Hector Cademartori Named Official Artist of 2018 Toyota GPLB
2018 Race Poster
Longtime motor racing artist Hector Cademartori has been named official artist for the 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Cademartori’s artwork depicting Grand Prix racing events will appear on the official race poster, as well as a number of other materials including the official souvenir program and Fan Guide.
For Cademartori, it’s a return to the event that got him started upon his arrival in the United States: his first official race poster here in the U.S. was for the 1984 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and featured the #40 Indy car of then-driver Chip Ganassi!
2018 Chip Ganassi Racing and Scott Dixon Livery Unveil (Promo Video) Chip Ganassi Racing and Scott Dixon announced their partnership with PNC Bank at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and unveiled their car ahead of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Comment
2018 Chip Ganassi Racing and Scott Dixon Livery Unveil (Full Length Video) Chip Ganassi Racing and Scott Dixon announced their partnership with PNC Bank at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and unveiled their car ahead of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Comment
Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout Series Announced
The Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout will continue for a third successive year in 2018, extending its reach to now include 11 countries where 20 champions of junior open-wheel and karting series from around the world will join together in the December event. Drivers between the ages of 14 and 25 by September 30 of this year will be eligible to earn an invitation to the competition via a network of Official Feeder Series in both North and South America as well as Europe, Asia, Australasia and, for the first time, the continent of Africa.
Corrigan Oil to sponsor the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at MIS
Corrigan Oil 200
Corrigan Oil is expanding its partnership with Michigan International Speedway in 2018. The company will be the entitlement sponsor for the August NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200.
Corrigan Oil Company has been the sponsor of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at MIS since 2014. During that time the company has seen the value from its partnership with the speedway continue to grow and decided the time was right to increase its investment.
2018 ARCA TV Network and Start Times 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards TV network schedule and start times. Please note that 19 of the 20 races will be shown on live TV; Iowa will be the only tape-delayed event. All times Eastern.
There is one common denominator in Ferrari's and Mercedes' domination
Aldo Costa makes F1 champions, both then and now
Mercedes could become the second team in F1 history to sweep both championships for five years in a row. Here are more statistical milestones which could be reached in the season ahead.
Only once in F1 history has a team and one of their drivers won both championships in five consecutive seasons: Ferrari and Michael Schumacher, between 2000 and 2004. Mercedes can equal it this year, having won all four constructors titles since 2014 and seen Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
The Premium Motorsports organization grows stronger with the addition of championship winning crew chief, Todd Parrott. Parrott will be joining Jay Robinson, Scott Eggleston, Pat Tryson, Tommy Baldwin and Brian Keselowski to lead Premium Motorsports for the 2018 NASCAR season.
"The addition of Todd Parrott, is the culmination of a plan that started a couple of years ago. We wanted to assemble the most experienced professionals available to our team in an effort to stay relevant and competitive. We are very pleased to have Todd join our staff and are looking forward to this season as we continue to build this team." - Jay Robinson
Dixon to be backed by PNC Bank, while the NTT Data sponsorship goes on the Ed Jones car
PNC Bank and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR), today announced an agreement designating PNC as the primary sponsor of the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 9 Honda for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The sponsorship represents an expansion of the PNC-CGR relationship that dates back to 2013 when PNC Bank became an official sponsor of Chip Ganassi Racing.
Driven by four-time IndyCar Series champion, Scott Dixon, the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda will appear in eight markets within the PNC footprint. Most notably, Dixon and the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda will be seen competing in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27. The PNC entry will be well traveled during the season as it is transported more than 80,000 miles to races across the country.
NTT DATA Racing: Introducing Ed Jones NTT DATA is proud to continue our partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2018 INDYCAR season. In January, 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year Ed Jones got behind the wheel of the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda. Here’s a look at his first run with the new aero kit and livery at Sebring Raceway. Comment
Much of the cockpit protection debate has been around the unsightly halo that will begin being used in the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship... in the meantime IndyCar has been developing a windscreen similar to one that Red Bull tested in 2016... and it looks pretty good.
So let's talk about closed cockpits in open wheel racing and the pros and cons to halos and shields.
This IndyCar windscreen will see its first on track testing at Phoenix in the hands of Scott Dixon on February 9th.
IndyCar Drivers Complete One-Day Test at Sonoma Raceway
Newgarden at Sonoma Monday
Twelve drivers from seven Verizon IndyCar Series teams took part in a one-day test session at Sonoma Raceway on Monday, Feb. 5 and the Penske Shock cars ran 1-2-3.
