While you're watching Super Bowl LI this Sunday as the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots, be on the lookout for a special message from "The Greatest Race Course in the World." Leading into halftime, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will unveil a regional Super Bowl commercial highlighting the 101st Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
This will be the second time in a row that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has debuted a regional advertisement during the biggest television event of the year.
JAS Expedited Trucking returning to BK Racing The partnership between BK Racing and JAS will keep trucking into the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season. After making their NASCAR debut as a sponsor last year with BK Racing, JAS Expedited Trucking will be on board the #83 Toyota Camry of Corey LaJoie as the primary sponsor at both Michigan International Speedway races in 2017.
JAS will kick-off the season as an associate sponsor on LaJoie's #83 for the Daytona 500. JAS Expedited Trucking LLC. is a small family-owned expedited trucking company, located in Imlay City, Michigan. JAS is currently looking for qualified I.C. professional drivers to join and expand their team. BK Racing
A required mediation session is set for April 18 in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. against Tony Stewart, according to a court filing Thursday. The Ward family has asked for unspecified damages against Stewart, who was not indicted by a grand jury, and has said in court documents he didn't see Ward until just before Ward, on foot, attempted to make contact with his car during an Empire Super Sprints race Aug. 9, 2014 at Canandaigua (NY) Motorsports Park.
Stewart's court filings show Ward's toxicology report indicates Ward used marijuana within five hours of the race. Also Thursday, Stewart's appeal was officially withdrawn in a related case, where a federal judge ruled that Stewart's insurance company does not have to cover any legal fees or settlements because ESS races were not listed among the series in his policy. ESPN.com
Mosley: Liberty made mistake not keeping Ecclestone on
Carey (L) thinks he can do without Ecclestone (R)
Former FIA president Max Mosley says Liberty Media may regret not retaining Bernie Ecclestone as the sport's CEO, adding that for “someone new to come in without all the personal relationships may be difficult".
Ecclestone was axed as F1 boss two weeks ago after Liberty completed its takeover of the sport with new F1 Chairman Chase Carey adding the role of Chief Executive Officer. Ecclestone, who has since confirmed he will attend some F1 races this season, now becomes 'Chairman Emeritus', although what that role will entail is currently unknown.
Drivers do not win F1 titles, Aldo Costa and Adrian Newey do.
Sebastian Vettel underestimated the magnitude of what Michael Schumacher did at Ferrari when he decided to join the Scuderia, that's according to Gerhard Berger. Of course Berger thinks Schumacher made Ferrari great. No, Aldo Costa made Ferrari great. That is why when Schumacher went to Mercedes, he demanded Aldo Costa design the car. And now Mercedes is reaping those awards today.
Vettel swapped his four-time championship-winning Red Bull team for Ferrari in 2015 in the hope that he could hand them their first World title since 2007.
That has not come to fruition, and won't until Ferrari hires Aldo Costa back.
Southern 500 winner Regan Smith told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Friday that he's looking for a ride for the upcoming NASCAR season and didn't rule out running in any of the top three national series.
Smith, who co-hosted "The Morning Drive," was left without a ride after Tommy Baldwin Racing sold its charter after last season and reduced its involvement in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The organization has stated it would seek to make the Daytona 500 with Elliott Sadler but not announced any other Cup plans.
Monster finalizing NASCAR activation plans With a month left before the Daytona 500, activation plans for new NASCAR Cup Series title sponsor Monster Energy are coming into view. Corona, California-based Monster plans to have in-market retail promos as soon as Daytona, and an at-track sampling presence at every race on NASCAR's 36-race schedule, according to Mitch Covington, vice president of sports marketing for Monster. Monster's activation plans are still being finalized, but its spend is expected to be smaller than Sprint's.
Today's thought I've seen a lot of hate thrown around here about a man who is a constant over achiever, and the people that support him. Yes he's been caught in some lies, but he's still out there proving his haters wrong. Some people are just jealous of someone who is successful and has money. Throw in a hot foreign model at his side, and they just hate even more. You may not have wanted him in that role, but he's there now, and there is nothing you can do about it. I know it's just going to get worse as this weekend comes, but like it or not Tom Brady is in the Super Bowl again. Get over it.
