Tony Kanaan scooted through Gasoline Alley on a golf cart Wednesday as if he were still running the fastest lap during testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Lunch hour during the manufacturer’s test meant heading home early for Kanaan, who two days after posting the top speed (226.680 mph) in his No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet was running similar laps. Windy conditions prompted his team to call it a day early. Ed Carpenter was second with a 224.466 mph best.
The Save Mart Companies Offer Lowest Price Tickets for Northern California NASCAR Fans
Sonoma Raceway and The Save Mart Companies have teamed up once again to offer Northern California race fans the lowest-price adult tickets and free kids tickets for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 24.
Spencer Gallagher won at Talladega last weekend. He went from hero to zero in 4 days.
GMS Racing was notified that driver Spencer Gallagher gave a positive result from a NASCAR drug screen. GMS fully supports NASCAR's policy on substance abuse and we do not condone this type of behavior. First and foremost, our entire organization wants to apologize to NASCAR, our sponsors, teammates and fans due to this policy violation. Spencer has agreed to participate in NASCAR's Road to Recovery program. A substitute driver will be announced at a later date." - Mike Beam, President of GMS Racing.
"I recently have had a positive result in a NASCAR drug screen which has violated NASCAR's substance abuse policy. I want to assure everyone in the NASCAR community this one time error in judgement will never happen again. I am taking the steps to enroll in the Road to Recovery program supported by NASCAR. I would like to say that I am sorry to all of the GMS organization for my actions, especially my team and team owner, who have worked so hard this year and have put faith in me. I also want to apologize to NASCAR, Chevrolet and my fans for letting them down. I have not upheld the behavior that is expected of me. I promise you all here and [now], I will do whatever it takes to make this right." - Spencer Gallagher, Driver No. 23
Karam Enjoys his Return to IMS Tuesday in Testing for Indy 500
Sage Karam on pit lane
Young Sage Karam, entering his fifth Indianapolis 500, made his first appearance since last May at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday when the famed two-and-half mile oval was open for a testing session with veteran Indy 500 racers. The 102nd Indy 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 27.
Driving the pretty No. 24 WIX Filters/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet Dallara under a sunny sky, Karam debuted an all-new chassis Tuesday with new bodywork, brakes and electronics in running 45 laps with a best speed of 218.600 miles per hour.
Under clear skies and warm temperatures similar to what they’ll expect in September, four of NASCAR’s top drivers shook down the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL in a Goodyear tire test on Tuesday.
The high-speed trial runs around Charlotte’s 2.28-mile road course oval served as valuable experience for drivers making preparations for the Sept. 28-30 Bank of America 500, the first playoff road course race in NASCAR history.
Video: Gil De Ferran On Fernando Alonso's Indianapolis 500 Assault
Gil de Ferran talks to Zak Brown
Fernando Alonso's participation at last year's Indianapolis 500 was arguably the biggest story in world motorsport last year. And though he was not to be victorious this time, the 2-time Formula One World Champion laid his claim to be a champion as he led 27 laps before engine failure saw him bow out from the race with just a few laps remaining.
Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to man behind the headlines, 2003 Indy Champion and mentor to Alonso, Gil De Ferran, whose wisdom and experience may yet prove the vital ingredient in the Spanish driver's quest to win racing's coveted Triple Crown.
Pocono Raceway to Build Inclusive Playground in Infield (Update)
Playground Mock Up
UPDATE Pocono Raceway, along with the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, announced today their inclusive infield playground has been renamed the #POCONOMTNS Inclusive Playground. The nearly 5,000 square foot playground, which was designed for children of all ages and abilities to learn, grown and play together, is set to officially open to Pocono 400 camping guests on Thursday, May 30, 2018. Following the race weekend, the playground will be open to local residents and those visiting the Pocono Mountains, free of charge, through the summer and fall months.
Danica says her excitement level about being back at Indy is low. What an insult to IndyCar
THE MODERATOR: We are joined now by Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 13 Go Daddy Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing.
Danica, it's been a busy past couple of days for you here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, watching some of your teammates yesterday, also getting back in a car for the first time in quite a while today.
When you first walked into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today, knowing that you were about to get back in an IndyCar, what was going through your mind? What was the excitement level?
