Chase Briscoe in Five NASCAR Xfinity Series Races in 2018
As Chase Briscoe climbs the racing ladder toward his ultimate goal of competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the 23-year-old from Mitchell, Indiana, will grab a few rungs at Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste (SHR).
The championship-winning NASCAR team will field Briscoe in five NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2018, beginning with the April 14 Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Briscoe will drive the No. 98 Ford Performance Ford Mustang alongside SHR teammate Cole Custer in the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang.
ESPN Again Leads Industry In Sports Emmy Award Nominations With 54
ESPN - superior to all the rest
SPN once again led the industry in Sports Emmy Award nominations, earning 54 for '17.
"SC Featured" and "E:60" each received eight nominations,tied for the most of any single entry along with the Army-Navy game on CBS. ESPN's 54 nominations come from ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, SEC Network and WatchESPN.
Mercedes EQ to partner with Formula E for select races across Europe
Mercedes EQ - the new product and technology brand for electric mobility of Mercedes-Benz - has teamed-up with Formula E as a sponsor for the European leg of the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, starting from the next event as the presenting partner of the inaugural race in Rome on April 14.
Racer dies after slamming wall at 100 mph at California raceway
One person died Wednesday after hitting a wall at over 100 mph at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California, authorities said.
A 75-year-old unidentified Napa man was racing his 1976 Ford Pinto in the Wednesday Night Drags program when the crash happened at 6:15 p.m. local time, a raceway official told The San Francisco Chronicle.
DC Autosport Signs Barrichello For 2018 F4 US Effort
Eduardo Barrichello gets ready
DC Autosport is thrilled to announce their first two drivers for the 2018 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda. Team owner Don Conner can confirm that veteran open wheel driver Steve Bamford will be joined by series freshman Eduardo Barrichello, the 17-year-old son of former F1 superstar Rubens Barrichello under the DC Autosport tent. The duo has both tested with the team in the off-season ahead of the season opener at Virginia International Raceway on April 26-29. Conner is a paddock veteran who has been a key staff member of the successful Cape Motorsports operation, and he is extremely motivated to continue Cape’s level of performance with his own team. With two drivers signed for the year, the team has one seat still available for the 2018 season.
Austrian Rene Binder joins Juncos Racing for partial Verizon IndyCar season (Update)
UPDATE Binder says he will now compete in six IndyCar races this year, bringing Juncos Racing’s total participation in the series to 10.
Binder and reigning Indy Lights champion Kyle Kaiser are sharing the #32 Juncos Racing-Chevrolet, with Kaiser taking the wheel at Phoenix, Long Beach, the Indianapolis Grand Prix and the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.
BMW Group and Daimler AG agree to combine mobility services
DriveNow car sharing
The BMW Group and Daimler AG are joining forces to offer customers a single source for sustainable urban mobility services. The two companies today signed an agreement to merge their mobility services business units. Subject to examination and approval by the responsible competition authorities, the BMW Group and Daimler AG plan to combine and strategically expand their existing on-demand mobility offering in the areas of CarSharing, Ride-Hailing, Parking, Charging and Multimodality. Each company will hold a 50-percent stake in a joint-venture model comprising both companies’ mobility services. The two companies will remain competitors in their respective core businesses.
Sponsor GoDaddy unveiled this morning on social media platforms the No. 13 Chevrolet that Patrick will drive in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May, in what she has announced will be the last competitive race of her groundbreaking career. It will bring the first woman to lead the crown jewel of Indy car racing full circle to conclude her racing at the venue that launched her stardom.
American Santino Ferrucci Continues as Haas F1 Team Development Driver
American Santino Ferrucci will never become a regular F1 driver with current Haas management in place
American Santino Ferrucci will continue as a Haas F1 Team development driver in 2018 while simultaneously competing in his first full season in the FIA Formula 2 Championship with Team Trident. The 19-year-old from Woodbury, Connecticut, is embedded with Haas F1 Team at every opportunity, attending races and tests throughout the year.
Ferrucci joined Haas F1 Team in 2016 and participated in a two-day test with the American organization July 12-13 at Silverstone Circuit in England, becoming the first American driver to wheel an American Formula One car since Oct. 9, 1977 when Danny Ongais drove a Penske PC4 in the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario. Ferrucci tested again for Haas F1 Team in 2017, driving Aug. 1-2 on the Hungaroring in Budapest. Between the two tests, Ferrucci logged more than 1,900 kilometers (1,180 miles).
