ISC Closing In On Fourth Straight Sellout For Daytona 500
Daytona Int'l Speedway is closing in on its fourth consecutive sellout for the Daytona 500, according to sources and an analysis of the track's ticket site.
The 101,000-seat track had about 1,500 tickets left to sell as of yesterday for Sunday's race. ISC tracks can declare a sellout when within 1.5% of a true sellout, so DIS already is on the verge of that range and expected to announce a sellout by Saturday night.
Stewart-Haas Racing Look Ahead To The Daytona 500 & NASCAR 2019
After a successful campaign in 2018, Stewart Haas-Racing are back with a new car and a brand new driver line-up for 2019, with Mexico’s Daniel Suarez coming in for longstanding team member Kurt Busch. And with excitement building ahead of the Daytona 500.
Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with the team to get their thoughts on the season ahead, starting with the unveiling of the newest member of the SHR family: The Ford Mustang. Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Daniel Suarez, Billy Scott, Mike Bugarewicz and Robert ‘Cheddar’ Smith all feature.
Pierre Gasly On Joining Red Bull And His Hopes For F1 2019
Pierre Gasly’s GP2 series victory in 2016 ultimately paved the way for the Frenchman to join Formula One. Two years later, he has now become the latest Red Bull Junior to make the step up from Toro Rosso to the Red Bull senior team, as he gets set to line up alongside old friend and former rival Max Verstappen on the 2019 F1 grid.
Speaking to Mobil 1 The Grid ahead of winter testing, Gasly explains how the move came about, and his excitement for the season ahead.
Full starting lineup for tonight's Duel races at Daytona
Will they wad them up again tonight at Daytona?
Sunday’s Daytona 500 single-car qualifying set only the front row for the “Great American Race” — Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron (Busch Pole Award) and Alex Bowman will lead the field when the green flag drops Feb. 17 (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
The qualifying speeds, though, set the lineups for Thursday’s Gander RV Duel races at Daytona (7 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the twin 60-lap races that determine the full starting lineup for the 61st running of the Daytona 500.
Tickets are on sale now for the second running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink, Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Visit IMS.com at any time, or call the IMS Ticket Office at 317-492-6700 or visit the IMS Ticket Office from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday to buy tickets or for more information. The inaugural event featured a capacity crowd despite rainy conditions, so fans should act quickly to buy seats.
Jim France Bringing Welcome Change As NASCAR's New Leader
Jim France. Most people in the NASCAR paddock hope Brian France never returns
Jim France coming on as NASCAR Chair & CEO has been "welcomed by many within the sport," and his reign is a "throwback of sorts" to that of his late brother Bill Jr. and father, NASCAR Founder Bill France Sr., according to A.J. Perez of USA TODAY.
After Jim's nephew, former Chair & CEO Brian France, took an indefinite leave from his role in August, Jim was given the title on an interim basis, but that designation has since "become more permanent." Driver Kyle Busch said, “Jim has done a tremendous job of at least being around.
He’s always taking notes, he’s always listening to people. ... He’s down in the trenches, figuring it all out and trying to make some moves for the betterment of the sport.” Brian France got "knocked for not attending races, although he went to roughly half of the Cup races" USA TODAY.
AR1.com agrees with Mr. DeBruhl - close racing wins over outright speed any day, any time
UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Even though I'm no longer a part of the IndyCar broadcast team, I'm still a fan and had to chime in on your posting regarding how the F1 purists think watching IndyCar is like watching paint dry.
Let me start by saying that I'm also a big F1 fan having followed it since I was a kid and spent years as part of the broadcast teams for various networks. Having said that, the reality is that while speed is an important element of any race, it's not the only element.
An IndyCar race in February in Surfers has real challenges
Former CART IndyCar circuit
Short Surfers Supercars circuit
There are many negatives standing in the way of IndyCar racing in Surfers Paradise in February:
Supercars owns the infrastructure that creates the circuit, including crash barriers and the temporary pit complex. Operationally, the Supercars team builds the track. Supercars would have to move their October date in Surfers to February, which they prefer NOT to do for MANY reasons, but they are open to the possibility.
