General Tire 200 Postponed Because of Inclement Weather Inclement Weather postponed Friday’s running of the General Tire 200 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards race at Talladega Superspeedway.
As a result, the General Tire 200 will serve as the anchor event of a Saturday tripleheader, that will include the Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Noon CDT, followed by Coors Light qualifying for Sunday’s GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at 3 p.m. The General Tire 200 is tentatively set for 5 p.m.
McLaren, Plumb Make Continental Tire Challenge History with COTA Win AUSTIN, Texas. – McLaren has already made plenty of headlines in the world of motorsport, but earned another one Friday at Circuit of The Americas.
The manufacturer, competing in just its third IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race since joining the series at the beginning of the 2017 season, picked up its first series victory in the Circuit of The Americas 120 courtesy of co-drivers Matt Plumb and Paul Holton in the No. 76 C360R McLaren GT4.
Video: 2017 NASCAR Talladega Pre-Race Q&A - 1 Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet) and Ben Kennedy (No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet); Erik Jones (No. 77 ToyotaCare Toyota); Elliott Sadler (No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet) and Brennan Poole (No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet); Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) Comment
Video: Porsche on pole at Spa Reigning world champion Neel Jani (CH) and Porsche newcomer Andre Lotterer (DE) achieved pole position for the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in an action packed qualifying session in Spa-Francorchamps (BE). This means a 919 Hybrid will start for the 16th time in total from P1 since its debut in 2014. The Porsche GT Team used the 25-minute qualifying to prepare for the six-hour race. Both newly developed, 510 hp Porsche 911 RSR conducted a relatively short qualifying session in order to preserve the tires for the race. In the GTE-Pro class, the #91 vehicle shared by Frederic Makowiecki (France) and Richard Lietz (Austria) posted the fifth quickest time in qualifying. Kevin Estre (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) planted the sister car with the starting number 92 on the sixth grid spot.
Corvette Grand Sport To Pace 101st Indianapolis 500
Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car
The Corvette Grand Sport is the official Pace Car for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and will lead drivers to the green flag Sunday, May 28 for the 101st Running of the legendary race.
It marks the 14th time a Corvette has served as the official Pace Car, starting in 1978, and the 28th time a Chevrolet has led the field, dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race. No other vehicle has served as the Pace Car more than the Corvette.
Fernando Alonso says the lack of complicated technology in IndyCar makes it more enjoyable than Formula One in some respects.
Alonso completed his first IndyCar test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, racking up 110 laps behind the wheel of the car he will race at the Indy 500 later this month. The test included a series of laps at increasing speeds to comply with the Indy 500's Rookie Orientation Program (ROP) before the Autosport Andretti team made a number of changes to his car trim away downforce and drag as Alonso's confidence increased.
It's hoped Atlanta holes won't swallow any Cup cars Atlanta Motor Speedway was originally scheduled to repave the 21-year-old surface following the 2017 QuikTrip 500 but that wasn’t what the drivers wanted; still there is major work that needs to be done as the track has cracks and crevices – nearly the size of a racecar – that need repairs.
The delayed repave is something track president, Ed Clark, said is inevitable and costly. However, until that day comes, which could be following the 2018 event, huge chunks of the track must be dug out and patched over. It was something they found after he and his staff walked the entire track the day after the race.
Van Gisbergen claims early bragging rights in Perth Defending Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen broke the practice lap record in the final lap of practice on day one of the Perth SuperSprint today.
Van Gisbergen said that despite his lap record, he was frustrated with his car today.
"It was a tough day for us always is around here," he said.
Sean Corr Returns to Empire Racing Group Ford at Talladega
Sean Corr Will Race the Empire Racing Group No. 46 Ford Friday at Talladega
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Empire Racing Group (ERG), a development team for Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) will enter Sean Corr in Friday's ARCA General Tire 200 at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. This will be Corr's second race of the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.
Corr will be behind the wheel of the No. 46 NESCO Ford with the message, "Support Our Troops" on the hood. Corr returns to the team after earning an 11th-place finish at the season-opening race at the Daytona International Speedway. Corr has five previous starts at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in ARCA competition, with a best finish of seventh last year.
