Daytona 500 Prerace Q&A with Mario Andretti and Others Honorary Race Official Mario Andretti who won the Daytona 500 50 years ago in 1967; USAF Thunderbirds; Daytona 500 Grand Marshal Owen Wilson; Daytona 500 National Anthem Singer Jordin Sparks and Honorary Starter LaDainian Tomlinson; Daytona 500 Pre-Race Performers Lady Antebellum. Comment
Video: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Surprises Veteran with Blimp Ride at Daytona 500 We gave one lucky veteran a ride in the Goodyear Blimp at Daytona International Speedway before Sunday’s Daytona 500. But, we didn’t mention that Dale Earnhardt Jr. would be his pilot.
Paul Siverson is a Marine Corps veteran with decades of service under his belt, including deployments in Vietnam, Somalia and Desert Storm. Paul also volunteers at NCServes (http://www.americaserves.org/veterans...) where he helps veterans and service members transition back to their civilian lives. Paul is also a diehard NASCAR fan. His favorite driver? Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Video: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Mario Andretti's Daytona 500 February 25, 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of Mario Andretti winning the Daytona 500. Andretti drove his No. 11 Holman-Moody Ford to victory, beating teammate and NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen to the checkered flag. Comment
Daytona 500 Sells Out Reserved Seating For Second Consecutive Year Daytona Int'l Speedway Saturday announced that reserved seating for today's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 is sold out. This marks the second straight year DIS has sold out reserved seating, which includes the 101,500 seats on the frontstretch grandstand that comprised the $400M Daytona Rising renovation project. There had been some industry concern heading into the weekend that the ISC-owned track had yet to announce a sellout. Adam Stern/SBD
Open cockpits have been an essential part of grand prix racing for decades. That's beginning to change, though, as Formula One considers options for better protecting its drivers. What you see here is one such idea.
This concept was rendered by German designer Andries van Overbeeke based on input from one Anthony Hamilton – a name which racing fans may recognize as belonging to the father of three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Honda Rearview Report: February 18 - February 24, 2017 "From grassroots competition to the world's premiere racing circuits, Honda race teams are building on last year's achievements as we prepare to line up at the starting grids in 2017. This includes both our global Formula 1 and MotoGP motorcycle race programs and our IndyCar program in North America, now entering Honda's 24th year associated with IndyCar racing.
On two wheels, Honda will again strive to win the MotoGP "Triple Crown" - rider, constructor and team championships. The Repsol Honda team shows no signs of slowing down from its 2016 championship pace. Marc Marquez is looking to repeat his 2016 championship and capture his fourth world championship on the 2017 Repsol Honda RC213V machine.
Video: Tony Stewart On SHR, The Daytona 500 & NASCAR 2017 Tony Stewart may have retired at the end of 2016, but his off-season has been busier than ever before. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the 3-time NASCAR Champion to find out more about Stewart-Haas Racing’s plans for 2017, new driver Clint Bowyer, the switch to Ford and the all-important season opener, the Daytona 500. Comment
Video: Red Bull RB13 revealed Stroke that rabbit’s foot, grab that four-leaf clover, fling that horseshoe and crank up the Stevie Wonder, because after a long winter’s wait Red Bull Racing’s 2017 challenger, the RB13, is here. Comment
Stewart-Haas Racing still needs sponsorship Stewart-Haas Racing still needs sponsorship for the majority of races for Clint Bowyer and a significant number for Danica Patrick.
Team co-owner Tony Stewart said the team is committed to four cars: "We definitely have a lot of races to sell right now. ... It's definitely not a position we want to be in. It's a curveball for us. But I'm very confident in our marketing staff. I don't feel like this is a deal breaker for us. We won't sacrifice performance over this. When you have four teams. It's a lot of inventory to sell. You're going to have times like this." ESPN.com
When Dale Earnhardt Jr. retires NASCAR will see another big drop in popularity
Gibbs expresses displeasure "For me, I really would like to address this," he said during a Toyota press conference at Daytona International Speedway. "I'm glad you asked that question. I was interviewed for that article, and there wasn't one comment I made that was in that article, or there was no slant to anything in there. And so think about this for a minute: What was brought up in that article is that the management team, Brian France, Lesa and everybody, it's hard for them to make good decisions, fast decisions. I think nothing could be farther from the truth."
