Sport Clips Haircuts announced its continued partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and driver Denny Hamlin for the 2017 season, and the addition of Furniture Row Racing and driver Erik Jones.
Sport Clips will increase its sponsorship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to include two races with Hamlin and four races with Jones. In addition, Sport Clips will continue to have a presence in the XFINITY Series with one race with Hamlin.
Both NASCAR weekends at Pocono Raceway will follow the same format with three race stages. The Pocono 400 and the Pennsylvania 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races will run two 40-lap stages and then one 80-lap stage. Points will be awarded for top-10 finishers in the first two stages with full field points following the conclusion of the 80-lap stage.
Pocono Raceway is home to the Worry-Free Weather Guarantee that ensures fans that purchased Sunday tickets in advance directly from Pocono Raceway will be reimbursed the face value if weather postpones the race and they are unable to make the re-scheduled event. Additional information can be found at poconoraceway.com/guarantee. Pocono Raceway
This year's Daytona 500 will feature two 60-lap stages followed by a final 80-lap stage, with points available in all stages. Under NASCAR's 2017 race structure, the top 10 drivers in the first two stages will earn points, with the stage winners also earning one playoff point.
The race winner gets 40 points, as well as five playoff points which can be carried forward until the season finale at Homestead.
NASCAR Inspection process changes NASCAR announced was a new procedure for pre-race inspections. Previously if a team fails a stage in pre-race inspection they could work on the issue and just go back to the inspection stage they failed. Now if a car fails any of the stages, they must go back through all stages of pre-race inspection.
While most old-school fans - and even some newer fans - have complained about constant changes every year to the race formats and points structures, the dwindling television ratings and track attendance proved that something needed to be done. I applaud NASCAR for thinking outside of the box. Whether or not the changes work, NASCAR and its partners deserve the opportunity to see how the new formats and points structure evolve and whether fans are engaged in the process. The proof will come in increased fan traffic. Motorsport
After lobbying multiple times for the addition of a traveling safety team, a NASCAR Drivers Council member was pleased to see its arrival Wednesday in the Cup Series. "(The safety team) is something that the council has brought up quite a few times, and it's a struggle to figure out how to do that with insurance and legally," Joey Logano said Wednesday in an interview with NBC Sports.
"It's a little over my head. "But why can't we have someone who is on site when get there? What are we waiting on? You're not the only person to ask that question. Believe me, I think every driver has asked this question at some point in their careers. Why don't we have a physician that we know? ... When I got the call they were announcing it, I was like, 'Hell, yeah!' It's super." NBC Sports
Anderson's Maple Syrup Partners with Richard Childress Racing in 2017
Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevy. That's one sweet ride!
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has partnered with Anderson's Maple Syrup to serve as a primary sponsor for multiple races this season with driver Brandon Jones and the No. 33 NASCAR XFINITY Series team. The Wisconsin-based company will also have an associate sponsorship presence throughout the 2017 season.
RCR is pleased to welcome Anderson's Maple Syrup back to its family of partners for the 2017 season. This is the second partnership between the two family-owned companies, as Anderson's Maple Syrup was featured on the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro for two XFINITY Series events in 2014.
Ed Carpenter Racing teammates JR Hildebrand and Spencer Pigot will take part in a one-day test session at Sonoma Raceway on Tuesday, Feb. 14. This marks the first test of the year for Ed Carpenter Racing at Sonoma Raceway, which will host the 2017 series championship for the third consecutive year at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sept. 15-17. Bay Area native Hildebrand returns to full-time competition with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2017.
Gladstone and San Marino are Racing Full-Time in 2017
Rider Joey Gladstone and bike owner/tuner Joe Riccardi are announcing a full-season partnership on Riccardi's San Marino Excavating Suzuki for the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle season.
"This has been my ultimate goal since I was 12, when I first saw Pro Stock bikes at NHRA races with my dad," said Gladstone, who rode the San Marino Suzuki in the last few races of 2016. "I never thought I'd be called up to the majors like this, and that's what it feels like--being called up to the majors."
"I like Joey because he's young and ambitious," said Riccardi. "If I could find fifteen 25 year-olds like him--who own a house and want to work--I'd hire all of them! If he continues to exude the work ethic that he does now, that's gonna go a long way with me."