Logano and #22 team penalized, loses points, RIR win is encumbered (Update)
Joey Logano - Ford team cheated to win
UPDATE "We understand and accept the penalty that was communicated to us today by NASCAR following last weekend's victory by the #22 car at Richmond. We are disappointed by the notice, however, we do not plan to appeal the penalty. The #22 team remains focused on competing for wins as we work towards the NASCAR Playoffs and a Championship. Race Engineer Miles Stanley will serve as Joey Logano's crew chief this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, while Greg Erwin will help call race strategy on Sunday." Team Penske
Editor's Note: Team Penske has been taught a lesson - you protest a NASCAR penalty (recently Keselowski) and you will pay dearly for it.
A.J. Foyt with Marlyne Sexton and her daughter Tracy in the 'A.J. Foyt Room' at her Car Museum in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS May 4, 2017--Sexton Companies has signed as a major associate sponsor of A.J. Foyt’s No. 40 Chevrolet to be driven by rookie Zach Veach in the Indianapolis 500.
"We are thrilled to be a part of A.J.’s team because it has such a great history," said Marlyne Sexton, president and owner of the eponymous real estate company. "In fact I think anyone who can align themselves with A.J. is very lucky. He is such an icon of the sport--even though he doesn’t like to admit it."
The company’s logo will be featured on the side pods of the Indy Women in Tech Championship Chevrolet which will be unveiled at the AJ Foyt Racing shop in Speedway, Ind. on the evening of Wednesday, May 10th.
Mecum Auctions To Sponsor No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet in 101st Indy 500
Mecum Auctions today announced that it will be the primary sponsor for the No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet at the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 set for Sunday, May 28, with the young star Sage Karam driving at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The world’s largest collector-car auction company, Mecum Auctions, also sponsored the Dreyer & Reinbold entry driver Oriol Servia, who placed fourth at the 2012 Indy 500. Karam won the "Hard Charger" award in 2014 driving from 31st to ninth. Last year, Karam, the 22-year-old Nazareth, Pa., driver, worked his way up from the back of the pack in the Indianapolis 500 to run in fourth before being forced into the wall at the south end of the track on lap 94.
Win on Sunday, sell on Monday is working for Ferrari
Ferrari RACE Tuesday said profit jumped by almost a third in the second quarter as the Italian luxury sports-car manufacturer sold more vehicles and paid a lower tax rate.
The financial results are the first to be released since Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne took over in May. Mr. Marchionne didn't bring a strategic revolution in the past three months as he was already Ferrari chairman as well as CEO of former Ferrari owner Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, but by taking the reins he highlighted his commitment to seeing Ferrari through a steady increase in production.
Online coverage of Alonso Indy 500 test coverage exceeds 2m hits
Just goes to prove that heroes making racing popular
Live coverage on the internet of Fernando Alonso’s first IndyCar test attracted more than 2 million views on Wednesday, as interest in the Spaniard’s progress captured the attention of fans.
Although the Spaniard’s first experience at Indianapolis was a private test arranged by McLaren-Honda-Andretti, the circuit pulled out all the stops with a proper broadcast of the event involving a studio, in-depth interviews and fly-on-the-wall access.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing regrets to announce that Jose Maria Lopez will not compete in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the second round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Jose Maria suffered minor damage to two vertebrae during an accident at Silverstone on 16 April. Both team and driver hoped that a period of rest would complete the natural healing process before this week’s event.
Video: Fernando Alonso kills two birds during Indy 500 practice Watch as Fernando Alonso makes quick work of two birds at over 200 mph in his Andretti McLaren IndyCar during his first ever IndyCar test Comment
Video: F1, IndyCar and NASCAR highlights for May 3, 2017 AR1.com journalists discuss some of the hot topics in F1, IndyCar and NASCAR for the week starting May 1, 2017 including Fernando Alonso's first test in an IndyCar, TV ratings, attendance, the quality of racing, and the future of motorsports. Comment
Alonso passes rookie test at Indy (Update) UPDATE Fernando Alonso has completed his maiden IndyCar test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, hitting a personal best of 222mph around the iconic 2.5-mile oval.
The double Formula 1 world champion sent the motorsport world into a frenzy by deciding to miss the Monaco Grand Prix and instead compete in the 101st Indianapolis 500 with McLaren, with the Woking-based outfit joining up with engine supplier Honda and full-time IndyCar outfit Andretti Autosport.
Because Alonso had never completed a lap on an oval, the Spaniard was allowed to complete the rookie orientation program in a private test.
