Davey Hamilton Jr. accused of false imprisonment, aggravated assault
Davey Hamilton Jr.
USAC Silver Crown series and former Indy Lights driver Davey Hamilton Jr. is facing charges of false imprisonment and aggravated assault.
Hamilton Jr., 21, of Jamestown, Indiana, was arrested Saturday in West Palm Beach, Fla., after allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend's hotel room and holding her there at knife-point, according to a West Palm Beach Police Department probable cause affidavit. His ex-girlfriend is also from Indiana.
He is the son of former IndyCar driver and 11-time Indianapolis 500 starter Davey Hamilton.
Building on a highly successful program that has delivered growth, performance and cost savings, the Trans Am Race Company is pleased to announce the extension of its partnership with AEM Performance Electronics, which will continue as the exclusive supplier of ECUs (engine control units) to all competitors in TA2 and remain the presenting sponsor of the class.
Trans Am turned to AEM Performance Electronics to become the exclusive provider of ECUs for the Trans Am Series' TA2 class in 2016 to provide outstanding technology and control costs for the competitors.
Brendon Hartley Joins Mustang Sampling Racing for Sebring 12 Hour
No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac
The racing shoes of the retiring Christian Fittipaldi are large ones to step in to, but Mustang Sampling Racing has secured an outstanding addition for the driver line up in the 2019 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring as Brendon Hartley has been confirmed with the team.
Hartley will join Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R for Round two of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, set for March 16 at Sebring International Raceway.
Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) leaves Losail International Circuit after the Qatar Test having topped two of the three days, the first and final, and on Monday it was with a 1:54.208 to end the test 0.233 clear. The top spot was again under threat from an incredible performance from rookie Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) in second, however, with reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) completing the top three. And, after a tougher Day 2 for Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), the ‘Doctor’ was back inside the top four just behind Marquez, with Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team) another resurgent runner as he completed the top five.Read more & Comment...
Driver burns to death. No one thought to break the windows
The driver of a 2016 Tesla Model S was killed in Davie, Florida on Sunday after his vehicle struck a tree and was engulfed in flames. Onlookers and emergency responders were unable to rescue the driver trapped in the burning car when the door handles reportedly failed to deploy. (See video)
According to reports, the Model S swerved through three lanes of traffic before it ventured into the median. That's when the vehicle struck several trees and came to a stop before catching fire.
Witnesses who were reportedly on the scene of the accident claim they were unable to extract the driver from the vehicle before flames began to spread. Emergency crews corroborated this statement, noting that the door handles of the Model S failed to deploy after the accident.
The first official pre-season test of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship will kick off tomorrow at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. The three-day session will give the teams and drivers time to prepare themselves ahead of next month’s season opener at Sakhir, Bahrain on 29-31 March.
DC Solar operated $800-plus million Ponzi-scheme, defrauded investors, IRS
DC Solar on Chip Ganassi's #42 last year
An affidavit buried among hundreds of pages of bankruptcy documents for former NASCAR team sponsor DC Solar reveals a complicated corporate structure that utilized new investors to pay off old investors in what FBI agents have described as an $800-plus million Ponzi scheme, reports Jerry Jordan of Kickin’ the Tires.
DC Solar sponsored Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Xfinity car, which was once driven by Brennan Poole and promised to Ross Chastain for the 2019 NASCAR season. The company also partially sponsored the No. 42 Cup Series car driven by Kyle Larson. However, after the FBI raided DC Solar’s corporate office and several private locations connected to the company on December 18, 2018, those sponsorships, along with sponsorships at numerous race tracks ended.
NASCAR and TruNorth Warranty announced today a multi-year agreement designating the company as the “Official Commercial Truck Warranty of NASCAR” expanding its investment in the sport.
TruNorth is a leading provider of limited liability warranties for commercial medium and heavy-duty trucks including work trucks, construction and agricultural equipment. The company is dedicated to shortening the time-to-action at every step in the repair claims process, as well as meeting all truck warranty needs to get commercial vehicles and equipment back working as quickly as possible.
UPDATE Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay was honored with the National Automotive Racing Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday by Jay Leno at the gala for the 13th annual Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation.
Other 2019 award winners were Dietmar Exler, USA Mercedes-Benz President & CEO, the National Automotive Manufacture Lifetime Achievement Award, and Rick Hendrick, Owner of the Hendrick Automotive Group and Hendrick Motorsports, the Automotive Lifetime Dealer Achievement Award. Some of the previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Roger Penske (2008), Bobby Rahal (2009), Mike Jackson, CEO AutoNation (2010), Wayne Huizenga (2011), Carroll Shelby (2012), and Emmerson Fittipaldi (2013).
Hunter-Reay, the 2012 NTT IndyCar Series Champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner, is the most successful American driver currently participating in open wheel competition with more wins than any other American open-wheel driver. Hunter-Reay is a two time ESPY Winner (2013 & 2014), an award given annually to the best driver, in any category, in the world.
