Low TV ratings putting IndyCar teams out of business (Update) UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I have been quiet for awhile but I could not agree more about the TV ratings. In fact if I had to guess, the only reason Verizon sponsors 2 cars and the series is probably because Penske did a B2B deal by switching all his dealerships and employee cell phones in all those dealerships to Verizon. Ditto for the Shell sponsorship - I bet that is another B2B deal with Penske's dealerships as is Hitachi and others.
I am sure Target cut back to one car because they could not justify paying for 2 with those ratings. I wonder how many legit sponsors are left when you take out the B2B deals in the paddock as well as the ride-buyer sponsors. Probably not many and your reasoning (low TV ratings) is pretty much spot on. Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles, CA
Music Festivals Boost Dover Motorsports' Revenue In FY '15 Dover Motorsports today released its full-year earnings reports for '15, and the company saw total revenue increase by $865,000 largely thanks to its increasing penchant for hosting music festivals. The track, which hosts two NASCAR national-series race weekends during the season, noted that the increase for the FY ending Dec. 31 was “primarily due to higher broadcasting revenue and higher rent and concessions related to hosting the Firefly (music festival) and the inaugural Big Barrel music festivals.”
Ed Carpenter Racing Returns To Indycar without Fisher-Hartman
The talented Newgarden will drive for Ed Carpenter
A familiar name will be part of Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016 as Ed Carpenter Racing returns to competition. Team officials announced today that the organization that operated as CFH Racing in 2015 will be known as Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR), effective immediately. The team will remain headquartered in its current location at 1255 Main Street in Speedway, Ind. Ed Carpenter, Tony George and Stuart Reed are the owners of ECR.
"After competing for a year as CFH Racing, we will be returning to ECR for 2016 and beyond," stated Ed Carpenter. "While we had a great year as CFH Racing, we have had some partnership changes within the organization and it makes the most sense to return to ECR. I am proud of what we have accomplished as a team since we started in 2012 and look forward to building upon that success for another exciting Verizon IndyCar Series season."
ISC Details Plans For First Phase Of Construction For $800M One Daytona Project
Construction is scheduled to start this spring on One Daytona, an entertainment-retail-residential complex across from Daytona International Speedway with a theater complex, hotels, stores and apartments opening in 2017. Rendering provided by ISC
Now that its 2½-year, $400 million Daytona Rising makeover of the Daytona International Speedway is complete, the One Daytona project across the street has the green flag for this spring starting with theaters, hotels, stores and apartments.
The first phase of the $800 million project will include 300,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment including a Bass Pro Shops outdoor gear store and a 12-screen Cobb Theaters movie complex, two hotels and 300 apartment units, International Speedway Corp. officials announced during the company's 2015 earnings report on Tuesday.
All are expected to open in 2017, said ISC spokeswoman Gentry Baumline-Robinson in a telephone interview after the earnings report.
Bosch claims 7% fuel savings with haptic feedback gas pedal
Bosch proposes combining exiting fuel-saving technologies with haptic feedback in the throttle pedal
These days we've become accustomed to gadgets that give haptic feedback, usually as a vibration or reactive force. The technology has also crept into our cars in the form of seats or steering wheels that vibrate to warn when you're wandering out of your lane. Original equipment suppliers like Bosch and Continental have been working on an extension of this idea – haptic throttle pedals that give forced feedback or vibrate to indicate activity that is not conducive to good fuel economy. Now Bosch has attached a fuel-savings number to the technology.
Bosch proposes combining haptic feedback technology with electronic controls already in place in many fuel-conscious vehicles (such as the Toyota Prius or Mitsubishi i-MiEV) to improve fuel economy on a measurable scale.
Finalists for the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s 2016 class, including racing legends Dan Wheldon and Davey Allison, were determined on Wednesday.
The Hall will unveil its seven new members on Friday at Daytona Int’l Speedway prior to the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The racing legends will join the Hall of Fame during the 28th annual induction ceremony presented by Bridgestone on June 29 in Daytona Beach.
In the Open Wheel category, the nominees are two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon, 1998 Indy winner Eddie Cheever, veteran driver and official Wally Dallenbach, eleven-time Indycar Series winning owner Chip Ganassi, innovative designer and safety pioneer Ted Halibrand, and three-time Indy winning owner Pat Patrick.
Circle Sport-Leavine names Crew Chief Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing announced Thursday that Dave Winston has joined the team as crew chief of the No. 95 Chevrolet SS which will compete full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season.
