Mario Andretti named Honorary Race Official for the Daytona 500
Mario Andretti winning the 1967 Daytona 500 fifty years ago
Legendary racing icon Mario Andretti has been named an Honorary Race Official for 59th Daytona 500 at the famed Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 26, according to a release by the Florida track.
Andretti, who will turn 77 two days after the Great American Race, had just one victory in NASCAR's Premier Series with crew chief Jake Elder beating out Holman-Moody teammate Fred Lorenzen. He is just one of four drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and Rolex 24 At Daytona, along with A.J. Foyt, Jamie McMurray, and most recently, Jeff Gordon.
As part of the celebration of the elder Andretti's accomplishment a half-century ago, a replica of his race-winning No. 11 Ford will be on display at the UNOH Fanzone, where he will take part in question-and-answer sessions in fan hospitality area.
Actor Keanu Reeves to star in movie 'Rally Car' with NASCAR twist Thursday on the first day of the Berlin Movie Festival, Lionsgate acquired U.S. distribution rights for the movie “Rally Car,” which will star actor Keanu Reeves.
The premise of the movie includes Reeves portraying a fictional, self-centered NASCAR driver who revitalizes his career by entering an international rally car race across China, joining a team which includes a young Chinese woman whose dream is to become a driver.
Dover Int'l Speedway Extending SAFER Barrier For '17 NASCAR Races
Dover Int'l Speedway officials today announced that the track "will extend its SAFER barriers across the frontstretch and backstretch" for the '17 NASCAR season.
The project will get underway in March and "will be completed before the NASCAR tripleheader weekend" June 2-4. About 1,800 feet of barriers will be added, putting the "SAFER barrier around the entirety of the outside track walls." FOXSPORTS.com
Thunder Thursday Moves to The Pike Outlets Ahead of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Thunder Thursday, the free-to-the-public festival that annually kicks off Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend, will take place in a new location in 2017: The Pike Outlets on Thursday, April 6.
Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature freestyle motocross demonstrations from Metal Mulisha, motorcycle stunts from Tony Carbajal and Verizon IndyCar Series pit stop competitions on Shoreline Drive, west of Pine Ave. Within The Pike Outlets, fans will enjoy live music and DJs in the main Plaza; an exotic, race and classic car show on Bay Street, and a beer garden.
Alonso Earns $37M per year More Than Max Verstappen
Is Fernando Alonso highly overpaid?
Is it fair that Fernando Alonso, a driver who hasn't won a championship in more than a decade, is far and away the highest-paid driver in Formula 1? For all his prodigious talents behind the wheel, Alonso has had terrible luck (whose last victory was in a Ferrari in Spain in 2013) for since his brilliant, championship-winning runs with Renault in 2005 and 2006.
And yet he earns a base salary nearly $9 million higher than Lewis Hamilton, who if it weren't for some horrid luck, would have been the 2016 champion. By default, Hamilton steps into the top slot on the grid after the unceremonious retirement of reigning champion (and F1 footnote) Nico Rosberg. Lewis reaps the second largest salary windfall, with $31 million, besting Sebastian Vettel by a cool mill.
Mars To Use Kyle Busch's No. 18 Car To Promote Upcoming Release Of M&M's Caramel
Mars this year is rolling out what likely is its largest launch ever for a new kind of M&M's with M&M's Caramel, and the company will support the roll-out with a major push in NASCAR writes Adam Stern of SBD.
M&M's, which is the official chocolate of NASCAR and the primary sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Toyota driven by Kyle Busch, will start selling the Caramel product in May.
John Force Racing, Peak announce expanded partnership
John Force Racing
John Force Racing has announced an expanded partnership between its 18-time NHRA championship-winning team and Peak/BlueDEF, the leaders in the development and distribution of high-quality automotive and heavy-duty products for over four decades.
Peak Coolant & Motor Oil has renewed its partnership to back 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force for the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season and beyond. Peak and Force will remain partners for the long term, with the goal of racing with Force for the remainder of his career, no matter how long that might be.
International Speedway Corporation (ISC), owner/operator of 13 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities, today announced its partnership with ISM, a pioneer and leader in sports venue digital activation, to form ISM Vision Powered by BoldVu, the World’s Largest 360-degree Digital Engagement Venue Network. The new technology will debut during Speedweeks, beginning February 18 and running through the 59th DAYTONA 500 on February 26, at Daytona International Speedway. In addition, ISM Vision Powered by BoldVu will be employed at all ISC facilities beginning in 2017.
