Chevrolet Bolt EV Is Driving the Automobile Toward the Future
The Chevy Bolt is the start of the EV automobile evolution
The Chevrolet Bolt is a remarkable achievement. It is the country's first mass-market, long-range, battery-powered electric vehicle. It can travel an EPA-rated 238 miles on a single charge. What's more, the Bolt can carry four to five people and their luggage comfortably, despite its relatively compact platform. It is available at a price that starts under $30,000 (after a $7,500 federal tax credit), which is more than $5,000 less than the current average price of a new car in 2016. And it is made by General Motors, the nation's largest automaker.
Record entries set for 2017 Pirelli World Challenge
Full field for 2017
The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Championships have already processed a record 105 pre-entries as another highly-competitive road racing series is set to kick off in the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida on March 10-12.
From the Championship-deciding last-lap finish last October in the 2016 season wrap-up at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the largest GT Production-based campaign in North America brings over 25 manufacturers to a record pre-season entry list that includes machines for last year’s top GT finishers and past PWC champions Alvaro Parente, Patrick Long and Johnny O’Connell.
Bourdais savors spoils of Rolex 24 At Daytona class win
Sebastien Bourdais spent a portion of Monday making room for yet another trophy, one of the perks of winning the GT Le Mans class the day before at the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona endurance race.
Another portion of his day was spent looking forward to the Verizon IndyCar Series season, which begins March 12 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg - in Bourdais' adopted hometown.
"It's great preparation for the INDYCAR season," said Bourdais, one of eight confirmed 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers who competed in the annual sports car endurance race around Daytona International Speedway's 3.56-mile road course. "I got more than seven hours of driving in the rain. I don't think your senses can be more practiced than that in trying to gauge what's available and how you manage the tires."
Gordon contributed very little to Rolex 24 winning team
Jeff Gordon (L) - good at turning left, and left, and left, and left
Jeff Gordon got all the accolades, but in fact was the slowest of the drivers in the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac that won last weekend's Rolex 24. So slow in fact he had very little seat time compared to his teammates. They kept him out of the car as much as possible. They don't have right turns in NASCAR.
At least Gordon was man enough to admit he was slow.
Twisted Tea Partners with Ty Dillon and No. 13 Chevrolet
Twisted Tea, the No. 1 maker of hard iced tea in the United States, has partnered with Ty Dillon, Germain Racing and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in a multi-year agreement to be primary sponsor of the No. 13 Chevrolet SS. Twisted Tea will serve as primary sponsor for select races during the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season along with an associate sponsorship for the entire 2017 season with RCR's No. 3 XFINITY Series team.
"We've been involved with NASCAR for a few years, and we know that Richard Childress Racing, Germain Racing and Ty Dillon are the best of the best, and we couldn't ask for a better team to race with," said Michelle Sullivan, Sr. Director, Head of Marketing. "Our team members and Twisted Tea drinkers are fiercely loyal NASCAR fans, and we wanted to partner with a team and driver who share the same commitment to a captivating race day - whether it be on the actual race track or with a twisted tailgate featuring Twisted Tea."
Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance, told Motorsport.com: "We're not really looking at F1. I don't see us getting into that any time soon.
"Formula 1 is so expensive. If you look at every series we are in right now there is a relevance to all the goals and objectives we have, in developing our tools, technology and people and translating that into road cars. Every series that we're in has an element of that."
Alexander Rossi Hoping For Better With Andretti in 2017
Alexander Rossi at recent RoC
Excluding his victory in the 100th Indianapolis 500, Andretti Autosport driver Alexander Rossi summarized his rookie season in the Verizon IndyCar Series with one word -- "horrible."
Rossi, 25, finished the season 11th in the driver standings. He was the only Andretti racer to visit Victory Lane all of last year. But he believes the team will be better in 2017 because of personnel changes in the organization's engineering department.
Audi teams offered extra incentive to participate in GT Asia
Audi begs team to race in GT Asia series
Competitors in the one-make Audi R8 LMS Cup have been given some additional incentive to extend their 2017 competition schedules. Motorsport Asia Limited - the promoter of the GT Asia Series - will offer travel support including freight to and from the Series' blue ribbon event in September.
Already the program has attracted entries from within the Cup, with Absolute Racing submitting at least one entry alongside their three-car program in GT Asia for 2017, Absolute team boss Ingo Matter confirming that the new arrangement made it very attractive to teams that wanted to extend their existing programs for more valuable race miles.
