UPDATE By Donald Davidson, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Jerry Sneva, the 1977 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, passed away Saturday, Jan. 27 in Indianapolis. He was 69.
Sneva, a younger brother of 1983 Indianapolis 500 winner Tom Sneva, made five career starts in the “500,” with his highest finish of 10th in his rookie run of 1977. His best start was an impressive fifth in 1980.
Jeffrey Earnhardt, StarCom Racing ink Cup deal for 2018 season
There was no way NASCAR wasn't going to have an Earnhardt on the Monster Cup grid in 2018
StarCom Racing, who recently acquired a Charter for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, signs Jeffrey Earnhardt to compete in this year’s historic 60th running of the DAYTONA 500, and the rest of the season. This will ensure keeping the Earnhardt name alive at the event for the 40th straight year. SCR’s recent Charter acquisition guarantees the team a position in the Great American Race, where it will showcase its partnership with VRX Simulators in the 00 Chevy Camaro, which will be piloted by 4th generation cup series driver Jeffrey Earnhardt.
UPDATE At least twelve drivers from seven Verizon IndyCar Series teams will take part in a one-day test session at Sonoma Raceway on Monday, Feb. 5.
This serves as the first INDYCAR test of the year at Sonoma Raceway in preparation for the 2018 series season finale at the Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sept. 14-16. It will also mark a triumphant return to the road course for Team Penske, which claimed its second consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series championship in Sonoma last year with Josef Newgarden.
Hyundai Motor Unveils First Rendering Of The Santa Fe
Santa Fe rendering
Hyundai Motor has unveiled its first rendering of the upcoming New Generation Santa Fe, showcasing a luxurious and striking design based on its robust, stylish and voluminous composition, which reflects Hyundai’s new SUV design identity.
The exterior rendering highlights the new frontal section of the New Generation Santa Fe. Introducing a large Cascading Grille complimented by a separate headlight system featuring divided daytime running lights (DRLs) and main lamps. Combined they create a unique, futuristic look.
MS&AD insurance sponsors the Andretti BMW Formula E team
Season 4 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship continues on the streets of Santiago (CHI) this weekend, with the Santiago E-Prix on 3rd February. The fourth round of the season will be the first Formula E event to be held in Chile. BMW works drivers Antonio Felix da Costa (POR) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR) will race at the South American venue for MS&AD Andretti Formula E. The highlight ahead of the racing action will be the unveiling of the new Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8.
John Force Racing heads into 2018 confident in crew chief line-up
John Force Racing will be heading into the 2018 season with a solid crew chief line-up consisting of familiar faces and significant changes in the Top Fuel and Funny Car ranks.
The world championship Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster driven by Brittany Force will once again be headed by Brian Husen with Ronnie Thompson coming on as assistant crew chief. Veteran tuner Alan Johnson will return as Top Fuel consultant on the team that reached six final rounds with four event wins and set the national speed record in 2017.
NHRA Mello Yello Series adds race weekend in Virginia for 2018
NHRA announced a new NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event today, adding the NHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in Richmond, Va., to the championship tour on June 8-10. This event brings the number of 2018 national events back to 24. Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP) was one of several tracks vying to host an NHRA event after an opening created by the cancellation of the event in Englishtown, N.J. Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Mod will both contested in Virginia.
NASCAR's so desperate for new superstars, they have to manufacture them
Kurt and Kyle Busch can't stand the thought of wankers being made into superstars
In a radio interview last Thursday, veteran Kurt Busch said he believed NASCAR was giving younger drivers such as Chase Elliott, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Erik Jones “a free pass” to become a superstar. After losing superstars like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick and Carl Edwards, NASCAR is desperate to manufacture replacement superstars regardless if they have any real talent.
During an appearance on “The Domenick Nati Show,” Busch said, “What I think he is trying to say is that we are promoting these guys and they don’t have the race wins yet. I mean there is ‘zero’ in the win column for a guy like Chase Elliott, there’s zero for Bubba Wallace, Erik Jones, all those guys, you know,” Kurt Busch said.
