Long, Fuentes and Udell Open GT/GTA/GT Cup 2016 Season with Wins at COTA
AUSTIN, Texas – Patrick Long, Martin Fuentes and Alec Udell took GT, GTA and GT Cup victories, respectively, in Round 1 of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season at the Nissan Grand Prix of Texas brought to you by VP Racing Fuels at the Circuit of the Americas.
Long, in the No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche GT3, led into turn one from the pole on a rolling start as the field spread out four and five wide dramatically behind him. Charging on Long's No. 31 from behind was Bryan Heitkotter, in the No. 05 AE Replay XD Nissan GT Academy Always Evolving/Replay XD/Nissan Nismo GT3 GT-R, who took over the lead with an outside maneuver exiting turn 1, earning him the Cadillac ATS-V Move of the Race Award. Heitkotter also was awarded the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start for improving five positions on the opening lap.
Bernie Ecclestone shouldn't voice F1 criticism publicly - Dieter Zetsche
Daimler and Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche has criticized Bernie Ecclestone for publicly slagging off Formula 1 in an interview with a British tabloid last week ahead of the new season.
The 85-year-old described the sport as "the worst it has ever been" and said he would refuse to pay to take his family to watch it.
Whilst he later backtracked on those comments, describing them as a wake-up call if things failed to change, Zetsche says he fails to understand why someone in Ecclestone's position, not only as the commercial rights holder but as a shareholder too, would openly criticize their own company.
Formula E opens battery, chassis supplier tender for season five on The FIA has confirmed that sole battery and chassis suppliers will be used in Formula E from season five, releasing a tender for interested applicants.
For the 2015/2016 season Formula E regulations were opened up, with manufacturers able to enter and provide teams with bespoke powertrains.
Tony Stewart already has defied his doctor's orders, but there is one order he won't ignore: The order that he won't return to racing until the broken bone in his back has healed. The three-time Sprint Cup champion said Friday he will be ready to race once doctors give him the OK. He just has no clue when that will come. His first X-rays since the Feb. 3 surgery for his fractured L1 vertebra will be Wednesday, and that will let him know his progress and possibly set the schedule for his rehab and potential return.
NASCAR Atlanta TV Ratings dropUPDATE One week after a near record-low for the Daytona 500, NASCAR's second race of the season earned its lowest rating in 16 years. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Atlanta earned a 4.1 'final' rating and 6.8 million viewers on FOX Sunday afternoon, down 27% in ratings and 28% in viewership from last year (5.6, 9.5M) and down 23% in both measures from the second race of the 2014 season, Phoenix (5.3, 8.8M).
Ecclestone, FIA confirm 'musical chairs' qualifying
Ecclestone wants cars on track at all times during qualifying. No more waiting until the last 5 min. of a session
(GMM) F1's governing body as well as Bernie Ecclestone on Friday confirmed that the 'musical chairs'-style qualifying is going ahead in full in 2016.
Throughout the week, amid Ecclestone's claims the timing software could not be written in time and dissent from the drivers, it was thought the controversial new system would be either delayed, modified, vetoed or scrapped.
But Ecclestone, the sport's chief executive, told Forbes on Friday that the software problems have been resolved and the system will be ready for Melbourne.
IndyCar news bits Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing will be part of the "Guys Tell All" segment on NBC's "TODAY" with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on March 8. The segment is scheduled to air at 10:22 am ET. Dixon will be on a panel with comedians Chuck Nice and Jared Freid and former "Bachelor" star Bob Guiney.
Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay will serve as honorary ambassador March 5 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Bike MS: Breakaway to Key Largo. The fundraiser bike ride in South Florida is marking its 30th year raising money to help fund research and provide financial assistance and educational programs for those afflicted with MS. DHL, the primary sponsor on Hunter-Reay's No. 28 Honda, is showing its support by presenting a $10,000 check to the National MS Society and fielding a team to participate in the event.
IndyCar Rookies get valuable seat time at Sebring test
The learning process for Verizon IndyCar Series rookies Spencer Pigot and Alexander Rossi began in earnest this week.
