The April 6 RRDC Evening with Emerson Fittipaldi Presented by Firestone boasted a capacity crowd of auto racing dignitaries, corporate executives and champion race-car drivers, as the two-time Formula 1 and Indy 500 champion was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club, prior to the running of the 43rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Representatives from the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Indianapolis 500 and the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship were in attendance.
Video: NASCAR Texas driver pre race Q&A Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet), Daniel Hemric (No. 21 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet) and Brennan Poole (No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet); Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet), Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Haas Automation Ford), Chris Buescher (No. 37 Scott Products Chevrolet) and Daniel Suarez (No. 19 Stanley Toyota) Comment
Video: Q&A with IndyCar Legend AJ Foyt at Long Beach AutoRacing1.com catches up with IndyCar Legend AJ Foyt at the 2017 Long Beach GP. We talk about racing then and now, his Zach Veach announcement and more. Comment
Experience paid off on opening day at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, with all seven past race winners entered this year finishing in the top eight on the combined speed chart.
Will Power, a two-time Long Beach race winner, posted the best lap in the second of the two 45-minute practice sessions. Driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Power navigated the 11-turn, 1.968-temporary street course in 1 minute, 7.0800 seconds (105.617 mph). The quick lap is within a half-second of the track record set by Helio Castroneves in 2015 (1:06.6294).
Accident Knocks Visit Florida Riley Out of Long Beach Weekend
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VISIT FLORIDA Racing made the trek West this week in pursuit of the team's second IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship podium of the season with drivers Renger van der Zande and Marc Goossens as the duo were set to share the Gibson-powered No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing Riley/Multimatic in Round 3 of the championship.
Both drivers showed speed on the legendary street circuit, and were taking turns working through the VISIT FLORIDA Racing test plan in the opening practice session of the weekend on Friday. Unfortunately, van der Zande suffered a brake issue heading into the braking zone for Turn 1.
Kalitta Motorsports released news today that Shawn Langdon would join as the third Top Fuel driver on their team. The former DSR driver joined Amanda Busick on NHRA Today delivered by Papa John’s to discuss his surprising move to Kalitta Motorsports.
Beginning in Houston, Shawn Langdon will drive a third Top Fuel car for Kalitta Motorsports. The 2013 Top Fuel world champ will be tuned by Connie Kalitta and will race the remainder of the 2017 season. How did this transition come about and how does Langdon plan to brush the dust off during his return? The newest Kalitta driver joined Amanda Busick on NHRA Today delivered by Papa John’s.
Keselowski's No. 2 Ford fails Phoenix post-race inspection (Update) UPDATE A date has now been set for Team Penske’s appeal of Brad Keselowski’s post-race penalty at Phoenix Raceway.
A three-member From the National Stock Car Racing Commission will hear the case next Wednesday morning, April 12.
Keselowski was docked 35 points and crew chief Paul Wolfe was suspended three races for failing “weights and measurements” in post-race laser inspection after the Camping World 500 on March 19. Wolfe has already served the first race of his suspension, sitting out the Auto Club Speedway race weekend.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –The Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim announced it will be the primary sponsor for AJ Foyt Racing’s No. 40 Chevrolet to be driven by Zach Veach at this year’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.
The IWiT Championship will debut at IMS’ Brickyard Crossing Golf Course Sept. 4 – 9, 2017. The official LPGA tournament will feature 144 of the LPGA’s top talent in a three-day stroke-play event (Sept. 7 – 9, 2017) vying for a $2 million purse. The course features four holes inside the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Video: Learn about the 2 seat IndyCar Driving Experience Founded in 2001, the Indy Racing Experience provides fans the ultimate opportunity of a lifetime by experiencing the high speeds of IndyCar racing with our driving and 2-seater programs. While casually talking one afternoon in a small garage on Gasoline Alley in Indianapolis, Scott Jasek, Joe Kennedy and Jeff Sinden imagined stretching out a regular IndyCar Series car to allow for a passenger to sit behind the driver and truly experience the speed and pressure that comes with IndyCar racing. Nearly a decade later, the Indy Racing Experience has evolved into a one-of-a-kind experience for race fans and car enthusiasts.
Video: Q&A with Long Beach GP President Jim Michaelian AutoRacing1.com catches up with the President of the Long Beach GP Jim Michaelian to talk about this year's race and some of the key items that have made this race so successful for 43 years. Comment
Ganassi NTT Data driver Scott Dixon topped opening practice for the Long Beach GP with a time of 1m07.636s. It looked like it was going to be a sweep of the top times by Honda drivers, but Helio Castroneves spoiled the Honda party with a late lap of 1m07.761s.
Sebastien Bourdais, who led most of the session was third in the #18 Dale Coyne Honda ahead of James Hinchcliffe (Honda) and Will Power (Chevy).
Except for a few minor spins, the session ran incident free.
Video: Corvette Racing - An Enduring Team Corvette Racing’s victory last month in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring was the team’s 103rd since its competition debut in 1999. The Chevrolet-powered operation has set the standard in endurance sports car racing for nearly 20 years with championships and race wins around the world.
The key? Consistency in all facets of the program: personnel, racecar platform and support from the likes of Chevrolet, Mobil 1 and Michelin. They – and other contributions – have been the recipe for success and have made Corvette Racing one of the sport’s longest-running operations.
NASCAR Terminates Sanction, Cancels Whelen Modified Tour Event At Speedbowl It was announced by NASCAR on Thursday morning that the sanctioning body will terminate its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanction with the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
NASCAR will also cancel the July 22 Whelen Modified Tour event that had been scheduled to be run at the Speedbowl.
