Congrats to the @Honda Ridgeline Baja Truck team winning the 7200 class in the #Parker425 this weekend
The Honda Off-Road Racing Team and its Ridgeline Baja Race Truck opened the 2019 off-road racing season in the best possible fashion, with a decisive second consecutive victory in the “7200” class for V6-powered unlimited race trucks in Saturday’s Parker 425.
A part of the Best In the Desert Racing Association off-road racing series, the Parker 425 features three laps of a rugged 143-mile course through the southwestern Arizona desert. Each lap presents competitors with wide-ranging conditions, from sand washes and rough rock sections to wide-open rally roads.
The former Force India F1 team been putting out press releases calling their team Racing Point Formula 1 and now word comes that the FIA last week has officially approved the name change from Force India to Racing Point Formula 1.
We await the official announcement or official 2019 F1 teams list press release from the FIA, which would confirm the name change
Finally after all these years, NASCAR will take wins away from cheaters
AR1.com has mocked NASCAR for years about this.
The notion that a winner could fail inspection after a race and still be credited with the victory was ridiculous. That such penalties often weren’t announced until a few days after the race dragged down the sport.
NASCAR finally did the right thing Monday, stating that it will disqualify the winning vehicle if it fails inspection after the race at the track. This is for Cup, Xfinity and the Truck series.
Four drivers will work in the Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow simulator during the 2019 season, thus contributing, alongside the race drivers, to the development of the car. They are 24 year old Pascal Wehrlein, Brendon Hartley 29, Antonio Fuoco, 22, and Davide Rigon, 32.
Currently driving in Formula E for the Mahindra team, Pascal Wehrlein competed in Formula 1 in the 2016 and 2017 seasons having been crowned DTM champion in 2015.
NASCAR Needs New Stars and Kyle Larson May Save the Sport
Larson is the latest open wheel driver to go to NASCAR and school them
NASCAR’s biggest stars have all moved on. Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are television analysts while Tony Stewart is racing sprint cars again. Danica Patrick traded her firesuit for athleisure-wear while Carl Edwards just kind of disappeared.
America’s top motorsports series is in need of a new face. The rapid wave of retirements brought in a crop of fresh-faced young drivers tasked with carrying NASCAR through a tough transition, but no clear superstar to fill empty seats and shape the next generation of racers.
Losing their shirt on F1, promoters eye group insurance deal
Official F1 Race Promoters Crying Towel
Last week's statement from the Formula One Promoters Association, which consists of 16 of the 21 races that form the 2019 F1 calendar, made clear that money is one of several issues that concern its members.
Other than ever increasing hosting fees, the movement of the sport behind the paywall that is Pay-TV, lack of initiatives and engagement from Formula One Management and concern over the revenue share deal offered to Miami (but nobody else), the bottom line is money, for in almost all cases the promoters only receive what they take in ticket sales, and as a result those events like Britain and Brazil which receive no government funding are particularly hard hit.
With an eye on cutting costs, an issue they insist Liberty should be addressing, the 16 promoters that are members of FOPA are arranging a joint insurance cover of £1.6bn, though the other 5 events running races in 2021 will have the opportunity to join the insurance deal if they want.
McLaren building team that can bring Alonso Indy 500 win (2nd Update)
Andy Brown (not David) will soon be announced as Alonso's engineer for the Indy 500
UPDATE CORRECTION: We confused ANDY Brown, hired by McLaren for Alonso's Indy 500 effort, with DAVID Brown who was Senna’s, Hunter-Reay's and Franchitti’s engineer and currently works for Porsche in IMSA.
01/18/19 Andy Brown was also the engineer for Ayrton Senna for 3 years in F1, and was Ryan Hunter-Reay's engineer in 2003, which included his first win at Surfers Paradise. He is highly regarded and will give Alonso a real strong chance for victory.
While NASCAR laid off dozens of employees last month, President Steve Phelps said the move was more about doubling down in key areas, he tells Adam Stern of Sports Business Daily.
Between people laid off and open positions that will not be filled, about 50 to 75 jobs were eliminated that affected employees at offices across the country, according to sources. The jobs represent less than 5 percent of NASCAR’s workforce.
