The museum on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway grounds will now be known as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, aligning its name with an unrivaled collection of automobiles and racing artifacts that follow the history of motor racing, Indy car racers and the story of the extraordinary people who helped create the American automotive industry.
Adding the image of the top of the Borg-Warner Trophy - the iconic prize featuring the likenesses of every Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner - and bold letters and colors to the museum's new logo represents a first step at enriching the visitor experience to the world-renowned museum.
1996 and 1997 CART IndyCar crowds at Nazareth until Tony George's hammer took hold and destroyed it all
Developer David Jaindl has bought the former Nazareth Speedway in Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County from ISC. The track was originally a 1-1/8 mile dirt track. When Roger Penske bought it he paved it and put a lot of money into making it a first class facility before eventually selling it to ISC.
Early CART IndyCar races at the track were well attended. Then in 1995 Tony George split the sport with the creation of the IRL and "brought his hammer to work everyday" (his exact words) until he destroyed CART and nearly the sport.
The failure of Nazareth (and many other tracks) to draw big crowds once Tony brought his hammer out led to the tracks eventual demise. In a time when IndyCar is looking for more oval tracks, this is another example of the destruction done to the sport by Tony George's actions.
Jaindl says his company will farm the agricultural lands around the speedway this Spring.
Jaindl has built homes in the area so it remains to be seen if he builds homes on the property.
Josh Kaufman to team with Indianapolis Children's Choir for 'Back Home Again in Indiana' at 100th Indianapolis 500
When the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil welcomes race fans with the traditional singing of "Back Home Again in Indiana," a distinct Indianapolis flavor will mark the occasion.
Indianapolis' own Josh Kaufman, winner of the sixth season of television's "The Voice," will perform the beloved song at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with accompaniment by the Indianapolis Children's Choir, a fixture of the Central Indiana community for 30 years.
F1 bosses write letter urging 2015 qualifying return
Ecclestone: yup F1 is dysfunctional
(GMM) F1's qualifying debacle of 2016 continues, as team bosses on Thursday pleaded with authorities to revert to last year's successful format.
With the 'musical chairs' system slammed on all sides after Australia and Bahrain, the teams made clear their desire to scrap it but the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone have ruled out simply going back to the 2015 format.
The teams have instead been asked for their input on a brand new system for China and beyond, where two laps per driver in the Q1, Q2 and Q3 segments would be aggregated.
German regulator finds VW only automaker to use defeat devices, report says
The German Federal Motor Transport Authority has completed its tests on diesel vehicles and concluded that only Volkswagen Group has used defeat devices to cheat emissions tests, German daily Handelsblatt reported.
VW is facing investigations and lawsuits around the world after it acknowledged in September it had rigged exhaust emission tests for up to 11 million vehicles worldwide.
Other cars showed irregularities during on-road testing of emissions levels, but these were within legal limits, the paper cited sources as saying.
Google expands self-driving vehicle testing to Phoenix
Google cars coming to Phoenix
Alphabet Inc. is expanding its testing of self-driving cars to the Phoenix, Ariz., metro area, the company said on Thursday, making it the fourth U.S. city to serve as a proving ground for the autonomous vehicles.
The company's Google unit has conducted driverless vehicle testing for six years in Mountain View, Calif., where it is based, and expanded testing to Austin, Texas, last summer. In February, Kirkland, Wash., which is home to significant wet weather, was added as a testing site.
Castroneves testing at Indy Wednesday. Chevy drivers are happy
The debate over domed skids in IndyCar’s superspeedway package is rumbling on, with reigning champion Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal highlighting the different verdicts of Chevrolet drivers and Honda drivers writes David Malsher for motorsport.com.
Following a day of testing with the domed skids in place, four-time series champion and 2008 Indy 500 winner Dixon stated: "From the safety standpoint, it's a big improvement, especially in the 90-degree yaw. The Chip Ganassi Racing-Chevrolet driver added: "We've got to look at safety before anything.
NHRA On Fox Delivers Big Numbers The television viewership of last weekend’s DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway delivered 1,292,000 viewers on Sunday’s finals show alone, making it the most-watched NHRA event in 14 years.
