Eric Prill presented with 2017 Mark Donohue Award in Daytona
Eric Prill, of Topeka, Kan., was presented the RRDC Mark Donohue Award at the annual RRDC members' dinner at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 24. The dinner preceded the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Prill, who serves as the Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of SCCA, had been previously announced as the award winner following the 54th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017). He earned the honor by scoring his first victory in the hotly-contested F-Production class after 16 attempts. He accepted the unique trophy from RRDC members John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports, and RRDC president Bobby Rahal.
Asian Le Mans Series renews contract with Michelin for three more seasons
Michelin has long history with the ACO - ACO is French and so is Michelin
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) announced today that it will continue to place its trust in Michelin, to be the official tyre supplier and technical partner to the Asian Le Mans Series for three more seasons.
Michelin has a long and successful history of racing with the ACO dating back almost 100 years. After winning the inaugural race in 1923, Michelin claimed its 26th victory and 20th consecutive victory in the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans last year. It has also been the official tyre partner in the Asian Le Mans Series since it was first established in 2013.
Mostert breaks Audi domination at Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour
Chaz Mostert has taken the Allan Simonsen pole award trophy ahead of tomorrow’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour with a blistering lap in the Top 10 Shootout. (See video of lap at bottom)
The BMW Team Schnitzer driver, who shares the M6 GT3 with co-drivers Augusto Farfus and Marco Wittmann, lapped the 6.2km Mount Panorama circuit in a 2:01.934, holding off the charging Audi of Kelvin van der Linde who was unable to better Mostert’s time.
ACO Announces Dates for the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series
Just 4 races
The Asian LeMans Series will visit four grade one circuits, in four different countries within the region, be comprised of four races of at least four hours in length, and of course the teams will be fighting for the four highly coveted entries to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
As in previous years, the winner of the LMP2 and LMP3 classes will each receive an entry in the LMP2 class at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans and there will be two LM GTE class entries for GT winners.
Thompson, Exclusive Autosport Moving up to ProMazda
The impressive pairing of Exclusive Autosport and Parker Thompson will continue for another season of racing in the Mazda Road to Indy.
The 19-year-old Canadian driver, who has scored wins driving for Exclusive Autosport in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda, the F1600 Super Series, the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship in Ontario and the Formula Tour 1600 series over the last few years, will graduate the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires in 2018.
Aimee Thoennes, who has been an executive assistant for the last 15 years, has taken the member services manager position. She will now be responsible for the operations of the Member Services Department to ensure a high level of service within established performance and budget guidelines.
Toto Wolff Q&A - 2018 F1 Season Preview We caught up with Toto to find out how the 2018 car is coming along, what he's most looking forward to this season and why fans should be excited for the battle to come... Comment
Driving with the 2018 F1 Halo simulated This year, one of the most controversial additions to an F1 car will be debuted in racing, the HALO. With it being a protective ring around the driver and a bar directly in front of the driver's face, concerns have arisen regarding a race car driver's visibility. This guy decided to do a test drive in an Assetto Corsa mod, which adds the Halo to the Scuderia Ferrari SF70h, in Virtual Reality, to see how visibility with the HALO will work. Comment
America's Tveter Is Featured On CNN Money Switzerland
American GP3 Series driver Ryan Tveter from Oyster Bay, N.Y. was a featured guest on the television show “Front Seat” on the newly launched CNN Money Switzerland channel this week.
Tveter, who had three podium finishes and three other top-five finishes last year in the extremely competitive series for future Formula 1 hopefuls, told host Hannah Wise about his career and his training regimen.
Nexteer Automotive and Richard Childress Racing have extended their partnership between the two companies for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Entering their third year with RCR, Nexteer will serve as a multi-race primary partner for RCR newcomer Matt Tifft and the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro team.
Jarett Andretti To Compete in 2018 Pirelli World Challenge
David Tilton Racing & Copeland Motorsports announced today that Jarett Andretti joined the team as their premier driver. Andretti will compete in 12 Pirelli World Challenge TCR Races starting at Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas on March 23-25. Andretti will drive car No. 8 Volkswagen TCR car.
