There was no doubt about the winner of today’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products. Oliver Askew, 22, from Jupiter, Fla., took off from his second pole position in just three Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire starts and, unlike on his home state streets of St. Petersburg two weeks ago, this time he was completely untroubled on his way to an emphatic victory for Andretti Autosport.
Andretti Autosport Honda driver Alexander Rossi is the first and only driver to get down into the 1m46s bracket in the final practice session for the IndyCars at the Circuit of Americas in Austin Texas.
Rossi's lap of 1m46.9148s on the harder black tires was enough to bump rookie sensation Felix Rosenqvist driving for Chip Ganassi racing off the top by 0.1388s.
Organizers cancel Formula European Masters F3 season
F3 European Masters car on left
Six weeks prior to the scheduled start into the season, the Formula European Masters organizers ‘Formel 3 Vermarktungs GmbH’ have to announce the cancellation of the young-driver series for the 2019 season. Together with the registered teams, those responsible gave their very best to keep the tradition-rich young-gun series alive. But due to the difficult competitive environment represented by European motor sports, the number of drivers who registered for the Formula European Masters was too small – and the series organizers had to opt for making this bitter decision.
Video: Celebrating 1,000 Grand Prix Races, Part 1: Landmarks
F1 will celebrate its milestone 1,000th race at this year’s Chinese Grand Prix, with Shanghai playing host to what will be Round 3 of this year’s World Championship. To mark the occasion, Mobil 1 The Grid look back on some of the landmark races and milestones which shaped the history of the sport, starting with the series’ first ever race at Silverstone, in 1950.
After a sensational performance in the morning ahead of the 2019 FWD Sanya E-Prix, Nissan e.dams' Oliver Rowland claims his maiden Pole with reigning champ Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) close behind in second. With Rowland on Pole, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship sees its sixth different Poleman take to the grid in six races.
In third is BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Antonio Felix da Costa, with Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Daniel Abt, who starts the race six places above his teammate di Grassi.
Nissan e.dams' claimed another fastest time in Sanya as Sebastien Buemi followed in his teammate's footsteps, setting a lap time of 1:07.288s in the second Practice session. Close behind was BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Antonio Felix da Costa with a time of 1:07.397s and Bumei's teammate Oliver Rowland third fastest with 1:07.453s.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV will still be produced at Orion as well
General Motors is investing $300 million in its Orion Township, Michigan, assembly plant to produce a new Chevrolet electric vehicle that will bring 400 new jobs to the Orion plant. Today’s announcement is part of GM’s new commitment to invest a total of $1.8 billion in its United States manufacturing operations, creating 700 new jobs and supporting 28,000 jobs across six states.
Lot's of seats available for COTA IndyCar race (2nd Update)
Bobby Epstein expects 30,000 on Sunday
UPDATE Circuit of the Americas is expecting attendance of at least 30,000 for Sunday's inaugural NTT IndyCar Series race there, track Chair Bobby Epstein told THE DAILY.
COTA this year is hosting IndyCar for the first time, and Epstein said that sales are about on pace for where the track was expecting to be for the event. On top of its grandstand seating, the track has retrofitted part of its infield paddock that F1 typically uses and turned it into 80 infield camping spots. Epstein said of sales for Sunday: "It’s got to be over 30,000, but it'll depend on the walk-up. We're right about where we expected to be.
JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet): "The day was OK. We lost a little bit in Practice 2 and we didn't put up a very good lap on reds (Firestone alternate tires). We look strong on blacks (Firestone primary tires), but we just need to look at the data tonight, especially if we get that rain tomorrow. Overall, I feel good. The PPG Dallara/Chevrolet feels comfy and we need to make sure we execute tomorrow."
Rookie Askew Scorches to his Second Indy Lights Pole
AUSTIN, Texas – Rising American star Oliver Askew set a blistering pace today and will start on pole position for tomorrow’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products at the 3.41-mile, 20-turn Circuit of The Americas. The talented rookie from Jupiter, Fla., found the perfect way to bounce back from a major disappointment in the second of two Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires races two weeks ago on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., where he once again started from the pole, only to be eliminated in an incident on the first lap.
Will Power keeps Team Penske on top in 2nd COTA practice
Will Power fastest on Friday
Will Power was the fastest car on the soft red Firestone tires in the 2nd practice session for the IndyCar Classic race at Circuit of Americas Sunday. Power's lap of 1m47.440s was enough to keep the Penske Chevy team on top at COTA.
Rookie sensation Felix Rosenqvist was 2nd quick just 0.1749s behind Power in his Ganassi Honda.
Josef Newgarden turned the quickest lap in opening practice for the IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas in his Penske Chevy. Newgarden's lap of 1m48.657s topped rookie sensation Colton Herta who was 2nd quick in the Harding Steinbrenner Honda by 0.1372s.
However, Herta was the latest driver to lose a Honda engine, bringing out a lengthy red flag as the HPD squad scrambles to figure out the problem.
This day has finally arrived. The first ever IndyCar weekend at Circuit of Americas (COTA) starts today under fair skies and a morning temperature of just 47 degrees as I write this. However, it's expected to warm into the 70s this afternoon. First practice begins in about 3 hours.
Three drivers - Alexander Rossi, Marcus Ericsson and Max Chilton - have raced an F1 car at COTA previously, however, that is not expected to be any benefit whatsoever because and F1 car is so much more sophisticated and easier to drive. In F1, the car is 99% of the equation, but in IndyCar, driver talent means so much more.
