Supercars Championship points leader Scott McLaughlin and his teammate Fabian Coulthard preview this weekend's Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 Supercars races, held as a part of the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
After making a perfect start to the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in Adelaide with two poles and two wins, the Shell V-Power Racing Team is now focused on success in this weekend's Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 at Albert Park, as a part of the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
Sebring is going to surpass even the heyday crowds of the ALMS era
SuperSebring 2019 is proving to be so super that nearly all corporate and fan hospitality opportunities are nearing sellouts.
Limited club tickets for fans and corporate guests are available in the Sunset Bend and Turn 17 Clubs. All other corporate hospitality options, including permanent and track-side temporary suites are sold out. No reserved track-side motorhome spots remain.
UPDATE We inadvertently left off the TV rating for the St Petersburg GP, previously only providing the number of viewers. It has been added.
03/12/19 The final TV rating for the St. Petersburg GP on NBCSN fell from an overnight of 0.38 to a final of 0.32, down 60.5% from last year's final on ABC. However, the bad news, and it is really really bad, is that only 82,000 in the all important 18-49 year old category tuned in, down 68% from last year on ABC. The good news is that hardly anyone saw the 13 minute gaffe when NBCSN lost the video feed from St. Petersburg.
82,000 in the important age group is a horrific number, but that is what we have seen for years on NBCSN. Things are not getting better on NBCSN (a station hardly anyone watches), and we can only hope the numbers look better on NBC. The following table gives you the historic IndyCar TV numbers that AutoRacing1.com maintains for its customers.
Scuderia Ferrari has unveiled the revised livery that it will run at this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Ferrari plans to run Philip Morris International's Mission Winnow brand in 2019.
However, an investigation from Australia's health authorities into the legality of the branding and its compliance with anti-tobacco advertising laws prompted the Scuderia to discard the Mission Winnow logo from its car and all team kit, and this avoid the risk of any legal troubles in Melbourne.
UPDATE The final TV Rating for the Phoenix Monster Cup race on FOX was a 2.86 with 4.794 million total viewers and 1.073 million viewers in the all-important 18-49 age group. Compare NASCAR's 1.073 million in the 18-49 age group to IndyCar's 82,000 on NBCSN. NBCSN numbers send sponsors heading for the exits. IndyCar made a potentially fatal decision not putting 100% of its races on free over the air NBC.
03/11/19 Fox TV earned a 2.8 overnight rating for yesterday's Ticket Guardian 500 NASCAR Monster Cup race at ISM Raceway, up 4% from a 2.7 for last year's race, but down 6.7% from the 2017 3.0 overnight rating.
Solid First Steps for Hanley and DragonSpeed in IndyCar Debut
Globetrotting sportscar racing team DragonSpeed launched its 2019 NTT IndyCar Series program with a solid finish in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. On his IndyCar debut and first single-seater race since 2010, British driver Ben Hanley claimed 18th place with a steady run, rewarding three weeks of intense effort by the DragonSpeed crew since taking delivery of its Dallara IR18-Chevrolet machine.
After each of its three practice sessions were cut short by technical issues, the 2019 Rolex 24 LMP2 class winners’ luck turned in qualifying. The team’s eagerness to try out the softer red-sidewalled Firestone tires allowed Hanley to set a fast time on his first flying lap before the session was interrupted by the first of two red flags, securing a surprise 12th starting slot on the 24-car grid.
ESPN Expands Formula 1 Coverage for New Season Opener This Week
As ESPN begins its second consecutive year of coverage of the FIA Formula One World Championship this week, the offerings are expanding for 2019 with two new race week programs joining the telecast schedule for all 21 races. The new season launches this week with the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix from the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit.
The live telecast of the Australian Grand Prix will air Sunday, March 17, at 1:05 a.m. ET (late Saturday night) on ESPN. The On the Grid pre-race show will precede the race at 12:30 a.m. Live coverage of the weekend’s three practice sessions and qualifying also will air on ESPN platforms.
Australia will at least get live coverage of the Indy 500
Can Aussie Will Power make it two-in-a-row?
Fox Sports has now confirmed that it will telecast this year’s Indianapolis 500 live in Australia, just days after IndyCar had announced highlights-only coverage for 2019.
In a release publicizing its international television deals, in its first year of in-house foreign distribution, IndyCar specified only one-hour post-race highlights for Australia, with no stipulation regarding its flagship race.
It seems like Red Bull Racing threatens to leave Formula One at least once a season. When things might not go its way, the team starts to whine like babies. So far, those threats haven’t culminated in anything serious--but Red Bull is back at it again before the 2019 season has even started.
So, what is it this time? Red Bull is threatening that Formula One needs to “deliver” in order to keep them competing beyond 2021, according to Motorsport.com. What does that mean? In short, F1 is planning on doing things differently in the future, and Red Bull might catch the short end of the stick.
Asked if Red Bull co-owner Dietrich Mateschitz could pull out of F1 if he's not happy with F1's plans for 2021 and beyond, Christian Horner told Motorsport.com: "Absolutely, and that's his right.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation says it couldn’t be happier with Formula 1 owners Liberty Media as it prepares to launch the 2019 season.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott told reporters he is happy with the collaborative partnership the AGPC has with Liberty, which has resulted in events such as tomorrow’s season launch.
His views arrive after several race promoters raised concerns during the off season over the direction Liberty is taking the sport.
