Video: Racing careers - Knowing When To Move Up As we all know, the road to the top for a driver can often be a very slippery slope. How many times have we seen one small mis-step end a very promising career? - Just like that.
How do you know when it's the right time to move up? And when you need a little more seasoning?
Fernando Alonso arrived in Russia Thursday morning after his whistle stop tour of the USA saw him take in the IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama and visit the Andretti team shop in Indianapolis.
Alonso told Adam Cooper he had learned a lot on the trip.
"Everything is different there,” he said on arrival in Sochi. "The paddock, the people, the fans around the car, around you, the way you interact with the team, with the competitors, the drivers’ briefing. I was invited to the drivers’ briefing, and there were things that were definitely different compared to here.
Pocono Raceway Planning Money-Back Guarantee If Races Postponed Due To Weather
Rain at Pocono last year
Pocono Raceway is "initiating a new incentive for fans this year -- a 'worry-free weather guarantee,'" according to Zach Sturniolo of the POCONO RECORD.
If any NASCAR or IndyCar race is "postponed due to weather, fans who purchase their tickets directly through PoconoRaceway.com who cannot attend the postponed event will be eligible for a full refund minus taxes and fees."
Verizon IndyCar Series VP/Communications Curt Cavin said, "I wouldn't be surprised if that becomes the industry standard."
No. 78 team penalized for post-race violation at Bristol
NASCAR handed down penalties to a pair of teams following the Monster Energy Cup and XFINITY Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
After Martin Truex Jr. drove to an eighth-place finish in Sunday’s Food City 500, NASCAR officials found one lug nut was improperly installed on the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry. The post-race violation resulted in a $10,000 fine for crew chief Cole Pearn -- the least severe among lug-nut penalties.
Oberto and Circle K Join Andretti for Phoenix IndyCar Event
Oberto Livery for Phoenix for Michael Andretti
Seattle-based all natural beef jerky company Oberto, along with Circle K, will take over the paint scheme of Marco Andretti’s No. 27 Honda-powered Indy car for Saturday’s 250-lap Verizon IndyCar Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
“Oberto has been a strong partner for us on the Global Rallycross front, and we’re excited to welcome them to our IndyCar program as well as Marco’s primary sponsor for Phoenix,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “We’re looking forward to success for Oberto and Circle K on two fronts this weekend – with Marco in Phoenix, and Scott Speed in Memphis.”
Hendrick Motorsports has no timetable for naming Earnhardt, Jr's replacement A Hendrick Motorsports executive said Wednesday there is no timetable - or concern - for finding Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s replacement in the #88 Chevrolet.
"Obviously it's an important decision for us, and one we're going to take our time, and we're going to find the right person, the right fit for all the factors that go into that," Hendrick Motorsports general manager Doug Duchardt said during "The Morning Drive" on the SiriusXM NASCAR channel. "We really don't have a timeline on that. I feel real fortunate in the talent we have around us, and so I feel like we're going to be in a good spot no matter where we land. We're going to take our time and make the right decision for that car, the sponsors and the fans."
NASCAR drivers test at the Brickyard With less than a month until the Indianapolis 500 and just days before IndyCar will dominate Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a month, the yard of bricks gave way to NASCAR for a Goodyear tire test, which included Jimmie Johnson, who is coming off back-to-back cup wins following Monday’s win at Bristol.
Wednesday marked the second day of testing for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams. Drivers participating included Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and David Ragan.
Earnhardt's retirement will not bring IndyCar more fans
Dale Earnhardt Jr's fans have zero interest in IndyCar
The hits just keep on coming. First it was Jeff Gordon. Then Tony Stewart. Then Carl Edwards. And on Tuesday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. became the latest NASCAR titan to announce plans to walk away from the sport.
And the timing couldn’t be worse. Even with Earnhardt in tow the past few years, NASCAR crowds have dwindled along with its television ratings. According to Nielsen, NASCAR viewership has plummeted 45 percent since 2005 -- from around 9 million viewers per race to 4.6 million last year.
