Video: Gibbs: 'Biggest win I've ever had in my life' Team owner Joe Gibbs describes the impact of this win following the passing of his son J.D. Gibbs, the significance of the No. 11 and the relationship between his son and Denny Hamlin. Comment
Video: Joe Gibbs emotional after Hamlin's Daytona 500 win Team owner Joe Gibbs is emotional after Denny Hamlin wins the Daytona 500 in the first race for the organization since the passing of co-founder J.D. Gibbs. Comment
Carlos Slim Domit - son of Carlos Slim Helu will be at Daytona. They control all sports money in Mexico
Daytona Int'l Speedway today will hold its 61st Daytona 500 before a sellout crowd of 101,000. Weather is sunny with a high of 83 for the event, which airs on Fox at 2:30pm ET and has now been sold out four straight years.
VIPs in attendance today include Carlos Slim Domit, Edsel Ford II, NBC's Brian Williams and A.J. Foyt. Barstool Sports' Dave Portnoy and other Barstool talent are broadcasting a live show from the track today as part of a new partnership between NASCAR and the outlet.
NASCAR also will debut a new spot during the race previewing action next week at Atlanta. NASCAR last night held an industry party at an airport hangar near the track, with attendees including President Steve Phelps and Fox Sports' Jeff Gordon and sponsors including Busch and Geico.
Firestone renewed based on IndyCar's growing momentum
Firestone IndyCar tires
Their eyes always fixated on the future, neither the NTT IndyCar Series nor Bridgestone Americas, Inc., saw the need to wait on extending a proud and productive legacy of relying upon Firestone tires in racing.
That’s why they announced on Feb. 6 a five-year partnership extension through 2025 for Firestone being the exclusive and official tire of the series – two years before the end of the previous agreement. That’s also why the provider is upping its game with the construction of a new Bridgestone Advanced Tire Production Center (ATPC) in Akron, Ohio.
Mexico City Formula E Race Highlights including photo finish
Once again, Mexico City failed to disappoint with a tense battle for victory until the final seconds! Catch up with the race highlights right here.
Lucas di Grassi stole victory from under the nose of Pascal Wehrlein in a sensational sprint to the finish line on the final lap in Mexico City.
Wehrlein, who led the entirety of the E-Prix and was on course for his first-ever victory in Formula E, ran out of energy exiting the final corner and started to slow only meters from the checkered flag.
While most of the top drivers did not bother to run, Front Row Motorsports Ford driver Michael McDowell set the pace in the final practice session for the NASCAR Cup season-opening Daytona 500 on Saturday.
McDowell set his top average speed of 191.440mph early in the 50-minute session with a 47.012-second while drafting with the Germain Motorsports Chevrolet of Ty Dillon.
Da Costa sets new record in Practice 2 in Mexico City
While Sims was nearly dead last, his teammate da Costa set a new track record
Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) leads the way ahead of Qualifying here in Mexico City after setting a new lap record with a time of 58.963s around the 2.093km Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit. The Portuguese driver was followed by Venturi's Felipe Massa in second and Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) who was third fastest. Both Venturi cars have finished second in the morning's practice sessions.
Last season's winner Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) led the first session of the 2019 CBMM Niobium Mexico City E-Prix after posting a best lap time of 59.319s. The German driver was followed by Venturi's Edoardo Mortara in second and BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Alex Sims third fastest of the morning.
The technical development of the NASCAR Mustang was a project years in the making. The 2019 Ford Performance Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers shared their excitement about Mustang's debut in the Daytona 500.
Race winner Austin Hill, crew chief Scott Zipadelli and team owner Shigeaki Hattori (No. 16 CHIBA Toyopet Toyota); Eighth place finisher Angela Ruch (No. 8 JJ Resources Chevrolet); Second place Grant Enfinger (No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford).
Ally bringing Execs to Daytona 500 to see their car smoked
37 Buescher 6th and 48 Johnson 8th were 8th in the Duels. They have no chance against the Ford Mustangs
Ally is bringing in a significant amount of its C-level execs for Sunday's Daytona 500, and the brand is also engaging in some guerrilla marketing around Daytona Beach. Ally is starting its first year as full season sponsor of Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Chevy, replacing Lowe's. The financial services company will give out free new merchandise to fans who are wearing old Lowe's 48 merchandise during the Daytona 500 weekend. Ally is holding the promotion at a mall near Daytona, because it cannot do consumer-facing activation since Fifth Third Bank holds those rights in the banking category at the track.
