After the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400, the Supercars technical department, within their remit, conducted a Centre of Gravity (CoG) test on 10 cars.
Following this test, the technical department identified an imbalance, and a rule was then drafted to address and provide for CoG parity. This rule was subsequently passed by the Supercars commission and ratified by the Supercars board, which saw an adjustment made to the Mustang and ZB in the interests of technical parity.
COTA boss Bobby Epstein told Autoweek on Sunday night that he was pleased with the crowd for Sunday’s race and said it was at the “upper end of our projections.” He had predicted 30,000 on race day.
“The thing about the venue that a lot of people don’t realize is people like to wander,” Epstein told Autoweek. “They have some of their favorite hills and want to watch in the turns, so they aren’t really sitting in their grandstand seat. We realized that when we priced the IndyCar ticket. There wasn’t really a difference if you had general admission or had a ticket.
Joe Gibbs Racing has announced that it has renewed its on-going partnership with Interstate Batteries in a multi-year agreement that will extend the relationship beyond 30 years.
Interstate Batteries will continue to serve as the official battery of Joe Gibbs Racing and primary sponsor on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series No. 18 Toyota Camry driven by Kyle Busch for six races.
Due to poor results, Formula E’s first champion Nelson Piquet Jr has left the all-electric racing series to focus on Brazilian stock cars and will be replaced by British driver Alex Lynn, the Jaguar team said on Thursday.
“Recent results have not met his or the team’s expectations,” said team boss James Barclay in a statement.
Editor's Note: 33-year old Piquet Jr. has hit that age when the reflexes begin to slow just enough that he can no longer win in an open wheel car. Some drivers hit it at an earlier age than others. Drivers who are no longer competitive in open wheel racing give stock car racing a try.
Amnesty accuses Bahrain of using F1 to 'sportwash' image
Flavio Briatore, Renault with the prince of Bahrain Salman bin Hamad in 2005. As long as the government pays their F1 bill, F1 does not care to get involved with politics
Amnesty International on Thursday accused Bahrain of using this weekend's Formula One race to "sportwash" its image, amid an intense crackdown on political dissent in the Gulf kingdom.
"Beneath the glamour of the F1, there is a far more sinister side to Bahrain, revealing the country as a deeply repressive state where anyone critical of the government can be jailed merely for posting a tweet," said Amnesty's Middle East director Samah Hadid.
2019 Lexus Performance Driving School Announced at Laguna Seca
The Lexus Performance Driving School is an all-new, full-day experience designed and produced by world-class driving instructors to build your skills and confidence as a driver--on and off the track. To kick off the 2019 season, Lexus will be hosting all of its Performance Driving School events at our new home circuit, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, on May 23-26 and November 15-17.
Red Bull Junior driver Dan Ticktum will be sharing RB15 driving duties with Max Verstappen at the first in-season test of the 2019 F1 season. Dan has been a member of the Red Bull Junior Team since 2017 and following a successful 2018 season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, where he finished second, coupled with consecutive Macau Grand Prix victories, Dan will now take the next step with an official F1 test in the RB15.
2019 also sees Dan continue his racing education, competing in Japan’s highly competitive Super Formula championship with Honda for Mugen Motorsport.
Renault Sport Racing and DuPont Announce Strategic Partnership
Cyril Abiteboul hopes DuPont can help his mid-pack team
Renault Sport Racing and DuPont today announce a multiyear strategic technical partnership to deliver new technology, beginning with hybrid and electric powertrain innovative solutions to help advance Formula 1 and other racing programs. Through a shared vision to address unique challenges in the rapidly changing mainstream automotive industry, Renault Sport Racing and DuPont also will explore opportunities to co-innovate and accelerate development of new technology for future consumer and road car applications.
Hagerty and Skip Barber partner to bring driving experiences to iconic tracks nationwide
The school uses cars close to vintage age
As part of its ongoing mission to save driving for future generations, Hagerty is partnering with the Skip Barber Racing School (SBRS) to introduce the Hagerty Driving Academy – a series of 40 events nationwide that teaches safe, proficient driving skills and the art of shifting a manual while sharing the excitement of being behind the wheel of fun cars.