In truth, Earnhardt’s announcement could provide a brief stimulus to the reeling series, as fans tune in to catch their final glimpses of the 14-time most popular driver behind the wheel.
Let's get real. Infomercials on network TV get a 0.39 TV rating all the time
The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America’s First continues to be a favorite of fans attending in person and watching on television.
Sunday’s race telecast on NBCSN drew a rating 50 percent higher than the 2016 telecast. Weekend attendance at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham totaled 82,745 and resulted in a 10 percent increase in ticket revenue.
The final TV rating was 0.39, up from a 0.26 rating in 2016. Top-rated local markets included Indianapolis, Birmingham, West Palm Beach, Richmond (Virginia) and Phoenix – the latter the site of this weekend’s next Verizon IndyCar Series race, the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix. The race from the Phoenix Raceway oval will also be televised on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET Saturday.
FOX NASCAR at Richmond Quotes & Programming Schedule NASCAR heads to Richmond International Raceway this weekend, with FOX Sports set to offer 19 hours of live action from the three-quarter-mile oval. Included are FOX’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Sunday, April 30 (2:00 PM ET) and FS1’s live coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES on Saturday, April 29 (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.
If it wasn't for TV revenue, NASCAR track owners ISC and SMI would be significantly down
SMI saw admission revenue down 4% in Q1, which it attributed to lower overall attendance for its two NASCAR national series weekends. SMI Vice Chair & CFO Bill Brooks reported Atlanta Motor Speedway is up year-over-year in attendance for its sole NASCAR national series weekend, while Las Vegas was down. Overall, revenue was down in three of the four segments SMI tracks writes Adam Stern of Sportsbusinessdaily.
Admission revenue came in down 4%, from $15.4M in ’16 to $14.8M in ’17, largely due to lower aggregate attendance between the two races year-over-year.
IMS Seating To Be Smoke-Free Beginning in October 2017 INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today that its grandstands will be entirely smoke-free beginning with the 2017 Red Bull Air Race. In addition, leading up to the Air Race, the track will provide limited smoke-free family grandstands at select Month of May events and at the Brickyard 400.
"Our fans should be able to sit in their seats while enjoying a smoke-free experience," Hulman & Company President and CEO Mark Miles said. "Starting in the fall, we'll be able to provide this opportunity to all of our customers."
Updated Rule Book for SCORE International now online SCORE International has updated and posted online its 2017 Rule Book for the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship. Available at http://score-international.com/raceinfo/rule-book/introduction/, the 2017 SCORE electronic rule book may be viewed by computer, iPhone and iPad.
CTECH Manufacturing Signs Naming Rights Agreement for Road America Motorplex Road America announced today a new partnership with CTECH Manufacturing, the leader in innovative aluminum storage carts, cabinets and drawers in mobile applications, for the naming rights of its renowned Motorplex: a world class, multi-use, multi-configuration one-mile track used by the Road America Karting Club and the Road America Supermoto School. Road America also uses the Motorplex facility for numerous auto manufacturers' new car introductions, ride-and-drive events, driving schools, media and numerous group event based programs. The facility will now be known as the CTECH Manufacturing Motorplex.
Video: 1987 Phoenix 200 Video of the 1987 Phoenix 200 a CART IndyCar race. Note all the fans. Tony George decided he had to destroy CART and he did. You will see 1/10th the number of fans at Phoenix this coming weekend, and 1/10th the TV ratings, the result of destroying CART. Comment
The Electric-Car Boom Is Real Electric cars are coming fast -- and that’s not just the opinion of carmakers anymore. Total SA, one of the world’s biggest oil producers, is now saying EVs may constitute almost a third of new-car sales by the end of the next decade reports Bloomberg.
The surge in battery powered vehicles will cause demand for oil-based fuels to peak in the 2030s, Total Chief Energy Economist Joel Couse said at Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s conference in New York on Tuesday. EVs will make up 15 percent to 30 percent of new vehicles by 2030, after which fuel "demand will flatten out," Couse said. "Maybe even decline."
