Video: Damien Walters Backflip Over Speeding Formula E Car Freerunner, gymnast and Hollywood stuntman Damien Walters is no stranger to danger. With movie credits including Captain America, Skyfall and Assassin's Creed, Damien's performed in some of the most mind-blowing action sequences you've seen on screen. Damien proposed his dream stunt to us - could he stand facing away from a Formula E car as it approaches from behind, and then perform a blind backflip over the car as it passes below? We present to you this perfect synchronization of highly-tuned man and machine: The Leap Of Faith.
Rewatch the Bubba Burger IMSA race from Long Beach Relive all the action from the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, the third race of the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. Comment
The people behind some of the most acclaimed electric vehicles on the roads have defected to China, according to Bloomberg.
The news agency reported that Benoit Jacob, the designer of the i8 sports car, has jumped ship to join Future Mobility, an EV startup backed by Tencent Holdings, noted mainly for its social media and online gaming operations, and microelectronics group Foxconn Technology, which makes the iPhone for Apple Inc. Neither company has any pedigree in making cars, although a third shareholder, China Harmony New Energy Auto Holding Ltd., is an established dealer in luxury cars across the country.
Niki Lauda receives Laureus lifetime achievement award
Niki Lauda was honored with a lifetime achievement award at Monday night’s Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin.
The three-time F1 world champion was recognized for his contribution to the series, having won the world title in 1975, 1977 and 1984.
He is also currently enjoying more F1 success with Mercedes, as the team’s non-executive chairman. The Brackley-based outfit has won the drivers’ and constructors’ championships for the last two years.
Video: Ryan Hunter-Reay on the $25,000 IndyCar Steering Wheel American driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, a three-time winner for Andretti Autosport in the IZOD IndyCar Series this year, takes you inside the can't-believe-it-costs-that-much world of custom steering wheels and explains all of the various functions they provide. This video is from 2012 when Hunter-Reay was running a Chevy engine. Comment
Video: Michael Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay Blooper Reel Check out some fun, behind-the-scenes moments from our TV spot featuring Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti and 2014 Indy 500 Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay. Comment
Roger Penske to drive 50th Anniversary Camaro SS Pace Car at 100th Indianapolis 500
The 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will lead the 100th running of the Indy 500, driven by Roger Penske
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A unique version of the new 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will lead the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next month, driven by motorsports legend Roger Penske, who is marking 50 years as a race team owner.
It's the ninth time Camaro has served as the Pace Car and the 27th time for Chevrolet, dating to 1948.
"Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500 have a long, storied history and it's an honor to mark the respective milestones of the Indy 500 race and the Camaro simultaneously," said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. "It's also a privilege to have Roger Penske perform the driving duties, as his team has helped Chevrolet earn four consecutive IndyCar manufacturer titles since 2012."
Formula E's Inaugural Paris ePrix Sets New Local Sponsorship Revenue Record
Formula E's inaugural Paris ePrix this weekend will set a new revenue record for local sponsorship deals, helping to fuel a 10-fold increase in the category this season, according to HJ Mai of Sports Business Daily.
The race in the French capital has drawn significant local partnership support and is set to beat out London, which had been the most successful event in the series' short history.
"On a day-on-day basis it is bigger than London," said Mike Papadimitriou, Formula E's chief financial officer. The London ePrix was a two-day event. Global payment service provider Visa signed a one-year deal to become the title sponsor of the 2016 Paris ePrix. Organizers were also able to secure French companies Renault, DS Automobiles, Michelin and EDF as official partners. The majority of sponsors already have ties to the series.
V8 Supercars set to reveal new Middle East naming-rights sponsor A VIRGIN connection will add thrust to V8 Supercars racing from July as the touring category lifts off again for the Middle East in 2017.
Virgin Australian Airlines will become the first true naming-rights sponsor for V8 Supercars since the category was born in a multi-million dollar deal which is expected to be announced towards the end of this month.