“Hardly anyone teaches driving a manual transmission anymore,” said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty. “But we think it’s a fantastic skill for all drivers to have. We also think they need experience in the kind of crash avoidance techniques that Skip Barber Racing School excels at teaching. This partnership is all about safety, education and fun.”
Brawn: F1 will have cheaper, simpler, louder engines
It appears Formula 1 players have settled on a compromise according to latest statements made by Sporting Director Ross Brawn.
Brawn admitted in an interview with Motorsport Network, “In that case, I was perhaps a bit more ambitious in terms of the changes that could have been made, but when the arguments were presented they were well presented, the models were well presented, and the examples were given.”
Video: Red Bull's Pierre Gasly Re-Lives The 2018 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix
The F1 Bahrain Grand Prix of 2018 was a watershed race for Pierre Gasly. Driving for Toro Rosso at the time, the Frenchman pulled off an unlikely fourth place finish, signaling both he and the team’s ambitions for a bright future.
Speaking to Mobil 1 The Grid, the 21-year-old reflects on a race to remember as he looks to build on last year’s performance with his new team for 2019, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.
It's not that often we get to see IndyCar visit a contemporary Formula 1 circuit, but that happened last weekend when the series hosted a race at Austin's Circuit of the Americas at the first time. Autosport's Tom Errington and Ben Anderson join Glenn Freeman to discuss how the speed of the two championships compares, how much that really matters, the quality of the racing we saw and IndyCar's surprising approach to the thorny issue of track limits - which is always a major talking point whenever F1 visits the US venue.
Video: NASCAR's Steve O'Donnell breaks down 2020 schedule changes
NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell hosted a media teleconference following the release of the schedule and explained the thought-process behind it and provide some perspective towards what could come next.
Why the move from Homestead to Phoenix for the Championship Race?
Supercars DJR Team Penske has taken delivery of the 2019 NASCAR Cup car which conducted a demo at the Superloop Adelaide 500.
The Penske built Ford Mustang NASCAR was driven by Marcos Ambrose at Adelaide in demonstration runs alongside Dick Johnson in a current specification Mustang Supercar and Scott McLaughlin in a road going Mustang.
Comerica Bank Free Prix Returns to the Detroit Grand Prix
Last year's winner Pipo Derani will be in the #31 Cadillac this year
Thanks to Comerica Bank, fans will have the opportunity to experience all the fun and excitement of the 30th Grand Prix in Detroit’s history FREE of charge on Friday, May 31. For the seventh consecutive year, Comerica Bank Free Prix Day will allow everyone to witness the first day of on-track activity at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear at no cost. Fans are encouraged to visit the Raceway at Belle Isle Park, tour the paddock, known as the “locker room of motorsports,” watch the world-class racing action and experience all of the interactive games, displays and family fun at the Grand Prix, courtesy of Comerica Bank.
United Autosports announced that Will Owen will return to the team for the 2019 European Le Mans Series.
The American racer returns to United Autosports for his third season, racing alongside Alex Brundle and Ryan Cullen in a Ligier JS P217. Will first joined the team in 2017 as they made their LMP2 debut in the European series. After scoring two wins and three podiums Will, along with Hugo de Sadeleer and Filipe Albuquerque, finished second in the championship. Will also made his Le Mans 24 Hours debut the same year, finishing fourth in the LMP2 class.
The 27-year-old Dane is one of the stars of North American motorsport. In 2016 and 2017, she won the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This year, she is competing for the first time in a Mercedes-AMG GT3. After her debut in the 12h Bathurst, Christina will compete next weekend for STRAKKA Racing together with Dominik Baumann (AUT) and Adam Christodoulou (GBR) at the California 8 Hours of Laguna Seca, the second round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC).
(GMM) Fernando Alonso has kept himself in the F1 headlines by lashing out at the sport's official podcast.
The latest Beyond The Grid podcast is with former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, who made some comments about the Spaniard's time with the team.
Montezemolo said Alonso was "less close to the team" than were Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher, and in a Tweet to promote the podcast, reportedly added: "When he wins, he's happy. When he doesn't win, it's the problem of the team".