'Coach' Gibbs later added onto that when answering a separate question, saying, "My personal opinion. I just kind of felt like this thing was already going in a direction, and it was like when I was asked questions, it was, we're headed one direction, I don't care what you say. Now, maybe that's not fair and I know that, but I felt it. I felt that. I felt it personally. And I take it because this is all my family, J.D. (Gibbs), Coy (Gibbs), all of us, all we do is race every day, and I think our sport is healthy, and with our sponsors, I think we're proof of that. I think Barney (Visser) and the people that came on board with him this year, and I think when you've got companies you're sitting next to somebody like a Toyota, the biggest and strongest companies in the world are in our sport, I really think that could have been written in a totally different way. But you're never quite sure what the objective was.”
Disputing the idea NASCAR is in a decline
Gibbs specifically refuted some of the negative themes in the story, citing recent changes and announcements in the NASCAR world as evidence. "Think about our sport. Three years ago we completely changed the Chase. Huge, big decision. We now have charters. In one year working with Brian France, NASCAR, the owners were able to put together charters. Huge deal for us. We come back this year, and in a short period of time, we now have stage racing. I would say that that is so far off, nothing could be farther from the truth. I think everybody is engaged. I think everybody from Brian (France) on down. We've had meetings with owners and with our OEMs and everybody. I don't know of anything that's where a sport has tried to reach out, please the fans, and make huge decisions.
"The second thing I would say on that, we announced FedEx the other day, a new extension for them, a long term extension. There's three other sponsors that we also did that with our race team alone. We saw Shell come in and make a huge decision with Roger. We also have two new sponsors coming in that we can't announce right now that will probably be announced within the month, okay. We have seven at Joe Gibbs Racing, us alone, and I said this in that statement to the Wall Street Journal, we have four Cup cars that are well funded, going to go like mad with some of the biggest and best sponsors in the world. We have three XFINITY cars, okay, well funded, going to go like mad and race like mad."
"Our sport, as far as I'm concerned, has a bright future. I think you don't get the biggest and best companies in America involved in our sport and going as hard as they are and re upping and signing unless you've got a sport that brings value to the table. So thank you for asking that question. I felt strongly about it. I wanted to say that," he concluded. Nick DeGroot/Motorsport.com
Nascar's Long Slump
By Tripp Mickle and Valerie Bauerlein, The Wall Street Journal
Nascar threw a bash at Kansas Speedway in October to thank Sprint Corp. for being stock-car racing’s top sponsor for 13 years. More than 800 Sprint employees received hot dogs, burgers and seats to a nail-biting race.
One thing was missing: a new sponsor. Despite knowing for two years that Sprint was leaving, Nascar didn’t announce a replacement until December, when it said energy-drink maker Monster Beverage Corp. had won naming rights to the top-tier racing circuit.
Monster paid about $20 million, below Nascar’s asking price of $35 million and nowhere close to the original goal of $100 million, according to television and racing-industry executives familiar with the new contract. A Nascar spokesman wouldn’t comment.
Shawne Merriman Buys NASCAR Team ... Wants Black Kids To Start Racing Ex-NFL star Shawne Merriman says he's taking on a new challenge as the owner of a NASCAR racing team ... telling us he LOVES the sport and wants to inspire black kids to love it too.
TMZ Sports spoke with Merriman who revealed he's part-owner of a NASCAR K&N team ... a regional series used to develop drivers. It's like the minor leagues ... a stepping-stone to get to the majors.
Daytona Xfinity Post-Race Q&A NXS - Race winner Ryan Reed, crew chief Phil Gould and car owner Jack Roush (No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford), second place finisher Kasey Kahne (No. 88 Hellmann’s Chevrolet) and third place finisher Austin Dillon (No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet) Comment
Video: Ford Team Q&A from Daytona Raj Nair, Ford Performance Executive VP, Product Development, and Chief Technical Officer; Roger Penske, Penske Racing; Jack Roush, Roush Fenway Racing and Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing Comment
The white four-door sedan rolled up to the starting line at a racetrack outside Los Angeles this month and lurched to a stop. Then the driver floored the pedal with a thunk.
After the test, the jubilant chief executive of the company that built this record-smashing beast took to Twitter to report a time of 2.27 seconds. If rounded up, however, the correct figure was 2.28 seconds, as one respondent noted.
Brandon Jones Scores First-Career Xfinity Series Pole
Brandon Jones collected his first-career NASCAR Xfinity Series pole in Saturday's qualifying session for the Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway.
