Dubai to make 25% of car trips driverless by 2030, maybe sooner Dubai believes the future of urban public transit is both electric and autonomous. On Feb. 13, the country's transportation authority announced a deal to buy 200 Tesla Model S sedans and Model X SUVs for the city's 10,000-vehicle taxi and limousine fleet.
The move is part of a broader effort by city officials to make 25% of all local car trips autonomous by 2030, reports The National, a United Arab Emirates-owned newspaper. The Dubai Future Foundation, a city government initiative, started promoting the autonomous-taxi program earlier this year.
IMSA Announces Additional Updates To 2017 FOX Sports Television Package
On the heels of a successful 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona, IMSA and FOX Sports announced additional television coverage and schedule updates for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and also released the 2017 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge television schedule. In addition, IMSA and FOX Sports announced that the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda will have FS2 television coverage throughout the 2017 season.
"Our partnership with FOX Sports continues to pay dividends," said IMSA Vice President, Marketing, David Pettit. "Between the additional improvements we’ve made to the WeatherTech Championship television schedule, the continuation of a strong FS1 package for the Continental Tire Challenge and the introduction of FS2 coverage for IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda, we head into the 2017 season in an extremely strong position from a domestic television perspective."
Truex Jr. to Debut New Furniture Row Racing Sponsor in The Clash
#78 5-Hour Energy Camry
It will be Martin Truex Jr., who will ring in Furniture Row Racing's new sponsor -- 5-hour Energy -- with the primary paint scheme of the company on his No. 78 Toyota in Saturday night's NASCAR season kick off -- the invitational Clash at Daytona International Speedway.
After the 75-lap non-points Clash, which is expected to have a field of 18 drivers, the 5-hour Energy primary colors will switch to Furniture Row Racing's new team -- the No. 77 Toyota driven by rookie Erik Jones -- for the remainder of Speedweeks. Truex's race car post-Clash will be in the Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats colors.
KV Racing Technology co-owners Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser issued the following statements today:
"I want to thank all those who have written to express their appreciation of the efforts of KV Racing Technology during the last 14 years," said Kalkhoven. "However as I approach 73, I feel I can no longer give the team the effort and support it and the team members deserve.
"I have really enjoyed my time in the series, helping with reunification and of course winning the greatest spectacle in racing… the Indianapolis 500!
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Faraday Future Dragon Racing to Compete in Third Running of Buenos Aires ePrix
Faraday Future Dragon Racing to Compete in Third Running of Buenos Aires ePrixraday Future Dragon Racing returns for round three of the 2016/17season of the FIA Formula E championship on the Puerto Madero track in the heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Team drivers Loic Duval (no. 6) and Jerome D'Ambrosio (no. 7) captured drivers' championship points in the first rounds of the season in Hong Kong and Marrakech, Morocco, even after overcoming some mechanical setbacks during portions of each race weekend. However, the three-month break since the Marrakech ePrix has allowed the team at Faraday Future Dragon Racing to continue to improve the powertrain and hone the car setup for the rest of the season.
Williams Appoints Dirk de Beer as Head of Aerodynamics WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING is pleased to announce that Dirk de Beer has been appointed as the team's new Head of Aerodynamics, and will join the company on 1 March 2017.
Dirk arrives at Williams with a wealth of experience. He began his career at Swift Engineering, where he worked primarily on IndyCar design and went on to enjoy a brief spell at Sauber F1 Team as an Aerodynamicist, before joining Renault (Lotus F1 Team) in 2008.
Indianapolis 500 Champion Alexander Rossi Helps Unveil 101st Running Ticket
2017 Indy 500 ticket
A new piece of racing history came to life today as reigning race winner Alexander Rossi and officials unveiled the colorful, coveted ticket for the 101st Indianapolis 500.
Hulman & Company President and CEO Mark Miles and Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles joined 100th Indianapolis 500 winner Rossi of Andretti Autosport during ceremonies at the Cummins Distribution Headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.
After a successful first outing around the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit yesterday, the MotoGP riders were back on the track today to continue their preparations for the 2017 MotoGP season.
Today the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team seamlessly picked up where they left off yesterday in Australia. Maverick Vinales (2nd quick yesterday, quickest today) made the most of the sunny weather conditions on the second day of the Phillip Island MotoGP Official Test.
