Fort Point residents meet with Boston officials about proposed IndyCar race Thousands of Boston residents are set to face major construction and traffic issues ahead of the Boston IndyCar Grand Prix race, planned for Labor Day weekend.
FOX25 had the only camera at a private meeting Tuesday night between residents of the Fort Point Neighborhood Association and the organizers of the Boston Grand Prix.
Crash test video pits 2009 Chevy Malibu against 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air - guess who wins? If a 2009 Chevy Malibu got in a head-on collision with a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air, which car would emerge with the least amount of damage? At first glance, you’d expect an old tank like the Bel Air to obliterate the Malibu, right? But nothing could be further from the truth.
As you’ll see in the video below, the Bel Air is destroyed in this dangerous head-on collision that was posted in 2009 on Consumer Reports’s YouTube channel and rediscovered by Kottke.
Sebastian Vettel finished with the fastest time as Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren brought combined mileage over the 2,000km mark on the second and final day of Pirelli's dedicated wet-tire test at Paul Ricard.
Pirelli continued with its full wet running early on, again under overcast skies, before simulating a drying track surface in the closing stages.
Video: Return of the Red Dragon BravoFox Films has released "Return of the Red Dragon," their first video project for the 2016 race season. GAINSCO Auto Insurance, the sponsor of the new No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing McLaren 650s GT3, reached out to BravoFox Films to help them tell their employees and partners the story of their legendary team's return to championship racing.
IndyCar news bits Neil Alberico will race with Carlin in the 2016 Indy Lights Series presented by Cooper Tires. The 23 year-old American will continue his career on the Mazda Road to Indy, after finishing the 2015 season as the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires runner-up with four race wins. He joins previously announced Carlin drivers Ed Jones and Felix Serralles on the Indy Lights team.
Cheever, Wheldon, Ganassi among Motorsports Hall inductee finalists
A pair of Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winning drivers, a pair of Indy 500 winning owners, a pioneering designer and a respected driver and series official have been named finalists to be this year's open-wheel inductee into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
Eddie Cheever Jr., whose Indy car career spanned 1986-2006 and including victory in the 1998 Indianapolis 500, is joined as a finalist by the late Dan Wheldon, who won at Indy in 2005 and 2011.
Arizona Concours roundtable evokes IndyCar drivers' best memories
Hunter-Reay got the bug watching the CART IndyCars on the streets of Miami
Ryan Hunter-Reay remembers vividly when he caught the bug to race Indy cars. The 35-year-old Andretti Autosport driver, who won the 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series championship and 2014 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, gladly recounted the story as part of a special roundtable discussion at the Arizona Concours d'Elegance in Phoenix featuring a quartet of Indy 500 winners.
The Concours ran Jan. 23-24 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and featured nearly 100 rare cars on display, including several vintage Indy cars on loan from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. Joining Hunter-Reay on the panel to discuss the upcoming 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 and other racing matters were Tom Sneva (winner of the 1983 Indy 500), Arie Luyendyk (1990 and '97) and Dario Franchitti (2007, '10 and '12). Lyn St. James, a seven-time Indy 500 starter and 1992 Indy 500 rookie of the year, moderated.
Nine current Indy car drivers slated to drive in Rolex 24
Scott Dixon will be in the Ganassi Ford GT
For Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal, the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona sports car race this weekend offers a stark contrast of "out with the old, in with the new."
Dixon, the four-time and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion, and Tony Kanaan, his INDYCAR teammate with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, enter the race on Daytona International Speedway's road course as the defending overall champions of the prestigious endurance event along with their Ganassi NASCAR brethren, Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray. The talented quartet will again pilot the No. 02 Ford Ecoboost/Riley Prototype in its swansong event as the Ganassi sports car program shifts focus to the ballyhooed Ford GT.
Jones on top again at Homestead Carlin's Ed Jones once again topped the time sheets in the second Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires test session on the 2.21-mile Homestead Speedway road course. Belardi's Felix Rosenqvist was second followed by American RC Enerson. Felix Serralles and Santiago Urrutia rounded out the top-five.
The Indy Lights drivers will be back on track for session 3 tomorrow at 9 a.m. local time.
United States Race Club Signs as Official Sponsor of the Priv8teer 8 The Priv8teer 8 are pleased to announce the United States Race Club as an official sponsor of the new motorsport marketing platform developed by veteran motorsport marketing agency, Mackey Marketing Group, Inc. The U.S. Race Club is an online racing community built for race fans to share their collective interest and passion for the sport. As evidenced by their official motto “Racing is a sport, everything else is a game”, the U.S. Race Club has constructed a world class online community with innovative features for both fans and brands.
