Haas F1 Preview: Sustaining Gains Into Bahrain Until Haas F1 Team took to the grid last weekend in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, it had been 30 years since an American team competed in the FIA Formula One World Championship. Simply showing up prepared and putting two cars on the track that made competitive lap times was the goal. And for industry veterans curious to know what kind of organization Haas F1 Team would be, the professional appearance displayed during preseason testing in Barcelona and at the season's first race in Australia set a goal to surpass expectations.
Ford GT makes dynamic European debut at The Prologue For the competitors in the FIA World Endurance Championship ‘The Prologue’ test at Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France heralds the dawn of a new season of racing. For the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing WEC team this test is the official start of the road to Le Mans.
The learning curve will be steep, as the team will compete in just two races –the 6 Hours of Silverstone and the 6 Hours of Spa – before arriving at Le Mans in a little over two months’ time so a comprehensive test program for the Ford GT is vital.
The ACO has confirmed plans for an all-new set of LMP1 regulations for 2018, which will have a larger dependency on hybrid power and further cuts in fuel flow and energy.
Sportscar365 reports that, under the new proposed regulations, manufacturers will be allowed to run up to three hybrid systems. The FIA and ACO is also set to expand into the 10MJ hybrid subclass for the first time.
Video: Mercedes reflects on Australia Mercedes explain the untold story of how Nico Rosberg nearly lost the win during the 2016 F1 Australian GP and reveal how we approached the new radio restrictions; showing you just how hot the radio chatter got on the pit wall.
Video: Ford GT40 - 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans Wonderful period video from brake pad manufacturer Ferodo on the 1968 Le Mans race from the standpoint of John Wyer's Gulf Oil Ford GT40 team, who won the race. The first 4 minutes shows a high speed in-car lap around Le Mans narrated by Stirling Moss. Wonderful video with footage of Alfa Romeo 33s, Porsche 908s, Matras, etc.... Note the straights with trees and nothing to stop a car from hitting them. Comment
Formula E CEO looking to New York for U.S. Expansion
Alejandro Agag, Formula E CEO, wants to see his series grow and wants the U.S. along for the all-electric ride.
Agag talked about some of his frustrations with the United States in March at Mexico City--a venue that replaced Miami on this season’s schedule. The only U.S. venue planned for Formula E in 2016 is the streets of Long Beach, California.
And that’s not good enough for Agag, who wants more from his targeted markets.
The 100th Indianapolis 500 is going to be a landmark event more than a century in the making, and Indy Trading Post is going to be part of it as a returning sponsor of Bryan Clauson and the Jonathan Byrd’s Racing team, as they team up with Dale Coyne Racing for the 2016 edition of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing
Indy Trading Post (www.indytradingpost.com), located just south of downtown Indianapolis, is Indy’s #1 source for guns and knives, as well as being Indianapolis’ destination for family shooting sports. In addition to their sale, Indy Trading Post provides a place to learn to learn to handle firearms safely in a relaxed environment, and promotes responsible gun ownership by providing a safe, clean, and family friendly environment staffed by experienced professionals.
Raikkonen to re-use Australia engine An investigation at Ferrari's base in Maranello has showed that Kimi Raikkonen will be able to reuse the power unit he ran with in Australian despite having encountered a fire that forced him to retire from the race early on.
Raikkonen showed promising pace after grabbing the second place during the tumultuous start in the season-opener Australian race. The Finn then had to retire after the safety car period as flames shot out of his car.
Will Power, the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, was laid back and happy after returning to the cockpit for the first time since setting the track record and winning the pole for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 12.
"It felt good, really good," the Team Penske driver said after a daylong solo test at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham on March 22.
Power sat out the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season opener March 13 due to effects from an inner-ear infection that prompted concussion-like symptoms including nausea, headaches and neck stiffness. It was only after a thorough battery of tests the day after the race that Power was determined not to have sustained a concussion.
Hinchcliffe, IndyCar legends entertain in Big Apple
Hinchcliffe, Luyendyk, Mears and Unser Jr.
It was fitting that four Indy car drivers – three retired with multiple Indianapolis 500 wins each and one current Verizon IndyCar Series driver – would meet for a forum to discuss everything racing in New York City. For this rollicking and informative discussion was made for the Broadway stage.
“A Celebration of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500,” held at the Hearst Tower in Manhattan, was sponsored by Car and Driver and Road & Track magazines and streamed live on IndyCar.com, in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show. It featured four-time Indy 500 winner Rick Mears, two-time 500 winners Al Unser Jr. and Arie Luyendyk, and someone who hopes to earn his first “500” win this May, James Hinchcliffe.
GM exec says Chevy's success forced Ford to get Stewart-Haas
, GM's director of racing, has described Ford's joining forces with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 as a "bold move" but has pledged support to the team to season's end.
