IndyCar Alabama GP: Marco Andretti on top in 2nd practice (Update) UPDATE Added quotes below.
Marco Andretti sponsorless but fastest
Andretti Autosport driver Marco Andretti broke up the Penske juggernaut in the 2nd practice session for the Honda GP of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. After running 1-2-3-4 in practice one, the Penske team was bumped down in 2-3-4 ahead of Ganassi Honda driver Scott Dixon who rounded out the top-5.
Andretti, in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda, toured Barber Motorsports Park's 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course in 1 minute, 7.7134 seconds (122.280 mph) to top the combined speed chart from a pair of Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions. Two-time Barber race winner Will Power was second at 1:07.7454 (122.222 mph).
Jimmie Johnson won't do Indy 500 unless cockpits closed
Jimmie Johnson not looking at IndyCar unless they close the cockpits
NASCAR drivers are talking about the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 5 1/2-hours away from the IndyCar race this weekend.
On Friday morning, Kurt Busch said that Marco Andretti should try to run a Cup race, most notably at Daytona due to his love of the draft. Then, in his media availability after, seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson talked about the Indy 500 and said that the window has “closed” for his chance on running it.
“My window has closed,” Johnson told NASCAR reporters at the Bristol Motor Speedway during his weekly Friday morning media availability. He cited his family and a lack of head protection in IndyCar as reasons why. He also said he would have liked to see a closed cockpit to even think about trying it.
Rain Cancels Bristol Cup Series Qualifying Rain showers forced NASCAR officials to cancel today's qualifying session for Sunday's Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The lineup for Sunday's race will be determined by owners points and race attempts.
Points leader Kyle Larson will start on the front row alongside Chase Elliott. Martin Truex, Jr., Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano will round out the top five starters.
The weekend forecast calls for more rain showers on Saturday and Sunday, possibly pushing Sunday's Cup Series race into the late evening or even to a Monday start. Green flag is tentatively scheduled for Sunday at 2pm.
Marquez fastest on day one at the Red Bull GP of the Americas
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took back the top of the timesheets at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, as the number 93 put in a late charge on soft rubber to go fastest on Friday with a 2:04.061 – 0.296 clear of an incredible performance from Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie Johann Zarco. Championship leader Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was third quickest on combined times after topping FP1.
Nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) shot up into the top five late in the day as riders put in some time attacks, taking P4 by 0.005 from Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa.
IndyCar driver Graham Rahal - We got the right guy in Fernando Alonso At the Grand Prix of Alabama, AR1.com asks IndyCar driver Graham Rahal what he thinks about Fernando Alonso running the Indy 500, the return of McLaren to Indy and the possibility of more F1 drivers crossing over to do the Indy 500. The best quote: Alonso will pass, and be passed by more drivers in the Indy 500 than his entire F1 career combined. Comment
Video: Q&A with Road to Indy CEO Dan Andersen At the 2017 GP of Alabama, AutoRacing1.com talks to the man behind the entire ladder series for IndyCar - Dan Andersen. Find out why he took over the management of the IndyCar ladder, and how he feels about some IndyCar drivers, on occasion, running an Indy Lights race. Comment
IndyCar GP of Alabama: Pagenaud leads Penske Chevy 1-2-3-4 in first practice
Bourdais' team checks out his car after he plastered the advertising sign
A red flag late in the session when Sebastien Bourdais took out one of the GP of Alabama sponsor signs, could not stop the Penske Chevy juggernaut of Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Helio Castroneves from finishing 1-2-3-4 atop the time sheets in the first practice session Friday morning.
The fastest Honda was Andretti Autosport driver Alexander Rossi in 5th with his teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay rounding out the top-6.
Q&A with Team Owner Dale Coyne on Alonso and more AR1.com catches up with IndyCar team owner Dale Coyne at the 2017 GP of Alabama. His team is leading the 2017 IndyCar championship, can they maintain the momentum? We also ask him what he thinks about the 2017 Indy 500 Fernando Alonso announcement. Comment
Q&A with Zach Veach before his very first IndyCar race AR1.com catches up with Zach Veach at the 2017 GP of Alabama where he will be making his first start for Ed Carpenter Racing, subbing for the injured JR Hildebrand Comment
IndyCar: Morning update from Barber (Update) UPDATE The Armco barrier was damaged during one of the support series practice sessions Friday morning at Barber Motorsports Park and the entire schedule has been pushed back 1-hour.
Start of the 2016 race
04/21/17 Good morning from beautiful Barber Motorsports Park where AR1.com will be bringing you all the action from this weekend's Honda Indy GP of Alabama GP. The forecast today is mostly sunny and warm with highs in the upper 80s. If you have never been to Barber you must. It is the most beautiful natural terrain road course in the country. It's a real drivers track.
The big news this weekend is the Sunday arrival of two-time F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso to the IndyCar paddock when AR1.com will bring you a video of his Q&A with all the media. McLaren boss Zak Brown will also be here along with IndyCar boss Mark Miles and Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti.