February is pretty hot and wet on the Gold Coast. Moving to the early part of the year brings a much higher chance of rain during the tropical summer months. Ever see a wet IndyCar race on the streets of Surfers? We have. It's a crashfest disaster.
It would also require the circuit being built in January, which is the peak school holidays period for the popular holiday hotspot.
Another issue is the configuration of the track, with the old Indy layout (2.78-miles) having been shortened to 1.85-miles during the Supercars era, and the city's new light rail system making a return to the original layout problematic. The current track is too short - i.e. Mickey Mouse for IndyCars. The track would need to be changed in order to add more passing opportunities for them, but it's not entirely unfeasible to do it. It's just a question of time and money
Cost - a race title sponsor needs to be found. Flying all the cars, equipment and personnel to Australia is very expensive. CART used to do it with two fully loaded Boeing 747 freighters
Solution: It would be spectacular if they could light the circuit and run the race on a Sunday night in Surfers, which would be early Sunday morning in the USA. It would be cooler for the fans, it would look spectacular (recall the fighter jet fuel dump runs over the city at night) and the USA fans could get up early Sunday morning (8:00 AM ET) to see the race live on TV. A better date for a night race would be the first Sunday night in May. The weather is perfect and the first Monday of May is a holiday in Surfers - think all night party Sunday night before and after the race. This might mean dumping the poorly attended Grand Prix of Indianapolis the 2nd weekend in May but we doubt anyone would miss it.
Rasmus Lindh Joins Juncos Racing for 2019 Indy Pro 2000 Season
Indianapolis, Indiana – Juncos Racing announced today Rasmus Lindh would join the team for the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires Championship. Lindh is the first driver announced to the reigning 2018 Indy Pro 2000 (former Pro Mazda) champions line-up.
Rasmus Lindh (Gothenburg, Sweden) made his first appearance with Juncos Racing this past fall at the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
B&L Transport named title sponsor of NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio
Xfinity cars at Mid-Ohio
As NASCAR goes racing again this week, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is proud to announce a new title sponsor for its NASCAR Xfinity Series event. B&L Transport, an Ohio-based company, will hold this entitlement as well as being named the official transport company of the racing facility.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to the 2.25-mile, 13-turn road course in Lexington, Ohio, for the seventh consecutive year on August 9-10, 2019. The race will be known as the B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio.
Paul Di Resta confirmed as first driver for Aston Martin DTM program
Paul Di Resta
R-Motorsport has confirmed the signing of 2010 DTM champion Paul di Resta as the first driver of its Aston Martin DTM effort. The Scotsman comes over from the now defunct Mercedes DTM operation, with which he spent nine seasons.
“I am looking forward to the new DTM season and the challenge to compete with the Aston Martin Vantage DTM car for my new team R-Motorsport,” said di Resta.
With a little over four weeks to go until the start of the 2019 FIA Formula One season, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport today completed the first laps with its 2019 challenger.
Named the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+, the 2019 contender ran on the 2.98 km Silverstone International Circuit this morning with Valtteri Bottas behind the wheel, to be followed by Lewis Hamilton that afternoon.
The Shell V-Power Racing Team's brand-new-for-2019 Ford Mustangs have hit the track for the first time today, in an open test day at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, south of Melbourne.
The striking red, white and yellow Mustangs are being driven by defending Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin and his teammate Fabian Coulthard in their opening salvo on the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Newman Wachs Racing Announces Siegel As First USF2000 Driver For 2019
Nolan Siegel (L) with Brian Halahan
Newman Wachs Racing is pleased to announce its first Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires driver for the 2019 season. American Nolan Siegel will make his debut in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the March 8-10 weekend, and the 14-year-old California native will be focused on learning the car and the tracks throughout the year.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Nolan this year,” said Brian Halahan, NWR Team Manager. “I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people throughout the season. He’s been working with Tom Dyer, our driver coach, over the winter months and has also completed a few days of testing, so he should be ready to go at the season opener in St. Pete.”