MATHEUS LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): "Rookie orientation done, ready to race or test. It was good fun. The ABC car was looking good today. Tony (Kanaan, teammate) did a great setup yesterday, so the car was pretty neutral and fast. I went through all the phases pretty well. The first one was 205-210 mph, the second one was 210-215 mph and then 215-plus mph. The car was feeling good all day long, so pretty happy. The feeling was not that much different than Indy Lights. The Indy Lights cars have less downforce and go 20 mph slower in the straights, but the feeling is pretty much the same. This car has more downforce, so you feel a little more comfortable with the speed, so it was not a big deal for me. We'll see how it's going to be in qualifying, but so far so good. I'm looking forward to the month of May."
It took a little longer than anticipated, but Danica Patrick is officially cleared to drive when Indianapolis 500 practice begins on May 15 after completing her veteran refresher test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Patrick was among three Indy 500 veterans and three rookies who turned laps Tuesday on the 2.5-mile oval. Each successfully passed the testing phases involving progressively increasing speeds. Like Patrick, Jay Howard and Sage Karam completed the two veteran refresher portions, while Kyle Kaiser, Matheus "Matt" Leist and Robert Wickens ran through the three required rookie phases.
NFP Named Official Indy 500 Sponsor of Juncos Racing
Kaiser in the NFP car
NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property & casualty (P&C), retirement and individual private client solutions, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Kyle Kaiser, driver of the #32 car for Juncos Racing, during the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.
Danica Patrick turned one lap in her #13 Chevy in practice Tuesday at Indy before pulling the car in the garage with overheating issues.
But the way the media and photographers were fawning over her every move, it's quite clear she is the hero at Indy this year - her popularity greater than all the other 34 drivers combined - similar to Fernando Alonso last year.
No direct comparison this week - the Azerbaijan GP was in June last year. Last year the Azerbaijan GP was June 25th and averaged 598,198 viewers on NBCSN. The Russia GP was on comparable weekend (4/30) last year and averaged 521,219 viewers on NBCSN.
This year's ESPN2 telecast of the Azerbaijan GP on Sunday averaged 535,641 viewers, up slightly from the Russian GP last year.
INDYCAR teams will officially ring in the 2018 race season in central Iowa this week. Iowa Speedway and Firestone Racing will host five Verizon IndyCar Series teams on May 3-4 for two days of testing. And fans can watch for free.
RV Hill, perched high above the backstretch, will be open and free to those fans wishing to watch from noon to 5:00 p.m. CDT on Thursday and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CDT on Friday.
Richard Petty Motorsports signs new sponsor for six-races
Richard Petty Motorsports and World Wide Technology livery
Richard Petty Motorsports and World Wide Technology (WWT), a market-leading technology solution provider, announced today an official partnership, naming World Wide Technology the Technology and Analytics Partner of Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM).
As part of the new partnership, WWT will provide data analytics consulting and technology solutions to help improve team performance for Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. and the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team. WWT will embed a team of its data scientists within the organization and use analysis of sensor, environmental and other data to optimize the team's performance on the track.
Ruoff Home Mortgage Returns to the Indianapolis 500 as Primary Sponsor for Carlos Munoz
Munoz livery for Indy 500
Reigning Indianapolis 500 winning sponsor Ruoff Home Mortgage will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s flagship event May 27 as the primary sponsor of the No. 29 Honda piloted by Carlos Munoz.
“Coming across the checkered flag in Indy last year was beyond our wildest imagination. We couldn’t be more excited to return this year sponsoring Carlos Munoz in the 29 car. Carlos has done really well in the past at the Indy 500 so we truly believe this will be his year to take the checkered flag,” said Mark Music, president & CEO of Ruoff Home Mortgage.
Tire choices for Spanish GP Pirelli has released the tire compound choices for each driver for the Spanish GP in 2 weeks. It's interesting to see that Ferrari went slightly softer than Red Bull and Mercedes.
Formula 1 to launch live post-race show exclusively on Twitter
Formula 1 has announced plans to launch a brand new live post-race show that will be broadcast exclusively through social media network Twitter.
The 'F1 Live Show' will launch from the Spanish Grand Prix and will be broadcast at a further nine races this season. Broadcaster Will Buxton will present the show which will also feature F1 legends as various co-hosts including 2016 champion Nico Rosberg.
Report shows Grand Prix will have one-third of the economic benefit Penske claims
In recent months, the Free Press, WXYZ, Crain's Detroit Business, the Detroit News, CBS Detroit, and other outlets reported that an "independent study" commissioned by Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix founder Roger Penske estimated the annual IndyCar race generated $58 million in local spending in 2017.
