Kubica makes single-seater return in private GP3 test
Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica, who was injured badly in a rally car crash, tested a single-seater racing car for the first time in six years on Wednesday, completing 70 laps in a GP3 car at the Franciacorta circuit in Italy.
“I'm back on the water where I swam for many years, and I must say the feeling is great,” said Kubica, who described the experience as “truly wonderful”.
“I was surprised, because after so long the feeling with the asphalt and the feelings I remember are back afloat. Of course there were a lot of things that I can do better.
FOX NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule NASCAR heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, with FOX Sports set to offer 18 hours of live action from the half-mile concrete oval. Included are FOX's live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Sunday, April 23 (2:00 PM ET) and FS1's live coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES on Saturday, April 22 (1:00 PM ET).
During the week, FS1's NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR's most-watched daily news and information program, continues Mondays through Thursdays at 6:00 PM ET. Additionally, the NASCAR RACE HUB PODCAST launched recently and is available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Google Play Music.
Circle K will sponsor Kenseth in six Cup Series races in 2017
UPDATE Joe Gibbs Racing welcomed a new sponsor to the team on Wednesday, announcing a multi-year deal with international convenience-store chain Circle K to sponsor the no. 20 Toyota Camry of Matt Kenseth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The new agreement will put Circle K front and center on Kenseth's car for six races this season starting with the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway next weekend.
"This is an exciting day for us at Joe Gibbs Racing, and really, for our sport," said team owner Joe Gibbs. "Circle K is growing rapidly across the country and it's a thrill for us to have them as a primary sponsor for Matt and the No. 20 team. We're looking forward to developing our partnership with them."
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama: Firestone Race Notes
From left, the rain tire, primary tire and option tire
Firestone will bring more than 1,400 tires to Barber
Each entry will receive:
7* sets of PRIMARY tires • The primary tires are the same race-proven compound and similar construction to the 2016 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. • After practice session 1, each entrant must return one set of primary or alternate compound tires, and after practice session 2, each entrant must return one set of tires of the opposite compound returned in the first session. * Does not include rookie set
JW Marriott To again Celebrate 'Greatest CITY in Racing' with Huge Indy 500 Message
The Indianapolis skyline will again celebrate the Month of May and the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, with a JW Marriott façade installation greeting residents and visitors from across the globe with a special, larger-than-life message.
The 101st Running logo will be presented alongside a message that celebrates the iconic race and the city it calls home: "The Greatest CITY in Racing." The graphic also will feature the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar Series logos.
Autonomous Chevy Bolt video - Episode 3 Will Chevy beat Tesla to a fully autonomous electric car? A Cruise Automation Chevrolet Bolt EV equipped with self-driving technology navigates the streets of San Francisco at night without a single intervention from the technician in the driver seat. Among the many obstacles the vehicle successfully navigates on the busy city streets is an unsuspecting raccoon. Comment
Bahrain Test Day 2: Bottas finishes on top, Honda makes gains The big story Wednesday on the final day of the Bahrain in-season Formula 1 test testing at Bahrain wasn't that Valtteri Bottas edged out Sebastian Vettel, that was a given because the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes remains the fastest car in F1.
The big story was McLaren and Honda, which we will get to shortly.
Bottas set his best lap of 1m31.280s in the final hour as the sun went down and the asphalt cooled.
Liberty Media OK With F1's Alonso Skipping Monaco Race To Compete In Indy 500
Alonso to skip Monaco and that's OK
F1 Owner Liberty Media supports McLaren driver Fernando Alonso's move to skip the Monaco Grand Prix to race in the Indianapolis 500, according to McLaren Exec Dir Zak Brown.
That comes despite concern from some in the F1 world. Some pundits, including the Formula Money Twitter account run in part by noted F1 business journalist Christian Sylt, have questioned whether the move is a net positive for F1, given that the Indy 500 is a Verizon IndyCar Series race and that Monaco is perhaps F1's most important race.
Formula 1 Orders Lewis Hamilton To Take Down Social Media Video Clip Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton was ordered to "take down an on-board video clip from social media because it broke guidelines" set by F1's new owner, Liberty Media, according to Jonathan McEvoy of the London DAILY MAIL.
Liberty has "encouraged drivers to reach out to fans by posting behind-the-scenes selfies and videos online, with Hamilton one of the keenest to comply."
Bahrain Test Day 2: Bottas tops test times at lunch
Hamilton on Tuesday in the quick Mercedes
Valtteri Bottas set the pace on the second morning of in-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit.