INDYCAR chassis supplier Dallara builds winning Rolex 24 car
The Cadillacs were too fast for the Orecas, Nissans, Mazdas and Ligiers
January proved to be a winning month for Dallara, whose U.S. base is located just a few blocks south of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
First, Dallara signed a new contract with INDYCAR to extend its relationship to provide the Verizon IndyCar Series chassis through the 2020 season.
Then, last weekend, the company dominated IMSA’s Rolex 24 At Daytona sports car race, going to victory lane with the No. 10 of Wayne Taylor Racing. That DPi car was driven to the overall and Prototype class win by brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor along with Jeff Gordon and Max Angelelli.
The writing is on the wall for the internal combustion engine. Electric motors are superior in every measure - instant torque, huge torque, no transmission, no oil, no spark plugs, no radiator, no air filters, no gas tank, no water, no water hoses, no anti-freeze, no water pump, no pollution, no catalytic converter, no exhaust pipes. Shall we go on?
In recent years, the biggest trend in the automotive industry has been downsizing. In an attempt to increase fuel economy and reduce emissions everyone from Honda to Ferrari has embraced smaller, turbocharged motors. In reality though, downsized engines produce more emissions in real-world conditions, and as we reported last year, engines will once again get larger.
Now, Herbert Diess, the boss of the Volkswagen brand, has stated that downsizing's days are numbered. In an interview with Car Throttle, Diess explained why VW is gradually phasing in larger engines.
"The trend of downsizing is over," Diess told Car Throttle. "Emissions tend to go up as engines get smaller."
Repsol Honda Team unveil 2017 racing effort in Indonesia (Update) UPDATE Added video highlights of the event below.
Marquez and Pedrosa
Jakarta (Indonesia), 3 February 2017 – Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa today unveiled the 2017 Repsol Honda Team racing effort to the Indonesian and International media in the beautiful compound at the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo), located in the Centre of the Indonesian capital.
Having spent yesterday enjoying the warm welcome and proud support of the associates at the AHM Factory in Karawang, the riders began today by meeting excited Honda customers at a dealer facility and then moved on to the JIExpo, where they spent time talking with the media.
Race fans could care less about silent Formula E cars
Last summer the NIMBYs of Battersea Park decided to nuke the annual Formula E race in London. Amid ongoing court disputes, series officials agreed to make the 2016 London ePrix the last to be staged in Battersea Park in the hope of finding a better venue elsewhere. Battersea Park had certainly served a purpose, but ultimately it was a poor spectator venue and hardly conducive to thrilling race.
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag was not worried when addressing the press after unveiling the season three calendar. There was a slot still reserved for London, on the condition that a deal could be done to find a better venue. Agag was confident the series could, in his words, "do a Berlin".
Electric vehicle battery cost dropped 80% in 6 years down to below $190/kWh
Falling battery costs
Profitable production of electric vehicles is highly important. Our capitalist society revolves around profitability and therefore, if electric vehicles are to prevail over gas-powered cars, they need to be profitable to manufacture in mass.
A new study published this month by McKinsey & Company and embedded below looks into how automakers can move past producing EVs as compliance cars and “drive electrified vehicle sales and profitability”. Unsurprisingly, it describes battery economics as an important barrier to profitability and though the research firm sees a path to automakers making a profit selling electric vehicles as battery costs fall, it doesn’t see that happening for “the next two to three product cycles” – or between 2025 and 2030.
January EV Sales Rise 70% In US, As Chevrolet Bolt EV, Volt and Toyota Prius Prime Soar January is supposed to be the weakest and hardest month of the year in the US to sell plug-in vehicles.
Apparently someone forgot to tell that to GM and Toyota.
Heading into the first month of 2017, the best result any one model had ever accomplish during January historically was 1,252 sales (achieved by the Nissan LEAF in 2014), but that changed in 2017 as two models bested the number…one by a lot, while a 3rd offering just missed the old benchmark.
Organizers FIA and ACO confirmed the entry of two vehicles and the members of the new driver squad in an online press conference held today.