This was the first INDYCAR test of the year on Sonoma’s 12-turn, 2.38-mile road course in preparation for the 2018 series season finale at the Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sept. 14-16. It also marked a return to the road course for Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, who claimed his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship in Sonoma last year.
Porsche investing $7.5B in electrification over next 4 years
The Mission E (L) will be the cornerstone of Porsche's push to electrification
Porsche will aid VW Group's electrification charge with an even larger investment than it had originally planned. Through 2022, Porsche has $7.5 billion earmarked for electrification, up from $3.7 billion. The investment will focus on plug-in hybrids, pure electric cars, the brand's Turbocharger fast-charging stations, and various other "smart mobility" sectors.
The decision to double the investment was made by the Porsche AG Supervisory Board in its latest meeting. The money will fund additional investments in material assets and development costs.
INDYCAR to conduct first on-track test of windscreen on Feb. 8 (Update)
Jeff Horton, INDYCAR Director of Engineering/Safety, installs a windscreen on the 2018 Indy car in preparation for the first test at ISM Raceway
All photos by Joe Skibinski
UPDATE Added video from the company that produced the IndyCar windscreen
02/02/18 INDYCAR will take the next step in the evolution of its driver safety program by testing a windscreen on an Indy car for the first time on track, Thursday, Feb. 8, at ISM Raceway. The test will be held in conjunction with the Verizon IndyCar Series' preseason open test near Phoenix.
The windscreen, under development for nearly two years, will be affixed to a Chip Ganassi Racing Honda driven by four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon. The primary goal of the test will be to validate visual acuity for the driver in various lighting conditions - under full sun, at dusk and at night under track lighting.
Brock Yates was racing's storyteller, but all the stories will be about him on Feb. 24 at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen.
Pamela Yates, wife of Brock Yates who died Oct. 5, 2016, and their daughter Stacy Bradley will present "Looking at the World Through a Windshield" as part of the IMRRC's monthly Center Conversations series.
Details Emerge on Tesla's Planned Electric Truck Charging Network
At the Tesla Semi truck launch in Hawthorne, California, last fall, CEO Elon Musk made passing reference to a planned network of high-capacity charging stations that would eventually be put in place to recharge his electric trucks and extend their daily range. Details on that network were sparse, however.
FIA & F1 Launch Grid Kids Initiative to replace Grid Girls
Formula One and the FIA have announced a new partnership, called Grid Kids, to make the pre-race ceremony more relevant and interesting for fans, particularly children.
The joint initiative will involve the local Grand Prix promoter working alongside ASNs – the FIA-recognized national sporting authorities – who will provide a unique opportunity to children and their families to be part of one of the most exclusive and exciting moments of the whole race weekend.
Engel quits DTM with Mercedes to focus on Formula E
Maro Engel has announced that he will not be taking part in the DTM series this season as the German wishes to focus on Formula E with Venturi.
Engel had been due to drive one of Mercedes' six DTM cars this year after returning to the series for 2017. Prior to that the 32-year-old enjoyed a four-year stint with Mücke Motorsport in the DTM between 2008 and 2011.
Ferrari veteran Toni Vilander set to drive the R.Ferri Ferrari 488 GT3 in PWC
Remo Ferri, team principal of R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI officially announced today that his team will return to compete in the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Series season with his Ferrari 488 GT3.
Accomplished sports car driver and Ferrari veteran Toni Vilander, a two-time 24 Hours of LeMans class champion, will pilot the team’s entry in the series beginning with the St. Petersburg Grand Prix on March 9 – 11, 2018. 2018 will mark the fourth season in the sprint category for R. Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI. The team brings a deep roster of talent and experience to the program. Racing is in the DNA of the organization, starting with the passion and dedication of Remo Ferri.
FOX Sports Powers into 15th Daytona 500 & 18th Season of NASCAR Coverage
Fox will have extensive SpeedWeeks coverage
FOX Sports powers into its 18th consecutive season of NASCAR coverage, beginning with Daytona Speedweeks, which culminates with the 60th running of the iconic DAYTONA 500 from Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 18 (2:30 PM ET). Live coverage begins at 1:00 PM ET with FOX NASCAR SUNDAY, preceded by NASCAR RACEDAY at 11:00 AM ET, also on FOX.
FOX NASCAR’s presentation of Daytona Speedweeks, highlighted by FOX Sports’ 15th DAYTONA 500, features nearly 100 hours of multi-platform programming.
