-opening Daytona 500, both races at the company's home track of Texas Motor Speedway, the Bristol Night Race and the Darlington Raceway throwback weekend.
FOX Sports, IMSA Set Broadcast Team for 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona
FOX Sports and IMSA roll into this weekend’s 56th running of the iconic Rolex 24 at Daytona with a formidable lineup of their own. Brian Till, as lead play-by-play, and Greg Creamer team to host the multi-platform production that begins Saturday, Jan. 27 (2:00 PM ET) on the FOX broadcast network and streaming live on FOX Sports GO.
Former racers Calvin Fish and Tommy Kendall join the booth as analysts, and Jamie Howe, Jamie Little, Justin Bell and Matt Yocum report from the pits.
The Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light once again will be Race Weekend’s biggest and best party, with superstars Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Deadmau5, Diplo and GRiZ headlining the Sunday, May 27 Race Day concert.
The star-studded lineup of global EDM heavyweights will perform in the infield adjacent to Turn 3 of the IMS oval during the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Watch the official launch video below.
Qatar Airways to be race title partner in Paris and New York
Buemi at the 2017 Qatar Airways sponsored Paris race
Formula E has today announced that five-star carrier and the world’s fastest-growing airline Qatar Airways is extending its partnership with the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, becoming the race title partner for the Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix for a second year running, as well as putting its name to the season finale event in New York against the backdrop of Lower Manhattan.
At a press conference in Doha, the airline confirmed it’s set to increase its ties with the electric street racing series for the third edition of the Paris E-Prix on April 28 and the New York City E-Prix double-header on July 14 & 15. Qatar Airways will also be the official airline partner for the inaugural Rome E-Prix on April 14 around the streets of the Italian capital and the Berlin E-Prix on May 19.
Claman De Melo to test, maybe race, with Coyne (2nd Update)
Claman De Melo
UPDATE Zachary Claman DeMelo, 19, was supposed to test drive the #19 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing on Wednesday, January 10th at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida in an attempt to land a ride with the team for the 2018 IndyCar season. However, that test did not end up happening.
Claman DeMelo’s drug test results were not received in time, and this clearance issue prevented him from being allowed to test when he was initially scheduled to test, which was just days after he signed with driver manager Stefan Johansson. As a result, the test will happen this Wednesday.
BMW iNext EV trying to beat any Tesla's Driving Range
Tesla already announced an over 600-mile range for its new roadster. By 2021 Tesla will bury BMW's goals
BMW is planning to reveal a new all-electric SUV concept later this year, likely at Geneva, which will preview the 2021 model year production version that will achieve a maximum driving range of 435 miles. The news comes from Auto Express and this is relevant for a number of reasons. Right now, we’re looking at EVs that can manage over 300 miles, so BMW is quickly entering new territory here. Second, this new iNext concept will also feature Level 3 autonomous driving.Read more & Comment...
IMSA released the entry list for the Rolex 24 over the weekend, making only minor changes from the mandatory Roar Before the 24 test session earlier in the month.
A total of 50 cars are set to take part in the IMSA Weathertech sportscar Championship season-opening event, featuring a 20-car Prototype grid. The list is headlined by Formula 1 superstar Fernando Alonso but also includes notables from IndyCar and international sports car competition.
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