Kentucky Derby Draws Best Overnight Rating Since Early '90s
What will the Indy 500 draw on NBC in 2019
Proving that if you put events on network TV instead some obscure TV channel like NBCSN you can get big TV ratings, NBC's Kentucky Derby coverage drew a 10.9 overnight rating for the 6:30-7:30pm ET race portion of the telecast, matching '92 as the best Derby overnight since '90.
The 10.9 rating is up 20% from last year’s race, which averaged a 9.1 rating. It also marks TV’s best Saturday overnight since the NFL Divisional Playoffs in January. The overnight rating peaked at an 11.9 from 6:45-7:00pm ET. Louisville led all metered markets with a 39.5 rating, followed by Cincinnati (20.3) and Ft. Myers (19.4).
Four cars fail inspection, will start at the rear at Dover
Alex Bowman one of 4 drivers docked
Four cars failed pre-race inspection multiple times on Sunday at Dover International Speedway and will start from the rear for the Gander RV 400.
Teams failing twice were the No. 19 of Martin Truex Jr., the No. 47 of Ryan Preece and the No. 88 of Alex Bowman, and they will also be minus a crew member for the race and will have a 15-minute practice hold at the next event.
The No. 36 of Matt Tifft failed a third time and will have to serve a 30-minute practice hold next week at Kansas as well as a pass through penalty after taking the green flag in the Gander RV 400.
Rain forces postponement of Gander RV 400 at Dover
Dryers had the track dry and then it rained again
Persistent rain on Sunday foiled NASCAR’s attempts to start the Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway, forcing postponement of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race until noon Monday, to be broadcast on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
The cars started rolling before 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, but the rain, which had stopped long enough to dry the track, picked up again as the field took pace laps around the Monster Mile.
Accordingly, pole winner Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron, the second-place qualifier, will lead the field to the green flag on Monday.
Juncos Racing is pleased to announce Kyle Kaiser will return to the team in their attempt to qualify for the 103rd Running of the Indy 500 presented by Gainbridge. The American will pilot the No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet entry for the second consecutive year.
The 2017 Indy Lights Champion made a strong impression on the 2018 NTT IndyCar Series during his first Indy 500 qualifying when he drove the No. 32 Chevrolet to a 17th starting position. Kaiser competed in four races during the 2018 season.
Binotto admits Costa's car is better designed than his
Is Mattia Binotto that naive to think Costa won't out-develop him throughout the year?
Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has admitted that Mercedes have a 'slightly better' designed car than his team. But of course Aldo Costa has designed better cars than Binotto and Red Bull's Adrian Newey for years.
"I think that, four races in the season, no win for Ferrari, four wins for Mercedes, no doubt that they are very strong, and certainly they've got, let me say, a slightly better car," Binotto said to Autosport after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
"But I think that the gap is not so big, and the points and the results are not reflecting the true potentials of the cars."
BMW's Philipp Eng storms to pole position for Race 2
At 11.04 this morning (local time), Austrian BMW driver Philipp Eng wrote history at Hockenheim, posting the fastest ever lap time in a tin-top car at the German circuit.
In qualifying for today’s second DTM race of the weekend, the Austrian was the only one with a sub-1m29s time as he claimed pole position in 1m28.972s. Yesterday’s race winner Marco Wittmann completed a clean-sweep of the front row for BMW with a time of 1m29.388s. Audi locks out the second row with Abt-Audi teammates Robin Frijns and Nico Müller in third and fourth places respectively.
Marquez leads Vinales and Mir on Sunday morning warm-up
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) topped the timesheets in MotoGP morning Warm Up at the Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana despite encountering early issues with his RC213V, his 1:37.595 enough to beat second fastest Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) by 0.341, with rookie Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) jumping up to third on his final lap.
UPDATE Some even better photos in this carscoops article.
04/27/19 As the upcoming Porsche Taycan inches ever closer to production, we’re getting a clearer idea of what it will ultimately look like. Unlike previous spy shots, these ones actually show the car’s true headlights, underneath the plastic assembly that hid their details. We can also see the car’s side window, which was also covered in older spy shots.
2019 Indianapolis 500 Official Program On Sale Now
2019 Indy 500 program
An adaptation of a painting of Mario Andretti's 1969-winning Brawner Hawk III/Ford car is featured on the cover of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge Official Souvenir Program, which is on sale now.
British artist and racing helmet livery designer Jason Fowler painted the original artwork of the famous Day-glo red car on metal with airbrush and bristle brush techniques, and that piece was adapted for the cover of the 224-page program. The cover was unveiled during a ceremony Tuesday evening, April 30 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
The Official Program cover features metallic gold ink, three different textured varnishes and Kalidocolor inks with true Day-glo rocket red as the color of Andretti's iconic car.
Ford 5.0-liter V-8. Will V8's soon be used as boat anchors?
Ford Motor Company confirmed Friday that it's axing one of three shifts that build V-8 engines at its Ontario Assembly Plant in Windsor, Canada. The move to scale back engine block production comes after seeing reduced customer demand for the venerable 5.0-liter V-8 offered in the F-150 half-ton pickup truck and other Ford SUVs.
According to AN, it's the third shift for the plant that's being eliminated effective immediately, but reportedly no jobs will be lost as a result.
Quaker State Activates NASCAR Deals With Digital Promotion
The Ad on Twitter
Quaker State has launched a new digital promotion that lets fans vote on which of its classic throwback paint schemes it will run during a NASCAR race this season, and it has quickly vaulted into one of its most engaged posts ever.
Quaker State is a client of home retailer Menards, which is also a major NASCAR sponsor, and Menards gives Quaker State two primaries on Wood Brothers Racing’s No. 21 Ford every year.
