The preliminary entry list for the 61st annual Daytona 500 was released Wednesday night and lists 42 cars.
Forty drivers will start the season-opening race on Feb. 17. The front row will be determined this Sunday afternoon during qualifying while the rest of the field will be locked in following the two Duel races next Thursday.
Is Tesla's Elon Musk Making Good On Prediction That Capacitors 'Supersede' Batteries? (Update)
The future on the internal combustion engine
UPDATE Maxwell touts itself as a global leader in the energy storage industry and points to its ultracapacitors as evidence thereof. The company claims that its newly developed lithium-ion ultracapacitors boast the advantages of capacitors—high energy density, quick charge and discharge, and low degradation—but also larger storage capacities, comparable to that of a battery. At a commercialized, EV-ready scale, this technology could decrease charge times, have a longer service life than a traditional lithium-ion battery, resist overheating during heavy charge or discharge, and be capable of greater energy output.
Speedco Partners with Matt Tifft in His First Daytona 500
Matt Tifft Speedco livery
Speedco, a national network of service locations for the trucking industry and member of the Love's Family of Companies, will join Matt Tifft and the No. 36 Ford Mustang team for the 61st running of the Great American Race on Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway, Front Row Motorsports announced today.
The partnership gives Speedco's parent company, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, multiple attempts to take the checkered flag at the famed superspeedway. Love's is the principal partner of Tifft's teammate, Michael McDowell, and is the primary sponsor on McDowell's No. 34 Ford for the Daytona 500.
ISC Signs Multiyear Deal With Online Financial Firm MoneyLion
International Speedway Corporation (ISC) announced today a multi-year, multi-unit partnership with MoneyLion, America’s most powerful financial membership. Beginning at Talladega Superspeedway on April 27, MoneyLion will have presence at six ISC motorsports entertainment facilities across seven event weekends throughout the 2019 race season, with the goal of bringing fans closer to the sport they love.
Almost all IndyCar teams set for Laguna Seca test (Update)
UPDATE Kyle Kaiser has been added as the driver of the Juncos Racing Chevy at the Laguna Seca preseason IndyCar test this Friday.
01/31/19 Before making the trek to Texas for the series’ official Spring Training test at Circuit of The Americas on Feb 12th and 13th, they will head to the 2.238-mile WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in the hills of Monterey, California, which is scheduled to host a one-day test session for IndyCar teams next Friday, and nearly all of the full-time teams are expected to participate.
Texas Lawmaker Wants To Exempt $60,000+ Cars From Requiring A Front License Plate
A front plate really does not look good on your McLaren
A Texas lawmaker has proposed a bill that would exempt luxury cars from the compulsory front license plate.
Republican representative, Ken King, is pushing for House Bill 673 (HB 673) which will effectively allow vehicles worth over $60,000 to ditch the front license plate. While some car owners will welcome a decision like that, it’s interesting to see why the politician wants this bill to apply only to vehicles that are worth $60,000 or above.
Firestone to remain exclusive IndyCar tire supplier through 2025
Firestone IndyCar tires. Commits to new factory in Akron
The Firestone brand will remain the exclusive tire to the NTT IndyCar Series and the Official Tire for the NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 through 2025, following a five-year partnership extension announced by INDYCAR and Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
Additionally, Bridgestone announced plans to build a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Akron, Ohio, that will serve as the future home of Firestone race tire manufacturing. The Bridgestone Advanced Tire Production Center (ATPC) will be located across the street from the Bridgestone Americas Technical Center and less than a mile from the Bridgestone Advanced Technology Workshop, where race tires are currently produced. Plans for the ATPC include both new construction and the full renovation of an existing structure.
Anderson's Maple Syrup Extends Partnership with Richard Childress Racing
Anderson Maple Syrup livery
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) is proud to announce the continuation of Anderson's Maple Syrup as a primary partner for the team's NASCAR Xfinity Series program. The Wisconsin-based pure maple syrup company, which first partnered with RCR in 2014, will join defending series champion Tyler Reddick and the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro for multiple races this season.
Fox Sports Brings On Czarniak, Walsh As NASCAR Studio Hosts
Just hours after NASCAR RACE HUB debuted FOX NASCAR’s brand-new, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose virtual studio in Charlotte (Monday-Thursday at 6:00 PM ET on FS1), FOX Sports finalizes the lineup for its shows emanating from the innovative set with two new faces.
