Brad Keselowski, who also serves as an analyst on FS1's NASCAR RACE HUB, was on Wednesday's show when NASCAR announced it had penalized his No. 2 Team Penske squad for failing post-race inspection last weekend at Phoenix Raceway.
The team was docked 35 driver and owner points, crew chief Paul Wolfe was fined $65,000 and the team suffered an encumbered fifth-place finish. Below is a transcript of Keselowski's exchange with NASCAR RACE HUB co-hosts Adam Alexander and Shannon Spake:
George Russell set the fastest time of the first day of pre-season testing at Circuito do Estoril during this afternoon’s session, stopping the clock at 1:27.606, less than a tenth ahead of teammate Nirei Fukuzumi and Raoul Hyman, with the Campos tester taking top honors in a wet morning session.
The pitlane opened in wet and windy conditions as the cars fed onto the track. After the traditional installation laps, Santino Ferrucci topped the timing sheets. Halfway through the session, most drivers had set a laptime with Steijn Schothorst the quickest man on track in a 1:43.764.
Pete Hamilton drove the No. 40 for Petty Enterprises in 1970 and won three races, including the Daytona 500, with Maurice Petty heading the team.
Statement from Richard Petty:
"We ran two cars in 1970, and Plymouth helped introduce us to Pete. They wanted us to run a second car with him on the bigger tracks. 'Chief' (Maurice Petty) led that car and started in the Daytona 500. Pete and 'Chief' won the race, and it was a big deal. Pete won both Talladega races that year. It was great to have Pete as part of the team. He was a great teammate. We send our prayers to his family."
Auer: "One of the things Gerhard might consider is my idea of a night race in Singapore"
Luggi, we heard yesterday that your uncle has taken over as president of the ITR, which also makes him the supremo for the DTM. What was your first thought when you found out? Lucas Auer: My initial response was that mum would be happy to have my uncle attending all the races. That means they'll be seeing each other more often and also that they can reduce their phone bills! I was obviously delighted that Gerhard is now involved in the DTM. Not just because he is my uncle, but because he has a real understanding of motorsport.
Car Comedy featuring 'Quick Mick': Mick Schumacher on his way to getting his driver's license (Update) UPDATE Added video below.
New online car comedy: Humorous lessons at the wheel of a driving school car with comedian Harry G and Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador, Mick Schumacher
·‘Driving’ instructor Harry G gives Mick Schumacher valuable tips about taking the wheel in five funny episodes ·First episode out before F1 season opener on 21st March, the day before Mick’s 18th birthday ·Online sharing via the social media sites run by Mick Schumacher, Harry G and Mercedes-Benz ·Mick Schumacher’s first appearance as a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz
Video: Bottas works out in Finland How does an established F1 driver prepare for a much more strenuous season with so many new challenges? Valtteri Bottas takes us to his winter training camp in Finland.. Comment
Video: Mercedes F1 Junior Driver fitness Fitness training is a major issue during the F1 winter break. And that also goes for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Junior Driver George Russell. He explains how his training program has changed in line with his new role. Comment
Video: Ricciardo and Verstappen compete in Dinghy race It’s almost time for the Formula 1 season to get underway but before attention turns to Albert Park and the Australian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen got to enjoy a little bit of downtime, messing about in boats on Melbourne’s Yarra River.
With the Melbourne skyline and iconic Flinders Street Station providing the backdrop, the boys spent Wednesday morning at the Richmond Rowing Club in the company of professional dinghy racers Scott Jenke and Jeremy Newman. This isn’t the sort of genteel wind-powered dinghy racing many people will be familiar with but rather its outboard-powered fast-and-furious antipodean cousin, in which the ultra-maneuverable 3m aluminum skiffs, supplied by the Riverland Dinghy Club, can reach speeds of 90kph. This is high-speed racing in crash helmets – so naturally Daniel and Max were eager to get out on the water and give it a go.
FIA releases 20-car Euro F3 lineup for 2017 The FIA has revealed the entry list for the 2017 European Formula 3 championship, which features 20 cars from five teams, confirming the absence of Mucke Motorsport and T-Sport.
Mucke has been a long-term participant in the category, stalwarts under its previous Formula 3 Euroseries guise, while T-Sport entered only select rounds last season.
A full day of testing at Barber Motorsports Park pointed to the conclusion that the intense competition that the Verizon IndyCar Series has witnessed in recent seasons is going to be even closer and more unpredictable for the remainder of the 2017 season.
Twenty-two cars turned a total of 1,147 laps on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn scenic permanent road course today, in advance of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama - the third of 17 races on this year's schedule, set for the weekend of April 21-23.
Graphene leads to another big EV battery breakthrough
How it works
Researchers have developed a new component that could heal the Achilles' heel of lithium-sulfur batteries.
Compared to the common lithium-ion battery, lithium-sulfur batteries have important advantages: They use cheaper materials and weigh less. A lithium-sulfur cell can have almost double the energy of a lithium-ion cell for the same mass, yielding an edge where energy density is critical, like in portable electronics or in cars.
