European and American version of sportscar racing same weekend in Austin
2013 Austin weekend
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is bringing the "Spirit of Le Mans" to the Lone Star State Sept. 19-20 for what will be a Texas-sized celebration of sports car racing and live music. The all new Lone Star Le Mans mixes the best of international endurance racing, like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France, with sights, sounds and flavors as big as Texas. Fans will enjoy unprecedented, open access to majestic, high-tech racing machines and the skilled competitors who pilot them, including famous drivers like TV star Patrick Dempsey and former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber. The Lone Star Le Mans also marks the debut of night racing at Austin's award-winning grand prix circuit.
Rookie driver Esteban Ocon secures maiden Formula 3 race win Only a few hours after the finish of the first season race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, the second race already followed for the 26 young drivers. At the 5.891 kilometers long Silverstone Formula 1 circuit, Lotus F1 junior driver Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) scored a lights-to-flag victory and thus became the first rookie driver to win a race in the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Nicholas Latifi (Prema Powerteam) was happy with his second-place finish ahead of Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam). Thus, drivers of the Italian Prema Powerteam locked out all three places on the winner’s podium. With his second podium finish from as many races, Ocon took over the lead in the drivers’ standings of the world’s strongest junior single-seater series.
It is no secret that the bribery trial in Munich against Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone gets underway on Thursday next week. However, anyone expecting an immediate and dramatic change to his schedule will be sorely mistaken. According to new details released by the German prosecutors the trial will only take place for one day next week, one day the week after and one day in the third week.
The case concerns whether Ecclestone paid part of a £26.2m bribe to steer the sale of F1 to the private equity firm CVC in 2006 as it had agreed to retain him as boss of the sport. It follows a civil case in London at the end of last year over whether F1 was undervalued when it was sold to CVC. Ecclestone won that case though the judge said he believed Ecclestone had indeed paid a bribe.
TOYOTA Racing will start the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship on pole position after an exciting qualifying session for the Six Hours of Silverstone.
Alex Wurz and Kazuki Nakajima qualified the #7 TS040 HYBRID, which they share with Stéphane Sarrazin, at the head of the field by a tiny margin of just 0.005secs.
The #8 car, qualified by Anthony Davidson and Nicolas Lapierre as Sébastien Buemi watched from the pits, will start the eight-race season from fifth on the grid, having missed most of final practice due to a super capacitor change.
Official FIA WEC App Released Today at Silverstone, a new app for all iOS and Android users has been launched by Pierre FILLON President of the ACO, ahead of the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, which will allow fans unprecedented access to information, live feeds and data from each of the races in 2014 and beyond.
Available for any device capable of running iOS or Android applications, the FIA WEC second screen app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes store or the Google Play store and has two levels of access. Some of the functions will be available for free and there will be more interactive elements that will be available for a small fee, payable for each race or for the whole season.**
France, NASCAR earn Cynopsis Sports Awards NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and NASCAR Fuel for Business were honored at the Cynopsis Sports Awards Thursday at the Yale Club in New York City. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Rick Hendrick presented France with the Vision Award, which recognizes the executive of the year from a sports league or organization who has demonstrated innovation and transformed an industry. "With all the stakeholders involved in our sport, it takes a leader who is willing to stand tall," Hendrick said. "Brian has revolutionized the sport of NASCAR, working with the entire NASCAR industry -- the teams, tracks and sponsors."
Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) made a splendid start into the new FIA Formula 3 European Championship season: the 20-year-old Brit won the first race of the year from the best-placed rookie, Lotus F1 junior driver Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) and Jordan King (Carlin). At the 5.891 kilometers long Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, Italian driver Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam), a protégé of the Ferrari Driver Academy, crossed the finish line in fourth place overall as the second-best rookie.
Chinese GP TV Coverage NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix weekend includes the race on Sunday at 2:30 a.m. ET, followed by an encore presentation on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Live coverage of the Chinese Grand Prix begins Friday morning at 2 a.m. ET with practice, followed by qualifying on Saturday morning at 2 a.m. ET. NBCSN will re-air qualifying on Sunday morning at 1 a.m. ET, leading into live race coverage of the Chinese Grand Prix. Practice, qualifying and the Chinese Grand Prix will all be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.