The latest additions to the FOX NASCAR roster are veteran TV hosts Lindsay Czarniak and Sara Walsh, who come aboard as studio hosts for NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION and Thursday NASCAR RACE HUB shows. Czarniak and Walsh, who split weekend hosting duties for FOX NASCAR, have forged similar career paths on their journey to FOX Sports.
"Very saddened to learn Dr. Robert Hubbard, inventor of the HANS Device, died this evening. He was at home surrounded by loved ones. His invention has been called the most important safety advance in the last 20 years and has saved a great many people from injury or worse. RIP Dr. Bob."
McLaren 720S GT3 to make entry into British GT championship
McLaren 720S GT3
The McLaren 720S GT3 will make its UK competitive debut with Balfe Motorsport, as the multiple championship-winning customer team confirms a return to the British GT Championship in the GT3 class for 2019. The decision also sees McLaren Automotive Factory Driver Rob Bell make a return to the British GT grid as part of a Pro-Am line-up alongside team owner Shaun Balfe, reuniting the driver pairing that took the 2017 International GT Open Pro-Am title.
Focusing on quality rather than quantity, Marc Marquez quickly got back up to speed at the Sepang Test as he set the fastest time of the day.
With a dry start to proceedings at the Sepang International Circuit, the Repsol Honda Team were eager to get underway and Marc Marquez soon entered the track. Over the winter, a number of new parts and modifications have been made to the RC213V to ensure it will once again be challenging for the MotoGP World Championship. The conditions gave Marquez a chance to understand both the 2019 Honda RC213V and the condition of his left shoulder.
Oil companies and utilities are buying up all the electric car charging startups
Shell Charging Station in Europe. When all cars are electric, gas stations will be out of business unless they sell electric for EVs
For decades, oil and gas companies and utilities dismissed electric cars. Now, the old petroleum and power giants are muscling into the driver’s seat of the “new fuels” industry.
It’s projected to be a big business. McKinsey counts more than 350 new electric vehicle (EV) models debuting by 2025, one of the conditions for mass-market adoption. Global demand for gasoline is set to peak around 2021 thanks to electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel efficiency gains. The energy research and consultancy Wood Mackenzie predicts charging infrastructure investment in the US will exceed $18 billion annually by 2030 for equipment, installation, operations, and services. China is expected to have three times more energy demand from EVs by then.
Rick Kelly will continue to race in Castrol colors in 2019 after the oil brand reaffirmed its commitment to team Kelly Racing with a new multi-year partnership.
After a successful first season as the title sponsor of Kelly’s Nissan Supercar, which included a race victory at Winton Raceway and multiple podium finishes, Castrol colors will be proudly displayed on Kelly’s Altima for 2019 and beyond.
The 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place April 12-14, 2019.
Launched in 1986 as the first Japanese luxury automotive brand, Acura is a leading nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. Both Acura and its American Honda parent have their U.S. headquarters in Torrance, California.
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Accounted for $84.4 million in Direct Spending in 2018
The iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca accounted for $84.4 million in direct spending in Monterey County as a result of seven premier 2018 events. The study was commissioned by WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and conducted by California State University Monterey Bay and Fairleigh Dickinson University researchers. The County of Monterey-owned and operated facility attracted 263,888 visitors to the 2018 race events, with 79 percent of attendees visiting from outside Monterey County, according to the report.
INDYCAR adds industry veterans to bolster marketing, communications
Mike Zizzo (C) in his CART days - the greatest era of IndyCar
INDYCAR has bolstered the commercial side of its business with the addition of two veteran industry executives.
SJ Luedtke, a Nike sports marketing executive for the past decade, has been hired as INDYCAR's Vice President, Marketing. She will be responsible for advancing INDYCAR's brand across all channels, managing event and experiential assets, accelerating fan growth and engagement, and working with media partners to drive consumption and ratings.
Newman to Sport Performance Plus Motor Oil Black and Yellow in 2019
No. 6 Performance Plus car
The No. 6 Performance Plus scheme has established itself as a fan favorite on the NASCAR circuit, and it’s back with Ryan Newman rocketing the ‘black and yellow’ Ford Mustang around the track in multiple events in 2019. In addition, Performance Plus Oil will continue to serve as Roush Fenway Racing’s official lubricant across all of its NASCAR teams.