NHRA drivers took the opportunity to shake off the rust at the preseason test session at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Jan. 30 – Feb. 2. Defending Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence shows no sign of slowing down by setting the quickest pass of the session.
Torrence piloted his Capco Contractors/Torrence Racing dragster to a 3.689 sec. pass at 328.78 mph during Thursday’s testing. The Texas native made history last season as he went undefeated during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP reveal new 2019 livery
Vinales and Rossi show off new Monster Energy Livery
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team unveiled its 2019 color scheme and structure today at the Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta, Indonesia, causing great excitement. The launch event’s theme “Beast Mode On” echoes the new title sponsorship deal between Yamaha and Monster Energy, as well as the team’s mindset ahead of the official 2019 IRTA MotoGP preseason test in Sepang, Malaysia, held in two days’ time.
Walkinshaw Andretti United has today announced that Mobil 1™ and MEGA will combine as the Team’s co-naming rights partners for the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, creating Mobil 1 MEGA Racing.
Mobil 1 will enter into its 26th consecutive year as a partner of the Team, while MEGA join the Walkinshaw Andretti United family for the first time.
How do Pirelli's special thin tread tires solve blistering problems? Pirelli has an extremely difficult job in the world of Formula 1. Understand why Pirelli shaves its tires for some F1 Grand Prix, and not for others. F1 tire wear explained. F1 blistering tires explained. Comment
Mark Webber on driving the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport at the Bathurst 12 Hour
Motor racing fans attending the opening round of the 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge at Bathurst (Australia) have witnessed a very special premiere. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport was driven on a racetrack in front of the public for the first time. At the wheel of the 700 hp vehicle sat the Porsche brand ambassador Mark Webber. The Australian thrilled home crowds at the famous Mount Panorama Circuit.
Project Top Secret: The Porsche 935 The relaunch of the Porsche 935 caused quite a stir at the 2018 Rennsport Reunion. Watch how the development team overcame almost impossible challenges in the weeks and months before the big reveal. Comment
Earl Bamber Motorsport (EBM) won the Bathurst 12 Hour in electrifying fashion, with the No. 912 Porsche 911 GT3 R storming to the lead in the closing moments of the Intercontinental GT Challenge season opener.
The stellar result for EBM was the first Bathurst 12 Hour win for Porsche and one final victory for the current generation Porsche 911 GT3 R before its successor arrives for the next round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
Toyota Racing: Antron Brown 2019 NHRA Spring Training Quotes
Antron Brown , Matco Tools Toyota Top Fuel dragster driver:
What are you looking for in 2019?
We all look for a championship. That’s what we’re focused on. Last year we learned a lot of stuff. It was a good thing that we were competitive all year and we raced at a high level. This year, we’re looking to improve upon that and go back to the way that we used to be. We are looking to give Torrence Racing a run for the championship. We want to be able to go out and compete for our fourth title. Our main focus is to be in a good position heading into the Countdown to give us a chance to bring it home.
Risi Competizione aiming for Le Mans return, no further IMSA plans for 2019
Risi #62 Ferrari
Risi Competizione looks to race at Le Mans for the first time in 2017. The team has filed an entry for the GTE Pro field and hopes to be on the grid for the closing round of the World Endurance Championship Super Season in June.
"We have put in an entry as ourselves and want to go back. We feel there is a level-playing field at Le Mans," team owner Giuseppe Risi told Motorsport.com.
Tour of Gen II Bentley Continental GT3 Bentley Team M-Sport’s Jordan Pepper takes us on a tour of the second-generation Bentley Continental GT3 which is making its Australian debut this weekend at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. Comment
WeatherTech Adds Last Minute CupFone Super Bowl Spot
Automotive accessory manufacturer WeatherTech has added an additional 15-second spot, titled CupFone™, to its Super Bowl ad buy which includes a 45-second spot, SCOUT, for CBS' broadcast of Super Bowl 53, February 3, 2019, to be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rahal family, along with IndyCar, ready to enjoy Austin
For a family like the Rahals, it takes a lot to make a race weekend stand out.
Although he just turned 30, Graham Rahal estimates that he’s been to “thousands” of races. It might seem hard to believe, until you consider that his father, Bobby Rahal, is a legend of open-wheel racing and Graham Rahal has been a professional since he was a teenager. His wife, Courtney Force-Rahal, is a retired drag racer from an iconic family in the sport.
