Heavy wind gusts seriously affected a Verizon IndyCar Series group test held earlier this week at Texas Motor Speedway. In fact, conditions were so difficult, reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato was caught out and crashed heavily in his #30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda. According to a spectator at the circuit, Sato lost control of his car in turn two and hit the wall hard. His car came to rest at turn three, before thankfully emerging from the car unscathed. Shortly after this, several teams elected to cease running, curtailing plans for group running later in the day.
“A tough day for us as I had a massive shunt at Texas Motor Speedway.” said Sato on Twitter, “But UAK18 [the 2018 universal aero kit]‘s new sidepod crash structure protected me well. I’m unhurt. Thank you, IndyCar and Dallara. We will be back strong in June!”
Dovizioso tops both Qatar Friday practice sessions
Dovizioso looks back at 100 mph
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) started his Grand Prix of Qatar in the best possible way, as the Italian ended Friday at the top of the timing screens, stunning his rivals with a lap time of 1.54.361 to put him just 0.006s ahead. It was the perfect test for race pace in the second session of 2018 for MotoGP, as bikes take to the track at the same time as the lights will go out for the race, putting the track conditions to the most realistic test.
Formula 1 unleashes global marketing campaign, IndyCar responds (Update)
IndyCar Global Marketing Plan
UPDATE Not to be outdone, IMS made this big announcement today. F1 starts a global campaign and IndyCar sells some old chairs.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway fans can bring a piece of the Racing Capital of the World into their homes by buying one of the famous “Green Chairs” that lined the B Stand and B Penthouse grandstands at IMS from the 1950s until 2015.
Mobil 1 and Sebring Extend High-Speed Race Partnership
12 Hours of Sebring
Building upon its long-standing partnership with Sebring International Raceway, ExxonMobil has agreed to a new multiyear deal that will see the Mobil 1 brand continue as the title sponsor of America’s premier sports car endurance race – the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advanced Auto Parts.
A Lap Around Sebring International Raceway Take a lap around Sebring International Raceway with Markus Palttala in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3. Follow the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race live from Sebring on Saturday, March 17, beginning at 10:30 a.m ET on FS1. Comment
Ford CEO Jim Hackett still doesn't get it. Hybrids but no full EV, leaving Ford way behind by 2022
Ford unveiled its plans for the future at a press conference Thursday in Dearborn, Michigan, and announced a sweeping push toward electrification, crossovers, trucks, and SUVs--many with a performance bent, hybrid powertrain, or in some cases, both.
“Being frozen in the past is a death sentence in this business,” Ford CEO Jim Hackett said.
Ford’s shift to taller vehicles will take on a decidedly off-road vibe, with the Bronco leading the charge.
UPDATE The final TV ratings for the Phoenix Monster Cup race was a 2.81 with 4.576 million fans tuned in, down 15% from the 3.3 final rating and 5.4 million viewers last year. NASCAR ratings are in a downward spiral that's been going on for 5 years now. After Lowe's expect more sponsors to leave the sport.
NASCAR may be down but it still draws 400% more viewers than IndyCar.
AJ had better stay off the ranch and at the race track
HOUSTON —In round two, A.J. Foyt survived yet another attack by Africanized Killer Bees while working on his ranch in West Texas on Wednesday. He was treated at a local hospital and released once his system had stabilized.
Unfortunately, this most recent attack will cause him to miss the 12 Hours of Sebring where he was to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday night and serve as Grand Marshal of the historic 12-hour endurance race Saturday. Foyt’s last major victory as a driver was the 1985 12 Hours of Sebring, and the car he co-drove to that victory with Bob Wollek is scheduled to be at the race.
After more than a year of building test vehicles for development of its self-driving technology, General Motors today announced it will build production versions of its Cruise AV at its Orion Township assembly plant in Michigan. Roof modules for GM’s self-driving vehicles will be assembled at its Brownstown plant.