The two American drivers drove their race cars for the first time as part of a two-day test March 1-2 at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway as teams prepared for the March 13 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg that opens the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry, Furniture Row Racing
How has the 2016 season started for your race team?
“The season has gone well so far. Certainly this offseason was a busy one for everybody at Furniture Row Racing. The switch to Toyota involved a lot of work, it involved a lot of overtime and a lot of effort by everybody involved from our side, also from Toyota’s side and the folks at JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) that we have an alliance with. It’s been a very busy offseason. We’ve been really pleased with how things have started off. Obviously Daytona was a really good race for us and Atlanta, the first downforce race with the low downforce package went really well – we had a really fast race car all weekend and we challenged for the win all the way up to the end. It’s gone well so far, probably even better than expected out of the gate. I’m just proud of everyone for all the efforts and all the work that has went in. We had a good test yesterday and looking forward to seeing what we can do here this weekend.”
F1 team owner dupes bank officers An Indian man walks into the New York City bank and asks for the loan officer. He tells the Loan Officer that he was going to India for some business for 2 weeks and needs to borrow $5,000.
The Loan Officer tells him that the bank will need some form of security for the loan. So the Indian man hands over the keys and the documents of the new Ferrari car parked on the street in front of the bank. The loan officer consults the president of the bank produces all the required items and everything checks out to be OK. The loan officer agrees to accept the car as a security for the loan.
FIA Announces World Motor Sport Council Decisions FIA Formula One World Championship
The World Motor Sport Council approved the new qualification format, the principles of which were unanimously accepted by the F1 Commission. The new system should be introduced for the first round of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Sebastian Vettel has urged fans and drivers to give it time to get used to cockpit protection devices after he got a chance to run the much discussed 'halo' on the final day of testing.
Having made an unexpected debut on Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari yesterday, the device reappeared this morning on Vettel's car to give him the chance to trial the system and offer feedback in terms of visibility.
Aleshin Visa Issues resolved After missing two test sessions due to Visa issues, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Mikhail Aleshin tweeted "Visa is well received!!! As always with exciting photo))".
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves filled-in for Aleshin at the Phoenix and Sebring tests. We assume, however, the friendly Russian will be in the #7 SMP Racing Honda for next week's season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
IHG joins Ford as WEC team starts two-day test in Spain
The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team will never be short of a place to stay as it races across the globe, thanks to a new partnership with one of the world’s leading hotel companies, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).
IHG, which has a strong history of sponsoring motor racing teams, drivers and associations, will provide accommodation to the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team during the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
GP2 Series 2016 season calendar confirmed The 2016 GP2 Series calendar was confirmed today. Once again, it will consist of eleven rounds in total, all support events of the Formula One World Championship. Eight rounds will be held in Europe with three flyaway events to complete the calendar: new venue Baku in Azerbaijan, the return of Sepang in Malaysia, and Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
The twelfth season of the GP2 Series will open in Europe at Barcelona on May 13-15. Then the paddock will move to Monte Carlo on May 26-28. After a two weeks breather, the action will resume at the brand new venue at Baku on June 17-19. The month of July will be this season’s busiest with four rounds starting with Spielberg on July 01-03 back-to-back with Silverstone on July 08-10. Budapest will host the sixth round of the season on July 22-24 followed by Hockenheim the week after on July 29-31.
Changes to NASCAR sanctioning agreements this year NASCAR has added new language to its sanction agreements that prohibit anything resembling the Sprint Cup Series at tracks that have Sprint Cup races. Because Dover International Speedway's entire business is virtually reliant on its two NASCAR weekends, Dover filed select financial information as well as its entire Sprint Cup sanction agreements with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week. The money Dover will get from the NASCAR television package will increase from 3.37 percent to 4.25 percent annually over the next five years. Dover will receive $30.7 million in television money for its two Sprint Cup weekends ... and it will increase anywhere from $1.1 million to $1.4 million a year through 2020.
Garone explains Furniture Row's penalty appeal As Furniture Row awaits word on when it will conduct its formal appeals hearing with NASCAR, [crew chief Cole] Pearn is allowed to work this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Meanwhile, Garone spent some time dissecting the nature of the violation during an appearance Wednesday evening on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
"In the thrash through the winter of getting cars ready and cars built, we managed to let a part on the car, on the roof flap, get in the car that is unapproved, and it's a spring up inside the roof flap," Garone told host Dave Moody.
