NASCAR Texas TV Rating NASCAR Cup Series racing from Texas earned a 2.5 overnight rating on FOX Sunday afternoon, the same as last year and down 14% from 2015 (2.9), which took place on Saturday nights. The 2.5 is tied with last year as the lowest ever for a Cup Series race on the FOX broadcast network, excluding rainouts (dates back to 2001).
The last three Texas races rank as the three lowest rated Cup Series races ever on FOX. This year’s race faced The Masters; last year’s race was delayed due to rain and finished well after Midnight ET.
Cadillac Super Cruise Sets The Standard For Hands-Free Highway Driving
True Hands-Free driving
The 2018 Cadillac CT6 will feature Super Cruise, the industry’s first true hands-free driving technology for the highway. Unlike other driver assistance systems, Super Cruise utilizes two advanced technology systems -- a driver attention system and precision LiDAR map data -- to ensure safe and confident vehicle operation.
These systems are added to the network of cameras and radar sensors in the CT6, providing a more data-rich approach to driver assistance that is unique in the industry.
Video: Q&A with Race Marshal Paul Josephson at Long Beach GP Ever wonder how someone becomes a motorsports Race Marshal? We talk to Paul Josephson at the 2017 Long Beach GP - from our AutoRacing1.com YouTube PageComment
Blue skies greeted big crowds at Long Beach Grand Prix
Big crowd and blue skies
Three immutable laws of mankind: death is inevitable, taxes are inevitable, and it will never rain on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
This year, rain threatened, and even sprinkled on the downtown street race course in the early hours of Saturday, before the marine layer burned off and the blue sky covered the historic race as usual. Sunday, too, the sky was overcast as the IndyCar drivers were introduced to the sold-out grandstands on Shoreline Drive, but by the time the national anthem was over there wasn’t a cloud in sight.
2017 TOYOTA TS050 HYBRID: The Challenge Continues Since returning to WEC in 2012, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has experienced many victories and as well as defeats. This is the team that hates to lose and will never stop taking on the toughest of challenges. For the 2017 season, the TS050 HYBRID features a body and hybrid system that have significantly evolved in every aspect. In this video, team drivers and engineers express their dream of finally winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans and taking the WEC title. Their determination and passion they inherit are stronger than ever. Comment
Ford's World Endurance Championship Battle Begins GREATWORTH, UK, April 10, 2017 – The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team will be on the attack on home ground this weekend when the battle for the FIA World Endurance Championship GTE Pro honors commences at Silverstone, UK. The Ford WEC team is based at Greatworth – just a few miles from the Silverstone circuit – making it a great place to start their 2017 championship campaign.
Jimmie Johnson's celebration of his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the season was interrupted by a visit to the infield care center at Texas Motor Speedway.
Johnson complained about overheating and cramping up during his Victory Lane interviews, moments after posting his seventh win at the 1.5-mile track. He said he received three bags of intravenous fluids in nearly an hour spent in the care center.
Medical update on Ed Carpenter Racing driver JR Hildebrand
Ed Carpenter Racing driver JR Hildebrand suffered a broken bone in his left hand during an incident at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Hildebrand was entering the first turn on Lap 85 when his No. 21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet made contact with the No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda driven by Mikhail Aleshin.
According to INDYCAR medical director Dr. Geoffrey Billows, Hildebrand will be re-evaluated upon his return to Indianapolis this week and has not been cleared to return to Verizon IndyCar Series competition.
Video: Q&A with Alexander Rossi after 2017 Long Beach GP AR1 talks to a disappointed 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi after he lost an engine in the 2017 Long Beach GP while challenging for the lead and looking like he had the car to beat Comment
Video: Rob Edwards explains how the Andretti team lost all 4 cars in the Long Beach GP It was a bad day for Andretti Autosport at the Long Beach GP after all four cars dropped out with engine problems. Below Chief Operating Officer Rob Edwards tells AR1.com what happened in a short video interview.
The first to fall was Marco Andretti, whom stalled his No. 27 on Lap 14 and cited a sensor issue as the culprit. Then came contender Alexander Rossi whom suffered an obvious engine failure on his No. 98 on Lap 62 from inside the top-5.
