High-resolution maps from space are expected to revolutionize autonomous driving
NTT Data sponsors the IndyCar series
Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD), global space technology pioneer Maxar Technologies (Maxar) and leading IT service provider and IndyCar sponsor NTT DATA Corporation will work in the creation of space technology in the future.Automated HD maps for autonomous vehicles. The maps are designed to build on high-resolution satellite imagery. This is an important step in advancing the Automated Mapping Platform (AMP), TRI-Ads concept of a public software platform, and the scalability of autonomous driving.
Autonomous vehicles use a variety of real-time sensors to ensure a safe ride. For proper functioning, these sensors must be matched with an HD card. According to TRI AD analysis, HD maps cover less than one percent of the global road network.
Penske Opens Fast-Charging Stations for Electric Commercial Trucks in California
Roger Penske and his wife Kathy
Electric cars aren't the only electric vehicles that need faster charging. Penske Truck Leasing, an arm of the vast Penske motorsports and business empire, has installed 14 DC fast-charging stations for electric commercial trucks at four of its facilities in Southern California. The company believes these are the first operational fast-charging stations in the United States designed specifically for commercial trucks.
NASCAR Appeals Board upholds Reed Jr. penalty The National Motorsports Appeals Panel has upheld a penalty against NASCAR K&N Pro Series East crew chief Kevin Reed Jr.
Reed was working as crew chief on the No. 19 Toyota driven by Hailie Deegan at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on April 6. He became involved in an altercation with a NASCAR officials after being given a directive by NASCAR.
As a result of the confrontation, Reed was fined $2,500, his NASCAR license was revoked and he was indefinitely suspended from NASCAR.
National Motorsports Appeals Panel decided that Reed violated the rules set forth in the penalty notice and upheld the original penalty. The Panel consisted of three people – Chuck Deery, Bill Mullis and Dale Pinilis.
Reed has the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book.
Watkins Glen International extends partnership with Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Watkins Glen International and the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel have announced a multi-year extension to make the property the Preferred Hotel of the iconic 3.4-mile circuit, taking effect immediately.
“We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with an award-winning property like The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “During our race season, it has not only become a popular choice for many of the fans, crews and competitors, but also a popular destination for visitors to the area, no matter the time of year.”
Race team owner and former champion race-car driver Bobby Rahal will be honored on June 27 by the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) with the 2019 Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.
The 2019 award will be the sixth presented by the IMRRC. Chip Ganassi was the inaugural recipient in 2014. Richard Petty and Roger Penske were honorees in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Mario Andretti was cited in 2017 and Jim France and the France Family were honored in 2018.
ROKiT Williams Racing and the Financial Times Announce Partnership
The FT logo will appear on the inside of the rear-wing end plate of the FW42 (where hardly anyone sees it)
ROKiT WILLIAMS RACING AND THE FINANCIAL TIMES are pleased to announce a multi-year partnership. This will increase both organization's’ visibility among global, influential audiences and combine marketing assets, enabling the team’s commercial partners to access integrated sponsorship and advertising solutions.
The deal sees the FT become an Official Partner of ROKiT Williams Racing ahead of this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix. It is the first time the FT has partnered with a team in Formula One, complementing the FT’s successful annual event and content series entitled 'The Business of Formula One'.
Formula E challenges 'essence of motor sport' - Hamilton
If F1 and IndyCar someday run with pure electric power, it will be the end of motorsports as we know it. It began with the internal combustion engine but once the smell and sound is gone, will it survive the electric motor era?
(GMM) Electric cars threaten the "basic essence of motor sport".
That is the view of five time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who nonetheless says he enjoys watching Formula E.
"The cars are getting cooler every year," he told Sport Bild.
"I watch the races and find it fascinating to see the future of car racing."
So while he thinks Formula E is "fun", it's still hard to compare with the things that inspired him as a kid.
Video: Jay Frye explains the new IndyCar AFP device
Driver's view of AFP
IndyCar is implementing the Advanced Frontal Protection Device (AFP) at this year's Indy races and today IndyCar President Jay Frye explained the purpose of the device to the media. We were there to listen in.
The AFP is causing increased turbulence in the cockpit causing the drivers to experience buffeting of the driver's helmet. The teams compensating by adding a small wicker just behind the AFP.
Video: Q&A with McLaren's Bob Fernley at Indy 500 Open test McLaren IndyCar boss Bob Fernley spoke with AR1.com before today' rain shortened open test session cut short Fernando Alonso's track time in preparation for the 2019 Indy 500 Comment
Drivers use Indianapolis open test to gear up for Indy 500
Drivers, teams and fans got a taste of May in April at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and came away hungry for more.
