Castroneves to run 'Yellow Submarine' livery at Indy 500
Helio Castroneves will run the iconic “Yellow Submarine” livery at this year’s 100th Indianapolis 500.
The Brazilian driver’s color scheme was unveiled at the public opening of the Team Penske 50th Anniversary exhibit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.
It is the same livery Rick Mears used to win the famous race in 1984 and 1988. The four-time Indy 500 winner was on hand to help Castroneves, who also ran the colors in 2014, uncover his livery for this year’s event.
Celebrating the “100 Days Out” milestone leading to the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Firestone has unveiled a special tire honoring the legendary drivers who contributed to the brand’s 66 combined victories at the world’s most renowned race.
As the official tire of the Indianapolis 500, Firestone has carried more drivers to victory circle at Indianapolis Motor Speedway than all other tire manufacturers combined.
Data Shows Dale Earnhardt Jr. Celebrity Status Close To Kanye West, Nick Jonas, Eli Manning
Five NASCAR drivers are ranked among the Top 100 athletes in the Celebrity DBI powered by Repucom, an international index that evaluates celebrities. The index, launched in the U.S. in 2006, measures the influence and relevance these individuals have on the public.
Respondents in the twice-a-week poll are asked to evaluate the celebrity based on eight attributes -- awareness, appeal, aspiration, breakthrough, endorsement, influence, trend-setter and trust.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Fastest in Final Daytona Practice
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was the fastest driver in Saturday's practice session for Sunday's 58th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
Earnhardt, Jr. ran a lap of 197.131 mph on his eighth and final lap during the practice session, which will be the final practice before the start of tomorrow's race. Joey Logano was second with a lap of 196.396 mph, followed by Ryan Blaney (196.288), Brad Keselowski (196.262) and Kurt Busch (196.061),
Daytona 500 pole winner Chase Elliott was eighth fastest at 195.839 mph while outside pole sitter Matt Kenseth was 21st fastest running 192.806. Kenseth will have to start at the rear of field after going to a backup car following a crash in Thursday's Can-Am Duel qualifying race.
Christopher Bell Hospitalized After Daytona Wreck UPDATE
Christopher Bell was evaluated and released from a local hospital early this morning.
2/19/16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Christopher Bell was hospitalized after a horrifying wreck in the final lap of Friday night's season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
Bell had restarted behind race winner Johnny Sauter on the final restart and helped push Sauter to the lead, but ended up getting tagged bumped by William Byron as they came through the tri-oval, sending Bell spinning backwards. Bell's no. 4 Toyota then got airborne and barrel-rolled at least ten times before coming to a rest on its wheels. Bell emerged unhurt, but was transported toa local hospital for further evaluation.
The wreck collected a total of eight trucks and effectively ended the race under the yellow flag with Sauter flagged as the winner.
We'll have more updates on AR1.com when we get them.
Ty Dillon scored his first-career Daytona pole in Saturday's qualifying for the season-opening Powershares QQQ 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
Dillon covered the 2.5-mile distance in 49.493 seconds (181.844 mph) to beat out Daniel Suarez to collect his fourth career pole in his 78th series start.
Suarez's lap of 181.408 mph put him in the outside pole, while 1991 series champion Bobby Labonte qualified third in his first Xfinity Series race since 2008 with a lap of 181.006 mph. 2013 series champ Austin Dillon (180.934) qualified fourth, followed by rookie Erik Jones (180.828) in fifth.
NASCAR clarifies behavior penalties NASCAR clarified its rules for driver and team member behavior on Friday, spelling out exactly what penalties are in play for rules infractions by drivers or any other members of their teams.
“NASCAR membership is a privilege. With that privilege comes certain benefits, responsibilities and obligations,” the rule states. Behavior on and off the track will be taken into consideration.
