Full 40-car field on tap for Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway is expected to have a full field of 40 cars for the first time since the season-opening Daytona 500.
Kevin Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, heads into the sixth race of the season with the points lead, followed by two-time 2016 race winner Jimmie Johnson and Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch. The Martinsville race marks a return to traditional NASCAR country after the three-race "West Coast Swing" and an off-weekend for Easter.
Pirelli chooses tires for Monaco and through Azerbaijan Pirelli will bring the following three compounds to the sixth round of the 2016 Formula One season in Monaco*, to be held (May 26-29) on the street circuit in Montecarlo: P Zero Yellow soft P Zero Red supersoft P Zero Purple ultrasoft (at its GP debut)
Watch F1 qualifying as it should be Let’s state the obvious; it’s difficult to be a fan of F1 at the moment. If anything has exemplified that, it’s the recent qualifying changes.
First it was on, then it was off, then it was back on. Then people started to wonder if it wasn’t perhaps completely thought out, followed by that being very much confirmed on Saturday. Niki Lauda is quoted have saying that F1 “has lost all direction” and while it’s not hard to disagree with that assessment, it’s more of a relief that senior paddock figures aren’t afraid to speak out.
Ferrari emerged as the hungriest consumer in terms of engine development tokens over the winter. The Italian manufacturer proved to be focused on completely revising its engine packaging for the new season.
For 2016 engine manufacturers were allowed to upgrade their engines with different solutions worth 32 tokens. Ferrari spent 23, Mercedes 19, Honda 18 and Renault just 7 tokens which leaves Ferrari with the least amount of further development possibilities.
Bahrain GP: Pirelli Preview Bahrain features a twilight start and a finish under lights. Teams have now experienced the new tire regulations, so may have more ideas as to how to get the best out of them. The three nominated compounds (medium, soft and supersoft) are the same as those for Australia.
The 18:00 (15:00 GMT) start time means that track temperatures fall dramatically as the race goes on.
Fernando Alonso will race with a brand new car at the Bahrain Grand Prix, including a new power unit, after Honda were unable to salvage any part of the unit following the Spaniard's high-speed accident at the last race in Australia.
The Japanese supplier took his power unit away for a thorough inspection after the race to see if any part could be reused, however following that analysis, Honda admitted it was too badly damaged to salvage.
Honda holds lead in IndyCar manufacturers' championship After one race in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Honda holds an eight-point lead over Chevrolet in the manufacturers' championship, 93-85. Points are earned from the top three finishers for each manufacturer at each event, plus bonus points are given for winning the pole position (one point) and for the manufacturer leading the most race laps (two points).
"You're pretty good for a first-timer; a natural talent," the public address announcer told Josef Newgarden after the Ed Carpenter Racing driver set the fastest lap times at a media karting race March 28 at Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Bessemer, Ala.
Newgarden, who collected his first Verizon IndyCar Series win at the 2015 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at nearby Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, took the comment in stride, replying, "I may have to look into racing."
Phoenix to honor Foyt with race winner's trophy Phoenix International Raceway will honor one of the greats of Indy car racing by unveiling the A.J. Foyt Champions Trophy on March 30. The trophy will be presented to the winner of the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix when the Verizon IndyCar Series returns to PIR to race under the lights April 2 (8:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).
Foyt won the inaugural race at PIR, leading every lap of the Phoenix 100 on March 22, 1964. He went on to win a record 67 Indy car races and seven Indy car championships as a driver, including the Indianapolis 500 in 1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977.
Penske says IndyCar must copy NASCAR (Update) UPDATE
A proper IndyCar - very little downforce from wings
Bill Pappas, IndyCar's VP of competition, says cars will qualify and race at Phoenix this weekend with the same aero package they tested last month – but changes could be made for Iowa and Texas.
"At Phoenix, we're planning on running what we ran before," Pappas told Motorsport.com. "Nothing has changed since the test. We spoke to all the drivers and asked them what they would do, what they thought would help the racing. And there wasn't a consensus of opinion that said, 'Go down this route,' or 'You should change that.'
