Sam Bird stripped of victory in Hong Kong E-Prix thriller (Update)
Sam Bird stripped of victory
UPDATE Marking the 50th race of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship's short history was never going to be easy but another scrappy street race in downtown Hong Kong saw the series celebrate with the usual hefty dose of unpredictability. With a dramatic dogfight between DS Techeetah's Andre Lotterer and Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird as the centerpiece, the series' half century turned out to be the first officially wet race in the Championship's history, which saw Sam Bird stripped of his stolen victory after failing post-race inspection and Venturi's Edoardo Mortara rise as the most unlikely underdog victor on Hong Kong's iconic Harborfront.
Veekay holds off Claman in Indy Lights St. Pete race
Dutch teenager Rinus VeeKay scored a dramatic first Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires victory this morning for Juncos Racing. VeeKay, who won last year’s Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, earning a scholarship to graduate to the top rung on the Road to Indy ladder system in 2019, made an aggressive pass on polesitter Oliver Askew on the first green-flag lap and never looked back.
Silverstone will be resurfacing the circuit for the second time in as many years following shoddy work done in 2018, which contributed to the cancellation of MotoGP's round at the Northamptonshire circuit.
The entire track was resurfaced in January last year to reduce the amount of bumps, but that led to drainage issues and the cancellation of last year's MotoGP event, which race director Mike Webb said was a direct result of the new surface.
It is going to be a prefect, sunny day in St Petersburg, Florida for the first race of the 2019 season. Temperatures are predicted to be 80 degrees at race time.
The 1.8 mile temporary street course with 14 turns has not changed much since last year, according to the drivers. The drivers will have 150 seconds of push to pass today, with a maximum single duration of 15 seconds.
1000 Miles of Sebring: Test day 1 - Conquering the bumps
Alonso was 2nd quick
The first full day of testing at Sebring Raceway has concluded with Toyota Gazoo Racing, TDS Racing, Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK and Aston Martin Racing at the head of each of the four categories.
During the four-hour afternoon session, the No.7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID in the hands of Mike Conway lapped the 3.74 mile/5.984m, 17-turn circuit in 1.41:211, unofficially breaking the existing Sebring track record by more than 2.5 seconds.
Porsche Formula E - First Test Drive in Weissach Porsche works driver Neel Jani completed the first kilometers in the new Formula E car at Porsche‘s testing ground in Weissach yesterday, thereby reaching an important milestone en route to the works entry in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for Season 6.
Video: IndyCar Series: St. Pete Qualifying Highlights
Will Power just loves the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. For the eighth time at the very technical street course, and the 55th time in his career, the Team Penske driver of the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet, will lead the field of the NTT IndyCar Series (NICS) to the green flag.
With a lap of one minute, 0.4594 seconds/107.170 mph, the 2014 Series’ champion captured his first NTT P1 Award of the season. The top-qualifying effort was number six for a Chevy-powered driver since 2012 when the Bowtie Brand returned to NICS competition.
Zachary Claman (Belardi Auto Racing) celebrated his return to Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires by leading every lap of the season opener and winning the race by 0.7271 of a second over Toby Sowery (BN Racing/Team Pelfrey). Claman, who drove in Indy Lights from 2016-17, competed in 10 NTT IndyCar Series races in 2017 and '18, but returned to the top level of the Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires this season to hone his race craft in hopes of an eventual return to the NTT IndyCar Series.
Thompson and Abel Motorsports Sweep Indy Pro 2000 Weekend
Parker Thompson and Abel Motorsports ensured a virtually perfect commencement to their fresh partnership as the gifted Canadian led from start to finish in today’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Allied Building Products. Thompson, who celebrated his 21st birthday just one week ago, backed up his victory in yesterday’s opening round of the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by posting the fastest time in qualifying earlier this morning. The native of Red Deer, Alb., Canada, then catapulted immediately into a lead he never looked likely to relinquish.