The Mercedes driver clocked up an impressive 79 laps at the wheel of the W08, taking over from Lewis Hamilton who drove 97 laps on Tuesday. The car stopped on track at Turn 4 with a mechanical issue on the steering wheel in the early afternoon, causing a red flag, but it was back on track just 15 minutes after returning to the garage.
Paul, you've now completed final testing in preparation for the season ahead. What surprised you most, both from a positive and negative point of view? Paul Di Resta: The biggest surprise for me is how fast the new cars are. Lap times were much lower. Thanks to the new regulations, there's less downforce, but more power and tires with more grip. Driving these cars is great fun, but looking after tires is going to be a major challenge, for sure!
Newman Wachs Racing To Run Son Of Indy 500 Champion At The Grand Prix Of Alabama Newman Wachs Racing is proud to announce they will run Flinn Lazier, son of 1996 Indy 500 Champion Buddy Lazier, and grandson to three-time 24 Hours of Daytona winner Bob Lazier in the upcoming USF2000 race at Birmingham, Alabama.
Team Manager Brian Halahan was delighted to welcome Lazier to the Newman Wachs Racing family. “I am very excited to say that we will have Flinn Lazier driving the #38 NWR car at Barber and hopefully we’ll have him with us for more events this season. With all the racing history that the name Lazier carries, this makes a great story and a great opportunity for our team to help him move forward with his racing career.”
The winner of Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Fodd City 500 race at Bristol Motor Speedway will have a new place to celebrate. Victory Lane will be moved to the frontstretch, putting it closer to the fans.
The winner of Saturday's Xfinity race at Bristol will go to the Victory Lane location on the roof of a building between turns 3 and 4.
Boston GP failed because only a very few tickets sold (Update)
IndyCar continues to get a black eye from their failed Boston GP
UPDATE Nearly a year after the Boston Grand Prix folded, several hundred ticket buyers are still owed refunds while newly released documents show the bankrupt promoters of the IndyCar race are blaming the ticket fiasco on a prominent fundraising firm that worked for Gov. Charlie Baker’s campaign.
A total of just 1,180 ticket buyers have received refunds through Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, which negotiated a deal with the national IndyCar organization to pony up $925,000 to pay for refunds.
Those ticket buyers got back a total of $700,000, according to a spokeswoman for Healey’s office. Another 300 ticket holders are still owed money. They did not respond to letters from the AG’s office notifying them that refunds were available, a Healey spokeswoman said.
Honda's ASIMO robot named Barber race grand marshal
Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO
Barber Motorsports Park and race promoter ZOOM Motorsports are merging the high-tech world of INDYCAR racing with the high-tech world of robotics for a one-of-a-kind race experience.
For the first time, Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO will serve as grand marshal at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America's First this weekend
ASIMO – which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility – is the world's most advanced bipedal humanoid robot, designed by Honda for humans requiring assistance with their daily lives. As a brand ambassador, ASIMO has entertained people around the United States, while showcasing its innovative technology, including ringing the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange, conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and walking the red carpet at a Hollywood movie premiere.
Indy car legends to sign autographs on race day at Phoenix
Scott Dixon winning under caution at Phoenix in 2016
Fans attending the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix Raceway can receive an autograph from some of their favorite retired Indy car drivers at the Vintage Autograph Session presented by Classic Racing Times on April 29.
From 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET, ticketed guests can line up at the track’s corporate village near Gate 4 to collect a free autograph from legendary drivers including Arie Luyendyk, Dick Simon, Lyn St. James, Tom Sneva and Derek Daly. Fans will also be able to check out two of the vintage Classic Racing Times vehicles that will be on display.
Two levels of the three-step Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder will be in action this weekend, April 21-23, in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala. Young American drivers lead the way following the opening races of the season last month on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., although fifteen different nations and five distinct continents (North and South America, Asia, Australasia and Europe) will be represented as competitors in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda prepare for battle on the scenic and challenging, 2.3-mile, 17-turn road course.
Video: HPD Trackside -- IndyCar Long Beach Race Recap Returning to Southern California, where he found fame as runner-up last winter in “Dancing with the Stars”, James Hinchcliffe took his Honda into the lead of Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Lap 63 and never looked back, dominating the final 22 laps for his fifth career Verizon IndyCar Series victory and first win of 2017. Comment
Bahrain GP USA TV Rating The Bahrain GP Formula 1 race at 10:30 AM Sunday morning on CNBC (sister channel to NBCSN) notched a final TV rating of 0.25 with 413,000 people watching, down from a 0.40/578,000 last year when the race aired on NBCSN. In the all important 18-49 year old category only 143,000 were tuned in. The replay on NBCSN later in the day had an additional 231,000 viewers.