RP Motorsport Racing has announced Damiano Fioravanti to join its World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship team in 2017. The 20 year-old driver from Rome will be promoted following to a couple of positive seasons in the EuroFormula Open within the same team.
Fioravanti finished 5th in 2016 and now is set to compete in these elite FIA Series, partnering the FIA WEC in six of the total events featured in the Calendar: Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Nurburgring, Mexico City, Austin and Bahrain. World Series Formula V8 3.5 will complete the Season with two other fantastic venues, Motorland Aragon and Circuito de Jerez.
Russian SMP Racing Driver Aleshin Confirmed with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Mikhail Aleshin, racing driver of Russian motorsport program SMP Racing, has signed with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for his third full-time season of Verizon IndyCar Series competition. The Moscow, Russia native will pilot the No. 7 Honda for the Indianapolis-based team in 2017.
"Thanks to both the SMP Racing program and our American team, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, I am to keep fighting for even better results this season in IndyCar," Aleshin said. "With the Russian flag on my car, and with James (Hinchcliffe) and the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports crew, I will push hard to bring more poles and hopefully victories in 2017."
First it was Ducati test rider Casey Stoner, then Team Suzuki Ecstar's Andrea Iannone – but it was the fastest man from the Valencia test, Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who hit back on Day 3 to head the timesheets. Fastest in the session and setting the quickest lap on combined times over the three days of testing, Vinales put in a 1:59.368 to go P1 from Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez. Ducati Team's Andrea Dovizioso was third.
Despite a small shower in the latter half of the session setting back track action, the final day of testing at Sepang International Circuit was a productive one, averaging the most laps set by rider – although the rain did put paid to most attempts at a race simulation. One high profile crasher was Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) – who went fastest on Day 2, rider ok - as well as Hector Barbera (Reale Esponsorama Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) also suffering incidents on the third and final day.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. walked into the Phoenix Raceway garage about 30 minutes prior to the start of testing. There used to be days where he might not arrive that early for a monotonous test. Earnhardt now values his time in a race car as he prepares to mount a comeback in 2017 after missing half the 2016 season because of a concussion. He tested on Dec. 7 at Darlington Raceway to earn approval to return to racing in the Daytona 500 qualifying races Feb. 23. Tuesday was the Hendrick Motorsports driver's first time in a NASCAR Cup car since on the first day of a two-day test at Phoenix Raceway where each race organization could field one car.
Larson, Logano fastest during Tuesday test at Phoenix Even though most of the attention centered on Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the two-day NASCAR test opened up Tuesday at Phoenix International Raceway, there were plenty of other drivers who took their cars to the track as well. #42-Kyle Larson posted the fastest lap, turning it in 26.586 seconds at the 1-mile venue. But #22-Joey Logano, who had the second-fastest overall lap (26.595), was the fastest for the most laps - recording 19 of the fastest 22 lap times in the opening morning session.[Earnhardt, Jr.] was fifth-fastest in the opening test session at Phoenix, turning a lap in 26.807 seconds. Fox Sports
SUPER Trucks Signs Multi-Year Agreement to Race at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach announced today that the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks series has signed a multi-year agreement to return and race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach starting in 2017.
Popular with Grand Prix fans, the Stadium SUPER Trucks series, founded by racing legend Robby Gordon, features high-horsepower trucks that not only race around the world-famous 1.97-mile, 11-turn Grand Prix racetrack but also jump high in the air utilizing a series of temporary ramps placed throughout the circuit. Long Beach is the third of 10 racing events on the 2017 SUPER Trucks schedule.
McLaren Automotive Collaborates On Future Combustion Technology McLaren Automotive has announced a strategic project to design and develop technology for the next generation of powertrains. Working with a number of partners including BMW Group, the project will develop new combustion technology that will deliver a higher output per capacity than currently possible. It also aims to further facilitate CO2 reductions while simultaneously increasing engine output. The technology is destined for application in future McLaren engines.
Petro-Canada Lubricants renews partnership with Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson
Petro-Canada Lubricants announced a renewed partnership today with Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe and an increased relationship with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
The renewal covers the entire 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season and will see enhanced Petro-Canada Lubricants branding featured on Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Honda, as well as additional team assets to create more brand awareness for the supplier of more than 350 lubricants, specialty fluids and greases to more than 80 countries.