Andretti Autosport Short Track Announces Partnership with Flat 12 Bierworks
Jarrett Andretti gets beer backing
Continuing a diverse season on and off the track, Jarett Andretti is proud to introduce Flat12 Bierworks to his racing program. The racing-themed Indianapolis brewery will be an associate sponsor on the No. 18 Sprint Car for Andretti Autosport Short Track. Andretti will continue to his race his Sprint Car when not competing in the Pirelli GT4 American Series with Andretti Autosport and making his Indy Lights debut in the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.
Toyota Frustrated by WEC dragging feet on 2020/2021 rules
Toyota should pull out of WEC and do an IndyCar engine instead. They are racing against no one
Toyota Gazoo Racing director Rob Leupen says the manufacturer would not support an extension of LMP1 beyond the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship amid “ridiculous” deadlines for the new top-level prototype class.
Leupen suggested to reporters ahead of this weekend’s Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps that Toyota firmly intends to retire its TS050 Hybrid at the end of the next winter season.
Amsterdam to ban petrol and diesel cars and motorbikes by 2030
Cars and motorbikes running on petrol or diesel will be banned from driving in Amsterdam from 2030.
The city’s council plans to phase in the change as part of a drive to clean up air pollution, which the authorities blame for shortening the life expectancy of Amsterdammers by a year.
“Pollution often is a silent killer and is one of the greatest health hazards in Amsterdam,” said the councilor responsible for the city’s traffic, Sharon Dijksma, announcing the municipality’s decision.
James Vowles, Mercedes Motorsport Strategy Director, answers fans questions on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix - from those practice starts before their final Q3 laps, to whether they reacted to Ferrari with their first pit stops.
Jamie Chadwick topped the opening two W Series practice sessions Friday at Hockenheim. The British driver's lap time of 1:38.65s edged Emma Kimilainen in the opening dry session by 0.36 seconds, before topping Kimilainen in a wet second session by over 7-tenths of a second.
The W Series has selected its drivers on merit and they are not required to bring financial backing. A lack of funding has been key in preventing many women from furthering their careers in motor sport. The intention is to change this by putting the women on track in a six-race season, promoting themselves, gaining experience and improving their chances to go racing in other series, all the while inspiring a new generation of women and girls.
Strong sun throughout Friday practice at the Spanish GP highlighted the new Jerez tarmac as the MotoGP teams made the most of every moment on the familiar track.
Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati) ended Day 1 at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España at the top of the timesheets after setting a 1:37.909 in FP2, a time enough to edge out Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) by 0.012 as Ducati and Honda lock horns on Friday in Jerez.
Only challenged for the top spot in Free Practice 1 by his teammate, reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez continued his form into FP2. Remaining fast, Marquez ultimately ended Free Practice 2 in fourth with a 1’38.147 – less than a third of a second splitting the top four. Marquez’s morning time has him second on the combined times, 0.012s behind Danilo Petrucci and one of only two riders to set a 1’37.
Porsche reaches a match point at round seven of the FIA Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium). The factory squad from Weissach could take home the manufacturers’ title at the penultimate round of the 2018/2019 WEC Super Season.
Christian Horner explains Red Bull and Honda's strategy
Red Bull boss Christian Horner expects grid penalties later this season as Red Bull wants Honda to keep bringing new power unit performance upgrade bits.
“I think it has been positive,” Horner said. “Honda have had a strong race, and then we could run the engine a little bit harder in the race as well. So yeah, it’s all part of that evolution.
“There were no issues with the previous engine that we have, so they’ll be used on Fridays. We were always planning this year to take more than three engines. It’s part of that — for them to catch up they’ve got to push the boundaries, which is exactly what they’re doing.”
30 for 30 Documentary on Motorsports Pioneer Janet Guthrie to Premiere May 28 on ESPN
Janet Guthrie at Trenton Speedway in 1977 (Trentonian 200) - the race before the Indy 500
ESPN Films’ award-winning 30 for 30 series continues on May 28 with the documentary “Qualified” at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Directed by Jenna Ricker (“Ben’s Plan,” “The American Side”) with producers Caroline Waterlow and Nina Krstic (“O.J.: Made in America”) and Greg Stuhr (“The American Side”), “Qualified” chronicles the roadblocks and hardships Janet Guthrie overcame in becoming the first woman ever to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500 – and eventually, an auto racing legend. Watch a clip.
Super Sebring Weekend Returns To Iconic Venue In 2020
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) today jointly announced that following the tremendously successful combined race weekend at Sebring International Raceway in March, the event will return to the iconic circuit on March 18-21, 2020.
Lap record smashed during first practice under lights in Perth
Whincup 3rd quick
Seven-time Virgin Australia Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup set a new lap record by over one full second at Barbagallo Wanneroo Raceway in the first ever practice session under lights at the PIRTEK Perth SuperNight.
Whincup logged a 53.4430s late in the session to shade Supercheap Auto Mustang driver Chaz Mostert by two hundredths of a second, with Milwaukee Racing Will Davison third in his Mustang just three hundredths behind Whincup.
Villeneuve: Ferrari wasn't ready to handle two top drivers
Leclerc faster than Ferrari expected
Jacques Villeneuve believes Scuderia Ferrari aren’t ready to manage competitive team-mates and Charles Leclerc‘s impressive early season form is “having a negative effect” on the team.
While the 1997 world champion believes Leclerc was ready for promotion to Ferrari in only his second season of Formula 1, he says the presence of the fast and talented Monegasque has unsettled Sebastian Vettel and has been to the detriment of the team.
“If you listen to any fan or go on the forums, even the qualifying accident [in Baku], Leclerc doesn’t get criticized,”Villeneuve told Motorsport.com, referring to the Monegasque’s crash during qualifying in Azerbaijan.
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