In a dominant and undisputed way, Paul Di Resta won the DTM race at the Hockenheimring Baden-Wurttemberg on Sunday. With his Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, the Scot crossed the finish line after 37 laps with a margin of 13.024 seconds. For Di Resta, it is his seventh win in the DTM. His last win to date came in the autumn race at Hockenheim in 2010. Behind the Mercedes-Benz driver, BMW pairing Timo Glock and Augusto Farfus finished in second and third place. Gary Paffett put in a great performance to finish fifth behind Maxime Martin. The Brit had been running in second behind race winner Di Resta, but dropped back to eleventh following a drive-through penalty and then made his way back up to finish fifth. Nico Muller, who had scored his maiden DTM podium finish by coming home third in Saturday, was the best-placed Audi driver in the race on Sunday, finishing eighth.
Bid made for Rockingham Speedway The highest of the two bids made for Rockingham Speedway Thursday morning came from the company that owns the lien. James M. Hash, a Raleigh attorney representing BK Rock Holdings, placed a $3 million credit bid during a public auction at the Richmond County Judicial Center.
According to court documents, Billy R. Silas is the manager of the Florida-based limited liability company that purchased the promissory note from Farmers and Merchants Bank on Nov. 17, 2015. An initial bid of $100,000 was made at 11:12 a.m., then, after no other offers were made, Hash stepped up to announce his client's bid.
Ford Plans Long-Range Electric Car to Compete With Model 3 and Bolt
Mark Fields has Ford playing catchup in electric cars
Ford Motor Co. plans to introduce a long-range electric vehicle to compete with battery-powered models coming from Tesla Motors Inc. and General Motors Co. that would go 200 miles or more on a charge.
“We want to make sure that we’re either among the leaders or in a leadership position,” Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields told analysts and reporters on a conference call Thursday. “When you look at some of the competitors and what they’ve announced, clearly, that’s something we’re developing for.” He didn’t say when Ford would start producing the vehicle.
Ford joins a growing field of automakers seeking to overcome consumer fears that electric cars will run out of juice and strand them. GM plans a debut this fall for the Chevrolet Bolt, a hatchback it says will have a range of at least 200 miles (322 kilometers). Reports indicate Nissan Motor Co.’s next-generation Leaf car will match that distance. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the $35,000 Model 3 slated for late 2017 will go 215 miles or more between plug-ins.
Video: NASCAR Kansas Sprint Cup Post Race Interviews Race winner Kyle Busch, car owner Joe Gibbs and crew chief Adam Stevens (No. 18 M&M's Red Nose Toyota); highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford); second place finisher Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet) Comment
Video: NASCAR Kansas Xfinity Post Race Interviews NCWTS - Race winner William Byron, truck owner Kyle Busch and crew chief Rudy Fugle (No. 9 Liberty University Toyota); second place finisher Matt Crafton (No. 88 IdealDoor/Menards Toyota) and third place finisher Daniel Hemric (No. 19 Oakmont Management Group Ford). Comment
Video: Porsche 2016 WEC Spa Race Summary The second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) was a tough test for the Porsche Team. Despite a problem with the hybrid system, the trio of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) finished second with their Porsche 919 Hybrid in Spa-Francorchamps (BE) and extended their lead in the drivers’ championship.
After two punctures, the sister car of Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU) spent more than one-and-a-half hours of the six-hour race in the garage for repairs.
Edoardo Mortara is the first winner of the 2016 DTM season. With his Audi RS 5 DTM, the Italian won Saturday afternoon’s opening race at the Hockenheimring Baden-Wurttemberg in dominant style. Mortara already laid the foundation for his fourth DTM race win at the start, in which he moved up into the lead from second place on the grid. In an action-packed and thrilling race with many position battles, Mortara’s lead was never in jeopardy. Second place in the 40 minutes’ race went to Robert Wickens. With his Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, the Canadian took the checkered flag 1.6 seconds after the winner. There was also huge joy for the man in third place: Nico Muller, who started from pole position, scored his first podium finish in the DTM. Bruno Spengler became the best-placed BMW driver in the first race of the season. With his BMW M4 DTM, the 2012 DTM champion finished sixth.
