Jack Roush Nominated for 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class
In 1988 Jack Roush ventured into the unknown territory of NASCAR racing, starting a single car team out of Liberty, N.C. His No. 6 Ford Thunderbird lasted only 19 laps in its Daytona 500 debut that year. Thirty years later, Roush stands as the winningest owner in NASCAR history, having taken his Fords to victory lane on 323 occasions – most recently this season at Daytona - in NASCAR competition and having lifted NASCAR season championship trophies on eight occasions. For his efforts, contributions and accomplishments, Roush has been nominated for the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.
Victor Franzoni and Jeff Green Join Juncos Racing for Pro Mazda Juncos Racing is pleased to announce Brazlian Victor Franzoni and American Jeff Green will join the championship winning team for the 2017 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires season.
Victor Franzoni (Sao Paulo, Brazil) made his first appearance with Juncos Racing during the 2016 Chris Griffiths Memorial Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Brazilian paced the field throughout the two day test, finishing fastest overall and posted a new unofficial track record. Frazoni moves up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder after competing in the 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda series, where he earned three wins.
The Cadillac DPi.V-Rs have been slowed even further, in the latest round of Balance of Performance adjustments ahead of next weekend’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
The Action Express Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillacs will face a 20kg increase in minimum weight and a further 0.6mm reduction in air restrictor, following a dominant run in last month’s IMSA-sanctioned test at Sebring.
Allmendinger to be penalized (Update) UPDATE NASCAR officials dropped the hammer on JTG Daugherty Racing Wednesday as the sanctioning body released its post-race penalty report for last weekend’s three national series events at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The No. 47 driven by Allmendinger was found in violation of several sections of the NASCAR rulebook relating to lug nuts and “Encumbered Race Finishes.”
ESPN unveiling new technology to enhance IndyCar experience
Too bad 100% of the races weren't on ABC, which delivers ratings of 1.0 or higher just about every race. IndyCar would be booming. Instead the series carries the NBCSN albatross around its neck for most races.
If you are a Verizon IndyCar Series fan who has longed to get closer to the action, ABC and ESPN might have just made your day.
ESPN announced Tuesday that it will debut a pair of innovations during the season-opening IndyCar race Sunday in St. Petersburg, Florida, that will air live on ABC.
The first is what ESPN is calling a predictive analytics system, which it says has been built specifically for IndyCar racing. The idea is to give fans a better chance at figuring out who might win by providing them with information about race strategy, including tire compound choices and laps on a tire, fuel windows and optimal laps for pitting. The system also will provide a predictive analysis of positions, lap time falloff and probability of cautions.
NASCAR, SiriusXM Agree To Six-Year Renewal Through '22 NASCAR and SiriusXM today announced a six-year renewal through '22 of their broadcasting and marketing agreement. The '17 season is NASCAR's 16th on satellite radio (NASCAR).
ESPN's Bob Pockrass tweeted the extension is "not a surprise," as there is "no real other option for NASCAR if it wants to be on satellite radio." TWITTER.com
Indycar, Andretti Autosport Teams With Disney's 'Mickey And The Roadster Racers'
Michael Andretti with Mickey Mouse
INDYCAR announced today that it will team up with Disney Junior's newest hit series "Mickey and the Roadster Racers" to deliver youth and family entertainment for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. As part of the program, Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay will lead the team's participation as teammates Marco Andretti, Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato help share the racing excitement by participating in special "Mickey and the Roadster Racers Pit Stop" events at three INDYCAR races this season: the series' kickoff at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 12, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 9 and the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing to Enter Red Bull Global Rallycross Series Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) announced today that the team will compete in the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar championship and enter a Ford Fiesta ST for driver Austin Dyne. The program will operate from the team’s Ohio race shop.
The GRC team is the latest addition to RLLR’s portfolio that includes a current program in the Verizon IndyCar Series and the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Since being formed in 1992, the team has fielded entries in series such as CART, Champ Car, the IndyCar Series, Toyota Atlantic, American Le Mans Series and IMSA.
Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas led the way during the second day of the second and final pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, while Ferrari rival Kimi Raikkonen crashed out in the afternoon.
Bottas recorded a lap of 1:19.310, the fastest time of the six test days held to date, on the red-banded compound, before also setting rapid laps on the Ultra Soft tires.