Lack of clean nuclear power leads to major blackouts in Australia
Nuclear power plants produce huge amounts of electricity 24 hours per day 365 days a year, rain or shine. And they do it while producing zero pollution. When the wind doesn't blow or the sun doesn't shine, wind and solar power are useless. The Australians are finding that out the hard way.
South Australia, the world's renewable energy crash test dummy, is once again experiencing horrendous power price spikes and rolling blackouts, thanks to excessive reliance on wind, a lack of dispatchable power capacity, and high demand caused by a Summer heatwave.
Widespread power blackouts were imposed across Adelaide and parts of South Australia with heatwave conditions forcing authorities to impose load shedding.
About 40,000 properties were without electricity supplies for about 30 minutes because of what SA Power Networks said was a direction by the Australian Energy Market Regulator.
The temperature was still above 40C when the rolling blackouts began at 6.30pm to conserve supplies as residents sought relief with air conditioners.
Sebastian Vettel crashed on the opening day of Pirelli's dedicated wet-tire test at Ferrari's Fiorano circuit, though avoided any injuries in what was described as a "normal accident".
Pirelli organized the test, in the build up to pre-season running, to sample experimental rubber, using Ferrari's mule car - a modified version of the team's 2015 model - on an artificially soaked track.
However, amid cool conditions, Vettel lost control of his car at Turn 7 - on the run to the hairpin - and slid into the barriers; photos posted online showed it snapping to the right after he turned left.
8 Full-Time WeatherTech Championship Teams Set For 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans
No. 68 Ford GT taking flag at LeMans last year
Led by the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT team that won the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class in last weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona and the GTE Pro class in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, a total of eight full-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams have confirmed entries for the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing plans to return to Le Mans with a four-car effort in GTE Pro. The No. 68 car returns with the same lineup that won last year, with Joey Hand, Dirk Muller and Sebastien Bourdais sharing the wheel. The other Ganassi WeatherTech Championship full season entry will use No. 69 for Le Mans, driven by Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon. The Ford lineup will be rounded out by the pair of full season FIA World Endurance Championship entries.
James Hinchcliffe answers fans questions In this week's INDYCAR FANswers, James Hinchcliffe answered questions that fans asked him on the INDYCAR social channels. Did he answer your question? Watch to find out! Comment
Power eager to put power down on repaved St. Petersburg track Will Power is so eager to get back racing on the streets of St. Petersburg, he showed up a month early.
The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion and two-time winner of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was in the Tampa Bay city Tuesday to commemorate the official beginning of construction to build the 1.8-mile temporary street course that will open the 2017 season March 10-12.
On the heels of its thrilling victory in last month’s season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team has announced 23-year-old British driver Alex Lynn will join its full-time co-drivers and brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor for next month’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and October’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Lynn completed his second season in 2016 with the French DAMS team in the GP2 Series – the recognized stepping stone to Formula One – and is also a development driver for the renowned Williams Martini Racing F1 team.
Maven, General Motors’ personal mobility brand, now offers car sharing in Atlanta. Maven City members can reserve one of 50 vehicles at approximately 20 locations throughout the city by using the Maven app. Pricing starts at $8 per hour plus tax, and fuel and insurance costs are included. There is no monthly or application fee for Maven members. Maven has grown to 17 cities in the U.S. and Canada since the launch in January 2016.
Maven, General Motors' personal mobility brand, is expanding its offerings in Atlanta from the Lyft Express Drive program to now include Maven City car sharing.
In 11 months, Maven has launched three products and has grown to 17 cities in the U.S. and Canada: Ann Arbor, Michigan; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Los Angeles; Jersey City, New Jersey; Nashville, Tennessee; New York City; Orlando, Florida; Phoenix; San Diego; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
More than 20,000 members have joined Maven and have traveled 57 million miles to connect to the people, places and experiences that matter most to them.
EXPANDING Atlanta loves cars, and Maven provides vehicles to fit the needs of every resident. From hybrid electrics to sedans and SUVs, Maven offers a smarter way to drive.