Once more it was Jorge Lorenzo who led the way during practice in the French GP, ending ahead of Marquez and Rossi.
For the first time all weekend riders in the MotoGP World Championship were able to head out on track without the stress of having to set a top ten time. Working with tires for the race was a priority for many riders as Michelin had brought several new options for the weekend. Many riders were favoring the new softer option rear, giving more grip and stability.
(GMM) McLaren has played down reports team supremo Ron Dennis is furious about a new engine rule in formula one.
We reported this week that Dennis vowed to sue the FIA if it enforces the new regulation where manufacturers may be compelled to supply customer engines.
"You will never get an engine from Honda," Dennis, indicating his intention to enforce a contractual veto in McLaren's Honda deal, is quoted as having told Red Bull boss Christian Horner at a recent strategy group meeting.
Former NASCAR driver Dave Blaney, father of Sprint Cup rookie Ryan Blaney, was transported to an Ohio hospital Friday night after crashing during qualifying at Eldora Speedway, a track spokesperson told NBC Sports. Blaney was competing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at the half-mile dirt track owned by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.
Blaney hit the Turn 1 wall and flipped multiple times. The car landed in Turn 2. He was taken by ground to a local hospital and was awake and alert, according to a track spokesperson. A LifeFlight helicopter was on site but wasn't needed to transport Blaney to a local hospital.
Goodyear tire testing continues While the NASCAR race schedule is in full swing and the weather throughout the country has become milder, Goodyear's testing program has kicked into full gear. The exclusive tire supplier to NASCAR's three national series is coming off back-to-back weeks with tests at Pocono Raceway (April 19-20) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (April 26-27). With the advent of NASCAR's 2016 lower downforce rules package, Goodyear has gone to the test lab and the track to come up with a tire that gives more mechanical grip to enhance the racing. Based on the test at Pocono, the tire set-up will fall into a similar pattern that Goodyear has enacted at many tracks already run this season with more grip, specifically on the left-side of the car.
Brad Keselowski spoke to the media Friday at Kansas:
You're either getting a lot of credit or later the blame for the all-star race format just announced. What was your thinking going into that? "Someone reached out to me and asked me from the Charlotte Motor Speedway what we could do to make the race the best possible, and I put a little bit of thought into it. I know another group of drivers did as well and we all kind of pitched in some ideas. I don't know, I don't think that I was all the ideas, but maybe the one that seems to catch everyone's attention. I just wanted to see the race something that I would want to watch if I was a fan, and something that I would want to be proud of if I was the driver that won it. A lot of times we get caught up with trying to maybe make one group happy and we forget that this sport is more than one group.
Marcus Smith confirms interest in Carolina Panthers Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO and Charlotte Motor Speedway general manager Marcus Smith, during a Wednesday interview with the Observer, affirmed what his father said last month: The Smiths would be interested in eventually purchasing the Carolina Panthers.
Bruton Smith, a billionaire track owner and recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, told Motorsport.com last month that his sons want him to buy the NFL franchise when it becomes available.
The lead sponsor of the Grand Prix of Boston is revoking its name and funding from the canceled IndyCar race, as new questions emerged about whether the local promoter exaggerated financial support for the event.
LogMeIn, the Boston-based Internet company that bought naming rights for the race, sent notice it was canceling its contract with the Grand Prix of Boston and would be asking for refunds, company officials confirmed.
The firm had already provided $375,000 for its sponsorship and was expected to deliver another $375,000 by June 30, according to a sponsor list Grand Prix was circulating. LogMeIn also was developing a special app and software to showcase at the Grand Prix.
