Daytona sells out for third straight year (Update)
Part of the huge crowd
UPDATE But let's not forget that the $400-million “Daytona Rising” renovation at the track started in 2013, made the seats larger, added more concession stands, made social areas and doubled the amount of restrooms at the track and removed the grandstands on the backstraight.
When the huge project was done, the number of permanent seats at the speedway had gone from 146,000 to 101,500. That’s 44,500 seats gone, or 31 percent of its former capacity. When you remove 31% of your seats, sellouts become a lot easier.
NASCAR Racing Experience to be Primary Partner of Wallace at Atlanta
The No. 43 NASCAR Racing Experience Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in Final Preparations at Richard Petty Motorsports
Motorsports' leading fan driving experience partners - Driving 101, which operates NASCAR Racing Experience, Richard Petty Driving Experience and Mario Andretti Racing Experience - announced today they will become the primary sponsor for the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr., for Richard Petty Motorsports at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
For the first time, the NASCAR Racing Experience badge and racing graphics will be featured on the hood and body of a race car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, bringing to life the experience the NASCAR Racing Experience offers thousands of fans at tracks around the country.
Richard Mille becomes Premium Partner of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team is delighted to announce that the Richard Mille brand has joined us as Premium Partner for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 season.
Richard Mille was founded in Les Breuleux, Switzerland, in 2001, and has since established itself as one of the leading global luxury watch brands. Complementing motorsport’s high-precision, fast lifestyle, Richard Mille comes to the forefront of the sport as Premium Partner of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.
Earnhardt Heads To Winter Olympics For some NBC On-Air time
Dale Jr. (C) in NBC booth with Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip
Dale Earnhardt Jr. today is set to "jet off to Pyeongchang" for on-air work with NBC Sports over the final week of the Winter Games. A "few weeks ago, he was working the Super Bowl" in Minneapolis. Earnhardt said of his first offseason since retiring from NASCAR, "The calendar has been really full." USATODAY.com
He said of NBC, "I know that they won't set me up to fail. They want to have good TV and they're not going to put me in position where I won't be able to somehow help deliver that." AP
Video: Most stunning features of the 918 Spyder In the first Top 5 episode Porsche test driver Lars Kern introduces Ansel Elgort to the 918 Spyder. Watch the video to find out if Ansel gets the keys to drive the super sports car by himself! Comment
Elliott, Patrick exit Daytona 500 after major damage in wreck Chase Elliott and Danica Patrick are two of the drivers who had their days end at Daytona 500 after incurring serious damage to their cars. Comment
Defending Daytona 500 champion Kurt Busch won Stage 1 in Sunday’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, but not before a major wreck unfolded at end of the stage. When the smoke cleared, Busch was on top for his first stage win since NASCAR went to the new format. Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top five.
Ryan Blaney won Stage 2 in a much calmer ending than what took place at the end of Stage 1. Paul Menard finished second, with Joey Logano, Aric Almirola and Michael McDowell completed an all-Ford top five.
Chase Elliott takes out Danica Patrick and many others
Chase Elliott was running second in the 2018 Daytona 500 when he sparked a seven-car wreck that saw the days end for himself, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne and Danica Patrick.
Elliott made contact with Keselowski on Lap 100 and that touched off the incident, which sent Elliott into the wall in Turn 3. Keselowski then made contact with Harvick, while Kahne and Patrick were caught up in the aftermath of the accident.
Team Pelfrey announced today Andres Gutierrez will compete in the iconic No. 81 Team Pelfrey Pro Mazda to begin the 2018 Pro Mazda Championship Presented By Cooper Tires series.
The 17-year-old sports car and open-wheel standout has already accumulated an impressive career, tallying two wins in the FIA Formula 4 Nacam Championship along with a pair of wins in the IMSA Prototype Challenge LMP3 class for Performance Tech Motorsports.
The Amazing Race - It's a Small Room Alex & Conor and Cody & Jessica talk about the scorpion Roadblock and why they want Henry & Evan out of the Race, and Alex reveals that Conor doesn't actually sleep on his couch. The IndyCar drivers won the latest leg - leg 10 of 12. Comment
The Amazing Race - A Fitting Win in Bahrain Alex & Conor speculate about Brittany being angry at Lucas, and Alex talks about spending a lot of time in Bahrain for auto racing, which is why they won leg 9 of 12 as Rossi knew the roads. Comment
NASCAR and Axalta have announced a multi-year agreement making Axalta the official paint partner of NASCAR once again.
“Our affiliation with NASCAR runs deep,” said Charles Shaver, chairman and CEO, Axalta. “We were the Official Finish for nearly 20 years before taking some time to strategically develop our program. Today, with this new agreement, we can grow our reach and leverage partnerships throughout the sport for business development opportunities with likeminded companies who need or use coatings. Motorsports represents all the things we see in ourselves; teamwork, high performance, a drive to be better, and winning!”
Tesla delays, tax credit increases Chevy Bolt sales
The Chevy Bolt is a good car, with two major flaws 1) It looks like an econobox and at over $30K it should not, 2) The seats are not comfortable enough on long rides
Some potential buyers of Tesla's long-delayed Model 3 sedan are concerned that they will miss out on big federal tax breaks and are looking for alternatives such as the Chevrolet Bolt, according to postings by would-be Tesla buyers on websites and interviews with Chevy dealers.
Last week, Tesla told some holders of Model 3 reservations that they would not get their cars until 2019, eliciting howls of complaint on Tesla online fan forums. Tesla declined to comment.
