Williams F1 Team Posts '15 Profit After Back-To-Back Third Place Finishes (Update) UPDATE
Back-to-back third place finishes in the world championship have helped "lift the Williams Formula One team out of the red," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES.
Profits before tax were a "slender" £200,000 ($284,836) but that was a "substantial revival" from a loss of £31.5M in the year before. Larger payments from F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One group of companies were the "main driver behind the improvement as the team placed behind Mercedes and Ferrari on the grid."
1969 Indianapolis 500 [ESPN Classic Broadcast Version] (Full Race) United States Auto Club Champ Car Series 53rd Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 51 drivers tried to qualify. Note the size of the qualifying crowd before Tony George took his hammer to the sport.
World Council approves F1 qualifying change The World Motor Sport Council has today formally approved the return of the Formula One qualifying system as it was used in 2015. This means the elimination of 6 cars in the first two parts of qualifying, before a shootout among 10 cars in the final session.
An FIA statement released today reads: "The World Motor Sport Council today approved, via e-vote, the decision to revert to last season’s qualification format for the remainder of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship."
Smithfield Foods Signs Deal With Fox For Unique Integrations During NASCAR Races
Smithfield sponsors the car of Aric Almirola
NASCAR team sponsor Smithfield Foods has struck an expanded, unique advertising partnership with Fox Sports that could become a template for the net moving forward -- both in NASCAR and its wider sports portfolio according to Adam Stern of SportsBusinessDaily.
While it was previously running traditional 30-second ads, Virginia-based Smithfield will now work with Fox on non-traditional integrations during NASCAR programming.
This will start by Smithfield hosting Fox' daily NASCAR studio show, "RaceHub," from its headquarters next Thursday ahead of that weekend's race at nearby Richmond Int'l Raceway. This is the first time Fox has taken the studio show on the road.
NASCAR Texas TV Rating (Update) UPDATE We have more accurate numbers now: 1.86 rating 8:15 pm FOX NASCAR Rain Delay 2.48 rating 9:30 pm FOX Duck Commander 500 (Fort Worth, TX) (Down 15% from last year's 2.9 overnight)
04/11/16 FOX's coverage of NASCAR's Duck Commander 500 led a typically quiet Saturday. In prime time the race scored a 2.9 rating / 3 share (4.22 million viewers) in adults 18-49, pending updates, tying with CBS' "48 Hours" for the top rating of the night.
RaceDeck Garage Floors Has Byrd IndyCar Team Covered
As the team looks forward to the festivities of May in Indianapolis kicking off in just over a month, Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, which will be contesting the Indianapolis 500 with Bryan Clauson in partnership with Dale Coyne Racing, is pleased to introduce their newest sponsor, Race Deck Garage Floors.
RaceDeck Garage Floors (www.racedeck.com) is a division of SnapLock Industries (www.snaplock.com), the industry leader in modular flooring. If you have a modular flooring need, their motto is “we’ve got you covered.” For nearly four decades, the family at SnapLock has manufactured the industry’s most innovative and premium brand modular flooring products on the planet. In addition to RaceDeck Garage Floors, SnapLock Industries products include SnapSports Athletic Floors & Multi-Courts, SnapLock Dance Floors, SnapLock Event Floors, DuraGrid Safety Matting & Decking, and FastDeck Portable Flooring.
Bob Vandergriff Announces Immediate Retirement From Drag Racing Bob Vandergriff, team owner of Bob Vandergriff Racing (BVR), an organization that has been fielding two Top Fuel Dragsters on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing tour, has announced his retirement from the sport following the NHRA Denso Nationals in Las Vegas.
The Top Fuel cars had been driven by Dave Connolly and Leah Pritchett. Effective immediately, the entire BVR organization has been shut down and all employees have been released from their duties.
Controversy and politics surround NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway
Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson gives the invocation prior to the Duck Commander 500 praying no democrat wins the White House
Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images
It was bad enough that NASCAR fans had to sit through a nearly two hour rain delay Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. Those fans in attendance and watching on National television were also forced to watch as a controversial family stole the spotlight.