F1 Veteran Barrichello Added to Rolex 24 Driver Lineup
Formula 1 veteran Rubens Barrichello has been added as fourth driver to join the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP for Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) lineup of Max “The Ax” Angelelli and brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor for this weekend’s 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
The 43-year-old Brazilian holds the Formula 1 record with 322 career starts, during which he drove to 11 career victories and 68 podium finishes, as well as 14 pole qualifying positions. Barrichello’s 658 career points earned is the 11th-best total in Formula 1 history, the bulk of which came during the 2000 through 2005 seasons spent with the Ferrari team as teammate to Michael Schumacher.
NASCAR Reveals TV Schedules NASCAR, in collaboration with broadcast partners FOX Sports and NBC Sports Group has announced race start times and network coverage for all three of its national series based on previously released schedule dates for 2016.
Entering the second season of 10-year comprehensive media rights agreements, races will be televised by FOX, FS1, NBC and NBCSN, with the exception of select events in August that will air on CNBC and USA due to NBC Sports’ coverage of the Summer Olympics. National series races also will be broadcast live by Motor Racing Network (MRN), Performance Racing Network (PRN), IMS Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
NHRA Drops National Record Back-Up Policy NHRA's competition committee announced Monday that the longstanding 1-percent back-up policy to certify national record performances in the NHRA Mello Yello Series, J&A Service Pro Mod Series, and Lucas Oil Series Alcohol categories will no longer be required at NHRA Drag Racing Series events starting in 2016.
Under this new policy, NHRA teams who post performances for elapsed time and speed that are quicker or faster than the existing national records at any time during any national event, will be eligible for the national record. The driver holding the record at the conclusion of the race will be credited with the record. As is currently the case with all national speed records and Alcohol elapsed time records, points will no longer be awarded for elapsed time national records.
Red Bull Global Rallycross unveils 2016 schedule LOS ANGELES, CA (January 26, 2016) -- Red Bull Global Rallycross will take their revolutionary action motorsport to multiple new markets this year, while also returning to fan favorite locations as part of the 2016 championship schedule announced today. The 12-race schedule spans from May to October and will once again be broadcast on the NBC family of networks, with a majority of Supercar action broadcast live on NBC.
Carlin's Ed Jones posted the fast time in the opening session of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires test this morning on the 2.21-mile road course at Homestead Motor Speedway. Andretti Autosport's Shelby Blackstock was second with Belardi Auto Racing's Zach Veach third.
Juncos Racing newcomer Zachary Claman De Melo checked in fourth with Pro Mazda champion Santiago Urrutia making it five different teams in the top-five in the 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry.
The second session today gets underway at 1 p.m. local time. Session 1 times below.
The FIA will put forward their preferred solution to the cockpit protection issue on Friday at a meeting of technical directors according to Autosport.com
There were originally three ideas the FIA were investigating before putting forward any plans. The first known as the AFP-V2, it would involve an updated version of a roll cage on the nose of the car, with three additional protruding blades designed to deflect debris.
NASCAR Sprint Cup 2015 Season Commercial Statistics The new NASCAR season is barely a pit stop away. Before we resume the high-octane excitement, here are some stats for you to peruse. These are the commercial statistics for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, showing which network had the most ads, the least ads, and other stats you may find interesting. These were culminated from my Commercial Breakdown Reports for the 2015 season. One thing that has remained consistent in the years CawsnJaws.com has provided these stats: the discomfort many NASCAR fans feel for the quantity and placement of commercials during races. How will the new season compare?
The pressure is growing on Mayor Martin Walsh to cancel the IndyCar race in Boston.
Responding to the IndyCar race scheduled for September in Boston’s Seaport District, the Coalition Against IndyCar Boston wrote a letter Tuesday to Mayor Martin Walsh opposing the race. The letter calls for the cancellation of the race, as well as a termination of Boston’s partnership with IndyCar.
The IndyCar Boston website describes the race, a Grand Prix, as “a three-day racing competition with multiple facets of entertainment and activities throughout the weekend.”
In the letter to Walsh, the Coalition Against IndyCar Boston said they were displeased with plans to begin construction for the event.
Ricciardo fastest on first day of Pirelli rain tire test
Daniel Ricciardo posted the quickest time as Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren racked up almost 300 laps on the opening day of Pirelli's dedicated wet-tire test at the Paul Ricard Circuit in southern France.
After sprinklers covered the venue's 3.5-km track layout in recycled water, the pit lane opened at 09:00 local time, with each team carrying out 10-lap runs, separated by 10 seconds, throughout the day.
Rounds 7 and 8 of the 14-round IMSA Development Series will take place during the 47th edition of the popular street circuit event, which also will host the IMSA-sanctioned Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama on its impressive weekend schedule. The addition of the two rounds completes the 2016 Prototype Lites schedule.