Ryan Hunter-Reay has the bit between his teeth so far this weekend in St. Petersburg for the opening race of the 2019 NTT Data IndyCar Series. Fastest in session 2 and fastest overall on Friday, Hunter-Reay was again fastest in the final practice session for the Firestone GP of St. Petersburg on Saturday morning.
Penske Chevy driver Josef Newgarden was close behind in 2nd ahead of Takuma Sato in third in the Rahal Honda.
Honda's general manager of motorsport Masashi Yamamoto will take on a new role in April, focuses solely on the Japanese manufacturer's Formula 1 project.
Yamamoto will become Honda's F1 managing director, as it enters its first year supplying engines to more than one team. After spending the 2018 campaign with Toro Rosso, Honda will also give its power units to Red Bull Racing, Toro Rosso's sister squad.
Coyne to run James Davison at 103rd Indianapolis 500 (Update)
UPDATE Added a short video below of a discussion we had with Davison and the team after the announcement.
James Davison will be making a return to Dale Coyne Racing for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 in May as the team partners with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Hollinger MotorSport, and Belardi Auto Racing to run the #33 car for the Australian driver.
Highlights from the 1970 Twelve Hours of Sebring IMSA will write another chapter in the history books at Sebring International Raceway on March 16. Take a trip down memory lane to relive the 1970 Twelve Hours of Sebring in preparation for the race’s 67th running in 2019. Comment
Marquez leads Qatar Friday practice with record pace
Marquez buries field on Friday
A blistering 1’53.380 lap from Marquez saw the reigning MotoGP World Champion quickest as new team-mate Lorenzo continued to improve his feeling with the Honda.
Friday in Qatar marked not only the beginning of the Qatar Grand Prix, but also the eagerly awaited return of the MotoGP World Championship after a long winter. With Free Practice 1 taking place during the day and Free Practice 2 running at night, the latter offered conditions most similar to Sunday’s race with 21ºC track and air temperature.
ISM Raceway has found a replacement sponsor for this weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race in iK9, a subsidiary of security/defense company Xtreme Concepts that focuses on providing trained dogs for security services and emotional support programs.
Andretti Autosport veteran Ryan Hunter-Reay showed the youngster the fast way around the streets of St. Petersburg Friday afternoon with a blistering lap of 1m00.897s in his Honda to top the 2nd practice session for the Firestone GP of St. Petersburg.
“We definitely made some changes between the sessions. At first, I thought the car was a bit of a handful, and it still is, we are right on the edge of tipping it over. But it was a good outing. The car is a handful at the moment; I’d like it to be a little bit more ‘polite’ in a few areas. We will put our heads together as a team and work to get this #28 DHL Honda up front, but it is a good first step.”
F2 transplant Felix Rosenqvist made his presence felt immediately on Friday morning here on the streets of St. Petersburg by turning the fastest lap on the still green track as practice began for the Firestone GP of St. Petersburg IndyCar season opener.
Rosenqvist, from Sweden, put up a lap of 1m01.822s to beat American Ryan Hunter-Reay by 1/4-sec as Honda drivers swept the top-6 fastest times. Rosenqvist was the only driver in the 1m01sec bracket.
The Mission E concept study, from which the Taycan emerges, in action
The vehicle will not be presented to the public until September and its final design is not yet known; nonetheless, there are more than 20,000 people around the world with serious interest in buying one of their own, as the company has confirmed at the Geneva International Motor Show.
That is the number that has already registered to join a list of prospective buyers – and registration requires a down payment of €2,500 (in Europe).
Good morning from beautiful St Pete, Florida. We are expecting a sunny 77 degrees for the high temperature today. The perfect backdrop for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, the opening race for 2019.
At the welcome party which was held last night in St.Pete, the buzz was all about the new drivers coming into the series and the competition we should see on the track. Mark Miles, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hulman and Company, said only a few words of welcome to the crowd of media and sponsor guests.
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