The hybrid racing car with starting number 1 will be driven by Neel Jani (33, Switzerland), André Lotterer (35, Germany) and Nick Tandy (32, Great Britain). Jani is currently joint WEC World Champion and 2016 Le Mans winner. Lotterer claimed the title of World Champion in 2012 behind the wheel of an Audi and brings with him the experience gained from three overall victories at Le Mans, while Tandy formed part of the winning 2015 Porsche team in Le Mans. The sister car with starting number 2 will be shared between 2015 World Champion Timo Bernhard (36, Germany) and the two New Zealanders Earl Bamber (26) and Brendon Hartley (27). Bamber claimed joint victory with Tandy at Le Mans in 2015, while the same year saw Hartley share the title of World Endurance Champion with Bernhard.
Barra, CEOs to meet with Trump amid tension over his policies
Trump is shaking the Washington elites and the special interest groups to the core. They want cheap slave labor so they look like heroes to their shareholders. Meanwhile 90+ million Americans are out of work
President Donald Trump will huddle with General Motors CEO Mary Barra and several top executives of major U.S. companies on Friday as the business community finds itself increasingly split over how to respond to his policies.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick on Thursday quit the business leaders' group, a panel selected by Trump in December, under pressure from activists over Trump's week-old executive order halting travel to the U.S. for people from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Executives from Ford Motor Co. and Tesla Inc. also criticized Trump's travel ban, but other advisory group members, including GM and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have not taken a position.
Trump previously met with executives from the U.S. pharmaceutical and auto industries as part of a push to step up U.S. job creation.
Reigning BRDC British F3 champion Matheus Leist will make the switch across the Atlantic and join Carlin’s championship winning Indy Lights team for 2017. The 18 year-old racer who has marked himself out as one to watch on the European racing scene has enjoyed an impressive career in both Formula 4 and Formula 3.
Leist is a well-known name in the junior motorsport ranks in Europe, having been a front runner in both the British F4 and BRDC British F3 fields. Liest’s debut season in the UK came in British Formula 4, then branded MSA Formula, where the Brazilian raced hard against Carlin’s eventual champion Lando Norris and former Carlin man Colton Herta. In his debut season on UK tracks, Leist claimed two wins and seven podiums, enough to claim fifth in the championship standings.
Starting numbers 1 and 2 for the Porsche 919 Hybrid in Le Mans and in the FIA WEC
Stuttgart. The two Porsche 919 Hybrids will be entering the 2017 season with the starting numbers 1 and 2 as they look to defend their title in the FIA World Endurance Championship, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans as the highlight of the series. Organizers FIA and ACO confirmed the entry of two vehicles and the members of the new driver squad in an online press conference held today.
The hybrid racing car with starting number 1 will be driven by Neel Jani (33, Switzerland), André Lotterer (35, Germany) and Nick Tandy (32, Great Britain). Jani is currently joint WEC World Champion and 2016 Le Mans winner. Lotterer claimed the title of World Champion in 2012 behind the wheel of an Audi and brings with him the experience gained from three overall victories at Le Mans, while Tandy formed part of the winning 2015 Porsche team in Le Mans.
NASCAR Teams complete Phoenix test Thirteen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams completed an organizational test at Phoenix Raceway on Wednesday. The four sessions over two days featured the 2017 rules package, the on-track return of #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., a trio of Rookie of the Year candidates and Stewart-Haas Racing's debut with Ford. Earnhardt, who was sidelined with concussion-like symptoms halfway through last season, posted the fastest lap overall at 26.555 seconds (135.568 mph), coming in Wednesday's morning session.
USA WinterNationals Set to Kickoff 2017 Superkarts Pro Tour
NOLA Karting track
TEMECULA, CA – History will be made during the first weekend of March when Superkarts! USA hosts the inaugural running of the Pro Tour WinterNationals. The SKUSA Pro Tour has enjoyed an increasingly successful seven-year journey, growing and improving since its initial debut during the spring of 2010. The record growth and continued success of the championship series has laid the groundwork for further expansion, leading to the creation of the WinterNationals, which is set for NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 3-5. The 2017 edition of the Pro Tour will see an evolution to a six-round, three-event, 1-drop championship that will begin in a month’s time in one of America’s most vibrant cities.
Earnhardt to Serve as Race Analyst for The Clash at Daytona on FS1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. on booth at Xfinity race last June at Michigan
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to join the FOX NASCAR television booth as a guest driver analyst during FS1’s live coverage of THE CLASH AT DAYTONA, the exhibition race that serves as a precursor to the 2017 NASCAR season, on Saturday, Feb. 18 (8:00 PM ET).
