Chip Wile On The Renovation Of Daytona International Speedway
From its humble beginnings on the beach to becoming arguably the most famous racetrack in the world, Daytona International Speedway is an institution of American motorsport, hosting NASCAR’s Daytona 500 alongside sportscar’s flagship race, the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Speaking to Mobil 1 The Grid, track President Chip Wile explains the upgrades that have been made to the circuit, to ensure race day is a truly unique and unparalleled experience for teams, media and fans alike.
28 drivers slated to participate in IndyCar IMS Open Test
The month of May is almost here!
In preparation for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, NTT IndyCar Series drivers will participate in an Open Test from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, April 24 on the famed 2.5-mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Veterans will take the oval from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., with Rookie Orientation Program and refresher tests from 1-3 p.m. and all participants on track from 3-6 p.m.
The Turn 2 Viewing Mounds will be open for public viewing.
Race winner Alexander Rossi dominated but the good news is that this year's number were up.
UPDATE The final TV Rating for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on NBCSN was a horrible 0.28, but it was up 16.7% from last year's even more horrible 0.24 final TV rating.
This year 436,000 total viewers tuned in to the NBCSN broadcast, but only 92,000 between the age of 18-49, which is the age group sponsors look at. Those number also are up from last year's 370,000 and 82,000 respectively.
So some good news after the first three races were down, but we were promised much bigger numbers now that NBC has all the races. Let's hope that the races on NBC show some big increases so that IndyCar gets the exposure it deserves.
MacNeil, Vilander, and Smith to Drive WeatherTech Racing Ferrari at Le Mans
Looking to add to a dominate podium streak at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE class, Scuderia Corsa will return to the famed Circuit de la Sarthe in 2019 with an all-star lineup.
The No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE entry is driven by WeatherTech Racing Driver Cooper MacNeil, entering his sixth Le Mans after a third-place finish with Scuderia Corsa in 2017, Ferrari Factory Driver Toni Vilander, two-time 24 hour of Le Mans winner in his eleventh appearance at the famed endurance event and veteran Ferrari driver Robert Smith, who competed and won at Le Mans in 2017 with the Ferrari 488.
UPDATE The final ratings are in and the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix on ESPN2 averaged 260K viewers, down from the race on ESPN2 last year (290K) and down slightly from the telecast on NBCSN in 2017 (264K).
This is the first F1 race of the season that hasn’t been up in viewership.
A strong driver line-up from Mercedes-AMG Motorsport for international competitions
Gary Paffett back with Mercedes
In 2019, the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing program again shines with an extremely strong driver line-up. A total of 18 high-quality drivers will be supporting the international Customer Racing and Performance Teams in selected competitions. The ranks of the works drivers include young talents as well as some of the best-known names in motorsport who, with their experience, their skills and their achievements, are also global ambassadors for the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach. Together with the teams, Mercedes-AMG has put together promising programs for this year’s season for all its drivers.
The Dakar Rally is swapping South America for Saudi Arabia.
Dakar Rally organizers say next year's race will be held in "the deep and mysterious deserts of the Middle East, in Saudi Arabia."
Created by Thierry Sabine after he got lost in the Libyan desert in 1977, the Dakar Rally was raced across Africa until terror threats in Mauritania led organizers to cancel the 2008 edition. The rally was then held in South America.
Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Jimmie Johnson, who all initially qualified in the top 10 for Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway, all started from the rear after their respective cars failed pre-race inspection Saturday.
Jones had earned his first front-row starting position of the season in Friday night’s Busch Pole Qualifying with a best lap of 124.081 mph around the 0.75-mile short track, good for second behind Kevin Harvick. Elliott was slated to start seventh after a speed of 123.153 mph.
Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn charged with plotting to defraud consumers
German prosecutors have officially charged former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn with aggravated assault in connection to diesel emissions fraud. Winterkorn reigned over the VW empire at the time of the dieselgate scandal, and even though he stepped down from his executive role in 2015, the longtime executive and other four VW bosses were charged on a German court on Monday morning for repeatedly deceiving regulators.
Although a sentence hasn't been reached by officials, and it could be months before one is made public, Winterkorn could face up to 10 years in prison and be forced to repay tens of millions of euros that were originally awarded for sales bonuses, according to CNN. In addition to fraud, Winterkorn and company were also charged with embezzlement and violating the country's competition laws, the latter by claiming that VW vehicles produced fewer emissions than the competitors', therefore giving them an advantage in the marketplace.
Alexander Rossi won the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach from the pole position for the second consecutive year, dominating Sunday’s race from start to finish.
The Andretti Autosport driver scored his first victory of the 2019 season and sixth of his NTT IndyCar Series career in becoming the first back-to-back winner in Long Beach since Sebastien Bourdais won three straight from 2005-07 on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn circuit.
NTT IndyCar Series: Long Beach Race Highlights The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is one of the premier events on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule. It saw a masterful performance by race winner Alexander Rossi. Check the highlights. Comment
Grand Prix Association of Long Beach officials announced that preliminary indications are that attendance at the 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was up around one percent over the 2018 race.
“Awaiting the final audit, it appears that this year’s event exceeded last year’s total of 185,300, which should put the total for this year’s event at about 187,000,” said Jim Michaelian, Grand Prix Association President and CEO.
With Alexander Rossi's victory at today’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Andretti Autosport team led by Michael Andretti recorded its 200th race win coming from multiple areas of competition (IndyCar, Indy Lights, Pro Mazda/Indy Pro 2000, USF2000, Global Rallycross, Americas Rallycross, FIA Formula E Championship, ALMS/IMSA).