Bottas' time was 0.110s quicker than Williams' Felipe Massa, before both drivers handed over to their respective team-mates, Lewis Hamilton and Lance Stroll, for the four-hour afternoon session.
Video: Onboard with Gasly at Suzuka Ride onboard with Red Bull reserve driver and reigning GP2 champion Pierre Gasly, as he tests his Super Formula car at Suzuka, home of the Japanese Grand Prix, ahead of the 2017 campaign. Comment
Bottas begins to flex Mercedes muscle in Barcelona
Bottas begins to show the speed of the latest Aldo Costa creation
Still sandbagging, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas surged to the top of the standings as he clocked the quickest time of pre-season testing so far on Wednesday morning at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Bottas posted a sequence of quick laps during the early stages on Ultra Soft tires, then re-emerged on the Super Soft rubber and turned the quickest time of 1:19.310, almost four-tenths clear of his headline-grabbing time from last week's four-day test.
Mahindra Racing announces partnership with Omologato watches
Omologato gets a small decal behind the drivers head where no one can see it
Mahindra Racing today announced a new partnership with Omologato, which sees the British watch brand become an Official Partner of the high-flying Formula E team. With the clock ticking down to round four of the 2016-17 FIA Formula E Championship - the Mexico City ePrix, taking place in three weeks - the announcement of this new motorsport partnership is perfectly timed.
The deal will see the Omologato logo placed on the team’s podium-scoring M3Electro race car, with branding above the driver head rest, and on the inside of the rear wing end plate. Omologato clocks will also be prominently displayed inside the Mahindra Racing garage.
Video: Wickens on 'why we race' The tension, the butterflies, the racing. It is the passion for the sport that spurs Robert Wickens and his Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM team-mates on. In the video, the drivers tell us why they think about racing 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Comment
The real facts about the IndyCar TV Ratings and why the new contract must be with ABC
As long as IndyCar has most of its races on NBCSN instead of network TV, the series will never grow
NBC Sports Group saw its TV ratings for its broadcasts of the Verizon IndyCar Series dip in 2016 after a record-setting 2015.
The network released its final 2016 numbers in September of last year -- they showed an average audience of 488,000 viewers for its 10 IndyCar races on NBCSN and CNBC as compared to an average of 507,000 viewers from 2015. In other words, things are getting worse on NBCSN, not better.
The season finale from Sonoma on Sept. 18 -- after which Simon Pagenaud was crowned the Verizon IndyCar Series champion -- averaged 536,00 viewers and was not listed among the network's top-five viewed IndyCar races in 2016.
The road-going performance coupe isn't the only version of the new RS5 that Audi has brought to the Geneva Motor Show this year. Alongside it is the new DTM racing version that's set to compete in the popular German touring car series.
The two versions weren't just revealed together (like the RS3 in Paris), but for the first time were developed together right from the get-go.
Live ABC Telecast to Open Verizon IndyCar Series Season at St. Petersburg
ABC will open the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season with a live telecast of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Fla.) on Sunday, March 12. Coverage begins with pre-race at noon ET with the race’s green flag at 12:30 p.m. The telecast also will stream live on WatchESPN.
Run in one of auto racing's most picturesque settings, the 110-lap race will be contested on a 14-turn, 1.8-mile temporary racing circuit that includes St. Petersburg city streets as well as part of an adjacent airport. Boats in the blue waters of Tampa Bay provide a scenic backdrop for parts of the circuit.
ESPN’s production of the race telecast will introduce two new innovations to enhance the viewing experience for fans, including the first, exclusive usage of a predictive analytics system built especially for IndyCar racing that will bring viewers closer to the strategy that often determines race winners.
Can-Am Challenge Car on Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Circuit
Grand Prix Association of Long Beach President & CEO Jim Michaelian (L) and retired LA Superior Court Judge Joseph DiLoreto (R) with DiLoreto's car.
Next month, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach fans will get a taste of the 1000+ horsepower engines that dominated the golden age of Can-Am racing, when the historic machines race on a street course for the first time in the Can-Am Challenge.
The 20-minute race, which will run Saturday, April 8, will start at approximately noon, just prior to the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix event.
Dodge Extends Sponsorship of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Event at Maple Grove Raceway
Dodge has extended its agreement as the title rights sponsor of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Maple Grove Raceway for the 2017 season, Dodge and NHRA announced today.