The show on FOX Sports 1, which featured live coverage of the semifinals and finals, more than doubled last year’s telecast.
Ford exec says "no doubt" Harvick will drive a Ford next season
Kevin Harvick in a Ford?
Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak did not mince words when it comes to Kevin Harvick's status for 2017. "There is no doubt in my mind," Pericak said.
"He will be in a Ford." Despite rumors Chevrolet would like to keep Harvick in their camp, Pericak insists the 2014 champion will drive a Ford next season. Enlisting the services of Stewart-Haas Racing is just the latest bold move made by Pericak, who took over Ford's racing arm 16 months ago. With Chevrolet having a stranglehold over half of the Sprint Cup field Pericak acknowledged it was time to even the odds.
"We've always said we're here to win races," Pericak added.
Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, June 3-5, 2016, 2016 Tentative Schedule 2016 Tentative Schedule of Events Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Times are approximate. Visit DetroitGP.com closer to the event for the most up-to-date schedule. Updated schedules are available on-site at all PNC Bank Information Booths. Friday, June 3, 2016 Comerica Bank FREE Prix Day Gate admission is FREE of charge; open seating in all grandstands, except for top three rows of Cars.com Grandstand 1. FREE access to the Fifth Third Bank Paddock. 7:30 am Gates open 7:30 am – 7:50 am SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series Practice/Qualifying – Race #1 8:10 am – 9:35 am WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Practice 1 (Prototype/PC/GT Daytona) 9:50 am – 10:15 am Trans Am Practice 10:25 am – 10:40 am Corvette Corral Track Laps 10:45 am – 12 noon Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 1
FIA investigating Ferrari coded message (Update) UPDATE
No coded message to Vettel in Melbourne
Scuderia Ferrari have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the FIA regarding a potential coded message they displayed during the 2016 Formula 1 season-opener in Melbourne.
During the race at Albert Park Circuit, Ferrari displayed what seemed to be an obscure pitboard message to Sebastian Vettel, reading ‘-3.2 LFS6 P1’. A rival team spotted this message and reported it to FIA F1 race director Charlie Whiting, which prompted the investigation.
In a press briefing prior to the race, Whiting made it clear that all messages would be heard or seen by the governing body, with anything deemed coded would be looked into.
IMSA has released a 25-car entry list for next weekend's Bubba burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, which serves as the third round of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The 100-minute race on the 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street circuit begins at 4:05 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 16. Live television coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on FS2 and the FOX Sports GO app, with a rebroadcast on FS1 airing at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 17.
Roger Penske to be Honored with IMRRC's 2016 Argetsinger Award
Roger Penske, one of auto racing’s most notable team owners, will be honored in June by the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) with the 2016 Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.
As Team Penske celebrates its 50th year in motorsports in 2016, Penske will receive the award at a gala dinner presented by NASCAR, International Speedway Corp., Watkins Glen International and IMSA. The dinner will be at the internationally renowned Corning Museum of Glass in nearby Corning, N.Y.
Andretti leads Honda 1-2 in Indy aero-kit test (Update) UPDATE
Marco Andretti fastest overall
The Verizon IndyCar Series today held a test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to assess the various configurations of the Chevrolet and Honda superspeedway aerodynamic bodywork kits.
With more than 500 laps turned on the 2.5-mile oval by 15 drivers while dodging intermittent rain on a blustery day, reams of valuable data were gathered in preparation for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next month. Marco Andretti, in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda, posted the fastest lap of the day at 223.427 mph.
"We ran through quite a bit of different combinations as part of the aero kit configuration test," said Bill Pappas, INDYCAR vice president of competition, race engineering. "The conditions weren't ideal, but we did get a lot of information to go over and look through over the next couple of days to get ready for the month of May."
IMSA takes power away from Honda-powered Ligier JS P2
The France family can't stand that the Ligier-Honda embarrassed their beloved Corvette DPs in the two biggest races of the year.
After sweeping the first two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races of the season, the Honda-powered Ligier JS P2 will face a further reduction in engine performance when the series heads to the streets of Long Beach next weekend.