Heroes matter: Manning-Brady Matchup Delivers Best AFC Championship Overnight Rating In 29 Years
Can you see an Indycar driver today going to Daytona like Mario Andretti did in 1967 and win their biggest race? That is what heroes do.
AR1.com has stressed in numerous articles for the past 10 years on why athletes that are heroes make a sport and draw the big crowds. No one wants to pay money to see a wanker. Heroes have been a big part of motorsports like any other sport. Not the ball, not the bat, not the race car - but the people, the athletes, the really great athletes.
Why does Indycar have such few fans? Because they lost all their heroes, the drivers who dominated the sport and who did great things others could not. We cannot stress enough how important it is for a race series to find and cultivate the true greats.
PALMETTO, Fla. – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will kick off its first official series test of the year on the 2.21-mile, 14-turn Homestead-Miami Speedway road course this Tuesday and Wednesday. A mix of returning veterans and series’ newcomers will make up the 11-car field as teams continue to formulate plans for the 2016 season.
A podium finisher in 2015, Shelby Blackstock returns to Andretti Autosport and will have the benefit of a teammate this year as Canadian Dalton Kellett will take the next step on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder after two seasons of Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires competition. Kellett, who also spent two years in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, is a recent graduate of Queen’s University in Ontario with a degree in Engineering Physics. He made his Indy Lights debut in a one-off race at Baltimore in 2013.
Neil Alberico graduates from Pro Mazda to Indy Lights
Neil Alberico will race with Carlin in the 2016 Indy Lights Series presented by Cooper Tires. The 23 year-old American will continue his career on the Mazda Road to Indy, after finishing the 2015 season as Pro Mazda vice-champion. Alberico joins already announced Carlin drivers Ed Jones and Felix Serralles.
Alberico took eight podiums in total last season in the Pro Mazda Series, including four wins to take second in the popular Indy Lights feeder series. It was the Californian's second year in the championship, after a debut season which also saw four podiums. A true racer of the IndyCar ladder, previous to competing in Pro Mazda, Alberico had raced to second overall in the 2013 USF2000 Series.
Pons Racing announces full line-up in Formula V8 3.5
19 year-old Beitske Visser
After 12 years of participation in the World Series by Nissan and in the World Series by Renault, Pons Racing is going to live a new time in the Formula V8 3.5 and the forthcoming 2016 season with Beitske Visser and Alex Bossak
The Dutch driver Beitske Visser (19) competed two years with Formula Renault 3.5 car in the AVF Team while the Polish driver Alex Bosak (22) will switch the GP3 after one year of competition for the Formula V8 3.5.
Petty speaks out on NASCAR's positives and negatives
Petty talks last Wednesday during NASCAR media conference
From new championship formats to an abundance of new rules to new drivers and tracks, the sport of NASCAR has undergone numerous and often monumental changes in the past two decades.
But which single change in the past 20 years has been the biggest positive?
Inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame member and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion turned team owner Richard Petty tackled this intriguing question head on this week during the 34th annual Charlotte Motor Speedway presented by Technocom.
Alan Johnson will tune Brittany Force's Top Fueler in 2016 John Force Racing has confirmed Alan Johnson will be Brittany Force's crew chief for the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season kicks off on Feb. 14 in Pomona, Calif. with the Circle K NHRA Winternationals. LIVE coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. ET on FS1.
Foyt taught Terry Labonte a valuable life and racing lesson
It was AJ Foyt's words in 1977 that inspired Terry Labonte
If you pay attention, racing can teach you a lot about life.
Terry Labonte, who was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Saturday, learned a critical life lesson from fellow Texan A.J. Foyt in 1977.
At the time, Labonte was 20 years old and racing locally at Joseph F. Meyer Speedway in Houston when he had engine problems. He overheard his father telling his mother that he needed to borrow money to fix the wounded powerplant.
"And I thought maybe I should have a conversation with my dad and tell him, 'Hey, maybe we should do something else or maybe start racing somewhere else that doesn't cost as much or something like that,' " said Terry.
And then Labonte saw Foyt in Victory Lane at the Brickyard, where he had just won his fourth and final Indianapolis 500.
Video: Ford GT Ready for Racing Debut Ford GT makes its global racing debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona (IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship). In 1966, Ford started its triumphant march to Le Mans with a win at the inaugural Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Visit Florida Racing kicks off 2016 with home race
Florida native Ryan Hunter-Reay joins Visit Florida Racing for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona
Daytona Beach, Fla. (25 January 2016) – It's an exciting time of year for Visit Florida Racing as the team kicks off its 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign at the squad's home track of Daytona International Speedway this weekend. Not only does the event take place just down the road from the Daytona Beach-based Visit Florida Racing shop, but it also just so happens to be the biggest event of the year for the team – the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the most grueling and challenging race on the schedule.
