Mark Miles gave his media day presentation and then was asked more questions by several journalists. Here is a recap of what Mark said about topics that most IndyCar fans that have been around the last few years would want to hear.
Mr Miles was asked if IndyCar was planning on adding canopies to the cars due to the tragic accident last August where Justin Wilson lost his life at the Pocono race. Miles replied, "There are no secrets in this sport. First of all, even before Justin's accident, IndyCar had worked closely with Formula One safety people to look at protecting drivers, especially heads. And I think it is fair to say, while a lot of work was done, all that had been accomplished is that we had done the work."
General Motors today opened the doors to the all-new GM Powertrain Performance and Racing Center – a state-of-the-art facility designed to enhance the development processes for the company’s diverse racing engine programs.
The new, 111,420-square-foot facility is connected to GM’s Global Powertrain Engineering Center and is part of a $200-million investment at the Pontiac, Mich., campus. It relocates the Racing center from Wixom, Mich. to the Pontiac Powertrain Campus, bringing together under one roof an additional team of nearly 100 engine builders, engineers and other support staff. The Performance and Racing team is responsible for developing engines for NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar, IMSA and other racing series.
It also leverages the resources at the Global Powertrain Engineering Center, enabling faster and more integrated technology transfer between GM’s racing experience and production-vehicle powertrains.
Affordable GT40 Available From Le Mans Coupes Ltd In 50th Anniversary Of Ford's First Le Mans Win
The value of original examples of Ford’s legendary GT40 have long since exceeded the pockets of the general enthusiast - one of the four ex-Works Gulf cars sold for $11 million in 2012. However, help is at hand thanks to Le Mans Coupes Ltd, the sole UK agent for the stunning Superformance evocations. So accurate as to be 70 percent interchangeable with originals, they are available for an eminently more affordable £99,800 plus VAT, and come complete with P/2000 Series chassis numbers recognised by the Shelby American World Registry.
A few of us media spent some time with Hulman and Co., CEO Mark Miles after the main press conference during INDYCAR media day.
One of the first things Miles was asked was if there have been any changes to the fuel probe design. Recall, Graham Rahal exiting the pits during last year's Fontana race with the probe engaged. Miles said, "l do not remember if the car is taken out of gear or if it stops the engine, but the car will not be moving with the fuel probe in. The new sensor has to function fast and it has to stop the car."
As Tony Stewart announced he will retire from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series following next season, he and Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas announced series veteran and former dirt track racer Clint Bowyer will replace Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet beginning in 2017.
Bowyer, who started his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career with Richard Childress Racing, has raced for Michael Waltrip Racing since 2012, but was released from his multi-year contract earlier this year when it became clear the team would not field a full-time entry next season after its co-owner, Rob Kauffman, announced plans to purchase a stake in Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.
"Downforce" is the death of competitive racing. Those giant wings pushing the car onto the tarmac enable unfathomable cornering speeds, but the dirty air left trailing behind ensures following a big-winged openwheeler closely is almost impossible (think Maverick flying though Ice Man's jet wash).
Target Chip Ganassi Racing Returns to Classic "Lightning Bolt" Livery for 2016
Steve Lauletta and Scott Dixon
Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) announced today the return of the team’s classic “Lightning Bolt” livery to the No. 9 Target Chevrolet driven by four-time and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon for the 2016 season.
The Target Lightning Bolt livery debuted in 1995 at the season-opening race at Homestead-Miami Speedway with drivers Jimmy Vasser and Bryan Herta, and ran through the 2001 season-finale at California Speedway with drivers Bruno Junqueira and Memo Gidley.
Force India co-owner Sahara looks to sell stake The Sahara Group has requested permission from India's Supreme Court to sell its 42.5% stake in Force India.
It was reported on Tuesday that the group - whose chairman Subrata Roy was jailed in 2014 for failing to repay over $3.5billion to investors - has requested to sell its stake in the team as well as four aircraft and multiple hotels including London's Grosvenor House in an attempt to raise significant funds towards clearing the Indian conglomerate's debts.
CNBC to Sponsor Sauber F1 Team This is the first time the Sauber F1 Team has partnered with an international broadcaster.