The Robertson family whose company sponsored the "Duck Commander 500" were very visible starting with Phil Robertson star of the reality show "Duck Dynasty" who performed the traditional pre-race invocation. NASCAR is the only major sport that prays prior to its event, but normally the prayer isn't used to advance any sort of agenda. That wasn't the case Saturday night.
"Alright Texas, we got here via Bibles and guns." Robertson said. "I'm fixing to pray to the one who made that possible. Father thank you for founding our nation. I pray father that we don't forget who brought us. You. Our faith in the blood of Jesus and his resurrection. Help us father to get back to that. Help us dear God understand that the men and women on my right, the U.S. military. On my right and on my left. Our faith in you and the U.S. military is the reason we're still here."
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing ready for WEC debut at Silverstone GREATWORTH PARK, U.K., Apr. 11, 2016 – The two Ford Chip Ganassi Racing ‘WEC' Ford GTs will make their competitive debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship this coming weekend.
The Silverstone race traditionally draws the biggest crowd for the WEC outside of the Le Mans 24 Hours and with 23 British drivers to cheer on, the spectators will be spoilt for choice.
Video: How a driverless car sees the road Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next. Comment
Jaguar Land Rover In Talks To Lease British Grand Prix Track Silverstone
British Grand Prix track Silverstone "is in talks to lease the circuit's property to Jaguar Land Rover," the owner of the Formula 1 site said after a vote of its members "authorized the board to continue discussing the deal," according to Costas Pitas of REUTERS.
JLR, which is owned by India's Tata Motors, has been considering turning the site into a "heritage center" to "show off the company's cars alongside its offices, a hotel and visitor center, British media have reported."
A girl, Amy Ruman, easily beats the men of Trans-Am, deflating their male egos
BRASELTON, GA. – Amy Ruman secured her third career victory at Road Atlanta today as she powered the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette around the 2.54-mile Georgia track in a flag-to-flag victory over a bunch of flaccid men. The win was Ruman’s first of the year as she continues her title defense of the TA class Championship. Ruman was joined on the TA class podium by John Baucom, in the No. 86 Baucom Motorsports/ Roadraceparts.com Ford Mustang, and by Trans Am veteran Greg Pickett, in the No. 68 Flavor Insights Jaguar XKR, who finished second and third, respectively.
Guenther Steiner. Steiner may sound like a German name but in fact Gunther Steiner is an Italian, born and brought up in the city of Bolzano in the Alto Adige region where German remains the dominant language despite the fact that modern borders means it is now part of Italy.
Guenther Steiner says Haas F1 is aiming to be in the “ballpark” with all the other midfield teams this season in terms of development.
The American outfit, which followed up its remarkable sixth place finish in its maiden race in Australia, by going one better and taking fifth in Bahrain last weekend, is now determined to build on its fabulous start to F1 2016.
Steiner also added that while development won't be on the same scale as the top teams, they have no intention of standing still when it comes to trying to improve the Ferrari-powered VF-16.
“We have developments coming, I don't know how we commit to them [yet] because our strategy is to first see what we can get out of this car,” he said ahead of next weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.
“We still don't know this car. I think there is more potential which we haven't discovered. Once we have a stable platform, we will add developments. Maybe we have them for the next race. But we are not standing still,” he continued.
“Will we have developments every race? No obviously not. But we will not stand still and not do anything because then you fall back.
Low downforce NASCAR package gets first night race test
#48 Jimmie Johnson
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The crumbled and taped nose of the #48 Chevrolet illustrated Jimmie Johnson's point more than the amount of leaders or passes in the Duck Commander 500 on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. It had to. The downforce-reducing aerodynamics package that NASCAR vetted successfully last season and applied to most of the venues on the 2016 schedule had produced results mostly pleasing to fans and compelling to drivers through five applications so far. The result early Sunday morning felt decidedly less exhilarating with Martin Truex Jr. leading 141 of 334 laps, Carl Edwards 124 and Kyle Busch producing the crucial pass for the eventual win by virtue of a decisive sequence that had more to do with pit strategy and tire wear than aerodynamics. But, Johnson said, this was progress, however subtle.
When the yellow flag waved on Lap 289 of 334 Truex's #78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota was in command of the race.