"From the spring in Arizona … to the fall in Monterey." The opening line to Mark Knopfler’s “Speedway At Nazareth,” where he describes the state of American open-wheel racing during the glory days of the 80s and 90s.
Back then, the season finale for the CART/PPG IndyCar Series was always held in October at Laguna Seca Raceway. The reminders of those years are memorialized in names like Andretti Hairpin and Rahal Straight, and racing history like “The Pass” at the Corkscrew by Alex Zanardi over Brian Herta. The Monterey Grand Prix was the anchor weekend of the Laguna Seca season, and packed the track and Peninsula with fans from the U.S. and throughout the world.
Ernie Francis, Jr., and Gar Robinson victorious As the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli visited Homestead-Miami for Round 2 of the 2017 Trans Am Championship, Ernie Francis, Jr., and Gar Robinson secured victories in their respective 102.15-mile races. Likewise, Randy Kinsland would secure a win in TA3, while Brian Kleeman grabbed his second consecutive victory in TA4.
The win marked the first in the TA class for Ernie Francis, Jr., in the No. 98 Buoniconti Fund/ Beta Tools Ford Mustang, after stepping up from the TA4 class where he won three consecutive championships. Francis had seemed destined to secure his first win last round at Sebring after leading much of the race before having his hopes dashed by a simple oil filter O-ring. Today, at his home track of Homestead-Miami, Francis was able to put together the complete performance in front of friends and family—shooting out into the lead on the first turn of the race and never looking back.
Video: Q&A with Michael Andretti on his 5th driver for the Indy 500 AR1.com catches up with Michael Andretti, owner of Andretti Autosport, after the announcement at the Long Beach GP that Jack Harvey will be the 5th Andretti Autosport driver in the 2017 Indy 500 Comment
Over $1 Million In Vehicles And Parts Stolen From Race Team Before Long Beach GP Pirelli World Challenge racers Global Motorsports Group had a custom motor coach filled with race parts stolen from them just before the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend, reports CBS Los Angeles. The missing haul of vehicles and parts is worth over $1 million, and includes many custom parts for GMG’s cars. Two thieves used bolt cutters to get through two gates into GMG’s headquarters in Santa Ana, California. From there, they towed the team’s large brown support coach right out of its parking spot using a stolen truck. That coach, the truck and a trailer stolen from GMG were later found, but had been stripped, and all of its parts were missing.
Harvey Confirmed to Andretti Indy 500 Lineup (Includes Video)
Jack Harvey lands the coveted 5th Andretti Autosport Indy 500 drive
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 9, 2017) – In the midst of Verizon IndyCar Series competition in Long Beach, California, reigning Indianapolis 500 champions Andretti Autosport have confirmed that Englishman Jack Harvey will drive the No. 50 Honda for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.
“Jack is a rising talent in open-wheel racing,” said Andretti Autosport’s Michael Andretti. “He’s had an impressive career in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and the British F3 series and we’re really pleased to be able to give him a shot in an Indy car at this year’s Indy 500.”
Video: Q&A with Dale Coyne at 2017 Long Beach GP Coming off a big win in St. Petersburg, we catch up with Dale Coyne Racing owner Dale Coyne Sunday morning in Long Beach as the team gets ready for the 43rd running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Comment
Video: Q&A with Gabby Chaves at the 2017 Long Beach GP We catch up with former Indy Lights and IndyCar driver Gabby Chaves who is driving the 2-seat IndyCar and working on putting together an Indy 500 ride. Comment
Simon Pagenaud, who was fast in qualifying but lost his two fast laps for blocking Helio Castroneves, topped the morning warmup session for the 43rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with a lap of 1m06.650s - not far off the pole time from Saturday.
Andretti Autosport drivers Takuma Sato and Alexander Rossi were 2nd and 3rd.
Ganassi drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan rounded out the top-5 as Honda cars had four out of the top five speeds.
Good morning from Long Beach. The weather is going to be perfect again today for the IndyCar race this afternoon.
