Formula E Is Growing Fastest Among 13 to 24-Year-Olds
Formula 1's Grid babies would be a perfect fit for Formula E it would seem
Halfway through Formula E’s fourth season, the electric car racing league is touting rapid growth among teenagers and young adults as it pushes video through social channels.
The league, the world’s first featuring fully-electric single-seater cars, said the number of 13 to 17-year-olds viewing Formula E content on social channels rocketed 347 percent year-over-year in the first half of the season; and 54 percent among young adults aged 18 to 24.
The FIA has confirmed rule tweaks for next year’s technical regulations, following Tuesday’s meeting of the Strategy Group in Paris.
Formula 1’s Strategy Group met with the championship’s CEO Chase Carey and FIA President Jean Todt, with the post-2020 engine regulations also on the agenda.
It was agreed that from 2019 the fuel allowance for each car in race trim will be raised again from 105kg to 110kg, enabling drivers to use full power at all time, and alleviating the requirement to save fuel.
The France Family, along with Jim France, will be honored on June 28 by the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) with the 2018 Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.
The 2018 award will be the fifth presented by the IMRRC. Chip Ganassi was the inaugural recipient in 2014. Richard Petty and Roger Penske were honorees in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Mario Andretti was cited in 2017.
How long can Musk buffalo shareholders before the shit hits the fan?
Tesla Inc. has again halted production of the Model 3 sedan, days after Chief Executive Elon Musk said the auto maker’s pace of making 2,000 of the sedans a week is sustainable.
The Silicon Valley company has fallen behind schedule in building its first mass-market car, missing several goals including a milestone of making 2,500 vehicles a week by the end of March. Further delays add more pressure for Tesla to crank up production to avoid squeezing its tight cash situation.
Ford will run the Mustang in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starting in 2019.
Building off its popularity, Ford also is announcing Mustang is coming to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - professional stock car racing's top league - for the first time, beginning at Daytona in February.
"We're combining America's favorite sports car with America's top stock car racing series," said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. "Mustang always has been about affordable performance, which can be traced to innovations we've made competing in racing, like NASCAR. Mustang is a perfect fit for our racing heritage today and tomorrow."
UPDATE NBCSN has failed IndyCar again and the sport has this to look forward to for the next 3.5 years. The final rating for IndyCar's 2nd biggest race of the year - the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach - was a miserable 0.24 with only 370,000 total viewers tuned in and only 82,000 in the all-important 18-49 year old range.
If there is any good in the numbers, they are up 14% from last years horrible final rating of 0.21 on NBCSN with 321,000 total viewers, also up slightly. However, the 18-49 viewers were 83,000 in 2017 and dropped to 82,000 this year. When the numbers are this small you get large % changes, but it's the number of viewers that is significant. How much value did NBCSN deliver to IndyCar's sponsors?
Kerauno To Sponsor Marco Andretti And Alexander Rossi at Barber
Michael Andretti's car
Indianapolis-based Kerauno will grace the sidepods of both Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi’s racing machines for Sunday’s 90-lap race at Barber Motorsports Park. The communications workflow software company has been a long-time partner of the race-winning team through its sister company Axia Technology Partners, which has provided Andretti Autosport with voice and managed networks services for six years.
“We’ve had a strong relationship with AxiaTP for many years, and we’re excited to grow and expand our partnership through Kerauno,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti.
Long Beach race winner Alexander Rossi says he had plenty in reserve during the final laps of the race as Will Power attempted to hunt him down for victory.
Rossi's pace throughout the race appeared to be virtually untouchable in the #27 Andretti Autosport car, though a caution period during the closing stages of the race closed the pack, bringing Power onto the rear of the American.
Rossi, though, held on, and crossed the line ahead by 1.2 sec. to chalk up the third victory of his IndyCar career.
Porsche plans network of 800-volt fast chargers for U.S.
Getting ready for the Mission E
Porsche Cars North America plans to have at least 500 fast chargers available at dealership and highway locations across the U.S. by the end of 2019.
