Stewart, Danica, Rahal and Harvick are Bobbleheads
NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick, Kevin Harvick and IndyCar driver Graham Rahal earned induction into the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.
The bobbleheads are part of a promotional series by Texas Motor Speedway that began last year with Stewart and continue this season with Patrick, Rahal and Harvick at the speedway’s three major race weekends.
Thirty thousand Danica bobbleheads will be distributed to fans attending Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
As of today, Elon Musk's Tesla company is worth more than Ford and the pressure on management in Dearborn must be immense.
Ford Motor Co. is offering dealers bonuses of $5,000 to $6,000 per car on seven 2016 models to boost struggling car sales and clear lots for newer vehicles.
Four of the models are hybrid or electric cars. In a deal that began March 17 and concludes today, April 3, the automaker is offering $5,000 on the 2016 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, C-Max Hybrid, Focus Electric and gasoline-powered Fiesta, according to dealer sources who briefed Automotive News about the program. It's offering $6,000 on the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid and gasoline-powered Taurus and Focus.
Under the program, Ford said dealers do not have to "keep the vehicle for 12 months and/or register them when reported sold to themselves" to be eligible for the incentive, according to a description of the deal issued to dealers. If they resell them to customers, they must disclose the warranty start date.
Legendary Innovator of Synthetic Lubrication, A.J. Amatuzio, Passes at 92
Al Amatuzio invented synthetic oil
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of AMSOIL INC. founder, Al Amatuzio. He went peacefully Friday night surrounded by loved ones in his home. Al was born on May 6, 1924 in Duluth, Minn.
Al’s entrepreneurial nature emerged when he was a child. He peddled newspapers, sold magazines, collected scrap iron and devised any number of ventures to help support the family through difficult times.
After high school Al attended Naval Air Corps training and served in the Merchant Marines, the Air Force and eventually, the Duluth unit of the Air National Guard. He served 25 years as a fighter pilot and squadron commander and was twice honored as our nation’s top pilot.
Ford Performance, Gurney and Foyt to join in RRDC's Celebration of Emerson Fittipaldi Ford Performance will support the RRDC Evening with Emerson Fittipaldi Presented by Firestone on April 6. Ford will also commemorate its historic victory at the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans by reuniting drivers A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney 50 years after Ford became the first and only all-American team to win the French endurance classic.
A two-time winner of both the Formula 1 World Championship and the Indianapolis 500, Fittipaldi said it will be "an honor" to share the limelight with "these two auto racing legends."
Two-time NASCAR champion Sam Ard dead at 78 It was announced that legendary short tracker and national NASCAR touring driver Sam Ard died early on Sunday morning. He was 78 years old.
The South Carolina native was a two-time champion of what is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series, capturing championships in 1983 and 1984, when it was still known as the Late Model Sportsman division. He also won the most-popular driver honors both years he was crowned champion.
Social media influencer Loki the Wolfdog sponsoring Pigot at Long Beach
Pigot's Long Beach sponsor
Loki the Wolfdog, an Instagram star with more 1.4 million followers, will serve as primary sponsor in a partnership with Rising Star Racing for Spencer Pigot’s No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet at this week’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The iconic race on the 1.968-mile temporary street circuit in Southern California is the second of 17 races on the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. On-track action begins Friday with practice and culminates with Sunday’s 34th annual Indy car race at the venue (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network).
IndyCar sponsor Verizon uses NASCAR driver, Not IndyCar driver in ads
This proves Verizon IndyCar sponsorship is just a Penske B2B deal
Verizon today unveiled a new digital spot around its #weneedmore campaign that supports STEM technology and features several famous athletes, including NASCAR driver Joey Logano. The digital-only ad accompanies a TV spot starring LeBron James that debuted this past weekend.
It is the first consumer-facing interaction between Team Penske's NASCAR operation and Verizon (Penske's longtime IndyCar sponsor) since the telecom category opened back up in NASCAR this year. Such activation would not have been possible under Sprint's exclusive deal.