Hourly rates start as low as $8 plus tax including gas and insurance, making Maven the perfect option for date night, trips with friends or a job interview. Unlike other local car-sharing services, Maven has no membership or application fees. New cars packed with technology, features and amenities make the user experience seamless and fully connected.
Watch a self-driving car self-drive itself around San Francisco Although Uber’s robot cars departed San Francisco in dramatic fashion in December, its many competitors in the self-driving market stuck around, including General Motors, which has begun showing off the performance of its automated Chevy Bolts via a YouTube channel.
In January, Cruise Automation (GM previously acquired San Francisco-based Cruise for $1 billion in 2016) uploaded a video called "Election Day," showing dashboard footage of a Bolt taking an app-navigated cruise through SoMa and Civic Center:
Toyota's Gill Pratt on reality of Full Autonomous vehicles After wrapping up the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015, Gill Pratt helped to launch the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), which is investing over a billion dollars in robotics and artificial intelligence over the next five years. As you might expect, a major focus of TRI is automotive autonomy: Toyota is just as interested as any automotive manufacturer at using autonomous systems to make cars safer, more efficient, and more pleasant to drive.
At Toyota’s CES press conference earlier this month, Pratt took the stage to address some of the challenges facing anyone working on automotive autonomy. There are many of these, and frequently, the amount of progress that the industry is making towards full autonomy is misunderstood, or even occasionally misrepresented. With that in mind, he spent a solid 20 minutes giving the audience a much needed reality check.
Less than a month ago he was on stage at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC, seeing his extraordinary racing career being officially acknowledged as he joined an elite group of inductees in the hallowed hall. This July 15, NASCAR legend Mark Martin will enter the IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body at Riverside International Speedway. "I've heard nothing but good things from my NASCAR buddies about the race, the competition and the fans," said Martin, who hails from Batesville, Arkansas. "It's always fun to get back to your roots. My career began at local short tracks and I got the opportunity to go to so many great speedways. I can't wait to check this one out along with the competition, and the fans."
BK Racing and Schluter-Systems announced today that they will continue their partnership into the 2017. Gray Gaulding’s No. 23 Toyota Camry will carry Schluters’ signature orange and gray colors for the March Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the October Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Schluter will continue to be an associate sponsor on the No. 23 for the entire season.
Schluter-Systems improves and promotes tile installation through the development of products for ceramic and stone tile at facilities in Plattsburgh, Reno, Canada, and Europe.
Team Penske and Big Kaiser Precision Tooling form alliance Team Penske announced that it has formed a technical alliance with Big Kaiser Precision Tooling, a worldwide leader in high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metal cutting industry that guarantees extreme accuracy and repeatability.
As the "Official Performance Technical Partner of Team Penske," Big Kaiser will bring its most advanced technology to Team Penske in order to maximize production capacity. Under the terms of the new multi-year agreement, Hoffman Estates and Illinois-based Big Kaiser will provide Team Penske with its latest CNC tool-holding, presetting and boring equipment for use within the team's machining department that produces elements used on its Ford Fusions racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and its Ford Mustangs in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Nico Muller winning for Audi last year at the Norisring
Three months before the 2017 DTM season opener, Audi has announced its team assignments. The premium brand will be the only manufacturer to put three teams on the grid. The DTM season will kick off at the Hockenheimring on May 5.
In making the DTM team assignments, Audi's new Head of Motorsport Dieter Gass has opted for a combination of seasoned campaigners and promising teammates: "In Mattias Ekstrom at ABT, Jamie Green at Rosberg and Mike Rockenfeller at Phoenix, all three teams have their spearheads. These team-driver combinations were very powerful in the past. Our youngster, Nico Muller, is following in Edoardo Mortara's footsteps and our two new DTM signings, Loic Duval and Rene Rast, are going to benefit from the experience of their teammates," says Gass.
Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA), which has more than 5,000 locations in 44 countries, has been named the Official Pizza Partner of the National Hot Rod Association, officials announced today. For more than 30 years, Papa John's has been committed to its: "BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA." promise. This promise refers to not only its products, but also its people and customer service. Indeed, consumers have rated Papa John's No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) for 15 of the past 17 years.