Understand Partnerships With an Inside Look at Chip Ganassi Racing's Strategy
Chip Ganassi Racing has an impressive stable of 12 drivers representing four different racing series, and with that diversity comes a variety of partnerships and sponsors. The CGR team knows that partnerships are not a one-size-fits-all approach; constant communication and developing relationships have been the keys to CGR’s success and longevity with its partners.
Alfa Romeo Racing F1 team announces latest senior hire
Alfa Romeo F1
Former broadcast journalist, Thomas Hofmann, joins Sauber Group as Head of Communications. With over 25 years in the world of international sport, 20 of which placed in and around Formula One, Austrian-born Hofmann brings a wealth of experience to reinforce Alfa Romeo Racing’s existing communications department, but also to strengthen awareness for the entities of the Group, Sauber Motorsport, Sauber Engineering and Sauber Aerodynamics.
Video: Watch the Brabham BT62 attack the Bathurst circuit
Australia may be without a local auto industry, but locals have a lot to take pride in with the Australian-made Brabham BT62. With local endurance racer Luke Youlden at the wheel, the track-only supercar put up an impressive sub-2-minute time around the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia.
Front Row Motorsports Announces New Partnership with SelectBlinds.com
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) #38 livery
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) today announced a new season-long partnership with SelectBlinds.com, the leading online retailer of custom window coverings, that will begin on NASCAR's biggest stage, the Daytona 500.
SelectBlinds.com will be the primary sponsor of David Ragan and the No. 38 Ford Mustang beginning this weekend in Daytona Beach and will be Ragan's primary sponsor during the "TicketGuardian 500" at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, the prestigious "Coca-Cola 600" at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the "South Point 400" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway later this year. The company will be an associate sponsor all season.
Jimmie Johnson Wants More Driver Crossover Between NASCAR, F1 and IndyCar
Johnson got to drive an F1 car
Jimmie Johnson is hoping that more drivers will hop between top-tier race series going forward as it can bring exposure to both drivers and the series.
Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso has brought more attention to the idea of drivers jumping series after he contested the 2017 Indy 500 and 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans in his quest to win the ‘Triple Crown’ of motorsports. Alonso, who has now taken a step back from Formula 1, also raced the 2018 and 2019 24 Hours of Daytona and has expressed his desire to race in other series and events as well.
Pirelli 2019 Pre-Season And In-Season F1 Test Tires
2019 Tire Colors
All five slick P Zero compounds will be seen in testing this year, but only three colors. To help distinguish them, the hardest and softest tires available won’t carry stripes on the sidewalls.
Mario Isola, Head of F1 and Car Racing – “Normally we will only see three colors at every race, so we’re only using three colors at the tests as well. But we want to make sure that people can tell the compounds apart. As a result, the very hardest and softest tires won’t be marked with stripes: only the colors will vary. This will be the case for the in-season tests as well.”
DENSO Sponsors Angie and Matt Smith for 2019 NHRA Season
Angie and Matt Smith
DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., will serve as the lead sponsor of Pro Stock Motorcycle racers Angie and Matt Smith in the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The move builds on DENSO’s support for the husband-and-wife teammates by elevating DENSO’s associate sponsorship of Matt to a primary sponsorship and renewing DENSO’s primary sponsorship of Angie Smith for the second consecutive year.
McLaren and Swedish Huski Chocolate announce Formula 1 partnership
"We're pleased to have Huski Chocolate on-board with our team"
McLaren Racing and Huski Chocolate are proud to announce today a multi-year partnership that will see the Huski Chocolate brand represented on the rear wing of the McLaren 2019 race car, the MCL34. The Swedish company’s branding will also appear on the team’s race drivers, Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, and team personnel.
NASCAR Announces Several Competition Updates to Kick Off 2019 Season
As NASCAR readiness for the 2019 season they lower the hammer
NASCAR today announced several initiatives and procedural updates for the 2019 season, which officially opens this weekend at Daytona International Speedway with an action-pack Sunday double-header -- Daytona 500 Busch Pole Award Qualifying (12:10 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona (3 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Electrify America, the organization created to spend $2 billion of Volkswagen diesel-cheating penalties on zero-emission vehicle infrastructure, will be teaming up with Tesla. The American automaker's battery packs will be used for energy storage at more than 100 Electrify America charging stations, it confirmed on Monday.
The battery packs, which will be installed throughout 2019, will help lower operating costs by lessening the need to draw power from the grid during times of peak demand, a statement released by the company said. Stationary battery packs can be charged during periods of low demand, saving electricity for when demand increases.
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