GP3 Series 2016 season calendar unveiled GP3 Series organizers are pleased to announce the 2016 calendar for the upcoming season. Once again, the Series will be contested over a total of nine rounds – all of which are support events to the Formula One World Championship. Seven rounds will be held on European soil, with two flyaway events concluding the campaign. There is a new venue on the calendar with the addition of Sepang in Malaysia to the category.
Dixon and Bourdais Complete Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Lineup For Sebring
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing officially announced today the drivers who will complete the Ford GT lineup for the 64th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by “Fresh from Florida.”
French driver Sebastien Bourdais joins American Joey Hand and German Dirk Muller in the No. 66 Ford GT, while New Zealander Scott Dixon will be paired with Australian Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, of England, in the No. 67 Ford GT.
Ford created this all-new iteration of the iconic GT to mark the 50th anniversary of the company’s 1-2-3 sweep of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Ford GT40.
Mobil 1 Rolls Out Videos Spoofing Tony Stewart's Retirement Mobil 1 today launched "Tony’s Next Chapter," a digital video series depicting NASCAR team owner/driver Tony Stewart exploring some hobbies once he retires as a driver after the '16 season. The four 30-second vignettes will be released in two segments, with the first two videos - "Tony’s Meat Smoker" and "Tony Learns French" - having gone live today. The videos include appearances from fellow Stewart-Haas Racing drivers such as Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick. Mobil 1
NASCAR Names Allegiant Air Its First Official Passenger Airline NASCAR and Allegiant Air today announced a multiyear sponsorship deal designating Allegiant as the sanctioning body's official passenger airline. This marks the first time NASCAR has filled that sponsor designation. The airline will activate around the sport's West Coast swing as the presenting sponsor of NASCAR Goes West on NASCAR.com. Allegiant also joins the NASCAR Fuel for Business Council. NASCAR PR
BOSTON (March 3, 2016) – The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series has joined the exciting on-track line-up for the inaugural Grand Prix of Boston powered by LogMeIn scheduled for Labor Day weekend, September 2-4, 2016 in the South Boston Waterfront area.
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America is entering its fourth season as one of the most exciting race series, joining Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe and Asia. In North America the series races alongside what is known as some of the premier racing series, including the Verizon IndyCar Series, where they will be paired for the first time at the Grand Prix of Boston powered by LogMeIn. Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo will have up to 25 cars race the challenging 11-turn, 2.2-mile temporary street circuit that winds its way through Boston’s historic Seaport Waterfront area. The Grand Prix of Boston powered by LogMeIn will be the first street race for Lamborghini in North America, a decision based on the rousing success of the Kuala Lumpur City Grand Prix for the Asian series last season.
Scott Pruett tests both Action Express entries at Sebring Veteran IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver Scott Pruett left the Chip Ganassi-run Prototype team at the first of the season, signing with the two-car Action Express Chevrolet Corvette DP team. Though he is expected to drive the No. 31 car in the race, Pruett spent time in both the No. 5 and No. 31 Corvettes at Sebring, getting not only some valuable track time in his new ride, but giving the team some valuable feedback.
A Winding Road at Porsche Trial In Germany Inc. versus a group of American hedge funds, the hedge funds just got a leg up.
The German judge overseeing the latest turn in an eight-year legal battle between Porsche SE and hedge funds including Elliott Management Corp. and D.E. Shaw has made the unexpected decision to step back into the case after prosecutors had already wrapped up their arguments. The judge will bring back two witnesses and begin questioning them Thursday morning.
The move was seen as a boost for prosecutors who are trying to prove two former Porsche executives concealed their company's intention to buy Volkswagen AG for months in 2008 then manipulated the stock market to avert insolvency.
Gerald McCoy to serve as Grand Marshal for Firestone Grand Prix Organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg have named Gerald McCoy, four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as Grand Marshal of the 2016 event, which runs March 11-13.