With the FIA's International Court of Appeal issuing the summary of its findings on Friday night, it said that Red Bull had failed to prove it did not break the 100 kg/h maximum fuel flow rate.
The full verdict from the FIA
This comes despite Red Bull having faith that it was never in breach of the rules - irrespective of what its fuel sensor was saying.
However, because of the complicated technical nature of the case and it being the first time the fuel sensors had been used in a grand prix, the court made it clear that there was no suggestion of Red Bull deliberately cheating.
Juan Pablo Montoya is now two races into his return to open-wheel racing. But to hear him tell it, the transition back remains anything but easy.
Montoya took this week’s IndyCar test at Texas Motor Speedway as a chance to get more acclimated with the Dallara DW12 on an oval. He made 14 starts at TMS in a NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car, but had never experienced the track in an open-wheel car.
Therein lies one of the toughest obstacles in his adjustment to the faster speeds of the IndyCars after seven years in stock cars.
Mercedes drops Benz name on new AMG GT Mercedes-Benz has controversially eschewed any traditional reference to its founder, Karl Benz, in the name of its new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 powered sportscar, which the German car maker confirms will be called the Mercedes-AMG GT when Australian sales get underway later this year.
Set to make its debut in September, the new two-seater indirectly replaces the SLS AMG, becoming the second stand-alone model to be engineered by Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance car off-shoot at its headquarters in Affalterbach on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany.
No customer teams in 2015 - Honda F1 (GMM) Honda's F1 boss on Friday said the Japanese marque will not supply any customer teams when it returns to the sport next year.
Speaking in Shanghai ahead of the Chinese grand prix, Yasuhisa Arai confirmed that Honda - having pulled out of F1 at the end of 2008 - was enticed back to the grid for 2015 mainly due to the new 'green' regulations.
"The new regulation encourages each power unit supplier to pursue the ultimate combustion efficiency and high pressure direct injections, and many, many new technologies," he said.
NASCAR birthplace Streamline hotel sold and to be renovated
The Streamline Hotel, the 1940s-era beachside inn known as the birthplace of NASCAR, has sold, and the new owner plans to renovate the property. Eddie Hennessy, son of cosmetic company Pevonia International founders Phillippe and Sylvie Hennessy, bought the property at 140 S. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona late last month for $950,000. He intends to restore the art deco building and turn the hotel into an upscale South Beach-style boutique inn.
"My goal is to clean up the hotel, the block, the drug stuff going around," Hennessy said. "We're bringing the hotel back to its original state, only more modern."
Since buying the hotel, Hennessy has installed new management and has started some work on the facelift. He said he doesn't yet know when the major renovation work will begin, but added he looks to get started "as soon as possible."
Long Beach Grand Prix, better than ever: Editorial
[Editor's Note: Also see AR1.com's Long Beach postscript] You can’t blame Jim Michaelian for bragging a bit after last week’s spectacular Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach extravaganza, topped off with an exciting race finish.
Now that the noise has died down and the grandstands and cement barriers are being removed, Michaelian, CEO and president of the Grand Prix Association, can look back and celebrate one of the most successful races in the storied history of the Long Beach street race which started 40 years ago.
According to preliminary estimates, event organizers said almost 180,000 fans attended the three-day weekend, about 10,000 more than expected.
Mavericks singer to perform National Anthem at Indy Race American singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer, Raul Malo, will be this year's National Anthem singer at Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park April 25-27. Malo is the Cuban-American lead singer of the Grammy-winning band The Mavericks. "Here Comes the Rain" and "Dance the Night Away" are just a few of their most recognizable songs.
NASCAR Executive Marcus Jadotte Leaving Organization NASCAR announced that Marcus Jadotte, vice president of public affairs and multicultural development, will be leaving the organization. Jadotte will serve as a consultant as NASCAR continues to evolve its diversity and multicultural development initiatives throughout the organization. Additionally, NASCAR will expand its existing relationship with Teneo Strategy, a strategic advisory firm which has worked with NASCAR since 2013, to support its public affairs activities.
Among his accomplishments since joining NASCAR in March 2005, Jadotte led the development of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) and NASCAR Pit Crew Development programs. These initiatives focus on developing the skills of promising female, Asian, Latino and African-American drivers and crew members in NASCAR.