Mark Webber is a former Formula One Grand Prix winner, FIA World Endurance Champion with MICHELIN, Red Bull athlete, TV pundit and public speaker.
The local arm of the French tyre manufacturer has launched the campaign in the lead-up to this weekend’s Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, the event in which Webber sensationally finished fifth on debut with Minardi in 2002.
Long time F1 journalist and TV personality Peter Windsor visited the town of Nazareth, PA - the Home of Mario Andretti - and did an up close and personal interview with Mario, including the town of Nazareth where Andretti has lived since a young boy in 1955.
It's a great interview, and we think you will enjoy it.
NBC Sports Promotes Mario Andretti Film With SXSW Panel
Mario with Will Power and Leigh Diffey
NBC Sports this afternoon held a panel at SXSW around its upcoming “Drive Like Andretti” film, which will document the life of Mario Andretti. Discussing the documentary that will come out in May, Andretti appeared on the panel today alongside IndyCar driver Will Power and NBC IndyCar broadcaster Leigh Diffey. For the film, NBC Sports traveled with Andretti to a number of places important to him around the world, including his birthplace in Montona, Croatia. The documentary also features several celebrities and journalists talking about his impact on racing and American culture.
31st Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony
The 31st Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) Induction Ceremony Presented by Firestone, Tuesday March 12, will be a high-level summit of motorsports executives as the industry's brain trust and other notables from the world of racing gather to honor the Class of 2019 inductees at the Shores Resort and Spa Hotel.
This year's honorees include automotive and racing pioneer Augie Duesenberg (Historic), three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti (Open Wheel), engineering genius Phil Remington (Sports Cars), motorcycle road racing world champion Kevin Schwantz (Motorcycles), championship-winning driver/owners Don Schumacher (Drag Racing) and Tony Stewart (Stock Cars) and popular motorsports ambassador Linda Vaughn (At Large).
Stone Temple Pilots to Rock the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
One of the most iconic rock bands of the last 25 years will turbocharge the final day of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear as Stone Temple Pilots (STP) will host a matinee concert live on Sunday, June 2 at Belle Isle.
With new lead singer Jeff Gutt from Marine City, Michigan, STP will rock the Entertainment Stage at the Grand Prix prior to the final NTT IndyCar Series race of the weekend. All fans with Sunday tickets to the Grand Prix will be welcome to attend the concert in the Meijer Fan Zone at no extra charge.
NASCAR Takes Serious Look At Starting, Ending Season Earlier
NASCAR to copy IndyCar's early schedule tactic
NASCAR is in "deep discussion about major revisions to the Cup Series’ marathon 36-race, February-to-November schedule once the sanctioning body’s existing five-year contracts with its host racetracks expires" after the '20 season, with one idea being to "start before the Daytona 500," according to Michael Knight of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC.
NASCAR President Steve Phelps said, "If a decision was made to run before the Daytona 500, obviously weather plays a huge factor in that. Our options would be limited."
Gander RV 400 and Gander RV 150 Races Announced at Pocono Raceway
Pocono Raceway announces Gander RV, the Official RV & Outdoor Company of NASCAR, as the entitlement sponsor for two of their NASCAR-sanctioned motorsport events taking place at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ this summer.
The Gander RV 150 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race will be held on Saturday, July 27th and the Gander RV 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be held on Sunday, July 28th.
Team Ireland Driver Confirms F3 Americas Drive With Global Racing Group
James Roe Jr.
After a successful American debut last season, James Roe Jr. of Naas, Ireland, continues his open-wheel development, confirming a seat in the F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda with Global Racing Group. The championship debuts April 5-7 at Barber Motorsports Park supporting the NTT IndyCar Series.
Roe, the nephew of CanAm Championship winner and Irish Motorsport Hall of Fame driver Michael Roe, is the third driver to sign with the inaugural vice team champions, joining series veteran Baltazar Leguizamon and rookie Blake Upton.
IndyCar fans got what they wanted in terms of pre-race coverage and a real commitment to IndyCar by NBCSN over the first half of yesterday's race, but technical difficulties "struck about 60 laps in.
After long commercial breaks, audio of the broadcast returned, but over a still shot from above the race course. The full feed returned at the 75-lap mark, but by that time thousands of channel surfers changed the channel.
140,000 estimated attendance for St. Petersburg GP
Josef Newgarden yesterday won IndyCar's season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, but the "real star of this show was the crowd," with estimates of "nearly 140,000 in attendance for the weekend" reports the TAMPA BAY TIMES
Josef Newgarden drove the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet to victory lane in today’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. It was the 11th career victory for the Nashville, TN native, who came home 2.8 seconds ahead of Scott Dixon.
Polesitter Will Power made it two Penskes on the podium coming home third, with rookie sensation Felix Rosenqvist fourth. Alexander Rossi rounded out the top-5.
Winning Crew Chief Adam Stevens, Race Winning Owner Joe Gibbs and Winner Kyle Busch (No. 18 Skittles Toyota).
This Skittles Camry was awesome today. The guys did a great job - Adam (Stevens, crew chief) and the boys. All through practice we worked on this thing each and every time and never gave up on it. Just kept trying to fine tune it and make it better and better each and every time.
"We knew the 12 (Ryan Blaney) was really really fast. He was probably the best car here this weekend. I don’t know if he just got too tight in that long run. That’s what it looked like all of us were doing. Just seemed like I could get through there a little bit better.
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