Improving energy density and cutting costs in energy storage are important steps in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and energy production.
Video: Take a lap around Barber Motorsports Park with Alexander Rossi Take a couple laps around Barber Motorsports Park aboard the NAPA AUTO PARTS/Curb Honda. Rossi is testing with Andretti Autosport in Barber today. Comment
Andretti Autosport driver Takuma Sato (Honda0 topped the morning practice session at Barber Motorsports Park where all the IndyCar drivers and teams have assembled during the 4 week break between the St. Petersburg GP and the Long Beach GP. Another Honda, driven by Tony Kanaan was 2nd quick ahead of the Chevy of Will Power.
Honda had 5 of the 6 fastest times as Honda drivers Scott Dixon. Alexander Rossi and Mikhail Aleshin were 4th thru 6th.
Andretti Short Track Program Running Strong Into 2017
Andretti Short Track
Andretti Autosport Short Track is ready for another successful 2017 campaign. After winning a track championship in 2016 and recording multiple wins and numerous Top-Five and Top-10 finishes, the team is preparing to compete in over over 70 races in 2017 throughout the country. In doing so, Andretti will represent and carry the colors of some of the top companies in the country and the Midwest.
For the fifth consecutive season, longtime family partner Window World will return to the No. 18. Window World has supported the Andretti family for 10 years and will once again become a leader in supporting Jarett. America’s largest exterior remodeler, Window World will be a primary sponsor of Jarett in over 30 events. The company will also show a new look and design on the No. 18 sprinter.
Is Roger Penske becoming a surprise Formula E manufacturer or is it son Jay?
The FIA has today released the names of the nine manufacturers who have been granted the homologation for the 5th, 6th and 7th FIA Formula E seasons. Season Five will represent a very important step in the development of the first FIA championship featuring single-seaters powered solely by electricity, because, as from the 2018-19 season, each driver will use just a single car per race, rather than the current two. The number and the quality of manufacturers that has requested and obtained homologation for their powertrain for three seasons (from 2018-19 to 2020-21) is further confirmation that the championship is constantly growing and is proving very attractive both in terms of its audience figures and the partnerships it is attracting.
This round of homologations means that the powertrains will thus fall into line with the new cycle of homologation for the chassis and battery, which will remain standard up to the end of season Seven (2020-21.) Therefore, any new manufacturer wishing to homologate their powertrain will be able to do so for season 6, for a two year period and for the next one with an annual duration.
Fan settles suit over Daytona crash debris injury A lawsuit by a NASCAR fan injured by flying debris from a 12-car crash at Daytona International Speedway came to an end Monday as a Florida federal judge issued a final dismissal of the case following a settlement reached last month.
U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell dismissed Allen Davis' case against NASCAR, the speedway and speedway owner International Speedway Corp. with prejudice on Monday, putting an end to the over-year-old case concerning the 2013 crash. Law360
Classic Cars Graphic Novel - Steve McQueen in Le Mans
Graphic Novel STEVE McQUEEN in LE MANS
1. Sandro Garbo, you have a movie star’s last name, but drawing is your passion. How long have you been drawing and how did this graphic novel come about?
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, my parents even let me draw my heros on my bedroom walls. I loved it. I read classic Belgian comics and the Marvel superheroes. I was a big fan and I drew them everywhere, all the time. Later on, I would have loved to take classes at the Florence Academy of Art, but it just wasn’t possible.
There has always been this little voice inside of me saying, “Be patient. One day you’ll create something artistic.”
Tobias Pfeiffer knows the streets in and around Affalterbach like the back of his hand. It’s where he grew up and got the motor racing bug. He has many roles to fulfil within the team. As a systems engineer, Tobias works closely with the race engineer and the data engineer of each vehicle. He is responsible for the engine mapping and gearbox control systems on all six cars, while it’s more the job of two of his colleagues to attend to the sensors and display and sort out the hardware, the wiring loom and connectors.
Tobias, you are the one, to whom the data streams from the cars are sent. You’ve got your hand on the car’s ECG, its pulse, so to speak...
The motorsports industry never tried to get the NCAA to recognize go-kart racing as a sport in colleges and high schools. Today's kids have little connection to fast cars, hence racing is dying a slow death. No one wants to fix the root cause problem. The racing bosses prefer to sweep the problem under the rug for the next guy
NASCAR fans may soon notice some changes to the seating area around turn four at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
As a cost-saving initiative, Speedway Motorsports - the local company that owns nine NASCAR tracks, including the one in Concord, NC - is removing some lower-demand seating areas and suites, according to a securities filing earlier this month.
The company also said it will start offering "premium hospitality and entertainment activities" at the track. It is also considering installing solar panels at the Concord track as part of its "green initiatives," after the seat "re-purposing" project.