General Motors dealers in California, the top U.S. market for electric vehicles, say brisk demand for Bolts is driven in part by frustrated Tesla buyers who are afraid they will lose a $7,500 EV tax credit if they wait. The tax credit drops in value and eventually disappears once Tesla sells 200,000 EVs in the U.S., which Edmunds analyst Jeremy Acevedo expects to happen by fall.
When it comes to online presence, Sebastian Vettel can't touch Lewis Hamilton
UPDATE Formula One is meant to be the pinnacle of motorsport and is up there only with the Olympics and the Football World Cup in terms of both global spectacle and global audience – at least that’s how the sport has tended to market itself. But the audience share has declined in recent years, and while the trend did stop in 2016, the fact remains the TV audience has dropped by a third since 2008, from around 600 million to 400 million.
Why has this happened?
It is difficult to say precisely, some might point the finger at the cars themselves, with the quieter turbo-charged V6 engines – introduced in 2014 – not exactly popular, while the push to Pay TV and away from free-to-view has also undoubtedly been a factor.
Thailand: Dani Pedrosa puts Honda on top on final day
Dani Pedrosa fastest on Sunday
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) on Day 3 to make it three days in a row on top for Honda at the #ThaiTest. Pedrosa is quickest overall with a 1:29.781, with Marquez P3 on combined timesheets on a 1:29.969 and Crutchlow fourth, just outside the 1:29s. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was second overall - just 0.086 off Pedrosa in the exclusive 1:29 club.
Daytona Xfinity Post Race Q&A Race winning team: Tyler Reddick, team owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and crew chief, David Elenz; Second place, Elliott Sadler (No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet); Third place, Ryan Reed (No. 16 Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford) and fourth place, Kaz Gala (No. 24 NETTTS Ford) Comment
2018 Toyota NASCAR Preview 2018 Toyota Season Preview: Ed Laukes, Group Vice President, Marketing for Toyota Motor North America, Joe Gibbs, Joe Gibbs Racing,Barney Visser, Furniture Row Racing; AXALTA Comment
Daytona NASCAR Camping World Truck Post-Race Q&A Race winning team: Johnny Sauter; team owner representative, Spencer Gallagher and crew chief Joe Shear Jr. (No. 21 Allegiant Airlines Chevrolet); Second place finisher; Justin Haley (No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet); Third place finisher; John H. Nemechek (No. 8 Fleetwing Corporation Chevrolet) and Fifth place finisher; Scott Lagasse Jr. (No. 20 AmericanCancerSociety/ScreenYourMachine Chevrolet) Comment
'The Big One' doesn't escape Xfinity race, huge pileup in overtime The Xfinity race at Daytona didn't slide by without 18 cars making contact including frontrunners Kyle Larson and Joey Logano. Comment
Darrell Wallace, Jr. Leads Happy Hour Practice At Daytona
Darrell "Bubba" Wallace led Happy Hour practice
Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr. took the iconic No.43 Chevrolet to the top of the sped charts in Saturday's final practice session for Sunday's 60th running of the Daytona 500.
Wallace posted a lap of 196.954 mph to lead the practice session that saw the new Chevy Camaro ZL1 take four of the top five spots during the session. Daniel Suarez was only Toyota to take to the track in final session and posted the second-fastest lap of 196.528 mph.
Daniel Hemric On Pole For Daytona Xfinity Race Daniel Hemric collected his second-career NASCAR Xfinity Series pole after taking the top spot in Saturday's qualifying for the season-opening PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway.
Hemric circled the 2.5-mile oval in 47.541 seconds (189.310 mph) to win the pole, beating Cup Series drivers Kyle Larson (188.980 mph) and Joey Logano (188.253). Spencer Gallagher (188.131) and Justin Allgaier (188.115) made up the rest of the top five qualifiers.
Latifi to get Canadian Grand Prix track cleaning opportunity
Just because Nicholas Latifi gets track cleaning duty does not mean he's not talented
Nicholas Latifi will get the opportunity to clean the track Friday morning at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as part of his pay-drive contract as Reserve Driver with the Sahara Force India F1 Team in 2018.
“I’ve never raced or even driven at the track so this will be my first opportunity to experience an amazing track,”said Latifi on his official website. “I’m super excited about driving the car in front of the Canadian fans and I’m sure it will be a highlight of the season.
“I will try and enjoy the moment, but I’m well aware that the priority is simply to work through the practice program and give the team all the information they need.”
Thailand: Honda's Marc Marquez ends test day two on top
Marc Marquez in Thailand
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) celebrated his 25th birthday in style at the #ThaiTest, leaving it late to set the first ever sub-1:30 laptime of Buriram on Lap 91 of a mammoth 90+ lap workload for the six-time World Champion. That took the top spot back from teammate Dani Pedrosa, who ended the day second fastest and a tenth and a half down after having led for the majority of the latter stages of the session. Third was another stunning lap from Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing), who was 0.058 off Pedrosa as he continues his run of top performance in 2018.
Ricciardo tries to get into Vettel's slipstream in Austria
Last season, F1 drivers and fans alike complained about the lack of passing action that occurred during each race. There were just 435 passes in the 2017 season versus 866 passes in 2016. Why did nobody get passed last season? Simply put, it was the lack of airflow.
A modern F1 car relies on undisturbed air both to create the downforce needed to maintain grip through corners, and keep its tires, brakes, and engine cool. On the straights, drafting behind the car in front to divert air away from a car's aerodynamic pieces is better, because that creates less drag, allowing it to go faster. It's when you get behind a car in the corners do things start going badly.
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