Spark Racing Technology wins bid to develop next gen Formula E car
One version of the car shows a full canopy over the driver. Another version shows a windscreen
Spark Racing Technology has won the official tender submitted but the FIA to supply the season five chassis from 2018 onwards.
In 2013, the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) officially appointed Spark Racing Technology as the car supplier for the Formula E Championship since the series’ first season. Then in 2016, the FIA put chassis supply for season 5 (2018-2019) out to tender.
Successor of the SRT01 (first version of the car), the new SRT05e represents a considerable progress in the world of electric racing.
FOX Sports Names Shannon Spake Co-Host of FS1's NASCAR Race Hub
FOX Sports has named recent hire Shannon Spake co-host of its popular NASCAR RACE HUB (Monday through Thursday at 6:00 PM ET on FS1) alongside Adam Alexander for the 2017 NASCAR race season, beginning today.
Spake, who joined FOX Sports in July 2016, also will host NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY, live from the track preceding each weekend's NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race, in addition to continuing to serve as a sideline reporter for college basketball and several NFL games airing on FOX Sports.
Watch Wind Blow Over Semi Truck On Wyoming Patrol Cruiser Footage of a large tractor trailer blowing over and crushing a Wyoming Highway Patrol car, which fortunately, was unoccupied at the time, was captured by a nearby parked police cruiser.
The scary incident happened on the I-80 near Elk Mountain on Tuesday afternoon when gusts were nearly around 70mph (113 km/h) Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Kelly Finn told EastIdahoNews.
The demise of KV Racing had better be a wake up call to IndyCar
Tony Kanaan and Jimmy Vasser after winning the 2013 Indy 500. Now the team is gone.
With the conclusion of the Phoenix test ahead of the 2017 IndyCar season, the series says goodbye to one of its leading organizations in KV Racing.
We're only a few short weeks away from the start of the 2017 IndyCar Series season, and there will be one less team ready to join the grid at St. Petersburg. As widely reported, KV Racing Technology has shut down and will not race in the 2017 campaign. The team did not participate in the open test at Phoenix International Raceway and reportedly the equipment will be auctioned off in March.
The team's fate became clear after a potential deal for their equipment to be sold to Indy Lights team Carlin Racing fell through. From there, team owners Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser found it very hard to push forward and find the funding to race on. Sadly, KV Racing joins a long list of teams killed off by lack of funds, including Panther Racing, Pacific Coast Motorsports, HVM Racing, Conquest Racing, and (to an extent) Dreyer and Reinbold Racing.
Two men were killed in a fiery car crash at a Speedway on Sunday.
Las Vegas Metropolitan police Sgt. Steve Summers said the driver of a Lamborghini and an instructor of SpeedVegas were killed after the driver lost control and crashed into a wall. The car burst into flames. The car's driver, a male customer in his 30s, and an instructor, a male in his 50s who was in the passenger seat, were killed.
McLaren Investing $63M Into South Yorkshire For Production Facility McLaren Automotive launched a partnership with the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Center in Rotherham, South Yorkshire according to Nick Hill of BDAILY.
In a $62.4M investment, the launch of a purpose-built production facility located next to the AMRC is "expected to create up to 200 jobs" and inject $124.8M into the Sheffield City Region economy.
Jari-Matti Latvala Won His Fourth Rally Sweden On Sunday Afternoon As Toyota Celebrated Victory Just Two Rallies Into Its Comeback Following A 17-Year Absence From The FIA World Rally Championship.
It was the Finn's 17th career victory, but one of his most emotional. He faced a season on the sidelines after his Volkswagen team withdrew from the sport at the end of last season, before finally joining the Japanese manufacturer in a late deal.
Latvala began the final leg with a slender 3.8sec lead over Ott Tanak after long-time leader Thierry Neuville crashed last night. He won all three snow and ice-covered speed tests in his Yaris World Rally Car to extend the margin to 29.2sec.
RFR looking to improve on pit road with plenty of pit crew changes
#6 RFR Ford of Trevor Bayne
The pit world looks a whole lot different this year for Roush Fenway Racing than a year ago this time. New coach Scott Bowan took over towards the end of last year and is making moves within the teams to help improve performance and pick up time. With the removal of the #16 team from the RFR stables there was a group of 18 crewmen fighting for 12 spots. Pit Talks did their best to find out what the new teams would look like in 2017. It appears that the only returning #6 car pit crew members for Trevor Bayne from last year will be front changer Kale Uphoff and gasman Josh Pech. New to the #6 crew will be front carrier Ryan McCray (moving over from the #17), jackman Mike Brown (moving over from the #17), rear changer Chris Schuman (moving over from RPM), and rear carrier Justin Edgell (moving over from the #16).