Video: 2017 Phoenix International Raceway Project - 2 Rendering 1 of project with explanation from Bryan Sperber, Phoenix Raceway president Rendering 2 with Sperber explanation Rendering 3 with Sperber explanation Rendering 4 with Sperber explanation
Video: Jenson Button's flying lesson 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button takes controls of the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, at the Heathrow Flight Training Centre, courtesy of British Airways. Comment
Phoenix Raceway Renovation Will Reduce Grandstand Seats To 45,000 Phoenix Int'l Raceway formally unveiled details of a planned $178M redevelopment of the 53-year-old track. Highlights of the project include new grandstands, a "Fan Zone inside what is currently Turn 1" and "relocating the start-finish line to the current Turn 3 area." The grandstands will feature 45,000 (down from the current 50,000, while it used to be 70,000) "stadium-style seats, each with Wi-Fi, starting in what is now Turn 1 and wrapping around until the dogleg." The "existing front-straight grandstands will be removed and motorcoach spaces sold in that area." Hillside seating "will still be available." ARIZONA REPUBLICComment
Details on 200,000 racing fans exposed by IndyCar Chris Vickery, a security researcher for MacKeeper, recently discovered an open Rsync server hosting the personal details for at least 200,000 racing fans.
The data comes from a now defunct racing forum called DownForce, which closed several years ago, leaving Vickery to question why the data was kept in the first place.
ARCA & FOX Reveal Television Schedule Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America and FOX Sports Media Group have announced the broadcast schedule for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
FOX Sports will broadcast 10 ARCA Racing Series events again this season, half of the series schedule. At least nine of the 10 races will be telecast on FS1 in 2017. FS1 waves the green flag on the 65th season of ARCA Racing Series competition with the traditional season opener, the 54th Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona Int’l Speedway Saturday, Feb. 18.
Single Day Tickets On Sale Tomorrow for 13th Annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Single day tickets to the 2017 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will go on sale to the public tomorrow (February 1) at 10:00 a.m. EST at gpstpete.com. Organizers today also announced five additional racing series each showcasing doubleheader races for fans during the weekend.
Headlined by the Verizon Indy Car Series 110-lap feature, the green flag will drop on 13 total races during the 13th edition of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Additionally, the picturesque, 1.8-mile temporary street circuit is the U.S. season opener for all the racing series on the weekend schedule.
7-Eleven Returns to IndyCar Series with Chip Ganassi Racing and Tony Kanaan in 2017
A photo from the recent Race of Champions in Miami, note the 7-Eleven decal on Kanaan's driving suit
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) and 7-Eleven, Inc. announced today that 7-Eleven, Inc. will partner with CGR and the driver of the No. 10 Honda, Tony Kanaan, as an associate sponsor at select races in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season (St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Indianapolis, and Texas). The partnership between 7-Eleven, Inc., CGR, and Kanaan comes 14 years after the leading convenience retail chain first backed the Brazilian in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
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TK/7-Eleven, Inc. History: 7-Eleven, Inc. joined Kanaan as a primary partner in 2003 and continued their relationship until 2010. During their eight-season partnership, Kanaan won the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship in 2004, recorded 14 of his 17 career wins, 10 poles, 49 podiums, and led 2,668 laps in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) made the timesheets fantastic reading for his new home Suzuki on Day 2 of the Sepang test, as he smashed Ducati test rider Casey Stoner's Day 1 pace to set the fastest lap of the test so far. A 1:59.452 saw the Italian an incredible four tenths clear of the man in P2, Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Impressing once again, Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) was third.
Rain and damp conditions were the early headlines of the second day, with no real action until the final few hours of the session as it began to fully dry. Once conditions allowed riders to push, the first crasher of the season was Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), with Scott Redding and Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich), Loris Baz (Reale Esponsorama Racing) and Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) the other fallers on day two. Rabat's incident at Turn 7 briefly brought out the Red Flag with an hour to go, and the Spaniard was sent to hospital in Putrajaya for further examination following the crash. He suffered a fracture in his hand, wounds to his left knee as well as his right foot and both wrists having taken heavy impacts in the incident. He is set to return to Barcelona for further examination and will not take part in the final days of testing.
The Onroak Nissan DPi and the Ligier JS P217 make very encouraging debuts
ESM Ligier JS P217 with Scott Sharp at the wheel
Despite the rain, which was torrential at times, very difficult track conditions, a raft of neutralizations and various race incidents, the three cars built by Onroak Automotive crossed the finishing line in fourth, seventh and ninth places in the top category 'Prototype'. This performance is proof of the reliability of the constructor's chassis and is a very encouraging result for forthcoming races.
