As told by Ken Squire - Mario Andretti didn't fit with the racing style of his day, but he used his unorthodox driving style to become a Daytona 500 champion.
27-year-old Andretti was “that other guy” when Ford Racing sent him to Daytona International Speedway to join Fred Lorenzen on the potent Holman-Moody team. Noted engine builder Waddell Wilson was part of the crew, as were chassis experts Jake Elder and team co-owner Ralph Moody. By any measure, Lorenzen was the driver Ford Racing expected and wanted to win the 500.
Richard Childress Racing and Red Robin Partner to Celebrate 50 Years
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced today a promotional partnership with Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews. The popular, casual dining restaurant chain, and RCR, the storied NASCAR racing organization are both celebrating 50 years of business this year.
Red Robin's marketing campaign, uniquely entitled "50 Years of YUMMM," will utilize RCR team and showcar assets in support of in-market events held at local Red Robin restaurant properties. In addition, the brand will utilize a custom-built food truck to sample their famous steak fries both at in-market events, as well as at Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway during upcoming NASCAR race weekends.
Formula 1 will be broadcast live and free-to-air in the Middle East and North Africa under a new five-year deal with MBC Group, the sport announced on Wednesday while extending their agreement with Poland’s Eleven Sport until the end of 2022.
Qatar-based pay-TV broadcaster beIN Sports said in February it had not renewed its contract as a result of broadcast piracy in the region. The previous five-year deal expired at the end of last season.
Stewart: NASCAR trying to make heroes out of babies
In a Q&A with The Virginian-Pilot, Stewart says NASCAR needs drivers with more relatable backgrounds and personalities.
"They’ve got to get drivers that have personality. It’s great having opportunities to drive cars, but shoot, they’re not even old enough to go to a bar, and they’re trying to make these 18-year-old kids heroes," Stewart said. "I’m still a race fan, too, and it’s hard for me to embrace somebody who’s just graduating high school and they’re driving a Cup car.
IHRA, RJS Racing Equipment Announce Multi-Year Partnership
The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and RJS Racing Equipment announce a multi-year partnership that will see RJS Racing Equipment become the official safety equipment of the IHRA.
Located in Jupiter, Fla., RJS Racing Equipment is a manufacturer and seller of safety equipment for all types of motor racing. RJS Racing Equipment is dedicated to bringing high-quality items to customers at an economical cost with the personal service and care of a small business.
Marcus Armstrong has set the fastest laptime on Day 1 of the FIA Formula 3 pre-season testing today at Le Castellet, France. The Ferrari Academy driver was able to clock in a time of a 1:49.243 in the afternoon session to top the day overall ahead of Lirim Zendeli and Robert Shwartzman.
Lightweight, efficient, powerful: the new Audi turbo engine for the DTM
The beginning of a new era in the DTM: Starting in the 2019 season, the Class 1 race cars of the popular touring car racing series will use modern and highly efficient turbo engines. The two-liter four-cylinder power-plant of the Audi RS 5 DTM delivers more than 610 horsepower. By means of the “push-to-pass” function, the drivers can even access a short-term 30-hp power boost.
Following about two and a half years of development and some 1,000 hours of dynamometer testing, the new Audi race engine is ready for its first racing deployment on May 4 at the Hockenheimring. “Our drivers were totally thrilled right in the first test,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “However, the move from the naturally aspirated V8 to the turbo engine is not only important due to the additional output of some 100 horsepower. In the DTM, we’re now driving with a high-efficiency engine of the type we’re also using in many production vehicles of the Group.”
Danica Patrick will join NBC Sports’ inaugural coverage of the Indianapolis 500 as an analyst alongside host Mike Tirico.
Patrick retired from racing after last year’s Indianapolis 500. Her eighth appearance in “The Great American Race” prepped her for a return as a television personality.