Chip Ganassi and Rob Kauffman met with media and discussed their new partnership, a partial transcript:
ON HIS PARTNERS CHIP GANASSI: "It's a good opportunity for Chip Ganassi and Chip Ganassi Racing to have partners like Rob (Kauffman) and Felix (Sabates). From my point of view, Rob wanted to stay in the sport and this was a good opportunity for him to do that. We both have shared interest in lots of different kinds of cars and I think that's probably what brought us together. And I think it's obvious that Rob has skillsets I don't have and maybe vice-versa. So, it seemed to work well."
Jeff Gordon may be recently retired but has not given up on the idea of one day competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race. "I've always said that if the right opportunity came along I would like to," Gordon, who will be a member of Fox's broadcast team for Sunday's Daytona 500, told Reuters.
"When it comes to competing and racing I don't take it for granted of what it takes to be competitive. I wouldn't do any (type) racing if I couldn't fully prepare for and I couldn't bring something to that team to enhance the their chances of winning.
Countdown to 100th Indy 500 begins with 100-day-out events
The countdown for the 100th Indianapolis 500 is on.
On Feb. 18, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway threw a kickoff "Midnight on the Bricks" event for 1,500 of its closest friends and fans featuring music, driver appearances and behind-the-scenes tours of the famed facility.
As fans waited to count down to midnight on the yard of bricks at the start-finish line, IMS president Doug Boles and Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, unveiled the ticket for May's race.
Video: 2016 Ferrari F1 Launch From the AR1.com YouTube page - Ferrari SF16-H unveiling, with interviews from Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene on why 2016 raises the bar, Ferrari TD James Allison on the SF16-H philosophy, PU Director Mattia Binotto on the changes to the Powertrain of the SF16-H, Chief Designer Simone Resta on the main intervention areas of the SF16-H.
Grant Enfinger Wins Truck Series Pole Rookie Grant Enfinger won his first career Keystone Light Pole Award during Friday's qualifying for Friday night's season opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway.
Making just his seventh series start, Enfinger swept both rounds of qualifying and captured the pole with a lap of 180.752 mph. Johnny Sauter was second with a lap of 180.086 mph. Timothy Peters (179.691), Austin Theriault (179.158) and Daniel Suarez (179.108) rounded out the top five qualifiers.
11 drivers missed the field for Friday night's race, including Jennifer Jo Cobb, Ryan Reed, Reed Sorenson and Mike Harmon.
Pennzoil Supports - Yellow Submarine at Indy 500 100th Running & IMS Hall of Fame
Castroneves and his Pennzoil car
To coincide with the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Pennzoil celebrated Team Penske’s 50th anniversary of racing history with the opening of the “Team Penske 50th Anniversary Exhibit” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. The museum display opened this afternoon marking the 100-day countdown to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, taking place Sunday, May 29th.
“We are thrilled to be part of such a historic milestone for Roger Penske and all of Team Penske. It’s humbling for Pennzoil to witness winning traditions half a century in the making,” said Rusty Barron, Vice President of Marketing, Shell Lubricants Americas.
Video: NASCAR Rolling Out New TV Spot During Daytona 500 NASCAR during Sunday's Daytona 500 will debut a new ad as part of its "Ready. Set. Race" campaign for the '16 season. The ad by Ogilvy & Mather, N.Y., titled "It's In Our Blood," mixes shots of drivers "zipping around the track with shots of kids racing their bikes, two women racing each other on treadmills at the gym, office workers racing to the elevator and a TV-watching couple racing for the remote control."
Former RCR Team Pilot Killed in Crash A pilot died Thursday night after his plane crashed in a wooded area in Union County, authorities said. Officials identified the pilot as Jim Cook, 68, of Lexington, NC. Cook reported engine problems before the plane went down. Investigators said he was the only person on board. Cook was a long time pilot for Richard Childress Racing. He retired from the race team and was working part-time for various corporate customers. WSCO
Ty Dillon Quickest in Final Xfinity Practice at Daytona
Ty Dillon was quickest in the third Xfinity Series practice of the day on Friday at Daytona International Speedway, the final practice session before Saturday's qualifying for the season-opening Powershares QQQ 300.