Team Penske, Pirtek Team Up For Multi-Year Partnership
PIRTEK already was an associate sponsor on Penske's Supercars in Australia
Team Penske announced a new multi-year partnership today with PIRTEK, the industry leader in fluid transfer solution sales and service in the United States. PIRTEK will be an associate partner throughout the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) season and will serve as the primary sponsor for the team’s No. 22 Ford Mustang in the NXS race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, July 6.
PIRTEK also enjoys a productive partnership with Team Penske through the DJR Team Penske Virgin Australia Supercars Championship program, as the company continues as an associate sponsor with the team in 2018.
Dale Coyne, Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan join forces
Bourdais will drive the SealMaster car for the Dale Coyne Racing/Vasser-Sullivan team
Dale Coyne, Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan announced today the creation of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan, to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning with the 2018 season.
The newly formed team also announced that SealMaster will be the primary sponsor for nine of the 17 races, including the Indianapolis 500, for the #18 Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan entry to be driven by Sebastien Bourdais.
Big Machine Vodka Becomes Title Partner of Brickyard 400 at IMS
Brickyard 400 gets a new name
A new era for NASCAR racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will feature even more excitement, as Big Machine Vodka was named the title partner of the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at IMS.
The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9 on the 2.5-mile oval at IMS. The 25th annual NASCAR weekend at the Racing Capital of the World is moving from the heat of late July to cooler temperatures of early September, and the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard also will serve as the thrilling finale to the Cup Series regular season, setting the field for the Playoffs.
Instead of buying America Teslas made in California, that get over 200 miles on a charge, LAPD bought inferior foreign electric cars that go largely unused.
We know the State of California loves electric cars, but the Los Angeles Police Department may have mixed emotions. Back in June of 2016, the LAPD awarded BMW with a contract to provide 100 battery-powered i3 hatchbacks as part of a plan to enhance its public image. At the time, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told the press, “We should be thinking green in everything we do,” adding that the electric BMWs would “also save money and resources.”
Fast forward to 2018 and the contract is beginning to look like a good way to waste millions of dollars. The LAPD agreed to lease the vehicles, effectively doubling its electrified fleet, for three years. The logic was that the gas savings would offset the $1.4 million it would cost the police force to apprehend them from BMW. While that sounds wonderful, there is a problem -- the LAPD isn’t driving them.
Labonte Returns as Guest Analyst on FS1'S NASCAR Race Hub
With a NASCAR career spanning over 30 years, including two driver championships and wins in all three of NASCAR's national touring series, Bobby Labonte has the experience and knowledge of a highly select group in the sport. Labonte is excited to announce he is returning to FS1 and will continue to contribute his expertise and insights on the network's popular television programs NASCAR RACE HUB and NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION.
Adrian Newey's son Harrison won Rookie of the Year
The night after the 4 Hours of Sepang caped off a season full of close and exciting racing, the Asian Le Mans Series has celebrated the outstanding performance and achievements of the teams and drivers that have competed in the 2017/18 season.
In addition to recognizing the series Champions, the following titles were also announced last night:
Hafizh Syahrin to Test the Yamaha YZR-M1 in Buriram
For the upcoming official MotoGP test in Thailand, Buriram, Monster Yamaha Tech3 calls for the services of Hafizh Syahrin. With just 23 years of age, the Malaysian rider is already looking back on four years of Moto2 experience and now feels more than ready to make his first steps in the premier class of motorcycle racing. Following three exciting days of testing at the all-new venue for the MotoGP category, the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team together with its partners will evaluate the performance of the new arrival in order to decide a possible permanent ride concerning the 2018 season.Read more & Comment...
The Heavies is a Can Am documentary from 1970 that covers the race at Road Atlanta. This would be a very significant time in the history of Can Am, as Bruce McLaren had been killed while testing the new M8D McLaren Can Am car just days before the season began. Before the accident Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme had dominated the sport – so much so that people began calling Can Am racing “The Bruce and Denny Show”.
All Tesla Race Car Series Gets The Green Light From FIA
Tesla Model S P100D has been approved
An all-Tesla race car series has been given the green light by the organization behind Formula One, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The Electric Production Car series, previously called The Electric GT series, has been in the planning stages for the last two years, Engadget reports. It’s meant to race electric vehicles from different manufacturers against each other, but since other automakers don’t have race-ready EVs, they are starting with Tesla Model S P100D.