For Visit Florida Racing, which had its best season to date last year on the way to a second place finish in the 2015 IMSA championship standings, a Rolex 24 win is the goal but at the same time, the team is maintaining its focus on the big picture – the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar championship title.
Michael Shank Racing adds Zak Products as new partner Pataskala, Ohio (25 January 2016) – Adding to the momentum of recent partnerships that include both new and returning partners, Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian is pleased to announce a new partnership with ZAK Products for the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
The team will carry branding from ZAK Products as well as put a wide range of ZAK Products directly to use as part of the team’s IMSA race effort.
BF Goodrich becomes official tire supplier of Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles, CA – (January 25, 2016) – Red Bull Global Rallycross and BFGoodrich Tires are pleased to announce a multi-year agreement that will see BFGoodrich become the official tire supplier for the Red Bull GRC series. The agreement will commence immediately in preparation of the opening race of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season, and covers both the Supercar and GRC Lites classes.
Villorba Corse switches to Ligier for 2016 ELMS campaign
New Ligier JS P3
Scuderia Villorba Corse will take part in the European Le Mans Series also in 2016. Italian team is confirming its LMP3 class commitments in the ACO Le Mans sanctioned international championship but it will line up a different prototype; the new Ligier JS P3. Villorba Corse is already working on this new challenge, also confirming the V8 Nissan engine and their entirely Italian driver line-up formed by Roberto Lacorte and Giorgio Sernagiotto, who finished second in two occasions out of four races last season. The squad led by Raimondo Amadio will inaugurate the second year of their "Road to Le Mans" project at Silverstone, ELMS season opener over the weekend of April 17th.
2016 Le Mans 24 Hours - 15 teams invited With just 12 days to go to the unveiling of the complete list of teams entered for the 84th Le Mans 24 Hours on 18-19 June, 15 teams have already won an invitation to take part in qualifying practice for the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours. These have been awarded taking into account the results of the Le Mans 24 Hours, the European Le Mans Series and the Tudor United Sportscar Championship in 2015 plus the 2015-2016 Asian Le Mans Series, which finished this weekend, as well as the allocation of the 56th garage by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.
Penske sets sights on 'special' Indy 500 win in May
Roger Penske has called the prospect of winning the 100th Indianapolis 500 in year his team celebrates half a century of racing “pretty special”.
Earlier this month, the Penske team celebrated its 50th birthday with a star-studded event that paid tribute to the enormous success it has enjoyed.
Penske has claimed a record 16 wins at the Brickyard, including the 2015 edition courtesy of Juan Pablo Montoya, and the team owner is relishing the opportunity to add to that haul in a year of important anniversaries.
Ganassi's WEC drivers Pla, Mucke, Priaulx, and Franchitti
The journey to the Le Mans 24 Hours has begun. Sparco is partner of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing with the all-new Ford GT. As Dave Pericak, Ford Performance Global Director said: "Make no mistake, we are racing to win".
Sparco will partner Ford Chip Ganassi Racing during the 2016 season as the team competes four of its all-new Ford GT racing cars: two in the FIA World Endurance Championship and two in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Marino Franchitti, Stefan Mucke, Olivier Pla and Andy Priaulx in WEC; Richard Westbrook, Dirk Muller, Joey Hand and Ryan Briscoe in WTSCC, all wearing Sparco suits and sitting in Sparco carbon seats in the Ford GT's cockpit. All the drivers and crews will be Italian style ambassadors with safety features that have always distinguished Sparco.
British teenager Max Fewtrell will race with Carlin in the 2016 MSA Formula Championship. The 16 year-old joins the reigning champions for his first season in car racing, after an impressive karting career.
Fewtrell began his karting career in 2009 and since then has competed in various levels, winning the Trofeo Andrea Margutti KFJ series in 2014 and finishing third in the German KFJ championship the same season.
Pierre Gasly will attack the 2016 GP2 Series as part of the Prema team's first campaign in this prestigious championship. It is the 19-year-old Frenchman’s third season in the Red Bull Junior Team and he leads newcomers Luis Leeds, Niko Kari and Sergio Sette Camara.
“Of course I’m really pleased to carry on with the team for a third year. It will be another thrilling and very busy season continuing my work as reserve driver for Red Bull Racing but my priority is clearly to win the GP2 series,” asserted Gasly as he arrived in Britain for his first simulator sessions of the year at Red Bull Racing.
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