One Formula Racing enters F3 Americas Championship
The F3 Americas series backed by Honda power should be on the Road To Indy Ladder
After a premiere season, F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda opens 2019 at Barber Motorsports Park with IndyCar April 3-5. With an expanding grid for its second season and an affordable, competitive tech package equipped with the only Halo in North America, SCCA Runoffs National Championship team One Formula Racing is stepping into international-level professional racing with F3 Americas Championship. The Illinois-based outfit is in the development stages of entering two cars for a full championship season.
Stewart Haas Racing names Mike Shiplett as Cole Custer's crew chief
Stewart Haas Racing on Friday announced that NASCAR veteran Mike Shiplett has been named crew chief for the No. 00 Xfinity Series Ford and driver Cole Custer.
“I’m very excited to start here over at Stewart Haas Racing,” Shiplett said on the first-ever SHR Podcast. “There’s a lot of technology. I’ve been here a little over two weeks and I’m learning a lot of stuff.”
Following the 57th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) conducted its normal post-race audit of timing and scoring data. Upon analysis it was discovered that both the No. 29 Montaplast by Land Motorsport (driver Ricky Feller) and No. 63 Scuderia Corsa (driver Toni Vilander) entries in the GT Daytona (GTD) class were found to be in violation of drive-time requirements, as outlined by IMSA Sporting Regulations, and have been placed at the back of the class per Article 12.12 Drive-Time Penalty Order.
Equipped with a fresh set of Hankook Tires, a pair of Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS F3 cars accelerated around the 11-turn, 2.3-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway last week during its first test of the new year. Set to complete multiple test days throughout February and March, VRD will kick-off its maiden F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda season alongside IndyCar at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama April 5-7.
What was your off-season like as the reigning NHRA Funny Car champion?
I wouldn’t say it was any different than any other off-season. I actually went on vacation, traveling over to Qatar. I raced there in 2011 and hadn’t seen a lot of the people over there since then and it was nice to go over there and support their race series. It was a cool venture. It seemed like the off-season flew by and I’m not opposed to that. I’m glad to be back out here testing and getting ready for the first race of the year.
Don Jr.'s Trump Tower mystery call went to NASCAR CEO
The biggest leaker of intelligence in Washington, Adam 'Shifty' Schiff was devastated to learn another one of his lies was dispelled - Don Jr. was talking to NASCAR CEO Brian France, not the Russians. You can tell he's crazy just by looking at his eyes.
Several mysterious phone calls made by Don Trump Jr ahead of the infamous Trump Tower meeting were to business associates and not to his father, a new report has claimed.
Records recently provided to the Senate Intelligence Committee show the calls in June 2016 were between Trump Jr and two of his business associates, three sources with knowledge of the matter told ABC News.
Democrats had long speculated that several calls to blocked numbers three days prior to Trump Jr's meeting with a Russian lawyer were to Donald Trump, and had hoped to see the President's eldest son indicted for lying about them.
A 90kWh battery pack will put the Taycan just below Tesla's biggest battery pack at 100kWh
Porsche continues to provide exciting new details about the Taycan, the company’s first all-electric vehicle that’s expected to rival the Tesla Model S writes Simon Alvarez of Teslarati. Just recently, the established carmaker issued a press release discussing the vehicle’s upcoming charging infrastructure in North America, which would enable the Taycan to travel from coast to coast. In a recent interview, the chief of Porsche’s Electric Car Initiative outlined some exciting new details about the electric sedan, including its battery pack size, as well as some of the vehicle’s notable features.
FOX NASCAR On-Air Team Delivers Combined 200 Years of Daytona 500 Experience
Larry McReynolds, Michael Waltrip, Chris Myers, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon & Mike Joy
FOX Sports embarks on its 19th season of NASCAR coverage at Daytona Speedweeks in February with unparalleled expertise broadcasting the DAYTONA 500 in front of and behind the camera.
Led by veteran play-by-play announcer Mike Joy, broadcasting his 40th DAYTONA 500 for live television or radio, the FOX NASCAR on-air team brings a collective 200 years of experience covering the “Great American Race.” Joining Joy in the FOX NASCAR booth is the Hall of Fame duo of three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip, broadcasting his 16th DAYTONA 500, and four-time champion and 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Gordon, covering his fourth in the FOX Sports booth. Gordon is a three-time DAYTONA 500 champion, and Waltrip won the 1989 running.