NASCAR moves two award banquets to Charlotte The annual Camping World Truck and Xfinity series season-ending awards gala will move to Charlotte this year.
NASCAR on Wednesday evening announced those series’ awards would combine with the celebration of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and NASCAR Touring Series for a weekend of festivities in December at the Crown Ballroom in the Charlotte Convention Center.
F4 U.S. Championship Debuts 33-Car Grid At Homestead-Miami Speedway
Race practice at Homestead
With only one day before its season debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the entry list for the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda continues to gain new competitors. Jett Noland of Groveland, Florida, is the latest karts-to-cars entry to join the F4 U.S. field.
The professional driver development series returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway April 8-9 with more than double its grid size from its inaugural season finale at the legendary Roval last October. The field is anticipated to swell from 16 entries to 33 competitors representing 11 states, eight countries on five continents.
US F4 vs Road-To-Indy Dear AutoRacing1.com, Over 30 entries and climbing in 2017 F4 Championship while the impressively conceived Mazda Road to Indy seems to struggle over 16 entries per series apart from USF2000. I'm am finding it surprising. F4 is about to enter only its second year yet would all the 30 plus F4 entries have arrived in the MRTI Championships if the series had not been conceived ? Somehow I think not so where would they have been racing. Does the FIA and F4 being an International formula have that much more pulling power over MRTI. Maybe the impressive F4 entry is completely budget related but I would be interested in your opinions. Oliver Wells
UPDATE (GMM) The Malaysian grand prix in October will be the last held at the Sepang circuit near Kuala Lumpur, a constant F1 host since 1999.
Reports suggested race organizers and F1's new commercial owner Liberty Media agreed jointly that Malaysia be allowed to end its contract one year early for cost reasons and dwindling interest.
"The cabinet has agreed to end the contract starting 2018 after considering lowering returns to the country compared to the cost of hosting the (race)," prime minister Najib Razak confirmed in a statement.
Wife of SCCA Pro Racing president facing up to 20 years for wire fraud (Update) UPDATE The SCCA Ventures Board of Directors revealed Thursday that Mike Collins is no longer the president and CEO of SCCA Pro Racing.
The move is effective immediately. Collins was announced as the replacement for outgoing president and CEO Derrick Walker in August of last year. The reason for Collins’ departure has not been announced.
Collins was in control of Pro Racing’s day-to-day operations, partnerships and budget.
The 43rd running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is predicted to bring out crowds of 180,000. One of the best attended IndyCar weekends on the schedule, it is called a festival by the promoters.
With the gorgeous California weather as the background, it is no wonder the locals come out to watch the non stop racing action and concerts for three days.
AR1 spoke with several drivers at the media luncheon today. After the Hondas showed some definite strength at the first race in St. Petersburg last month, I asked Scott Dixon, winner of this race in 2015, what he thought attributed to this.
Video: How to Speak English like a Southerner You might speak English, but do you speak Southern? Watch what happens when Verizon IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud gets a Southern translator before Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on April 21-23. Comment
New season, new cars: Hubert Hugle (Head of Race Car Development) tells us what challenges the team had to face while developing the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM and how the drivers influenced its development.
Homologation of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM completed on 1st March
Final tests before season opener at same venue in Hockenheim
Hubert Hugle: "The challenge is much harder, because the scope of the changes is much greater this year, which also obviously means that there’s more freedom to introduce new ideas."
NASCAR drivers worried about Texas repaved surface
Jimmie Johnson expects cars won't handle well this weekend
There will be big challenges this weekend where the rubber meets the road at Texas Motor Speedway, which on Sunday will host the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, race No. 7 on the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule.
Under the best of circumstances, Texas is a very fast and treacherous track, a place where over the years there have been all kinds of wild and unpredictable moments. This year, though, will be even more trying than normal.
Sunday's race will be the first since the track was reconfigured. In Turns 1 and 2, the banking was reduced from 24 degrees to 20 degrees and the racing surface has been widened from 60 feet in width to 80 feet.
Lawmakers want Michigan Speedway to pay for their own police
Tony Stewart gets service at MIS
Michigan taxpayers are on the hook for up to $800,000 a year for state police patrols at a handful of events at Michigan International Speedway, one of the few venues in the country that doesn’t reimburse law enforcement for providing security.
Since 2008, Michigan taxpayers have paid $5.3 million for patrols at the Brooklyn speedway, about 20 miles south of Jackson.
Video: Ferrari preview of the Chinese GP It’s now a classic on the calendar, but when it was first held in 2004, it caused quite a stir. A Formula 1 race in China would have been unthinkable a few years earlier, even in a city like Shanghai which was the first to open up trade with the West. For the record, Scuderia Ferrari won the maiden event with Rubens Barrichello. Thirteen years later, Scuderia Ferrari is again in Shanghai having traveled there directly from Australia.
On arrival, the team encountered spring-like changeable weather and the forecast for the weekend includes a bit of everything including the chance of rain. The Shanghai International Circuit is interesting and demanding, running clockwise, with a very long 1.170 kilometer-long straight and corners that give the tires a hard time, especially the front left. For this event, Pirelli is providing the Medium, Soft and Supersoft compounds.
Video: So-Cal Calling - The 2017 Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach A highlight on the motorsport calendar since its inception in 1975, the Grand Prix of Long Beach is set to be a weekend to remember for both Sportscar & IndyCar fans alike. Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with IndyCar’s Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball and Spencer Pigot, as well as IMSA and Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin, to find out more. Comment
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