"The one thing they agreed about was that this was the first time we'd been here with this car, so let's run what we have and we'll talk about it afterwards and talk about how we change it going forward."
Cole Custer to run 5 Xfinity races for JR Motorsports
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for JR Motorsports (JRM), will compete in five NASCAR Xfinity Series events this season, the team detailed today. Haas Automation will sponsor Custer in four of the five races with Cessna receiving primary branding at Kentucky Speedway.
The 18-year-old Californian will make his debut in the No. 5 Chevrolet next month at Richmond International Raceway (April 23) in a fourth entry for JRM. Custer then transitions to the No. 88 Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 28) and Kentucky Speedway (July 8). He’ll return to the seat of the No. 5 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Oct. 7) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 19).
Boston GP adds Robby Gordon's SPEED Energy SUPER Trucks The Grand Prix of Boston powered by LogMeIn organizers are excited to announce that Robby Gordon's SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS will join the on-track lineup at the inaugural Grand Prix to be held in the South Boston Waterfront area September 2-4, 2016.
"The Stadium Super Trucks are an exciting addition to our lineup," said Grand Prix of Boston powered by LogMeIn CEO John Casey. "The fans love the Stadium SUPER Trucks in every venue they race and it is a fantastic addition to our weekend full of events."
Under current legislation, electric cars eventually lose their tax incentives
Once a manufacturer sells 200,000 electric cars, the federal discount starts to go away
Expectations are sky-high for Tesla Motors’ new Model 3 mass-market car to be unveiled Thursday. That presents the stock with its toughest test yet.
The premium valuation Tesla shares fetch versus more established rivals is largely due to investors’ vision of affordable electric cars generating outsize revenue growth and, in turn, major profits. To get there, Tesla needs to achieve economies of scale that lead to profits and the Model 3 is central to that. But the target market for this model is far more price sensitive than for earlier, luxury Tesla products. Given that, tax incentives will play an important role.
The problem: the more popular Tesla’s car becomes, the quicker the company might hit a point where certain incentives diminish or disappear. That, in turn, could crimp sales.
The GP2 Series field is back on track this week for the second 2016 pre-season test session at Circuito de Jerez, Spain. The paddock was greeted by blue skies but cold temperatures. When the pitlane turned green, it was Alex Lynn who fed onto the track first but he was closely followed by his teammate Nicholas Latifi and the rest of the pack.
After all cars had completed their installation lap, it was a quiet morning with the proceedings halted due to foggy conditions. When the action picked up again, RUSSIAN TIME’s Raffaele Marciello set the early pace in a laptime of 1:26.762.
Andretti to Run United Fiber & Data Livery for Select IndyCar Events The No. 27 machine of Marco Andretti will take on a new, but familiar, look for four races in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, as the blue wings of United Fiber & Data return to the Andretti line up. The Pennsylvania-based tech company will serve as the co-primary sponsor for IndyCar race events in Phoenix, Long Beach, Pocono and Boston with side-pod branding. Additionally, United Fiber & Data remains an associate on the No. 28 DHL car of Ryan Hunter-Reay for the duration of the season. United Fiber & Data joins Snapple and hhgregg as Andretti’s lead partners for the 2016 IndyCar campaign.
American Honda Supports RRDC Evening with George Follmer in Long Beach
George Follmer with Bobby Rahal
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will support the RRDC Evening with George Follmer presented by Firestone by hosting the cocktail reception on April 14 for the seventh consecutive year at the Road Racing Drivers Club’s eighth annual West Coast banquet, held prior to the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.).
Stoops Buick GMC Back with Andretti Autosport Short Track
As Jarett Andretti and the Andretti Autosport Shortrack team prepare for a slate of over 75 sprint car races this year, Stoops Buick GMC announced they will return for the second consecutive season to help support Andretti and the team. Stoops Buick GMC, located in Plainfield, Ind., will be a season-long primary associate sponsor.
Stoops Buick GMC, serving Plainfield, Indianapolis, Greenwood, Mooresville and many other surrounding Indiana communities, is an Andretti tradition. Team owner, John Andretti, and his family have been purchasing vehicles from Stoops for generations. John has trusted Stoops with his personal vehicles and now puts the same trust into the GMC dually truck that tows the Andretti Autosport sprint cars throughout the Midwest.