Gordon and Keselowski Break Down the 2020 NASCAR Schedule Changes
NASCAR on Tuesday announced significant changes to the 2020 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES race schedule. Afterward on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon and FOX NASCAR driver analyst Brad Keselowski offered reaction to the shakeup. Below are their thoughts:
FOX NASCAR ANALYST JEFF GORDON SAYS THE 2020 SCHEDULE CHANGES ARE MORE SUBSTANTIAL THAN HE EXPECTED:
Besides testing for Alfa Romeo, Mick Schumacher will drive the Ferrari SF90 for the first time on the first day of the test, Tuesday 2 April, following the Bahrain Grand Prix. The German, who is racing in Formula 2 this year with the Prema team and is a Ferrari Driver Academy member, will drive on both days, as after first driving the Ferrari he will jump into the cockpit of the Alfa Romeo Racing car for the Wednesday.
On the second day of testing at the Sakhir circuit, it will be the turn of Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow driver Sebastian Vettel to continue with testing work. With the race having taken place just a couple of days earlier, this will provide the engineers with a good reference point for their data.
It won’t be long until another FDA driver is seen at the wheel of a Formula 1 car. Callum Ilott, currently racing in Formula 2 with the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz Racing, will be driving the Alfa Romeo Racing car at the forthcoming Barcelona test, on 14 and 15 May.
Annual NASCAR Event Moving to Fourth of July Weekend in 2020 on IMS Oval
The NASCAR race moves to July 4th weekend - back to the sweltering heat
The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line will move to Fourth of July weekend starting in 2020, creating a new marquee summer event in Indianapolis and on the national sporting calendar.
The 27th annual NASCAR event weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will take place July 3-5, 2020 on the 2.5-mile oval, with the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race taking place Sunday, July 5.
Pocono doubleheader highlights new-look summer of racing
Pocono Raceway will host a double-header race weekend in 2020, featuring two NASCAR Cup races on back-to-back days, on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. Camping and Cup race ticket prices will not increase for the 2020 NASCAR race weekend.
While tickets for the 2020 NASCAR race weekend will not be available for sale until later this year, there are no plans to increase any NASCAR Cup race ticket in 2020. Fans will be able to purchase June 27 and/or June 28 tickets at the same price currently being offered for the Raceway’s Pocono 400 (June) and Gander RV 400 (July) Cup events this summer. Additionally, there will be no changes to camping prices next year. The Raceway’s Kids Free Initiative and Worry-Free Weather Guarantee Presented by AccuWeather will be offered in 2020.
Fast Forward: 2019 NTT IndyCar Series at Austin It was a historic day as INDYCAR kicked off its run with Circuit of The Americas. Will Power and Team Penske dominated most of the race, but a younger star stole the show by the end of the race. Comment
8th Annual Racing Goes Safer Seminar at Long Beach Grand Prix
The Stand 21 Safety Foundation’s 8th Annual “Racing Goes Safer” driver safety seminar at the Long Beach Grand Prix will be held on Saturday, April 13th, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, followed by informal conversation and a light lunch.
David Hobbs, the versatile veteran racer and TV expert race analyst will be a special guest speaker. He will talk about motorsports safety from his perspective based on a full career both behind the wheel and behind the microphone, sharing stories from his book HOBBO, Motor Racer, Motor Mouth.
The event is free to racers at all levels, their crews and families, and sanctioning bodies who are interested in practical advice on how to better protect themselves from dangers at the track.
Video: The Wave-Makers - Colton Herta Leads The IndyCar Rookie Class Of 2019
18-year-old Colton Herta made headlines at COTA with a fairy-tale win at the inaugural IndyCar Classic, a victory which would see the Harding Steinbrenner Racing driver become IndyCar's youngest-ever race winner.
But Herta is not the only Rookie looking to make his mark in the series this year, with Felix Rosenqvist, Santino Ferrucci and former F1 driver Marcus Ericsson among the names also in the mix.
Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to all there drivers, along with NTT IndyCar Series season mainstays James Hinchliffe, Tony Kanaan and Alexander Rossi, to find out more.
UPDATE NBCSN earned a 0.23 final rating for Sunday's inaugural IndyCar Classic at COTA, representing a 23.3% drop from the overnight.
341,000 total viewers tuned in but only 84,000 in the all-important 18-49 year old age category that sponsors care about.
