Mecachrome Confirmed as Ginetta LMP1 Engine Supplier
Ginetta LMP1 rendering
Ginetta is delighted to confirm the appointment of leading engine builder Mecachrome to supply engines for the forthcoming Ginetta LMP1 car.
Ewan Baldry, Ginetta Technical Director visited Mechachrome’s head office in Aubigny Sur Nere, France earlier this month was impressed by the facility. Having already undertaken durability testing on the engine at forecasted horsepower levels, it was clear the team have the experience, expertise and production facilities to deliver a front running engine.
Pierre Kaffer, Spencer Pumpelly Confirmed for Magnus Racing 2017 PWC GT Effort
Following the recent announcement to enter two cars in the Pirelli World Challenge GT and GTA categories respectively, Magnus Racing is pleased to confirm the addition of Pierre Kaffer for the majority of GT category events during the 2017 season, with Spencer Pumpelly joining as Kaffer’s teammate throughout the series’ SprintX championship.
Competing in the No. 4 Audi R8 LMS, both drivers head in to the season with a clear target of overall victories and valuable points toward the Team Championship.
Dodge's The Fate of the Furious, Opens Nationwide on April 14
Dodge, which has been a part of the Fast & Furious franchise since its inception, announced today a promotional partnership with Universal Pictures for The Fate of the Furious, in which Vin Diesel is joined by a returning all-star cast. The Fate of the Furious arrives in theaters on April 14.
In support of The Fate of the Furious, Dodge is launching a multitier marketing campaign, including television ads, social media and digital extensions, and licensed products. The co-branded campaign promotes the blockbuster Fast & Furious franchise and Dodge//SRT, the mainstream and ultimate performance brands of FCA US. Dodge and SRT Chargers and Challengers, the world’s fastest and most powerful muscle cars, are prominently featured in the upcoming movie.
Kevin Harvick set to drive XFINITY race at Atlanta
Stewart-Haas Racing debuts its No. 41 Ford Mustang in the XFINITY Series this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway with Kevin Harvick in the driver's seat.
Harvick has had immense success at Atlanta in the XFINITY Series with four wins at the track, including three consecutive from 2013-15. He also has nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 15 XFINITY Series starts.
"It's a great weekend for us to feature the new Textron Off Road name for the XFINITY Series debut of the No. 41 Ford Mustang," Harvick said. "I've had a partnership with Textron for a long time and have used their off-road vehicles for many years. Hopefully, we can take them on a ride this weekend in Atlanta and celebrate their new name in Victory Lane."
FOX Sports 2 Truck Races to FOX Broadcast FOX Sports announces today that a pair of 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races will now air on the FOX broadcast network – Martinsville on Saturday, April 1 (3:00 PM ET) and Pocono on Saturday, July 29 (1:00 PM ET). The events join the Oct. 14 NCWTS race from Talladega on the FOX calendar, with the remainder of the season airing on FS1 and the entire FOX NASCAR schedule available live on FOX Sports GO.
In addition, FOX Sports announces several minor start time updates to its 2017 FOX NASCAR television schedule:
Kimi Raikkonen testing the new rain tires Thursday in Barcelona
The new wide Pirelli F1 rain tires throw up such a huge rooster tail of water in the wet the cars behind will not be able to see a thing and will be forced to drop back, making all the rain races a no-passing parade.
And it's obvious the gap between the haves and the have-nots has grown even wider this year with the new high downforce wide tires rules.
Herta Tops Final Mazda Road to Indy Spring Training Test
The Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Spring Training Open Test concluded this afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway with 15 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires drivers strutting their stuff in preparation for next week’s season-opening races some 200 miles or so to the northwest on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.
A total of 1271 laps were logged during the course of six and a half hours of testing. Rookie Colton Herta, the youngest driver in the field at just 16, emerged with early bragging rights after posting a fastest lap of 1:15.2009, an average speed of 105.797 mph around the 2.21-mile road course.
Emerson Fittipaldi to be honored by RRDC in Long Beach
Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, who also won a pair of Indy 500s, will be honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club at the “RRDC Evening with Emerson Fittipaldi Presented by Firestone” in Long Beach, Calif., on Thursday, April 6. This is the RRDC’s ninth consecutive annual banquet honoring auto racing’s most influential leaders and icons, and will be held prior to the 43rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Previous honorees were Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Roger Penske, Jim Hall, Brian Redman, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser and George Follmer. These “RRDC Evenings” are acknowledged as one of the highlights of the auto-racing social calendar, drawing fans and luminaries from all forms of motorsports.
