Ben Keating Announces Third Driver for Risi Competizione/Keating Le Mans Entry
#82 Risi Ferrari LeMans 2016
Risi Competizione and Keating Motorsport announced at this year's Rolex 24 At Daytona that they would partner for Keating's GTE-Am entry in the 86th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Keating and long-time co-driver, Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen, were announced as the two drivers.
Roush Fenway drivers share winning bond at Daytona
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Current Roush Fenway Racing drivers Trevor Bayne, Ryan Reed, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. all share a unique bond; each driver scored historic first wins at the famed Daytona International Speedway.
In just his second start in the Cup Series, piloting the No. 21 Ford for the Wood Brothers, Bayne advanced from a 32nd starting position and led the final six laps to earn his first career victory in ‘The Great American Race’ on February 20, 2011. Bayne took the checkered flag just one day after his 20th birthday, making him the youngest Daytona 500 winner of all time – a record which still stands.
The F2 teams got their first taste of the brand new F2 2018 car today at a shakedown on the Magny-Cours circuit in France. Only one car per team was used, with the main focuses on reliability and on the teams learning how to operate their new machines. Newcomers Carlin and Charouz Racing System also made their first appearance in the Championship at the shakedown.
Can NASCAR reverse the loss of fans and TV viewers?
NASCAR will open its 70th season on Feb. 18 with the running of the Daytona 500, the sport’s premier race. Unfortunately, the excitement generated by the race is in sharp contrast to the business prospects for the once-thriving sport.
Absent from last season’s lineup of drivers will be three stalwarts who were important to the sport’s demographics: Danica Patrick, a marketing machine and an inspiration to women; Matt Kenseth, a 45-year old former champion; and most important of all, Dale Earnhardt Jr., winner of NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver award for the past 15 years.
Formula 1 has created a new 'Hot Laps' fan engagement program in conjunction with official tire supplier Pirelli.
For at least 10 events in the year, beginning at the Bahrain Grand Prix, the new program will give the fans attending a race weekend the opportunity through special competitions and promotions the opportunity to be driven around the race track in a supercar by a professional race driver.
Gibson sign LMP1 Engine Contract with Rebellion Racing and Oreca
Gibson LMP1 engine
Gibson Technology is pleased to announce a new contract with Rebellion Racing and chassis constructor Oreca to supply LMP1 engines for the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship Super Season. The 2017 WEC LMP2 Champions have confirmed their intention to contest LMP1 in FIA WEC in 2018, running a two car team with an Oreca chassis and Gibson GL458 engine. This is a return to the top category of WEC for Rebellion and will include competing in the grueling Le Mans 24 hours.
Video: New Goodyear Ad Stars Longtime Endorser Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Those who live up to their names, make one for themselves.
Goodyear this morning is digitally releasing a new national TV spot titled “Make a Name” that will debut during this weekend’s Daytona 500 and that focuses on the tire maker’s longtime relationship with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Paffett: "We'll see a different Wehrlein this season to the one that left at the end of 2015"
Three questions for Gary Paffett
Gary, the new season is not far off, and you’re currently together with the entire team at Fitness Camp near La Manga. How much are you looking forward to the weeks between now and the actual start of the season?
Gary Paffett: I’m really looking forward to it. The fitness week is always a kind of kick-off event for us drivers; it’s how every season starts.
Robots can't beat humans when it come to making EV batteries
Sometimes it's the task of the Tesla communications department to explain, or provide context, or simply clean up the confusion after CEO Elon Musk says or tweets something about the electric-car maker.
In the latest case, it was Musk's statement about Tesla Model 3 production equipment that required the good people of the company's long-suffering PR group to swing into action.
On last Wednesday's call for financial analysts to cover the full-year 2017 results, Musk dropped a mention of new Model 3 battery production lines.
Friday Evening IndyCar Observations from ISM (2nd Update)
Ryan Hunter-Reay says the cars become a handful after 20 laps or so and that should create opportunities to pass
UPDATE Come April 7th we might actually see some passing during the Phoenix race, and we are also likely to see a slew of accidents. With the new setups, tires are going off after 20 or so laps of a 60 or 70 lap stint. The cars are becoming a handful and when that happens the drivers who have the best setup on long runs might be able to make passes, and those who don't , or who run out of talent, are likely to end up in the wall.