Like NBCSN, TV ratings on CNBC are horrendously low. As with IndyCar, the broadcasts are great, the racing is great, but hardly anyone watches these NBC owned cable channels. The only thing that should be broadcast on these cable channels is practice and qualifying. The races must always be on network TV.
Pirelli World Challenge Entry List Hits 105 for VIR
Dalziel in Long Beach
With over 105 entries already received, Pirelli World Challenge’s return to the popular VIRginia International Raceway after a seven-year absence has been highly anticipated for the April 28-30 weekend which features the season opener for the SprintX division.
The beautiful 3.27-mile, 17-turn VIR road circuit will make for a perfect backdrop for all seven PWC classes including the SprintX doubleheader with a pair of 60-minute, two-driver main events set on Saturday (April 29) and Sunday (April 30).
Jim Cornelison To Sing 'Back Home Again' At Indy 500 Jim Cornelison, renowned for his stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Chicago Blackhawks’ home games, will sing “Back Home Again In Indiana” before the start of the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Cornelison, a 1992 graduate of the Master of Music program at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, has been the popular, exclusive singer of the national anthem before all Blackhawks’ home games at the United Center in Chicago since the 2008-09 season. His soaring vocals and spirited style have welcomed millions of network viewers to the Stanley Cup Finals over multiple championship runs for the Blackhawks’ organization.
Faraday Future Dragon Racing announced Tuesday that Mike Conway will join the team and compete alongside Jerome D’Ambrosio in the FIA Formula E Championship Paris ePrix.
Conway will substitute full-time driver Loic Duval in the No. 6 Penske-03EV powered by Faraday Future, as the Frenchman is to compete at the Lausitzring with the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters the same weekend. Duval will resume his Formula E driving duties in June at the Berlin ePrix.
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Veach to fill in for injured Hildebrand SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Ed Carpenter Racing announced today that Zach Veach will fill in for the injured JR Hildebrand in this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park. Veach will drive Hildebrand’s No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet in the 2017 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama while Hildebrand rests his hand.
A bone in Hildebrand’s left hand was broken on Sunday, April 9 in a final-lap incident during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The break in the 29-year-old’s hand required surgery, performed on Tuesday, April 11 at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in Indianapolis.
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Hamilton fastest on Day 1 testing at Bahrain Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport completed 97 laps of the Bahrain International Circuit, as the first in-season test of 2017 kicked off in Bahrain on Tuesday.
Lewis Hamilton was behind the wheel of the W08 EQ Power+ and ended the day top of the timesheets, clocking a 1:31.358 on the Soft compound Pirelli tire late in the afternoon.
Bahrain Test: Ricciardo tops mid-day times 1. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull - TAG 1m 32.349s 43 laps 2. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes - Mercedes 1m 32.822s 27 laps 3. Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault - Renault 1m 33.624s 43 laps 4. Lance Stroll CAN Williams - Mercedes 1m 33.729s 35 laps 5. Romain Grosjean FRA Haas-Ferrari 1m 33.848s 40 laps 6. Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Ferrari- Ferrari 1m 34.967s 62 laps 7. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari - Ferrari 1m 35.043s * 48 laps 8. Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber - Ferrari 1m 35.317s 52 laps 9. Alfonso Celis MEX Force India-Mercedes 1m 37.661s 21 laps 10. Sean Gelael INA Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 38.111s 27 laps 11. Oliver Turvey GBR McLaren-Honda No Time 2 laps
Nick Heidfeld a.k.a "Quick Nick" is a household name to motorsport fans worldwide thanks to his success in Formula 1. Currently Heidfeld drives in Formula E for Mahindra and is also on the Rebellion Racing team in endurance racing. From 2000 to 2011, he sat in the Formula 1 cockpits of Sauber Petronas, BMW Williams, BMW Sauber and Lotus Renault. Heidfeld's enthusiasm for motorsport and driving in general, as well as his deep knowledge of the technology, meant that it was an easy decision for RaceChip to work with him.
Marquez and Pedrosa head to Austin for the Red Bull GP of The Americas After spending one week back in Europe following the Argentine GP, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are heading to the Circuit of the Americas in Texas (USA), for round 3 of the MotoGP World Championship.
Repsol Honda Team have achieved two 1-2 finishes in Austin with Marc and Dani: in the opening race in 2013 and also in 2014. For his part, Marc has never lost at the Circuit of the Americas (which was also the scene of his first-ever Premier-class victory, in 2013), nor has he started from anywhere but Pole Position in the four times he has raced at the track.
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