Alex Labbe, the current NASCAR Pinty’s Series Champion will be competing full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, at the wheel of the Kappa-Cyclops Gear-Wholey Seafood No. 36 Chevrolet from the AM Prime Racing Team.
AM Prime Racing, a new team, has been created by Alain Mounir to support Alex Labbe as he tackles his rookie season in the Xfinity Series. Mounir is also the owner of GoFAS Racing, the team that took Alex Labbe to the 2017 driver championship in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Veteran Crew Chief Mario Gosselin will direct team operations. His experience as a two-time Championship-winning Crew Chief in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series will add the expertise necessary to produce the best possible results from of the team, the equipment and rookie Xfinity driver Alex Labbe.
Side skirts have been the center of multiple controversies in NASCAR for several seasons, but a NASCAR-mandated construction change could limit the attention this year.
On Cup Series cars in 2018, the fender component will be made of composite material (the same being used for Xfinity Series bodies) instead of steel.
The change is intended to ensure that side skirts will hold their original shape unlike the steel side skits that could be deformed. Bending or flaring out a side skirt in front of the rear tire can provide more downforce and sideforce. NBC Sports
The newly formed Walkinshaw Andretti United has announced that Mobil 1 and Boost Mobile will combine in 2018 as co-naming rights partners, creating Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing.
2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the partnership between the team and Mobil 1, one of the longest standing in Supercars, while Boost Mobile enters its second year with the team.
The Mobil 1 relationship stems back to 1994, when they joined the then Holden Racing Team and drivers Peter Brock and Tomas Mezera; the same year and car which car 02 paid tribute to in the back end of last year’s Supercar season.
First photos of IndyCar Windscreen test at Phoenix (Update)
UPDATE Added more photos of Scott Dixon testing the new windscreen at Phoenix this evening. Appearance-wise IndyCar has done a great job.
"No show-stoppers," Dixon told RACER after climbing from the car. "It's a little bit different, looking through something that is so thick. I thought it would have messed with distortion a lot more, but there's nothing like that; no problems with reflection.
Fittipaldi listens to advice from Sebastien Bourdais
UPDATE With beautiful sunny 70 degree weather, the 2018 rookies took to the oval track in Phoenix this afternoon for rookie testing. All the rookies took to the track in the afternoon with the new Indycar. Robert Wickens for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Matheus Leist for Foyt Racing, Zach Veach for Andretti Autosport, Kyle Kaiser for Junocs Racing and Pietro Fittipaldi for Dale Coyne Racing. Also testing today were Gabby Chaves for Harding Racing and Spencer Pigot for Ed Carpenter Racing. There were no incidents during the afternoon session.
Steve Matchett, a former Formula One race mechanic and popular F1 television analyst, joins FOX Sports as a host for several FIA Formula E Championship races in 2018, beginning March 17 with Round 6 of the fully electric series from Punta Del Este, Uruguay.
Matchett, author of a semi-autobiographical trilogy based around his years in the Formula One pit lane, where he was part of F1 legend Michael Schumacher’s championship teams in 1994 and 1995, is intrigued by the zero-emission fledgling international race series.
As the next step towards the future under NASCAR ownership, Iowa Speedway announced today that long-time broadcast and motorsports industry executive David Hyatt has been selected as its new track president. Hyatt will replace current Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small who will transition out over the next several weeks.
FIA Formula 2 Championship promoters are pleased to confirm that ten teams have been entered for the 2018 season. Reigning Champions RUSSIAN TIME will be back on the grid whilst Racing Engineering and Fortec Motorsports who had initially showed an interest in competing in 2018 ultimately have decided to step back this season.
Chicagoland Speedway announced today that Overton's, America's Marine and Watersports Superstore, will serve as the entitlement sponsor for this year's NASCAR weekend June 29 - July 1.
The three NASCAR National Series races at Chicagoland Speedway will affectionately be known as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overton's 225, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Overton's 300 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 400.
Austin Cindric to drive majority of season for Dad's team
Coming off a third-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings last season, 19-year-old Austin Cindric will race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) title in 2018, competing in all 33 series events this season with two different winning organizations.
Cindric will open the 2018 season racing the No. 60 PIRTEK Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing at Daytona International Speedway on February 17. As previously announced, Cindric will compete in a total of nine events for Roush Fenway, including four of the first five races on the NXS schedule.
Indianapolis, Indiana – Juncos Racing revealed today that the vibrant green, white, and orange team colors would carry onto the No. 32 Verizon IndyCar Series entry shared by Rene Binder and Kyle Kaiser for the 2018 season.
Both rookie drivers will share the No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet entry that will maintain a similar livery as the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series entries in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Juncos Racing is well known for their bold green, white, and flashy orange livery throughout the three series the team currently runs in including the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Lights Championship presented by Cooper Tires, and the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Castroneves Named Grand Marshal of 2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Helio winning in 2007 at St. Pete
Three-time Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg race winner Helio Castroneves will serve as the grand marshal for the March 9-11th weekend. Castroneves, who gained global notoriety for his dazzling performance away from the race car by winning Dancing with the Stars in 2007, has claimed the most IndyCar wins in the event's 13-year history.