Attorney seeks to withdraw from XXXtreme Motorsports suit Drew A. Richards, attorney for former Sprint Cup car owner John Cohen, filed a motion to withdraw on Monday because Cohen and XXXtreme Motorsports have "failed to fully compensate" for services rendered and failed to provide a retainer to cover fees and expenses in preparing the case.
Chevy motorsport boss Mark Kent disagrees with Penske
Roger Penske told motorsport.com he was skeptical of the aero kits from the cost effectiveness point of view.
"Ask Honda and Chevrolet how much they have had to spend on the aero kits, and ask the average fans if they notice the difference between them," he said. "Bring 30 people from the grandstands and ask them which is the Chevrolet and which is the Honda, and I don't think they could tell you."
Mark Kent, Chevy's director of motorsports, says he's satisfied the brand has achieved its aims since the introduction of aero kits for the start of the 2015 IndyCar season.
Give Boston's IndyCar race a green flag (Update) UPDATE
David Lurie won't give up until the Boston GP is dead
The anti-Boston GP group wrote this letter in response to the Boston Globe's editorial:
Your editorial in favor of the proposed IndyCar race ("Give IndyCar the green flag," March 20) gave short shrift to the harms that it would inflict on those who live on the public roads where it will take place, in the Seaport, Fort Point, and South Boston neighborhoods: 140 decibels of noise, an illegal level that can cause permanent hearing loss; construction for six months each year for the next five years; grinding, widening, and paving of roads; removal of medians, light poles, and trees; welding down of manhole covers; placement of 10,000-pound concrete barriers and 14-foot-high metal fencing in front of our homes; disturbance of PCB-filled areas that have never been remediated; so-called run-out lanes ending a few feet from our children's playgrounds; storage of mountains of concrete barriers by Boston Harbor, in violation of environmental laws; traffic and parking nightmares; disruption of public transportation; and diversion of trucks carrying hazardous waste onto our streets.
Andretti thinks IndyCar can be a feeder series to F1
Alexander Rossi hopes IndyCar, like GP2, can lead to a fulltime ride in F1
IndyCar is regaining the status that will allow interchange of drivers between it and Formula 1, reckons racing legend Mario Andretti.
Former Marussia/Manor F1 drivers Max Chilton and Alexander Rossi have headed to the IndyCar Series this season. Andretti, a champion in both disciplines, thinks they may be able to earn future F1 chances if they impress in the States. He believes a return to the days when drivers such as Juan Pablo Montoya, Cristiano da Matta and Sebastien Bourdais used CART/Champ Car as a route to F1, while the likes of Nigel Mansell and Mark Blundell made the opposite switch, is feasible.
"I love the crossover, I really do," said Andretti. "These two -- Max and Alexander -- are still trying to get a steady ride in Formula 1. They haven't succeeded yet. They are hoping that whatever reputation they earn here will be valuable for them to go back.
Honda Indy Toronto ticket renewals now available Honda Indy Toronto ticket renewals now available This year’s grandstand tickets for the Honda Indy Toronto are on sale to renewal clients since Monday March 21 and will be available for purchase until April 11 at 7pm.
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Ganassi: IndyCar needs to target next generation of engineers
As Chip Ganassi and his eponymous Chip Ganassi Racing Teams continues one of its busiest seasons on record, with programs in two NASCAR divisions, two sports car series, IndyCar and likely the Red Bull GRC series, Ganassi is hopeful that the Verizon IndyCar Series can attract the next generation of talent from a technical standpoint beyond the next generation of drivers.
Ganassi has already created a next-generation talent-spotting program of the team's own called Generation Ganassi, or Gen G for short. It identifies teens ages 13 to 18 as potential "Ones to Watch" and will offer them professional guidance throughout the sport.
When it comes to looking for engineers and other young crewmembers, Ganassi is hopeful IndyCar can take the lead in making the series more intriguing for youngsters.