The decision at that time was to pit or not to pit for tires. Truex's crew chief Cole Pearn opted not to pit while the majority of the cars came down pit road for fresh rubber. Truex continued to lead, but when another caution came out a few laps later the Furniture Row Racing driver got passed on the restart by cars with fresher Goodyears, and he eventually fell back to finish sixth in the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race.
It's only been a few weeks since the reveal of Aston Martin's new DB11 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show but already the company has managed to rack up 1,400 orders—and that's before full details have even been released.
The information was revealed to The Motor Report by Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.
Wolff: Adding downforce for 2017 a mistake (AR1 Agrees 100%)
Wolff is 100% correct. Adding downforce will only ruin the racing. Just as with IndyCars, downforce should be reduced significantly. Who cares about going 300 mph. It's more important to have good close racing.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff reckons that the increase in downforce levels on the proposed 2017 cars is a "mistake" and will not lead to more exciting racing.
Under proposed regulations, which must be finalized by the end of the month, new bodywork rules will be introduced next year, focused on extra downforce, in an attempt by the FIA to "create more exciting cars."
Wolff is critical of the direction of the regulations and believes that the sport has made the "wrong decision" in wanting more downforce on the cars.
"The cars will not be able to follow each other," he explained in a Mercedes Q&A video.
"We have made a step towards more downforce which means the car following will have more disturbed air.
SpaceX Falcon 9 - Successful Drone Ship Landing Tesla maven Elon Musk has done it again - done something even NASA could not do. Straight from the livestream. Enjoy! With Tesla Elon Musk proved Detroit wrong - that electric cars are the future. With SpaceX Musk is proving private enterprise can do what even NASA could not - land a spent first stage rocket on a platform in the ocean upright. It's nuts. Comment
Ryan Hunter-Reay to work double duty at Long Beach
Ryan Hunter-Reay will be tackling a rare double at Long Beach the weekend of April 16-17. Before competing in his regular ride in Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long BeachIndyCar race, he will join Visit Florida Racing to tackle Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.
The 2012 Indianapolis 500 winner will co-drive with Marc Goossens in the No. 90 Visit Florida Corvette DP. He will be filling in for Ryan Dalziel, who has his lone schedule conflict of the season as he also competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Hunter-Reay drives the No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport in Verizon IndyCar Series competition, winning for that team at Long Beach in 2010.
“It’s a new challenge,” Hunter-Reay said of doing double duty. “I love mixing things up, and hopefully it will benefit me in both cars.”
IMSA releases further details about 2017 DPi platform
The WEC LMP2 car
The 2017 Daytona Prototype international (DPi) concept has drawn interest as it prepares for its competition debut in next January’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.
DPi cars are intended to be virtually identical to the LM P2 currently competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship and other championships governed by Automobile Club de Al’Ouest (ACO) technical regulations; however, final technical regulations for the DPi platform compare to the 2017 LM P2 regulations are yet to be finalized.
IndyCar racing would be far better is they were slowed down by removing wings and increasing the dependence on underbody downforce and mechanical grip per this concept car
After what seemed to be a fast, yet quiet in terms of overtaking 250-lap Phoenix Grand Prix on Saturday night, the first race for the Verizon IndyCar Series at Phoenix International Raceway since 2005, several outside drivers and fans claimed that the on-track action was mild compared to what is seen when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competes at the same location on two occasions every year. While at first glance that may be an accurate assertion, there are several things to consider before one sets that claim in stone.
First, the NASCAR stock cars maxed out at 146 miles per hour for the qualifying track record last fall, compared to the 192 MPH lap fired off by Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves to claim the Verizon P1 Award last Friday. Second, keep in mind the stock cars were able to cutoff the dogleg on the backstretch of the one mile, D-shaped oval providing more room to complete passes and run side-by-side.
With the exception of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden, most drivers due to fear of bottoming out or suffering suspension damage at the extra speeds run, avoided the temptation of going from banking to flat, to immediately back onto the banking, especially considering qualifying speeds in that section were near 200 MPH. Also, while stock cars were able to go side by side through turns one and two and three and four, the IndyCars due to the extra speed avoided the temptation to go two-wide, with fear of going into the grey, the potential cause of Ed Carpenter’s late crash in turn four.