"From my perspective, it's very difficult out there," Hunter-Reay told Racer. "After 25 or 30 laps, you feel like you're hanging on for dear life. On the one hand, that's great; you feel like you're fully in charge of the car instead of being flat [out] the whole time because of the downforce. But then you realize a stint is going to be 60 to 70 laps, and if your tires are done barely halfway through every stint...
The Trans Am Race Company LLC has announced a complete overhaul of the broadcast and video services of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli with the completion of a three-year partnership with Greenlight TV.
The new partnership was formed in the interest of increasing both the reach and frequency of Trans Am video and broadcast--both domestically on CBS Sports Network and internationally. Fans of the series can expect more highlights, recaps and Trans Am footage throughout the entirety of the season, not just on broadcast dates and events.
The walls are going up. AR1.com sources say ticket sales are up this year
Track construction has begun on the picturesque 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary circuit on the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg. The final racing layout for the 14th Annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 9-11, will again feature six left and eight right turns running in a clockwise direction.
Peyton Manning, the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and Nationwide member/spokesperson, will serve as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.
The DAYTONA 500, first held in 1959 at the famed 2.5-mile high-banked tri-oval, is the season-opening race (TV – FOX, FOX Deportes; Radio – MRN, Sirius XM) for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Manning will be behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry XSE pacing the 40-car field prior to taking the green flag.
Sunday’s Daytona 500 single-car qualifying set only the front row for the ‘Great American Race’ - Alex Bowman is on the pole in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and Denny Hamlin will start second in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota when the green flag drops Feb. 18 (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
The qualifying speeds also set the lineups for Thursday’s Can-Am Duels at Daytona (7 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the twin 60-lap races that determine the full starting lineup for the 60th running of the Daytona 500.
NAPA AUTO PARTS has grown its relationship with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports with a new agreement that immediately expands its majority sponsorship of driver Chase Elliott and the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team in 2018 and extends its support for another two years through the 2020 racing season.
The new agreement increases NAPA’s majority sponsorship of Elliott from 24 to 26 races annually beginning in 2018 and throughout the 2019-2020 extension. It guarantees primary sponsorship of the No. 9 team in the prestigious Daytona 500 each year and continues associate-level sponsorship in all non-primary events.
2018 Audi Q7 awarded "Best New Car" in luxury mid-size SUV category
The 2018 Audi Q7 has earned the Good Housekeeping 2018 "Best New Car" awardin the luxury mid-size SUV category.
The annual Good Housekeeping “Best New Car” Awards are determined by experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute, in partnership with Car and Driver, and are based on safety, value, handling, design and comfort, and technology. More than 100 vehicles were screened, with the top 25 driven by engineers over 3,000 miles on test tracks and open roads to determine winners in 12 categories.
Danica Patrick shown as businesswoman in new GoDaddy ad
Danica Patrick's latest GoDaddy commercial features Patrick's transition to life away from racing. As Patrick's career winds down with her two final races, GoDaddy is now celebrating her transition to a businesswoman. The "Make Your Idea Real" ad is a colorful look at Patrick's shift from driver to entrepreneur . She is retiring after racing in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500, and GoDaddy is sponsoring the effort.
Patrick made 21 previous commercials for GoDaddy, and appeared in 13 Super Bowl commercials for GoDaddy, a number that still stands as the most Super Bowl spots for a celebrity.
ESPN, Sky Sports, Join Forces for Formula 1 2018 World Championship
US Grand Prix
An award-winning team of broadcasters will convey the excitement of the FIA Formula One World Championship to American viewers in 2018 as ESPN, Sky Sports and Formula 1 join forces to bring Sky Sports’ presentation of the championship to the U.S.
Television audiences in the U.S. will be able to enjoy the Sky Sports coverage as ESPN and ABC air all 21 races in the championship under a multi-year linear and digital partnership between ESPN and Formula 1. Announced in October, the agreement brings Formula 1 back to its original U.S. television home as the first Formula 1 race ever aired in the U.S. was on ABC in 1962.
Pioneer Technology Group Returns to Richard Petty Motorsports
Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) today announced Pioneer Technology Group (PTG) will continue its relationship as a major associate sponsor of the No. 43 team and driver Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. The PTG logo will appear season-long on the rocker panel of the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and on the uniform of Wallace.