Programming for autonomous cars Given just how far we still are from fully autonomous driving cars, and how difficult it is for computers to reason like a human brain does, does the kill code inform the driver to call his lawyer after the autonomous car runs someone over?
Valvoline and Hendrick extend partnership through 2022
Jimmie Johnson in the #48 Hendrick Chevy
Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV) -- a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services -- has extended its partnership with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports through 2022.
In 2018, Valvoline™ will become a primary sponsor of the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 of 24-year-old driver Alex Bowman for two Cup Series races annually over the next five seasons. Valvoline also will continue as the Official Lubricants Partner of Hendrick Motorsports and as a major associate sponsor of the team's full stable of Chevrolet race cars and drivers, which include Chase Elliott, William Byron and seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.
U.S. Army Supporting Leah Pritchett with Schumacher team
Leah Pritchett will join Don Schumacher Racing teammates Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown as part of the U.S. Army Racing squad this year in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
“Throughout the U.S. Army’s 17-year partnership with DSR, the Army colors have exhibited dominance and resilience with one of the most elite organizations in all of motorsports,” said Elizabeth Wilson, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Marketing and Director of the Army Marketing Research Group. “Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown and their respective teams have been the ultimate representatives of our more than 1 million U.S. Army Soldiers aroundd the world. And today, we are extremely proud to welcome Leah Pritchett to the Army Racing family and look forward to the addition of a third championship-contending driver and team to the lineup.”
Lorenzo below lap record pace to dominate Day 3 at Sepang
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) decimated the competition on the third and final day of the #SepangTest, setting the fastest ever lap around the Malaysian venue with a 1:58.830. His closest challenger was Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa - the fastest man on Day 1 of the test - who was just over a tenth and a half behind his compatriot. The number 26 is also the holder of the pole lap record. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) took P3, only half a tenth behind the RC213V of Pedrosa ahead of him.
Formula E and FIA release first digital images of Gen2 car
Formula E and the FIA have released the first digital images of the next generation car for season five showcasing the futuristic new-look of the electric street racing series, with the covers coming off the physical model at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6.
Making its competitive debut for the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the fully-electric Gen2 car will be used for the next three seasons. The car visibly represents a new era for Formula E and further distinguishes the series from other categories in motorsport.
Toyota Gazoo Racing Confirms Driver Line-Up: Fernando Alonso Joins
Alonso to drive for Toyota at LeMans
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing can confirm its drivers for the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season, with Fernando Alonso joining the line-up.
The team has officially submitted its entry to the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and will participate in all eight rounds of the 2018-19 season with two hybrid-powered race cars as it targets victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the WEC World Championships.
Enzo Fittipaldi takes on a double Formula 4 program for 2018
Enzo Fittipaldi will be back under the Prema Theodore Racing banner for the second straight season in 2018. The 16-year-old Brazilian will take full advantage of his 2017 experience in the Italian Formula 4 Championship and will approach his second year in the category with a more complex program including the Italian and the German championship.
Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Vice Chairman of the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia and Prince Khaled Al Faisal, President of the Motor Federation Of Saudi Arabia picking the group line-ups
The draw for this weekend’s Race Of Champions (Friday February 2 and Saturday February 3) has thrown up some mouth-watering match-ups as some of the world’s greatest drivers bid for the title of ‘Champion of Champions’.
Riyadh’s King Fahad International Stadium played host to the draw – with Prince Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Vice Chairman of the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia and Prince Khaled Al Faisal, President of the Motor Federation Of Saudi Arabia picking the group line-ups. And there are already a number of ties guaranteed to quicken the pulse of any race fan – featuring some of the world’s best drivers from series including Formula 1, IndyCar, Le Mans, Rallycross and Touring Cars.
ECR Engines captured the victory Sunday afternoon in the IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, powering Action Express Racing's No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R across the finish line and giving Cadillac its second consecutive Rolex 24 win.
Action Express Racing dominated by completing 808 laps and 2,876.48 miles around the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway, breaking a 36-year mileage record. The No. 5 Cadillac DPi-V.R held off its teammate, the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R, also powered by ECR Engines.
