Modelo Especial and Ballast Point to be Official Beer Sponsors at Long Beach
Grand Prix Association of Long Beach officials today announced that Modelo Especial will become the Official Beer of the 2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, while Ballast Point will be Official Craft Beer of the 45th annual racing event.
The brands have secured the marketing rights to the Grand Prix and will be promoting the race at participating retail locations throughout the Los Angeles area. In addition, the brands will have fan activation locations throughout the circuit.
Marchionne Voted World Car Person Of The Year For 2019
The late, great Sergio Marchionne
More than 80 World Car Awards (WCA) jurors from 24 countries collectively decided by secret ballot that the automotive industry titan, Sergio Marchionne, who tragically passed away in the summer of 2018, should be declared the winner of the prestigious World Car Person of the Year award presented at the Geneva Motor Show today.
At the time of his passing in July Mr Marchionne was CEO, FCA; Chairman, CNH Industrial; and Chairman and CEO, Ferrari.
Stewart-Haas Racing’s move to Ford in 2017 paid dividends last year, with all four drivers making the NASCAR Playoffs, led by a charge out the blocks from Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 car team, who would record 8 race wins over the course of the season.
Now, with the team looking to build on that success, SHR will contest this year’s NASCAR Cup series in Ford’s brand new challenger for 2019: The Mustang. Rodney Childers, Robert ‘Cheddar’ Smith and Kevin Harvick all feature alongside Ford’s Tommy Joseph and Mark Rushbrook to explain more.
Video: Fire It Up Again - Preview The 2019 IndyCar Season
After the 2018 IndyCar season went down to the wire, the stage is set for another blockbuster round of races this year.
Speaking to Mobil 1 The Grid, 5-time IndyCar Champion Scott Dixon joins 2018 title rival Alexander Rossi, Sebastien Bourdais, Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe, Tony Kanaan and series rookies Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson to discuss the NTT IndyCar Series season ahead, which kicks off in style this weekend at the ever-anticipated season-opener: The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Pininfarina launches 1,900 hp luxury electric car Battista
"Faster than a current Formula 1 race car in its 0 -100 km/h sub-two second sprint, and with 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm torque on tap, the Battista will combine extreme engineering and technology in a zero emissions package," Pininfarina said in a statement.
Luxury electric vehicles brand Automobili Pininfarina, a part of the Mahindra Group, on Tuesday launched its luxury electric car Battista which is touted to be faster than a current Formula 1 race car in its 0-100 km/h sub-two second sprint.
"When it arrives in 2020, the Battista will be the most powerful car ever designed and built in Italy and it will deliver a level of performance that is unachievable today in any road-legal sports car featuring internal combustion engine technology," Automobili Pininfarina said in a press release.
Faster than a current Formula 1 race car in its 0 -100 km/h sub-two second sprint, and with 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm torque on tap, the Battista will combine extreme engineering and technology in a zero emissions package, the company said.
Sebastien Bourdais and his SealMaster Dale Coyne Racing Honda
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan announced today it has reached an agreement that will see SealMaster Paving Products as the title sponsor of the No. 18 SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/Vasser-Sullivan entry for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season.
“I think the SealMaster car is quickly becoming iconic within the IndyCar community and Dale, Jimmy and I are pumped to reveal it will be back and in full force this season” said Vasser-Sullivan co-owner James “Sulli” Sullivan. “Fans will be able to experience the SealMaster car at the majority of the IndyCar races this season, and in addition we’ll have a few special liveries with some of our long-standing partners, which we’ll be unveiling soon.”
Scuderia Corsa and the No. 20 entry driven by Ed Jones begin a new challenge together at the season opener of NTT IndyCar in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Joining Scuderia Corsa at the inaugural 2019 NTT IndyCar race on car No. 20, is Hong-Kong based shipping conglomerate Flex-Box, the international leader in innovation and development of shipping containers. Hosting Flex-Box at a highlight event on the IndyCar calendar further broadens Flex-Box notoriety through and in motorsport.