Audi and BMW set the pace at Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour
#22 Audi fastest on Friday
AUDI has toppled BMW in the fastest ever Friday at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
The #22 Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing Audi of Kelvin van der Linde, Garth Tander and Frederic Vervisch were the fastest in the opening day of track action at Mount Panorama as the field gained experience ahead of qualifying tomorrow.
Industry Veterans Launch Motorsports Strategy Group
Leadership and experience continue to be the two key ingredients for profitability and growth for stakeholders as the dynamic motorsports landscape diversifies and shifts. Industry veterans Jason Rittenberry, Scott Gardner, Jenny Schmitz, and Kurt Johnson recognize the need for venues, series, sponsors and race teams to maximize their investments through the creation of their new firm - Motorsports Strategy Group (MSG). The four partners bring more than 100 years of hands-on experience at the highest levels of motorsports together to assist clients both big and small with a full suite of comprehensive solutions and creative initiatives. Moving into the 2018 season, MSG will begin engaging with a diverse group of clients across the motorsports landscape.
Month of May at IMS To Be Featured in Exciting Super Bowl Regional TV Commercial
Why isn't it a national commercial for the IndyCar Series, including the Indy 500? God knows the series certainly needs that sort of exposure. Why? Because the family only cares about one thing - their Indy 500. All the money squandered away on silly shock packages would be better spent on national super bowl ads to grow the series.
The pageantry, excitement and tradition of the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be featured in a regional advertisement airing on NBC's telecast of Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4.
A 30-second spot will air on selected NBC affiliates in Indiana, including WTHR in Indianapolis, at the end of the first half and leading into the highly anticipated halftime show of the National Football League championship game between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Super Bowl annually is the highest-rated television program in America.
This is the third consecutive year the INDYCAR Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be featured in a regional TV ad during the Super Bowl telecast.
"All of the action and excitement of May is approaching as quickly as one of the sleek new Indy cars that will be on track during the month at the Racing Capital of the World," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "This ad will remind the biggest television audience of the year that there's nothing in sports like the Month of May at IMS, boosting the anticipation for new and existing fans alike as the countdown to the 102nd Indianapolis 500 continues."
NASCAR Roster/pit crew rules to level the playing field NASCAR's Senior Vice President of Competition, Scott Miller sits down with NASCAR.com to talk about the updated pit crew rules and new rosters for 2018. Comment
Gene Stefanyshyn breaks down NASCAR competition improvements NASCAR’s Senior Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development, Gene Stefanyshyn sits down with NASCAR.com to talk about on-track changes coming in 2018. Comment
Video: New NASCAR inspection process explained NASCAR’s Managing Director of Competition and Innovation John Probst sits down with NASCAR.com to discuss the new at-track inspection process that uses eight projectors and 17 cameras to scan race cars. Comment
Former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello is recovering in the hospital after a health scare over the weekend.
Barrichello said he woke up with a terrible headache and went to the doctor, only to be admitted to the hospital with an unspecified ‘vein problem.’ He had a message for his fans to show them he is doing well from the hospital:
AmericanMuscle: Steph vs Justin Drag Race The hosts of the AmericanMuscle Youtube Channel put their pedals to the metal in this highly anticipated Hot Lap episode--Stephanie Wood’s 2017 S-550 Twin Turbo vs Justin Dugan’s 2014 Supercharged S-197 GT. Steph and Justin are competing against each other in a best out of three, quarter mile drag race to answer the question on everyone’s mind; whose Mustang is truly built for speed?
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Unveils 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Season Liveries, Announces Multiple Partnership Extensions
SPM cars with 2018 liveries
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports unveiled today, from Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis alongside 100 lucky fans, the three Dallara-Honda Indy cars of James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens and Jack Harvey in their 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season liveries.
The three Honda-powered cars maintain the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ signature chrome design which debuted on the No. 5 and No. 7 entries last season. Hinchcliffe will remain in the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda with a slightly revamped gold chrome livery from the previous three seasons. Wickens will make his St. Pete debut in the red chrome Lucas Oil Honda No. 6 machine, a change from the team’s typical No. 7 entry and a nod to Toronto, nicknamed “The 6.” Harvey’s No. 60 AutoNation SiriusXM Michael Shank Racing entry, with whom SPM is a technical partner, dons pink chrome highlights to coincide with AutoNation’s #DrivePink campaign.
