IndyCar's Mark Miles Says Series Is Looking To Host Season Openers Outside North America
Mark Miles and the rest of the IndyCar brass have no clue whatsoever how to make overseas races successful. If they do any they will eventually fail like all the rest have.
Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles said that the Verizon IndyCar Series "continues to look for opportunities to start the season in February at destinations outside North America," according to Marshall Pruett of RACER.com.
At least one venue in South America is "rumored to be on IndyCar's radar, and numerous tracks in Europe, Asia and Australia have been mentioned as possibilities."
Miles "views the trips abroad as a way to help the cash-strapped teams." He said, "We're talking about February, we're talking about a limited number -- I think maybe two, someday -- and we believe that that market will allow us to pay the teams more."
Nissan-Powered ESM Team Testing In Preparation For Sebring
Nissan-Powered ESM testing at Sebring
The Nissan-powered ESM squad has been busy testing in preparation for next month's 12 Hours of Sebring – the second leg of the "36 hours of Florida" which kick off the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The new Daytona Prototype International program kicked off at the Rolex 24 at Daytona with the No. 2 car finishing second with Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and Pipo Derani.
Key Daytona Speedweeks Events on FS1 Score Major Viewership Increases in 2017 Charlotte, N.C. – Telecasting live from Daytona International Speedway throughout the NASCAR season-opening Daytona Speedweeks, FOX Sports enjoyed several significant viewership increases across numerous race events and ancillary programming airing on FS1, marking the largest average audience for Speedweeks in FS1 or SPEED history. Additionally, FOX Sports GO and FOXSports.com enjoyed substantial bumps throughout the two weeks. Key highlights from FS1, FOX Sports GO and FOXSports.com’s coverage are below:
Kimi Raikkonen led the second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona, by just 0.023 seconds in his Ferrari over Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes. However, we know the Mercedes team is sandbagging – they always do in preseason testing.
Raikkonen set a best time of 1m20.960s in Tuesday afternoon session of soft Pirellis narrowly beating Hamilton's fast time from the morning of 1m20.983s, which was set using super-softs.
Bobby Labonte Becomes Newest Analyst on FS1's NASCAR RACE HUB With a NASCAR career spanning over 30 years, including two championships and wins in all three of NASCAR's national touring series, Bobby Labonte has the experience and knowledge of a highly select group in the sport. He is now joining the team and contributing his expertise and insights on the popular FS1 television program, NASCAR RACE HUB and NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION.
RCR Adds Scott Lagasse Jr. to its NASCAR XFINITY Series Driver Lineup
Scott Lagasse Jr.
Veteran NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse Jr. will join Richard Childress Racing's 2017 driver lineup to pilot the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for four races. Lagasse Jr., 36, of St. Augustine, Florida, will race under the RCR banner at Iowa Speedway on June 25, Road America, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Lagasse Jr. and current No. 3 XFINITY Series driver, Ty Dillon, are competing for the 2017 XFINITY Series owner's championship, an award that RCR has won five times. Lagasse Jr. has made 61 starts in the XFINITY Series and 25 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Lagasse Jr. will work with first-year crew chief, Matt Swiderski, who assumed crew chief duties for the No. 3 team at the end of the 2016 season.
Fifth Third Bank Renews Partnership with Rahal team
Rahal testing at Phoenix
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) announced today that Fifth Third Bank has renewed their partnership as an associate sponsor in a multi-year agreement. The bank logo will appear on the Honda-powered No. 15 Verizon IndyCar Series entry of Graham Rahal.
"Our relationship with Fifth Third started in 2016 and we got to know their culture through various events with their customers as well as through their philanthropic outreach and we are proud to extend our partnership with such a group,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.
Sandbagging Hamilton easily tops Tuesday morning times in Barcelona
Hamilton just can't stop smiling
Despite sandbagging the Aldo Costa car still reigns supreme. Lewis Hamilton set the pace on the second morning of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona with a set of super-soft tires on his Mercedes.