By then, the production car based on the Porsche Mission E electric vehicle concept will be for sale in U.S. dealerships. A second EV, based on the Mission E Cross Turismo concept, is planned for deliveries in 2020. The automaker also continues to consider EV variants of established models such as the Macan, Panamera and Cayenne, said Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche Cars North America.
Ford stalwart and DJR Team Penske Co-Owner Dick Johnson is ecstatic about today's announcement.
DJR Team Penske was delighted to participate in Ford Australia’s announcement this morning as Ford committed to support the homologation of a Mustang Supercar for the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and beyond.
As a Ford stalwart of more than forty years, Dick Johnson is elated that his team will continue to campaign vehicles carrying Ford’s ‘Blue Oval.’
“Throughout the entire history of this team, we’ve never run anything but a Ford, and this announcement today is fantastic,” said Johnson.
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach draws its biggest crowds in at least 18 years, organizers say
Alexander Rossi takes the checkered flag as a portion of the large crowd looks on
Photo by, Will Lester- Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG
More than 185,000 fans attended the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach during its three-day run this year, the largest crowd in at least 18 years, according to organizers.
After the weekend of racing, the screech of tires and roar of engines had faded from Downtown Sunday afternoon, but, on Monday, the man who helms the event chuckled at the suggestion that this meant the work was done.
“We’re nonstop because, for one, we have to now dismantle and move the entire circuit,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach.
With wet and cold weather forecast for the site of this week's Goodyear tire test at Michigan International Speedway, the tiremaker has cancelled the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions and has rescheduled them for next week (April 24-25).
That, in turn, forced Goodyear to reschedule its planned test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on those days to a date yet to be determined.
Long Beach IMSA TV Rating The WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race from Long Beach Saturday from 4-6pm live on FOX drew a 0.4 overnight TV rating, down 31% from last year's 0.58 rating also on Fox. That equates to about 577,000 viewers vs last year's 839,000 viewers.
BMW i increases ties with ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Formula E in Berlin
BMW i has today confirmed it’s set to increase its ties with the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as the race title partner of the BMW i Berlin E-Prix on May 19.
As well as being the official vehicle partner of the series, the German manufacturer is also putting its name to their home race on the return of Formula E to Tempelhof Airport later next month. The E-Prix in Berlin will feature the BMW i brand for multiple seasons - again showing the long-standing support of BMW i to the re-invention of sustainable mobility.
Sunday race highlights from Bristol Relive all the action from Sunday's portion of the Monster Energy Series race at Bristol. The remainder of the Food City 500 has been postponed until Monday at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. Comment
As work begins today on Belle Isle, a number of new enhancements were announced for the 2018 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, to be held June 1-3.
The most important change coming to the Grand Prix this year is the reduced time that the event will spend at Belle Isle Park. To minimize the amount of time spent on Belle Isle during the prime early days of summer, the Grand Prix begins its build out on the island today – one week later than in 2017. Since 2015 the Grand Prix has reduced its total time spent on the island by 27 days – a direct response to park goers that requested less time overall for the build out and removal of the race venue infrastructure.
Power says Rossi driver to beat for 2018 IndyCar title
Alexander Rossi is on fire right now
Alexander Rossi took everyone to school last weekend on the oval in Phoenix and he dominated Sunday's Long Beach race, starting from pole and leading every lap outside of the pitstops as he schooled the IndyCar drivers for the 2nd week in a row.
"I think he's going to be tough to beat in the championship," Will Power said. "He's definitely what I'd call a standout of the field right now in every respect. Even when we saw him at Phoenix, on the oval. Yeah, you'll have to beat him, I think."
"That's cool," he said when told of Power's comments. "But we'll see next weekend, right? You're only as good as your last time on track. Until we hopefully are in the fight for a championship at Sonoma and we can come away with that, then everyone else is the person to beat, as well."
Italy’s Daniel Mancinelli won a spirited battle with Finland’s Toni Vilander Sunday in a battle of Ferrari 488 GT3 sports car drivers to score his first Pirelli World Challenge GT Sprint race at the 44th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Mancinelli, a three-time PWC GT SprintX winner in 2017, drove his No. 31 TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 machine past Vilander, in the No. 61 RFerri Motorsports Ferrari 488 GT3, in turn one on lap 27 of the 50-minute GT Sprint Round 3 contest and posted his first GT Sprint race win Sunday.