CNBC and the Sauber F1 Team will use the global Formula One media platform to maximize their potential as well as to reach a broader audience around the globe. The CNBC branding will appear on the rear wing end plate of the Sauber C35, on the driver suits of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr as well as on the team uniform.
Coors Light And Burke Distributing Join The Grand Prix Of Boston
This is a big deal for the Boston GP - with all the area college students back in town to start the fall semester this race should attract a large number of college students who just so happen to love beer.
Today, the Grand Prix of Boston powered by LogMeIn, MillerCoors and Burke Distributing announced a partnership to make Coors Light the Official Beer for the inaugural Grand Prix scheduled for September 2-4, 2016, in the South Boston Waterfront.
MillerCoors and Burke Distributing will share a number of retail and consumer promotions in the months ahead of the inaugural event weekend to highlight the partnership with the Grand Prix of Boston powered by LogMeIn.
Team Penske Announces Partnership With REV Group Today, Team Penske announced a new multi-year partnership agreement with REV Group, a leading manufacturer of motor vehicle brands serving the commercial, fire and emergency and recreational markets.
REV will showcase their American Coach and Fleetwood RV brands beginning this season during four NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races on the No. 22 Ford Mustang, including at the season finale event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The brand will also sponsor three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and will be featured as the primary partner on the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet driven by Castroneves at Phoenix International Raceway race in April.
Honda inks extension with INDYCAR for 2 years (Update) UPDATE Honda today announced that the company has renewed its commitment to INDYCAR, signing a new multi-year agreement to continue participation as a manufacturer in the Verizon IndyCar Series through 2017, with an option to extend the agreement through the 2020 season.
American Honda and its racing subsidiary, Honda Performance Development, have been a part of open-wheel racing in North America since the founding of HPD in 1993. The company entered Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) competition at the start of the 1994 season.
BROWNSBURG, Ind. – John Cummiskey Racing can now confirm that Ayla Agren will drive the #33 Energima JCR entry for the 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
Following a strong debut season in the 2015 USF2000 Championship featuring 11 top-10 finishes in 16 races, Agren, the 2014 SCCA F1600 champion has made the move to join John Cummiskey Racing, which amassed 16 top-five finishes out of 20 starts between its two drivers in 2015.
NTT DATA Uses Smart Shirt to Collect Driver's Bio-Info during INDYCAR Races NTT DATA announced today that electrocardiogram (ECG), heart rate and electromyogram (EMG) data were collected from a driver in a series of tests conducted during INDYCAR Series between June and August 2015. The driver wore a special garment incorporating hitoe, a functional material which acts as a sensor, capturing biosignals from the heart and muscles of the driver. The joint experiment was conducted with NTT Basic Research Laboratories (NBRL), NTT DATA, Inc., Chip Ganassi Racing and driver Tony Kanaan.
Sarah Fisher - IndyCar driver/owner turned go-kart owner
With IndyCar TV ratings so low on NBCSN it was impossible to find another sponsor to replace Hartman Oil, Sarah Fisher was forced out of the sport
If Sarah Fisher is sorrowful, she represses it well.
Maybe she’s preoccupied. Maybe she just hasn’t reached one of those sentimental milestones yet. Maybe she realizes life as an IndyCar veteran and icon could be as rewarding, and less financially draining, than as a team owner.
In any case, the 35-year-old pioneering former IndyCar driver became a former IndyCar owner with the official announcement that Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing had become simply Ed Carpenter Racing on Thursday.
Her portion of an eight-year partnership undone when business partner and oil magnate Wink Hartman decided to leave the business amid a volatile energy sector market, Fisher will focus on the 60,000-square-foot karting facility in Indianapolis she and husband Andy O’Gara are set to open in April. Part of that was meeting with U.S. Customs officials Thursday to take delivery of her Italian race karts, minutes before ECR officially released the news.
California Utility-owned EV charging stations with dynamic pricing
The Chevrolet Volt uses the new SAE J1772 standard plug
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved a pilot program that will see public utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) install and operate 3,500 new charging stations for electric vehicles. Charges for plugging in to charge an electric vehicle will vary according to time of day in a scheme meant to encourage off-peak charging when renewable power sources are more plentiful.