Jones was quickest in both rounds of Saturday's session, clicking off a lap of 48.788 seconds (184.472 mph) in the second and final round to knock Ryan Reed from the top spot and secure his first pole position in his 39th-career start. It is also his career-best showing at Daytona in just his third start at the 2.5-mile oval.
Ryan Reed was the second qualifier with a lap of 48.846 seconds (184.253 mph). Brennan Poole (48.917/183.985) was third, followed by rookie Daniel Hemric (48.952/183.854) and Ty Dillon (48.982/183.741).
Leah Pritchett set the Top Fuel elapsed-time national record with her second session pass during the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on Friday.
Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) were also the provisional No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the second of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Pritchett's 3.658-second pass at 329.34 mph in her Papa John's Pizza dragster during the second round of qualifying puts her at the top of the field heading into the final two session of qualifying on Saturday.
Video: Preseason interview with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo Ahead of the RB13 running for the first time in Barcelona next week, we caught up with Daniel to hear their views on the regulation changes, their goals for the 2017 season and the benefits of having a strong teammate. Comment
Video: Preseason interview with Red Bull's Max Verstappen Ahead of the RB13 running for the first time in Barcelona next week, we caught up with Max to hear their views on the regulation changes, their goals for the 2017 season and the benefits of having a strong teammate. Comment
Ahead of Sunday's big Daytona 500, racing legend Roger Penske dismissed claims that his sport is faltering.
"I see the sport as stronger than ever from a competitive standpoint," he said on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street."
As the NASCAR season kicks off at Daytona 500, new questions have emerged about the state of stock car racing as both viewership numbers and admissions are seeing major declines.
NASCAR's television viewership is down 45 percent, and sponsors aren't paying even half what they used to as fans simply aren't showing up to the track, according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal.
Texas Motor Speedway undergoing big track changes for 2017 (2nd Update)
Lane Construction repaving Daytona
UPDATE The biggest question facing Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage these days is where to paint lines on his track's new racing surface.
He had a 30-minute conversation with Jeff Gordon about it and didn't come to a conclusion. He got more opinions this week at Daytona International Speedway.
TMS reduced its banking from 24 to 20 degrees in Turns 1 and 2 and expanded the racing surface from 60 to 80 feet. So should the lines be painted on the seam where the banking meets the flat surface, or below the seam on the flat surface?
Video: Daytona 500 Friday Interviews Jim Campbell (U.S. VP, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, Chevrolet), Richard Childress (Richard Childress Racing), Chip Ganassi (Chip Ganassi Racing), Rick Hendrick (Hendrick Motorsports) and Team Penske announcement: Roger Penske, team owner; Joey Logano, driver of No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford; Sydney Kimball, Vice President of Shell Fuels, Sales and Marketing Americas; Colin Abraham, President of Shell Lubricants Americas; Helio Castroneves, driver No. 3 Shell V-Power Dallara Chevrolet, Verizon IndyCar Series Comment
Video: Daytona NextEra Energy 250 Post-Race Q&A Race winner Kaz Grala (No. 33 KiklosGreekExtraVirginOliveOil Chevrolet), race winning crew chief Jerry Baxter (No. 33 KiklosGreekExtraVirginOliveOil Chevrolet), owner Maurice Gallagher Jr., second place finisher Austin Wayne Self (No. 32 AM Technical Solutions Toyota) and third place finisher Chase Briscoe (No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford) Comment
Video: Hamilton 360 degree onboard lap with new car Lewis Hamilton drove the all-new F1 W08 EQ Power+ at Silverstone during the Team's official launch. Watch as the three-time Formula One World Champion takes you for a 360 ride around the track! Comment
Ganassi wants tax break to keep shop in Indy Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Inc. is seeking tax abatement on a potential $3.5 million renovation of its Indianapolis facility. The organization's INDYCAR and International Motor Sports Association operations are based in the city and it says the expansion could lead to 25 additional jobs over the next two years. Ganassi currently employs 127 in Indianapolis.
Kaz Grala Becomes Youngest Pole Winner In Daytona History NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Kaz Grala made history on Friday afternoon - becoming the youngest driver ever to win a pole in the NASCAR's three major touring series at Daytona International Speedway.