The Cruise AV, which the company plans to commercialize in 2019, is the first production-ready vehicle built from the ground up to operate safely on its own with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls.
Lowe's Departure From NASCAR Doesn't Bode Well For Sport
#48 Lowe's Chevy of Jimmie Johnson
Lowe’s will not return as a sponsor next season with Hendrick Motorsports, marking the first time in 18 years that the home improvement chain will not be involved in the business of NASCAR.
Lowe’s has been the full-season sponsor of the No. 48 Chevy driven by Jimmie Johnson since '01. Johnson signed a three-year HMS extension through the '20 Monster Energy Cup Series season, but Lowe’s only signed a one-year extension through '18. The loss is a sizable one for HMS, which likely earned around $20M annually from Lowe’s, as well as NASCAR on the whole.
Leonardo Pulcini topped the second day of the GP3 Series pre-season test at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, ending the session with a 1:30.255 to set the fastest time overall ahead of Trident driver Pedro Piquet and ART Grand Prix’s Jake Hughes.
Overnight rain had once again created difficult conditions to open the day at the circuit, culminating in plenty of wet tire running in the morning. Piquet left the pitlane first, followed swiftly by MP Motorsport’s Niko Kari, before the entire field filtered out to get acquainted with the damp track.
Yamaha and Rossi Confirm Two-Year Contract Extension
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. is delighted to announce that it will continue its strong relationship with nine-time World Champion and living MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi, having signed a new two-year agreement.
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Valentino Rossi are delighted to have reached an agreement that will see the Italian rider remain with Yamaha's factory team for the 2019 and 2020 MotoGP seasons, aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1.
After Max Verstappen’s track limits debacle at Austin's Circuit of the Americas last year, the circuit has announced that new curbs will be put in place at specific locations to prevent any further controversy.
During last year’s US Grand Prix, Verstappen was attempting to overtake Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen on the final lap of the race but left the circuit on the inside of Turn 17 with all four wheels and was penalised for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.
Lewis & Valtteri Check Out New PETRONAS R&T Center! Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were in Turin at the opening of the all-new PETRONAS Global Research & Technology Centre and got the day off to a flying start with burnouts in front of the state of the art facility! Check it out! Comment
Pedrosa to make 200th MotoGP appearance this weekend
Dani Pedrosa (R)
Since his MotoGP debut in 2006, Dani Pedrosa has competed in 199 MotoGP races to date. Every one of these has seen him representing Repsol Honda. He now begins season number thirteen in the premier class, and is –along with Giacomo Agostini– one of just two riders to have taken at least one victory in a dozen consecutive seasons at the highest level.
Formule E drew a good crowd in Mexico, but the tickets were essentially free.
Formula E is "only in its fourth season" but as it "gears up for the sixth race of 12 globally on Sunday," the sport is "quickly attracting a growing following worldwide among fans and sponsors," according to Steve Menary of THE NATIONAL.
From leading manufacturers such as Audi and Jaguar to top brands such as Hugo Boss and TAG Heuer, Formula E is "quickly proving transformative."
With the fix in for Ford this year the Chevy teams will not be given a chance to bend the rules to catch up. Elliott finished 3rd in Phoenix - too high up for NASCAR. It will be a very long year for Chevy teams in 2018
NASCAR has docked Chase Elliott 25 points and suspended his car chief for two races for a rear suspension violation found Wednesday in his third-place car from the NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday at ISM Raceway.
Elliott crew chief Alan Gustafson was fined $50,000 for the Phoenix infraction, as NASCAR determined that the car violated the rule that the trailing arm and pinion angle mating surfaces must be in complete contact at all points at all times.
Hendrick Motorsports will appeal the penalty, which dropped Elliott from a tie for 16th in the standings -- the current NASCAR playoff cutoff with 22 races remaining in the regular season -- to 23rd. Elliott also cannot use the third-place finish to determine any tiebreaker in the standings, in which the tiebreaker is best finish.
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