DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CHEVROLET – Involved in an incident on lap 218
THEY ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS WHAT DAMAGE WAS DONE BEFORE THE INCIDENT AND WHAT DAMAGE WAS DONE AFTER YOU HIT THE WALL, BUT DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA AT ALL THAT THERE WAS A PROBLEM?
“We came out of the pits and there’s some oil in the pit stall I noticed when I was getting lined-up for double file, is smoking. I don’t know why. But it’s got oil all over the engine compartment. So, in the corner, it just went straight in the wall. I don’t know what’s broke, but I think that’s the end of the day.”
CHRIS BUESCHER, NO. 37 BUSH’S BAKED BEANS CHEVROLET SS – Involved in a multi-car accident on lap 56
YOU STARTED FROM THE REAR IN A BACK-UP CAR, BUT NOW YOUR DAY IS DONE. WHAT DID YOU SEE FROM WITHIN THE CAR?
“I guess I didn’t realize there was a wreck before that. I know everybody was slowing up and the caution was out. I tried to get on the brakes and it just wheel-hopped. It’s just a pretty big shame for our Bush’s Baked Beans Chevrolet. Like you said, we started last in our back-up and were rolling through there pretty good.
Tagliani to race in FRD LMP3 Asian Series for Craft-Bamboo Racing
Craft-Bamboo Racing is proud to announce Alex Tagliani and Greg Taylor as their first driver pairing for the inaugural FRD LMP3 Series season that kicks off in China in May. Canadian Tagliani and Taylor from Australia will be tasked with steering the #20 Ligier JS P3 to victory and the pair of expert racers present one of the most competitive lineups on the grid thanks to their diverse race history. Tagliani has over 200 races under his belt at the highest levels of North American, most of them in open-wheel racing, competing in IndyCar and CART/Champ Car. His new teammate, Taylor, is a championship winning GT driver who has found success in the Australian GT category and now heads to Asia to take on a new challenge in the FRD LMP3 Series.
VW continues to be burnt by filthy dirty diesel fuel and needs to switch to its new electric cars ASAP
Europe has seen the bulk of Volkswagen's efforts aimed at removing the emissions-cheating software installed in millions of diesel vehicles; it's the largest single market for TDI vehicles. The automaker received regulatory approval to implement a software and hardware fix in European markets very early on and has been distributing the fix to hundreds of thousands of vehicles since the spring of 2016.
Penske to appeal penalty (2nd Update) UPDATE The date for Team Penske's final appeal of L1-level penalties issued last month has been pushed back one day due to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race postponement at Bristol. NASCAR officials said the hearing is now scheduled for 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 26 at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. It previously had been scheduled for Tuesday.
Bristol race postponed until Monday (Update) UPDATE The forecast for Bristol calls for "occasional rain to end at 10:15am," with a "few showers" expected to resume between 5:00-6:00pm ET.
04/23/17 Heavy, persistent rain postponed the start of Sunday’s MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES race at Bristol Motor Speedway to Monday at 1:00 PM ET, live on FOX. Below are select quotes from former champion Kurt Busch and FOX NASCAR analysts Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond (from FOX NASCAR’s pre-race coverage at Bristol, which aired Sunday on NASCAR RACEDAY on FS1 and FOX NASCAR SUNDAY on FOX), as well as an updated programming schedule:
MotoGP Will Return To COTA After Strong Attendance This Weekend
3rd place finisher Dani Pedrosa
Yesterday's MotoGP race at Circuit of the Americas drew a "huge crowd that COTA officials said was larger than last year's 56,528," although "no numbers were released by MotoGP global rights holder Dorna."
