The IndyCars are running under the lights again at ISM tonight, testing the new Dallara car on the tricky oval. The weather is perfect at 69 degrees tonight. The evening session had a yellow flag at 7:20 pm for Matheus Leist, Foyt Racing's rookie driving their number 4 car. The young Brazilian managed to just brush the wall with no damage to the car. Leist also had a moment on Friday night where he also saved the car from damage.
Kyle Busch led all drivers in Saturday’s opening Daytona 500 practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway, circling the track at 199.743 mph in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Busch led all four JGR drivers, who all finished in the top five: Denny Hamlin was second-fastest in the No. 11 Toyota at 199.623 mph, Daniel Suarez was third in the No. 19 Toyota at 199.610 and Erik Jones was fourth in the No. 20 Toyota at 199.517 mph.
Takuma Sato turned a lap at 189.728 mph to lead the 4th IndyCar preseason test session at ISM in Phoenix Saturday afternoon. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda team has been fastest in all three sessions so far.
Will Power was 2nd quick in his No. 12 Penske Chevy just 0.0463 sec. slower.
Power was followed by the Hondas of Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay while Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top-5 in his Penske Chevy.
Ryan Blaney led the field in Saturday's lone practice session for Sunday's Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway.
Blaney clocked in at 199.601 mph in the no. 12 Team Penske Ford, leading a parade of Blue Ovals that made up the top four positions, including Joey Logano (199.543), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (199.508) and Brad Keselowski (199.490). Kyle Larson was fifth fastest with a speed of 199.468 mph in the no. 42 Chevrolet.
The 75-lap, 187.5-mile exhibition race - the traditional kickoff to the start of the season - will take the green flag at 3pm ET on Sunday.
Millican, Beckman, Skillman Lead Opening Pomona Qualifying
The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season kicked off Friday and Jack Beckman powered to the Funny Car qualifying lead at the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Clay Millican (Top Fuel) and Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the first of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Millican leads the Top Fuel category with a run of 3.694 at 327.74 in his Great Clips/Parts Plus dragster posted during the second qualifying session. After earning a career-best five No. 1 qualifiers in 2017, he is looking for his first of the season when he hits the track on Saturday.
Paddy Lowe stuck with his slow ride-buyers because team needs their money to keep doors open
Williams Martini Racing Chief Technical Officer Paddy Lowe believes that their 2017 car had more performance in it, but that the inexperienced Lance Stroll was unable to extract it.
Stroll had a tumultuous time at the start of his rookie season, failing to finish the first three races and missing the points in the first six, however a first points finish came in his home Grand Prix in Canada, which he followed up with a third place in Azerbaijan.
At the same time team-mate Felipe Massa found four points finishes and twenty points in those first six races, prompting Lowe to tell RACER that the team didn’t get the points it should have in that first half of the season.
FOX Sports Powers Into Daytona 500, Kicking Off 18th Season of NASCAR Coverage
Fox Sports Daytona 500 Broadcast Team in the booth
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.
IndyCar drivers comment on first day with new car on ISM oval
JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): "It was an OK day. It's good to get back. It's fun driving the Hitachi car officially today in an official session. We have a little bit of work to do and I feel like we got off to a good start. We'll try and debrief tonight with everyone and see what we can do for tomorrow and make some more progress. Then we'll come back here in April and we'll be ready to rock."
ESPN confirms coverage lineup for 2018 IndyCar races
As confirmed by ESPN’s Andy Hall on Twitter, the network has brought back veteran play-by-play man Allen Bestwick, color commentator Eddie Cheever, and pit reporter Dr. Jerry Punch for the 2018 season.
Bestwick and Punch had been confirmed victims of the layoffs, while Cheever was heavily rumored. SportsMediaWatch reports that Bestwick and Punch are the only two laid-off employees from ESPN to return to work there since 2016.
Natalie Decker, in her first attempt at Daytona, won the General Tire Pole for Saturday's Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona Int'l Speedway.
The Eagle River, Wisconsin rookie qualified with a top speed of 181.859 mph in her No. 25 Venturini Motorsports-prepared N29 Capital Partners Toyota. Her top speed came from the fourth group among the six groups that qualified.
Fernando Alonso can't believe the power of the Toyota After testing ahead of his FIA World Endurance Championship debut this year, Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso says the hybrid boost produced by his 1000bhp Toyota TS050 made it feel like a “rocket ship” compared to the anemic F1 car he is accustomed to. Comment
2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato driving for the Rahal team this year
UPDATE IndyCar has declared the first scoring box below to be the correct one. There was a glitch in the last few seconds of the session which caused Sato's time to be erased. Sato, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the number 30 entry, was the fastest of today's afternoon session.
With a late session run, Takuma Sato (Honda) turned the fastest lap at 187.022 mph in the opening test session for the IndyCars at Phoenix Friday afternoon.
Or did he? At the last minute IndyCar's Timing & Scoring all changed and put Tony Kanaan at the top. It appeared to be a technical glitch.
We think Simon Pagenaud was 2nd quick in the Penske Chevy followed by the AJ Foyt Chevys of Tony Kanaan and rookie Matt Leist.
Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top-5 in the Dale Coyne Honda.