HPD IndyCar Phoenix Open Test report Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato dominated the time sheets Friday and Saturday at ISM Raceway, leading three of four full-field practice sessions and finishing second to teammate Graham Rahal in the fourth during the Verizon IndyCar Series Open Test in preparation for the 2018 season. Comment
Video: NHRA Top Fuel Champ Brittany Force taken to hospital after first-round crash (Update) UPDATE Brittany Force was released from the hospital Monday and has shown no lingering effects from the incident except for some upper body soreness. Force will continue to recuperate at home. A CT Scan was negative and the MRI showed subtle findings likely from previous injuries. She was admitted overnight for observation as a precaution.
02/11/18 Reigning World Champion Brittany Force experienced an unbelievable crash during eliminations at the Lucas Oil Winternationals. Force was responsive and speaking with medical staff and was transported to the hospital for evaluation.
John Force Racing said in a prepared statement that the Monster Energy Dragster driver had “no major internal injuries but does have some bruising of the lungs. A CT scan was negative, and the MRI showed subtle findings, likely from previous injuries. She was admitted overnight for observation simply as a precaution.”
Musk plans to produce 100,000 electric Class 8 trucks a year
Can Tesla really sell 100,000 Semis a year?
Tesla will produce at least 100,000 of its new Class 8 electric Semis a year within four years, company founder and CEO Elon Musk predicted.
Speaking on the company’s quarterly earnings conference call with analysts a day after his dramatic SpaceX rocket launch, Musk also said Tesla “might be able to exceed the specs that we unveiled last year,” though he did not expand on those comments.
Nissan/NISMO today announced their global motorsports plans for 2018, which include Nissan's debut in the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship, as well as updated lineups for the Japanese Super GT Championship.
Formula E Nissan will be the first Japanese automaker to debut in the Formula E Championship at the start of season five in late 2018. Nissan will reveal its Formula E livery at this year's Geneva Motor Show in March. Further information on the driver lineup and team details will be available later this year.
Charlize Theron named honorary starter for 60th annual DAYTONA 500
Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG winning and Emmy nominated actress Charlize Theron has been named the Honorary Starter for the historic 60th annual DAYTONA 500 on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway. Theron will wave the green flag for the DAYTONA 500, the season-opening race (TV - FOX, FOX Deportes; Radio - MRN, Sirius XM) for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Last year, the rules underwent a truly revolutionary change, but there will be less upheaval in 2018. Nevertheless, the look of the car will change in several areas. Also down to the regulations, there will be different parameters when it comes to how the mechanical components are managed. Let’s take a closer look at these changes, including their finer points:
On Board for a test run with David Coulthard in New Jersey The Red Bull F1 Team, with David Coulthard driving, testing Port Imperial Blvd/River Rd in NJ for a F1 Race. This is when they sounded like real racing cars! That's how an F1 car should sound. The pussified V-6 turbos of today's F1 and IndyCars are sickening. Comment
Valtteri Bottas Takeover: Day in the Life of an F1 Driver Valtteri was back at the Mercedes F1 factory last week and let us tag along with him to see what he gets up to during his trips to HQ. As we quickly found out, no two days are the same for a Formula One driver... Comment
Last lap of Daytona Clash Brad Keselowski claims the checkered flag at The Clash in Daytona as Kyle Larson and Jimmie Johnson come together on the final lap, causing wrecks for several vehicles. Comment
Relive Keselowski's victory, final-lap wreck in The Clash A look back on the Clash at Daytona after Brad Keselowski went from last to first to win the exhibition race while calamity ensued on the final lap. Comment
The Orange Army - Max Verstappen On Dutch Fans & The Potential Return Of The Dutch Grand Prix Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen remains the only Dutch driver ever to win a Grand Prix in F1. And with 3 career victories to his name already, Max owes plenty to his traveling legion of faithful fans, the so-called ‘Orange Army’. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to Verstappen to find out more about the boost he gets from the support of a nation, why they call him ‘The Lion’ and the prospect of a return for the Dutch Grand Prix. Comment
Pirelli's Rainbow - Karun Chandhok's Guide To F1 Tires In 2018
The 2018 Formula One season will see Italian supplier Pirelli run an expanded range of tires, most notably featuring their softest compound yet - the bright pink Hypersoft.
Speaking at this year’s Autosport International, Karun Chandhok provides an insight into the enduring importance of tires in F1, and why this year’s Pirelli range is a step in the right direction for the sport.
Psst, quick someone tell Rosenqvist that Formula E is full of F1 rejects, and never will be a path to F1
Felix Rosenqvist believes that success in Formula E could land him a drive in Formula 1 in the future. The Swede currently sits second in the championship standings after three rounds, six points behind leader Jean-Eric Vergne.