The race was held on a "spectacular mid-70s day." COTA Chair Bobby Epstein "didn't directly address" the issue of the track's surface. But he said that he was "pleased with the attendance and confirmed that MotoGP will be back in Austin next year." AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Video: Bourdais maintains IndyCar points lead AR1.com catches up with Sebastien Bourdais after the 2017 GP of Alabama where he started 12th, finished 8th. Bourdais, gained positions during his first stint, making it as high as sixth before his first pit stop. He would then go on to battle for ninth with Tony Kanaan before eventually crossing the finish line in eighth following pit stops by cars ahead that were on a different pit stop sequence. Bourdais’ finish allows him to maintain his Championship points lead. He now sits six points ahead of Scott Dixon. Comment
Q&A with Mike Hull at 2017 GP of Alabama AR1 catches up to Chip Ganassi team boss Mike Hull on the grid of the GP of Alabama - is he happy with Honda? Is the goal to land a new engine manufacturer? What does he think about Alonso running the Indy 500? Comment
Q&A with Roger Penske at 2017 GP of Alabama AR1 catches up to Roger Penske on the grid of the GP of Alabama - can his Chevy team beat the Hondas today? What does he think about Alonso running the Indy 500? Comment
Alonso - "the Indy 500 is the biggest race in the world" Press Conference at the 2017 GP of Alabama IndyCar race Participants: Michael Andretti - Owner of Andretti Autosport Mark Miles - CEO of IndyCar (Had mic issues) Fernando Alonso - F1 and IndyCar Driver Zak Brown - CEO of McLaren F1
Q&A with McLaren CEO Zak Brown on McLaren and Honda running the Indy 500 At the 2017 GP of Alabama, AR1.com talks to McLaren F1 boss Zak Brown about how the Alonso to Indy deal came down and McLaren's possible future plans for IndyCar Racing Comment
Q&A with Honda HPD President Art St Cyr on supplying engines for Alonso at Indy At the 2017 GP of Alabama, AR1.com talks Art St. Cyr, CEO of Honda HPD, and arm of American Honda, about supplying engines for Fernando Alonso in the Indy 500 Comment
Q&A with IndyCar President Mark Miles after Fernando Alonso Press Conference At the 2017 GP of Alabama, AR1.com talks to the President and CEO of IndyCar, Mark Miles, about what it means for IndyCar and the Indy 500 that Fernando Alonso will be racing in the 2017 Indy 500 Comment
The 400th race in the history of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires might not be remembered as a classic but it will likely never be forgotten by Colton Herta. The 17-year-old son of 1993 Indy Lights champion Bryan Herta made the most of an advantageous opportunity as he led from flag-to-flag this afternoon for Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing at Barber Motorsports Park.
Sunday morning update from Alabama (Update) UPDATE The rain has stopped, the track has dried and the Indy Lights race is currently underway in the dry with Colton Herta in the lead.
04/23/17 The rain has stopped, the track has dried and the Indy Lights race is currently underway in the dry with Colton Herta in the lead.
Let's hope we see a bit of sun later today, but it's supposed to be overcast all day
04/23/17 Good morning from Barber Motorsports Park on race day. We did not escape the ran last night. It rained heavily after 6 pm last night and it is currently raining now. although the rain should stop later this morning, the high today is only supposed to be 65 degrees. That is a 20 degree change from the 80 degrees we experienced the last two days.
The buzz today is that Fernando Alonso will be at the track learning his team that he will be driving for in the 101st Indianapolis 500. The Formula One two time champion will be meeting the team members of Andretti Autosport and getting a feel for how things work in IndyCar.
Marco Andretti led a Honda 1-2-3 in this morning's rainy warm-up session for today's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Scott Dixon was second with Alexander Rossi third. Spencer Pigot and Ryan Hunter-Reay made it four Americans in the top-5. Pole sitter Will Power was 6th.
Coverage for today's race begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
F1 2017 - What Have We Learned So Far? 3 down, 17 to go. The 2017 F1 season is underway and already there are some hot topics to discuss. Using the Pure Pit Wall, this week we're talking about tyre degradation, overtakes and key learnings from Australia, China and Bahrain. Comment
Hinchcliffe makes TV acting debut on 'Private Eyes'
He's flashed his dance moves on "Dancing with the Stars" and shared his wit and knowledge on "Celebrity Family Feud." Now the world gets to see if Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe can act.