In addition, Jeremy Lange who oversaw marketing for the team the past two years has been promoted to vice president of Operations for the Concord-based race team.
Tilson HR Joins The Jonathan Byrd's IndyCar Team Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, the driving force behind Bryan Clauson’s Chasing 200 Tour and Conor Daly’s 2016 IndyCar program, is excited to announce the addition of Tilson HR to its growing list of supporters as the official HR company of Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and the Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group.
Scott Pruett, known as a savvy and disciplined racer with a record 60 victories in IMSA competition, was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club with the 2016 Phil Hill Award. RRDC president Bobby Rahal made the presentation at a dinner on Jan. 27 prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The Phil Hill Award has been presented annually since 1993 to the person who the RRDC feels has rendered outstanding service to road racing. The recipient may be a driver, entrant or outstanding member of a sanctioning body.
Company has raised $8 million to put on Formula One-style drone races Cross Formula One with competitive video gaming, and what do you get?
Probably something a lot like this:
Drones racing down elaborate courses including abandoned malls, NFL stadiums and subway tunnels at speeds greater than 80 miles an hour, controlled from afar by pilots wearing “first-person view” goggles that show a live video feed from the drone’s “cockpit.”
Duran rejoins Team Aguri Team Aguri has today announced that Salvador Duran will re-join the team for the remainder of the 2015-2016 season.
The Mexican driver competed in nine rounds of the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship for Team Aguri, scoring a total of 13 points. He replaces Nathanael Berthon, who left the team earlier this week in order to focus on his endurance racing career.
Government needs to step in and making charging stations mandatory
Electric cars are still a relative novelty, even in a state as obsessed with climate change as California. But they're expected to become a lot more common as carmakers such as Tesla and Chevy start selling electric cars at prices the masses can afford. In fact, if Gov. Jerry Brown gets his way, there will be 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2025.
The masses aren't likely to jump on the EV bandwagon, however, unless they can count on a network of electric “filling” stations -- places where people can plug in their Model 3s or Bolts for a recharge when they are running out of juice. The state's largest electric utilities are scrambling to get charging stations built over the next few years at workplaces, apartment buildings, shopping centers and other gathering spots to make these clean-running but slow-charging vehicles more attractive to consumers and to reach the governor's goal.
California Wrestles With Making Self-Driving Cars Public
Nissan autonomous prototype
Companies that are developing self-driving cars of the future want government regulators to clear the road for public access to the technology, once it emerges from current prototype testing.
California's Department of Motor Vehicles is wrestling with how to keep the public safe as an imperfect technology matures -- but not regulate so heavily that the agency stifles development of vehicles with potentially huge safety benefits.
You Can Buy a Real NASCAR Race Car for Less Than $30,000
On sale ebay
If you've ever had dreams of hitting the oval track but don't know where to begin, we have good news for you. You can buy a real life race car that used to compete in NASCAR, and it will cost you less than a fully loaded Honda Accord.
Yep, Kurt Busch's old Ford Taurus race car is on Ebay this week, and the Buy It Now price is only $29,900. If you make an offer, you might even be able to get it for less.
Atlanta Motor Speedway Embracing Southern Roots With New Branding Campaign
Embracing their southern roots
After the much ballyhooed success of Darlington Raceway’s Tradition Returns throwback weekend last year, Atlanta Motor Speedway this year is rolling out a not-too-dissimilar branding campaign entitled “Classic Southern” that plays off the SMI-owned track’s own historical roots. While the “Classic Southern” campaign from AMS does not attempt to rival the scope of the ISC-owned Darlington’s throwback extravaganza -- which featured things like throwback paint schemes on cars and significant buy-in from broadcaster NBC Sports Group -- it does feature some similar elements.
Daytona finishes upgrading SAFER Barrier around track When drivers race at Daytona International Speedway over the next few weeks, they'll notice that all outside and inside walls on the track's 2½-mile tri-oval, with the exception of pit lane, will have energy-absorbing barriers.
It was nearly a year ago when Kyle Busch slammed into an unprotected concrete wall on the inside going toward Turn 1, breaking his right leg and left foot. Busch didn't race again for nearly three months after the Feb. 21 accident but rallied to win the 2015 Sprint Cup title.
Wright Motorsports' Schein to Compete in Pirelli World Challenge
Wright Motorsports is pleased to announce that it will field a brand-new Porsche 911 GT3R for Michael Schein to drive in the GTA class this year in Pirelli World Challenge.