Video: IMS Aero Kit Safety Test Interviews RACER's Robin Miller speaks with James Hinchcliffe, Ed Carpenter, Marco Andretti, Graham Rahal, and Ryan Hunter-Reay about testing dome skids and other new items for the 2016 Indianapolis 500. Comment
Video: Marco Andretti on Chevy Sandbagging at IMS A highly frustrated Marco Andretti vents with RACER's Robin Miller over alleged sandbagging by the rival Chevy teams during the aero kit safety test ahead of the 2016 Indianapolis 500. Comment
Oscar de la Hoya Named Sunday Grand Marshal at Long Beach
Oscar De La Hoya
A superstar whose popularity transcends boxing, Oscar De La Hoya has been named Grand Marshal for the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 17.
De La Hoya will be joined by Taya Kyle, wife of Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, who will wave the green flag for the Verizon IndyCar Series race on Sunday as the Honorary Starter.
In addition, during the pre-race activities, Sgt. Marcus Dangelo of the California Army National Guard 40th Infantry Division Band will sing the national anthem and fans will be treated to a flyover of a Boeing C-17 military transport airplane by the U.S. Air Force out of March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley.
Taya Kyle, widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and ambassador for PIRTEK Team Murray that will field rookie Matthew Brabham in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next month, has been named honorary starter for the 42nd annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 17.
In addition to waving the green flag to start the 80-lap Verizon IndyCar Series race, Kyle will help introduce the next member of the CK Crew, the honorary pit crew of military veterans and first responders that will participate in the TAG Heuer Pit Stop Competition on Miller Lite Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27.
The GP of the Americas, which got underway today in Austin in ideal weather conditions (air 27°C, ground 38°C), ended with Marc Marquez powering his RC213V to the top of the timesheet in both free practice sessions. After being the only rider to dip below the 2’05 barrier in the morning, Marc set the pace in FP2 as well, posting the fastest time of 2’04.034 despite a small crash in the last corner midway into the session.
New Jersey Motorsports Park Voted One of the Top 5 Favorite Race Tracks in America!
NJMP has two tracks so there is always a lot going on
New Jersey Motorsports Park announced today that it has been selected as one of the top 5 favorite race tracks in the country. Readers of SPEED SPORT Magazine and nationalspeedsportnews.com selected their favorites in the fifth edition of SPEED SPORT’s My Favorite Track survey conducted in late February and early March. Many of America’s race tracks created social media campaigns specifically to generate votes in the My Favorite Track competition. NJMP came in fourth overall and second in the road course category.
“It is very exciting to have earned this recognition once again” says Mark Verrastro General Manager of NJMP. “Last year we finished in the top 10, this year we moved up to the top 5, we want to thank our fans for taking the time to vote and show their support for NJMP.”
Kurt Busch crew chief Tony Gibson not in Texas Stewart-Haas Racing announced Thursday that Tony Gibson, crew chief for driver Kurt Busch and the No. 41 Chevrolet team, will miss the first two days of the race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
SHR said through its official Twitter account that Gibson, 51, will stay home in North Carolina to care for his wife, who is dealing with an unspecified illness. The team indicated that Gibson planned to rejoin the No. 41 team in time for Saturday's Duck Commander 500 (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season.
NASCAR, IndyCar and F1 TV Ratings for last weekend (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 The 'final' rating for last weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 (Martinsville) on FS1 was a 2.5 with 4.232 million viewers tuned in. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is averaging 7.1 million viewers after six races on Fox and FS1, down 12% from 8.1 million viewers at the same point last season, which was the first of a new media-rights deal.
Last Sunday's race from Martinsville on FS1 -- the net's first telecast of the season -- drew 4.2 million viewers, up slightly from 4.1 million viewers last season. That marks the Sprint Cup's first year-over-year gain this season to date. The first two races of the season -- Daytona and Atlanta -- saw sharp declines from '15. Over the last four races, viewership has only seen a 3% decline from '15.
Trans Am Series releases 2016 CBS Sports Network Broadcast schedule The Trans Am Race Company has unveiled an initial seven-race slate of broadcasts on the CBS Sports Network bringing select races from the Trans Am Series’ 50th Anniversary Season to a national cable audience.
The broadcast schedule will showcase both the multiclass racing of the TA, TA3, TA4 and TA5 classes as well as the independent TA2, powered by AEM, stand-alone Muscle Car Challenges with coverage from the Motor City 100 at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Brainerd International Raceway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Road America.