While his 1m20.9s was easily quickest, his final sector was 0.3s down on the best time he managed on the soft tire, so it is obvious Hamilton is sandbagging to hide the true performance of the Mercedes.
Because of the super soft tires, Hamilton was 1.8s faster than Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen who was still on medium tires.
Hendrick cars running Monster logos on track only (Update)
Hendrick cars running Monster logos only when they have to
UPDATE Monster Energy doesn't have a problem with Hendrick Motorsports taking steps to avoid using the Monster logo when its cars or drivers are not in the garage. Hendrick sponsor Mountain Dew and Monster's Mutant are competitors. Monster Energy VP Mitch Covington: "They've got a good sponsor they need to take care of. We don't have any problem with Mr. Hendrick or his team or his drivers. We think they're great." ESPN.com
02/25/17 Car owner Rick Hendrick gave a short response to a question Friday about his cars not always displaying logos of Cup series sponsor Monster Energy when they are away from the track. "When our cars are at the track, they'll have the Monster logo on the windshield and on the side of the car and guys will have it on their uniform," Hendrick said at Daytona International Speedway.
Tatiana Calderon becomes Sauber Development Driver
Tatiana Calderon, has check will test
The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce Tatiana Calderon as a Development Driver for 2017. The 23-year-old started her racing career in karting back in her home country Colombia when she was nine years old. In 2012 Calderon moved to Europe competing in several single seater racing series. To mention one highlight, in 2015 she finished second overall in the MRF Challenge Formula 2000. In 2016 Calderon moved on to the GP3 Series, support race to Formula 1. In addition to becoming a Sauber F1 Team Development Driver, she will compete in the GP3 Series again in 2017.
The mental midgets of F1 have ruined the show, just as we predicted.
As soon as the new rules were announced, AutoRacing1.com predicted that very day that the new rule changes to make the cars faster with more downforce and wider tires would result in near-zero passing.
We stated unequivocally that race cars with no wings, less downforce and skinny tires result in the best racing. We stated that F1 was doing the exact opposite and would pay the price for their stupidity.
That prediction is about to come true.
On the opening day of pre-season testing at Barcelona, drivers found it harder to follow the car ahead and nearly impossible to pass.
Jamin sets Indy Lights pace as Road-To-Indy Spring Training begins
Nico Jamin from France
Judging by the opening day of Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Spring Training at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the competition this year in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires is going to be intense.
A dozen of the 15 contenders expected to challenge for a Mazda Scholarship valued at $1 million to secure entry into at least three Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2018, including the Indianapolis 500, took the opportunity to test on the 1.485-mile oval. After six and a half hours of running, no fewer than four drivers had posted a time within a mere 0.0468 of a second of the pace set by Nico Jamin. The French rookie, who won the 2015 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, ultimately ended the day with bragging rights and the fastest time of 28.6991, an average speed of 186.278 mph in his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Dallara-Mazda IL-15.
Video: F1 2017... It's On! Check out this mega recap of an epic day at Silverstone, where Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas got their first taste of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Formula One Silver Arrow! Comment
Allianz Partners With Formula E, Receives Naming Rights To EVillage Areas
Duval's Formula E car
Allianz "partnered with Formula E in a sponsorship agreement which will see the financial services company take on the naming rights to the eVillage entertainment areas at each race event," according to Tony Connelly of THE DRUM. The deal builds on Allianz's "growing sports sponsorship portfolio" and follows on from its "recent partnership with The Drone Racing League."
European Authorities No Longer Investigating F1 Sale To Liberty Media <div">European competition authorities "have drawn a line in the sand on an investigation into the sale of Formula One, rejecting calls from hundreds of MEPs to look into Liberty Media's takeover of the sport," according to Oliver Gill of CITY AM. UK MEP Anneliese Dodds on Monday received a response from European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager saying that "she would not be further investigating the sale" of F1, which was completed in January.