Montreal Formula 1 Circuit Undergoing Upgrades For Canadian GP
The Gilles Villeneuve Formula 1 circuit is "undergoing upgrades in preparation for this year's Canadian Grand Prix." While the layout of the Montreal circuit will not be altered, the "safety features of the track will be revised."
Most of the guardrails and some 5,000 tires "will be removed and replaced by TecPro barriers." MOTORSPORT
First Crash Barrier Comparison Hopes to Make Racing Safer Many tracks aren’t aware that better, and potentially more affordable, barrier alternatives exist, let alone how they compare and, most importantly, how much they could increase safety standards. To date, a centralized source for barrier information didn’t exist. Impact Safety Systems (ISS), an established U.S. barrier manufacturer, took the initiative and hired an outside firm to research and aggregate the vast, complex data available into one consolidated resource for the reference and benefit of race tracks and drivers.
Worsham Looking To Start Streak Of Success In Houston
Two-time NHRA world champion Del Worsham is hoping that his past successes at the NHRA SpringNationals will aid him in beginning a streak with three 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series races in a row.
At the last race, in Vegas, Worsham lost to Matt Hagan in the first round. However, the SpringNationals is only the fifth event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, so it’s still early in the season. For now, Worsham and his team are choosing to just focus on making their car consistent and reliable.
Toyota "Project Portal" Puts Fuel Cell Tech in Class-8 Truck
For decades, Class 8 trucks have been powered predominantly by one fuel: diesel. Lately, some trucks have started to utilize liquefied natural gas (LNG) and dimethyl ether (DME), but diesel is still king, powering more than 95 percent of Class 8 trucks. However, that percentage may decline in the years ahead, if Toyota and other advocates of hydrogen fuel cells have their way.
Schmidt Peterson & Belardi Form Development Program Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has formed a driver development program partnership with Indy Lights team Belardi Auto Racing.
The No. 5 Arrow Electronics Indy Lights car driven by Santiago Urrutia will match the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda driven by Grand Prix of Long Beach race winner James Hinchcliffe.
IMSA Confirms Night Of Champions Venue International Motor Sports Ass’n officials have confirmed that the WeatherTech Night of Champions will return to the Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton, Ga., on Oct. 9.
The WeatherTech Night of Champions will recognize team, driver and manufacturer champions in all four IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship classes – Prototype (P), GT Le Mans (GTLM), Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT Daytona (GTD) – as well as recognize champions of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. Chateau Élan is North Atlanta’s premier resort and conference destination.
Two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso will begin on-track preparation for his Indianapolis 500 debut with a test session Wednesday, May 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The test will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) on the 2.5-mile oval. This will be the first career laps on an oval for 2005 and 2006 World Champion Alonso, who drives in Formula One for McLaren Honda.
Road to Indy TV Unveils Xbox One App After becoming the first American racing series with a dedicated broadcast channel on demand via Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku last April, Mazda Road to Indy TV today announced another landmark. The Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will now be the first open-wheel racing series to have an Official App on Xbox One.
Developed by Microsoft, Xbox One was the top-selling console in the U.S. in the second half of 2016. Microsoft continues to expand its gaming business, and features the most advanced multiplayer network on Xbox Live. In January of this year, Microsoft said Xbox Live monthly active users reached a record 55 million.
Attendance For This Year's Indianapolis 500 Will Not Suffer A Drop As Big As Expected
A massive crowd attended last year's Indy 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials and motorsports business observers were concerned this year’s Indianapolis 500 would "see a major attendance decline after last year’s 100th running of the race," but that "decline isn’t nearly as big as some had imagined it could be," according to Anthony Schoettle of the INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL.
A 15% year-over-year attendance decline is "rarely good news for an international sporting event," but for the '17 Indy 500 "it's likely a relief." The "aim all along has been for this year’s attendance to beat" '15, which was about 220,000. Matching last year’s attendance, estimated at 355,000, was "never seen as a realistic goal."
Phoenix IndyCar race Gets Qualifying Sponsors PHOENIX — Phoenix Raceway will host the Beach Whiskey Outback Steakhouse Qualifying Day on Friday, April 28 to kick off the Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend and set the field for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix under the lights on Saturday, April 29.
“Last year at qualifying day, Phoenix ‘Speed King’ Helio Castroneves shattered our track record and sat on the pole,” said Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber. “To have Beach Whiskey and Outback Steakhouse sponsor such an important part of the race weekend is exciting.”
Dorian Boccolacci has claimed the day two bragging rights by heading both sessions of today’s GP3 Series test session at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, using the gloriously sunny but mild conditions to his advantage by claiming both top spots: this morning in a qualifying-style session with a time of 1:32.896, just 0.012s ahead of Nirei Fukuzumi and Jack Aitken, and this afternoon in a long run session with a lap of 1:34.022, well ahead of Alessio Lorandi and Tatiana Calderon.
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