Video: Ferrari LaFerrari's Brilliant Air Intake System - 800 HP V12 Engine Anytime you get to use the term "banned F1 technology" you know you're going to be talking about something very interesting and very cool. That's the case today because the topic is the magical engine placed into the belly of the beast called the LaFerrari. This is a 6.3-liter 800-horsepower V-12 that works together with a hybrid system to pack a prancing horse punch.
Today's engines employ all sorts of variable trickery to generate more power, fewer emissions, or a combination of the two. It's typically the timing of the intake or exhaust valves, and it can happen on the camshaft or through throttle control systems as well. On the LaFerrari, things are a bit different.
ECR Engines Finishes 1-2 in IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona
The winning Cadillac engine
ECR Engines captured the victory Sunday afternoon in the IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, powering Wayne Taylor Racing's (WTR) No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R across the finish line and giving Cadillac its first ever Rolex 24 win.
WTR completed 659 laps and won by 0.671 seconds over Action Express Racing's No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R, also powered by ECR Engines.
Video: Phoenix Raceway Upgrade Announcement From the AR1.com Youtube page - Phoenix Raceway, together with its parent company, International Speedway Corporation ("ISC"), announced today the details of a $178 million modernization of the race track with a variety of enhanced amenities for fans, teams, sponsors and other stakeholders. Interview with drivers like Kyle Larson and Daniel Suarez Jr. plus Track President Bryan Sperber, ISC Chairwoman Lesa Kennedy France and NASCAR's Mike Helton Comment
Ryan Truex to Compete for Hattori Racing Enterprises in the 2017 NCWTS
Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) is pleased to announce that Ryan Truex, the 2009 and 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion, will run a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule in 2017, driving the No. 16 Toyota Tundra. Truex competed in 15 events with HRE in 2016 bringing home a career-best finish of second at Daytona International Speedway in February.
"I'm grateful for this opportunity to race my first full National Series Season with HRE and Toyota Racing in 2017,” Truex said. "We started 2016 on a strong note and were able to contend inside the playoffs prior to stepping out of the truck after Charlotte. I know we can have similar, if not better results in 2017 and I'm looking forward to contending for race wins and hopefully making the playoffs this season."
The Ford GT pulled away easily when it wanted to and won the race but Dirk Mueller still cried foul
Rolex 24 Hours GTLM winner Dirk Muller believes Ford’s rivals Porsche and Ferrari "turned it up" in the closing stages of the American endurance classic on Sunday.
Claims of sandbagging abounded throughout the Daytona 24 Hours weekend, in which Ford dominated in qualifying – over six tenths faster than its rivals.
But in the closing stages of the race, after a slow final pitstop, Muller found himself down in third place and had to pass a Corvette and a Ferrari. Then, in the closing stages, he had to fend off an attack from the all-new Porsche 911.
Phoenix Raceway Unveils Details For $178 Million Modernization Project
New Phoenix layout
Phoenix Raceway, together with its parent company, International Speedway Corporation ("ISC"), announced today the details of a $178 million modernization of the race track with a variety of enhanced amenities for fans, teams, sponsors and other stakeholders.
“This is a great day for ISC and Phoenix Raceway, but more importantly, for racing fans in the state of Arizona and around the world,” ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy said. “A project of this magnitude is monumental for our company as we get to work enhancing the experience of the great fans who love to watch our races in Phoenix and enjoy this beautiful area. Having Phoenix Raceway within our prestigious stable of venues always has been a tremendous asset and source of pride for us. We are thrilled to create a best-in-class facility in Phoenix, and we’re confident it will grow the fan base here and further serve as a destination track for motorsports fans everywhere.”
Will Power knows that by freezing the aero kits for 2017 IndyCar handed the Chevy teams a gift because the Honda aero kit, with its closed 'butt bumpers,' has more drag - a decided disadvantage they are not able to fix
Will Power expects Team Penske to maintain its edge over the opposition this season, and that it could even go one better in the points table by claiming an unprecedented 1-2-3-4.
The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, who last year finished runner-up in the points race for the fourth time, said that he expects all four Penske drivers to be in contention for the title.
He told Motorsport.com: "If you look at the drivers, Simon [Pagenaud, reigning champion] will be as strong as ever, obviously. Last year the season really flowed for him. He had his bad times, too, but he was on top of things in every respect so obviously he’s the benchmark for everyone going into this season.