She told The Associated Press racing at Indy last year after an eight-year run in NASCAR refreshed her knowledge bank and gives her plenty to discuss. Patrick will be a studio analyst on race day and contribute to NBC Sports’ pre-race, in-race and post-race coverage. She will also be part of the broadcast team for qualifying on May 19 and will promote the race across NBCUniversal platforms.
Video: Toyota Gazoo Racing Underline Their Ambition To Create WRC History
Last year’s Rally Australia proved to be the icing on the cake in what was a strong year for Toyota Gazoo Racing, whose win Down Under ensured the team secured the World Rally Championship for Manufacturers for the first time since the turn of the millennium.
And though it was to be a significant achievement, the team are keen not to rest on their laurels for 2019. Speaking to Mobil 1 The Grid, Jari Matti-Latvala, Ott Tanak and new driver Kris Meeke look ahead to the year ahead, which started with victory in Sweden.
Hillin Sr. (L) and Jr. (R) flank their 1982 Indy 500 driver Al Unser Sr.
Bobby Hillin Sr., a race team owner and father of retired NASCAR competitor Bobby Hillin Jr., died over the weekend. He was 79 years old.
Devoted husband of PJ Hillin; loving father of Deborah (Steve) Rickey, Bobby (Jamie) Hillin Jr., Adriane Lawless, Clay (Cassandra) Hillin and Chandler Hillin; grandfather of six and great-grandfather of three. Bobby lived life to the fullest. Over the course of almost eight decades, he touched lives as an independent oilman, race car driver, IndyCar team owner, art collector, dutiful husband, loving father, mentor to many and friend to even more. A competitive and driven man, he strove to be the best, and could always see the best in others.
Richmond Raceway Continues String Of Innovative Deals
Richmond Raceway is continuing to find new revenue streams and ways to innovate with its real estate. The ISC-owned track announced that locally-based G-Force Karts is leasing land on the raceway grounds to build a new 2,400-linear-square-foot karting venue.
Meanwhile the track also is expanding on its esports platform by hosting a Rocket League tournament at the track on the day of its spring Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. These developments come as the track is in talks with local government to have a mixed-use arena also built on its grounds. Adam Stern/SBD
The big 'elite brand' teams do not want to lose to an econo brand like Honda or Renault.
Liberty Media's back is up against the clock to get all the F1 teams to agree to a new contract (formerly called the Concorde Agreement) committing them to compete from 2021 to 2030 a period of 10 years.
The issue is, as it always is, the top teams want more money and Liberty wants to pay them less by putting costs caps on what the big boys can spend.
The top teams are their own worse enemy - the elite manufacturers - Mercedes and Ferrari - want the most money because they want to always win. It will ruin their reputation is a Honda or a Renault beat them.
Likewise, without a electrical component, IndyCar will soon be irrelevant to all manufacturers
Citroen has threatened to quit the World Rally Championship after 2020 unless electric technology is introduced.
The company’s British boss said it is unlikely to stay beyond 2020 unless the sport’s rule makers introduce some form of electrification into the sport’s top category. The French manufacturer has a long history in the WRC, including nine world championships with Sebastien Loeb, and it won the opening two rounds round of this year’s series with reigning champion, Sebastien Ogier.
However, speaking at the Geneva Motor Show, Citroen boss Linda Jackson said the company would have to reconsider staying if the current rules don’t evolve to include at least hybrid power.
Former Bottas sponsor not responding to 'f**k you' outburst
Bottas won because Hamilton's car had damage
(GMM) Valtteri Bottas' former long-time sponsor is not commenting on whether he thinks the Mercedes' driver's comments were specifically addressed to him in Australia.
Just after winning the 2019 season opener in Melbourne, Bottas went on the radio and said: "To whom it may concern, f**k you."
The Finn admitted it was an unplanned outburst following months of criticism of his driving in 2018. It may also have been addressed to the widespread view that Bottas will be replaced by Esteban Ocon in 2020.