This is the second such proposal from a public utility in California to meet approval, with Southern California Edison having received the OK to deploy 1,500 charging stations across its own territory north of the SDG&E stations. SDG&E will be building its 3,500 stations in the San Diego and south Orange County areas at 350 sites, including disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Perseveres At Rolex 24 At Daytona
The Ford GT had new car teething problems
DAYTONA, Fla., – The well-known racing adage "there's no replacement for race conditions" proved true for the two-car Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT team, who debuted the No. 66 and No. 67 at the Rolex 24 At Daytona after extensive preparation and testing.
Both Ford GTs suffered gearbox issues that quickly set them too far behind to catch up. The news was better for the two-car EcoBoost-powered Prototype team until the No. 02 Target/Claritin Riley was sidelined twice with brake problems in the overnight hours. A third brake issue put the No. 02 into the tire wall with just 2 hours, 40 minutes to go with Kyle Larson behind the wheel. Meanwhile, the No. 01 Claritin/Target Riley remained on the lead lap until early Sunday morning until it was sent to the garage for a quick check-up with five hours to go before returning to the track four laps down.
First 2017 Acura NSX Scores Record Auction Price Of $1.2 Million At Barrett-Jackson
Rick Hendrick front row right won the bid
At the auctioneer's final call, the next-generation 2017 Acura NSX supercar tonight smashed the record for a vehicle auction at Barrett-Jackson for the highest-selling designated vehicle identification number (VIN) 001 with the final hammer price set at $1.2 million. Winning bidder Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and founder of Hendrick Automotive Group, has earned the right to custom order the first production model of Acura's highly anticipated NSX, which comes to market this spring. All proceeds of the auction will go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, based in North Carolina, and Camp Southern Ground in Georgia, the passion project of Grammy Award-winning music artist Zac Brown.
FOX NASCAR Revs Engines for 16th Season with 100 Hours of Daytona Speedweeks Coverage
Driver turned TV analyst Jeff Gordon
Headlined by the addition of four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, FOX broadcasts the 58th running of the DAYTONA 500 -- the Great American Race -- from the newly renovated Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 21 (1:00 PM ET), with live coverage beginning at 12:00 PM ET with FOX NASCAR SUNDAY.
Marked by the network’s 16th consecutive season covering the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES, FOX NASCAR’s presentation of Daytona Speedweeks features approximately 100 hours of multi-platform programming, including the SPRINT UNLIMITED, CAM-AM DUEL AT DAYTONA, and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES and NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES season openers. FOX NASCAR returns in 2016 armed with seven championships’ worth of analysis and insight from Hall of Famer and three-time champ Darrell Waltrip alongside Gordon, with veteran play-by-play announcer Mike Joy, covering his 41st DAYTONA 500.
Rick Hendrick was a busy guy in the Arizona desert this weekend. The NASCAR team owner capped a nearly $4 million, two-day spending spree in Scottsdale on Saturday night with a winning bid of $500,000 to acquire the first production 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS, VIN No. 001.
All of Hendrick's winning bid at the Barrett-Jackson Collector-Car Auction in Arizona went for charity, donated to Kettering University, which has a close association with General Motors. IndyCar star Will Power drove the gleaming black Camaro SS onto the auction block.
Harvick Back to FOX Sports NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Booth
Former NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES champion Kevin Harvick is scheduled to return as race analyst for FOX Sports' coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES in 2016, beginning with the season opener from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 20 (3:30 PM ET) on FS1.
The 2014 champion was the first of five NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES drivers in 2015 to rotate in the FOX and FS1 booth for FOX Sports' inaugural year of NASCAR XFINITY SERIES coverage. Harvick, who called three races for FOX in 2015, also kicked off his roster of races at Daytona last year. In 2016, offers analysis at Daytona alongside play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander and analyst Michael Waltrip.
Stadium Super Trucks join track lineup for 2016 Firestone GP of St. Petersburg
Organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg are pleased to announce that Robby Gordon's SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS will join the on-track lineup, March 11-13, for a third consecutive year.
"The Stadium Super Trucks have been a fan favorite since we introduced them in 2014," said Kim Green, Owner, Chairman and CEO, Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. "The series brings a different and unexpected style of racing to the event. We are pleased to have them back and know that fans will enjoy watching the trucks take on the ramps and challenging turns of our street course."