Strong start helps Pagenaud keep eye on championship
Simon Pagenaud is ready to take the next step in his racing career.
After winning Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2012 and scoring his first two Verizon IndyCar Series wins in 2013, the Frenchman is looking to contend for the 2014 championship.
Pagenaud, who has finished fifth and third in the standings in his previous two seasons, and points leader Will Power are the only drivers to score top-five finishes in the first two races. The strong start is a refreshing change for Pagenaud, who had to claw his way back into title contention last season after a DNF in the opening race.
A test day at Texas Motor Speedway on April 16 provided Juan Pablo Montoya his first taste of a Verizon IndyCar Series car on the high-banked oval.
Montoya said though he's getting more comfortable in his return to Indy car racing, he's still adapting.
"It's still hard," Montoya said. "(Testing at) Sebring was a lot simpler because I had only been there in an Indy car. I know it was a long time ago, but because it's still an Indy car, I knew the reference points. But here, and places I've been in a Cup car, you are used to lifting and braking and all of that. You have to remind yourself that you can run wide open. It's hard and it's fun, but so much quicker."
Video: What Your Mustang Does When You're Not Home April 17, 2014 marks 50 years of the historic Ford Mustang. Ford Racing honors five decades of Mustangs in racing by giving you a glimpse of what goes on when you're not around.
Andretti Autosport Short Track Teams Up with Helberg Racing for Pavement Series
Andretti Autosport Short Track is proud to announce they are teaming up with Helberg Racing for the Glen Niebel Classic (April 27, 2014), Little 500 (May 24, 2014) and Breast Cancer 50 (October 4, 2014). Third-generation driver, Jarett Andretti, son of John Andretti and grandson of Aldo Andretti, will be driving for Helberg Racing in the No. 18 Indy Trading Post Pavement Sprint Car. Located in Indianapolis, Indy Trading Post is owned by Brian Ludlow. The company strives on promoting responsible gun ownership by providing a safe, family friendly environment staffed by experienced professionals.
Formula E reveals circuit design for Putrajaya ePrix
Circuit details for the second round of the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship have today been revealed with the layout of the new Putrajaya ePrix.
The Putrajaya Formula E race, or ePrix, takes place six months from now on October 18 and forms the second of 10 races for the inaugural 2014/2015 season. It has been put together by the FIA, Formula E and local promoter Formula E Malaysia (FEM).
Formula E is the FIA’s new fully-electric single-seater championship beginning in September. Racing entirely on temporary city-centre race tracks, it features 10 teams, each with two drivers, using cars capable of speeds in excess of 150mph (225kph). It’s designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans, whilst accelerating the interest in electric vehicles and promoting sustainability.
Emil Bernstorff sets the pace on Day 2 of GP3 testing Carlin’s Emil Bernstorff topped the timesheet on day two of the Barcelona pre-season test, by posting the best time of the day with a 1:34.494 set in the morning session which was the quickest lap of the two day test. Marussia Manor Racing’s Dean Stoneman clocked the fastest time in the afternoon.
Blue skies and slightly cooler temperatures greeted the GP3 paddock for the second and final day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. Luis Sa Silva from Angola was first to exit the pitlane with Alex Lynn and Matheo Tuscher quick to follow.
Muscle Milk to Skip Long Beach, Monterey, more until IMSA gives P2 cars more power (Update)UPDATE
Muscle Milk team done for the year
Despite finishing best among LMP2 eligible prototypes in the season opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, the team has been humbled by multiple mechanical woes at both Daytona and at the season’s second round at Sebring. This initially led them to skip last week’s event in Long Beach and next month’s race at Laguna Seca, which now has extended to the rest of the season.
It’s unknown at this point if, when, or where the team will return to competition. It is also unknown what this means for drivers Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr’s future with the team or if they are free to look into other options for a ride in the TUSCC or elsewhere.
REBELLION Racing is pleased to introduce the new REBELLION R-One LM P1 that will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours.
Barely a year after the start of the project – exactly 363 days after the design of the first piece in CAD – the REBELLION R-One LM P1 took to the track for the first time on Wednesday at Paul Ricard HTTT in the south of France.
The REBELLION R-One, designed by ORECA, had a successful shakedown in the hands of Swiss driver Mathias Beche.
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