Genetic Technologies and Verizon IndyCar Series Driver Pippa Mann to Ring Nasdaq Stock Market Closing Bell on May 6th UPDATE
Pippa Mann in Times Square (see video below)
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Pippa Mann, entered to drive the No. 63 Dale Coyne Racing Honda in this year's Indianapolis 500, helped new sponsor Genetic Technologies Limited (a molecular diagnostics company specializing in women's health) ring the closing bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City's Times Square.
"The event has additional meaning to us," said Eutillio Buccilli, CEO of Genetic Technologies, "as it ceremoniously marks, in earnest, the beginning of our partnership with Pippa Mann, a next-generation athlete who has demonstrated true conviction and commitment to promoting women's health and in particular, breast cancer awareness."
Rahal Letterman Lanigan drivers make special lunch delivery
Rahal and Pigot
Who better to make sure that lunch for a group of eager preschoolers was delivered safely than a pair of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers?
That's just what happened today when youngsters at Pride Academy in Speedway, Ind., had their lunches delivered and served by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing drivers Graham Rahal and Spencer Pigot. It was part of the Feeding Our Communities Greater Indiana Pasta Drive partnership with Second Helpings, a food rescue organization in Marion County, Ind., and Fifth Third Bank.
Rahal and Pigot picked up the food at Second Helpings, drove it to Pride Academy and then donned aprons and hair nets before serving the approximately 50 youngsters a well-balanced meal of chicken, pasta and meatballs, fruit and bread.
Jimmie Johnson Has Engine Problems In Kansas Practice After opening Friday's final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Kansas Speedway with a mock qualifying run, Jimmie Johnson brought his No. 48 Chevrolet to the garage with smoke billowing from the cowling between the hood and windshield.
Visually, Johnson's problem was reminiscent of the issue Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne experienced at Phoenix in the fourth race weekend of the season, except that Kahne's was much more severe and prolonged.
"It appears the No. 48 got into a similar condition that the No. 5 (Kahne) got into at Phoenix; and when it did that, it pumped some oil up into the intake manifold, and that's where the smoke came from,"explained Hendrick Motorsports general manager Doug Duchardt.
Effort Racing suspends 2016 season Today EFFORT Racing, with the support of Porsche Motorsport North America, announced the Pirelli World Challenge sports car racing team will take a hiatus from 2016 competition, with every intention to continue the program in 2017.
The decision stems from the current supply and demand crisis in the oil industry, an industry from which EFFORT Racing receives funding to run the championship. In a recent analysis, the New York Times estimated the current trends of oil prices is in its worst decline since the 1990s. Although the current price of $45 a barrel is an improvement from earlier this year, it remains a far cry from what has been the normal price of $100 a barrel. While oil companies have been making cutbacks for months, the Chicago based team has decided to suspend their 2016 campaign and focus on building sponsorship to fund the program for the 2017 championship.
“It is with great disappointment that we announce a halt to our 2016 season,” said EFFORT owner Chuck Toups. “We want to thank our fans for their wonderful support and salute our competitors in the series as they continue their run to the Pirelli World Challenge crown. We couldn’t be on the sharp end of the grid without our all-star crew, and the excellent support provided by Porsche. We’ve already started the development of our 2017 program to reclaim the top spot in the championship.”
The team’s conclusion to step back from the series came at a difficult time, with drivers Michael Lewis and Patrick Long currently sitting fourth and fifth in an immensely tight battle for the GT Driver Championship, and the team presently third in the GT Team Championship. Long won the opening round at Circuit of the Americas, and again made the podium at Round five’s Long Beach Grand Prix. The crew made headlines after Circuit of the Americas when a heroic 200 man hour effort was required to repair Long’s heavily damaged Porsche 911 GT3 R in between Round 2 and 3 of the championship. At the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Lewis, currently in Porsche Motorsport’s Young Driver Development Program, earned back to back wins, his career-first GT wins.