Driving the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet, Matheus “Matt” Leist set quick time in rookie testing at ISM Raceway as the Verizon IndyCar Series officially got underway Thursday afternoon at the mile oval formerly known as Phoenix Raceway
Leist emerged from the cockpit to hear his race strategist and boss Larry Foyt say “Good Job.” Team owner A.J. Foyt seconded that adding, “I’m proud of you.”
Friday Afternoon Test at ISM UPDATE There is a new LED panel on the Ganassi cars today. AR1 asked what is up with the different screen and we were told that it is new for 2018. The numbers still light up green while in the pits and red with the position of the car but the numbers are a bit larger.
The first test session of the day has been clean. No incidents so far. The top fastest drivers are Tony Kanaan driving for Foyt Racing at 186.112, Graham Rahal is second at 185.295, Scott Dixon is third at 184.768, Ryan Hunter-Reay is fourth at 184.376 and Matheus Leist is fifth at 184.270.
Kanaan jokes with his new boss, AJ Foyt
Good afternoon from ISM in Phoenix. The temperature is 75 degrees with blue skies. I almost feel guilty that I am missing the heavy snow falling in the Midwest. I said almost! The three hour session just started with only 2 cars going out. And we have our first yellow for track inspection. About half of the series have cars in pit lane.
As the FIA Formula 4 United States Championship gears up for its third season, Jay Howard Driver Development announces Colorado driver Wyatt Brichacek will join the team for its 2018 campaign.
Team Principal Jay Howard said, "The Jay Howard Driver Development team is happy to announce Wyatt Brichacek as our first driver to sign for this year’s F4 season. Wyatt tested with our team during the summer months in 2017 and immediately he showed great pace. As a team, we all knew we wanted to have Wyatt on the program for the Championship. We have high expectations for him this year."
NASCAR Still Looking For Pole Sponsor After Coors' Exit
No more Coors Light
NASCAR is looking for a new pole award sponsor to replace Coors Light, but until it does, the mark will simply be called the Pole Award. Coors had been the official beer of the sport since '08 and had the pole award entitlement for all three national series included in its deal, but the brewer let the deal expire last year without a renewal. The first pole award of the year will be handed out Sunday afternoon during qualifying for the Daytona 500, which will be held one week later.
NASCAR is thought to be talking to both current and prospective partners about taking on the asset. Coors’ original NASCAR deal that included the pole award entitlement was worth $4M annually, but its current value is unclear. Adam Stern/SBD
In an effort to create a better overall experience for all of its fans, officials announced Tuesday that the grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway will be completely smoke-free, including all electronic cigarette devices, beginning this year.
Texas Motor Speedway established a ban on smoking in the grandstands in 2013, but the updated policy to include e-cigarettes and vapes comes as a result of strong feedback from guest surveys and the speedway's fan council. Speedway guests will still be able to smoke - both standard and electronic smoking products - in designated areas throughout the lower concourse area.
Omnicraft, Ford Motor Company’s newest brand of parts, will be the primary sponsor on the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford Fusion during the season-opening Daytona 500 and season-ending Ford 400.
Omnicraft will also serve as primary sponsor of Tasca Racing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at select events, beginning with the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on Feb. 25.
A capacity and high profile full-season entry list for the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season has been revealed during an online press conference broadcast from Paris, France.
The grid will be made up of 36 cars from 12 different nations, the highest number entered for a season since the Championship began in 2012 demonstrating that the discipline of endurance racing, and the World Endurance Championship in particular, is in extremely good health.
Ruoff Home Mortgage Returns With Andretti Autosport
Ruoff returns with Andretti
The blue, green and white of Ruoff Home Mortgage will dress the No. 98 Andretti-Herta Autosport entry for two races during the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. The Indy 500-winning partnership will open the season on the streets of St. Petersburg as Marco Andretti’s primary sponsor and return mid-season on the livery at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Mark Music, president and CEO of Ruoff Home Mortgage, had this to say about the sponsorship, “Being affiliated with the Andretti name again, particularly on Marco’s car, aligns us with the best name in racing. Speed and precision are just two tenets that are synonymous with Andretti and with Ruoff."
40 drivers will take the green flag for the 2018 Daytona 500
NASCAR has released the entry list for next Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500, with 40 cars entered for the first race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
36 of the drivers entered are with Chartered teams, meaning they are automatically qualified for the event. With 40 starting spots available and only 40 entries, all drivers entered are guaranteed to the make the race.
The two front-row starting spots will be determined in this Sunday's qualifying sessions, while the rest of the race lineup will be set by the finishing order of the two Can-Am Duel races on Thursday, Feb. 15.
TriStar Motorsports Welcomes Corey LaJoie To Driver Lineup, Adds New Sponsor
TriStar Motorsports announced they will continue to field a full-time entry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018, adding driver Corey LaJoie to their driver lineup alongside driver Cole Whitt.
The team also announced a new sponsorship agreement with Schluter-Systems, who will serve as primary sponsor for LaJoie for four races this season including the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18.
TriStar Motorsports has acquired a charter from Front Row Motorsports for the 2018 season and will continue competitive efforts under the direction of Crew Chief Frankie Kerr.
Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo drives the streets of Colombo As part of their #OnBoard series join Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo for a wild ride through the Streets of Colombo, Sri Lanka - not a a muted current car, but a screaming V8! If they used a current car, fans would not come away thrilled. Comment
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