"The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has always been one of my favorite events. The fences are great to climb!" said Helio Castroneves, the longtime Team Penske driver. "I am honored to be grand marshal this year. I will miss competing in the race, but I look forward to seeing all of the fans and taking part in all of the activities during the weekend. I cannot wait to see the new aero kit Indy cars - fans will not want to miss out on all of the action."
U.S. Concrete to sponsor Andretti in six races this season (Update)
US Concrete livery
UPDATE Added photo showing livery for US Concrete sponsor
02/07/18 Andretti Autosport announced today the addition of a new partner as national ready-mixed concrete producer U.S. Concrete will sponsor the No. 98 Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Honda driven by Marco Andretti in six Verizon IndyCar Series races this season.
Tesla loses another $675 million in Q4, its biggest quarterly loss yet
Rocketman, Elon Musk, says Tesla will turn cash positive in 2018
As expected, Tesla saw some pretty big losses this quarter, mostly related to Model 3 delays. The company reported $675 million in losses attributable to shareholders in Q4, wrapping up 2017 with almost $2 billion in losses for the whole year.
But unlike with other doomed companies posting dire losses quarter after quarter, Tesla revenues have been sizable. Just this quarter, Tesla earned $3.3 billion in revenues from automotive sales, leasing, energy products, and services. For the year, the company reported almost $12 billion in revenue. People want Tesla products, but Tesla can't stop spending more money than it has.
Daniel Juncadella is back in the DTM. The Spaniard will return to the cockpit of his Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM after a one-year break from DTM racing. Daniel had a twin role last year, acting as a reserve driver for the DTM squad and competing in various series, in the Mercedes-AMG GT3, the VLN, the Blancpain GT Series and in the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring.
There are no surprises on the entry list for Sunday's 2018 Clash at Daytona, as three drivers who were expected not to take part aren’t on it.
The 17 drivers in the field qualified in one of four ways: either by winning a Cup Series pole during the 2017 season, winning the Clash in a prior season, making the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs or winning the pole for a previous Daytona 500.
NASCAR will no longer park a driver for the remainder of an event if a team has too many crew members over the wall doing repairs on a crashed vehicle.
The penalty -- which pretty much knocked Matt Kenseth out of playoff contention at Kansas last year, when a team miscommunication had an extra person go over the wall while the car was under the damaged vehicle policy -- has been changed from parking the car for the rest of the race to a two-lap hold.
NASCAR today announced the 2018 stage lengths for its three national series, looking to build on last season's successful debut of the race format.
In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, all 2018 stage lengths will remain consistent with 2017. The race and stage lengths for the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course race in the Playoffs will be announced at a later date.
Michigan International Speedway to celebrate 50th Anniversary
Michigan International Speedway is marking its 50th anniversary in 2018 with a season-long celebration.
Lawrence H. LoPatin's vision of building a speedway in Michigan became reality on September 27, 1967 when he broke ground on Michigan International Speedway in Cambridge Township just south of Brooklyn. The Detroit-area land developer designed the facility along with City Engineer Charles Moneypenny, who designed Daytona International Speedway. The inaugural race was a 250-mile open wheel event won by Ronnie Bucknum on Oct. 13, 1968.
Three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Hurley Haywood has always been very private about his personal life, but one personal secret was widely known within the racing community: Haywood is gay. Haywood not only confirms it in his new autobiography, but hopes that being open about it will help others accept who they are.
It all started with an interview he gave to a young man a few years ago, which started off on the usual subjects of Haywood’s racing career, involvement with the Brumos Porsche dealership and current spokesman role with Porsche. Haywood is a sports car legend with a five 24 Hours of Daytona wins, two 12 Hours of Sebring wins, one Trans-Am title, and two IMSA GT championships. But mid-way through, the man changed subjects to a more serious matter, as Autoweek writes:
Lime Rock Events During Memorial Day Weekend Return To Monday
Lime Rock 2017
Lime Rock Park, the historic motorsports and entertainment destination nestled among the hills of Northwest Connecticut, will once again offer racing on Memorial Day Monday while hosting the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC). The last time auto races occurred on Memorial Day Monday was 2011.
Fans will now enjoy four days of events, including practices and qualifying on Friday, May 25; racing on Saturday, May 26; a car show on Sunday, May 27; and continued racing on Monday, May 28, 2018. The PWC events will include all of the racing series’ classes including GT/GTA/GT Cup SprintX, GTS/GTSA SprintX and three Touring Car categories – TCR, TC and TCA.
Paysafe Signals Major Expansion into USA with New 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Partnership
Leading global payments provider, Paysafe, today announced a significantly heightened focus in both the US and motor sport markets, as part of its ongoing global brand strategy aimed at exploiting the substantial growth opportunities it has identified in North America.