The 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals will be held Sept. 21-24 and serves as the second race in the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. The event will be a key stop for racers who are battling for a world championship at the conclusion of the season.
Honda Strengthens Effort for 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series
Honda has a stout lineup now, but can they beat the Penske juggernaut?
Improvements throughout – led by the return of the championship-winning Chip Ganassi Racing organization – highlight the Honda effort as the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series opens this weekend at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Featuring a talented full-season lineup and updated Honda Indy V6 engine, Honda opens the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series seeking its seventh competitive manufacturers’ championship and 12th Indianapolis 500 victory in the last 15 years.
Over 50 Drivers From 14 Nations Set for Mazda Road to Indy Action
Kyle Kaiser - Indy Lights
The eyes of the open-wheel auto racing world will be focused firmly on St. Petersburg, Fla., this weekend as the Verizon IndyCar Series and all three levels of the acclaimed Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires begin their new season on the challenging 1.8-mile, 14-turn downtown street circuit.
More than 50 ambitious drivers literally from around the globe will converge on the scenic waterside track, each and every one of them looking to make a strong start to their campaigns in pursuit of more than $3.5 million in scholarships and awards which will be up for grabs to assist in the graduation from the grassroots of the sport to the elite level in North America.
GE To Sponsor Scott Dixon-Driven No. 9 Honda For IndyCar Opener (Update) UPDATE
Dixon's #9 will carry GE colors for St. Pete
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that four-time Verizon IndyCar Series Champion and Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon will be sporting the colors of GE LED Lighting in Round 1 of the Verizon IndyCar Series on March 12 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (12pm ET, ABC), with additional associate-level support coming from NTT DATA.
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DCR Eager to Start 2017 Season Plainfield, IL (March 7, 2017) - It's with much anticipation that the Dale Coyne Racing team enters this weekend's season opening Verizon IndyCar Series race on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida with drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Ed Jones.
With veteran Bourdais and rookie Jones signed before the end of last year, the Dale Coyne-led team was able to focus entirely on preparations for the upcoming season, completing successful road course and oval testing in the lead-up to this week's March 10th to 12th event.
While the team is eager to start its 2017 campaign, and see its off-season work come to fruition, it enters the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with humble expectations as it takes on what is known to be a highly competitive field.
Using Super Soft tires fitted to his Williams, Felipe Massa clocked a 1:19.726 during Tuesday morning's session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as Formula 1 returned to action for the second pre-season test.
Massa's time was just 0.021s down on last week's fastest lap, set by Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas on Ultra Softs, as he added much-needed mileage to the FW40, following Lance Stroll's incidents across the first test.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo clocked a 1:19.900 on Ultra Soft Pirellis.
The crowd was decent at Atlanta but many left after halfway
NASCAR Cup Series racing from Atlanta scored a 3.6 overnight rating on FOX Sunday afternoon, down a tick from last year (3.7), down 29% from 2015 (5.1), and the lowest for the second race of the season since at least 2000. The previous low was set last year.
The second race of the season - previously Phoenix, Fontana and Rockingham - has traditionally been NASCAR's biggest TV draw outside of Daytona. It routinely topped a 6.0 overnight during NASCAR's 2000s heyday and as recently as nine years ago had a 6.1 for rain-delayed coverage opposite the Academy Awards.
Hunter-Reay defeats Gentilozzi in court (Update) UPDATE
Hunter-Reay has had to chase one shell company after another to collect the damages owed him.
With Paul Gantilozzi playing a shell game between companies, Ryan Hunter-Reay's lawyers have filed a new federal lawsuit in Michigan against his latest company, 3GT Racing.
It seems Gentilozzi keeps transferring assets from one company to another and Ryan Racing LLC is not able to collect on the $3.3 million in a judgment by Michigan Federal Judge Robert Holmes Bell against Gentilozzi and his RSR Racing business on Jan. 31.
RSR Racing had most of its assets transferred to 3GT, which is co-owned by Gentilozzi and his sons John and Anthony, fields a factory-sponsored two-car effort on behalf of auto manufacturer Lexus in IMSA's WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that 1996 IndyCar champion Jimmy Vasser has entered the "Indy Legends" Charity Pro-Am, joining his old rival and 2003 Indy Car Champion Paul Tracy in the feature event of the Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tracy is a defending champion of the race, having won the B Production competition last year in co-driver Gary Moore's 1965 Mustang GT 350.