Rahal signs new Personal Services Agreement with Advance Auto Parts
IndyCar Series star driver Graham Rahal today announced that he has agreed to a multi-year marketing partnership with Advance Auto Parts, beginning in 2018. Rahal’s activities for Advance Auto Parts will range from branding on his helmet to personal appearances and social media engagement with race fans and automotive enthusiasts. In addition, Graham will be involved in Advance Auto Parts high-performance initiatives and its “Coffee and Cars” programs. Graham is married to Courtney Force, who drives the Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro SS Funny Car in NHRA competition and is the winningest female funny car driver in NHRA history.
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A Team Of Champions - Doug Fehan, Tommy Milner & Oliver Gavin On 20 Years Of Corvette Racing
Since its inception in 1999, no manufacturer has secured more in-class sportscar racing titles than GM-powered Corvette Racing. Speaking to Mobil 1 The Grid, drivers Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen are joined by program manager Doug Fehan to explain the colossal team effort behind the project.
Waymo will buy 20,000 all-electric Jaguar i-Pace vehicles and outfit them with their autonomous technology for a fleet of driverless ride-hailing cars
As Uber Technologies Inc. reels from a fatal crash involving one of its autonomous vehicles, rival Waymo is moving ahead, buying as many as 20,000 Jaguar vehicles for its robot fleet.
Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover have inked a deal that will add tens of thousands of all-electric I-Pace SUVs to the Alphabet unit’s growing lineup of self-driving taxis. The I-Pace, which made its global debut earlier this month, is not as much of a people-mover as Waymo’s Chrysler Pacifica minivans, but it will serve as a more high-end ride for those willing to pay a premium for their driverless transportation.
The first prototype I-Pace with Waymo’s self-driving technology will hit the road for public testing at the end of 2018, and officially become part of Waymo’s commercial ride-hailing service starting in 2020. Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover’s engineers will work in tandem to build these cars to be self-driving from the start, rather than retrofitting them after they come off the assembly line.
Australian GP TV Rating (Update) UPDATE The race was rebroadcast twice, not once on ESPNews - at 1 PM ET and 9 PM ET. These are prime viewing times and likely added 100 or 200 thousand additional viewers to ESPN's numbers, putting the total over 1/2-million USA viewers.
Horner wants the FIA to tell Ferrari's Marchionne here are the rules, sign up or leave F1.
In light of a threat by Ferrari and Mercedes to form a breakaway series, Red Bull's Christian Horner says Liberty Media and the FIA need to take a strong stance when it comes to the new 2021 rules and tell the teams "sign up or leave".
Liberty has already presented draft regulations to all ten teams, and whilst the majority had no complaints, they were met with disapproval by Ferrari's Sergio Marchionne and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.
Marchionne went as far as threatening to leave Formula 1 to form a separate series -- a call Mercedes looked to initially back. But Horner dismissed the comments as "history repeating itself" as Ferrari often make similar threats.
If you are stupid enough to sell diesel vehicles you deserve to be fined heavily.
A class-action lawsuit was filed today in New Jersey by law firm Hagens Berman, stating that emissions-cheating software was installed in tens of thousands of diesel-powered BMW vehicles, masking pollution up to 27 times the legal standard.
The models in question are the 2009-2011 BMW X5 and 2009-2011 BMW 335d, which are said to have achieved the power, fuel economy and efficiency promised by the German automaker only through illegal tampering.
Since there is zero relevance between an IndyCar engine and a passenger car engine (not even a single bolt is interchangeable) why not remove the turbo, add two cylinders, and have an engine that screams like the old F1 engines. IndyCar would surpass F1 in popularity almost overnight.
At a press conference at the St. Petersburg GP Art St. Cyr, head of Honda Performance Development, said the new engines in IndyCar slated for 2020 or ’21 will remain similar to the current layout, but that it wants IndyCar to consider a updated architecture to allow development.
IndyCar currently uses 2.2-liter turbocharged V6 engines that make 550-700bhp.
Are the cars too slow? No.
Will more HP ruin the racing? Probably.
Will more HP cause more violent crashes? Probably.
Is there even a single bolt in an IndyCar engine that is the same as their passenger car engine? Nope
Therefore, is there any relevance whatsoever to a passenger car? Nope.
Uber gives up autonomous vehicle testing rights in Calif.
Uber will not renew its permit to test autonomous vehicles on California public roads when it expires Saturday. And the company will have some explaining to do if it wants to get a new permit.
California's Department of Motor Vehicles told the ride-hailing service in a letter Tuesday that it will lose testing privileges after Saturday. If Uber wants to return, it will need a new permit and has to address investigations into a fatal crash in Arizona last week.