Servia adds pair of co-primary sponsors for Indy entry
Veteran Verizon IndyCar Series driver Oriol Servia's entry for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be co-sponsored by one longtime open-wheel backer and a new one with big ambitions.
The livery on Servia's No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Marotti Racing Honda will feature Lucas Oil and Jahia Solutions Group.
Lucas Oil first partnered with SPM team co-owner Sam Schmidt more than a decade ago as a primary sponsor for Schmidt's Indianapolis 500 entry for Richie Hearn in 2003. Since then, Lucas Oil has served as a title sponsor each year on one of SPM's Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires entries.
Mike Gittings, most recently the chief starter in NHRA’s Northwest Division and a certified team member of the NHRA Safety Safari presented by AAA, has been named the official NHRA Chief Starter, one of the most storied positions in all of NHRA Drag Racing.
Gittings is the fourth Chief Starter in the sport’s 65-plus-year history, following the late Buster Couch (1955-96), Rick Stewart (1996-2011), and the late Mark Lyle (2012-16).
Gittings will begin his tenure at the important post starting with the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 13-15 at Atlanta Dragway in Georgia.
Gittings served as the interim Chief Starter under difficult circumstances in early April at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas following Lyle’s sudden death during a swimming accident on March 27 while on vacation in Mexico.
Video: 2016 WEC Porsche Spa Qualifying Report The two Porsche 919 Hybrids will start from the front row for the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The reigning world champions Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU) claimed pole position with their number 1 car for Saturday’s six-hour race. Next to them on the grid in Spa-Francorchamps (BE) is the sister-car number 2 of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE).
Reserved seating sold out for historic 100th Indianapolis 500 It hasn't happened since Tony George took his hammer to the sport, but today Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials celebrated an epic and historic milestone today, announcing that all reserved seating is officially sold out for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. While general admission tickets are still available in the IMS infield, the massive grandstands around the 107-year-old 2.5-mile oval, and all hospitality suites, will be completely filled.
The news was shared this afternoon by IMS leadership on the steps of the Indiana Statehouse, with community leaders including Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett flanked by the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy.
Toyotas 1-2-3 in final practice before qualifying Toyota ran 1-2-3 in final NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at Kansas Speedway ahead of qualifying - up next. However, Jimmie Johnson had some possible engine issues.
DOUG DUCHARDT, GENERAL MANAGER HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS, ON JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS ISSUE DURING FINAL PRACTICE
WHAT HAPPENED? “It appears the No. 48 got into a similar condition that the No. 5 (Kasey Kahne) got into at Phoenix; and when it did that, it pumped some oil up into the intake manifold and that’s where the smoke came from. Based on the experience we had with Kasey’s engine in Phoenix, we felt comfortable checking the engine over, running it, getting the oil out of the top of the engine, and sending him back out. Jimmie went back out during practice. We will continue to monitor, and we have no plans on changing the engine at this time."
Teresa Earnhardt, known for being staunchly protective of the Dale Earnhardt brand and marks, is trying to keep a couple from using "Earnhardt" in the name of homes they developed. That couple? Dale Earnhardt's son Kerry Earnhardt and Kerry's wife, Rene. Teresa Earnhardt, Kerry's stepmother and Dale's widow, doesn't want the couple to use the name Earnhardt Collection and filed an appeal last week in federal court over a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruling that denied Teresa's challenge to the "Earnhardt Collection" trademark applied for by Kerry Earnhardt Inc.
Jorge Lorenzo with a clear advantage over the rest of the field in Le Mans, Iannone and Marquez the only riders within half a second.
In the morning session it was Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) who led the way with a 1'34.042, the Spaniard showing well after a fruitful test in Jerez. His time wouldn't stand for long as riders were immediately pushing in the second session.
Clear skies welcomed the MotoGP World Championship to the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France for round five of the 2016 season. Winglets continued to be a focus for several teams, Ducati debuting yet another version while Honda and Suzuki continued to experiment with their ‘triple winglets’ after further assessment at the Jerez Test.