The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver recently taped a guest star role on "Private Eyes," the Toronto-based crime drama starring Jason Priestley, the former Indy Lights driver. The episode involving Hinchcliffe, who plays himself, is the season premiere for the second season and will air in May.
Ford's Q1 results do not bode well for 2017 DETROIT- -- The Super Duty pickup is hauling in cash for Ford Motor Co., but the company's bottom line is showing the effects of last year's redesign of the big truck.
The automaker on Thursday will report first-quarter earnings that are expected to decline about 50 percent from a year earlier. Among other factors, executives have pointed to higher parts costs associated with some of Ford's 2016 launches, including refreshes of the Escape and Fusion, a new Lincoln Continental and the first major redesign of the Super Duty since 1999.
A USF2000 Double for Askew at Barber as Frederick Again Impresses
Start of race
LEEDS, Ala. – This afternoon’s second leg of the Mazda USF2000 Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by Cooper Tires at Barber Motorsports Park, Round Four of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, ended in similar fashion to yesterday with young Americans Oliver Askew and Kaylen Frederick holding the top two positions. This time, though, a small mistake by 14-year-old Frederick gifted Cape Motorsports’ Askew a clear advantage which he held to the finish to claim his third win in just four starts.
Parker Thompson, from Red Deer, Alb., Canada, finished third for the Canadian Exclusive Autosport team.
Mostert breaks drought with Supercars victory at Phillip Island Supercheap Auto Racing Team's Chaz Mostert took victory in the second and final 250km race at the WD-40 Phillip Island 500, breaking an almost two-year drought between race victories.
Mostert’s Ford Prodrive racing teammate, Mark Winterbottom, followed him across the line with David Reynolds recording his first podium finish of the season, coming in third for Erebus Motorsport Holden.
Jimmie Johnson leads the list of drivers participating in the test scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday at the 2.5-mile. Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and David Ragan are also expected to attend in preparation for the July 23 event.
The Indy exercise marks the fourth of eight Goodyear tire tests scheduled for the Monster Energy Cup tour in 2017.
Ex-Busch girlfriend used charity money for legal fees
Patricia Driscoll (L) what a gal
Newly discovered FBI documents show Patricia Driscoll, who is under federal indictment for allegedly misappropriating over $600,000 from a charity designed to help wounded military members and their families, used money from the Armed Forces Foundation to pay her attorney fees in a court case where she falsely accused her ex-boyfriend, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, of assaulting her. More at Kickin' the Tires
Ross Chastain punched Jeremy Clements during Xfinity red flag
Clements and Chastain
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Jeremy Clements said he was stunned when Ross Chastain“socked me” during a red flag delay during Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Chastain and Clements had contact during the race and then Clements hit Chastain during a caution for rain. The race soon was stopped and drivers exited their cars. Clements came up from behind Chastain.
Video: Q&A with 2017 GP of Alabama Pole Sitter Will Power Will Power won his 4th pole at the Honda GP of Alabama at the Barber Motorsports Park Saturday. Find out what's his secret and how many pit stops we can expect in the race Sunday Comment
Q&A with Scott Dixon after GP of Alabama Qualifying IndyCar driver Scott Dixon gives his opinion on disabling Push-To-Pass when you are the car in front, opening the pits during caution flags, and his chances Sunday against the powerful Penske team Comment
Video: GP of Alabama Saturday Press Conference The top-5 qualifiers for the 2017 GP of Alabama talk about their results and the race tomorrow. Drivers 1st - Will Power 2nd - Helio Castroneves 3rd - James Hinchcliffe 4th - Scott Dixon 5th - Ryan Hunter-Reay
LEEDS, Ala. – Nico Jamin made a textbook pass for the lead in the early stages of this afternoon’s opening leg of the Mazda Indy Lights Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by Cooper Tires at Barber Motorsports Park, then edged away to become the third different winner in as many races this year in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.