Having grown and diversified since Andretti became a team owner in 2003, the brand currently competes globally across six areas of competition: INDYCAR, Indy Lights, FIA Formula E Championship, U.S. rallycross, GT4 America and Australian Supercars.
The no21 DragonSpeed Oreca 07-Gibson took the first victory of the 2019 European Le Mans Series at Le Castellet with Ben Hanley crossing the finish line ahead of the nearest rival, the no28 IDEC Sport Oreca of Paul Loup Chatin. It was the first win for the no21 DragonSpeed, and Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley, since Spa in 2016.
Acura GP of Long Beach Honda Saturday recap Recap of how the Honda teams did in qualifying for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Saturday. The Honda powered cars of Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon will start 1st and 2nd. Comment
It is a beautiful day in Southern California for the 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. The weather has been perfect all weekend and should be 72 degrees by race time. The Indy cars have a final warm up at 9 am this morning and race time is 1:30 pm local time.
Alexander Rossi, a native of Nevada City, California, will lead the 23 entries down Shoreline Drive this afternoon. Rossi, the defending winner from 2018, is familiar with being on pole after earning that position last year.
Video: IndyCar Series: Long Beach Qualifying Highlights
Rossi exits pits to make final run for pole
Alexander Rossi repeated Saturday as the NTT P1 Award winner for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Now he’ll look to turn it into a second straight win. The Andretti Autosport driver turned in the best lap in the last of three rounds of knockout qualifying, the Firestone Fast Six. He navigated the tight 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street circuit in 1 minute, 6.4811 seconds (106.569 mph) in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda – the fastest lap of the race weekend this far and within less than three-tenths of a second of the track record.
Group 1 15 Rahal, Graham 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan 2 Newgarden, Josef 10 Rosenqvist, Felix 12 Power, Will 5 Hinchcliffe, James 7 Ericsson, Marcus 30 Sato, Takuma 20 Jones, Ed 19 Ferrucci, Santino 14 Kanaan, Tony
Good morning from Long Beach. The weather is staying perfect with the high temperature expected to reach 74 today. Today's schedule for the Indy cars which practice at 9 am and then qualify at 12:10 pm. There won't be much time to make adjustments to the cars with such a short turn around time. And the reason for the short day is that the Bubba Burger Sportscar Grand Prix starts at 2 pm this afternoon,
Scott Dixon, the defending series champion, told the media that he still had some time in his Honda powered car. "I think it was only an average run. I think I missed the timing line when I went to get the fast lap out of it. We ran long and the grip felt high, but I made a pretty big mistake in the first two laps. We didn't really get what we wanted out of it and I think we had the potential this morning. I think the Hondas look strong. As you can tell every weekend, it's super tight and the mix is quite heavy, so we will have to see what we can do to try to create a bit of a gap there."
F1's Milestone Year - Celebrating 1,000 Grand Prix Races, Part 1: Landmarks F1 will celebrate its milestone 1,000th race at this year’s Chinese Grand Prix, with Shanghai playing host to what will be Round 3 of this year’s World Championship. To mark the occasion, Mobil 1 The Grid look back on some of the landmark races and milestones which shaped the history of the sport, starting with the series’ first ever race at Silverstone, in 1950. Comment
F1's Milestone Year - Celebrating 1,000 Grand Prix Races, Part 2: Records F1 will celebrate its milestone 1,000th race at this year’s Chinese Grand Prix, with Shanghai playing host to what will be Round 3 of this year’s World Championship. To mark the occasion, Mobil 1 The Grid look back on some of the records which shaped the history of the sport, starting with Alfa Romeo's run in the 1950s. Comment
T.E. McHALE: Good morning, everyone. I know this is about the 50th time I've said this this morning, but I've never said it into a microphone: Welcome to the "Acura" Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Those of you who visit us regularly for these media briefings know we typically do them with representatives from Honda Performance Development. Today we have a special guest. To my right is Acura brand officer Jon Ikeda. We're making Jon available to talk a little bit more about this sponsorship that came together after Toyota had it for so long.
Hamilton refuses to do the Race of Champions for fear he can't win without the advantage of an Aldo Costa designed car
(GMM) F1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart is not sure Lewis Hamilton is any more talented than the other top drivers on the grid.
The triple world champion says Hamilton was a "lucky boy" to have made the move to Mercedes just before the German giant started to dominate.
"Lewis is a very lucky boy to be in a position to have such enormous support behind him," Stewart told the Mirror newspaper.
"What Lewis did was move at the right time to Mercedes. Of course he's a very good driver. But is he better than Sebastian Vettel? Or Fernando Alonso, Alain Prost, Jim Clark, Ayrton Senna, Schumacher or Jackie Stewart?"
Cole Custer said on Friday afternoon that his No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR Xfinity Series team might be ready to peak in time for the Playoffs.
Clearly, Custer is ahead of schedule, after a convincing victory in Friday night’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway.
After losing the lead to Austin Cindric on a restart with 26 laps left, Custer regained the top spot on Lap 231 of 250 and pulled away for his second victory of the season. In a race that dodged a persistent threat of rain, Custer crossed the finish line 2.639 seconds ahead of Cindric.
Chinese GP: Bottas over Vettel in shortened Practice 3
In final practice before qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas topped the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel – but the session was cut short by a huge crash for Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon, who put his STR14 heavily into the wall on the pit straight.
Bottas was four tenths of a second over the two Ferraris of Vettel and Charles Leclerc with five minutes of Free Practice 3 remaining when Albon ran wide on the final corner. The Thai driver’s Toro Rosso wobbled on the astro turf before he was sent hurtling at worrying speed into the nearside track barrier.
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