IndyCar News bits INDYCAR has scheduled an open test for all Verizon IndyCar Series full-season entries April 12 at Texas Motor Speedway, site of the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 on June 9-10. The test will provide the first opportunity for teams to run on the 1.455-mile oval following the offseason completion of a complete repave of the track and reconfiguration of Turns 1 and 2 that will see the banking in that area decreased by 4 degrees.
Garagesocial.com NJMP Exotic Car Garage Video Millville, NJ, February 2017 – Traditional social media channels like Facebook never relied on videos when establishing its massive membership. However, a fledgling social network, dedicated exclusively to connecting the automotive world, is quickly building its community by using the power of video to put viewers in the driver’s seat.
Startup Garagesocial.com spotted a wide-open window of opportunity and brilliantly capitalized on it by creating an interactive space, much like Facebook, where car and motorcycle lovers, racing professionals and related businesses create free profiles, upload vehicle photos, descriptions and specs, buy, sell or rent, announce events and, above all, communicate locally and internationally with others who share a common interest.
Video: Valtteri Bottas Stuttgart Visit Ahead of the opening pre-season Formula One test of 2017, due to take place at the end of February, new Silver Arrows signing Valtteri Bottas took a trip to Stuttgart, to visit the very heart of the brand with the three-pointed star.
As part of the visit, the Finn soaked up the sights of the Mercedes-Benz Museum, catching a glimpse of the Silver Arrows' long motor racing heritage for himself.
NASCAR Becomes First League To Partner With Digital Video Company DeskSite
DeskSite NASCAR Home Page
NASCAR is rolling out the hard launch of a new partnership with digital video company DeskSite, becoming the first league to launch on the platform.
DeskSite's product is based around the notion of “DVR for the Internet,” as it allows users to automatically download content onto computer desktops, tablets and connected TVs that can then be watched in HD whether connected to the Internet or not. With NASCAR, DeskSite will offer news, interviews and driver spotlights.
In April 2016, the Petty Museum experienced a fire in the multimedia room of the original Petty Enterprises building. Following the fire, the museum knew they needed to find an alternative to store and keep the thousands of unique and one-of-a-kind documents from the storied Petty family history. They looked no further than Richard Petty Motorsports partner, Pioneer Technology.
The Pioneer Records Management team performed a thorough assessment and determined approximately more than 1 million documents containing Petty Enterprises related historical financial documents, contracts, miscellaneous team documents, photographs, engineering notes, marketing material, partner information and other one-of-a-kind documents were at risk. The Pioneer team worked with the Petty Museum to establish a plan to index, digitize and organize the documents at risk.
The dozen owners of Lamborghini Venenos -- an ultra-rare supercar that cost $4 million and up -- will be receiving some bad news via registered mail: their Italian dream machines are being recalled.
The 12-cylinder, 750-horsepower models that Automobili Lamborghini SpA billed as a “street-legal racing car” are among about 5,900 Aventadors the carmaker will recall worldwide over risks that a fuel system fault could lead to fires, the company said Tuesday.
COTA Announces Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown
Start of last year's race
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) today announced a new race to add to its turbo-charged roster of annual events: the Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown, taking place at the award winning circuit on May 5-6, 2017. Advance Auto Parts has also been announced as the title sponsor for the race weekend as part of a multi-year agreement with Circuit of The Americas. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at www.circuitoftheamericas.com.
This will be the first time the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), the premier sanctioning body for sports car competition in North America, will feature as a stand-alone race weekend format at Circuit of The Americas.
McMurray's Chevy To Feature McDonald's Paint Scheme At Clash
Big Mac car
Chip Ganassi Racing this morning is revealing a special McDonald’s paint scheme for this Saturday’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona Int’l Speedway that promotes the QSR’s re-launched Mac menu.
McDonald’s last month rolled out two new sizes for the Big Mac – the Mac Jr., which is smaller and without a middle bread layer, as well as a Grand Mac, which is larger than the traditional Big Mac. The chain will promote the new sizes on Jamie McMurray’s No. 1 Chevy, which will feature references to the different burgers throughout the car. Adam Stern/SBD
Steak 'n Shake to Return as Sponsor of Rahal for just 4 races
Steak 'n Shake is back with Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Steak 'n Shake, a classic American brand and home of the original Steakburger and hand-dipped milkshakes, will return for a third season of sponsorship after a successful partnership in 2015 and 2016.
Steak 'n Shake will be the primary sponsor of Graham Rahal’s Honda entry at four Verizon IndyCar Series events in 2017 including races in St. Petersburg, the Indianapolis 500, Mid-Ohio, and a new venue for the partnership – the race at Gateway Motorsports Park, outside St. Louis, a key market for the company. Maxim Magazine branding will continue to be prominently featured on the race car. Both are owned by Biglari Holdings Inc.
