Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and USF2000 St. Pete qualifying
Telitz charges to Lights pole
Mazda Scholarship Driver Telitz Captures Pole for Indy Lights Debut
PETERSBURG, Fla. – The season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg kicked off today with practice and qualifying for four of the six races which comprise the start of a new campaign for the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.
Video: NASCAR Las Vegas pre race Q&A Chris Buescher (No. 37 JTG Daugherty Chevrolet), Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford), Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford), NXS - Spencer Gallagher and Brendan Gaughan Comment
Video: IndyCar St Pete GP Q&A with Michael Andretti AR1 talks to Andretti Autosport President Michael Andretti on the upcoming 2017 season who his 5th driver might be at the Indy 500, the new bodykits coming in 2018, sponsorship for Marco and Alexander's car, improvements the team made in the offseason, and more..... Comment
Dovizioso tops Day 1 test in Qatar Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) took first blood as the third and final preseason test got underway at Losail International Circuit in Qatar, setting the fastest lap of the night and quicker than new teammate Jorge Lorenzo’s 2016 race lap record. Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) completed the top three.
There were a number of high profile crashers – including reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) – and a Red Flag late in the session following a number of falls in succession at Turn 2.
Video: IndyCar St Pete GP Q&A with Marco Andretti AR1 talks to Andretti Autosport driver Marco Andretti about IndyCar brake issues and his new outlook on driving. Andretti has managed just two victories in 183 IndyCar starts. His last win was in 2011, and as IndyCar prepares for its Sunday season-opener through the streets of St. Petersburg, Andretti is in the best mental place of his career.
''I approached last year and said this has to be my best year. Well, that was the wrong approach,'' he said. ''If you go in thinking you have to do this, you are going to drive with a chip on your shoulder, you are going to drive angry and you are going to drive frustrated and you are not going to drive fast.''
Chip Ganassi Racing appears to be right up to speed with Honda after being a Chevy team for years. Their driver Scott Dixon, turned the fastest lap at 1m02.559s in his Honda to beat Penske Chevy driver Will Power who put up a lap of 1m02.842s.
As they did in the morning session, Honda cars took 4 of the top-5 speeds. Dixon's teammate Tony Kanaan was third with Charlie Kimball (Ganassi Honda) and Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing Honda) rounding out the top-5.
INDYCAR aligns all major manufacturers with Chevrolet, Honda extensions
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - INDYCAR continues building momentum and solidifying its future by today announcing that manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda have signed multiyear contract extensions to supply engines for the Verizon IndyCar Series.
The announcement follows those earlier this year that chassis maker Dallara and tire supplier Firestone have also signed multiyear extensions, meaning all four major manufacturers have committed to the sport.
Marco Andretti leads Honda sweep in opening IndyCar practice
After a winter of intense training, Marco Andretti came out swinging by turning the fastest lap of 1m03.756s in opening practice for the Firestone St. Petersburg Grand Prix street race. Andretti led a Honda 1-2-3-4 as Honda appears to have caught Chevy in the offseason, at least so far.
Tony Kanaan came within a whisker of Andretti with a time of 1m03.845s with his Ganassi teammate right behind in third.
Hunter-Reay ready to attack revised St. Pete track
This weekend the Verizon IndyCar Series will run their season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida. With the temperatures in the high 70s, the weekend should be perfect to get the series started on round one of the 17 races scheduled for this season.
With all the driver changes for this season, it will be interesting to watch how the team chemistry effects the chance for a win for some of these drivers. Takuma Sato is now driving for Andretti Autosport after driving for Foyt Racing for four seasons. Having only one win, Sato looks to change that statistic with three experienced drivers as teammates.
Turn 3 of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg circuit reconfigured
Turn 3 of the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit for the 2017 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has been reconfigured, INDYCAR announced today.
The corner has been a fast, sweeping right-hand turn in recent years, but INDYCAR officials, in conjunction with Green Savoree Racing Promotions, decided to make modifications after several cars competing in Thursday's support series practices crested a bump and lost control in the ensuing depression.
Yu Kanamaru to drive for RP Motorsport Japanese driver Yu Kanamaru will join RP Motorsport in the 2017 season of the World Series Formula V8
3.5. The 22 year-old driver from Tokyo, after his first full year in the Series (partnering the FIA WEC in six events), will dress the colors of the Italian team in the championship starting in April 15-16th in Silverstone.