Craftsman Tools To Title Sponsor World Of Outlaws Racing Series Sears and the Craftsman brand, America's most trusted tool brand, announced today the return of Craftsman tools as a major presence in motorsports, becoming the title sponsor of the World of Outlaws.
The three-year agreement, which begins immediately, renames the two premier series in dirt track racing to the "World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series" and "World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series." This is the first time the two top series in grassroots motorsports have shared a title sponsor.
The first day of the Sepang test took place today in hot, humid conditions (max temperature: 33° air, 50° ground) until rain began falling just 20 minutes before the track closed at 6:00 p.m.
Movistar Yamaha Teammates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi made their intentions clear whilst testing their YZR-M1s today at the Sepang International Circuit during the first Official MotoGP Test of the year, taking first and second place respectively.
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today that former Formula 1 driver Max Chilton from England will pilot the No. 8 Chevrolet in a full-season effort for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series.
Chilton will become the first British driver in more than a decade and just the fourth in the last 24 years (Nigel Mansell-1993, Mark Blundell-1996, Justin Wilson-2004) to have driven full-time in Formula 1 prior to joining the Verizon IndyCar Series in the same capacity.
Hyundai Motorsport's Customer Project picks up pace as R5 testing begins
Hyundai Motorsport’s new R5 rally car is on track for its scheduled summer 2016 release after a positive roll-out and the vehicle’s debut test last week.
The first run was carried out by the team’s test and development driver Kevin Abbring in the Fontjoncouse test base in southern France last week and will continue in various locations until summer this year when homologation of the new car will be initiated.
Rebellion Racing Announce Strategic Partnership With Dunlop REBELLION Racing is pleased to announce that the team has chosen Dunlop as their tyre partner for the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Dunlop announced last year that it will return to the top category of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2016 and after extensive testing REBELLION Racing was convinced that Dunlop could provide competitive tires in the LMP1 category. This decision brings back open tyre competition to the LMP1 category for the first time since 2012.
Ganassi's 'All-Star' team comes to a crashing halt
The No. 02 Ganassi Ford ended up in the tire barriers and out of the race with Kyle Larson at the wheel
High hopes of defending its 2015 win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona came to a crashing halt on a wall of tires Sunday for the star-studded team in the No. 02 Ford Ecoboost Riley Prototype.
"I hate that we couldn't back up our victory we had last year," said Kyle Larson, a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver who was at the wheel when the brakes failed on the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford.
Larson's Ganassi teammates included fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup competitor Jamie McMurray, one of only three drivers to win the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400; four-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon; and Tony Kanaan, an IndyCar champion and the 2013 winner of the Indianapolis 500.
Nikita Mazepin joins Sahara Force India in development role
Sahara Force India Formula One Team is pleased to announce Nikita Mazepin as a development driver to mark the beginning of a long-term association with the team. The 16-year-old Russian will be immersed in the team as part of an extensive development program with regular simulator sessions and attendance at various race events during the 2016 season.
Nikita has already captured the attention of many observers on his way up the motor racing ladder. After impressing in karting with second place in the 2014 CIK-FIA World Championship, the young Russian graduated to Formula Renault 2.0 in 2015 where he secured his first single-seater podium finish.
Historic first victory by a French constructor in the Daytona 24 Hours!
The Ligier proved superior to the clunky Daytona Prototypes
The 54th Daytona 24-Hour race will go down as a red letter day in the annals of Onroak Automotive as victory went to the no. 2 Tequila Patron ESM Ligier JS P2-Honda after a thrilling race. After 736 laps only 26 seconds separated the first two cars.
The Tequila Patron ESM team scored an exceptional, historic victory for the French constructor, the first by the Ligier JS P2 in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the IMSA American endurance series. The team’s impeccable strategy coped with all eventualities despite ferocious competition.
Video: Porsche Successful debut at Rolex 24 Porsche Motorsport Video News from the 24 Hours of Daytona. Watch the new Porsche 911 RSR and the new Porsche 911 GT3 R taking podium finishes at the famous long-distance classic in Florida.
Copyright 1999-2019 | AutoRacing1 is an independent internet online publication and is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by IndyCar, NASCAR, FIA, or any series sponsor.
This material may not be published, broadcast, or redistributed without permission.