The 21-year-old Frenchman, driving for Andretti Autosport, who also won at Barber in 2015 en route to winning the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, became the 132nd different winner in the 31-year history of Indy Lights, which tomorrow will celebrate its milestone 400th race. With the win, Jamin joins Sage Karam, Spencer Pigot, Matthew Brabham and Aaron Telitz as drivers to win on all three rungs.
Fitzgerald Glider Kits to sponsor Montoya at Indy 500
Team Penske announced today that Fitzgerald Glider Kits, North America’s leading truck glider kit assembler, is building on its partnership with the team in NASCAR to become a primary sponsor for three Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2017, including the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28 with driver Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya will be pursuing his third Indianapolis 500 victory after winning the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in 2015 while driving for Team Penske.
GP Of Alabama: Power leads Penske Chevy 1-2-3 in final practice
As they did in Friday morning's practice, the Penske Chevy team finished 1-2-3 in final practice for the GP of Alabama on Saturday morning. Will Power turned a lap of 1m06.995s to lead teammates Josef Newgarden and Helio Castroneves who were 1/10th and 2/10ths of a sec. slower respectively.
It would have been a Penske Chevy 1-2-3-4 if not for Mikhail Aleshin who put up a lap of 1m07.260s to finish 4th ahead of Simon Pagenaud in the 4th Penske car
Q&A with AJ Foyt Driver Conor Daly at the 2017 GP of Alabama AR1.com talks to Conor Daly about Fernando Alonso running the Indy 500, his impressions with Barber Motorsports track, and how his team is coping with the switchover from Honda power to Chevy in the offseason Comment
When will Juncos Racing announce their Indy 500 drivers? Indy Lights team owner Riccardo Juncos will be entering cars in the 2017 Indy 500. Find out how far along his plans are, when he hopes to make an announcement what his plans are for 2018. Comment
Montana to close tax loophole on exotic cars For years, many exotic car buyers have been registering their cars in Montana thanks to a loophole in the law that allows them to avoid paying sales tax. Now, according to local news site Bozeman Daily Chronicle, that may all come to an end with the “Ferrari Tax.” Here’s a look at the cars that will be affected, as well as the tax they’d have to pay if this bill goes through.
Up until now, many exotic car owners have gotten around sales tax by simply registering their vehicles with law firms that create special Limited Liability Companies. Now, as a part of House Bill 650, owners of exotic cars valued at over $150,000 may soon have to pay a one percent annual tax. This “Ferrari Tax,” Bozeman Daily Chronicle says, could raise up to $2.5 million in 2018, and even more in subsequent years.
Saturday morning update from Barber Motorsports Park
Good morning from Barber Motorsports Park. It looks like today's weather will be a repeat of Friday, sunny and 86 degrees. The rain that was predicted earlier in the week for today is no longer in the forecast. But a chance of early showers may happen on Sunday.
Yesterday's practice times were favorable for Team Penske, which has not had the best results in the first two races of this season. Will Power, driving the number 12 Verizon entry, was second fastest in combined practice times. Helio Castroneves, driving the number 3 entry, was fourth fastest. And the newcomer, Josef Newgarden, sporting a new paint scheme on his car with Fitzgerald Glider Kits sponsorship, was sixth fastest.
Coulthard claims eventful race victory and Championship lead at Phillip Island
Despite an early tire failure, Fabian Coulthard took victory at Phillip Island today
Shell V-Power Racing Team’s Fabian Coulthard has claimed the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship points lead by winning today’s first 250km race of the WD-40 Phillip Island 500.
Coulthard claimed the win after starting from second on the grid behind teammate Scott McLaughlin. Holden’s Jamie Whincup finished second and Garth Tander recorded his first podium finish of 2017 coming in third.
Millican, C. Force, Coughlin, Jr. Lead Houston NHRA Qualifying
Clay Millican powered his Parts Plus / Great Clips Top Fuel dragster to the qualifying lead Friday at the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway Park.
Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) were also provisional leaders in their respective categories at the fifth of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season schedule.
Millican, who is still seeking his first NHRA Top Fuel win, set the track elapsed time record with his 3.722-second run at 325.69 mph during the second qualifying session.
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