The spot, shot by R/GA, N.Y., shows Logano, Saints QB Drew Brees, T'Wolves C Karl-Anthony Towns and other stars imploring young viewers to focus more on science and technology jobs than trying to turn pro in sports. The spot has a large ad buy behind it and will be shown on YouTube and other digital outlets. Adam Stern/SBD
Giovinazzi back in the Sauber for 2 or 3 more races
After the usual season opener in Melbourne, the Sauber F1 Team travels to the next stop in this year’s Formula One calendar: Shanghai. The Chinese Grand Prix marks the second round of the 2017 Formula One Championship and takes place from the 7th to 9th of April on the Shanghai International Circuit. Pascal Wehrlein will again be replaced by Antonio Giovinazzi to ensure that the German will be back in the cockpit of the Sauber C36-Ferrari, in best physical shape, at the earliest possible opportunity – either the Bahrain Grand Prix or the Russian Grand Prix.
Why the Chevrolet Bolt, 238-mile all-electric car, is off to a sluggish sales start
Sales for Chevy Bolt being hurt by lack of Fast Charging Stations
The Chevrolet Bolt EV, touted as a game-changer for the electric-vehicle industry, is struggling to leave dealer showrooms in California, with reports of inventories backing up despite urging by state environmental regulators to boost sales writes Steve Scauzillo of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
In December, the car received a boatload of awards, including being named 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year. The Bolt is the first affordable battery-electric to travel 238 miles on a single charge -- three times the distance of most EVs in its class and at a sticker price of about $37,000, one third the price of a Tesla, the leader in the field.
Pirelli Chinese GP Preview Milan, April 3, 2017 – Shanghai imposes unique and quite high demands on the tires, which has led to close racing as well as plenty of overtaking in the past. But the weather can also never be predicted, ranging from bright sunshine to heavy rain: sometimes in the same weekend. This will have a significant effect on tire behavior and strategy, as less degradation for this season theoretically means fewer pit stops. Last year, the winner stopped twice during the 56-lap race, although most drivers did a three-stopper.
GM Was the Fastest Growing Automaker in March, Driven by Chevrolet and Buick
General Motors (NYSE: GM), which grew its retail sales faster than any other full-line automaker in 2016, outpaced the industry once again in March. The company also gained retail share in the first quarter of 2017.
“The economy is strong and we see more growth ahead for our brands,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of sales operations. “More people are working, consumer confidence is at a 16-year high, fuel prices are low and Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac have a wave of new crossovers to compete in the industry’s biggest and hottest segments.”
Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton is the best Lewis he has seen
Toto Wolff says Hamilton is a pillar of their team
"Australia was the first weekend for the new technical regulations, with a new car, new tyros and a new driver. We collected lots more information that will be flowing into all future thinking and will help us make better decisions.
"As a group and as individuals, we are all on a personal development slope in this team. We try to improve every single day. On that particular day in Melbourne, Ferrari were better, so we now have to work out how we can improve again to beat them.
"The last three years were an outlier in Formula One and you need to be careful to manage your own expectations. If you think you are going to cruise to victory in the future, based on a track record of success, you'll be proven wrong very quickly. You need to put the finger in the wound, identify your weaknesses and then respond.
Video: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo Previews The 2017 F1 Chinese GP As the second round of the F1 World Championship heads to China, Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo, who will be hoping for better fortunes after a disappointing result at his home GP saw him retire in the opening race, in Melbourne. Comment
Mercedes explains why overtaking in 2017 shouldn't be judged on Melbourne alone
Vettel hounds Hamilton in Melbourne
One race into an all-new era of F1 and debate around the success of the 2017 regulations already rages. Melbourne featured a tense battle between Sebastian and Lewis for the win - but a lack of overtaking throughout the field prompted questions about Formula One's new regulations. Was this indicative of things to come, or just a one-off? The answer is a bit of both.
The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit has never been great for overtaking. If you go back to the last Australian Grand Prix run under a stable set of regulations, without any major incidents or too many cars starting out of position, you will find precious few passing maneuvers to note. 2015 featured 13 overtakes - 10 of which were completed using DRS. 2014 was a similar story, with 24 total overtakes - eight with the help of DRS.
Longtime fans of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach can argue about the greatest of the 42 races held on the streets of the city since 1975, but unless they reach the conclusion that 1977's Formula One race deserves the No. 1 spot, it's just idle chatter writes Tim Grobaty of the Long Beach Press Telegram.