The first day of the Australian test has concluded with Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez leading the field, his fastest lap of 1'29.497" just three-thousands of a second off the 2016 best race lap (1'29.494").
The day was windy but with blue skies and temperatures that rose from quite chilly in the morning to 30° C (41.8° on track). The riders began riding around 11 a.m. and continued working on their 2017 machines. Testing will continue for two more days.
Ty Pennington to serve as Grand Marshal for Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500:
Acclaimed television personality and designer Ty Pennington has been named grand marshal for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
An Atlanta native and alumnus of The Art Institute of Atlanta, Pennington will return to his home state to visit with race fans, attend the pre-race drivers' meeting and give the drivers' command as part of his grand marshal duties. Pennington first won national attention as the quirky and creative carpenter on the groundbreaking home-improvement series Trading Spaces.
Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Daytona throughout Speedweeks . . . this exact combination of left- and right-side tires is unique to Daytona and has been well suited to this superspeedway application since its debut at this track in July 2013 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Wingfoot One," based out of Pompano Beach. Fla., will be in the air over Daytona International Speedway throughout Speedweeks . . .the ship will be a part of Fox and Fox Sports 1's television coverage of The Clash and Cup qualifying during the first week, and the Can-Am Duel, Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Cup races during the second week. Goodyear PR
Charges dropped for men accused of assaulting Mike Wallace, family
The criminal cases against three men charged in a June 17 fight with former NASCAR driver Mike Wallace have been dropped. The fight, which occurred following a Rascal Flatts concert, resulted in four misdemeanor assault charges against Paul Lucas and two misdemeanor assault charges against Lucas' brother, Nathan, and Randolph Mangum.
The 57-year-old Wallace said during a trial in October he still had black floaters in his right eye from getting hit in the face as well as a broken tooth that he needed to have replaced and lacerations in his mouth.
NHRA Star Courtney Force Named Honorary Pace Car Driver for Advance Auto Parts Clash
Courtney Force, wife of IndyCar driver Graham Rahal
Courtney Force, the winningest female Funny Car drag racer in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) history, will serve as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the Advance Auto Parts Clash on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.
The Advance Auto Parts Clash is the annual non-points/high-profile season-opening race for NASCAR, featuring an exclusive field of drivers from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The event, which debuted in 1979, features an exclusive field of drivers: 2016 pole winners, former Clash champions, former DAYTONA 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2016 and drivers from 2016 playoffs.
Faraday Future Dragon Racing Announces Partnership with ArgoGlobal
Loic Duval, one of Dragon Racing's drivers
ArgoGlobal, the Lloyd’s insurer and member of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: AGII), today announced an exciting new partnership with FIA Formula E World Championship contender Faraday Future Dragon Racing. The alliance positions ArgoGlobal as an official partner of the team, with ArgoGlobal branding featured on the Faraday Future Dragon Racing Formula E cars and team clothing at championship events throughout the season.
Argo Group Chief Executive Officer Mark E. Watson III comments: "Our shared values of innovation, teamwork, courage and commitment make Formula E and ArgoGlobal an ideal match. We are delighted to work in partnership with Faraday Future Dragon Racing to promote sustainable innovation to a global audience. The team’s ethos mirrors our own, and we are excited about the opportunities that this collaboration will bring for both parties."
British racer Jordan King has joined Dutch team MP Motorsport for the 2017 GP2 season – his third in the championship.
The 22-year-old, who achieved two race wins and three podiums in the 2016 season, joins the team on the back of its most successful GP2 campaign since entering the series in 2013.
King won the prestigious British Formula 3 title in 2013 and achieved seven podium finishes in the European F3 series in 2014, before moving up to acknowledged F1 proving ground GP2 for 2015. That same year he was named FIA Institute Driver of The Year within the global motorsport governing body’s Young Driver Excellence Academy.
Interstate Batteries will kick off its 26th season with Joe Gibbs Racing as part of Saturday night's Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway. It will be the first time in 12 years that the brand will be part of the event that serves as the unofficial season opener to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
And the company is doing it in a big way, serving as the primary sponsor of the #20 JGR Toyota Camry entry and driver Matt Kenseth.
INDYCAR legend Foyt plans to have stem cell therapy
At 82, A.J. Foyt's body has literally been beaten beyond his years.