Earnhardt, a two-time winner of THE CLASH, will team with FOX NASCAR announcers Mike Joy, Hall of Famer and three-time champion Darrell Waltrip and four-time champ and former Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon.
Ex-head of Boston Indy bid charged with kicking photographer
The former chief executive of the failed effort to bring IndyCar racing to Boston has been charged with kicking a news photographer in a courthouse hallway.
John Casey was freed on $1,200 bail after pleading not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at his arraignment Thursday in Salem.
Prosecutors say the 53-year-old Casey swore at reporters and kicked a Boston Herald photographer in the arm Wednesday after leaving a courtroom following a hearing on a civil matter. In that case, Global Partners, a gas station and convenience store company, has sued for the return of $275,000 it paid to sponsor the race.
Cole Whitt to drive for TriStar in full-time Cup effort (Update)
UPDATE Motorsport.com has learned that they've acquired a Charter from Front Row Motorsports, so they are guaranteed a starting position in all events. Motorsport
02/02/17 TriStar Motorsports announces it will return to competition in NASCAR's premier series fielding one full-time entry in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series for the 2017 season. Cole Whitt has secured the seat of the #72 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Whitt brings with him Florida Lottery to serve as the primary sponsor of the #72 for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Additionally, Whitt will continue partnership with RTIC Coolers, Rinnai and Carolina Skiff throughout the 2017 season. Frank Kerr has been named Crew Chief for Whitt and will oversee competitive efforts for the #72. Whitt's NASCAR career includes six years on the circuit and races in which he has competed in NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and the Monster Energy Cup Series. TriStar Motorsports first competed in the NASCAR Cup Series in 1989 for the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway and lastly in 2013 at Watkins Glen International Raceway; completing a total of 197 races. TriStar Motorsports
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest has revealed the 60-car entry list for the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans at Circuit de la Sarthe.
There will be six entries in the premier LMP1 class – two from Porsche, three from Toyota and one from the independent ByKolles team. Porsche drivers Marc Lieb, Neel Jani and Romain Dumas are the defending winners of the event.
Audi will not compete at Le Mans after previously announcing the manufacturer was shifting its focus to Formula E.
As first reported exclusively on the Verizon INDYCAR Mobile app, Team Penske President Tim Cindric will not be calling race strategy for Will Power in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season, but will instead be on the pit stand for Team Penske newcomer Josef Newgarden.
Jon Bouslog, who was the strategist for Juan Pablo Montoya in 2015 and 2016, will call the shots for Power. The switch ends a 5 ½-year alliance between Power and Cindric. It also signifies increased expectations for Newgarden, who joined Team Penske in October after finishing fourth in the 2016 championship for Ed Carpenter Racing.
Full Squad of Ford GTs to Compete at 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours LE MANS, France, Feb. 2, 2017 –The ACO (Automobile Club de l'Ouest) today announced that the full squad of four Ford GTs will compete at the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours, one year on from the marque's triumphant return to the endurance race that everyone wants to win.
The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team's 2016 victory came 50 years after an historic 1-2-3 finish for Ford at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours. Ford also won the race in 1967 when Dan Gurney (US) and A. J. Foyt (US) piloted the Ford GT40 to victory, giving the team another target to hit this time around.
JR Motorsports, Armour agree to multi-year deal with Elliott Sadler, Kasey Kahne JR Motorsports and Pinnacle Foods’ Armour brand will continue their NASCAR XFINITY Series partnership, the organization announced Monday.
The multi-year extension will see Armour as the primary sponsor in four races for driver Elliot Sadler the next two seasons. The brand has been with JRM since 2014.
ByKOLLES Racing signs Robert Kubica and Oliver Webb for 2017 Endurance season ByKOLLES Racing will start the 2017 World Endurance Championship (WEC) season with a well-known driver. Ex-Formula One driver Robert Kubica (32/POL) will take turns in driving the CLM P1/01 Nismo together with Brit Oliver Webb (25). The third driver for the FIA WEC races, including the Le Mans 24 Hours 2017, will be announced at a later stage. Oliver Webb is known to the private LMP1 team ByKOLLES Racing from his commitments during last season. After many good results in Formula One and several years in Rally, Robert Kubica will return to circuit racing and make his debut in Le Mans in June.