Kent told Motorsport.com: "Ford hasn't won a drivers' or manufacturers' championship in over a decade. So obviously they've been looking at Chevrolet and realizing it takes great teams and great depth to be able to win championships. We've been able to win the last 13 manufacturers' titles and nine of the last 11 drivers' championships. So Ford realized they had to do something. They made a bold move."
O'Donnell talks about "full fields", race winnings
Interviewed by the Charlotte Observer, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell talked about various issues including the size of Sprint Cup fields and why race winnings are no longer released:
Q: Although there are four spots available each race for non-charter "open" teams, they haven't all been filled since Daytona and fields have been composed of 39 of a possible 40 cars. Is that a concern?
O'Donnell: "When we looked at the charter system, we decided to leave four spots open. We didn't necessarily think those four spots would be occupied at each race and we'd love to maybe have them filled. But we're concentrating on the quality of the race teams that do show up each week. We're happy with that. We've got 36 teams and whichever open teams that show up and it's provided quality racing."
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone writes pointed open letter to drivers
Ecclestone fires back at drivers
Bernie Ecclestone wasted little time sending a reply to the Grand Prix Drivers' Association after the organization wrote an open letter on Wednesday, demanding change to the governance system that runs Formula One.
The GPDA letter, signed by McLaren driver Jenson Button, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel and chairman Alex Wurz, said the "decision-making process in the sport is obsolete and ill-structured."
Premium seats go on sale for Boston GP BOSTON - Grand Prix of Boston Powered by LogMeIn announced that Premium Grandstand tickets and Club tickets go on sale today,Friday, March 25, 2016 at 1 p.m. E.T. Premium tickets and Club tickets for the inaugural Labor Day event September 2-4, 2016 in the South Boston Waterfront area will be available at www.indycarboston.com or by calling 857-598-5566.
“We’ve had a huge level of interest in our tickets since they went on sale March 15,” said John Casey, President of the Grand Prix of Boston. “The excitement and support for the event has been amazing. The Premium tickets and Club tickets will offer additional options for our fans and corporate partners to enjoy this amazing weekend.”
IndyCar driver Hinchcliffe unveils new beer (Update) UPDATE PRESS RELEASE
James Hinchcliffe Beer
On April 2, 2016, Flat12 Bierwerks will release Hinchtown Hammerdown, a limited edition, pilsner-style beer brewed in partnership with Verizon Series IndyCar driver, James Hinchcliffe. The collaboration beer is brewed every year for the month of May -- which in Indianapolis, is all about racing.
This year’s release is made all the more momentous by James Hinchcliffe’s full recovery and return to racing after his involvement in a major crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 18, 2015.
That wasn't how the season was supposed to end for one of the brightest racing talents out there, but now #HinchI5Back and better than ever. Flat12 couldn’t be more excited for Hinchcliffe’s return to the track and for the return of this specialty brew,Hinchtown Hammerdown.
Pirelli confirms Monaco debut for ultrasoft Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli has announced its compound selections and mandatory sets for the Monaco Grand Prix, with the Italian company to bring its Ultra Soft, Super Soft and Soft rubber.
Pirelli has allocated a set of Super Softs and Softs for the race, and a set of Ultra Softs for qualifying.
Former racer Gary Brabham convicted in Australia Gary Brabham, one of the three sons of triple F1 world champion Jack Brabham, has been found guilty of child rape on a six-year-old girl and convicted in the Brisbane District Court.
Brabham was found guilty of one count of rape and one count of indecent treatment of a girl under the age of 12. He was found not guilty of another five charges of indecent treatment. The offenses occurred between 2003 and 2007.
NASCAR Fines Danica Patrick & Kyle Busch NASCAR has dropped the hammer on Danica Patrick and Kyle Busch for their actions last weekend at Auto Club Speedway.
NASCAR issued a $20,000 fine to Patrick after officials ruled she violated safety rules when she walked towards the race track to gesture at Kasey Kahne, who made contact with Patrick and caused her to crash on the front stretch. Patrick has also been placed on probation for the next four events.
Rahal: Removal of undertray downforce reduced overtaking at St Pete An explanation from Graham Rahal on why we saw less overtaking in this year's IndyCar race at St. Petersburg: "We gotta get the underway back on. I don’t understand the mentality. It’s common sense in traffic that the wings are not effective. The undertray is only way to create downforce. When we take those off, we lack the downforce. I’d rather they limit the wing angles, and give you the undertray back."
Judge Extends Deadline for VW Diesel-Engine Fix Proposal
A federal judge gave Volkswagen AG another month to come up with a fix for its diesel-powered cars that violate U.S. emissions standards after the German auto maker failed to meet the judge’s initial deadline writes Sara Randazzo of The Wall Street Journal.
An attorney for Volkswagen said at a hearing Thursday in San Francisco that engineers are working “around the clock” on a fix for some 600,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. that Volkswagen has admitted it equipped with software that tricks emissions tests.