Editor's Note: IndyCar was expecting a bump up in ratings for this event because of the curiosity factor of the Circuit of the Americas. Instead, the final rating was only a 0.23 despite all the promotion and hype NBC is now putting around IndyCar.....as we predicted. It is a death knell for any race series and growth of the series has been stunted now for 10 years running because of the poor, and falling NBCSN TV ratings. And we want to stress - the production and the TV announcers are excellent. That is NOT the problem. The problem is the fact that NBCSN is a channel no one watches, and no one channel surfs too.
IndyCar driver Graham Rahal served as the USAC.25 Grand Marshal this weekend at the Circuit of The Americas and posed with Honda Red Rookie Quarter Midget racers to announce the 2019 Hot Wheels-USAC Quarter Midget mentoring initiative.
Continuing its support of young racers pursuing their racing dreams, Hot Wheels™ is partnering with IndyCar, USAC.25 and Honda Performance Development to bring mentorship and support to North American Quarter Midget racers.
Quarter Midgets have been around since before World War II and feature drivers from ages four through 16. Resembling small-scale version of full-size Midget race cars, these Quarter Midgets racers can compete on paved or dirt ovals to help drivers hone racecraft as they progress though their race classes. Many of today's most recognizable names in IndyCar racing got their start in Quarter Midgets and are eager to give back to the sport they fondly remember.
"For more than 50 years, Hot Wheels has been igniting the challenger spirit in automotive fans of all ages," said Ricardo Briceno, Hot Wheels Director of Global Brand Marketing at Mattel. "We're proud to take that to next level with IndyCar and Honda through this training and mentoring program, giving kids the tools and encouragement needed to become the next generation of great American racers."
Wehrlein not interested in uncompetitive F1 return
(GMM) Pascal Wehrlein says he "definitely" is not angling to return to formula one with a back of the grid team.
The former Manor and Sauber driver now races in Formula E, but he has also been signed up for 2019 by Ferrari, where he will be a simulator driver assisting the championship charge of his friend and countryman Sebastian Vettel.
When asked if he is targeting a return to F1, Wehrlein told Bild newspaper: "Not at any price.
(GMM) Haas boss Gunther Steiner says rival teams are trying to "harm" the Ferrari-linked outfit by lobbying to stop the practice of so-called 'B teams'.
Ahead of crunch meetings with the FIA and Liberty Media and tough negotiations over the next Concorde Agreement, Renault and McLaren in particular are reportedly lobbying to prevent top teams like Ferrari from allying with smaller rivals.
Scott Dixon and Wife Emma Davies-Dixon Announced as Honorary Co-Chairs
Scott and Emma Dixon with their children and dogs. The family also owns a retired race horse, Otis
IndyHumane announced today that five-time NTT IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon and his wife, Emma Davies-Dixon, will be the official honorary co-chairs of its 2019 Mutt Strut fundraiser. The annual event will take place on April 27, 2019 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Dixon holds the distinction of being the winningest active IndyCar driver with 44 victories and is currently ranked third on the all-time IndyCar win list behind only AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti. In addition, he ranks second on the all-time list for most consecutive starts dating back to the 2004 race in Michigan. He was the 2008 winner of the Indianapolis 500 and returns to Chip Ganassi Racing in 2019 for his 18th season – the longest tenure for a driver in team history.
Multi-Year Agreement Positions GEICO As Official Insurance Partner of NASCAR
The Geico Gecko
NASCAR and GEICO announced today a multi-year agreement designating the blue-chip brand as the "Official Insurance Partner of NASCAR" and expanding its presence across the sport.
GEICO’s involvement in NASCAR spans more than a decade through a partnership with International Speedway Corporation (ISC), which includes highly visible assets such as the GEICO Restart Zone, race entitlements and campgrounds sponsorships. Additionally, GEICO has a team relationship with Germain Racing, sponsoring the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet driven by Ty Dillon in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
"Our affiliation with NASCAR has been successful over the past decade, and expanding our partnership to include rights with the sanctioning body was the next logical step," said Bill Brower, assistant vice president of marketing for GEICO. "Our expanded presence will allow us to further engage the most brand loyal fans in sports and bolster our effective marketing platform."
NASCAR issued a memo to Monster Energy Cup Series teams on Monday that confirmed the sanctioning body’s commitment to group qualifying but not without crafting harsher penalties for drivers that do not make a timed lap before time expired in any given round.
