Cunha Fastest as New Pro Mazda Tatuus Impresses at Homestead
Brazilian Carlos Cunha
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The new Mazda-powered Tatuus PM-18, introduced for this year’s Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires – the middle rung on the Mazda Road to Indy open-wheel development ladder – continued to impress this weekend as 15 drivers completed a total of 1610 laps during two days of Spring Training road course testing which concluded this afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Can Leist and Fittipaldi bring Brazil back to the top?
With a population of 207 million, Brazil is a motorsport-obsessed nation in need of a new racing hero. Felipe Massa’s retirement from Formula 1 last season left Ayrton Senna’s homeland without a driver at the pinnacle of motorsport for the first time since the sixties, a sad situation that might not change in the short term. However, F1’s loss might just prove to be IndyCar’s gain.
By Jake Richardson/Cleantecnica In our modern era, we may assume that electric cars are new technology. The Chevy Bolt, Nissan LEAF, and all Tesla vehicles are certainly cutting-edge automobiles, right? But there was a period in America a long time ago when about 30% of all cars were electric. (Today, only about 1% of the fleet runs on electricity.) Electric cars were first created in the early to mid-1800s.
Austin Dillon To Start In The Rear Of The Field In Atlanta
Alan Marler for Chevy Racing
Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon will start at the rear of the field after a rear gear change in the No. 3 Chevrolet for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a NASCAR spokesperson confirmed.
Dillon had qualified 25th for the race at the 1.54-mile track in Hampton, Georgia. In five starts at Atlanta, Dillon has an average finish of 25.0 with a best finish of 11th-place in the 2016 race.
Backup for when your Hyundai steering wheel falls off
Toyota and Hyundai have recalled roughly a combined 110,000 trucks and sport utility vehicles, including the 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia, and the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.
In its recall announced Saturday, Hyundai says some of Santa Fe vehicles are at risk for the steering wheel breaking away from the steering column. Roughly 43,900 vehicles are included in Hyundai's recall.
Ragan To Make Milestone 400th Cup Series Start At Atlanta
David Ragan made his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start on September 24, 2006 at Dover International Speedway.
Twelve racing seasons later, the Unadilla, Georgia driver is set to make his 400th career start in Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.
And what better place to do it than at his home state track, Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Ragan, a second generation driver whose father, Georgia Racing Hall of Fame member Ken Ragan, made a total of 50 Cup Series starts in 10 seasons, says it's appropriate he's making this milestone start at Atlanta.
UPDATE Skies are clouding up here at Atlanta Motor Speedway this morning. As of 9:30am, the rain is only a few miles away and is expected to hit the track within the hour.
There has been no official word from track officials or NASCAR regarding a contingency plan in the event the race is rained out for today, as the forecast for Monday is just as bad. Rumors have been making the rounds in the Cup Series garage of the race being held on Tuesday, or, in the worst-case scenario, returning to run the race during the open weekend on March 31.
Video: Kyle Busch loses tire after pit stop, will SHR Crew Chief be benched?
Kyle Busch, driver of the #4 Cessna Toyota, and Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Rip It/Menards Ford, lead the field to the green flag
Kyle Busch appeared on the way to his 50th NASCAR Truck Series victory until he left the pits with a loose wheel that ruined his chances. Busch was forced to reverse into pit road after losing a left-rear tire on his truck at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
NASCAR will have judgment calls to make this week on whether Busch losing a wheel after leaving pit road would result in the suspension of SHR crew members who were moonlighting for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The rules leave room for a NASCAR interpretation of the intent of the rule and suspensions. Busch's wheel fell off because the lug nuts were loosened before he left pit road, but the wheel that came off wasn't actually changed on the pit stop.
Video: A Returning Hero - Robert Kubica Joins Williams For F1 2018
Robert Kubica's burgeoning Formula 1 career was agonizingly cut short in early 2011, when he suffered severe arm injuries in a rally crash. But he recently embarked on a comeback drive, leading to a reserve role with Williams Martini Racing for 2018.
Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the Pole to get the lowdown on his position and what the future may hold, and to hear the thoughts of new teammates Claire Williams, Paddy Lowe, Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll.
2018 Audi drivers: Jamie Green, Arno Zensen, Rene Rast, Loic Duval, Mike Rockenfeller, Ernst Moser, Dieter Gass, Robin Frijns, Nico Muller, Thomas Biermaier
Winter in Germany, sun on the Canary Islands: In Lanzarote, Audi's DTM campaigners prepared for the new DTM season in optimum outdoor conditions. In addition, the officials determined which driver is going to race for which Audi team in 2018.
