Alonso Announces Sponsorship Deal With Adidas Motorsport
Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso announced via social media that he signed a sponsorship deal with adidas motorsport, according to Francisco R. Checa of EXPANSION. Alonso said on Twitter, "Today is a very special day to announce my new alliance with adidas."
He will wear adidas sports equipment and clothing, "and the brand will also sponsor the gloves he wears during races this season." Alonso joins fellow adidas ambassadors Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale, NBA Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio and Novak Djokovic. Alonso announced "a few weeks ago" that he was switching his helmet sponsor for this season, from Arai to Bell. EXPANSION
FOX Sports Live From Ultra-Challenging 12 HOURS OF SEBRING This year’s 65th running of the 12 HOURS OF SEBRING, the second round of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, features 46 entries representing 13 different manufacturers across four divisions -- and that may not even be the most challenging part of the iconic once-around-the-clock endurance event.
Contested March 18 on parts of a former World War II U.S. Army Air Forces training facility landing field, Sebring International Raceway’s 17-turn, 3.74-mile road course provides a unique test of skill and concentration for some of the most accomplished racers in the world.
Chevrolet, Sebring International Raceway Extend Marketing Partnership
Corvette at Sebring
Chevrolet and Sebring International Raceway confirmed today an extension of their marketing partnership as the two groups head into the 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida.
"It’s a pleasure for Chevrolet to continue our relationship with Sebring International Raceway,” said Michael Stouffer, Chevrolet Marketing Motorsports Manager. “This partnership allows us to showcase Chevrolet and the Corvette brand on one of the biggest stages in global sports car racing. Sebring is steeped in tradition, and we are proud to play a significant role in the race’s history with a number of victories and important moments."
Nobuharu Matsushita claimed the first day honors after topping this afternoon’s FIA Formula 2 Championship pre-season test in Barcelona, stopping the clock halfway through the session with a time of 1:29.061 to lead ART Grand Prix teammate Alexander Albon and Norman Nato, who both finished on the same time, by just under a tenth and top this morning’s best time set by Johnny Cecotto by almost two tenths.
The sun came out for this afternoon’s 3 hour session, with Sean Gelael the first driver to set a competitive time as the teams finished their installation work a third of the way through the session. Matsushita grabbed the top spot at the 1hr20 mark and was never displaced, despite some strong work from Albon, Gustav Malja, Charles Leclerc, Cecotto and finally Nato as the clock wound down to zero.
Video: Joey Logano and Kyle Busch fight at Las Vegas (Update) UPDATE NASCAR "will review TV and video footage of a post-race fight between drivers Kyle Busch and Joey Logano." Immediately after yesterday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Busch "walked briskly down pit road to where Logano had parked." He "walked directly up to Logano and threw a right punch that appeared to connect." As Busch was "escorted away, he appeared to be bleeding from a cut on his face" MOTORSPORT.com.
After the race, "everybody was talking about the fight and little else." ESPN.com.
Martin Wins Again to Maintain his Unbeaten Record in Pro Mazda
Talented Australian Anthony Martin continued from where he left off yesterday, scoring another flag-to-flag victory in this afternoon’s Allied Building Products Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He now boasts a perfect two-for-two record in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Martin, 22, led throughout the 40-minute race to enjoy a weekend sweep for himself and the locally based Cape Motorsports team on the streets of St. Petersburg.
The remaining podium finishers also repeated from yesterday, with Victor Franzoni, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, finishing second for Juncos Racing and California’s TJ Fischer taking third for Team Pelfrey after his Brazilian teammate Carlos Cunha experienced a mechanical failure.
Veteran Patrick Long of Manhattan Beach, Calif., took advantage of a wild first turn skirmish Sunday and drove his No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R to victory in the GT Round 2 of the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by Case●It on the harborside 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit. Young Alec Udell of The Woodlands, Tex., captured his second straight GTA title Sunday and Preston Calvert of Potomac, Md., scored a second GT Cup win.