As Grand Marshal, McCoy will be involved in the pre-race ceremonies and will make the famous “Drivers, start your engines!” call to start the season-opening Verizon IndyCar Series race on March 13. Members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders 2015-2016 squad will also join in the opening festivities for the Verizon IndyCar Series race to serve as Grid Girls.
Kimi Raikkonen with ultra-soft tires mounted on his Ferrari turned the fastest lap of 1m22.765s in the next-to-last day of 2016 preseason F1 testing in Barcelona. It was the fastest lap so far in preseason testing while Mercedes continues to sandbag.
Raikkonen's fastest lap was fractionally faster than teammate Sebastian Vettel's overall best from last week - late in the morning on Pirelli's new purple-marked ultrasoft tyre and it held up to keep him four-tenths clear of Williams’ Felipe Massa’s best, set on softs.
Red Bull Global Rallycross set to debut in Atlantic City
Los Angeles, CA (March 3, 2016) - Red Bull Global Rallycross returns to the East coast with a brand new event in Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 28. The race will take place at Bader Field, the first municipal airport licensed to serve both airplanes and seaplanes, and more recently a host to numerous concerts and festivals.
“Bader Field is a great location for Red Bull Global Rallycross,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “Its wide open spaces will allow us to design one of the fastest tracks of the season, while its proximity to major urban markets ensures that our many passionate fans from the northeast will have a home race to attend. We can’t wait to bring our high-octane brand of motorsport to Atlantic City for the first time!”
Audi rejects F1 again Audi’s long-rumored entry to F1 appears to have taken another blow, after Stefan Knirsch, the firm’s new member of the board in charge of technical development said that the sport “was not a topic” for the company.
Knirsch, who replaced Ulrich Hackenberg as Audi’s technical boss in the wake of the dieselgate emissions scandal, has been charged with leading the firm’s hybrid, electric and hydrogen-powered future.
(GMM) Vijay Mallya on Thursday rejected calls for his arrest.
Amid the ongoing fallout from the collapse of his airline Kingfisher, the State Bank of India on Wednesday had also asked an Indian court for the seizure of the Force India chief's passport over unpaid loans.
Local reports also said the court was asked to seize Mallya's assets including his new $75 million severance payout by the liquor giant Diageo.
2017 NASCAR race dates expect to be set early NASCAR will set 2017 race dates after completing discussions with track operators on or before April 1, according to Dover International Speedway's sanctioning agreement with NASCAR. No timetable is set for when NASCAR will announce the upcoming schedule but it is expected to be sooner than last year (October) and 2015 (Aug. 2014). NASCAR announced five-year agreements with tracks that host Sprint Cup and Xfinity races in October and with tracks that host Camping World Truck Series races in November, assuring events through the 2020 season in each series. By having those agreements in place, it allows NASCAR to focus on dates earlier in the year. Dover's sanctioning agreement - recently released in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, also states that NASCAR will use "good faith" to maintain relative placement of races in the series calendar.
Video: 2017 Acura NSX - Jay Leno's Garage Jay Leno welcomed the 2017 Acura NSX to his famous Garage this week. The hybrid supercar was joined by designer Michelle Christensen and Ted Klaus, head of the global development team. Leno pulls out one of the old NSXs to compare to the new car, before getting the full rundown, and finally taking it out for a drive. Watch the video below. Comment
Lorenzo fastest on Day 1 in Qatar On day-1 of the final MotoGP pre-season test the track opened at 4:00 p.m. local time, but most riders waited until sunset to get started, so as to find similar conditions to the race weekend.
Jorge Lorenzo turned the fastest lap on opening day.
NOLA Motorsports Park announced that Francisco (Frank) Christian Jr. has been hired as the Chief Executive Officer of the privately owned autotainment complex and events facility.
"My job will be to rent asphalt and sell adrenaline," says Christian (RIGHT). "NOLA Motorsports is dedicated to providing a high-quality experience like nothing else in Louisiana, and I am excited to be part of their bright future."
Christian is responsible for leading and directing the day-to-day operations to ensure growth and sustainability under the NOLA Motorsports Park mission. This leadership role also entails overseeing facility operations and developing a vision and long-term strategy for the unique organization.
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