Kaulig Racing has announced the addition of A.J. Allmendinger to its NASCAR Xfinity Series driver roster.
Allmendinger, who has spent the past 13 years driving in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will drive the No. 10 Chevrolet for multiple races.
Additionally, Allmendinger recently signed a multi-year contract with NBC Sports Group as a motorsports analyst for both IMSA on NBC and NASCAR America. He was also named a member of NBCSN’s American Flat Track broadcast team on Thursday.
Laborers International Union to Sponsor Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
Long Beach GP
The Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) has joined the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach for the first time as an Associate Sponsor.
LIUNA, represented locally by Local 1309, has supplied workers to build the Acura Grand Prix’s grandstands, safety system and VIP suites since its earliest days, has also been responsible for the development and building of much of the City of Long Beach and the surrounding areas, including many of the parks, bridges, libraries, schools, freeways and city infrastructure used daily by the residents of Long Beach.
Ford will invest $850 million to add more production capacity for EVs
Ford plans to invest more than $850 million to add more production capacity at a second U.S. factory for its next-generation battery-electric vehicle program.
The investment, which will be made through 2023, will focus on expanding Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in southeast Michigan. The plant investment also includes funding to build the next-generation Mustang and is part of a $900 million investment in Ford’s operations in southeastern Michigan.
Jones' finger to be re-evaluated prior to COTA weekend (Update)
UPDATE NTT IndyCar Series driver Ed Jones has been cleared to drive in the INDYCAR Classic at Circuit of The Americas following a re-examination by Dr. Geoffrey Billows, INDYCAR medical director.
Jones sustained a small non-displaced fracture of the distal fourth metacarpal in his left ring finger when his No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet made contact with the wall during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 10. Jones met with a hand surgeon in Miami in the days following the race and had the hand properly splinted.
Firestone to use Road America tires for COTA this weekend
"Our Firestone Race Tire Engineering team tested at Circuit of The Americas last fall to select the best tires for the first NTT IndyCar Series event at this beautiful 20-turn road course. Without previous race data to pull from, the Firestone team relied on vehicle data, track roughness information, and input from our test teams in selecting race-proven technology that will meet the demands of this iconic track. The black sidewall primary tire features the 2018 Road America construction and the 2018 Indy GP compound, while the red sidewall alternate is the same construction and compound as 2018 Road America."
- Cara Adams, Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Americas Motorsports
Christian Lundgaard ends inaugural F3 pre-season test on top
Renault Sport Academy driver Christian Lundgaard set the fastest laptime of the first FIA Formula 3 pre-season testing at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France. The Dane clocked in a time of 1:48.786 to top the two-day test session overall. In the afternoon, it was Yuki Tsunoda from Jenzer Motorsport who was quickest in a 1:49.301.
The pitlane opened at 9am local time on the second day of testing and under blue skies. The three ART cars rushed to the track, led by Max Fewtrell, but it was David Beckmann who quickly set the early pace. PREMA’s Jehan Daruvala dipped under 1m51s to go top ahead of Richard Verschoor and Lundgaard. The Dane improved further to claim the top spot in 1:50.410.
They are not there is serve and protect, the 'Revenuers' are there to extract as much money from your wallet as possible
Newly released federal court documents have revealed that Massachusetts State Police had a quota system requiring troopers to issue a certain number of tickets.
CBS Boston reports that troopers were required to issue at least eight tickets during specialized overtime shifts. Prosecutors uncovered the scheme in the latest court filing in an ongoing overtime pay scandal within the Massachusetts State Police.
The Accident and Injury Reduction Effort (AIRE) was one of the overtime programs implemented by the police. It was aimed at reducing crashes on the Massachusetts Turnpike and targeted aggressive and speeding drivers.
Sir Jackie Stewart drives Dan Gurney's Eagle at Revival Legendary F1 driver Sir Jackie Stewart made a special appearance at Goodwood Revival with a lap in one of Dan Gurney's classic Eagles at #GoodwoodRevival. Comment
Juan Manuel Correa joins Alfa Romeo F1 team as Development Driver
Juan Manuel Correa
Alfa Romeo Racing is pleased to announce that Juan Manuel Correa is joining the Team as Development Driver.
The 19-year-old American driver is currently competing in the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship with the Sauber Junior Team, and will now take a next step in his career by entering a new role with Alfa Romeo Racing.
Top drivers don't want Melbourne resurfacing (Update)
Melbourne to get resurfacing even though drivers say don't waste your money
UPDATE (GMM) Organizers of the Australian grand prix look set to proceed with a full resurfacing of the Albert Park track in Melbourne.
Last weekend for the 2019 season opener, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel urged against the resurfacing, saying the bumps are part of the character of the venue.
"We will have to get the report back from (acting race director) Michael Masi, but I think we will be resurfacing in the next year or two," Australian Grand Prix Corporation chief Andrew Westacott told The Age.
The Ferrari would have needed new tires to set fastest lap, not so for the Mercedes' - they set fastest laps on worn out tires
(GMM) Ferrari may chase the bonus 'point for fastest lap' in Bahrain and beyond.
In Melbourne, surprised and disappointed to be off Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda's pace, team boss Mattia Binotto decided that Charles Leclerc would not be given the opportunity to go for the fastest lap.
"We had the window to give Charles new tires, but I think at that stage every pit stop is a risk and for us it was more important to get the car home and secure the points for fifth place," he told Auto Bild.
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