Sonoma Raceway Upgrading Track With New Video Displays Sonoma Raceway today announced upgrades that will add more than 5,000 square feet of Panasonic LED digital signage. The track will replace its lap/leader board, which has stood above Turn 1 since '94, with an 85-foot tall, four-sided LED scoring tower.
The pylon will debut at June's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350.
Hermann Tilke is a name well known to most Formula 1 fans across the world. This would have much to do with the fact that he has been responsible for designing the majority of Formula 1's 'new' circuits, including the likes of the Yas Marina Circuit (Abu Dhabi), Marina Bay Street Circuit (Singapore), Bahrain International Circuit and Circuit of The Americas (Austin). Most recently, he has undertaken the challenge of designing a viable and challenging Formula 1 track on the streets of downtown Baku as the city prepares for the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE this summer. Taking time out from his busy schedule, he spoke to Baku City Circuit about his hopes for this year's inaugural F1 race in Azerbaijan.
WeatherTech Racing to Run 24 Hours of Le Mans WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.), Leh Keen (Charleston, S.C.) and Marc Miller (Holland, Mi.) will drive the No. 89 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR LM GTE AM in the 24 Hours of Le Mans to run June 18-19 at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France.
WeatherTech Racing is partnering with German Porsche stalwarts Proton Competition for its return to Le Mans. The all-American WeatherTech Racing trio has experience at the twice-around-the-clock French classic race. MacNeil will be running the race for the third time. His last run was in 2014 where he was a part of a two-man team that finished fifth in the LM GTE Pro class. Keen is running Le Mans for a third time, having finished second in 2010. Miller competed last year in a Viper and was unclassified when the car retired on lap 304. The WeatherTech Racing Porsche RSR will run on Michelin tires.
Jones Named DeltaWing Technology Group Chief Operating Officer
Perry 'P.T.' Jones
Perry 'P.T.' Jones has joined the DeltaWing Technology Group Inc. as chief operating officer overseeing all aspects related to the DeltaWing companies, which includes DeltaWing Technologies Inc., DeltaWing Manufacturing Co. LLC, Panoz, and Panoz DeltaWing Racing. In a related announcement, Jones also has been appointed to the DeltaWing Technology Group Inc. board of directors.
Jones has extensive automotive experience, most recently as Advanced Vehicle Systems Program manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and ORNL’s primary contact with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Vehicle Technologies, overseeing ORNL’s vehicle and transportation research program strategy. He also was the principle investigator for the DOE’s Green Racing Initiative, providing direction for sustainable motorsports.
TDS Racing and Greaves Motorsport withdraw, Algarve Pro Racing will take part in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours
Two teams drop out of 2016 24 Hours of LeMans
Two teams have withdrawn from the 2016 Le Mans 24 hours on 18-19 June. The no. 59 Aston Martin Vantage V8 entered by TDS Racing in LM GTE Am will not start the 84th event and the first reserve Greaves Motorsport (no. 45 Gibson 015S-Nissan in LM P2) has cried off. Thus, Portuguese squad Algarve Pro Racing’s no. 25 Ligier JS P2-Nissan has been invited to start the race.
The Portuguese team managed by Samantha Cox, which was second on the reserve list in February when the entries for the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours were announced, has taken advantage of the withdrawal of TDS Racing and first reserve, Greaves Motorsport, and has been invited to take part in the Sarthe classic on 18th June.
Phoenix race gets a sponsor, now all it needs is a good crowd on race day
The Verizon IndyCar Series and Phoenix International Raceway said when the two sides came to an agreement to put the one-mile track back on the schedule that they didn’t need a title sponsor in the first year of the new relationship to be successful.
PIR said they’re in this partnership for the long haul and wanted to build a fan base again first.
Sky Signs New Broadcast Partnership With F1 Management
Sky will pay Bernie huge sums of money
Sky agreed to a new broadcast partnership with Formula One Management. Under the new agreement, Sky Sports will be the home of F1 in the U.K. and Ireland from '19-24, offering live coverage of every Grand Prix.
The Formula 1 British Grand Prix, together with highlights of all other races and qualifying sessions, will be shown on a free-to-air basis and at least two other primetime live races a season will be offered on the soon-to-be-launched Sky Sports Mix along with other F1 content. Sky Sports F1 will be the only place to watch each Grand Prix weekend live for the next three seasons in the U.K. Sky Sports
Rivals race to catch up with Tesla at New York Auto Show Why aren’t more people buying loads of electric vehicles in the U.S.?
Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of Renault and Nissan attempted to answer this question during the 2016 New York International Auto Show on Wednesday morning. The consistently low sales are a “temporary slowdown,” expected to ramp up as governments put more pressure on companies to improve the carbon emissions of their vehicles, Ghosn said. However, the real challenge for auto makers may be motivating consumers to buy them.
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