As Alonso takes on Indy oval, Miles spreads word in Europe
As Fernando Alonso takes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today for his first taste of oval driving, the European tour has begun for Mark Miles works to reshape the landscape of the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Miles – CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway – is meeting this week with key media in France, Italy, England and Spain to discuss the significance of the two-time Formula One champion's decision to bypass the Monaco Grand Prix in favor of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Miles is accompanied by veteran driver Oriol Servia, a Spaniard like Alonso and the teammate to Graham Rahal in the upcoming 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Raw video from Fernando Alonso's first Indy 500 test
Video News Feed featuring material from the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Video News Feed recaps two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso's initial test with McLaren-Honda-Andretti in advance of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, which took place May 3 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Shot list: Indianapolis Motor Speedway locator shot - Pagoda Fernando Alonso in pit lane (3 shots) Fan with sign "Fernando Welcome to Indy 500"
NASCAR Richmond TV rating (Update) UPDATE The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Int'l Raceway last Sunday finished with 4.58 million viewers, marking the third-lowest Sunday Cup Series audience for Fox in the last decade. The race from Texas on April 9 this season drew 4.53 million viewers, while the spring race from Dover Int'l Speedway in '14 also was around 4.5 million viewers.
For the '17 season to date, two Cup Series races have seen audience gains, including the Daytona 500, while six races have seen year-over-year declines. The Bristol Motor Speedway race is excluded as it was rained out and ran on a Monday (Austin Karp, Assistant Managing Editor).
Paul Wolfe to miss Talladega The on-again, off-again suspension of Team Penske’s Paul Wolfe is on again, at least for one race.
Late Tuesday morning, NASCAR announced that the Penske squad "has withdrawn its request to defer the crew chief suspension of Paul Wolfe and the National Motorsports Appeals Panel has granted that request."
Wolfe’s suspension is now in effect for this weekend at Talladega.
FOX NASCAR at Talladega Superspeedway Quotes & Programming Schedule CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, with FOX Sports set to offer 22 hours of live action from the 2.66-mile circuit, NASCAR’s largest. Included are FOX’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES (Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 PM ET) and the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES (Saturday, May 6 at 1:00 PM ET), as well as FS1’s live presentation of the ARCA RACING SERIES race on Friday, May 5 (6:00 PM ET).
Alonso and McLaren Photos from Indy (Update) UPDATE The car is now running and Marco is out shaking the car down.
05/03/17 Test is delayed, something wrong with Honda engine. Marco Andretti has been sitting in car waiting to shake it down. Fernando Alonso is waiting patiently. Track temperature is rather cold as well. They maybe waiting for track to warm.
Qatar Airways named the Official Airline Partner of Formula E races in Paris and NY
DOHA, QATAR (May 3 2017) - Formula E - the electric street racing series - is pleased to announce a new partnership with Qatar Airways for the Paris and New York City ePrix.
The national carrier of the State of Qatar will be named the Official Airline Partner of the highly-anticipated Paris ePrix, as well as the title sponsor for round six of the FIA Formula E Championship, the 2017 Qatar Airways Paris ePrix - taking place around the architectural complex of Les Invalides in the French capital on May 20.
Video: Fernando Alonso getting ready for first Indy 500 test Fernando Alonso is ready to hit the track in Indianapolis - McLaren video (note McLaren orange livery) and photos from track (by Chris Owens) Comment
Ulrich Fritz: "I have the general impression that the DTM is currently on the up"
Three questions for Ulrich Fritz
Uli, the season is finally upon us. How are you feeling in the run-up to Hockenheim?
Ulrich Fritz: Basically, I’m feeling good. But there is always an element of uncertainty. Sure, we tested here four weeks ago, but you never know what the opposition were actually revealing and how many aces they have up their sleeve. I think we have done our homework, and the team as well as the drivers are motivated right down to their fingertips. But the tension is definitely tangible.
United Autosports Confirms Albuquerque For Le Mans United Autosports have confirmed that Filipe Albuquerque will join their Le Mans 24 Hours driver line up.
The former Audi factory driver completes the driver squad for United Autosports’ Le Mans 24 Hours debut. Filipe will contest the world famous race in France alongside his European Le Mans Series LMP2 team-mates Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer in a Ligier JS P217. The trio dramatically won the 4 Hours of Silverstone last month, the opening round of the 2017 ELMS – the Anglo-American team’s maiden LMP2 race.
Ryan Blaney topped Tuesday's NASCAR Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series open testing session at Charlotte Motor Speedway as teams prepare for the upcoming races to be held at the track later on in May.
Blaney turned in a lap of 29.254 seconds (184.590 mph) in the no. 12 Team Penske Ford. Blaney, who also drives the Wood Brothers no. 21 Cup Series entry, has made four starts in the Xfinity Series, finishing a season-best fourth last month at Texas.