IMSA's updated Balance of Performance table, released Wednesday, confirms another reduction in turbo boost for the Honda powerplant, through the low to mid-ranges. An even larger cut has been made in the top-end, at 7000 rpm.
The engine was initially restricted following Tequila Patron ESM's victory in the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona. ESM, however, managed to still claim top honors in last month's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, thanks to Pipo Derani's late-race passes on the pair of Action Express Racing Corvette DPs.
Coca-Cola Selling Special Bottles For 100th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway "continues to score commercial deals" for the 100th Indianapolis 500 on May 29, as the track and Coca-Cola today unveiled a bottle "commemorating the 100th running of the 500-mile race."
The eight-ounce commemorative bottles are "emblazoned with the Indy 500 logo" and will be "sold in limited-edition six-packs." IBJ.com
INDYCAR clarifies reason for final yellow at Phoenix race INDYCAR clarified today that the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix concluded under caution due to a single-car incident involving the No. 98 Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Honda driven by Alexander Rossi. Since the incident was not major and took place so close to the end of the race, it was not shown on the NBCSN broadcast.
"The caution at the end of the Phoenix race was a result of the 98 car making contact with the wall coming off the fourth turn,” said Brian Barnhart, INDYCAR vice president of competition, race control. “The incident occurred in front of the leaders and required cars to take evasive action, which made throwing the caution flag imperative."
Go-Kart track onboard the new Norwegian 'Joy' ship
If cruising isn’t your speed, maybe you need a little Joy.
That’s the name of what Norwegian Cruise Line bills as its “most innovative and luxurious ship ever.”
Along with room for 3,900 passengers, a park, water slide, and all of the familiar amenities, the kilometer-long ship will feature several attractions that should appeal to automotive enthusiasts when it launches next year. ....
Video: HPD Trackside - Phoenix IndyCar Race Recap A tough qualifying session put the Honda-powered drivers on their heels, but the talented racers and teams fought back during the race to finish in better positions. Graham Rahal was Honda's top finisher, in 5th place. Comment
Video: First lap onboard GT-R GT3 at Nurburgring 24h Follow onboard Car 30 driven by Michael Krumm around the first lap of 2014 Nurburgring 24 hour race. The onboard view shows just how hard this race is. Unfortunately Car 30 had to retire during the night of the race after a shunt. Comment
TOTAL partner of the Asian Le Mans platform For the fourth year in a row TOTAL (fuel) continues its commitment with the ACO in Asia. The partnership will include both the Asian Le Mans Series and the newly created Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup.
Back in 2013 TOTAL immediately believed in the Asian Le Mans project and potential and was one of the first partner of the series. With this new partnership TOTAL will be associated with the whole ACO platform in Asia (7 events and 10 races between May and January) and will then benefit from a larger exposure both on and off the track which complement its growing presence within the context of the major events held in Le Mans.
Lesa France and family faced with a few less million in profits
Jeff Gordon's retirement and injured driver Tony Stewart's absence are among factors International Speedway Corp. officials cited Tuesday for advance ticket sales being down about 10 percent from a year ago for some upcoming races. ISC officials also said the focus on the Chase for the Sprint Cup may be playing a role in fans purchasing tickets for those events instead of races earlier in the season.
"Star power is very impactful in our sport as it is in any sport," said John Saunders, president of International Speedway Corp. on a conference call with investor analysts. "We've got to be better going forward and think strategically about retiring drivers," Saunders said, "and how you connect their retirement to the rising stars, the young stars, such as the Chase Elliotts and Ryan Blaney drivers."
While teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same left-side tire code at Texas this week, they will run their own right-side codes . . . in Sprint Cup, both of these tire codes are being run for the first time . . . like last year at Texas, this right-side tire code employs Goodyear's multi-zone tread technology, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire -- the outboard 10 inches of the tread (Traction Zone) features a compound that is designed for grip, while the inboard two inches of the tread (Endurance Zone) is toughened to enhance durability on the part of the tire sees the most heat and takes the most abuse . . .
Art St. Cyr, Honda Performance Development president, has echoed the sentiments of James Hinchcliffe to motorsport.com in expressing worries over car stability when running domed skids.