Following a successful partnership with Canadian rookie driver, Zach Claman De Melo (19), in a single Verizon IndyCar Series race last year, Paysafe will become the primary and naming sponsor to two of the sport’s up and coming drivers for the entire 2018 Indy car racing season. North America’s hugely popular Indy car open-wheel racing dates back over 100 years and is the fastest and most technologically advanced racing series in the continent.
United Rentals and RLL Expand Their Partnership in a New Multi-Year Deal
Rahal's livery with United Rentals
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that United Rentals Inc., the largest equipment rental company in the world, has extended their existing agreement with the team as well as expanded it in a new multi-year agreement.
The partnership between RLL and United Rentals began in 2016 as a full season associate sponsorship with primary sponsorship of the Detroit doubleheaders.
Paysafe joins DCR as Primary Sponsor of Entry to be Shared by De Melo and Fittipaldi
Leading global payments provider, Paysafe will become the primary and naming sponsor of the Dale Coyne Racing entry that will be shared by Canadian Zach Claman De Melo and Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Jayson Clunie Returns to USF2000 with Exclusive Autosport for 2018
SASKATOON, SK – After gaining valuable experience through nine series starts in 2017, Canadian Jayson Clunie will be back to contest the entire Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda with the Exclusive Autosport team in 2018. The 48-year-old business owner enjoyed steady progress last season, having made his series debut on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. Clunie also competed in the USF200 events held at Road America, Toronto, Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen. A veteran of karting, open wheel and sports car competition, Jayson improved significantly through this limited program, an effort that was highlighted by a pair of ninth place finishes on the challenging streets of Toronto. Clunie is the first USF2000 driver confirmed by Exclusive Autosport for 2018.
Cosmo and Byrne Crowned Asian Le Mans Series Champions at Sepang
Gabriel Aubry, Patrick Byrne and Guy Cosmo
Scorching temperatures and notoriously fickle weather conditions were no match for the No. 6 Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport machine as Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne and Gabriel Aubry win the Asian Le Mans season finale at the Sepang International Circuit and earn the title of LMP3 champions.
The threat of severe weather was glued to the radar, but luck came through as the skies produced rising temperatures leading up to the four-hour, all-out championship battle. With just one point separating the No. 6 Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport machine and the No. 18 KCMG Ligier heading into the event, the race for securing top honors staged the final chapter at the Asian Le Mans season finale in Sepang.
McLarens to feature electrification, self-driving tech beginning in 2019
McLaren will set foot in a brave new world after announcing that all of the brand's future care models from 2019 onward will boast electrified powertrains and some form of self-driving technology.
An Autocar report published on Tuesday detailed the sports car and supercar maker's grand plans, which will begin with the 570S replacement. The "entry level" McLaren of the Sports Series will be the first car to include an electrified powertrain of some sort. The car's updated architecture will support hybridization, and every successor to current McLaren core models will implement electrification thereafter.
Comeback after two years in Formula 1. Pascal Wehrlein will once again take his place in the cockpit of a Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM during the 2018 DTM season. The DTM champion from 2015 will become the third DTM championship winner in this season’s Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM line-up alongside team-mates Gary Paffett (2005) and Paul Di Resta (2010).
“I’ve got some terrific memories of the DTM, not least because of my title win in 2015, but also because of the strong team spirit and the many amazing experiences I’ve had with the guys,” said Pascal.
MotoGP is launching an electric motorcycle racing championship
Take away the sound and MotoGP is headed to a sport with hardly anyone watching.
The world’s first electric motorcycle racing championship has been announced today in partnership with Dorna Sports, which is behind MotoGP, The FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme), and they signed multinational power company Enel as the title sponsor.
The championship will start next year and they will exclusively use electric bikes made by Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer Energica.
More on Porsche's $7.5B in electrification over next 4 years
The Mission E (L) will be the cornerstone of Porsche's push to electrification
Porsche has been putting together an unprecedented future development plan: By 2022, the sports car manufacturer will invest more than six billion euros in e-mobility, focusing on both plug-in hybrids and purely electric vehicles. The decision was made by the Porsche AG Supervisory Board at its most recent meeting. "We are doubling our expenditure on electromobility from around three billion euros to more than six billion euros," explains Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.
"Alongside development of our models with combustion engines, we are setting an important course for the future with this decision." The plans have been bolstered significantly to include around three billion euros of investment in material assets and slightly more than three billion euros in development costs.
The Sports Car Club of America has officially announced the 2019 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs will be held October 8-13 at beautiful VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia. This will be the very first time the Runoffs has been held at the sprawling venue located near the border of Virginia and North Carolina.
IndyCar Visor Cam: Pigot at Sonoma Ride with Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot in his No. 21 Chevy as the 2015 Indy Lights champion samples IndyCar’s new lower downforce bodywork around the daunting hills and turns at Sonoma Raceway. Comment
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