When it comes to the ongoing train wreck/crash-fest that has come to define NASCAR on its biggest stage, there's no point in sugar coating what went on in the Daytona 500 on Sunday. I have read the social media posts by the NASCAR apologists and other assorted fanboys (some even masquerading as journalists), and it's clear to me that they were watching an entirely different race than I was, because I needed a shovel to wade through the superlatives bandied about concerning a race that was nothing short of another flat-out embarrassment for NASCAR.
Video: Mahindra Racing Presents Formula E Goes Bollywood
Jerome D'Ambrosio - Mahindra Racing
A little while ago, Mahindra Racing took Jerome D'Ambrosio, Nick Heidfeld and Dilbagh Gill to Mumbai where they were cast in a crucial scene in a Bollywood movie. They also shot a dance sequence which slowly but surely captured the imagination of the entirety of the Formula E paddock.
Catch the Formula E movers and shakers dance to the beats of Bollywood starring Lucas di Grassi, Jerome D'Ambrosio, Sebastien Buemi, Pascal Wehrlein, Jean Eric Vergne, Nicki Shields and more.
Garage 59 to run Aston Martin Vantage GT3s in 2019
Garage 59 Aston Martin
A revitalized Garage 59 racing team will take on the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in 2019 in a pair of brand new Aston Martin Vantage GT3s. The championship-winning British team, led by Team Principal Andrew Kirkaldy, will run one car in the PRO class of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and one car in the AM class. The team will also enter one car in selected rounds of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) went one better on Sunday as the Spaniard put in a 1:54.593 to go fastest on Day 2, but it remained tight at the top as the tables turned and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) ended the day just 0.057 in arrears. That made some headlines in itself, but the man in third stole some too: rookie Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) stormed to third overall.Read more & Comment...
Asian Le Mans Series Champions Crowned in Malaysia!
LMP2 Champs - #22 United Autosport Ligier Nissan
Second place in the 4 Hours of Sepang was good enough for the #22 United Autosports Ligier JS P2 Nissan of Phil Hanson and Paul De Resta to win the outright Championship in the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series. The #24 Algarve Pro Racing team of Andrea Pizzitola, Harrison Newey and Ate Dirk De Jong gave it their all, winning the race and finishing second in the Championship.
Billy Torrence, Robert Hight, and Bo Butner lead final fields in Phoenix
Billy Torrence collected his second career No. 1 in Top Fuel, Bo Butner his first No. 1 in Pro Stock in more than a year, and Robert Hight his second straight in Funny Car on a wild final day of qualifying at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals.
Taking a page from rival Mercedes, Ferrari appears set to alternate its drivers over the course of the final four-day pre-season test at Barcelona.
Charles Leclerc is set to drive the SF90 on Tuesday morning before handing over to teammate Sebastian Vettel for the afternoon. Wednesday sees Vettel begin the day before handing over to his Monegasque teammate after lunch.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Lead the Way on Qatar Test Day 1
Maverick Vinales and the other MotoGP riders got back in the saddle today at the Losail International Circuit to commence the final three-day preseason test before the start of the 2019 season on 10 March. The riders were back in their element when they swung their legs over their bikes and completed the first day of riding in first and fifth place respectively.
Team Penske announced this morning that Austin Cindric will start practice in the No. 2 Autotrader Ford Mustang for today’s one and only NASCAR Cup Series practice session at Atlanta Motor Speedway, replacing regular driver Brad Keselowski, who woke up experiencing flu-like symptoms. Cindric, who will also compete in this afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event, will help Paul Wolfe and the No. 2 team get the Autotrader Mustang prepared for tomorrow’s 500-mile event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
NHRA Arizona Nationals qualifying postponed until Saturday
NHRA officials postponed qualifying for the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park until Saturday, Feb. 23, due to inclement weather. Qualifying will resume on Saturday.
Brittany Force is the current No. 1 qualifier for Top Fuel after only one qualifying session due to inclement weather at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Force powered her dragster to a 4.976-second pass at 185.28 mph during the lone qualifying session of the day.
Video: 100 Days Out Celebration for 2019 Indianapolis 500
Doug Boles greets fans at the 100 Days Out Celebration
Fans gathered at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as drivers and special guests helped celebrate 100 days until the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge to be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019.
Tatiana Calderon did a couple of F1 PR stunts with Sauber in 2018, but they did not retain her so she is now with Arden
Tatiana Calderon has been confirmed for a FIA Formula 2 (F2) Championship graduation with BWT Arden outfit for the 2019 season.
The Colombian re-unites with Arden, the team she entered with in the GP3 Series in 2016. She joins reigning GP3 champion and Renault junior Anthoine Hubert in the set-up with the duo gearing up for their rookie F2 campaign in 2019.