Tioga Downs Casino Resort and Watkins Glen International announce multi-year partnership
Tioga Downs Casino Resort and Watkins Glen International announced a multi-year partnership today, making Tioga Downs the ‘Official Casino’ of Watkins Glen International.
At a press reception in the Tioga Downs ballroom, Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup as well as Tioga Downs President Charles Otto discussed the partnership and the benefits it will have for the Southern Tier. Watkins Glen International and Tioga Downs will be working together to expand the region’s tourism reach with packages that complement each other’s properties and New York State attractions in general. These include bringing motor coach groups and tours from other areas so guests can experience all that the Southern Tier has to offer.
Porsche informs authorities of possible issue with emissions
Porsche won't have any emission issues with the Porsche Taycan
Porsche said it had informed German authorities of potential issues with its emissions data, following a report in Germany's Der Spiegelnews magazine that the figures for its 911 models of 2016 and 2017 were inaccurate.
"Porsche has identified issues in connection with individual roll-out tests," Porsche said in a statement Thursday.
The case involves deviations in the measurement of wind resistance values and the corresponding information reported to regulators, the company said.
Envision a universe with you at the center, calling the shots. What would you do if the whole world followed your every command?
That’s not Big Game fiction, that’s exactly how it feels inside the brand-new A-Class – the high-tech, gateway sedan for the Mercedes-Benz model line with a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $32,500 – making its official introduction during the Big Game at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, February 3.
The new model features an industry-leading, in-vehicle command center, Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), pairing natural voice recognition with voice-activated artificial intelligence (AI) technology to seamlessly integrate with today’s multitasking lifestyle. Chilly? Say, “I’m cold.” Mood lighting? Best brunch around? Playlist or podcast? Last night’s football scores? Just say “Hey Mercedes…,” and the vehicle does the rest, along the lines of in-home virtual assistants.
Chevrolet returns as the official truck of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is proud to announce the renewal of its partnership with Chevrolet. Serving as the official truck for the sixth consecutive year, Chevrolet will have a strong presence on and off the track during the event, March 8-10, 2019. For Chevrolet competing in its eighth NTT IndyCar Series season as an engine supplier, it has achieved great success winning five of the previous seven season openers on the streets of St. Petersburg.
Dodge//SRT, Mopar Add NHRA National Event Title Sponsorships at Houston and Las Vegas Races
Las Vegas 4-wide
Dodge//SRT and Mopar announced today a partnership with Pennzoil to pump up participation in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), doubling their number of event title sponsorships for the 2019 season.
Mopar will claim headline sponsor duties at the NHRA tour stop in Houston, and Dodge//SRT will take title rights for the fall NHRA Las Vegas race. The brands will also continue their primary sponsorship roles at NHRA events near Denver and Reading, Pennsylvania.
The 2019 pre-season has been different to any other before it for reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez after a substantial shoulder operation in early December.
Surgery was performed by Dr. Xavier Mir, Dr. Victor Marlet and Dr. Teresa Marlet at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus in order to resolve a recurring dislocation of Marc Marquez’s left shoulder. The issue had persisted throughout the 2018 season, and the winter break was deemed the only time possible to operate on the Repsol Honda Team rider. With recovery predicted to take multiple months, Marquez and his team set about building a plan to strength the shoulder and prepare for the Sepang Test on February 6 – 8.
Indy 500 Ticket Sales Strong, Hospitality And Suites Completely Sold Out
2016 saw a record crowd. Well not really. Crowds dwarfed 2016 in the CART days, but it was a record since the IRL days.
We’re a little under four months away from the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 and ticket sales are nearing the record sellout we saw in 2016 for the 100th running
2017 saw more people attend the race than there were for 2015. Last year’s race saw more spectators than 2017. As of today, the last day of January, the 2019 ticket sales are stronger at this point than where they were for 2018 and over 300,000 are expected on race day this year. Will it be a sellout like in 2016? Maybe.
Doug Boles also reports that all hospitality and suite packages are sold out for 2018.
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