Wednesday's NTT IndyCar Series open test on the world-famous 2.5-mile oval permitted 29 drivers to get comfortable in their machines, go through team test checklists and provide rookies and veterans who've been out of the cockpit a while the chance to pass evaluations that clear them to run at full tilt when practice for the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge begins in 20 days. The 103rd running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" is just 32 days away on Sunday, May 26.
MATHEUS LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): "Solid day at the track, I think. We managed to do a couple laps and that was important for us. It's just good to be back here, back in the speedway car. It's been a long time since the last time I drove one of these, so just happy to be here again. Working towards May now. Just trying to put everything together, doing laps by myself. We didn't really run in traffic today, which wasn't our goal, and I think it was a good shakedown for us. We finished P5 or P6, no-tow speed, so I think that was good. We've just gotta keep in mind that the conditions in the Month of May are going to be different, the track's probably going to be hotter and everything, but for the first time here this year it was good. Looking forward to the Month of May now."
Ross, F1 Scrap Downtown Miami Race, will move to Hard Rock Stadium site
Hard Rock Stadium Site
Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross and F1 have "mutually decided to scrap a year-long effort" to bring a race to downtown Miami, as they "determined that the disruption to businesses and residents downtown would be too great."
Rather, the sides are "working on a new idea: put the race adjacent to Hard Rock Stadium."
In a rain interrupted session that was forced to end 15 min. short of its allotted time, Colton Herta turned the fastest lap at over 226 mph to lead only 9 drivers that managed to get out on track during the 2nd practice session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This session was run by rookies and drivers who have had little or no IndyCar seat time this year.
Sato Fastest in Indy 500 Test - Rookie Session Starts at 5:45 pm (2nd Update)
Sato won in 2017
UPDATE Results from the Veterans Test added below.
04/24/19 The Rookie session has just started at 5:45 pm. But before the first lap was completed, the McLaren car just slowed and caused the first yellow of the session. It has been reported that the reason is a low battery, so hopefully nothing else is wrong. This number 66 car was built in England and is running on the oval for the first time.
Noon update from the Indy 500 Test - Updated Schedule UPDATE IndyCar has revised the session times as follow:
3:30-5:30 pm Veterans
5:30-7:30 pm Rookies
7:30-8 pm All cars (pending conditions)
Since the track is drying quicker than anticipated, we could go green as early as 3:15 pm with the same two hour window.
Rain has stopped
The rain has stopped and the sky to the west is getting lighter. The safety trucks are out drying the track. Radar is not showing any other rain until after 6 pm tonight. It is still pretty wet in pit lane so it might be another hour before IndyCar decides what to do with the schedule for the rest of today.
Morning Update from Indianapolis 500 Testing --2nd Update UPDATE The rain is now steadily falling at the Speedway. Race control just announced that the track will have to be dried before any activities resume.
04/24/19UPDATE With 11 minutes into the veterans session, moisture forced a yellow flag. Ed Carpenter, the 2017 and 2018 pole sitter for the 500, is on top of the charts. Marco Andretti, driving a red number 98 honoring his grandfather's win here in 1969, is second fastest.
Only half of the 20 drivers in this session posted a time.
We have been told that there is too much moisture on the track at the moment and we will have an update in an hour.
Castroneves going for 4th win
Good morning from the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is not the ideal day for running at 200 mph. It is 50 degrees under cloudy skies. A bit of sprinkles happened at 9:30 in Gasoline Alley but that did not continue. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 60s later today.
Today's schedule is 11am to 6 pm. The veterans will take to the track at 11 am for two hours. Rookie orientation program and refresher tests are from 1-3 pm. Then all participants are allowed to be on track from 3-6pm.
McLaren Returns To Indianapolis 500 With Today's Test Run
McLaren prepped IndyCar for Alonso
McLaren and its "trademark papaya orange car will be back on the track" today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a test, as the racing team is competing in the Indy 500 for the first time since '76. Driver Fernando Alonso "had McLaren’s support" in his '17 Indianapolis 500 debut, but he "drove for Andretti Autosport and McLaren as a team carried little responsibility."
Three questions for Mercedes DTM driver Maximilian Gotz
Maximilian Gotz is one of the most experienced drivers in the ADAC GT Masters. At Oschersleben on the last weekend in April, the 33-year-old MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport squad member will embark on his seventh season in the Super Sports Car League. This time, he will have a new team-mate: for the 14 races of the forthcoming campaign, Indy Dontje will be sharing the cockpit of the number 47 Mercedes-AMG GT3.
NASCAR makes its first visit of the season to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, and with it will come a new left side tire in both Cup and Xfinity. Right side tires remain the same from those used in both Cup races and the sole Xfinity race last season at Talladega.
According to a Goodyear media release, “Talladega exhibits some wear characteristics, though teams are still able to employ some tire strategy – two-tire and fuel-only stops – that leads to chances to trade fresh rubber for track position. Because it is possible to pit at Talladega and not lose a lap to the race leaders, that opens up strategy plays for teams outside the top 10 to short pit and gain track position when the rest of the field pits at the end of a stage.”