“I’m very excited to compete in the FIA F2 Championship with Team BWT Arden in technical partnership with HWA RACELAB. It is a new challenge in my career and a step closer to my ultimate goal: Formula 1,” said Calderon.
Boullier returns to F1 with French Grand Prix role
Unemployed former McLaren Formula 1 team racing director Eric Boullier has taken a job with the organizer of the French Grand Prix.
The Frenchman will return to an F1-related role after taking up a 'strategic advisor' and 'global ambassador' position with the French GP, a statement from the organizer confirmed.
The grand prix which made its return to the F1 calendar in 2018 at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet is scheduled to take place this year on June 21-23. Even though the event was a success but traffic issues derailed the moods of the fans, teams and media.
Hurley Haywood Named Grand Marshal of Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Hurley Haywood has been named Grand Marshal of the 2019 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on August 15-18. Considered among the greatest drivers in endurance racing history, Haywood is a major part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), which is the featured marque at this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
Haywood has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times, the Rolex 24 at Daytona five times and Twelve Hours of Sebring two times. Haywood earned five major season championships, with virtually all of his success while driving Porsches.
Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola released Pirelli's time delta estimations for the five compounds at Barcelona. The compounds range from C1 to C5, increasing in grip level and performance through the range:
* The C2 is between 0.8s and 1s faster than the C1 * The C3 is 0.7s faster than the C2 * The C4 is 0.6s faster than the C3 * The C5 is 0.6s faster than the C4
Harvick: Johnson under appreciated as one of NASCAR's all-time greats
Kevin Harvick invited Jimmie Johnson to be a guest on his weekly radio show this week. Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, he explained his reasoning, saying he wanted a greater audience to appreciate Johnson’s greatness while his career was still active.
Johnson’s guest appearance came on this week’s edition of Harvick’s “Happy Hours” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Night racing to return to Sydney Motorsport Park in 2020
Sydney Night Race announcement
Supercars will return to night racing at NSW’s premier motorsport facility following the announcement of a $33 million Government investment in Sydney Motorsport Park.
NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres today announced funding for permanent lighting and infrastructure at the circuit following the success of Supercars’ debut under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park last August.
The permanent lighting, consisting of 150 broadcast quality towers, means the hugely successful Sydney SuperNight format will return to the 2020 Supercars calendar, on a date to be determined.
Scuderia Toro Rosso and McLaren Racing confirmed they have reached an agreement to settle the position of Mr. James Key, who will be released by Scuderia Toro Rosso prior to the end of his existing contract arrangement on March 23rd 2019.
Jody Egginton will begin his new role as Scuderia Toro Rosso Technical Director on March 25th 2019.
McLaren’s chief of design operations, Mark Roberts, confirmed that the British automaker will expand its range by releasing 18 new cars in the next six years.
Speaking to AutoNews at the 2019 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Roberts clarified that they will need to increase their production capacity, which currently sits at 4,500 units per year, before that happens. “For a small company like McLaren, it’s a big deal and a big challenge. It’s putting a big demand on [the production facility] to step up to demand and build more volume.”
IndyCar race bumps Monterey Jazz Festival date back a week
The IndyCar race could use a big concert as part of the race weekend to draw more fans to what will be a poorly attended race otherwise
The Monterey Jazz Festival will move from its traditional date for the first time in decades this year thanks to the return of IndyCar racing to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
“That’s going to be a very, very big event and I think the community and the certainly the hotel inventory won’t allow for two enormous events happening the same weekend,” said Colleen Bailey, the managing director of the Monterey Jazz Festival.Rather than taking place on the third weekend of September, this year’s festival will take place a week later on Sept. 27-29. Billed as the longest running jazz festival in the world, the inaugural Monterey Jazz Festival took place in October 1958. It moved to the third weekend of September after two years.
The Trans Am presented by Pirelli Series has revealed new class names for their growing production-based classes. The SuperGT Class (SGT), formerly TA3, and the GT Class, formerly TA4, are now aligned name-wise with other “GT” series and classes in North America.
Manuela Gostner (Italy), Rahel Frey (Switzerland) and Michelle Gatting (Denmark)
For the first time in its history an all female driver line up will enter the European Le Mans Series as a full season entry. Manuela Gostner (Italy), Rahel Frey (Switzerland) and Michelle Gatting (Denmark) will race at the wheel of the No. 83 Kessel Racing F488 GTE in 2019 starting at the 4 Hours of Le Castellet in April.
The trio finished 6th overall during the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi, and finished on the GT3 Pro/Am podium with a credible 2nd place in class at the wheel of the Kessel Racing Ferrari F488 GT3. This result has demonstrated how strong this line-up will be in the ELMS LMGTE category and there is no doubt that they will be fighting for the top step of the podium at each of the six rounds on the 2019 calendar.
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