St. Cyr told Motorsport.com: "It is true that after last year's debacle at the 500, we were looking at how to make the cars safer. And I believe it was our partners [Wirth Research] who brought up the idea of the domed skid.
"It had been a successful solution in sportscars and it had been done before in IndyCar. It depends on who you ask if it was successful on the last generation of IndyCar.
Don 'Big Daddy' Garlits to Serve as Grand Marshal Just under 150 days from the biggest event to take place at the Memphis International Raceway (MIR) in nearly seven years, raceway officials today announced six premier drivers who will compete in the 2016 World Series of Drag Racing presented by Sunoco and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, slated for Aug. 26 and 27. These drivers are among the many who will compete in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Nostalgia, U.S. Pro Mods and Fortune Hunter Big Buck Series categories. Don "Big Daddy" Garlits will serve as this year's grand marshal.
Boston GP organizers face questions on noise, pollution, crowds
Boston GP Show Car
Grand Prix of Boston organizers faced questions Tuesday about noise, pollution, and three days of crowds expected to total about 170,000 as the City Council held a hearing about the IndyCar race planned for the Seaport over Labor Day weekend.
Race organizers outlined three months of road construction to build a 2.2-mile temporary street course around the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. They described a long weekend that will include fireworks, a job fair, and other events for military veterans, and a race with cars screaming around closed city streets at speeds up to 180 miles per hour.
We offer our condolences to IndyCar driver Sebastien Saavedra who lost his father today. He put out this photo and statement on Instagram, "I'm incredibly grateful for the amazing support you have all given my family and me in this time of sorrow.
"I'm honored to have had such an amazing dad, teacher, manager, partner.. But biggest of all, my best friend.
"May the gates of heaven open to let your beautiful soul in, may a new star in the sky shine as your smile once did. You will be incredible missed man. I love you Wilson Saavedra"
Hinchcliffe looking to come full circle at IMS oval test
James Hinchcliffe is the first to admit he has unfinished business - both personal and professional - when he returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week.
It was at IMS on May 18, 2015, that Hinchcliffe suffered the worst crash of his career while practicing for the 99th Indianapolis 500, abruptly ending his Verizon IndyCar Series season. The Canadian was critically injured when a suspension piece pierced an artery in his thigh. Hinchcliffe underwent several surgeries, enduring months of therapy and rehabilitation.
Hinchcliffe is driving fulltime again in 2016, but he says the circle won't be complete until he successfully conquers Turn 3 at IMS, site of his crash, once again. That opportunity is scheduled to come April 6 in the Verizon IndyCar Series' aero test, the chance for most teams and drivers to get the feel of their respective manufacturers' superspeedway aero kit configurations for 2016.
Derek White has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR following his arrest on tobacco smuggling charges last week.
The 45-year-old Canadian is facing seven charges arising from a joint U.S./Canadian investigation into a scheme centered around illegally importing tobacco into Canada from the United States.
An updated list of contraband seized in raids connected to the case included more than 116,000lb of tobacco, representing fraud of around $13.5 million, as well as $1.5 million in Canadian dollars, over $3 million in USD, over 1800lb in cocaine, almost 50lb of methamphetamine, 35lb of cannabis, and 100g of Fentanyl.
Judge: Porsche not at fault in crash that killed Paul Walker A judge says the widow of a man driving the Porsche that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker cannot prove the carmaker is responsible for the accident.
U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ruled Monday that there wasn't enough evidence in Kristine Rodas' claims that her husband died because the Porsche Carrera GT he was driving lacked several key safety features.
Kbb.Com Names 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 Of 2016 Customers looking for budget-friendly sedans have never had so many options, and if you haven't spent time in a current-generation mainstream sedan lately, you're in for a surprise.
From the completely redesigned Honda Civic and Kia Optima to perennial mainstays like Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, there are a lot of features available in 2016 model-year sedans that will satisfy a wide range of wants and needs.
Ford to build plant in Mexico, no jobs for Americans Further increasing its drive to send American jobs out of the USA, Ford is investing in a new small car plant in Mexico, building a new manufacturing site in San Luis Potosi State instead of the USA.