The 2015 NHRA Funny Car champion is ready to get the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season started with the 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals this weekend at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Del Worsham, two-time NHRA champion, will be racing with Lucas Oil as his primary sponsor for the first six races of the season in his Toyota Camry Funny Car. This weekend Worsham is only looking for a strong start.
Last season Del picked up one win and finished seventh in points, but this season he's looking to come out on top again, this time with his father, veteran team owner and crew chief Chuck Worsham. At the end of the last season, Worsham left Kalitta Motorsports to rejoin his family-owned team, Worsham Racing.
Kings of Chaos Starring Billy Idol, Billy Gibbons & Chester Bennington to Rock Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Rock-and-roll royalty will invade the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this April when SMG Presents the Kings of Chaos Starring Billy Idol, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park for a high-energy performance at the event’s popular Saturday night Rock-N-Roar Concert.
The concert, held on the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center outdoor stage, follows racing activities on Sat., April 8 (approx. 6 p.m.) and is free to race ticket holders. Space at the outdoor stage is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Team Pelfrey confirms Ayla Agren will fill their second Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda series seat in the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires as the season commences in St. Petersburg, Fla. March 11-12.
Agren and Team Pelfrey are known to have great on-track chemistry as Agren won the F1600 Championship in 2014 and is now looking to build upon that relationship as the season nears. The 23-year-old has continued to be competitive as she scored 19 top 10 finishes in her last two years driving in the series.
Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Returns to Richard Childress Racing
No. 21 Chevrolet
Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff has returned to Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, partnering with rookie driver Daniel Hemric.
Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff will serve as the primary sponsor for the No. 21 Chevrolet team in the season-opening XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway, as well as additional events during the year. The tobacco-free, smokeless brand will also serve as an associate sponsor throughout the 2017 season.
Former Daytona 500 champion Derrike Cope will be returning to the most elite division of NASCAR in the Monster Energy Cup Series in 2017 with Premium Motorsports.
Cope will be running a limited schedule in the #55, with the possibility of a full schedule dependent on sponsorship beginning in Atlanta in March. With over 700 top three series NASCAR starts, the far majority being in the Cup Series, Cope's career started in Winston West ( now K&N ) and spans 35 years with multiple wins. Derrike Cope Racing
NASCAR, AMR Partner for At Track Response Team (Update) UPDATE NASCAR announced it is partnering with American Medical Response (AMR) to expand the capabilities of NASCAR's medical support model and enhance on-track incident response. AMR, a recognized leader in the emergency medical services, will add a doctor and paramedic to the on-track safety team for each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend. NASCAR's industry-leading medical standards remain in place; Infield Care Centers will continue to be staffed with experienced local emergency room physicians, maintaining the valuable connection with local medical facilities at every track. Combining the experience of local emergency practitioners with the familiarity that the AMR team will develop with drivers will positively impact the process for years to come.
Repairing damaged vehicles during a NASCAR race sometimes is as common a sight as pit stops, restarts and checkered flags.
But the extent to which teams can make repairs will be more tightly policed beginning with the 2017 season.
NASCAR officials unveiled a new Damaged Vehicle Policy on Wednesday at the sanctioning body's Research & Development Center, a policy that will be enforced in all three national series -- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series.
A high performance 2005 Ford GT, first owned by British racing driver Jenson Button MBE, will be offered at auction in a line-up of the finest classic and sports cars on the market at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro Classic Car Sale.
This very special Ford GT is one of five vehicles, out of only 101 supplied to Europe, that were marked ‘VIP’ by the Ford National Sales Company. Ford of Britain then allocated this particular vehicle to F1 world champion Jenson Button MBE in May 2005, who took delivery through Swiss Ford GT dealer Grimm in Geneva in August 2005. The car was subsequently UK registered in 2006.
VW announces plans to convert existing factories to build new platform for electric cars
VW's Modular Electric Drive platform
Volkswagen has a lot riding on its new MEB platform – the Modular Electric Drive kit. The company's plan to convert millions of vehicles production capacity to electric within the next 10 years depends on it.
The automaker first announced that its first all-electric vehicles using the platform will to come to market in 2020 and it now confirmed that the MEB platform will go in production into 2019.