The sponsorship deal comes as V8 Supercars also finalises plans for a race in Dubai next year.
Tesla Model S autopilot takes over and saves driver from collision When Ohioan Joshua Brown took his Tesla Model S for a spin earlier this month, he got familiar fast with how handy the autopilot system could be — as it took over and avoided a crash.
In comments attributed to the driver alongside the video, posted earlier this month on YouTube, he recounted what happened when a heavy truck equipped with a hydraulic lifting system, unbeknownst to him, nearly sideswiped him:
NASCAR Reveals Details Of Latest Race To Green Initiative NASCAR today unveiled details around this year's NASCAR Race to Green initiative, which attempts to highlight the way the sport and some of its stakeholders are working to reduce their environmental impact and educate fans. Highlights of this year’s week-long campaign include a digital docu-series on NASCAR.com highlighting the sustainability efforts of partners such as American Ethanol, Mobil 1 and Toyota; a carbon footprint quiz on NASCAR.com; and an integration of the "go green" mantra during national series events this weekend in ways like putting the color green on the A-post of cars and displaying NASCAR Green flags at the track.
JW Marriott mural to promote 100th running of Indianapolis 500
Larger-than-life rendering of the Borg-Warner Trophy will grace the side of the JW Marriott
An exciting announcement for the month of May!
The JW Marriott downtown will soon be adorned with a mural to promote the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
The larger-than-life rendering of the Borg-Warner Trophy will grace the side of the JW Marriott. It's a whopping 74,538 square feet.
The graphic features the Trophy, an IndyCar, racing stripes and the phrase "Epic Race. Epic Place." It also includes the Host Committee logo lockup, composed of the 100th Running logo and the 500 Festival logo. It will be installed by Hoosier company, Sport Graphics.
Hudson questions EPA on proposed racing rule (Update) UPDATE The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it plans to remove wording from a proposed bill that led to many in the racing industry thinking the EPA was trying to ban street-to-race car conversions.
The wording was hidden inside a 629-page proposal that the EPA released last June meant to cut carbon emissions in medium- and heavy-duty trucks. In February the Specialty Equipment Market Ass’n caught wind of the rule and began petitioning to have the wording removed.
The EPA has since received numerous public comments against the proposed rule.
NASCAR will discuss lug nuts and loose wheels NASCAR executive vice president Steve O'Donnell said Monday that a recent rash of loose wheels would be a topic in the Sprint Cup Series' monthly competition meeting with teams. #78-Martin Truex Jr., #24-Chase Elliott and #48-Jimmie Johnson were among several who needed extra pit stops because of loose wheels during Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
There also were multiple loose wheels in the previous race at Texas Motor Speedway, prompting much debate last week over the risks and rewards of the practice of tightening fewer than five lug nuts during a pit stop. A loose wheel is a safety hazard for drivers, who can be left with little warning of losing control at a high rate of speed.
Sergio Marchionne (R) knows Ferrari has zero chance beating the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes
Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne was "not happy" with the performance at the Chinese Grand Prix, according to team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.
Marchionne was present at a race for the first time this season in Shanghai, with China a hugely important market for Ferrari. At the start of the race he saw his two drivers collide with Sebastian Vettel hitting Kimi Raikkonen at Turn 1, and Arrivabene says the president was naturally not happy.
"He knows motor racing so of course he was not happy as I was not happy," Arrivabene said. "He saw the race and in certain circumstances what can you do? You can say many things but there’s nothing that you can do, not either to the team, or the car, things happen and you have just got to accept it.
McLaren 650s GT3 Takes Victory In Long Beach As 570s GT4 Makes Successful Race Deb
Alvaro Parente starred in the 650S GT3
On a busy weekend on both sides of the Atlantic for McLaren, Factory Driver Alvaro Parente starred in the 650S GT3, securing pole position and winning in his first appearance at Long Beach in the Pirelli World Challenge. Closer to home, the 650S GT3 and 570S GT4 – the latter making its competitive global debut – both scored points in the British GT Championship, finishing P7 and P6 in the respective classes at Brands Hatch, UK.