The first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 has experienced everything from a broken back at a 1964 NASCAR race in Riverside, California, to two badly broken feet and legs in a horrible crash at Road America in a 1991 Indy car race.
Foyt retired from racing on pole qualifying day at the 1993 Indianapolis 500, but retirement hasn't been much easier. He was stung more than 200 times from an attack of "killer bees" in 2005, trapped under an overturned bulldozer on his Texas ranch in 2007 and had knee replacements and a hip replacement. In November 2014, Foyt underwent triple-bypass heart surgery and remained in the hospital for weeks afterward because of complications.
Hildebrand, Pigot Complete One-Day IndyCar Series Test in Sonoma
Ed Carpenter Racing teammates J.R. Hildebrand and Spencer Pigot completed a one-day test session at Sonoma Raceway on Tuesday to prepare for the launch of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season next month.
This marked the first full-day Verizon IndyCar Series test of the year 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.
Bipartisan bill in Senate to push self-driving cars
Driverless cars are coming
A bipartisan duo in the Senate is planning to craft legislation to advance autonomous vehicle technology as part of a major congressional effort to speed up the deployment of self-driving cars writes Melanie Zanona of thehill
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) announced Monday that they are exploring ways to reduce hurdles for self-driving car manufacturers.
While Congress has held multiple hearings on the emerging technology, there are not yet significant federal laws governing the development and operation of self-driving vehicles.
Aspen Dental Expands Partnership with SHR and Danica Patrick
Aspen Dental extends sponsorship of Danica Patrick for 2017
Aspen Dental has expanded their current partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing to become the primary sponsor of Danica Patrick's no. 10 Ford Fusion in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Aspen Dental was previously featured as a major associate sponsor for all of Stewart-Haas Racing's entries for the last six seasons and served as primary sponsor for Patrick in a handful of races beginning in 2014. The new agreement will extend their current sponsorship to as many as 10 races starting with the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 26.
The announcement comes just weeks after SHR filed a $30 million dollar lawsuit against Patrick's former full-time sponsor Nature's Bakery after the company failed to make required sponsor payments. Three of the four SHR cars are still looking for sponsorship to fill out the full 2017 season.
American racer Neil Alberico will race with Carlin for a second season in the 2017 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship. Alberico, a Mazda Road to Indy success story, spent his debut season in the Indy Lights Series racing with Carlin having graduated as Pro-Mazda Vice Champion in 2015. Alberico’s experience in the car sets him in good stead as he looks to take on his second season in the competitive championship.
Alberico has already enjoyed a solid season with the team as he used his debut year to get up to speed and to grips with the powerful Indy Lights car. Alberico used his learning year to his advantage and will now be looking to build on his experience of the car as he takes on his second season in the championship with current champions Carlin.
IndyCar shows who was fastest overall at Phoenix test
Newgarden and Hildebrand were fastest overall despite Chevy sandbagging in the night sessions
It's hard to judge results from Verizon IndyCar Series test sessions, as teams and drivers concentrate on different aspects of performance besides pure speed.
At the Phoenix open test, because all teams were limited to six sets of tires over the two days, some teams focused on programs heavy on race setups and made simulated race runs using full fuel tanks in race-like conditions, others showed outright speed by running qualification sims in warmer conditions.
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Video: McLaren and Starlight team up to grant Oliver a wish of a lifetime For 11 year old Oliver Osbond, from Couldson, Surrey, a fairy tale became reality when Racing Director, Eric Boullier surprised him at his home to personally hand him a McLaren Golden Ticket, inviting him to the launch of the 2017 McLaren-Honda Formula 1 car, which takes place at the McLaren Technology Centre on February 24th.
McLaren teamed up with Starlight Children’s Foundation to grant a wish to F1 fanatic, Oliver, who was overwhelmed with joy and excitement.
Larry Foyt, president of AJ Foyt Racing, says he’s being cautious over the team’s encouraging pace in the final session of the Phoenix open test, and regrets the simple lack of track time heading into the 2017 season.
The team owned by IndyCar icon AJ Foyt has undergone a bigger change in the 2016/’17 offseason than any of its rivals, switching from Honda to Chevrolet engines, replacing both its drivers and hiring a new technical director, Will Phillips. Unfortunately, it has coincided with IndyCar drastically reducing test time.
The countdown to the 101st Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil begins at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday with the official unveiling of the 2017 ticket design at the new Cummins Distribution Headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.
The event will feature Hulman & Company President and CEO Mark Miles, Cummins Inc. Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles and 100th Running champion Alexander Rossi.
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