Single Day Tickets Go On Sale Today for Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Dale Coyne Racing won last year's race with Sebastien Bourdais
Single day tickets to the 2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg are now on sale at gpstpete.com. Four additional racing series were also announced for the March 9-11th event held on the 1.8-mile, temporary waterfront circuit in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla.
Headlined by the Verizon IndyCar Series, the green flag will drop on 11 total races during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend. The 110-lap IndyCar feature is set for Sunday, March 11, with an approximate start time of 12:30 p.m. EDT. Reminiscent of and inspired by the popular open-wheel cars from the early 1990s, this will be the debut event of the new, sleeker Indy car aerodynamic body kits into competition for the 2018 season.
Menswear brand JACK & JONES will be seen on Haas F1 Team personnel and its racecars during the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship as part of a new partnership with the only American team in Formula One.
JACK & JONES lifestyle apparel will be provided to Haas F1 Team members. At the track, the iconic JACK & JONES brand will be seen on the back of the rear wing of Haas F1 Team’s racecars and on the firesuits of drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. The partnership highlights JACK & JONES’ signature denim line which anchored the company’s founding 27 years ago.
USA and China manufacturers scramble to steal Tesla designs
The USA and Chinese auto manufacturers are not good enough to out-design Musk's Tesla cars so they pay to steal their designs. Have they no integrity?
Tesla Inc. was absent at the annual auto show here this month, but its new Model 3 sedan was still a hot ticket writes Tom Higgins of the Wall Street Journal.
Tucked away in the convention hall’s basement, far from the new Chevrolet Silverado pickup and Toyota Avalon sedan displayed on the main floor, Caresoft Global Inc., an engineering firm based in the Chicago area, showed off a Model 3 chassis.
It is one of several sedans Caresoft has purchased from third parties since November, with the goal of studying them and selling data and technical insights to Tesla competitors--for upward of $500,000.
Larson, Byron quickest on first day of NASCAR testing at LVMS
Kyle Larson and William Byron clocked the fastest laps during the first day of NASCAR testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Wednesday.
Larson finished atop the speed chart with a lap of 28.662 seconds at 188.403 miles per hour, while Byron was second at 28.678 and 188.298. Larson's fastest time came during the afternoon session, while Byron clocked his best lap in the morning.
German police raided the offices and homes of Audi AG (AUDVF) executives in two southern German cities in connection with a criminal investigation of the company in the wake of Volkswagen AG's (VLKAY) diesel emissions-cheating scandal, Audi said on Wednesday.
"We are cooperating fully with officials because we have great interest in clearing up the matter," an Audi spokesman said in a statement, saying he couldn't comment further in light of the continuing investigation.
VW and others subjected monkeys to their filthy dirty diesels
The lengths VW and other dirty diesel manufacturers went to cover-up their polluting cars is repulsive
Volkswagen is suspending a high-ranking executive in the wake of revelations that German automakers tested the effects of diesel fumes on humans and monkeys.
Head of Group External Relations and Sustainability Thomas Steg will not report to work until the company investigates the work of the European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector (EUGT), a research group set up by VW and fellow German carmakers BMW and Daimler.
Jens Hanefeld, who is responsible for International and European Policy at Volkswagen, will take over Steg's workload in the meantime.
Autobarn Lowndes Racing launches with next-gen Holden Supercar
Craig Lowndes and his new Holden
The highly-anticipated Autobarn Lowndes Racing team has pulled the covers off the 2018 #888 next-generation Holden Commodore supercar.
Team driver Craig Lowndes officially unveiled the fresh livery, launching the naming-rights partnership between Autobarn and Triple Eight Race Engineering at the automotive retailer’s all-new store, Autobarn Logan City.
Chevrolet today announced that the 2019 Corvette ZR1 set a production-car lap record on the 4.1-mile Grand Course West at Virginia International Raceway with a time of 2:37.25.