CEFC Manor TRS Racing is pleased to announce that Roberto Gonzalez will return to the team to compete in the 2017 World Endurance Championship including the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. Roberto competed in the last two rounds of the 2016 season with Manor.
The Mexican driver from Monterrey has raced in various series including Champ Cars, Indy Cars and sports cars. He brings with him experience of driving in WEC having competed in three rounds last season.
CEFC Manor TRS Racing To Race In The 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship
Manor are delighted to announce that they will race in the 2017 World Endurance Championship and the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans under the new Chinese banner CEFC MANOR TRS RACING.
Chinese company Talent Racing Sports (TRS) and Manor will work closely together to create a competitive Chinese team in WEC. TRS originally supported Team China Racing in the FIA Formula E Championship in 2014, before expanding its involvement into the World Endurance Championship with CEFC-BaXi DC Racing Alpine in 2016. The deal marks the second year of involvement in WEC for China CEFC Energy Company Limited (CEFC), Baxi Ice Cream and TRS. CEFC MANOR TRS RACING will race with two ORECA 07 Gibsons in the 2017 Championship.
Red Bull Global Rallycross announces 2017 schedule
Red Bull Global Rallycross will be back in action April 29th.
Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 2017) - Red Bull Global Rallycross proudly unveiled today its action-packed event schedule for the 2017 season. Kicking off in April with a brand new race in Memphis, and concluding in October with the series’ signature Los Angeles finale, this year’s slate retains some of the most popular events of 2016 while also introducing the series to a host of new markets.
“This should be a banner year for Red Bull GRC as we continue our ascent in the world of motorsport,” said Red Bull GRC CEO, Colin Dyne. “We listened to the feedback from our fans, and the 2017 schedule reflects the demand to bring our unique brand of racing to new locations, as well as to return to a number of fan-favorite venues from previous seasons.”
Karam will be back to drive the No. 24 machine in 101st Indy 500
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced today that young driving star Sage Karam will return to the team to pilot its No. 24 machine in the world’s biggest auto race, the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, set for Sunday, May 28, at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Karam, the 21-year-old racer from Nazareth, Pa., will enter his fourth Indy 500 in 2017 and his third entry with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing after two impressive drives in 2014 and 2016. The former Firestone Indy Lights and US Formula 2000 series champion drove from 31st position to ninth in his rookie showing in 2014 for the team. Sage won the “Hard Charger Award” in 2014 at age 19.
Ferrari Q4 earnings rise 38%, predict an even better 2017 Italian luxury carmaker Ferrari reported a 38 percent rise in fourth-quarter adjusted core earnings and gave a strong guidance for 2017.
Ferrari, which was spun off from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the start of last year, said in a statement Thursday that adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in October-December rose to 251 million euros ($271 million).
Team Durango will rejoin the World Series Formula V8 3.5 family in 2017. With 35 years of experience in the formation of many drivers, the Italian squad has played a capital role in the elite single-seaters program, helping to perform drivers such as Giancarlo Fisichella, Gianmaria Bruni, Davide Valsecchi, or Lucas di Grassi.
Now their confidence has moved to the World Series Formula V8 3.5 as its flagship Series and they hope to achieve important results with special focus in their role of scouting new young guns.
Bosch agrees to pay $327.5 million to settle private claims over VW diesel vehicles in the US
Robert Bosch has entered into a settlement agreement with civil claimants in the United States in order to settle “the most substantial part” of the civil proceedings pending in connection with Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles that were sold in the USA. The corresponding documents have been filed with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The settlement agreement was concluded with a Court-appointed Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) on behalf of proposed settlement classes.
Volkswagen reaches agreements with private plaintiffs over 'dirty diesel'
Volkswagen has reached proposed agreements to resolve outstanding civil claims regarding approximately 78,000 affected 3.0 L TDI V6 diesel engine vehicles in the United States. Volkswagen submitted two agreements to the Court for approval:
a proposed class settlement with private plaintiffs represented by a Court-appointed Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) on behalf of a nationwide class of current and certain former owners and lessees of eligible 3.0 L TDI V6 vehicles; and
a proposed Consent Order submitted by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
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