China TV Service continue association with China GT into 2020
China GT action in Sepang
Beijing’s China Television Service [CTVS] will carry on their relationship with China’s leading GT Championship, revealing that they will be the host television provider into the 2020 China GT season, extending a partnership that began in 2016.
Over the last three years China GT has emerged as one of the leading GT competitions in the world, running the internationally recognized GT3 and GT4 categories and fielding some of the strongest fields in Asia, with season 2019 promising the best season yet.
Alonso underscores his wins when he has a good car
After a commanding victory at this weekend's World Endurance Championship (WEC) 1,000 Miles of Sebring, Fernando Alonso took to social media to rub it into the noses of the F1 crowd - underscoring what he can do in a competitive car. The last 9 months have included victories at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona, and 1000 Miles of Sebring WEC race.
The photos shared to Alonso's Instagram and Twitter featured the two Rolex Daytona timepieces the Spaniard earned by emerging victorious at Le Mans and Daytona, in addition to the WEC trophy from Sebring. In a nutshell, the image represents Alonso's supremacy at what many consider to be three of the most challenging endurance races in the world.
Bourdais and Power to be Inducted into Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame
Will Power and Sebastien Bourdais
Two multiple Grand Prix of Long Beach winners--Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power-- will be inducted on Thursday, April 11, at 11:00 am into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame, a City of Long Beach and Grand Prix Association of Long Beach joint project.
The public is invited to attend the 14th annual Walk of Fame induction ceremony, which will be held on South Pine Avenue in front of the Convention Center as part of the festivities surrounding the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Admission to the ceremony is free.
McLaren and Coca-Cola Announce 2019 F1 Partnership
Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren Racing and The Coca-Cola Company today announced a 2019 Formula 1 partnership, following a successful 2018 pilot at the US, Mexican, Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix, which saw the iconic Coca-Cola brand carried on a Formula 1 car for the first time.
The partnership will pair the McLaren Formula 1 team with multiple brands across different beverage categories. Throughout the season, Coca-Cola will develop consumer events, activities at the points of sale, online promotions, and communication.
The race-prepped Cadillac 5.5L V-8 engine, generates about 580hp at 7,050 rpm. It features an Earnhardt Childress Racing-designed semi-stressed engine mounting system with integral oil lubrication (a self-contained dry sump lubrication system), a dynamic pressure (ram-air) intake system with IMSA-mandated sonic air restrictors
ECR Engines secured its second-consecutive win in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar series with a win by Action Express Racing's Whelen Engineering Cadillac at the 12 Hours of Sebring this past Saturday. ECR previously scored a 1-2 finish in the Rolex 24 Hour earlier this year.
Action Express Racing's No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac was piloted by Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr, and Eric Curran. Together, the three drivers led 249 of the 348 laps at Sebring International Raceway after battling rain and poor visibility at the start of the event. The team also had to defend their lead for a final eight-minute sprint to the finish after the fifth caution period of the day came out late in the race.
"This has been a great start to the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar season for ECR Engines," said Richie Gilmore, president of ECR Engines. "To follow up our 1-2 finish in the Rolex 24 Hour with another win at the 12 Hours of Sebring is a testament to all the work and effort our team has put in during the off-season. Whelen Engineering has been so close to victory at Sebring in the past, so it's nice to see them finally get it done."
The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac has previously finished second at Sebring in 2016 and 2018, and third in 2017. The team also finished second in the 2019 Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona International Speedway.
TV numbers do not lie. IndyCar has very few real fans in Canada. They all left when Tony George destroyed CART
Norris McDonald explains just how unpopular IndyCar racing is in Canada. This may explain why the attendance at the GP of Toronto every year is minuscule:
These are last year’s figures but F1 races in Canada average about 260,000 viewers. NASCAR Cup races attract an average of 220,000. IndyCar races in 2018 averaged just over 50,000 – 51,900, to be exact. In the words of one television executive I spoke to, “You can put just about anything on television on Sunday afternoon and get 50,000.” [Including an infomercial]
Here are a couple of other interesting tidbits about IndyCar racing on Canadian TV. That 50,000-plus average was recorded when the races were shown on Sportsnet 360. When they were on Sportsnet 1, that figure dropped to a tad over 37,000.