As he did in Jerez, Nyck de Vries dominates testing in Barcelona
Nyck de Vries set the quickest laptime on the opening day of the second FIA Formula 2 pre-season testing at Barcelona. The Dutchman from ART Grand Prix set a time of 1:28.655 in the afternoon session to lead the way ahead of DAMS’ Sergio Sette Camara and rookie Nikita Mazepin.
The pit lane opened at 9.30 local time under grey skies. Both Trident cars hit the track first with Giuliano Alesi leading Ralph Boschung. There was an early red flag a few minutes into the session after MP Motorsport’s Mahaveer Raghunathan stopped on track at Turn 7. The proceedings were halted once more shortly after the re-start so that the marshals could clean the pit lane.
Ted Klaus, vice-president of Honda R&D Americas, has been named president of Honda Performance Development, effective April 1. He will succeed Art St. Cyr, who also came to HPD from Honda R&D Americas in 2012, and completes a seven-year tenure as president of the wholly-owned subsidiary and racing arm of American Honda.
St. Cyr and Klaus will be the featured guests during a Media Availability to be held at 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 9, during the NTT IndyCar Series season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg race weekend. The Media Availability will be held at the Honda hospitality motor coach in the St. Petersburg IndyCar Series paddock. Transcripts will be made available following the event.
MX1, IMS Productions Collaborate on NTT IndyCar Series Distribution
MX1, a global solution provider of media services, and IMS Productions, a leader in media production and technology, announced today a partnership to provide distribution services for international race telecasts for the NTT IndyCar Series, the premier level of open-wheel racing in North America.
Over the next three seasons, beginning with this week's season opener at St. Petersburg, Florida, IMS Productions will be responsible for transmitting all NTT IndyCar Series races to international rights holders in approximately 80 countries around the globe, and MX1 will provide both operational support and distribution services. The partnership comes following the announcement in January that INDYCAR, sanctioning organization for the NTT IndyCar Series, has created INDYCAR Media, the in-house global distribution arm to negotiate international media rights. INDYCAR and IMS Productions are both subsidiaries of Hulman & Company.
Spanish Telco Telefonica’s Movistar Plus platform has announced the acquisition of exclusive rights in the country to US motor-racing series IndyCar.
The deal covers the 2019 season, which commences with the Grand Prix of St Petersburg on March 10, and includes all 17 rounds. It comes after streaming platform DAZN initially announced it had acquired the rights in January.
IndyCar will have increased interest in Spain as two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso prepares for his second tilt at the showpiece Indianapolis 500 race.
Formula E back to London with indoor/outdoor track
New London Circuit
Formula E is set to bring electric racing back to the UK, with a unique track winding its way through the Royal Docks and ExCeL London in summer 2020 - for season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
British fans of Formula E and Londoners will once again be able to witness racing on the streets of the capital, as the fully-electric cars tackle the 2.4km clockwise circuit and line-up on the starting grid located inside ExCeL.
A summary of 2019 IndyCar international TV deals to-date (Update)
UPDATE A reader was asking about Latin America - ESPN Latin America has been the home of IndyCar since it started in the late '80s. (CART 1996-2001, IRL 2002-today), but sources in Latin America say so far no one has the TV rights for Latin America. And that’s from Mexico and south to South America. Brazil may have a deal we hear.
We suspect IndyCar races in Latin America will eventually be broadcast on Fox Sports Premium - a new OTT streaming offering that debuted in Mexico and Central America in January 2019. The new channel operates from Fox Sports’ broadcast studio in Mexico City. Fox Sports Premium will stream 24 hours a day and feature exclusive games from top international soccer leagues, Formula 1, UFC, WWE, and select fights from the International Boxing Organization (IBO). If we are correct in our assumption, if you want to watch IndyCar races in Latin America you will have to pay for them, which should ensure a minuscule audience.