Along with a harness bar and track seats with five-point harnesses, the record-setting stock ZR1 coupe was equipped with the available paddle-shift eight-speed automatic and ZTK Performance Package, which includes an adjustable carbon-fiber High Wing, a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires, and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning.
Kevin Harvick Hosts Season Premiere of His SiriusXM Show Feb. 6
Kevin Harvick, the 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion, driver of the No. 4 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing and one of the sport's most popular drivers, will host the premiere episode of the 2nd season of his SiriusXM NASCAR Radio show, Happy Hours, on Tuesday, February 6th (7:00 p.m. ET).
After the season premiere, Harvick and co-host Matt Yocum will host the second episode of Happy Hours live from Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday, February 14 (7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET), ahead of the next day's Can-Am Duels and that weekend's Daytona 500.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) and Total Specialties USA, Inc., Total S.A.’s U.S. marketing affiliate, have announced a multi-year agreement that will see TOTAL QUARTZ become the Official Lubricant Partner of their Verizon IndyCar Series team and the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It will mark Total’s return to the team after being an associate sponsor of their inaugural season in 1992 where Bobby Rahal earned his third Indy car title. The 2018 Long Beach race will mark their first as a primary sponsor of an Indy car.
NASCAR has announced key leadership appointments across its growing international business landscape and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Jim Cassidy has been named to the new leadership position of chief international officer, reporting to Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. Charged with growing the NASCAR brand of racing internationally, Cassidy will oversee all international competition and commercial operations, including NASCAR’s three international series: the NASCAR Pinty’s Series in Canada, NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.
The North Carolina Motorsports Association honored the winningest car owner in NASCAR history, last night, during the 12th Annual N.C. Motorsports Industry Awards Ceremony presented by Fifth Third Bank, when it presented Jack Roush with the Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award. The ceremony took place at the Embassy Suites Ballroom in Concord, NC.
Roush joins other motorsports notables such as Richard Petty, Richard Childress, Junior Johnson, O. Bruton Smith, H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler, Ned Jarrett family, Dale Earnhardt, Benny Parsons, Mike Helton, Jeff Gordon and Roger Penske as NCMA Achievement in Motorsports Tribute honorees.
Carlin is taking a year out from the British Formula 4 championship, where it has been the most successful team to date.
After taking the teams’ and drivers’ titles in all three of the series’ seasons since its inception, Carlin is taking a sabbatical from the championship this season “due to an increase in the number of programs the team is involved in”.
The new lower downforce IndyCar will expose the wankers (Update) UPDATE
If Roger Penske was so concerned about showing which drivers are the most talented, then the Penske cars should remove the 'special' shocks their cars have that no one else has. How many races have the Penske shocks won?
Like AR1.com, Roger Penske also believes the changes will highlight IndyCar's best drivers.
"What they've done from a competitive standpoint, and also when you look at it from the driver's standpoint, it puts the driver back in the car," he told Autosport.
"It's a whole different driving technique. It's going to be interesting to see which drivers adapt to it quickly.
"[Before] the downforce made the car easier to drive because the car was so stuck to the ground.
"Now, with the high speed and [less] downforce, getting into the corners the car will be freer and they're going to have to really be on top of it. "It's going to bring the cream to the top, for sure."
Teenage racer Frederick returns to second season in USF2000
The youngest driver in the Mazda Road to Indy in 2017 is returning for a second season in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda.
And he may still be the youngest driver competing in the series.
Pabst Racing announced that Kaylen Frederick will race for the team in 2018. The 15-year-old from Potomac, Maryland native will pilot the #24 Pilot ONE Racing-sponsored Pabst Racing entry in his second season in USF2000.
World's top drivers from 17 countries descend on Mount Panorama
Bathurst view from Mount Panorama
Many of the best drivers from around the world, including five Formula One pilots, multiple World Champions and Australia’s elite Supercar steerers are headed to Bathurst this week.
The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 1000 is also acting as a warmup for the Supercars Championship with 11 drivers – including current Champion Jamie Whincup and his young rival Scott McLaughlin – heading the field.
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