Helio Castroneves, who has driven for Team Penske since 2001, easily captured the pole yesterday. Castroneves, driving with sponsorship from the Auto Club of Southern California, is now 4th on the list for the number of poles won in his career. Graham Rahal teased the Brazilian in the press conference yesterday by saying that having that many poles means he is old. And Castroneves just kept smiling.
There was little mention about St. Pete GP winner Sebastien Bourdais having a run-in with the tire barriers in practice yesterday, but the damage was minor and his Dale Coyne crew had the car repaired in time for qualifying. Bourdais was at or near the top of the speed charts until then, but still qualified a respectably 7th. Keep your eye on him Sunday.
This podium shot from the Chinese GP features some of the key figures in F1 today. The three best drivers - Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, as well as Mercedes Chief Designer Aldo Costa (between Vettel and Hamilton) - the greatest F1 designer of all time having delivered Michael Schumacher all those wins at Ferrari and now Hamilton at Mercedes for the 4th year running.
Costa does not like the limelight, he is a behind the scenes guy who makes drivers into heroes.
Stewart Sprint Nationals: Hafertepe Jr. Sets All-Time Win Mark At TMS Dirt Track
Sam Hafertepe Jr.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. capped off a historic weekend by sweeping the inaugural Tony Stewart’s Texas Sprint Car Nationals Presented by Machinery Auctioneers, becoming the first driver to earn four wins at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.
With the victory the Sunnyvale, Texas native collected his fourth victory in the American Sprint Car Series’ first four races, establishing a new series record. Hafertepe Jr. took the lead on Lap 4 and never relinquished it, holding off second-place finisher Josh Baughman in a seven-lap shootout.
It was a 1-2 finish for Coulthard and McLaughlin in their Penske Fords
Ford has ended Holden's dominance in Tasmania with Fabian Coulthard recording an historic victory at Symmons Plains raceway this afternoon.
Coulthard and his fellow Shell V-Power Racing Team driver Scott McLaughlin topped the podium after claiming line honors on a damp track that saw a number of drivers slip out of contention again today following a weekend of rain in northern Tasmania.
Eleven-time race winner of the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint Jamie Whincup recorded his first podium finish of the year finishing third.
Long Beach Qualifying Update Round 2 qualifying is over - the top-six drivers below move on to the final Fast Six round with Scott Dixon nipping Alexander Rossi by just 0.0003 sec. It does not get much closer than that. Only one Chevy made it to the final round. Click on table to enlarge.
Paralyzed former driver Sam Schmidt will race Mario Andretti LONG BEACH, California – Sam Schmidt never had the chance to race Mario Andretti in his Indy car driving career.
On May 13, he’ll finally get his chance, albeit under “unfair circumstances,” according to Andretti.
Schmidt, the Verizon IndyCar Series team co-owner announced today during Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach festivities he will go head to head with the racing legend next month on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They will race similar semi-autonomous cars prepared by Arrow Electronics ahead of the INDYCAR Grand Prix.
Q&A with Honda HPD's Art St Cyr at 2017 Long Beach GP AutoRacing1.com talks to Honda HPD President Art St. Cyr about the idea of dual badging the current Honda engine, the timing of the next IndyCar engine formula and the desire of strong competition from Chevy. Comment
Dalziel, Long & Parente Lead PWC GT Practice Friday
Veterans Ryan Dalziel, Patrick Long and Alvaro Parente led a spectacular Pirelli World Challenge GT practice round Friday in the opening day of action at the 43rd annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as the top 11 drivers were within a second at the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit for Sunday’s PWC Grand Prix sprint event presented by Optima Batteries.
The lead trio, along with Bryan Sellers and Johnny O’Connell, put on a highly-competitive GT/GTA practice session with the top five drivers swapping the leading lap times before Dalziel posted a one minute, 18.994 second clocking in the final minute of the one-hour stint that followed the Verizon IndyCar Series cars Friday afternoon.
It is another beautiful morning at the Long Beach Grand Prix. The rain that was expected last night did happen. Once the cloud cover clears, today should be 70 degrees and sunny.