According to Motor Sport, the Tesla Model S P100D recently passed its FIA crash test, which means that it’s now officially approved by the sport’s highest governing body.
Reminder: Monday's Sonoma IndyCar test day open to the public
Twenty-three cars are anticipated to participate in a series-wide open test at ISM Raceway (the former Phoenix Raceway) on Feb. 9-10, with the final test day open free to the public.
The third annual Verizon IndyCar Series "Prix View" test session on Feb. 10 will allow fans the opportunity to see the new-look Indy cars with the universal aero kit up close before the series returns for the Phoenix Grand Prix weekend on April 6-7. Fans will also have the opportunity at the Prix View to interact with their favorite drivers at a late-afternoon autograph session.
A former driver at the top levels of stock car and open-wheel motorsports has been suspended by iRacing, the ultra-realistic racing series for PC, over an incident where he tried to intentionally wreck another driver.
Scott Speed, who in 2006 was the first American driver to compete in Formula One in 13 years, confirmed to The Drive that iRacing had suspended his account. The sanction follows a week in which Speed was captured on a livestream pursuing and trying to wreck a fellow racer.
ROC Riyadh - ROC Nations Cup highlights German stars Rene Rast and Timo Bernhard won an eight ROC Nations Cup for Team Germany after a thrilling battle with Team Latin America's Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves. Comment
NASCAR Drivers Council still looking at choose rule
Choosing which side to start and restart can make a difference
One of the changes Denny Hamlin said the Drivers Council discussed last year was the choose rule. That's what is used at short tracks.
The premise is that as drivers cross the start/finish line a lap before a restart, drivers have the option to choose if they want to start on the inside or outside lane. On a track where one groove is significantly better - think the bottom lane at Martinsville - the leaders will all select the bottom. At some point, a driver who could be just inside the top 10 might take the outside lane to have the opportunity to restart in the second or third row. It creates a risk vs. reward scenario and a way to add more intrigue to restarts.
LMP2 winner - #8 Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Oreca 05 Nissan
In a race run in extreme heat throughout, both on and off the track, the final race of the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series has delivered yet another race that came down to the wire.
It was yet another faultless run from the crew in the #8 Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Oreca 05 Nissan with their drivers, Stephane Richelmi, Harrison Newey and Thomas Laurent coming home first. The drivers and their teams have performed well all season and proved deserved champions, their remaining title challengers coming into the final race from the #37.
The final four Asian invitations for the 24 Hours of Le Mans confirmed. Prototype Champions: Both of these entries will receive an invitation to compete in the LMP2 Class at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans. LMP2 - #8 Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport Oreca 05 Nissan LMP3 - #6 Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport Ligier JSP3
Tearing Into a Tesla's Model 3's flaws A lot has been written about Tesla’s Model 3. But those reports mostly come from EV enthusiasts and owners. By all accounts they love the car. But so far no one with deep experience in design, engineering and manufacturing has evaluated it, at least no publicly. That’s why we were excited to get an invitation from Sandy Munro to visit his shop and take a look at a Model 3 that he’s about to test and tear down for a competitive benchmarking study. And Sandy found a number of issues that he really doesn’t like about the car, which he pointed out to Autoline’s John McElroy. Take a look. His thoughts: “I can’t imagine how they released this.” Comment
Speedweeks Premiere At DAYTONA' fan event set for February 10
Daytona International Speedway and NASCAR will take fan-friendliness to a new level on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 10 with the Speedweeks Premiere At DAYTONA event in the speedway infield's UNOH Fanzone.
From 6:30-8 p.m. - following the completion of the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire race that opens the season for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards - drivers and crew chiefs from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be involved in several interactive activities with fans. Activities include autograph sessions, participating in Facebook Live sessions in the infield media center and competing in the new 2018 Season Update for the video game NASCAR Heat 2 on the UNOH Fanzone's main stage.
NASCAR will provide its teams with more data in real time this season, giving them access to publicly available steering, brake, throttle and RPM information as well as live Loop Data for the first time.
The information will be provided for every driver on every lap of every session on track.
NASCAR will no longer use the term "encumbered" NASCAR will no longer use the term "encumbered" to describe a win that, because of a rules infraction, does not count toward qualifying for the playoffs or advancing in the playoffs. NASCAR will still issue that penalty but will no longer use the word that has led to much confusion -- not to mention some ridicule -- with its use according to Bob Pockrass of ESPN.
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