GM and Honda to Establish Industry-First Joint Fuel Cell System Manufacturing Operation in Michigan General Motors Co. and Honda today announced establishment of the auto industry’s first manufacturing joint venture to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products from each company.
Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC will operate within GM’s existing battery pack manufacturing facility site in Brownstown, Michigan, south of Detroit. Mass production of fuel cell systems is expected to begin around 2020 and create nearly 100 new jobs. The companies are making equal investments totaling $85 million in the joint venture.
Bathurst 12 Hour Continues Nismo's 60 Hours Of Endurance
Katsumasa Chiyo winning last year
Bathurst, NSW, Australia: This week's Bathurst 12 Hour at Mount Panorama continues NISMO's 60 hours of endurance racing which kicks off the 2017 racing season.
After contesting the Dubai 24 with an all-GT Academy alumni line-up and supporting engine customer ESM's return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Nissan will now enter the Australian endurance battle this weekend with two factory Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 entries.
IHRA Drag Racing Returning to ESPN Networks After 18 Years After an absence of 18 years, International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) drag racing action will return to ESPN’s networks in 2017.
The IHRA and ESPN have reached an agreement for two days of racing from events in the 2017 IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship to stream live on ESPN3, ESPN's live multi-screen sports network. IHRA racing last appeared on one of ESPN’s networks in 1999.
U.S. Transportation Department Sets New Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Requirements
V2V short range communications
Troy, Mich. – U.S. auto-safety regulators have mandated that new vehicles must communicate with each other through vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology beginning in 2020, with the goal of increasing safety.
Vehicles are expected to use the 5.9GHz safety spectrum, which was allocated by the Federal Government to this life-saving technology to ensure that vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications run without interference. Each vehicle would beam GPS coordinates, speed and direction data. Nearby vehicles would receive the data, analyze it with on-board computers, send safety alerts, and engage collision-avoidance systems.
Video: Wood Brothers compare race car radiator with production car radiator The newest "Motorcraft Minute with the Wood Brothers" video details the differences between production car radiators and those for stock cars.
Diego Menchaca promoted to World Series Formula V8 3.5 with Fortec Motorsports
Diego Menchaca - has check will drive
Telmex supported driver Diego Menchaca has been promoted to the World Series Formula V8 3.5 after having completed two years in the EuroFormula Open. Fortec Motorsports is one of the top teams in the discipline and their expertise looks the perfect choice for the Mexican to debut in a top single-seater Series. Both Menchaca and Fortec met in 2012 when he participated in the Formula Renault 2.0 UK.
Diego Menchaca first contact with the Formula Renault 3.5 car during the Collective Tests on last December showed the driver in good pace putting down some consistent laps. The land of Menchaca in this discipline intends to be a new benchmark in his progress to a professional career.
Riders completed the first day of official IRTA MotoGP testing in 2017 at the Sepang International circuit in Malaysia. Good weather conditions (max temperature: 31° C air, 42° ground) favored day one of the first MotoGP pre-season test until rain began falling at 4 p.m.
Ducati test rider Casey Stoner set the pace on the first day with a time of 1m59.681s on the 2017 Ducati just after 1pm local time, beating the Italian manufacturer's race rider Andrea Dovizioso at the top of the order.
Dovizioso finished 0.115 seconds slower than Stoner, while new Ducati hire Jorge Lorenzo was way down in 17th, 1.669s adrift.
Kevin Magnussen interested in running a NASCAR race sometime
NASCAR loses more and more fans each foreign driver and manufacturer they allow in
Ask Kevin Magnussen about NASCAR, and he just smiles. Gene Haas' latest Formula One recruit is well aware of his boss' championship stock car teams. The 24-year-old Dane, who replaced Esteban Gutierrez as Haas F1's second driver, was Stateside this week to see Haas' holdings up close.
On Wednesday, Magnussen flew to Haas Automation headquarters in Oxnard, California where he sat behind the wheel of a Monster Energy Cup car on display but "unfortunately" couldn't take it for a spin. "It's extremely cool," Magnussen said of the stock car. "But it's not easy to get in. It's nice because I grew up in motorsport, and you think you know everything, and then you come over here and you see those cars and it's very different."
With the wide tires and more downforce Hulkenberg says at tracks like Monaco there will be zero passing. He expects less, maybe zero passing everywhere. It will be physically demanding for the drivers, but boring for the fans
2017 cars 'brutally fast' - Hulkenberg
'Too soon' to say less overtaking in 2017 - Sainz Jr.
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