Rosenqvist joined the electric single seater series for the 2016/17 season, finishing third overall with one victory and three further podiums. The 26-year-old won the FIA Formula 3 European championship in 2015, and also competed in Super Formula last year, coming close to winning the title.
Mick Schumacher stays with Prema Theodore for the 2018 FIA F3 Season
Prema Theodore is delighted to announce that Mick Schumacher will be back with the team for a second consecutive season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The 18-year-old racer has been impressive in his series debut last season, with many rookie podiums and even a third place overall at the challenging Monza venue in Italy.
After completing the European season in third place among rookies, Schumacher made a positive first appearance at the famed Macau Grand Prix, running comfortably in the top-10 overall among much more experienced contenders.
Sebastian Montoya Admitted Into Ferrari Driver Academy
Juan and Sebastian Montoya 4 years ago
Sebastian Montoya has spent the last few years of his short life making a name for himself racing around the globe while also continuing the record of success that his father Juan Pablo established before him. The Ferrari Driver Academy has taken note of this and has welcomed young Montoya into the group of elite youngsters.
SpaceX Hid a Second, Secret Payload Aboard Falcon Heavy
Tesla Roadster in orbit
Elon Musk's personal Tesla might have gotten all the headlines during SpaceX's historic rocket launch last week, but the Falcon Heavy also carried a second, secret payload almost nobody knew about.
Stashed inside the midnight-cherry Roadster was a mysterious, small object designed to last for millions (perhaps billions) of years – even in extreme environments like space, or on the distant surfaces of far-flung planetary bodies.
Matt Brabham to join Lee Holdsworth for 2018 Enduro Cup
Matt Brabham (R) will join Lee Holdsworth
Third-generation Australian driver Matt Brabham will join Lee Holdsworth for the 2018 Pirtek Enduro Cup at the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600.
Brabham has previously driven in Supercars for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport in a one-off appearance at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth last year, and races in the Stadium Super Trucks in the USA and Australia.
Order of Daytona 500 pole qualifying (Update) UPDATE As predicted by AR1.com, Alex Bowman has been put on the pole for the Daytona 500. The #88 Dale Jr. fans will be happy, but will they now buy tickets for the race? Denny Hamlin will start 2nd.
Will the T&S computers put 'Heir Apparent' Alex Bowman on pole?
Forty cars will attempt to qualify on the front row of the 60th Daytona 500 on Sunday at noon during pole qualifying at Daytona International Speedway.
No drivers will fail to make the field.
The full Daytona 500 starting lineup will be established on Thursday in the Can-Am qualifying duels.
JDC-Miller Motorsports Forced To Withdraw Le Mans Entry
The Gainsco JDC Miller entry will skip LeMans
DC-Miller MotorSports will not file an entry for the 2018 24 Hours of LeMans.
The team had previously announced their intention to utilize the entry awarded to them from winning IMSA's Jim Trueman award in 2017. After spending the past several months working towards participating in the event the team regretfully informed IMSA, the ACO and their partners that some unexpected challenges came up late in the planning process.
After several teams complained Friday that they didn’t have any spare parts for the new aero kit at this weekend’s IndyCar Open Test at ISM Raceway, Dallara CEO Stefano dePonti contended that’s not entirely accurate.
DePonti took Autoweek to the company’s transporter in the IndyCar paddock at the 1.022-mile short oval and showed extra parts on hand in case teams needed them over the weekend. DePonti said there were enough parts on the trailer for two to three cars.
FIA and IndyCar exchanging data from windscreen test
The hideous F1 Halo
The FIA has said it is exchanging data with IndyCar over their respective head protection solutions and that it is therefore very aware of the new windscreen development IndyCar is currently testing.
Whilst FIA sanctioned series, such as Formula 1, Formula E and Formula 2, will adopt the halo this year, IndyCar is trialling a windscreen it hopes to introduce in 2019 – the latter is similar in design to the shield and aeroscreen F1 tested before deciding to go with the halo.
Dale Coyne Racing completed a productive test on Saturday night at ISM Raceway, formerly known as Phoenix International Raceway. The team accomplished what they had set out to do at the Open Test with Sebastien Bourdais and rookie Pietro Fittipaldi completing 240 and 285 trouble-free laps, respectively, over the course of the two-day test.
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