Starting at Texas, any driver that does not take a lap in any of the qualifying rounds will have all previously posted times in the session disallowed – which means instead of falling back on the previous round’s time, that driver would start the race from the back. Additionally, any driver who blocks pit road — at the judgment of NASCAR – in a way that prohibits other drivers from exiting pit road will incur a penalty, such as disallowing that team’s posted qualifying speed and/or disqualifying that car from additional qualifying rounds.
COTA: Smaller crowds than F1, but race was captivating show
Turn 1 General Admission area
The cars may have looked similar to Formula One, but the experience was altogether different for the first IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas.
Prior to the race, pit line was open for fans to take photos with drivers and cars just minutes before the engines started. The racing captivated from start to finish, with the lead pack of Will Power, Alexander Rossi and Colton Herta never far apart. A late twist caused controversy as well as history with Herta becoming the youngest winner in series history after a caution flag wreaked havoc on Power and Rossi’s tire strategy.
Formula One may have enjoyed a winter break, but the work behind the scenes at the teams and their suppliers has continued at a rapid pace. ExxonMobil has been working flat-out, testing 36 engine oil and 40 race fuel variations over the winter. Let’s meet David Tsurusaki, who is at the heart of the ExxonMobil Formula One project…
How smooth has ExxonMobil found Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s transition from Renault to Honda power for 2019, bringing them in-line with sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso?
Larry McReynolds on Brad Keselowski’s domination at Martinsville:
“At a short track, it is hard to lead that many laps. That was a good old southern tail-kicking we saw today. It was almost a flawless day. It didn’t take long into the race to realize the No. 2 was the car to beat. The only way they could beat him was if he beat himself.”
The once-great British team has struggled in its most recent Honda and Renault-powered eras.
Ahead of the crunch meeting with Liberty Media on Tuesday over the 2021 regulations, current boss Zak Brown said F1 in the future needs to be "financially viable" and allow the team to "fight fairly and competitively".
Oliver Askew put an exclamation point on his weekend at Circuit of The Americas this morning by claiming his second race win in as many days and taking over the lead in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires title-chase after four of 18 races. Askew, 22, from Jupiter, Fla., took the checkered flag in the Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products just over two seconds clear of Andretti Autosport teammate Robert Megennis, from New York, N.Y., to ensure a perfect weekend sweep of two pole positions, two race wins and a maximum possible 64 championship points.
One weekend. Two racing series. Three victories. We are looking back on countless exciting moments at Super Sebring 2019. An event that showed us once again that the strength lies within the team. Whether it’s our fans, friends or our amazing works and customer teams: we drove it all home together. Thanks to everyone for being part of this amazing journey.
Video: INDYCAR Series: Austin Qualifying Highlights
Felix Rosenqvist set the IndyCar track record
Felix Rosenqvist turned a lighting-fast lap during Qualifying at Circuit of The Americas, but it was Will Power who took P1. Here's all the action from Day 2 of the #INDYCARClassic .
Qualifying ace Will Power squeezed in two sets of reds in the Fast Six and that second run was enough to knock Alexander Rossi off the pole for the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of Americas in his Penske Chevy. Rossi came up 0.1584s short in his Andretti Honda and he led a bevy of Honda drivers in 3rd through 6th.
Video: NASCAR Martinisville Monster Cup Post-Qualifying Q&A
Busch Pole Winner, Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford). Logano led a Ford charge in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at Martinsville speedway on Saturday, winning the pole with a speed of 97.830 mph. Aric Almirola will start on the outside of the front row. Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick will take up the second row. Denny Hamlin was the only non-Ford driver to crack the top 5. William Byron’s last-second run made him the top Chevrolet driver in sixth.
Race Winning Crew Chief Ryan Fugle and Kyle Busch (No. 51 Cessna Toyota). A week after locking up his 200th NASCAR national series victory at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, Kyle Busch took the first step toward the next century mark. Holding off challenges from Ross Chastain and runner-up Ben Rhodes, Busch survived a late restart in winning Saturday’s TruNorth Global 250 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
City vote to put Miami Grand Prix up for discussion this week
Proposed Miami GP area
Miami has formally put its planned Formula 1 street race back on the docket, with its City Commission set to vote once again on the event on March 28.
Last September, the commission voted to defer the discussions on the race, but the subject will be debated once again next Thursday with the hope for F1 that the project will this time advance to the next stage.
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