Dillon topped the 25 cars that came out for the final session, running a lap of 182.113 mph in the no. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. Ray Black (181.207), Jeb Burton (181.127), Joey Gase (180.411) and Darrell Wallace, Jr. (179.802) rounded out the top five.
Qualifying for Saturday night's race is scheduled for 10am Saturday morning.
Denny Hamlin On Top In Final Friday Practice at Daytona
Denny Hamlin topped the speed charts in Friday's third and final Sprint Cup practice session at Daytona International Speedway.
Hamlin picked up right where he left off in Thursday night's Can-Am Duel race, leading practice session along with his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth, all of whom clocked in in the top five. Kyle Busch was second fastest, coming in at 198.640 mph.
Only 31 teams took part in the practice session, among them Martin Truex, Jr. and Kenseth who were both shaking down backup cars after wrecking their primary cars in last night's qualifying race. Truex, Jr. was third-fastest in the session, running 198.640 mph, followed by Edwards at 198.610. Kenseth rounded out the top five with a lap of 198.566 mph in a backup car.
David Starr Fastest in Second Xfinity Practice at Daytona
David Starr laid down the fastest speed in the second Xfinity Series practice at Daytona International Speedway on Friday afternoon.
Starr posted a speed of 183.516 mph on his seventh lap of the session, which saw Xfinity Series regulars in eight of the top 10 positions. Brandon Jones was second with a speed of 183.109 mph, followed by Joe Nemechek (183.035), Ryan Preece (182.964) and Benny Gordon (182.426).
The fastest of the Sprint Cup drivers in the Xfinity Series field was Austin Dillon in 10th, Kasey Kahne in 13th and Joey Logano running 19th.
Today, Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. ran the backup No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota after last night's crash in Can-Am Duel 2. Truex has this to say about his first venture in the backup car during Friday afternoon's second practice, in which he posted the third best time.
"The only drafting we did with our primary the other day was with the Gibbs cars-- our Toyota teammates. We drafted again with the Gibbs cars today in practice and felt our backup was real similar to the primary. It’s really hard to tell until you get into racing conditions. Hopefully the backup will act similar in the big pack as our primary did last night in the duel race. I was real happy with the primary and felt we had a competitive car. I appreciate all the hard work from the guys. They didn’t get much sleep last night. They stayed late and arrived early today. We don’t plan on practicing tomorrow. Our Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota is race ready."
Jimmie Johnson Paces Friday Sprint Cup Practice at Daytona
Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest time in Friday's early Sprint Cup practice session at Daytona International Speedway with two days to go before the season-opening Daytona 500.
Johnson and his team put their backup car through its paces running 24 laps in the no. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, turning in a fast lap of 194.083 mph. Johnson's primary car was junked in a last-lap crash in Thursday's night's second Can-Am Duel qualifying race.
Only 13 drivers took to the track in the opening session. Denny Hamlin was second with a lap of 193.861 mph. Daytona 500 pole sitter Chase Elliott (193.216), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (192.653 mph) and Kasey Kahne (192.505) rounded out the top five.
Ty Dillon Leads Opening Xfinity Practice at Daytona
Ty Dillon led the opening round of Friday's Xfinity Series practice on Friday at Daytona International Speedway leading up to Saturday's season-opening event.
Dillon turned 16 laps around the 2.5-mile oval in the no. 3 Chevrolet, logging a fast time of 192.526 mph on his eighth lap. Blake Koch was second fastest with a lap of 191.963 mph. Ty's brother Austin Dillon was third-fastest running 191.910 mph, followed by Kasey Kahne at 190.034 mph and Joey Logano at 190.002 mph.
Qualifying for the Powershares QQQ 300 Xfinity Series race is scheduled for Saturday at 3pm.
Mercedes-Benz F1 W07 Hybrid Completes First Laps at Silverstone MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS today completed a first day of track running with its 2016 specification Formula One car during a Promotional Event at Silverstone.