Stateside, Parente put the #9 K-PAX Racing 650S GT3 on pole with a 1m18.947s tour of the two-mile Californian street circuit - a new qualifying lap record for the series.
John Force Enjoys Busy Weekend At Long Beach Grand Prix
John Force with Mario Andretti at Long Beach
John Force spent his last free weekend before a grueling stretch of NHRA national events kicks off at a race track meeting with sponsors, chatting up racing legends and spending time with hundreds of fans. The 16-time Funny Car champion was easy to spot in his ever present PEAK uniform shirt and white PEAK baseball hat as he cruised the paddock area on Saturday and Sunday.
"I wanted to come out to the Long Beach Grand Prix for a couple of reasons. It is almost a hometown race for me since we live just up the road in Yorba Linda plus this is a great chance to see a lot of my sponsors and get caught up with them,” said John Force. “When I am with my PEAK Chevrolet Funny Car I get pretty wound up, but at the Grand Prix I was able to relax a little bit and have some good talks with a lot of people like Jim Campbell from Chevrolet and Traxxas owners Mike and Keli Jenkins. Mike and Keli even got me in the winner’s circle since Traxxas won the off-road truck race."
Haas Automation gets $100M advertising value from F1
Grosjean in the Haas in Shanghai
Haas Automation, the machine tool manufacturer owned by American tycoon Gene Haas, is on track to get an estimated $100 million of exposure from Formula One auto racing this year write Christian Sylt and Sam Hall.
Haas Automation is the most visible brand on the F1 team owned by Mr Haas which launched last month at the season-opener in Australia. It is America’s first F1 team for 30 years and by finishing in sixth place its driver Romain Grosjean also made it the first team for 14 years to score points in its debut race. He followed it up with a fifth at the Bahrain Grand Prix two weeks later thanks to some stunning race strategy masterminded by Principal Race Engineer Ayao Komatsu.
More trouble for liquor baron Vijay Mallya, an arrest warrant was today issued against him by a special court in connection with the money laundering probe in the over Rs 900-crore IDBI loan fraud case.
"Non-bailable warrant (NBW) is issued," ordered special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court judge P R Bhavke on a plea by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The 60-year-old industrialist, who is in the UK, has skipped three summons issued by ED. He had also sought time till May to depose before the officials.
Pirelli has warned that it will be forced to quit Formula 1 at the end of the year if its test plans aren't approved on Monday.
The sole tire supplier has been asked to deliver wider tires front and back for 2017 which can not only cope with the proposed increases in downforce, but ones which degrade slower and allow drivers to push for longer.
On Monday, the F1 Commission will meet to discuss a 25-day testing plan put forward by Pirelli, which it insists is a requirement to ensure its tires meet those demands safely.
Having spent his entire premier class career with Yamaha, Jorge Lorenzo will move to the factory Ducati Team for 2017.
On Monday the 18th of April 2016, Ducati announced that they have reached an agreement with Jorge Lorenzo which will see the Spanish rider take part in the MotoGP World Championship in 2017 and 2018 aboard the Ducati Desmosedici GP of the Ducati Team. After nine seasons in MotoGP with Yamaha and three titles, this is a big step for Lorenzo as he aims to join the likes of Rossi, Lawson, Stoner and Giacomo Agostini in taking premier class titles on two different makes of motorcycle.
VIDEO: Ford GT - The Return "The Cutting Edge" Building a supercar is a sophisticated endeavor. Chapter 2 of “The Return,” “The Cutting Edge” delves into the day-to-day thoughts of the key Ford players involved in creating the new Ford GT and the effort behind bringing it to race tracks around the world.