PPG Announces Team Penske Primary Sponsorship for 2019
Newgarden will run PPG livery this weekend at COTA
PPG has announced that it will continue its longstanding support of Team Penske by serving as a primary sponsor for multiple races throughout the 2019 season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NTT IndyCar Series. The sponsorship marks PPG and Team Penske’s 35th year of working together.
PPG’s 2019 sponsorship began Feb. 24 with Ryan Blaney in the NASCAR Cup Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It will extend through Oct. 6, with nine more races in the three series at eight locations across the U.S.
David Hobbs, multi-faceted racer and colorful TV commentator for nearly four decades, will be honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club at the "RRDC Evening with David Hobbs Presented by Firestone" in Long Beach, Calif., on Thursday, April 11. This is the RRDC's 11th consecutive annual banquet honoring auto racing's most influential leaders and icons, and will be held prior to the 45th Annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Previous honorees were Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Roger Penske, Jim Hall, Brian Redman, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, George Follmer, Emerson Fittipaldi and Johnny Rutherford. These "RRDC Evenings" are acknowledged as one of the highlights of the auto-racing social calendar, drawing fans and luminaries from all forms of motorsports.
WEC teams felt cheated over Sebring prices, but will likely return (Update)
UPDATE IMSA President Scott Atherton says “It would take something unforeseen right now for us not to continue with WEC at Sebring,” Atherton told reporters on Saturday afternoon during the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
“I don’t think anyone would take on such an endeavor if the expectation was one-and-done.
LONDON – Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso has become an investor in Motorsport Network’s esports platform, Motorsport Games.
Alongside his equity stake, Alonso will join the board of the company that consolidates Motorsport Network’s premium portfolio of esports operations.
Motorsport Games brings together the official NASCAR teams’ esports series, the eNASCAR Heat Pro League, Motorsport Network’s joint-venture with Le Mans in the Le Mans Esport Series, and the recently announced partnership with Codemasters.
Ferrari North America is recalling in excess of 2,000 vehicles across the United States due to a fire risk.
In a recall notice issued in February by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it is revealed that there is a fuel vapor separator which could crack and allow fumes to leak out and increase the risk of a fire in certain Ferrari models. The Italian car manufacturer says the issue stems from a manufacturing defect of a part from an outside supplier.
Dr Helmut Marko thinks they have Ferrari beat, now aim for Mercedes
(GMM) Red Bull-Honda is setting its sights on championship leaders Mercedes, not the struggling Ferrari team.
That is the claim of Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, who said Melbourne showed that the team is competitive with its new Honda engines.
"It's encouraging for the future that we did not get a single warning on the engine side throughout the race. Everything from fuel consumption to power, battery and so on was always in the green," he told Speed Week.
Too soon to say pressure getting to Gasly - Horner
Max Verstappen is destroying Pierre Gasly already
(GMM) Boss Christian Horner has backed new recruit Pierre Gasly after a difficult start to 2019 for the Red Bull driver.
Promoted from Toro Rosso to replace Daniel Ricciardo, Frenchman Gasly crashed twice in testing, had a dire qualifying session in Melbourne, and may be showing signs of feeling the pressure of life at a top team.
"There is always pressure in formula one, but it's too early to draw conclusions," Horner said when asked about Gasly.
1000 Miles of Sebring - Post-Race Drivers Press Conference - Part 2
Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima led the 1000 miles of Sebring from pole to the checkered flag Friday in their #8 Toyota hybrid. They finished almost 2 laps ahead of their sister #7 car and 12-laps ahead of third place.
