Video: Q&A with Jim Michaelian, President of the Long Beach GP
We talk to the President of the 2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Jim Michaelian about this year's race, ticket sales, the great weather and what he thinks will happen if the LA Angeles Baseball Stadium gets built on what today is the paddock.
[Editor's Note: We doubt the stadium will be built.]
Less than a second split the top 12 MotoGP riders with Marc Marquez finishing second behind Maverick Vinales on the opening day of practice.
Marc Marquez’s love affair with the Circuit of the Americas showed no signs of stopping as the six-time winner led Free Practice 1 from his first fast lap. The pattern continued into Free Practice 2 as Marquez improved his lap time on just his second flying lap. With the track at 41°C and the sky clear above, Marquez produced a 2’03.901 to end the day as the second fastest rider in Austin after a tense final five minutes of on track action.
Telitz watches IndyCar practice with Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan
AIM VASSER SULLIVAN announced today that Aaron Telitz will be embedded with the IndyCar team co-owned by Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan in the NTT IndyCar Series.
Telitz, a native of Wisconsin, has progressed through the open-wheel racing ranks. He captured the Mazdaspeed/Skip Barber Racing School Scholarship Shootout in 2013 and was the 2014 Team USA Scholarship Recipient. Starting in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Series in 2014, he advanced to the Pro Mazda Championship winning the title in 2016.
Jarett Andretti will be a dream come true for dad John Andretti who is fighting cancer
Third-generation racer Jarett Andretti will see a dream come true May 24 when he climbs into an Andretti Autosport Indy Lights machine for the Freedom 100 – his first career Indy Lights race. Jarett is the son of John Andretti, grandson of Aldo Andretti and great nephew of Mario Andretti.
“To say I’m excited to run the Freedom 100 this year would be an understatement,” said Andretti. “Anytime you get a chance to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway it’s special. Obviously, Andretti Autosport has a great track record there and I’ve known all the mechanics on the cars for years – I can’t wait to get the Month of May started!”
Petersen Automotive Museum Honors Mario Andretti With Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award
Andretti accepts award from Petersen Museum execs
The Petersen Automotive Museum presented the coveted Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award to racing driver Mario Andretti at a special gala reception celebrating the 50th anniversary of his historic Indianapolis 500 win on April 10, 2019.
Mario Andretti’s racing career is one of the most illustrious in history and is considered by many to be the greatest race car driver in the history of the sport. The world watched as he won the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and ultimately the Formula One World Championship, an unprecedented trifecta. No other race car driver has ever won all three titles. Andretti took the checkered flag 111 times during his career – a career that stretched five decades and across six continents.
Ticket sales up slightly for Acura GP of Long Beach
Race boss Jim Michaelian expects a bigger crowd for Acura GP of Long Beach
UPDATE Ticket sales for this weekend's Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach are tracking to be up slightly from last year, when there were a reported 185,000 attendees over three days, according to event President & CEO Jim Michaelian.
Michaelian earlier this week said he was expecting about 55,000 fans Friday and then 65,000 on Saturday for the IMSA race, and another 65,000 on Sunday for the NTT IndyCar Series race.
He credited new title sponsor Acura with helping ticket sales by running a local TV campaign in recent weeks promoting the race.
Long Beach: Hunter-Reay tops opening IndyCar practice
Andretti Autosport Honda driver Ryan Hunter-Reay turned a lap of 1m07.9335s to top practice 1 of IndyCar practice on the streets as Honda powered cars swept the top-7 times.
“I think we started here with a pretty good baseline (setup),” Hunter-Reay said after the practice. “It’s good fun getting out there, getting the first session in the books. It’s a good place for us to start.
The Pocono Raceway, Pennsylvania National Guard Associations and Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation announced the organizations have signed an agreement that enables race fans to help support the Gift for Guard Kids and Guard to Guard missions operated and funded by PNGAS and the Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation.Read more & Comment...
Felipe Nasr topped opening practice for tomorrow’s Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Brazilian reeling off a 1:12.394 lap time in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R to edge out the pair of Team Penske Acura ARX-05 entries in the two-hour session.
Ricky Taylor was second on the time sheets in the No. 7 Acura DPi, followed by teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, with the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi fourth in the hands of Joao Barbosa.
Stewart-Haas Racing has signed a new sponsorship deal with vehicle repair coverage provider Toco Warranty, which sees motorsports fans as the sort of clientele it wants to reach. Toco will have four primary sponsorships on SHR’s No. 14 Ford driven by Clint Bowyer, as well as several primary and associate positions with Tony Stewart’s sprint car team.
In order to give sponsors different platforms, SHR leverages its sister teams in Tony Stewart Racing and Haas F1 Team. SHR also is giving Toco space at Stewart’s Eldora Speedway to activate, and the company will hold online sweepstakes as part of its promotional efforts. SHR VP/Sales & Marketing Mike Verlander said the team initially reached out to Toco in ’17.
Stadium Super Trucks Return to the Grand Prix of Long Beach
Stadium Super Trucks
SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks continue the 2019 Championship with its seventh straight appearance at the Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend with practice and qualifying Friday, Race 1 Saturday, and Race 2 the finale of the weekend on Sunday afternoon.
Last year’s races on the streets of Long Beach saw Gavin Harlien withstand a hard charging Robby Gordon to capture the Race 1 win after the race was declared official after 7 Laps, because of a rollover accident. Race 2 would see Matt Brabham come from his back row starting position to take the lead on Lap 6, and pull away from the field to capture the win in front a capacity crowd.
AutoRacing1.com will be live all weekend here in Long Beach for the Acura GP of Long Beach where the two featured events are the IMSA Weathertech Series 100-minute sprint race on Saturday and the NTT Data IndyCar race on Sunday.
The weather forecast is for perfect weather all weekend, which is very typical here in Southern California as the rainy season runs from around Dec 1st to April 1st. In over 40 years his event has never had rain on Sunday and one year that we can remember rain on a Friday or Saturday morning. With low humidity and temperatures on the low 70s it is a perfect environment for fans, crews and drivers alike.
[More quotes added below] After Ferrari appeared to enjoy a comfortable advantage in Free Practice 1, Valtteri Bottas showed that Mercedes were still in the fight in China, the Finn going fastest in FP2 in Shanghai by just 0.027s from Sebastian Vettel.
Despite early spins for both Bottas and team mate Lewis Hamilton, Bottas recovered to lead the session with a 1m 33.330s, while debris on the track meant Hamilton was unable to nail a quick lap, leaving him fourth and 0.7s adrift of the Finn.
Chevy released this photo of the camouflaged C8 Corvette
The wait is almost over as Chevrolet has finally confirmed the 2020 Corvette will be unveiled this summer.
The company is keeping details under wraps, but said the 2020 C8 is the “sum of each generation before it, but will stand alone as the new standard of performance.”
Chevrolet is staying tight-lipped, but we already know the model will be a radical departure from its predecessor as it will adopt a mid-mounted 6.2-liter V8 engine that is expected to produce at least 500 hp (373 kW / 507 PS). It will be connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission which sends power to the rear wheels.
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