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announces that its partnership with Jorge Lorenzo will be discontinued at the close of the 2016 MotoGP season, when Lorenzo will move on to new racing challenges.
Since Lorenzo joined the Yamaha Factory Racing Team in 2008, Lorenzo and Yamaha won three MotoGP World Championships (2010, 2012 and 2015), clinched 41 race wins and have been on the podium 99 times out of 141 races contested.
Yamaha is extremely grateful for Jorge's contributions to its racing successes and looks forward to sharing more memorable moments during the remaining 15 MotoGP rounds of 2016, their ninth season together.
Long Beach carries IndyCar banner in Southern California
Pagenaud leads Dixon
Another race on the streets of Long Beach, the best of its kind in the country, is in the books. It wasn’t as exciting as some in previous years, though Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon did their very best to keep television viewers and those on hand entertained.
Of course, anytime a winner can edge second place by a record 0.3032 seconds, it’ll go down as a good race. You can bet Pagenaud thinks that today.
It was a race without a yellow flag, the first one at Long Beach since 1989, but with plenty of controversy. Did Pagenaud violate a rule re-entering the track? Why were other teams upset with a “warning” issued by the sanctioning body when they though such warnings were part of the past?
Rahals too busy for kids They're race car ROYALTY -- Indy driver Graham Rahal and Funny Car star Courtney Force -- but when it comes to having kids ... the newly married couple says they're pumping the brakes ... HARD.
Graham and Courtney both come from legendary racing stock -- Courtney's family even had their own reality show on A&E ("Driving Force"). So, after they tied the knot last year, people started the same damn question every newly married couple gets ... WHEN ARE YA GONNA HAVE KIDS!?
Bristol The weather was great, but where were the fans?
The attendance Sunday at Bristol was horrible
You had picture-perfect weather, a lot of competitive racing and even plenty of the wrecks that we've heard the fans love so much.
Everything was there for a great Food City 500 race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway except the crowds.
NASCAR quit putting out official attendance figures a few years ago and track officials quit commenting on them around the same time, but from the eyeball test, the Bristol Motor Speedway looked around a third full for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race won by Carl Edwards.
The crowd was even more sparse for Saturday's Xfinity Series race and the Friday qualifying crowd was virtually non-existent.
This was supposed to be the year the spring race bounced back, the second year the race had moved from March to April.
Earnhardt Jr. finishes runner-up for 2nd straight race Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runner-up effort in the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS was impressive, but didn't come easy at Bristol Motor Speedway. Earnhardt suffered an issue with the ECU unit right after the start of the race and lost two laps to the leaders. But by lap 146, he had moved back to the lead lap in 27th position. "Junior" methodically made his way back to the front and had a shot at the win in the waning laps before finishing second. This was the fifth top 10 finish in eight races so far for Earnhardt and the #88 team. Some Q&A's:
Herta takes the win in stunning double podium for Carlin
Carlin have taken a fantastic 1-2 race finish with Colton Herta at the helm having taken a lights to flag victory this afternoon. In a confusing and dramatic race Herta remained calm at the front despite a safety car, red flag and full restart procedure, and soon had team mate Ricky Collard close for company leading the pair to seal a brilliant double podium during the final BRDC British Formula Three race at Brands Hatch this weekend. However it was heartbreak for Ameya Vaidyanathan who had lined up in a promising fifth position but was forced to retire with a clutch failure in the opening stages of the race.
IndyCar issues statement on Pagenaud controversy (Update) UPDATE “It shouldn't’t be a judgment call; it’s a rule,” Scott Dixon who might have won the race said.
“I thought (IndyCar) outlawed warnings,” he said. “This is the problem we had in the offseason with people getting warnings all the time, especially when you’re using it to your advantage when it’s the last pit stop sequence or anything like that.
“If you’re just going to get a warning, every time you’re going to (commit the violation). That’s why it was so deeply discussed in the offseason and why there were about 40 or 50 warning zones in the rulebook removed.