The best battle on track was between the #91 Porsche and the #81 BMW with the Porsche, driven by Gianmaria Bruni passing the BMW in the closing laps to take the win by a car length.
Pirelli says don't blame out tires for Ferrari's woes
Ferrari simply has an inferior car. Period.
Pirelli says it doesn't understand why Sebastian Vettel lacked so much pace during the Australian Grand Prix. Vettel himself questioned over team radio why he was so slow but the team could not give him an answer.
Ferrari had looked to be the leaders of the pack after winter testing concluded, with Mercedes and Red Bull both stating they expected to be behind the red cars in Melbourne.
Vettel and Binotto unsure why Ferrari's pace so much slower than Mercedes
Perhaps Binotto and Vettel are blind. If you look closely at the details of the Mercedes car design it's clear it's a far more sophisticated design. The Ferrari looks anemic in comparison
A distant fourth wasn't what Sebastian Vettel was expecting in Melbourne, where the German driver was at a loss to explain Ferrari's sudden drop in speed.
Solid performance in pre-season testing indicated that the Scuderia would likely show up in Australia as the class of the field, but practice sessions, qualifying and race day surprisingly contradicted that expectation.
"We were just slow," bluntly said Vettel after crossing the finish line some 35 seconds behind dominant winner, Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas.
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Enshrines Seven New Members
Some of the inductees
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - An accomplished group of past, present and future motorsports champions and legends gathered together in Daytona Beach this week for two days of camaraderie and celebration that culminated with the 31st Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSFHA) Induction Ceremony presented by Firestone Tuesday night at the Shores Resort and Spa.
The 2019 Induction class included 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 iconic motorsports ambassador Linda Vaughn (At Large).
New aero rules were a waste of money say F1 drivers
F1 rules makers. AR1.com told you that when they announced they were making the tires wider they would ruin the passing. Those big tires create a huge amount of turbulence. The skinnier the tires and the smaller the wings the better the racing. Just watch a Formula Ford race for proof
New aerodynamic regulations introduced for this Formula 1 season in an attempt to promote overtaking have had little impact according to the drivers.
This year’s cars feature a wider and simpler front wing, with the intent to reduce the turbulence produced.
The turbulent wake of an F1 car makes it difficult for drivers to follow one another, with the second car experiencing a loss of downforce owing to the disturbed air.
Speaking after the Australian Grand Prix, second placed Lewis Hamilton suggested the new rules had made no impact at all compared with last year.
“No different,” he shrugged when asked about the new rules.
In the closing stages, Hamilton was trailed by Max Verstappen, who’d cruised up on the Mercedes as it struggled for balance.
McLaughlin bounces back with win today in Melbourne
Scott McLaughlin’s road to redemption repeated itself with a comeback win at the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 at Albert Park, resuming his bid for back-to-back Supercars Championships.
The young Kiwi took the fourth and final race in his Shell V-Power Mustang from Supercheap Auto Racing’s Chaz Mostert and Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Jamie Whincup following a bizarre accident on the way to the grid on Saturday.
McLaren does not want to be a 'B' team to Renault but right now it's even worse
(GMM) McLaren boss Zak Brown says he agrees with the team's engine supplier about so-called 'B teams'.
Renault not only says it will not join Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda by going down the route of partnering with junior teams, the French marque insists it will campaign to outlaw the practice in the next Concorde Agreement.
"We share Renault's view about the direction formula one should be heading in," Brown said in Melbourne.
Psst...someone tell Sergio Perez his teammate's daddy now owns the team and it's his project now
(GMM) Sergio Perez says he sees Racing Point as his "project" in F1.
Earlier, the Mexican was targeting a return to a top team such as Ferrari. But last year, when he forced Force India into administration, he says he placed a bet on the future with the newly Lawrence Stroll-owned outfit.
"I think after the administration process that took place, it was important to stay here," he told El Mundo Deportivo newspaper in Melbourne.
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