SiriusXM to sponsor Furniture Row Racing No. 77 at Atlanta
No. 77 Atlanta Livery
The season-in-one-race atmosphere that is the Daytona 500 is now in the rear view mirror for Erik Jones, with his focus recalibrated to this week’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Jones and Furniture Row Racing’s No. 77 Toyota Camry team will also be sporting a different uniform and paint scheme for this weekend’s Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. SiriusXM will be the primary sponsor as part of a two-race partnership, with the second race yet to be announced.
Infield camping available for INDYCAR Grand Prix at IMS
Indy Grand Prix
Infield camping for tents and recreational vehicles will be available for the first time to fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on INDYCAR Grand Prix weekend. The event on the 2.439-mile IMS road course is the fifth race on the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
Three-night camping packages - for the nights of May 11, 12 and 13 - are available at a variety of spots adjacent to the infield portion of the road course, priced at $125 per tent spot and $150-$300 per RV spot. The INDYCAR Grand Prix is set for Saturday, May 13 and airs live on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network (3:30 p.m. ET).
Bottas was fastest overall for Mercedes but Vettel's Ferrari was right there on much harder tires.
The first four days of pre-season Formula 1 testing concluded today at the Spanish circuit of Montmelo. A total of 3185 laps were covered, that means 14.826 kms.
From Monday to Wednesday, the drivers tested the new wider slick tires on 2017 cars for the first time. Today they also tried the wet-weather tires on an artificially-dampened circuit, using both the full wet and intermediate.
Al-Fe Heat Treating Returns with AJ Foyt team for Seventh Year
Carlos Munoz in the Foyt #14
Al-Fe Heat Treating marks its seventh year in motorsports with its return as a major associate sponsor of the AJ Foyt Racing program. The Al-Fe Heat Treating logo will be on both ABC Supply Chevrolets for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
“The 2017 season looks to be an exciting and challenging one for Foyt Racing and we at Al-Fe Heat Treating wouldn't miss it for anything!” said Kurt Westman, founder and president of the largest commercial aluminum heat treating operation in the United States. “New drivers, new cars, the best crews in IndyCar and the best team owners…we continue to be privileged to be part of the most historical race team in autosports. A.J., Larry and the entire team have made the Al-Fe team friends, made us feel welcome and a part of the IndyCar experience. They have my many thanks!"
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen ended the wet/dry day of running quickest at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, as Formula 1's opening four-day pre-season test of 2017 came to a close on Thursday.
Raikkonen posted a time of 1:20.872 on Softs in the afternoon to finish almost nine-tenths of a second clear of Red Bull's Max Verstappen, on a day in which track time was dedicated to laps on Intermediate and Wet tires.
Chip Ganassi Racing to Field Three Ford GTs at Sebring Ford Chip Ganassi Racing will send three Ford GTs to the 12 Hours of Sebring March 18, 2017 as the team attempts to sweep three of the most legendary endurance sports car races in the world within nine months.
It’s also a chance to continue the valuable face-to-face, cross-development the drivers and crew enjoyed at the Rolex 24 At Daytona that ultimately benefits Ford’s effort at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Bruno Carneiro to Race in 2017 Japanese Formula 3 Championship
Bruno Carneiro, a 17-year-old racing driver from Riverton, Utah, has signed an agreement to race in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship in 2017. Carneiro, who started racing go-karts at age 4, will be driving for the highly-regarded Albirex Racing Team of Niigata, Japan.
This is a significant step up the professional racing ladder for Carneiro, who is coming off an extremely successful 2016 season during which he won both the FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship and the Formula Mazda class of the USA-based Formula Car Challenge Championship.
Derani feels right at home testing Schmidt Peterson Motorsports IndyCar
Luis Felipe "Pipo" Derani now just needs the money to buy an IndyCar ride
Luis Felipe "Pipo" Derani made a smooth transition from sports cars to Indy cars today at Sebring International Raceway. There's a reason for that.
The 23-year-old Brazilian, who has dozens of Formula 3 races in Brazil and Europe as well as a six-race stint in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires on his extensive resume, tested James Hinchcliffe's No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda on Sebring's short course. During an afternoon break, he said he felt comfortable in his new, if somewhat familiar, surroundings.
"Going back to an open-wheel car is something really nice," Derani (above) said. "Having the wind blowing in your face has a nice feeling to it. The team has done a really nice job helping me adapt since the first go. It's been a nice experience."
Daimler AG has become the lead investor in American charging solutions provider ChargePoint Inc. latest round of financing and will receive a seat on the company's Board of Directors. ChargePoint is the world's leading provider in electric mobility charging solutions and is the market leader in North America. Thanks to the increasing electrification of drive systems, ChargePoint is on a course for growth with its product portfolio. Expansion of the business to the European market is already being planned. With its strategic participation in ChargePoint, Daimler is making another significant step forward as part of its corporate strategy known as "CASE" - in particular with regard to its new product brand EQ, under which the company is planning to bundle its know-how in the field of intelligent electric mobility in future Mercedes-Benz products. The cooperation lays the groundwork for a comprehensive, customer-focused offer.