Audi excluded from Six Hours of Silverstone; Porsche wins (Update) UPDATE Audi Sport Team Joest has appealed against the exclusion of winners Marcel Fassler/Andre Lotterer/Benoit Treluyer. Hence the result of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season opener remains provisional.
The Stewards of the Meeting received a report from the Technical Delegate explaining that the thickness of the front skid block of car no. 7 doesn’t comply with article 3.5.6 a3 of the LMP1 Technical Regulations. Audi Sport Team Joest has appealed the decision to exclude the number 7 car from the results. Hence the race result will depend on the decision of a sport tribunal.
Parente Scores First Career Pirelli World Challenge Win on the Streets of Long Beach Alvaro Parente won Sunday's Pirelli World Challenge Round 5 race at the Replay XD Grand Prix of Long Beach presented by Cadillac, part of the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend. Martin Fuentes won in GTA.
Parente was awarded the win after a post-race technical infraction led to a 10-second penalty being assessed to provisional race winner Johnny O'Connell in the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS.V.R. O'Connell has been awarded second place with Patrick Long taking third in the No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Cadillac Racing Driver O'Connell Relegated to Second at Long Beach Cadillac Racing driver Johnny O'Connell was relegated to second place in post-race inspection after crossing the finish line first in today's running of the Pirelli World Challenge Long Beach Grand Prix presented by Cadillac. Teammate Cooper had an amazing run through the field that was thwarted by fluid on the track.
John Green to drive Chevrolet Pace Car at Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Acclaimed young adult fiction author and Indiana native John Green will serve as the honorary Pace Car driver in a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe for the Verizon IndyCar Series Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 14.
"John is a huge IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway fan and we have been looking for the right opportunity to get him involved in one of the events," said J. Douglas Boles, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Having him drive the Chevrolet Pace Car for the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis is a great way for him to be part of this historic month."
Maurizio Arrivabene does not blame Sebastian Vettel for the collision between the two Ferrari drivers at the start of the Chinese Grand Prix.
See Kvyat come charging in on his right, Vettel reacted by swerving left and hitting teammate Kimi Raikkonen, sending the Finn in to a spin and breaking his front wing. The accident killed the team's hopes of challenging for victory and although Vettel blamed Kvyat for triggering the incident, team principal Arrivabene says it was a racing incident.
Silverstone 6 Hour Update With about 90 minutes to run in the 6 Hours of Silverstone World Endurance Championship race Audi #7 with Marcel Fassler at the wheel currently leads the #2 Porsche currently being driven by Neel Jani.
Morning update from Long Beach Weather is perfect again today for the 42nd running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with the weather forecast to be sunny and 85 degrees at race time. Today's warmup is at 9 am and the green flag drops at 1:37 PM PT.
The drivers will get 10 push-to-pass chances today, each for a duration of 20 sec. Each push will give the driver an extra 60 HP.
Had a nice dinner at one of the hot spots in Long Beach Saturday night - L'Opera, a wonderful Italian restaurant. It's also the place to see and be seen with many drivers, team owners and other celebrities there every night during race weekend.
WEC 2016. 6 Hours of Silverstone. Brendon Hartley's crash Leader of the 6 Hours of Silverstone Porsche 919 Hybrid driver Brendon Hartley out of race after contact with Gulf Racing Porsche driven by Mike Wainwright. Comment
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat held his own wheel-to-wheel and then later in a face-to-face argument with Sebastian Vettel at the Chinese grand prix on Sunday.
As Kvyat brushed off a difficult start to his season by finishing a career-equaling best with second in Shanghai, Ferrari's furious Vettel started a verbal row with the young Russian as they waited to walk onto the podium.
"You!" the German thundered. "You came like a torpedo," said Vettel, referring to Kvyat's passing move that prompted the Ferrari to jink left into the sister red car driven by Kimi Raikkonen.
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