Penske says IndyCar should offer second-hand car option to boost entry levels Roger Penske believes the Verizon IndyCar Series needs stability if it is going to increase entry levels after continuous changes in recent years have made it difficult to buy equipment to race.
The Team Penske boss feels it should be easier and cheaper for new teams to buy a used chassis and lease an engine to race an IndyCar Series event, feeling the current model is not what is needed to entice new entrants.
"IndyCar needs to establish stability," said Penske. "I think the option of second-hand equipment is important, whereby a team owner can get into the series by buying a used chassis and can go lease an engine.
USA F4 launch on pace as official test of new car exceeds expectations
USA F4 test car
On the track for its first official test drive last week, the car for the new Formula 4 United States Championship powered by Honda exceeded all expectations as the series prepares for its debut in May.
The F4 U.S. Championship, organized and sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing, conducted the official test with two test drivers at Carolina Motorsports Park, a 2.23-mile road course in Kershaw, South Carolina.
The developmental test marked the first time the F4 U.S. Championship car took to the track. It featured a Honda Racing/HPD engine and Pirelli tires mounted onto a Crawford Composites chassis.
Faraday Future named title sponsor of Long Beach ePrix
Faraday Future FFZERO1
Faraday Future and the FIA Formula E Championship today announced Faraday Future (FF) as the title sponsor for the 2016 Long Beach ePrix, the sixth stop on the 2015/2016 calendar.
The Faraday Future Long Beach ePrix will showcase the FFZERO1 Concept Car. This is the first time the car has been shown since the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. FFZERO1 is a car of concepts that amplifies FF’s engineering and design vision. The car will be on display within the eVillage fan zone for all attendees to enjoy.
Stefan Wilson: 'I want to honor Justin and do him proud at Indy'
Stefan Wilson needs more money to buy a ride in the Indy 500
Stefan Wilson moved from England to Indianapolis with his wife, Katie, to chase a dream: to compete for the first time this May in the famous 500-mile race on the northwest edge of the city.
To race in the 100th Indianapolis 500 would be thrilling enough, but Wilson is also pushed by the memory of another IndyCar driver -- Justin Wilson, his older brother, who died in an accident during a race last August.
"I want to honor him, and do him proud at Indy," Stefan Wilson tells the Guardian. Justin Wilson was only three weeks past his 37th birthday when he was hit in the head by debris from another car. Wilson, well-liked by fellow competitors, died of his injuries the next day, leaving a wife, Julia, and two daughters.
NHRA Chief Starter Mark Lyle Passes Away The National Hot Rod Association announced today that Chief Starter Mark Lyle passed away suddenly on Sunday.
Lyle, who had been vacationing in Mexico on a fishing trip, drowned when he reportedly went into the water to rescue a friend who had been caught in the surf.
Lyle had been the chief starter for the NHRA Mello Yello Series since 2012 - one of only three starters in all of the NHRA's 61-year history, joining long-time starter Buster Couch and Rick Stewart. Prior to that he had served as the official starter at Pacific Raceways in the NHRA's Northwest Division since 2000.
Chip Ganassi, Novo Nordisk and Charlie Kimball Unveil New INDYCAR Livery for Phoenix
Kimball's livery for Phoenix
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, INDYCAR driver Charlie Kimball and Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, w ill unveil a new livery for the No. 83 entry fielded by Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing when the car takes the track at the Phoenix Grand Prix. The car features a new black and green color scheme and carries the logo of Tresiba (insulin degludec injection), Novo Nordisk’s once-daily, long-acting basal insulin. Tresiba was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2015.1
The 2016 race season marks the eighth consecutive year of partnership between Novo Nordisk and Kimball. Since his type 1 diabetes diagnosis, Kimball has been a passionate diabetes advocate. He is the face of Novo Nordisk’s award-winning Race with Insulin campaign, which aims to raise awareness and educate the public about diabetes management.