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen led morning practice in Barcelona, lapping the Circuit de Catalunya with a time of 1.18.634s. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was second 8-tenths behind the Finn, with Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz third 1.2s behind Raikkonen.
McLaren-Honda's dismal pre-season testing programme continued amid more electrical problems.
McLaren has been beset by a lack of reliability and performance across testing in Spain, with a shortage of laps and pace characterising its build-up to the 2017 campaign.
Pirelli Announces Compound Choices And Mandatory Sets For Spain, Monaco, Canada And Azerbaijan Pirelli will bring the following compounds to the rounds on the 2017 Formula One season in Spain (May 12-14), Monaco (May, 26-28), Canada (June 9-11) and Azerbaijan (June 23-25) which will be held on the Montmelo, Monte-Carlo, Montreal and Baku circuits respectively.
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Video: Previewing 2017 IndyCar series With the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series kicking off on the streets of St. Petersburg this weekend, Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with the drivers taking the field. James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Alexander Rossi, Ed Jones and reigning champion Simon Pagenaud all feature. Comment
Berlin to host Formula E double-header The FIA has confirmed that June's Berlin Formula E round will become a double-header to make up for the cancellation of the race in Brussels.
City officials in Brussels confirmed in January they had voted against hosting Formula E in the Koekelberg district on July 1, leaving event promoters with a race against time to find a new location for the all-electric series' event.
Deltro Energy to Support No. 98 Indy Lights Effort with Andretti-Steinbrenner
NBCSN is such a horrible partner for IndyCar they show the Indy Lights race over a week after it runs at 2 AM in the morning to ensure only 5 or 6 people are still awake to see it.
Deltro Energy, a member of The Deltro Group of Companies, has partnered with Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing to support Colton Herta in his rookie Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season.
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UPDATE When asked whether he was able to take Barcelona's Turn 3 flat out, Alonso also made a joke about the lack of performance.
"Oh yeah, for us, not only Turn 3," he smiled. "For us nearly all the corners are flat."
03/08/17 McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has expressed his frustration over a Honda power unit which has "no reliability and no power", estimating a deficit of 30 km/h down the straights, compared to its Formula 1 rivals.
Larry Dixon Returns to Gainesville Raceway For the first time since his incredible 2015 Top Fuel Crash
Top Fuel racer Larry Dixon will return to the site of one of National Hot Rod Association drag racing’s wildest crashes when the three-time NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel champion competes in next week’s 48th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway on March 17-19.
Dixon, 50, walked away from a spectacular qualifying crash two years ago on Saturday, March 14, 2015 when the Top Fuel dragster he was driving broke in half near the track’s 1000-foot finish line and flew some 75 feet in the air. Dixon was able to climb from the car’s wreckage.
F4 U.S. Championship Recieves Its 20th Entry For 2017 The 2017 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda line-up continues to flourish with its 20th entry coming from Justin Sirgany. The 14-year-old Jamaican filled the second seat for Global Racing Group. The team announced Jacob Loomis of Corinth, Texas, as its first confirmed driver in February.
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Crew chief (Randall Burnett) has been fined $65,000 and suspended from the next three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points events. Team has been assessed with the loss of 35 driver and 35 owner points.
46-Car Sebring Entry List The 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida on Saturday, March 18 will feature a 46-car entry list for the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The field includes 11 Prototype class entries, a 10-car GT Le Mans field, 21 GT Daytona entries and four Prototype Challenge cars. All four cars that won their respective classes in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29 are returning in hopes of repeating what both the Tequila Patrón ESM and Corvette Racing teams accomplished last year -- a sweep of the “36 Hours of Florida” in the Prototype and GTLM classes.
V2V Safety Technology Now Standard on Cadillac CTS Sedans
Cadillac introduces Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications this month in the CTS performance sedan, beginning with 2017 interim model year cars in production now. V2V-equipped vehicles share information that can be used to alert drivers to upcoming potential hazards, laying the groundwork for a connected, safer future.
Cadillac's V2V solution uses Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) and GPS and can handle 1,000 messages per second from vehicles up to nearly 1,000 feet away. For example, when a car approaches an urban intersection, the technology scans the vicinity for other vehicles and tracks their positions, directions and speeds, warning the driver of potential hazards that might otherwise be invisible.
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