Female NASCAR Drivers Following In Danica Patrick's Footsteps
NASCAR driver Hailie Deegan, who last year drove full-time in the regional K&N Pro Series West, is leading a "growing number of promising female drivers jockeying to fill the void left by trailblazer Danica Patrick, who retired last year," according to Edgar Thompson of the ORLANDO SENTINEL.
The day is "coming when more women join Patrick ... as female drivers competing in the Daytona 500."
Newman Wachs Racing Signs Cameron Shields To USF2000
Newman Wachs Racing is thrilled to announce that Australian Cameron Shields will join the team for the 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. The Toowoomba, Queensland, native may be new to the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, but he’s no rookie in the world of racing.In just short four years competing in cars, Shields has built an impressive resume that includes an impressive 52 wins out of 154 races entered, running in Australian Formula 3, Formula 4 and Formula Ford. Shields sampled the waters in the US last September by testing an Indy Pro 2000 car at the 2018 Chris Griffis Memorial test, but found that a USF2000 car would be a better fit for this year.
WALLER, Texas-Motorsports executive Scott Harner has joined AJ Foyt Racing as vice-president of operations. He will be based in the team’s Speedway, Indiana race shop.
“I'm thrilled to have Scott joining AJ Foyt Racing,” said Team President Larry Foyt. “He brings a great deal of experience and skills that will complement the team we have in place. Having a managerial presence in the Indianapolis shop was much needed, and when Scott became available we knew he was the right person for the job.”
Exclusive Autosport is pleased to confirm that San Antonio, TX native Parker Locke will compete with the team in the full 2019 season of the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires series, which is a part of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. The impressive Tatuus PM-18 chassis continues as the spec car, and remains powered by the Mazda MZR-PM18 engine. Coming off a full year in US F4 Championship and a trio of races in the F3 Americas Championship, the 17-year-old Locke is more than ready to get behind the wheel of the Exclusive Autosport PM-18.
By 2040 gasoline and diesel sales will approach zero
For an undisclosed sum, oil giant Shell today announced that it bought German home energy-storage startup Sonnen. This follows a $70 million investment into the firm by the oil group’s venture arm last year.
Founded in 2010, Sonnen says it has installed 40,000 battery packs in homes around the world (paywall). Since it started, the cost of these units have fallen by as much as 80%, thanks to the declining prices of lithium-ion battery manufacturing.
NBC Confirms Mike Tirico As Host Of Indianapolis 500
In conjunction with Indianapolis Motor Speedway commemorating there are only 100 days until the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, NBC Sports announced Friday that veteran sports anchor Mike Tirico will serve as host of the network’s first-ever coverage of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The 103rd Indy 500 will air at 11 a.m. ET Sunday, May 26.
Tirico is synonymous with the biggest events in sports. He is the host for NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage, as well as “Football Night in America,” the most-watched studio show in sports that precedes NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” coverage. He also hosts NBC Sports’ Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup coverage in horse racing, marquee PGA Tour golf events and The Open, and serves as the play-by-play voice for University of Notre Dame football and select NFL games.
Raphael Lessard Signs with Kyle Busch Motorsport for Three Races
Raphael Lessard buys truck ride with top team for 3 races
The 17-Year-Old Canadian driving phenom Raphael Lessard has committed to a 3-race program in KBM-prepared trucks. Lessard will make his debut in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on March 23 at Martinsville Raceway (Virginie, USA) He will follow this up at the Dover International Speedway (May 3, Delaware, USA) and Bristol Motor Speedway (August 15, Tennessee, USA) rounds of the same series.
Raphael Lessard has gained some solid experience over the last three seasons, racing as a 14-year-old in major Pro Late Model and Super Late Model events, where he impressed everyone with his natural speed and his ability to weave his way through traffic without losing time.
Ahead of the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 hitting the track for the first time, we caught up with Pierre to get his views on his new teammate, the season ahead and Red Bull's new partnership with Honda.
Ahead of the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 hitting the track for the first time, we caught up with Max Verstappen to get his views on his new teammate, the season ahead and Red Bull's new partnership with Honda.
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