NASCAR has experienced significant declines in attendance for years, which industry watchers blame on a host of factors, including sluggish wage growth among its fan base, discontent with rule changes and shifting viewing preferences among fans. Revenue from admissions fell almost 10 percent in 2016, SMI said.
Chevy drivers think Honda has made real engine gains
Dixon's Honda was stout in St. Pete
Last year Chevy teams dominated on IndyCar road courses, street circuits and short ovals, but this year in St. Petersburg things were a lot different.
Chevy drivers last year, Honda drivers this year, both Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing) and Scott Dixon (Ganassi Racing) feel Honda has made gains, which Dixon gives credit to hard work during the off-season.
Montoya To Aim for Another Indianapolis Win in INDYCAR Grand Prix
Juan Pablo Montoya
Add Juan Pablo Montoya to the list of drivers trying to make history by achieving the first "May double" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Montoya will aim for his third Indianapolis 500 victory on May 28 in a Team Penske entry, and team owner Roger Penske recently confirmed Montoya also will compete in the fourth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix on May 12-13 on the IMS road course.
Sebring Replay Part 1 Relive all the action from the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida, the second race of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season and Round 2 of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. Comment
Mario Andretti to be Honored with IMRRC's 2017 Argetsinger Award
Andretti leads from pole at Watkins Glen in 1968 - his very first F1 race
Watkins Glen, N.Y. – Mario Andretti will be honored on Aug. 31 by the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) with the 2017 Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.
Andretti is considered by many to be the greatest race car driver in the history of the sport, posting victories at virtually every level of motorsports in a career that spanned five decades.
Andretti will receive the Argetsinger Award at a gala dinner presented by NASCAR, International Speedway Corp., Watkins Glen International and IMSA. The dinner, which is open to the public, will be at the internationally renowned Corning Museum of Glass in nearby Corning, N.Y.
Video: 2017 F1 Pit Stops: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Faster, wider, heavier… Formula One in 2017 presents a big physical challenge for the pit crew. Find out just how much Mercedes upped their training to tackle the new season head on… Comment
They cannot pass now at Indy and complete grandstands are empty. With less power now they really won't be able to pass
NBC Sports has confirmed that NASCAR will use restrictor plates for the Xfinity race July 22 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The decision, which initially was reported by freelance journalist Michael Knight on Twitter last weekend, will take effect after NASCAR was pleased by the results of a successful Xfinity test with plates last year at the 2.5-mile track.
A NASCAR official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss publicly, said if the Xfinity race goes well, then restrictor plates would be used for the 2018 Brickyard 400 in the Cup Series.
Haas team boss Guenther Steiner shares his thoughts on the season ahead, the VF-17, new signing Kevin Magnussen and Haas’ goal for Melbourne.
Haas F1 Team tested at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya for eight days over a 12-day span. How did it go and how did it prepare you for Australia? "It went pretty well. We did a lot of laps, which is good. I think we ran a good pace. Some days were better than others, as normal in testing. All in all, I was very happy with the reliability of the car, and also the pace. We just need to keep the pace consistent, not like in testing, where it was on and off a little bit."
Power wants IndyCar to prevent P2P from being used as defense weapon
Will Power of Team Penske is advocating for a change in the push-to-pass regulations in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
"For tracks with short straights and we go to a few of them like here Mid-Ohio where it is difficult to pass, a really good system would be a no-reply push-to-pass system," Power said. "That’s where the car in front cannot reply to the car behind and that would create a lot more passing. I think it would be worth a try to stop using the push-to-pass defensively. It needs to be an offensive weapon.
Video: Mario Andretti: Driven on CBS Sunday Morning Mario Andretti is a legend in the world of auto racing. Mo Rocca hitched a ride with the 77-year-old and found the champion's thirst for speed is as great as ever. Comment
NHRA orders three-time Top Fuel champ Larry Dixon to remove sponsor logo
Larry Dixon was set Friday to make his return to the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at the Amalie Oil Gatornationals with his own organization and a fresh sponsor, the 64th annual World Series of Drag Racing.
But before he could roll out of his pit, the NHRA ordered Dixon to remove or cover his sponsor’s logo. Invoking Section 20.11:1 of the NHRA rule book, Senior Vice-President of Racing Operations Graham Light delivered the edict Friday morning before qualifying began. (The passage states that the NHRA “reserves the right to regulate any advertising or other material that is present on site at any NHRA event, including without limitation any material appearing on any participant, on the body or any other visible part of any vehicle or transporter participating in NHRA events . . .”)
Video: Mercedes F1 Makes a Finger-Molded Clutch Paddle for Faster Starts In this 3D animation renowned technical analyst Giorgio Piola investigates the changes made to Lewis Hamilton's steering wheel by him and Mercedes in order to comply with the new clutch paddle technical directive. For the 2017 season, Formula One switched around the regulations a bit to give drivers more of the responsibility when it comes to starts. Previously, engineers could tweak the software controlling the clutch to offer a smoother launch even on a clumsy start, but now, it's all up to the drivers to get away without stalling.
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