Ford is investing $1.6 billion USD in the facility, which begins construction this summer. The new plant will create 2,800 additional direct jobs for Mexicans by 2020 instead of Americans.
Specific vehicles being produced at the new facility will be announced later.
Sports 1430 Gets In The Game With Jonathan Byrd's Racing Jonathan Byrd's Racing, which will be bringing 4-time USAC National Series Champion and 2014 Chili Bowl Nationals Champion Bryan Clauson back for his 3rd Indianapolis 500 in partnership with Dale Coyne Racing, is excited to announce their newest media partner and introduce Sports 1430 as the Official Sports Station of Jonathan Byrd's Racing.
Sports 1430 (www.cbssports1430.com) is the place for the true sports fan to access the very best in sports information and entertainment. As the proud home of Notre Dame Football, Indy Car and NASCAR Racing, Indy Fuel hockey and the NFL, Sports 1430 also features expert sports commentary and interviews with major sports figures, along with listener calls, fan interaction, and hourly updates from well-known contributors.
F1 governance unlikely to change until 2020 - Todt UPDATE FIA president Jean Todt does not see Formula One's governance changing before the current Concorde Agreement and commercial contracts with teams expire in 2020.
F1's decision-making process has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after changes to the qualifying format failed to mix up the grid as intended, and instead ruined the spectacle of the pole position shootout. Ongoing indecision over qualifying has only strengthened calls for a new form of governance after the drivers wrote an open letter attacking F1's "obsolete and ill-structured" rule-making process two weeks ago.
The FIA agreed to the existing system (see boxout for details) in 2013, and at the time heralded "a strong and stable sporting governance framework which includes the Formula One Group, the FIA and the participating teams".
Tickets for the 2016 USGP at COTA Go On Sale Wednesday
If there is 2+ inches of rain fans get 105% refund
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is excited to announce that tickets for the 2016 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, set for Oct. 21 - 23, 2016, will be available for purchase on Wednesday, April 6, beginning at 10 a.m. CST.
This year’s race weekend sees Formula 1 return to Austin, Texas, for the fifth successive year. Announced last month to international fanfare, 10-time GRAMMY winner, singer, musician, and songwriter Taylor Swift will perform on COTA’s SUPERSTAGE on Saturday, October 22 after the racing ends to mark this very special milestone in COTA’s history. Taylor Swift’s first performance since ending the 1989 World Tour, the most successful tour of last year, is sure to be an incredible highlight to what already promises to be the most exhilarating race weekend of the season.
Penske punctures a surprise for Castroneves and Montoya
Montoya's race was ruined with cut tire
Both Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya saw their races at the Phoenix International Raceway heavily compromised on Saturday evening after both Team Penske drivers suffered punctures whilst leading.
Castroneves had led the opening stage of the race around the one-mile oval only to suffer his front right puncture on lap 39, consigning him to the pits and a race attempting to fight back from 2 laps down, eventually making up those laps due to a good strategy from his team to finish eleventh.
"There was never an indication there was any problem with the tire so by the time we realized it was going flat, it was too late," said Castroneves.
Fresh from a double podium, Repsol Honda Team head to Austin for round three
Marc Marquez has been unbeatable on American soil
After scoring a victory and a third place, respectively, in Argentina, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa quickly packed up to head to Austin for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, round 3 of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship.
Marc likes the track and have fond memories of it. He took his first premier-class victory at Austin in 2013, and he also won the following two years, even taking pole position on all three occasions. (He has actually won all the races held on U.S. soil since he joined the MotoGP ranks: three in Austin, three in Indianapolis and one at Laguna Seca).
CART at Road America in 2000 when the crowds were huge and before Tony George's destruction of the sport took hold. AR1.com was there. Adrian Fernandez holds off Alex Zanardi above
Road America often has been looked at by IndyCar drivers and fans as one of the best places to have a race.
So both were happy when it was announced in August that Road America was on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, with the venue hosting an event June 24-26.
The stop in Elkhart Lake is part of a 16-race season highlighted by the Indianapolis 500 next month. Along with the IndyCar Series, all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy will compete during the weekend.
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