The Grand Prix was on wobbly legs in 1977, as you'd maybe expect from an event in its toddler years. Conceived by travel agent Chris Pook as a spectacle to bring the world's attention and the attendant influx of financially cavalier tourists to Long Beach, it had accomplished that, but at considerable, if not prohibitive, expense to the race organizers and to the city. The event had piled up losses estimated as high as $800,000, and many businesses and residents were peeved by the race's street closures, its loud citywide racket, and there was a real doubt regarding the value of the race. Its future was questionable at its rosiest.
Team Falken Takes Win At Long Beach Formula D Opener
Formula D action
Team Falken returned to a familiar place Saturday night, April 1st – the winner’s circle – as James Deane carried the tire manufacturer to victory at the Long Beach round, the opening session of the 2017 Black Magic Formula Drift Pro Championship. Deane, a five-time Irish Drift Champion and five-time European Drift champ, qualified 2nd and basically led the field of 30 the entire evening.
Falken Teammate Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis qualified 8th and finished 4th overall, while Falken Rookie Piotr Wiecek, a three-time Polish drift champ, finished 10th.
Video: NASCAR Martinsville Petty, Letarte, Almirola Q&A Honorary Starter & Star of Prison Break Rockmond Dunbar and STP with Katina Walker (STP Director of Marketing), Richard Petty, Steve Letarte and Aric Almirola (No. 43 STP Ford) Comment
The FIA has revealed details of Friday's meeting to discuss the future of engines in Formula 1 beyond 2020, with cost and sound high on the agenda for manufacturers.
A meeting was held at the FIA's headquarters in Paris on Friday, chaired by FIA president Jean Todt and attended by all the current manufacturers "as well as automotive manufacturers and independent suppliers not currently involved in F1". Liberty Media also had a representative, while there was input from the road car arms of many of the manufacturers.
Toyota returnee Nicolas Lapierre ensured the Japanese manufacturer finished the World Endurance Championship prologue test at Monza on top with a fast lap early in Sunday afternoon's session.
Lapierre, who will rejoin Toyota for the Spa and Le Mans 24 Hours WEC races this year, lapped the Italian circuit in a fastest time of 1m30.547s at the start of Sunday's final three-hour session in the #8 TS050 HYBRID.
The team brought two updated TS050 HYBRIDs to Monza for the public launch of the car on Friday followed by two days of testing in the presence of all other WEC competitors.
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 CESSNA CHEVROLET SS – Sidelined on lap 107:
THERE WAS A LOT OF CONTACT OUT THERE, BUT WHAT WAS THE FINAL STRAW?
"I think the No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson) got into the left rear and it knocked the body on the tire. I was kind of leaving it up to the team whether we pit or not because I knew they could get a better idea of what it looked like and maybe where it was hitting the tire. And then it somewhat quit smoking, which made me think maybe the body had relieved itself, but then I blew a left-rear tire going into the corner. It’s like a no-win. If you stay out and you blow a tire and you wreck, your day is done. If you pit here and you lose two or three laps, I don’t think you can get those back. So, we made the decision to stay out and ended up blowing a tire."
Video: 2017 WEC Porsche season preview from Monza - Part 2 A Porsche Motorsport video from the FIA WEC Prologue in Monza, featuring the Porsche 919 Hybrid and the Porsche 911 RSR preparing for the season opener at Silverstone Circuit April 16. Comment
Verstappen wants F1 to return to screaming engines (Update) UPDATE A reader asks, Dear AR1.com, Wow what a wonderful sound. If IndyCar management had any common sense, when F1 lost that sound they should have jumped in and introduced normally aspirated high-revving V8 engines. They would have had international venues begging them for a race. What a missed opportunity. Eugene Smithfield
Dear Eugene, Too bad that April Fool's rumor yesterday that Ecclestone was taking over IndyCar wasn't true. He was always in favor of the screaming engines and if he were to take over IndyCar I suspect that is one of the first things he would do. The beauty of a naturally aspirated V8 is that it is simple to design and manufacturer, which would make it easy for any manufacturer to participate. Look at what happened to Renault in F1, and now Honda - the technology was so complex and expensive they are spending over $100 million a year to look like complete fools. Not a way to enhance your image to sell cars. Mark C.
Smith Snaps Mees' Streak, Indian Motorcycle Wins Third Straight at Charlotte Half-Mile
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 1, 2017) – Defending American Flat Track Grand National Champion Bryan Smith scored his first victory of the season in the AFT Twins class presented by Vance & Hines on Saturday evening at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was a dominant win for Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) beating fellow Indian Motorcycle rider Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Indian Scout FTR750) by 3.769 seconds to put an end to his rival’s win streak going into the break.