Swimming, strength training, running, cycling and plenty of fun: Under the direction of Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen and supervision of team physician Dr. Vincenzo Tota, the six DTM drivers spent a week of training involving a large variety of activities. Together with their fellow drivers from Formula E, the team principals and Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass they traveled to Club La Santa in Lanzarote, a facility which is popular as a training camp with professional athletes from around the world. Audi also used the week to bind the DTM team together before the new season. “Team spirit has always been one of our greatest fortes,” says Dieter Gass. “We’ll continue to count on this strength in the future.”
Liberty focused on 'doing right' by fans claims Sean Bratches
Formula 1's commercial boss Sean Bratches believes Liberty Media is focused on doing what is right for the fans in order to improve the current climate within the series.
After dealing with contentious issues such as a changing the F1 logo and the removal of grid girls, Bratches has been quick to point out there will always be a difference of opinion between different factions when it comes to making the improvements in F1 which Liberty wants to achieve.
Chase Elliott received a University of Georgia Bulldogs jersey
Elliott Looking For Good Luck In Atlanta Home Stand
After a hard outing a week ago at Daytona International Speedway, Chase Elliott comes into his home track of Atlanta Motor Speedway hoping for a little luck to turn his season in the right direction early on.
And one more "lucky charm" might do the trick for the Dawsonville, Georgia native, as he was presented with a Jersey from the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team, complete with Elliott's name and No. 9, his car number, Friday afternoon.
"I'm a big Georgia (Bulldogs) fan," Elliott said. "Great to see."
Schumacher, Beckman, Laughlin Lead NHRA Qualifying in Phoenix
The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continued Friday as Tony Schumacher powered to the Top Fuel qualifying lead at the 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the second of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Schumacher led the category with a run of 3.649-seconds at 334.65 mph in his US Army dragster posted during the first qualifying session to initially set the Top Fuel speed record. Clay Millican followed up with a record-breaking speed of 335.23 in his Great Clips/Parts Plus dragster early in the second round of qualifying, which would only hold up for six pairs on this record-setting day.
Beckman leads the Funny Car category with a run of 3.845 at 332.43 in his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T. In Pro Stock, Laughlin currently holds the top spot after driving to a 6.537 at 209.43 run in his Hot Wheels Car Care Chevrolet Camaro during his second qualifying pass of the day.
FIA closes loophole against customer engine equality
Mercedes Power Unit
The FIA has announced a decision which it hopes will put works and customer teams on equal footing with regard to engine performance.
While Formula 1's technical rules stipulate that all power units supplied by a manufacturer to its customers must by identical to the engine used by a works team, the regulations failed to stipulate that the same equality applied to how the units were operated.
Video: NASCAR Atlanta Cup series post-qualifying Q&A
Ryan Newman was within seconds of breaking a pole drought that dates to 2013 – until Kyle Busch made his final-round qualifying run at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Covering the 1.54-mile distance in 30.024 seconds (184.652 mph) in the money round of Friday’s knockout qualifying session, Busch edged Newman by 0.038 seconds to win his first pole of the young Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, his first at Atlanta and the 28th of his career.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Expands To Capitalize On Its Racing Future
The only thing not being improved is the race track, that features little passing, for race cars, hence small crowds
According to track officials, SCRAMP, which manages the Monterey County-owned Laguna Seca Recreation Area, has either already completed or is on the fast track to finishing the following physical improvements to the facility:
Drainage, erosion control, and water-management improvements
Water treatment services and drilling of a new well
Top floor of Newman building upgrade; restrooms for all spectator events
MotoGP was a bit late releasing the finalized rider-entry list for the 2018 season due to Monster Yamaha Tech3 scrambling to find a replacement rider for Jonas Folger, who is not starting due to health reasons.
But that announcement came Tuesday when the French-based Independent Rider Team signed Malaysian rider Hafizh Syahrin.
Smithfield To Sponsor Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 43 For Six Races
Smithfield Foods will be a primary sponsor of Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 43 Chevrolet for six races in ’18 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series according to Adam Stern of Sports Business Daily.
Smithfield last September announced a move alongside longtime endorser Aric Almirola to Stewart-Haas Racing this season. The company also decided to stay on with RPM for one more season as part of a settlement between the two sides after RPM accused Smithfield of backing out of a handshake deal to renew. However, details of how much Smithfield would be investing into RPM this year had not been revealed until now.
Truex, Jr. To Start In The Rear At Atlanta After Car Fails Inspection
The No. 78 failed to make it through inspection three times
Martin Truex, Jr. will have to start in the rear of the field for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway after his No. 78 Toyota failed three times to make it through NASCAR pre-qualifying technical inspection.