Brandon Jones, Tyler Reddick, Elliott Sadler, and Brennan Poole rounded out the top five.
Billy Scott, who competed in four USAC National Championship races, including the 1976 Indianapolis 500, died Friday, April 28. He was 68.
Nicknamed "Billy the Kid," Scott began driving quarter-midgets as a 5-year-old in San Bernardino, California, and he was later the first 16-year-old ever to record a top-end speed of 200 mph in an NHRA Top Fuel dragster, doing so on the very day he became eligible to hold a Top Fuel license, his 16th birthday.
Today's Verizon IndyCar Series open test at Gateway Motorsports Park provided a glowing example of what happens when INDYCAR, its teams, drivers and a racetrack work together for the good of all.
A strong turnout of fans came to the 1.25-mile oval in the shadow of St. Louis' Gateway Arch to watch the full field of Verizon IndyCar Series entries practice in preparation for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline on Aug. 26. Fans, drivers and race officials came away from the day pleased.
"This is not very common, going to places like this and having practice and (so many) people are coming over (to watch)," said Team Penske's Helio Castroneves, who won the most recent Indy car race at the track in 2003. "It feels like a qualifying day. It is great and it shows that we do have a market here."
Indy 500 to be broadcast in 170 countries Middle East and North Africa: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Gaza Strip, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Yemen)
Daly tops Gateway IndyCar practice 1 test, Hildebrand hits wall
Drivers sign autographs during break
AJ Foyt driver Conor Daly turned the fastest lap in first round IndyCar testing Tuesday at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison. Daly's lap of 173.714 mph led a Chevy Sweep of the top-5 positions. The Hondas are towing the same parachute around the track they were towing in Phoenix and were out to lunch as can be seen from the times below.
Position 2 thru 5 were Penske Chevy drivers Josef Newgarden, Juan Montoya, Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves. Newgarden was 2/10ths of a sec. slower than Daly and Castroneves 4/10ths slower.
Fans Can Watch Live Web Show of Alonso's First Oval Test Wednesday at IMS Fans around the world can watch a live show of the highly anticipated first Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval test by two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso on Wednesday, May 3, with commentary from a team including the legendary Mario Andretti.
A fully produced live show will be televised online from 9:30 a.m.-noon, with an announcing team of 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner and 1978 Formula One World Champion Andretti and NBC Sports Network's Verizon IndyCar Series talent Kevin Lee and Robin Miller. Coverage of the test will continue from 1-5 p.m. with a live stream without commentary.
Richmond didn't even have 1/2 of its 60,000 seats occupied
Dan Currier Photo
Meanwhile at the IndyCar race in Phoenix you can shoot a cannon into some section of the grandstands and not hit anyone
UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I see the end of oval racing in America with very low attendance at this weekend racing at Phoenix and Richmond. I fear for IndyCar that the Indy 500 will be the only oval race for Indy Car in the next couple of years because Indy Cars perform better than on road and street circuits than on short ovals while NASCAR has continue to lose fans at an alarming rate. Alistair Fannell
Dear Alistair, It appears today's fan has little interest in watching race cars go around in circles for hours. After awhile it can be dizzying. Mark C.
One of the tough things about writing a column regarding stock car racing is that once in a while you feel compelled to shrug off the racing itself and write about the sport’s struggles as an industry.
This is one of those times writes Randy Hallman of richmond.com.
The racing at Richmond International Raceway on Sunday saw cars three- and four-wide often enough to entertain the fans. What few fans there were.
The Sunday afternoon sun shone down on at least as many empty, shiny aluminum seats as on fans who showed up to fill them.
Michelin previews Jerez Michelin is back nearer to home as the 2017 MotoGP Championship returns from three fly-away races to begin the European leg of the season with the Gran Premio Red Bull de España at Jerez in Spain.
Michelin and the whole MotoGP field has seen a mixture of conditions during the trio of events in Qatar, Argentina and America, so will be hoping for a weekend of more settled weather for the now traditional first race of the year in Europe. Jerez is one of the best attended Grands Prix on the calendar with spectator numbers up to 250,000 known to attend over the three-days. The whole weekend has a true carnival atmosphere with thousands of people also lining the streets of nearby towns such as Jerez de la Frontera and El Puerto de Santa Maria to join in the festivities in a region that is renowned for its Sherry-making traditions. With huge crowds expected to fill the grandstands and hills of the season with the Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana at Jerez in Spain.
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