The qualifying mode that saw Lewis Hamilton take pole position for the season opening Australian Grand Prix, left Daniel Ricciardo devoid of his usual ever-present grin. Of course we know the rules require that all the Mercedes cars have that same mode. Hamilton has no special engine mode that a Lance Stroll doesn't have. It's called sandbagging until the final run.
"That sucks," said the Australian. "It's frustrating, because everyone else wants to see them get challenged a bit more, so that was a little bit of a punch in the stomach to everyone."
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday ordered Uber Technologies Inc. to suspend testing autonomous vehicles on public roadways in the state, a rebuke by a former supporter that takes the company’s decision on testing out of its hands.
The governor’s decree follows the fatal crash of a self-driving Uber on a Tempe street two Sundays ago when it struck a pedestrian walking her bike across the street outside of a crosswalk.
One of the main talking points at the end of the Melbourne weekend was the lack of overtaking, officially recorded at just 5 passes over the whole 58 laps.
While most of the blame is the wider tires and increased downforce in the cars - race organizers in Melbourne have admitted to being open-minded in terms of how the track itself might best ease the problem.
Alexander Rossi to Suit Up with Military to Motorsports for Phoenix Grand Prix
Rossi livery for Phoenix
Red, white and blue will paint patriotism on the No. 27 car of Alexander Rossi for the upcoming Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway as MilitaryToMotorsports.com returns as primary sponsor for the 250-lap race. Military to Motorsports will use the first oval race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season to showcase the program, seeking to attract military Veterans toward joining the fast-paced world of motorsports.
“This is such an exciting announcement and something that I am so proud to be a part of,” said Rossi. “I bleed red, white and blue and it honors me to be a spokesperson for an organization that is determined to help those who have fought for our freedom. This is wonderful timing with the rebirth of the Verizon IndyCar series - I look forward to trying to get the Military to Motorsports car to victory lane.”
After the IndyCar Grand Prix, Time Trials for the 102nd Indianapolis 500, the 102nd Indianapolis 500 itself, and both races of the Detroit Grand Prix air on ABC, one of the longest partnerships in all of sports will end. So, I've decided to remember IndyCar when it was home: on ABC.
F1 rules makers who approved the wider tires and bigger downforce
While much was made of the sport's new logo, its Grid Babies, its new anthem and various other gimmicks that Liberty Media is introducing in an attempt to put the 'bad old days' of Bernie Ecclestone firmly in the past, the sad fact is that the opening race of the season featured just five overtakes and none were for the lead.
Even the bravest of the brave admitted that their best efforts were thwarted at every turn, whether it was Lewis Hamilton hunting down the man who had stolen his lead, Max Verstappen eager to make up for his earlier error or countless other drivers with a point to prove if not a point to be won.
Despite the addition of a third DRS zone, the age old problem of dirty air meant that whenever the pursuer got within a second or so of the pursued their car became unstable, meaning that even Hamilton had to eventually yield.
Roadster Era To Be Celebrated on Legends Day at IMS
1960 Rathman Ward duel
Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be celebrated through a variety of activities on Legends Day Honoring the Roadster Era presented by Firestone on Saturday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
One of the most beloved car styles in "500" history will enter the spotlight on center stage just one day before the sleek, new-look Verizon IndyCar Series car makes its highly anticipated debut in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on Sunday, May 27.
ESPN apologizes to US viewers after first F1 broadcast glitches (Update)
As a minimum all ESPN commercials should be side-by-side so the viewer misses nothing. Let's see if ESPN and Sky are better coordinated for the next race in Bahrain.
UPDATE AWFUL ANNOUNCING's Phillip Bupp noted while Sky’s pre-race show "seemed like it had no issues in the UK, as well as in the rest of the world, those in the United States saw a live shot of Albert Park’s Turn 9 with nothing happening, nobody talking and going to commercial twice."
This is why there is a "danger when a network simulcasts a sporting event rather than produces their own."
But ESPN is probably "saving a ton of money by simulcasting Sky’s feed." Sky’s coverage is "widely regarded as the best" in F1. However, with a simulcast, there is "no communication between ESPN and Sky Sports."
Preferred Freezer Services Joins Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Sponsor Family
Long Beach GP
Preferred Freezer Services, a national leader in the cold storage industry, has joined the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach sponsorship family as an Official Partner, officials announced today.
Also a sponsor of Ed Carpenter Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Preferred Freezer Services is scheduled to open its newest cold storage facility in Los Angeles in June, its 38th facility in the U.S. serving the food industry.
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