Boccolacci tops first day in Valencia Dorian Boccolacci has carried over his Barcelona form to the new pre-season GP3 Series test at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, setting the fastest time of the first day in the morning session with a time of 1:21.191 to lead the way ahead of Jack Aitken and George Russell, who topped the afternoon session with a late lap of 1:21.814 ahead of Alessio Lorandi and Boccolacci.
British F4 driver Billy Monger airlifted to hospital after HORRIFIC crash (4th Update) UPDATE The FIA and Motor Sport Association have launched an investigation into the April 16 British F4 crash at Donington that severely injured teenage driver Billy Monger, forcing the amputation of both legs.
"The Motor Sports Association is investigating the F4 British Championship incident at Donington Park that left Billy Monger with life-changing injuries,” the MSA said in a statement. “This investigation is ongoing with the support of the world governing body for motorsport, the FIA. Until this investigation is concluded, there can be no further comment regarding the specifics of the incident.
"The thoughts of all at the MSA are with Billy and his family at this difficult time, and it has been incredible to see the extraordinary outpouring of support from the motorsport community."
Concept of 'team' in INDYCAR racing impresses Alonso Fernando Alonso has more than just a new track and a new car to learn as he prepares to compete in the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next month. He also faces a new approach to racing his teammates.
In Formula One, a teammate is as much an opponent as an ally. One need look no further than the ferocious battles between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg during the past three years.
In the Verizon IndyCar Series, however, teammates often play the role of defender and assistant. It’s a different approach to team strategy than F1, where the duels between teammates are often as dramatic as the duels between teams.
Ed Carpenter Racing’s two drivers could not be more ready for the first oval race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season, contested this Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway. Ed Carpenter will climb back behind the wheel of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet for his first race since August of 2016, while Hildebrand regains control of the sister No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet after being sidelined for one race with a broken hand.
FOX Analysts React to News of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Retirement CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's 14-time most popular driver, announced Tuesday he will retire from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series following the conclusion of the 2017 season. Earnhardt, who missed the final 18 races of the 2016 season due to a concussion, will step away from racing after a career spanning most of 19 seasons and more than 600 starts.
Below, FOX NASCAR analysts Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds and play-by-play announcer Mike Joy share their thoughts on the news.
Apple races to catch-up on autonomous vehicles Apple Inc.’s plan for autonomous vehicles calls for putting more-senior engineers in all of its cars than some of its rivals are using for road tests, a move that suggests the company is still in the early phases of testing its technology, analysts say writes Tripp Mickle and Tim Higgins of The Wall Street Journal.
In a permit issued April 14 by the state of California, obtained Friday through a public-records request, Apple identifies six employees, including roboticists who worked at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, who will be in the front seat of three Lexus sport-utility vehicles outfitted with technology to make them autonomous.
IMS Statement about Retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr. after 2017 Season
Dale Jr. at Indy in 2015
INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced April 25 that he will retire as a driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after the 2017 season.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles made this statement about Earnhardt, whose illustrious career includes two Daytona 500 victories, 26 overall Cup points-paying victories, two NASCAR XFINITY Series championships and a record 14 consecutive NASCAR Most Popular Driver Awards:
“Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a NASCAR legend, and everyone at IMS offers him best wishes after his retirement as a full-time driver. His legacy is secure as a champion, a winner, a great ambassador for motorsports and a class act. Dale always has given so much of himself to everyone, especially the fans. We’re looking forward to seeing him race one more time at IMS during the Brickyard 400 weekend on July 21-23. And, as a promoter, I’m usually neutral and support the field, but frankly I hope Dale wins the 2017 Brickyard 400!”