The F1 W07 Hybrid, powered by the PU106C Hybrid Power Unit, first departed the garage at 10:15 this morning on a cold but clear day at the Northamptonshire circuit. Driven first by Nico Rosberg, then Lewis Hamilton, the car completed a total of 98.2 km.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (February 19 2016) - Formula E podium finisher Scott Speed will be part of the championship’s world feed commentary team for round five of the series, which takes place in Mexico City on March 12.
Speed, who is racing for the Andretti team in the Global Rallycross Championship, is standing in for Dario Franchitti, who is on IndyCar duty in St. Petersburg, Florida. Speed is a familiar face in the Formula E paddock, having competed in three races for Andretti in season one, which included a stunning second-place finish on his debut in Miami.
Dover International Speedway adds 'The Hangout' DOVER, Del. – The Hangout, an all-new hospitality attraction giving fans a spot to relax, dine and socialize before and during NASCAR events at Dover International Speedway, will be opening for the 2016 racing season, track officials announced today.
In the spring, The Hangout will be open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, prior to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash race and at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 15, before the “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. In the fall, The Hangout will be open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, before the “Drive Sober 200” NASCAR XFINITY Series race presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety and at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Dale Jr.. wins on 15th anniversary of father's death
Everything happens in NASCAR for a reason
After a day of outpouring on social media remembering the legendary Dale Earnhardt on the 15th anniversary of his passing, his son provided the perfect capper.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s victory in the opening Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway assured the Hendrick Motorsports driver a starting spot up front in Sunday's 58th annual Daytona 500, a race he's won twice. But it also conjured up plenty of fond memories of racing at the track where Earnhardt lost his life in a crash on Feb. 18, 2001.
"It's real special. I was thinking about that," he said. "I try not to make too big a deal. I've told all you guys in interviews we've done how much I like people to remember Dad, talk about Dad. It really warms my heart to see the stuff on social media and so forth. That's probably my best way to gauge the reaction to a day like this. You see a lot of people mention him, even the Braves and all that stuff. It's pretty cool."
LONDON (Reuters) -- An Aston Martin DB10 car designed for the latest James Bond film "Spectre" has sold for some $3.5 million at auction, far exceeding its reserve price.
The Aston Martin, a make long linked to the 007 agent, was one of 10 made for the movie that saw Daniel Craig reprise the famous role for the fourth time. Most were modified for filming, with two, including the one sold, kept as show cars.
Infield grass inside NASCAR racks is a real danger From sturdier cars, to SAFER barriers to mandatory head-and-neck restraint devices and a host of other interventions, NASCAR and the tracks where the sport competes have made significant progress in the area of safety over the past 15 years.
The proof lies in the fact that NASCAR hasn't witnessed the death of a driver in one of its three major series since seven-time Sprint Cup champion Dale Earnhardt perished 15 years ago on the final lap of the Daytona 500.
With the Franchise System even if you are a wanker you are guaranteed a starting spot in every NASCAR race.
I asked James Hinchcliffe the other day what he thought about the new NASCAR franchise system and he said it worked in just about every other big-league sport and he didn't see any reason why it wouldn't work there.
I'm not so sure. Although they might have the occasional difference or disagreement, people who hold franchises in the NHL, NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball all get along with each other because they are all in business together. Maybe they squabble (although I really don't think so) but they keep it private.
(GMM) F1, 2016-style, burst into life on Friday, as three new cars broke cover.
The first was Williams' new FW38, as the British team issued photos of a car bearing a striking resemblance to its 2015 predecessor.
But deputy boss Claire Williams said: "The car we are launching today is by no means the final product. We are already planning updates for Melbourne and will be pushing for constant improvements over the course of the season."
MotoGP's three-day Australian pre-season test ended today at Phillip Island, with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa in first and seventh places, respectively. It was a very productive test for the Repsol Honda Team, which made further progress on the new unified software and collected much valuable information on tires and bike settings. This data will be valuable as the HRC engineers return to Japan and continue their work.
Video: 1st 2016 Can-Am Duel Post-Race Interviews Can-Am Duel winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet), Open driver Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford) and open driver Michael McDowell (No. 59 Thirvent Financial Chevrolet). Comment
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