More than 20 U.S. Air Force recruits were on hand at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today as Conor Daly joined U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service Commander Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt to unveil the No. 25 Indianapolis 500 livery. Paying tribute to fighter jets throughout America’s Air Force history, Daly’s Indy 500 colors display the iconic shark teeth war paint often carried into battle by the A-10 Thunderbolt, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35 Lightening.
Polestar, the electric performance brand, has announced the expansion of its management team in North America. Six new appointments have taken place as the company prepares for the roll-out of Polestar Spaces, initial deliveries of the Polestar 1 to customers, and the launch of the Polestar 2 – the brand’s first fully-electric car.
Led in the region by Gregor Hembrough, North America is one of three key regions for Polestar. Launched in 2017 as a standalone brand from the Volvo Car Group, Polestar has since begun recruiting a global retailer network, constructed a new factory, and will soon begin production of its first car, the 600 horsepower Polestar 1.
Preferred Freezer Services Backs Carpenter At Indy
Preferred Freezer Services will back Ed Carpenter in the 2019 Indianapolis 500. (IndyCar Photo)
Preferred Freezer Services will continue its sponsorship agreement with Ed Carpenter Racing, with the company backing team owner Ed Carpenter as he attempts to qualify for the 103rd Indianapolis 500.
Preferred Freezer Services, a global leader in the cold storage, warehousing, distribution and logistics industry, first teamed up with Ed Carpenter Racing to field a second car for the team in the 2014 Indianapolis 500. The company has supported ECR’s Indianapolis 500 program each year since, serving as primary partner on six entries for the 500-mile race over the past five years.
Hendrick Motorsports Set To Unveil Esports Platform, Branding
Hendrick Motorsports this morning will reveal its esports platform, Hendrick Motorsports Gaming Club. The announcement will include debuting a logo and having a production day with the two new drivers the team drafted for the inaugural season of the NASCAR eHeat Pro League.
The team created social media handles on Twitter and Instagram for the new platform, and it will use the Nos. 5 and 25 for its cars in the new Pro League, which uses the "NASCAR Heat 3" console game on PS4 and Xbox One.
Ferrari to introduce first 2019 updates this weekend
How far will Hamilton be ahead of the Ferraris this weekend? Will Mercedes bring better upgrades than Ferrari?
Ahead of this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, team boss Mattia Binotto has confirmed that the first updates for the SF90 will be introduced.
"We are bringing a few updates to Baku, as the first step in the development of the SF90," he said.
"Coming off the back of three races that definitely didn't go the way we wanted, this is another important moment for us," he admitted. "We have prepared for it very well, analyzing all the data we have acquired up until now, looking at areas where we can improve and working on adapting the car's set-up and the power unit management to the characteristics of the track.
F1 esports champion Brendon Leigh crashes in on-track debut
Brendon Leigh (C) crashed on his real racing debut
Formula One's inaugural esports champion Brendon Leigh crashed during his on-track racing debut at the weekend proving eSports can help a real race car driver, but it does not make a gamer a real race car driver
Leigh, 19, has won both esports championships held by F1, in 2017 during its first championship and in 2018 as part of the Mercedes team he still belongs to. He became something of a viral sensation during the first final for wagging his finger tauntingly at a rival driver.
Ford responds to Mustang getting neutered (2nd Update)
The Penske Mustangs will unleash more HP in response to the changes
UPDATEFord statement disputing need for change
Mustang Supercar Teams to Modify Mustang Ahead of Pirtek Perth SuperNight at the Request of the Supercars Technical Department
Supercars exercises Technical Parity rules on Mustang Supercars, requests changes to the aerodynamic package
Supercars Mustang teams, committed to proving their capabilities, will comply with requirements and update their cars in time for the Pirtek Perth SuperNight event, 2-4 May 2019.
Mustang was approved and signed off at the Supercars Controlled Aerodynamic Test (VCAT 9) by all homologating teams (DJR Team Penske, Triple Eight Race Engineering and Kelly Racing) in the closest results ever measured at any prior VCAT
Mustang was designed and built within the rules, with every component and part approved by Supercars before being manufactured, tested, homologated by Supercars and ultimately raced in the 2019 season
Harley Davidson's 'Livewire' backs Envision Formula E team
Harley Davidson's first electric motorcycle - the LiveWire
Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing today announced that Harley-Davidson, one of the world’s most iconic motorcycle brands has agreed to a multi-year sponsorship of the team. The sponsorship reflects Harley-Davidson’s commitment and excitement to lead in the rapidly evolving EV mobility space, and enthusiasm to share evocative and new electric-powered performance experiences with a growing global audience.
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