On Feb. 14, the European Parliament "overwhelmingly backed calls by Dodds," by 467 votes to 156, for an investigation into "anti-competitive practices" in F1. The vote, together with further comments by Dodds, led to the FIA "attacking" the Labour representative, calling her motion "inaccurately informed or made maliciously."
Video: Day 1 of Red Bull 2017 F1 Preseason Test at Barcelona Red Bull News Cut as Daniel Ricciardo takes the RB13 on track for the first time. Interviews also with team boss Christian Horner and Max Verstappen. Comment
Hamilton tops Vettel, but on softer tires (Updates) UPDATE Quotes updated below.
Lewis Hamilton is all smiles because he knows the Aldo Costa car is going to be unbeatable
Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes on top on the opening day of Formula 1 testing at Barcelona, edging out Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by a tenth during Monday's afternoon session.
However, Hamilton set a best time of 1m21.765s using soft tires but Vettel's Ferrari put in a lap just 0.113 seconds slower on the harder medium tires, which was good enough for the German to end the day second-fastest.
Felipe Massa was third fastest, setting a 1m22.076s in the Williams on soft tires, getting within 0.311s of Hamilton's best effort on the same compound.
Roborace unwraps its driverless 2nd-gen electric car
The latest Robocar - for the series out to make drivers obsolete
The team behind Roborace has taken a big step toward introducing a fully driverless racing competition. At a press conference in Barcelona, chief executive Denis Sverdlov and chief designer Daniel Simon revealed the final design for its track-ready "Robocar." We've seen images of the vehicle before, but they were merely renders; a hint of what the company was working on. The unveiling of a real car, all curves and carbon fiber, is our best evidence yet that the futuristic motorsport will actually happen.
Only 5 cars did not wreck. Even the winner Kurt Busch had significant body damage.
NASCAR "came up with all kinds of new gizmos to jazz up its product" for the '17 season, but none were needed yesterday as Kurt Busch "won a completely enthralling Daytona 500," according to David Scott of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The race "really didn't need spicing up" with "attrition being the key factor."
If NASCAR's new competitive format "accomplished anything" during yesterday's race, it did "make the early and mid-portions of the race more interesting to follow, even if it's difficult to say if the accidents were a byproduct of that" CHARLOTTE OBSERVER.
USA TODAY's A.J. Perez notes there were no yellow flags over the final 43 laps, "making it the first time in at least a decade there wasn’t at least one caution within the final 12 laps of the finish" USA TODAY
Danica Patrick blames new rules for Daytona 500 wreckfest
Patrick #10 gets caught up in Johnson wreck
Danica Patrick's 2017 Daytona 500 ended early after she was involved with a crash originating with Jimmie Johnson's No. 48, which caused a 17-car collision. She described the wreck in the middle of the pack as "treacherous."
But she wasn't the only one who exited Sunday's race early, as Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, among several others, also did not finish.
With 15 of 40 drivers out of the race with about a quarter of the 200 laps remaining, the No. 10 Ford driver put part of the blame on NASCAR's new staged racing. Starting this season, the races are divided into three stages with points awarded to the top drivers from each stage, counting toward their championship total.
Brian France, who is the HEAD OF NASCAR, made a strange comment prior at the start of the sport’s biggest race on Sunday.
Standing in front of all the drivers and VIPs at the pre-race drivers meeting, France announced he was about to speak on a competition topic -- "which I don’t normally do." (And there’s a reason for that, one would think.)
France began by saying NASCAR accepts blocking and understands it. BUT…
NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell said the sanctioning body was pleased with its first NASCAR Cup race with its new segment format. O'Donnell: "I thought the race had a flow. The stages played out exactly how they wanted them to. In the past you may have asked me questions of , 'Were you concerned the drivers got in a line all day long."
"You didn't see that. You saw two- (and) three-wide all day long. You saw drivers, when a stage came close to ending, pull out and try to win that stage. That's exactly what we wanted. Obviously we never want to see wrecks. But that's part of the sport, that's part of Daytona and that's part of the thrill of winning here if you can make it through." ESPN.com
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