Americans Norman and Megennis Fastest as Pre-Season Testing Concludes
Quick man Ryan Norman
The traditional Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Spring Training concluded at a warm and muggy Homestead-Miami Speedway this afternoon. Ryan Norman topped the timing charts for Andretti Autosport after an exclusive five hours of running for competitors in this year’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. Teammate Robert Megennis ended the day second fastest, followed by Frenchman Julien Falchero for Belardi Auto Racing.
Tony Dungy, the Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach who currrently serves as an analyst on NBC’s “Football Night in America,” will serve as the grand marshal of this weekend’s 15th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the inaugural race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series.
On Sunday (March 10), Dungy will give the command for Indy car drivers to start their engines, effectively kicking off the 17-race NTT IndyCar Series season, from the passenger seat in a Honda-powered two-seat Indy car known as “Honda's Fastest Seat in Sports.” Once Dungy gives the command, he’ll lead the parade lap ahead of the rest of the field in the Honda Indy car, driven by racing legend Mario Andretti.
Mouser Molex to sponsor Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan
Bourdais' Mouser/Molex sponsored car
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan announced today that Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry’s leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, will once again sponsor the team throughout the entire 2019 NTT IndyCar Series. Joining Mouser in the sponsorship is valued supplier Molex.
The 17-race season kicks off March 10 in Florida at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and includes the 103rd running of the famed Indianapolis 500, set for May 26.
Compared with the 9.17 million who watched the telecast of the Daytona 500 on Fox on Feb. 17, the average audience of 53,293 who watched Fox’s streaming coverage of the race on their laptops, tablets or phones was minuscule.
AiM Sports Named Official Onboard Camera of Road to Indy
Andersen Promotions today announced a new partnership with AiM Sports as the Official Onboard Camera across all three levels of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. The move further establishes AiM Sports’ position as a leader in motorsports onboard video systems following its confirmation as the “spec” camera for the entire NTT IndyCar Series grid last month.
The Haas Project – Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen & Guenther Steiner
Since joining the sport in 2016, Haas F1 Team have been an outfit on the rise, whose legacy lays claim to becoming the first U.S.-based constructor to race and score points in Formula One since Haas-Lola in 1986.
Speaking with Mobil 1 The Grid, drivers Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, and Team Principal Guenther Steiner, explain their hopes for the season ahead, as well as sharing their thoughts on the Haas F1 project overall.
IndyCar revved up about new season with recent business wins
Will we see a spike in TV Ratings for this weekend's St. Pete IndyCar race now that IndyCar has a single TV partner?
Equipped with a new title sponsor, new media rights deal and new tracks on the schedule, IndyCar gets its 2019 season underway this weekend with optimism throughout the paddock writes Adam Stern of Sports Business Daily.
Japanese technology giant NTT joins as title sponsor of IndyCar this year, replacing Verizon. Sources have said the series received around a $10 million annual spend from NTT for the deal that will last at least three years, about the same that Verizon paid. New teams in the paddock include Harding Steinbrenner Racing and DragonSpeed Racing.
Overall, IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said he’s feeling as good about the commercial viability of the series as he ever has since taking over the helm in 2012.
Michelin has launched its latest guide to MotoGP as it releases its 2019 incarnation of the Michelin Season Guide on the eve of the championship opener in Qatar.
This year’s guide features lots of useful facts and information on Michelin’s range of tires, its crew and tire identification, plus lots of insightful data into the world of MotoGP and the 19 circuits that will be visited during this season’s calendar. There is also material relating to the newest addition of the championship, as Michelin becomes the Official Class Tire for MotoE.
Paul Di Resta Confirmed For United Autosports Maiden Le Mans 24 Hours
Paul Di Resta
United Autosports are happy to confirm that Paul Di Resta will join their maiden FIA World Endurance Championship program for the 2019/2020 season, as well as being part of their Le Mans 24 Hours driver line up.
Paul will race alongside Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque in the eight-round championship in a Ligier JS P217, while taking on the world-famous endurance race for the second time in June.
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