But that's not the full story on what the study found.
Rossi and Hunter-Reay could not find any speed on Day 1
JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): (About the windscreen test he completed at the end of the day):"It was fascinating. It was totally different for an open-wheel car. You're not used to having a windscreen that big in front of you, but it was interesting to try it out. The most interesting thing to me was the visor changes (on his helmet). Going from a fully-smoke visor to a clear visor was better. It helped with the visibility and the clarity. There's small improvements to be made, especially with the clarity with the visors and the perception to see through it. It was easy to make it work, I didn't have any major issues with it, and I think INDYCAR did a nice job."
Newgarden Indycar Windscreen test comments from Indy
Newgarden tests windscreen on Superspeedway
Following the open test, Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Josef Newgarden ran laps in his No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet with INDYCAR's windscreen prototype attached. It was the second on-track test of the prototype, following one in February by Dixon on the ISM Raceway mile oval outside Phoenix.
"It was fascinating," Newgarden said. "It was totally different for an open-wheel car. You're not used to having a windscreen that big in front of you, but it was interesting to try it out.
"The most interesting thing to me was the visor changes (on his helmet). Going from a fully smoke visor to a clear visor was better. It helped with the visibility and the clarity.
IMSA, NBC Sports Group announce 6-year partnership to begin in 2019
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) will have a new U.S. broadcast home for its flagship IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, what is currently known as the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda, as NBC Sports Group and IMSA today announced a six-year partnership starting with the 2019 season.
This enhanced media rights partnership includes a significant increase in network coverage of the WeatherTech Championship over 2018. Three races will broadcast on NBC and there will be more than 45 hours of WeatherTech Championship action televised on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) throughout the season. NBC Sports will present more than 100 hours of IMSA coverage across its broadcast, cable, and digital platforms. The NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com will offer flag-to-flag live streaming coverage of every WeatherTech Championship race to authenticated subscribers.
Vettel was definitely accelerating and decelerating so the two Mercedes would not get a run on him into turn 1. It worked but did Vettel break the rules?
Lewis Hamilton has accused title rival Sebastian Vettel of breaking the safety car rules during yesterday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Article 39.13 of the Sporting Regulations, states that: "In order to avoid the likelihood of accidents before the safety car returns to the pits, from the point at which the lights on the car are turned out drivers must proceed at a pace which involves no erratic acceleration or braking nor any other maneuver which is likely to endanger other drivers or impede the restart."
AR1.com watched Vettel repeatedly accelerated and then slowed behind the safety car yesterday.
Andretti goes 224 mph to top morning times at Indianapolis
Bourdais was 11th quick in the morning
Marco Andretti led a Honda 1-2-3 atop the timesheets at almost 224 mph in the 2-hour morning practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series open test for all full-season veteran drivers. It will be followed on Tuesday by a day set aside for Indy 500 rookie orientation and refresher testing for veterans out of an Indy car for at least a year. Wednesday is reserved for manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda to test with a select number of drivers.
The April 30-May 2 testing dates rekindled memories of days gone by at IMS, to a time when the track opened for practice on May 1 and the race ran on May 30 for a true “Thirty Days in May.”
Third F1 race in Baku sees a 31% increase in attendance
Baku City Circuit (BCC) today announced that 94,000 Formula 1 fans attended the racing action and nightly concerts at the FORMULA 1 2018 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX in Baku over the course of 4 days at the third successive street race to be hosted in the Azerbaijani capital. [Editor's Note: Even with the increase, with that few fans over 4-days the promoter lost their shirt.]
Sofronas/Welch Pro-Am Duo Give Audi Another GTS SprintX Victory
Alex Welch and James Sofronas
ALTON, Va. – Veterans James Sofronas of Villa Park, Calif., and Alex Welch of Englewood, Colo., put their No. 14 GMG Racing Audi Sport R8 LMS sports car back in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS SprintX winner’s circle Sunday at VIRginia International Raceway in the Grand Prix of Virginia presented by Audi Sport.
Only four more days and then the wait is finally over. On Friday, the DTM is starting its 2018 season. Traditionally, the season-opening races are held at the Hockenheimring Baden-Wurtemberg (4–6 May). Fans can look forward to a fascinating event. Revised technical regulations promise thrilling on-track racing action while German formation ‘Die Fantastischen Vier’ will be providing excellent entertainment away from the race track at Hockenheim with a concert on Saturday evening.
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