Greg Anderson Wins K&N Horsepower Challenge In Las Vegas
Greg Anderson raced to victory in the K&N Horsepower Challenge defeating Shane Gray in the final round on Saturday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Anderson powered his Pro Stock Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro to a 6.684-second pass at 205.47 mph to better Gray's 6.699 at 206.26 to claim the $50,000 prize and the opportunity to walk away from the weekend with more than $100,000.With a victory at tomorrow's DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, Anderson could earn an additional $50,000 including a $25,000 sweep bonus.
Video: Kurt Busch: How I Won The 2017 Daytona 500 Kurt Busch's victory at the 2017 Daytona 500 was his first career victory at the famous race, and his first career victory at Daytona International Speedway overall. It also marked a first ever victory at the Great American Race for his team, Stewart-Haas Racing. Mobil 1 The Grid sat down with the 2004 NASCAR Champion along with his crew chief, Tony Gibson, to find out more. Comment
Elliott earns first Camping World Truck Series win of '17 Chase Elliott takes the checkered flag at Martinsville for second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win; Sauter, Bell complete top three. Comment
Video: 2017 WEC Porsche season preview from Monza A video from the prologue of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Monza (Italy). Porsche proudly presented teams, cars and drivers for the LMP1 and LMGT Pro category before testing its new 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR on the famous Grand Prix track in the Royal Parc of Monza. Comment
Porsche's Jani tops final session on first day of WEC test at Monza
The first three of five testing sessions took place at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Saturday for The Prologue, the official pre-season event for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship. The third, night session was declared wet and few of the 27 entrants chose to run.
Temperatures in the upper 40s prevented Chevrolet-powered Verizon IndyCar Series cars from turning laps in Saturday’s manufacturer’s test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
But A.J. Foyt still showed up.
At 82, the four-time Indianapolis 500 winner was hobbling around his old stomping grounds in Gasoline Alley. The body aches with every step, but that’s life and he doesn’t waste words about it. In a couple of weeks, he’s headed to Mexico for stem-cell therapy on his ankles and shoulder. He’s had knee and hip replacements and also undergone triple-bypass heart surgery.
Torrence, Force, Line lead opening day of qualifying in Las Vegas
Courtney Force powered her Advanced Auto Parts Chevy Camaro Funny Car to the qualifying lead Friday at the 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) were also provisional leaders in their respective categories at the fourth of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season schedule.
Force set the track elapsed time record with her 3.867-second run at 327.66 mph during the first qualifying session.
Following IndyCar’s release of more images of next year’s ‘universal’ aerokit, team owner Sam Schmidt says he’s impressed with its looks although is reserving judgment on how well sponsor names will appear on the bodywork. He spoke to David Malsher of Motorsport.com.
DM: What do you think of the new car?
SS: I saw it at the last owners’ meeting and I think it looks good. I was interested to see if it would compromise our commercial opportunities running brands on the engine cover; we need to maintain as much space as we can, so we’ve made that point in the meetings. We need it to be attractive to fans while also being functional, so it’s not without its inherent challenges.
But I do like the fact we’re going back to one kit and can get rid of all this other junk.
Team Penske lends support to RRDC Evening with Emerson Fittipaldi
Team Penske will support the "RRDC Evening with Emerson Fittipaldi Presented by Firestone" in Long Beach, Calif., on Thursday, April 6. This event marks the Road Racing Drivers Club's ninth consecutive annual banquet honoring auto racing's most influential leaders and champions, and will be held prior to the 43rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The Brazilian-born Fittipaldi, a two-time winner of the Indy 500 and the Formula 1 World Championship, was a member of Team Penske for seven Indy Car seasons, producing 11 wins, including the 1993 Indianapolis 500.
Front Row Motorsports undecided on use of third charter Front Row Motorsports is still "weighing that out" when it comes to potentially expanding to a third car next season.
"Obviously, expanding to another team is a big undertaking, not just in dollars but space, people, all of that," Freeze told RACER. "We're certainly not - I think - planning on it right now, today. It's in the back of my mind, for sure."
Currently, Front Row fields the #34 for Landon Cassill and the #38 for David Ragan and Friday, Jerry Freeze, the general manager of Front Row Motorsports, said the primary focus is those two cars.
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