Lewis Hamilton in the unbeatable Aldo Costa designed Mercedes
It's getting clearer by the day that Aldo Costa has designed yet another unbeatable Mercedes F1 car. On Thursday afternoon, after the track finally dried, Lewis Hamilton but the Mercedes atop the time charts by a wide margin, using, get this, a tire 4 levels harder than the 2nd quick driver, Stoffel Vandoorne, in the McLaren.
McLaren has continued to mask their lack of pace by setting fast times on tires much softer than everyone else.
Boss Laser Enters Technical Partnership With Andretti Autosport
Boss Laser has partnered with Andretti Autosport, becoming the “Official Laser Cutting, Engraving and Marking Provider” of the back-to-back Indianapolis 500-winning race team.
Boss Laser, located north of Orlando, FL, has been building precise and reliable laser systems since 2012, offering hobbyists, businesses, educational institutions and government agencies quality laser cutting and engraving systems, and has supplied Andretti Autosport with a FM-50 Desktop Laser Engraver equipped with a 50-watt fiber laser power source.
Richmond Raceway Extends With Federated Auto Parts
Richmond Raceway this morning will announce that Federated Auto Parts has extended its deal for an additional four years through '22 according to Adam Stern with Sports Business Daily.
The ISC-owned track announced last September that Federated had renewed for this year's fall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, but the sides later tacked on another four years and are revealing that now.
Drunk Dude In A Skyjack Has To Be The Funniest Police Stop ever Most traffic stops that police carry out, we’d imagine, are pretty routine. License and registration and all that. Maybe the driver gets a ticket, maybe not. Maybe he or she gets arrested. But this… this is something else entirely.
Posted some time ago on Facebook is dashcam footage of a cop pulling over a guy riding a skyjack rolling scissor lift down the street. Not exactly a roadworthy vehicle, designed as it is to operate on job sites – not on public highways. But it gets funnier than that. Video by Officer Earl Dribbes Jr.
Ericsson caused the only red flag despite the weather
McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne set the pace on a wet final morning of the first week of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona. After Wednesday's running was for the most part cancelled by snow and persistent rain, conditions on Thursday morning were wet but no snow. The track was dryer toward the 1PM lunch break and that is when Vandoorne set his fast time and he did it on much softer tires than anyone else.
The only red flag of the morning was prompted by an off for Ericsson at Turn 2, with the Sauber returning to action shortly after running resumed.
Vodafone signs new three-year naming rights deal with Supercars GC600
Surfers Paradise Podium
Vodafone Australia has signed a new landmark three-year deal with Supercars to continue their naming rights partnership of the iconic Gold Coast 600 and the Championship’s Safety, Medical and Course Cars until 2020.
The new deal will ensure Vodafone continues its role as the official Telco partner of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for the next three years.
DTM fans may look forward to an even more thrilling and diversified season, this year, as the DTM regulations for 2018 were enhanced according to the credo 'better racing due to lower downforce'. The reduction of aero components mounted on the outer skins and the dropping of mechanical below the body move the driving skills of the drivers even more to the fore.
Scott Pruett Named Grand Marshal for Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Hall of Fame driver Scott Pruett will serve as Grand Marshal for the 44th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 15, giving the command “Drivers, start your engines!” before the Verizon IndyCar Series race.
It’s been 36 years since, as a 22-year-old, Pruett won the 1982 Bridgestone Pro/Kart Challenge on the Long Beach city streets. It helped launch a distinguished, versatile racing career that ended with his retirement following the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team owner Dennis Reinbold and driver Sage Karam will make an announcement concerning the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at 11 a.m. ET Thursday at during an INDYCAR media teleconference.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, which has entered and qualified 36 cars in the Indy 500 dating back to 1999, has run single-car entries in the Indy 500 for the past six years after being a multi-car operation through 2011.
OGIO To Be Official Travel Gear Provider of RLL Racing's team
OGIO travel gear
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that OGIO, makers of the world’s most uniquely innovative golf bags, backpacks, duffle bags, and travel gear will be the official travel gear provider of the team’s Verizon IndyCar Series program in a multi-year deal.
"Our race team and crew are constantly on the go and we depend on having innovative travel bags, gear bags and backpacks while we are on the move,” said Tom Knox, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. “OGIO is able to provide RLL with a one-stop solution for our entire race team travel needs and they help us transport the team gear and equipment necessary to win the race with style and functionality. We are proud to be aligned with the OGIO brand and look forward to having a travel partner on the road."
Snow, rain and cold temperatures conspired to keep nearly all teams from logging any substantive laps in the third day of preseason testing Wednesday at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya. The 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn track remained wet the entire day, with the runoff areas covered in snow and slush throughout the morning and early afternoon.
Just five drivers braved the elements and ventured onto the track, with only McLaren’s Fernando Alonso logging anything more than reconnaissance laps. The two-time Formula One champion totaled 11 laps, with his best being a 2:18.545.
Mercedes Created The World's Most Efficient Racing Engine
Mercedes F1 car
Mercedes has developed the world's most efficient internal combustion engine used in automotive racing. With a test engine developed for Formula 1, Mercedes has exceeded thermal efficiency greater than 50%, a remarkable achievement for the automotive world.
This achievement is a result of many, many different technological strategies and improvements throughout the power unit. Two of the major strategies will be discussed in this video, which include the MGU-H, as well as pre-chamber ignition allowing for lean burning. Of course an electric car motor runs 90% to 98% efficient - i.e. internal combustion engines are inefficient dinosaurs.
If he was in F1, Bernie Ecclestone would lecture Chilton on how he grew F1 to dwarf IndyCar by making the paddock off-limits. Bernie's argument was that people want what they can't have. Was Bernie right?
After three seasons racing in the USA, British driver Max Chilton has learned to embrace IndyCar's approach to fan experience. The former Formula 1 racer believes that America's more welcoming approach is something that grand prix racing should aim to emulate.
"IndyCar is very open and it's basically access all areas apart from the pit lane", said Chilton speaking to GQ magazine. "Anyone can walk around the paddock, so I think that gives fans real value for money."
While F1 does have larger attendance figures as a whole, which can in part explain its lack of access, IndyCar is able to offer close access to fans even at its flagship event: the Indy 500. With a reported crowd in excess of 300,000 spectators at the track on raceday, the Indy 500's attendance was only surpassed by three grands prix in 2017: Mexico (337,000), Britain (344,500) and Canada (360,000), albeit that these races took three days to accomplish these numbers.
Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 goes purple for Vegas
Petty #43 goes purple
This weekend, the famed Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 will carry new colors for one race. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be the primary sponsor of the team and driver Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr, boasting the luxury property's signature shade, a jewel-toned purple. The No. 43 Cosmopolitan Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will race in the Pennzoil 400 this Sunday, March 4 at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.
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