Grala led both rounds of Friday's qualifying session and beat out his GMS Racing teammate Johnny Sauter with a lap of 180.676 mph to secure his first-career Truck Series pole. Sauter held onto the second spot with a lap of 180.227. Spencer Gallagher (179.935), Christopher Bell (179.598) and Timothy Peters (179.480) rounded out the top five.
At 18 years, 1 month and 26 days, Grala is the youngest driver to ever win a pole at Daytona, beating out the previous record holder, Dylan Kwasniewski, by more than six months.
New Mazda Road to Indy Season Kicks Off with Florida Spring Training PALMETTO, Fla. – Teams and drivers from all three levels of the acclaimed Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will converge next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway in South Florida for an official Spring Training test. The four-day outing will comprise over six hours of testing for Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competitors on the 1.5-mile oval on Monday, February 27, followed by two days of running on the 2.21-mile road course for the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, then one final day on the road course for Indy Lights on Thursday, March 2.
Kyle Busch Fastest In Third Cup Practice Kyle Busch was fastest in the second of the two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session held on Friday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the season-opening Daytona 500 on Sunday.
Running 31 laps in the second session, Busch laid down the fastest lap of 45.624 seconds (197.265 mph), besting his teammate Matt Kenseth, who ended the session second-quickest with a lap of 45.626 seconds (197.256 mph). Denny Hamlin (45.660/197.109), Erik Jones (45.673/197.053) and Daniel Suarez (45.677/197.036) made up the rest of the top five.
The final Cup Series practice as schedule for Saturday at 12:30pm just following NASCAR Xfinity Series practice.
Can-Am Duel Draws Crowd Of 50,000 An estimated crowd of 50,000 attended last night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am Duel at Daytona Int'l Speedway (down from 125,000 when NASCAR was popular). Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott scored wins, marking Elliott's first victory at the Cup level. The event also marked Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s "comeback race after sitting out the Daytona Clash last weekend" and much of '16 with a concussion. Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL
Video: Advance America Hits the Road with NASCAR Driver Danica Patrick Advance America announced today its new partnership with NASCAR star, Danica Patrick. The relationship bolsters Advance America’s presence in new and current markets, and showcases the many ways Advance America helps consumers to “power on” when times get tough. Comment
Jordan Taylor ended the two-day IMSA-sanctioned test at Sebring International Raceway on top, leading a Cadillac DPi-V.R 1-2-3 sweep.
Taylor’s 1:49.600 lap time set in Friday morning’s session held as the quickest of the test, besting Thursday pacesetter Filipe Albuquerque by just 0.051 seconds.
The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac featured both Taylor brothers on the final day, following Ricky’s IndyCar test at Homestead on Thursday, along with new recruit Alex Lynn, who impressed in his series debut.
David Ragan Paces Cup Practice Session David Ragan posted the quickest time in Friday's opening practice session for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as teams gear up for Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500.
Ragan clocked in with a lap of 46.178 seconds (194.898 mph) in the no. 38 Ford Fusion to lead the session. Kasey Kahne was second with a lap of 46.203 seconds (194.793 mph), followed by polesitter Chase Elliott (46.207/194.776 mph), Ryan Newman (46.221/194.717) and Jimmie Johnson (146.245/194.616).
Sauber confirms Giovinazzi to replace injured Wehrlein
Pascal Wehrlein will not be driving during the first pre-season test, taking place from the 27th February to 2nd March 2017 at the Circuit de Catalunya, in Barcelona.
Since the incident during the Race of Champions in January in Miami, medical examinations have been ongoing because of Pascal Wehrlein’s back problems. “We took the decision that Pascal will not be driving in the first test in Barcelona. We will monitor his medical progress and will then decide on the next steps,” says Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal of the Sauber F1 Team.
Jeff Gordon to drive Camaro ZL1 Pace Car at Daytona 500
Three-time Daytona 500 winner and four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champ Jeff Gordon will lead the field to the start of Sunday's Daytona 500 behind the wheel of the new 2017 Camaro ZL1 pace car.
"Chevrolet and I have a great history at the Daytona 500 and it's an honor to drive the 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1 pace car for the largest, most historic race of the season," Gordon said.
Exclusive Autosport Adds Luke Gabin to USF2000 Line-up
Exclusive Autosport will make their Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda debut in St. Petersburg in two weeks and they’ll hit the ground running with a pair of title contenders under their tent. Last year’s vice-champion Parker Thompson has already been announced in the #90 Exclusive Autosport Open HWY Tatuus USF-17, and the team is now thrilled to release news that they have signed Australian Luke Gabin to campaign the 2017 season behind the wheel of the #91. Gabin, 21, will begin his third season in the series, coming off a run to fifth in the overall driver’s championship on the strength of 10 top-fives and four podium finishes.