Schein (pronounced Shine), of New York City, recorded three podium finishes in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series in 2015 for Wright Motorsports. The Batavia, Ohio-based team has won the team championship in that series' top class in three of the last four seasons, including last year.
Rebellion Racing Confirms 2016 FIA WEC And Le Mans 24 Hours Effort The Swiss team REBELLION Racing is pleased to confirm that their 2016 racing program will center around running a pair of upgraded Rebellion R-One AER LMP1 cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship, which includes the prestigious 24 Heures du Mans.
REBELLION Racing have submitted their application forms for two cars to the FIA WEC and ACO.
The first official Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires test of 2016 is in the books with Felix Rosenqvist turning some heads by setting the pace for Belardi Auto Racing. The Swedish newcomer posted the fastest time overall on the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course with a lap of 1:14.4371 (106.882 mph) set in this morning’s three-hour session.
The reigning FIA F3 European champion also set the second-quickest time in testing yesterday.
DeLorean Going Back Into Production After 34-Year Break The sleek sports car, immortalized in the "Back to the Future" movies, is going to start rolling off the assembly line next year after a 34-year break, the DeLorean Motor Company announced Wednesday.
And unlike its previous incarnations, the new DeLorean DMC-12 models will be made in America. Humble, Texas, to be exact.
Chastain Motorsports enters U.S. F2000 Noblesville, IN – Chastain Motorsports will field two cars in the upcoming 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship presented by Mazda. Team driver Sam Chastain will field the No. 77 Van Diemen/Mazda and will be joined by at least one teammate for the season.
Chastain Motorsports brings a long resume of open-wheel accomplishments to the USF2000 category, having run the 1997, 1998 and 2007 Indianapolis 500 Mile Races, as well as contesting the 1997 and 1998 IndyCar seasons.
Video: 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Models Sprint Even Faster 20 years after the first Boxster made its debut, Porsche is restructuring its mid-engine roadsters. The designation for the new generation of models is Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S. The two-seat convertibles are now more powerful yet more fuel efficient. With them, Porsche continues the tradition of the four-cylinder flat engines that were used in the Porsche 718 mid-engine sports cars that won numerous races back in the 1950s and 1960s, among them being the legendary Targa Florio and Le Mans.
When the green flag falls Saturday at 2:40 pm Eastern Time for the 2016 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, it will mark the first race for the new Mazda MZ-2.0T engine. The two-liter, inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine produces approximately 570 horsepower and, with its speed and strong drivability, is expected to make the two Mazda Prototypes contenders for pole and podium honors. The two-car Mazda team includes the No. 55, driven by Tristan Nunez, Jonathan Bomarito and current Indy Lights champion Spencer Pigot; in the No. 70 car, the lineup consists of Tom Long, Joel Miller and Ben Devlin.
Video: Introducing Olivier Pla BACKGROUND Olivier Pla is one of the four full season FIA World Endurance Championship drivers for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. Signed up after testing the all-new Ford GT at the end of last year, Pla has already demonstrated that the blistering pace he has shown in the prototype classes transfers beautifully over to GT racing. The quiet Frenchman will be one to watch in 2016.
Haas team set to launch Feb 22nd The new Haas F1 Team will unveil its debut F1 car on the opening day of the first pre-season test in Barcelona on February 22.
With only two pre-season tests ahead of what is a record 21-race calendar, a number of teams are opting to unveil their cars at the first test, with Haas joining Williams in rolling out its new car on the opening morning. The team will presents its car along with its 2016 race drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez in the pit lane at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
If NASCAR embraced electric cars it could change the world An opinion piece from Bill Nye 'The Science Guy',a science educator, television presenter, writer and former mechanical engineer. "I have roots in the southern United States. My mom was from Durham, North Carolina, and my sister, nephew, nieces, spouses, their exes, kids and more kids live in and around Danville, Virginia. Around there, it's a big deal to go to the races. The boys of various ages, and occasionally some of the girls and women, will pile into vehicles to go see races in South Boston or other tracks nearby.
Barney Hall dies Hall of Fame broadcaster Barney Hall, a cornerstone of MRN's NASCAR coverage since the network's founding in 1970, died Tuesday from complications following a recent medical procedure. He was 83. At the time of his death, Hall was in the company of long-time companion Karen Carrier - the love of his life.
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