There was also further innovation and work from Michelin as they debuted new soft and medium rear tires. The soft Michelin front also boasts a new, softer, compound for the often-cool conditions of the French GP.
Video: Drivers Looking Forward to 2016 GP of Europe The world’s top Formula 1 drivers have expressed their excitement at visiting Baku, Azerbaijan for the first time this summer where they will race on the newest F1street track, Baku City Circuit, at the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE.
Speaking in advance of the inaugural F1 race weekend in Azerbaijan, three-time FIA Formula One Drivers World Champion Lewis Hamilton and his teammate and current FIA Formula One Drivers World Championship leader, Nico Rosberg (Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team) as well as Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing), Valtteri Bottas (Williams Martini Racing), Nico Hulkenberg (Sahara Force India F1 Team) and two-time World Champion and Official Ambassador for the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE, Fernando Alonso (McLaren Honda) all expressed their delight at their impending visit to the newest race location on the calendar where they will test their skills to the limit on what is estimated to become the fastest street circuit in F1 racing today:
Video: Max Verstappen Q&A on his arrival at Red Bull Following the announcement that Max Verstappen would join Daniel in the RB12 for the Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya next week, the Dutchman arrived at the Factory in Milton Keynes to meet the Team and get preparations underway.
Before he got started on what is sure to be a busy week for him and the Team, we caught up with Max to get the inside line on his feelings of becoming a driver for Red Bull Racing on the AR1.com YouTube page.
NASCAR Talladega TV rating (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 According to 'final' numbers from Nielsen Media Research, Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Talladega Superspeedway delivered a solid 4.0/10 rating and 6.7 million viewers, matching last year's performance on a HH Rating basis and ticking up +6% on average audience (6.7 million vs. 6.3 million).
On FOX Sports Go, Sunday's race produced 54,318 streams with 25,372 unique streamers and 969,679 minutes streamed.
Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race on FOX posted nice increases for the Talladega 300 with a 1.9/5 and 2.9 million viewers, up +19% over last year's 1.6/4 (2.4 million) to rank as the most-watched Xfinity Series telecast on any network since 2013's running of the Daytona 300 on ESPN. It marks the fifth consecutive NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race to be either flat or up versus 2015 comparable events. Fox
Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and current FOX NASCAR broadcast analyst, is publishing his first-ever authorized biography in October.
"I purposely waited until I retired from driving so the book would encompass my entire career," says Gordon.
"People are going to be able to read about me like they've never read about me before." The authorized biography, "Jeff Gordon: His Dream, Drive & Destiny" is being written by Joe Garner, the five-time New York Times bestselling author of such popular hardcover collections as "And The Crowd Goes Wild" and "100 Yards of Glory."
Talladega will no longer be NASCAR elimination race in 2017
Everyone gets wrecked at Talladega
NASCAR has decided that the guaranteed carnage every race at Talladega Superspeedway won't be an elimination race in next year's championship Chase, instead taking the pivotal stop to Kansas Speedway.
The two tracks swapped dates Thursday in the most significant change to the 2017 schedule.
To the frustration of many drivers, Talladega had been the third race in the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The chaotic finish last year, when a wreck prevented Dale Earnhardt Jr. from having a chance to race Joey Logano for the victory, only underscored those opinions.
Tesla Motors posts a wider loss; two key execs to leave
The Model X is a drain on Tesla money as volume ramps up
Tesla Motors Inc. reported a larger first-quarter loss compared with a year ago Wednesday, but the report nearly was overshadowed by the planned departure of two of the company's key manufacturing executives writes James F. Peltz, of the Los Angeles Times.
The electric car maker also said it has ramped up production of its new Model X sport utility vehicle, whose prior delays contributed to the financial losses.
Tesla's first-quarter loss using standard generally accepted accounting rules was $282.3 million, compared with a loss of $154.2 million a year earlier.
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