Video: Q&A with 2017 St Petersburg GP Winner Sebastien Bourdais AR1 interviews 2017 St. Petersburg GP winner Sebastien Bourdais who drove from last to first to win on a day when David (Small Team Dale Coyne Racing) slayed Goliath (the mighty Team Penske). Comment
FIA Formula 2 breaks cover in Barcelona The 2017 FIA Formula 2 season officially kicks off tomorrow with the first test session of the year at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. The teams and drivers have set up camp for the next three days, from Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th, to prepare themselves and their drivers ahead of the debut of the new championship which will start in just one month’s time, on April 14th at the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.
Video: St Pete GP Indy Lights post race Q&A with Herta & Steinbrenner From St. Petersburg, Florida, AR1 talks to 16-year old Colton Herta, who won his first Indy Lights race in only his 2nd race start, and rookie team co-owner George Steinbrenner IV could not be happier with his young talent. Comment
Colton Herta wins 2nd Indy Lights race in St. Petersburg
Colton Herta impressed everyone yesterday on his Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires debut by charging through from sixth to second. But that was nothing compared to this morning on the Streets of St. Petersburg. The 16-year-old from Valencia, Calif., started from the pole and displayed remarkable poise as he outpaced the field to win the Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Cooper Tires in convincing style for Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing.
While other teams will be making their cars faster each race weekend with continual development, McLaren Honda has to work on just keeping their car running.
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has said there are "no overnight fixes" for the team, but is hopeful for a better showing in Australia.
The MCL32 needed at least seven power unit changes over the eight days of testing at Barcelona, while Stoffel Vandoorne and the incredibly frustrated Fernando Alonso both suffered double breakdowns on Day Seven and Eight respectively.
NASCAR allows teams to see pit road timing data during practice
Kyle Busch about to hit a timing line in Las Vegas
Last Sunday at Atlanta, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers collectively were flagged for 13 pit road speeding penalties, with a late ticket to Kevin Harvick changing the entire tenor of the race.
Drivers had to deal with the addition of timing lines on pit road at Atlanta, creating scoring segments that were much smaller than those in play when the series visited the 1.54-mile track last year.
Brembo sheds blame for IndyCar brake issues With brakes being a hot-button topic in the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock this weekend, Brembo has sought to clarify its role and explain that it is in no way their fault that IndyCar teams are experiencing overheating problems after IndyCar switched to PFS brake rotors and pads yet retained Brembo calipers.
Brembo released a statement on Saturday afternoon:
Video: St Pete Indy Lights Q&A with Colton Herta and George Steinbrenner IV AR1 talks to Indy Lights rookie Colton Herta, son of former IndyCar driver Bryan Herta, and we also talk to Herta's car owner George Steinbrenner IV Comment
Telitz Dominates but Indy Lights Thrills in St. Petersburg
Aaron Telitz tried his utmost to turn the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season opener into a procession, but fortunately his fellow protagonists failed to follow his script during an otherwise action-packed Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Cooper Tires. As Telitz, 25, from Birchwood, Wis., romped to an impressive debut victory from the pole for Belardi Auto Racing, the remainder of the 15-car field staged a thrilling contest which ended with fellow Americans Colton Herta (Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing) and Neil Alberico (Carlin) completing the podium.
Video: St Pete GP Q&A with AJ Foyt IndyCar team boss Larry Foyt AR1.com talks to AJ Foyt Racing President Larry Foyt about the changes he made to the team for the 2017 season, the new engines they are running and more. Comment
Parente Opens His Pirelli World Challenge GT Title Defense
Reigning GT champion Alvaro Parente of Porto, Portugal opened his Pirelli World Challenge championship defense Saturday with an impressive 10.135-second victory Saturday in the 2017 season-opening PWC Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by Case-It at the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit near the beautiful harborside. Young Alec Udell of The Woodlands,Tex., took the GTA class top honors with Preston Calvert of Potomac,. Md., winning the GT Cup division Saturday in the sun-drenched 80-degree weather.