Art St. Cyr talks to Honda Global CEO, Mr. Hachigo
UPDATE Added photos below.
04/15/18 Sunday has dawned sunny and a little cooler here in Long Beach, California. A big crowd is expected to be on hand to watch the IndyCars do battle on the 1.97-mile famous beachside street circuit. The 3-day total is expected to top 200,000
Francis, Jr., goes the distance in Trans Am at Homestead-Miami
Ernie Francis Jr.
Chris Clark Photo
Ernie Francis, Jr., secured his second win of the 2018 Trans Am Championship today by way of a flag-to-flag victory in the South Florida Sports Car Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The 2017 Champion has now won the past two Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli competitions at Homestead-Miami and set a new track record en route to the winner’s circle. Shane Lewis shared in the celebrations with a TA3 class victory, outlasting Sebastian Carazo after a battle that spanned much of the multi-class competition.
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach polesitter Alexander Rossi turned the fastest lap in morning warmups for this afternoon's race. His time of 1m07.537s just beat fellow Honda drivers Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
The three Hondas were followed by the three Penske Chevy drivers of Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.
Video: Stewart-Haas Racing's Flying Start To NASCAR 2018
Whether it be a manufacturer switch or a driver change, Stewart-Haas Racing has overcome several challenges in recent years. And in 2018, it has started the Monster Energy NASCAR season in emphatic style. During the series' west coast swing, team leader Kevin Harvick starred with a hat-trick of victories, while new arrival Aric Almirola burst out of the blocks, almost winning the Daytona 500. Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with Harvick, Almirola, their team-mates Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch, and team boss Tony Stewart to assess SHR's growth and improvement.
So what's the word in the IndyCar paddock this weekend at Long Beach. We put our ear to the ground to dig out the key drivers this weekend.
Still no 3rd Manufacturer Word in the paddock is that the IndyCar engine manufacturers had hoped to have the new engine specs for 2021 nailed down by now, but no word from IndyCar. It is assumed that IndyCar still has not signed a 3rd manufacturer so they are delaying the decision as much as possible.
NASCAR has announced the start time of Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway has been moved up one hour, to 1 p.m. ET, due to possible rain.
Rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit the Bristol area throughout Sunday. The original green flag time for the eighth race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season was slated for 2:13 p.m. ET.
Vilander Takes Ferrari to Pirelli World Challenge GT Pole
Veteran Toni Vilander of Finland broke the Pirelli World Challenge GT track record Saturday in PWC GT qualifying with his No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsports Ferrari 488 GT3 at the 44th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
All results are provisional pending technical inspection and stewards’ review.
Rossi over Newgarden in third Long Beach IndyCar practice
Alexander Rossi fastest again
Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi, with Honda power, just beat Penske Chevy teammates Josef Newgarden and Will Power for fastest time in the third practice session for the IndyCars on the streets of Long Beach, California.
Team Penske raised their game overnight and had three cars in the top-5 with the Honda of Ryan Hunter-Reay 4th and Penske Chevy driver Simon Pagenaud rounding out the top-5.
Good Saturday morning from a sunny and much warmer Long Beach, California where IMSA will hold their 100-minute race today and the IndyCars will practice and then qualify.
Whereas we here at AR1.com were highly critical of the hideous looking original Dallara IndyCar, and even more critical of the 2nd iteration of Chevy and Honda bodywork that included the ridiculous Butt Bumpers (as we so affectionately called them), IndyCar has done a tremendous job with the latest changes.
Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in final Chinese GP practice
Sebastian Vettel has the bit between his teeth.
After dominating this race for years, Mercedes appeared to have no answer to the pace of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, as the Italian cars dominated the final hour of practice around the Shanghai International Circuit.
For the Silver Arrows, Valtteri Bottas was third, seven-tenths off Vettel’s pace, and Lewis Hamilton a further quarter of a second back in fifth after more than one off-track moment and a spin in dramatic fashion after getting too wide on wet artificial grass at Turn 10.
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