As a result of the infractions, the team's car chief Blake Harris will be suspended from Sunday’s race and the team will also lose 30 minutes of practice time in Saturday’s final practice session. Had the team failed inspection a fourth time on Friday, they would have risked losing crew chief Cole Pearn for the weekend as well.
Truex's car experienced issues with body scan problem and rear toe alignment that the team was unable to resolve in their three passes through NASCAR's optical scanning system, according to NASCAR VP of Competition Scott Miller.
Daytona 500 TV Ratings tumble (2nd Update - Final)
Despite a sold out crowd, almost 2 million less fans tuned in on TV
UPDATENote: this press release doesn't really change a thing, TV viewership and the final rating was still a 5.3 and down horribly. The social media numbers are minuscule and.....can you see the car sponsor name on your small iPhone screen? Probably not, hence it is irrelevant to a sponsor and those views should be heavily discounted from any rating number in our opinion.
With today’s inclusion of Nielsen Media Research out-of-home viewing data, Sunday’s Daytona 500 on FOX averaged 9,781,000 across all platforms, peaking at more than 11.5 million viewers. According to Nielsen, more than 18.1 million viewers watched all or part of the Great American Race.
UPS expands its zero-emissions fleet with 50 Workhorse electric trucks
A rendering of UPS and Workhorse's forthcoming electric delivery truck
Shipping giant UPS has slowly been adding electric vehicles to its fleet of delivery trucks, with 300 already doing the rounds in the US and Europe and an order for 125 Tesla Semis placed in December last year. But a new partnership with EV-builder Workhorse sees it get in on the ground floor, with the pair to build zero-emission plug-in vehicles from scratch at a cost comparable to its conventionally fueled trucks.
Exclusive Autosport Completes Pro Mazda Roster With Serravalle
SASKATOON, SK – Exclusive Autosport is pleased to confirm that Canadian Antonio Serravalle has signed with the team to fill their second PM-18 seat in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. The 15-year-old has an extensive karting resume that includes championships in Canada, the United States and Europe, with wins and titles coming most recently in the top-level KZ shifter kart category. Serravalle will team with MRTI veteran Parker Thompson to form the only all-Canadian squad in the program, and young driver from Unionville, Ontario will certainly look to learn from his race-winning teammate.
Ford's new engine boss must ditch Ecoboost for electrification
Will Ford's Ecoboost engines be racing much longer?
During last months Detroit Auto Show Automotive News' Richard Truett spoke with Dave Filipe, Ford Motor Co.'s vice president of powertrain engineering. Previously Ford changed focused on its line of high-volume EcoBoost engines, which combined direct fuel injection, variable valve timing and turbocharging.
Luther Automotive Group to be Primary Sponsor of Rahal's Entry at Iowa Speedway
Luther Auto livery for Iowa
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Luther Automotive Group, the largest new and used dealership group in the Midwest, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Verizon IndyCar Series entry of Graham Rahal at Iowa Speedway on July 8. Luther Automotive Group will also be an associate sponsor for Rahal’s entry for the full 2018 season.
“We are proud to be part of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing family and do our part to support Graham and Takuma as well as Bobby, David and Mike," said David Luther, President of Luther Automotive Group. "We’re honored to be associated with such as wonderful organization and are looking forward to the start of the IndyCar Series season as well as the race at Iowa Speedway.”
Alfonso Celis Jr. Joins Juncos Racing for 2018 Indy Lights
Mexican Alfonso Celis Jr. gives up on F1 wet dream and comes to race in America instead
Indianapolis, IN – Juncos Racing announced today that Mexican Alfonso Celis Jr. will join the team for the 2018 Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Celis is the second driver to commit to the reigning 2017 Indy Lights Champions.
Alfonso Celis Jr. (Puebla, Mexico) joins the Indy Lights Championship after a successful season in the World Series Formula V8, where he claimed one pole and one win to finish third in the championship. Celis was also a Formula One Reserve Driver for Sahara Force India Formula One during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Video - Red Bull Racing's Verstappen & Ricciardo On Demo Runs (Update)
The drivers love the demo car - it screams like a proper F1 car
UPDATE A reader writes, clearly F1 rules makers have their heads stuck up where the sun does not shine. Notice they use screaming F1 cars to sell the sport to new fans. They know people would not be turned on by today's sick sounding hybrid F1 cars. You need to add that photo of the rules makers with their head stuck up their butts because that clearly is where they have them stuck. The graphic is so appropriate. Gordon Leffler
02/23/18 From the paradise beaches of the Dominican Republic to breaking records at Holland’s famous Zandvoort circuit, Red Bull’s array of demo runs bring fans up-close and personal to F1, ensuring the thrill of racing is on display for all to see – in often unique and unusual circumstances.
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