Team Penske, Joey Logano Agree To Contract Extension
Team Penske announced today that the organization has reached an agreement with 26-year-old Joey Logano to drive for the team through the 2022 season and beyond. The multi-year extension ensures that the 2015 Daytona 500 Champion and 17-time Monster Energy Series NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) winner will continue to be an integral part of the Team Penske organization.
The announcement follows the news that Team Penske partner Shell-Pennzoil will continue as the primary sponsor of the No. 22 Ford Fusion driven by Logano through the 2022 season and beyond.
Chase Elliott wins Duel 1 and will start from pole
The field is set! Heading into Thursday's Can-Am Duels at Daytona, we already knew the front row for the Daytona 500 -- Chase Elliott is on the pole, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start second when the green flag drops Feb. 26 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
We also knew Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan had clinched spots in the field because in Daytona 500 single-car qualifying, they posted the two fastest times among the six Open, or non-Charter teams. That's good for a spot in the field. And both drivers had to fall back on those times with Corey Lajoie and DJ Kennington racing their way into the Daytona 500.
Audi prepared for the new DTM season in a three-day test on the Portuguese race track at Portimao, covering 1,971 kilometers in total. It was the last test with an interim car before the world premiere of the new Audi RS 5 DTM that will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on March 7 – marking the first debut of the DTM car to take place at the same time as that of the new production model.
For Audi's DTM team, these days are particularly intensive ones. Fine-tuning of the new Audi RS 5 DTM's aerodynamics and technology can continue until next Tuesday. On March 1, the final design has to be submitted to the motorsport authority, after which no modifications are possible anymore.
Last test session before homologation of the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM
The clock is now ticking towards the homologation of the DTM cars for the 2017 season on 1st March. First, though, the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team were preoccupied with the opening test session of the new year this week (21st - 23rd February). It also constituted the last opportunity for trialling before the end of the homologation window. So there was a lot of testing to be done by the experienced DTM drivers and regular race-winners Gary Paffett, Paul Di Resta and Edoardo Mortara. Each of them spent one day in the cockpit of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM.
Danica Patrick said her side projects writing fitness books and building a sports apparel line should not be seen as an exit strategy for a NASCAR career.
"I don't need an exit strategy. I've got plenty of money,” Patrick told USA TODAY Sports. “I do it because I love it. Just like why I'm still racing, because I love it. I don't have to race if I don't want to race.
"Would you sign up for 40 weeks of this if you didn't want to do it? No way. Nobody does. It's punishment if you don't want to be there. I believe in myself and I believe I have things to do in NASCAR."
Jim Dunn Racing and USD Parts Inc Extend Phoenix NHRA Race Promotion
Jim Dunn Funny Car
In what has become an annual promotion with USD Parts Inc., Jim Dunn Racing returns to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park this weekend for the NHRA Arizona Nationals. USD Parts based in Phoenix, is one of the largest aftermarket auto parts distributors in the western U.S.
2017 marks the fifth season that USD Parts primary graphics have appeared on the family run Funny Car team out of Southern California. In addition to marketing exposure at the track and coverage on Fox Sports broadcasts of the race, hundreds of USD Parts employees and guests will be out at the races this weekend to cheer on the Jim Dunn Racing Team and driver Jim Campbell.
AJ Allmendinger, Martin Truex, Chris Buescher fail inspection
Jim Fluharty for Chevy Racing
NASCAR took away the starting positions of three drivers whose cars failed postrace height measurements following their Daytona 500 qualifying races Thursday.
Furniture Row Racing's Martin Truex Jr. was seventh in the first race, while JTG Daugherty Racing's Chris Buescher was 16th in that first race and Buescher teammate AJ Allmendinger was fourth in the second race -- but they all had their finishes disallowed for failing tech.
Video: Mercedes W08 tech briefing Aldo Costa (Engineering chief) and Andy Cowell (Engine chief) talk about Mercedes' new W08. Italian Aldo Costa is the genius behind Mercedes' superiority just like he was at Ferrari during the Schumacher era. He maintains a low profile so most fans do not realize what a key figure he is. Costa makes F1 world champions. Comment
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