Camathias to compete in 2017 ELMS with Proton Competition
Joel Camathias is preparing for another season at the highest level of GT racing : 2017 will see the Swiss driver competing in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) at the wheel of a Porsche 911 RSR of Proton Competition. His team mates will be Germany’s Christian Ried and Italian young gun Matteo Cairoli.
After an excellent 2016 season in the FIA-WEC with KCMG, the Hong Kong team technically supported by Proton, who has re-oriented its racing plans, Joel will remain linked to Porsche and Proton, as a consequence of the excellent cooperation established in 2016.
Blickensderfer fined for missing lug nut after Daytona 500 NASCAR released its weekly Post-Event Penalty Report, this week for Daytona International Speedway, only one penalty was announced: Drew Blickensderfer, the crew chief for #43-Aric Almirola of Richard Petty Motorsports, was fined $10,000 for Lug nut(s) not properly installed at Daytona 500 post-race inspection.
Of note, ESPN's Bob Pockrass mentioned in a Tweet that two lug nuts not properly installed is a one race suspension, three lug nuts not properly installed is a 35 point driver/owner points penalty AND a three-race suspension. ESPN
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Acura Reveals Exciting NSX GT3 Pirelli World Challenge Liveries
Acura NSX livery revealed
Unveiled today, the RealTime Racing liveries in the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge will feature an exciting combination of the team’s traditional blue, white and orange colors for the team’s pair of cars – including RTR’s signature “squircles” – in a mirror-image pattern common to both Acura Motorsports NSX GT3 racing efforts this year.
The work of Acura Executive Creative Director Dave Marek – who was also responsible for the striking liveries on the Acura NSX GT3s being campaigned by Michael Shank Racing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Acuras are an updated take on the iconic RealTime Racing design first seen on the Acura TLX GT.
Daytona 500 TV rating (2nd Update) UPDATE Despite a new format and a later start time, Daytona 500 ratings could only match last year’s near-record low.
The NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 delivered a 6.6 final rating and 11.9 million viewers on FOX Sunday afternoon, flat in ratings and up 5% in viewership from last year (6.6, 11.4M) but down 14% and 11% respectively from 2015 (7.7, 13.4M).
Cup Series to qualify and race same day at Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen International has announced the official race weekend schedule for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East tripleheader weekend, August 3-6.
This year's event will feature an enhanced Sunday lineup featuring Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at 12:35pm/et, just hours prior to the start of the 90-lap race which goes green at 3:00pm/et.
NASCAR tracks get TV revenue to make up for ticket sales drop
NASCAR photographers do their best to not show all the empty grandstand seats
The tracks that host the bulk of NASCAR races saw their admissions revenues drop 7.4 percent in 2016, marking the ninth consecutive year of declines and the largest drop in the past four.
International Speedway Corp. (12 tracks), Speedway Motorsports Inc. (eight) and Dover Motorsports (one) reported a combined admissions revenue of $221.1 million, down from $238.8 million in 2015. The drop ended a trend of admissions revenue that appeared to have stabilized. After dropping 6.5 percent in 2013, the tracks experienced a decline of 2.5 percent in 2014 and 0.2 percent in 2015.
Dave Freitas Racing Drivers To Donate Prize Money To Cancer Foundation
Dave Freitas Racing shop
For the March 10-12 third and fourth rounds of the Primus Racing presents PACIFICF2000 RACING at Willow Springs, Ca., the legendary “Fastest Road in the West”, Santa Fe Springs, Ca. based Dave Freitas Racing drivers Tim De Silva, Harin De Silva, Peter West, Jason Reichert and Ira Fierberg have pledged to donate the entirety of their prize money winnings to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Additionally, all five DFR cars will be proudly displaying the iconic Susan B. Komen Pink Ribbon logo.
Will Miles do what's right for IndyCar's next TV deal?
If Miles cannot get a deal to put 80% of the races on ABC and the other 20% on ESPN, it won't bode well for IndyCar's future. It's clear NBC won't agree to putting any of the races on network TV.
The conundrum around IndyCar and its television partners is quite simple: NBCSN's coverage on cable airs the majority of the season and is favored by the hard-core fans, while ABC draws larger numbers because it broadcasts the Indianapolis 500 and it's network television.
Both contracts expire at the end of 2018 and Mark Miles has a couple of options he could pursue: continue with both partners but renegotiate so that NBC is also allowed to show IndyCar races, or simply put everything on one carrier.