Both Vasser and Tracy are among the major talents of the modern era of Indy car racing. Tracy is a seven-time starter in the Indianapolis 500 with a best finish of second in 2002 in a controversial result that still has bench-racers debating the outcome. Vasser competed in eight Indianapolis 500s, recording two fourths in 1994 and 2001 for his best showings.
Panoz Avezzano GTS Race Car Completes First Test Team Panoz Racing completed the first comprehensive Panoz Avezzano GTS test at Road Atlanta last week, checking all systems, dialing in the new race car’s setup, and gathering the performance data needed to prepare for its debut at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 10-12, 2017.
Upon the completion of the two-day test Team Manager Tom Milner said the outing was an overall success, but added the team returned to the shop knowing a lot of work remained to be done. The crew is devoting long hours preparing the No. 50 Panoz Avezzano GTS in these final days before the St. Petersburg, Fla. races.
Rahal Preview's the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Season
Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan, provided a preview of the upcoming 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season that will kick off with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 10-12. The team has entered the No. 15 Steak 'n Shake Honda for Graham Rahal. The race will be televised live by ABC beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET Sunday, March 12.
Video: Concussions in Racing - A Case Study Concussions in sports are very much in the news today. And thanks to the work of fellow RRDC member and Neurocritical Care Physician Dr. Steve Olvey, racing leads the way in addressing the issue.
In their latest video Dr. Olvey and his rather well-known patient - four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti - take you through a case history. Together they explain concussions - from the point of view of both the injured driver and the doctor treating the driver.
Williams and Bombardier announce new partnership WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING and Bombardier Business Aircraft are proud to announce a new strategic partnership ahead of the 2017 season, with the Canadian company coming on board this season in support of fellow countryman Lance Stroll, as he prepares for his debut season in Formula One.
As part of the partnership agreement, Bombardier branding will appear on Lance Stroll’s helmet and throughout the garage environment.
Andretti-Steinbrenner Visit Yankees Spring Training with Colton Herta
Whether on track or on the field, spring is an exciting time in sports with the start of racing and baseball seasons. Though Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta has already participated in his own version of Spring Training with the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tries series, he and Steinbrenner Racing’s team president George Michael Steinbrenner IV will join the New York Yankees in theirs at the March 7 game versus the Tampa Bay Rays.
Taking to the mound at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa to throw the game’s first pitch, Herta will help kick off an afternoon full of motorsport and baseball fun for fans attending the game. Bringing the No. 98 Deltro Energy Mazda, he will compete in that weekend on the Streets of St. Petersburg, fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the young driver and his car when gates open at 11 a.m. ET.
GM sells its money losing European business to Peugeot
(Left to Right) Carlos Tavares, chairman of the Managing Board of PSA, and Mary T. Barra, GM chairman and chief executive officer, at this morning’s press conference in Paris announcing the agreement under which GM’s Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial’s European operations will join the PSA Group
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) and PSA Group (Paris:UG) today announced an agreement under which GM’s Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial’s European operations will join the PSA Group in a transaction valuing these activities at $1.4 Bn and $1.0 Bn, respectively.
With the addition of Opel/Vauxhall, which generated revenue of $18.7 Bn in 2016, PSA will become the second-largest automotive company in Europe, with a 17% market share.
Creates sound European foundation for PSA to support its worldwide profitable growth
"We are proud to join forces with Opel/Vauxhall and are deeply committed to continuing to develop this great company and accelerating its turnaround,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman of the Managing Board of PSA. “We respect all that Opel/Vauxhall’s talented people have achieved as well as the company’s fine brands and strong heritage. We intend to manage PSA and Opel/Vauxhall capitalizing on their respective brand identities. Having already created together winning products for the European market, we know that Opel/Vauxhall is the right partner. We see this as a natural extension of our relationship and are eager to take it to the next level."
Rash of speeding penalties mystifies many drivers at Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. – Kasey Kahne joked that he picked the right day to be “probably way too slow on pit road.”
The Hendrick Motorsports driver’s fourth-place finish in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was notable for two reasons: his first top five since a third at Charlotte Motor Speedway last October and a perfect driving record in the pits.
The latter was impressive given that Atlanta Motor Speedway’s pit lane turned into a speed trap on par with any interstate highway on a holiday weekend.
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