F1 Chairman and CEO Chase Carey Named Honorary Chairman
Officials from the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) and Formula 1 announced today that Formula 1 Chairman and CEO Chase Carey has been named Honorary Chairman of the MSHFA’s 31st Induction Ceremony Presented by Firestone, the crowning event of the MSHFA’s two-day, multifunction 2019 Induction Celebration, March 11 – 12, in Daytona Beach.
Carey will preside over the black-tie gala Tuesday, March 12, and open the awards portion of the evening with a keynote address before heading to Australia for the season-opening 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, March 15 – 17.
Wednesday Morning Spring Training update from COTA
Herta stays fastest Wednesday morning
It is a bright, sunny day here at the Circuit of the Americas. The sun is deceiving as the temperature at 9 am was only 40 degrees. But the temperature is almost 60 degrees as the IndyCars finish the third test session of the two day test.
Harding Steinbrenner Honda IndyCar rookie driver Colton Herta was fastest in both test sessions on Tuesday at the Circuit of the Americas and on Wednesday morning he proved it was no fluke by doing it again.
Herta, with engineering help from Andretti Technologies, almost matched his Tuesday afternoon fast time with a 1m46.640s lap.
JCB partners with SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team at start of new era
JCB on back wing endplate
JCB today announced an exciting new partnership with the SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team, the Silverstone-based Formula One team, as the global construction company continues to push brand awareness and presence on the global stage.
The Racing Point car was revealed at the Canadian International Autoshow in Toronto with prominent JCB presence, marking the beginning of a multi-year partnership. JCB branding will appear on both cars and other team assets, including the race suits of drivers Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez as it celebrates the start of new era.
Andretti Autosport Confirms Oliver Askew to Indy Lights Roster
Reigning Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires team champions, Andretti Autosport, added American talent Oliver Askew to their 2019 lineup. Askew will pilot the No. 28 racing machine for all 18 rounds of competition beginning with the season opener on the Streets of St. Petersburg.
“We’ve been following Oliver over the last few years in the Road to Indy and we have been very impressed with his talent behind the wheel,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “We are a championship-caliber team and thrilled to continue to field championship-caliber drivers. Adding Oliver to our already-strong roster has us confident we will be in contention to defend our title at the end of the season.”
Silverstone test images: 2019 Mercedes F1 car The latest Formula One car from Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport has arrived: the F1 W10 EQ Power+ hit the track in Silverstone this morning. On-track images from this morning's shakedown run with Valtteri Bottas behind the wheel:
JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet): "It's been fun. It's really interesting to try and get a hold of this place in the No. 2 Hitachi Chevy. It's very different than where we've been. It's a long track, kind of like Road America. It's very smooth. The facility is really beautiful. It's kind of like running at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to be honest with you, because the facility is so immaculate. But it's been tough. I think we need to find our footing a bit better. Our teammates were pretty quick at the end. We lost some ground compared to the morning. We weren't as quick in the afternoon, but that's testing. That's what it's all about. We got to try things and figure out what's good and what's not. This is a racetrack for us. We test sometimes at places we don't race at, but here, we're working on race setups and we're trying to see what works."
Alex Brundle And Ryan Cullen To Race For United Autosports
United Autosport Ligier JS P217
United Autosports can confirm that Alex Brundle and Ryan Cullen will join their LMP2 team for the 2019 European Le Mans Series and pending entry confirmation, the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Alex Brundle first raced for the team in 2016 when they made their European Le Mans Series debut. After scoring three wins and two further podiums, Alex was crowned 2016 ELMS LMP3 Champion alongside other LMP3 team returnees Mike Guasch and Christian England. Alex also joined the team for their Sebring 12 Hours debut last year, standing in for Bruno Senna. Alex finished fifth in the Ligier JS P217 with Phil Hanson and Paul Di Resta.
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