Video: St Pete IndyCar race Q&A with Sebastien Bourdais AR1.com talks to IndyCar veteran Sebastien Bourdais about his switch back to Dale Coyne Racing, being 5th in practice yesterday, being reunited with some of the key players from the Newman Haas and KV Racing teams and his goals for this year. Comment
Video: St Pete IndyCar race Q&A with former driver Derek Daly AR1.com talks with the father of IndyCar driver Conor Daly about the importance of IndyCar having some American stars to compete against the foreign stars. Comment
Video: St Pete IndyCar race Q&A with rookie Ed Jones AR1.com talks to IndyCar rookie Ed Jones about the changes for him moving up from Indy Lights to IndyCars, his goals for this year, and his chances of winning the 2017 Rookie of the Year Comment
Dixon fastest as Hondas continue to dominate in St. Pete
Scott Dixon led a 1-6 sweep of the top speeds in final practice ahead of qualifying for the Firestone GP St. Petersburg Saturday morning. James Hinchcliffe was 2nd quick just 0.04sec behind Dixon followed by Andretti Autosport driver Alexander Rossi who made a big improvement from Friday's practice.
Max Chilton was 4th in the 2nd Chip Ganassi car with Sebastien Bourdais rounding out the top-5 for Dale Coyne Racing.
Newcomer Daniel Mancinelli steals Pirelli World Challenge GT pole position Friday
Italy’s Daniel Mancinelli made a shocking debut Friday in the GT/GTA qualifying session when the driver of the No. TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 capturing the overall pole position in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by Case●It in the streets of St. Petersburg.
Mancinelli, a former open-wheel racer in Europe, recorded a pole run of one minute, 13.953 seconds (87.62 miles per hour) in the revised 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary circuit on the St. Pete harborside in his first Pirelli World Challenge racing weekend after competing exclusively in his native Italy and European countries. Mancinelli clocked his fastest lap on his eighth and final lap of the qualifying round.
The Andretti Autosport foursome set the pace for Race 2 of the weekend’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires double-header on the Streets of St. Petersburg, recovering from a string of bad luck in Race 1’s qualifying session to capture the pole. Rookie Colton Herta, driving the No. 98 Deltro Energy Mazda for Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing, earned his first pole in the series while also capturing the first pole for Andretti Autosport in the Dallara IL-15.
During the 30-minute session, Herta, Dalton Kellett (No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda) and Nico Jamin (No. 27 Synova Mazda) all flirted with first position, competing for the top spot on a fast track in a tight top-eight field. Kellett, who is in his second year in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, will start tomorrow’s event in his highest starting position in the series.
Kurt Busch says Roush-Yates engines contributing to Stewart-Haas' fast start
Brad Keselowski (Ford) took pole Friday in Las Vegas
Kurt Busch says he believes Roush-Yates engines are contributing to Stewart-Haas' fast start in 2017. He spoke to the media Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
Busch: "When we made the announcement that we were switching to Ford last year, it came with extra meetings and longer driver debriefs because we were looking at blueprints and different front-end geometry changes because of Doug Yates' engines and how they're built slightly different with where the pulleys are and the way the belt serpentine system works, as well as the pressurized system versus unpressurized, so a lot of extra work had to go into switching our cars over to Ford.
Andretti (Honda) chases Newgarden (Chevy) in Friday practice
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A perfect morning here in St. Petersburg with temperatures 66 degrees F going up to the mid-70s. There is a chance of showers at race time on Sunday but the hope is that we will stay dry.
Repaved downtown streets intended to smooth your drive could make a big difference in Sunday's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
About 80 percent of the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street course for the IndyCar season opener has been repaved, including the front straightaway on the Albert Whitted Airport's runway, Turns 5, 6 and 7 on Beach Drive NE, and the backstretch on Bay Shore Drive. Some of the bumps that made braking difficult have disappeared.
Video: Live Telemetry Secrets Of Formula E! How do the FIA scrutineers make sure that the cars are following regulations on track? This video takes you inside the world of live data gathering in Formula E. Comment
The 100th Indianapolis 500 did such an extraordinary box office last year, drawing the first sellout in race history with an estimated crowd of 350,000, that race officials understood that it would be virtually impossible to match ticket sales for the 101st race on May 28 writes Dave Caldwell of the NY Times
Mark Miles, the chief executive for Hulman & Company, which owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series, set a more modest benchmark: Get half of the 130,000 increase in attendance between the 2015 and 2016 races to return in 2017.
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