Video: IndyCar driver Q&A from Phoenix Open-Test Alexander Rossi On New Engineer Alexander Rossi On Preparation Josef Newgarden On Confidence Josef Newgarden On Expectations Josef Newgarden On Future Of Penske
IndyCar Open Test Notebook The first and only official open test for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ full field is in the books for 2017 at Phoenix International Raceway writes Tony DiZinno of NBC Sports.
After two days, here’s some notes and other takeaways from the weekend:
Drivers atop the timesheets in the four sessions: Josef Newgarden, Marco Andretti, JR Hildebrand, Ryan Hunter-Reay, with Hildebrand fastest overall. Four Americans, two Hondas. Two Chevrolets leading in the heat of the day, and two Hondas leading in cooler temperatures at night. While Helio Castroneves was able to carry over his test pace to the race weekend last year, remember conditions will be entirely different in April for the series return, and there will also be NASCAR rubber down from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in March. The fact Hildebrand crashed and neither Andretti nor Hunter-Reay was overly enthused about where they stood fully, yet, says more than their P1 time at some point this weekend.
2017 IndyCar Phoenix Open Test (Raw Footage) Shot List • Phoenix Raceway scenes • General on-track activity • No. 5 James Hinchcliffe sound • Hinchcliffe B-roll in pits and on track • No. 15 Graham Rahal sound
Tony Stewart has returned to sprint car racing, though his first race back provided him more frustration than frivolity. Stewart finished a disappointing 17th in the 26-car main event late Thursday at Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL), and he ended the night arguing with a fellow driver and complaining with officials.
Stewart was driving a sprint car for the first time since he accidentally struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a race in upstate New York in 2014.
IndyCar: Hunter-Reay leads Honda sweep at Phoenix in test session 4
Andretti driver Ryan Hunter-Reay led a Honda 1-2-3-4-5 in final open-test practice at Phoenix Raceway Saturday night. The Chevys had their power turned down during the night session to hide their true speed, having run as fast as 193 mph during the after noon session. In the cooler night they may have been able to approach 200 mph but they were sandbagging ahead of the real race in April.
Hunter-Reay's lap of 189.716 mph nipped Sebastien Bourdais who was joist 0.02 sec behind in the #19 Dale Coyne Honda. Marco Andretti was third in a sister Andretti Honda.
Max Chilton and Takuma Sato rounded out the top-5.
Leno gets latest car thrills turning laps in Indy car
Entering his 17th season of Indy car competition, four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon has had ample opportunity to instruct the less experienced in the art of driving an open-wheel machine. Just maybe not one as famous as Jay Leno.
The comedian and former "Tonight Show" host was at Phoenix Raceway today, driving an Indy car under the watchful eyes of Dixon for an upcoming segment of "Jay Leno's Garage" on CNBC. The episode slated for July airing will also include a segment taped two weeks ago when Leno went on a ride-along with Verizon IndyCar Series team co-owner Sam Schmidt in the Arrow semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM) Corvette that the quadriplegic Schmidt drives using breath, voice and head movements.
From Left: President of Competition and Operations for INDYCAR Jay Frye, Tom Sneva, Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber, Verizon IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves, Lyn St. James and Dick Simon
courtesy Phoenix Raceway
With the help of Phoenix Raceway’s “Speed King” Helio Castroneves, Phoenix Raceway officially broke ground on the Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar today during a special ceremony at its second annual Verizon IndyCar Series “Prix View” Testing event.
"To officially have this project underway is a tremendous feeling for our organization, fans, community and the entire state of Arizona," said Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber. "This has been the culmination of years of hard work by so many individuals, and to see this day finally here gives us all great pride. Phoenix Raceway has been the home for so many great moments in motorsports – and this day is the first of many more to come."
On hand to ring in the occasion alongside Sperber were Helio Castroneves, driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Team Penske in the Verizon IndyCar Series, President of Competition and Operations for INDYCAR Jay Frye, Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, Arizona Senator Lupe Contreras and City of Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise as well as former IndyCar legends Tom Sneva, Lyn St. James and Dick Simon.