The German automaker's Zwickau plant in Saxony will be the first to be updated in order to support the new platform.
Chevrolet Unveils Camaro GT4.R Racer for 2017 Competition
Chevrolet today introduced the Camaro GT4.R – a new-for-2017 and fully race-ready variant of the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro.
Built to global GT4 regulations, the Camaro GT4.R is eligible in the Pirelli World Challenge (GTS class) and IMSA’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (GS category), two of North America’s top GT racing championships, as well as additional GT4 series across the world.
Copper Moon Coffee Aligns with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Hoosier company Copper Moon Coffee announced a partnership today with Verizon IndyCar Series team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The Indiana coffee company will serve as the winning team’s Official Coffee Provider through 2018.
The Copper Moon brand is about uniqueness, alignment, and precision. These are the qualities that are required to produce a perfect cup of coffee with consistency. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is inspired by the distinctive qualities of Copper Moon Coffee and how both companies share the same aspirations. Just as Copper Moon desires to serve the best coffee, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports desires to be the best on and off the track, as has been notable this off-season with the team making some hard decisions to improve its IndyCar program.
Rush Truck Centers Joins Stewart's 'Return to Dirt' Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, announced a continuation of its relationship with motorsports icon Tony Stewart by sponsoring his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) team.
The company's Rush Truck Centers brand will serve as co-primary sponsor on the TSR #14 Rush Truck Centers/Arctic Cat J&J that Stewart will compete with in more than 50 dirt races in 2017.
Filipe Albuquerque Joins United Autosports For ELMS LMP2 Campaign
United Autosports have confirmed that professional driver; Filipe Albuquerque will join their LMP2 team for the 2017 European Le Mans Series. The Portuguese driver will join American Will Owen and Swiss-born Hugo de Sadeleer in the team’s Ligier JS P217.
Filipe’s career began in karting but he quickly progressed to single seaters, winning the 2006 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championships. In 2005 Filipe was named as a Red Bull Junior Driver.
Rein Automotive Partners with FCP Euro for Pirelli World Challenge
Rooster Hall Racing BMW
Rein Automotive joins title sponsor FCP Euro in partnership with Rooster Hall Racing for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season. Rooster Hall Racing, and its President, Todd Brown of Louisa, VA, are campaigning the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge 6-race Touring Car (TC) schedule with a BMW M235i Racing. The 2017 schedule includes races at some of the most iconic racetracks across the United States and Canada, including Virginia International Raceway, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Lime Rock Park, Circuit of the Americas, Miller Motorsports Park, and Laguna Seca. The car will be piloted by professional driver and coach, Anthony Magagnoli of DriveFasterNow.com, who resides in Dexter, MI.
First time for Edoardo Mortara at the Mercedes-AMG DTM fitness camp
Fitness camp: The run-up to the new DTM season begins in earnest for the Mercedes-AMG drivers squad this week (4th - 9th February). At La Manga in Spain, the squad have got together for the traditional fitness camp in preparation for the upcoming season. For newcomer Edoardo Mortara, it is the first such occasion with his new team-mates. Maro Engel, who is making a comeback to the DTM, competed in the Bathurst 12-hour race last weekend and then flew directly from Australia to join the team.
Video: Toto Wolff Talks F1 Politics, Driver Line-Ups & 2017 Cars We sat down with Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff ahead of the 2017 season to catch up on a busy winter period so far, including the small matter of finding Formula One World Champion Nico Rosberg’s replacement, finalizing the DTM driver line-up, signing a new Young Driver and the team’s 2017 car. Needless to say, he hasn’t had much of a holiday. Comment
Tesla Model S P100D now does 0-60 mph in 2.28 seconds
Fastest production car 0-60, and it's electric
The Tesla Model S can go from zero to 60 faster than any other street-legal car around. That includes Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bugattis and any other crazy exotic sports car you can think of.
The Tesla Model S P100D, with 760 horsepower and all-wheel-drive, jumped from a dead stop to 60 miles an hour in 2.28 seconds in a test by Motor Trend. It's the first car to ever do that in under 2.3 seconds in the magazine's testing. With this sort of power, merging into the traffic on the highway is less of an issue than trying not to rear-end anyone while you're doing it.
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