Yesterday's combined practice times had all past seven winners of the Long Beach race in the top eight positions. A confident Marco Andretti, driving the number 27 entry for Andretti Autosport, was the fastest Honda and the only non winning driver of this race in the top eight.
Video: Practice accident results in damage for Kyle Busch Kyle Busch's No. 18 Toyota had an accident in practice that resulted in right-rear damage, but the team will repair the damage to the car. Comment
Cameron Das Leaves His Mark On The F4 U.S. Championship
Cameron Das with F1 champion Nico Rosberg
With nine victories, 14 fast lap times and 11 pole positions seized, Cameron Das of Baltimore reigned over the inaugural season of the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda.
To memorialize his historic achievements, SCCA Pro Racing will present the Cameron Das Fast Qualifier Award presented by Pro-Sim to the F4 U.S. Championship competitor who captures pole position during each qualifying round. Five-hundred dollars per event will be on the line for the 33 drivers fighting for that first grid spot.
Wet'n'Wild carnage in Tasmania for Supercars (Update)
The race had to be red-flagged
UPDATE Confederation of Motorsport (CAMS) Race Stewards, in consultation with Supercars Australia, have decided Championship points from today’s crash-shortened race at Symmons Plains in Tasmania will not be awarded.
The 50-lap race ended under safety car with only one lap completed following the multi-car accident which happened on the second lap of the race.
Massive crash leaves $5 million of Supercars in a mangled wreck
One of the worst crashes in the history of Supercars racing has ended the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint in unbelievable scenes at Symmons Plains Raceway. On only the second lap of the race an incredible 12 cars – or around $5 million of Supercars - ended up mangled wrecks strewn right across the front straight of the tight circuit.
Exactly what happened is unclear and may not come to light until a full investigation occurs. The cars were all but invisible in a mist of spray in the wet conditions.
VW to challenge Tesla on EV infrastructure Volkswagen AG will "very soon" start building thousands of electric vehicle charging stations to correct the environmental harm of its polluting diesel cars, a top employee said yesterday.
The automaker must invest at least $2 billion in electric vehicle charging infrastructure over the next 10 years as part of a settlement with drivers and environmental regulators over its emissions cheating.
Ganassi open to NASCAR star Kyle Larson running Indy 500
Kyle Larson is a good front engine car driver. He has no history with rear engine cars
It's an annual tradition, Chip Ganassi said Friday. When the calendar flips to April, racing fans begin bombarding him with a question: Will NASCAR star Kyle Larson run in the Indianapolis 500?
The Monster Energy Cup points leader has made it clear that he wants to take his shot at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, and Ganassi said he's open to the idea — in the future.
"All these social media want to blow me up and say, let's do it," Chip Ganassi said with a laugh. "It takes a little planning, you know. Every time this gets talked about, it’s in April or May. Nobody ever wants to talk about it in June or July or August when it’s time to plan for the next year. ... (But) he knows I'm open to it if he wants to sit down and make a plan and do it the right way."
Video: Texas NASCAR Monster Cup Post Qualifying Q&A Pole Winner Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John's Ford) and runner-up qualifier Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Motorcraft/ Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford) Comment
Chinese GP: Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in final practice
Vettel on Friday
After a disrupted Friday, the drivers finally got some running under their belts on Saturday morning as dry weather returned to China. In an extremely busy final practice session it was Ferrari who stole a march on the rest of the field heading into qualifying, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen setting a searing pace as they finished just 0.053s apart in first and second respectively. Valtteri Bottas was their closest challenger - but the Mercedes driver was more than three and a half tenths of a second down the road in third.
CONOR DALY (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Chevrolet): "We had a really big improvement in the second session which was nice. Sadly we had an overboost (penalty) and traffic on our fastest lap, so we lost a great deal of time which puts us down the order more than we should have been, but at least we have that in our back pocket, but it was a good improvement. This car still doesn't suit my driving style that well we just have to make a few adjustments or fine tune it for how I like to drive it and hopefully it'll be okay."
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