IndyCar: Hildebrand leads Chevy sweep at Phoenix in test session 3
JR Hildebrand is making sure the world knows he’s back fulltime in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
The driver of the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet found the fastest way around Phoenix Raceway in this afternoon’s open test practice, recording the top lap of the three-hour session at 193.234 mph (19.0401 seconds). It was quicker than the official track record for the 1.022-mile oval posted last year by Helio Castroneves (192.631), but lap records may only be set in qualifications or races.
Jari-Matti Latvala Was The Surprise Leader Of Rally Sweden On Saturday Night After Thierry Neuville Crashed Out Of Top Spot In The Final Speed Test.
Neuville held a comfortable advantage before ripping the left front wheel from his Hyundai i20 Coupe after going off the road in the short special stage at Karlstad trotting track.
His demise left the Finn with a slender 3.8sec lead in his Toyota Yaris over the rapidly closing Ott Tanak with just Sunday's short finale remaining. World champion Sebastien Ogier was only 12.8sec further back in third.
What will become of motorsports when humans no longer drive cars? Who is working on this issue? What is the plan?
Ford Motor Co. has acquired majority ownership of an artificial-intelligence startup called Argo AI and plans to invest $1 billion in the company, the latest move in an auto-industry spending spree to develop self-driving car technology.
The investment, to be made during the next five years, is part of Ford’s efforts to develop a self-driving car by 2021. Argo is now a Ford subsidiary, but founders Bryan Salesky, a former Alphabet Inc. executive, and Peter Rander, formerly with Uber Technologies Inc., will keep equity in the startup, which they founded late last year, Ford said.
“We think automation is going to define the automobile in the next decade,” Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields told reporters in San Francisco.
Changes with Kurt Busch's crew; going for championship record
#41 Kurt Busch up high
As Kurt Busch embarks on his 17th full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and his fourth with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), he has a good reason to feel right at home as the driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, as the 2017 marks a homecoming for Busch to Ford Motor Company, the manufacturer with whom he won the 2004 Cup Series championship.
It was Busch's first Cup Series title and Ford's most recent. Busch will attempt to surpass NASCAR Hall of Famer Terry Labonte's record for time between championships - 12 seasons separated Labonte's two titles in 1984 and 1996 - and do it with the Dearborn, Michigan-based manufacturer with whom his NASCAR Cup Series career began.
If you want to race in motorsports, you better bring a check
It's hard to argue that racing is a sport if athletes/drivers buy their way in. Money wins over talent and is one reason attendance is falling. The business of motorsports is broken and needs a major overhaul
If you want to play the NASCAR game (or any form of motorsports), you better be prepared to pay writes Allen Gregory/Bristol Herald Courier.
That dirty little fact is one of many reasons why traditional fans and independent car owners continue to leave the sport in frustration.
In a more innocent and much more colorful age, drivers attacked on every lap to pay off bills and buy groceries. Owners and promoters were willing to give those blue collar heroes a chance to prove themselves on a bigger stage.
The road to the main stage no longer includes stops on gritty short tracks where drivers learn the basics of car control, passing and respect.
The new “can’t miss” young guns learn the sport through high-tech video games and simulators, expensive karts and driving coaches. By around age 18, rich daddies rely on their hefty checkbooks or important connections to simply buy their sons and daughters a ride with a touring series team in need of a financial infusion.
Mikhail Aleshin is set on finishing the fight in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2017 writes Joey Barnes of IndyCar.
The 29-year-old Russian was a late arrival to the grid party with the announcement of his return to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports coming six weeks from the start of the season. However, the opportunity to compete for a third year in North America’s top open-wheel series, second in succession, is something that was vital as he tries to gain experience and make the leap from contender to race winner.
A reader asks, Dear AR1.com, I went to the Phoenix IndyCar race last year and there was hardly any passing. I saw Friday's practice sessions and again it was single file and no passing. Why are IndyCars so boring at some tracks? William Beattle
Dear William, They cannot pass because the cars have way too much downforce and are nearly full throttle all the way around the Phoenix 1-mile oval. Racing will not be better at Phoenix until they take the wings off the cars and make the tires wider - i.e. more mechanical grip and less aero grip. The cars get around the track in just 19 seconds. Do single file 190 mph laps put more people in the grandstands at Phoenix? Not a single one. Mark C.
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