A North Carolina judge will conduct a hearing next Monday to determine whether to appoint a receiver selected by Union Bank to operate BK Racing and either sell or lease out the team's charter, which would guarantee a spot for all 2018 races including the Feb. 18 Daytona 500.
Arctic Glacier Premium Ice Joins Pocono Raceway Family
Pocono Raceway announced today a multi-year partnership with Artic Glacier Holdings, Inc., the largest producer of packaged ice in Canada and among the largest producers in the United States.
Arctic Glacier Premium Ice becomes the ‘Official Ice Provider of Pocono Raceway’ and will supply ice to all hospitality, catering and retail concessions locations at ‘The Tricky Triangle.’ Ice will also be available for purchase in all camping locations and inside the garage, for race teams, during our NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends.
Ford CGR Earns Back-to-Back Wins at Rolex 24, 200th Win for Chip Ganassi (Update)
The Ganassi Ford team celebrates their 1-2 finish in GTLM class at the Rolex 24
UPDATE Added a Ford Victory video below.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has won back-to-back IMSA GTLM titles at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Ford EcoBoost-powered Ford GT also broke a distance record for the race that has stood since 1982.
One year after their team car, the No. 66 Ford GT, won the event, drivers Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon combined to earn the title for themselves. After leading most of the race, the No. 66 Ford GT team of Joey Hand, Dirk Muller and Sebastien Bourdais finished p2.
After 24 hours and 750 laps, the #11 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 conquers the 56th edition of the famous endurance race at the Daytona International Speedway.
The Austrian team, winner of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series, dominated the GTD category (Gran Turismo Daytona) with the crew formed by Lamborghini Factory Driver Mirko Bortolotti, Lamborghini Young Driver Rik Breukers, Franck Perera and Rolf Ineichen. This is the first success ever for Lamborghini in the prestigious 24 Hours of Daytona, only 3 years after the first race on the tri-oval of Dayton in 2016.
Bruce Walkup, #97, Wynn's Spit-Fire, Mongoose, Offy. His idea of a Halo, as ugly as it was, would have saved Justin Wilson and countless others
UPDATE Fixed image that would not enlarge.
All this fuss over the Halo device F1 will be introducing this year on its cars to protect driver heads.
IndyCar had one 48 years ago. Bruce Walkup's, #97, Wynn's Spit-Fire, Mongoose, Offy ran a similar device in the 1970 Indy 500 that year.
Bruce Walkup was born in 1944 in Downey, California. He raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1967-1971 seasons, with 35 career starts, including the 1969 and 1970 Indianapolis 500 races. He finished in the top ten 11 times, with his best finish in 4th position in 1969 at Sacramento.
It marks the end of an era: After 17 years, 193 races, 23 victories and two championship titles, factory driver Mattias Ekstrom ends his DTM career, which means that Audi’s most successful DTM campaigner to date is leaving this racing series. In 2018, Ekstrom will concentrate on the factory-backed commitment of his team, EKS, in the World Rallycross Championship. The new member of Audi’s DTM driver squad is Dutchman Robin Frijns.
Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) went quickest on Day 2 at Sepang International Circuit, just beating teammate Valentino Rossi to the top late on as the Yamaha duo put in some time attack laps. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) was third quickest, with the top three split by less than a tenth as the timesheets were close once again.
If you take away Ferrari's and Mercedes' ability to outspend everyone, they will quit F1. They cannot afford to risk hurting their brand image by getting beat by a econo-box brand like Honda or Renault
F1 at risk of political turmoil - Berger
'Facts' show McLaren better in 2018 - Alonso
2018 Williams 'more aggressive' - Sirotkin
McLaren to be competitive in 2018 - Isola
Alonso made Honda 'look bad' - Marko
F1's Whiting gives thumbs up to Assen track
Alonso wants Indy 500-style orange McLaren
Halo caused teams 'a lot of work' - Szafnauer
Sky Deutschland will no longer carry F1 races in Germany and Austria
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