Video: Fernando Alonso Gets IndyCar Seat Fitting Here is a photo collage of Fernando Alonso at the Andretti Autosport shop on Monday and some photos for F1 fans of what he will experience on race day Comment
Motocross Athlete to attempt longest motorcycle jump at Talladega (Update) UPDATE Motocross rider Alex Harvill's scheduled world record motorcycle jump at Talladega Superspeedway "has been canceled." The stunt was to take place prior to the May 7 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Geico 500. Monster Energy said that Harvill "sustained a foot injury this week practicing for the planned 425-foot ramp-to-ramp leap in the Talladega infield"
Professional Motocross Athlete Alex Harvill poses near the iconic Start/Finish line at Talladega Superspeedway. He will make a Guinness World Record attempt for the longest jump on the track's infamous infield just moments prior to the GEICO 500 race
04/22/17 Monster Energy is at it again. As the Corona, California-based company has done throughout the entire 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, they will take things to another level when professional motocross athlete Alex Harvill sets out to fly far beyond the Guinness World Record (GWR) for longest jump at Talladega Superspeedway - NASCAR's biggest and most outrageous track.
The attempt on the infamous track infield is scheduled to take place on May 7 just moments before the command to start engines at the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race airing live on FOX at 2:00 p.m. EST. Tickets can be purchased to see the world record jump attempt and for the GEICO 500 at 1-877-GO2-DEGA or online at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com
NASCAR's biggest star, Dale Earnhardt Jr., to retire Hendrick Motorsports announced in a tweet on Tuesday morning that driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire from the NASCAR Cup Series at the end of the 2017 season. He is so popular this is likely to have a negative impact on attendance and TV ratings.
Chevrolet reported today that 3,492 Bolt EV owners in the United States have driven a cumulative 4,570,300 miles as of April 2, 2017 since the vehicle went on sale in December 2016. These all-electric miles have resulted in more than 175,000 gallons of fuel saved based on the average EPA-estimated 26 mpg for 2017 vehicles in the U.S.
The Bolt EV offers an impressive EPA-estimated 238 miles of range; however, one Bolt EV owner set a new range record by traveling 310 miles on a single charge and on a continuous trip*. While this achievement is not typical of average Bolt EV range, some drivers are finding new roads and new range. The average Bolt EV owner drives approximately 53 miles per day, demonstrating the vehicle’s versatility as a daily driver and road trip-ready crossover.
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kyle Busch can't seem to shake his problems with Goodyear.
For the second time this year and the second consecutive Bristol race, Busch found himself in the garage after tire problems. He twice had flats Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway, the second one ending his day with a crash on Lap 384 of the Food City 500.
"I just really have no idea why the fastest car out there keeps blowing a tire," Busch said after his 35th-place finish in the rain-delayed NASCAR Cup race. "We were coming through the field twice. If people want to see racing and people coming from the back to the front, you've got to have tires that can last."
Verizon Installs New Technology At Indy Motor Speedway For IndyCar Fans
Verizon Matsing Ball
Indiana's first permanent installations of Matsing Ball technology are being deployed at the Indianapolis 500 track by Verizon this year to enhance network coverage for IndyCar fans. Built by hand and each installed with 36 to 60 antennas, the large spheres that can weigh more than 600 pounds have been installed at four locations inside the Speedway grounds.
Verizon Principal Engineer Dan Huffman said the updates this year represent the largest installation of Matsing Ball technology in the United States and the first in Indiana.
Alonso Began Indy 500 Learning Process with Visit To Barber
Alonso listen in on Andretti communications
A racer is a racer is a racer.
If nothing more can be gleaned from Fernando Alonso’s visit today to Barber Motorsports Park – and his plan to race in the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28 – it’s that racers share one goal: to be faster than the rest, no matter the car or venue.
And to do that, they occasionally need assistance from other racers.
(GMM) Haas appears unlikely to complete its brake manufacturer switch ahead of this weekend's Russian grand prix.
After complaining throughout 2016 and now into 2017 about the feeling from his Brembo-supplied brakes, Romain Grosjean got to try the equipment of rival manufacturer Carbon Industries at the recent Bahrain test.
It is believed Haas has been reluctant to make the switch before now, because Brembo is a long-time and trusted partner of the American team's technical partner Ferrari.
Toyota thinks fuel cells are the future for trucks Tesla may have garnered buzz surrounding the announcement it will reveal a semi truck in September, but Toyota this week showed how it imagines revolutionizing the trucking industry.
This hunk of tractor trailer metal is called Project Portal, and it's powered exclusively by a hydrogen fuel cell system.
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