One year later IndyCar remains an uncompetitive mess. And the Indianapolis 500 is seven weeks away.
Same as last year, Honda can't compete with Chevrolet. They're close, these two, but a fraction of a second over the course of 200 laps isn't the difference between winning and losing - it's the difference between a competition and a charade.
Right now, IndyCar is a charade. And the results are shocking.
Tony Stewart said he feels good but needs to wait for a scan on his broken back later this month to determine when he will return to the driver's seat.
The three-time Sprint Cup champion, speaking Thursday after being honored for raising $1.5 million through his "Smoke Show" fantasy camp for the Texas chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, said some days it has been hard and some days it has been easy not racing this year while his back heals. "I don't [know my return] -- not until they do the next set of scans," Stewart said.
Frustration boiled over two races ago in California when [Danica Patrick] was hooked by Kasey Kahne and slammed into the wall. Patrick walked up the apron of the track to hold her hands out, palms up, when Kahne drove by -- and NASCAR promptly fined her $20,000 for walking on the apron or track toward moving cars.
"I understand NASCAR has to do whatever they can to protect their drivers and making sure that we don't put ourselves in harm's way," Patrick said.
Statement from Toyota on the passing of Larry Slutter Retired TRD team member Larry Slutter passed away on Monday evening, April 4 at his home in Reno, Nevada at the age of 73. Prior to joining TRD, Slutter served in the Air Force and later moved to Indianapolis at the influence of his friend, Aldo Andretti, where he advanced his career in motorsports.
"Everyone at TRD (Toyota Racing Development) mourns the loss of a great friend and colleague, Larry Slutter. During his 16 years at TRD, he had a direct hand in virtually every motorsports engine program that Toyota participated in during this period – IMSA GTP, CART/IRL, off-road, Pikes Peak, USAC, Grand-Am and NASCAR.
New Era For United Autosports Begins On Home Soil At Silverstone A new era dawns for United Autosports on Saturday (16 Apr) when the Anglo-American team starts its maiden European Le Mans Series race competing for glory in the highly-competitive LMP3 category.
United Autosports start the 4 Hours of Silverstone having impressively accumulated nearly 3,000-miles in pre-season testing this year with its brace of brand new Ligier JS P3 sports cars powered by a five-liter, V8 Nissan engine. In the only test staged to date in which the majority of cars contesting this year’s six-race series were present, the team clocked the first and third fastest times.
DTM regulations for 2016 are fixed - focus on driver's skills During its meeting in Munich on Thursday, the DTM Commission decided on some modifications to the DTM's sporting regulations. The objective of all of these collectively made decisions is to place even more focus on the performance of the drivers. In this context, there are new regulations for the performance weights and the use of the DRS (Drag Reduction System). The changes are the result of a collective process involving the engineers of all manufacturers, the ITR and the DMSB. BMW will also have the opportunity to offset the performance deficit to Audi and Mercedes-Benz through a technical compensation with regards to aerodynamics and weight.
Expanded INDYCAR Mobile app puts fans closer to the action At some point, it’s likely every fan of the Verizon IndyCar Series has dreamed about being behind the wheel of a sleek open-wheel race car, driving in the Indianapolis 500, on the streets of Long Beach or on road courses like Sonoma Raceway or Road America.
With the revamped and expanded INDYCAR Mobile app, fans can feel like they are indeed in the cockpit, taken closer to the action than they’ve been before. App users can get a real-time experience that puts them virtually in the driver’s seat as they picture themselves being Will Power, Scott Dixon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Marco Andretti or other INDYCAR stars.
The Model 3 will be the first mass production of Tesla's truly great electric cars. It will eventually spell the death knell for internal combustion engine cars.
Tesla Motors Inc. said it has received more than 325,000 reservations for the Model 3, far exceeding its expectations as customers line up for the $35,000 small electric car more than a year ahead of when its more-affordable model is slated to hit the streets.
"A huge step towards a more sustainable future," the company said in a Twitter post Thursday.
After Tesla had taken more than a quarter-million orders in the first three days, CEO Elon Musk had said even that number was at least twice what he had expected.
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