Freddy Rousselle dies Freddy Rousselle, the second member of the Le Mans 24-Hours Drivers Hall of Fame, the oldest Belgian to have taken part in the event, passed away on Friday 25th March aged 89. The Automobile Club de l'Ouest would like to offer its sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
Freddy Rousselle was born on 15th May 1927 and began his career on motorbikes racing both on circuits and in off-road events. He forged his reputation as a driver on the international scene in the 1950s.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing WEC team principal George Howard-Chappell has been pleased with the progress made at The Prologue, as the UK-based operation gears up for its first endurance test this week.
The pair of Ford GTs made its European public debut last weekend at the official FIA World Endurance Championship pre-season test at Paul Ricard, completing more than 1,700 miles combined between the two GTE-Pro contenders.
"We've been really pleased with the progress," Howard-Chappell told Sportscar365. "We did a lot of miles, over 1000km on one of the cars [on Friday] and 800km or so on the other [on the first day].
Wood Brothers returning to Martinsville as a full-time team:
It's a home game for the Wood Brothers. But the April 3 STP 500 is a home game the Wood Brothers haven't experienced as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team with a single driver since Ken Schrader filled the seat of the vaunted #21 Ford in 2006. We're talking about Martinsville, the closest to the Wood Brothers' family home in Stuart, Va.
"It's a huge thing," says NASCAR Hall of Fame crew chief Leonard Wood, who co-founded NASCAR's most venerable organization with brother, driver and fellow Hall of Famer Glen Wood.
The Verizon IndyCar Series likes to boast that its drivers are perhaps the most versatile -- maybe the best -- in the world because of the variety of tracks included in the championship.
There's the superspeedways, led by the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where speeds well in excess of 200 mph are sustained over a 500-mile distance. There's the natural terrain road courses, like the 4-mile long Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., full of quick right-and-left turns and elevation changes through a lush green park-like setting. There's the temporary street courses, the most famous and successful in Long Beach, Calif., where speed limits don't apply to racers trying to maneuver through tight and (relatively) slow corners on a narrow asphalt circuit lined by unforgiving concrete barriers.
GM's Self-Driving Car Ally Looks to increase staff
General Motors Co. President Dan Ammann, right, with the co-founders of Cruise Automation Inc., Kyle Vogt, center, and Daniel Kan.
Cruise Automation Inc., a Silicon Valley startup being snapped up by General Motors Co., is gearing up to spend some money and put its new owner in the driver's seat on autonomous vehicles.
The San Francisco company largely has flown under the radar since its launch in 2013, gaining modest attention for a plan to sell a kit that would let Audi AG owners retrofit their cars with self-driving technology. Cruise Automation ditched that plan and is now touting grander ambitions.
"We're looking for smart, ambitious people to build the world's largest fleet of driverless cars," the company says in recent job listings on its website. Cruise Automation also is planning to open its first regional office in Arizona, a state favored among auto makers for locating hot-weather test tracks.
NASCAR ratings may be down, but they get 6 times (600%) more viewers per race than IndyCar.
For the fifth straight week to start the season, NASCAR suffered declines in ratings and viewership. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Fontana earned a 4.0 'final' rating and 6.8 million viewers on FOX last Sunday afternoon, down 7% in ratings and viewership from last year (4.3, 7.3M) and down 9% and 4%, respectively, from 2014 (4.4, 7.1M).
Ratings and viewership rank as the lowest for NASCAR from Fontana in four years, since rain-shortened coverage in 2012 (3.8, 6.2M).
Video: Mercedes on F1 radio rules Mercedes explain the untold story of how the team approached the new 2016 F1 radio restrictions ahead of and during the Australian GP. Rosanna is joined by Chief Race Engineer Andrew Shovlin. Comment
Video: Drone vs Formula E car Formula E and Mahindra Racing present The Chase... Mahindra Racing's Bruno Senna, flying his racing drone, has some fun with fellow racing driver Scott Speed, at the wheel of a Formula E car... Comment
Prologue Progress For Toyota Gazoo Racing TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s preparations for the new FIA World Endurance Championship season moved up a gear with the all-new TS050 HYBRID making its public debut at Paul Ricard in southern France today.
The Prologue test sees all WEC teams come together in the south of France for a two-day group test and free entry meant a large crowd on a sunny day to see the 2016-specification cars in action for the first time.
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