"We really aren't negotiating now but anything's possible," said Miles, the president & CEO of Hulman & Company, during an interview with RACER last month. "If I had to say today, the most likely result is one broadcast partner. But I don't know that.
Emerging stars Anthony Martin and Oliver Askew confirmed their promise today at Homestead-Miami Speedway, posting the fastest laps respectively in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, both of which wrapped up two days of testing on the 2.21-mile South Florida road course.
Askew, 20, from Jupiter, Fla., who was quickest in all three USF2000 sessions yesterday, headed the timing charts in two of today’s three sessions aboard the No. 3 Cape Motorsports Tatuus-Mazda USF-17. He took advantage of slightly cooler conditions this morning to post the fastest time among the 21 drivers who participated in the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Spring Training test at 1:23.9142, an average speed of 94.811 mph.
Aaron Telitz Signs With Belardi Auto Racing for 2017
Aaron Telitz will compete in the 2017 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series with the Belardi Auto Racing team, driving the No. 9 car in Mazda’s iconic Soul Red livery. Telitz, 25, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, earned the Mazda driver development scholarship as the champion of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires last year and will compete for the Indy Lights title and rookie-of-the-year honors. The season-opener for all three categories of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires takes place March 10-12 at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Johnsonville Named Title Sponsor for NASCAR XFINITY race at Road America
Johnsonville has signed on to be the title sponsor for the NASCAR XFINITY Series event held at Road America. This year's race will be known as the Johnsonville 180. The green-flag will drop on the race at approximately 2 pm CST on August 27.
"Johnsonville is excited to continue its longtime racing support at Road America," said Ron Schroder, brand manager at Johnsonville. "We're proud to elevate our involvement this year as a title sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race in August, when some of the best drivers in NASCAR will battle the challenging Road America course. It's going to be an outstanding day of racing."
Axalta Coating Systems Expands Partnership with JR Motorsports
Axalta used to sponsor Jeff Gordon
JR Motorsports announced today that Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA), a longtime partner and the team’s official paint supplier, will join William Byron and the No. 9 team as primary partner in 15 NASCAR Xfinity Series events in each of the next two seasons. The multi-year agreement will see Byron debut the No. 9 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro at Phoenix Raceway (March 18).
A leading global provider of liquid and powder coatings, Axalta has partnered with JR Motorsports since 2008, supplying paint for the organization’s 31 NXS victories and its 2014 NXS championship.
“Axalta is one of the longest-standing partners we have at JR Motorsports,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports. “They’ve been strong supporters of our programs on multiple levels, and are always proactively looking at ways to maximize their involvement. I’m proud to see them on board with William for the next two years.”
Bottas ends Wednesday on top but Vettel's speed has Ferrari confident
Vettel fast on harder rubber
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas topped the third day of Formula 1 testing at Barcelona, but Sebastian Vettel's pace in the Ferrari on two levels harder Pirelli tires brought smiles to the Ferrari faces.
Bottas posted a best lap of 1m19.705s in the morning session using ultra-soft rubber and Vettel lapped just 0.247s slower using the soft-compound Pirellis during the afternoon. The Super-soft compound falls between the ultras and softs.
Bankers Financial Corporation Joins Ed Carpenter Racing for 1 race
During the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Bankers Financial Corporation will have a presence on both Ed Carpenter Racing cars.
Bankers Financial Corporation (BFC), the St. Petersburg-based insurance, surety and business solutions company, has announced a continuation of its associate sponsorship of Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) for a third straight year. During the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Bankers will have a presence on both ECR cars, the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet of Spencer Pigot and the No. 21 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet, driven by JR Hildebrand. The event will take place March 10-12, 2017 in the downtown streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. and marks the beginning of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Bottas tops morning session in Barcelona as Mercedes begins to flex muscle
Bottas started to flex the muscle of the superior Aldo Costa designed car
Mercedes are off to yet another strong start in pre-season testing with Valtteri Bottas setting the fastest times of the test so far on the soft, supersoft and ultrasoft tires.
Fresh from completing a full race simulation on Tuesday, the Finn returned to the wheel on Wednesday morning and buried the competition.
Tire suppliers Pirelli predicted that lap times would continue to drop to the 1:18s region by the end of testing, and Bottas got nearer toward that estimate with a 1:19.705 on ultrasoft tires to finish P1 before the lunch break – just 0.024s way from beating Pirelli's earlier prediction that cars would be five seconds quicker this year.
As Martinsville Speedway celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017, fans will get more value for their ticket to the fall race, as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will qualify and race on the same day, Sunday, October 29. Saturday will have an "old-school" feel as well, as NASCAR will return to a true "happy hour" practice session, immediately following the Alpha Energy Solutions 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. All kids 12-and-under are admitted free on Saturday.
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