Michael Shank Racing IMSA team To Become Meyer Shank Racing
Michael Shank Racing has been re-named Meyer Shank Racing, the team announcing today that it’s ownership structure is changing, with the addition of SiriusXM’s President of Sales and Operations Jim Meyer to the organisation as co-owner with Mike Shank.
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Economic Impact Report Released
Grand Prix Association of Long Beach officials today released the results of an economic impact report for the 2017 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The report, conducted by Beacon Economics, showed that the Grand Prix generated an economic output in Southern California of $63.4 million, with $32.4 million of that being concentrated in Long Beach. The Grand Prix Association, race attendees, exhibitors and race teams contributed $33.7 million in direct expenditures in Southern California and supported the equivalent of 606 year-round jobs, 351 in Long Beach itself. The event also generated $24.4 million in labor income in Southern California, with $12.9 million of that in Long Beach. Additionally, the event brought $1.8 million in tax revenue to local governments in Southern California, $700,000 of which was in Long Beach.
Veteran Servia named second INDYCAR pace car driver
INDYCAR announced that veteran racer Oriol Servia has been named a pace car driver for some Verizon IndyCar Series events this season, beginning with this weekend's Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway.
Servia will split duties with Sarah Fisher, who has been an INDYCAR pace car driver since 2016.
IndyCar Phoenix qualifying order QP Car Driver Name Team Name 1 4 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises 2 32 Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing 3 20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 4 23 Charlie Kimball Carlin 5 59 Max Chilton Carlin 6 19 Pietro Fittipaldi Dale Coyne Racing
Blistering Marquez unstoppable at Termas de Rio Hondo
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez started the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina in fantastic fashion, finishing the day 0.404 seconds clear of his closest rival Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol). With plenty of late chopping and changing – with all the riders battling it out to get into the top 10 - the Spaniard’s reign at the top of the time sheets rarely looked under threat.
As if a lack of outright performance wasn’t already playing on Lewis Hamilton’s mind in Bahrain, the defending champion will take a five-place grid penalty into Sunday’s race as a result of an unscheduled gearbox change.
The rules mandate that F1 gearboxes have to last for six consecutive events, and as the Briton finished the last race in Australia, such a change will incur a drop of grid places.
Raikkonen leads Ferrari 1-2 in 2nd Bahrain GP practice (Update)
UPDATE Added quotes and some photos below.
As night fell over the desert track, Kimi Raikkonen turned a lap of 1m29.817s to narrowly beat his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel by 0.011s to top the time charts in 2nd practice for the Bahrain GP.
However, Raikkonen set his time on Supersoft tires while Vettel set his time on the harder soft tires.
Norris grabs maiden F2 pole in thrilling Bahrain qualifying session
Norris on pole
Lando Norris took pole position in the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship qualifying session at Sakhir, Bahrain in an enthralling battle for the first berth on the grid, setting a 1:41.761 to go fastest. The McLaren F1 reserve driver will be joined on the front row in tomorrow’s feature race by countryman George Russell of ART Grand Prix, as DAMS’ Alexander Albon will start from third place.
The green flag was eagerly awaited by a queue of cars all lined up to hit the track, with Trident’s Santino Ferrucci first onto the circuit – closely followed by teammate Arjun Maini and RUSSIAN TIME’s Artem Markelov, who quickly disposed of his medium-compound tires after an exploratory lap to fall in line with everyone else on softs.
Mario Andretti: A Night To Remember An evening of celebration in Phoenix, Arizona as we relive the final victory in the legendary career of racing icon, Mario Andretti 25 years later. Note the crowd size before Tony George destroyed the sport by splitting it. Comment
Porsche provides WEC safety cars and support cars until 2020
A light bar on the roof was added
The all-wheel-drive 911 produces 540 hp (397 kW; Fuel consumption combined 9.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 212 g/km) and sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds. Technologically, the safety car corresponds largely to the production vehicle. Only a few race-specific modifications were added, such as the light bar on the roof and a radio for contacting the race director, with the brakes and suspension optimized for the racetrack. The matte-black design with glossy red stripes is modeled on the Porsche emblem design of the factory race cars.
If not for IndyCar's horrible TV package (current and the new one) IndyCar really is a better racing series than F1 when it comes to action on the track. Alonso is always welcome to come race where driver talent still matters
Fernando Alonso says "it’s a little bit sad" talking about the predictability of Formula 1 at the moment where it is almost guaranteed that Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull Racing will occupy the top six places after qualifying unless one of the cars of the top three teams suffers a reliability issue or on track mishap.
Mercedes have been the dominant team since the new V6 turbo era was introduced in 2014 and have won four constructors’ and drivers’ titles in as many years. During the same period, Ferrari and Red Bull have been their closest challengers fighting for wins and podiums, but not coming too close to winning the title.
After the top three, come the teams, namely McLaren, Force India, Renault and Williams, battling for supremacy in the midfield for fourth, fifth and sixth places in the constructors’ championship. While Williams and Force India managed a few podium finishes in the last four years, the gulf between the top three teams and the midfield has widened as the cars continued their evolution as the seasons progressed.
In a session largely irrelevant since qualifying and the race will be run in the evening when the track is cooler, Daniel Ricciardo turned the fastest lap in opening practice for the Bahrain GP.
The Red Bull ace's lap of 1m31.060s was 3/10ths faster than Valtteri Bottas' Mercedes.
Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were third and fourth for Ferrari, both 4/10ths behind the Red Bull while Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top-5 but a full 1.2 sec behind after he went off track a number of times.
Bratches, Carey and Brawn lay out F1's way forward
Following days, weeks, months of speculation, this morning F1's owners, Liberty Media, laid out its blueprint for the future of the sport.
Rather than being a meeting, representatives of all ten teams were present as Liberty offered its proposals, the presentation lasting around 75 minutes. At the end of the presentation, the team representatives were each handed a sheet of document which contained further details of the proposals.
It's understood that Liberty is intending a $150m budget cap but this would not include driver salaries or key executives or marketing budget.
Arjun Maini drew first blood in the first 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship practice session at Sakhir, Bahrain, setting a 1:44.459 midway through the session to beat the Carlin duo of Lando Norris and Sergio Sette Camara to the quickest lap.
Bahrain opener marks debut of new generation F2 car
Given the power to weight ratio, by all accounts the new F2 car will smoke an IndyCar
The FIA Formula 2 Championship will this year mark the debut of the next generation F2 car which will serve the Formula 1 feeder series until the end of 2020.
The new car, which complies with the latest F1 safety standards, features architecture typical of a modern F1 car and a 3.4 liter turbo-charged Mecachrome engine, which delivers 620 HP at 8,750 rpm. The design philosophy was to refresh the car to mirror the latest updates in F1 design, and to maintain a long tradition of wheel-to-wheel racing.
Whincup clocks fastest ever time in Tasmania in practice
Whincup at speed
Lap records tumbled during practice today as drivers prepare for a brand new qualifying format for this weekend's third round of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint.
Defending Supercars title holder, Jamie Whincup, clocked the fastest ever lap time by a Supercar at Symmons Plains this afternoon, while his Red Bull Holden Racing teammate and current Championship points leader, Shane van Gisbergen, put in his own scintillating lap to be quickest in this morning's opening practice session.
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